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New Toy

As I mentioned in this post, I am training for a half marathon in October.  I usually run at the gym on the treadmill, but I occasionally run outside and now that my long runs are getting longer, not only do I need fuel to keep me going, but I need something to track my running.  I had wanted a Garmin Forerunner, but couldn’t justify that cost.  I already have a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, so another couple hundred dollars to track mileage/distance didn’t make sense.  Enter new Nike shoes & Nike gift card.  The new running shoes I bought last month were Nikes and my credit cards rewards came in the form of a Nike gift card.  I bought a Nike+ iPod Sports Kit for $29.99!


The sensor (on the right), slips in a little slot under the insert in my shoe.  The receiver slips right into your iPod nano or, if you have an itouch, it has a built in sensor!  I had no idea my itouch could do that! 

I used the Nike+ for the first time Friday for my long run.  It said I was running much faster than I thought I was and than what the treadmill was telling me.  I know that treadmills are notoriously wrong when it comes to distance, calories & such, so I don’t put a lot of stock in that.  I had to calibrate the Nike+ today to get the most accurate results.  I ran 1 mile (at a “normal” pace) in 8 min 50 sec.  That is what the calibration was based on.  Now, when I run, the results should be much more accurate. 

Some of my favorite things about this new toy are:

  • Voice comes on to update you on distance ran, distance left (can be turned off)
  • Push a button & it tells you your pace
  • You can custom design workouts, distances or do open-ended workouts
  • You can upload your data to Nike+ website & keep track of your training
  • You can set goals & compete with others on the Nike+ website

For $29.99, this was a great purchase.  I really look forward to using this in my race next week & for training on my longer runs.  Another bonus to the Nike+ over the Garmin is that you don’t need GPS for it to work.  The Garmins won’t work inside (treadmills) or sometimes have issues picking up signals from the satellite. 

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Want to Write for the Examiner?

The Examiner is always looking for good people to write for them.  They have all kinds of categories and areas that you can specialize in.  I write under the Food & Drink category, specializing in gluten-free.  If you are interested in submitting an application, just follow this link.  If you do apply, please make sure to use me as a referral; my examiner number is 15655. 

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Sorry and thanks for reading Gluten-Free is Life! 🙂

One of My Favorite Quotes

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That just about sums it all up. 🙂

Exciting Give Away!!

What fun!  Heather Eats Almond Butter is running a super exciting give away!  Check it out!  Turtle Mountain has gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream!  YAY!

Weekly Menu Plan ~ December 28, 2008 ~ Last Week of 2008

What a whirlwind the last week has been! Phew! I am glad it is over. I will be even happier when we are back to our normal routine and some of this craziness is gone. Yes, it was wonderful to see our family and spend time with them, but everything seems so chaotic. It will be nice to return to the somewhat predictable schedules that we keep. During the last week we had so many fabulous meals & treats. It all seemed so smooth, too. The meals were all prepared gluten-free or mostly gluten-free to avoid cross contamination. Neither Jon or I got sick, so that is a plus. 😉 We also enjoyed lunch out one day at Red Robin. We had a hard time with the service, mostly just being slow and not following through, but Jon and I felt great after eating there. It was really busy, so that may have been part of the issue.

So, this week is still not back to normal, but we don’t have any real big plans. I doubt that I will even make it until midnight on New Year’s Eve. 😉 I am getting old, you know.

Sunday ~ Burgers with sauteed mushrooms & pepperjack cheese, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli and salad

Monday ~ Homemade Cheese Pizza (I may add spinach to mine and pepperoni to the kids) and salad

Tuesday ~ Salmon with garlic dill seasoning, quinoa, roasted brussel sprouts & salad

Wednesday ~ Turkey Tacos or Turkey Taco Salads, mexican rice & refried beans

Thursday ~ Pork & sauerkraut, mashed poatoes & veggies

Friday ~ Leftover medley/Breakfast for dinner

Saturday ~ Spaghetti & meat sauce, steamed veggies, foccacia bread (Chebe Mix) & salad

Baked Goods for the Week
I think I am taking a break on the baked goods this week. We have tons of fudge, cookies & cake leftover and I am thinking that my husband will kill me if I make anything else. 😉

I will probably have to make bread, though.

Oooh….I almost forgot. My sister got me the most amazing cookbook for Christmas. She got me Carol Fenster’s new cookbook, 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes. WOW!! This cookbook is amazing! Not only are there tons of baked goods, but the meals…..I am in heaven!

Another wonderful cooking gift….hubby got me a huge griddle for cooking pancakes, bacon & such. This thing is so big that I can cook a pound of bacon on it at one time! OMG! It is amazing! So much easier than standing over a pan going through rounds of 6 or 7 strips at a time.

Don’t foget to pop over to Cooking & UNcooking, M-Elle is hosting this week’s GF menu swap. And, as always, Orgjunkie has tons of menu plans up.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. 🙂

Product Review: Glutino Pizza ~ Spinach & Feta Cheese

A few weeks back I was at Whole Foods trying to score some frozen GF pie crusts and happened upon a sale on Glutino Frozen Pizzas. They were 2 for $6.00, which was a great deal! They are normally $4+ each. I like to keep quick meals on hand for busy nights, so these were perfect for that. These pizzas are easy to prepare. Both times I made these pizzas, I set the pizza directly on the oven rack. The result was a nice, crisp crust! I added a little Frank’s Red Hot to my pizza, b/c I love it and put it on everything. What a nice treat! These have a wonderful flavor and almost remind me of a spinach dip on a pizza crust! I paired the pizza with a nice salad for a meal. I would definitely buy this product again and highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for a quick frozen meal.

Safe and Unsafe Ingredients

Even though I have been following this diet for coming up on 3 years, I still consult my safe & forbidden lists every now and then to refresh myself, especially on those items that I don’t use frequently. I wanted to post them here so that they would be readily available to those who are just starting or just need to glance at them for a specific reason in a hurry.

Let’s start with the SAFE ingredients. That is much more positive than going over the stuff we can’t have, huh?

Acacia Gum
Acorn Quercus
Adipic Acid
Adzuki Bean
Acacia Gum
Alcohol (wine is fine; hard ciders ~ Woodstock is fine; Redbridge beer is fine)
Almond Nut
Annatto Color
Apple Cider Vinegar
Arabic Gum
Artificial Flavoring
Ascorbic Acid
Astragalus Gummifer
Baking Soda
Balsamic Vinegar
Bean, Adzuki
Bean, Hyacinth
Bean, Lentil
Bean, Mung
Bean Romano (Chickpea)
Bean Tepary
Benzoic acid
Beta Carotene
Bicarbonate of Soda (check)
Butter, real
Butylated Hydroxyanisole
Butyl Compounds
Calcium Carbonate
Calcium Caseinate
Calcium Chloride
Calcium Disodium
Calcium Phosphate
Calcium Silicate
Calcium Stearate
Calcium Sulfate
Canola Oil (Rapeseed Oil)
Caprylic Acid
Carageenan Chondrus Crispus
Carboxymethylcellul ose
Carnauba Wax
Carob Bean
Carob Bean Gum
Carob Flour
Cassava Manihot Esculenta
Castor Oil
Cellulose Gum
Cetyl Alcohol
Cheeses (make sure to read label)
Citric Acid
Corn Gluten
Corn Meal
Corn Flour
Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup Solids
Corn Swetener
Cotton Seed Oil
Cream of Tartar
Cysteine, L
Demineralized Whey
Dioctyl Sodium
Distilled Vinegar
Ester Gum
Ethyl Alcohol
Ferrous Gluconate
Fish (check for additives)
Flaked Rice
Folic Acid-Folacin
Fumaric Acid
Glutamic Acid
Glycerol Monooleate
Glycol Monosterate
Glycolic acid
Gram flour (chick peas)
Grits, Corn
Guar Gum
Hyacinth Bean
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Invert Sugar
Jobs Tears
Kasha (roasted buckwheat)
Kudzu Root Starch
Lactic Acid
Locust Bean Gum
Magnesium Carbonate
Magnesium Hydroxide
Maize Waxy
Malic Acid
Masa Flour
Masa Harina
Meat (check for additives/flavorings)
Methyl Cellulose2
Microcrystallin Cellulose
Mineral Oil
Mineral Salts
Mono and Diglycerides
Monosodium Glutamate MSG (made in USA)
Monopotassium Phosphate
Mung Bean
Nuts (check labels if there are flavorings)
Nut, Acron
Nut, Almond
Oats, if they are labeled gluten-free (Lara’s made by Cream Hill Estates & Bob’s Red Mill both have GF Oats)
Oils and Fats
Oleyl Alcohol/Oil
Pea – Chick
Pea – Cow
Pea Flour
Peru Balsam
Pigeon Peas
Polyethylene Glycol
Potassium Citrate
Potassium Iodide
Potassium Sorbate
Potato Flour
Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol Monosterate
Propyl Gallate
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Rice Flour
Rice Vinegar
Romano Bean (chickpea)
Royal Jelly
Sago Palm
Sago Flour
Saifun (bean threads)
Scotch Whisky
Seed – Sesame
Seed – Sunflower
Soba (be sure its 100% buckwheat)
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
Sodium Alginate
Sodium Ascorbate
Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Caseinate
Sodium Citrate
Sodium Erythrobate
Sodium Hexametaphosphate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Nitrate
Sodium Phosphate
Sodium Silacoaluminate
Sodium Stannate
Sorbic Acid
Sorghum Flour
Soy Lecithin
Spices (pure, 100%)
Stearic Acid
Subflower Seed
Succotash (corn and beans)
Sulfur Dioxide
Sweet Chestnut Flour
Tapioca Flour
Tarrow Root
Tartaric Acid
TBHQ is Tetra or Tributylhydroquinon e
Tea-Tree Oil
Teff Flour
Tepary Bean
Thiamine Hydrochoride
Tofu-Soya Curd
Tolu Balsam
Tragacanth Gum
Tri-Calcium Phosphate
Turmeric (Kurkuma)
Urad/Urid Beans
Urad/Urid Dal (peas) Vegetables
Urad/Urid flour
Vinegar (All except Malt)
Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Flavoring
Vinegars (Specific Types)
Vitamin A (retinol)
Waxy Maize
White Vinegar
Wine Vinegars (including Balsamic)
Wild Rice
Xanthan Gum
Yam Flour
Yogurt (make sure to check labels, some brands/types are NOT safe)

See, that leaves all kinds of things that we Celiacs can eat!

Ingredients that we should always question:

Questionable Ingredients

Natural Flavors/Flavorings (can contain malt, made from barley)
Soy Sauce (most are brewed from/with wheat; La Choy is safe)
Modified Food Starch (will be labeled if the source is wheat; it is a law as of 2006)
Spices (100% spices are fine, some spice mixes or combinations may contain gluten; always check if you are not sure)

Now, onto the Unsafe List:

Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Barley Malt
Bleached Flour
Blue Cheese (made with bread ~ some are safe, I have never investigated it b/c I hate it!)
Bread Flour
Brewers Yeast
Brown Flour
Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
Bulgur Wheat
Cereal Binding
Club Wheat
Common Wheat
Durum wheat (Triticum durum)
Edible Starch
Farina Graham
Flour (normally this is wheat)
Fu (dried wheat gluten)
Graham Flour
Granary Flour
Groats (barley, wheat)
Hard Wheat
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Malt Extract
Malt Syrup
Malt Flavoring
Malt Vinegar
Macha Wheat
Matzo Semolina
Oriental Wheat
Pearl Barley
Persian Wheat
Poulard Wheat
Polish Wheat
Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used)
Semolina Triticum
Shot Wheat
Small Spelt
Sprouted Wheat or Barley
Strong Flour
Suet in Packets
Teriyaki Sauce (La Choy is GF)
Textured Vegetable Protein – TVP
Timopheevi Wheat
Triticale X triticosecale
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Udon (wheat noodles)
Unbleached Flour
Vavilovi Wheat
Vegetable Starch
Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
Wheat amino acids
Wheat Bran Extract
Wheat, Bulgur
Wheat Durum Triticum
Wheat Germ Extract
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
Wheat Nuts
Wheat Protein
Wheat Triticum aestivum
Wheat Triticum Monococcum
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
Whole-Meal Flour
Wild Einkorn
Wild Emmer

Another 100 List! I Can’t Help Myself!

I love these so much! Veggiegirl always has these cool lists on her blog. This is almost as much fun as getting mail used to be when I was a kid! Getting mail isn’t so fun now, b/c it is usually just bills. I do look forward to getting my magazines and cards, but that is about it.

Anywho, onto the list! It is a Sweet 100 list!!

First, here are the rules:

1.) Copy this list into your site, including the instructions!

2.) Bold all of the sweets you’ve eaten–or make them a different type color.

3.) Cross out any of them that you’d never ever eat.

4.) Consider anything that is not bold or crossed out your “To Do” List.

5.) Optional: Post a comment here linking to your results–or just post a comment letting us know how many you’ve tried, or what you’re going to try next!

And now, here is…

**Gluten-Free Is Life’s Sweet 100 List**

1. Red Velvet Cake

2. Princess Torte

3. Whoopie Pie

4. Apple Pie either topped or baked with sharp cheddar

5. Beignet

6. Baklava

7. Black and white cookie

8. Seven Layer Bar

9. Fried Fruit pie (sometimes called hand pies) – I have eaten Hostess Fruit Pies and miss them dearly since having to go GF. I really need to create these soon.

10. Kringle ~ YUM!! Love the raspberry filled kind. Again, need to make a GF one.

11. Just-fried (still hot) doughnut ~can you say Krispy Kreme???

12. Scone with clotted cream

13. Betty, Grunt, Slump, Buckle or Pandowdy

14. Halvah – also known as the “Turkish Delight.”

15. Macaroons

16. Banana pudding with nilla wafers – YUM

17. Bubble tea (with tapioca “pearls”) ~ never heard of it

18. Dixie Cup –

19. Rice Krispie treats – Yes, yes, yes!

20. Alfajores –

21. Blondies

22. Croquembouche

23. Girl Scout cookies – Love Thin Mints & Samoas.

24. Moon cake

25. Candy Apple –

26. Baked Alaska

27. Brooklyn Egg Cream

28. Nanaimo bar

29. Baba au rhum

30. King Cake –

31. Sachertorte –

32. Pavlova

33. Tres Leches Cake –

34. Trifle

35. Shoofly Pie

36. Key Lime Pie (made with real key lime)

37. Panna Cotta

38. New York Cheesecake ~ my fav

39. Napoleon / mille-fueille –

40. Russian Tea Cake / Mexican Wedding Cake ~ I make these GF at Christmas time….I can’t wait!

41. Anzac biscuits

42. Pizzelle –

43. Kolache – love them with apricot filling & blueberry filling

44. Buckeyes – Ummmm..I live in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. I think I might get shot if I hadn’t tried these! BTW, love them!

45. Malasadas

46. Moon Pie

47. Dutch baby –

48. Boston Cream Pie

49. Homemade chocolate chip cookies – Yes. I have my fav recipe here on my blog for them.

50. Pralines

51. Gooey butter cake

52. Rusks

53. Daifuku

54. Green tea cake or cookies

55. Cupcakes from a cupcake shop

56. Crème brûlée ~ never tried until I was GF. Then I was in heaven since the ingredients are naturally GF.

57. Some sort of deep fried fair food (twinkie, candy bar, cupcake) – Hmmm…I can happily say “No”.

58. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting ~

59. Jelly Roll ~ LOVE my Grandma’s jelly roll!

60. Pop Tarts – Heck ya! I am going to make a GF version for Jon soon.

61. Charlotte Russe

62. An “upside down” dessert (Pineapple upside-down cake or Tarte Tatin) –

63. Hummingbird Cake

64. Jell-O from a mold – Yes. My Grandma (Dad’s Mom) loved her Jell-O molds. 🙂

65. Black forest cake

66. Mock Apple Pie (Ritz Cracker Pie)

67. Kulfi

68. Linzer torte

69. Churro – In Spanish Class we made these!

70. Stollen

71. Angel Food Cake ~ excellent with fresh strawberries

72. Mincemeat pie

73. Concha

74. Opera Cake

75. Sfogliatelle / Lobster tail

76. Pain au chocolat – in France.

77. A piece of Gingerbread House

78. Cassata –

79. Cannoli – .

80. Rainbow cookies

81. Religieuse

82. Petits fours

83. Chocolate Souffle ~ This is on my to-do list to make

84. Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

85. Rugelach

86. Hamenstashen –

87. Homemade marshmallows

88. Rigo Janci

89. Pie or cake made with candy bar flavors (Snickers pie, Reeses pie, etc) – Snicker’s Pie

90. Divinity

91. Coke or Cola cake

92. Gateau Basque

93. S’mores

94. Figgy Pudding

95. Bananas foster or other flaming dessert –
96. Joe Froggers

97. Sables

98. Millionaire’s Shortbread

99. Animal crackers – yes, and most recently, Envirokidz GF Animal Crackers!

100. Basbousa

Anyone notice that I didn’t cross anything out?? Now, that could be b/c I don’t know what some of these things are or b/c I really do have a sweet tooth and I haven’t met many desserts that I don’t like. 😉