autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free

Sunday Breakfast

The challenge is to use what I have in the freezer and pantry before it goes bad. Food prices are increasing and it’s time to honor what I have more everyday.

Gluten free Dairy free Breakfast

Ingredients

  • One Potato
  • Left over broccoli florets
  • Turkey bacon
  • Two eggs
  • Basil-I have need to use it!

While the potatoes are cooking, I’m drinking my electrolytes. The winter and cold is definitely causing dryness in my mouth and skin. I’m drinking Body Armor fruit punch. It is gluten free!

https://www.amazon.com/BODYARMOR-Sports-Drink-16-Fl/dp/B00KO899SC/ref=asc_df_B00KO899SC/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=508203642414&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3286280110985080032&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015328&hvtargid=pla-1324974996370&psc=1

Autoimmune has this controversy do you eat or should you eat white potatoes. I have not found any difference in my flares if I eat white potatoes. So I will eat some white potatoes and then include sweet potatoes in my meals the following week if I want a potato. I eat white potatoes in moderation.

Here’s the result of my breakfast

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · meditation · mindfulness · minimalism · simple life

Today’s Meals

Today is cold with 12 inches of snow outside. The day might be a work from home day. Most of my clients are having their session by video. I’m waiting on one client to let me know what she wants.

I have not been doing yoga much lately. I started a yoga challenge with Yoga with Kassandra. The challenge is a 15 min yoga stretch and then a 5 min meditation.

I have energy after that!

Smoothie recipe

I had a fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, dairy free yogurt and protein powder. Put all in a blender with almond milk.

Then I toasted a bagel and spread dairy free chive cream cheese from kite hill on it.

Breakfast photo

If course I needed a little chocolate, so I have 2 squares of enjoy life chocolate bar.

To make life a little easier, preparing for dinner early is the best thing to do for myself. After the client sessions, I’m exhausted mentally and physically my body is swollen from sitting most of the day.

I boiled frozen broccoli florets. That will be for the salad for dinner.

I also cleared out the refrigerator. I froze the fruit I had in there before it goes bad. That is the fruit I use for smoothies.

Brownies

I have the urge for chocolate brownies. The recipe is on the back of King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour.

Lunch

Grilled chicken breast, rice, avocado and lemon dressing (Paul Newman’s salad dressing- lemon basil)

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free

Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons, nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • one egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning

mix all ingredients together. The measurements are estimates. I usually just make this by sight.

Turn on crockpot on high, cook for 4 hours. I used salsa to cover the meatballs and to add extra flavor.

Spaghetti

ingredients needed:

  • gluten free spaghetti
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • pesto

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free

Morning Breakfast

It’s time for homemade gluten free and dairy free Biscuits!

It’s a simple recipe I found from Pinterest…

Pinterest Link

gluten free vegan drop biscuits

I had to cook mine just slightly longer than 17 minutes. Ovens vary.

Check out that recipe if you are looking for a simple easy biscuit recipe that is gluten free and dairy free.

I had the biscuits with two fried eggs, asparagus and sausage. It was a delicious breakfast.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · gluten free

Learning to Bake Gluten Free

This is my first attempt to make gluten free bread from scratch. I made the gluten free breads from Simple Mills box. Those are good, but I grew up making muffins, cakes and brownies by scratch. I used a recipe on a blog I found on Pinterest. I was not sure if I made this correctly. The directions slightly confused me, because I am not familiar with all of these different flours.

The interest link is https://elavegan.com/gluten-free-pita-bread/

Tapioca flour, rice flour, psyllium husk. And the list can go on!

The Flours

I decided to use 1 to 1 Bob’s Red Mill baking Flour, Not knowing if this was a good substitute, when the recipe stated “substitute it for regular flour. So I didn’t use the tapioca flour or the psyllium husk.

Time will tell if I used the correct flour.

Recipe

It was simple to put together and mix. But I found it needed more water. I couldn’t shape it in a ball. I added a little olive oil in bowl too.

Put it in a bowl with cling wrap to tighten it so it can rise. I put mine with towels around it in front of my electric fireplace.

Section off 5 pieces and roll in a ball. Put back in the covered bowl for 10-20 mins.

It was a FLOP

So it was a flop. I am not surprised. I think it was the flour mixture.. the blog I was reading was thorough and organized. Not at all the writers fault. I need to learn how to bake gluten free!

What’s Next?

I ordered gluten free cookbooks about making bread and baking. I need to understand these flours.

The challenge of gluten free, soy free and dairy free is learning how to make recipes and relearning recipes without those ingredients.

Lunch

Here’s what I had for lunch instead.

Broccoli salad with tomatoes and spinach and arugula, hamburger, and toast with bruschetta.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy

Intuitive Painting

Evening Routine

This evening I found myself painting. It was not planned. Earlier in the day, I was consumed with watercoloring, cross stitching and knitting.

I wanted to do yoga tonight. The past few weeks my house was being updated in the kitchen and bathroom. Last week I finished the minor parts, painting my closet door and doing touch ups and painting my bathroom.

I not only stopped yoga and my artwork for awhile, I also had a set back in my diet.

I have to eat gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis. I made a dish with cheese in it. Evidently I can not go back to eating dairy.

My stomach is bloated, gassy and felt nauseous. All side effects of dairy intolerance. I have not tried to eat anything with gluten in it. At this point I will not be trying any.

Yoga to the rescue. I did a yin yoga to hold the poses longer. Afterwards, I had this desire to sit at my art table again. I began

painting…

Acrylic Painting/ Intuitive Painting

Earlier in the day I painted these fruits in watercolor.

My Art Expression

If you follow my art, I tend to put a little abstract flare to it with some retro vibe. You can follow me on Instagram and on my Etsy shop.

I’m now laying down and need to go to sleep. I have a client early tomorrow and need to get up early.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy store

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy · gluten free · rheumatoid arthritis

Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

Etsy shop https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · rheumatoid arthritis · watercolor

Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · etsy · rheumatoid arthritis

Gluten free chicken meatballs

Something new to post A new recipe at 4pawsartstudio….

Since I began the gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lifestyle it’s been slightly challenging to make some changes.

For instance, dairy free sour cream yuck, but Kite Hill is the best one.

Dairy free cream cheese, I’m still looking.

Bread? Everyone on gluten free diet knows bread is irreplaceable. Canyon is the best and can be found at target and whole foods. But there’s others that can be bought through their website which I have not tried. But heard they have less sugar and more healthier and actually tastes like bread.

Back to the gluten free, dairy free chicken meatballs..

I used a recipe from Pinterest and converted it to gluten free and dairy free products.

Here’s the recipe

1 pound ground chicken-or turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1/2 cup dairy free parmesan

2 tablestoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

additional seasoning-Italian seasoning

combine all ingredients and mix together. Roll into small balls. I made this in a crockpot. Put the setting on high, spray crockpot with olive oil, add dairy free butter to the bottom of the pan-a few small slices, add about 1 tablespoon of water to the crockpot before placing the meatballs in it. Cook for about 3 hours. stir halfway through to prevent from burning and sticking, may need to add additional water to the crockpot.

I made a salad with these meatballs. I do not care for gluten free pasta. Having an Autoimmune illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to eat mostly anything that will help flush out the fluid my body retains.

Salad recipe:

green leaf lettuce

mixed salad greens

dandelion

green onion

apple cut in cubes

lemon salad dressing

mix together and enjoy

Reminder: 4pawsartstudio has art and knitting products for sale on Etsy.

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline