If you like cheesecake then this recipe is for you! These are so delicious and a guilt-free treat, far more healthier than the sugar-laden versions. These are really easy to make and basically fail-proof. I have used xylitol as a sugar replacement but you could use a sweetener of your choice. Leftovers can be frozen, although I doubt you’ll have any cheesecakes left. Try them out and let us know your thoughts. Read all our tasty recipe articles too. Like our Facebook page for updates content.

Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes.

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Have you been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and feel it’s a curse? That you are deemed for a life of difficulty and social isolation? Or maybe you know someone who has and they feel miserable and complain about it?

What if I tell you that’s not the case?

Being diagnosed with gluten intolerance led me on a path that has been empowering and life-transforming. I had the opportunity to educate myself with all the knowledge I can find, be inspired by them, experiment with creative cooking and maintain a balanced diet.

The following are four reasons why gluten intolerance was a blessing in disguise for me:

01. It encouraged me to live a healthier lifestyle by cutting processed food out of my diet. 

I felt much better after I followed this path. My symptoms and health problems disappeared. I lost weight from removing wheat flour and sugar from my diet. Dishes made out of wheat and sugar are high-calories but are overly processed food which don’t satisfy the body’s need for nutrients, so the body gets hungry quickly and cravings. After being on this path for years I learnt to love the taste of natural wholesome foods and don’t crave unhealthy processed foods anymore.

02. I gained much awareness and knowledge about food allergies, health, farming practices, how food is grown and processed. 

I became more conscious about what I am putting into my body, how food affects me physically, emotionally and spiritually, as well as its tremendous healing power. This understanding led me to buy free range, grass fed and organic produce and drink spring water.

03. I experimented with different food products and gluten-free grains that I’d never heard of, let alone tried before. 

For example, ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth which are very nutritious and delicious. Expanding my food repertoire and cooking new recipes improved my cooking skills and I found a new passion for healthy cooking and well-being. My family loved these new food recipes and taste variances. They loved their food experiences when I experimented with different spices to cook everyday meals.

04. Getting involved in gluten-free and other groups with like-minded, conscious individuals who share support, recipes and awareness. 

These include Facebook and Meetup groups. This helped me to know I’m not alone. There is a larger community out there with similar symptoms and experiences, wanting to spread the message of awareness. I have learnt a lot from them and I’m so grateful for the things I’ve learnt. I continue to do the same by spreading love, care, awareness and support through my blog “Healthy Shelly”.

So if you’re gluten intolerant, don’t dread the future. See it in a positive light. You haven’t lost anything. Yes, you may have to make some sacrifices, but what you have to understand is that it is for you. For you to be much happier and feel well. Good luck with your journey and make sure to come and check my blog for more inspiring content.

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Sometimes family members and close friends just don’t get what food allergies are, how serious a reaction can be or how to approach food intolerances appropriately in social situations. This lack of understanding can lead to comments like ‘it’s all in your head’, ‘you’re fussy’, ‘you just need attention’ or even ‘that’s rubbish there were no food allergies when I was growing up’. This behaviour is often displayed at family get-togethers, house or office parties and Christmas.

With all the stories I hear and read every day the ones that disturb me the most are the ones that are triggered by close family and friends. Just imagine kids at an Easter egg hunt with their aunt who claimed to carefully read labels but missed ‘may contain traces of nuts’ and with love she fed them their favorites which she came to regret later when they were rushed to a hospital to treat an allergic reaction. Then there’s the loving mother in law who made dairy-free cookies for her lactose intolerant grand-son but used butter as the main ingredient. It’s really concerning, isn’t it?

Dealing with close family can be one of the biggest challenges in adapting to life with allergies or having a child who’s intolerant to certain ingredients. Knowing that after all, these people love the child and would never intentionally hurt him or her, you have to understand any comment or cause is merely a lack of knowledge and awareness.

If you think you have an unsupportive family member, try the four ideas below to see progress and feel much better:

01. Educate them

Sending lengthy articles at the beginning won’t cut it. Yes you can try to get them to read informative articles on what and how to, but the most effective is finding articles and blog posts that discuss horror stories of reactions that were caused by ignorance. Letting them know how bad the reactions can be, will set the scene for some education. Then fill the gaps with how-to, what and why articles.

02. Include them

Include your family and friends in your journey. Take them out to food exhibitions, events, restaurants and grocery stores that offer gluten free, nut free, dairy free and sugar-free options. Let them know it’s not that bad to be sensitive to food. You still can enjoy a meal together without having to feel miserable. Also get them to join support groups online to interact with. They can watch recipe videos online, talk to other people and get an understanding of the situation. Also, give them an allergy-free cookbook and encourage them to cook wholesome meals. Let them know that this is a good start for them on their healthy journey too.

03. Appreciate and acknowledge them

When they show the signs that they care and have educated themselves, take time to acknowledge and appreciate them. Remember that they have been a certain way and now trying to change out of love to you and your family. Change is the hardest thing for many people and doing so they show you that they care and love. Tell them you appreciate that. A small thank you can go a long way.

04. If nothing works, avoid them

So when all your efforts deemed wasted what can you do? Rather than being sad, angry and complaining, try to focus on the things that’s important to you. When your health and your family’s health is the most important thing, why waste your time trying to convince and change the minds of others? Save your time and energy explaining and educating people who aren’t willing to listen and instead focus on your future. Spend that time learning new recipes, seeking support from local and online communities and looking after yourself or your child. Say no and don’t let anyone bully you. If they don’t understand why and make remarks, then just ignore them. It’s not you who’s at fault, it’s them and their ignorance.

Hope you like this article and use the tips discussed to make your life healthy.

 

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This Sri Lankan curry chicken recipe is to die for and is a favourite in our household! It’s gluten free, dairy free and easy to make. When my partner first made it for me I was amazed at how tender the chicken was and how tasty the gravy was, although he used a lot of whole spices that I kept chewing on! I have simplified the recipe to make it easier to find ingredients and now we think this version is the best!

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Is your child showing symptoms of gluten intolerance? Or someone else you know? If they are diagnosed with coeliac or gluten sensitivity, it’s not a life sentence for hardship or loneliness. There’s no need to panic or worry about the future and how they will cope in life. In this article I have five things you should do if you suspect your child may have gluten intolerance.

01. Get a test.

A blood test or other test done can confirm the symptoms are being caused by gluten intolerance and not something else. There are different levels of gluten intolerance with coeliac being the most serious but gluten sensitivity also causes symptoms and can damage the gut if left long term.

02. Seek support.

There are many support groups you can join to meet like-minded people or parents of children who are also gluten intolerant. These include facebook groups, meetup groups and other online communities. You’re not alone. Find support and advice from like-minded individuals.

03. Be informed.

Do your own research to understand gluten intolerance, what foods are gluten-free and where you can buy them. Equip yourself with all the knowledge you can find. More understanding you have about gluten will prepare you as a parent to care for your child. Also spread the knowledge to your family and friends. Educate them about the condition, consequences and what to do when a reaction triggers.

04. Experiment with creative cooking

Being gluten intolerant can mean cooking more at home and trying new recipes which can encourage you to be healthier. Try different grains like amaranth, quinoa and rice. There are many gluten-free products and recipes available these days. Make eating and cooking a family activity. Many wholesome dishes can be made gluten-free for the whole family without compromising on taste which helps your child to not feel left out if everyone eats the same thing. Sense of inclusion is an important thing for a growing mind.

Remember you’re not alone. We are here for you!

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