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Hello! Long Time No Blog

Where did 2014 go? I can’t believe it is December already! I am still posting daily on Celiac-Disease.com, the Gluten-Free is Life Facebook page and Twitter, but as you can see, I haven’t posted here since July. In a perfect world I would be able to keep up with everything, but we all know that is not how the real world is. So what have I been up to? Let’s see…

Jon went away to college and is almost done with his first semester at Ohio University. We thought we were fortunate to have a wonderful gluten-free program in place for him, but it didn’t turn out like we thought. Jon was getting sick on a regular basis and had to get an exemption from the meal plan. He made the difficult decision to transfer to The Ohio State University, which is much closer to home and will help him be able to manage his gluten-free diet better. 

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I completed marathon #2 on October 19, 2014. This marathon went much better than my first marathon in 2010, though I don’t see myself doing another 26.2 any time soon. I love the half marathon and will be focusing on that distance for the foreseeable future. 

Both dogs had a rough month of October. They both ended up hospitalized for 3-4 days (at different times…a week apart). Pippy had gastroenteritis and Chewbacca hurt his back somehow. They both came home on meds that had to be given around the clock and Chewbacca is still on “crate rest”. Thank goodness they are both doing better now. It also helps that they are very cute!

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Chewbacca showing us that he is not a fan of crate rest

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Thanksgiving was done all gluten-free except for the Crescent Rolls. We used HEB Honey Cornbread Mix for our Cornbread Stuffing and it was out of this world! While we don’t have any HEB stores here in Ohio, my step mother was kind enough to send us all of their mixes for us to try. 

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The personal training business is going very well! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy my “job”. Working with so many amazing women on a daily basis is so inspiring. I even have a few clients who are gluten-free!

Hope you have all been well and have a wonderful holiday season!

Make the Switch for the Fourth of July

Are you ready to celebrate the Fourth of July a week from today? I plan on running a 5K to start the day off and then refuel later with a juicy Jennie-O turkey burger.  Turkey burgers are typically lower in fat than beef burgers, but that doesn’t mean they have to be any less flavorful. 

Tips for grilling the juiciest turkey burger ever:

  • Don’t overwork meat, which can make it dense and tough
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or sautéed onions to ground turkey for a juicier burger
  • Do not push down on the burgers with your spatula (you’ll lose the juices!)
  • Allow burgers to rest a few minutes before serving to let juices redistribute 

If you buy the already formed frozen burgers, here are some tips I use to keep the burger juicy:

  • Pan-fry and keep a lid over the pan
  • Don’t push down on the burger
  • Monitor temperature of the burger so you don’t overcook

It is really important to  make sure to cook turkey burgers to 165 degrees. The best way to do this is with an instant read thermometer or a fancy kitchen thermometer that connects via bluetooth to your iPhone. 

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I can’t even begin to tell you how cool this Mini Kitchen Thermometer is…I am such a gadget geek!  

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My dinner last night. I thought it was a good idea to practice for the Fourth of July and try out my new toy. Simple turkey burger with cheddar, lettuce and ketchup with sweet potato steak fries. 

If burgers aren’t your thing, no worries, Jennie-O has got your covered with their new Uncured Turkey Franks.

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Jennie-O has a list of gluten-free products on their website, but they also clearly label their products so that there is no confusion. 

If you are looking for inspiration, be sure to check out the Jennie-O website for all kinds of recipes. There is even a section for BBQ/Picnics…perfect for the Fourth of July! *Not all of the recipes are written gluten-free, so use caution when preparing. 

How will you celebrate your holiday? Will you make the switch?

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Long Time No See

Although it seems like I have disappeared, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I promise. It’s summer time and things are hopping. There has been an increase of personal training clients at the studio, school is out, marathon training is in full swing and the puppies take up a lot of my time. I still post daily over at Celiac-Disease.com and remain active on the Gluten-Free is Life Facebook page.  

You may have caught that I am “marathon” training in the paragraph above. I do believe that I said I would “never” run a full marathon again, however, we all know how the saying goes, “Never say never”.  While I could go into great detail about the thought process that went into this decision, I won’t bore you with all of that. The simple fact is that I may just be a little bit crazy. 

As marathon training ramps up, I am experimenting with different products to help hydrate and fuel me along the way. Below is the newest hydration mix I have sampled.

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix

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This is an all natural sports drink.  It replaces both the fluid and electrolytes you lose in your sweat while providing just enough calories to help fuel your working muscles. Flavored with only real fruit and containing no artificial colors or preservatives, our drink mix won’t upset your stomach, leave a bad taste in your mouth, or challenge your IQ with tongue twisting chem-lab ingredients.  It just works better.  Maybe that’s why, for years, top athletes have been secretly replacing their sponsors’ products with drink mix made from Skratch.  You Sweat. We Hydrate.

I tried the Exercise Hydration Mix with Raspberries and really enjoyed the taste. It was not overly sweet like some sports drinks on the market and it really seemed to agree with my stomach, which is the most important thing. All of the Exercise and Everyday Mixes are free of wheat, gluten, soy and dairy. Skratch Labs products can be found in select stores or online

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Review: Mellow Mushroom’s New Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Last weekend I had the opportunity to try the new gluten-free pizza crust now being served at Mellow Mushroom. The new pizza crust is not just gluten-free, it is vegan, too!

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Ingredients:

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Mellow Mushroom’s original gluten-free pizza wasn’t bad, but it was made with bean flour, which many people don’t care for. The new gluten-free pizza doesn’t have bean flour in it; it’s made with Smart Flour. Smart Flour is a gluten-free flour blend that contains tapioca flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and teff flour.

There are many different gluten-free pizza options, including a vegan cheese (Daiya). I chose the Veg Out pizza and was thrilled with the flavor and texture of the new crust.

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The staff at Mellow Mushroom goes to great lengths reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The staff changes their gloves and aprons, the pizzas are prepared in a separate area and then cooked on a screen so the pizza will never have contact with the pizza stone.

Have you tried the new gluten-free crust at Mellow Mushroom? 

*The food mentioned in this post was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Soodles Bake Shop – Custom Gluten-Free Cakes

Time flies. As Jon’s high school graduation approached, in addition to trying to figure out what happened to my kindergartener, I began to search for a bakery to make a custom gluten-free cake for the occasion. The last thing I wanted to have to worry about was baking a cake.

It was a good thing that I was able to find Soodles Bake Shop, as I was running around the day before graduation paying unpaid parking tickets and exchanging a graduation gown that was meant for someone an entire foot shorter than Jon.

Soodles Bake Shop bakes a wide variety of gluten-free products, including customized cakes. The facility/products are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fish/shellfish and peanuts. The customized cakes are available in several different sizes and two different flavors. We went with the 1/4 sheet cake (double layer) for $42. Half the cake was chocolate, the other half was vanilla. 

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The cake was a huge hit and disappeared quickly. I had small pieces of each variety and while they were both very good, I fell in love with the chocolate. That really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, as I haven’t met a lot of chocolate things I don’t like. 

Soodles Bake Shop was founded by Amy McCrea after she determined gluten, dairy, egg and soy were triggers for her digestive and eczema issues. Read more about Amy and Soodles Bake Shop here.  Thanks Amy for making our day even greater! 

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Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey (no gluten), Wholly Guacamole and Herdez Salsa.

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Late last week I discovered Kashi now had two cereals that are gluten-free. I quickly put them both on my grocery list so I could sample and review for you guys. When I was at Meijer on Maxtown Rd. yesterday, I spotted the Kashi Indigo Morning cereal.

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