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Last Spring, I was introduced to Udi’s when I started an elimination diet with my son (story on that here) We eliminated all wheat from his diet and saw a huge improvement in his symptoms. For months, Udi’s products have been a regular part of our everyday life.
Disclosure: I was sent several free coupons to sample Udi’s products, but not monetarily compensated for this post.
We fell madly in love with their products for many reasons AND the biggest reason is that Udi’s consistently delivers delicious foods that don’t taste “gluten free.” Gluten Free gets a bad rap because their are so many gluten free brands & products on the market that just don’t taste good at all. What I love about Udi’s is every time I try one of their products, my tastebuds are happy. Udi’s gives “gluten free” a good reputation.
For my son, it’s so important to have options that make him feel like a “normal” kid. Some of our favorite Udi’s products are the snicker-doodle cookies, cinnamon rolls, bagels (especially cinnamon raison) and their chocolate muffins
For me, doing a 14 day gluten free challenge should not have been too difficult- only because we have become so familiar with the many gluten free products on the market. We buy Udi’s breads for sandwiches, their bagels for breakfast and when I need a yummy treat their cinnamon rolls or brownies are to die for! My husband couldn’t even tell they were gluten free. When I bake, I use Pamela’s baking flour. When we make pizza- Udi’s crust or Schar. And even with so many gluten free items in my house, I admit I did cheat a few times. So, do I feel better on a gluten free diet? I can not report at this time because I cheated!
Thanksgiving was plop in the middle of my 14 day challenge and I did eat some chocolate chip cookies my dad made today. I may actually try to go gluten free again starting tomorrow to see if it really does help me feel better. I admit, it’s been a rough few weeks over here with everything with our Ellie (our dog) being sick and then going to heaven.
Holidays and eating out always are always a challenge for anyone with celiac’s disease or on a Gluten Free diet. It’s actually the toughest part of being on a gluten free or any allergy elimination diet. Restaurants are starting to add Gluten Free options to their menus, but it’s not the norm in most establishments. Our favorite place to eat out is Jules Thin Crust in Doylestown, Pa. They have amazing gluten free pizzas.
1) It’s estimated that 1 is 133 people have celiac’s disease. Only 95% of are diagnosed.
2) There is a whole other subset of individuals who may have tested negative for celiac’s disease, but are gluten intolerant. I’m actually doing food intolerance testing in my office.
3) Wheat is a big allergen for many people. When you buy gluten free products- you are guaranteed they are free of wheat.
What are the symptoms of Celiac’s disease?
Celiac Disease can be so difficult to diagnose. And for some people, it takes 11 years to diagnose. There are a variety of symptoms that often mimic those of other diseases; including IBS, Crohn’s, intestinal infections, lactose intolerance, and even depression. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms (especially if you have several of these symptoms and over time) you may want to ask your doctor for a celiac blood test:
Note: If you go for celiac’s blood work after you are on a gluten free diet, you may get inaccurate results. Keep wheat in your diet before getting tested. If you test negative for Celiac’s you can have additional food intolerance testing and/or start an elimination diet to see if a food is the culprit of your symptoms.]]>
September- It was all a whirlwind. The kids started back to school. Even my little one- 2 full days of Pre-school. I thought I would have more time to blog- WRONG I thought I would have some more “Me” time- Not. The month flew by like Turkey trying to escape a farmer from a Thanksgiving feast.
Good news- we found new office space- so exciting! Jennifer Lynn-Pullman and I opened a new office And we spent two week rennovating the space- new paint, new furniture, new ceiling, new floors. We did most of the work ourselves with a little help from our handman friend Tom.
I also started teaching Nutrition at Archbishop Wood High School via Bucks County Community College. It’s a dual enrollment program and so fun. I will tell you though that teaching is a labor of LOVE- classes to prep for, exams to grade, paper and assignments to grade. I have 31 students to keep up with…Woo! I thought I’d never learn all of their names.
And on top of all of that, I was coaching my oldest daughter’s soccer team, planned her #8 birthday party and of course had my son’s soccer games and activities to attend too. I can’t imagine life when my third is playing a sport and activities too.
October- We moved into the new Nutrition office which we have named: Eat Right Bucks County! (875 N. Easton Rd. Suite 6B Doylestown, Pa 18902 and have started seeing patients. We also went to FNCE (Food Nutrition Conference and EXPO) at the Convention center in Philadelphia. I put my nerd hat on for four days and learned everything I could possibly suck in my brain about food allergies, food intolerances, celiac’s disease, organic foods, food’s effect on your brain, kids food, childhood obesity, products to recommend to my patients & more. It was a whirlwind of knowledge.
I also started doing my Kids Eat Right programs- completed 2 in one month. I especially had a blast at Butler Elementary school talking to a third grade class AND with doing a talk for a girls Travel Soccer team in Warminster
In addition, I travelled to Philadelphia and did some speaking for the Pa Academy of Pediatrics. I’m doing CEU programs with an MD to help educate Physicians and nurses about the childhood obesity epidemic.
Then- there was Hurricane Sandy. We lost power for a week so moved into my parents house (who luckily had power!) I ate very unhealthy for a week and ate way too much cheese and drank way too much wine. Yes, even dietitians aren’t always perfect. Paybacks are tough though- just fought off a yucky cold and cough. Thank you Zarbees- love that natural cough syrup and their products which got me through a wild night of trick or treating and a post- Sandy Halloween party at my house with some neighbors.
After Halloween, Ellie got worse & completely stopped eating after she started her antibiotics My sick doggies was at Main Street Animal Hospital for a week getting IV fluids and antibiotics. She came home last Saturday and I am now giving her subcutaneous fluids and syringe feeding her until she eats on her own. I’ve learned a lot about Renal Diets for dogs. I’m by no means a canine nutrition expert though. But this puppy of ours (really age 11) is getting special renal food, her Omega 3s, pepcid, a phosphorus binder, carafate and fluids in addition to her antibiotics.
The whole thing is heartbreaking. After a heart to heart with the vet, we decided we’ll finish out her medicines and see if she’ll start eating again. She is still hopelessly addicted to her tennis ball and we are giving her lots of LOVE.
Okay- back to other stuff before I start tearing up looking at this picture.
I’ll write more later!]]>
We are making gluten free chocolate chip cookies with my Pamela’s baking mix. The dough was amazing and can’t wait for these ladies to get out of the oven so I can taste test them!
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>
The pumpkin harvest in Bucks County is amazing this year!
This is the beauty we left behind!
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>
Cheers to these ladies doing the 3 day Komen for the cure walk in Philadelphia. I ran into these amazing breast cancer supporters in tutus at the Philadelphia Conference Center today while at FNCE. They also have a room full of pink tents awaiting their arrival to sleep in.
I’ll try to snag a picture of the cute tents tomorrow. When I first saw them, I thought they were set up for a girl scout convention or something.
I’m on the train home from day #1 of FNCE. It was a great day. I attended a pre-FNCE workshop on food allergies and got to hear the Ultimate Marathon Man speak today about all of his adventures. Interesting fun fact- when he does his long runs, he orders delivery pizza and cheesecake which he eats while running. I wanted to puke just thinking about it. Hmmm…. Maybe that’s why they call him a miracle.]]>
I’m off to FNCE (Food Nutrition Conference & Expo) in Philly. After a crazy morning run around (making breakfast, finding kids soccer shoes and shin guards & gathering my conference stuff) I am at last sitting on the train- peacefully with nothing to do but SIT and blog (love my iPhone 5!) I really don’t think I have sat this still in weeks!
Apologies for being MIA.
I’m happy to report that my friend Jennifer Lynn-Pullman and I have just opened our new Nutrition counseling and education office- Eat Right Bucks- in Doylestown, Pa. (875 N. Easton Rd, Suite 6B zip:18902 phone: 215-230-1900)
And after a couple weeks of painting, putting in new floors and giving our space lots of love- we moved in on Monday- October 1st.
Jennifer and I are both Registered Dietitians/Licensed Nutritionists passionate about wellness and helping others live healthy lives. We both reside in Bucks County with our families and love to eat local and real food!
My areas of interest include: food allergies and intolerances, celiac’s disease, GI and inflammatory diseases, cancer AND working with kids especially picky eaters, weight management and behavioral or neurologic disorders.
Jennifer’s areas of interest include pregnancy, lactation, diabetes, hypertension and adult weight loss. Jennifer also specializes is bariatric surgery-counseling clients pre & post procedure.
And we can also both help with general health & wellness!
We accept most major insurance plans. Note: Blue Cross Keystone & Personal Choice offer six FREE counseling sessions.
Okay- off the train to my conference where I’m excited to be with thousands of other Registered Dietitians to learn a lot more about Food and the Science of Nutrition!
Sent from my iPhone]]>
I hesitated to open the gorgeous jars knowing my fresh garden peppers would go bad, but these beauties I could open and enjoy later on. These jarred peppers may look like a typical tomato pasta sauce, but really these gourmet peppers are more of a delicacy and can also be enjoyed like an appetizer, on sandwiches or even in an omelette!
Well, this is how I used them. I think I have reported my struggle with the vegetable Kale. I try to love it…I do. A couple weeks back, I again attempted to make Kale Chips with my CSA Kale. Again, I failed to love the Kale until…
I thought of my RR peppers on the shelf. Well, let me tell you that Rose Romano peppers came to the rescue! I topped my Kale Chips with RR’s sweet red peppers and a little parmesan cheese and it was delicious. I almost forgot that i was eating Kale (almost!) Since, I have eaten the rest of the peppers on toasted Udi’s Gluten Free bread like bruschetta!
The sweetness of the peppers helped distract and actually complemented the bitter flavor of the Kale! Also, note these peppers are 5 calories (yes 5!) and provide 20% of the RDA for vitamin C. Rose Romano’s also does not add any artificial preservative.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was sent a few jars to taste test. All opinions are my own.]]>
The gym is a wonderful place to get your workout in, but it is not an option for everyone. If you are unable to get to a gym or a fitness center for your workout, don’t feel discouraged. There are plenty of ways for you to get your daily activity in.
Getting your cardio in does not require any gym membership. The only equipment you need to get your blood pumping is YOU!! You can even add some cardio intervals into your strength training routine for an added calorie burn.
• You can walk, jog, or do a combination of both. Interval training is a great calorie and fat burning exercise.
• Climbing stairs is a great way to tone your legs and butt. Go up as fast as you can and then walk back down.
• If you can, go for a bike ride. It’s a great way to get some fresh air while toning your lower body and getting your cardio workout in.
• Swimming is an excellent full-body workout. The water provides natural resistance to your movements, and swimming lets you exercise in your full range of motion.
• Give calisthenics a try. Jumping rope is inexpensive and can be done anywhere, making the exercise accessible to just about anyone. What’s more, jumping rope can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour! No rope? Jumping jacks have similar benefits.
• Crank up the music and dance. Move with the music. The faster and wilder, the better.
You will need to… invest in some equipment. A good pair of dumbbells, ideally ones that have an adjustable weight will get the job done. You can do a variety of exercises with them and target almost every muscle group in your body. Here is a sample strength training workout.
1. Push-Ups – You can do these on your knees, your toes, or change things up by doing staggered or traveling push-ups. (Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions)
2. Squats – Keep your toes facing forward and your weight on your heels.
Lower yourself down slowly as if you are sitting down into a chair. (Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions)
3. Dumbbell Row – Holding a dumbbell in each hand, bend over until your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Keeping your arms close to your torso, pull the dumbbells up until they touch the sides of your chest. (Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions)
4. Calf Raises – Stand on the edge of a step with your heels hanging off the back. Keeping body straight, lift the body up onto toes by contracting the calves.(Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions)
5. Triceps Dips – Turn your back to the chair and place your palms on the seat you’re your fingers facing forward. Stretch your legs out a few feet in front of you and lower your body until your butt is just a few inches off the floor. Straighten your arms again, using your triceps to lift your body weight. (Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions)
1. Planks – Position your forearms flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart. Keep your body rigid, with only your toes and forearms touching the floor. The idea is to support your body solely with your core muscles. (Do 3 sets of 1 minute)
2. Crunches – Pick a spot on the ceiling and keep your eyes focused on it. (Do 3 sets of 25 repetitions)
3. Oblique Crunches – Lie down as if you were going to perform a basic crunch. Roll your knees over to the side and rest your legs on the floor. Perform a crunch. (Do 3 sets of 25 repetitions)
4. Lying Leg Lifts- Lie on your back with your legs straight. Place your hands under your hips with your palms on the floor for support. Lift your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly lower them, but do not let them touch the floor. (Do 3 sets of 25 repetitions)
Guest Blogger Jennifer Bayliss, MSEd, ATC, CSCS, is Manager of Fitness for the calorie counter tool on EverydayHealth.com.
Although, I am a much bigger fan of Swiss Chard, today I am making Kale Chips. My refrigerator is overflowing with this nutritious vegetable. And although a while ago I wrote about how I don’t really love Kale (I know, I know…I’m the Dietitian that doesn’t love this green veggie,) I am giving Kale another chance because Kale is loaded with Vitamins such as K, A, C, managese, fiber, iron, calcium and more!
Anyway, if these chips are not a hit, I will move on to adding some to soup. Or maybe I could eat these chips with some soup or some dip. I’ll keep you posted on my Kale adventures.
I also still have a little bit of Chard growing in my garden. It’s amazing! I cut it back and it keeps regrowing- love that hardy plant! I plan to try to make swiss Chard Chips as well- will let you know how that experiment goes. I would love to replace the recent “Kale trend” with Swiss Chard! It’s just such a beautiful leafy green with it’s red stems.
To make the Kale chips, I simply washed and dried this curly Kale and brushed olive oil and salt on the leaves- simple recipe. Then, just bake them in the oven for… 20-30 minutes until Crisp at 300 degrees.
Ps. If you have any Kale Recipes- please leave a comment with a link. I’d love to try them!
The day after we went to a local Bucks County farm to buy peaches, my 6 year old son started to “tic’ again. Let me mention that he has not had any issues since last spring when he went on Singulair (READ ABOUT THAT HERE). This time he was blinking his eyes and rolling them constantly. He also wasn’t able to focus. He was sort of out of it. He wasn’t on any medicines and nothing had really changed around here. I racked my brain on what could have triggered this. Yes, two weeks before school starts and my perfectly healthy sweet boy starts having crazy weird symptoms. My heart was breaking in a million pieces.
I also had to take my 3 year old into the Dr. for a gooey eye Friday worried she may have pink eye. The Dr. gave us some drops just in case it was, but said it could have been some sort of virus. She was a little congested and was saying “my neck hurts!” I mentioned to the nurse while I was at the Pediatrician that I noticed my son starting to blink and do weird eye things and she said allergies or rag weed could trigger tics and he may just be prone to them. She said to just keep an eye on him. On Saturday night, we were at our neighbor’s for dinner. His tics were so bad wet came home early.
Sunday morning he wet the bed (which he hasn’t done in ages!) I called our Dr. I was so worried and she actually came in on a Sunday (because she is AWESOME like that!) She tested both my son and my youngest for Strep. The Strep test was done because there was some concern that he may have had PANDAS in the spring. Well, the Strep test was negative for both and thankfully because PANDAS is not an easy thing to deal with from what I hear.
On Monday, we went to Lab Corp with our RX for some bloodwork- CBC, ASO and checked Vit D levels. I held my boy on my lap while he screamed. I tried to amuse him with angry birds on my iPhone (didn’t work!) and just talked to him about which Ninjago guy he was going to pick out for being so brave. Then, we went home.
After racking my brain about where and what we were doing before Cole’s tics started, I kept thinking of peaches. Maybe he is allergic to peaches? Then, I proceeded after a tiring morning to can those stinking peaches. I had to jar them- they were starting to get fuzzy and rot! I grudgingly canned 6 jars of peaches. I peeled them, pitted them, sliced them, made the syrup, popped them in the jars and and put them in the pot of water for 30 minutes. All the jars sealed except one that bent funny and weird. It was misery canning them because I was secretly hating the peaches. I didn’t know why, but I hated them. And in the back of my head the whole time I’m canning I’m thinking, “is it the peaches?” “They are on the dirty dozen list!”
Farms in Bucks County Organic?
____ Farm Pesticide Use
Does ____Farm spray with pesticides?
Bucks County Farms- Pesticide Use
Can Pesticides cause tics in kids
Pesticides and peaches
Side Effects from Pesticides
Organic Farms Bucks County, Pa
Neurologic side effects from pesticides
I found nothing on ____ saying they were organic. I looked at a lot of research on pesticide poisoning and read a lot about Organophosphates. One study in particular looked at a rural farm town where kids were regularly exposed to pesticides. Their IQs were lower and they had a higher rate of ADHD. Other research I found online linked pesticides to tics and neurologic complications.
AND I now have 6 cans of peaches I don’t want to eat and I hate to waste food. They are skinned and processed and they will probably be okay for my husband and I to eat? Right? I won’t allow my kids to have them for sure. I feel an organic food obsession coming on.
My peachy 40th birthday adventure!
☀Happy Summer Day, Kristie
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>
I couldn’t ask for a better 40th birthday gift.
My husband surprised me with this awesome canvas print to hang in my new office.
KidsLoveFood.com is the website I’Il be launching this fall
☀Happy Summer Day, Kristie
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>
My husband asked me tonight, “Honey, you really don’t want some surprise party or something and you’re not telling me and you’re going to be disappointed?”
“No honey, I really don’t want a big party.” I said truthfully.
If anything, I need less. Less clutter, less things on my to do list, less stuff. I mean I could have answered, “Honey, can you clean the garage out?” or “Would you mind fixing that trim?” But really? That would have just been an ugly answer to an sweet caring question.
Today, I really just feel blessed with with 3 healthy kids, a thoughtful husband and friends who lift me up and make me smile. I also just got good news today that I got a teaching job that I interviewed for last week at local college- what a fabulous birthday gift in itself. I’ll be teaching a college Nutrition course this fall- can’t wait!
So today, I would like to have a simple day. I started my day by watching Julie and Julia (because I stayed up into the wee hours blogging and watching) The movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams is one of my absolute favorites- Blogging, cooking, the book business- what is not to love?
Well, Julia and I also share the same birthday- my favorite fun fact. She is a crazy Leo just like me. Not that I can cook like her, but love to cook. And I can relate to her and her drive and humor.
I’ve seen the movie before, but last night/early this morning I watched the movie alone. I was in a happy space: kids peacefully sleeping, husband playing basketball and me writing cuddling in bed with my laptop, just watching a movie about my all time favorite chef.
“Oh, Happy Birthday to me!”
“Perfect! And if it isn’t never apologize. No excuses!’
“And I’m much ahead of most of the men who are not very nice, until they realized I’m fearless!”
“Don’t be afraid.”
“I am in heaven here. I’ve been looking for a career all of my life AND I’ve found it!”
“Do you know what I love about cooking… if you add egg yolks to sugar and milk- it will get thick. It’s such a comfort!
“That’s what’s so great about blogs.. you just go online and press enter.”
“Do you know what it is? ADD.”
“I could write a blog. I have thoughts!”
“My Mother made beef bourgogne. And it was like Julia was there in the room on our side like some great big great fairy.”
“Pearls…the woman is wearing pearls in the kitchen.”
“Julia Child wasn’t always Julia Child.”
“And I cried like a small emotionally disturbed child.”
“And today I’ve had 12 comments from readers and I didn’t know any of them!”
“365 Days, 524 recipes!”
And here is an interview of Julia Child at the CIA at Hyde Park in 1990 about her career. Interesting interview. Julia share her take on dining as a family AND this is back in 1990.
“And if you have all your basic elements, you can do whatever you want.”
“Keep on learning, keep on working.”
“It all gets back to moderation and great variety of food. And the main thing is knowing what you are doing.”
“I hope we come into a new era of great food and new sense.”
– Julie Child-]]>
I’m member of the Myerov CSA. The farm is located in Perkasie. For the first part of the summer, my Girl Scout troop took turns picking up the produce. Sadly, I only had one turn! Now through October, my neighbor and I split a whole share (so fun) and pick up is each Saturday morning in town. Fresh local veggies, fruit, honey, grains and baked goods galore!
If you are not a member of a CSA (community shared agriculture) think about joining one in your area. I know Myerov even still has shares available- you should check it out!
As a CSA member you get lots of local, fresh veggies to keep you family healthy each week. Eating local also helps the environment because your veggies aren’t traveling miles using up lots of fuel.
☀Happy Summer Day, Kristie
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>
After spending a couple years in Boston for graduate school gallivanting to the various quaint New England towns on the weekends, I immediately signed up for a review copy of Seating Arrangements by Author Maggie Shipstead.
New England, a wedding, the food, the flavors, her wedding dress and shoes….tell me more! Well, sort of.
The story takes place on an island off the East Coast much like Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard populated by a bunch of over-privileged characters involved in a pregnant bride’s wedding. Interestingly, the main character is not the bride herself, but her father who is a man I would probably like to avoid in real life. Towards the end of the book, he has an incident riding his bike with a man in a golf cart. I think that was my favorite part, perfect karma for cheating on his wife with his daughter’s friend and having screwed up priorities.
There are funny scenes and the author’s excellent writing will keep you turning the pages. This is where I sit. I really cannot say that I loved the book. But I say this only because I prefer to spend my spare time reading books that are light, happy, airy or give me recipes & tips that make me a goddess in my kitchen! Yes, cookbooks and 32 page picture books are my favorite (And The Help- LOVED it!)
I’m the same way with movies. I needed therapy after watching the first 30 minutes of Slumdog Millionaire (a movie that won awards!) And I think I hid under the covers through high school until I could fully watch the Wizard of Oz- pathetic I know. I had bad dreams about the monkeys and the witch.
That being said, if you like reading about crazy well developed characters with fancy names and their scandalous activities, pick up a copy of Seating Arrangements this summer. Generally, when a book slightly disturbs me, everyone else loves it or it wins an award.
Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of this book and will receive a little gift card for my review. All opinions are my own.]]>
Is it the brilliance of the simplicity of the Logo? You’ve got to admit the branding is incredible- the old fashioned thickness of the jar w the raised letters in retro font. Or maybe it’s just that things put in a Mason jar are fresher, more local and usually nutritious.
☀Happy Summer Day, Kristie]]>
Love this cute shop called Doggie Style in Montgomeryville, Pa. I just saw these awesome Diva Dog treats and Diva bandana! Could you die? Of course, I had to pick some up for our pretty English Setter, Ellie.
Disclosure: I do not know the Nutritional value of these treats nor do I claim to know much about canine nutrition.
☀Happy Summer Day, Kristie
Kristie L. Finnan, RD, LDN]]>