You don't need 30 days…
…or 100 sit ups a day, or to starve yourself to be a gluten free six pack Dad!
You can get these six packs right now!
You'll be proud to show and share these six packs without looking like a “fill in the blank” taking shirtless selfies and posting them on social media.
Thankfully, those days are gone for us Dad's (at least most of us) but it doesn't mean we can't have 6 pack abs and show them off while you hold your kids' hands at the beach or while splashing in the pool with them.
But first, before you work on those six-pack abs, the truth is that you need a healthy gluten free gut, or else your gut will be bloated no matter how many sit ups you do.
6-packs for the Dad
Did you realize that beer has gluten? So if Dad has a gluten sensitivity and thinks, ‘I've cut out the pretzels but I won't give up my beer.' He can still have both. There are gluten-free pretzels, though I personally would rather have some Jackson's Honest Chips made out of just 3 real food, gluten free ingredients: potato or sweet potato, coconut oil and sea salt with my gluten-free beer.
And after trying several different gluten free beers, Omisssion is one of my favorites because they have 3 awesome brews available to choose from, Lager, Pale Ale and IPA. There are so many different gluten free beers that when I saw this the April-May issue of Craft Beer and Brewingmagazine in the store, I had to buy a copy for my buddy, king of gluten and mastermind behind The Gluten Summit, Dr. Tom O'Bryan.
If this section of the article gives you a craving for beer, and you don't have any gluten-free beer yet, then you may want to try some of Dr. Tom's Gluten Shield supplement, Glutenza. (We use some of this when we eat out at restaurants to provide a little extra protection from gluten sensitivity inducing foods.)
2. Stumptown Cold Brews
Make sure you look at this picture closely. Because when I saw it, I thought, beer with coffee? It's not, but one of my local LA favorite coffee roasters Stumptown has done it again not just with their bottled cold brew, but also this cold brew infused with nitrogen that looks like a can of beer. If you typically experience heartburn after drinking coffee, then know that cold brew coffee is less acidic!
3. Coconut Water
Coconut water is all the craze, as it should be. It's nature's Gatorade that naturally hydrates, replenishes your electrolytes, and if you go a little overboard with the first six pack and last six pack on this list, it is also proven to help with a hangover! Not, that any one you need that, but it's also good cleanser after a night of enjoying even one alcoholic beverage.
The first coconut water I recommend is the real thing, straight from the coconut tree (or from the produce stand) and all you have to do is put a straw (we prefer clean chemical free glass straws, dishwasher safe with a Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage) in it and use this “manly man” tool to drill a drinking hole!
After that, I recommend Harmless Harvest because it's just that, coconut water but bottled for your convenience and no added preservatives!
Whatever coconut water you enjoy drinking, read your labels and make sure it just has 1 ingredient: coconut water. Because lots of coconut waters will have artificial additives and even sugar added to it.
The beauty of Harmless Harvest is that it is cold-pressed coconut water. Not conventional pasteurization, because the high temperatures in pasteurization, can affect the nutrients and taste. You want all the health benefits of coconut water and the taste!
Speaking of taste. If you're kind of over coconut water or just want something cool and different for Dad, try what I call “The Black Label of Coconut Water” which is Harmless Harvest with Fair Trade Coffee. Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water with Fair Trade Coffee is 100% organic and gives you that 1 shot of espresso with coconut water in the rest of the bottle. This gives you that coffee flavor with the benefits of hydrating at the same time.
4. Mountain Valley WaterSpeaking of hydration, good old fashioned water is the best for that. And I really mean “old fashioned” because this Mountain Valley water is the real deal, fresh from natural springs and bottled into a chemical free glass bottle. And, if you prefer sparkling water, they offer that too!
Good old fashioned companies like Mountain Valley do not compromise convenience for your health or that of your family.
How much water do you need for a healthy gut to be that Six Pack Dad? Drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh, 160 pounds, then be sure to drink at least 80 ounces of water per day! Are you doing that??
5. Health-Ade Kombucha
To help you get off of soda, and even alcoholic beverages, this probiotic-filled drink helps your gut. Literally! Remember, if you are working towards those six-pack abs, no amount of sit ups is going to get you your six-pack abs if your gut is unhealthy. An unhealthy gut is sick and bloated.
I'm sharing Health-ade Kombucha with you because they are another local LA based company and we met one of the founders 2 years ago at Patchwork edible when they were just getting started. Now, we've seen them at Whole Foods, Mother's Market, Jackson's market and even in Hawaii at Mana Food in Maui. Lean more about the health benefits of this bubbly probiotic tea by visiting their website.
6 Frey Wine
California wine is delicious and affordable. This one is one of my favorites! Frey Wine is organic, biodynamic (click here to watch our interview of a Biodynamic wine expert) and no added sulfites. We learned about this wine from The Food Babe. And love that Whole Foods and Sprouts carries this wine. And when you buy 6 at Whole Foods you get a discount so that you can share with grandpa, uncles, brothers, buddies, and other Dad's in your life. You even get a re-usable bag to hold all those bottles.
Speaking of sharing, please share this list of NEW gluten free six-pack ideas for celebrating Dad!
Have you tried any of these six-pack ideas before? I'd love to hear what you thought. Even better, what should be included on this list?
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