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Gluten Free Taste Test: Cookie time Among Friends

This package caught my eye when I found this at Whole Foods. Finally found a molasses cookie mix.
Anyone hungry for COOKIES? Of course, you are.  How about gluten-free cookies? If you are, then you are definitely in for a treat. I happen to stumble on this cookie mix on a random grocery shopping trip to Whole Foods.  Hello!  What do we have here? What really caught my eye was that the mix... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Do you have 7 days?

Do you have 7 days? We all do. Do you have 7 days that you can live gluten-free and raise awareness as part of Celiac Disease Awareness Month?  If so, I DARE you to take the challenge to live gluten-free for 7 days. All it takes is at least 7 days and $100 to the... Read more »

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found
Last Sunday was the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo (GFAF) in Chicago. There has been a little bit of a brief delay in getting this article out because of life getting in the away. Now I am more than ready to share the love and my second experience at the GFAF expo with some information... Read more »
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Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life
Spring is a time of a renewal.  It is a time for growth and  beautiful changes all around us. It is also a time where we start to examine our lives and start to make it better.  It is a time for positive changes and turning our lives for the better. Personally, I have started... Read more »

Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore

Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore
I need to start acting my age or at least start eating like my age too. It is not easy eating healthy at time when you constantly want to act a little bit younger. At the same time, it is time to turn my bad habits in healthy eating habits.  I can not eat like... Read more »

Thanks to the FDA Standards Eating Gluten-Free Will Now Be Easier

Thanks to the FDA Standards Eating Gluten-Free Will Now Be Easier
It is definitely a good day to be someone who has to live on a Gluten-Free diet.  I could not be happier than I am right now. This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came up with new regulations for what foods need to be in order to be considered Gluten-Free. The new rule... Read more »
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How to Safely Use the Chicago Lakefront Path

How to Safely Use the Chicago Lakefront Path
With summer in full swing, I know that there has been an increase of patronage on the Chicago Lakefront Path by runners – both casual and those training for the Chicago Marathon, cyclist, and casual tourists.  Most people that I have encountered on my evening weekday runs and during my long runs have been respectful... Read more »

Lessons Learned While Living Gluten-free

Lessons Learned While Living Gluten-free
The entire month of May is Celiac Disease Awareness month. I am writing these articles in order to increase awareness of Celiac Disease and other gluten-intolerance diseases that involve a gluten-free diet or lifestyle. As I have stated in previous posts, I have been living a Gluten-free for over a year. The process of going... Read more »

My Favorite Gluten-Free Foods

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been living gluten-free for over a year now because non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. Over the course of the year that I have been living Gluten-Free (GF), I have had my share of really good and really, really bad gluten-free foods. The... Read more »
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Celebrating Living Gluten-Free...and proud of it!

Celebrating Living Gluten-Free...and proud of it!
May 1st is the start of Celiac Disease Awareness month. This time last year, my life slowly started changing for the better even though I was dealing with some bumps along the road. I have been living with non-Celiac Gluten-Intolerance for almost a year now even I may have had symptoms for a lot longer.... Read more »
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