How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

How To Cope Emotionally With Diet Changes Due To Autoimmune Disease

I appreciate when I get feedback on my blog articles. That was the case recently when I visited with a lady over the phone regarding her health. After several years of living with an autoimmune disease, she decided to make changes in her lifestyle beyond medication. A year ago, her new doctor encouraged her to start living on a anti-inflammatory diet. She explained to me how amazing she felt when she ate according to the doctor’s...

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Lemons and Cubes

Lemons and Cubes

I have discovered that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can improve health. I love eating  a large plate of salad with a home grilled piece of chicken or fresh salmon. But what makes it even better is, some drizzled olive oil and some lemon juice. Lemons are a must in my kitchen. Their bright yellow color alone brightens my day. For me it makes sense to buy lemons in bulk, because it’s lots cheaper that way and it’s available when...

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Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

“Here, have the last of the chocolate milk!”  Me: “you know I can’t drink dairy” Her: “Seriously, if you’re not going to finish it then I will, I just don’t want to see it go wasted”. This conversation took place between me and a real close family member not too long ago at a family party. The last four years, I have lived with a strict diet of not eating over dozen of the most common foods,...

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Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

What child would not like to celebrate Christmas twice in one year? Growing up in a multicultural home and environment was often very rewarding. Such was the case during every major holiday. I grew up in a home that had their roots in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The traditions and customs of my forefathers were ingrained in me at a very early age. Once I got to be older, and started school, I discovered another world outside. This was the...

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Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Marinade-Cook-Freeze-Thaw-Eat Chicken

Four years ago when I had to make drastic changes to my diet, I started trying to figure out how I could simplify my eating. Part of the problem was that I discovered that whenever I needed something quick, I hardly had any options.  My issue was that I was trying to eat healthy AND be frugal at the same time. Healthy by cooking at home, which helped me to keep certain ingredients out that I didn’t want or couldn’t eat. Frugal,...

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5 Tips For Managing Your Food Restrictions During The Holidays

5 Tips For Managing Your Food Restrictions During The Holidays

  On my recent trip back to  Sweden, I had the opportunity to visit with family a lot. Every time we would get together, other than talking about childhood memories, food was the next important thing. Food can be a very important aspect of a person’s social life.  What we eat provides us with energy, nutrients and minerals, but it can also provide us with a sense of belonging. Our choice of food can also become a sensitive topic and at...

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog called Easy homemade bread recipe. I promised I would write on how easy it is to make cinnamon rolls out of the same dough. In this recipe I have divided the amounts of the ingredient to third of the amount. The great thing about this dough recipe is that you can  double or triple (as my previous blog shows) the amount and the result is just as awesome. I got this basic recipe about 25 years ago. A friend of...

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Lessons learned about baking

Lessons learned about baking

“Happiness is Homemade” The benefits of home baked go beyond frugality and healthy. It creates an opportunity for mindfulness, and for me, has been a great tool as a stress relief (unless something goes wrong, which it does , then I need to go for a walk in my garden to distress 😉 ) After I stopped eating gluten and few other foods (health reasons), I have had friends and family ask me multiple times, ” why do you still bake,...

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Extending Shelf Life On Fresh Groceries

Extending Shelf Life On Fresh Groceries

 Few tips and simple tricks on how to extend produce freshness.   Do not mix apples, onions, tomatoes, melons and bananas with other veggies and fruits. They produce a gas which spoils the other vegetables and fruits much faster. I like to store my tomatoes and onions in a dark, cool place together. If I notice my tomatoes are getting overly ripe, I will place them in the refrigerator away from other produce.   I love radishes. If I leave them...

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Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Years of cooking and shopping these are few things I have learned…… NEVER shop when you are hungry! How many times have I heard that? I still do it. I seem to buy “junk food” much easier when I am hungry or grab quick solutions for meals (weird how the brain works). Make conscious decisions in the store how much and what treats to pick up. Decide how often you want to treat yourself in front of the TV to avoid daily munching after dinner...

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