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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Coming UP!!!

Posted by nepeht on November 1, 2012

A list of some helpful Thanksgiving-type products found in common stores that have G-F on their labels can be found at:  Gluten-Free Brands.

Have a great Turkey Day!!!

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Happy Turkey and Gluten-Free Stuffing Day!

Posted by nepeht on November 24, 2011

Get the Recipe!

Go On Home for the Holidays!! See you there!!!

 

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Happy Gluten-Free New Year!

Posted by nepeht on January 8, 2011

I hope that this new year brings more and more gluten-free opportunities for everyone who needs them.

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Gluten-Free Poetry:

Posted by nepeht on April 15, 2009

Go to: Some Days Half or Just Part 

                      c.2009, WTB

c.2009, WTB

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Cheddar Cheese Salad, Dip or Garnish

Posted by nepeht on April 13, 2009

Cheddar Cheese Salad, Dip or Garnish.  See recipe!

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New Gluten-Free Recipe for Fast Chicken-Corn Soup

Posted by nepeht on April 2, 2009

New gluten-free recipe for Fast Chicken-Corn Soup.

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Twice the INFO!!!

Posted by nepeht on April 1, 2009

I am currently migrating over to an additional address.  Eventually, there will be at least two sites.  Please feel free to go by the other site at Gluten-Free Simplicity.

Have a nice day!

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Braised Sweet-and-Sour Pork Loin with Cabbage

Posted by nepeht on January 10, 2009

Braised Sweet-and-Sour Pork Loin with Cabbage

 (Serves 4-to-6 hungry Adults)

Special Tool:

  • A 10-12 inch Cast Iron Skillet or stove-to-oven skillet with high sides (at least 1 & 1/2 inches)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 Lbs of either Pork Loin or Pork Loin Grilling Strips
  • 3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Cooking Oil
  • Salt, Black Pepper, and Garlic Salt in shakers
  • 1/2 Cup  Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 to 2 Lbs of Fresh Cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium yellow Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh julienne (Matchstick) carrots

 

Process:

  1. Heat large cast iron or stove-to-oven skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add oil and heat oil over medium until hot
  3. Add pork loin to skillet with as much of the meat as possible directly touching the oil.

  4. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Salt over each side of meat as if to taste.

  6. Turn Meat, season again and cook another 10 minutes.

  7. Add Water to skillet.

  8. Spread sliced Onion over meat.

  9. Spread sliced Cabbage over onion and meat.

  10. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  11. Mix together Vinegar, Sugar, and Margarine until Margarine is in very small lumps.

    To the liquid mixture, add seasoning of salt, pepper and garlic salt as if to taste.

  12. Pour mixture over ingredients in skillet.

  13. Cover skillet and place in middle of oven for 15 minutes.

  14. Add carrot sticks to ingredients in skillet, Cover and place in middle of oven for another 15 minutes.

  15. Uncover and place in middle of oven for 15 minutes.

  16. Slice pork loin and serve with cabbage/onion/carrots and sauce on top.

 

Note: 1.If using pork loin, it might be best to cut the loin into two or three long pieces.

2. If using pork loin grilling strips, it might be smart to trim some of the bulky fat off of the loins prior to serving.

* Be sure to use Gluten-Free versions of this ingredient.

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Gluten Cravings When Maybe All I Really Need is Some Serotonin

Posted by nepeht on December 27, 2008

  XX Days now and no pizza. But then I ask, Why do I want that stuff so badly? It’s the cheese that I think of most. Then that sizzling pepperoni. I know… just like an addict. A Gluten Addict.

  Food cravings have lots of alleged causes.  According to one source, these can include shortages of various things from certain vitamins to even a shortage in friends or exercise.  This article is very interesting in that it discusses cravings on several levels (i.e., physical, social, psychological, sensory etc…).

 Perhaps it would be smart to try and better understand the connection between serotonin and Gluten-Sensitivity.  What is serotonin?  Serotonin is:

“Serotonin (pronounced [s to n n]) (5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter synthesized in serotonergic neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) and enterochromaffin cells in the gastrointestinal tract of animals including humans. Serotonin is also found in many mushrooms and plants, including fruits and vegetables.” From Dogpile Websource.

They go on to explain: “In the central nervous system, serotonin is believed to play an important role in the regulation of anger, aggression, body temperature, mood, sleep, vomiting, sexuality, and appetite. Low levels of serotonin may be associated with several disorders, namely increase in aggressive and angry behaviors, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders[citation needed] and intense religious experiences[1].”

The Unknown Zone (c.2008, WTB)

The Unknown Zone (c.2008, WTB)

  So perhaps I can hazard a guess here:  People with Celiac Disease and Gluten-Sensitivity may experience diet-induced inconsistencies in their levels of Serotonin thus possibly effecting and/or exaggerating various symptoms of CD or Gluten-Sensitivity and this might also include cravings.

  Wow!! That’s a head-full.  It might not make any sense.  But then again, perhaps it does.  I just need to read more and perhaps I will be able to either confirm or dismantle this guess / hypothesis.

  A WebMD author notes that there is particular sensitivity for those of us who are allergic to Gluten.   Serotonin deficiency is discussed and accompanied with a list of recommendations which some of us are all too familiar:

  • “Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeinated drinks, cigarettes, and amphetamines.
  • Increase your exposure to bright light or sunlight to 1-2 hours a day.
  • Get 60 minutes of moderate or moderately intense exercise every day.
  • Make sure you get enough deep, restful sleep every night” from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/snack-attack-coping-with-cravings.

  Naturally, some of these things are related to each other and problems with one might make another recommendation difficult.  I would be dishonest if I said all of these things were a breeze for me.

  If we look at cravings and snacking behaviors as being related as well as food addiction, then we can also possibly apply some of the information we find about food addiction and serotonin.  For example, it seems that certain foods, like those with high carbohydrates can act like serotonin boosters in the blood stream and thus possibly influence the mood of the muncher.  This blog goes on to state,

“The serotonin-boosting effects of carbohydrates may explain why addicts in recovery, as well as carbohydrate cravers and PMS sufferers, show a tendency to binge on sugar foods. Abstaining addicts apparently turned to the over consumption of carbohydrates as a means of attempting to redress the neurotransmitter imbalances at the heart of their disorder. Perhaps some addicts discover early in life that carbohydrate-rich foods are their drug of choice” http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com/2007/11/food-addiction.html.

According to GoAskAlice.Columbia.edu,

“Certain foods that increase serotonin levels aren’t the healthiest choices either. Believe it or not, candy and sweets, which are simple carbohydrates, have the greatest impact, but the effect will only last 1 – 2 hours. Complex carbohydrates (rice, potato, pasta) may increase serotonin levels, but not to the same extent because the protein content of these foods might actually inhibit serotonin production” http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0515.html.

   It is not necessarily so that we are addicted to Gluten, or that I am craving that pizza dough.  Moreso, I may be instead craving that mood altering feeling I get with a surge a sarotonin just after I binge-out on some heavy carbs after a good long while’s craving for it. 

  Perhaps this is why I recall hearing of some anti-depressents (aka Serotonin influencers) being prescribed for cravings of various types.

  Interesting.

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Slideshow about Gluten-Free Commerce

Posted by nepeht on December 15, 2008

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