Tuesday, January 15, 2019

EAT THIS If You WANT STRONG, SLEEK, SOFT, HEALTHIER HAIR!

This came to me as a physical revelation in the last few days!

Before I tell you what I discovered, I should start by telling you exactly HOW I discovered the foods you need to eat in order to have sleek, strong soft hair! Now, if you're reading this, shaking your head and saying "no duh" to your screen, please pass this along to someone you know who is oblivious and likes to waste money at the salon!

As you know Christmas and Boxing Week are the two most financially draining weeks of the year and in my case I went a little overboard on my spending!

This in turn affected my grocery budget; now as you probably know, a celiac shopping list is not exactly cheap by any means! So for about a week or so I did without my favorite ingredients and could only get the bare necessities!
My hair suffered dramatically as a result, it became super frizzy, dry and unmanageable!
I never gave much thought to how foods affect your hair until this happened to me!

Now you're probably wondering where I'm going with this and I will get to it but first I have to tell you exactly how processed food & even certain hair products can affect your hair!

See the thing is with processed food is that it's comprised of a lot of artificial ingredients and preservatives that have absolutely no nutritional value at all, when you eat processed food on a regular basis you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to not only function properly but you're also depriving your hair, skin and nails to stay hydrated and healthy!

In saying that; I didn't eat any processed food mind you (I hate hospitals) which is where I would have ended up had I did, but I didn't eat these key foods that make my hair soft, shiny and manageable either.

And so, without further adieu; here are the foods you need to eat in order to feed your hair!

1. Avocados- I can't say enough about this wonderful tree berry! Not only is it a super antioxidant, but it's loaded with healthy fats that go straight to your hair, skin and nails when you eat it!

2. Coconut Oil- if you don't know about the many benefits of coconut oil you've been living under a rock on an uncharted island with nothing but beach grass!In addition to avocados;  eating one to two tablespoons of coconut oil a day will keep your hair sleek and super healthy

3. Bone Broth- another food that I can't get enough of! Bone broth is pure collagen which in case you didn't know is what the roots if your hair is comprised of! Want to know if you're lacking in collagen? Just pluck a hair from your head and look at the root! If it's thick enough for you to plainly see, you're good; if not well then you know what to do don't you?! Bone Broth also prevents hairloss

These three foods alone when consumed on a daily basis will not only keep you hair healthy, but will eliminate the need for conditioners, hair masks and serums; saving you a small fortune!


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

EDITORIAL: What Defines A Real Woman?

This is quite possibly, one of the hardest pieces I have written yet!

What defines a REAL woman?

Well, you can look at Websters definition here.

But today I'd like to share my personal definition, and I'm hoping that it doesn't offend anyone who reads it; if it does well that's life. Everyone is entitled to their opinion!

But first let me explain why I'm writing this piece.
Recently one of my friends posted on Facebook about seeing a commercial for a BBW boutique and their slogan states that "Real Women Have Curves".

Now I'm the type of person that really doesn't get offended by much and I get that they are trying to draw in more customers with this statement but honestly body type does not define a real woman by any means! And for this boutique to state that is shaming those of us that don't fit into that category!

That would be like me stating that "real women don't get planned c-sections"!

A real woman in my opinion is a woman that takes pride in herself and her accomplishments, someone who does right by herself and others, and who doesn't take shit from anyone!

  • We are cooks, maids, nannies, mechanics, crafters, psychiatrists, medics, and decorators all rolled into one! 
  • The word Mom is probably the most used word in every language!
  • We can take a lot of abuse and still keep going! 
  • We can make you feel guilty just by giving you "the look"
  • We can multitask circles around most men
  • We are the portal through which all humanity has to enter into this world
I could add a whole lot more definitions but I think you get the picture.

The whole point that I'm trying to make is this, some of us don't want to carry around an extra fifty pounds of fat; some of us like being slim and healthy! Yeah I went there! These commercials that praise BBW's don't give a rats ass about your body type, they want your money and they will say anything to get it! They want you to stay overweight & unhealthy to keep their customer base and their profits high!

Could you imagine if everyone actually started eating healthier? My god, the businesses that would go under; like all those "processed food companies" "weight loss" centers, "big & tall" stores and yes, even the "plus size" stores and "fast food joints"!

SO continue eating fast food that has no nutrients whatsoever, keep making excuses as to why you can't be bothered to eat real food that you actually need to cook ( I find the time & I have two jobs btw), keep trashing skinny chicks to make yourself feel better because at the end of the day you are only doing two things; making yourself sick by eating fast food ( which includes processed food from the grocery store) and keeping plus size stores in business!

Till Next Blog!

 



Monday, December 3, 2018

The Fat Eliminator Plan

The following post is dedicated to my Mother, whose life (and death) inspired me to do the research to make positive changes in my overall health.

(*Please note that all products mentioned are personally recommended and not paid endorsements*)



This eating plan will not only help you lose weight and heal but help your body to process all that excess body fat in stubborn places that just doesn't want to go away!

This is by no means a diet, a diet is something you go on temporarily to get back into your jeans for the summer then go off your diet by caving into your carb cravings. This is an actual eating plan that you keep doing for life to stay lean & healthy for LIFE!
Then
NOW













BREAKFAST: Two eggs any way you like, grass fed beef bone broth with fresh parsley  Mix 2 tablespoons of bone broth with 1 & 1/2 cups of hot water, add two cubes of flash frozen parsley or 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley add some sea salt & drink it,one hemp protein smoothie which consists of 2 cups coconut milk 1 scoop hemp protein powder 1 banana. The usual coffee :)

Lunch: Roasted vegetables ( sweet potatoes, squash, peppers, onions) whatever you like so long as it's roasted with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil. Harvest Muffin (see recipe below) and fruit cup for dessert.

Dinner Roast Beef (don't trim the fat!) green or yellow beans whipped sweet potatoes with cultured butter and sauteed onions (with coconut oil of course)
Classic Hot Cocoa for dessert with some homemade peppermint chocolate

Breakfast pretty much stays the same for me except for the rare times that I make a mushroom & onion omelet with cheese.

But what I like to do with lunch is I will make a double portion of dinner the night before and have the other half for lunch the next day, it's just easier that way and less cooking :)



There are many other things you can make for dinner as well such as homemade creamy vegan vegetable soup, stir fried grass fed beef, with quinoa or vegetables the list is endless so long as you don't eat ANYTHING made with wheat, corn, soy, soya or rice you will lose this in 4 to 5 months and it won't come back!

                                                                                             

Harvest Muffins
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
3 tablespoons of shredded carrot
3 tablespoons of diced Mackintosh apples
3 tablespoons of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of  coconut flour
1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted  ( put 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a measuring cup and place in a bowl of hot water, let stand till it melts.)
3/4 cup of applesauce
5  free range eggs
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg  

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and with a wire whisk, mix together until you're satisfied or your arm is sore whichever comes first ;-)
Let sit for 5 minutes

Bake for 24 to 28 minutes at the above temp (depending on your oven. Makes 12 small sized muffins or 9 regular sized muffins.




 Classic Hot Cocoa
1 tablespoon of raw organic cocoa
2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of organic whipping cream
1 teaspoon of  organic vanilla extract
8 oz hot water

Mix coca, sugar vanilla  together in a large mug; add hot water, stir well. Top off with whipped cream if desired. Get your jammies on; launch Netflix and enjoy :)

As with all eating plans there are always questions so if anyone has one please feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to answer promptly and if I don't get back to you right away forgive me; I do have 2 jobs.

AND NOW MY OPINION ON BONE BROTH

IT'S  amazing how people rediscover healthy food and make it out to be something so totally unheard of when actually it was just forgotten because of the lengthy process it takes to prepare lol!
When I was a kid, my mom used to make awesome beef stew; it was full of flavor and I always felt great after eating it; but I never really understood why it took the whole weekend to make; that was until recently when I started looking into bone broth!
To make bone broth at home you need grass fed beef bones, filtered water and sea salt. What you do is bring the bones to a boil in a large stew pot (or crock pot) and bring it down to a simmer, cover it and cook for 24 to 48 hours. What this does is brings out all the calcium, magnesium and collagen out of the bones and you have a super healthy soup or stew base!
Now, times have changed in the last 40 years and not everyone has the time to devote a weekend to make home made bone broth that is only good for a few days; for that there is the powdered form, I have been adding this bone broth to my cooking and drinking it with my breakfast every day, (* please note this is a recommendation and not a paid endorsement*)
I have been drinking bone broth for the last two weeks and let me tell you, the health benefits are 100% TRUE! You can check out the difference on my Instagram for yourself as I have been taking weekly selfies to illustrate the changes that happen when you drink it on a daily basis or add it to your food. Other changes I have noted is the differences on my skin and energy levels; my skin is super smooth and the loose skin that happened when I lost all my weight is now starting to tighten! It's not an instant process like those so called skin care companies would have you believe, but I will be posting before and after pics of my tummy on my instagram along with the length of time it took to happen ; )

The Golden Rules Of Food!

1) Bake it Broil it or Boil it! There is  no in-betweens!

2) If it has more than 3 ingredients and you can't pronounce them, it shouldn't go in your mouth!

3) Avoid those so called "gluten free" processed foods you find in the grocery store; most of them have more sugar than anything in them in addition to that they are made from rice and tapioca starch which will raise your blood sugar dramatically!

 4)Water consumption, it varies really on what it is you're eating that day I think, I find that if I eat a lot of carrots and squash I don't need to drink as much as is required but it's always nice to have some lemon water with your dinner.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Eat MORE To Lose Weight Not LESS!

The opinions expressed in the following editorial are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the diet or medical industry or profession.)


Yup, I know; it sounds backwards right?!

The truth is, it's not how much you eat that determines your weight loss; rather it's WHAT you eat that balances your weight and keeps it off!

With the holidays fast approaching, people are already psyching themselves for the diet that they plan to go on after gorging themselves on holiday treats!

I can tell you from a personal standpoint that you can STILL have all your holiday treats and not gain an ounce :)
Not only that; you don't need to watch what you put on your plate if you do it the right way!

It's pretty simple really; all you have to do is eat real food! By real food I mean the stuff that actually goes bad after 3 days not 3 months or years.
See the thing is when you eat "food" that's manufactured in an automated plant and shot into a box that has a 3 year expiry date it's really not food. As a matter of fact it's totally devoid of nutrition!
 When you eat it on a regular basis your body goes into what it called "starvation mode" so that anything you do eat is stored as fat; which is great if you're going into hibernation!
However, we are not that type of mammal so you really don't need the excess weight!
As a matter of fact society has it all backwards when it comes to appearance in my opinion, overweight people were once seen as healthy when in reality they are the ones that are starving from malnutrition!
 When you eat real food your body absorbs all the nutrition from it and you benefit from it by having more energy, softer skin & hair and stronger nails bones, and teeth! Not only that, the more healthy food you eat; the healthier you get!

Unfortunately the biggest problem these days is time management, people want instant everything! 
It just doesn't work that way.
Just because we have evolved mentally doesn't mean we have physically; if that was the case we wouldn't have all the autoimmune diseases we have now!

 I have gathered together some of my "go to" recipes that are quick and easy and also don't hurt your wallet!

There are plenty of  paleo sites you can go to for great meal ideas.Like this one I found while looking for paleo brownies is totally amazing; the recipe is so good in fact even gluten lovers love it!

Another great site you can check out is ditch the carbs, this site has a great recipe for grain free KFC!
In my opinion it actually tastes better than the real KFC but try it and you be the judge!

Want pizza? This paleo pizza crust from the paleorunningmomma.com is just the thing to go with that grain free KFC for a fun Friday night dinner!

I'm always on the hunt for great tasting recipes and happy to share them once I have tried out the recipes myself.

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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. 😞

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 especially me!
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 :)


Truly Gluten Free Pancake Mix


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!

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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!

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