I’m writing this from the plane on the way back from the most awesome weekend in Napa spent with some of the most brilliant healthcare educators on the planet! Some of them also happen to be close friends – I learned a lot and had a total blast.
I was hanging out with my girls JJ Virgin, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Dr. Anna Cabeca, Cynthia Pasquella, Donna Gates, Leann Ely, and, oh yeah, we let some guys in too – had a great time with Yuri Elkaim, Pedram Shojai, Alan Christianson, Tom O’Bryan, Sean Croxton, and more!
We got together to brainstorm about making a revolution in healthcare. We’re all passionately committed to the mission of helping you take control of your health so that you can live life to the fullest.
We all learned so much from one another, and yes, had some great wine – JJ organized a party in a wine cave, how cool is that?! I love getting together with all my really smart friends so that I can bring back what I learned to you to help you feel and look your best, as quickly as possible.
Here’s the number one thing we all agreed on: gluten is just not worth it.
We all agreed that gluten is a major cause of diseases and health problems, including low energy, belly bloating, moodiness and weight gain, which is why we ate healthy, Virgin Diet-approved foods – which are totally gluten free – the entire weekend. That doesn’t mean we didn’t eat delicious food, though.
Here are some tips that you can use to help you cut down on or even stop eating gluten:
- Substitute vegetables: Swap out pasta for spaghetti squash – it’s delicious with marinara sauce. Or you can even try some spiralized zucchini. You can get a spiralizer at your local kitchen store or on Amazon - my kids have a blast helping me spiralize veggies, and zucchini makes great noodles that I like to make with an almond butter thai sauce for a pad thai experience.
- Try gluten free flours: We ate delicious calamari “breaded” with rice flour. Yum!
- Branch out: When I’m having a craving for bread, my daughter and I love to make my muffin in a minute recipe (Check out the recipe on my blog.)
If you could use a boost – more energy, a better mood, and an easier time maintaining a healthy weight – try cutting gluten from your diet.