My Favorite Paleo Recipes

What is Paleo?

It's a name for how many people with lots of food sensitivities have to eat. I don't eat any grains, dairy or beans. This is an anti-inflammatory diet. And it truly helped me feel tons better. 

Today, I want to point you to some other websites that I think have amazing grain-free, dairy-free recipes.

If you have to go Paleo, this is a great place to start. Danielle has ulcerative colitis in remission through diet. Never has any recipe I've done from her failed! Try the Apple Spice Coffee Cake. Grab her cookbook here.

If you have to be nut free as well, there are options for that on her site.

I strongly recommend trying this out if you have any autoimmune or -itis issues. Many people see great results taking care of their bodies eating whole foods, and reducing processed foods.

What if you suspect you're sensitive to gluten?

Are you trying to discover if you're gluten sensitive? Lookie here now, I know it's hard! I know you feel poopy! but I want you to know one thing:

When I went gluten free, I never heard of it before! I went on a strict candida diet, and anything with wheat was out. I went for 6 months without it, and when I added it back in, I felt terrible. You can read about it here.

I didn't have a clue about food sensitivities. I just knew I felt terrible. I had joint pain like crazy. I was low on energy. I was grumpy, impatient and frustrated. So I know for sure that gluten symptoms are not just in your digestive tract.

You can have rashes, brain fog, hormone issues (Hashimoto's anyone?) And you don't have to have Celiac Disease to feel this way. It's called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. 

In fact, I've been off gluten for so long that I can't be tested for Celiac at this point. You have to be eating it to test for it.  😤  The quickest way to find out is to remove gluten from your diet and see what happens. I say quickest, but it's not the easiest. However, there is good news! There's so much gluten free stuff on the market today that you have substitutions for almost everything (even if they still aren't good for you, you might have some great comfort food!) This is a far cry from where I came. 

I feel better than I did in my 20's and feel blessed to have found out I needed to ditch gluten. If I can do it, so can you! You got this! You can do it. Do it for you and your health! You deserve it. And if you need support and help, I'm here for you!

Gluten Free Baking Hack

So, do you crave that chocolate cake, or those special chocolate chip cookies? Ok, I like chocolate, but it goes to any baked goodie you enjoy. What's holding you back?

  • Past experience with gritty, gooey results
  • Feeling defeated by the gluten free lifestyle
  • Not wanting to bake for yourself
Here's a little hack for you:

Take any baking recipe and replace the all purpose flour with this flour blend. It's a one for one gluten free flour blend. You don't have to change anything else in the recipe. 

Now GO! Make yourself some stuff. And show us your creations in our Thriving With Food Sensitivities Facebook group.

My mom made me an amazing GF cake for my 10th anniversary. Check it out here.

Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

If you're going, or you've gone gluten free, what's in your pantry? A GF pantry has to have the same essentials, like beans and rice, but also has to have some specialty items.... cookies anyone? You deserve to eat good food, and you have to keep it on hand. Otherwise, you might cheat and cause yourself a relapse.

Here's a list of some of my favorite essentials that will help you stay on the right path:

Staples 🍚 🍝 🍞 🍪 
Flour, Pasta, Oats, and Rice are vital for a stocked GF pantry
Corn Chips (did you know Fritos are GF?), Popcorn, Corn Tortillas

Condiments 🌭
Soy Sauce -- did you know most soy sauce has wheat in it?? Get this kind instead.

Snacks 🥜

Dry Goods
Beans -- keep a bunch of cans handy!

Have you ever considered planning out your menu for the week? You'll always have what you need on hand if you follow my step by step instructions.

My Food Sensitivities Path

If you've been following me even for a little while, you know my sensitivities list has grown through the years. I find that "gluten free" does not work as a description for me. I have to say grain free. No rice, corn, wheat, rye, barley, even quinoa bothers me! EEEEEK!

But it wasn't always that way.

I used to eat rice like it was going out of style. Leftover rice for breakfast with eggs and GF soy sauce. MMMM! Good stuff!

I started out gluten free, and nowadays, it's not so hard, because it's gotten really "popular."

Example: My HUSBAND made gluten free funnel cake yesterday. With NO help from me. It was sooo easy. And I even had a few bites. It was amazing. I paid for it over night. My sinuses were draining down my throat all night. And this other weird thing that happens: I get a spasm deep in my ear. Only when I'm sleeping. It wakes me up in a coughing jag. I'm waiting to see what happens in the next few days. Typically it would be pain in my joints today or tomorrow, and then anger and anxiety. YAY!

The reason I'm telling you all this is because I've been where you are:

  • I've sat in the car crying before going into a restaurant.
  • I've ugly cried in a friend's bathroom because they invited me over and told me they had food for me, but they didn't.
  • I've struggled at work with a pile of Krispy Kreme donuts staring me in the face.
  • I've faced the horror of making dinner for multiple people with multiple sensitivities.
  • I've spent a lot of time interviewing restaurant managers about their recipes and cooking techniques. (I'm talking to you, Sonya at Chick-Fil-A. Thanks for telling me the Waffle Fries from heaven are cooked in a different vat than the chicken!!)
And I have mastered it. I bake gluten free and dairy free amazing treats for friends and family (they never know it's gluten free). I make paleo meals for dinner soirees. Nobody notices anything except the amazing taste! And some people want to know why things taste so good. I always tell them they are used to bread taking up all the taste. I didn't have a cake at my wedding and nobody. Noticed!

If you want to get with a group that's mastering this sensitive life, hop into Thriving with Food Sensitivities!

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