Five foods you should never cook in a crockpot


Crockpots can be a very welcome addition to your kitchen arsenal.  They can also produce mushy, unappetizing messes.  It all depends on what you put in them. Here are some foods you should never cook in a crockpot.  You can read the original article here.  Rice     Though it takes around 20 minutes to…

Will a cheat day break your weight loss plateau?


When I posted the other day that I didn’t lose any weight this week, one of my followers commented that she had read that a “cheat day” would break that plateau. I had actually never heard of this, so I did some research. There are numerous posts from people who used this tactic with really…

How to avoid diet failure


  It’s hard enough to follow a gluten free diet, much less trying to lose weight on top of that.  There are some things that might be contributing to your dieting failure.  Here are some excerpts from this original article from cheatsheet.com. Do you have a realistic goal in mind? The first step to a successful…

What’s up with that, Papa John’s?


  I recently read an article which stated that Papa John’s was finally climbing aboard the gluten free bandwagon and was going to offer a gluten free version of its pizza.  But this announcement came with a caveat that is causing quite a backlash. According to the article which is published on Fortune.com: Although the…

Review of Enjoy Life New baked chewy bar flavors


I have never met an Enjoy Life product I didn’t like.  These new flavor bars are no exception.  The folks at Enjoy Life were nice enough to send me samples to try.  Here is my unbiased review. This was the first flavor I tried.  They didn’t disappoint.  These bars are full of rich caramel flavor….

When swapping ingredients isn’t worth it in Weight Watchers


Today I tried to make my favorite chocolate cake recipe by swapping ingredients to take points off for Weight Watchers.  It was an utter failure. I have been making this cake for over a year now, and I am sorry I tried to swap out the oil for apple sauce and the sugar for maple…

Are you making these common dieting mistakes?


  Being gluten and dairy free is not easy.  Attempting to lose weight while living this lifestyle is even harder. There are things we all might be doing to sabotage ourselves, that might surprise you. Here is an excerpt from the original article.  How many are you guilty of? You’re eating a light breakfast Skimping…

Thinking of going Paleo? Read this first!


The Paleo diet is one of the most popular diets, and has been for quite a few years.  In case you don’t know exactly what you can and can’t eat on the Paleo diet, here is a handy chart:     But a recent study published in Nature Journal Nutrition and Diabetes, has revealed following a…

To carb or not to carb, that is the question


  There is no bigger issue for gluten free and gluten eating dieters alike; whether or not to stop eating carbs.  The answer is not a simple one.  It all comes down to portion control. Low carb diets such as Atkins, and the South Beach diet focus on eating high protein and fat,  and low…

My gluten free weight loss journey, week 4


  I have to confess, I have gotten a bit lax with my eating habits this week.  My weight is holding steady for now. We got a digital scale, only to find it was 5.5 pounds too heavy.  We tested a container of 20-pound cat litter to see if it was accurate.  I thought a…

Easy crockpot red wine glazed lamb chops


I’m a big fan of crockpot cooking, especially when the outside temperature is over 90 degrees. This recipe for red wine glazed lamb chops only requires a few ingredients and is really easy to put together.  Here is my simplified version. I do not brown the chops, or cook down the wine glaze.  This cuts time…

My gluten free weight loss journey week 2


  This past week was a real challenge for me.  We had company over last weekend, and I over ate.  We had pasta, one of my most challenging foods.  I took way too much.  I gained back 2 pounds. Weight loss is a journey, but it can be really discouraging when you gain weight back….