Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wild Zora Original Meat And Veggie Bar Review

Just when you thought the gluten-free jerky category was jam packed and couldn't innovate: baam!!!  Merging grass fed beef WITH vegetables, spices and fruit is exactly what omnivores needed desperately from the snack aisle.  Introducing Wild Zora, the original Meat & Veggie Bar full of flavor and made of high quality ingredients for those who care about health and wellness.

No gluten No Soy No Nuts No Milk or Nightshades No MSG No Hormones No Chemical Additives No added Sugar No Preservatives No Dairy

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Was Independence Day Meaningful For You?

According to Wikipedia, "Independence Day of the United States, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire."

Despite what you believe in, support or agree with according to American history, when you have allergies or an issue with food associated with this holiday, life is more complicated than just celebratory! Since food is a key variable this time of year, gluten-free eating becomes once again nearly impossible, if you let it. That's why preparing ahead, learning to say no and minimizing expectations by taking no risks is what being "independent" is all about. 

1.Not dependentfreenot subject to control by others
not relying on othersnot subordinate;asfew men 
(orwoman) are wholly independent

According to Webster's Dictionary of 1913 , the definition of independent is quite righteous in many of its forms. We all know what this word means, but do we truly have our own independence?

See how miserable I am living with Celiac Disease, wow life is terrible!   Haha, well for those of us whom have Celiac Disease, must live gluten-free and my lifestyle is 100% serious to avoid gluten risks. Yet some take many risks and suffer while others do not in this free world. Are you capable of saying, "No, thank you" and avoiding temptations and indulgences? Has living gluten-free been a challenge you haven't overcome yet in your life or damaged it further, and why? What emotions are your subconscious hiding?

Change is challenging! However, there is nothing more important than your own health. We each make choices daily, why not choose your gluten free health? Shouldn't you have control of what you put in your body, to say yes/no for your gluten-free health and take it more serious or be even more careful and serious about the gluten-free issues that you see everyday at restaurants, homes and packaged food?  When you take a risk and it causes a health concern that is immediately noticeable or a silent killer you're not being independent, you're being foolish. 

Why risk your one chance of living entirely free and choosing to be independent from other peer pressures and everyday food challenges that can torment us? How do you choose to act on each meal to prep for better health without risk of gluten cross contamination? 

Depending on where you are from and where you live, some people in the world have less or more hardship, tackle different wars and struggles, but one aspect we can all attempt to overcome is our own dependence on food that has a negative impact on our true health and longevity, such as gluten. If you know you have a form of gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy or form of auto-immune response to gluten, stop, regain your personal independence during this time of year. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gluten Free Menus And Their Risky Disclaimers

Living with a gluten related auto-immune disease, wheat allergy, or gluten intolerance can be extremely difficult. None of these are the same though yet that have a lot in common. From Celiac Disease to a wheat allergy we all decide on different lifestyle choices. Some illnesses can be life threatening and others are not because you can treat yourself and remove risks. A very common everyday risk remains though, when you dine in at a restaurant and order from a gluten-free menu or from a server explaining their GF options, there is little to no chance you're receiving a 100% gluten-free meal. In turn, you have accepted the responsibility for potential G.I. intestinal trauma, diarrhea, exhaustion, or another delayed auto immune reaction. A restaurant may provide you with a degree of 1-on-1 attention to make you feel safe, warm and fuzzy, but the risk is real, every time, you're taking a conscious risk of cross contamination in the kitchen. These decisions are very risky!

Example of a gluten-free menu & disclaimer... a complete contradiction of gluten-free definition.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Celiac Awareness Month To Reflect

Activities like yoga connect mind & body.
It is my favorite month of the year, May - Celiac Awareness Month! So another year has gone by, and we journey through another period of reflection. Let's look back at this moment on your health - how do you actually feel about the health of your body and mind this past year? Seriously, are you feeling well right this moment? Are you satisfied with your ability to say, No? Are you handling food and beverages risks and have you learned more this year than the past regarding the risk of cross contamination, asking questions about food ingredients?  Do you feel that your overall health has improved or are you unsure, frustrated and confused more than ever of the status of your Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or gluten reduced diet? I certainly hope that you put yourself first, lived well, eaten well, exercised and laughed in the good life!


We all know that I'm not perfect, hehe, but I am a 20 year Celiac Disease veteran managing my strictly gluten free lifestyle in a positive way. If there is one tip I can share regarding the health of my own mind and body, it is my confidence to say, "No" a lot. In fact, all of the time I say No to food options.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hidden Garden Gluten Free Cookies Review

There are few foods in the world that people can't live without. Let's get to the point and identify cookies! With so many gluten free restrictions we find and love gluten free cookies to be a needed replacement sometimes. That's fine if you are able to balance sweets with choosing the right brand and of course, exercise! Sweet, chewy, crunchy, soft or hard it's impossible to eat just one of your favorite GF treats. I don't frequent the cookie jar, but when I do, I love the cookies and I'll share them, too. I have been sampling GF cookies more often than I anticipated, and there are a few treats out there such as Hidden Gardens. Hidden Gardens gluten free cookies have beets, squash, spinach,  pumpkin sneaking in their cookies for taste and delicate nutrients still tasting entirely like cookies. From British Columbia, Canada now available in USA sneaking veggies in your new favorite gluten free cookies! Let's say, I wish these Hidden Garden cookies were around in 1997 when gluten free cookies hadn't evolved...if only I thought of this!

Certified Gluten Free

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Avocado Mayo Primal Kitchen Review

"every bite of food you eat should be 

both delicious and healthy. "  

- Mark Sission -
Absolutely! Today is  an opportunity to put down that product in your shopping cart and find a smarter food that still tastes good but is better for you. What you bought in the past may have scary and questionable ingredients. Ehh that's the truth we all face at some point. Decision Time. Got the stones to replace the unhealthy mayonnaise and/or dressing you keep using in your fridge and replace it to strive for better gluten free ingredients? Introducing Primal Kitchen's Gluten Free mayonnaise, dressings, avocado oil and chocolate bar made of awesomeness that keeps your family satisfied with delicious and more nutritious options. Let's learn about the mayo!

Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Scratch & Grain Cookie Kit Product Review

Watch out cookie monsters, the easiest, most convenient gluten free cookie recipe has arrived from Scratch & Grain Cookie Kit. Previously featured on ABC Shark Tank a few years ago, the product line has grown! I don't eat cookies or sweets too often, but when I do, I make them special with the best ingredients, usually cut out 1/2 the sugar, butter or excess naughtiness. With Scratch & Grain Cookie Kit you're able to pick and choose the numbered gluten free ingredients to make your gluten free cookies in a flash and have fun, just add butter and eggs, for example. Baking is always supposed to be a joy, and it remains that way, and now you don't have to buy those 5-7 random ingredients and store them in your cabinet to spoil.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Vermints Gluten Free Product Review

Finally, a mint that delivers on ingredients, taste and is certified awesome! Introducing... Vermints

You may be used to the taste of traditional store mints. Mouth cooling, low priced, wild packaging. Yes and their ingredients likely have red dye #40 and have artificial sweeteners and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). If you love mints and gum like me, let's discuss better options because they are here :) Healthy snacks, ice cream, mints, gum, and other splurges are needed (we're humans after all) so I'm sharing these Vermints with you today. 

Gluten Free Mints & Organic Mints Exist

I first found Vermints at Whole Foods about a year or two ago, bought them and got hooked!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day With Celiac Disease Is Rough

One, two or three bars of chocolate, that is an important question of many for today's purchases on Valentine's Day. 

Then I would get a pit in my stomach and think about where would I search for safe gluten-free chocolate, knowing it's not commonly available at most stores. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Promise Gluten Free Bread Is For Celiacs

If you have Celiac Disease vs choosing a gluten free lifestyle, there is a different health standard and expectation. But we should reunite our standards. Those who know me and have read my articles regularly (thank you) would know by now that I have very high gluten free standards and constantly question the market place, restaurants and any labeled GF options because of ongoing disappointments and lack of policing and regulation. Yet I love our progress and appreciate those who certify their products, you rock! However for some reason in 2016, gluten-free standards are still not taken seriously by all.  However, today is a great day for gluten free sandwich lovers out there whom have Celiac Disease or a legit gluten free lifestyle choice because Promise Gluten Free Bread is a great option!