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My Celiac Story

I have paired up with the lovely Nicole and Matt Knegt from Four Spoons to do a series on “Helpful Tips for Gluten Free Living.”

In this first video I share my personal celiac story.

I wasn’t your typical celiac.  I really had “minor” and “functional” symptoms as my GP and Gastroenterologist put it.

Watch the video above on how I finally got diagnosed with celiac disease.

3 Simple, Everyday, Gluten Free Sauces to Ramp Up Flavour

Gluten free, dairy free creamy pasta sauce

Sauces are one of the most pivotal components that can increase the enjoyment of our meals and make us more likely to cook at home.  If our food doesn’t taste good, we’re likely not to keep up the good practice of cooking at home more often.

And if we’re following certain diets for digestive health, it can make it even more difficult to enhance the flavour of our meals and we may become taste fatigued or prone to eating the same thing day in and day out.  So, here are 3 simple sauces that can be used in a multitude of ways!

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3 Tips to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

IBS Dietitian

Over 5 million Canadians suffer from irritable bowel syndrome with 120,000 Canadian developing IBS each year.  In fact,  Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.

Symptoms that people living with IBS may have include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Alternating between diarrhea and constipation
  • Digestive cramps
  • Bloating
  • Digestive pains
  • Excessive gas

But, not to fear, a well rounded lifestyle approach can help you manage your symptoms and gain back control of your life.

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Community Partner Post: How to Improve Constipation using Chinese Medicine

Kelowna Dietitian

Staying “regular” is something that everyone should strive for. When you are not having regular bowel movements, your body is not processing and eliminating foods the way it should be. Not to mention, people often feel weighed down, bloated and uncomfortable. But when I ask someone, what is “regular” for you, I get answers that range from once a day, to 4 times a day, to once every 3-4 day.

What is “normal” can differ from person to person. Generally, if you are having less than 2 bowel movements a week, or bowel movements are accompanied by straining and are difficult to pass, there may be some work to be done to improve your digestive function.

A change in diet is often the first and best way to alleviate constipation, however, when someone is still struggling to have pain-free, easy bowel movements, I may consider a few other methods to restore optimal function to their digestive system.

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Gluten Free Almond Pulp Blueberry Muffins

what to do with almond pulp

I make almond milk all the time.  I tried making almond pulp crackers and, honestly, they weren’t for me.  So, I stopped making them and then the almond pulp started to stack up.  It was getting really bad actually.  I had ample amounts in the freezer, fresh in the fridge with and found myself with almond pulp coming out of my ears!

I needed to deal with this situation.  And, knowing me, I wasn’t throwing anything away.  What a waste of expensive almonds!  So, the recipe developing began.  I can say with absolute confidence that I have nailed this one on the head.  These muffins are delicious, scrumptious, and healthy.  Win, win, win!

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