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Sweet Comfort Without Sugar

Everyone has that one food that sends them off track. For me, it was the sweet comfort of fancy coffee drinks. I was never a Starbucks girl, but a former lover of Dunkin’ (and I was flunkin’). To be completely straightforward, a Sage reader suggested that I detail out my weight gain from 100 to… Read More


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It’s Not Magic, It’s the 80/20 Rule!

You don’t have to agree with magical thinking. Double rainbows, pennies from heaven… I’m cool with that. But it adds to my day. It’s a plus! I can tell you though, that the things I remove—the minuses—is equally beneficial and keeps me at my happiest and healthiest. “Ditching the Carbs” is not my personal phrase,… Read More


J'aime la vie! I love life!

J’aime la Vie

J’aime la vie! I love life! To live happily and peacefully is a wonderful thing! We make ourselves happy—but everyone knows good people contribute to this happiness. I remember a time when I was at one of my most unhealthiest points in the recovery phase of switching from too many carbs to more protein and… Read More


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Rise Above the Carbs

Poem by Jet Widick, Design by Kristen Alden   Just because it’s on your plateDon’t dive in… HesitateEat the protein, carbs are just to tasteDon’t want those on your waist.Plus the carbs they’ll slow you downMake you tired and your face roundGrits and taters as an accompanimentPlaced by the chef to complimentDoesn’t mean you have… Read More


Spot On, Game On!

When I was first diagnosed with celiac, I was constantly searching for genuine replacements for what I was used to eating and serving to my family for our meals. I thought, “I’ve got to find the gluten free english muffins with all the ‘nooks and crannys’.” I bought a bread maker and made my own… Read More


How to Eat for the Celiac Diet

How to eat for the celiac diet paleo low carb no carbI 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.

No sugar, no carbs and lots of protein make me feel great and give me the fuel I need to do the things I love to do.