Sunday, July 15, 2018

Can't Have Corn Or Rice? Then, This Blog Is For You!

Three years ago when I discovered that wheat was at the root of all my health problems, I kicked it to the curb and never looked back. I figured "hey, I can always have rice noodles instead of spaghetti and gluten free cookies and granola bars right?"

Right?

Wrong. ๐Ÿ˜ž

Unfortunately I got the same symptoms from eating any type of rice product that I did as if I ate something made of wheat! Corn is another ingredient that I have to avoid!

It's so frustrating! Especially when people look at you like you're being over dramatic about food!

But I did find a good explanation about exactly why I can't eat corn or rice and hopefully this will help you too!

Lately I have been spending a lot of time looking up corn and rice free recipes to liven up my menu I mean lets face it; you can only have so much meat and veggies before it gets extremely boring!
Another thing I have noticed too is there are a lot of recipe sites for Gluten Free baked goods which is great, but you have to have a balance!
I actually found these sites after my former support group mentioned glutenfreeonashoestring.com.
After reading a few of the recipes on that site I realized that they rely heavily on rice flour and corn starch! Not a good thing for me or anyone else that can't tolerate rice or corn!

There are a few sites that I have found that have great recipes that are free of wheat, corn and rice as well as being dairy free, they also have alternative ingredient lists in case you're sensitive to the original ingredients in the recipe you're interested in!
TheSpruceEats has a mixture of gluten free and gluten filled recipes so if you are the only gluten free person in your house (like me) you can make the whole family happy without compromise!
BreadsFromAnna is a perfect site for the celiac; as the owner is one herself!

Want to make a healthy gluten free version of KFC? Look no further! This recipe is not only awesome, but affordable since we all know that the big food companies are trying to milk people with food sensitives for as much money as they can!

 Then there is my personal favorite; the man who's book saved my life literally! Dr William Davis, he has a recipe for a flour mix that you can use in so many ways!

Now, there are a lot of recipes online that can help you with your menu planning, but, there really isn't a lot online for emotional support when it comes to the depression that people go through when they realize that they have to restrict their diets to save their health!

I won't be the first to tell you, and I know I won't be the last..........IT SUCKS!

It's annoying when your friends and or family ask you when you're getting off your crazy diet, or that you're too skinny!

It's depressing when you walk by one of the pizza places and you catch the aroma, wishing you could go in a devour a whole pie!

It's insensitive when your friends share one of those stupid food posts on Facebook showing you how to make cream puffs in less than 2 minutes!

But........... you know what's not depressing?

When everyone except you moans and complains about how much weight they gained after the holiday meals!

How you can laugh at those diet commercials that come out in the spring!

How much money you save by not buying all the over-the-counter meds that you used to buy before giving up processed food!

Sure it's a pain in the ass to make most of your food from scratch but at least you know exactly what's going in it! You're not finding a fake fingernail or a hair (unless it's your own) in your food!

I could move on to the topic of skin and hair but I'm going to save that for another editorial!


See you next blog!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Truly Gluten Free Pancake mix!

Good day to you!

I'm pleased to write about my latest success recipe!
I don't know about you but I personally hate spending hours in the grocery store looking at ingredients on packages to make sure they are safe for me to eat (which caused my last upset stomach with the pancake mix I bought!)
Some people just don't understand how frustrating the food limitations are when you're a celiac; they think we can just cut down to one slice of bread once in awhile and the occasional muffin or cookie and we'll be okay!
Unfortunately it doesn't work that way, and it's not like we're being picky; far from it! I would LOVE to make a big pan of my epically cheesy lasagne and chow down on it but the pain is not worth it!
For me personally I experience crippling abdominal pain followed my 72 hours of flu like symptoms!
It's no fun being out of commision for three days; not only do I feel like absolute garbage but I also lose out on my paycheque depending on when the flare up happens!
Looking for gluten free food in the grocery store is also useless I have found; most pre packaged "gluten free" foods that are sold contain corn, rice or soy which can cause a severe reaction in some people.
I read it all the time in my support group posts people say they haven't had any wheat gluten but are having reactions when they buy pre packaged "gluten free" foods.
This is why I started this blog almost 3 years ago; to share helpful information and recipes with other people that are suffering from the effects of Celiac DIsease
After going through my many gluten free cookbooks in my quest for pancake mix I came up with one that even my gluten loving nephew likes :) 1/2 cup each of coconut, almond, teff, buckwheat and arrowroot flours; place in a large jar and stir thoroughly with a whisk.
For the pancakes use:
1 cup of the flour mix,
2 eggs
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tbsp of organic vanilla
1 cup of grass fed milk, or coconut milk if you're lactose intolerant
Use an electric mixer or hand blender for 2 minutes and make them the way you would normally make pancakes. The texture is awesome, almost like an English Muffin but still has the taste of a pancake.
Normally I would have a picture of my latest creation ( I will add one next time I make them) but since I didn't write this recipe down I wanted to get it up on the blog before I forgot it lol!

I hope at least a couple of people try out this recipe and have the same great results that I have and if so, please share in the comment section below!

Till next blog!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

"Gluten Free" Doesn't Always Mean Celiac Friendly!

Recently I hit my local health food store on a mission to find rice free pancake mix; just because I'm a celiac doesn't mean I don't miss the foods I grew up with!
I came across one out of many it's called XO Baking CO pancake & waffle mix I was so excited with the fact that it was gluten free and rice free that I couldn't wait to get home to try it!
Once I got home and put my groceries away I set out to making a batch of chocolate chip pancake mix with my allergen free chocolate chips. They were AMAZING so light and fluffy and they looked just like they did on the box when I cooked them! They tasted as good as they looked!

So what was the problem?

Well, this was a big mistake on my part and I should have double checked; but the pancake mix has corn starch in the ingredients. Four hours after eating the pancakes my abdomen blew up like a balloon and I became sick as a dog with abdominal cramps!

Now I know what you're thinking "but corn starch is gluten free!" No, it's free of wheat gluten not corn gluten.
Celiacs can't have ANY type of gluten which is why we have to be so careful when reading the ingredients in pre packaged foods!
When I mentioned this to my celiac support group some of them were shocked that I had a reaction but I look at it this way, this is a new lesson in my food journey and I was the guinea pig!

So I'm guessing the lesson I learned is this; I have to accept the fact that I can't have prepackaged food at all and I need to completely regress when it comes to food because obviously the food companies are going to make what is convenient and profitable for them and not the consumer!

I'm hoping that this article helps at least one or two people still struggling with Celiac Disease, it's not an easy thing to live with and for those who don't understand what those of us go through on a daily basis I sincerely hope that they get educated in some way.

So if you are still suffering from symptoms even after eating "gluten free" food, try removing corn and rice; two of the main ingredients they use in commercial "gluten free" foods!


As a result of this blunder I will be going back into the kitchen and coming up with my own recipes that are actually Celiac friendly!

Till next Blog!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Grainypains Presents Gluten Free Garlic Biscuits with Cheese

Mmmmm! Garlic Bread with cheese! One of the many things that I miss about not being able to eat wheat! I have been looking high and low for a recipe that didn't cost me an arm and a leg to make but was also not complicated and I found it on this site!

Now I had to make a couple of tweaks in this recipe however as I am sensitive to almond flour but one of the people who commented on this recipe came up with using coconut flour in place of the almond flour and you know what? It turned out awesome!

So today I made a second batch only I added a couple of more ingredients to it; a tiny but of crushed garlic and half a cup of shredded marble cheddar cheese!





Gluten Free Garlic Biscuits with Cheese

Here's the recipe:
* This recipe makes 9 regular sized biscuits or 12 mini biscuits*
PREHEAT YOUR OVEN TO 350 F
Pre Grease a muffin pan with butter (salted or unsalted; your choice)
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup of water
4 whole eggs
1/2 cup shredded marble cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground sea salt
2 tbsp of psyllium husks
2 tbsp salted butter
1/8 tsp crushed garlic (fresh)

In a separate bowl whisk your eggs together until they are light and fluffy also releases the "bakers ammonia" set aside. In another bowl whisk together the coconut flour baking powder, sea salt and psyllium husks; add your eggs, water, butter and cheese to the dry mixture and stir together thoroughly let it sit for 5 minutes so the coconut flour can bulk up.

Once the 5 minutes have passed, place your biscuits in the oven to bake for 35 minutes.

There are other variations you can do with this recipe like adding italian seasoning and mozzarella or parmesan cheese instead of cheddar or a tablespoon of onion powder & cheese to make onion biscuits; the possibilities are endless.


I hope you enjoy this recipe, keep checking back as I am always   making updates to my blog with yummy easy to follow gluten free dishes!


Till Next Blog!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Grainy Pains Grain Free Reference Guide

Before I begin this post please note that this is not a rant bashing anyone who doesn't understand what people with digestive conditions such as Celiac Disease, Crohn's, Gluten Intolerance, of the many other conditions that the medical community has scrambled to name since these conditions have come to light but rather a guide for people who are learning to adapt to going grain free because they either want to try it or have no other alternative and just don't know where to look online. 

Okay, maybe there will be a little rant here but seriously, grain intolerance can actually kill you if you suffer from it! If you ignore the symptoms and continue to eat processed foods that have grain flours as a base you are just asking for all the side effects that come with it!

Here are a list of side effects that I have personally experienced as a result of being grain intolerant and had no clue up until 2 years ago:

  • Migraines- I would suffer from migraines twice a week (unless I had nothing to eat but meat and vegetables) but because I'm on a budget, processed food was the most economical for me at the time. The migraines would usually always hit a couple of days before it rained. Now you probably think "oh it's because of the change in the air pressure; I used to think that too, but I haven't had a migraine in 2 years since I gave up processed food.
  • Rashes- I would be covered in a blotchy rash whenever I had a sandwich, not thinking it had anything to do with what I was eating at the time I switched to laundry soap for babies, additive free laundry soap, even went as far as washing my clothes in nothing but warm water! It didn't matter, I was still getting rashes that was until I went grain free, within the first year the rashes stopped. I also had what I thought was eczema, that too disappeared.
  • Scalp sensitivity- some people think that you get a sensitive scalp because either your hair is long or you color it too much, I kept my hair super short and only colored it twice a year. I tried different shampoos as well from baby shampoo to pure glycerin soap, it didn't make a difference.
  • Hair loss- this is tied in with the above  symptom again, I kept my hair super short for this very reason because every time I took a shower I would lose a lot if hair. Lucky for me I was losing it evenly but my hairline was receding to a "widows peak" which I found disturbing as there is no baldness in my family! I am happy to say that since going grain free I have not lost any more hair and the "widows peak" is gone!
  • Diarrhea- this condition is a sign not of undercooked food or spoilage, but a sign that you are not digesting your food! For me, it got to the point where nothing was working at all to stop it and I started accepting the fact that this was a part of aging that was until I got to the next scary symptom!
  • Undigested Food- there is a problem if you eat a meal and it comes out exactly the way it went in! By that I mean it's coming out of your bottom exactly the way you chewed it up!
  • Mucous- If your poop is covered by mucous, that means that your liver is working overtime to protect the lining of your stomach, if this fails you get what is known as "leaky gut" a condition where food particles actually enter your bloodstream!
  • Depression- Think that depression has nothing to do with what you eat? Guess again! Depression is directly linked to poor nutrition, observe any person that eats a whole food diet, they are happy, optimistic, patient, very rarely get angry and even when they do get upset it passes super fast!
  • Abdominal Pain- Not to be confused with a stomach ache, your lower abdomen is right above your pelvis and when it contracts or gets inflamed the pain can travel down your legs! I had this happen to me quite a few times, most recently in October 2017 when I came to the conclusion that I was no longer able to tolerate rice and ended up in the chronic pain ward of my local hospital!
  • Back Pain and Inflammation- When you are missing key nutrients in your diet your whole body suffers! I had always experienced back pain and figured it was because I had an epidural with each of my two sons, that wasn't the case. About a year before I kicked wheat to the curb my back actually started spasming on a regular basis causing me great pain and anxiety, the doctors said it was because I had bursitis that was spreading from my hips to my back. That wasn't the case, since I have stopped eating grains I have not had one back ache! Now I'm not going to say that it went away immediately because it didn't. It took roughly 6 months into being wheat free before I noticed a difference, that along with low impact exercise like Belly Dancing made a huge difference!
  • Weight Gain- I have had this condition since I was old enough to eat solid food and as a result was a chubby child that grew into an overweight woman, I always hovered around the 200lb mark from the age of 18 onward; once I eliminated processed foods and grain & grasses that all changed, in nine months I lost 50 lbs of fat and have not gained back an ounce to this day!
  • Brittle Hair and Nails- have a problem with dry damaged hair and growing your nails? It's not your shampoo or conditioner doing the damage, it's the food you're eating! Believe me when I say that you will see an improvement within 2 months of eating real food!
  • Problem Skin- Acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, chronically dry skin; I could go on but the point is all these conditions have to do with what you eat. Eating processed foods cause your body to work harder to eliminate  the toxins produced as a result of ingesting the artificial preservatives and colors in all the pretty pre packaged CRAP. Don't get me wrong; I still get the occasional pimple now and again but it's gone in 48 hours or less! I also only use water on my face and nothing else!
  • (* Please note, if you suffer from any of the above symptoms make an appointment with your doctor and get a referral to a GI specialist)
But there is hope and support! There are other bloggers like me who are here to help, who have had to do a lot of the research involving digestive conditions themselves; below is a list of groups and websites that will help you on your journey to better health if you so choose to take this road!

GLUTEN DUDE this guy will give it to you straight up! He will not sugar coat anything and he also works very hard to make his blog as informative as possible!

No Grain No Pain Dr Peter Osborne is another great guide to help you along the road to better health, he also has a youtube channel that he does live streams on an will answer any questions that you have!

I have other links on this blog, feel free to check them out!


NOW FOR THE FOOD
 Below you will find some links for support groups and recipe websites that will make meal planning a whole lot easier! I also come up with celiac friendly recipes that I test out and publish on my blog so check back often!


Support Groups

Here are a couple of support groups that I am involved in that are full of wonderful helpful people who know first hand what it's like to suffer from a digestive related illness!

Gluten Free Celiac Disease Support Group is a wonderful group that you can find on Facebook; in the group we share opinions, ideas, support and recipes to help make living without grain more tolerable!

Wheat Belly Recipes   This another great group that you can join that is full of friendly, helpful people that will answer any questions that you may have based on their experiences! Need a recipe? You'll find it here!

Speaking of recipes, I have a few resources that you can go to to help you put together a meal plan!

What I like about this blog is that it has a lot of Paleo and Whole 30 recipes that contain no processed foods whatsoever. However in saying that the site is loaded with ads that make the page take a long time to load, I have no plans on having ads on my blog any time soon so you can access my recipes faster!

Another good site that has recipes based on the Ketogenic diet which is another whole food eating plan that will help you on the road to recovery!

This is the first site I came across when I was looking for recipes that I could actually eat, again this one takes time to load because it's full of ads, but she has some pretty good recipes.

https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/grain-free-kfc/ I love my chicken even more now than before, I make sure that it's free range, hormone free and free of antibiotics, so this site is a great resource for recipe ideas!

Now there is no fast and easy road to being healthier you just have to take it one day at a time but hang in there! It does get better! You will find that a lot of the things that you suffered from like colds and the flu will be a thing of the past! But I will save that for another blog!

Till Next Blog!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The One Pan Chicken Dinner

I hate doing dishes! Which is why I prefer to cook most of my meals in one roasting pan!
It's been proven time and time again that baking your food is a lot healthier for you than frying or microwaving!


And so I bring to you the one pan chicken dinner!






Now you can use a variety of different vegetables to bake  with your chicken; in the above video you'll see that I use carrots potatoes and onions, but you can also use turnips, sweet potatoes or butternut squash to bake your chicken with!

I use hormone free, antibiotic free chicken that's free range and raised on vegetable grain, not corn or wheat; healthy chickens make for a healthier dinner.

The items that you need for this dinner are as follows:


One large roasting pan
One pkg organic chicken thighs
Ten organic carrots
half a small bag of organic ruby red potatoes
1/2 a large organic yellow onion
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp coconut oil

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 F

Wash your chicken and pat dry, place it in the reason for this is to make the chicken skin crispy!

  • Peel and cut your carrots into lengthwise 1/3 rd pieces toss into the roasting pan with the chicken.
  • Wash your ruby red potatoes and cut them in half; no need to peel these little guys as the skin is thinner than a white potato toss these in the pan as well
  • Chop up your onion into medium sized pieces, toss into the pan
  • Pour the 1/2 cup of water over the chicken and vegetables!
  • Add the coconut oil and you're ready to cook!
Bake in your preheated oven for one hour, once the hour is up, take the roasting pan out, remove the drippings into a small pot and return the roasting pan to the oven cooking the chicken for another 15 minutes.

Now it's totally up to you but you can make a quick gravy with the drippings, just get 2 tbsp of arrowroot flour add enough cold water to make into a paste and add to the drippings, heat over a medium heat and mix with a wire whisk until the sauce thickens, add your favorite spices!

 This will last me two to three days, or it will serve a family of four for one dinner; total cost of this dinner is $12.

I hope you enjoy the video, you can also see it on my vimeo channel where you will find other videos that show you how to cook gluten free and get healthier through real food!

Till next Blog!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Creamy Vegan Vegetable Soup!

Okay I know; how can it be called vegan if it's already got vegetables in it?!

The answer is quite simple; the "cream" is non dairy!

I came up with this recipe last night while trying to figure out what I wanted to eat for dinner, I'm sure there are other versions out there but whatever, I didn't get this online or from a book, I took an inventory of what was in my fridge and pantry like all great cooks before me and made it work๐Ÿ˜‰

This soup is so good you'll have 2 bowls of it!



Perfect for a cold winter's day!






CREAMY VEGAN VEGETABLE SOUP
One Acorn Squash (roasted)
Five Large Carrots peeled and sliced
One Pkg of Spinach (chopped frozen)
One Small Turmeric Root
1 Can of Coconut Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg


Method
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 F
Cut your acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds, on a roasting pan add 1/2 cup of water, place the squash in cut side down and cover; cook for forty to forty five minutes.
While that is cooking you can peel and slice your carrots, place them in a large pot and bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, cover and cook for one hour or until the carrots are soft, (tip: the thinner you slice them the faster they cook).
Once the squash is done take that out of the oven and set aside to cool, wait and additional 20 minutes for the carrots; go check your e-mail or something lol!

Once the 20 minutes are up strain your carrots into a large bowl, you need the stock so don't strain it in the sink! Toss the carrots back into the pot and mash them really good! Pour the soup stock back into the pot. Get your squash and spoon that into the pot with the carrots, add the frozen spinach and the coconut milk finish it off with the turmeric cinnamon and nutmeg and you have a superfood soup!
The thing I love about this soup is that it's loaded with good calories, not the bad ones that you find in canned soups and it tastes fattening but it;s actually not so your gluten loving friends will love it!

Till Next Blog!



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