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Gluten Free & Me & You

As some of you might be aware, I am gluten-free.  Last June I decided to try out being gluten-free to see if that was the cause of all my “intestinal discomfort”.  I had been sick one day June 2012, for a few hours, and that evening I looked up possible reasons because as far as I knew, I hadn’t eaten anything that was on my usual Do No Eat list.  My sister suggested I check to see if maybe I was gluten intolerant, wouldn’t that suck.  Yeah a bit.  Turns out I had about 10-15 of the symptoms, and they ranged from my intestinal problems, to fatigue and personality traits!  That’s when I decided I should at least give it a go and see how it feels.

I believe it has been a full year since going gluten free and while I miss some foods I used to really enjoy, I feel SO MUCH BETTER.  Its definitely a more positive outlook for my intestinal health than it was a year ago, plus some personality changes that aren’t so bad either 🙂

More to the point, I like to experiment with cooking and had original hoped to share some of my recipes and foods that I make with you all.  But now I am wondering if anyone would be interested on my thought of gluten free pre-packaged foods or from restaurants.  Or when I make something gluten free if anyone is curious about the recipe and how it turned out?

I am including a poll if you would be so kind as to take it and please add your comments to the bottom if your answer is missing or you’d like to add more!

PAD: Five a Day

Daily Prompt:  You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

5 Foods I would want on my private island?  In this private island exile I will pretend I am not gluten-free…..after making my choices, apparently it doesn’t matter.  I guess I don’t miss gluten-foods as much as I think I do when I am out to eat.

 

wine

Wine

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Zucchini

rice

Rice

cheese

Cheese

Ice Cream Flavors

Ice Cream

 

Today I Turned 30

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Today, 1/23/2013, is my birthday!  I turned 30 today 🙂

  • I worked at JoAnns, 8:45am-2:00pm (I hate being up early)
  • Talked with customers about hand felting – YouTube
  • Sold a ton of fleece remnants to customers who make blankets for hospitals and the homeless
  • Visited the boyfriend, his parents, and their dog, Daisy
  • Watched some Food Network with the boyfriend
  • Left and headed to the Post Office to mail my paintings I sold a few days ago (yay! happy homes!)
  • Carryout dinner with the family from Biaggi’s Italian which has an awesome Gluten Free menu!
  • I had the margherita pizza, decent thin crust with good toppings flavor, typical small pizza size
  • For dessert, chocolate cheesecake and original cheesecake!
  • I made the gifts for my sister (we’re twins) and my Mom (whose birthday was the 15th) – upcoming tutorial after I take more photos!
  • I end the day with blogs to read, Pinterest to cruise, and some Friends on tv!

Make Something 365 or a Year of Something New

I just checked out this book from the library, A Daily Creativity Journal 365: Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life!  The idea of starting a 365 project sounds really exciting and overwhelming to me.  The good news is I can do anything I want, I can pick a theme or just try to express myself in any way.  While reading the prompt suggestions last night I came up with a similar idea that’s not so “hard to reach” perhaps.  What if instead I pick something “new” for every month?  I can focus on one art medium or one idea/action that I really want to explore!

So I will schedule each month to participate in my Year of Something New:

January: Organization– I will work in the house, my room, my art supplies, and organize as much as I possibly can, and maybe even get rid of the excess stuff!  (no promises, but maybe look for craft supply sales soon 🙂
February: Books– let’s try to actually read some of the free novels I’ve been collecting on my Kindle, but nothing how-to or crafty.
March: Babies– My twin sister is pregnant with twins, this month will be focusing on making things for babies and preparing for them to be here!
April: Sewing– There is so much I want to learn to do, I bought a book with simple patterns and instructions, let’s get started!
May: Food: I want to try a bunch of new Gluten-Free recipes, I got a new cookbook for Christmas so this is the month for cooking!
June: Outdoors: This is all about spending time outside, making things or just enjoying the environment in a new way.
July: Polymer Clay– I bought these different colors but haven’t done a thing with them, its time to play!
August: Watercolor Paints – I am anxious to learn to use my pencils and paints and make those beautiful color blends!
September: Acrylic Paints – Time to take my acrylic paintings to a new level!
October: Christmas Gifts – thats right, gotta start early to make handmade gifts, possibly from something I have learned new this year.
November: Family Time – time to slow down and refocus my energy on family and friends, maybe reconnect with long lost pals.
December: Pick Your Fave – time for me to revisit my favorite Something New’s of the year.

What can you look forward to?  Photos and posts about my progress.  I may not take all my “before” photos of my disorganization, its pretty bad.  I may even be able to walk away with a few DIY’s and How-To’s for you guys.  This is coming up to another busy year, I want to get started painting right away, but I know I have other very important things to focus on during the first few months.

Organization is big on the list and will help me fix the clutter when I have the opportunity to get started on my new artsy ambitions.  No worries tho, I will not stop making art or jewelry during these months!  I will continue to create and post items in my Etsy shop.  Also while I explore new mediums, get excited to see those items in my Etsy shop as well!

Is anyone else participating in a 365 Something project for the new year?  If you are, link your blog/project in the comments so everyone can check it out!

What to Eat (and Not Eat) Before Your Run

…or exercise!

I never know what to eat before working out!  While I don’t work out nearly as often as I should, I’d really like to get back into the swing of things and burn up some calories!  Follow through to FitSugar and see the handy chart they have set up for What to Eat (and Not Eat) Before You Run!