Your New Year’s Resolution

New YearsAre you still following Your New Year’s Resolution or has life kind of gotten in the way of the plans you laid out to make this the year you get in shape by eating the right foods and adding a little exercise to your daily routine? For many of us, the plans made for the new year last about two to three weeks and then things happen and we miss a day, then two days and before long, that resolution is tucked away in the backs of our minds. It will remain there quietly until next December 31st when we will bring it out, dust it off and start again…..If you are one of those that have managed to keep going and are making progress toward a whole new you, Congratulations….If however you have slipped a little, read on, I will share with you some ideas that may just help you keep on track to reach those goals.

The first step is to remove Your New Year’s Resolution from January 1st and move it to February 1st..Your going to make the change, but you are going to wait until life isn’t quite as stressful. For many of you, December 31st is a night of partying that lasts well into the wee morning hours. For many, there are all the football games on January 1st which  includes some snack foods, perhaps a beer or cocktail or at the very least some cold soda for the head. For those with children, they are all home from school and depending on their ages, can be a stress factor all by themselves. And that’s just the first day…..Does that sound like a good time to try and make positive changes to your life? Not really…

The second advantage to moving Your New Year’s Resolution starting date to February 1st is that by the end of this year, you will have months of success to support you through all those food feasts and parties that start with Thanksgiving and continue through New Years apple pieDay…You will have developed healthy eating plans so that while you join in with your friends, you won’t over do it, destroying all that work you have put into becoming the success that you are. For many people, those 5 or so weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day packs on the pounds. They get the idea “Heck, I’ll just start new on January 1st so another serving of those mashed potatoes and perhaps another slice of pie won’t hurt………However, for those of us that waited until February to start, those special meals will not be resolution killers. They will be meals where we enjoy what we eat while maintaining control of the calories so that we don’t gain weight over the holidays…

It’s the end of the Month, Has January been good to you or are you ready to start Your New Year’s Resolution on February 1st? If you are ready to kick start your healthy diet and exercise program over, join me as we take the adventure together…We have some great plans, good information and enjoyable recipes to share with you over the coming months that will hopefully make the challenge easier and fun.

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Turmeric and You

turmericThere seems to be a rediscovering of Turmeric lately. Today we will talk about Turmeric and You and why it is so important, First however we need to know what Turmeric is. I wrote an article about it in July of 2011 because along with garlic and ginger I feel it should never be far from your recipes. In other words, it should be used often not only for its flavor, and added color but also for our health.  Long overlooked as a herb for health in North America, Turmeric has been held in high esteem in Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squashAt this time of year, we eat a lot of squash and Butternut Squash is one of my favorites. As a soup it is one of those taste great, stick to the ribs soups that along with a chunk of homemade healthy bread slathered with butter, can make up a complete meal.

Butternut Squash is a rich source of vitamin A as well as the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and Continue reading

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Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving DinnerFor some of us, feasting at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table will be nothing like feasting At the first Thanksgiving table. How was it back then, and what would be the difference between the two tables? Let’s take a look and see what has changes.

We’ll start with a look at our own Thanksgiving table, or take a look at an iconic American picture of this holiday feast. Chances are, in the center of the table sits a big turkey stuffed with all kinds of savory goodies. Then you’ll find bowls of whipped potatoes and hand made gravy, plus a bowl of sweet cranberry relish, alongside piping hot dishes of the ever popular Continue reading

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Enjoying A Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving TurkeyWe can Enjoy A Healthy Thanksgiving by Staying Focused on Friends and Family and not so much on the “all you can eat” offerings on the dinning room table. As hard as this might sound, keep in mind that between Thanksgiving day and New Years day there are going to be many many opportunities to eat, some of them healthy and some of them, well maybe not so healthy.

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Compared to other holidays in America, it seems that our Thanksgiving has taken Continue reading

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A Little Thanksgiving History

Carving the turkeyIt’s time to share A Little Thanksgiving History and how the transformation of Thanksgiving traditions has changed over the years. The Wampanoag tribe were the Indians that helped the settlers and were there for the first Thanksgiving. We do not hear much about them except for this time of the year when most of the country celebrates Thanksgiving.

The settlers had reason to celebrate; it was their first real harvest, and they wanted Continue reading

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Water to Grow Beef

raising cattle for foodThis past week I wrote and article that included a little about the Water to Grow Beef. Namely I mentioned that between 1,500 and 3, 000 gallons of water is used to produce one pound of beef. You can read the complete article at; http://www.healthyfoodanddiet.com/meatless-monday-and-your-environmental-footprint One of my  friends has suggested that perhaps my information is incorrect and that it takes only about 30 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.  My friend felt that I had Continue reading

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Meatless Monday and Your Environmental Footprint

Meatless MondaysMeatless Monday and Your Environmental Footprint are connected in ways that many of us overlook yet are very important.  We kind of just think, well it’s good for me so I will go one day a week without meat for my health.

As you plan your meatless meals this Monday, think about this,  Our environmental footprints are directly measured by the amount of demand we make on Earth’s ecological system.

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Gluten-Free Tomato Soup

Tomato SoupIt is starting to look like I will be making a lot of soups over the next few months. Homemade Gluten-Free Tomato Soup is perhaps one of my favorites because it reminds me of my school years. Of course during the days we were in class we always had enough to eat. In fact we were required to eat some of everything we cooked. The days when there were no classes was the challenge. Money was in short supply and for meals eaten at home, we always looked for the most inexpensive but filling foods available. One meal that was very popular was tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Today I usually forgo the grilled cheese and replace it with some rye bread or a Sourdough baguette. I’m trying to cut back on the cheese a little and dunking a piece of sourdough into tomato soup is just as filling. The hardest part is finding a gluten free sourdough baguette. I can find the gluten free baguettes at my local grocery store once in a while but they are so expensive that it is a special treat. I do have a good recipe for making sourdough bread and I will share it with you as soon as I start baking again.

Gluten-Free Tomato Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: International
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of gluten-free chicken stock
  • 3-4 large tomatoes (equaling 3 cups) of peeled, seeded and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. of oregano
  • ⅛ tsp. of marjoram
  • ¼ cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper
Method
  1. In a large pot, add the tomatoes, garlic cloves, onion, oregano, marjoram, and fresh basil. Next, add the gluten-free chicken stock
  2. Mix everything together.
  3. Bring the items to a boil in the pot
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Remove from the heat and.allow the soup to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Once it has cooled some, blend the mixture a little at a time in a food blender,
  7. When it is all blended return it to the pot, and warm it up before serving.

 

Often on a chilly day I will sip this soup from a cup while working on the computer, in place of hot coffee.

One of the side effects of living a gluten free lifestyle is that you do a lot of your own cooking from scratch. This is really a much healthier way to eat and once you get into the practice of cooking your meals it actually becomes very gratifying.

Chefs Note: If you wish to have the soup a little creamy you can add a cup of soy milk or rice milk when you reheat the soup. I do this with Gluten-Free Tomato Soup and some of  the other soups I will be sharing with you this winter. Of course heavy cream is also an option as it is gluten free but it also will pack on the calories if that is a concern of yours.

Today is Meatless Monday so how about a nice bowl of homemade Gluten-Free Tomato soup for lunch.

 

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Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Gluten Free CandyYe Gads it’s almost the end of October and Halloween is upon us. So the big question might be, What are my choices for Gluten Free Halloween Candy? Well they are quit good. Actually they are better than I believed at first. This list is long so I am going to give you a web sight to visit and get all the information needed.

Please keep in mind that the candies listed are considered to be gluten-free by their United States manufacturers as of 2013 and if it does not state “gluten Free’ on the package, read the ingredients list carefully. OK, visit;

http://celiac.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Halloween-Candy-List.pdf

This will take you to information on products by Hershey, Necco, Tootsie Roll, Just Born, Gluten Free Halloween CandySmarties, Nestle, Jelly Belly, Surf sweets, Justin all Natural and Wrigley.

So with a little research You can have your Halloween candy without the scary part, unless of course you get all dressed up and go knocking on doors. That’s the spooky stuff.

Relax and have fun.  Celebrate the month with all the things that make Halloween fun besides just the candy – crafts, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, and enjoying the falling leaves.  If you have children that must remain gluten free then it might be a great idea to have a party at your house so you can control the Gluten Free Halloween Candy they eat. If they must go trick-or-treating, have a lot of gluten candy at home and when you get back, go thru their candy bag and trade them 2 gluten free candies for each candy you must take away. They will love the deal and you will remain in control.  When your in control it can be great fun.

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