Everyone loves a great chili on a cold winter day or to celebrate the big game, but what do you do when all of the seasoning packets contain wheat? Well, I’ve tried several and finally found one that tastes great and helped me make a delicious gluten-free chili that can be eaten right away or frozen for the next time you need a warm, wholesome meal.
I wanted something super easy that I could just throw in the pot and wait for it to finish. That is exactly what I got with this recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Here is my recipe for super easy gluten free chili
I posted on Facebook yesterday what foods people missed most from their gluten free lifestyle. The purpose of this post was to see what types of food I could play around with or find as a great substitution for what everyone was missing.
54 People commented on my post and the comments as I read through them disturbed me. I completely understand that we miss bread, pretzels, beer etc but some of the things that people wanted to have so desperately are part of the problem in society.
I recently spoke to an Ohio State University group called CHAARG -Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls – They came to Bexa Body Fitness for a group fitness sampler and a little seminar on healthy eating in college. I spoke to them a lot about food options and ways to make better choices when eating on campus.
I can’t emphasize to people enough at my fitness studio:
If the ingredients look like they should be on a shampoo bottle you probably shouldn’t be consuming them.
There is nothing FRESH about Subway – Their lettuce is out of a bag and their meat is as processed as you can get. The sandwich is entirely bread and why do you always smell when you leave there?
I’ve never met anyone in my life that told me they were addicted to carrots, sweet potatoes or steak. I do however on a daily basis meet people that can’t give up artificial sweetener, diet coke, candy, sugary coffee drinks etc. What does that tell you about those foods and how they are reacting in your body? Your brain is addicted to these substances and no one seems to think this is a problem.
The list of foods people missed goes something like this: Pizza, biscuits, donuts, pie crust, pizza, flour tortillas, bread, pizza, twizzlers, crackers, hot dogs, Subway, Arby’s, pizza, McDonald’s, funnel cake, Ciabatta bread and so on….
ON TOP OF THIS – I see an incredible amount of children and teenagers also addicted to these foods.
I believe that when people think of food addictions, they think of the television shows on TLC about people being cut out of houses or Extreme Makeover Weight Loss edition. But, we are all addicted to food in some capacity. Some people are able to handle it better than others but very few people recognize the problem/trend in our society.
Our society pushes low fat, low sugar, no fat, no sugar, low cholesterol and anything else with “low” or “no” in the front of it.
Do you know how those things get to be that way? They pump the foods filled with chemicals and fillers so they taste great and food us into believing they are healthy or good for us. They aren’t. Our brains are so fooled and duped into thinking all food should taste this way that eating a nice whole meal of protein, potatoes and veggies is like eating cardboard.
All of us that can’t eat these other foods and desperately long for them are proving my point. We are just replacing these junky gluten filled foods with junky gluten free foods. While it is fine once in a while, it is not ok all the time. Moderation is key but when options are so limited, I’m finding it much easier to go overboard on gluten free foods.
I’m absolutely not saying that I don’t fall into this trap. There are certain things I know I miss desperately and would love to have again. There are foods filled with gluten and gluten free that I know I can’t keep in our house because I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.
But I understand now how all this affects my brain chemistry. I realize how screwed up our society is to see that eating “I can’t believe it’s not butter” is better than eating regular butter. Do the research. Butter won’t kill you but I’m pretty sure whatever the hell is in that fake butter will.
We are the fortunate ones. We can’t eat that crap or we get sick. We are the ones that have the opportunity to heal our bodies and wean ourselves from the stuff we once knew.
If you get anything from this post, it might just be the 3 bullet points I posted above and you might just think of a shampoo bottle next time you check out ingredients!
But I challenge you to think about these things the next time you are longing for a brownie or piece of pizza.
Well it’s official. I have a lactose intolerance and I’m not happy about it. After a few weeks of feeling great and being steady on a strict gf diet, I decided to buy 1 container of Greek yogurt and try it out tonight.
After my urgent run to the restroom a few minutes ago, I can confidently say I will no longer purchase any regular yogurt or greek yogurt. I’ve already been buying and using organic lactose free milk but I’m really bummed. Greek yogurt has always been my go to snack. Filled with protein it’s the perfect choice with berries!
Interestingly enough, I’ve been drinking these Kefir probiotic smoothies with my vitamins throughout the day and it not only helps me get them down without gagging but tastes pretty good.
An RD once told me that the probiotics cancel out the lactose thus allowing our bodies to process the yogurt. I consume probably a 1/2-1 cup throughout the day and don’t have any problems. I actually really enjoy them – they are thick and help tremendously with supplements.
Part of the reason I love Greek Yogurt is the convenience and ability to grab one and eat it quickly – along with feeling satiated after that 1 container. If I ran into the grocery, I could grab one on the way out and eat it right then and there! Or if I needed something quick in between a personal training client – my dear friend Greek Yogurt was always there to fill me up and fuel me for my next client.
But that’s ok. I can still eat cheese with no problem! I will find other things to enjoy for sure. I’m going to wait a couple days and then try cottage cheese to see if I have to rule that out as well. What’s better than a fresh peach cut up in a cup of cottage cheese?
How can kefir help?
Kefir is the most favorable milk product for people suffering from lactose intolerance. A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examined people struggling with lactose intolerance and found that kefir can actually improve lactose digestion. The reasoning? Kefir’s live, active bacteria cultures help break down the sugars in milk.
I am completely over whelmed, honored and excited at the response for this challenge!! A couple of quick things based on emails and question’s I’ve received since the initial post….
You do not have to eat the protein or dairy items. You can make some substitutions and I’ve also included a list of vegetarian protein sources on the Facebook Group Page.
You do not need to actually complete the competition part of the program – you can do it on your own, with us or enter the competition. It is completely up to you!
You do not have to have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance to do the program! If you want to give a try – that is awesome!!!
We are starting the challenge on 10/22/12 but you can do it whenever you want! Just the part with the competition is officially starting. You can get the plan without competing.
The workouts can be done at home or at the gym. They are quick, intense and get the job done.
I am not a nutritionist, doctor or RD. This is a basic gluten free plan based on my own personal knowledge and experience in the fitness industry. I am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, business owner, lifestyle coach, fitness competitor and personal weight loss story person.
You can find the 30-day plan and other materials on the FACEBOOK group page – once I figure out how to get it as an easy download thing on my blog – I will add that too. Just waiting to get my new fancy schmantsy blog up and running!!
Let’s have some fun.
I started a Facebook Group page for us to hold each other accountable, post our goals, interact with each other and become our own little community!!! Join here
Since I started blogging on September 1st, I realized I wanted to share my experiences with the world. I wanted to build a community around the celiac/gluten free stigma and let people know they aren’t alone.
My experiences are no different than anyone else, I’m just okay with sharing them online for all to see!!
Fast forward to October 17th – my website has had over 13,000 hits and thousands of engaged people looking for answers and help to their gluten related problems and support for what was happening.
During this time, I’ve also allowed blogging get the best of me. Sure, I’ll eat that! Sure, I’ll try this! Why yes, I would love to try this dessert because I can blog about it.
I love you guys and this community, but I’ve gotta take this slower because I’m starting to really feel gross. I’m not eating whole foods or the things I preach to my personal training clients, but I am trying endless amounts of processed gluten free foods to share with you and let you know what’s worth the money and what isn’t.
I will still do these things but not quite to the extent I’ve allowed myself!! I’m out of control.
And, thus the 30-day challenge begins.
October 22 will be 30 days from Thanksgiving.
The day we all eat, eat, eat until our stomach hurts.
October 1st I wrote a blog post saying it would start and it did (ok a little).
October 22nd I will get back into healthy habits and make wonderful changes to my body. I’ve done it before and I’ve done it again.
If you read my bio, you already know I went through my own transformation in 2009 and ended up a fitness expert and entrepreneur.
When I asked my husband if he thought I looked fat, his response was “no, but your body composition is different.”
I used to be a lean, mean, strong machine.
Now I’m a mediocre, fluffy, weakling.
The funny thing about this is that I haven’t gained any weight but my body looks completely different.
Fitness Tip: If you aren’t doing measurements along with weight tracking – you will be extremely frustrated.
Many of you said on social media you were with me and I’m going to hold you to that – so here is what we are going to do!
What is the 30 Day Challenge?
You will get from me a gluten free menu for the next 30 days. There will be whole foods and very limited processed snacks. It is not designed to be a culinary dream menu, it is designed to fuel your body. That’s what we have to remember, food is fuel. We are basically going to do a whole food detox. No junk. No pop. No artificial sweeteners. No fast food. Just whole foods.
You will also get a 30 day workout plan that can be done anywhere. Outside. Inside. The Gym.
I am going to make a Facebook Group that we can all use to talk to each other, post comments and be supportive to one another. People can post recipes and things they learned along the way and I might even throw in some bonus workouts and video workouts too!
**There are dairy and nut options on the plan, modify as you may**
On October 21st – I will send out the plan to everyone that follows the directions below!
If you want to enter the 30-day challenge, here is what needs to happen:
You send me an email by Saturday October 20th
Pictures in fitness clothes with something dated – like a newspaper or magazine – front, back and side
Height and Weight
Measurements: Chest below your breasts, waist at your belly button, hips at the widest part
At the end of the 30 days, you are going to send me an email with the exact same information as the first one!!
The person that loses the most weight and inches will be the winner of the Pretty Little Celiac 30 day challenge!!
If you have ANY food allergies, this is the app for you. Download ShopWell immediately. This is by far the best app I’ve ever used in the grocery store. You can fill out your food sensitivity profile, scan the food and poof you know if you can eat it or not!! I’ve used this app for the past few months and it really is beneficial at the grocery story. I know I must look like an idiot scanning all my food, but I don’t care anymore. I just do my own thing.
The one downfall of this application is that the more obscure brands and generic’s don’t usually show up. But it sure is nice to know which Uncle Ben’s rice pack has gluten and which doesn’t!
It’s official! I’m completely addicted to ACURE Organics products. I just keep telling myself I only need one product at a time.
After I read an article in July about products containing gluten, I’ve been more conscious about what I’m putting in and ON my body. I stumbled upon this shampoo and conditioner at Earth Fare and decided to give it a try. I am a self admitted shampoo snob so spending $10/bottle wasn’t much for me but I realize it can be a little steep. Totally Worth It!
My hair feels just as good as it did using $20/bottle Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I know it’s gluten free and I trust it’s not making me sick. Score!
Here is what their website says about the shampoo and conditioner:
Provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock. Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil–high in Omega 7, make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil –high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. Hair repair with serious flair. Safe for color treated hair.
Next Up! I found a coupon at Earth Fare for their lotions – so I figured – why not?
Non-greasy. Great smelling. Soaks in the skin perfectly and it’s gluten free. You can’t beat it!
I don’t know about you- but when I have gluten or aren’t eating properly, my skin gets SO dry. Especially from the Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid problems, sometimes I feel like a snake shedding my skin. For those of you suffering from Celiac Dermatitis, this might be a great product line for you to help calm your skin.
Here is what ACURE says about this product on their website:
It’s been a long day. Luckily this calming lotion is here to help you decompress. Super moisturization plus the calming effects of lavender and lotus flower you say? If we hadn’t made it, we’d be thanking the people that did. With nourishing Omega 3 fatty acids from organic pumpkin seed and argan oil!
My new addiction. I usually use Neutrogena face lotion with SPF 15 on a daily basis but it really can make my skin feel oily. I typically suffer from dry skin, so it is odd going to something that makes my face oily. The ACURE day cream goes on so smooth, non greasy and makes my face feel like a baby’s bottom. I love it.
The only thing I wish with this product is that it had sunscreen to protect my face from the UV rays of the sun. Because my skin is so fair and freckled, I really try to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen to protect it, especially as I’m getting older.
Face the day with Gotu Kola Stem Cells, shown to firm and help your skin fight environmental damage and free radicals, and 1% Chlorella Growth Factor, shown to support collagen and elastin fibers. This powerhouse combo helps fight off the signs of aging with a one-two punch. Easily Absorbed Moisture + Cell Renewal = Great Day!
Congratulations to Sarah Casebolt – She is the very first Pretty Little Celiac of the Month!!
When I read her story, I teared up and couldn’t believe her amazing strength during this journey.
~My Celiac story is interesting, back track to 1983 or so and I was a young one-3 years old. I had entered Kaiser Hospital in California because I was literally going to the bathroom 20-30 times a day, I looked well pregnant which is obviously odd for a 3 year old. I lived in the hospital off and on for almost a year and was living in the children’s ICU. It came up finally that I had Giardia which is a parasite, but that was odd as this is usually caught from streams, creeks, rivers, mountain areas, etc. Regardless I was released and told to live on, yet the symptoms where always present.
Fast forward nearly 30 years and here I am STILL dealing with issues, I am a working professional yet I cannot eat at work for fear of running to the restroom. I was in the Air Force for nearly 13 years and had the same fears, issues, and I was a flight medic so I was always hungry to say the least on those long flights transporting injured from Iraq and Germany.
Yet I digress, in 2005 I was tested for Celiac disease via the ever awful Colonoscopy and the Dr stated “He was not sure!”
Hmmm, so I went from Dr to Dr trying to find SOMETHING that resembled a diagnosis, during this time I began having major thyroid issues, an overactive thyroid caused me to be very skinny to the point of looking like death. Dr’s said the culprit was my thyroid, yet I did not really believe that, in fact I started doing research on my own because I felt I had no other way. I finally moved to Colorado Springs, now married we wanted to have a baby yet after 8 miscarriages at around the 12-16 week mark we sought help from an infertility specialist and became parents to beautiful girl/boy twins in 2009, then another daughter in 2010-yet despite these babies I always had a “tender” stomach and if I ate something wrong I was in for it.
In December 2011, they removed my Thyroid and said all my problems would disappear, how dumb I was to believe them! I took my thyroid replacement medication from there on out, once daily and during this time my husband who is still in the Air Force went to Korea and it would be a year long time away from his family, so I became a single mommy not near family and still sick, still could hardly eat. In late February of 2012 my wonderful neighbor who is a retired nurse came over, at this point I weighed maybe 100 pounds, she said “Sarah either you head to the ER or I take you.” I did not see what others saw until I allowed myself to see how much weight I lost, I was literally shutting down, she took me to the ER the next morning, demanding admission for me, my thyroid levels were 195 when “normal” is 4-9.
My organs began shutting down, I had oxygen on, the nurses and technicians were contemplating ICU, made me sign over rights to Kathy my neighbor until my husband or parents could get there. WOW! I was put in ICU, on pain medications because of the horrible stomach pains I live with daily, and was seen by a GI Dr who would be my savior at the end of this story. I was prepped for an EGD/Colonoscopy the next morning, sadly due to malabsorption due to lack of thyroid and GI issues so severe I was not able to absorb the conscious sedation so yes you guessed it, I was awake and mean WIDE AWAKE the entire procedure, talk about painful and awful. The next morning it was revealed I had Colangelous Colitis in my lower intestine, Gastro-paresthis in my upper intestine and severe malnutrition, not to mention my horrendous thyroid levels that could kill me if not taken care of.
I began a lengthy hospital stay, filled with TONS of steroids, and tests, you name it and I had it. At this point thank God my parents flew in to watch my children all under 3, and the Red Cross was working on getting my husband home to help. I went home several weeks later very gaunt, sick still, but thankfully the Air Force gave me my husband for 3 weeks. I was off work for nearly 2 months, returned in the end of May.
We have had a great summer with my kids and I, single parent duty still until 3 weeks ago symptoms returned, I had another EGD/Colonoscopy just this past Friday so we will see but even living a VERY STRICT Gluten free lifestyle I am sick again some how, I am literally at a loss. I am back to eating 2 meals a day if I can even keep that in and simply doing my best to be a single parent since my husband is still in Korea. My Dr on Friday was at a loss but said he will find the cause and help me, this GI group has been amazing and I am so blessed yet I still am having a tough time.
I am now at 150 pounds and for my 5’2 frame it is heavy, I am on steroids for inflammation and other types of steroidal medications to help me day to day until we know what is wrong. I do know this I have a VERY SEVERE case of Celiac disease, my children now eat what I eat, we all love organic fruits and veggies, and Gluten free products. This is my story, I am still living it but I find peace in your blog and others in knowing I am not alone in this journey that at times feels like a nightmare. I am so glad I could share my story with you.
Lately I’ve been feeling chained to living a gluten free lifestyle. It’s like a giant, shackled ball is on my ankle following me around everywhere. Even before I started blogging about Celiac and gluten free living, it has been all I think about. Any symptom I have, I wonder if I ate something with gluten. Anytime we go anywhere, I wonder if I can trust the place we are eating to not make me ill. I’m finding myself obsessed with food, obsessed with Celiac…
Not to mention, I feel like a huge burden to others. We just went to a cookout on Friday and they called to see what we wanted to eat. Aaron had to do the whole explanation thing of what I can eat, it’s not just wheat etc…
I ended up eating before we went over there and picking up a fruit bowl to take with some Woodchuck Cider Ale so I wouldn’t be tempted with snacks or be hungry the whole night.
I realize there are people with bigger problems than I have right now, but for me this is a huge hill I’m still learning to climb. My choices are so limited and I’m already a picky eater so it makes it even more difficult for me to find foods to enjoy. Between the gluten allergy, latex allergy and lactose intolerance problems – I’m struggling. Even more so than I ever have in the past and I think it’s because I’ve become more aware, more diligent of my problems. Specifically now that I’ve been diagnosed with these ailments and know what’s going on.
I’m one of those people that have to understand everything. My friend Janine always jokes with me (and gets annoyed I’m sure) because I ask her “why” all the time. I’m the kid that loved to learn. My grandfather used to teach me lessons on the drive to school and always made sure I was ahead of my grade with reading, writing and arithmetic! So, why can’t I figure this thing out??
Did you know that 3 out of 4 women suffer from disordered eating in one way or another? That was a study done in 2008…. Can you imagine what the statistics are now with social media growing so large – giving access to so much information to so many people?
75 percent of women report disordered eating behaviors or symptoms consistent with eating disorders; so three out of four have an unhealthy relationship with food or their bodies
67 percent of women (excluding those with actual eating disorders) are trying to lose weight
53 percent of dieters are already at a healthy weight and are still trying to lose weight
39 percent of women say concerns about what they eat or weigh interfere with their happiness
37 percent regularly skip meals to try to lose weight
27 percent would be “extremely upset” if they gained just five pounds
26 percent cut out entire food groups
16 percent have dieted on 1,000 calories a day or fewer
13 percent smoke to lose weight
12 percent often eat when they’re not hungry; 49 percent sometimes do
Everything I learned about nutrition for the past 4 years is wrong.
All the tools I used to lose weight, probably made me even more ill and could potentially cause numerous problems with me as I get older.
A Penn State University study found that women with controlled celiac disease, eating a gluten free diet – are still more likely to suffer from stress, disordered eating and depression.
As a fitness expert, the more I learn about wheat, gluten and GMO’s I question how I can still promote and recommend these items to my clients.
My hormones are so out of whack that I try to work my ass off – only to build NO lean muscle – just gain weight or stay the same. I never understood why I did everything “right” and it didn’t work. Well, my TSH levels were off the chart, I suffered from low testosterone levels and I consumed gluten at an extra-ordinary rate! No wonder I didn’t feel well despite being “healthy.”
You can imagine how frustrating this is for a fitness professional to try so hard and not get the body the others have. To obsess over what you are putting in your mouth, doing the right things, only to have your body rebel. It’s the same feeling to have a hair dresser with horrible hair or a foot model with warts!
Now my body is running the show and I have no control. I finally know what is wrong but there is still this part of me that still feels like this is temporary and I will be able to go back to eating regular foods anytime now.
I work about 10-12 hours/day 6-7 days per week and I don’t have time or want to learn new recipes or foods. I want things to be quick and simple. I’m fortunate to have a husband that doesn’t mind cooking, but often I feel guilty when he works the same as I do and then ends up cooking.
Today I realized I’ve developed a Disordered Eating habit. I’m only eating things that are quick and easy. I’m not getting enough protein and whole foods in my diet. I’m consuming too many snacky type foods. To put this in perspective and be totally honest – I ate a half a bag of Popcorners, 3 gluten free cookies, 2 gluten free soft pretzels, a gluten free cider ale and some Kefir smoothie with my vitamins. I’m self admitting here, hoping it will wake me up or you can give me some support to lift my head up and eat some meat!
There is a difference between happy and healthy or skinny. I’d much rather be happy and healthy but am struggling to put the pieces together.
I will figure this out….
Last night I had a great balanced meal! Salmon, green beans and purple jasmine rice!! I need to stay committed to these types of meals and eat them throughout the day instead of just dinner.
Am I crazy? Do you suffer from any of these? Leave me a comment and let me know!!
I don’t know about you, but I’m really getting tired of frozen fruit bars and just want an ice cream cone. It’s getting increasingly difficult as the weather is gorgeous and especially while we went on vacation in Hilton Head. Ice cream parlors all over the island!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really interested to try a few new products to have as my after dinner snack. I’m not an incredibly sweet toothed person but I do enjoy the occasional small desert.
Since being struggling with milk products, I found rice milk to be quite yummy and taste great compared to others. I can’t stand almond milk – it’s so thick. I don’t know how you guys drink that stuff!
Needless to say, I immediately got excited when I saw this in the Rice Dream ice cream isle at Earth Fare. We had it on one sunny afternoon and I was not impressed. The consistency is weird similar to frozen syrup and there is an odd after taste that lingers around. Even my husband didn’t like it and he loves sweets. I think I’ll stick with the rice milk.
We should’ve known better when right on the container it says, “new and improved taste.”
Ok, our last grocery trip resulted in these three guys… Let me tell you a little bit about them!
Gross. Tasted like vitamins. Stick with their probiotic smoothies….
Has anyone had any of Lifeway‘s other ice creams? I really like their smoothies to take my vitamins each day. I find they go down much easier.
Many of my fitness competitor friends live off of Arctic Zero. Maybe because the whole container is only 150 calories. I remember when I competed and often dreamed of eating ice cream, but this doesn’t come close. The first ingredient is water and that’s exactly what it tasted like – frozen strawberry water. This is for desperate people on a diet.
Oh, and what the heck is “lactose intolerant friendly?”
Ciao Bella was the best out of the bunch. I still struggled with a funky after taste. My husband asked why I kept eating it and I said “because if I keep going, I can’t taste the weird part.” It is a VERY strong Mango flavor. The limitation with this company is that I only found 2 flavors at Earth Fare. I think it is promising though and would like to see a raspberry or strawberry version. That would be tasty.
I saved the best for last.
This stuff was delicious. A few little squares of this and I am good for the night. Gluten free, lactose free and dark chocolate. The texture was nice and it wasn’t too bitter of a dark chocolate for me. The rice crunch added a nice compliment to the chocolate! Highly Recommended.
Have you tried any of these brands in other flavors and liked them? Please leave a comment below.
Do you have a favorite brand or product for ice cream/sorbet?