List of Best Gluten Free Organic Foods & Vitamins for Healthy Hair

September 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Celiac Disease Symptoms

My hair is the physical evidence for why I strongly support and encourage eating gluten free, among many other reasons.

If you have Celiac Disease and are still eating gluten, you will be malnourished because your digestive tract is tore up from the floor up my friend.

If you can’t get the food properly into your body and blood stream, it sure isn’t going to your hair.

As a result of this malnourishment due to your damaged digestive tract, you will have several major health problems, from low blood sugar to migraines to mood issues to thin brittle early greying hair.

When I was born, my mom said I had a weird layer of dead skin cells on my head for two years and my hair wouldn’t grow. No doctors were able to help her. Around two years old, I guess, she peeled off the skin from my head and it finally started to grow.

Still, my hair was always thin and brittle and didn’t grow as long as I would have liked.

In my thirties, when I learned I was intolerant to gluten and stopped eating gluten, my hair started to grow in thicker, darker, shinier, and faster! I even had hairs that were grey and kinky  start growing in dark straight and lovely.

When I started eating gluten free, I had a complete reversal of my hair from so-so normal to fabulous.

Now that I am trudging along in my thirties, everyone assumes I color my hair and they make somewhat rude comments to me in reference to when I had lighter less lovely hair. I have even had people think I was wearing a wig!

“Is that your real hair?”

I am happy to point out the few strands of silver hair I have to prove the rest is actually natural dark hair.

List of Best Gluten Free Organic Foods & Vitamins for Healthy Hair

In addition to eating gluten-free, vitamins and gluten-free organic foods that will help your hair grow healthier are…

DAIRY:  Milk without rBST
DARK GREEN VEGETABLES: Spinach, Broccoli
FISH: Salmon, Halibut
GRAINS: Brown Rice, Flaxseed
NUTS: Brazil Nuts, Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews
ORANGE FOODS: Oranges, Carrots, Cantaloupe
PROTEINS: Kidney Beans, Lentils, Eggs, Grass-fed Beef, Free-Range Poultry
VITAMINS: A, B-6, B-12, Biotin, Calcium, E, Folic Acid, Iron, Omega-3, Zinc

FINAL HAIR NOTES

Avoiding sun and hats is important to healthy hair, as both damage the hair and scalp. A loose straw or cotton hat is best if you are going to be in the sun, so your head and hair can breath.

When you are away from the sun, take off the hat, massage your head, lighten up your hair, and give a good water rinse that night.

Likewise, if you ride a motorcycle or are a fireman and often wear a helmet, make sure to give your head some extra love and cleansing to remove the grime. If your hair is blocked, it can’t grow.

Intaking toxins like smoke, drugs, and alcohol are also going to infringe on your overall health and of course affect the outcome of your hair.

When my brother was being pumped with the strongest drugs on the planet to keep him alive for over a month in the hospital, shortly after he recovered, he lost a lot of his beautiful hair and the new hair grew in redder, kinky, and thinner. His hair was permanently damaged by the illness and drugs. As he has just switched to a gluten free diet, we’ll see if that helps his hair any.

What grows out of your head is partly due to genetics, but it is also how healthy you are, what you do, and how you eat.

WARNINGS: Other than Celiac Disease, you may have a different major health issue causing your hair to be brittle or fall out, like Anemia, Diabetes, liver failure, and Cancer, to name a few. If eating healthy isn’t enough to help your hair, you want to make sure you do not have a life threatening illness.

As with poop, hair (particularly for women) is an indicator of how healthy you are — you can see what is going on inside your body by what comes out!

Quest for the Perfect Gluten Free English Muffin

September 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

As you quest for the perfect gluten free English Muffin, I will help you by comparing the two gluten free English Muffin brands, Glutino and Food for Life, to Thomas’ English Muffins (the holy grail of English Muffins for Americans).

Glutino’s English Muffins have  a yellow-orange color and when cut open, look like a fluffy light bread. But if you close your eyes, the light taste and texture in the mouth is more similar to Thomas’ English Muffin than the Food for Life brand.

The Food for Life brand of gluten free English Muffin, I enjoy, but I know it is not for everyone. It is a heavier bread and a more pasty taste and texture. The Food for Life brand looks just like a Thomas’ English Muffin, but does not taste like one. As I said, I like it, but it is not for everyone.

The Glutino brand is more of a crowd pleaser, but the ingredients are less healthy.

Click here to see Glutino’s English Muffin ingredients made in Canada.

Click here to see Food for Life’s English Muffin organic ingredients made in the USA.

When it comes to gluten free organic flours, as Food for Life uses, the flavor result can be unique and an acquired taste.

Both English Muffins require some skills to defrost and toast to just the right taste. If the Food For Life English Muffin is not heated long enough, it tastes really bad. So don’t give up on it, maybe you need to warm it longer. Both brands I defrost in the oven on Bake 375. The Glutino brand, after defrosted, I cut open and toast with butter on Broil. The Food for Life brand, being heavier and thicker, tastes better closed with butter inserted, otherwise, it just gets too hard.

I have tried a variation of delicious organic toppings. Butter. Butter and cream cheese. Butter and a fried egg. Butter, cream cheese, avocado, and smoked salmon.

SUMMARY: If all you want is gluten free and good taste, go with the Glutino English Muffin brand. If you are nostalgic for the English Muffin look, want to be as healthy as you can be, and don’t mind trying new flavors, go with the organic FoodforLife brand.

 

Eating Gluten Free at Cuban Restaurant Café Paladar in San Francisco

September 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Restaurants

If you work downtown in San Francisco’s Financial district and haven’t eaten at Paladar Café Cubano, you simply aren’t enjoying life enough.

Paladar was my treat to myself on a rough work day. During the business lunch rush, it may be difficult to get a seat. I usually went on a sunny day so I could sit outside and pretend I was in a foreign country. There is a small front room and a larger seating area downstairs.

I ate at Paladar so often that, years later, when I come for a visit, they still remember me and my order. I always order the same gluten free meal: the Picadillo Cubano Estilo Elena, which is Niman ground beef seasoned with sofrito (onions, olives, tomatoes, bell peppers, wine), white rice, and plantains.

I love the staff and owners. They are so sweet, they even tried to find me a spouse, but I managed to get that sorted out on my own. It’s the kind of place you have to share: I have brought my co-workers, friends, and family here.

This Latin Soul Food cuisine is Cuban and Colombian inspired (Spanish, African, and Caribbean fusion) with lots of gluten free options. Paladar Café Cubano uses organic products, supports local agriculture, and has vegetarian meal options.

They serve yuca, plantains, salads, rice, beans, bocadillos hot pressed sandwiches, chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, Mexican Coke, Organic Mango Juice, Sandia Cooler (watermelon, cucumber, mint, lime), Batidos tropical fruit shakes, Sangria, and Cuban style coffee!

Price for a meal ranges from $9 to $13.

Shopping downtown at Union Square or working your fingers to the bone in the San Franciscan towers of power, Paladar Café Cubano is the perfect place to take a break and get a gluten free recharge.

HOURS: Monday — Friday 10am-3pm . Saturday 11am-3pm

LOCATION: 329 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California 94108, between Bush and Pine

ORDERS TO GO: 415.398.4899

WEBSITEhttp://paladarcafecubano.com/