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September 20, 2019

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I got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s over 6 years ago and what started as a strict gluten free diet has gradually morphed into something more restrictive as the years have passed, as I have had more children and as my condition has advanced. This is not an opportunity for medical advice (I’m under the care of a great doctor!), but often I get it people questioning, “So what do you eat in a day?” So one not-so-particular day this week, I snapped a few pictures of what I eat during the day.

 See the kitchen sources here.

I am grain free, dairy free, soy free and try to keep my sugar intake low. I also eat eggs sparingly–maybe once a week, and that’s a recent addition to see how I handle it. I get bloodwork done every 8 weeks, so the jury is still out on whether or not I can keep enjoying an egg or not.

Breakfast: I generally wake up nauseous so breakfast is a very important meal for me. Sometimes I have a green smoothie and a No Cow bar if we’re on the run. But when I’m in the office, I like something more substantial. This morning, Chris made pillowed eggs (2 whites and a yolk), an arugula salad, cherry tomatoes, turkey sausage and berries.

Lunch: I generally lose track of time until lunch and ran into the kitchen to make my favorite wrap with these Coconut wraps. I’ve tried a few flavors and I love all of them. I fill it with turkey, arugula, peppadew (tell me you’ve tried these peppers–they’re amazing!) and dressed with Primal Kitchen dressing. (Not pictured here, the second one I also ate. ;)

Afternoon Snacks: I can’t go from lunch to dinner without a snack, can you?! These Grain Free Cheese Puffs have been my go-to lately. They’re delicious and crunchy. And although I’m not a big pop drinker (It usually takes me three days to drink a whole can), this day I had some Zevia Ginger Root beer with the puffs and I might as well been in college again. Felt like a party.

Dinner: For dinner that day, we picked up Panera on our way home from errands. I think this was their seasonal greens salad and I love ordering from them because everything is customizable.

So that’s what I normally eat in a day! When I have a treat at night, it’s usually an apple or banana with almond butter or a handful of berries.  Or occasionally some dairy free ice cream but even that has been making me sick lately. All in all, I’m satisfied. This has been my diet for over a year now, so I’m very accustomed to it. I will say looking at this day, it looks like a lot of arugula (haha!). Usually dinner is a little more robust and Chris makes a wonderful dinner with a meat and vegetable side or something but it’s nice to be able to grab something on the run, too.

Other fun things this week

• I ordered this bathmat for Greta’s bathroom, isn’t it so sweet?!

This bathroom by @sararosedesign featuring our semihandmade cabinet line stopped me in my tracks this week.

This thought hit home.

You Don’t Know Jacque is such a great nail color for fall.

• We will be opening enrollment for our Good Influencer Working With Brands course again on Monday. The first round went fantastic and we’re so excited to welcome more students!

• We did a one hour bedroom makeover (using only what we had–no paint or buying anything) earlier this week and it has improved my life! Another testament to the power of a phase 1!



• I ordered this Camel Striped Scarf and it’s so luxe!

• Tis the season for pumpkin chili. MMMmmm.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

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  1. Julie Rossman says:

    Pop! It’s a regional word that I say too!

  2. Natalie T. says:

    Julia, thank you for sharing this post. It means a lot. There are so many people modifying their diet and lifestyle to accommodate various health issues. A lovely post like this is always welcome to help change things up a bit. I get frustrated sometimes and am trying to focus on the beauty of the produce to downplay what I can’t have (no one else in my family has dietary restrictions AND I’m the primary cook). I’ll be sure to try out your recipe and product recommendations. As someone who also avoids GF and most grains, I’ve found this wonderful blog/website that has been so helpful:

    Unsure if you can have coconut (Native Forest Organic for me) or almond milk (I make my own to eliminate additives), but I’ve found pain/discomfort associated with my illness, especially joint pain, really improves with consistent use of Turmeric Tea/Lattes and Dandelion Root Tea/Lattes. Initially, I thought they were a fad, but they work for me. I just feel better. Plus, they kinda feel like an indulgence if I whip them up in the blender to make them frothy!

    Thanks again! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Ashleigh E. says:

    Thank you for sharing your food diary! It’s a great encouragement that “restricted” eating can be satisfying AND beautiful.

  4. Nikki says:

    Do you have a bed or a cover over your sleep number base? We just got one and I’m trying to figure out how to make it “stylish”!! Thanks

  5. Tara says:

    Great post! I almost ordered the same bath mat the other day and keep thinking about it….maybe this will get me to pull the trigger. Also, I’m not a huge soda drinker either, but I’ve recently fell in love with Olipop (you can get them at Whole Foods). They’re supposedly good for gut health and digestion and all the flavors are yummy. I especially love the strawberry & vanilla.

  6. Cath says:

    This is awesome. Thank you for sharing that quote. So wise.

  7. Kim says:

    Julia, thank you for this post chock full of good stuff! Those eggs look so cool— I’ve never heard of pillowed eggs! Also, FYI i just wanted to tell you how beautiful I think you are:)

  8. Grace says:

    How did Chris make those eggs?!?! That whole platter looks amazing

  9. Stephanie says:

    Is the fiddle leaf fig in your master real? If not, please link where it’s from. I’ve slowly been killing my second fiddle since March. ???? (the first is still alive and kicking after 5 years lol)

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for posting a typical day in your diet. I always wondered what foods would be on the list, with such a long “no” list. Looks delish!

    As always, I am so inspired by your phase 1 rooms. They look better than most people’s phase 2!

  11. Jessica says:

    Thanks for this post! I love food ideas as I also have Hashimoto’s. My diet isn’t quite as strict as yours. Lately, my go to source for recipes is from this site (not sure how I survived before I found it) and I’m always glad to add new recipes to the rotation!

  12. Sherri says:

    I was wondering Julia, if Chris makes something else for he and the girls for dinner that isn’t as restrictive or just because he loves to cook? And I understand that is worth every restriction to keep optimal health and feel better! I admire your discipline!

    • Julia says:

      We all pretty much eat the same thing, I just usually eat a modified version. If everyone is having spaghetti, I’ll have spaghetti squash with the same sauce. I’ll have Siete taco shells on taco night or lettuce wrapped burgers while everyone else has a bun. He always cooks something healthy that we can all eat.

  13. Jody says:

    I highly recommend trying Whole Food Plan Based eating. You are most of the way there already. Meat can contain hormones of the animal or given to the animal and thus can cause havoc with Hashimoto’s and other similar conditions. Dairy is often the most difficult thing to give up and you’ve already done that! :)

  14. Sarah says:

    Did you ever have to eliminate nightshades? I’m going to be starting AIP soon for my Hashimoto’s as I’ve realized for me, it’s the only way I’m going to find out what is causing my inflammation. Not looking forward to it at all. Also starting to treat SIBO. I am so ready to feel better. I’m at my worst and also at my wits end. ????

    • Julia says:

      I haven’t and I’m praying I don’t have to. Tomatoes and peppers are my everything.

      • Colleen says:

        I was going to mention nightshades too! Some people’s bodies just can’t handle them…crazy bodies! And that is a lot of roughage…no way my body could handle all those greens. Hope you find out what it is!

      • Jen says:

        For what it’s worth, I felt the same way. But it’s been easier to acclimate than I expected. And for me, it did help with my symptoms — so that’s been helpful incentive to keep it up. Thanks for sharing the day in the life of a restricted diet :)

  15. Kris says:

    I was so excited when I saw you had a great color for fall! I was needing a new one! When I got to that part of the post, I laughed because that’s my go-to color. Great minds!

  16. Lulu says:

    I absolutely love your bedroom makeover!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing what you eat. I’m on Whole30 right now trying to lose 25 pounds of pregnancy weight and I love some of your finds! Like the coconut wraps! What?!?!

  18. Liz says:

    I subscribe to (and love!!) the Magnolia Journal and couple issues ago Joanna Gaines was wearing this very moody nail polish on the cover…I doubted that they would credit her nail polish BUT they totally did and it was You Don’t Know Jacques! I totally fangirled our and picked it up at Target right away! I wear it often (wearing it right now!) and highly recommend it.

  19. Ashley says:

    I have no dietary restrictions (other than generally eating healthy!) and I was oddly most excited to see “what you eat in a day.” Would love to see more casual stories like this as it’s always interesting to get new ideas for snacks or meals. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chris’ recipes but I know that takes more effort to write the recipe and go through everything (always very much appreciated!) but I love seeing this and hope you share more!

  20. Barbara says:

    Are you still planning on having a garage sale tomorrow?

  21. Krystal says:

    I just need to tell you that I am trying to get my hashimotos flare up under control and so I eat up a post like this????. I’ve had it for over 20 years and the battle continues, but we got this ????????

  22. Well you make gluten free look delicious! I enjoy simple cooking with fresh or healthy food too.

  23. Kristin says:

    I thought of you when I made these grain free pumpkin bars… not sure if they’d fit with your diet, but they were good!

    And another Idaho blogger :)

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