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Why Is a Gluten Free Diet So Expensive…and Fattening?

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:07+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Gluten Free, Nutrition, recent top posts|

Do you eat gluten free because you have celiac disease or have gluten sensitivity or perhaps you choose to eat gluten free to be healthier?

If you eat gluten free than like many, you may be stressed by the high cost of gluten free products. […]

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

By | 2017-11-26T22:04:36+00:00 September 14th, 2013|Gluten Free, Health Tips|

The gluten-free diet has become very popular with celebrities worldwide.  They are raving about the many weight loss benefits of a gluten-free diet, but does it really work?

Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and diagnosed celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck all said they lost weight going gluten-free. Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum have also joined the crowd.

“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, (physical) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!” tweeted Miley Cyrus.

Gluten-Free Diet The hope is that gluten free sheds the pounds and inches.

BUT….. there is no real research validating that people will lose weight eating gluten free. In fact there are studies showing going gluten free has no effect on weight loss.

Mayo Clinic’s gluten expert, Joseph Murray MD says there is no evidence that a gluten free diet will affect weight loss.  The study conducted on celiac patients on a gluten free diet found some gained weight, some lost weight, and some did not change. AM J CLIN NUTR 79: 669, 2004 SOURCE: NUTRITION ACTION. JAN/FEB 2013. GUT MYTHS

BUT …… what I have seen and what our testing shows is that most people are not doing well with gluten in their diet and are sensitive to gluten.

Why are so many gluten sensitive?

Gluten protein is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested.  This undigested gluten then enters the small intestine and irritates the intestines wall, causing inflammation and other problems.  Irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall.

 

Gluten-Free Diet Gliadin molecule, a major component of gluten, makes foods stretchy and indigestible.

Fact: 3 million people in the United States (adults and children) have celiac disease. – U.S. National Institute of Health estimates. There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only thing to do is a gluten-free diet which eliminates most of the symptoms. Goldie Hawn and Juliette Lewis are just a few celebrities who have Celiac’s disease.

Going gluten-free isn’t easy.  Gluten is a protein found in many foods not just in wheat products, it is in other grains, beers, imitation meats and even things like soy sauce, pickles and hot dogs.

Gluten-Free Diet Gluten-free decision

Why is it that many people lose weight going gluten-free?

They eat less starchy foods that are full of gluten.  All that bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods do not work for agluten-freee diet.  Guess what?  They lose weight. Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.

So what do they eat?  They eat more veggies and lean meat, which may also be responsible for the weight loss.

 Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten free?

Answer: They start buying  gluten free substitutes.

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Pear Hazelnut Crumble

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:31+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

This is a very healthy dessert filled with healthy pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts which go so well with the pears making it extra yummy.

In the fall I picked so many pears from a friends tree that I had to get creative and this is one very yummy result.

Base

Ingredients:
5 cups pears

Directions:
1.    Core and slice pears.
2.    Place pears in a baking dish.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes*
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
1/2 tsp Stevia in 1/3 water
1/2 cup hazel nuts, chopped

Directions:

1.    Mix oil, sugar, salt and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2.    Add brown rice flour to wet mixture.
3.    Mix in well.
4.    Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5.    Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6.    Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7.    Sprinkle the chopped hazel nuts on top.
8.    Pat down firmly.
9.    Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.

Pear Hazelnut Crumble Pear Hazelnut Crumble

* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is an oatmeal that is considered gluten free.

P.S.   Pears are Powerfoods.  Read all about pears here:   Pears:  ‘Gift of the Gods”

P.S.S.  Make sure the stevia is the non bitter kind.  Stevia

More delicious crumble recipes:

strawberry crumble                                Strawberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Deluxe Mango Crumble

Strawberry Crumble

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Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

By | 2016-11-08T13:16:34+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

This is one of those recipes that originated in my hippy days in the Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada.

We had a variety of flavours of ‘Bliss Balls’; this was a favorite.  It did have lots of honey in it though which I reduced the quantity.  You can replace it with rice syrup.  Also, it had wheat germ in it which I replaced to make it gluten free.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds (for rolling)
1/4 cup currants

Directions:

  1. Blend honey and peanut butter.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients except sesame seeds.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls.
  4. Roll balls in sesame seeds.
  5. Set on a plate or cookie sheet and let them form for 2 hours.
  6. Then store in an airtight container, each layer on parchment paper, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Try to use organic peanut butter without all the additives. This is a good peanut butter with no unhealthy additives and is organic too. Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
I am a big fan of chunky peanut butter cause I like the crunch: Smucker’s Organic Natural Peanut Butter-chunky

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Do You Need to Eat Gluten Free?

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:15+00:00 November 5th, 2012|Health Tips|

do you have to eat gluten free

You need to eat gluten free if you either have celiac disease, or gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease which damages the small intestine preventing the absorption of nutrients from food. This is due to being allergic to a natural protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats (Although oats don’t contain it naturally, they’re often processed in facilities that handle wheat).
The symptoms are usually diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition. 

Approximately one percent of the population has celiac disease.  It is confirmed with a blood test or a intestinal biopsy (more accurate)

Gluten sensitivity  (or intolerance) affects a larger group of people – 10%. 

Gluten sensitivity  involves a spectrum of disorders, including celiac disease and wheat allergy, in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body.
The specific causes of gluten sensitivity are less well known. 
There is not  the obvious damage done to the intestines so its presence is inferred by a  long list of symptoms.  (over 50)
The following gluten sensitivity self-test from Dr Oz  contains the most important of those symptoms.

Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test […]

Pear Upside Down Cake – Vegan Gluten Free

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:16+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

Gluten free, dairy & egg free

Pears grow in Edmonton! They are small but they are tasty and juicy.  A friend lets me pick bags full of pears from his big tree. Thus, I get to make this very yummy gluten free cake made with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp molasses

Mix together the next 4 ingredients for a gluten free flour mix:

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup white rice flour

Then add:

5 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water

For bottom of cake:

2 cups sliced pears for bottom
1 tsp arrowroot
3 tsp fresh ginger grated

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 350º F.
2.    Oil 8” X 8”cake pan.
3.    Slice 2 cups of pears.
4.    Arrange pears into bottom of cake pan.
5.    Sprinkle pears with arrowroot.
6.    Sprinkle ginger over the pears.
7.    Mix oil, rice syrup, and molasses.
8.    Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
9.    Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
10.  Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
11.   Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
12.   Add 1/4 cup of gluten free flour.
13.    Mix in well and quickly.
14.    Immediately pour batter into cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
15.    Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
16.    Bake at 350º F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
17.    Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
18.    Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan as the pears on the bottom will make a soggy cake if you do not.

Another very good pear recipe: Pear Hazelnut Crumble

Learn about the 9 Healthy Gluten Free Flours

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Why Being Gluten Free Is Not Always Healthy!

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:16+00:00 October 5th, 2012|Health News, Nutrition|

It is true that the mainstream gluten free diet is not always healthy and can actually be making you fat and unhealthy!

Yes, if you are celiac or gluten intolerant (also known as gluten sensitivity), you do have to go gluten free.  Unfortunately, most of the recipes and products available, although they don’t have gluten in them, are NOT healthy for different factors so you may end up with different problems.

This is what I have found in my extensive research in the past two years. […]

Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:17+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

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