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Classic Fluffy Gluten-Free Waffles

Ingredients: 

2 cups of guten-free all purpose flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

3/4 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of xanthan gum

3 eggs, separated

1 3/4 cups of milk

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Make it:

1. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, and sugar; place in a mixing bowl

2. Beat egg yolks until frothy; stir in milk and oil. Pour into flour mixture; beat with a electric beater until smooth

3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into the batter

4. Pour batter onto a hot, lightly greased waffle iron cooking to manufacturers instructions or until golden brown.

4. Serve with fresh strawberries, maple syrup or whipped cream.

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Skinny Tea Detox Approved Stir-fry

This recipe is extremely simple but the use of aromatics and sesame oil really adds a ton of flavour with no added salt or sugar.

Ingredients

8 ounces of firm tofu cut into chunks (you could use shrimp if desired)

1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger (I freeze my ginger root, it makes it incredibly easy to grate with a microplane and keeps it fresh)

1-2 cloves of garlic minced

2 scallions sliced

1 cup of already shredded rainbow or broccoli slaw (available at COOP and Superstore in the salad section) there is usually some purple cabbage, broccoli, shredded cauliflower, and carrot. It makes it super easy to make this stir fry in a time crunch.

1/2 red bell pepper cut into strips or small dice

6 drops of pure dark sesame oil

2 teaspoons of coconut oil or olive oil

Make it

1. Heat coconut oil (or olive oil) and sesame oil in a wok pan over medium-high heat

2. Add garlic, ginger and scallions to hot wok frying until fragrant

3. Add all the veggies (broccoli slaw, red bell pepper) stirring occasionally

4. Add tofu or shrimp to the pan cooking until cooked through (tofu should be browned and shrimp should be opaque and pink when cooked through)

5. Serve over brown rice!

Homemade GF Beauty

Gluten-Free beauty products can be expensive and difficult to find and not always the most natural in their ingredients! So I have decided to share a few of my favourite beauty recipes that are 100% GF and will leave you feeling positively radiant!

Deep Cleanse Facial Scrub

You will need:
1 tablespoon of natural,unpasteurized honey (I use presidents choice, its also organic and inexpensive however if you want to go local check out Buzz Honey (https://www.facebook.com/buzzhoney for info on where to find them and their products)
1 tablespoon of gluten-free baking soda (I use bobs red mill brand (http://www.bobsredmill.com/)
3 tablespoons of plain yogurt

Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and get scrubbing for beautiful skin! The honey is naturally antibacterial, when coupled with the natural scrubbing power of baking soda it banishes acne the clean way!

Gluten Free Hot Oil Conditioner

Simply warm coconut oil for 2-3 minutes in the microwave (I buy mine at costco for $17.99/54 ounces making it super cost effective for use in beauty http://www.carringtonfarms.com/organic-extra-virgin-coconut-oil-12-oz-tub-54-oz-bottle/
Massage into hair and scalp and leave in for 15 minutes or up to over night for truly unruly hair. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and enjoy gluten free tame hair.

Gluten Free All Natural Body Polish

Take 5-6 medium sized strawberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tbs. of olive oil
Mash strawberries with sugar and olive oil, rub over any rough areas (knees, elbows, feet, legs) and rinse with water.
*ensure sugar is gluten-free (check cross for contamination)

Moisturizing Bath Oil 

Take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 5-10 drops of any one of your favourite essential oils (I love eucalyptus or lavender) and add to hot running bath water, stirring the water until the coconut oil is melted. Step in a soak away dry skin! (Eden in the Calgary Farmers Market sells wonderful essential oils and oil blends.) http://www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/vendors/eden_essentials/

Breakfast: Skinny Tea Detox Approved

These breakfasts were prepared according to the suggested guidelines on the eating plan for the skinny tea detox (www.skinnytea.com)

Please note I only did the 7 day detox therefor I did not have the opportunity to make that many different breakfast formations. If anyone has any yummy breakfast ideas please send them to me via the Contact page on my blog 🙂

Oatmeal with Bananas, Honey and Greek Yogurt 

1/2 cup of pure quick cook oats (aka gluten free oats) combined with 1 cup of water, microwave on high for two minutes and allow to stand for 1 minute more after cooking is done. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey, slice one banana and top with 2 healthy tablespoons of plain, unsweetened greek yogurt.

Greek Yogurt with Morning Glory Granola

Take a 1 cup of plain, unsweetened greek yogurt adding 1-2 tablespoons of honey and top with my Morning Glory Granola recipe (using unsweetened dried cranberries instead and ensuring all the seeds and nuts used are unsalted)

Fruit Salad topped with Greek Yogurt and Flax

Cut up 1-2 cups of assorted fruits (pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, papaya, watermelon, kiwi fruit) and top with plain unsweetened greek yogurt and a tablespoon of flax seed (this is optional) however it will add some additional flavour and healthy fats.

Rice Cakes, All natural peanut butter and Banana & Strawberries

Take rice cakes, add all natural peanut butter, and add sliced bananas and strawberries to the tops! (this makes an excellent snack during the day too, omit banana if its later in the day-this will help with the weight loss)

Gluten Free Beauty

While sitting in my class today I decided to put on some hand lotion, my celiac friend grabbed the tube and mentioned that there were oats in it….oats, processed near wheat, grown near wheat fields, cross contamination, touching food, gluten is on hands, gluten goes onto my apple, bam I am ingesting gluten, yikes!! This then sent me into a gluten paranoia, forcing me to check my lip balm, lipsticks and other makeup, body washes and body lotions.

Now ingesting gluten in any form is a no no in celiac disease, however some celiacs experience a form of dermatitis when they come into contact with gluten topically.

Dermatitis herpetiformis will affect between 15-25 percent of people with celiac disease at some point in their lives (Blumer & Crowe, 2010). It has been deemed the celiac disease of the skin and manifests itself in the form of a skin rash that affects the skin of the:
-Elbows, Knees, and buttocks as well as the  face, scalp and back
-Pink, blister like sores that are raised above the skin in these areas will appear when in contact with gluten
-Itchiness will accompany the sores

The most common nasty terms I found in my products were colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and hydrolyzed wheat germ and modified vegetable proteins which could contain wheat.

Now while I could populate my own list of gluten free beauty I thought that I would refer you to one fabulous gluten free resource The Celiac Diva, her site has a very extensive and newer list of current gluten free beauty. Visit this link http://www.theceliacdiva.com/category/gluten-free-beauty-products/ for an amazing product list and other interesting articles.

Celiac Disease and Cold Season

Staying healthy during cold and flu season is as about as fun as playing leap frog with a unicorn, as in not very. However I have found several things to work for myself in attempts to maintain my immune system during epidemics such as the one Alberta is under right now.

1) SLEEP. your body cannot repair itself nor defend itself if you are over tired, opt for at least 7-8 hours per night of uninterrupted sleep. With work and school as life this can be something that is extremely difficult to maintain but if you can manage it most nights your immunity will reap the benefits of catching those extra zzzz’s.

2) Vitamins, now while it is a myth vitamin C aids in cold prevention it has been shown that proper vitamin D intake is crucial in maintaing ones health and as celiacs we suffer from malabsorption of the sunshine vitamin so be sure to talk to your doctor about a supplement amount of vitamin D that is right for you. As well zinc is a fantastic supplement for your immune system. Also iron for celiacs is another supplement that is very much needed as we are typically anemic which makes us vulnerable to the outside world during cold and flu season.

3) Already sick? try a soothing combination of peppermint tea, freshly grated ginger (about a teaspoon) and a tablespoon of honey, and some sliced lemon. This will ease a sore throat, clear the sinuses and the ginger with the peppermint will sooth a upset tummy.

4) I invested in a nebulizer about 8 months ago (can be found at eden in the Calgary Farmers Market as well as Saje stores) you add essential oils to water and it moistens the air as well as dispersing soothing oils into the air. Eucalyptus in one of these is a godsend when congestion and cough strike. I found it aided in getting a proper nights rest.

My anniversary with celiac

with my one year anniversary of living with celiac fast approaching I was driven to become overwhelmingly nostalgic and this is what prompted the following:

My life before celiac disease-that is my life pre diagnoses was a trail of bread crumbs that kept leading no where.

Frustrating was the cystic acne that came out of no where, one that defied acutane and put the fine people of proactive to shame.

Saddening was the depression and anxiety disorders that popped up shortly after high school. Being sure that it must be the case because you did in fact just lose your father to a severe illness so depression isn’t that weird right? Waiting 6 months to see a psychiatrist to treat it was even more upsetting and then finding out you didn’t need all those little white pills years down the road was infuriating.

My anorexic appearance was disgusting, managing to lose 25 pounds without trying (something some women can only dream of) this  making me further self-conscious on top of feeling like a psycho with a bad complexion. Nothing alleviated this, I became at regular at peters drive in hopes milkshakes would allow me to fit into my jeans again. Gym rat I was no more in fear of running more pounds away. I never regained those pounds until I was diagnosed.

Hospital scares plagued my life, all because after your 8 am history class you find yourself with rectal bleeding. You go to emerg but no x-rays, blood work, samples find anything. It must “have been something poorly prepared” they’d say. Pfft try there was gluten in the food you ate and it’s killing you from the inside out (no advice I ever heard from the ER doctors).

Until that fateful day your family doctor finally thinks to order the blood test that will be your saving grace from the hell your life has become. Party hardy, go eat the last of your nibs, mini donuts and McCain oven curly fries because it will be your last.

With the celiac box ticked on the lab req you head to the lab with a heavy heart that lies in two worlds. The first world where you hope it is celiac so they will finally know what’s wrong with you and this can all stop and the second world where your scared shitless (pardon the pun) that your life of loving food is over forever.

Positive test results? One terrible colonoscopy/endoscopy and a gastroenterologist that seems a tad too thrilled to break the news to you and I start to bawl still slightly drugged and starved from the procedure. I still hate the nurse who insisted I have the arrowroot cookie and apple juice post testing as the truck was covered in it on the ride home later that afternoon.

One year later I look back at my life pre-celiac and smile, hell I even laugh. This laughter? Pure happiness that my new life began at the GI clinic when it did. Why so thrilled? because I’m a healthier, stronger, heavier and positive me. My problems pre celiac were frustrating and infuriating but they are far behind me. And the food? Friggen delicious.

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