Going Gluten Free

Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward, shares her thoughts on Going Gluten Free.

Going Gluten Free

Practical Tips for the Lost Shopper

In recent weeks, we have started taking my son to a new psychologist. Finally we have found someone that knows how to work with children! In our former home, my son’s therapist had an office so geared towards middle age men that I held my breathe every time we went. The dude had so many World War 2 model airplanes that I felt like I was in a history museum. Can you guess what my little one went straight for every time we were there? Yep…Not a great scenario.

So, when we walked into this new doctor’s office, it didn’t take us long to feel right at home. She likes to focus on play therapy and as many natural solutions as possible when treating children. So, it came as no surprise when she suggested putting my sweetie on a gluten free diet.

The idea of using a gluten free diet as part of the treatment regime for Autism and ADHD is not new to me. I’ve read about it in the past and even played around with the idea of trying it. However, laziness always got the better of me. When a doctor tells you to do something though, it seems to carry more weight, at least in my mind. SO….let the GF journey begin.

Alright, I’m ready. Where should I start? I know! I’ll run to the store and see what they have! Okay, I’m back from the store. What a waste of time! They had an eight foot section filled with GF items, and I did get a few things, but for the most part…it was junk food. So now, I’m gonna do what I do best, research the internet tirelessly.

I posted a question to my Facebook friends asking for their best tips. I know quite a few of them have had to cut out gluten for various reasons. My favorite suggestions came from my niece. She suggested that I take my son to the store and turn him loose in the produce section. Let him pick the fruits and veggie he loves. Second, she said to let him pick out his favorite ingredients for trail mix. Then let him put everything together. He’d be more likely to eat it if it was his project from start to finish. Lastly, she said to learn to make my own corn tortillas and whip up some PB&J quesadillas. Thankfully, we are so close to Mexico that finding fresh corn tortillas is not a problem.

Another amazing resource I found was the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation. Through some playing around on their website, I found a handy little diet guide. It is geared towards children that have been newly diagnosed with celiac disease. However, gluten free is gluten free. You can find their GF eating guide here.

Here are some basic tips to help you get started on your own journey without gluten.

1) There are some obvious things to avoid, so avoid them. This includes wheat, barley, semolina, bran, and couscous, just to name a few.

2) And, there’s some not so obvious things to avoid. These were my main concerns. Everyone fears the unknown, right? These include communion wafers, candy, lunch meat, store bought pasta sauces, soy sauce, lip balm, and play dough.

3) There are still tons of grains and starches that are good! Things like quinoa, potato flour, arrowroot, and corn.

4) As part of their GF diet guide, the CDHNF has added an extremely helpful shopping list. One of the things I worried most about taking gluten off the list was the expense. And, yes, if I choose to buy the bulk of my groceries off of that small eight foot section at our super market, our grocery budget would skyrocket. But, this list is a great reassurance that a GF diet is totally doable. They issue some words of caution though. Be very careful when buying processed cheeses and flavored chips.

5) When shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store. This is great advice for anyone trying to eat healthier. Start with produce, then meat, and lastly dairy. Most dairy and meat is safe. Just remember to avoid processed products or products that have been pre-flavored.

6) When shopping the interior aisles remember to stick with items made from rice or corn. This is helpful when buying tortillas and noodles. Get some yummy corn tortillas! And, no need to buy pricey noodles from the gluten free section, get some rice noodle from the Asian section.

Going GF is going to take more planning, and definitely more prep for meals, but it doesn’t look nearly as daunting as it did when I first learned it was our future. Do you have some great suggestions? Feel free to comment below or hit me up on Facebook!

Visit Deborah at her blog, Kentucky to Cali!

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com

     

Superfoods, Are You Eating Them?

Superfoods

Are You Eating Them?

I am always looking for delicious and healthy foods to feed my family, and I am sure you are too. Good nutrition plays a big part in overall health, and with Rory’s energy metabolism disorder, her special dietary needs become all the more important. When Peter Minkoff from High Style Life Magazine contacted me about writing a guest post about the Superfoods Trend, I was excited to accept.

So, now, please welcome Peter, and join with me in learning more about Superfoods.

Family Diet: Introducing the Superfoods

Health is a primary concern, especially when you have kids. One of the ways of achieving it is by having healthy diet habits. With today’s life pace, it seems hard to take time to care about a diet; still, most of us are constantly on the lookout for that special diet to solve our problems. You have probably heard about the popular culinary buzzword- superfoods. It does sound super, right? These are nutrients packed foods, rich with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers. The benefits of such foods go way beyond the ordinary “I eat because I am hungry.” Introducing the superfoods into your family diet will definitely make you and your family members healthier and happier.

Super Trend of Superfoods

Once again, the Internet has changed the way we think of food. Superfood is the term that appeared in a book “SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods that Will Change Your Life”, written by Steven G. Pratt, MD. Since then it exploded on the web. People started buying fruits and vegetables with super components. Not only that, apart from those 14 foods in the famous book, every now and then we discover new foodstuff (chia seeds, cacao, coconut flour, rice malt syrup) so packed with nutrients that they automatically qualify as super.

Health Benefits

Besides being full of minerals and vitamins, superfoods have many other benefits. They are very low in processed sugar and fat, but can still meet the body’s needs. Because they own certain phytochemicals and nutrients, superfoods can strengthen one’s immune system. This is a great natural way to protect the kids from catching a cold or flu. One of the best benefits for parents is this food’s ability to fight free radicals, and thus slow down the aging process. Good fats, fibers, and phytochemicals are also beneficial for the normal function of the heart. An amazing thing about these foods is that they can be high in calories, but low in “bad” nutrients, which works as a metabolism booster, while keeping hunger at bay. They are responsible for a glowing complexion and an increase in energy.

The Best Superfoods for Kids

Rosy-hued vegetables and fruits (tomato, guava, watermelon, etc.) are rich with lycopene, which protects the skin from sun damage and strengthens the heart. Beta-carotene, which can be found in orange fruits and vegetables, improves the vision. Oatmeal is rich with fiber that helps the children focus better and pay attention in school. Blueberries and salmon can also improve brain function. Tofu is an ideal source of lean protein and has a positive impact on developing tissue. Greek yogurt can improve digestion and immunity, and so can cruciferous vegetables. Cocoa powder is beneficial for the heart and oral health. Black beans, eggs, basil, and cinnamon, are also great for kids.

How to Introduce Superfoods in Kids’ Diet

Lucky for you, the task will be simple enough, because superfoods are colorful and fun. You just need to present them the right way. Blender will be your best friend in this case, because you can make delicious protein shakes. If you run out of ideas, you can find great recipes on the web every day. Spinach in a lunchbox sandwich, why not? As for the nuts and seeds, you can grind them and sprinkle on everyday dishes. Interesting and fun decorations are always helpful. Here’s a special treat.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (sliced)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt

Preparation:

Mix the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the bottom of the crock-pot. Sprinkle the oats and then pour salt and water. Cook on low fire for about 8 hours (there is no need for stirring, so you can leave it overnight or just check occasionally if you wish). Serve with milk or cream.

As you see, even with today’s hasty life pace, it’s not that hard to live a healthy life and nourish the healthy diet in your family. All it takes to feel super are some superfoods! Use them.

 

Thank you, Peter, for this insightful look into Superfoods, and how to improve health and good nutrition for the entire family.

 

If you’d like to be Guest Poster at Life With Lorelai, find out more here.

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

~Lorelai

 

Sign-up today and don’t miss anything!

 




 

 

 

...

...

 

...

Share using our Hashtag!

 

Leave me a comment… I’d love to hear from you!

...

~Lorelai

 

Sign up today, and don't miss anything! Enjoy EXCLUSIVES, FREEBIES, and FUN.

 

...

 

Contact Lorelai at Lorelai@LifeWithLorelai.com