Q&A with Girl Gone Crunchy

As promised, I am here to answer YOUR questions.

What do you mean by “crunchy?” I am not sure if this is a Northern California colloquialism or not, but “crunchy” or “crunchy granola” is a term used to poke fun at hippie types or those who live naturally. The term “crunchy” is often associated with Birkenstocks and tie dye.

Your Instagram posts all say #diabeticfriendly, are you diabetic? No, I am not, but as a PCOS sufferer, I have blood sugar/insulin issues. I, thus, follow a low carb, low glycemic diet that is well suited for diabetics.

What are your gluten free flours of choice? I have found that coconut and almond flours work best for me. I like the way they turn out, and they are both grain free, low glycemic, and good sources of fiber, protein, and vitamins.

What are your sweeteners of choice? Raw honey, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, and pure stevia.

Do you meal plan? At the moment, no, but I usually whip up a large batch of cookies or muffins on Sunday night to have throughout the week.

Do you have any tips for people with a constant case of the munchies? I used to suffer from the munchies in a major way, especially in the off period between lunch and dinner. I was constantly grabbing handfuls of everything in my pantry. I have come to realize that the biggest thing I can do to alleviate this is start my day off with a protein rich, nutrient dense breakfast. My blood sugar and metabolism are set and balanced throughout the day when I eat something like my paleo chocolate chunk muffins or drink a smoothie with fruit, greens, and whey protein. As the saying goes, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

Do you have any crunchy inspirations? While I cannot say I agree with everything each of these people promote eating or doing, my crunchy inspirations would include Mama Natural, Dr. Mark Hyman, Danielle Walker, Jessica of Ecoholic Beauty, and Dr. Joseph Mercola.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Cashews are definitely at the top of my list, but I enjoy a variety of snacks: apples with a slice of parmesan cheese, any of my paleo baked goods, homemade trek mix bark (coconut, dried cherries, nuts etc…covered in melted dark chocolate and then frozen), and fresh fruit, among others.

What do you do for exercise? It really depends on my schedule, my mood, and what I feel like my body is telling me, but it switches between the elliptical, weight lifting, yoga, zumba, and cardio kickboxing.

I’m sick of water, what do I drink? While I am a big proponent of water, (I did have kidney stones, after all), I feel your pain. When I’m sick of water, I drink organic teas, unsweetened almond milk, and the delicious, organic, chemical free, stevia sweetened soda, Zevia.

How do you balance your crunchiness with your Christianity? Look for a full post on this in the future, but I don’t believe that crunchiness conflicts with Christianity. I eat real food. I nourish my body. I live naturally. That does not necessarily translate to, “I worship nature and trust the stars to direct my fate.” I am a Christian who believes in treating my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. I don’t see an issue there, do you?

Do you follow a specific diet such as paleo, SCD, or GAPS? No, I do not. I don’t believe there is one “perfect diet” that will work for everyone. My diet is very low carb and low glycemic. It is quite similar to paleo, but I consume legumes regularly and some organic dairy.

Was there one specific moment that inspired you to go crunchy? There was not one specific moment, but a series of various moments. The final, and most hard hitting moment, would be when I realized I had PCOS.

Do you have any other interests besides nutrition? Oh yes! As you know from previous posts, I am a self-proclaimed Disney Nerd. I am purely obsessed with Charles Schulz’ Peanuts Gang. I love singing, no matter how inappropriate the time or setting. Despite all the brain cells I am killing, I avidly watch, and subsequently quote, television and movies. I adore all things related to The Wizard of Oz. I enjoy researching my ancestry and am fascinated by the cultures of the world, particularly those of Europe. I like to read. My favorite book is Little Women. I write poetry. I am irrevocably and abnormally in love with Christmas. I could go on…

Tell us three obscure facts about yourself. 1) I did capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates fighting, music, and culture, for two years. 2) My 11x great grandfather was John Alden. He sailed to America on the Mayflower, and signed the Mayflower Compact. 3) As a child, I had to watch QVC in order to fall asleep.

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