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Healthy Little Holiday Tips

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

From now until at least Christmas you will find daily tips for having a #healthylittleholiday on Twitter and Facebook.  Please check these out and share them.

Also don’t forget my holiday book Have Yourself a Healthy LIttle Holiday with healthier gluten, free, dairy free, egg fre and reduced sugar recipes and celebraton ideas is available in the Amazon Kindle Store.  

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12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #12: Find Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Meal

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The holidays are approaching and many people with food restrictions are dreading the holiday dinner. When people talk about this they often use the word “surviving” but with careful thought and planning it is possible to actually enjoy the holiday meal.

These are my suggestions for ways to actually enjoy the holiday meal, even with food restrictions:

  • Take you best positive attitude.
  • Focus on being with family and friends rather than the food.
  • Eat a light meal or snack before you go just in case you end up with only salad.
  • Take responsibility for your own food needs rather than depending on others to feed you.
  • Consider hosting the family meal yourself.
  • If going to another’s home talk to the hostess in advance.
  • Take a dish (or two) of something you can eat to share.
  • Have food to eat that is comparable to the family meal.  No sitting in the corner nibbling on a Lara bar while every else chows down on turkey.
  • If the full meal is too much to handle show up after the meal with the family album, family stories or your most wickedly delightful gluten free dessert to share.

This is one of those times it really isn’t about the food. Time passes so fast. People change, they move away and yes, they even die. Don’t squander precious opportunities to enjoy being with friends and family.  Go to the family dinner prepared, give Grandma a big hug and most of all have a good time. Yes, it is still possible.

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Rogene Robbins is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life and other books available at Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Please visit her Healthy and Gluten Free page to learn about Rogene’s own gluten free good life.

12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #11: Learn to Carry Snacks

This is important for anyone living with any type of food restriction.  Always have food you can safely eat on hand (or in your pocket, purse or car).  You never know when you might get caught out where there is nothing available that you can eat.

I carry trail mix or almonds.  These are purchased in bulk and repackaged in single serving snack bags or cups.  We also keep a jar of unsalted dry roasted peanuts in the car.  For me it is important to have snacks rich in protein available.  Whatever snacks you choose remember to try to keep it healthy.

If you know you are going to be out over a meal time it is a good idea to pack at least a light lunch.  Sometime food will be available you can eat, but don’t count on it.  Learning to take care of ourselves sometimes involves lessons learned the hard way.  Get caught without food and this is one lesson you will learn quickly.

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Rogene Robbins is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life and other books available at Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Please visit her Healthy and Gluten Free page to learn about Rogene’s own gluten free good life.

12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #7: Learning Substitutions

Learning substitutions for foods and ingredients containing gluten is an important step in learning to cook and bake gluten free.  It can take time and a little trial and error to figure out what works best for you.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Pasta – Of course there are a variety of gluten free pastas available, but these are a few things I use.

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • “Noodles” cut from other veggies including carrots and zucchini
  • Gluten free grains such as amaranth, quinoa, rice, millet.

Bread — There are gluten free breads  available but never being a big bread lover these are a few of my favorite gluten free ways to use favorite sandwich fillings.

  • Lettuce Wraps.
  • Salads
  • Waffles — easier to make than yeast bread they work for everything from sausage gravy, to Sloppy Joes.  I have even used waffle rafts for ice cream sundaes.
  • Baked Potatoes

Flour (for baking) – I suggest starting out with a good gluten free flour blend.  Feel free to experiment with several different blends until you find your favorite. These are a few other flours I use, either alone or in a blend.

  • Brown Rice (alone or in a blend)
  • Sorghum (in a blend)
  • Buckwheat (alone or in a blend)
  • Quinoa (in a blend)
  • Amaranth (in a blend)
  • Teff (in a blend)

Flour as a thickening agent

  • Corn starch
  • Arrowroot
  • Tapioca starch
  • Potato starch

You will discover your own preferences as you go.  Finding you favorite substitutions and learning how they work takes time.  Enjoy yourself and have fun.

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Rogene Robbins is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life and other books available at Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Please visit her Healthy and Gluten Free page to learn about Rogene’s own gluten free good life.

12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #4: Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

When you are just starting out it may seem gluten is everywhere, hiding in everything.  The good news is it’s not.  However, finding those places where gluten is not may seem overwhelming.

I suggest starting with groups of naturally gluten free foods.

  • Fruits and vegetables are a wonderful place to start.
  • They are not only good, but good for you, packed with valuable nutrients and fiber.
  • Learn new ways to use these foods raw as well as new ways to cook and serve them.
  • As you learn more about where gluten is and is not you may start adding meat and other ingredients.

You’re not limited to only fruits and vegetables by any means, but don’t overlook these important gluten free foods.  You need them to be healthy.

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Rogene Robbins is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life and other books available at Espirational Books  and Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Please visit her Healthy and Gluten Free page to learn about Rogene’s own gluten free good life.

12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #2: Focus on what you Can Eat

 

Pepper Steak Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Pepper Steak
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

If you continue to focus on what you can’t eat you will continue to feel deprived and miserable.  Shift your focus to what you can eat.

  • Make a list of everything you can think of that is gluten free.
  • Start with the obvious naturally gluten free stuff like fruits and veggies and go from there.
  • Don’t worry, you will keep adding new foods as you think of them.
  • If you are uncertain of certain foods do a search to discover their gluten free status.

If you need help coming up with a list ask for help.  Bob made my list while I was still wallowing in self-pity.

Post you list in a place where you can see it easily.  Keep adding as you discover new foods.  I call my list my “refrigerator list” because I keep it on the refrigerator door.

Rogene Robbins is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life and other books available at Espirational Books  and Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Please visit her Healthy and Gluten Free page to learn about Rogene’s own gluten free good life.