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Saffron Road Lamb Saag and Smoothie Talk

This was delicious. I got tired of eating the same ole green smoothies and salmon and beef with no bread. I saw this in the GF section of Kroger's freezer and tried it for a change of pace. It was spectacular. The lamb is tender and tasty. I like it more than chicken and maybe as much as beef. It has 18 grams of protein, it's gluten-free, and it provides about 340 calories. Lots of fiber, only 3 grams of sugar, etc. It does have high sodium (650mg), but one helping of high sodium doesn't affect me because I hardly have any. I limit it to 1,500 mg a day and never get anywhere near that.

There are no pork ingredients in this meal. It's a halal item. Though I'm not a Muslim, I know that such people do not eat pork, and they need to have their meat prepared using a certain standard. It's similar to kosher, but not exactly the same. This was very good for a frozen meal. It was so good that I might have another one. Alternatively, I could buy some fresh lamb for myself and try to recreate the meal. That might be fun. 

Smoothie Talk and Plans to Gain Weight

I need to gain three or four pounds. I'm stuck on 119-121, and I think it's just slightly too thin. I need a rear end and a fuller face. My pants are always falling off my behind, and those are the ones that used to be too tight for me to get my thighs and backside into. So I'm in search of a protein powder that delivers 60 grams of protein per serving for my smoothies. The one I have now only gives me 22 grams per serving. I'm thinking about changing to a different alternative milk item and protein powder. I currently drink almond milk. 

I've had a lot of success with coconut products in the past. In fact, a product with coconut water in it helped me to lose my water weight when I was really sick a few years ago. It was the Bai Antioxidant Cocofusion Molokai Coconut drink. I drank those and green tea. They stopped me from swelling and gaining three to five pounds of water weight every single day. I was so happy to see that stop! Unfortunately, I was still eating stuff I wasn't supposed to be eating, so the symptoms would often come back later in the day or the next day.  I was so confused. 

Long story short,  I may change to coconut milk instead of almond milk. The almond milk isn't bad. I just want to try something different. I purchased Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk a few weeks ago, but I didn't like it at all. I didn't like them mixed together. The smoothie I made with that milk did not taste good. It has to be one or the other, and the smoothie's protein mix has to be the appropriate flavor to suit the milk, too. I use a chocolate-flavored protein mix with the almond milk, and it's fabulous. I think pineapple protein powder will be awesome with coconut milk as the base. The banana will be good up in there, too. I don't think I'll be able to get away with making it green, but I can certainly make a darn good-tasting smoothie with it. I'll try to green it and see, but it might not work. 

Yes, yes, yes. I believe I have just decided what I want to shop for today. 

My Usual Smoothies That Taste Amazing

1 cup of ice
1-1.5 cups of almond milk
1 scoop of chocolate-flavored protein powder
3 teaspoons of raw unfiltered honey
2 teaspoons of peanut butter
1-2 handfuls of spinach
1 whole avocado
1 whole banana

First Homemade Smoothie Went Over Well

I forgot to take a picture of my smoothie, so I used a generic one. My first homemade green smoothie went over well. It didn't make me pass out or get blurry vision, lol. It didn't make me feel extremely tired. I drank the smoothie one to two hours ago, and I'm still awake and feeling okay. I would have had a bad reaction by now if something was going to happen. Here's what I put in the smoothie:

1 cup of ice

1 cup of PLAIN unsweetened Silk almond milk

1 cup of baby spinach

1 banana

1 teaspoon of JIF (GF) peanut butter

1/2 scoop of organic protein

A generous helping of 100% PURE raw & unfiltered honey

I think I used three teaspoons of honey and then let a little more go in there to sweeten it up a bit, lol. I have no issues with honey. I'm not sure why I didn't react to the honey, but I do react to other sugars. **Random fact: I Just found out that raw honey has AMYLASE in it.**

I did not put any vanilla extract in my smoothie, and I did not use vanilla-flavored almond milk. I was thinking trace gluten, so I just avoided it. Better safe than sorry. 

I probably got a good 400 or 500 calories from this, and it didn't cause me any problems. That's just one item, though. I'll have to come up with many more ideas for getting foods into my system. The smoothie was pretty plain, but it tasted good. I take avocados pretty well, but I get tired of eating them raw and regular. I think they're better inside smoothies. So maybe my next smoothie will be avocado and spinach and so forth. Eventually, I'll try adding some other things like coconuts and pineapples and such. I just wanted to start with the basics and see how everything went over. 

The Care Regimen

Since I don't do very well with regular capsules and tablets, and I'm iffy with food, I decided to try these "melts" to get all my vitamins and minerals. They supposedly hit your system right away like a sublingual. One bottle has magnesium, calcium and D3. The other has a vast assortment of vitamins and minerals, including zinc and selenium. 

They do melt quickly, and I did feel a little something when I took them. 

For digestive health, I'm deciding between these two items:


The pancreatic enzyme formula is a straightforward pancreatic enzyme formula. You get:
  • Pancreatin (from porcine) (lactose free) 500 mg
  • -Providing:

  • --Lipase 17,500 USP units
  • --Protease 110,000 USP units
  • --Amylase 120,000 USP units

These enzymes help you to digest and absorb carbs, fats, and proteins. It seems like I am lacking some of these items, so I'd like to try the enzymes, at least for a week to see what happens. 

Celiact also has the pancreatic enzymes amylase, protease, and lipase, but it also has other elements.  It's more of a comprehensive solution. It comes with a ton of vitamins and some probiotics as well. 

Both items are around the same price.  I like the idea of taking a comprehensive solution, but I don't want to overdose on the vitamins I'm already taking. It's a tough call. I'll either have to get the plain one or get the Celiact and then stop taking the multivitamin. SMH, choosing the right supplements is difficult sometimes. Then there's the issue of taking things in tablet and capsule form. I can grind tablets, and I guess it's okay to take a capsule apart if I need to. 

I have a feeling that the enzymes will make me feel better, if I can dissolve them properly. They might solve most of my problems, and maybe time will solve the rest. I enjoyed the pot pie, but it seemed like it hung around in my stomach for the longest time. It had a lot of carbs. I had some belly issues, and I also fell asleep, lol.

I ate the grain-free, gluten-free pancakes the other day, and they were okay. They weren't like Aunt Jemima pancakes or Bisquick or anything, but they worked. Got a little tired but it resolved.

Today I ate some creamy tomato soup from Panera Bread (gluten-free) and tried to take the lactase enzyme by itself to see if it would prevent a reaction from the milk. SMH, I fell asleep several minutes after eating it and didn't wake up for four hours. Some stomach issues, too. I ate the entire bowl, and it had lots of carbs, fat, and sugar (probably fructose). So I think it was elements other than the milk that I didn't digest/absorb properly this time. Lactase enzyme usually prevents me from reacting to milk. That's why I think I need all the enzymes at once.

It's so frustrating because it's not just one problem. It's several. Being gluten-free has definitely stopped the harsh immune system reactions, but I still can't process various other foods right. It makes me not want to eat at all

I just bought a blender today to make my own smoothies to eat three times a day.  I'll stick with the liquid meals. There's still no guarantee that the fruit sugars won't throw me off in some type of way, too. SMH. 

Gluten-Free Goodies to Eat

For a long time, I was really scared to eat. Now my appetite is coming back, so I've been looking for goodies. I had this yogurt this morning when I first woke up. It's gluten-free and "lactose-free," meaning that it has lactose in it, but it also has the lactase enzyme in it (it says so on the back). My body doesn't make enough of the lactase enzyme right now, so the enzyme helps me to digest milk items better. I had no bad side effects after eating it, and it was quite good, too. 

This was for dinner. Someone in the celiac group told me about it, and I had to get it. I used to LOVE me some pot pies. OMG, and it looked so good. The only thing that concerned me was that it has a lot of sodium in it. But, I haven't been putting any salt on my foods, so the 900+ mg of sodium is okay if it's the only sodium-filled item I have for the day. It was pretty good. I just got finished eating it. We'll see how I feel in a little while. 

I will be eating this here tomorrow morning for breakfast, LOL! To hell with those riceandbeanios cereals! I want some damn pancakes! We'll see if they taste like cardboard or not come tomorrow. 

Kroger Is an Awesome Market for Gluten-Free Foods


*image is of a Kroger store in Savannah, GA from crexi.com. It's not the Kroger in my home town*

Kroger is the best place I've seen for the gluten-free community so far. Whole Foods Market probably has a fantastic labeling system in place for their GF products too, but I've never been there. I can only speak on it once I visit, and it's not likely that I'll travel to Hilton Head, SC (50 minutes) or Savannah, GA (20-40 minutes) just to visit one. In my town, we have Walmart and Kroger within walking distance. We have a Publix about five miles away. There are Food Lions and such too, but they're out of the way. 

I visited Wally World the other day for the inexpensive sublingual B vitamins. I already knew they were gluten-free because I had bought them there before. I then looked around for a phantom box of gluten-free Tuna Helper that I had heard about from someone in an online forum. "Walmart sells gluten-free Tuna Helper."

I couldn't find it, and I couldn't really find anything else gluten-free, except for one loaf of bread that someone had stood up to face the customers, which made it easier to see. 

I will not buy any foods from Walmart anymore because I can't tell what's gluten-free and what isn't. Honestly, I'm surprised that the grocery giant doesn't have a better system in place. A lot of people can't eat gluten.  

I purchased a gallon of distilled water and vitamins. That was it. I got my last TV from there, too. Walmart is a great place to go for discounted non-food items. It's not a good place to go for food if you have digestive issues, allergies, sensitivities, autoimmunities, or the like. In that case, you'd be better off at Kroger. Kroger labels everything that's gluten-free with a big ole GF label: foods, drinks, vitamins, MEATS, teas, condiments, veggies, etc. Finding stuff is a really easy process. If they're not sure about whether it's GF, they don't label it as GF at all. 

They seem to really "get" how serious gluten sensitivities are. You can still read the ingredients list if you want to be extra sure, but you don't have to sift through mounds of grocery items and read all the labels until you find something you think is gluten-free. Kroger helps you out a little bit, lol. 

I don't frequent Publix too much because it's out of the way. I only went there to buy the Silk Ultra shakes when I was drinking those. I don't remember them having a GF system. They may have had a GF section, but I'm not sure. 

According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million people in the US have gluten intolerances and issues. Three million people have celiac disease. You'd think that more grocers would consider that and try to help make life a little easier for those customers. 

Right now, Kroger gets the award for being GF-conscious and considerate. 

Rice and Bean O's Cereal


After searching through aisles of cereals to find something that had no gluten and no high-fructose corn syrup and not that much sugar in general, this is what I came up with:


"Looks like Cheerios. Tastes like literal riceandbeanios." 

For real. This cereal is nasty as hell. I should probably eat it for dinner and put some hot sauce on it. It tastes like a dinner item. 

Actually, they're called Power O's, and they're by a company called Love Grown. 

They were expensive as far as cereals go. All the gluten-free stuff is expensive. D'ya think I would be paying for all this stuff if the other stuff wasn't literally killing me? I don't think so. It's like $50 every time I go to the store, and sometimes I go many times a week. I don't get food assistance at all, so it's all on my dime. 

Most of the stuff isn't very good. The stuff that is good is usually only good because it has a ton of sugar in it. And well, I can't have too much sugar either, so... yeah. Riceandbeanios. I used to like GF oatmeal, but the oats were giving me a problem too sometimes. We don't really find out these things until we do an elimination diet and then re-introduce things.  

Eggs are sometimey. I can cook up a couple eggs one morning and be fine and then react to the eggs the next time I have them. 

All meats have gone over well. 

For veggies, I eat spinach, carrots, and mushrooms from time to time. I eat avocados too, though I'm not sure if they're a fruit or a vegetable. Broccoli and cauliflower are good too, but I don't have them that much.

I eat bananas (one) and don't really deal with too many other fruits because it appears that I have to also watch the fructose. I drink a little bit of lemonade and a whole lot of water. I drink teas too. 

Almond milk is where I get my calcium (hopefully). I have a vegan protein shake mix I use with the almond milk to try to get plenty of protein. That plus the various meats give me enough protein, but I'm still not getting enough fiber, so things get kind of tricky there.

I am just now learning about my own body and system and what I can and can't eat. That's a shame that I never paid enough attention to myself to know until now. But I'm glad I finally got a clue, lol. I was never even tested for food allergies/intolerances at all (that I know of) until this year because I never thought that any foods were causing issues. It just never occurred to me, even though I had several other allergies. Technically, allergies are just immune system overreactions. It should have clicked that maybe I had a food-related overreaction too, but it didn't. 

Anyway, this lifestyle is a major pain in the behind and the wallet, but I'm not doing it as a fad or hobby. It's like I have no choice if I want to feel well. When I think about all the years I was exhausted, I'm just like... damn. 

I'm going to put this post in the personal growth category because I feel like that bettering your health is a part of personal growth. 

Spinach Is Deceitful


*Random image of spinach that isn't mine*

Spinach is the most deceitful veggie of them all. It's the only veggie that makes you think you have a lot of it to eat but then disappoints you once you cook it. You literally get only two or three spoonfuls out of a box or bag of organic baby spinach. 

What am I supposed to do with that? 

It was good with a little garlic salt and marg., though. 

The good news is that I'm not losing any more weight, despite my lack of calorie-filled foods to choose from. I leveled out at 121/122. That was a 13-pound weight loss with no exercise within only a few weeks. Most of it was probably water weight and inflammation, which means I've been inflamed for years. That's terrible

I guess I'll start visiting the gym to build my muscles after my appointment and everything. It's tough getting back into the exercise routine once I stop for a long time. But after the first 10 minutes, I'll forget that I ever skipped a beat. 

The above-pictured salmon was very tasty. It's certified gluten-free. I only bought it in the package because it was wild-caught. I prefer wild-caught salmon to the farm-raised they usually have in the fresh section. It has milk elements in it, though. Fortunately, I didn't do too bad with it. I only get 140 calories per fillet, though. SMH. 

Gluten-Free Rice Bitz From Kroger


  • Gluten Free
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • About 8 Servings
Free from Sesame Seeds and Their Derivatives,Crustaceans and Their Derivatives,Wheat and Their Derivatives,Eggs and Their Derivatives,Fish and Their Derivatives,Soybean and its Derivatives,Milk and its Derivatives,Tree Nuts and Their Derivatives,Peanuts and Their Derivatives.

I like cereal, but I found that I still had a slight problem with some of the cereals, even though they were gluten-free. For example, I found some gluten-free Lucky Charms to eat a few weeks ago, but they made me tired. Why? I don't know. Something in the ingredients didn't sit well with me. They were tasty as hell, but I still had a reaction to them. Other gluten intolerant people say they experienced the same thing too with the Lucky Charms, and the problem was the oats. Maybe so. I found that I had some issues with some Kind Healthy Grains granola bars that were gluten-free but had oats in them, too. I stopped eating them. I can't remember how I handled the gluten-free oatmeal because I haven't eaten any in a while. I don't remember whether it made me tired or not. Probably.

These Rice Bitz from Kroger were okay. I had two bowls of them with my almond milk, and I was fine. I did not get tired and pass out. No headaches or potty problems. No new bloating or inflammation.  They don't have gluten, oats, high fructose corn syrup, etc. They're not loaded with other sugars like the Lucky Charms are, either. 

It's all a learning process and trial and error, too. Most of us have other intolerances besides gluten because of the damage, and that makes the whole situation a lot more complicated. 

Silk Has the Tastiest Gluten-Free Protein Drinks Around

Silk protein drink

The Silk Ultra chocolate gluten-free and plant-based protein drink is KING. This drink is very tasty. I'm the chick who buys them all up, drinks them, goes back to the store, and then says:

"Awe man! 'They' bought all the protein drinks!"

Store associates be like, "But... you're 'they.'"

Gluten free protein drink

These are definitely a good choice if you want to avoid gluten. They taste very silky and will give you a nice chocolate fix while you're getting part of your daily protein intake. Can't do much about the sugar content, though. Oh well. 

Canyon Bakehouse: The Best Tasting Gluten-Free Bread EVER!

This stuff here is delicious. It's the best gluten-free loaf bread I have ever tasted in my life. It's expensive, but it's worth it. Try it if you can't eat gluten. They have other options for people who don't like white bread. I give it five stars because I can't stop eating it once I get started. I'll eat it as a sandwich, toast, or just rawdog bread with no butter or peanut butter or nuthin'. This loaf gets gone with a quickness!