Friday Five ~ Focus on Gluten!

Happy Friday 5 Day!!! So excited that many of you are as into Pinterest as I am now!



Medicine Ball Inchworm


From Women’s Health Magazine:

Don’t let the name fool you: This move is not easygoing. The baby steps torch your hamstrings and calves, while your arms and shoulders are constantly at work. And the farther your feet get from your hands, the harder your core has to work to keep you stable.

To do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lean forward, knees slightly bent, to place both hands on a four- to six-pound medicine ball on the floor (a). Slowly walk your feet away from your hands until your body is in a straight line from head to heels (b). You should move about an inch or two with each step. Hold for one second, then walk your feet back to the starting position. That’s one rep; do 10.

[recycled oldie but amazing]


Gluten-Free Living

Are you or someone you know following a gluten-free diet? Been recently diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? Did you know that The Gluten Free diet is one of the hardest diets to follow?

I have many friends and a few clients that felt totally lost and blindsided when they realized that gluten wasn’t agreeing with them. One of my clients suffers from MS and has found that cutting gluten out of his diet has helped him tremendously [more on that in a future post].

There are also many people that are suffering from some of the key symptoms associated with food allergies and don’t know it! If you think you may have a food allergy, definitely go see a doctor and get some tests.  For those of you that are already living gluten-free or are trying just know, GF living doesn’t have to be impossible!

 Top 5 Reasons for Gluten-Free Failure:

1) Boring Food.  For obvious reasons, you can’t just eat rice all day.  It’s totally unhealthy to only eat one thing to sustain good health.  This will guarantee that you cheat on your diet if you even stay on it at all.

2) Dining Out = Epic Fail.  The most popular question I get is “Jen, how on earth do I dine out Gluten Free with friends and family?”  Whether you’re afraid to order for yourself, don’t know what questions to ask or simply assume that the grilled chicken with steamed veggies is Gluten Free, gluten contamination (or the fear of it) definitely cramps your ability to have a social life.

3) Hidden Gluten.  Chances are you’re still eating gluten somehow.  It’s scary how massively extensive the list of products are that use gluten in their make up and I’m not even talking about food!  This alone can be a huge reason why you’re still having trouble.

4) Costly to be Gluten Free

If you’re buying lots of gluten-free pre-made food products, you’ll find that your grocery bill is MUCH higher than before.  Unfortunately, producing gluten-free products can be quite costly and the ingredients may be harder and more expensive to source.  And it’s entirely possible that some companies see an opening to charge higher prices because it’s a specialty market.  Lots of people can’t handle the burden, so they give up.

5) Nobody’s On Board

Your friends and family all give you the stink eye when you say that you’re gluten-free.  People claim that it’s all in your head.  You’ve got little to no support from anyone in life because it’s seen more as a challenge to their normal way of eating than a helpful way to improve your health.  Eventually, you get frustrated and tired of the comments and go back to eating the way that everyone else does because you can’t deal with the hassle of it all anymore.

Sure there’s plenty of books and websites intended to inform you, but only add on to your confusion and frustration. What they don’t tell you is that simplicity is your the best option (and I’m not talking about only eating brown rice).

If you missed my friend, Jennifer Fugo’s FREE teleclass on 5 ways gluten sneaks into your diet, you can catch a replay on Monday 9/19 @ 7pm. She is also hosting a FREE Q&A session on  Tuesday 09/20 at 7pm EST.  Check them out and see if her gluten-free bootcamp is right for you! This is all part of her new Gluten Free School.

Jennifer definitely knows her stuff. I highly recommend hearing what she has to say. I’m going to call her the Gluten-Free Guru! Coming from an Italian family where bread and pasta were dietary staples, Jennifer has made not only made the best of her situation…she thrives!


Did you know that chocolate often times contains gluten!?? Yet another way gluten can sneak into your diet. I am not gluten-free but like I said above know friends and clients that are. My supportive nature tells me to help clients and loved ones find yummy treats that they can still enjoy…avoiding  things that their bodies will hate them for.

After hearing so much about NibMor through Jennifer, I wanted to give it a try. While I was at Whole Foods the other day and I noticed they were fresh on the shelves!

^I am all about that!

Um…don’t mind if I do!

I LOVE the taste of cacao. Not too sweet, not too bitter….just right. I was completely satisfied with the 2 squares above.

Have you ever tried NibMor chocolate?

Did you know that you had to be on the lookout for gluten when eating one of the worlds best foods?




Most. Adorable. Couple. Ever.

They didn’t know they were filming!

Grandpa gets a webcam. Classic.

Many of you probably saw this all over CNN and the news yesterday. I saw it on Kathy Lee and Hoda-woman. SO so so so cute. And hilarious. If you haven’t seen it, click away below. If you have…watch it again. It gets better every time 😉




What’s you favorite workout move this week?

Thoughts/experience on gluten allergies/ sensitivities?

Any fun weekend plans???



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  • Reply jen

    i know i said it yesterday but i LOVE saying this! i have great weekend plans…im getting married!!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:02 am
    • Reply laury

      BEST WISHES AGAIN! So excited for you!!!!!! Where’s the honeymoon?

      September 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm
      • Reply jen

        thank you! were both teachers so we cant take too much time, so we have 3 days in this gorgeous private beach cottage at the inn at castle hill in newport. hopefully in february well do something a little more tropical.

        September 17, 2011 at 7:18 am
        • Reply laury

          Sounds amazing!!! Best advice to bride…soak up every minute. Take a step back and your reception and take it all in. The night goes so fast, in a blink! You’ll want to capture it instead of stressing over details!

          September 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Have a great weekend!

    September 16, 2011 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    I love the quote! Thanks. I am tailgating this weekend. I’m excited about seeing friends, but I’m not excited about the high chance of rain. Yikes!

    September 16, 2011 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Kat

    I’ve often wondered if I have an intolerance to wheat. Some breads (like my homemade bread) never give me any problems but then when I eat subway I always get tummy cramps. Its so weird!! Maybe they have something funky in their breads?

    September 16, 2011 at 9:31 am
    • Reply laury

      that’s very interesting! There is a lot of crap in some of those breads. Home made is the way to go!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Sabrina

    I have Celiac!!! It is so hard! I haven’t been battling with eating Gluten Free foods so much but rather, Anemia! One thing Celiac can cause is in fact Anemia. Its not that I’m not eating enough spinach, its that my body isn’t absorbing the iron. I have found it very hard to train for my marathon and just recently had to go in for an iron infusion! I am hoping I will start feeling better soon!! Laury, Thank you so much for posting this! I feel like there can not be enough literature out there to help spread Gluten Free awareness!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 9:41 am
    • Reply laury

      Wow, Sabrina! That’s crazy how your body isn’t absorbing enough iron.
      I haven’t dealt with this from a celiac standpoint, or major absorption issues, but maybe this will help you max your absorption if you are not already doing this. I know when I was pregnant I had to really watch my iron. Especially because I didn’t eat meat. Have you tried pairing iron right food with vitamin C

      In addition to what your doctor has you doing there are some tips that are good to know. I hope it works out for you & you start to feel yourself again soon! That has to be difficult.

      Jennifer knows her stuff too. I am sure she could help you anytime with GF questions!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply ali

    Hi Laurie-
    Love your blog- I have celiac and have had a multitude of health issues (I developed a mass in my heart because celiac lead to tons of autoimmune issues) I am still healing, but have found that going GF and dairy free have helped tremendously after a scary year. It is not something I take lightly, and I take food allergies very seriously. I am a wellness coach and psychotherapist in Boston, and hope to integrate some of this allergy awareness into the work I do. I listened to Jennifer’s call because of your recommendation, and it was great.
    BTW, congrats of Ella- she is adorable!

    September 16, 2011 at 9:47 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Ali!

      That would be wonderful to push your practice towards allergy awareness. I know so many families that struggle with it and having the right support is invaluable! Glad you liked the call. Jennifer is great!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    You’re right! I felt this way the first time I tried to eat vegan… the whole world seemed against me! I can only imagine what it’s like for the gluten folks. I tried cutting out gluten for a week to see if I could, and I’m sure I failed here and there for the reasons you stated.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Jason sent me that old couple link but I totally forgot to watch it! And I don’t have speakers on this computer so I can’t watch it now either!

    My nephew was recently diagnosed with Celiac (he’s 2) and I know my sister and brother in law have had a hard time making those changes, but they’re getting better.

    Thanks for the info on my blog about strength training — I appreciate your help!

    September 16, 2011 at 10:30 am
    • Reply laury

      My pleasure!

      September 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    whoa that workout move looks intense, we will have to give it a try 🙂

    and I want that chocolate now! haha though I have to wait till my elimination diet is over till I can try chocolate again 🙁 but it looks great. and great tips about gluten free failures, those are all so true! I hope that eating gluten free gets better for everyone, we just love it and think there are so many great foods that are naturally gluten free! 🙂

    September 16, 2011 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Lisa

    I love dark chocolate!! and I’ve never tried the inchworm with a medicine ball, looks tough! Because an inchworm just by itself is a great exercise!

    September 16, 2011 at 11:34 am
    • Reply laury

      It is!!! Love it with the ball..very challenging!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply jen

    I worked with a girl who had Celiac and I swa how it was a struggle for her to figure out what she could and could not eat. I did not know that even gum had gluten. I was tested for Celiac and being italian myself was afraid, I love my pasta. I have crohn’s and knew thats waht it was since it runs in my family. I am still learning to figure out what triggers my gut and what does not, but when I tell someone oh I can’t eat that I get looks. I’m picky to begin with don’t eat fish and not a huge meat eater. I love my veggies which is a struggle because high fiber triggers my gut. I don’t think people reliaze how hard it is till it happens to them or someone close to them. I used to work at wild oats natural market in the bakery and got a lot of people asking about products due to food allergies/ sensitivities.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      I have a client in a very similar situation as yours. It seems very hard to have to deal with!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life

    No future weekend plans and I am so happy about that! I love not having a full weekend agenda!!!
    The move I’m loving most this week is low cable rows! Love it when my back muscles burn so good! : )

    September 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Courtenay

    Great info on Gluten Free living. Gluten is so overdone in our society. Its basically glue to our bodies. Slows you down in every way and bulks you up in the worst way. And the chocolate – to die for, no sugar #win
    Thanks Laury :):)

    September 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Anne

    That video always makes me smile.

    I read somewhere that 12 percent of the population has a reaction to gluten but fewer than diagnosed actually have celiac disease. That’s still a sizeable number that aren’t making it up. Thanks for sticking up for all of them.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    omg i do inch worm pushups down the floor at kickboxing. killer! i had to eliminate gluten and i’m so glad i did…no more hives and gi woes. i was seriously so bloated all the time..awful 🙁 faveworkout move this week was sleep haha i hardly did anything but work 10 hour days 🙁

    September 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply thomi

    my celiac disease actually created my hypothyroid disease. I wasn’t absorbing the idodine from my foods (much like the person above isn’t absorbing iron and has anemia due to it). I’m hoping that my thyroid disease will eventually be healed from being on a gluten free diet and I’ll absorb enough iodine. here’s to hoping!

    September 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    That video was too cute!! I had heard about it but had not seen it yet! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    That chocolate sounds amazing! 🙂

    September 18, 2011 at 12:44 am
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