Cooking is Therapy for the Soul

I don’t know about you but cooking is one of my favorite things to do, I’m a regular ole house wife these days (said with a huge smile across my face, cause I really love it). From the planning and prep to the cooking and enjoying, it is such a stress relieving activity. I found a great article called Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being, it’s a short but good read that touches on the mental benefits of cooking!d5632f03476de17a0393b20961d930d2

I must admit that I was really great about planning out our meals during our first year of marriage, but that second year not so much. When we lived in California, I use to get out the cook books and plan two weeks worth of meals and write out all the ingredients I needed from the store for my grocery run. When we moved to North Carolina, I started Continue reading

Personal Diet| Gluten Free

Hello all you love people who read my posts!

I am making a change, a change to my eating habits!

I have seasonal allergies that get really bad in the spring and fall, like sinus colds and congestion, all that fun stuff. So had read a post on my chiropractor’s fb page APTOS Chiropractic, about foods to eliminate to help with allergies like wheat, peanuts, and milk, just to name a few.  So I did some personal research, since all this talk about Gluten and healthy eating has become so prominent.I found some info that I am going to test in my own diet.

According to “” sugar, dairy, and wheat are large contributors to sever sinus congestion, and I’m gonna be honest I like bread and I like sugar. I’m not too big on dairy as it is, so that won’t be a problem, well minus my love of ice cream…that is gonna be a little challenging. However they have so many alternative options out there, I am sure it won’t be long till I find several that I enjoy eating.

I am starting with gluten elimination, which means no wheat, barely, or rye, among other ingredients that are made with gluten.

I have found many helpful websites like that offer a lot a great background knowledge about gluten and diseases related to gluten. Of course, I have searched and found a whole lot of great recipes and tips from others who practice gluten-free eating. Some great blog posts concerning gluten-free and affordable eating, like has some great tips for transitioning into gluten-free eating.

Today I purchased a few different Gluten free products from Nature’s Pantry and am gonna be searching for the good stuff! Thing that taste good gluten-free. So far I have only eating a two products:

Pepperoni pizza by Udi’s Gluten Free= YUM, taste like thin crust pizza

Maple Bliss Cookies by Lucy’s = YUM, taste like tea cookies* and full of flavor (*for those of you who don’t know what a tea cookie is, it’s a drier cookie)

I must admit, it’s a little overwhelming when you think of all the products that have wheat, barely, rye, and other forms of gluten in them, but there are tons of products that are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free in your own home.

In my search the most common places to find gluten-free products are health stores such as Nature’s Pantry, which will have the most variety. Also Target has a pretty good selection in-store. My only though is I would rather pay a little more and everything be available than have to travel to 7 different stores to get things cheap, cause to me that’s not cheap at all, cause it means spending more on gas!

I have also been reading The Daniel Plan and started trying to eat more veggies, fruit, meat, and less junk. It’s a good book, I am enjoying reading it, even though I am a slower reader.

Thank you for reading, and I hope if you are looking to change your diet and get healthy for personal or medical reasons you know, You can do it! There are tons of resources out there so get to googling! Don’t be discouraged, there will be hard days, but there are lost of us out there doing the same thing!

Thanks again!

~ All the links are attached to anything I thought you might like to read for yourself!