I love tradition, holidays, family gatherings and FOOD, but when I learned that I had a severe gluten intolerance almost 6 years ago, I thought everything would have to change.
What would Christmas be like without my mom's homemade gnocchi and meatballs, or Thanksgiving without stuffing, or Easter without my aunt's famous pineapple bake???
Now, I understand that holidays and family gatherings are about so much MORE than just food, but I don't know if I was thinking rationally at the time and often found myself going "back to gluten," each time feeling worse and worse.... UNTIL I realized that I could learn to adapt recipes for special occasions!!
I will admit that much of gluten free baking is still trial and error (boy, have I had my share of errors), but it IS possible to make (or find) some of your old favorites to meet your new lifestyle.
That being said... I try to reserve gluten free baking for special occasions, holidays, or the random snow day only, and same goes for gluten free processed cookies, doughs, etc... choosing to get the majority of my nutrition from whole foods - fruits, veggies, nut butters, oils, eggs, lean meats, eggs, brown rice, yams... you get the idea!
If you're still wondering what to bring to Easter brunch or dinner tomorrow, read on for 2 recipes that can be made from start to finish with minimal ingredients.
Note: I would not consider the Pineapple Bake "clean" by any means, but it is gluten free and a once-a-year-only treat! The Peanutty Butter Squares are clean, but just keep in mind portion control! ;-)
Diet pills, supplements, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, figure competitions, macros...
The list goes on and on of things that I had tried in the past. Things that I had tried just to see a certain number on the scale. But, what did I think would happen when I saw that number? I never felt satisfied...I just wanted to see it go lower.
Have you ever felt this way???
I don't know about you, but for me spring cleaning is both welcomed and dreaded (I mean, have you ever tried cleaning with a toddler around?!?!), so last weekend, I took advantage of having my husband home and got started in my pantry!
Yes, we have snack foods for Brock and I do keep chocolate in the house for the occasional craving, but it doesn't tempt me the way it used to...thankfully!!!
There's something so bittersweet about the last day of a Lifestyle Shift Group. Obviously, when one door closes, another opens (our March Towards Your Goals group begins tomorrow!!!); however, amongst the amazing transformation photos and praise, I always inevitably hear from someone that the scale didn't move as much as they would've liked it to...