I have way too many wonderful recipes to not be sharing with you. Especially since I cook pretty much 99% of every meal I eat, own and operate a gluten free allergy friendly bakery in NY and am always creating new dishes all the time. Of course they are all gluten, egg, dairy, soy, refined sugar free, as well as nutrition packed, always organic and always with the idea of keeping the gut calm and in healing mode. I haven’t been keeping these recipes from you, I promise. Life just pulled me in 10 different directions.
While at the bakery I was greeted by a women who looked like a scared lost child who wandered into my bakery to beg for help. She looked around and then caught my eye and immediately turned her face. I could tell she wanted to talk. Then she just stared at me for a moment. When I said hello, she looked away and said…
“I can’t believe I’m meeting you”.
I said, “Well its nice to meet you”.
I saw that she couldn’t really make too much eye contact with me and was a bit shaky. I then asked if she was okay. She said,
“I read your book . I was diagnosed with Celiac disease yesterday and I don’t know what to do. ”
She then went on to share her medical story. She went on to say she has been sick for years with a multitude of things. Lupus and diabetes to name a few and has had surgery to remove an enormous portion of her intestines from being sick all the time with her gut. She spends most days filled with nausea and pain and had a list of foods her body just will not tolerate. As she spoke she shook a little and had a pale bewildered look. My heart broke for her.
Funny enough not one of those foods on her “cant have ” list was gluten. She gets a diagnosed with celiac just yesterday, I thought? After all those years of illness and other diagnosis? I can almost guarantee the elusive sneaky celiac had been with her the entire time and if someone would have diagnosed her when she was younger (now maybe 55+) then maybe she would not be in such an awful state now. I say awful state because as she said herself, in barely a voice you could hear, she was tired. Very tired. Mentally, physically and now lost and so ill.
Since her diagnosis with celiac, the day prior, her doctor now says she must be gluten free. Even with a lupus diagnosis and obvious serious stomach issues having had half her intestines out, no one before NOW thought maybe get off gluten?
I hold my complete and utter frustartion to not further upset her and just give the best information and support I could. She ordered the treats I recommend to try at bakery, nothing with yeast and barely any sugar. I then told her to please take care of herself and please get in touch with my beloved doctor, Dr Fratellone.
WHAT CAN I SAY FOLKS? What can any of us say? It makes me so very sad that people are not getting the right information or help. So very sad.
If you know anything about me up to this point then you know I don’t deal well when people suffer and are not heard. Especially when it comes to YOUR health. I looked at this lady so ill and broken and saw myself 4 years ago. Lost, scared, sick, and felt extremely alone. It doesn’t have to be that way. So…..
I HAVE A PLAN
Plan is simple. Im going to tell you what I EAT (with recipes), what I DO, where I SHOP and how I COPE in this crazy land. Food doesn’t have to become the enemy. It actually CAN be your savor.
I want you to stop where you are right now and make the decision that whatever illness you are dealing with or if you just want to feel BETTER; less tired, less depressed, less groggy, less bloated, less than REALLY GOOD – Then it’s time to get inspired and BELIEVE that YOU and YOUR HEALTH MATTER and it CAN change when you CHANGE YOUR FOOD!!!!!!!
START WITH THIS POWERHOUSE OF A SOUP!!
ANTI-INFLAM SWEET POTATO SOUP – click here to learn other anti-inflammatory foods
1 1/2 TBSP of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
3 celery stalks chopped
1 bay leef
3 large sweet potatoes (cut in cubes )
6 cups of water
1 tsp fresh ground turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
salt/pepper to taste
another drizzle of olive oil
-Place olive oil in large pot until dissolved and warm
-Add onion, garlic, celery, ginger and saute until onions are translucent
-Add cut sweet potatoes and cover with 6 cups of water
-Add bay leaf, cinnamon, and fresh turmeric
-let mixture come to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover about 20-25 minutes
-When sweet potatoes can easily be broken with a fork its time to put in your vitamix or other high speed blender.
– blend slowly then gradually go up to a whip adding a steady drizzle of olive oil for a second or two as you continue to mix.
– a thick, creamy soup will be ready to eat.
Can sprinkle some more grated turmeric, ginger or olive oil. For even more of an anti-inflam boost toast some pumpkin seeds and put on top of soup.
Salt and pepper to taste!!