Dec 22, 2011

Tis the Season to Think About Dieting

January is close at hand, and inspired by making a "fresh start" and New Years Resolutions, many will decide to lose weight.

Last year I decided to challenge myself, as I always do, with losing a certain amount of weight, and not gaining any more weight. I did a page that not only included my progress (or lack thereof), but also provided weight loss tools for others who might want to lose weight. You can take a look at that page by clicking here and see if any of the weight loss resources may be helpful to you.

Was I successful in losing? A little...I lost a few pounds, but I didn't gain any either because I was conscious of the foods that went into my mouth.

Weight loss programs are helpful if you want to take off weight quickly, but keeping the weight off is the greater challenge, so when you are looking for a good weight loss program, make sure that it includes a maintenance program for keeping the weight off when you have lost weight.

Updated 3/30/16

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Dec 21, 2011

Is Gluten Free Christmas Baking Possible?

We are in or near what some call "gluten free baking week" and Christmas is in a matter of days.

Is it possible to have a gluten-free Christmas? I think so. There are so many gluten free recipe books available as well as prepared  gluten free flours, snacks and more, that it is much easier to go gluten free than it used to be.

So in this week of gluten free baking, know that you have many options available to you. In our home, we enjoy traditional Scotch shortbread, which is basically flour, sugar and are the ingredients for a gluten-free variation to the recipe, plus a link to the recipe at

Ingredients for Gluten Free Honey Lavender the recipe name for the full recipe:
1½ cups almond meal flour, plus extra for dusting
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup sugar
8 tablespoons butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces
½ teaspoon salt

Updated 3/30/16

Yes, it is easy to find gluten free recipes to make your Christmas and holiday season gluten free.

Dec 12, 2011

The Joy of Knowing I'm Lactose Intolerant and Symptoms

Lactose Intolerance isn't a joy, finding out what has been troubling you for, in my case, probably the past few years, is indeed a joy! Something has always troubled my digestive system on and off for wasn't severe, just an annoyance, but in the past year the condition escalated to the point that I was always nauseous, feeling pain in my abdomen, and suffered a host of other symptoms that had me quite concerned. 

When I would look in the mirror in the morning, the face looking back didn't look well. I went to one doctor and had normal blood work, my blood pressure was up, I was diagnosed with an intestinal infection, and anxiety (we have come through some stressful months...more on the stress aspect later) and had 3 medications prescribed, all of which did nothing but aggravate what I was experiencing...more nausea, more pain, more tiredness. I stopped taking them and just hoped it would all go didn't. 

I finally made an appointment with my gastroenterologist who is downstairs from my general MD, so also set up an appointment for my annual physical, which is one "free" thing you get with our insurance. The gastroenterologist patiently explained to me that I was not having anxiety attacks during the night like I thought I was...he explained the connection between some nerves in the colon, brain, etc., that lead to symptoms similar to a heart attack and anxiety in terms that I could understand.  This was happening because something was aggravating my digestive system...he thought perhaps just a virus...but to me it seemed like more.  Still, it was a relief to know what what happening physiologically, but I still needed to know the cause. 

We had prayed that God would give wisdom to the doctors when I went in that day, and He answered and did. When I went to my general MD, I had my usual physical...all good...even the blood pressure. She asked me what I eat each night before bed. I told her I loved yogurt mixed with frozen blueberries and ate them almost nightly. She said to cut out dairy for one month, and see how I do....that if you are going to develop lactose intolerance, you often do when you are in your 40's and 50's.  I told her that I thought yogurt was okay even if you were lactose intolerant. She said not necessarily so, especially in the quantity I was eating it. 

She was so very right! It only took a matter of days for me to see improvement. I replaced the yogurt and cheeses with lactose free yogurt and cheese, and did not eat anything with dairy when I wasn't sure whether it contained lactose or not. I cannot get over the improvement over the past month...and am so very thankful. My body is healing, and having the physical stress relieved is making the mental stress less stressful...still needs dealing with, but oh so much better things are.  So yes, it is a joy to finally know that I am lactose intolerant and what to do about it.

Updated 3/30/16

You might also want to visit a page I did on Finding Milk Free Candy for the Lactose Intolerant.