Gluten-Free Diet Myths & Tips From Peloton Co-Founder Marion Roaman

Gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular, but our expert reveals how healthy and how hard it really is to eat wheat-free.

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Gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular in America, with everyone from Hollywood actors to gastroenterologists touting the benefits of giving up wheat. With so much buzz surrounding the diet (originally developed for people suffering from Celiac Disease) we wanted to know just how healthy a gluten-free diet is.

That’s why we consulted Marion Roaman, the Co-Founder and General Manager of Peloton, who has been gluten free for years. Marion debunked the biggest myths surrounding the gluten-free diet, and even shared her tips for sticking to the wheat-less regimen. Get the low-down below and tell us if you’ve ever considered going gluten free in the comments below!

1. Should people without Celiac Disease go gluten-free? I believe people should eat unprocessed, natural, whole foods. I understand that life if is crazy busy, however my rule of thumb is if you have to purchase something packaged, it should not have more than 5 ingredients. This is step one. If people find they still are not feeling energetic of suffering from swelling, joint pains or digestive issues, the next step would be to eliminate gluten.

2. What are the biggest advantages and disadvantages to adhering to a gluten-free diet? The biggest advantage of a gluten free diet is it eliminates a lot of food items that simply aren’t healthy to begin with. The biggest disadvantage is the fact that because it’s so popular now, there has been an onslaught of gluten-free items to hit the market. MOST of these are nonsense and not healthy.

3. How do people who don’t have much time to cook homemade meals eat gluten free? Salads are available in most stores, restaurants and to-go places. Short of that, yogurts are easy on the go, most fruits and vegetables can be consumed quickly and need little preparation. Doups are available on the fly as well!

4. What are the most surprising benefits of going gluten free? Higher energy levels is the first thing to happen, and it’s important to stay away from caffeine. People who give up gluten find less dips in their energy, which leads to better sleep. Many people who give up gluten also find the change in their diet allows for better meals, which keep them full throughout the day. Finally, a few months after going gluten free you’ll see skin improvements.

5. What is the biggest myth people have about gluten-free diets? That ‘gluten-free’ products are good for you. Non-packaged foods that are naturally gluten free are the way to go. Bob’s Red Mill packaged products are a healthy option, but do require at-home preparation. See one yummy recipe that we tried, below:

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
Yields: Two 12-inch pizza or one 16-inch pizza crusts

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Ingredients

  • 3/14 cups Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast packed (enclosed)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, combine water and yeast. Let stand a few minutes.

Add eggs and oil to mixture and blend briefly. Add Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix and blend about a minute on medium speed, until combined.

Leave dough in bowl, split in half and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 20 minutes.

Place dough on greased pizza pans. Using (very) wet hands, spread out dough to cover the full pizza pan. Bake without toppings for 7-9 minutes.

Remove from oven, cover with favorite sauce and toppings. Bake for 14-18 minutes.

Once you enjoy the added energy from eating gluten free, put it to good use at a Peloton Cycle class! Don’t worry if you’re not close to a studio – you can live stream these high-intensity cycling classes from home! Click here for our review!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Mani Monday: Polish for National Chocolate Day

We found a guilt-free way to celebrate your favorite sweet treat—with a chic manicure!

Happy National Chocolate Day! While we’d love to dig into a gooey chocolate brownie, tub of rich Ben & Jerry’s or break out XL Hershey’s bar today, we hardly feel entitled after a long weekend of indulgences. Instead of pigging out, we’ve decided to honor our sweet tooth’s favorite food with a stylish manicure. Here are five perfect shades to celebrate this mouth-wateringly delicious occasion:

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Suzi Loves Cowboys, ($9, loxabeauty.com). Zoya Nail Polish in Louise, ($9, zoya.com). Essie Nail Polish in Chocolate Cakes, ($8.50, essie.com). Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Superstar, ($20, deborahlippmann.com). Color Club Nail Polish in Killer Curves, ($8.50, shopcolorclub.com).

What’s your favorite chocolate-brown polish shade? Share in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

July 4th BBQ Fare: How to Make Healthy Choices

Chances are you’ll be attending a barbecue of some sort this weekend—here’s what to eat so you don’t ruin your summer diet just yet.

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Happy July 4th week! We’re just as excited as anyone to celebrate the U.S.A. this weekend–with only one thing holding us back. The calorie-laden BBQ fare is making us just a little nervous this early in the summer. We’ve got weeks of bikini-wearing to go! To get the scoop on which BBQ staples are okay to indulge in and which are the worst offenders, we chatted with nutrition and lifestyle author Elizabeth Somer, as seen on The Today Show and Dr. Oz. She gave some important insight on which foods to skip, and what you can try instead to replace them with! Somer says:

Skip the high-fat entrees, like hot dogs and sausages. Instead, Try obtaining your protein from omega-3-rich salmon, chicken breast, shrimp, or portabello mushrooms.

As far as sides go, Somer says to skip the chips. Instead, get your crunch from greens! Try a tossed salad made with dark greens (kale, spinach, etc.), rich in the eye-protective compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Skip salty seasonings and condiments like teriyaki, soy and barbecue sauce. Liven up your meal with something a bit healthier! Try Puree fruit instead and add to a marinade. Adding a bit of a sweet ingredients (like watermelon or dark cherry juice) to grilling sauce adds flavor and helps balance other bold spices in the marinade.

Skip hamburgers, which have a higher fat content. Instead try ground chicken or turkey burgers using breast meat. Add diced onions and celery for flavor, then top with a slice of watermelon or pack the burger with dark greens, like spinach or romaine. You’ll still get that flavor you’re craving!

As we all know, alcohol is a sneaky culprit and the downfall of many a diet. We talked to Registered Dietitian and Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, Rene Ficek, who gave us some tips on which beverages you should reach for this BBQ season:

1. Light beer is best. On average, a light beer will contain 80-120 calories, which isn’t too bad. Some beers, like wheat based beers or IPA’s, can contain upwards of 400 calories, which can really break the calorie bank!

2. Drink dry wine- not sweet. Sweet wine typically has an additional 100-150 calories per glass.

3. Use club soda as a mixer. Club soda pairs well with vodka or gin. Plus, you will be helping to rehydrate yourself to prevent a hangover. Lemons and limes can help flavor this mixer without adding calories, plus it will add a nutritional boost of vitamin C!

4. Say no to adding juice, sports drinks, energy drinks or soda to any alcoholic beverage. They simply add calories and do not offer any nutritional benefit.

What’s your best tip for staying healthy at a BBQ? Share it in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Enter to Win a Summer Girlfriends Getaway!

Grab four of your best girlfriends for a full weekend of relaxation and fun! 

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Remember as a kid how much you’d look forward to summer vacation? Forget the staycation days you’ve resorted to—it’s time to recapture that childhood magic (in an adult way!) and revisit the idea of a real summer vacay. How much fun would it be to grab four of your girlfriends for a four full days of relaxation, catching-up and adventure. Enter to win the Summer Girlfriends Getaway at the Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos and you could win a real escape with your favorite gal pals–just like the good old days (but better…)!

This fabulous prize includes:

  • A four day, three night stay for the winner and three friends
  • Three gourmet meals a day
  • All beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • One spa treatment per person
  • Group wine tasting class
  • Chef’s cooking and baking demonstration
  • Outdoor excursions, such as hiking, biking and kayaking
  • Art and cooking classes
  • Resort amenities-hot tubs, pools with hydro massage waterfalls & more
  • $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week

We know you need no more convincing to enter to win this amazing getaway–so go ahead, enter now! Plus–it never hurts to share with your friends for more chances to win!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

The Catskills: NYC Weekend Getaway Guide

The Catskills are a short drive away from NYC, and with adventures like ziplining and canoeing, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. 

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If you live in NYC, you know that summer definitely beats winter in the city, but sweltering temps and intense humidity can induce some serious exhaustion. Although we have to bite the bullet Monday through Friday, sometimes a weekend retreat is just what the doctor ordered after a long (hot!) week.

One of New York’s best kept secrets and surprisingly close weekend getaways is the Catskills, located about two hours upstate. The Catskills have a rep for being a ski and snowboard hot spot, but the variety of adventurous summertime activities is actually quite impressive.

From adrenaline pumping zipline tours to breathtaking waterfall hikes, this action-packed destination has something fun for everyone. Check out our guide to the Catskills and tell us what activity you can’t wait to try:

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Ziplining at New York Zipline Canopy Tour
64 Klein Ave & 23a Hunter, NY 12442

If you’re looking for a heart-pumping adventure than New York Zipline Canopy Tour should be your first stop. There are several different zipline tours that accommodate all levels, but we recommend the Skyrider Tour that begins with the longest, tallest and fastest zipline in North America. You will be blown away by the views of the Catskills as you soar 600 feet above ground at up to 55 mph. Click here for more information or to book your tour.

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Hike the Kaaterskill Falls
Accessible via NY 23A between Haines Falls and Hunter

This stunning two-drop waterfall is one of the oldest tourist attractions in America, with historical references beginning in the early 19th century. Since then it has become an increasingly visited destination thanks to its challenging trails that take you up the lush green mountains surrounding the falls. If you’d like a more relaxing way to take in the stunning scenery, bring some snacks and set up a picnic on one of the smooth rocks situated at the base of the falls.

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Kayak or Canoe at North-South Lake
County Route 18, Haines Falls, NY 12436

North-South Lake, located in the Catskill Forest Preserve, features 1,100 acres of pristine forest, a glistening lake and even a few sandy beaches. While the tranquil environment is reason enough to visit, a bevy of activities like hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and grilling promises hours of family-friendly entertainment. Renting kayaks, canoes and rowboats is extremely affordable, ($20-$25 per day) and there are several picnic tables, grills and benches situated on the lake when you need a break. Click here for more information.

Photo by Doug Kerr via https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/6989055966

Photo by Doug Kerr via https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/6989055966

Antique Shopping in Tannersville
6045 Main Street Tannersville, NY 12485

If shopping is your preferred method of breaking a sweat, get ready to explore the town of Tannersville, an adorable main street locale nicknamed ‘The Painted Village In The Sky’. This quaint town features restaurants and shops, all painted in bright and cheery colors, and the variety of antique stores can’t be missed. After you shop until you drop, head over to the Hunter Inn just a few miles down the road for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay. Click here to find out more.

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.