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Gluten Free Carbs


If you are gluten intolerant or have coeliac disease then you know that most carbohydrates are off limits.  Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. Its a food group easily overlooked when you have this intolerance.  Celiac or not, carbohydrates are the most important source of fuel for your muscles and your brain!

This is what you need to know about Carbs:

Carbohydrate for Muscle Buliding

An adequate intake of carbohydrates will spare protein from being used for energy. However, if you do not eat enough carbohydrates, protein will be broken down for fuel instead of the preferred role of building muscle tissue. In addition, your body may go into ketosis, a condition that puts stress on the kidneys.

Carbohydrate for Brain Power

The glucose from carbohydrates is the primary energy source for your brain. If glucose sources are insufficient, the result may be dizziness, weakness and low blood sugar. Trying to exercise with low blood sugar will impair your performance and result in physical and mental exhaustion.

Nutrients in Carbohydrates

Good sources of quality carbohydrates include whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit. The foods from these categories provide essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber that would be difficult to get from a low-carbohydrate diet. Eating enough of these foods may help you to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, provide vitamins and minerals essential for the maintenance of your body, reduce diverticulosis and constipation, reduce cholesterol, support proper bowel function, and help you with weight maintenance by providing a feeling of fullness.

Carbohydrates for Athletic Performance

Carbohydrate stored in your muscles and liver, called glycogen, is essential for athletic performance. Glycogen stores become depleted when the intensity and duration of exercise increases. It is important for athletes of any level to restore glycogen by consuming carbohydrates before, after and maybe even during exercise. These stores are optimized by consuming a high-carbohydrate diet. For the athlete, a low-carbohydrate diet translates to low energy.

“So, what can I eat!?!?!”  Thats what I said to myself when I realized that I was not eating enough carbs.  Especially after working out!  ”During a run longer than 60 minutes, you’ll need to consume 30-60 grams of carbohydrate per hour and 6-8 oz fluid every 15-20 minutes to maintain your energy and stay hydrated.”

Below is a list of Gluten Free options for Carbs.  Remember, it is also best to focus on foods with a low Glycemic Index.  The higher the Glycemic Index, the higher the rise in blood sugar and the longer it takes to return to normal.

1. Lentils                        (Low Glycemic Index)
2. Baked Beans            (Low Glycemic Index)
3. Peaches                     (Low Glycemic Index)
4. Apples                       (Low Glycemic Index)
5. Oranges                    (Low Glycemic Index)
6. Milk/Yogurt             (Low Glycemic Index)
7. Chocolate                  (Low Glycemic Index)
8. Banana’s                   (Moderate Glycemic Index)
9. Pineapple’s               (Moderate Glycemic Index)
10. Orange Juice          (Moderate Glycemic Index)
11. Potatoes                    (High Glycemic Index)
12. Carrots                      (High Glycemic Index)
13. Watermelon            (High Glycemic Index)
14. Honey                       (High Glycemic Index)

I hope this helps!

Dani Vox

Carbohydrate information came from the following websites:

Breaking The Vicious Cycle
Slow Burn Fitness
Womans Day
Live Strong
My Food Diary
Net Doctor
K Science
House and Home 

Headphone Search


I just can’t decide which headphones to get!  First off I think most headphones are just UGLY. Its not like I am going to be wearing these out trying to make a fashion statement but there is just something about having aesthetically pleasing tools that adds to the experience.  Work doesn’t have to feel like work.  Especially if you had a pair of headphones like the one above!

I would LOVE to get a pair of the Indigo or Grape Plattan Plus Headphones. They are so cute! But every review I have read says that they are an “everyday” or “lifestyle” headphone.

Ok… I like the Indigo more.  :o)

I found this other cool pair called ROC Nation Aviator Brown Gold by Skullcandy  (I guess the name really does say it all!)  Love these!  But…not the technology I need either.

I needed something  with great sound, quality and sound isolation.  Bummer these did not fit the bill.

After going through a few more websites: B&H Photo, Bowers & Wilkins, Turn Table Lab, and  Grado Labs, Inc,  I checked out Sennheiser (recommendation from Tony Sison from The Good Life) and ended up ordering the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro.  Though they are not the sexiest pair of headphones out there they are studio monitoring headphones packed with everything I need (and more) for my home studio.

I guess “work”  will just have to wait until they get here!    :)

Dani Vox

Loquat Album Release TONIGHT!


Come out to the Independent tonight and look for me selling awesome Loquat MERCH! OH! and hear the band! Haha! See you there!

Buy tickets here: TICKETS  or at the door.

Dani Vox

Fit Approach


Ask and you shall receive!

About 3-4 weeks ago I was talking with a friend about wanting to be inspired to work out again.  It had been 3 months since I had exercised regularly and I was having a hard time getting back into the groove.  A week later, I received an email from Jenn at Fit Approach.  There came my inspiration!  She had asked me if I would be interested in being a Sweat Pink Ambassador.

What does a Sweat Pink Ambassador do?  I have the opportunity to contribute content to the Fit Approach Blog.  I am helping to inspire others to adopt and live a healthier and happier lifestyle.  This is something close to my heart because of my gluten intolerance.

When I found out that I could take control of my health by eating a certain way and felt the positive effects almost immediately, I wanted to share my story with as many people who would listen.  It was an emotional journey in discovering that I don’t have to feel sick all the time.  That I don’t have to just “live” with the symptoms… and now I feel like I can do anything!

Three weeks in and I am back into my workout grove!  I am waking up at 6am to hit the gym and I have even started to take a boxing class at The Park Gym on Tuesday nights to mix it up!

I look forward to being a part of a health conscience team.  I hope to inspire and to be inspired.

Thank you for reading!

Dani Vox



Below are the videos from my debut performance on my 30th birthday.  Thank you for celebrating with me!  I can’t tell you how amazing it was…