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March 13th, 2013 |

Off the Mat, Onto the Plate: Quinoa is Sexy.

Rebecca Pacheco, creator of and Boston-area yoga teacher just gets it. Food is a crazy thing for so many health-conscious yogis. She listens. She’s a leader. People want to know what she eats. She silently leads by example. Ladies & gents, OmGal rocks.

We recently sat down together to chat about some of the nutrition buzz circling the yoga world and beyond.  Oh, and we captured a little video.  We’ll be posting more videos in our new Off The Mat, Onto The Plate series.

Watch as we discuss Gluten-Free diets.  Off the Mat, Onto the Plate: Gluten-Free

A few thoughts that will translate to any diet that becomes trendy:

  • Ditch the identity, unless you’re allergic or intolerant. Going on a diet implies ‘on and off’, like a switch. When times get tough, you’re off and you beat yourself up about it?  Nah, instead try to make smarter choices, even in times of stress or a challenging food environment.  Just like Rebecca, try a fad-free, flexitarian approach.
  • Be informed. Be individualized. Be balanced. If you suspect a gluten allergy or intolerance, you should partner with a gastroenterologist and registered dietitian to ensure you’re avoiding harm and finding the best path to achieve nourishment, for you.  If you’re interested in trying a gluten-free diet to lose weight or feel better, that’s fine too. Spending your paycheck on designer gluten-free ginger snaps won’t do the trick. Portion control, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, hydration & gluten-free grains (quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, polenta), exercise, relaxation, laughter and plenty of sleep will enhance any meal pattern.
  • Choose your resources wisely. Let’s be honest. The nutrition world is packed with junk information. Here are a few sound resources on the gluten-free and overall digestive health topic:

InspiredRD blog by Alysa Bajenaru, RD. Great content, inspiring, informative.

Gluten-Free Sample Menu by Alysa Bajenaru, RD for

IBSFree by Patsy Catsos, MS, RD. Best IBS & digestive health resource.

  • The 18 Cucumbers-A-Day Diet? I was kidding. Don’t try it.

Thoughts? Great gluten-free resources? Please share.