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EOE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis) Diet Snack Options

Having this condition has made me greatly aware of how many foods have Gluten, it really is crazy!

It also has taught me to read the food labels, to see whats really in our food we are eating and wow I have been so naive! Just believing and being persuaded by whats flashing on the label. Well, not no more

It took a little bit, but below are a few of my favorite go to snacks that are gluten and dairy free:

**Warning -before you eat, check the ingredients every time **

  • Peanuts
  • Variety of fresh fruits and veggies
  • Rice cakes
  • Pita chips and hummus
  • Pretzels
  • Frito
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Jello
  • Beef sticks/sliced Salami
  • Silk Almond milk Yogurt
  • Sweet Loren’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie (these have been my BEST find ūüėÜūüĎäūüŹĽ)

So one mistake I made, was that I assumed if one brand was gluten free so was the other and that is NOT the case! So AGAIN please check your food labels!

I felt very lost (and still do in a way) about foods that are okay to eat, so I hope this list helps even just one person find a snack they can still enjoy ūüėä

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God Knows Where I Am – Mental Health Awareness

I recorded this show “God Knows Where I Am” on PBS, probably about a month (or 2) ago,  and just got around to watching it tonight and it was good! Long story short, it is about  a woman, who is mentally ill and eventually dies from her mental illness.

It brought, into light,  a huge gap in our mental health system. This woman was discharged from a mental health hospital into the care of no one, no one knew, not even her family that she was no longer a patient and let go. The woman was discharged and dies homeless.  The gap here is that she was sick,  mentally but still sick and NEEDED help, however a hospital discharges her with no plan. No followup care or outpatient care, no one to make sure she was taking her medication, that she needed to function. With no discharge plan, they didn’t know she had no home to go too and became homeless. She was not in legal trouble, so the law enforcement had no reason to handle this and so really our society was responsible for her, but who would do that? Who would help her? 

Speaking from personal experience, I know that the health care system is hard to navigate but then getting into needing mental health care, wow that’s a whole other issue and that doesn’t seem to get any attention! When we hear about health care in the news, hardly EVER a mention to mental health! Then on top of it, if you have a child that needs mental health care, that’s even harder. Thankfully, we made it through that deep, deep valley with our child, however IT WAS HARD! 

I want to be able to help others who are also struggling with gaps, I just am not sure where to start…

If this topic interests you at all, you may enjoy this documentary. I recorded it off of PBS, however I know that right now you an find it on Netflix as well.

My hope and prayer for you this week, is that if you think you or a loved one, are suffering from a mental illness – get help! Reach out, talk to someone. And if you are on that receiving end, someone asking you for help, my prayer for you is that you receive the guidance you need and help them! 

Take Care! 

Recipes*

Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast

Happy Monday friends!!

This pork roast recipe¬†has “fall” all over it! Apples and Cinnamon add the perfect flavor!

Apple-cinnamon Pork RoastThis recipe was found on Parenting.com. They have a few, great recipes on this site, that I have tried! They have a great foody section and if you have time you should check it out: Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1¬†2 1/2¬†–¬†3¬†pound¬†boneless pork-loin roast
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†dried thyme
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†kosher salt
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†black pepper
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†vegetable oil
  • 1¬†medium sweet onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†apple cider or apple juice
  • 2¬†Jonagold or McIntosh apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†lemon juice
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†ground cinnamon
  • 1¬†bag¬†(16 ounces) coleslaw mix

Make It

1.If the roast wont fit in your 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, trim it and save the pieces for stir-fry later in the week. Then sprinkle the roast with thyme, salt, and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil.

2.Layer the onion on the bottom of your slow cooker. Place roast on top and pour on the apple cider- we prefer cider because it has a bit more fiber. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Toss apples with lemon juice and cinnamon. Add them and the coleslaw mix to your slow cooker. Cover and heat 10 minutes more.

3.Remove the roast and place it on a platter. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables and apple slices to the platter. Drizzle any remaining cooking juices over meat and vegetables.

For nutrition facts check out:

Have a Marvelous Monday and blessed week!

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Protect Your Skin

So my dad passed away from Melanoma in December and I’ve been doing some research about how to protect myself and my family’s skin from the sun; and wanted to share with you, to hopefully help you as well! I know with Spring Break coming up for some, this is the perfect time! ‚ėÄÔłŹ

1. Prevention- wear your sunscreen!!! Everyday!! No matter where you are, even being inside, still apply it! Helpful hint: check the UV index every day, they have nice apps that do it for you and will alert you when it reaches a specific number.

2. Protection

  • Protection includes wearing sunscreen (of course)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with a 4 inch brim
  • Specific SPF clothing
  • ¬†Seek shade when you can
  • ¬†Do not burn ( Your risk of developing Melanoma doubles if you have had more than 5 sunburns).
  • At all costs AVOID sun tanning booths.

3. Be aware- what should you look for in a mole:

  • A – Asymmetry (irregular shape)
  • B – Border (irregular border)
  • C – Color (multiple colors)
  • D – Diameter (>6mm in diameter)
  • E – Evolving (change in size, shape and color)

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** If you have a family history of skin cancer, consult a dermatologist to have a skin exam every year or every 6 months.

Please educate yourself and check out these websites:

https://www.skincancer.org/

https://www.cancer.org/

Take care and blessings to you all!