Sunday, November 12, 2017

How Grainy Pains The Blog Became Grainy Pains The Vlog

I watch a lot of YouTube videos and the one thing that stands out is how Youtubers became inspired to make a video on YouTube, well this is my story.
I started out with my blog 2 years ago Oct 13th, I had just started out on my gluten free journey 4 months before. I felt that I wasn't reaching enough people but during my research into my illness I realized one thing they had in common, they all had YouTube videos,
Now, I never really gave it much thought to be honest until this year when I noticed that people were making videos with their Smart Phones, I had just gotten one myself but didn't really know how to make a video,
FAST FORWARD to this year when I threw caution to the wind, pulled up my "big girl pants" and made my first video called "The Gluten Free Gourmet".
I'm sure some of you have seen it, that was my first taste of making a video on my phone.
But this isn't about that, this is how my blog became a vlog lol.
Anyway, I was going to name my channel The Gluten Free Gourmet but, I found there were a bunch of other channels with the same name so that was out; I needed something original, something nobody else had for a name when the creativity light bulb finally turned on over my head!

Name my vlog after my blog!

SO, I typed my blog name into the YouTube search and nothing came up!
I found a winner!
Now you're probably wondering why I'm making a video while typing my blog; well, I like to kill two birds with one stone and this way maybe I'll get some new visitors to my blog too!
I have seen other YouTubers do this and I think it's pretty neat and maybe the ASMR people will like the typing sound ;o)

SO I hope you like this video and if this is your first time here; please hit the LIKE, Subscribe and SHARE buttons!

That's it for today;

Tube in on Fridays until January for my exercise videos And I will be throwing in some cooking videos in between!


Monday, November 6, 2017

The Art Of Belly Dancing; How It Can Shape And Tone Your Body!

If you want a fantastic workout without killing yourself at the gym then belly dancing might be right up your alley!

Belly dancing has been around for the last five thousand years and nobody's really sure where it originated from. If I were to guess though, my money would be on Africa,  only because I have seen their tribal dances and they are very similar to belly dancing.

Enter the Middle East, Egypt and Turkey; Those countries have made belly dancing what it is today!
As you can see below, I myself prefer just to wear the coined scarf, it makes a cute tinkling sound when I dance!

Bellydancer Beginner Abs!

I have been practicing belly dancing for the last five years, it started with a $5 dvd that I picked up at Wal-Mart, and some YouTube videos that were not in English and I've been hooked ever since! I have graduated though to a more complicated dance style dvd I have learned both the Egyptian and Turkish style of dancing but, I have even mastered that one and will be on a mission to find some better routines to learn!
 Now you're probably wondering why I just don't go to a class? Well, to be honest I can't justify spending $35 an hour 3 times a week on something I can learn spending less than $20 on a one time purchase!
 Now when I first started it was actually to lose weight; this was before I found out that it was my food intolerances that were keeping me overweight!
I wasn't losing weight from belly dancing when I first started as I had hoped I was actually gaining weight in muscle because I was eating high carbs; my arms & legs became bigger and bulkier as well as my hips and my booty while getting shapelier was not getting as small the way I wanted it!
But I continued belly dancing anyway because I always felt great after a workout! I started with 15 minutes every morning because let's face it; you're using every muscle in your body when you belly dance and my body wasn't used to that!

I had worked my way up to a forty minute daily session by the time I had started going gluten free and that's when it really started taking the effect that I was looking for!

My arms became smaller and more defined as the body fat melted away!
My legs became shapelier and sexier!
My abdomen, hips and booty became firmer and more defined as well!

Now you can get two different effects with belly dancing; if you want to be more muscular but defined, eat high carbs. But, if you want to be lean, petite, and sexy in a more feminine way then eat low carb and gluten free!  Belly dancing has multiple benefits aside from the physical effects as well; if you are pregnant of thinking about becoming pregnant, belly dancing strengthens your pelvis making it far easier to carry and deliver your baby naturally. If you suffer from heavy menstrual cramping, belly dancing relieves the inflammation from that. Also if you have digestive difficulties such as Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, chronic constipation, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome then belly dancing can help ease the discomfort in your colon.  When you combine daily belly dancing with my eating plan not only will you go down a pant size every week, but you will be changing your body shape at the same time and seeing the results in the mirror weekly!
 Join me every Friday as I will be featuring three belly dancing moves and teaching a routine at the end of the lessons!

Why once a week? 
There is a method behind my madness! It is far easier to learn an exercise routine when it's broken up and given enough time to practice which makes you look forward to the next set of lessons!

Stay tubed!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Chocolate Silk Cake Recipe

Good Day To You!

I know this post is a little late; usually I do my blog post right after I make my videos, unfortunately I had some computer issues that drove me buggy!

The history of my Chocolate Silk Cake is an interesting one to say the least, I created it about a year ago this november when I was in the process of making my Christmas Fudge.
Now normally for my fudge I would use Carnation Milk, marshmallows, white sugar, peppermint extract, chocolate chips and white sugar.

That was before my body decided to reject those ingredients!

So I had to come up with a new gluten free organic recipe, which I will share in a video in the next few weeks!

One of the things I had to do for my recipe was learn how to make my own chocolate as the chocolate that is sold in the grocery stores contain Soy Lecithin which causes digestive upset for me and, I taste test all my creations so I couldn't have that!

Anyhow the chocolate recipe that I found in a magazine that I have since lost turned out to be absolutely delicious! Thank heavens I memorized the recipe!

The Chocolate Silk Cake actually started out as muffins, but you know, I have been making muffins for the last 2 years and I really wanted to make a cake so I could at least have a cake for my birthday!

Chocolate Silk Cake With Caramel Sauce

What you need for the caramel sauce:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs of salted cultured butter
  • 2 tbs arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1tsp organic vanilla
  • 1/cup organic whipping cream

In a thick bottomed sauce pan on medium high heat, add the butter and stir with a whisk until melted, slowly add the coconut sugar and vanilla while stirring with the whisk. Continue heating until the sugar is melted about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat, combine the arrowroot starch/flour with the whipping cream and add to the sugar mixture, return to the burner you had it on but don't turn the stove on!
Mix thoroughly and set aside.

What you need for the Chocolate Silk Cake:

Preheat your oven to 375F

  • 5 Range Free Chicken Eggs
  • 1/4 cup coco butter and coconut oil combined (2 tbs coco butter and 2 tbs coconut oil) Remember to heat in a glass with hot water DO NOT MICROWAVE!
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1tsp organic vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs dark lightly roasted coca
  • 1 pkg Enjoy Life chocolate chips & chunks
  • 2 foil cake pans with one large sheet of parchment paper.
Start by beating the eggs thoroughly with a wire whisk until light and fluffy. 
Add the organic vanilla followed by the coco butter coconut oil combo.
Add the organic pumpkin puree
Add the coconut flour, baking soda and the coca

Mix these ingredients thoroughly and fold in the chocolate chips, let stand for 5 minutes.

While you're waiting for the cake batter to set you can get out your parchment paper and place your cake pans upside down on top of it and with the tip of a steak knife firmly trace a circle around the outer edge of the cake pans, this will enable you to just pop them out of the paper.

Once your batter is set, place the parchment paper in the pans and in the center of the pans start placing the cake batter with evenly numbered tablespoons.
Once your done that give them a couple of gentle thumps to get any air bubbles out and place in your preheated oven for 24 to 28 minutes depending on the size of your oven.

While you're waiting for your cake to bake, place your pot with the caramel sauce halfway on the burner of your stove where the heat from the oven is escaping from, if you have a ceramic stove then just put your sauce on very low heat until the cake is done.

When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes and remove the caramel sauce from the heat.

After the 5 minutes is up pour half the caramel sauce on the bottom top part of the cake, put the top part of the cake over that and pour the remaining sauce over it! Let it sit for 10 minutes to cool off and enjoy!

About the coco butter; you can get solid organic coco butter at any health food store. Coco butter is the base for all chocolate, coco powder just gives chocolate that rich brown color but not only that, coca powder is loaded with magnesium and antioxidants which are brought out when lightly roasted!

I hope you enjoy this blog please leave a comment if there are any recipes that you would like to see converted into more healthier versions and if you like my videos as much as I like making them please like, subscribe (if you're not already) and please share!

Stay Tubed!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Edible Slime Recipe!

Good day to you ghoulies & goblins:

Recently I have watched a lot of videos of teens & some kids making "slime" with household chemicals; and quite frankly that's very disturbing.

Kids are mixing two to four chemical compounds together that have no business being combined!
Not only are they putting themselves at risk for developing cancer but these compounds when mixed together, can burn your skin, nasal passages and lungs when breathed in if not in a well ventilated area!
It also has the risks of self combusting if the compounds become unstable! Do these kids not read warning labels or pay attention in chemistry?
But the thing that disturbs me the most is why are the parents not involved when these kids are making these videos? Are they just buying the stuff for them and hoping that the video goes viral?
Then there are the smaller kids in these households; we all know that little kids are always putting their hands in their mouths so what do think will happen when they handle this stuff and do that?

No chemical is safe when used improperly and certainly not when it's mixed with another chemical.

But, I have a solution!

While making my Chocolate Silk Cake video for my You Tube channel I almost created a caramel flavored "slime" for my cake! Fortunately I was able to save it but it gave me an idea!

Edible Slime Recipe

My version of slime is not only safe and non toxic but completely EDIBLE!

It only has 4 ingredients ( water, coconut oil, arrowroot starch, flavored gelatin)  all of which you'll find in your kitchen cupboard, it's environmentally friendly as it's 100% biodegradable, it gluten free so if your little goblin suffers from celiac disease you can rest easy knowing they won't get sick from it; and you can feel good knowing that your kids won't burn their hands making it (unless they put their hands on the stove of course!)
Parents should be supervising any child under the age of 12 in the kitchen as it is!

If you want to have some fun with your kids in the kitchen making this deliciously disgusting treat; click the video above and go for it!

Have a Safe and Happy Hallowe'en!

Stay Tubed!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Come For A Walk In My Shoes!

There are a million reasons that I can think of as to why I'm sharing my mission on healthy eating with the world but the best way for me to explain it would be to share the three scariest moments of my life with you.

#1: At the age of 14 I was struck by a car; when you get hit by something much bigger than you, you really do see stars! I'm getting ahead of myself though.
It was February, 4th 1984 I was on my way back home from the mall with a group of friends and we decided (stupidly) to run across the highway to the pizza place so we could call for a ride because we didn't have money to get home on the bus. Everyone made it across the road but me, I was hit by a woman who was speeding and had a couple of drinks under her belt. I still remember the impact to this day 34 years later. That wasn't the scariest part, neither was the fact that I came to broken & twisted on the road or the fact that the paramedic had to cut my jeans and shoe off to straighten my leg, and hip, and ankle.

No the scariest part was after I got to the hospital and my mom got there about 10 minutes later in tears and I came right out and asked her if I was going to die.

I almost did that moment when she looked me in the one eye that wasn't swollen shut and said "no honey" then quickly turned away and broke down crying.

Fortunately, for me I'm here to tell about it, if it wasn't for the fact that I was a chubby kid and I was wearing the overstuffed coat that my mom had given me for Christmas (that I absolutely hated) I wouldn't be.

It took 3 months of hospitalization and another 12 of rehabilitation to recover.

#2 Fast forward to March 14, 1990, I was 21 years old, living in a women's shelter and about to go into labour with my first child. I was truly alone, I had been outcast from my family because I refused to get an abortion, and so was homeless the whole time I was pregnant. My labour started around 12:30 AM but I waited until 6:30 to wake up the lady that I was living in the shelter with because I didn't want to wake her up too early. She took me to the hospital where I got prepped, I had no family with me, no friends, the only person with me was the L&D nurse.
When my son was born, that was when the reality hit me and I asked my doctor "what the heck am I going to do now?"

"You'll be fine" He said.

Scary moment NUMBER THREE

20 years later.....

I had been fighting the Battle of the Bulge for this long and along the way I had been diagnosed with cancer, (before that at the age of 19 I had my appendix rupture and lost my first child as a result but that's a whole other blog) the point I'm getting to is I was no stranger to the surgery ward. I am cancer free now, but I had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 34.

My health, both physical and mental started going downhill on rollerskates, I would go into deep depressions for months at a time and tried using the internet to make money at home, not because I was lazy but because I just didn't want to deal with the outside world.

During this time my youngest son had started getting into trouble with the law and life was one big stress ball, and then three things happened that changed my life forever.

The first thing that happened on December 23rd 2012,  was my oldest son moved out, but not just down the street; he moved to Colorado! That broke my heart and forced me to accept that he was not my baby any more. Reality can be harsh sometimes but teaches us to pull up our pants and move on.

The second thing that happened was my mother dying; my mother passed away January 7th 2013, I still can't think about her without tearing up (which is why this won't be a vlog)

The third thing that happened was August 17th 2013, after having my beloved Pit Bull Indigo for close to 10 years, I had to take him for his final walk to the vet to be put down, see at this point I had had enough physically and mentally with everything I was dealing with, never having enough money to pay the bills or put food on the table, I was working at Wal-Mart and living in subsidy (but the utility bills were killing me) not to mention the fact that I was only taking home $900.00 a month (for those that live in Ontario Canada you'll understand) getting back on topic I had decided that I needed to remove myself physically from the situation that I could not fix and I left my youngest son behind to fend for himself at the age of 16 (and on probation), did I feel bad about this? Honestly at the time, no; I was at the point in my life where either I had to make a change or I was going to end it with a tree & a rope.
So I went to live in Alberta with a family member for 6 months, while I was there my stress & health was no different but it was enough that I could concentrate and get my head together to pull myself out of the hellish pit of depression and anguish that I had found myself in.

Fast forward to June 2015 I was in my 1 bedroom apartment that I was sharing with my youngest son back in Ontario, working for the Salvation Army and my health was getting worse to the point where I started losing my hair, suffering from migraines twice a week and putting on 5 lbs a month.

Now for the scary part!

On top of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and stressed out by being accused by some coworkers that I was faking my illnesses I suddenly had to deal with the fact that I had stopped digesting my food completely!

Literally! I would eat dinner, which usually always consisted of pasta veggies and whatever meat that was on sale and not too close to going bad. Two hours later on the dot, I was on the toilet passing through what I had eaten chewed up!
Little did I know at the time; but I was suffering from MALNUTRITION as well as CELIAC DISEASE!
Now before this I had started passing mucus which I thought was because I had the flu; I was about to find out the next day that was not the case at all.

That was on a Friday and although I really didn't feel well I went to work for my afternoon shift; towards the end of the night when we were all cleaning up the store before closing, this sweet girl named Libby came up to me with a book with a picture of bagels on it saying "Look! Heather! Don't these bagels look soo yummy?!" After a few minutes of this I got the book from her and bought it with the intention of throwing it in the garbage after work................until the statement caught my eye; Lose The Wheat, Lose The Weight and Find Your Path Back To Health!

So I took it home and after what was to be my last plate of pasta I started reading, and reading some more. Before I knew it I was done the book in 9 hours!
Everything that I had been going through the last 20 hell not even 20 years; all my life was in this book! But not only that, the realization that my mothers death; (she died from dementia) could have been prevented! It hit me like a tree on the head!

This book opened up a lot of revelations for me when it comes to our relationship with food.

I wish I had known 34 years ago about the importance of eating compared to what I know now; maybe I would have paid more attention in school instead of hanging out at the mall, maybe I wouldn't have had my appendix rupture and have an ugly scar on my abs and maybe I wouldn't have developed cancer and been able to have the daughter I have always wanted and maybe just maybe my mom would still be here with me for a little longer.

Since that fateful day, I have read thousands of articles and talked to a handful of people about how food affects your health.

This is the reason I write this blog.
This is the reason I started my vlog.
This is the very reason that I will keep going and not shut up about it until things change in the food industry.

I don't blame any one person in particular for what has happened in my life but I do blame the greedy corporations for seeing dollar signs instead of people and how chemicals in food are slowly killing us off.

SO there you have it a short walk in my shoes, I hope that this sheds some light on the way you think about food and how it affects your body as a whole.

Stay Tubed! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Benefits Of Going Gluten Free

A lot of people scoff at the very idea of going gluten free; they say it's too expensive or there's toxins in everything so why bother?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
This saying is as true today as it was the day it was first quoted!
So let's get started with the many benefits of going gluten free shall we?

You Don't Have To Have a Digestive Condition such as celiac disease to suffer from the effects of processed food! The following results are what I experienced within months of cutting processed food from my life!
When you trade in those ready made chocolate muffins that you got on sale 1 day before they expired for muffins you made yourself from coconut flour you'll find it a little daunting at first but once you start eating real food you'll find that you won't have to take any stomach remedies or headache relief pills! That itself is worth paying a little more for your food don't you think?
Have you ever had those days where you just don't want to think about anything? That's because the gluten and other chemicals in the processed foods you're currently eating are creating what is called "Brain fog". Once you stop eating convenience foods and start eating real food that goes away almost immediately!
The protein in gluten blocks your body from absorbing any nutrients when you do try to eat healthy & over a long period of time can actually cause MALNUTRITION!
Once you cut gluten from your life your body starts to heal itself and absorb the nutrients from the real food you should be eating such as meats, vegetables, & fruits.
Have you been wondering why you eat like a bird yet still manage to put on a few pounds a month? You can thank that healthy "whole wheat bread" for that! When your body lacks nutrients it goes into "starvation mode" so anything you eat is automatically stored as FAT!
I used to dread rainy days because my sinuses were always inflamed, I would spend 2 to 4 days in pain from a migraine because of it. Not any more! Since I have gone gluten free my migraines are a thing of the past 
I have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin all over! It's baby soft and I have a natural glow! I don't even need to wear foundation or blush any more, just lipstick and mascara!
But the best thing of all is the disappearance of my "chicken skin!"
I used to get nasty dry little bumps all over my legs & parts of my arms; now it's gone! And as long as I stay away from processed food it won't come back!
Think of it, no more running to the john 2 hours after eating! Your body will actually absorb what you eat!
Think of your body as a car; without proper fuel and maintenance it won't work properly right? Well your body is the same way! Water is also essential to keep our internal engine running smoothly, if you don't like water then buy a diffuser jug, put your favorite fruit in it and drink your water that way.
Love your bodyit will love you right back!
Stay Tubed!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How To Prepare A Gluten Free Turkey!

Another Thanksgiving come and gone here in Canada and with it the loads of dishes (whew)!
I have not cooked a turkey since before I found out I found that I couldn't digest gluten due to celiac disease; so when my niece (who usually cooks the holiday dinners & I do dessert) said she wasn't making dinner this year, gave me the opportunity to make a gluten free holiday meal!

I know what you're thinking............WHAT?! No STUFFING! That's the best part!

Nope, no stuffing.

But what I did made the turkey (& the gravy) absolutely AMAZING!

I stuffed the turkey with............are you ready?


   Yup! You read that right!

I got organic onion and diced that up, then I diced up a bag of organic carrots, diced those up and put 2 cups in the turkey along with the onion, which was followed by 1 cup of organic broccoli!

The turkey I bought came "infused" with so called "butter" which is really vegetable oil with some sort of butter flavoring injected just under the skin of the breast (yuck) I cut that open and let it drain in the sink!

Then I proceeded to give that bird a massage with a clove of freshly cut organic garlic and finished it off with sea salt!

The result was truly amazing! Once the turkey was ready and I got it out of the oven to transfer it to the platter it fell apart!

The turkey was that tender! The taste was amazing! I was impressed!

See, what happens is the juices from the vegetables go right into the turkey and make it super tender as opposed to traditional stuffing which actually draws the moisture out of the turkey!

I played a little trick on my son, (who hates vegetables) I had everything set up buffet style and waited until he and his girlfriend had inhaled the first plate and were half way through their second and raving about how good the turkey was when I dropped the vegetable bomb!

They took the info in; then my son pipes up "so that's why there was no stuffing!"

The gravy was also spectacular and didn't last long even though it wasn't necessary to have gravy at all, but that's another best part of a holiday dinner so I included that however, instead of corn starch I use arrowroot starch and my nieces hubby (who LOVES his gluten!) loved it and didn't even care!

The most amazing result of this meal? No bloating! No running to the john to drop that holiday bomb that always comes after a holiday meal and best of all, no heartburn, which usually comes after a big meal!
So this year try something different and stuff veggies up that turkeys butt; you'll be glad you did!

The best veggies to use are the water retaining ones like broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, onions, use what your family likes best! And if they don't like most of the above then use one that they will eat.
Be sure to make soup out of the left overs ( assuming there is anything left of course).

Happy Thanksgiving to the rest of the world!

Stay Tubed!


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