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Coconut Aminos

Coconut Aminos

Have you heard about coconut aminos? Essentially it’s the sap from a coconut that’s filled with amino acids, which rebuild muscle tissue, boost the immune system and raise physical energy levels – along with much, much more! I just learned about this magical condiment and used it in one of my recipes in place of soy sauce. Chad is doing the Whole Read more »

Paleo granola

Homemade paleo granola

Chad loves the paleo diet. He likes how it makes him feel and that he’s been able to lose a significant amount of weight on it. He purchased a paleo granola and this is my attempt at re-creating it. It really is delicious – if I do say so myself! For those with IBD, if you’re in a flare up then don’t eat this since the small nuts and seeds won’t do well with your colon. Otherwise, everyone should chew well and enjoy! Read more »

Chelsea Market Display Board

Chelsea Market Display Board

Have you been to Chelsea Market in NYC? If you live in NYC and still haven’t been, there’s absolutely no excuse why you haven’t spent a day at Chelsea Market! Get over there! If you’re visiting from out of town, this is a definite must see on your list. Some of the things you can go for are coffee, tea, wine, gluten free crepes at Bar Suzette, vegan Read more »

Things I Wish I Knew Thursday's

Things I Wish I Knew Thursday’s

Things I Wish I Knew Thursday’s: T.I.W.I.K.T

I wish I knew that eating gluten free isn’t as hard as everyone says it is.

If I had known that changing my diet wasn’t as bad as I thought it was, then maybe I would have done it sooner. I was diagnosed with Read more »

Happy Cow!

Whenever we travel I’m constantly looking for the healthy food options – as I’ve mentioned in past blogs! There’s an incredible website that’s been helpful in finding us healthy food all around the world – it’s called Happy Cow. I would never travel without consulting with it first as well as Yelp – but Yelp isn’t always in the  smaller cities. Check it out and travel in a whole new way next time. When traveling to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum – that’s where we are right now – Happy Cow has your back! They’ll tell you where to eat and I’ll tell you what to eat. Now you can travel the healthy way too! Happy traveling!

As promised, here’s the recipe for the grain free banana walnut muffins! Enjoy it – they are delicious!

Banana Walnut muffins adapted from Elana’s Pantry (

2 cups almond flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon celtic sea salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup pitted dates

3 ripe bananas

3 eggs

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

½ cup raw walnuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon

In a food processor, combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil

Transfer mixture to a large bowl

Blend dry mixture into wet until thoroughly combined

Fold in walnuts

Spoon mixture into paper lined 12 cup muffin pan

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes

The act of giving up certain foods is such a hard thing to do. I completely understand all those people out there who know they shouldn’t be eating something but they do it anyway because they think, eh what the hell… I’ll deal with the stomachache, or the bathroom situation later.

Well I’m here to say that it’s NOT a good idea to be doing that. If you don’t take care of your body NOW then later you may end up with a diseased body, which could have been completely avoided if you had just listened to your body and said no when you knew you should have.

I’m writing this because recently I have been noticing that when I eat foods with garlic my body bottles up so much gas that it doesn’t know what to do with it! I know… not something that you probably want to know about, but this is a serious problem. Do I really have to give up ANOTHER food item?! I already gave up gluten, dairy and refined sugar, am I really going to commit to not eating garlic too?

I haven’t fully decided this answer yet, but I’m going to try it out. That’s really all I can do at this point because I know that I need to take care of myself now and not later. Trying to eat garlic free along with all my other food choices will be quite challenging, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

If I know that I will feel better then that is what will keep me going. If you can relate to me then we should go through this together… we’re all in it together. Keep your health now and later on you will be so thankful that you did.

Wish me luck!

P.S. tonight we ate garlic free and so far so good!

Hi blog friends! I’m back to my blogging habits, I missed it for a few weeks but I’m officially back!

I just walked in the door from a bit of a shopping spree at Williams Sonoma! I always have so much fun in there even if I’m not buying anything. BUT lucky me… I DID buy something – cake pans! Yes, I am moving on to cakes. I’ve always wanted to perfect the gluten free, no sugar, cake creation and now’s the time. Not to worry, I’ll be sure to post when I come up with some recipes that taste delicious. Stay tuned!!

If you haven’t been to Williams Sonoma, I suggest you take a mini field trip. All of their cooking utensils are top notch and it’s definitely worth the price. Enjoy!


I have found my gluten free baking savior! Yes, it’s true, I, like many of you are not always in the mood to whip up my dessert or meal for that matter. You can imagine that having a gluten free, dairy free and no refined sugar lifestyle that it may be quite difficult for me to eat out. Well you’re absolutely right! I find it almost impossible to eat out at restaurants because I’m constantly battling with eating too much and getting a stomachache from the ingredients that they use – so most of the time you will find me cooking in my own home.

When I find that one place to run to each time my belly craves something sweet (and I’m not making it myself) then I am so so so so thankful!

Babycakes is the name of the bakery.

It’s located in NYC on Broome Street between Ludlow and Orchard.

Not only do they have gluten free, soy free, unrefined sugar baked goods but they are also vegan!

You would never even know that their goods lack gluten, eggs, dairy, soy and unrefined sugar. Everything and I mean everything tastes absolutely delicious.

If you’re down in the lower east side, I definitely recommend this place over any other bakery you may pass along the way – hold your crave for a babycakes treat.

Even if you don’t have a food sensitivity this place is STILL better then your typical bakery. Their ingredients are what you should be eating for a snack instead of the gluten bloating, sugar filled cupcake from any other store.

Give it a whirl, I guarantee you will be impressed.

I know people are always feeling sorry for us gluten free eaters, but really I don’t feel sorry at all!! Gluten was one of the culprits of my bad stomachaches and I’m SO glad that I finally figured it out.

This may be the case for many of you gluten eaters out there and you may not even know it! If I were you, I’d stop feeling sorry for us and try it yourself! Yes it’s hard when you go to a restaurant and they put that lovely breadbasket on the table – it takes lots of strength to push it away, BUT it doesn’t mean that I don’t eat bread. It just means that I eat a different kind of bread. Dough made from almond flour, rice flour and any other flour not made with gluten. There are lots of choices at your local grocery store in the freezer section – check it out! There’s bread made out of millet and other grains and nuts.

The best part about us gluten free eaters is that we are part of a small niche and we tend to stick together. When we find new recipes we’re always ready to share them because who wouldn’t want something new to add to their everyday repertoire.

Don’t feel upset if you can’t tolerate gluten, it may be the best thing that’s ever happened to you! You may even start cooking and baking like you never thought you would. Take it as a journey, not a complete loss. There are plenty of substitutes and once you start your search you will see what I mean.

Good luck! If you have any questions please feel free to ask.