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Gluten-Free Lefse Flatbread Recipe

I love bread, and especially flatbreads.  But once I discovered all of my food allergies, being able to buy or eat any pre-made bread/cracker products or even “gluten-free” breads hasn’t been possible because they all contain too many ingredients that aren’t safe for me to eat.   If I don’t make it myself, I pay the consequences…  So I’ve had to get creative in the kitchen to cook egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, rice-free, bean-free, sugar-free, and so many other ingredients too numerous to list!

As a kid, we always ate Lefse at my Grandma’s house.  Lefse is a potato-based flatbread, very similar to a tortilla.  Remembering it was potato-based, and I can eat potatoes, I got excited at the possibility of a gluten-free Lefse flatbread in my life. 

Posted by Aliesa George in Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Did You Know More Adults Are Developing Food Allergies?

I certainly am a proponent of food allergy testing!  After many years with chronic inflammation problems, 3 bouts of optic neuritis with no diagnosable reason for its onset, and the inability to ever really lose any weight, I opted to get blood work done to see what foods and chemicals I might be allergic to.  What an eye opening experience discovering the foods that I am allergic to.  This quickly started to explain why my body was constantly struggling to stay healthy.

Now that I am paying attention to the foods I eat, striving to eat only allergy-free foods, reading labels, and asking tons of questions if I eat at a restaurant before I order a meal, my outlook on the importance of eating allergy free foods and taking an active role in what I eat to get and stay healthy has gotten so much easier.

If I hurt, itch, experience joint pain, or difficulty breathing it’s obvious that I’ve eaten something that I should be avoiding.

The value of knowing what foods and chemicals you are allergic to is priceless!

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Links to Interesting Articles.

Health Tips: Food Allergy Awareness Alert

food allergyDo you have a food allergy? 

  • Are you even aware of the foods that bother you? 
  • Have you ever had scratch tests, or blood tests to identify the foods & chemicals that might be causing an allergic reaction in your system?
  • Are you sick & tired of feeling sick & tired?
  • Do you suffer from any chronic health issues?

After the experience I have had recently to identify my personal food allergies, I believe that everyone should consider being tested for  a food allergy. 

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Optic Neuritis.

January is National Soup Month – What’s Your Favorite Soup?

Amazing!  There is something to celebrate or acknowledge every month, and on almost every single day of the year.  Did you know that January is officially National Soup Month?  Are you eating soup this month?  Usually a great cold-weather food for those of us who enjoy Winter in January.  Soup warms the belly, and feeds the soul.

Here’s the scoop on Soup:

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Mind-Body Health, Recipes for Healthy Eating.

January is National Soup Month – What's Your Favorite Soup?

Amazing!  There is something to celebrate or acknowledge every month, and on almost every single day of the year.  Did you know that January is officially National Soup Month?  Are you eating soup this month?  Usually a great cold-weather food for those of us who enjoy Winter in January.  Soup warms the belly, and feeds the soul.

Here’s the scoop on Soup:

Posted by Aliesa George in Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Soy-Free Mayo To Go

It’s a challenge to find soy-free mayonnaise!  So I was thrilled last week to be shopping in Lawrence, KS and of all things to find Au Marche – a European market.  On the shelves fabulous food items from around the globe.  The clerk could actually read German, so when I brought these cute little tubes of Mayo & Mustards up to the register and asked about ingredients he was happy to help.

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Do You Have A Soy Allergy?

Did you know that according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Soy is among the most common foods that cause allergic reactions? Soy is as prevalent in the foods we eat today as high fructose corn syrup!  Soy milk, soy flour, soy grits, soy meal, soy sauce, soy oil…and more!

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Gluten-Free Banana-Zucchini Pancake Recipe

So I went to the store today and my palate was in the mood for pancakes.

Once I got to the kitchen and started cooking this was what I ended up with…  Gluten-Free Banana-Zucchini Pancakes and boy were they were YUMMY! 

I like it when my experiments turn out the way my brain thinks they should.  It’s rare that I measure anything when I cook, but I tried to pay attention so I’ll be able to replicate this recipe.

Thought I’d share it with you, in case you’re in the mood for some healthy pancakes and this recipe sounds like a winner to you too.

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Yummy, Healthy Homemade Yogurt Recipe

I always plan to post healthy recipes, but just never seem to get it done!  Today I was chatting with a client about yogurt, and decided this would be a great recipe to share.  I stopped buying yogurt at the store almost a year ago and started making my own.  It’s super easy, tastes awesome, and is so much cheaper than that crazy $3-$4 per carton that they charge to buy ready-made Greek-style yogurt.

You can use this recipe to make any style of yogurt, but since I like the Greek, creamy,custard-style, that’s what I used for my starter.  My dad (who shared this recipe with me) prefers the flavor of “Activa.”  It’s pretty tart!  Almost lemony tasting.  But I’m a fan of sweeter, Greek yogurt so my first starter was “Fage” brand.   After your first batch, if you remember to save some, you can use your own homemade yogurt as your starter when it’s time to whip up a fresh batch.

I haven’t played with making fruit-flavored yogurts.  Personally, I like it plain and can add things to it before I eat it if I want to change my flavor.  If you’ve been successful adding flavors to the cooking process, please drop a comment and share what’s worked for you that you absolutely love the taste of.

OK, here it is:

Yummy Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Posted by Aliesa George in Food and Nutrition, Recipes for Healthy Eating.

Do Stories of Olympic Triumph Help Motivate You?

Ahhh the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Canada.  A great time to cheer on our countries athletes and watch the best in the world excel in their sports.  Those of us who are now glued to the television are enjoying hours and hours of thought provoking stories, and phenomenal demonstrations of athletic performance.

So far the Olympics have been met with both tragedy and success!  Is there a sport that I don’t like to watch?  Not yet…Most of the winter sports have me sitting on the edge of my chair and seem to be for speed demons!

Last night the commentators were quick to point out that Winter Olympians are a fearless bunch, and I have to agree.

Here’s a quote from American Todd Lodwick on his comparison of real-life to ski jumping.

“The best way I can describe it is to go up onto the thirtieth floor of any building, and then get in the car and drive that car off the top roof, and then land safely. That is pretty much what it is.”

So I’ve got to ask…

  1. Would you willingly volunteer to take a wild ride like this? And not just once…but over and over again until you’re confident, in control, and know that 99% of the time you’re going to land safely!
  2. Would you even consider jumping if you had the slightest thought that you might fail?
  3. Does this sound like FUN to you?

These great athletes from all over the world have spent endless hours practicing their sports, paying attention to diet, nutrition, cross-training, injury-prevention (or rehabilitation) and many have still had to work, take care of their families, and handle other responsibilities.

And they are now reaping the benefits of their dedicated efforts by being the best in their sports and selected to represent their country in the Olympics!  Way to go – I’m proud to cheer you on!

If these athletes can juggle life with Olympic training to achieve success in their sports, perhaps those of us with regular lives can also strike a balance to achieve success, whether it’s for fitness, business, or other endeavors. The drive, determination, and motivation that these athletes share definitely lights a fire of inspiration under me to make better choices and continue striving for success until I reach my own “Olympic-sized” dreams.

Do the stories of Olympic athletes help to motivate you? I’d love to hear what’s helped inspire you to stay focused on achieving your dreams.

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Food and Nutrition, Goal Setting.