Round Up! Gluten Free, Celiac and Nutrition News and Notables-The Christmas Edition

Hard to believe it’s almost Christmas.  The past month has just flown by.

As some of you know, I caught quite the bug and have been very much under the weather, so I have been spending no time at the computer.  Once the new year rolls around I  hope to be back with more regular posts for you.

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Cool idea to plant a tree for Christmas, isn’t it?  If you can, please do!

Onward, time for a holiday roundup:

  • “Slow Cooking  A Whole Chicken.” Hallelujah!  It’s been cool enough here lately that having the oven on for roasting hasn’t been completely unbearable, but you better believe when it heats up again I’ll be using this method.
  • What to Do With Coconut Butter (or coconut cream) from Diane at Balanced Bites.  I have told you all about my love for things coconut in several cookie recipes here and here.   After reading Diane’s post, I was inspired, and pulled out the food processor for my latest creation/love.  I threw in a bunch of unsweetened shredded coconut and a bunch of almonds.  I turned it on, and let it run, scraping down the sides occasionally, for about 10 ish minutes until I had coco-almond butter.  Yum.  Serious Yum.
  • Your Body is a System. Want to make a change in, well, anything?  Read this.  Read it again.  Then figure out how to make that change very easy on yourself.
  • Whole 9 does 5 Reasons to Eat Seasonal and a great download chart.  The chart includes whether a particular item is “dirty” meaning buy organic when possible, or “clean” meaning you can buy conventional without too much worry.  Great resource.
  • Visualizing Portion Sizes at Foodeducate.  This is such an important topic, I don’t think it can ever be discussed enough.  Portion sizes are crucial in maintaining a healthy weight, and yet they are so misrepresented.  Take a gander and get an idea, then start testing yourself.

This was too good to not be posted again. Thanks Melissa!

Happy Holidays, Christmahanakwanzakah, Solstice, winter elf, or just happy Monday.  Whatever you celebrate, enjoy, and be well.

If you’re new here, and need some help planning an overall healthy gluten free diet, read my post on the easiest Gluten Free diet.

And if you want more, Gluten Free and Fit 101 has a lot more reading on living healthy and gluten free.

Merry Christmas!

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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by greenschemetv, Ashley B ♥. Ashley B ♥ said: RT @ErinElberson: #GlutenFree and Nutrition News, caffeine, coconut and more! [...]

  2. Erin (sister-girl), I think you’re right about the genetic link. We have to be related somewhere along the line. Way too many similarities to write it off to coincidence. Great post and thanks for including my little corner of the GF world. Just tweeted this post of yours. It is such a good roundup of information. I love it when people do this. Find good stuff and put it all together. Makes it much easier for the rest of us. =)

    Hope you’re feeling better. You’ve been a busy girl this past few months. You need a vacation. Sit on the beach somewhere reading trash novels and sipping (hmmm? coconut and bok choy smoothies, maybe?).

    Off to check out your healthy cookies at Jules GF cookie swap. It’s only 5 AM here, but I have no problem eating cookies for breakfast if they’re healthy enough to call them something else. Power drop? Trail nugget?

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Kim says:

    So sorry to hear that you are still not feeling well! ((HUGS)) Jon had a nasty cold/cough that lasted for 2+ weeks and I think Hannah is getting it now. :(

    Those chocolate cookies look awesome!

  4. Erin says:

    Hi Kim! So sorry that the “creeping crud” has infested your family as well. Here’s to hoping Hannah gets well quickly. My biggest problem was that it got into my lungs and gave me a lot of trouble breathing, which was not so much fun.

    The cookies were awesome! I have a feeling I will will be making them again soon, as I finished the last of the frozen ones this weekend!

  5. Erin says:

    Oooh a vacation! Actually, we are going to travel up to Savannah GA in February for 5 days. We’ve rented a cottage and are packing up the pooch. Looking forward to some relaxing and wandering about the historic town. Trashy novels sound like a lot of fun :)

    Cookies for breakfast is completely acceptable. You are absolutely correct though, we need to come up with a better term for the healthy breakfast cookie. Nutrition circle? I do quite like “power drop” though, you may be on to something there ;)

    Thanks for coming by and tweeting! Merry Christmas back at ‘cha!

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