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.
Cool idea to plant a tree for Christmas, isn’t it? If you can, please do!
Onward, time for a holiday roundup:
- Don at Primal Wisdom did an awesome comparison of eating “real food” versus eating processed foods. He called it “Primal Vs. Industrial Foods” but that’s essentially what it is. No matter what you call it, this is a great example of how eating well, and eating real food, is not more expensive than eating nutritionally poor processed food. This goes for gluten containing and gluten free foods. Next time someone tells you it’s “too expensive to eat healthy” show them this. This is just for the food alone, we aren’t even addressing the cost of increased health care, complications resulting from obesity and type 2 diabetes, etc. Read it, share it, shout it from the roof tops. While you are thinking that way, check out my Deconstruction of 2 Eating Styles: Packaged Gluten Free versus Real Gluten Free Food, for both cost and calories.
- “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.
- Zen to Fitness posted “Quick Tips to Improve Digestion“. These can help anyone, celiac, gluten intolerant, or “normal” (whatever that means.)
- 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.
- 21 Ways to Eat Less Sugar from Keeper of the Home. Self explanatory, and a great read. Implement these right away, don’t wait for January 1st.
- 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.
- My sister from another mother, Melissa at Gluten Free for Good gives a compelling case for why coffee makes you stupid, but I can’t be convinced to give up my drug of choice. Yet. And, an awesome gluten free brownie recipe, for which there will never be too many in the world. Especially one that uses beets. Yes, I said beets. Go read.
- Maureen at Hold the Gluten posted Gluten Free Holiday Party Tips. We can never have too many reminders of these. Last year I posted Tips for a Healthy Gluten Free Holiday Season, and those work for this year too.
- Lastly, if you are looking for a healthier cookie for Santa, check out the cookies that I entered in Jules Gluten Free Cookie Swap.
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.
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