One of my best friends, Nancy Sheffey, is also a personal trainer. She’s not just a trainer, however. Nancy takes a holistic approach to health and fitness, focusing on creating the energy and mindset one needs to exercise, eat well, deal with stress, keep things positive and get things done. For me, she keeps things… Read More
On a recent trip to a very inspirational Vancouver BC and Squamish, we hiked 4-8 miles a day on the most beautiful trails. Our 72-YO friend Jim took us out everyday to places he knew well. We walked all morning, ate lunch, and then took another trail in the afternoon. The best thing about this… Read More
“You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes.You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it.” – Julia Child
One of the very nicest things about lifeIs the way we must regularly stopWhatever it is we’re doingAnd devote our attention to eating.—Pavarotti
Ingredients:Corn tortillas (La Banderita is my gluten free favorite!)1 dozen shrimp, peeled with tails off1 cup mayo1 limeShredded lettuceGrated cheese—your choiceChili powderMinced garlic Chili-lime Mayo1. Squeeze in 1/2 of fresh lime into the 1 cup of mayo to thin down mayo and for flavor 2. Sprinkle in chili powder to taste and a pinch of… Read More
Cooking is like love.It should be entered intowith complete abandon,or not at all.–Harriet Van Horne
Ingredients:8-10 large button mushrooms1 sweet onion1/2 cup Gillian’s bread crumbsOlive oil1 egg1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese Directions:1. First sauté a sweet onion finely chopped in a small amount of olive oil until carmelized.2. Add two of the button mushrooms chopped and 1/2 cup bread crumbs and stir until golden brown.3. Remove mixture and place in… Read More
STRONG is the new skinny. 🙂
I love eating a low carb or no carb diet. Bread crumbs and corn tortillas are about as far as I go, unless I’m on vacation and someone is making me french toast or something next level up! And I’ll occasionally order a thin crust gluten free pizza from my local Italian spot after I see so many commercials for Pizza that I just can’t resist. I will have a kids size ice cream at Carvel—our local ice cream spot—when I get a craving for something sweet. And my husband makes the best homemade vanilla ice cream on the planet for holidays. I don’t put sugar in my coffee. I have no sweets in the house, not even chocolate. I do make cookies for guests and when my kids are home. And yes, I will have one or two! 🙂 But on a daily basis, it’s low carb / no carb for me.
It all goes back to my old days of being first diagnosed with celiac. I never had to watch a calorie in all of my 40 years so I didn’t know how to eat low cal, slow, or do portion control. I never paid attention to any of those things, or ever diet. I didn’t have much of an appetite—but when I did— was usually eating carbs which caused me to not absorb any calories or nutrients. Carbs with gluten were causing malabsorption. And what do you eat when you don’t feel so great? A piece of toast!
As soon as I was diagnosed, everything I ate caused me to gain weight very fast. I was always searching for the best possible gluten replacement for the things I loved—like english muffins or corn bread. I was now healthy and absorbing every calorie and nutrient, and everything was loaded with calories. This eventually caught up with me. Now that I understand how to eat for the celiac diet and eat mostly meats and veggies, I am strong and loaded with energy, and feel the best I have felt in a very long time.