My Gluten Free road continues!

 

 

I had a hard time sleeping last night due to pain in my hip and lower back.  I tried heat, ice, rubs… and knew I needed to get out and walk.  Now I need flat surfaces to walk on, so I headed up to Wal Mart early in the morning and walked the aisle.  All of them, and after walking 1,500 steps ( according to my fitbit) my hip/back finally freed up and I could move.

I still had time before I needed to be at the Lucy Bensley Center where I volunteer so I headed over to Tops to do more walking and see what they had gluten free.  I found out that they do not have just a section where Gluten free items are, but rather, they are scattered amongst all the food.  Ok, this may be a challenge.  So I am walking aisle again.  Now where Walmart has tags on the shelves that say.. Gluten free items, or look for gluten free items, next to the items that are so, Tops does not, so you really had to read and check labels.  I did seem to find them where the healthy choices item were located on the shelves. I did find some gluten free bisquick mix that I wanted to try, and several crackers, and in the freezer section they had more Amy’s frozen meals.  So grabs one or two more of those to try.  They did not carry the Udi’s products I wanted, but did indeed have several other brands, and sweets in the freezer section, so more options for sure.  I also notices that Nature Valley had breakfast bars, Peanut butter and dark chocolate gluten free… oh yummmmm, got a box of them.  So between Wal mart and Tops I do have more choices to chose from .. Still have to check out other stores….

For my morning break I had one of those Nature Valley peanut butter and dark chocolate breakfast bars.  It was Awesome!  Better than the Great Value one I had gotten at Wal mart.  I will admit, I did not look for these at Walmart, but if you see them, they are a 5 star in my book.   For lunch I had left over sweet potatoes, cheese and the Breton Black Bean crackers, and a orange.  MMMM looking at that after I typed it, seems like I had a orange color lunch.  but it was might fine.  I love yams, or sweet potatoes anyhow, and these were cooked to a perfect softness I like.  I had sharp cheese and cracker.  Now the Breton Crackers I got, were good, my only complaint I have…. and it might just be this box… was they crumbled easily.  I had a slice of cheese on top and when I would bite into the crack and cheese, the cracker just fell apart in sections.  All the ones I ate did the same, so this is something I will need to look into, but will try another box and see if that is a common problem, maybe just how it was packed in my take home bag.

Tomorrow I am going to try the Amy’s food bowl I got,  I choose three so not sure which one I am going to try, but will keep you posted on that.  I drank my cold tea today, and then water.  In using heat in the house and place where I work, seem to be more thirsty, so I am trying to increase my water drinking.  Over all I think I had a good day today.  Got some walking in, checked out Tops, will have to go back when I have more time and really look and see what all that they carry, found some interesting articles for a person doing some research and came home and was able to take a short nap, before we went out to a Christmas gathering.  Not a bad day at all.

Day 21 Gluten Free

 

 

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Today marks my 21st day of consciously being gluten free.  What a surprise I got when I opened my email.  I had submitted my DNA and there were the results!  What a great reward for me.  Yesterday we got ham and Sweet potatoes for the crockpot.. Added a little Brown sugar, and it is good to go.  My husband had gotten a larger ham so we could use it for a few meals…. Wow, It was a good price.  I went to cut it up, and there were not one, but two bones in it, ok just means I have to cut at angles.  Ended up with enough for two meals in the crock pot and three large ziplocks with meals size chunks in them!  I have white and sweet potatoes left over.  The piece that has the bone in it, is going to be great when I make my homemade split pea soup.  I have all the ingredients too.   Even thou I am disappointed at not finding all the items I want that are gluten free in the stores, I am finding that my pantry does indeed have enough to create meals now.  Yea Me. After the first of the year, when things settle down, I am going to different grocery stores and list what each has that is gluten free, and which ones have not much at all.  I then will decided if I am going to order the food online.  I am hoping to get to Orchard Fresh in the next week, and start there.  They should have a lot of gluten free items.  Guess time will tell.

Have plenty of eggs and got two different kinds of gluten free flour, brown sugar, honey, baking soda, and baking powder… should be able to create a lot of fun things now. I have noticed that I do not crave sweet or salty food like I use to.  Wonder if that is something that is normal.  I picked up some gluten free pizza dough, I could cut the ham up into small pieces, that would be good… Oh!  I know!  quiche!  I have the eggs, cheese, onions, I am sure I have a recipe for a crust I can do using gluten free flour.  I forgot, that my friend Jennifer just made some and they sounded so good.  Going to see if her recipe and mine are the same and make some.

It is sure getting easier to make the choices of not having gluten, and yes there are a few things I miss, but working on finding them Gluten free or recipes so I can still enjoy them.  It is funny how when I shop now, I look for the gluten free seal, or sit there and read the ingredients… there was one can of soup, that I look fast and did not see it, so started to read the label… all of it, thinking, well I did not see where there was any flour or wheat in it, but shouldn’t it say if it was gluten free?.. keep reading and reading and when I moved my hand the last time… there is was … a tiny gluten free seal.  Geez, which they would have made that one bigger.  Then there are some food items that the gluten free seal just  Pops right out at you GLUTEN FREE.  I wish they were all the same size and same color.  but then I guess you would not really read their labels.

Now with hypothyroidism, one of the symptoms is hair loss, it just falls out all over the place.  I have noticed thou, that in the last week it does not seem to be falling out as much.  I do know my skin is not as dry, or blotchy.  So I do think I am starting to see something from going gluten free.  My pain levels are not as intense and I am walking more, so all in all, I think we are on a path to some healing and feeling better.  So happy I have a support system in place to help me, and are willing to accept I am not going to eat anything that has gluten in it.  They are welcome to, but none of them are pushing me to try one bite, or saying it won’t hurt.  They are all behind me 100% and that in itself does make each choice I make easier.  One day at a time, one choice at a time, educating myself along the way.

 

Snow

 

 

Over the last few days we have gotten snow… ok, lots of snow.  As a rule, the street department are pretty awesome keeping the roadway done.  Either they are really plowing other roads, or having a hard time keeping up, because the town roads were not done very well and driving today was a adventure for sure.  Our downstairs neighbor is a super guy and keeps our driveway ( we live upstairs, and they live downstairs) cleaned out and looking sharp.   By the time I had wiped the 12 inches plus off my car, car top and such, he had half the driveway done and I was able to pull right out…. and as I turned onto the road ( now I back in so I was pulling straight out) I fished tailed a little.  Ok, so now I know the roads are greasy and to take it extra easy.  Go to stop, did ok.  Then at the light where I was going to turn, a car turning onto my road turn… and went in a complete circle before getting to go down the road.  Oh boy.  So take it really extra slowly as I turned onto the road and was fine.  Maybe they were going to fast.

We went out to eat tonight to Mexican Resturarant in town and I pondered the menu trying to figure out what was gluten free.  Enchiladas are corn wrapped, so go there, I had checked and most Spanish rice is ok, and the beans. Really wanted to have some chips, but I think they are corn and flour, so did not eat any.  Going to have to do some more research on Mexican food to see what is or isn’t gluten free.

Then we went shopping at Walmart.  I picked up some more Gluten free items and I am getting disappointed that they do not carry more.  I can order online and do a food pickup at the store, but some of the items I want or frozen or refrigerated.  Target is suppose to carry some of the items so guess I will go up there and Tops Market and see if they carry any of the Udi’s items I want to try.  I did find Amy’s in the frozen section of the store.  She carries the Rice Mac and Cheese, Three cheese and rice noodles, and 4 other gluten free meals.  So grabbed 3 different ones to try this week for lunch where I volunteer.  The Rice Mac and cheese was good, so hoping these are too. Really wanted to grab a gluten free Bisquick mix which Walmart was suppose to have, but could not find it .  When I ask the clerk if I could order frozen or cold food for pick up, she was not sure, so I will call during the day and talked to someone to see if I can.  Guess they may be the only way I can get some of the gluten free food I want to try.

I walked up and down every aisle so got some walking in and it was nice as it was not over crowed tonight. Now home to unload the food and decided where I want it, feed the cats, and then I think I am having some Bailey’s tonight, and yes it is gluten free!

JoHawk’s Photography

 

 

 

 

I just want to give a big shout out to Norm Isler and the Springville Print Shop.  We decided to create some snow notecards to use as Christmas cards this year.  I have had Norm create my cards in the past using my photos, and have been overly impressed with not only his work, but the quality of the cards.  Today was no different.  I sent him 4 photos, and he did the rest … fast.  I now have each of the photos as note cards and feel like my family and friends who will be receiving this will be happy as well.  Anyone who needs a print shop, I highly recommend the Springville Print Shop!

Gluten Free ~8

 

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So today makes 18 days gluten free.  We went out to Michael’s Catering and Banquets for a Christmas party and I was not sure if I was going to be able to eat anything.  I was pleasantly surprised. The pre meal food, had lots of cheese, fruits along with other items I knew would have gluten, so I stuck with the cheese and fruit, little shrimps and such…. I asked the server if there was any food that was gluten free for the main meal.  She went back and talked to the Chef.  Wow!  I was so surprised when she came out and said…. You are being served steak and chicken, you can eat the steak, however the white chicken sauce and chicken has gluten in it.  The mashed potatoes and gravy are gluten free, and the veggie is broccoli which is of course gluten free.  We do not tonight have any gluten free bread  to chose from tonight…. Is this not just awesome!  I did eat the salad, but since I did not know if the salad dressing was gluten free, I choice to have none.  Everything is sure falling place for me.  The dessert was a pie, which was not gluten free, but by that point I was stuffed anyway.  I feel so proud of myself being able to stick with being gluten free this long.  Taking it one day at a time, one choice at a time.  Educating myself so I can make the right choice.

Today was the first day I felt..not tight, not sure if that is how to describe it, but only way I can think of to describe it. I have not weighed myself and do not want to do so until 30 days into gluten free eating.  but lighter is not quiet right, but maybe not as heavy.  Now I am overweight, so that may not make sense to some folks, but not as weighed down does describe how I feel as well.  I try not to weigh myself often, as I just get myself depressed and I know it is my thyroid issues that keep alot of the weight on me, but I just feel different.  If I could end up losing some weight, then I might feel better moving around more.

I also have a fitbit.  I wanted to show the doctors that even with a bipap I was not sleeping good, which it did indeed show.  The brand I got also shows heart rate, steps of course, a mode that helps you breath through a relaxation time, if you are stressed.  I have been trying to up my steps, the recommended is 10,000 a day, which with my back degeneration, pain levels and such is not happening.  I lower the steps to 5,000 a day and do try to strive for that.  A year ago, I was lucky to get 1,000 steps a day.  Now I am up to between 3,500 and 5,000 a day.  I have noticed in the last 3 weeks since I have gone gluten free, it is always almost 5,000 or over each day.  Now that is progress, is it because I am more aware of it, which I do not think so, I have had a fit bit now for almost 2 years and monitor it often, or because I am feeling better and so moving more.  After the first of the year I am moving my step goal up to 6,000 and see how long it takes me to achieve that.  I am excited about that. We will continue to go to the YMCA where I do walking in the pool, which seems to be easier for me, and some jogging/running in the water as well. Hot tub is always a pleasure after I am in the pool for over a hour.

After the first of the year, I am going to go to other stores that carry the Gluten free items and see what else I can find.  I really want to try some of the Udi’s brand.  Target is suppose to carry that brand, so going there to find out.  Going to make some gluten free Blueberry muffins today.  That should warm up the house and with a cup of coffee this afternoon will be a treat.  I have noticed that I do not crave some foods anymore… I use to crave salty or sweet foods, but have not noticed that in the last 3 weeks.  I can be around cookies and cakes and all the Christmas/New year treats and I am ok.  Never have had a strong will power, but somehow, this just seems to be working for me.  Even if the weigh does not come off, I am really feeling better and I will take that for now.  On Christmas day, will be 30 days I have gone Gluten free, a Christmas gift to myself If I can do it.  I will weigh myself that day and ever 30 days after that to see.  A friend told me to take measurements, as I may not lose weight but inches, so I might do that as well and make a chart.  Writing this blog, makes me feel like I need to record and be responsible and is a encouragement of sorts to myself to keep it up.

Gluten free ~ 7

 

 

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So tis the season of …. Snow. Seems like during the extreme cold, I like pasta, in any form. My husband and I went to Julie’s Pizzeria in Springville and I was not sure that they carried gluten free pasta…. HAPPY DANCE’ they do indeed and I could order almost all of their pasta dishes gluten free. So I choice Alfredo sauce with pasta…. It was great! I did miss having the bread that you usual get, but I can learn to adjust there.

So since it is cold and the snow is still falling I thought I would try the Rice mac and cheese I bought by Amy’s brand. I packed it up with an orange and my lunch was set. The next day where I volunteer it was lunch time and I was eager to try my new pasta. The instructions for microwaving was in for 3 minutes, stir, in for another 2 minutes, stir, and let set for 1 minute before eating. Well, in for 3 was more than enough heating for this for me, I stirred it and went to put it back in, and decided it was way to hot as it was. I let it sit for a minute and then longer as it was too hot to even attempt to eat. But it was very tasty indeed!

My herbalist sent me some information regarding gluten free and some of the foods that you should eat … looking over the list for veggies of week one going gluten free, was most of the veggies I like anyway. Carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, my absolutely favorite Veggies… well it is right up there with avocadoes which is also on the list, Bell Peppers and Spinach!!! Woohooo glad they are on the list. Then onto the meats, eggs, easy, bacon, chicken… more of less all meats that I have in my freezer. Fruits, all that I like were on the list as well, I have been on a raisin and orange kick lately anyway, and both are on the first week list. One thing I do need to add to my diet and food list is fermented food. I do like yogurts and sauerkrauts, pickles and such , but just never seem to eat them a lot, just off and on. As I read the list for week to week (Practical Paleo 2nd edition) I am finding that I am eating a lot of the foods on the list already, so do not need to change much. But it is nice to know that there is a book and a list already created that you can print and use as a shopping list, along gluten free items that you might want to get for your house, such as peanut butter, bread, mixes, soups.

I also have recipes for spice blends, my next thing I am doing and leaving on my shelves in my cabinets a savory spice blend… makes about 6 tablespoons worth, ok, I have a jar that will fit in. To make it, you add 2 tablespoons of Rosemary-Sage Salt, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, ½ tablespoon paprika, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Mix and store. I am wondering if I can used my dried garlic and dried onions if I did it, but for now, will mix this up, store in my cabinet for seasoning. Now I am thinking I can create my own mixes as well and leave in my cabinets, I dried onions this summer and tomatoes so I have them already, and they are really easy to do. I did find out if you dry them to long they turn into powder, so that mistake was a discovery that might now be useful. Mmmm wonder if I can dry garlic and onions mixed up on the tray together as well. Now that is something to think about, just creating my own seasons . Ok, got to research that as well. I will keep you posted on that.

Now time for me to sit down and have a cup of coffee and my coffee creamer I make with 1 pint of heavy cream, and 1 can of condensed milk, mixed together. Gluten free, and sure is nice for a afternoon delight!