Save Your Glass Jars!

December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

One thing I do to live healthier and save a lot of money is I save glass containers. Any item that comes in a glass jar with a lid — after I have consumed the product — I soak the jar, remove the label, wash it thoroughly, and then save it.

Glass has been made for thousands of years by melting sand or quartz and reshaping it.

Although glass holds up nicely as an ancient artifact, it also can easily break down like rocks, and will eventually return to its original state of being.

Plastics have been most popularized in the 1950s, and due to how plastics are made, their durability and pliability, they don’t break down naturally like other substances and products, and therefore are terrible for the environment.

There is purportedly a plastic trash island the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, and plastic debris among all the sea, especially in the north Pacific and collecting along many beach coasts.

Plastic with additives is toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing), so I like to get my food products out of their plastic wrappers as quickly as possible and switched to glass. Also, as plastic particles seep into the food, it ruins the flavor. You can’t heat up food (safely) in plastic, but glass is ideal!

Think about saving, collecting, and reusing nice glass jars and bottles.

From where do my glass jars usually come? (These are all gluten-free products.)

  • Drinks (coffee and juices)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Dips
  • Salsa
  • Olives
  • Honey
  • Spices

If I don’t know the difference in taste between brand names, and the price and contents seem equal, I choose the food or beverage that has a nicely styled re-usable glass jar.

What gluten-free products do I put in my glass jars?

  • Glutenfree flours made from tapioca, corn, rice, sweet potato, etc.
  • Coffee, Spices, Herbs, Sugars, Cocoa powder…
  • Dried Foods like nuts, fruits, veggie chips.
  • Candy & Chocolate like gramma used to! All the colors look colorfully artistic in a clear glass jar.
  • Dog food looks more appealing, easily transportable, healthier.
  • Left-overs from take-out food, home meals, & unused portions of canned goods: tastes better, saves longer with seal-tight lid.
  • Beverages like water, cocktails, or coffee that I mix and make at home, lasts long, tastes great!
  • Soups, you can make a huge batch and have lots of safely kept meals all week, or freeze for longer, or for the cupboard if you know how to seal jars safely.
  • Gifts, when you put treats or drinks in a glass jar, they look a lot nicer and taste a lot better than plastic; my friends love my homemade lattes and mochas that they can take home with them from my house; it’s a glass I don’t need back.
  • Hair Accessories like rubber bands, barrettes, clips.
  • Lotion & Bath Products
  • Cups & Jugs, glass jars are really fun to use as drinking cups and people can break them if they want, who cares!

YES! I love glass jars.

WANT TO SEE SOME SHOCKING FOOTAGE that might set you straight? Watch this amazing comprehensive explanatory video Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch about Plastic Island, and also LA TIMES beautiful heart-wrenching coverage Altered Oceans, and here is a short video just to give you an idea of what the ocean looks like in places.

Switch back to glass. When possible, choose glass, recycled paper, or other biodegradable packaging options. With your money, you have power. It sends a message and will, on the long haul, help to make the world a healthier place for all.

 

Gluten Free Egg Cheese Sandwich

December 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy

This gluten-free egg-salad grilled-cheese sandwich is delicious and pretty fast to make.

First, bring some water to boil in a small pot or hot stove cup.

When boiling, add 1 or 2 organic eggs without hormones.

Boil the eggs 10 to 15 minutes. The trick to easy-peel eggs is to only put them in the water when the water is boiling, not before. Then after, pour out the hot water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Let the eggs sit in the cold water until you can handle them.

For the egg salad, peel the eggs and mash them up with a fork in a bowl. I use a heaping forkful of Lemonaise and mix that in with the eggs, but if you don’t have or don’t want that, then use a gluten-free mayonnaise with some dashes of salt and pepper.

The bread I use is the Food for Life wheat & gluten-free brown rice bread from Trader Joe’s. Most gluten-free breads from a grocery store are not immediately fresh and they don’t have all kinds of crazy preservatives, so in short, they don’t taste that great right out of the bag, but toasted, they can be really great. I have won over lots of people with this bread, when it’s toasted. So toast it! It tastes and has a texture like soda bread.

To toast the bread, I put it in a toaster oven or a baking oven on broil for just a moment, and watch it brown lightly. As you can see from my picture, I, without fail, tend to burn my toast and other foods. So stand by while toasting.

When you flip the toast, add some organic butter and a slice of your favorite organic cheese.

In this case, I added a slice of a fresh organic natural tomato from my garden — so sweet and delicious, the sun and rain did all the work, I did nothing to grow it; it came with the house.

When your cheese is melted, pull out your toast and put it on a plate. Add some heaping scoops of egg salad, et voila, c’est tout!

 

Is Your Boss Killing You?

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under News

When your boss doesn’t allow you to take breaks to eat, essentially, he or she is killing you.

Without food, you will die. It’s as simple as that.

Before you die, on your path to starvation, you will become a total jerk.

As basic as the concept of eating is, somehow, many control freak bosses just don’t get it. They don’t get that with food, you will be in a better mood, your brain will be clearer, you will have better ideas, you will have more strength, and you will work faster.

At a certain point, after many hours of not eating, you become irritable, yet don’t seem to know why because your brain is muddled from hunger.

When your blood sugar drops, you may become enraged, dizzy, confused, slow, depressed, short-tempered, or get a migraine.

This is your body telling you that you need to eat!

Strangely enough, I have had several bosses deny me of my lunch or dinner breaks for some really stupid thing that just had to get done in that moment. Although I faintly remember the reasons why I was forced to skip meals, I sure remember the terrible physical symptoms from not eating.

Perhaps you are your own slave-driving a-hole boss, hmmmm? You are working for yourself and you still don’t stop to eat. It’s so important that you do eat!

Whether it takes 15 minutes or 1 hour to get and eat your food, you have to eat! Never let a boss or a deadline deprive you of that. There is no reason to validate your not eating.

Even if you are in the medical industry dealing with life and death situations, if you don’t stop to eat and sleep, you may make fatal mistakes. Demand breaks. Demand that someone cover you. Whether you have to drive a vehicle or operate on a body, you have to be well fed to do it well! Snacks help between meals, but they do not suffice in the place of a full meal.

Eat! 

Eat well. Eat frequently. Avoid sugars and processed foods with lots of ingredients that could actually make you feel worse than eating nothing at all. Cut traditional soda pop out of your diet all together; it’s just cancer in a cup. If you wouldn’t feed something to an animal, do you really want to feed it to yourself or the people you love?

Gluten-Free Man Meal 1 – Corn Sausage Apple

December 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy

In restaurants, the male gender dominates the kitchen as chefs and cooks, but let’s face it, if he ain’t gettin’ paid for it, he probably ain’t cookin’ it, and at home, women usually do the cooking.

Where do bachelor men fall, men who want to eat well but really aren’t into cooking and they don’t have a lady around to service ’em? Maybe they put their career, bar-hopping, or mating opportunities before nutrition. They get home late and leave early. A lot of bachelors don’t even have a table and chairs. They eat on their couch or bed. Maybe they don’t have a kitchen at all, just a microwave.

Cooking takes time, energy, ingredients, cookware, and thought.

If you aren’t cooking and you don’t have a lot of money to eat out, you probably aren’t eating all that well.

I’m going to introduce some easy and tasty meals that single people can make without too much effort. I’m going to call ’em Man Meals for fun, but of course, these are meals for anyone of any age and gender or marital status who just doesn’t have the patience, ingredients, or money to make spectacular meals.

These gluten-free meals are simple, well-rounded, and taste good.

Pictured here today is Man Meal 1.

Boil some water and toss an ear of corn in for 5 minutes. After you pull it out, you can flavor your corn with butter, salt, lemon, and/or parmesan cheese. If you don’t want to bother with fresh corn, you can also use canned corn, but realize that it is far less healthy and it costs more. You may want to choose canned corn if you are rarely home and fresh food tends to go bad before you can get to it. MICROWAVE ALTERNATIVE: You may microwave your corn for 45 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave.

Put a gluten-free sausage in the frying pan on medium-low heat for about 4 minutes on each side. Turn it over when hot and browned on one side. When other side is browned, take it off. Trader Joe’s has lots of different types of healthy gluten-free sausages. Hot dogs are often gluten-free. Make sure to read the package! You want foods that you know what each ingredient means, nothing with weird long chemical sounding words. Try to get sausages with very few ingredients, organic when possible. MICROWAVE ALTERNATIVE: You may microwave your sausage for about 1-3 minutes.

Wash and cut an apple.

If you are a big man, increase the amount of sausages and corn to suit your appetite.

If you or your guest has a problem with gluten, do NOT drink regular beer! The CO2 carbonation and wheat, barley, rye elements will have your tummy tossing and farting.

Gluten-free alcohol beverages are wine, cider, potato vodka, and tequila.

And that’s it! So easy. It’s not a fancy or pretty meal, but it tastes great and gives you a perky mind and satisfied stomach. You won’t feel sick from all that processed food and flour. You can even serve it to a lady date and earn some respect for your thoughtful endeavor.