Tag Archives: Gluten-free

The Impact of Influence


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Since 2012, my diet has been limited to no more than 5% animal product which includes all meats and dairy. For me, the change was fairly easy as in 2003 my diet had to change for immediate health reasons after my diagnosis of celiac. In 2003, I immediately stopped eating breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, most processed food, and within one week my dire health predictions completely turned around. Based on the quickness of my change in health after a change to gluten-free diet in 2003, I had no problem eliminating protein based meats and dairy from my diet in 2012.

My loving husband enjoys his Steak’n’Shake meat sandwich along with the extra-large milkshake. A Five Guys burger would be a perfect meal for him.

While reading The China Study by Campbell & Campbell, I read different passages to my husband who had the same reactions I did to the results of the years of research. However, he did enjoy his meat and dairy for the past two years.

From meal to meal, he would acquiesce and eat the meatless, cold, (and delicious!) stuffed peppers. Or join me in a dinner at a vegetarian restaurant. He may comment on how good my hummus tastes compares to other versions.

But within the last few weeks, my husband has actively sought out meat-free and dairy-free products – get this – even when I am not around! At first, he reviewed the labels on processed food for gluten-free wording – he said he wanted me to be able to eat the item as well as him. This makes sense in a home of two individuals.

Lately, not only selection of processed food, but also selection of dishes when we eat out (often) and when we cook (not so often) has been more vegan than traditional American meals!

Had we been able to find a can of fava beans in our small community, my loving spouse was most excited about the prospect of making foul madammas for dinner last night! He suggested the spaghetti squash option for our spaghetti lunch.

He affirms how much better he feels, how much more energy he feels, and importantly how much ‘stuff’ his body is able to process and release with vegan meals.

We still visit our favorite restaurant in the world – Bern’s Steak House in Tampa – for a delectable steak from time to time. However, know that as you are moving more and more to a vegan lifestyle, you are silently impacting others who are watching to find out what happens.


Most Wonderful Hummus Recipe Ever



Hummus varies in taste, flavor, and consistency. This recipe makes fabulous, tasty, delicious hummus every time. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, tasty, and easy to make. Let me know what you think when you make and taste this recipe. It comes from Healthy Cooking for Two (or just you) by Frances Price, R.D. which is a fun and excellent cookbook if you can still find it.

We use the hummus with vegetables for a meal. Others use hummus as a spread on sandwich or in pita bread. Let me know your favorite way to eat this sumptuous dish!

Rainbow Hummus

1/3 Cup Water

3 tbsp Tahini

3 tbsp Lemon juice

1 tbsp Olive Oil

16 oz Great Northern beans, rinsed & drained from a can

2 cloves garlic

4 parsley springs (sometimes I use cilantro)

1/4 tsp salt

dash(es) hot pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on medium speed until hummus is smooth. Serve immediately or store in covered container in refrigerator for up to 1 week (hah! It doesn’t last that long in our home!)

Glutton of vegan sites


Trying to be careful to limit intake of protein to 5% of my diet takes time. When you add the dietary restriction of no gluten, creativity has to come to the surface to have tasty meals. Lately, I have found many wonderful websites with fabulous recipes to share. Here are a few – please post additional sites as you discover them as well. Specifically, any gluten-free vegan sites with tasty, easy recipes! To your good health!




The China Study Cookbook


Holidays are over and spring is around the corner!

For Christmas, one of my sons gave me ‘The China Study Cookbook.’ Since then, we tried different recipes and enjoyed the results! Because one of our sons live nearby (with adorable wife and precious granddaughter), we bring the new cookbook and ingredients over to their home for Sunday meal – it is a great way to test a number of great recipes and leave leftovers for the new parents.

So far, we ate from Appetizers & Salads, Entrees, Side Dishes, and Desserts and loved nearly every dish created. I avoid the recipes with gluten for me – there are lots of gluten-free options available.

Check the cookbook out and let me know your favorites!