Update-My grass fed dairy experiment


I am happy to report that I have been able to continue to eat grass-fed yogurt, with little to no stomach upset. The other day at our local farmer’s market, I tried a sample of grass-fed whole milk.  Unfortunately, I did not have the same result as I have had with the yogurt. It tasted amazing,…

Easy microwave mushroom risotto


Yes, you read that right.  You can make risotto in the microwave.  I didn’t think it would work, but it did, beautifully. If you have ever made risotto, you know how labor intensive it can be.  You have to babysit it, and constantly stir the rice, adding stock a ladle at a time.  It’s a…

Wrestling with my sugar demon


  One of the pitfalls of writing a food blog is weight gain.  In the past year, I have tried a couple of times to kick the sugar habit, without any lasting success. After my husband was diagnosed with heart disease last year, we went on a health kick. We lasted a pretty long time,…

In the news: A gluten-free diet can cause heart disease. Or can it?


      This post is meant for informational purposes only.  The opinions and views herein are strictly my own.  Science and the media have done it again; a new study by BMJ is making headlines.  It basically states that eating gluten free diet increases your risk of heart disease, and you should only stop…

Tea for two-review of The True Tea Club


I don’t normally write posts about tea, but since I cannot drink coffee, I often get bored with the same old tea flavors.  I thought I would try out a tea club so that I could experience different teas from around the world.  Box clubs seem to be very popular now, so why not include…

Do you have leaky gut? And what can you do about it?


  Disclaimer:  I will be sharing information and websites that discuss leaky gut syndrome and it’s possible treatments in this post.  I do not intend to diagnose any illness here; this post is intended to be informational.    After many years of battling IBS and my change to a gluten and dairy free lifestyle, I…

What is Kombucha and can it help with gluten intolerance?


  No doubt you have heard about Kombucha.  It seems it is all over the media lately, touted as a cure-all for everything.  But can it help with IBS and gluten intolerance?  I DO NOT recommend it for Celiac disease. What is Kombucha, exactly?  This article explores that, as well as some myths vs facts….

Is it safe? Review of Smashburger, Murfreesboro


The other day, my husband and I took a drive to Murfreesboro.  Anytime we take a day trip, it becomes a challenge to find a place to stop for lunch that won’t make me deathly sick. Smashburger is one of the places that is utilizing online allergen menus that you can customize depending on what…

Finding an allergen free coffee substitute and a review of Teeccino


    I had to give up coffee several years ago due to my IBS.  Before I knew of my gluten issues, I tried coffee substitutes that contained wheat and barley, as well as chicory.  I also tried an additive which contained chicory.  I have since found out that I can’t tolerate chicory. Some of these…

Is it IBS, Crohn’s or Celiac? How to tell the difference


  I had an email this morning from someone suffering from gas and bloating.  He wanted to know if it was IBS or Crohn’s disease, and if I could help him.  Not being a doctor, I could not answer that question.   He could also be lactose or dairy intolerant.  He could also have a more…

Gluten free Hawaii on Pride of America, Part 2


  This is a very long post, but it is full of very valuable information, so please stay with it!     We have been back from our wonderful Hawaiian cruise aboard the Pride of America since Sunday.  It took us 24 hours, including two five-hour layovers, to get home.  I kept passing out on…

Why IBS should be managed with diet, not drugs


While my kids were visiting from the Northeast, we went out to dinner at our local steak house.  I ordered my salad without croutons and cheese, but forgot about the butter on the steak.  I did mention a dairy and gluten issue, but I guess the server didn’t relay this to the kitchen. There are…

I’m buying real pizza this week-and here’s why


For anyone who follows or reads my blog on a regular basis, it is no secret that I miss pizza.  In fact, along with Chinese food, it is the one thing I cannot replicate successfully. I have tried many recipes, mixes and pre-made, and they all failed miserably.  You just can’t replicate that chewy, browned,…

New Book Giveaway!


I am pleased to announce that my new book Gluten Envy is now available for download at Amazon.com. In order to celebrate, I am running a giveaway to receive free copies of my book. See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Gluten Envy: How to stop the envy and start living (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/d723d011a33aca55 NO…