I wish I was better at a lot of things in life. One of those being sticking to healthy eating. Not just a diet, but an actual plan. My younger sister, Emma, has seemingly mastered that. She’s determined and organized and my whole family is in complete awe of a 20-year-old who chooses salads over sandwiches. That is in part to her nutritionist: Faye Elahi, M.S., M.A.
She happens to be on the blog today. I thought it would be interesting to get Faye’s perspective on how she keeps a healthy day-to-day life. She runs her own blog, Gluten Free Nutrition for Life, and has helped many people maintain a healthy lifestyle. She gives healthy recommendations whether you have celiacs or not.
From Faye Elahi: I have lived with Gluten sensitivity all my life and finally got the diagnosis at 38!
Gluten is the protein in wheat, barley, and rye grains. When I eat anything with gluten,
it stimulates my immune system which attacks my small intestine. This causes me not to
absorb nutrients out of the diet. Since there is no cure for gluten sensitivity, I have to
follow a strict gluten free diet for life to stay healthy. Here is how a typical day goes in my
6 am: Wake up and go for 30-45 minute bike/ walk
7 am: Breakfast with the family: warm bowl of gluten free coconut
oatmeal with fruit jam+ green tea or 2 homemade gluten free French crepes which are
basically thin pancakes! Recipes are in my book Ready,Set, Eat
8 am: Start my work day by reading emails, reviewing my “to
9 am – 11:45 am: Client appointments/ office work
12 noon- 1pm: Lunch: 1/2 Gluten free sandwich with a large bowl
of green salad
1pm – 5 pm: Client appointments and office work
4 pm: Gluten free snack (trail mix with raw nuts, currants, dark
chocolate covered pomegranate)+ water
5 – 5:20 pm: Power nap
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Cook dinner for my family of four: Gluten free quinoa
or brown rice pasta with 3-4 chicken strips+ 1-2 cups sauteed vegetables + fruit based dessert
(fresh fruit bowl with gluten free granola topping or fresh cream)
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Dinner with the family around the table
7:30 - 10 pm: Work on my social media messages, blog, Twitter, Facebook etc… / grocery shopping/ menu planning/ writing articles or workshop material
for various public speaking engagements.
If dining out, I research the restaurant menu to make sure there is at least ONE
gluten free meal. Most of the time, I still remind the waiter that I am ordering a gluten free
dish and that I would get really sick if the kitchen staff aren’t careful to prepare it on a separate counter to avoid cross contamination! I have learned to be assertive when eating
10 pm: Do 5 minutes of guided meditation before catching my