Posted by jamie on Sunday Sep 19, 2010 Filed under :Free From Gluten
So, you receive test results or you’re having a conversation with your health care provider, and you hear the words “gluten-free”. At first, it doesn’t mean much to you, but then you start reading a bit, or listening to your doctor, and all of a sudden the reality of what a “gluten-free” lifestyle really means starts setting in.
Before you start panicking about not ever eating your favorite pizza again, take a breath, and realize that you are incredibly lucky. Yes, lucky. Right now, there are so many resources available that makes changing to gluten-free eating pretty painless. This website is one of them – we’re here to help!
I’ve been eating gluten-free for about 30 years now, and I’ve learned a lot, that is for sure. Here is what I tell everyone who comes to me with that deer in the headlight look (or worse) when they have no idea how to eat anymore.
Get educated! We are continually finding new special diet cookbooks, websites, articles, and products. You are not alone. Many people have these same dietary challenges and that means better resources for all of us, and the number of people who are eating gluten-free is skyrocketing, which only helps all of us. Go to the library, the bookstores, search online, read magazines, ask questions, share information and visit us often for updates. Learn what it takes to keep your body healthy and become your own expert.
Don’t wait until you are hungry to figure out what to eat. Meal planning, careful shopping, food preparation and restaurant research will all help you to maintain a healthy eating plan. Be sure to stock your pantry with your special ingredients, make meals and snacks in advance. Know which restaurants serve meals that are safe for you and always have a healthy snack in your purse, glove box, and desk drawer – just in case.
Eating gluten-free is not a diet. It is the new and healthier way you will be eating for the rest of your life. It can be a bit challenging in the beginning, as all new things can be. Soon it will become just a way of life and your dedication will be rewarded with feeling better, having a healthier body, and a better quality of life.
Chances are, you need a new eating plan because your body, mind, and/or emotional state made it clear that the way you had been eating was not right for you. Eating food that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to can create huge challenges by way of serious disease, chronic conditions, and a diminishing quality of life. Being able to help, and perhaps even eliminate, these conditions simply by changing the food you eat…..well, that is, indeed, cause for celebration!
The first step is the hardest. Just take the leap, get started, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel!
It’s really cauliflower and it’s one of my favorite new “go to” foods. I like cauliflower anyway, so it’s not unusual for me to sit down to a big bowl of steamed cauliflower with a little butter and salt – yum! But this technique takes it to a whole new level and makes it much more versatile.
Clean the cauliflower and cut into manageable chunks. Using a shredding attachment for your food processor, shove the cauliflower chunks through so that they end up looking like the picture above – little shreds of cauliflower. At this point, you can saute it on the stovetop, throw it into stir-frys or soups, or use my favorite technique which is steaming. I have an electric steamer but you could use a stovetop steamer as well. I steam mine for about 20 minutes, and it comes out kind of plump, very mild (less cauliflower flavor), and really light.
Cauliflower rice makes a perfect substitute for rice in most dishes. I love it under Chicken Mushroom Fricassee or anything that has any kind of a sauce. You think you’re eating rice, but you are trading all those carbs for all kinds of great nutrients. Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese and many more. Click here for lots of great info on this typically overlooked vegetable. Now that I can make “rice” out of it, cauliflower has become a staple in my menu planning. And if you need a video to show you how to make it, click here.
No more excuses for making a healthy meal! These are great assortments of veggies that are already prepped for you and ready to go. You can use them in stir-frys, soups, sautes, salad, all kinds of things. Find them in the refrigerated veggie section and make something heathy (and easy!) today.
Don’t you just love the title? Instead of thinking of the end of a relationship as a failure, I really like the idea of putting energy towards “reaching for your new life”.
Posted by jamie on Tuesday Aug 3, 2010 Filed under :Free From Gluten