Hallowe’en Fun For Celiacs

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Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet,

Give Me Something Safe to Eat!

It is that time of year again!  My favourite night of the year is coming!

What will you be shelling out this year?

Check out this link to find safe, gluten free treats:

https://www.glutenfreegigi.com/2016-gluten-free-halloween-candy-list/

[Please do not buy anything from Nestle.  They are a corrupt company who wants to steal our water. (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/23/boycott-nestle-water_n_12157042.html)]

On another note, please be careful on Hallowe’en. If you are driving, watch out for little excited ghosts and goblins.  If you are taking the little ones out, please make sure they have reflective tape or flashing lights so that they are more easily seen.  Take them up one side of the street, cross carefully and take them down the other side.  Use makeup rather than a mask if possible.

Tips:

Check YouTube for videos on how to get your makeup the way you want it.  Put a thin layer of olive oil on the face about 20 minutes before you start.

A back pack is an easier way for adults to carry the loot for the kids.

Take an umbrella, even if you don’t think it will rain (umbrellas work for snow too)

Have a spooktacular night!

 

 

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Healthy, Gluten Free Snacking

If you are anything like me, you start feeling a little peckish between lunch and dinner.

I like to change up my snacks and I try to make them as healthy as possible. (Don’t kid yourself, sometimes I just eat junk)

Here is a list of quick easy snacks:

  1. Mix one part salted nuts (any kind you like) with one part unsalted and one part fruit.  The fruit can be raisins (my favourite), dried cranberries, dried blueberries, what ever tickles your taste buds.
  2. Baby carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower etc.  with goat cheese warmed for the dip.  If you want to take it a little further, mix some dill or other seasoning into the goat cheese.
  3. Apple slices with goat cheese and walnuts.
  4. Cherry tomatoes stuffed with feta and spinach.  (just chop the spinach finely and mix in with the mashed feta.
  5. My summer time favourite is a mixture of goat yogurt and fruit mashed together and frozen in a popsicle mold.
  6. My favourite winter snack is homemade hot chocolate sweetened with coconut palm sugar and a couple of mandarin oranges.

I have many more snack ideas throughout this blog and I am always looking for more.

If you are interested in sharing your healthy gluten free snacks, contact me at freeauntjayne@yahoo.com I would love to learn more recipes.

Well, that’s it for now kids.

Take care of you!

Love Aunt Jayne

 

Home Made or Store Bought?

I know that in today’s world it isn’t always easy to make everything from scratch but later in this article, I will give you tips on how to work it into your heavy schedule.

Firstly, though, I want to talk about the ingredients in store bought gluten free foods and mixes.

Because gluten is the thing that holds everything together, it must be replaced.  That is true for both home made and store bought.  My favourite is Guar gum.  Guar gum adds no strange flavours or texture and it does not upset my tummy.  You can also use Xanthan gum, which is more expensive and it does upset my tummy.

The following is a couple of the less appealing ingredients found in Gluten free foods and mixes from the supermarket:

Soy:  Once hailed as a miraculous health food, “Soy may cause atopic eczema (skin problems), asthma, bad taste, bleeding, bloating, constipation, damage to pancreas, diarrhea, goiters (enlarged neck due to increased thyroid size), growth failure, fatigue, immune changes, increased heart rate, insomnia, intestinal inflammation, loose stool, menstrual changes, …Nov 1, 2013″

Soy (Glycine max) Safety – Mayo Clinic

www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/soy/safety/hrb-20060012

Vegetable Monoglycerides:  These are derived from soy or palm oil (Please do not use anything with palm oil) Livestrong has the best information on VM.

Calcium Propionate:  This stuff even has an MSDS sheet!  Read the PDF from Science Lab and figure out if you want this in your food! 

Keep in mind too, that colours and flavours may be gluten free but many are detrimental to our health.

Preservatives are not required if you make your own foods.

Here is how I do it:

I take one day each week and I try to make at least three different healthy foods.  Bread or buns are made the odd time, but seriously, I rarely eat them.  So I make one pasta dish, one rice dish and something we don’t have very often.

This week, I made brown and wild rice with spiced chicken and vegetables, a pasta casserole and shepherds pie.

Each of these items will do my husband and I at least two meals.  The rice dish will do two dinners for two and a lunch for my hubby.  My pasta casserole will do three meals for two and a lunch for my hubby.  Depending on how much time I am willing to spend in the kitchen, I sometimes make four or five items.

Once all the foods are cooked and cooled, I divide them into meal-sized containers and pop them into the freezer.

It is so nice to come home from work and simply heat up a home made meal.

Hint:

Plan the meals you want to make before you go shopping for the week, pick up all of the necessary ingredients.  Then sit down and figure out a game plan.

For instance, If you are making shepherds pie, you might want to also prepare another meal with the same meat.  and make them at the same time. Organization is key.

I hope this has been helpful.

Have a fabulous day and take care of you,

Love Aunt Jayne

 

 

 

Gluten Free Medications

Hello!

Hope your day is going as well as mine is.

Many newly diagnosed Celiacs are unaware that gluten hides in medications.  For your over-the-counter medications, I suggest you read the labels and ask the pharmacist.

Prescription medications can be trickier.  There is no ingredients list on the bottle and, although you can ask the pharmacist, where is your second opinion?

I always like to have someone else double-check for me.

Today, I want to share with you, Gluten Free Dude’s list of prescription medications.  This should be your only check (Although the Dude is awesome and the list is accurate), also check with the pharmacist.

 

 

 

Take Back Your Power!

The opinions I am expressing in this article are conclusions I have drawn from paying attention to people much smarter than myself.

We live in a world where most people just grab the cheapest or most convenient products rather than reading the labels and making a wise choice.

I understand that many people are on a fixed income and we all know how expensive it can be to live gluten free.

Here is what I think – take it or leave it as you see fit:

  1. If you find a product that contains GMO’s, red or yellow food dyes, soy, or anything you can’t pronounce – DON’T BUY IT!  If we stop purchasing these products, the companies will have no alternative than to change their product.
  2. Just because it says manufactured in Canada (or USA) doesn’t mean it is a Canadian product.  I have worked in Canadian factories where ALL of the parts come from places like China or Mexico, and the finished product is merely assembled here.
  3. Some products are marked “Gluten Free” but are not certified gluten free.  Those products could be made in a plant that also uses wheat, rye or barley.  Those who are gluten intolerant might get sick but those of us with Celiac will have damage to our villi. Do not buy these products.  Again, if we don’t buy them, the company will have no choice but to change their manufacturing process.
  4. Microbeads.  They aren’t a gluten issue but they are a huge issue to our environment.  Please check the labels on EVERYTHING to make sure you are not contributing to the problem.  You all know that microbeads can be found in facial scrubs but did you know they are also in toothpastes?

Throughout Aunt Jayne’s blog, you will see this statement time and again:  ALWAYS READ YOUR LABELS.  I have gotten into the habit of reading labels.  My husband rereads them for me, just to be sure.  Products can change without warning.

Take back your power – don’t let the media lull you into a false sense of security.  Be your own advocate.

Until next time, take care of you.

Love Aunt Jayne

Letter To The Newly Diagnosed Celiac

Dear Newly Diagnosed Celiac;

I have had quite a few newly diagnosed Celiacs contact me lately with the same questions:   What am I going to eat?  Which company makes the best bread?  Which restaurants have gluten free food?  Where can I find a good gluten free (pizza, cake, pie…) I usually give the same basic answer.

First, remember that there are many foods that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits, veggies, meats (unless they are breaded) etc.  

There are some great gluten free products on the market but you need to ask yourself “Do I want all the additives and preservatives that go along with them?” I highly recommend that you make your own foods. Please don’t misunderstand me here. Almost all of the products in your grocery store (whether gluten free or not) have additives and preservatives, otherwise they would not have any kind of a shelf life. I am not telling anyone to avoid the gluten free products in the stores – just think about making healthier choices wherever possible.

If you can, set aside one day per week and make your own foods.   I make large batches of gluten free soups, stews, meats, sauces, etc. and freeze them in meal-sized containers.   It makes life simpler when you are working too.   You just come home from work, throw on some brown rice or Quinoa, cook some veggies, and heat up the frozen foods (thawed in the fridge all day). Dinner is done PDQ!

I have gotten away from eating much bread, but when I want some, I use my “Gluten Free In 5 Minutes Book” and make enough for the meal.

Living gluten free is actually quite easy once you figure out how to cook gluten free and get into a routine. I have always been a fan of routine for everything (A bit of OCD I think) Got questions?  Leave me a comment.

Take care of you,

Love Aunt Jayne XOXO

Gluten: ZERO Global | Dr Rodney Ford’s Allergies / Food Intolerance eClinic

Although I have never met Dr. Rodney Ford in person, I have known him through the internet for several years now.

Dr. Ford is working toward making the entire planet gluten free – I am doing my small part to help him.

Go to this website:

Gluten: ZERO Global | Dr Rodney Ford’s Allergies / Food Intolerance eClinic.

Check him out on Facebook in the “Gluten Free Planet” group and find him on twitter.

Then jump on the bandwagon and help him improve the lives of everyone in the world!