Day Fifty. Gluten Free “Toll House” Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Day Fifty. What is that one food that brings back fond memories for you? You know, it is the meal or dessert that every time you make it you go back to a certain memory and it brings a smile … Continue reading

Day Forty Nine. Revenge Of The Sugar Demon.

Day Forty Nine.

 

Can I just say living with small children in a world surrounded by sugary treats, packaged in boxes plastered with their favorite TV and movie characters is SO HARD. Not to mention all the super cute birthday parties they go to with cakes, cupcakes, cookies and candy all begging for them to consume them…in large quantities. Drive through fast food chains with bright colored signs and the most fun looking playgrounds conveniently placed right in the front of the store, and do not forget all those toys they “give” you in a kids meal. Marketing to kids does not stop there. It continues to toothpaste, soaps, lotions and even medication. My kids are bombarded daily with reminders that we “eat differently” now and it has been a source of constant discussion to “why” we cannot eat this or buy that. Topping the list off my son, poor thing, for the time being has to eat a gluten free diet. This causes even more questioning to why Sissy gets to eat that sandwich bread and he has to eat the grainy, smaller gluten free piece.

 

You might think I am complaining, I am not, really. I am just even more aware recently to how addicting processed foods can become, not only with the way they taste, but also with the novelty of their favorite characters being on them. If Cinderella and Spiderman like fruit snacks then they must be good for you and you better believe your kids will beg just to hold that box. We have been on a journey to eat no processed foods or foods containing GMO’s over the last few months. It has been hard, but oh so good. However, recently I have found myself “slacking” when we are out. Letting my kids eat a piece of candy at a birthday party or giving them a cookie while in Publix (my friend just started a blog and she has a hilarious post about Publix here). I have become lazy and it is paying, the sugar demon has emerged and it.is.nasty.

 

One taste of processed sugar after several months of eating a clean diet and now my kids are begging constantly for sugar. It is crazy how quickly your body remembers the pleasures of processed sugary treats and once you eat one you cannot stop. Your body only craves more and more. It is a vicious cycle.

 

One addiction for this Mommy is in the form of drinks. I know, you are never supposed to drink your calories. I love coffee, specifically Starbucks. Their drinks are so bad for you and I know that, but for some reason (sugar demon?) I keep wanting to go back for more. Do you find this is the same for you? Maybe it isn’t Starbucks, but some other guilty pleasure? Please tell me it is not just me πŸ™‚

 

Here is a healthier recipe for one of my favorite cold drinks at Starbucks: Sweetened Iced Passion Tea Lemonade.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tazo Passion tea bags
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 c. raw sugar
  • Lots of water and ice

Preparation:

  1. Boil a full tea kettle of water
  2. Place 3 tea bags in a large, 1/2 gallon pitcher
  3. When the water has boiled pour over tea bags and let it steep for 5 minutes
  4. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. Add cold water to fill the pitcher
  6. Serve over ice and a slice of lemon

Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!

 

 

Day Forty Eight. The Best Gluten Free Pancake.

Day Forty Eight.

Italian and gluten free really do not fit in a sentence together. However, this is where I find myself, trying to figure out how to make the two work. I have an Italian background and have a Mom who taught me the skill and love for baking. It gets worse, add to that marrying into a VERY Italian family – we are talking family who owns a New Jersey Italian bakery – where cooking is a way of showing love. Pastas, pastries, pizza, breadsticks, cookies, rolls, cakes, pies, etc…the list goes on and on….

So what does this have to do with pancakes? Nothing really. I just wanted to give you a little background as to why I am so stinkin’ excited about a pancake recipe πŸ™‚

This recipe came from a friend who has a son with Celiacs Disease. She spends so much time in her kitchen experimenting with different recipes, flours and ingredients trying to come up with delicious gluten free foods that you would never know were gluten free! This one is fantastic! My son gobbled down 6 in no time and was still asking for more.

The Perfect Gluten Free Pancake.

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Ingredients
1 1/2 c. all purpose GF flour
2 T. raw sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk (I made mine by using organic whole milk and added 2 T. white vinegar)
1 t. vanilla

Preparation

1. In a medium bowl mix all then dry ingredients together
2. In a separate bowl blend the wet ingredients well.
3. Mix them together and let it sit for 5-15 minutes before making. The more bubbles you see in your batter the fluffier the pancake

Serve with butter and warm maple syrup. Enjoy!

Day Forty Seven. A Heart Attack At 29.

Day Forty Seven.

It was a normal day, I visited my chiropractor that morning and to my surprise I was “holding” my alignment pretty well. I went home, feeling great. It was a beautiful morning out so we decided to do a little yard work, nothing major, just trimming the bushes. As I was trimming my left arm started getting weak. I kept working but then it got so weak I could not longer grip the clippers. I thought it was weird, but I did not really think it was anything serious. I called my Husband at work and let him know what was going on…he was concerned that something was wrong, that I was potentially having a heart attack. I told him I was fine and nothing was going on with my heart, I am only twenty-nine after all! We hung up and I promised if things started getting worse I would go get checked out. Then it happened, my heart started skipping 15-17 beats in a minute, it was racing out of control, I was getting chills, dizzy and my arm was getting worse. I had been “resting”, drinking tons of water and nothing was improving. I started thinking, maybe I was having a heart attack, I am not sure what that feels like, but what I experienced was not normal.

Here is where some might disagree with me and have different opinions for how I handled the situation. But, I called my Chiropractor and explained what was happening and decided to go in immediately and get adjusted. During the drive I was prepared to pull over right away if things got worse. I explained to my daughter about calling 911 if Mommy needed help and could not talk or answer their questions, that was a hard conversation and my kids understood the seriousness and were rightly concerned. We drove there, slowly, my Husband closely following us on the “track my iPhone” app to make sure we were moving and my kids were constantly asking me questions and making sure Mommy was still able to talk. So sweet.

*Warning* Here is where I turn hippy and talk about how much everyone should see a Chiropractor.

Remember my symptoms? Left arm weakness, dizzy, heart racing, severe palpitations, cold sweats, etc. If I would have walked into an ER I would have been hooked up immediately to all sorts of monitors, blood drawn, scans, tests….$$$$! But instead I walked into my Chiropractor and he immediately noticed I was out of alignment pretty bad. Only a couple of hours and I had slipped out, my right foot was being pulled up almost half an inch higher than my left, this one of the ways my Chiropractor checks for alignment. My previous x-rays had already shown I have stage 2 degeneration at the base of my neck right at the cervical and thoracic part of my spine. If you look at this chart below it shows how the nervous system and spine all connect together, really amazing stuff! It made perfect sense to why I would be experiencing heart problems. The nerves that control my heart, coronary arteries and arms are located right in that damaged part of my spine. They were being pinched and under stress, which in turn caused the symptoms I experienced.

After a quick assessment on muscle weakness and a few other checks I was adjusted and back in perfect alignment. My heart immediately stopped skipping and went back to a normal beat, my arm was still pretty weak, but much stronger and my dizziness completely went away. I rested with ice and took an easy the rest of the day, but other than that I was good as new! No crazy expensive tests, no sitting in an ER for several hours and no medications prescribed. I love Chiropractic care.

I have been totally fascinated with everything I have been learning about our bodies and the way they function. It is such an intricate and amazingly beautiful thing the way we are woven together and how it has been designed and created to work in perfect harmony…when everything is aligned and in order. I am not saying modern medicine is a bad thing, I think there are occasions when it is necessary and a gift that we have such advanced technology to aid in healing our bodies. However, I do think God has created a perfect design in the human body and when it is aligned, being fed proper nutrition and being cared for well, it will function perfectly.

Our nervous system is so complex and is woven through the spine. The nervous system controls so many aspects, okay ALL aspects, of our bodies function. If one nerve is being pinched by a spine that is out of alignment you will eventually experience symptoms. My back is in pretty rough shape. As I said above, my neck has stage 2 of 3 degeneration and I have a couple other curves in my back causing nerves to be stressed or pinched. My Chiropractor said I could technically be labelled having triple scoliosis by the degree of curves in my spine.

I will go into more about our spine and our health in a later post. I have been totally fascinated by all of this and I am learning as much as I can. I really do believe this could be my “cure” to all my physical problems, proper alignment in my spine.

I am hoping to get back to a more normal routine of posting. I have a lot to share: recipes, product and book reviews and other information I have come across. Please hang with me in my delayed posting!

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If you live in the Atlanta area and are looking for a great Chiropractor I highly suggest Adio Chiropractic.