How I Feel After 3 Months Wheat-Free

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In October, my husband and I began a wheat-free, low carb diet after noticing our weight was creeping up despite our healthy eating habits and daily exercise. Going on a “diet” inspired my husband to research various trends like cutting carbs, the Paleo diet, keto diet and wheat-free eating. He learned a lot from watching videos and reading articles and uncovered surprising and unexpected information that’s changing the way we eat. The Wheat Belly video by Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, had the biggest impact on us.

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Winter Solstice Cookies aka: Choc choc chip Cookies (vegan, wheat-free)

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The Winter Solstice is my favorite day during the crazy holiday blur (I mean) season. It’s the shortest (and darkest) day of the year which makes it the best day for introspection. I like to share this day with others so I baked Winter Solstice Cookies aka chocolate chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the richness of the dark.

I wanted cookies that were wheat-free, gluten free, vegan, easy to make and seductively delicious and found this fantastic recipe by Demeter of The Beaming Baker.

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Egg-less Cauliflower Fried Rice

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People have been raving about cauliflower fried rice for some time now, but I held out because I’m naturally skeptical. Could cauliflower ever taste like rice??? Hmmmmm….(doubting face). When I was growing up, Wednesday nights was when my father took my brother and I out to Sing Wu, our local Chinese restaurant. This was a special night since our parents were divorced and I got to see DAD but also because I could eat my FAVORITE dish…….Fried Rice. Oh how I savored that rice. Could cauliflower ever compare to that special memory?

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Vegan Paleo Cauliflower Stuffing from Food Faith Fitness

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This year, Thanksgiving hit me right in the butt. It slammed into me just as I was removing my Halloween costume….WHAM…there it was! It came swiftly and I wasn’t ready. So, when I was trying to decide what to cook for it, I was  unprepared. I didn’t have the usual time to mull over recipes and savor the anticipation.

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Worlds Easiest Tofu: No Pressing Required

This is the world’s easiest tofu recipe and my favorite way to eat it – crispy browned cubes with a tamari/tahini coating. There is no pressing required, only 3 ingredients (plus salt if desired),  a non-stick pan and quick 15 minute cooking time. I mostly devour these cubes immediately but when I can manage self-restraint, I love adding these tasty chunks to salads, soups and Buddha bowls.

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Wheat and Your Weight

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Have you noticed how difficult it is to lose weight lately? Is your muffin top expanding even though you’re eating healthy and working out? If so, then this video by Cardiologist Dr. William Davis explains why wheat is causing us to gain weight and intensifying chronic illnesses like arthritis, IBS, fatty liver disease, and schizophrenia. He’s a health crusader who goes against the grain in speaking the truth about wheat, “The worst crop ever created in a laboratory.”  

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Whipped Cinnamon Chai Froth

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If you love the texture and taste of milkshakes than you will love this healthy, vegan Cinnamon Chai Froth. It’s my latest addiction. This light foamy beverage combines sweet coconut water, vanilla almond milk and frozen banana with a ton of cinnamon and other warming spices like cardamom and cayenne. Plus, I snuck in a few hemp seeds for protein and Brewer’s yeast for Vitamin B. It’s the perfect Fall drink when you’re tired of Pumpkin lattes.

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Napa Cabbage Salad with Sweet Tamari Vinaigrette

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Not far from my home is a healthy Asian bistro that my husband and I have patronized for years. I always order their “Ho-sum” (wholesome) Napa cabbage salad with crunchy noodles and an irresistible “magic” dressing. The dressing is sooooo good that they won’t reveal their secret recipe. So, I’ve contemplated working there to get it. My heart leaps with excitement when the waitress sets the heaping bowl in front of me. My chopsticks ready to catch any precious pieces that threaten to tumble off the top. Who knew Napa cabbage could taste so good?

To my devastation, the restaurant closed a year ago after being destroyed by a kitchen fire. While my husband and I patiently wait for them to reopen, I’ve played around with this Ho-Sum inspired Napa cabbage salad with sweet Tamari vinaigrette.

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Two days in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oaxaca is a vibrant colonial city recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s well known for it’s cuisine, fine restaurants, cultural arts, Pre-Colombian ruins and traditional crafts. I’ve wanted to go there for awhile but flying through Mexico City was an obstacle. So, when I found a new direct flight from Los Angeles, I snapped up tickets for a quick, two day trip.

The flight was smooth and uncrowded and we luxuriated in having a row all to ourselves (just like the old days).

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Meditation is Not Easy. But Do it Anyway!

Let’s face it, meditation is not easy. In fact, it’s downright uncomfortable! Trying to meditate can leave you feeling more like a stressed out New Yorker than a peaceful Buddha.  Isn’t that creating the opposite effect???

The mind is one of the hardest things to discipline so it’s normal to feel impatient and antsy when trying to conquer it. But, this is a good indication that your “thinking” has run amok  So why, with all this discomfort, should you meditate?

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