Friday, July 31, 2015

August Support Meeting

Please save the date for our August 15th barbecue. More details to follow! Thank you for your support and have a great summer!!


  • 2 organic green apples + 1/2 peeled apple
  • 1 cup organic collard greens (kale would be fine but collard greens will give you a milder taste)
  • 1/2 large organic english cucumber (with the skins on, that’s why it’s best to have it organic)
juicer & blender (or immersion blender) OR high speed blender

 Juice apples, collards and cucumber in a juicer. (don’t forget to run the pulp twice to get the most juice out). Transfer juice and add the 1/2 apple (as well as a few tablespoons of the pulp) into it and blend with the immersion blender. Enjoy freshly made.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Makes 1 jar
– 2 cups of hazelnuts
– 1/2 a cup of water
– 1/2 a cup of maple syrup
– 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
Bake the hazelnuts at 180C for about ten minutes, then take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.
Once cool place them in a food processor and blend for about ten minutes, until they totally break down. Then add the maple syrup and cacao and blend again, before gradually pouring in the water – it’s important that the first three are properly mixed before you add the water though as you may not need it all.
- Deliciously Ella

Panera Bread Drops Long List of Ingredients

Acesulfame K. Ethoxyquin. Artificial smoke flavor.
The first, an artificial sweetener; the second, a preservative; and the third, a flavor enhancer, are just a few of the ingredients that Panera Bread wants to banish from its kitchens by the end of 2016.
In doing so, Panera would join the growing ranks of food companies and restaurants that have announced plans to eliminate a variety of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors, as well as different kinds of sweeteners and meat from animals raised with antibiotics, in response to consumer demands for transparency and simplicity in the foods they eat.
“We’re trying to draw a line in the sand in the industry so that consumers have an easy way to know what’s in the food they buy,” said Ron Shaich, chief executive of Panera.
In the last six months, at least a dozen food companies and restaurant businesses have announced plans to reformulate products to eliminate ingredients. “To me, this has gone way beyond anything that could even be remotely considered a fad and become a powerful trend,” said Carl Jorgensen, director for global consumer strategy focusing on wellness at Daymon Worldwide, a consulting firm.
Nestlé USA has said it will remove artificial flavorings and colors from its chocolate candy products, including brands like Butterfinger and Baby Ruth, as well as from Nesquik powdered drink mixes.
Hershey in December said it would work to replace high-fructose corn syrup in sweets like York peppermint patties and Almond Joy candy bars. Two months later, the company said it was moving to make all of its products from “ingredients that are simple and easy to understand.”
Kraft recently said it would replace the artificial colorings that give Macaroni and Cheese its orange hue with colors derived from spices like turmeric and paprika, and PepsiCo announced that it would use sucralose to sweeten Diet Pepsi instead of the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Last month, McDonald’s became the latest major restaurant chain to say it would no longer sell products made with chicken treated with human antibiotics. A few weeks later, Tyson Foods, a major meat company that is one of McDonald’s suppliers, said it would eliminate such antibiotics from its poultry and begin working to get them out of other meats as well.
Even Snackwell, which started its life as a brand with reduced fat, is undergoing a makeover aimed at getting rid of high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial colors and flavors. “In this day and age, the consumer who was satisfied with reduced fat or fat-free 20 years ago is not satisfied with that any more,” said Vincent Fantegrossi, chief executive of the Back to Nature Foods Company, which is owned by Brynwood Partners, a private equity group.
Retooling an iconic brand is tricky. Companies must make sure that consumers cannot detect any change in taste, texture or quality, or all may be lost.
“That actually makes the challenge for companies like us that have well-known brands greater, compared to small companies that can simply make a product from scratch without these ingredients,” said Leslie Mohr, marketing manager for Nestlé USA’s confectionary business.
While most of the companies have been careful to say they are merely responding to consumer demands, not making a value judgment on such ingredients, they often face heavy criticism. Chipotle Mexican Grill’s announcement that it had eliminated genetically modified ingredients from the foods it makes — though, like Panera, not from the sodas it sells — evoked a torrent of outraged responses.
The Washington Post editorial board called Chipotle’s move a “gimmick” that was “hard to swallow,” while NPR’s popular food blog, The Salt, accused the company of having a double standard for adopting sunflower oil, which it said was often treated with a pesticide known for weed resistance.
“This is a complicated issue, and I would suggest there is less here than meets the eye,” said L. Val Giddings, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Mr. Giddings noted that although General Mills got a lot of publicity for eliminating genetically modified ingredients from original Cheerios, those were just a tiny part of the cereal’s ingredients. “I think what they were doing at least in part was testing the water to see if they could capitalize on it, and what they have found is pretty illuminating,” he said. “The move had no impact on sales.”
Mr. Shaich said Panera’s decision to come up with what it calls “The No No List” had more to do with protecting the sales it has. The list is based on research and standards developed by Johns Hopkins, the Environmental Working Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council and various European governments.
“I’m not a scientist and I’m not wading into the debate over whether any of these things cause cancer or are otherwise bad for you,” he said. “I just think this is where the consumer’s head is right now.”
Panera uses more than 450 ingredients to prepare its foods. The company had to work with both its suppliers and their suppliers, who themselves were not always sure whether their products contained the ingredients Panera has decided to eliminate.
“These ingredients have been added over time to improve efficiency and consistency and as preservatives as supply chains have gotten longer and longer,” said Sara Burnett, senior quality assurance manager at Panera.
Solutions are not always perfect. Panera is rejecting titanium dioxide, a whitener commonly used in products like ice cream and icings, from its mozzarella, yet cheese browns as it ages. “We don’t know how customers will react,” Ms. Burnett said.
Salad dressing proved the menu item most difficult to reformulate, she said, in part because different oils impart specific viscosity and taste. For Greek salad dressing, Panera had to take apart the spice mix it used and go back to the basics — lemon juice, garlic, oregano and rosemary.
“We learned we don’t have to have these things on the list,” Ms. Burnett said, “so why have them?”
Correction: May 6, 2015
An article on Tuesday about Panera Bread’s decision to remove many artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from its ingredients erroneously included one cereal among those from which General Mills has eliminated genetically modified ingredients. Grape-Nuts is made by Post, not General Mills, and therefore is not one of the cereals affected.

Starbucks Buzz

What's the buzz from Starbucks?
They were giving samples of their hummus and gluten free crackers at the drive thru last week. I spoke to the girl that was handing them out and she said they are coming out with some new gluten free pastries by the end of the summer. Cheese danish and a raspberry bar/coffee cake. At this point they have a flourless chocolate cookie that is gluten free and of course their marshmallow treat bar. They keep pushing that treat bar on me acting like it is a real treat, but I don't want cereal with my coffee, I want a yummy danish, that is what I crave!

Almond Milk

A false advertising suit claims Almond Breeze is only 2 percent almonds

How much of your almond milk is actually made from almonds? A new false advertising lawsuit against Almond Breeze maker Blue Diamond alleges it’s far less than the packaging would have you believe.
Blue Diamond doesn’t list what percentage of Almond Breeze is made from almonds in the U.S., but a U.K. Almond Breeze website says it’s only 2 percent, FoodNavigator-USA reports.
The lawsuit, filed July 14 in New York, doesn’t specify what percentage the average customer would deem acceptable for purchase, but it does say “upon an extensive review of the recipes for almond milk on the internet, the vast majority of the recipes call for one part almost and three or four parts water, amounting to 25-33% of almonds.”
Plaintiffs Tracy Albert and Dimitrios Malaxianis argue in the suit that the product’s packaging, which includes pictures of almonds and the phrase “made from real almonds,” deceives customers into thinking they’re buying a product made mostly from almonds. The lawsuit also claims “that consumers allegedly purchased the product based on the belief that it was a healthy and premium product,” food law attorney David L. Ter Molen told the site.
When the issue came up in the U.K. three years ago, its Advertising Standards Authority said customers likely understood how much water was needed to create almond milk: “We considered that, whilst consumers might not be aware of exactly how almond milk was produced, they were likely to realize… that the production of almond milk would necessarily involve combining almonds with a suitable proportion of liquid to produce a ‘milky’ consistency.”
Blue Diamond did not respond immediately to TIME’s or FoodNavigator-USA’s requests for comment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Oral Allergy Syndrome

Do you or your child get an itchy mouth after eating fresh fruits? Dr. Mankad explains oral allergy syndrome, food allergies and cross-reactivity:…/food-allergies-and-c…

Sunday, July 26, 2015

You are What You Eat: Getting the Right Balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s

by Judi Epstein MSN, ARNP 

Consuming healthy fats is an important part of supporting a healthy body. And essential fatty acids are important for healthy skin. Since your body
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does not naturally make essential fatty acids (EFA), you must get them from the foods you eat.
Essential fatty acids (Omega-3s and Omega- 6s) are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes and are the key elements in a natural skin care diet. Omega-3s and Omega-6s are polyunsaturated fats that help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier and help keep it hydrated. If your skin is dry, inflamed or prone to breakouts you may not be getting enough EFAs in your diet.
Research suggests that increasing your EFAs with Omega- 3s can assist in reducing the inflammation associated with acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. In addition, Omega- 3s can help boost your immunity, reduce symptoms of depression and joint pain, and may also help lower your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in the following cold water fish which they obtain from eating algae and plankton: herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and salmon.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in: hemp seeds and oil, chia seeds, flax seeds and oil, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts and eggs.
The standard American diet is often out of balance and ‘heavy’ in Omega 6s which tend to increase inflammation in the body. You can cut down on omega- 6 levels by reducing your consumption of processed and fast foods as well as minimizing your intake of corn, soy and cottonseed oils.
To boost the health of your body and your skin, it’s important to keep your Omega-3s and Omega-6s in balance.
flax chia seed linseed oil omega 3 essential fatty acids healthy skin body judi epstein arnp holistic wellness redmondMake it a point to know where your food comes from, know your farmers or grow your own food, read labels and keep it simple, avoid foods that are genetically modified (GMO), try and eat organic or unsprayed fruit and vegetables, organic or free range meat or wild game, and choose smaller wild caught fish that are lower in mercury. (
So be mindful of what you eat… and your body will thank you.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Supplements and Older Women

I was asked in an interview recently about what advice I had for women in their 60's and 70's. They specifically wanted to know about supplements. Okay, Vitamins B12 and D3, calcium citrate, and magnesium would be a good place to start. It becomes more difficult to absorb B12 as we get older, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol, the active form) is crucial for bone and muscle health which reduce the risk of falls; calcium citrate works well if you have less stomach acid, as many elders do, and magnesium has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in women, and is also vitally important for bone, muscle and nerve health. Most women would benefit from taking a basic multivitamin (without iron) to make sure they are getting vitamin K and all the other trace minerals needed for wellbeing.
When I get these interviews, I know that they're asking me about the typical medical/supplement advice stuff, but sometimes important pieces of the conversation get left out. For far more important to our wellbeing is our social connectedness. Statistics show that 50% of U.S. women over age 75 are living alone in relative social isolation. Many, many studies have shown that social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes or being obese. Loneliness puts individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline, onset of disability, and high blood pressure.
As we get older, it's important to stay connected. It is natural to stop going out as often or socializing the way we used to, but it is critical that you keep your tribe close. And if you have a loved one who is alone, reach out. Stop by, share a meal together, pick up the phone. We all have to look out for each other.
To learn more, visit:

Two Moms in the Raw Cookbook

Raw, cooked, and gluten-free meals from the founder of the national award-winning healthy-snack company Two Moms in the Raw

Within just a few days, Shari Leidich, a mother of three, went from working out daily and hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains to being barely able to hold a pen. The diagnosis: MS. Gradually, thanks to a diet rich in raw foods, she returned to her former energetic self. For the long term, though, she knew she had to create meals that she would find satisfying and that her husband and three children would love as well. And they had to be quick and easy.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Egg Replacements

Eggs are what hold all the ingredients together when cooking and baking so it can be tricky finding an egg substitute. But, have no fear – you can find tasty egg replacers in the form of chickpea flour, mashed bananas, arrowroot powder, flax meal, chia seeds and silken tofu.
Egg Replacements in Recipes
1 Large Egg Equals:
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 Tbsp. warm water. Let stand for 1 minute.
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 medium banana, mashed
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. gelatin blend (To Make Gelatin: Dissolve 2 tsp. gelatin in 1 cup of boiling water). Use 3 1/2 Tbsp. of this mixture for each egg the recipe calls for.
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (for muffins, eggs and bars)
  • 4 oz. baby food (pureed fruit or vegetable)
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (for muffins, eggs and brownies)
  • 1/4 cup silken organic tofu (this is soy, so if you have a soy allergy, please do not use tofu)
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder mixed with 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour mixed with 1/4 cup water or dairy-free milk
  • 1 Tbsp. white chia seeds mixed with 3 Tbsp. warm water. Mix and let stand for 10-15 minutes.
    - The Healthy Apple

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gluten and Your Skin

It may not be absorbed through the skin, but I do believe it does affect the skin! Why take chances, make sure to read all the labels to make the best decision for your body.

Because ‪#‎gluten‬ cannot be absorbed through the skin, the use of cosmetics that contain gluten is not shown to be detrimental.
However, we recommend gluten-free lip products, hand lotions, and any other products that may come in contact with the mouth area.

How Safe is Your BBQ?

Did you know that some charcoal contains gluten? I found this out the hard way when one summer shortly after I was diagnosed with Celiac disease I happily bought a BBQ thinking well, that it would be safe. After each wonderful meal I had,  I felt sicker and sicker. I couldn’t figure out what the cause was. I knew what I was eating because I was making everything and nothing contained gluten. I knew gluten was not only in foods but also in cosmetic products by this point so  I started doing some research and was shocked at what I found… Some charcoal contains a wheat starch that acts as a binder, that when burning, creates a charcoal dust that may contaminate your food.
Sometimes it seems as though there is no escaping gluten! But not to worry – for this BBQ season and many more to come, know there are a few alternatives such as 100% pure wood charcoal, commonly known as “lump charcoal” instead of the classic charcoal briquettes that you’re used to. Remember keeping your grill 100% gluten free is best accomplished with the proper inquiry about the foods AND the charcoal you choose. I strongly suggest you always double and triple check your sources and ingredients for any product!
Cross contamination occurs in as little as 1/8 of a tsp. BUT, not to fear if you MUST cook on a gluten-containing BBQ! why not make some fish in foil? There are tons of ways to have fun and still be safe with a simple tin foil barrier, there is always a way to have fun and enjoy your eating. As I’ve learned with time and research, that there is always a solution so that I may continue doing and eating the things I love!
- Jennifer's Way Bakery

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skincare Products

If you are looking for a good line of skincare products, check out They have some great products that are free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, corn, fish, shell fish and are vegan/non-GMO. They do offer free samples on their website so you can try them and decide for yourself.

Power Salad

Pomegranate Power Salad - made with organic tangerines, kiwi, pears, pomegranate on a bed of cos (butter lettuce), dill, parsley, mint & dressed with a pomegranate molasses vinaigrette.

Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette:
1/2 tbs of lemon juice
3 tbs pomegranate molasses (or other sweetener of choice)
Juice & seeds from 1 pomegranate
1/2-1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, or put them in a jam jar and give it a good shake. Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

- Raw Food Rehab

Thursday, July 9, 2015


I admit it - I am in love with turmeric. I put 2 teaspoons in one cup of plain yogurt and basted it over our chicken before baking it last night. Heavenly. It has been used as both a food and medicine for thousands of years. The yellow pigments in turmeric are referred to as curcuminoids, and they are responsible for imparting that golden glow to foods during cooking.Science has found that these curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Research shows that it can be beneficial for promoting the health of the GI tract, easing the pain of arthritis and possibly even helping lift the mood. Add it to soups, stews, rice, or even smoothies. Because turmeric loves the GI tract, if using a concentrated supplement take it with a fatty meal to enhance absorption and/or look for products that contain piperine (an alkaloid from black pepper) or phosphatidylcholine.


Our next gluten free support meeting will be on August 15th.
Please come join us for a yummy barbecue with all the fixin's.
Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you for your support and have a great summer!

Spumoni Cookies

(Makes 20 cookies)
8 ounces almond paste
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons Amaretto (or almond extract)
½ cup cacao nibs
½ cup chopped pistachios
12 maraschino cherries, chopped and blotted dry (or ½ cup chopped dried cherries)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, blend the almond paste, sugar, salt, and egg whites until the mixture is a smooth paste.
3. By hand, stir in the nibs, nuts, cherries, and lemon zest.
4. Scoop the dough into 1-inch balls and press down slightly with dampened fingers to flatten the tops.
5. Bake the cookies for 35 minutes, until they're brown around the edges. Allow to set for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.
 - Against The Grain

Guidelines for Avoiding Gluten

The following is a comprehensive (but not complete) list of foods that do contain gluten or that may contain it.  This list can be used as a guideline for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.  Many items listed below are traditionally considered safe.  However; it should be noted that many of the traditionally safe grains have been studied to cause and to contribute to damage yet they continue to be recommended by the gluten free food industry.  The difference between a traditional gluten free diet and the TRUE gluten free diet can be found in the following video tutorial <<<

TRUE Gluten Free Diet Guidelines – Avoid All of These…

  • Wheat
  • Barley (malt)
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Sorghum*
  • Millet*
  • Teff*
  • Triticale
  • Spelt
  • Durum (semolina)
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer
  • Corn (maize)* (for a list of hidden corn ingredients, go here <<<)
  • Rice (does not include wild rice varieties but does include brown rice)*
  • Groat
  • Graham
  • Amaranth***
  • Buckwheat***
  • Quinoa***
*These grains are classically considered gluten free, but are not recommended on a TRUE gluten free diet.  If you would like to learn more about why these other grains should be avoided, watch the following video <<<
*** These items are technically not grains, but are at high risk for cross contamination and not recommended on a TRUE gluten free diet unless verification can be obtained.  These pseudo cereals are also very high in glutamic acid and should be discouraged as substitutes for patients with neurological symptoms.

Misc. Food Additives or Processed Foods That Can Contain Gluten

  • MSG
  • Modified food starch
  • Textured vegetable protein
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate
  • Hydroxypropylated Starch
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Vegetable gum
  • Vegetable protein
  • Extenders and binders
  • Maltodextrin (wheat or corn based)
  • Dextrin
  • Maltose
  • Non Dairy Creamer
  • Seasonings (check labels)
  • Natural Flavors
  • Smoke flavors
  • Artificial Flavors
  • Natural Colors
  • Artificial Colors
  • Caramel color and flavoring
  • Soy Sauce
  • Miso
  • Bouillon cubes or stock cubes
  • Candy may be dusted with wheat flour; ask.
  • Canned soups – Most are not acceptable.
  • Cheese spreads & other processed cheese foods.
  • Chocolate – may contain malt flavoring.
  • Cold cuts, Wieners, Sausages – may have gluten due to cereal fillers.
  • Dip mixes
  • Dry sauce mixes
  • Honey Hams – can be based with wheat starch in coating.
  • Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt – check all dairy.  Cows are fed grains and many react to dairy for this reason.  Grass fed dairy recommended (or avoid dairy altogether).
  • Instant Teas & Coffees – cereal products may be included in the formulation.
  • Mayonnaise – check thickener and grain based vinegar ingredients
  • Mustard – Mustard powder may contain gluten
  • Oil, frying – Check for cross contamination or corn based oils.
  • Poultry and meats – Check out the flavorings and basting and inquire about meat glue
  • Sour cream – May contain modified food starch of indeterminate source.
  • Dry roasted nuts & honey roasted nuts
  • French fries in restaurants – Same oil may be used for wheat-containing items.
  • Gravies – check out thickening agent and liquid base.
  • Vitamin supplements (different brands contain grain based ingredients – check the labels carefully)
  • Baking powder (commonly contains grain – wheat or corn)

The Grasses –

Many people want to use wheat, barley, rye, and oat grass (not the seed) as a supplement in the diet.  Technically, these do not contain gluten as they are the grass part of the plant.  However; it is recommended that these be avoided to prevent the possibility of cross contamination.

Alcoholic Beverages that contain gluten-

  • Beer
  • Malted beverages
  • Grain based spirits (many claim that distillation removes gluten…Gluten Free Society recommends avoidance regardless)

Non Edible Items That May Contain Gluten (Read Your Labels)-

  • Stamps & envelopes
  • Toothpaste
  • Lipstick
  • Hairspray & Shampoo
  • Detergents
  • Pet Food
  • Medications & Vitamins
  • Lotions
  • Playdough
  • Makeup

Is There Gluten in Dairy?

Research has identified that gluten from mother’s milk passes into the dairy of humans.  A majority of gluten sensitive individuals do not tolerate milk or dairy based foods.  The staple diet for commercial dairy cows is grain.  Whether or not glutens from feeding cows grain crosses into dairy is still in question and has not been adequately studied.    That being said, common sense of the obvious should supersede the decision to use dairy.  Gluten Free Society recommends only dairy that comes directly from pasture fed cows if any at all.  For more in depth information on this topic, please listen to the following 2 part interview between Dr. Peter Osborne and Dr. Rodney Ford:

****Note – there is no such thing as a complete comprehensive list of food items that contain gluten.  Manufacturers regularly change their ingredients, mislabel, have product recalls, etc.  This is why Gluten Free Society’s stance is to avoid processed and packaged foods as much as possible as well as to avoid eating out as much as possible.  You cannot control the mistakes or ethical considerations of others.
Gluten Free Society is your complete resource on all things gluten! Video tutorials, Interactive Forum, Gluten Free TV, Recipes, and more…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An Easy Detox

Looking to detox, but don't have the time or the money to spend a few weeks at a secluded spa (or to purchase expensive juices)? Well, fear not. Turns out there is a way for active and busy people to detox in one month. Ben Greenfield, author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life, explains how.
#1: Go easy. Focus on light aerobic exercise with a few weight sessions a week, rather than on intense interval training, which is not so good combined with a fiber-filled diet.
#2: Eat clean. Strip your refrigerator and pantry of all foods that are processed and nonorganic, in addition to nervous system stimulates like caffeine and alcohol. Instead of chips, crackers, cookies, candies, and coffee, fill your kitchen with liver-detoxifying superfoods, such as broccoli, flaxseeds, lemons, garlic, artichokes, turmeric, apples, beets, dandelion leaves, and sea vegetables.
More From Rodale News: Your 10-Step Chemical Detox Plan
#3: Relax. Sleep as much as you can and limit your exposure to stress. If possible, spend some time in a steam room, sauna, or hot yoga class to flush out the toxins from your body by sweating.
#4: Consider the right supplements. Greenfield recommends taking specific supplements during your monthlong detox to facilitate the removal of harmful compounds. Some of his recommendations include two to three sprays under the tongue of liposomal glutathione once a day, 400 to 600 milligrams a day of oral magnesium, and two to three capsules a day of activated charcoal.
- Rodale News

Living Traditionally

The single Most Effective Way to Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones


2 Tablespooons of Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
2 Drops of  Lemon Essential Oil
Mix everything together and drink. Make sure to follow it with a glass of water, and then drink plenty of water throughout the day. Take this mixture up to 3 times a day.

Pain relief:

  1-2 drops of Lemon essential topically over the painful area gives almost instant relief.

Dandelions, Friend or Foe?

Some see dandelion as a pesky weed, children see the puffy seed heads as a playful delight, the hungry see it as food, herbalists see it as a humble, yet noble medicine. The leaves are tasty when young. I absolutely love them sautéed in olive oil with garlic, salt and a pinch of lemon (essentially the same way I cook spinach.) Dandelion leaves act as a gentle but highly reliable diuretic. Dandelion root enhances digestion by gently promoting the secretion of stomach acid, the release of bile from the gallbladder and enzymes from the pancreas. When used on a regular basis, it improves the digestion of proteins, fats, and starches. And because bile is a natural laxative, dandelion root helps normalize sluggish bowels. The roots are rich in inulin, a prebiotic that feeds and encourages the growth of healthy gut microflora. Science has confirmed that dandelion root has a protective effect upon the liver. And then those puffy seed heads.....
- Tieraona Low Dog, MD


Our next gluten free support meeting will be on August 15th.
Please come join us for a yummy barbecue with all the fixin's.
Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you for your support and have a great summer!


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Staying Cool?

Well it looks like summer is definitely here, I think the heat is getting to all of us! Any thoughts about how to stay cool? Eating lots of fruit and cucumbers can help. I have been eating lots of salads, and cottage cheese with tuna mixed in instead of mayo, avocado works well too. It's true that dairy is not always a good choice since it can be bloating. Along those lines, I see that Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is coming out with a non-dairy version. I am not sure when, but it might be good. We just have to make sure to read the labels as some of their flavors are not gluten free. Drinking water with lemon, lime, mint or cucumbers is very tasty and hydrating which is so important in these scalding temperatures. Take care and stay cool!

Franz Hot Dog Buns?

I am with Customer Compliance at Franz Family Bakeries and am
responding to your e-mail of 7/4 regarding Franz gluten free products. Thank you for your kind words!  We did at one time make a Gluten Free Sandwich Roll that could double as a hot dog bun. There were production quality issues and disappointing sales so the product was discontinued. Hot dog buns do require special pans and equipment to produce, and the gluten free bakery does not have that equipment in place at this time.

I am advising our Marketing department of your interest in a gluten free hot dog bun.  If they have enough customer requests and can formulate this product, they may consider investing in the equipment and introducing a new product.

Thank you again for your suggestion.   We appreciate your interest and support.  Have a great day!

Sue Donohue
Customer Compliance
Franz Family Bakeries

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ben & Jerry's is Adding Non-Dairy Choices!

Well, so much for surprises! So many of our fans have been asking us to carry a non-dairy product, we couldn’t keep the secret anymore. We can now confirm that it’s true, we are working on non-dairy flavors, and we hope to have them available in the United States next year. Well, that is, if we don't eat them all ourselves first. Some might ask, “why not now?” (Yes, we've seen your tweets!) The answer is, we've been working on this for quite a while, and want to make sure these flavors live up to what Ben & Jerry's is known for: enormous chunks, delicious swirls and a commitment to values-led ingredient sourcing. Our Flavor Gurus have been hard at work to ensure they do, which includes lots of taste testing! Sorry, but that’s all we can share for now. They say good things come to those who wait, but in the meantime sign up below to get the latest updates on this project and details on when these non-dairy flavors will be coming to a freezer near you.
Peace, Love & Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's

Make sure you read the labels on all the flavors, some are gluten free and some are NOT!!!

Cooler Fare for Summer

Fresh Asian Cucumber Spring Rolls
Makes 6 to 8 rolls
Ingredients: (use organic)
1/3 cup almond butter
½ Tablespoon grated ginger
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon + ¼ teaspoon high-quality sea salt, divided
2 Tablespoons raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
¼ cup raw macadamia nuts, pulsed in a food processor (Retain some texture and do not overprocess into a fine powder. Pine nuts or cashews are okay as a backup option if you can’t source macadamia nuts.)
¾ Tablespoon sesame oil
2 organic cucumbers, English hothouse or long garden varieties
a few handfuls of clover sprouts
1 cup julienned carrots
Put the almond butter, ginger, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon sea salt and coconut nectar or maple syrup in a blender and process until smooth. Pour contents of the blender in a bowl and set aside. If you don’t have a great blender, you can easily whisk the ingredients together. Pulse the macadamia nuts in a food processor and add to a small bowl. Mix in the sesame oil and remaining sea salt, and set aside. With a mandolin, slice the cucumbers into very thin, long strips. If you have a steady hand, you can try doing it by hand with your knife, but it is rather difficult to keep them thin and as long as the cucumber. To assemble the rolls, add a bit of the almond butter mixture about one-third of the way up the cucumber slice, and top with a little bit of the macadamia nut mixture. Next, add a trace of sprouts and carrots, and roll carefully all the way up. Place on a tray with the folded edge firmly down. You may have to slightly break the outer part of the cucumber so that the roll doesn’t unravel.
Note: If you are slicing the cucumbers by hand and they are not super thin, it can be helpful to soak them in about 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice overnight, to help soften them up for rolling.
Recipe courtesy of Kimberly Snyder, C.N. author of The Beauty Detox Foods