Monday, April 7, 2014


I've been thinking more and more about my speech. I've decided that I'm going to talk about the importance of living a happy life. 
Before I went gluten-free, I constantly felt sick and gross. I didn't want to run around or do anything, and I always just felt tired. Once I dropped gluten from my diet, I felt 100000x better than before. I realized that for years I was living in pain all so that I could have flour in the food I ate. I look back now and realize how stupid that was. Why would I want to waste time feeling awful when I could use that time to feel great and go do something?
Change can be hard, and in life, many people resist change just so they don't have to adapt to a new way of life. The fact of the matter though, is that change can be for the better. Without changing what I ate, I would still feel sick and tired to this day. 
I learned a lot of things throughout the course of the project. The most important being that our lives are too short to be spent living unhappy and in pain. We must cease the moment and strive for happiness and serenity. 
Now that I have my topic, I must mentally prepare myself to present. I hate public speaking. Always have and still do. The nice thing is though, that not having to memorize the speech will keep me from potentially messing up. 
The next few weeks will contain lots of practice and hopefully when the time comes it will be easy breezy. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog post #19

Last week I was interviewed for our school newspaper about the fact that I'm gluten free. I was asked basic questions like how long have I been gluten free, what's the best/worst part, etc. It was fun because ever since I started this project, I love talking about being gluten free. I used to hate it and think it was embarrassing, but now I'm super happy to share my experience and what I went through during the first part of it. 
Anyways, I was interviewed and it was published in our paper last Wednesday. 
I read the article and realized that the student who had wrote it had interviewee a few other students about their gluten free diet. The coolest part was that there were other kids at my school who had the same restrictions I did. I always figured that I wasn't the only one but actually reading about specific people helped me know for sure. 
Throughout the duration of this project, I realized that I love being gluten free. It's something different and unique that I can do. I have become more confident about it and I've really enjoyed doing all this different research and investigating. 

I've started to construct some potential speeches. So far, nothing has struck much of a chord but in hoping that I'll find some good inspiration soon!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Work it out

After focusing on the first part of my book, all about being gluten-free, I had started to construct my second part. I wanted it to mainly revolve the aspect of working out and keeping active as a teenager. We all have very busy schedules. From school to homework to jobs and sports, we hardly have enough time to stop and think. When given an oppurtunity though, exercising and working out can be give very positive results. One of the biggest advantages of course is the loss of weight or the gaining of muscle. As teenagers, we don't necessarily have to stress over losing weight, but by exercising regularly we can maintain ourselves and be able to look our best. Another reward from exercising is that it can greatly improve our mood. It releases endorphins I'm the brain which give a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. It's also a great stress reliever. After a long day of work and assignments, going to the gym and running or lifting weights, can be a great way to focus your energy and release all of your negative feelings. Working out shouldn't be something you feel like you have to do. It should be something you want to go do everyday so your body and mind can be in tip-top shape! Exercising can be super fun and there's a ton of different things you can do as a workout. My goal for the second part is to, in detail, describe the benefits of exercise and also provide readers with some simple and fun workouts that will have a great affect on their bodies. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

The best and the worst

Even though we've been working on 20 time for over five months, I never really took time to think: Do I like it? Do I not? What's my favorite part? After contemplating for a while, I think I found the answers.

So far I have really enjoyed 20 time. I love how we had to pick something to do. We were forced to dig deep and really think about something we enjoy doing. Then we had to take that interest or passion and turn it into something that would be useful to us and people around us. It gave us something to focus on throughout the year and, in my opinion, help create a schedule that we could plan all our other work around. 
Yes, I liked my topic, but what I really liked was when we were told that the main goal of this was not to finish the project, but to take away a symbolic lesson or idea. I liked the fact that we wouldn't have to finish, but my happiness mainly stemmed from the fact that we had to dive deeper and find something to give a speech on. 

In all honesty, there wasn't much that I didn't like about this project. At first, it was frustrating to have a whole project and speech to complete. The work load  though, was no where near as bad as I thought it would've been.

Overall I've really enjoyed this project and I'm super excited to begin constructing my speech! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Speech planning

Throughout our week long break, I began to really narrow in on what I wanted the topic of my speech to be. At first, I thought about discussing the initial challenge of becoming gluten free and the different lifestyle changes I had to make. As I got deeper in though, I began to think about how that change made me feel so much better and how I didn't feel as sick on a day to day basis. I decided that I wanted the main portion of my speech to be about making sure you can always feel your best and be happy. By giving up gluten, I was able to have more energy and feel healthier. In addition to that, exercising and working out gave me extra energy and resulted in me living a happier more prosperous life. 

In the beginning of my talk I plan to summarize what it means to be gluten-free and how it affected my life at a young age. From there I'll describe the effects of my change and how it caused me to feel better. After that I'll continue on the topic of being happy and living right. 

I thought I would have a tough time planning what I would talk about, but it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I was able to find something straight forward to talk about and then also found a deeper symbolic meaning within it all. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

GF birthday results

The gluten-free birthday was a success! The cake was amazing and the cupcakes were fabulous! I may it may not have gained like 10 pounds, but it was so worth it.

The Georgetown cupcakes came on Friday and they were fabulous! We got lava fudge, peanut butter fudge, strawberry, and salted caramel. Each one was even better than the last. The best part was, you couldn't even tell they were gluten-free. 

One of the main problems that occurs when trying to bake gluten-free items is the consistency and taste. Cakes can tend to be less moist and more dense. The taste can also reflect the fact that flour is not a main ingredient. If done right though, cakes and cupcakes can be delicious and even better than the gluten filled kind. 

The cake we got was one of those cakes that's done just right. It was chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. It was even better than what I had remembered regular cake tasting like. Not only was it super tasty, but it was absolutely adorable. It had champagne buttercream with gorgeous pink flowers on top. It tasted just as good as it looked and it was definitely a success.

My main concern with the food was that it would taste like 'cardboard', as my father would say. That however, was far from true. Both the cupcakes and cake were amazingly delicious and the gluten-free birthday was quite a success!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gluten-free Bday

Last week we had our wonderful midterms. This consisted of 4 half days with about 2 tests per day. Most of the week and the majority ofthe week before was spent studying for these tests. That said, I did not get a ton of work done on my book.
I'm still continuing to do research for my second part and finalize my first part. This week will be fun though because my birthday is on Saturday! We will of course be having cake and cupcakes and they will all be gluten free! Throughout the course of the year my mom and grandma will make gluten free cake, cookies and brownies. These are always very good, but I thought I'd give the pros a shot at it this time.

The cupcakes we ordered are from a bakery called Georgetown Cupcakes. They are based out of D.C. and have a show on TLC. They started carrying gluten free cupcakes a few years back and now have 4 or 5 flavors to choose from. Of course we got a few of each! I'm hoping they turn out really well and i'm excited to try them!

The cake we're getting is from a bakery a little closer to home. Sweet Littlt Sheila's in the village has recently started baking gluten free cakes. I've never had any sort of cake from them but hopefully it will be super good!

I can't wait to try it all and see how the whole gluten free birthday thing goes!