60 Feels Good!
I’m eliminating corn from my diet now because of some recent issues. Seems every time I eat corn products, such as corn tortillas, Freetos, gluten free corn bread and even the Non GMO gluten free corn tortilla chips, the brain fog and fatique starts to come back. I’ve had some stomach issues and a few headaches too.
I’ve not had any corn products now in four days and can really tell the difference already! Is it a challenge? Yeah it is until I start feeling so crummy when eating grains that my body is crying out to stop!! This time around it's not as tough as eliminating the gluten/wheat was in 2008. Now I'm more aware, more knowledgable, a much better cook and have a lot more expertise in this area than I did back then. Grains are addicting and I'm well aware of that. Everything I see on the cooking channels and the food trucks is everything comes bread, tortilla, cracker, or a tortilla chip or in a taco shell! This is not real food that fuels the body. It's filler and it's not good for my body.
Check out what Dr. David Perlmutter says about your brain and grains in his book 'The Grain Brain'. Can you say that real fast?
So here come the holidays so now what right?! What about the stuffing? I love the sausage and cornbread stuffing I usually make every year but this year have decided to not make it since I’m eliminating corn from my diet and thinking of substitutions. I will probably make this no grain stuffing below as well as add more vegetables to our table this year like roasted butter nut squash with herbs and perhaps some roasted golden beets! Few more veggies can’t hurt right?! You betcha! And the turkey breast I’m cooking this year is from Whole Foods. They are not injected with broth which has wheat in it, no hormones or antibiotic’s. It's worth it not to get sick and not be able to enjoy time with our son's when they are home for the holdiays!
I've learned too that fat is actually better for my body! Gluten, wheat, corn and sugar are not! It’s been ingrained (no pun intended) in us to believe that gluten, wheat, corn and sugar are good for us and fat is the bad guy. I don’t buy into that any more especially now that I’ve experienced such negative health issues in the past when eating gluten/wheat and now with corn as well. I do not have symptoms when I eat good, clean, organic grass fed meats, chicken and turkey with no hormones, antibiotic’s, or other meats with no additives, and lot’s of veggies! Roasted, steamed, fried, grilled, raw or juiced! That’s when my brain seems to also function at peak levels!
(No Grain) Thanksgiving Paelo Stuffing
1 Package of bacon (I always buy the apple wood bacon at Whole Foods with no nitrates or gluten free bacon)
5 stalks celery, diced
1 large Vidalia onion diced
2 organic Green Apples, cored and dice, leave pealing on
1 LB Pan Fried Sausage (I buy the Pork from my Whole Foods butcher without all the hormones or antibiotics)
8 Oz Cremini mushrooms, chopped up (I love Cremini’s because of their flavor!)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 / 2 cup fresh parsley minced
2 Farm Fresh organic eggs, slightly beaten
1 / 3 cup low sodium Pacific Gluten Free Chicken Broth
Preheat oven to 375. Chop bacon and cook in large skillet over medium heat until the fat starts to release and add celery, onions and apples cooking for 5 minutes. Add sausage and mushrooms and sauté until the bacon and sausage cook through. Drain off the excess fat and place remaining ingredients in a large bowl and add in the contents from skillet and blend well. Spread the mixture in a 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
This recipe was adapted from The Virgin Diet by J. J. Virgin
Enjoy the Journey!
XO.. Gluten Free Lady
Hey if you missed out on listening to the interviews at 'The Grain Of Truth: The Gluten Summit' it was mighty impressive. I learned so much and picked up a lot of great tips including this stuffing recipe above from JJ Virgin. She's got some good stuff on her website so be sure to visit her at pick up her holiday guide 'The Virgin Diet On Holiday'. Let her know I sent you!
All the Summit interviews have been recorded! Pick up a copy HERE