So What Is Gluten?

A few posts ago I added a great clip to my blog on The Truth About Milk – Making An Educated Choice about the costs and benefits of cow’s milk by D News. What I found at the end of the clip was a link to another very helpful D News explanation of what gluten actually is.

This is a question I get asked all of the time, so I thought I would add the clip to my blog to settle any questions or confusion people may still have about gluten!

Hopefully this is helpful for people questioning if they may have celiac or gluten sensitivity. An easy way to test whether or not you may be sensitive is to eliminate gluten from your diet for two weeks and see if your symptoms ease. If they do not (and even if they do) it may be time to book an appointment with your local naturopath to know for sure what’s going on.

Gluten Free Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

It’s about that time of year again! Busy shopping malls, beautiful trees and baking…lots and lots of baking. If you are anything like me (other than the birth of baby Jesus of course), this is one of the best parts!! I love to do some Christmas baking for my family and friends when the weather gets cold.

Unfortunately, baking for myself and other people got a little tricky when I changed my diet. I could either make something for gluten free eaters like me or I could bake an entirely different recipe for my family and friends.

Now, thanks to Betty Crocker one cookie fits all! These Cake Mix Sugar Cookies are both delicious AND gluten free!

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An Ode To Scrambled Eggs…How To Deal With Cravings

I have been on this diet now for just under a year and to be honest sometimes it seriously sucks. I miss convenience, flavour and fluffy textures. I swear sometimes I dream about dancing cupcakes. What I miss most of all though are eggs. Scrambled, boiled, omelettes, quiche…need I go on? There just isn’t a substitute for a good old fashioned egg.

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So when I am craving a western what do I do? Well, (after I cry a little) I try to come up with a list of foods I CAN eat. Unfortunately when you have a restricted diet feelings of frustration occasionally come with the territory. The trick is not to linger on those negative feelings.

In addition to listing out some egg-less craving fillers, it is important to get connected with others in your community. Now I don’t mean your local community (although getting to know the Smith’s up the road is great), you need to connect with other people who struggle with the same restrictions. There is comfort in strangers and strength in numbers! Together, you can share in your struggles and swap recipes to overcome them!

Even then there will be some days that are harder than others, on those ones do what I do and watch Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon singing about their deep love for scrambled eggs on YouTube.

Just remember you’re not alone in this, let me know how your food restriction journey is going in the comments!

Good luck!

Tasty Stuffed Peppers

If you like peppers, rice and turkey you’re in the right place. Stuffed peppers make for a great tasty dish at the end of a long day. This is a great recipe if you have a bit of extra time to prep dinner. This recipe has been taken and adapted from its original on All Recipes. Although I have added turkey to it, this meal can easily become vegetarian friendly.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked White Rice
  • 2 Green, Red or Orange Bell Peppers Halved
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tomato Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

Begin by preheating the oven to 400° F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Next, cook up your ground turkey in a pan on medium to high heat with your garlic. You will then need to cook your rice up according to the directions on the box and set it aside.

Place the halved peppers cut-side down on the baking sheet and roast them in the oven for approximately 25 minutes (or until tender). Continue reading

The Truth About Milk – Making An Educated Choice

You may be debating whether or not you should remove milk from your diet. Before you make any lifestyle choices it is good to do a bit of research into the costs and benefits of elimination.

There are many video, blog and journal resources out there for people considering this. Check out the D News video posted on YouTube below for a short explanation of the costs and benefits of milk consumption.

Hopefully this helps to clear up some of your questions about drinking milk. Now you can decide whether or not it is time to switch to a milk alternative. For more information on milk substitutions, check out Milk Substitutes For The Dairy Challenged.

It’s Taco Tuesday! Taco Salad That Is…

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One of my favourite dishes to make for dinner is a classic taco salad. Even on a cold night this is a great choice! The spice and heat of the meat makes this dish a perfect balance of hot and cold. As you all know by now, cooking is not my forte. I am not terribly proud of this fact, but I’ve come to accept that I will never be Chef Ramsay. Thankfully, meals like this allow me to fake it.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Package Sodium Reduced Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can Bean Medley
  • 1 Head Iceburg Lettuce (or baby spinach if you prefer)
  • 1 Package Tortilla Chips
  • 1 & 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1  Medium Chopped Tomato
  • 3 Tbsp Low Fat Sour Cream (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup salsa

Begin by browning the ground turkey in a large pan over medium-high heat. You will likely not need to drain your meat because turkey has much less fat than beef. Next, stir in your taco seasoning and rinsed bean medley. Continue to simmer on medium-low for approximately 10 minutes.

Chop up your lettuce and add it to a large bowl. Next, crush as many tortilla chips into the bowl as you like. Add in the cheese and tomato. Mix these ingredients together in the bowl before lightly tossing in your ground turkey and bean taco mixture. For garnish, add the sour cream and salsa on top of the salad and serve.

This is a very easy dinner to make for one or for friends and family.

Enjoy!

Eating on the Fly: A Gluten Free Survival Guide

One of the most frustrating things to do when you have a restricted diet is finding a quick bite to eat. Eating on the fly becomes a test of patience, a nerve wracking gamble and an overall hassle, as many of the typical fast food options are riddled with gluten.

Through both personal experience and researching the reviews offered within the gluten-free community, I have developed a list of fast food options.

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Wendy’s has really tried to make eating with a sensitivity easier at its North American locations. They provide an extensive list of menu items and their nutritional/allergen content information. The majority of their salads (and dressings) are gluten free as well as items such as chili and fries. If you have a Wendy’s around, never fear. Those hunger pains will be gone quicker than you can say “want fries with that?”

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