Sunday Sparkle

I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with food lately because I feel like it’s time to make healthier choices…

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Because brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Ughhh…how am I going to give this up? I love dairy, I love cheese, I love bread, I love my cookies and cakes…but I am also starting to love my health more. I’m just at a place in my life where I want (and need!) to make healthier food choices. So here are THREE THINGS I’m considering:

1. Taking A Food Intolerance Test
I don’t like guessing games and I’m certainly not going to stop eating something that I love on the mere chance that it causes inflammation. So I’m trying to find the best place to get a Food Intolerance Test (FIT). It’s not as expensive as it used to be when this whole trend started, but it is still quite an investment.

Here's the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here’s the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here's a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

Here’s a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

I want to identify the specific types of food that I’m intolerant to, so I can consciously avoid them. And dear God, I hope I can still eat my faves! P.S. If you have any leads about where to take an FIT, do let me know! 

2. Avoiding Refined Sugar + Gluten
This is a toughie, because I love baking. When I was around 8 or 9 years old, my Mom and my Grandma allowed me to stay in the kitchen with them for the first time because we were going to bake oatmeal cookies! It’s one of my favorite and happiest memories as a child, so I’m gonna feel super sad if I have to let this go.

Look at that face! So adorbs and I love making people happy whenever I bake.

Look at that face! So adorbs and I love making people happy whenever I bake.

Okay, maybe I don’t have to let this go completely. But baking without sugar and white flour is going to be a challenge—and it’s going to be a lot more expensive. I’ll probably have to test and adjust several recipes before I get them to taste just as good, but hopefully, I’ll be able to find awesome options that won’t make me feel like I’m missing out.

3. Preparing Mindful Meals
I am researching like crazy to find recipes I can fall in love with and inspiration that’ll help keep me on track. I’m usually an all-or-nothing girl (and I easily get obsessed with new projects), but I’m trying to slow it down when it comes to changing my eating habits. I want to do it slowly, so I don’t get frustrated and give up. And I definitely don’t want the guilt if I do decide to indulge. So here are some of the books that I found—hopefully they can help me stay motivated!

Vanity first! Haha!

Vanity first! Haha!

Don’t judge, but if saying no to sugar and gluten can help me slow down the aging process, then this will help me stay on track. The catch: I have no idea what the metabolic diet is or what the recipes are like inside, but I do know that it targets inflammation and that it’s supposed to help you get gorgeous skin. Hopefully the recipes will be easy to follow and the ingredients will be easy to source locally.

I discovered Jessica Murnane through Lena Dunham's IG and I'm curious about her One Part Plant (OPP) process.

I discovered Jessica Murnane through Lena Dunham’s IG and I’m curious about her One Part Plant (OPP) process.

According to Ms. Murnane, you can start this whole food journey with just one (plant-based) meal a day. She’s not so hardcore about it, which I like. She also has a plant-based baking book that’s supposed to be yummy. The catch: I read through the recipes and they didn’t really excite me. It’s the usual tahini, nuts, and Whole Foods-ish diet (boring and expensive for me). But I’ll try to be open and will let you know how this turns out.

A surprise contender! The boyFrench recommended this one.

A surprise contender! The boyFrench recommended this one.

I realized that I have 2 people in my life who serve as the Food Police: Nikki (who always *urges* me to choose the flavor-free, sugar-free option) and the boyFrench (who asks me why I’m eating sh*t whenever I open a bag of chips). When I told the latter that I was changing my diet, he was quite supportive and told me to check out Ducasse’s book. I shrugged it off, thinking that I probably wouldn’t like it and that it would be too complicated…but guess what?! It’s the most exciting one and can’t wait to try the recipes inside. The catch: I don’t know how “healthy-ish” or “anti-inflammatory” the ingredients will be, but based on the sample I got on iBooks, it looks promising! Hopefully it’ll work, and if it does, five gold stars for the boyFrench! Haha!

I’m trying to be positive about the lifestyle changes I’m making, but I do need the support. If you guys have any tips or ideas, do let me know! And if you’re thinking of making the shift also or are just interested in eating healthier, leave a comment! I’ll need all the help (and recipes!) I can get and would love to have a food buddy I can talk to while I opt out of sugar + gluten!!! ♥