My Top 10 Favorite “Finally Food I Can Eat” Foods! By Guest Blogger Shirley Plant

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For years I battled with illness and fatigue, not knowing what was wrong with me. I finally found out I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and multiple food allergies. I was given a long list of foods that I could no longer eat, and I wondered what was left to eat? Hard rice crackers and rice cakes soon became the norm, and a treat was a piece of fruit. I thought to myself, there has to be more than this out there to eat. Will I ever eat a brownie again?

Since my energy level wasn’t great, I found cooking to be tiresome, and making allergy-free recipes rarely turned out well for me. I persevered and asked questions every time I went to my local health food store. I was so grateful for their help and knowledge and quickly learned all the alternatives for wheat, dairy and eggs.

I experimented in my kitchen and it reminded me of being back in school again in the chemistry lab. How do certain liquids react when one is added to the other? I soon found out that flaxseed or chia seeds, when boiled in water and refrigerated, congealed and could be used like an egg. That rice, almond, soy, hemp, coconut milk could all replace dairy milk. The options were endless and it was all so exciting.

Now, not every food has a substitute, but I figured out that much more was possible than I ever thought. I knew there were other people out there just like me, struggling with what to eat within the confines of food allergies. I wanted to help them all, so I put on my cooking hat, so to speak and came up with lots of healthy, tasty recipes.

Fast forward to today and my cookbook, Finally Food I Can Eat, is now available worldwide. I actually get emails from people thanking me for saving their life. What a gift that is. Finding out I couldn’t eat certain foods has certainly been a blessing in disguise.

 

Here are my 10 favorite foods I can finally eat:

1. Kale

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Kale is a powerhouse of nutrition; chock full of vitamins and fiber. Kale chips are my most favourite snack and a great way to get your kids to eat their greens.

2. Flaxseed

Flaxseed is high in fiber and rich in omega-3 fatty acids which helps fight against inflammation.

3. Coconut Milk

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Coconuts are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

4. Hempseed

 Hemp seed contains all 21 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. It also boasts a perfect ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. I love making hempseed pudding with cocoa and coconut milk, it is delicious.

5. Chiaseed

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Chia has five times more calcium than milk, plus magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins.

6. Quinoa

 This grain is a nutritious seed that is considered a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids.

7. Cocoa

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 Cacoa is full of antioxidants and flavonoids, which nourish the brain and heart.

8. Sweet Potato

This root vegetable is high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and fibre. I add it to soups, stews and make an awesome sweet potato muffin.

9. Almond Milk

Unsweetened almond milk contains no cholesterol and is blood sugar friendly.

10. Cilantro

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Cilantro is so versatile and is also a great source of Vitamin K and is an excellent detoxifier. I put it in salads, smoothies and add it to my homemade guacamole.

Are you frustrated and overwhelmed with trying to prepare meals that are free of wheat, yeast, eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, corn and sugar?

Are you tired of being on a “special diet”? Why don’t the recipes you make taste yummy?  Well, “Finally… Food I Can Eat!” is the cookbook for you! It contains:

  • Easy, delicious recipes that will appeal to everyone in the family – and your guests will never know they are eating allergen-free food. 
  • A useful introduction and guide to food allergies and intolerances .
  • A quick guide to natural food chemicals, food additives, food families and rotation diets. 
  • Substitutions and alternatives to common foods that you need to avoid. 
  • Recipes that are low in sugar and cholesterol and are great for those following diabetic, candida, allergy-free or heart-smart diets.

Shirley Plant is the author of “Finally… Food I Can Eat!”  A dietary guide and cookbook designed for people with food allergies.

Shirley also offers consults and dietary menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

For more information please visit her site www.deliciousalternatives.com

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SHAKE IT BABY!

Hey Healthy Hotties,

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I am over the moon to introduce you ladies to our latest and greatest blog sponsor….DRINK CHIA!  You may remember they participated in our Summer Swag Bag Giveaways last year.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know the company and one of it’s founders, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gideon J. Lewis (the handsome adventure seeker with the million dollar smile holding the bottle).  Gideon and the company are on a mission “to inspire people to be engaged in their health, try new things, seek adventure, and be active in their communities.” LOVE THAT!  I am very proud to share ‘internet real estate’ with this company and promote them.  

Have you been noticing chia seeds everywhere lately?  Kale took over in 2012 and this year it’s all about the chia seed!  We have been incorporating flax seeds and flax seed oil into our diet for some time now, but chia seeds do not go rancid the way flax seeds do and contain a higher level of Omega 3’s.   From hydration to brain function, the list of benefits from chia seeds are endless and I encourage you all to add them to your diet.  They also help maintain healthy weight because of the high fiber content.  One of the easiest and fastest ways to add chia seeds to your diet is by drinking them.  When the chia seed is wet it forms a gelatinous substance that takes longer to digest.  You stay fuller longer which prevents overeating. 

In case you are wondering, yes– chia seeds are the same seed from the famed Chia Pets popularized in the 80’s!  Can you hear the song in your head? Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!

Check out the health benefits via http://www.drinkchianow.com:

Hydration
Chia seeds have amazing absorptive properties.  In fact, those tiny seeds can absorb 9 to 12 times their weight in water.  When you consume them, your body is getting prolonged hydration and retaining important electrolytes.

Endurance
Our chia seeds pretty much come straight from the farm and into your bottle of Drink Chia!  Because they are a whole, unprocessed food, our bodies break down these little chia dynamos slowly, balancing our blood sugar levels and giving us endurance for the long haul.

Healthy Heart
Chia seeds not only contain natural antioxidants, but they also hold the highest known concentration of plant-based Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which studies show are important to the health of our hearts and other vital organs.

Brain Power
As they are for the heart, Omega-3 fatty acids are important to brain health and function.  Studies suggest they can improve nerve function and alleviate symptoms associated with a number of conditions, such as OCD and ADHD.

I down a Drink Chia! before every workout now and have seen a huge difference in my endurance on  powerwalks, hikes and in my yoga classes.  The flavors are amazing and my favorite is the Honeysuckle Pear.  YUM!

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To purchase Drink Chia! online or check the store locator, CLICK HERE.

This sponsorship helps me to continue bringing you blogs and videos which inspire you to grow, shine and be the best that you can be.  I’m truly grateful to Gideon and Drink Chia!

Love, Tiff

DO YOU LOVE YOUR WORKOUT?

WATCH WEBISODE:

Do you burn out quickly when you start a new workout routine or are you one of the lucky one’s who LOVES THEIR WORKOUT?

I’m a firm believer that if you love and enjoy your workout then you will stay motivated to stick with it and it becomes part of your lifestyle!  In Part 1,  I take you on a hike up Runyon Canyon, my favorite workout!  Enjoy.  STAY TUNED FOR PART 2!

Post a comment and let me know what your fav workout routine is…Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, Hiking?

QUICK HEALTH TIP:

EAT MORE KALE-  I have had a few Wonder Women Girlfriends (meaning they have superhuman energy) tell me they drank kale smoothies…Hmm, I just add super green powder to mine and thought that was good enoughg.  I was curious and googled the benefits of raw kale then went to Whole Foods and bought a bunch!  It’s always better to use a whole food so I’ll save the super greens for when I’m out of the real deal!  I have been adding kale to my morning smoothies for the past week and feel amazing!  Gotta read these benefits…… READ MORE

Simple & Yummy Kale Salad Recipe from Julianna Geldien:   Chopped Kale, Slivered Almonds, Chopped Red Onion , Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese, Toss in Olive Oil & Sea Salt.   Thanks JG!

REMEMBER…

The Beach Bag Giveaway ends on Thursday, June 30th.  It’s filled with amazing products from SALERM COSMETICS, as well as my sisters personalized parfume oil called Corpus Dei and I’m so excited that DEBORAH CLOYED will be signing a copy of her book, “The Summer We Came To Life” for the giveaway.  Winner will be announced before the 4th of July.

 

 

 

 

We have some exciting things coming up in July too!   Do you have a webisode topic you would like to see?   Please let me know!

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”  — Marianne Williamson

Spread your beautiful wings and fly high this week….here’s to BLUE SKIES AHEAD!  xoTiff