Tried and Tested: Gluten-Free Beers

Tried and Tested: Gluten-Free Beers

With Memorial weekend coming up and pool season/lake season/beach season I figured now is the perfect time to try and find a gluten-free beer. Some hot days a beer just sounds good, and it may be too early for a cocktail and it is a commitment to keep wine and champs cool in the heat. But, I’m also not trying to walk around with bloated gluten belly. So this is the place where gut health and fun can live!

I coerced my fiance and family to help with the taste test and we all have experienced pallets, so we are incredibly trustworthy for this task.

To make this as realistic as possible I didn’t go around to different spots and collect beers I saw, because how would that be helpful? No one shops that way. I picked one spot, Central Market. They had a pretty good selection, comparable to Whole Foods. I also called Specs and the guy on the phone said they have a decent selection. I’ll go there next time and let you all know, because that is how dedicated and giving I really am.

Okay below are the five beers with tried (I didn’t do any ciders to stay in the beer taste family) and our commentary with the clear winner to follow.

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Number 1: Omission Brewing Co. Lager

This was the closest to drinking like a Michelob Ultra, but with more taste.

Here’s everyone’s notes: light/easy drinking/citrus, refreshing, yummy, tastes like a Blue Moon, light/crisp, light and citrus.

All in all, everyone was into it!

Number 2: New Belgium Glutiny Pale Ale

The Glutiny had a masculine profile, hoppy.

Notes: hop till ya drop, spicier/bitter/feels heavy, sharp on the tongue, bitter, cool/hoppy.

Not the best, not the worst.

Number 3: Discovery Draft Mead

So, technically we learned this is a mead, which is a honey wine. The can was quite deceiving or maybe I should have known what mead was? So, this is not beer and all the notes prove it was not a fav. We have 3 cans left over if anyone is interested!

Notes: kill me, terri-bull, watered down juice, bad-real bad, shit!, Welch’s white grape juice.

Obvious crowd favorite.

Number 4: Omission IPA

The crew overall felt mixed about this one. I could have given them pool water and they would have liked it better than number 3!

Notes: drinkable/hoppy/fun tatse, hoppy, okay/could drink half, light and hoppy, hopp-scotch, hoppy but drinkable.

Number 5: Damm Daura

This beer is from Barcelona and their logo actually comes from the breakage
of the molecular chain of gluten, cute!

Notes: easy/little hop/smooth drinking, yummy/light, not a fan, like it not love it, good/could drink at the pool.

The winner: Omission Lager- by a land slide. Omission might be the easiest one to find too; they have a pretty well known name in the gluten-free beer space. They have four different styles: lager, ultimate light (my next try), IPA, and a pale ale.

So, there you have it! Protect your gut and have a beer! What will they think of next?

 

 

 

 

New Moon Rituals

New Moon Rituals

Do you hear the word astrology and automatically think back to horoscopes in Teen Vogue and remember how you applied it to you and a guy you liked; oh the good old days.

I started getting into the real side of astrology when I started Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington (I definitely recommend) and I was fascinated because here you have all of this intel from the planets and moon to help you with your current or upcoming energy and flow. You’re probably thinking this is a little too woo woo for me. A true story: last mercury retrograde I read that I should do more listening and focus on hearing others; I didn’t listen, flat out did the opposite and ended up in a tiff with my fiancé. Oops (sorry universe and Brian). It’s nice to have this information in your back pocket. And even nicer to use it!

So, with the new moon coming on May 15th a new moon ritual is a simple//noncommittal dip in the water. An aperitif on how planning with the planets can be very balancing.

Why the new moon?

The new moon represents new beginnings. This is the perfect time to make an intention/wish/vow/goal. It’s believed that as the new moon grows so will your intention. The new moon also has the energy of a fresh start; rid yourself of any negativity keeping you back.

This May new moon will be even more significant because Uranus will move from Aries into Taurus.

The New Moon in Taurus will be offering a very stable and rewarding energy that is going to help us maximize all that we have been working on throughout the year, particularly professionally. If you have been feeling lost in your career, or unsure of how to turn your passion into profits, this is going to be a great time to put plans into action. – Forever Conscious

Forever Conscious is an amazing source. You can try their intention practice or help it to inspire your own version: think about what your career path may look and feel like. Perhaps even consider writing down what you want your ideal day to feel like, and then work on bringing those feelings into your daily routine one by one. This simple exercise is likely to help you get things moving and will help you to shift your vibration.

Uranus to Taurus

This shift will give us new insights on security and stability. You might analyze the ways you seek comfort. Uranus being in Taurus could be about letting go of the security blanket and taking a bit of a risk, learning to trust yourself more. Uranus is all about freedom and change.

Here are a few things I’ll do leading up to the new moon:

  • Intention set in my journal and focus on career as well as other promises
  • Palo Santo our space for cleansing
  • Use pyrite– it’s the ultimate symbol of wealth and good luck and a great crystal to help your intentions
  • Create a daily mantra I can carry throughout this phase
  • Take a bath to cleanse for a new beginning

Happy New Moon!

xx, Kalain

 

 

 

 

 

New Goop Dallas Guide x DWD

New Goop Dallas Guide x DWD

I love Goop so much. I would more times than not follow everything they say to do #groupie. I’m sounding a little scientology-ish. But, In Gwyneth We Trust, right?

Okay as much as I love Goop, I have a few edits to their new Dallas guide. I know they’ll halt the press after reading this, but there’s a couple gems I’m going to help them with. Goop, you can call me any time!

Here are my notes (wellness stuff only- I didn’t cover Shop or Stay)!

Activities and Culture:

Well I’m not a big activities chick so this list looks nice and I learned about a few places I didn’t know about. DWD adds:

White Rock Lake- there’s a lot of nature (for Dallas standards). I’ve paddle boarded on the lake; you could picnic; the Arboretum has fun concerts.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail- I haven’t done this trail yet, but it’s on my list of outdoorsy things to do (gotta get that Vitamin D).

Eat:

I definitely have some add ons! But, to be fair there’s a lot of restaurants to cover.

Highlights: Grange Hall, Gemma, Le Bilboquet, Orgin, Sachet, Shinsei

DWD add ons:

  • Neighborhood Sevices
  • Tei Tei
  • Masero
  • Jose
  • R&D/Hillstone/Honor Bar (I know this is not exclusive to Dallas, but it’s really good)
  • Montlake Cut
  • T Room
  • Mirador
  • Tribal- I almost don’t want to share the secret that is Tribal; it’s so good and refreshing to have in Dallas.

Drink:

I didn’t really dig the drink list, but I’m also not hanging out in them like I once was (kids will change you!). DWD add ons: Javiers (good patio), The Mansion (good ambiance and live music), Lounge 31, Monkey Bar. I mostly go for places where I can hear and quality. This is probably a lot like a list my parents would make, but what are you going to do? If I’m going to be out with the potential for a little headache the next day I need to hear, I need to laugh, I need good conversation, and a good something in my glass. The true fundamentals of life lol.

Specialty:

Okay I have some good ones to add:

  • Brewed and Pressed- amazing wellness coffees, tonics, eats, and their own line of wellness powders and products, think He Shou Wu and Ashwagandha
  • The Greenway Shop- non-toxic beauty and wellness shop on Lovers, adorable
  • Bar and Garden- not your traditional spirit + wine store, everything they carry is free of artificial color, flavor and or preservative
  • Roots Pressed Juices- just all things healthy living
  • Juice Land- amazing smoothies with top add-ins
  • Burgundy’s Local- 100% grass-fed beef store
  • Ascension Coffee- I flock for their avocado toast

Beauty & Wellness:

This was good! I love PilatesBarre, I’m glad that was on there, I think it’s my new favorite Pilates studio. Here’s a few more:

  • Class Studios- spin and training classes. This space is beautiful and I love the owner, Jasmine. I highly recommend taking her classes. She was the instructor of the very first spin class I took!
  • Misaotra Beauty Sanctuary- heavenly holisitc facials and treatments, check out my post under Beauty
  • Balancing Energy- they have it all: yoga, guided meditation, IR sauna
  • Mohler Recovery- float therapy, cryo and ozone therapy. I went in for the ozone therapy and had the best experience. I sat in their massage chair first and then sweat it all out in the little ozone pod while I watched Netflix

Let me know what else I mistakenly forgot!

xx,
Kalain

 

 

 

 

The Best Holistic Facial in Town

The Best Holistic Facial in Town

I had been searching for a holistic spa in Dallas and wasn’t having a lot of luck finding what I was looking for. And then the universe graciously gave the best gift, Misaotra Beauty Sanctuary!

Wendi, the amazing gal of Misaotra, could not be more of a delight! First, her room is Pintrest come to life; relaxing colors, cozy throw, natural light, crystals, plants, warm tea. You sort of forget you’re in Dallas. And I was on cloud 9 when I walked out. I thought I was a fresh faced goddess walking the mortal streets.

I had recently been having some skin flair ups. It got to the point where I was disguising myself to run into Ulta for products (too embarrassed for Sephora and 90% sure I saw someone I knew and straight up dodged them) to making an emergency appointment at the dermatologist for draining (hope you’re not eating) and a cortisone shot. I really did not want to go on any medication for this, but my ego couldn’t take it any more.

I saw Wendi for the One Hour Skin Ritual facial and it was such a treat. First I did a foot bath and drank tea as Wendi and I talked about my skin, the products I was using, my birth control and my goals. I learned so much. She is a wealth of information on products, ingredients, how they effect your skin and how it all comes back to plants.

The facial was heavenly. Wendi uses crystals to begin her treatments. The products she used were all plant based by the company Laurel and they felt and smelled amazing. She lathered on different exfoliates, and  masks, and elixers. While those sit she treats you to a relaxing foot, hand/arm, neck/scalp massage. She incorporates holistic instruments like a jade roller, whatever she sees that your skin needs.

I came in with a blemish that I had of course tried to mess with because you know how that always makes them better. Wendi used the Laurel Blemish Treatment on it and toward the end she told me it was about 50% better. Me being a plant-based skin care virgin, I was shocked.

I bought into the plant beauty lifestyle and left with the combination skin cleanser. It is love! I’ve gone weeks without a blemish and I’m somewhat pessimistically waiting for something to surface. Instead, its been so refreshing to like my skin again. This really jump started my switch to clean beauty and I’m so grateful.

So, now I’m looking for any excuse to go back to Misaotra- maybe a Mother’s Day present (hint hint Brian) or that very popular ‘you have a 3 year old’ present, or that old/historical ‘treat yourself’ holiday that I think is coming up?

xx, Kalain

Photo courtesy of Misaotra Beauty Sanctuary Instagram

Tried and Tested: True Roots Cookbook By Kristin Cavallari

Tried and Tested: True Roots Cookbook By Kristin Cavallari

I didn’t think I could do this to my girl Ina, but here it is, True Roots is my new go to cookbook! I had anxiety about what I wanted to make and share with y’all because I wanted to make everything! I haven’t found a cookbook where I would make 99% of the recipes until Kristin Cavallari’s new cookbook came out and not because I was Team Kristin. Her recipes are all gluten-free, dairy-free (she does use sheep and goat milk just FYI), and refined sugar free. Oh and the 1% is the Apple and Fennel Salad only because I hate fennel.

The recipes are inviting; they aren’t overly complicated. There are a few specialty ingredients you’ll need to get from Natural Grocers or Amazon, but that’s easy. What I love is that every recipe I made was packed with flavor and was made with ingredients that help you, not hurt you. It’s win win.

Say you’re trying to eat mindfully and cleaner these days but you’re a little bummed because you always loved Lay’s Onion Dip or apple pie or French fries or stuffed jalapeños at a football party. You now have a clean version. She took those things like fried green beans and changed it up with good ingredients and preparation. Here we go! Continue reading “Tried and Tested: True Roots Cookbook By Kristin Cavallari”

My First and Not Last Colonic

My First and Not Last Colonic

So, we’re getting a little personal.

Why are we talking colonics? I recently became interested in gut health, digestive health, and how clean our bodies are on the inside. I wanted the toxins out and this was my first project. The colon cleanse has been used throughout history to improve the body’s natural detoxification processes, restore digestive health and improve someone’s overall quality of life. A well functioning colon is so important for your mind and body. I didn’t realize, until some research, that the colon plays a part in hormonal balance, appetite control, sleep and mental processing.

How I Got Here

I had started following Nicole Berrie of Bonberi and she is a wealth of all things wellness from food combining to colonics. She lead my curiosity to Gil Jacobs who is the expert (apparently he’s given himself 1000 colonics!). His philosophies and teachings led me to the world of colonics.

Bad food sticks in the body. Pollution and drugs stick in your liver. As we collect over time, our effectiveness, our fabulousness, our looks, and our niceness all get detracted by the retention of all this matter.

Gil Jacobs, Well + Good

I also read that colonics have helped with skin conditions and food cravings, so I was an easy sell. I’ll circle back to the food cravings at the end because it definitely helped me. Continue reading “My First and Not Last Colonic”

Power to the Supplements

Power to the Supplements

Instead of spring cleaning I’m a big fan of new year cleaning. So, this January I reorganized our entire kitchen area; the pantry, the refrigerator, cabinets, drawers, all sponsored by my trips to The Container Store. And this year I added a supplement cabinet! The shelf right above the wine and champagne glasses.

Supplements to me are the easiest good thing you can do for your body. Throw them in a smoothie, thrown them in a breakfast parfait, thrown them in some night time tea, just throw them back, what have you! For the most part you can pick however is most convenient. And convenience is key.

Continue reading “Power to the Supplements”