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Let’s Be Serious

Posted by on Jun 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let's be serious. Today is tough. My autoimmune disease is kicking my butt. But tomorrow will be better. #autoimmune #celiac #strength #wellness #mentalhealth #power #winner #encouragement #weak #glutenfree #muscle #letsbereal #honest #fitness #fitnessmotivation #autoimmunedisease #exhausted #need #body #rest #serious

Let’s be serious. Today is tough. My autoimmune disease is kicking my butt. But tomorrow will be better. #autoimmune #celiac #strength #wellness #mentalhealth #power #winner #encouragement #weak #glutenfree #muscle #letsbereal #honest #fitness #fitnessmotivation #autoimmunedisease #exhausted #need #body #rest #serious

Add a few drops of lemon oil to hands to remove grease and residue! #postworkout #gym #biking #mtb #running #sweat #treadmill #woods #car #crossfitgirls #air #purify #strength #getitdone #doyourbest #fitness #wellness #power #powerlifting #lemon #dumbells #grease #residue

Add a few drops of lemon oil to hands to remove grease and residue! #postworkout #gym #biking #mtb #running #sweat #treadmill #woods #car #crossfitgirls #air #purify #strength #getitdone #doyourbest #fitness #wellness #power #powerlifting #lemon #dumbells #grease #residue

Add 1 drop of wild orange oil to A/C filter to lessen funky smells! #postworkout #gym #biking #mtb #running #sweat #treadmill #crossfit #crossfitgirls #air #purify #strength #getitdone #doyourbest #fitness #wellness #power #powerlifting

Add 1 drop of wild orange oil to A/C filter to lessen funky smells! #postworkout #gym #biking #mtb #running #sweat #treadmill #crossfit #crossfitgirls #air #purify #strength #getitdone #doyourbest #fitness #wellness #power #powerlifting

 

 

4 Motives Why You Should Voyage to Australia Right Now

Posted by on Oct 20th, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

4 Motives Why You Should Voyage to Australia Right Now #glutenfree

 

4 Motives Why You Should Voyage to

Australia Right Now

 

Ahhh…Beautiful Australia. The Land Down Under. Oz. The Land of Wonder. It’s no surprise that Australia is on the vacation bucket list of so many people around the world. But as someone who has a gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, do you have any reasons to visit this land of plenty?

This fall (which was spring in Australia), I had the opportunity to visit The Land Down Under.  It was a magical trip; I got to experience the sights, food, and meet so many wonderful people.  I can tell you without a doubt that if you have Celiac or gluten intolerance, then you need to make the voyage to Australia.  It is the experience of a lifetime.

1. In Australia, they have extremely stringent gluten-free labeling on products, which means it’s SO easy to eat there without getting sick! They have some of the strictest food labeling laws in the entire world! If it says “gluten-free,” then there absolutely cannot be any detectable gluten. If something is processed in a facility that contains gluten, then it cannot be labeled gluten-free! In the U.S. and other countries, this isn’t the case and unfortunately some people get really sick from that. But in Australia, there’s little chance of getting sick off of foods labeled “gluten-free” vs some other places in the world. It’s very easy to grocery shop there and find gluten-free items that truly are 100% gluten-free!

Glutenfree Shortbread in Australia

2. Australian restaurants are known for not only having an understanding of what gluten is, but also accomodating of avoiding cross-contact.  Every chef or manager of every restaurant that I went to was able to accomodate my diet and not only that but they exceeded all my expectations!  I’m not saying that every restaurant you go into will be able to cook you something gluten-free, but it was much easier to eat there than I expected.

4 Motives Why You Should Voyage to Australia Right Now

3. There’s so much to do and see! The Aussie people that I met were fun-loving, hilarious, and adventurous. They seem to look on the bright side at every cost!  Getting to hang out with such wonderful people was well worth the trip:) 

4 Motives Why You Should Voyage to Australia Right Now

4. The flora and fauna. Australia has some of the most exotic plant and wildlife in the world. Many species are only found in Australia! Believe it or not, Oz is almost the size of the United States but with only 22 million people living there, so there’s plenty of land to explore.

There’s so many countries in which food labeling is very lax; a product can be labeled as “gluten-free” but yet it can contain small amounts of gluten, which can do awful things to someone who has Celiac or is gluten intolerant. So Australia is a great place to visit for gluten-free people!!

 

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

The Juiceman Jr and His Marvelous Gluten-free Wake Up Juice

Posted by on Mar 13th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Juiceman Jr and His Marvelous Gluten-free Wake Up Juice

by Mara Alexander

When I was younger, my Mom had this juicer..one of those old creamy white-colored Juiceman Jr’s; the kind that sounds like a chainsaw when you turn it on.  It was leftover from the early 90’s.  Mom wrote our last name on the bottom of it in big letters with a sharpie.  When she moved houses a few years ago, she gave me the juicer.  Maybe it was because she knows I’m just as sentimental as she is and she knew we had some great memories with that juicer.  Or maybe it’s because she wanted me to take up juicing; anyway, I used it a couple times off and on over the years but not consistently. That good ‘ol Juiceman Jr still had the carrot stains all over it and our last name was still just as bold in big letters on the bottom on it. After Mom gave it to me, it sat in my husband and I’s kitchen cabinet for several years. 

However, in the past few months I decided to pull it out of the cabinet and use it. In fact, since it has been out on on my cabinet, I have been using it every day… sometimes two or three times a day.  I love that thing.  It still sounds like a chainsaw when you turn it on, and I’m sure that I become our neighborhood’s early morning wake-up call when I use it, but it still runs like a charm and it still makes great juice.  I gave up coffee years ago, so for me the afternoons can be a bit rough not being able to have a “pick me up” that doesn’t involved caffeine. Rediscovering juicing has been a lifesaver. Now in the mornings and afternoons, I look forward to having a refreshing juice drink. At first, I started off by juicing carrots and adding maybe one or two ingredients, but I’ve been more bold recently in adding different fruits and veggies into the mix. The other day I was really struggling to stay awake in the afternoon, especially with the time change, and I discovered that throwing in a little bit of pineapple, lemon and line can really help give the juice a kick. I really hope you enjoy the following recipe that I came up with to help wake me up! 

 Gluten-free Afternoon Wake up juice recipe!  Delicious!

Recipe for gluten-free afternoon wake me up juice 

One fourth of a pineapple

One apple

One cup of spinach

One stalk of celery

One half of a cucumber

One fourth of a lemons pulp

One fourth of the lines pulp

Put ingredients and juicer.  Pour in a glass. Enjoy a kick!

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

A Fantastic Gluten-Free Place You Should Visit in Europe: Finland!

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Fantastic Gluten-Free Place You Should Visit in Europe: Finland!

 

Finland is an absolutely fantastic place to visit if you are looking for somewhere to go in Northern Europe that caters to gluten-free and Celiacs!  The Finns are extremely aware of cross-contamination and their health care providers are very well-versed on the intricacies of proper diagnosis.  Nearly every menu in every restaurant that I saw had a “gluten-free” guide at the bottom.  If there was no indication of the mention of gluten-free, then the chefs and servers were well aware of it and were able to accommodate requests.

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I’d say that the most gorgeous time to visit Finland is in the summer, usually around June-July.  I had an opportunity to visit there during a month of June, and it was a pleasant and wonderful experience.  The only thing that was difficult for me to get accustomed to was how much sunshine they were getting!  They are in the far northern region of Europe, so in the summertime they have much longer days.  At one point, I remember the sun seemed to set around 11pm and then rising again around 3am.

Naantali Finland at 3am in June

Naantali Finland at 3am in June

I did not know the magnitude of Finland’s knowledge of gluten-free, so I must admit that I OVERPACKED with gluten-free foods.  That’s a first! I had a friend that spoke Finnish type me up some translator cards to indicate that I was GF, but I didn’t end up using them because 90% of the people spoke English and most of the menus had both Finnish and English on them.

Homemade gluten-free translator cards!

Homemade gluten-free translator cards!

My stay in Finland was for less than a week, so I only had the opportunity to visit the southern region.  I stayed at the Naantali Spa Hotel located in the southwestern corner of Finland.  The town of Naantali is quiet, quaint and beautiful.  The spa hotel itself is one of the best of its kind in Finland.  They are located just an hour away from the nearest city of Turku and only a few hours from Finland’s capitol Helsinki.  The hotel features multiple restaurants, all of which cater to gluten-free.  Le Soleil has gluten-free pancakes, waffles, bread, and muffins for breakfast and then lunch and dinner has the option of European and Far Eastern menu options.  And TK’s Restaurant has gluten-free delicacies like escargot and tiger (which I wasn’t brave enough to try either!) as well as traditional gluten-free menu items!

Naantali Spa Hotel...one of the best places for Celiacs in southern Finland!

Naantali Spa Hotel…one of the best places for Celiacs in southern Finland!

 

One of the best ways to see the glimpse of the more than 50,000 islands in the Archipelago Sea is to take a boat trip from Naantali to the Villa Wolax.  And even on the boat, they had made gluten-free vegetable soup and gluten-free bread!!  The Villa Wolax is a summer home on one of the many islands that can be rented out for groups and they can also cater to gluten-free as well.  They have a guest house with saunas, games, activities as well as excellent fishing off the pier.

Guest area at the Villa Wollax house outside Naantali Finland

Guest area at the Villa Wollax house outside Naantali Finland

Finland's Archipelago

Finland’s Archipelago

I took the Moomin train to Kaivohuone restaurant in Naantali’s harbor.  The restaurant was built in 1868 and is just gorgeous.  Looking through their massive windows, I got a beautiful view of the harbor with all of its yachts and ships. And, of course, they cater to gluten-free visitors.  Their freshly made strawberry sorbet was some of the best that I’ve ever tasted!

Best Gluten-Free Strawberry Sorbet ever!

Best Gluten-Free Strawberry Sorbet ever!

Naantalin Kaivohuone in Finland

Naantalin Kaivohuone in Finland

The next evening, I took a trip to Turku to the Forum Marinum Museum, which is a wonderful maritime and Navy museum.  So many of the world’s cruise ships and other ships are built there in Turku, as the Finnish people are some of the best ship builders on the planet!  Inside the Forum Marinum Museum is Café Restaurant Daphne, which caters to gluten-free visitors.  On this menu, I made myself try something new….Reindeer! They come from the northern part of Finland in the Lapland. The reindeer was delicious, but honestly it was hard for me to finish since I felt like I was eating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer :).

 

Cafe Daphne in Turku Finland

Cafe Daphne in Turku Finland

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If you want a nice place to visit during the summer and you want to be able to count on staying well and not getting “glutenized,” then give Finland a try.  It’s a beautiful, wonderful, and fun country!

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

 

Kathy Smart: North America’s Gluten-Free Expert!

Posted by on Dec 2nd, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

 

Kathy Smart

Kathy Smart is “North America’s Gluten-free Expert.”   She is a Best Selling Cookbook Author and TV Show Host; she has been featured the Dr Oz Show, Rogers TV, CTV, CBC Television, and she’s been the speaker at countless conferences and seminars.  She is the Founder of Live the Smart Way, a website with recipes and gluten-free advice, and she has recently started a new project called the Gluten-Free Store.  Recently I had the opportunity to catch-up with Kathy to do an interview…

Mara: Can you tell me a little bit about your newest project Gluten-Free Store?

Kathy: The Gluten Free Smart Store is an online one stop shop for people looking for new and innovative gluten free products. GlutenFreeSmartStore.com is committed to providing accessibility to healthy gluten-free choices. We source the highest quality, most nutritious gluten-free products available, directly from the best food producers and artisans. GlutenFreeSmartStore.com was created by the (gluten intolerant) founders of Live the Smart WayAllergic Solution and GlutenFreeFind.com.  In addition to being gluten-free, many of the products we source are manufactured in 100% dedicated gluten-free facilities, certified gluten-free, and are free of other common allergens such as nuts, dairy, eggs, etc.  It is a gluten-free resource and community setting where you’ll discover links to healthy recipes, health tips, giveaways, promotions and much more. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Mara: What was the catalyst for starting the project?

Kathy: The catalyst was after I would present around the world and I would talk about the benefits of certain gluten- free items, many would ask me..” Where can I buy this?” I joined forces with 2 other gluten free powerhouses that shared the same vision. We wanted to provide a location that others could buy gluten free products- easily and affordable. So Lisa Cantkier gluten free expert and writer from Gluten Free Find and Tammie Sarra CEO and gluten free powerhouse from Allergic Solutions joined forces to create the Gluten Free Smart Store!

Mara: What was your journey like on getting diagnosed with Celiac?

Kathy: My personal journey started out very young as I was a sick child who had constant stomach pains, digestive issues and severe anxiety. My mother took me to a Naturopathic Doctor when I was 12 years old and Dr. Don Warren discovered that the root of all my health problems was celiac disease. This was at time when celiac disease was not commonly diagnosed and finding gluten free products quite an adventure.

Mara: Was that scary and what did you do when you found out?

Kathy: Not at all! It was actually quite a relief to both my parents and I to discover the reason I had been so ill.

Mara: What were the symptoms were you experiencing?

Kathy: The symptoms that I was experiencing was low iron, low energy, frequent colds and flus, severe anxiety, sever stomach discomfort and digestive issues.

Mara: What was the best moment in the midst of the difficult diagnosis?

Kathy: The best moment was the realization that if I changed what I ate, I could change my life!

Mara: What’s been the best or easiest thing about your household going gluten free?

Kathy: The best thing about going gluten free for my household was discovering new recipes, foods and eating as close to nature as possible. It was a changed relationship between food and how I felt!

Mara: Do you have any advice for other families that have just been diagnosed with celiac or are thinking about a gluten free lifestyle?

Kathy: My advice would be to keep it as simple as possible. Just Eat Real Food. Fresh meats, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fruits and seeds are all naturally gluten free and delicious!

Mara: Tell me a bit about your cookbook Live the Smart Way.

Kathy: Live The Smart Way is a cookbook that combines gluten free, healthy food and makes it gourmet! It is a best selling cookbook that is filled with delicious, low glycemic gluten free recipes that has been designed by nutritionists for maximum nutrition and taste approved by chefs!

Mara: What are your future plans for using your vast knowledge of Celiac—do you have another website, a health practice, any future plans for a cookbook or another book coming out?

Kathy: My plans are to continue doing TV Shows with gluten free cooking segments, traveling the world motivating and educating others on healthy gluten free living, a gluten free healthy food line, a new cookbook and I has designed a course for people new to the gluten free lifestyle that want to learn to ‘ Live The Smart Way!’

Mara: What is traveling like for you?

Kathy: FUN! I LOVE traveling and meeting new gluten free people across the globe and teaching them the basics and how gluten free can be healthy and delicious.

Mara: How much planning is involved?

Kathy: A lot of planning! I am very blessed to have a strong Smart Team behind me!:)

Mara: Where can followers of GlutenFreeWorld.tv [1] connect with you?

Kathy:  They can connect with me by seeing if I am coming to a city near them at www.LiveTheSmartWay.com.  Twitter at Smart_Kitchen and GFreeSmartStore, Facebook at Live The Smart Way and Gluten Free Smart Store

Mara:  Anything else that you’d like to tell my audience?

Kathy:  To really not see being gluten intolerant or celiac as a sad thing, but to see it as an opportunity that if they want, they can change their life if they change what they eat too!!

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

Gluten, Hallucinations, and That Guy From Law & Order: Gluten’s Terrible Effect on the Mind

Posted by on Sep 24th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Gluten, Hallucinations, and That Guy From Law & Order:  Gluten’s Terrible Effect on the Mind

Gluten, Hallucinations, and That Guy From Law & Order:  Gluten’s Terrible Effect on the Mind

by

Mara Alexander

Gluten can do terrible things to someone with Celiac, gluten intolerance, autism, or anyone else that is affected by it. Some people experience joint pain, stomach distress, neurological issues and psychological affects. In my case, I have all the afore mentioned symptoms and then some strange ones as well. On a recent trip on the way home from Washington DC, I had the misfortune of getting “glutenized” just a few hours before getting on a plane.

Ok so let me start from the beginning of how the gluten monster entered my body in DC….My husband Kevin and I were in DC to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Newborn Screening by American Public Health Laboratories. Kevin has a rare genetic disease called Phenylketonuria (PKU) in which his body doesn’t properly break down protein; luckily his disease was caught by newborn screening when he was just a few days old. Because he was screened at birth and the doctors have treated him for the past 30+ years, he can live a fully-functional and somewhat normal life.

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If his disease had not been screened at birth and he had not had treatment, then he would have had so much brain and liver damage that he would have ended up in an institution his entire life; he would have likely not been able to feed or clothe himself. So needless to say, Kevin and I are huge advocates of newborn screening. In DC, Kevin had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on newborn screening moderated by Dr Richard Besser from ABC news. We also had the opportunity to do some lobbying for newborn screening.

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So we had a wonderful trip in DC. I was able to eat gluten-free and not get sick….UNTIL a few hours before I got on a plane from DC to Atlanta. We ate at a Mexican restaurant that had a gluten-free menu. I had everyone in the serving area change their gloves as a precautionary measure. I ate the meal and we headed back to the hotel to get our luggage and get on the Metro for the airport. I noticed that 30 minutes or so after eating, I started feeling really aweful joint pain and I was having a difficult time gripping my luggage. I was feeling foggy headed. At this point, I knew that I had gotten glutenized. By the time we got onto the Metro, I was having severe stomach pain and I was crying. I’m really short, so I curled up in a little ball on my Metro seat and was crying my eyes out.

I’m sure people on the Metro are accustomed to weird sights but what came next was NOT fun. Every so often after getting “glutenized,” I’ll start to see things that aren’t there. Yes, I sometimes hallucinate after eating gluten. People in the medical community tell me that this has something to do with the way that gluten affects brain chemistry in some Celiacs…almost like a drug. No that doesn’t make me feel better or less weird. Just being honest here.  I have mental disturbances if I get glutenized, and it can be really embarassing to me.  That’s why if it ever happens in public, then I get the heck out of dodge because I don’t want people seeing me go through that.   

By the time I got to the airport, I had hallucinated (or “imagined”, whatever word you want to use) some odd sights.  First it was white fluffy bunny rabbits running on the Metro tracks followed by seeing that guy from Law & Order…Sam Waterston. (I don’t know…maybe that was really him but I seriously doubt it). I’m very thankful that we were almost 3 hours early to the airport. This gave me time to become at least somewhat coherent before going through the TSA screening line. My husband was there with me the whole time, being patient as I cried and was in and out of incoherency. Kevin knows what to do when I get glutenized: make me drink lots and lots of water, hot tea, heating pad on my stomach and try to calm me as much as possible.

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have eaten at a restaurant that I had never tried before. Or if that wasn’t an option, then I would have just spent another night in DC to get some rest. But we all live and learn, don’t we? To look on the bright side, I didn’t get hospitalized from gluten and the TSA didn’t pull me aside and ask why I was acting like a deranged maniac. I’m blessed that I know that I have Celiac; some people out there are still going through life sick as a dog and not knowing that they have Celiac or some other related disease. My point is that although sometimes restaurants get meals wrong and sometimes we get glutenized, we move on.  I’m not saying “just deal with it” or anything so direct.  However, what I am saying is that it may take our bodies days or weeks or even months to get back to normal, but we must remember that our bodies WILL heal if we take care of ourselves. Be patient with your self. And know that there are lots of people out here in the Celiac and gluten-free universe that are rooting for you. Count me in as one of those people.

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

 

Hit the Road: 5 Secrets to Traveling Gluten-Free Without Getting Sick and Without Spending a Fortune!

Posted by on Sep 3rd, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hit the Road: 5 Secrets to Traveling Gluten-Free Without Getting Sick and Without Spending a Fortune!

Hit the Road: 5 Secrets to Traveling Gluten-Free Without Getting Sick and Without Spending a Fortune!

by Mara Alexander

After getting “glutenized” multiple times in a two week period, my body was fed up.  I had been on the road traveling for business and my body was not happy.  Twice I had bad gluten experiences at restaurants and another time a bad experience at someone’s home.  My body usually takes a few weeks after getting glutenized to get back to my normal self.  Sometimes it is hard to travel and eat out at restaurants and not get sick.  Sometimes no matter how hard you try, a restaurant may accidentally cross-contaminate your food with gluten.  Everyone is human and unfortunately mistakes in restaurants do happen, and that can end up affecting someone with gluten intolerance or Celiac.  The trick is to try to eat at places that you know and trust.  But many times the places that you know and trust are at home; so what happens when you are traveling for business or on vacation in an unfamiliar area?  It can be a bit more challenging if you don’t regularly eat at a particular restaurant, so you might not know the chef or the setup in kitchen.  Or if Jane Doe in the kitchen is throwing glutenous flour everywhere.  Or if they are cooking your meat in the same pan that they just fried gluten in. You get the picture.

I became very determined several months ago to plan a road trip to the desert then through the mountains.  After doing some research, I ultimately found that some of places in the desert that I wanted to go to would have slim pickin’s on gluten-free restaurant options.  I chose a road trip through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  How in the world was I going to not spend a fortune on this trip while still being able to eat gluten-free and still have a great time?

1.   I knew that if my husband and I were going to make this trip a success, we were going to have to bring most of the food in the car with us.  We managed to fit 4 large tupperware containers full of gluten-free foods and supplies, 2 ice chests, plus our 2 suitcases and photography gear all in my tiny Honda.  I like to tell people that we went “car-camping” even though we weren’t technically camping and we weren’t staying in our car.  We just made the decision that we were going to “picnic” the whole trip instead of eating out, thus avoiding any chance of running into cross-contamination. And it WORKED!  I did not get sick the whole time.

Hit the Road: 5 Secrets to Travel Gluten-Free Without Getting Sick and Without Spending a Fortune! 

2.  I was also determined not to spend a lot of money on our food and supplies.  Since we decided not to eat out for the majority of the 10 days we were gone, I kept asking myself the question: Is it possible to get gluten-free foods at a discount with coupons and will I be able to stockpile enough foods for our trip?  The answer is YES you can shop for gluten-free foods with coupons and get some really good deals for your road trip stockpile!  For weeks I began scouring sites like Rachel at Surviving the Stores where she posts new gluten-free coupons often.  She usually posts manufacturers coupons, so if you watch the stores and match-ups, you can find some of these items when they are discounted and pair them with a manufactuer coupon and sometimes a store coupon to get the deepest discount.

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3. Other sites like Money Saving Mom, Gluten-Free Saver, Coupon Divas, Southern Savers and a host of other blogs have coupons and deals for gluten-free foods.  You can also search Amazon to get good deals as well.  There are many options out there to save some money on your gluten-free grocery items.  Sometimes you can even find coupons for restaurants that serve gluten-free foods as well.  The key is to be intentional about it and make sure you are watching the sites for gluten-free coupons.  You can also write to your favorite gluten-free companies to get them to send you coupons.  Some companies like the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze (gluten-free almond milk) have programs where they will send you coupons multiple times every few months after you request them. 

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4. After I stockpiled on gluten-free foods items in anticipation of my trip, I went ahead and cooked gluten-free meals and then froze them.  I took some time to pre-bake cornbread, cookies, rice (jasmine rice freezes well in my opinion), gravies, soups, etc and I froze them.  For breakfast, I brought ingredients for my protein shakes, and also some GF raisin breads and fruits. For lunch, we ate a lot of foods that were easy to make like sandwiches and pre-made GF pasta salads, and then for dinner we ate the pre-made meals that I had frozen. The only times that we had to go to the grocery store was once or twice to stock up on produce. 

5. If you call ahead, you can find out if certain hotels have mini-fridges and microwaves so that you know how to prepare.  If they do have a fridge and microwaves, then usually you can get by with just bringing ice chests/coolers.  If not,  you may need to bring foods that don’t need to be heated in a microwave.    Don’t forget to bring supplies like paper plates, plastic cutlery, can openers etc!

If you plan it out, you can have a fantastic road trip without the worry of getting sick from gluten.  Just remember that it’s best to over-plan rather than not planning enough. Have a wonderful time planning and enjoy your well-deserved trip!

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

Dealing with Butthole Bullies: Keeping Your Sanity When Someone Insults Your Gluten-free Diet

Posted by on Jun 11th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Dealing with Butthole Bullies: Keeping Your Sanity When Someone Insults Your Gluten-free Diet

Lady to me, “I wish I could watch you eat gluten and see how sick you get.”

Me to lady, “Um, did I understand you correctly that you want to watch me get sick after I accidentally eat gluten??”

Lady to me, “Yeah it would be fun to watch you get sick.”

Me to lady, “My worst gluten reaction was a seizure followed by a 3-day hospitalization. Are you saying you want to watch that happen?”

Lady to me, “Maybe not quite that bad. I just want to watch you swell all up and stuff.”

I then paused for several moments to imagine myself doing some crazy ninja move on this woman and thereby defending myself. Or maybe even imagining that I was a super hero and she was the super villian…I could have thrown Kryptonite at her. Maybe sent her back to the Phantom zone where she belonged.

I snapped myself out of the fantasy and returned to reality. First of all, this woman is a BULLY. Second of all, she definitely doesn’t understand Celiac nor does she have any sort of respect for anyone else’s well being. Folks, usually my first reaction to a confrontation is to CRY. I’m very shy and introverted naturally so when it comes to confronting people, I want to RUN AWAY or imagine Scotty beaming me away. But this time I can honestly say that I wanted to turn into a crazed Jackie Chan and beat the snot out of her. But I didn’t (obviously or else I’d be writing this from the back of a cop car). I just sat there for a while and realized that I was dealing with a psychopathic woman who obviously derives pleasure out of seeing people suffer. I don’t even remember exactly what I said to the woman at the end of the conversation, but I do remember standing up for myself.

All I know is that conversation proved to me that even adults can be BUTTHOLE BULLIES,especially when it comes to medical conditions. They think it’s ok to make fun of someone else because of a disability.

Dealing with Butthole Bullies: Keeping Your Sanity When Someone Insults Your Gluten-free Diet

Dealing with Butthole Bullies: Keeping Your Sanity When Someone Insults Your Gluten-free Diet

1. You can stand up for yourself to an adult bully and you SHOULD. What the bully does with your words is their own choice.

2. Remember that sometimes no matter how much you try to explain your condition to the bully, they are going to keep on fighting you with their words and it may not change their mind. You can only do what you can do.

3. Know that you are amazing. It may feel like your world is falling apart, but there is a reason and a purpose why you have the condition that you do. You may be destined to help someone else or to start a blog or write a book.

4. Seek out people with similar conditions. There is strength in numbers.

Be strong and keep on truckin’ people.

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv

 

NEW EPISODE OF GLUTENFREEWORLD TV!

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NEW EPISODE OF GLUTENFREEWORLD TV!

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The newest episode of GlutenFreeWorld TV is here!!  Check it out…

5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart

 Really good article when you are hurting. 5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart.

5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart

by

Mara Alexander

“Black black sky.  Ripping away at my mood.  Sharing grief with my soul.  Angels of darkness prey upon the city.  Selfish people: we are all one of them.  Selfish acts: we certainly all commit them.  Chains seem to bind us as we watch atrocities unfold.  Who can blame the human race for crying out for help?  I must calm and pacify my mind, lest I lose it.” Mara’s journal entry 4/19/13

Really good article when you are hurting. 5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart.

The world craves something. Something deeper than what it has. All of inside have the ability to become someone filled with hate, rage and murder.  But it is what we do with our emotions and pain that shapes who we are.  Recent tragic events may have left you wondering how to sustain your existence, how to continue on.  Loneliness may be at your core right now and you may feel that no one could possibly understand your level of pain.  So what do you do when you feel like your world is falling apart?

Really good article when you are hurting. 5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart.

1.  Take 15 minutes and write/type every single word that comes to your mind, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.  This is not for Facebook or Twitter publication…it is only for YOU.  Write down every single emotion that surfaces and every thought.  Save the file on your computer or write it in a safe place in a journal. Get to the root of your emotions.   Starting this practice will help you get to know a very important person….you. What is going on in your life?

 Really good article when you are hurting. 5 Ways to Cope: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World is Falling Apart.

2. There is someone is the world that has had a similar life experience as you.  Seek them outYou may be dealing with your spouse being diagnosed with a chronic disease. You may have experienced a recent betrayal from a good friend, or you may have just gone through the death of a loved one or a pet. Or you may have been diagnosed with a difficult illness yourself and not know how to handle it. When you can find someone who understands you, it will comfort you and help you through your challenges.  Combat loneliness with friendship.

3. Turn towards relaxation methods.  Practice calming your mind.  Meditation and prayer have been scientifically proven to bring you into a more positive and tranquil state.  Yoga, stretching, tai chi and other body movements can help you relax as well.  Our world is full of over-stimulation and it is important to learn how to be quiet and still every once in awhile. If possible, take some time off and visit the countryside.  Get some fresh air and clear your head.

4.  Food habits are the last thing that we want anyone to tell us to change. Many times when we are in pain, we turn to food to numb us.  But it is important to ask yourself: What are you fueling your body with?   Our bodies are amazing machines.  Whatever we put into them in the way of fuel, then that is the level of energy and mood that we will get out of them. Find healthy foods that you LIKE to eat, and eat them.  For goodness sake, if you don’t like broccoli, then don’t eat broccoli.  Food is meant to be enjoyed.  Find a smoothie recipe you enjoy or make a snack tray made of your favorite veggies.

5. Take some time to read your favorite book.  It’s just like food:  whatever you put into your mind is what you are going to get out of it. Pick a subject that you know will help you sort out your emotions. 

Our bodies and minds are incredible; we can take a beating but sometimes we have to detox from our environment physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Take some time to get to know yourself and understand the situation you are going through.  It will make you stronger and more resilient. 

Mara Alexander is the Founder of GlutenFreeWorld TV©, a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Health Consultant and a Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management.  She can be emailed at mara@glutenfreeworld.tv