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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Month of June!

For the last several months, I’ve been weaning myself off of dairy products–milk, cheese, ice cream, butter–all of it! And I’ve felt tons better! (And I mean TONS!) For instance, normally, I have horrible seasonal allergies, and this year was supposed to the worst in three years for our region–but being off dairy, my body was able to fight the allergens and I only had to take an allergy pill about three times all season! On top of that, my stomach has felt better. I didn’t even realize I felt bad, but those couple of days that I would add it back in as a “test,” I definitely felt it. So, I have noticed a beneficial difference, and–as much as I can–I’m going to try to stay off of dairy for good.

I thought I would miss cooking with butter, but between olive oil and coconut oil, I really don’t miss that too much. I thought I would miss cheese, but I’ve noticed that I am enjoying the flavors of different fruits and vegetables and grains on their own without it. Having said that, the one thing I’ve missed the most is probably mac-n-cheese…but I only miss it when I see someone else eating it. So, I found this recipe that is pretty much like it but uses cauliflower, dijon, nutritional yeast and garlic for the flavor instead, and I used soy milk instead of milk. It’s not quite the same, but it’s enough the same that I don’t feel like I’m missing out…and it’s has quite a bit fewer calories than its original counterpart!

In the meantime, I’ve also had quite a few friends find out they are not only allergic to dairy but also allergic to gluten. So, rather than go to an allergist, I thought I’d run my own experiment. This month, I’m going to try to be dairy-free AND gluten-free, and see how it goes. Now, for the record, I have nothing against dairy or gluten or wheat, and I believe God gave us all things richly to enjoy! But, we also live in a fallen world–and that means our bodies have weaknesses, including allergies for some. Plus there is research that suggests the nutritional content of our food is significantly different from that of our Old Testament ancestors. Needless to say, I am one of those flawed, fallen creatures with a weakened body. No, I’m not sickly or anything. In fact, I’m pretty healthy, but I want to be as healthy as I can be and be a good steward with the body God’s given me–flawed as it may be. So, I’m trying to fuel it with the type of fuel it needs and runs best on (kind of like not putting gasoline in a Mercedes Benz when it needs diesel to run best).

One thing I’m learning is that having allergies doesn’t have to be a death sentence…or a death sentence to enjoying good food! I love pure, raw, unadulterated produce! As close to the earth as it can come! And I’m not sure I would have figured that out without experimenting with these foods apart from the common allergens. I’ve also learned that cooking for those with food allergies can be a means of hospitality and care for my brothers and sisters in Christ or as a means of showing love and grace to unbelievers I come in contact with.

So, I’m starting by compiling recipes! One list I came across that seems to have a good smattering of recipes in different categories like breakfast, breads, side dishes, desserts, etc., is from Gluten Free Goddess’s blog. It has quite an extensive assortment. Another thing I did was create a board on Pinterest for GF-DF (gluten-free, dairy-free). Feel free to follow it, as I’ll keep adding new recipes as I come across them.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 10.22.48 PMJust look how colorful some of these recipes are!! Yum! I can’t wait to try them!

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And I found these helpful, snapshot, meal-planning ideas on Pinterest too:

Do you have a favorite gluten-free, dairy-free recipe? Share in the comments, please! And enjoy the journey!

Journey Journal: Days 72-77

Day 72: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today was a green smoothie day. Breakfast’s smoothie included spinach, lettuce, carrot, ginger, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger root and honey–tasted like a spicy lemonade! Lunch’s smoothie included spinach, carrots, a frozen banana, strawberries, blackberries, ginger, lemon juice, and honey–very different than breakfast, and still quite good. For dinner, I made a stir-fry of rice, black-eyed peas, a scrambled egg, peppers, onions, garlic, and tomato. Bryan got home from work a couple hours later and I had a small portion of mac-n-cheese with him. Surprisingly, after being off dairy for basically a month or more, and after having loads of antioxidants all day, the dairy did not affect me nearly as much as it used to! So, apparently it’s not quite an allergy, but I still had some sinus issues the next day, so it’s still something I want to avoid as much as possible.

Day 73: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Highlight of today was lunch with Bryan and our friends Dave & Rachel downtown Greenville! I had fish tacos–no sour cream, but they were still delicious, topped with guacamole and Pico de Gallo. We always have a good time with them. Met up with Leigh at Goga after work for a workout and some sauna time–always a stress-reliever.

Day 74: Friday, March 15, 2013

Lunch with my mother-in-law at Ruby Tuesdays. Went with the Caribbean Chicken & Coconut-Crusted Shrimp, with sugar snap peas and their garden bar. It was a nice visit, and I really enjoyed the food. After work, my friend Carissa came over with her adorable puppy for a stroll around the neighborhood…and a good chat.

Day 75: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Started the day with Goga, after sleeping in and a quick bowl of cereal with almond milk and blackberries. Then worked for a couple of hours, did some errands and chores, went on a short walk–still, it was a bit of an “off” day, for whatever reason. I think we all have those from time to time–maybe it’s because I cheated with the dairy this week a little, or the barometric pressure whiplash of the season change, or the fact that I’m on a plateau with my weight loss, or whatever it is that throws us occasionally. I made pumpkin black bean soup and had that for lunch and supper with a few corn tortilla chips.

Day 76: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fortunately, had a good night’s sleep. Grabbed a banana and some nuts for breakfast before heading out the door for church. Had a fabulous day of services at Heritage. J.D. Crowley, missionary to Cambodia, preached from Romans 7 and 8 in the morning service, and Danny Brooks preached from Galatians in the evening. Sandwiched between was 2nd grade Journey Group, Chinese lunch buffet with our co-teacher Sarah, coffee, setting up for evening service, and some fresh air on a short walk. God is so good! After church, I had a long chat with a dear friend and mentor and witnessed an incredible sunset! Since we’ve been pretty good overall with our diet, we decided to splurge and have grilled beef franks with baked beans, coleslaw, and fruit salad.

Day 77: Monday, March 18, 2013

Had an apple and some trail mix for breakfast with coffee. Lunch was leftovers from last night. Had a productive day at work…especially for a rainy Monday. For dinner, I had a free spicy chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a with a small order of waffle fries, followed by a free soy latte from Starbucks with a dear friend, Faith. We had a great conversation! Then I headed to Bible study with the ladies for a conversation about how big our God is, and how we should never try to constrain Him into our man-made, mental, miniature boxes. The Gospel is Power…for salvation…for sanctification…for wisdom…for life…stronger than any other power out there! Simply put, the Gospel is Jesus Christ!

Cold, Flu or Allergies? Quiz and All-Natural Remedies!

picture courtesy of lynnkerewchiropractic.com

Cold and Flu season is here. And ragweed is in full bloom – for a longer season than normal. Often, these three have similar symptoms. Not sure if you have a Cold, Flu, or Allergies? Check out this Quiz from the Ladies Home Journal to determine which one you have.

If you determine you have the flu, here is a great resource for All Natural Remedies for Flu from Dr. Lynn Kerew, Chiropractic.

For allergies, try local raw milk and/or local honey – the closer to your home that the honey is harvested, the better. Also, staying hydrated will help. Dr. Lynn Kerew has some tips for All Natural Allergy Relief as well.

For a cold (aka, virus), get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and consider increasing your vitamins.

My favorite drink when I’m sick is ginger honey tea: peel and chop 1 inch of fresh ginger root and place in a tea ball; add 1-2 tsp. of local raw honey and 8 oz. of hot water; steep for 3-5 minutes; add a fresh lemon wedge or a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired. A close second would be peppermint tea with local honey.

Hopefully you can avoid being under the weather this year, but just in case, take advantage of the resources above. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!