Here’s my current theory on gluten-free “snackage.” Have something to fill most gaps in your snack cravings, and then consciously work to eat them much, much slower than you normally go through something. At the least, you are trying to heal your body of an overload of gluten. At the worst? You have actual gluten damage that has messed with your digestion and slowed your ability to absorb nutrients. Remember that you may actually eat less once you stop eating gluten. Your stomach may be happy with less.Continue reading
I’m making the case for a diet experiment–going one month without gluten (or just without wheat, if that’s all your schedule can handle right now.) We’re got four different levels of trying this out, and a world of different grains to try in place of wheat, barley and rye (as well as oats, which are contaminated by gluten unless the package says “gluten-free.”) Now, we step over to an important topic–gluten hidden in condiments and other places you just don’t expect it. Such as–ice cream? Eggnog? Cheese?Continue reading
Okay, eating the world may be an exaggeration, but not by a lot. There are a ton of foods out there for the gluten sensitive individual to eat, and most of them you’ve probably never given a second glance. But they are waiting for you, bursting with flavor.Continue reading
Here it is, the beginning of the New Year for the Western World. Some people are barreling ahead with resolutions, grand plans for diet change, exercise, social makeovers, new jobs, new spouses, new lives, for heaven’s sake – and it all makes you tired.
You’ve done pretty much ALL of this – over and over. And none of it has helped you gain energy, lose weight, find your enthusiasm or anything else that you’d like to find. Every attempt has smacked you down.
Well…on the way from recovering from an illness most don’t recover from, I discovered something. It gave me back my energy, my higher reasoning faculties, and finally, my creativity and writing. I am improving every single day.Continue reading
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) It had been a dry, dry year in the forests of Northern New Mexico, and we had many, many tens of thousands of acres … Continue reading
I am sure everybody remembers Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and their highly-influential movie reviews. I knew that Siskel had passed away, but had not heard that Roger Ebert was suffering from cancer. Here’s the story. Reading this gives … Continue reading
Virginia Satir, the famous family therapist, was fond of metaphors and collected them from a profusion of sources, such as The Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum. In that story, remember, the Wizard gave the Scarecrow a brain, the Tin … Continue reading
Another fun Nous Sommes Anglais out-take this week. This time it’s all about health – a sudden lack of it. I’d been lucky enough to enjoy good health all my life in England. Never been hospitalised, never been seriously ill. My … Continue reading
Some years back, my sister gave me a copy of Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing (Beacon Press, 1999). It sat on my shelf as I debated whether its contents would be grim or admonishing. I was wrong … Continue reading
The first all-Book View Cafe/Book View Press anthology is live now. You can download the Kindle version for $4.99, and it’s also available at Book View Cafe. Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls (Sarah disavowed the title, and I honestly … Continue reading