Going Gluten-Free Got Rid of My Migraines​ For Good

Going Gluten-Free Got Rid of My Migraines​ For Good

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or even are in constant communication with me, you would know that I get an excessive amount of migraines. In fact, I was getting migraines about three to four times a week to be exact.

It was exhausting, frustrating and just straight up annoying.

I started asking everyone I knew and even went to my Facebook friends to see if they had any advice for getting rid of migraines. Everyone was so helpful and gave me all the resources and help I needed. Along with their advice and research, I started to do my own. With this research, I found that a side effect of someone with a gluten intolerance is constant migraines.

Now, before these migraines started occurring, I have had years and years of stomach problems. After every meal, my stomach would hurt and I was always in pain. The doctor had taken me off of gluten once before, but that was years ago when being gluten-free was weird and the food was NASTY. So my gluten-free diet didn’t last long at all.

 

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Despite my awful past experience with being gluten-free, I decided to give it a try once again. I was so desperate at this point what I was willing to try anything. Like let me tell you, I was about to go get botox that’s now awful my migraines were.

So I went to my pantry and tossed out everything that contained gluten, went to the store and bought all the gluten and dairy-free foods that I could. Was it expensive? Heck yes!! Did it help? OHHH HECK YESS!!

My first-week being gluten and dairy-free I did not have one migraine!! It’s been about a month now of being strict with my diet and I have only had one headache since I decided to go gluten and dairy-free.

The amazing thing too, is that my stomach no longer hurts, I’m not getting migraines anymore, I have SOOO MUCH ENERGY, my stubborn acne has started to go away and I no longer am feeling tired and groggy.

I will forever swear on my gluten and dairy-free diet. And surprisingly, I have found that gluten-free vegan foods are actually SO GOOD (now). So thank you to all the gluten-free, dairy-free companies out there that have (finally) learned how to make good food for people like me 😉

 

 

My 7-Day Fitness Routine

My 7-Day Fitness Routine

Fitness is something that I am trying hard to be better at. Every day is a learning and growing process when it comes to working out and eating healthy. It really is so easy to just eat like crap and never work out, especially as a busy and stressed college student. However, I have found that taking the time to work out and exercise makes every day so much better.

Before going to college I had an unhealthy view of health and fitness. My diet was wack, I restricted calories like crazy and would run for miles and miles every day. Doing this got me way skinny like I wanted but I was run down, grumpy, and found myself gaining weight so fast whenever I wasn’t restricting and running lots of miles. I needed to find a balance.

Balance is key to everything in life. I have found that balance in fitness and nutrition helps me to remain happy, confident, and full of energy.

I’m going to share with you all my 7-day fitness routine. Keep in mind, I really am not like properly educated on any of this, I just do what works best for me and has helped me achieve my goals of being healthy and strong.

«Monday»

CARDIO, CARDIO, CARDIO 

What could possibly be better than cardio? I mean we all love it, right? Monday’s are actually my favorite day of the week believe it or not. Whatever you do on Monday determines how the rest of your week is going to go. How hard you work on Monday will determine your success for the week. If you work out hard on Monday, you will be dedicated the rest of the week. If you pound out the work for your job on Monday, then you can work ahead. All good things start with Monday.

I’ve never understood the dread of Mondays.

Cardio can be a variety of things. I like to do a long LISS workout for this day. About 40-45 minutes of a steady pace run. This gets your blood flowing and your calories burning. If running isn’t your forte, you can also do a moderately brisk walk on a high incline for about 40 minutes and still get a good cardio session in.

«Tuesday»

LEGS, LEGS, LEGS

I actually prefer leg day over any other day. Leg and cardio days are my favorites compared to arms and abs.

To start off leg day, I usually begin with about 5 minutes of warm-up on the treadmill combined with 10 minutes of HITT cardio.  This gets you sweating and ready for a hard leg workout.

Normally for my leg and butt workouts, I follow “Kayla Itsiness BBG Stronger” workouts. These workouts KILL and without fail, will wake up the next morning so sore. It’s the greatest feeling ever.

«Wednesday»

ARMS and ABS

Day three is pretty self-explanatory.

To jumpstart my workout I will either do a 20 minute LISS workout or a 20 minute HIIT workout along with a long workout full of arms and abs. I personally combine arms and abs because I really don’t like working out my arms or abs, so combining them both forces me to actually do something.

«Thursday»

CARDIO, CARDIO, CARDIO

And we have another day full of cardio. YAY (!!!!!!)

For today I will do a full 45 minutes of a LISS cardio workout. Keep yourself at a good steady pace and be sure to work hard with no rests. This is an opportunity to really push your body to its full potential. 

«Friday»

Full Body Workout

On Friday’s I like to do a full body workout consisting of my favorite workouts for legs, butt, arms, and abs. I like to take my time to do this workout and really just enjoy working out my whole body. By Friday, I am very sore so I feel that it is important for me to just really take it at a steady easy pace.

«Saturday»

Stretch and Cardio 

Saturday is a lighter day. I like to just do a simple two to three mile run with a quick 20 minutes of yoga/stretching. It’s easy but is still a way to get your body moving.

«Sunday»

REST, REST, REST

Take the Sunday off for some R&R. There is nothing better than some rest and relaxation.

Instagram Accounts I Can’t Live Without

Instagram is probably my biggest social media weakness. I love it. There is nothing that I enjoy more than being able to share photos with my friends/followers. Instagram is such a great way to connect with anyone and everyone.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite Instagram accounts:

Hailey Devine

I have been following Hailey for about 4 years now and have watched her go from marrying her husband Brad to the birth of their two adorable little girls. It has been incredible to see their journey and how much success has come to them in the last 4 years. I’m a devoted follower of theirs on Instagram. Cute little Mormon families are my favorite kind of accounts to follow. (photos below are taken from Hailey Devine’s Official Instagram)

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NYC TREATS

Foodie accounts are also very important to follow on Instagram. However, this account tends to kill me because of how perfectly amazing all of their photos are. Every time I see one of their posts on my feed I instantly want a treat. But hey, I love it. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself. You’ll be hooked on this Insta account. (photos below are taken from NYC Treats Offical Instagram)

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National Geographic 

National Geographic’s Instagram account is one of the most inspiring and aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts that I have found thus far. Their posts are from all over the world ranging from animals in the African safari, to children living in poverty in third world countries, to pictures of the beautiful earth in which we live. National Geographic gives you it all. (photos below are taken from National Geographic Offical Instagram)

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Chessie King

Just as important as following foodie accounts is following fitness accounts. Let me tell ya, Chessie slays the game. I’ve been following Chessie for about a year now and I absolutely love her posts. She shared everything and anything with her followers from fitness tips, body positivity tips, and the importance of a good balance in your diet. Not only that but she’s also a popcorn addict so I don’t think an account could get more perfect. (photos below are taken from Chessie King’s Offical Instagram)

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Camilla Mendes

Okay, yes. I am a Riverdale fan. The show is incredible and so is all the cast. My favorite cast member is Camilla Mendes and so by default I am kinda obsessed with her Instagram. So obsessed that I actually watch all of her Instagram stories and I never do that. Like ever. If you haven’t jumped on the Riverdale train at least jump on the Camilla Mendes train because this girl is absolutely hilarious. (photos below are taken from Camilla Mendes official Instagram)

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so you should like follow these accounts and follow me

@sincerelyfal

Favorite Healthy Recipes

Favorite Healthy Recipes

The most satisfying feeling is being able to sit down and actually enjoy a healthy snack. That’s not like, you know, gross.

I can be pretty picky when it comes to healthy food.

You have no idea how many times I have looked up healthy recipes on Pinterest, that claim to be “Oh, so good” and then turn out to taste like gross healthy food.

So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite healthy recipes.

Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie

There is no other breakfast (aside from waffles) that I enjoy more than smoothies. This smoothies recipe is my ultimate go to. It’s so easy and great for those of you like me who are constantly on the go. I like to pre-make smoothie packs to make it go even faster in the morning. This smoothie no joke will keep you full until lunch.

Ingredients:

Spinach

Half of a banana, sliced

Fruit (I normally alternate between a frozen mixed berry or tropical blend)

Vanilla Yogurt

Almond milk

Fitmiss Delight Protein Powder in Vanilla Chai

Directions:

Add spinach, fruit, yogurt, milk, and sliced banana into the blender with a scoop of the vanilla chai protein powder.

Mix until well blended.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Protein Salad

Okay yes, I must confess…I love the Kardashians. To an extent. However, I am obsessed with Khloe Kardashians app because that girl has got some of the BEST recipes and the absolute BEST fitness routine. So, I have to share my favorite recipe that Khloe shared on her app. Apparently, this is a Kourtney Kardashian original, but I kinda changed it a little more to my liking.  But seriously just enjoy, because I eat this salad all the dang time.

Ingredients:

1 hard boiled egg

1/2 avocado

Handful of pre-cooked grilled chicken strips

Directions:

Hard boil your egg, slice up that avocado and cook that chicken.

Toss it all together in a bowl, and season to your likening. I actually don’t add any seasonings because I like the original flavor but you can do whatever makes you happy.

Here is Kourtney’s original recipe: 

 

High Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal 

This recipe actually comes from one of my favorite blogs fitandfulfilled

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This recipe is absolutely delicious and will FILL YOU UP. I seriously can’t even finish it because of how much it fills me up. It takes forever for me to eat this, so be sure to allow yourself some time to complete this bowl of absolute heaven.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of quick cooking oats

2/3 cup water

5 egg white or 2/3 cup liquid egg whites

2 tbsp peanut butter

Dash of cinnamon

1/2 banana, thinly sliced or mashed

Directions:

Add oats and water to microwavable safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes

Add egg whites to cooked oatmeal and stir with a fork. Microwave 1 minute.

Still with a fork and continue to microwave for 1 more minute.

Fluff oatmeal/egg whites with a fork and stir in peanut butter and cinnamon.

Mash banana and mix in or top with sliced bananas.

ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY. 

 

All About Fal

For Day 1 of my “30 Days of Blogging”,

I decided to make a post including 10 random things about me. 

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LET’S GOOOO.

I’m more obsessed with High School Musical than I should be. 

I love the feeling I get when I complete a puzzle or win a game of scrabble.

I have never ever lost at a game of monopoly. No joke. 

Golden doodles are my weakness. 

Butterfinger’s are also a weakness of mine. 

I can fall asleep anywhere at anytime and if you don’t believe me just ask my friends. 

I nap and eat fast food way more than I probably should. 

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One of my biggest fears is hitting an animal while driving. 

My number one dream is to go to Africa.

Long drives with good music and good people make me happier than anything. 

 

xoxo

February Favorites

February Favorites

just a few of my favorite things this past month…

British Baking Show 

Okay, I am actually hooked on this show. It feels as if every time I watch it I am living vicariously through these individuals. What’s better than an incredible baking show and a girl that loves to bake? Nothing. 🙂

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If you haven’t seen it, you MUST watch it. But really.

“milk and honey” & “the sun and her flowers”

by Rupi Kaur

The last month or so, I’ve found myself infatuated with poetry. When I came across the author Rupi Kaur and her poetry books, I just had to have them. I find myself going back to these books in times of desperation when all I need is a good book and a cup of tea. The poems in these books range anywhere from love and sadness to trauma and healing. This collection of poems take you along Rupi Kaur’s journey of trauma and sadness to love and healing. I can promise you that these books will change your perspective on life.

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TED talks

If you don’t listen to TED talks frequently, I suggest starting. Like right now. I love love love TED talks and there is a TED talk for anything and everything you could possibly need.

Here are some of my favs

(this talk by Ken Robinson was so inspirational, informative, and was really what got me into TED talks. This is a must watch)

Vinyl.

I have never been so addicted to my record player. It was probably honestly the greatest tangible gift I have ever received. It just makes me so happy to be able to play vinyls. What are some vinyls I keep listening too on repeat? Gavin James “Bitter Pill” and Sam Smith “The Thrill of it All”. These are two of the greatest albums of all time.

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Watercolor Painting

Okay, I’m probably the least artistic person ever and I really don’t have much talent at all. However, I have picked up the hobby of watercolor painting. It is so therapeutic and I just love being able to sit down, play some music and just paint. Even though it’s not something I am the best at, I find it so fun. So if you are looking for a new hobby, this is it. I promise it won’t disappoint.

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