My Embarrassing Experiment in Crossfit Weeks 2 & 3: Is Cocaine Gluten Free?

I've been pretending spaghetti squash is actually spaghetti.

I’ve been pretending spaghetti squash is actually spaghetti.

I can’t believe I’m still doing this either. But I’m now on week 4 of the 6-week crossfit challenge and I find myself still totally in. I mean, I complain about it and usually miss my 9 am class because I’m arguing with myself whether a “real” feminist would be so concerned with how she looks. But I find myself slinking in to the 8 pm class or even worse—planning on going to the 5 am—to make sure I don’t miss a day. WHO AM I????? Plus, I HATE CROSSFIT.

I’ve also figured out why people who do crossfit are always asking other people to do crossfit: It’s so they’ll know what a badass you are what with the weight lifting, pull-ups, painful squats with weights and other crazy things you find yourself doing and wondering if you could make it on American Ninja Warrior. So, yeah, week 3 is the one where I almost threw up.

But I didn’t! Win. Week 3 is also when I realized the whole Paleo diet is all about taking away every single vice you have.  Continue reading

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We Try Everything Gluten-Free & Pumpkin Spiced So You Don’t Have To

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Happy Fall Holidays, people! That time of year when YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE PUMPKIN. While I respect the fed-up who say they will not allow a pumpkin flavored crumb to touch their lips, I decide to double down when Barbara’s sent me their Puffins limited edition pumpkin cereal and just see how much gluten-free pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin rando foods I could eat! I also made my family, and here’s what we thought.  Continue reading

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Homeless With Food Allergies: What The Heck?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My biggest fear as a celiac is being put in prison and having no gluten-free meals. This is why I never kill people or rob banks, mostly. I also have anxiety about hospital stays, earthquakes (although I have a solid plan about grabbing a bag and throwing ALL the food into it before I even go for the photo albums) and other natural disasters that could put me at the mercy of food donations that are filled with gluten, and therefore guaranteed to make me violently ill in the middle of a crisis. I’ve also talked about working in food banks where I see loads of gluten being handed out and thanking the maker that I’m on the side of the table that’s giving, not receiving.

Fun stuff, right?

While I can sit around and stress out about what might be for me someday, but most likely will not (okay, that earthquake thing is inevitable, but let’s stop talking about prison, ‘kay?), something happened to hit the point home about being vulnerable when you have food issues or allergies.

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My Embarrassing Experiment in Cross-Fit: Week 1

If you’ve read my first book, you know that I’m one of many who are confused about the gluten-free, paleo, cross-fit connection. Which is why I found it hi-lar-ious that a Facebook ad popped up on my page for a local’ish cross-fit gym announcing a special program for women only where we come together and do the cross-fit thing and cheer each other on. Even more hilarious? I totally bought it. You guys. I’m doing cross-fit.

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It’s a (Gluten-Free) Pizza Hut Party!

gluten-free-pizza-hut-udisFriday night, just got paid. So what do you do with that hard earned cash? Hookers and blow? Oh hells, no. It’s pizza night!!!!! Continue reading

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The Best ‘Effing Chicken Recipe Ever from GFF Mag (+ Discount Code!)

chicken-gffmag-gluten-free-magazineI’m headed out to get a whole chicken and chew some bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum. You guys, when someone tells me they have an incredibly simple gluten-free recipe for the best ‘effing chicken, ever, like seriously, I’m going to get on it. So watch out, everyone on Santa Monica and Fairfax, because I’m pulling into Whole Foods to have a conversation with the butcher.

And that’s the kind of inspiration GFF magazine is going for, and has succeeded in so doing: The kick in the butt us gluten-free people need to get cooking because we can eat as well as everyone else, dammit! I mean, except for croissants. But still. Look at these covers!

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There is a great group of people curating this gorgeous mag, and I happen to be fans of said people, which is why I’m telling you about this fancy aspirational (and inspirational, did I say that?) gluten-free magazine with the glossiest of photos and food porn for days. I’m digging it, and if you want to be sure and subscribe in time for the Fall/Holiday issue I suggest you click now to subscribe and give yourself 20% off because you deserve it! Just use the code GFFGIMB and you’ll get a generous 20% off your magazine bill, and food ideas that just won’t quit.

In the meantime, here’s how to make that chicken.  Continue reading

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How Many New Gluten-Free Products Are Out & About?

gluten-free-productsSO MANY.

You guys, let’s just get real for a minute. As someone who was diagnosed with celiac in 2011, it wasn’t long before the grocery store aisles were swimming in gluten-free everything. I was diagnosed at a time when the trend was gaining steam, and I’ve been very lucky to reap the gluten-free benefits. While we can make the argument that perhaps, restaurants, aren’t the safest even with the gluten-free menus, products that are all approved and that biz can be a blessing. And of course, a curse, when we’re talking about delicious donuts that are being served a few miles away from me. 5 pounds isn’t A LOT to gain on a tall frame, right? RIGHT???

I’m often sent new and exciting foods to try since I mouth off about being gluten-free and missing so many gluten-y things. This is great, and at the same time it’s really challenging to talk about them all, what with the children and the work and this adorable puppy—

What, am I just supposed to ignore this?

What, am I just supposed to ignore this?

But I’m going to do a round-up here of some of the ones I’ve really been into. As with most gluten-free foods, it’s hit or miss whether your grocery store will carry. But online is the way to shop if you’re dying for a new bagel/cooking oil/pasta. Continue reading

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