Monday, April 16, 2012

Finding balance…and gluten free food

A big part of my life is balance.

In my early twenties I would go ALL IN or nothing. If I wanted to get fit, then I had to exercise everyday or nothing. If I wanted to eat healthy, then I had to count all my calories and always end up at 1,000 by the end of the day or not and hit the Golden Corral buffet.

If I was going through a stressful time, then I would wallow in the stress and think of nothing else. If I partied, then I was the last one to be drug out of the party.

Funnily enough, I found balance in a lot of ways through Celiac Disease.

You see, with Celiac Disease, when I went gluten free – I went ALL IN. There was no turning back; I finally started to feel healthy again. But I had to learn balance with my diet.

And I suppose through marriage, I continued to learn balance. Just because I’m feeling stressed or put out, doesn’t mean that I get to check out from duties in our relationship. I had to learn how to manage the tough, while attempting to take care of myself and those around me. I had to learn to go easy on myself.

This past month has been really hard on my family. Parrish and I have been wading through, and we’re pretty lucky to have an amazing support system in Wilmington.

This past Friday I spent the morning at UNCW getting some kinks worked out for school, while Parrish spent the morning in the hospital with his Dad. Our quick weekend trip was certainly NOT a vacation.

I had some time in between meetings, and lucky for me MOH and Amy-Lou offered to pick me up for lunch. Stolen hours with friends are DEFINITELY good for life balance.

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Bonus Points: They called ahead to a restaurant to see if they had gluten free options.

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Yep. They sure did.

Surfhouse in Wilmington, NC is AMAZING. Featuring yummy sandwich combinations and tasty tacos in a relaxed atmosphere, I was instantly in love. Organic ingredients and fresh local produce…need I say more? Oh yeah, AND gluten free bread y’all!

I ordered a steak brisket sandwich with arugula, thinly sliced radish, and some sort of cool cucumber sauce on gluten free bread. Served with a side of salt and pepper chips and a large vat of

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UNSWEET TEA. Yes, I am addicted. I am also addicted to Surfhouse. Yep. I went there for lunch two days in a row AND ordered the exact same thing, except instead of chips I ordered a side of fruit.

This sandwich was INSANE! The steak was tender and flavorful, with NOT ONE bad bite!

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It’s all about balance Winking smile

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The Soda Stream winner will be announced tomorrow! There were so many email entries, I want to be sure everyone gets their fair entry. With the lack of time this weekend, I’m going to finish it up tonight!