Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by Natural Noshing and taking a few moments to learn a bit more about me. My name is Nora, and I am an active, thirty-something “foodie” with a passion for nutrition and eating natural, real food — nothing too fussy, over-processed or complicated. Growing up, I was the girl that didn’t read novels or magazines – I read cookbooks and recipes. I was always looking for new recipes to tweak and put my healthy twist on each. I’ve been following food and fitness blogs since 2009 and decided I wanted to start one of my one. I love cooking food, I love talking about food, I love pictures of food – perfect fit, no?
I always eat gluten-free and (mostly) refined sugar-free as well, minus a few holiday sweets or special occasions (something’s gotta give occasionally!). I have found that avoiding gluten and limiting my sugar intake resolved my ongoing struggle with digestive issues and improved my overall health and energy. I’m an avid runner and love being active, whether it be walking our dog, hiking or attending weekly bootcamp (Shout out to FitSoldiers!).
Why Natural Foods and Gluten-Free/Refined-Sugar Free?
For years, I thought I was lactose-intolerant. Well, that’s what my physician suggested at least, so I went with it and I avoided dairy like the plague. Taking digestive pills never fully solved my stomach issues plus through high school and college, I struggled with my yo-yoing weight.
In 2009, I heard more about “going gluten-free” and researched what it was all about and the symptoms people experienced with gluten intolerance – basically fit me to a T. In March 2009, I gave up gluten in attempt to relieve my turbulent tummy. Within a month, I felt much better and after two months, I was basically a brand new woman!
Within those first six months, I was on a GF product rage and wanted to try everything from highly processed cake mixes and cookies to bread and crackers. I was on sugar overload, and although my stomach was on board, my energy was lacking. I scaled back on the “boxed goodies” and started to focus on whole foods and more simplistic, balanced meals. Worked like a charm! Within several weeks, my energy was back, my weight stopped fluctuating and I even ran my first half marathon!
I hope to share my ideas, gluten-free recipes and adventures in fitness and life with you. Thanks for tagging along : )
Hugs and Health,