Are Gluten-Free Foods Making You Fat?

Are Gluten-Free Foods Making You Fat?
Are Gluten-Free Foods Making You Fat?

Are Gluten-Free Foods Making You Fat?

Yes. Yes, they are.

This weekend the Celiac Awareness Tour cancelled the day before the event, leaving me with a prepaid hotel room in Philly for the weekend.

Aaron and I decided to go to the city anyway and use it as a little getaway for us. Jennifer Fugo from Gluten Free School and I decided to meet up anyway since we weren’t speaking at the event anymore.

She told me about the cool things she does over at her website and all the research she’s done on sugar and gluten-free, which really got me thinking….

While it’s wonderful that companies are coming out with more gluten-free options and versions of foods we used to love, we still don’t need them. Gluten-free snack foods are usually higher in calories and fat along with lower in fiber. They are the ultimate empty calorie. Most of the products labeled  gluten-free are equally as bad for us as those products we loved filled with gluten.

As a fitness expert, I see this every day. Clients come to me wanting to know why they aren’t seeing results despite cutting calories and then go on to tell me they substitute regular junk food with low-calorie junk food. Snacks from Weight Watchers and Skinny Cow always seem to pop into the conversation. These products provide no nutritional value for your body. “Weight loss” snacks are FILLED with chemicals and processed junk which does nothing nutritionally for you, despite the marketing claims on their boxes.

Once you’re diagnosed with celiac disease, it is a tremendous life change. You struggle enough with just figuring it out along with all the emotional turmoil from the disease and health complications. You just want life to be easy. The problem is that easy in this area makes you gain weight. All those “easy” gluten-free foods are horrible for our waist line. Pancakes are bad for you filled with gluten and gluten-free. Just because it doesn’t make our auto-immune system go insane, it still isn’t the best option for us. Those products can be just as difficult to digest and cause other problems like inflammation aggravation.

Aren’t you sick of the high prices of this junk anyway? Don’t you want to eat for fuel and for happiness than instant gratification?

I’m getting ready to put together some awesome celiac fitness programming but please know we are going back to the basics on it!

Foods filled with nutrition should be priority for us, especially as we are trying to heal our bodies. Think about using the 80/20 rule for this. 80% of the time, eat foods that are nutritionally sound and make your body happy. Use the other 20% to indulge on something worth while like a great piece of gluten-free cake, a sundae, wine or whatever is your guilty pleasure. I recommend this to all my fitness clients at Bexa Body Fitness. That is how I lost my weight before and how I’ve started to do it again.

Twenty pounds later, I realized I consumed entirely too many snack foods throughout the week. I did a much better job tracking my food throughout the week and paying attention to when I had snack/junk foods. This helped me see eating patterns as well. One of my favorite tracking apps is My Net Diary. I use it on my iPhone to track my foods and fitness. There are a million apps out there, but I just found this one to work. I believe in moderation and enjoying your life. I’m don’t believe in fad diets or extreme weight loss programs. If you can’t have some things every once in a while, you are less likely to be successful.

If you try this and still aren’t losing weight – A few things could be happening –

1. Your hormones are off.
2. You’re not managing your vitamin deficiencies properly. (Supplements too expensive? Find an online vendor with bulk discount prices like Powdercity.com)
3. You aren’t writing down everything you eat and tracking it correctly.
4. You may have other health complications.

You are probably saying to yourself right now, so what the heck am I supposed to eat?

Well, instead of having lentil chips right now, I’m munching on some carrots. I hard boil eggs and consume them throughout the day. Nuts are a terrific snacking item. We try our best to stick with whole foods for dinner.

Here’s an example of what we eat for dinner throughout the week:

Monday: Salmon, green beans & red skin potatoes
Tuesday: Burrito bowls – rice, beans, ground beef, lettuce, avocado, peppers
Wednesday: Shrimp with rice – add veggies and use some gluten-free soy sauce in moderation
Thursday: Brisket with veggies from the slow cooker
Friday: Steak, spinach and sweet potato fries

Everything is very basic but tasty!

What’s your go to whole food meal?

 

Gluten-Free Diet Making you Fat? 5 Tips to Shed the Pounds

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We’ve all seen the articles recently talking about “gluten-free diets” and how the media has hyped up the gluten-free industry making others believe it is a fad diet like the Atkins or South Beach. I hear people tell me they went gluten-free and lost 20 pounds or some other amount but when they actually start explaining what they were eating, it was essentially just cutting the processed foods out of their diet. They were adding in more fruits and vegetables. Taking out the breads, pastas and other gluten filled things that are poison to those of us with celiac.

This post is not meant to be a debate with people over gluten and if it is healthy or not. It’s simply one girls opinion on the foods we consume and why a gluten-free diet won’t make you lose weight. I don’t believe you need to go on a gluten-free diet. I do believe you need to go on a “remove processed foods diet.”

My personal opinion is that gluten isn’t going to kill you if your body can tolerate it. I believe there are lots of people out there that can eat a pizza and have no problems other than weight gain and excess caloric consumption. I also believe there are many people out there that struggle with gluten but brush it off by taking medications like Prilosec or Tums to avoid the real issue. I mean these drug companies are even advocating for people to take their pills before consuming junk food and proud of it! Consuming the healthier options needs to be the right choice if you are going to eat gluten. A piece of whole grain bread is certainly better than a pop tart when it comes to gluten filled foods but an apple is even better.

I am however in the group of people who believes processed foods, chemicals and other disgusting additives are giving our kids behavioral problems, starting girls on their periods at an extremely young age and adding to the horrific number of health problems in the United States. It never ceases to amaze me that we constantly have to have discussions about why this is happening to us, why we are so obese, why we suffer from so many health conditions and yet everyone is willing to sweep the real food issue under the rug.

Eating gluten-free is not a choice for me anymore. I went through the phase in the first 5 months or so when I ate the same boxed, processed gluten-free foods every day. I pretty much sustained life off of Pop Chips and Annie’s gluten-free mac and cheese. I also started to gain weight. Gluten free foods made me gain weight. No, wait – processed gluten-free foods made me gain weight.

I started eating much more whole foods towards the end of last summer. Real, whole, non processed, from the earth foods.

But I still kept gaining weight. Turns out the estrogen from the endometriosis was causing me to gain weight but in theory I should have lost weight based on what I was eating. The frustration led me to consume more packaged gluten-free snack foods. Major fail.

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So, are you eating gluten-free and gaining weight or not able to lose weight? Let me give you my top 5 tips on how you can change the pattern.

1. Limit processed & packaged gluten-free foods. This is probably the biggest one of all time. Stop eating the gluntino oreos!! Just because these foods are gluten-free, doesn’t mean we can go gung ho and eat whatever gluten-free foods we want. Processed foods are just that… made from things that are made – not grown! Gluten free processed foods just come with different ingredients that aren’t great for us either, our bodies can actually digest them. Stick with meats, fruits and vegetables that are naturally gluten-free!

2. Moderation is always the key. Regardless of if you are eating gluten-free or not, moderation is the key. If you want to have a gluten-free cookie or brownie. Have 1 and move on with your day. But again, just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean that’s the green light to consume massive quantities. I’ve found myself saying “well, it’s ok because it’s gluten-free so I can have as many as I want.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.

3. Watch salt intake and hidden calories from sauces and marinades. Salt makes us bloat. Salt makes us retain water. Salt affects our blood pressure. Aaron and I went on the DASH diet a while back and now we can barely handle a meal at Chipotle without looking pregnant afterwards.

4. Be cautious of empty calories. The gluten-free foods often contain a higher calorie and fat count than regular foods so when you add into that empty calories from sodas, desserts and alcohol, it can add up much faster than you would imagine.

5. Stop cheating on the gluten-free lifestyle. That seesaw effect of gluten – no gluten can really take a toll on your body and not just with your stomach. It affects your brain chemistry, hormones along with organs and digestive system.

BONUS TIP: Exercise – start moving 30 minutes a day for 4-5 days per week.

If you try all these things and the weight still isn’t coming off, I would encourage you to go and get checked by your doctor. Have a full blood count and panel done, check your thyroid, check your hormone levels (guys testosterone too!) and talk to your doctor about any other symptoms you continue to have despite eating gluten-free.

A strict gluten-free diet should take care of celiac disease. If you are still having problems, it is likely there are other things going on that need medical attention, like me with the endometriosis.

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Review – Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk Winery
Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk opened at Easton Town Center in Columbus on Monday this week. Imagine my excitement when I saw they offered a gluten-free menu and my first thought was “I have to try it immediately.”

So by Wednesday, I was eating there for the first time. Check out the size of this gluten-free menu….

They even have 5 gluten-free desert options!

Gluten free menu
Gluten free menu

I told our waitress about my gluten allergy and she made sure the kitchen knew I was there. They brought out the pretzel bread for my dinner date and a gluten-free bun for me to try.

We started with an appetizer of shrimp wrapped in bacon – delicious. The shrimp were large and I easily got 2-3 bites out of them.

Dinner was the pepper jack, bacon cheeseburger – the bun was a little much for me since I already had one when we first got there so I ended up eating the burger naked. There were several sides I could select from and I ended up with Mary’s mashed potatoes.

gluten free cheeseburger
gluten free cheeseburger

I got a gluten-free brownie to take home and shared it with my husband. It was simply delicious. Light, fluffy and moist!

The manager even came out after my meal to make sure everything was ok and I enjoyed my meal. He explained the gluten-free process and that they are very sensitive to cross contamination and pride themselves on making safe gluten-free experiences for their guests.

My new favorite wine
My new favorite wine

After this tasty meal, I decided to bring my family last night to try something new on the menu. They’ve already been to all the places around us to eat so it was a great change for them to try something new.

Last night’s meal blew the lid off of any other gluten-free meal I’ve had at other places. Wildfire Chicago is a close second to this dish.

I decided to try something totally new and went with the short rib risotto and it was best decision I’ve ever made. The meat was tender, moist and fell apart with my fork into the risotto. The sauce was incredible and the truffle oil on top with parmesan shavings tied everything together perfectly.

Short Rib Risotto Cooper's Hawk
Short Rib Risotto Cooper’s Hawk

We ended the meal with some chocolate covered strawberries. They were ok, not the best but then again it’s hard to compete with Godiva strawberries. I just didn’t think they were ripe enough before being covered in the chocolate.

I do have one comment about the restaurant – we had reservations at 7:30pm. While we didn’t wait longer than 5 minutes for our table, imagine our confusion when they were quoting people a 2-3 hour wait for a table and then there were at least 10-15 empty tables in the dining room when we were seated. Maybe it was lack of staff, but it was strange in my book.

You can find my review online at www.findmeglutenfree.com so I suggest you check it out and add your own!

The easiest gluten free chili recipe ever!

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe
Gluten-Free Chili Recipe

Everyone loves a great chili on a cold winter day or to celebrate the big game, but what do you do when all of the seasoning packets contain wheat? Well, I’ve tried several and finally found one that tastes great and helped me make a delicious gluten-free chili that can be eaten right away or frozen for the next time you need a warm, wholesome meal.

I wanted something super easy that I could just throw in the pot and wait for it to finish. That is exactly what I got with this recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Here is my recipe for super easy gluten free chili

What you need:

1-2lbs grass fed ground beef

2 cans or the equivalent of fresh kidney beans

2 cans of gluten free fire roasted tomatoes

1 can of gluten free tomato sauce

1 onion

1 green pepper

1 gluten free chili sauce packet like Hol Grain Gluten Free Seasoning

How do you make this deliciousness? So. Easy.

Brown the beef in a pan and then transfer to a large soup pot or crock pot

Cut up the pepper and onion to the size you like – I prefer the pieces smaller

Put the beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, pepper and sauce packet into the pan together

Wait for about 3-4 hours on low heat and then devour

The smell alone in your house is enough to make you drool!

Want to fancy it up? Add some bacon, hot sauce, hot peppers, sour cream, garlic, more veggies, cheese, gluten free crackers!

Wildfire Chicago: Gluten Free Review (hint.. go here!)

While we were in Chicago for the Celiac Awareness Tour, we decided to stay an extra night and spend some time in the city. After a little research on a few different apps and websites – both Yelp and FindMeGlutenFree recommended Wildfire for dinner.

I’m notorious for making reservations before we go anywhere because I am so impatient and hate waiting in a crowded little area for a table. So I frequently use Opentable.com to secure a seat before leaving the house. The only times available were 5:15pm or 9:30pm. We decided on 5pm because we hadn’t really eaten lunch due to being at the convention.

When we got there, I asked for the gluten free menu. Everyone was very accommodating – Check out this gluten free menu!!

Wildfire gluten Free Menu
Wildfire gluten Free Menu

Are you kidding me? Was I dreaming? I hit the gluten free Chicago jack  pot. Since we were there and they had this great menu – we were definitely going to try some stuff.

One of the things I miss is being able to order an appetizer occasionally. All of them are usually fried but I really enjoy having a snack before my meal comes.

We decided to try the baked goat cheese. OMG – it came with gluten free pita chips that were to die for.

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Wilefire baked cheese and gluten free pita chips
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All Gone!

After looking at the menu – we both decided on a nice juicy cheeseburger on a gluten free bun. How often do I get this? Never so I certainly was going to go for it! Aaron even decided on a gluten free burger with me! They were delicious. The bun tasted great. The burger was delicious with no gluten filled fillers – cooked to perfection!

Wildfire Gluten Free Burger
Wildfire Gluten Free Burger

Then we shared sides of a sweet potato and a twice baked potato. Totally fantastic as well. Enough for 3 people each!

Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato

The entire time we were dining – our waitress continued to come back and make sure everything was ok. If I had a question about something, she checked with the chef or the manager and came back to tell me what she found out. I’ve never felt so safe dining out! There needs to be way more gluten free menu restaurants like Wildfire!!

During the meal I enjoyed some wine and they even brought out a gluten free (hot and fresh) bun to eat while Aaron had his regular bread!

I give Wildfire Chicago – 2 HUGE gluten free thumbs up and highly recommend it for someone gluten free looking to eat a delicious meal in Chicago!!

His and Hers bread. lol
His and Hers bread. lol
My 4 new friends.
My 4 new friends.

 

 

Bye Bye Greek Yogurt ~ You will be Missed :(

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Bye Bye Greek Yogurt

Well it’s official. I have a lactose intolerance and I’m not happy about it. After a few weeks of feeling great and being steady on a strict gf diet, I decided to buy 1 container of Greek yogurt and try it out tonight.

After my urgent run to the restroom a few minutes ago, I can confidently say I will no longer purchase any regular yogurt or greek yogurt. I’ve already been buying and using organic lactose free milk but I’m really bummed. Greek yogurt has always been my go to snack. Filled with protein it’s the perfect choice with berries!

Kefir
Kefir

Interestingly enough, I’ve been drinking these Kefir probiotic smoothies with my vitamins throughout the day and it not only helps me get them down without gagging but tastes pretty good.

An RD once told me that the probiotics cancel out the lactose thus allowing our bodies to process the yogurt. I consume probably a 1/2-1 cup throughout the day and don’t have any problems. I actually really enjoy them – they are thick and help tremendously with supplements.

Part of the reason I love Greek Yogurt is the convenience and ability to grab one and eat it quickly – along with feeling satiated after that 1 container. If I ran into the grocery, I could grab one on the way out and eat it right then and there! Or if I needed something quick in between a personal training client – my dear friend Greek Yogurt was always there to fill me up and fuel me for my next client.

But that’s ok. I can still eat cheese with no problem! I will find other things to enjoy for sure. I’m going to wait a couple days and then try cottage cheese to see if I have to rule that out as well. What’s better than a fresh peach cut up in a cup of cottage cheese?

According to the Kefir website,

How can kefir help?
Kefir is the most favorable milk product for people suffering from lactose intolerance. A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examined people struggling with lactose intolerance and found that kefir can actually improve lactose digestion. The reasoning? Kefir’s live, active bacteria cultures help break down the sugars in milk.

Comments

  1.  Judi says:

    LOVE kefir! I should definitely try it with the supplements. Water just doesn’t always cut it. Sorry to hear Greek Yogurt and you will be breaking up . Glad you and cheese are still going steady

     

  2.  Plipe says:

    yes I found out the hard way greek yogurt is the devil! so tempting yet soooo bad for our tummies

     

  3.  martine says:

    Coconut yogurt is pretty good. And sheep yogurt is great with such a low lactose content it may not bother you. To achieve the greek yogurt texture put cheese cloth in a strainer, fill with your yogurt and refrigerate overnight. It reduces the liquid content and gives it a creamy greek texture – great to make tzatziki with too.

     

  4.  Donette Dowell says:

    Hi ……..I was wondering have you ever heard of NAET…….it is an allergy elimination technique that is getting amazing results for people..I am hopeful because I have alot of food and vitamin and minerals allergies at the present time. Google it and tell me what you think. I just started the program…..alot of chiropractors learn the techniques. ~D~

     

  5.  rouquinexx says:

    I read somewhere that many celiac person are lactose intolerant, but by being on a GF diet may help them to regain that tolerance. Kefir is actualy a very good way to get a better digestive health with or without celiac disease. I have some fresh at home from a original mixture. Reproducing again and again. Yummy !

     

  6.  Jen says:

    Fake rice pudding: cottage cheese, cinnamon, stevia and raisins.

     

  7.  celiacandallergyadventures says:

    I was worried after going gluten-free that I would find out I also have a problem with lactose. Thankfully, I haven’t noticed any issues because like you, Greek yogurt is my go-to snack!

    I have heard that after being on a gluten-free diet for 3-6 months though, that people who originally had lactose intolerance are now able to tolerate it. I’m not sure how long you’ve been gluten-free but something to think about/hope for, anyway!

     

  8.  Judy says:

    I had a bad reaction to a store brand greek yogurt a couple of weeks ago (i.e. forceful vomiting). Have not been able to try it again since; similar to a reaction to a food that you ate right before the virus kicked in. Wondering now if I am lactose intolerant as well. I will try the Kefir probiotic. Thanks for you sharing…really;o)

     

  9.  Amanda Y says:

    After being gluten free (I’m quite sure it’s full celiac, but as went the nontraditional medicine route, unfortunately for taxes, I can’t officially say that), I realized last month I’m also lactose intolerant :-(. It’s so hard to work around cream sauces, thank goodness I can still do cheese. I have been still having yogurt and butter without too much problem–but cream, cream cheese, ice cream, milk are all out! Looking forward to more info and recipes on your blog now!

     

  10.  Cher Stewart says:

    Liberté makes a lactose-free Greek Yogurt, Yoplait makes lactose-free yogurt, there’s Green Valley Lactose-Free products (they make a sour cream, too!) and that’s how I deal with my intolerance. ^_^
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Speaking Engagement: Cleveland Celiac Awareness Tour 11/17/12

Come see me on November 17th, 2012 at the Celiac Awareness Tour!!

You can get your ticket online here!

Tons of vendors and speakers, lots of foods to try and of course come meet me!!

I’m going to have an awesome raffle gift at the event so be there to try and win it.

I’ll be sharing my story and answering questions.

January’s stop will be in Pittsburgh… I will confirm the date for you shortly!

What cities would you like to see me visit?

Gluten Free Make Up – Hidden Ingredients and Recommendations

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I LOVE make up. Not wearing a lot of it and looking like a clown loving it, but normal have fun with it love.

Dr. Aukerman provided a list of ingredients that could indicate wheat or gluten:

hydrolyzed malt extract

hydrolyzed wheat protein

hydrolyzed vegetable protein

wheat germ

vitamin e

cyclodetextrin

barley extract

fermented grain extract

oat (avena sativa)

stearyldimoniumhydroxypropl

samino peptide complex

phytosphingosine extract

triticum vulgare

dextrin

dextrin palmitate

maltodextrin

secale sereale

sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat  Protein Sulfonate

yeast extract

anything with wheat in the name

He recommends: Smashbox, Sephora, Avon, Neotrogena, Afterglow Cosmetics, Bare Minerals and Naturally Dah-Ling

Many of you ask me about different brands or suggestions. My only and best advice in this area is to contact the manufacturer directly and ask about their products. If you are totally gluten free and still having problems, it might be a reaction from hidden gluten somewhere else in your life!

Do you have a favorite gluten free beauty product? Let’s hear about it! Post it below so we can all try new things!!!

 

Kroger Grocery Store making BIG Gluten Free Changes in 2013!

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Kroger!

Today I had the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers for the Kroger Natural Foods Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was invited to tell me story and give their store managers/buyers some insight on gluten allergies and celiac disease.

It was exciting to find out some great things they have planned for 2013!

Gluten Free Tags
Gluten Free Tags

First they plan on introducing many more of these gluten-free tags under the foods on the shelves. They have some already but it never did seem consistent throughout the store. These are great because they allow you to quickly identify the gluten-free options on the shelves! You will see them in some of their stores already but their main focus is to help consumers find the foods they need.

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Lots of Gluten Free Foods

Depending on which Kroger store you go to, you will find many options on gluten-free foods. The problem with their stores is the foods are all over the stores making it harder to shop there and time-consuming. They said the second most common question beside “where is the restroom?” is “where is your gluten-free section.” Well, guess what! They are taking note of that and working to find a better solution for all of us.

Whether it is a dedicated natural foods section with all the gluten-free items or a store map indicating where things can be found, they are focusing their energy on making our shopping experience better.

They also want to be able to provide a large selection of items at the lowest possible prices for their consumers. Now that’s what I’m talking about!! They are very motivated in bringing all of our favorite brands into their stores to help all of us shop easier.

I told them the easier it is for us to shop there, the more money and customers they will be getting because us gluten-free peeps are some loyal, loyal fans!

The first step was just me being there to educate them on celiac disease and what it means to be “gluten-free.” Only a couple of people in the audience heard of celiac disease or knew what it was.

I give Kroger 2 huge gluten-free thumbs up for taking the initiative to help their customers and make our lives even better (and easier).

And I want to thank all of them for enjoying my “crap my pants” stories!!

What suggestions do you have for grocery stores that I can emphasize as I continue my speaking engagements all over the place??

My speaker tag!
My speaker tag!

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Maggie McKay – My Pretty Little Assistant

Hi! My name is Maggie and I’m Rebecca’s assistant. I have had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful woman for almost a year now and she has had the most incredible impact on me. This is why I decided to share with you what separates Rebecca Black from every other fitness expert, blogger, and boss. I have aligned how I feel with the mantra of her business, Bexa Body Fitness.

…a strong mind is the key to a strong body

As many of you know, Rebecca struggled with depression after receiving her celiac diagnosis. Having witnessed the dramatic shift in her attitude and her struggles first hand, I now fully empathize and understand what a struggle it is to live with celiac disease. Having overcome many struggles in her young adult life, Rebecca has kept an unbelievably positive attitude through it all which has motivated me to keep a healthy mind in my own personal struggles.

…life challenges are positive things- the provide motivation to dig deep and push hard

She herself has been on her own personal weight-loss journey along with her journey to understand and cope with her diagnosis. I’m sure many who struggle with their celiac diagnosis know how much better it is to get advice from someone who has been there and fought the same battle. Those with celiac disease can really relate to Rebecca’s story. She is so incredibly honest because she wants to give a sense of comfort to those who are dealing with things she has had to tackle herself. You don’t want someone without celiac disease telling how you should feel; those who don’t suffer probably have no real idea (me included).

…what you do both in and out of the gym matter

She practices what she preaches, and not just in the gym! Rebecca follows the same advice that she’ll give you. She’s quick to correct any behavior that she wouldn’t tell her clients or anyone seeking advice from her. This summer I had the pleasure of being her third roommate (just another example of how wonderful Rebecca is) and I witnessed firsthand how Rebecca and Aaron cut snack food from their house. She knows that with doing work from home comes the temptation to snack. So they got rid of it! You won’t find a single bag of chips in their pantry. They also stopped drinking crystal light because of all of the unhealthy additives. Instead they buy natural juice and mix it with water to create what we like to call “juice water”. If you have the pleasure of receiving fitness or health advice from Rebecca, you should know that she’s following that exact same advice. She put it best by asking us, “Are you ready to change your life for the last time? I did and I am NEVER looking back”.

…a strong mind is the key to a strong body

She’s SO ambitious. Rebecca’s ambition is the key to her success. She used that drive first to lose the weight, to compete, to open her own business, and now to become an incredibly successful celiac blogger and speaker. Bexa Body Fitness embodies everything that Rebecca stands for. Bexa is an unbelievably positive environment full of people with REAL goals. The clients of Bexa aren’t there because they want to look like Victoria’s Secret models, they are there because they want their own after picture. Rebecca is constantly throwing out big ideas for her business. She never stops showing us what she’s capable of and what she knows her business if capable of. Weekly lunch meetings with her are hour long conversations about all of her projects. I am constantly impressed with the amount of work she takes on. She holds her staff to high standards because Rebecca doesn’t accept anything but the best her clients.

Thank you for listening to me for a bit! I hope you all take what I said to heart and have an even greater understanding of and appreciation for this woman

Yours truly,