I went to my gastroenterologist earlier this year. I recounted to her what had happened to me over Christmas and that I was beginning to suspect that my food reactions were allergic in nature. She was surprised by how sensitive I seemed to be to gluten and put me right up there with her most sensitive celiac patients. Her surprise was made even more significant by the fact she sees thousands of celiac patients. We discussed possibilities, and she ran some tests to check for mast cell activation disorder. She also suggested that I try taking a daily antihistamine like Zyrtec. Read More →
Note: This recipe has been updated since it was first published.
There was a lady at my church who baked the most delicious chocolate brownies. She would bake a batch and bring them to the children and youth programs. They were eaten up very quickly. I was delighted to get a copy of this recipe years later in one of my church’s cookbooks and would make it for family, friends, church gatherings, and parties. When I first started to remove gluten from my diet, I knew I had to find a way to convert this recipe.
I love using my skillets. It’s easy to throw together a quick meal by throwing meat and veggies in it with some coconut oil and seasoning and cooking it all together. I can also use it to cook some veggies that prepared some other way wouldn’t be nearly as good. Read More →
My level of sensitivity seems to know no bounds. Here are more issues I’ve recently discovered that I had (or have) to correct to prevent exposures. Hopefully very few of you have to deal with issues to this level. Read More →
A bully forces you into playing a game of Uncle. The bully grabs your arm and begins to twist. You resist and hold on for as long as you can, but you finally have enough and shout “Uncle!” However, the bully, instead of letting go, continues to twist. Panicked, you try to think of a way to fight him off. Read More →
Note: This post has been updated since it was first published.
I’ve not had a lot of trouble shopping for gluten-free food products. There is so much available now, and there’s a ton of information out there, especially online. Below, I list some rules of thumb to assist me as I shop for gluten-free food products. Perhaps they will assist you in your shopping for gluten-free food products as well. However, everyone is different, and depending on your unique situation, you may have to handle things differently. Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist as required.
I didn’t feel like going to the store one weekend, so I decided to go through some church cookbooks I had lying around to see what I could make for dessert with ingredients I already had on hand. I found a pound cake recipe that my grandmother used quite a bit. Read More →
Below are some of my favorite things to fix up for breakfast, things that are quick and easy to prepare. I hope you will be able to find some new favorites for yourself in this list. Please take note that where I list oatmeal or granola, I’m referring to gluten-free oatmeal and gluten-free granola. Also, once I discovered I had a problem with copper toxicity, I realized some of these breakfast options needed to be modified to provide more of a balance between copper and zinc. Keep this balance in mind when implementing some of these breakfast ideas. Many of these are highly copper-dominant. Read More →
This week has been tough, and I’ve been dealing with a lot of negative feelings. I’ve decided to use this blog post to vent and get those feelings out in the open. Perhaps you have thought and felt many of these same things yourself at one time or another. Read More →
Before I went gluten-free, my sister found a way to fix a cobbler that was absolutely delicious. She combined cans of caramel apple pie filling, yellow cake mix, and butter into a dish and baked it. It was a huge hit. After I went gluten-free, she tried the recipe using gluten-free yellow cake mix. It made a good cobbler, but it was hard to get the cake mix to brown when baking. A couple of weeks ago, she found a recipe for a peach cobbler that’s made in the crock pot. Read More →