Tired of feeling tired!!! So tomorrow starts the personal training expedition. I am excited and scared. But the only thing this can do is make me feel the same. BUT I think it is going to help me feel super. I have found some super gluten free products to help me along the way. The nuturitionist has set up my plan and I am ready to go. Breakfast will be Visalus Shake with Almond Milk; Mid Morning Snack is a green apple with some natural peanut butter; lunch is (my fave) avacado~tomato~weight watchers smoked string cheese mixed with lean chicken or tuna; afternoon snack is a think thin bar and some almond milk (yummy); supper is another visalus shake. I use Advocare Spark throughout the day and Racing from GNC for pre-workout. Let’s see how it works. Thinking positively :). Oh and these rice thins as AHHHHMAZING!!!
Just because you have Celiac’s disease, why should we have to miss out on PIZZA?!?!? I think I may have found my fix!!!
This is tried and tested by kids and other adults. Passed with flying colors. Perfect or Diabetics or those with Celiacs or gluten intolerance.
1 8 oz package of cream cheese at room temp
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all of the above ingrediants with a handheld mixer. Pour the mixture into a 9X13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 min. until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
1/2 cup of pizza sauce (g=free versions are Preggo or Classico)
1 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
Toppings: hamburger (I use ground turkey), pork sausage, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, olives, peppers, etc. Load it up!!!
Spread pizza sauce on crust after it has cooled. Top with cheese and toppings. Spinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Summer is the perfect time for family get togethers. And I have found the perfect recipie that EVERYONE loves. No one can tell the pasta is gluten free and there is never any left! If you’re making it for a larger crowd, just double the recipie.
1 package Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Pasta Spirals
2 or 3 2.25 oz cans Mario sliced black olives
1 container grape olives
1 package Sargento 6 Italian Cheese
8 oz of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing (I like it really zesty, so I use 16 oz)
1 package Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
Cook the package of pasta. Drain and put in refrigerator to cool completely. When it is nice and cool add the remaining ingredients and ace back into the refrigerator until time to serve. Stir well and get all the ingredients mixed very well. It’s a hit at any party!!!
It’s that time of year…barbecues, baseball games and endless days spent at the lake. When I first found out I had Celiac’s, gluten free beer was pretty difficult to find, which was upsetting to me. I love to drink a good beer and watch a great baseball game. Now there are more gluten free options available. If I’m not in the mood for I cider beer, I’ll stick with Redbridge. Angry Orchard, Crispin and Woodchuck are becoming more available in some restaraunts. Local bars and stores are starting to carry these as well. Today I find out Stella Artois (my favorite beer) has come out with a gluten free hard cider called Cidre that will soon be available. I have noticed more and more gluten free options, not just in beer but in everything which is great and is making living with Celiac’s Disease a little easier.
Superbowl Sunday is generally one of my favorite times of the year. I get to hang out with friends and family and get into a tense argument of who is the better team and why. It doesn’t really matter who is playing, unless it is the Cowboys, my Dad is going to automatically cheer for the team opposite of me to ensure a good night. This is of course unless the other team playing is the Eagles, Redskins, Steelers or 49ers. We are SAFE this year. There is always lots of food, cold Miller Lite and good times to be had. Well this year a few changes have been made. I will not be drinking the Miller Lite that I enjoy so much, instead have found three different Hard Cider Beers that are acceptable.
Surprisingly, the madre has been paying attention to what I have been telling her about do’s and don’ts. She called me today to tell me about the menu and explained that she looked very closely for MSG or gluten free products and got some Mission Corn Tortillas for me. Good job mamacita!! So tonight I went shopping for a few products for me to just to make sure and I found some good stuff. Granted it took a while to look through the ingredients off everything, but I think it paid off. Some of these include Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, Sandwich Pal Horseradish Mustard and all the makings for my favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip (recipe to follow).
So whether you are yelling for Jim (49ers) or John (Ravens), may you have a fabulous Superbowl Sunday!
Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 16 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Sauce
- 1/2 cup Lighthouse Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 cup Lighthouse Blue Cheese Dressing
- 3/4 cup Sargento’s shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup Sargento’s shredded Parmesan cheese
- Make sure that cream cheese is softened.
- Mix cream cheese, wing sauce, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing and mozzarella cheese in a mixing bowl.
- Add chicken to cheesy mixture and stir well.
- Spoon chicken mixture into a medium size casserole dish and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Let me start with I live in a small town…I’m talking on stop light. I work in a larger town about 10 miles away. There we have 3 grocery stores and 1 health food store. The Wal-Mart (as my southern Mawmaw would say) had the best variety and prices…but it’s dreadful!!! Yesterday I ran in for a few things and to my surprise Wal-Mart’ gluten free area has moved up to 2 WHOLE sections…oh yeah it’s the little things! The Wood is moving up!! If they keep it up, there will not be a need to drive 2 1/2 hours to buy groceries or to buy them online…one can only hope!
I am not sure I have ever been so thankful to have Friday finally here. This week has kicked my ass. There have been several contributing factors of course. I have a high stress, fast paced job and this always equals a beaten. The next thing contributing factor has been my wonderful loving family. I have no doubt that they love unconditionally. Sorting out the Celiac and Gluten free maze is hard work for me it is frustrating and confusing to them. Most of our family events center around food. My family understands that I cannot eat bread or pasta and even have brown rice pasta on hand. But trying to get to understand the process of cross contamination, MSG, etc is foreign. Add to that my father’s confusion of why his beer drinking daughter won’t sit down and have a Dos Equis with him after a long day anymore. He is a very patient man and is learning, he asks lots of questions. But it is frustrating to go see everyone and not be able to eat the food, I have to take my own. I know it will get easier, but at this point, the smallest amount of gluten sends me over the edge. The other thing kicking my butt is the girls night once a month. I am not one of those girls how drinks hard liquor of the fruity girly drinks. When we would go out for girls night, I loved being able to enjoy a draft beer. Well those days are gone…at least they are in the town I live. None of the restaurants or bars serve gluten free or cider beers. So I am trying to learn how to enjoy different cocktails on these occasions, this week it was just soooo much easier to flake out. But I am NOT going to sit my ass in my house like some shrinking violet…I have always been the life of the party. I’ll figure this out, feel better and get back out there soon. Today I had the pleasure of going to eat with my co-workers. I love them!!! But now, I am the one who gets to determine where we go to eat, because I have “special needs”. WTH?!?!?!?! It’s called celiac’s. I can eat at almost any restaurant, with the exception of the MSG laden Chinese buffets (I would be in the fetal position in a matter of 30 minutes! Hopefully they will soon get this through their lovely noggins. High point, tonight I got to enjoy a gluten free pizza from Dominoes. I know, I know…CROSS CONTAMINATION!! Before ordering I spoke with the manager and asked them to show me how they cooked the pizza and to see the pans. They have a specific area to prepare the pizzas and 4 pans that are labeled specifically GLUTEN FREE. So far, so good 🙂 However, all was not good. I did learn tonight that I was allergic to red pepper. Holy geez!!! That was the scariest thing I have every experienced…trouble breathing, throat closing, hives, sweating, etc. Thank goodness for children’s Benadryl, the liquid kind. It is pretty quick acting and although I am very tired, everything is all better. So now I need to make sure there is not gluten or red pepper.
I have to say that I have been extremely worried about the absorption of nutrients. I know I am not getting these. My appointment with the nutritionist was postponed. Because of the vitamin deficiencies, my doctor recommended vitamins from GNC (they are gluten free) and ViSalus (gluten free) for breakfast. I was very hesitant to start the ViSalus because I do not do well with shakes. I have to admit this one is great. The nutrients you get from the shake are AWESOME. I mix mine with some almond milk, greek yogurt, fresh fruit and ice. This is helping with weight loss as well, which is something I really need. I found an app with an overwhelming number of recipes for the shakes, as well as a website. I have felt much better in just the two days that I have started the shake. Now if I can keep it up. And hopefully, I will kick next week’s ass 🙂