Insulin resistance, which often has no outward symptoms, is a hallmark of both pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. When muscle, fat and liver cells ignore insulin’s signals, blood sugar levels rise. Find out what food substitutions you can make to better manage blood glucose. Find the full article Via Delicious Living.
I have found this information very helpful even tho in not pre-diabetic but I loved all the information find the full article HERE.
Need a pick-me-up without resorting to energy drinks or caffeine? Add one of these 9 ingredients to your next dish to get an all-natural mood booster. Read the full article at Delicious Living. Here are some of the foods I use from that list.
Beets are great for: Folate, which increases blood flow to the brain and relaxes blood vessels.
Use in a recipe: Beet-Raspberry Lentil Bowl (modify as needed for you food allergies)
Berries are great for: Promoting mental clarity.
Use in a recipe: Berry Crisp (modify as needed for you food allergies)
Cabbage is great for: This cruciferous vegetable provides tryptophan and selenium, which relax your body and mind
Use in a recipe: Chinese 5-Spice Shrimp with Mango-Carrot Slaw (modify as needed for you food allergies)
Lentils are great for: Blood-sugar moderating fiber, energizing iron and calming magnesium.
Use in a recipe: Nutty Lentil Burgers (modify as needed for you food allergies)
Mushrooms are great for: Providing a source of vitamin D, which is linked to a cheery mood.
Use in a recipe: Kale-Stuffed Portobellos with Millet (modify as needed for you food allergies)
ARE YOU VEGAN? OR TRYING TO GO VEGAN? HERE ARE SOME TASTY VEGAN PROTEIN SWAPS TO SATISFY YOUR INNER CAVEMAN
Switching to a vegan diet isn’t easy—especially when you’ve been used to the taste of protein-rich and flavorful meats. Not to worry; you can have your meat substitute and eat it too. Try these vegan protein trades to quell meat, egg and dairy cravings. Read more over on Delicious Living. Here are some of my Vegan dishes I have shared through my Instagram (check daily for inspiration).
Low carb pizza made with CALI'FLOUR FOODS CRUST
(Discount code: UNIQUEHEARTBEAT), I used Violife mozzarella, parmesan cheese and feta vegan cheese. Baked asparagus and butternut squash. I added Tofurkey Tempeh, half an avocado and topped with dried crush chili and pink salt. Delicious, and yes I ate the whole thing!
My plate stack begins with, baked cauliflower sprayed with avocado oil spray by Primal Kitchen (discount code: UNIQUEHEARTBEAT) the cauliflower got spread with Follow your heart vegan mayo. Then a layer of baked butternut squash, broccoli, and Tofurkey tempeh. This delicious vegan dinner was finished off with Violife vegan feta cheese.
Again Baked veggies (you see a pattern here.lol) Baked cauliflower, butternut squash and sautéed mushrooms. Topped with half an avocado and sprinkled sesames seeds and dried chili.
Vegan bowl goals! I just thew this together last minute. I made zucchini noodles, cut up the last of my purple cabbage (about 3/4 cup) added arugula and some baked veggies I had in the fridge (cauliflower, butternut squash and 2 grilled mushrooms. I added one whole tomato, lemon preserve and finished it off with pink salt, everything but the bagel seasoning and it was delightful to eat and very filling!
When starting vegan or taking a break from meat eating due to health or just because you might get the cravings for meat, dairy or eggs. You can find out more on how to curve your inner caveman desire on Delicious Living, where they have a great article on what substitute you can use to curve those cravings!
My Bread's Bakery- MyBread is a 100% dedicated gluten-free and nut-free wholesale bakery located in Racine, WI. Pita bread never tasted so good, they where serving it warm with olive oil. I will be honest and say I went back many times during the 2 days. You can read more about their story and where to buy them: www.mybreadbakery.com
Here is their Allergen Information- gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free
Ingredients- Water, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Resistant Corn Starch, Quinoa Flour, Dextrose, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Yeast, Vegetable Fibers, Modified Cellulose, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Sorghum Syrup, Fermented Syrup, Enzymes
Rob's Vegan Chips- Probiotic Dragon puffs where a grate find and certified gluten free. I remember eating hot cheetos growing up and all threw my pregnancy with my oldest child, but I had to give them up after my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac and shortly after I was diagnosed too. So yeah I missed them and now there is a substitute guys!!
You can buy them on Amazon and on their online store- www.veganrobs.com
Bio-K+ Probiotic just came out with a non_dairy and soy free drinkable probiotic with 6 grams of protein per bottle. It's a fermented pea and hemp, yes to probiotics and to protein all in one! Will be out in stores soon!! Find there other products HERE!
Petitpot just launched their Dairy free Organic coconut rice pudding and its delicious. Find out more about them HERE.
Manini's gluten free pizza was an amazing find. Some of their products do contain dairy so please check labels. They have all types of pastas, bread, baled goods and mixes.. It's a one stop shop find out more HERE.
Namaste Foods just launched their cake in a cup. I find them to be super convenient for when your traveling with your kids and they want a piece of cake! We always have a microwave in our hotel room and carry milk and oil too! You can find Namaste foods just about anywhere now a days, but check out all their products HERE!
Maxine's Heavenly was probably one of my favorite finds as these bad boys have no dairy, are VEGAN and refined sugar free! You can learn about all their products HERE. They do have nuts in other products and their chocolate chip cookie does contain cane sugar.
BFree just launched their sweet potato wraps that are freaking amazing! They are only 100 calories each, high fiber, vegan, high in antioxidants and vitamin E. FInd their whole line of yumminess HERE.
speakers at sessions i sat in
Erica Dermer- She was one of the first Gluten free bloggers I found. I met her from afar a few years ago at a bloggers conference. I have had the pleasure of speaking to her, getting to know her, and let me tell you she is freaking awesome. Erica is an amazing advocate for those with Celiac Disease, is an editor and writer for a magazine and her own book called Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes, and a Broken Digestive Tract
This book is humorous if you don't have it buy it.. HERE
Erica shared with us how to prepare to travel when you have Celiac.
the oldies that never get old
Nima is a staple in our home when we travel and are out of the home. They just launched their Peanut sensor too! Nima’s antibody-based chemistry was developed by MIT scientists to be faster, cheaper, and usable right at the dinner table. Nima is optimized to detect 20ppm of gluten, the FDA standard for gluten-free. I can't wait to get it. You can order yours now HERE. (affiliate code)
Zego is a staple in our home from their fruit bars to their new Mix-in's. All Zego snacks are tops 12 free and are free of refined sugars, they also only have what they need and nothing they don't. You can order online HERE. I promise you will love them!!
I'm going to share my journey of 30 ways to sugar detox in the month of June. I'm doing this to help my family live a stronger and longer life. Aside from the great benefits it will bring I have done some research that shows that cane sugar or refine sugars should be removed from the diet of those who are on the spectrum. To show support to our daughter we have decided as a family to read the labels and not consume processed sugars. Make sure to follow me on Instagram to get a chance to win one of 4 prizes during the month of June.
During the month of June I will be sharing on my daily journey (ups and downs). I have partnered with Zevia and Delicious Living to help you get the best support and alternatives you might need. The good news: High-sugar foods and drinks are truly discretionary (we don’t need ‘em!) and they have minimal nutritional value. Make a clean break starting now with our 30 Days, 30 Ways Sugar Check Challenge. The task at hand? Simple: Follow these tips for keeping sugar in check, or reducing refined sugars entirely for 30 days; then track your progress and let us know how you feel by using the hashtag #sugarcheck in your posts and tagging both Zevia and Delicious Living (@zevia and either @deliciouslivingmag on Instagram or @deliciousliving on Twitter). Best part is that their will be prizes! So make sure you follow me on Instagram.
Here are some reasons why you should avoid the sweet stuff (added refine sugar):
Not all sugar is terrible for you. Natural sources like that from fruit, honey, and maple syrup aren’t as bad as from processed sugars and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) but it’s still possible to overdo it. There’s no reason to cut all fruit out of your diet in an attempt to remove all sugar; you’d be giving up all those antioxidants, phytochemical, fiber, minerals, and vitamins at the same time. So let's start with the first step by learning how to read your label and if you see any type of added sugar to you product don't buy it or if you already have it at home don't eat it. The less added sugar you eat the less you will carve it, I promise.
So join the fun!
Here are some food pictures of some of my to go meals which are Keto friendly. Remember i'm NOT on the Keto diet! I'm just sharing for those who are interested in the Keto diet.
The Ketogenic Diet, more commonly referred to as Keto, is quickly gaining popularity among the health and wellness community. The Keto Diet involves a dramatic reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates while simultaneously increasing the amount of dietary fat a person consumes. This combination shifts the body’s metabolism away from burning carbohydrates and sugar for it main source of energy and instead uses fat for fuel. Once this stage has been reached, a person is in “Ketosis,” due to the ketones produced by the liver, hence the “Keto” diet. If you are thinking of trying the Keto diet for yourself, here are seven things you should know before tying Keto yourself.
The Keto diet isn't for everyone I find myself eating less carbs and more fats unintentionally. I actually try to stay away from processed carbohydrates, but don't get me wrong I do eat veggie carbs like sweet potato and butternut squash.
Here are 7 steps to consider if Keto is for you
1. Quality fats matter
2. Eat fewer carbohydrates
3. Pair fat with greens
4. Eat moderate protein
5. Be conscious of calories (since some keto- friendly foods are easy to over eat and high inn calories)
6. Intermittent fasting
7. Consider other lifestyle factors
READ MORE ABOUT IT ON VIA DELICIOUS LIVING
My daughter was recently diagnosed with Autism. Although I'm new to this diagnosis, I figured it was a good topic to discuss since many families who have children with autism opt to follow a gluten free diet, as well as other special diets. Since it's Celiac Disease awareness month I thought it was perfect to share this content with you. I have also found that when I share with people that my daughter was diagnosed with autism their first reaction is: "But she doesn't look like she has autism. She is so smart. She speaks and seems normal!" What is normal? What are your first thoughts when you hear the word Autism? I never thought about those questions myself until after the diagnosis– and to be honest I didn't have any thoughts on the matter. I have many friends that have loved ones who have severe autism, and I love them just the way I love anyone one else. My sister is a Behavior Therapist and works with many kids and teens that have autism too. It never fazed me that they where non verbal or that they didn't like to be touched. I just saw it as the way they saw and felt the world.
Did you know the ribbon for Autism awareness is a pattern that reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum? The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The puzzle piece symbol, associated with Autism Awareness, also reflects the complexity of the spectrum disorder. Meaning not all children and adults with autism are alike. So please be patient with all kids everywhere, some may not just be throwing a fit and being a brat– even if that is what it might seem to you.
If you know my 8 year old, you know she is so smart, loving and beautiful. She has a Muscular Dystrophy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Celiac Disease, is allergic to 65% of foods, has severe anxiety, stress and was recently diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. Does this define my child? No...it doesn't. It doesn't change anything about her. She has always been a unique child, this only changes how we as her parents find the best ways to help her. There were many things that led to her diagnosis, which I won't go into detail, plus the way she was coping with school. During her school hours, she would not staying focused, broke down when something was wrong, and had to be reassured a number of times that she was doing a good job on everything she did. Remember, she is enrolled in a public school but taught at home, one-on-one with a teacher that comes Mon.-Fri. for 2 hours. Many thing didn't add up, which led me as her mother to figure it out. I was sent to a metal health office and all the testing begun. I went in thinking my child has ADD or ADHD not prepared for anything else; we were hit by surprise, but I took it as another outlet to advocate for my child and all others too. Just they way I advocate for everything else. So here I share 11 Myths we think of when we hear autism.
Research shows that diet and supplements can improve brain chemistry in children. So here are some tips to ease your child's autism symptoms from nutrition experts. Content is brought to you by Delicious Living. It talks about diet, detox and supplements that can help their symptoms. We found that we were already doing many things on this list minus some vitamins that we will be looking into.
Remember: it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new supplement.
I'm Stephanie, mother of 2 daughters. I'll be sharing my day-to-day life and give you insight on how my family and I function.