There are many gluten free brands available at the moment which makes going to the grocery store a bit more enjoyable. Out of the brands that are out there, Enjoy Life Foods is one of my favorites.
This brand is free from the 8 most common types of food allergens. While at first I was a bit hesitant because sometimes even taking away one common allergen can effect the taste of the product, I have not been disappointed with anything that I have tried of theirs.
Another thing that is great about this brand is that it is easy to find in most grocery stores and some drug stores as well which is convenient. Unfortunately I have noticed that not everything is at one place so if you are looking for something specific sometimes you do have to go out of your way to get the item but I think that it is worth it.
Pictured above are some of my favorites (from left to right):
Dill & Sour Cream and Margarita Pizza Flavored Plentils-These crunchy lentil chips are actually so good. They have lots of flavor and are hard to not eat the whole bag in one go! These tend to be pricey (a lot of gluten free products tend to be) but are an awesome treat.
SunButter Crunch Bars-I love any nut butter flavored thing and these are no exception. They are soft and chewy but have rice crisps in them to add a bit of crunch. These are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Sugar Crisp Cookies-It is hard to find a gluten free cookie that does not taste awful (unless you make them yourself) and so far these are the only ones that I have liked. They are super crunchy and taste really good. Definitely recommend if you are on a gluten free diet.
Boom Choco Boom Bars in Dark and Milk Chocolate-I love chocolate, and it was difficult to give up when I stopped eating dairy (who doesn't love chocolate?!), so when I discovered these I was so excited. It tastes exactly like regular in my opinion..I honestly cannot tell the difference.
So those are my favorites from Enjoy Life Foods. If you have tried this brand, what are your favorite products?
This is one of the funniest videos I have seen in a long time. We all need a little laughter in our lives and it really is contagious Hope everyone has a good Friday!
Ted Baker is probably my favorite high end fashion line at the moment. They are a British fashion company that makes clothing and handbags in really cool floral and colorful prints. It is expensive but a girl can dream; here is my wishlist from left to right:
Carlii-Symmetrical Orchid Floral Dress: $348
Hearn-Contrast Side Dress $235
Jeneyy-Electric Day Dream Dress $275
Nim-Summer at Dusk Printed Dress $275
Muirin-Floral Print Skirt $248
Blekah-Retro Square Geo Print Top $195
Trellah-Palm Tree Print Tee $95
Bailie-T Tote and Clutch Bag $560
Popinn-Maitinee Purse $145
All prices are in Canadian Dollars
I have been home sick for the past few days which has sucked! I have been filling my time with Netflix and lots of ginger-ale. I stumbled across this video and thought it needed to be shared! Hope everyone has a good weekend!!
Before I start write my story on how I went gluten free, I encourage you to read these articles on gluten intolerance: http://www.celiaccentral.org/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity/testing-and-diagnosis/
Having said that, of course you are entitled to your own opinion on whether "gluten sensitivity" is an actual thing or not. I don't judge your viewpoint and it baffles me that people are so openly judgmental on this topic when what I eat does not effect you personally. I know how I feel when I eat it and I know how I felt when I stopped eating it; for the most part the people in my life that are important to me have accepted this no questions asked and that has meant a lot.
Like I said in my post last week, I did not just decide on a whim that I was going to stop eating gluten and dairy. I suffered through years of upset stomachs and in general feeling like shit before I spoke to my doctor about it (those close to me know I will avoid going to the doctor at all costs). After speaking in great detail to my doctor about my symptoms she encouraged me to try cutting gluten out for a week before I got tested to see if I felt better and within 3 days of not eating it, physically I knew that it was the right choice. After getting tested and getting a negative result back for Celiac Disease, I had another long conversation with my doctor about what that meant. She threw around IBS as a possibility but also mentioned that having a gluten intolerance could also be very likely even though there is not a way to test for it. Her suggestion was that since I felt 100 times better, to keep eating a gluten free diet and I have stuck to it since then.
Was it difficult at first to give up bagels, cake and pasta when I was already cutting out dairy from my diet? Absolutely.
Do I still wish some days even after a year and a half that I could eat something as simple as cheese and crackers without getting morbidly sick? Absolutely.
Have I found alternatives for all of these things? Absolutely. Are some of them horrible? Absolutely, but I have also found some really great gluten and dairy free products and in upcoming weeks I plan to review some of these finds with you.
I hope after reading this that you have a better understanding about why I do not eat dairy or gluten and that while it may not be something that you would choose for yourself or that you agree with, you can see where I am coming from.
I am curious if there is anyone else that has felt judged for a choice they made in their lives they felt was for the better? What was it and why did you choose it?
Recently I have been loving the ASOS website. It is a British online website that carries both affordable and designer clothing and accessories (kind of like Simons but in the UK). The awesome thing about this website in particular is that they do not charge for shipping (there sometimes is a carry-over fee depending on the weight of your package however) and your shipment also comes (relatively) fast. The pricing is reasonable and there are SO many options depending on what occasion you are shopping for. Here is my current wish list (from left to right):
Warehouse Peony Print Woven Front Jumper $90.36
Noisy May Snake Printed Oversized Blazer $96.81
ASOS Jumper in Stripe with Heart Elbow Patch $47.33
ASOS Biker Skater Mac $139.84
ASOS Bandeau Maxi Floral Dress $118.33
ASOS Midi Skater Dress in Floral Border Print $103.27
ASOS Scuba Midi Skirt in Neon Floral $86.06
ASOS Volume Skater Skirt with Extreme Dip Back $81.75
ASOS Aztec Eye Oversized Scarf $34.42
River Island Black Double Zip Suede Pochette Bag $48.41
and ASOS Enigma Chelsea Ankle Boots $90.36
All Prices are in Canadian Dollars.
I have been following the http://www.shineorset.com blog now for quite a while. Last week she posted a recipe from The Food Network and I thought I would give it a shot. Check out her blog..she posts things about her life, fitness and recipes. She is another reason I decided to take a stab at blogging; she is awesome. I recommend this recipe. It is slightly sweet with the pears, but had a kick to it as well.
3 Hass avocados, halved, pitted and cubed
2 firm ripe Seckel pears or 1 large Anjou pear, cored and finely diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small jalapeno, minced with some seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped roasted pistachios
Lime wedges, for serving
Blue corn tortilla chips, for serving (I didn't have any so I just used regular)
This is one of my favorite quotes. I think it is an important thing to live by and I am sure that everyone can relate on some level whether it be leaving a bad relationship, toxic friendships or saying goodbye to a job that is not going to make you happy. It is easier said than done when you are in the situation, but once it is over you can look back and realize that you are better off without it. I can get stressed out easily about certain situations, but I have learned in the last few years to let go of the things that are out of my control and move onward with my life.
Crummy relationships, friendships and jobs however are important to go through so you can weed out the bad and focus on the things that make you laugh, keep you positive and inspire you to be a better person. It is not always an easy thing to do but if you can get rid of the negative, it is amazing how fast positive people and situations can come into your life and make you realize what is truly important.
I have been a big supporter of the City Market Downtown for years now and as today was the first market of the year (hosted outside), I thought I would make a post about it. Every year they seem to expand more and more and have lots of different stalls. I think that it is important to support locally where you can and the farmers market is a great place to do. It is also nice to be able to interact with the people who grew the produce or made the jewelry. Being gluten and dairy free, it is sometimes hard to find things that not only taste good but are reasonably priced and this market in particular has stalls specifically for being gluten free with dairy free options which is exciting. There are also a lot of clothing and jewelry stalls so there is lots of things to look at. I get quite a few questions on some blazers that I have and I get them from a stall at the market called Fridget Apparel. They are handmade and unique as she usually only makes one of each size; check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fridgetfactory.
At the market today I picked up apples, pears, hummus and corn pita bread, peanuts, gluten and dairy free cupcakes (which are DELICIOUS), gluten free Worcestershire sauce and vegan chocolate (in mint and lavender).
Do you believe in supporting locally if you can?
I have been watching the Convos with my 2-Year-Old channel since the first season and every episode is so funny. Kids can say some pretty hilarious things and putting a full grown man into these conversations as a three year old girl is brilliant. Enjoy.