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Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake Courtesy of Joe Cross

My husband and I recently watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross. It is a docu-journey that chronicles Joe’s fight against his ailing health, his obesity and struggle to regain his health through “juicing.” I was truly inspired by the film and told my husband that we need a juicer. We are getting ready to return to the U.S. – to sunny California, no less – so he told me I have to wait until then. But I really wanted to give juicing a try as soon as I saw the film.

Well, I went on the website, www.jointhereboot.com, and set up a profile. I was very excited to find recipes! And not just for juices…for FOOD!!! I couldn’t hardly wait to try some out. And one of the first ones I tried was a breakfast recipe. The Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake. YUM!

You have to try this recipe to believe it. It’s so super simple and absolutely divine. I make it most weeks now and have it for breakfast often.

Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake

  • 1 cup Cherries (cut and discard pit)
  • 2 Apples cored and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Raisins (choose golden variety for a twist)
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

Coat baking dish with canola oil (I use coconut oil instead to avoid GMOs) and place fruit in dish. Coat with cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

How simple is that???

And you’ll be surprised at just how lovely it is in the morning for breakfast. Fast, simple and delicious. You just can’t beat that!

Here’s how mine looked…

There are a couple more recipes on the website that involve baking fruit and I want to give them a try, as well. So, stay tuned…

To a healthier, happier and longer life.


Gluten-Free Ain’t All Bad…Learning Through Mistakes

So, I’ve been going through the trials and tribulations of learning to go gluten-free. I’ve made some mistakes along the way (who knew wheat was the number two ingredient in soy sauce?) but I’ve also made some very wonderful discoveries that will definitely help me in the future. Without mistakes, there is no learning. Right? Right!

One thing I have learned is what my initial symptom, or my tell, is when I’ve been glutened. And I think this is extremely important as it lets me know right away when gluten has been surreptitiously slipped into my food without my knowledge. And I can easily pinpoint the culprit so as not to make the same mistake twice. Finding your initial reaction (for me, it’s the onset of acid reflux) is critical in finding your way in a gluten-free world. So, the next time you go to a restaurant and ask for gluten-free pasta, you’ll know if  your request was honored or if you had some self-righteous chef in the back who thinks he knows better than you. (Yes, it happens!) So, learn your tell!

I also discovered that being gluten-free doesn’t mean I can’t eat wonderful foods that I grew up loving – comfort foods! Just this week I decided it was high time to pull out my crock pot and get it stoked for the fall season.

First I made beef stew, chock full of wonderful veggies, potatoes and beef chunks. I used some gluten-free beef stock (Progresso stocks are actually labeled gluten-free) to add that little extra flavor. YUM! Next, I wanted to get more work done so I thought the crock pot could be my savior again. So, chilli was on the menu – ground turkey, pinto beans, fresh tomatoes and some green chilies, along with fresh-cut onions and garlic. Delish! Worcestershire sauce and the previously mentioned beef stock added plenty of extra flavor along with some tomato sauce – gluten-free, of course.

I discovered that you have to pay special attention to your seasonings. My spice rack, as it turns out, is full of monosodium glutamateMSG. It took me a few bouts of acid reflux to figure this one out when I should have picked up on it right away.

A lot of blends (season salts, Everglades – my husband’s favorite, etc.) contain MSG, so you need to make sure to check their labels. Also, be aware of the seasonings that are manufactured in plants that also process products containing wheat. Tastefully Simple, for example, puts it right on their label that they use facilities that process wheat products. So, check your seasonings – some of the best, most popular blends contain MSG and this stuff, if you react the way I do, will cause serious pain. Ouch!

But I’ve discovered how lovely the Mrs. Dash seasoning blends really are. So many varieties, no gluten and no salt – what’s not to love about them? I use them quite liberally on practically everything from eggs to salads to the chilli I made for dinner last night. You just can’t go wrong with them.

It seems for every mistake I make, I learn something new and exciting to make up for the acid reflux pain. And that’s quite alright with me. The great news overall is I’m learning to live this gluten-free life and have been able to control my acid reflux, which has plagued me for several years, without medication. I’ve officially gone off of the Nexium I’ve been taking forever. And that makes me quite happy.

So, get out there and make some mistakes! You never learn anything without them.

To a healthier, happier and longer life.

Women’s Health:: 10 foods – 40 recipes

So, I came across this list today from Women’s Health and was intrigued. I looked through some of the recipes and they actually look pretty tasty. What’s really cool is the shopping list…only 10 basic ingredients plus a list of “staples” everyone should keep in their pantry. So, if you are a rookie shopper and need a crib sheet for the weekly grocery run or you simply like the idea of a fancy list of stuff, here it is!

Seriously, these recipes are creative, fresh and enticing (I can’t hardly wait to try the Savory Black Bean Cakes) and most require less than 10 ingredients. Simple, fun and delicious! Enjoy!

10-foods-40-recipes.pdf (application/pdf Object).

To a healthier, happier and longer life.

Day 30: And the Holiday Party Season Kicks Off

Here it is again…Friday. I tend to get lacks on Friday nights with my hubby. I have some drinks and such and put my diet on hiatus. Sometimes I’m kind of bad through the entire weekend. This weekend needs to be different. Tonight is the first test…our group Christmas party.

Actually, I didn’t do too badly. The party was fine. The wine was good and inexpensive, for a change. I really didn’t drink too much! I drank continuously, though, throughout the several hours of the party. But the glasses were small and I never lost control. Dinner was great! We had schnitzel, of course, with fries (I didn’t eat those) green peas and carrots. There was no dessert served. And that’s not a bad thing.

Denny and I came home and opened our bottle of eiswein. If you’ve never heard of this, it’s really amazing. They harvest the grapes at the end of the season just after they freeze over. I don’t know why, but the freezing seals in the sweetness and they are the sweetest grapes EVER! So, eiswein is really sweet, but in a really good way.

But we had a glass each of it and called it a night. My day wasn’t perfect (I ate some cookies earlier – shame, shame!) But it ended up okay. I didn’t feel bad at the end of the night and went to sleep with no problem.

Tomorrow is a new day…as is every day.


To a healthier, happier and longer life.

Days 25-29: I’m All Out of Whack!

I’m not sure what has happened, but my DSP seems to have gone M.I.A. Since this past Sunday (Day 25) I’ve been just eating whatever, not really giving any real thought to what I should or should not be eating. I’ve eaten pumpkin pie, ice cream, some Bugles, lemon cake, and even a bagel! What is going on?

Maybe I’m subconsciously avoiding the DSP for fear of repeating the previous disaster. Or maybe I’m suffering from some severe PMS. Or maybe I’m just being lazy. No matter the reason, I need to get myself back on track. I have way too many events coming around the bend and I would like to look my very best. Not to mention I want to feel my best.

I need to get my head back in the game.

It's a long road...

Trying to get to your goal weight is no small feat. It takes stamina, endurance, and an iron will to change your bad habits and create better ones. It’s not an overnight transformation. It can take months or years. The thing to keep in mind is that it’s not a diet…it’s a lifestyle. You don’t reach your goal only to turn around and return to your old habits. It’s a journey, not a destination.

We all fall off the wagon. I am the worst at that. I’ve fallen off many a wagon in my lifetime. But being healthy is so important to me. Maintaining a healthy weight is on the top of my priority list. And it’s not just because I want to look good in my clothes. There is so much more to it than that. Looking good in my clothes just gives me confidence to excel. Feeling good is also very important to me. And keeping my body fit will help me live a healthier, happier and longer life…and stick around for my family as long as possible.

To a healthier, happier and longer life.

Day 23: Black Friday and the Simulated Turkey Dinner

Friday was a lazy, casual day for us. We had spent the night with some good friends and had a blast. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we played. It was a grand time. But, coming home felt good.

Needless to say, we didn’t feel like doing much on Friday. It was Black Friday in the States, but we are relegated to shopping online for the Black Friday deals and steals. No worries…we kinda prefer that these days. So, Denny immediately set up our laptops in the living room and began digging for the

My boys in their chillaxin' pose

best deals of the day.

You can lose several hours that way, by the way. Before we knew it, it was getting close to dinner time. And I had big plans for today’s dinner.

I really love the holidays mostly because it’s the one time of year that certain foods make their appearance. I love turkey. We should definitely have more occasions to bring one of those big, beautiful birds to the forefront. I love dressing. I know, it’s not on the top of my DSP, but it’s once or twice a year, usually. At least, the way my grandmother makes it. I’m not counting the instant stuff in a box. That’s not the same.

There was an enormous amount of food for just the three of us.

Since we didn’t make a turkey for Thanksgiving and didn’t have the opportunity for leftovers, I thought I would make a similar dinner for Friday for our little family. Instead of a turkey, though, I had a large chicken. I created a new way to use my persimmons. I made a persimmon-tangerine stuffing and filled my chicken. I also made dressing to go with it. And yes, I did make green bean casserole…Denny loves that stuff! I had leftover twice-baked potato casserole and homemade macaroni & cheese from our Thanksgiving dinner so I added them to the mix. It was definitely a feast! Yum!

Yes, I believe I broke the Cardinal rule when it comes to diets and the holidays…when you go off of your diet for a special occasion, you should go back on the next day. I did not adhere to that rule. At all!

But I will not feel guilty about it. I will get back on track and try to learn from the mistakes I made this past week. That’s all I can do. Right?

To a healthier, happier and longer life.


Holiday Mocha Cheesecake Bars :: Steviva Brands Recipes

I came across this recipe before the Thanksgiving holiday, but didn’t get a chance to make it. I’m hoping to make it for Christmas instead. It really looks amazing and I can’t wait to taste it! If you make it, let me know what you think!


Holiday Mocha Cheesecake Bars

Coffee and chocolate, two of my favorite flavors. Your guests will flip out when eating one of these low sugar, low glycemic and diabetic safe Mocha Cheese Cake Bars. They will not even know they are eating healthy. These are fantastic. Try it out.

Holiday Mocha Cheesecake Bars :: Steviva Brands Recipes.

Holiday Mocha Cheesecake Bars :: Steviva Brands Recipes.