Are You Gluten Sensitive?

diet glutenfree Sep 10, 2021

You might think that eating a gluten-free diet is the latest fad when it comes to trying to eat healthily. Well, it may seem faddish but there are many reasons you may want to consider eating gluten-free.

The most obvious one is a diagnosis of Celiac Disease (CD).  People with CD have an autoimmune response when eating gluten – meaning specific antibodies attack the tissues (in this case, the gut) – and cause damage to the intestinal tract.  Others without that autoimmune response may have similar and/or non-GI symptoms.

Do you suffer from any or many of these?

  • Joint pain
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Digestive issues/”bad stomach”
  • Foggy brain, headaches
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Attention-deficit
  • Skin rashes – keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) or dermatitis herpetiformis, eczema, psoriasis, or chronic hives
  • Infertility
  • Have autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Thyroiditis

Testing for gluten sensitivity or CD can...

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Almond Butter Cookies


This Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips recipe is one of the better flour less cookies I’ve made or tried. You have to watch to not over bake and they do firm up a bit as they cool. You can use regular sugar, too, but I like to try and minimize the amount of sugars in my kids’ diet. I have made a 3 ingredient PB Cookie recipe I got from my neighbor a while back but wanted to make something a little different and this is what I came up with last night while getting lunches ready.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 C Creamy Almond Butter

1 egg

1/4 t vanilla

1 C Erythritol and 1/2 t Stevia Glycerite OR 1/2 C Truvia Baking Blend (no maltodextrin)

1 t baking soda

1/2 C Chocolate Chips (for Dairy Free, use Enjoy Life Chocolate chips) – optional



Mix in almond butter (make sure it is well-stirred before using), egg and vanilla. Blend. Add erythritol and stevia (or other option) and baking soda. Mix batter well until thoroughly...

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{Holiday} Monster Cookie Bars

Ok, so these aren't so much a holiday monster bar as Monster Bar Cookies with holiday-colored candies in them. Since baking is not really my thing, that's good enough for me.

These bars are easy- you only need one large bowl- and some simple ingredients. There is definitely sugar in these but no flour- gluten free otherwise! I have made them with sugar alternatives (Erythritol and Stevia) but when you're bringing something to share at a party, you don't want to bring something that could potentially cause digestive upset. You gotta know your audience... So, here's the simple, gooey, {holiday} Monster Cookie Bar recipe. 


4 eggs

1 1/2 C Sugar

1 C Brown Sugar

3/4 t Salt

1 T Vanilla

16oz jar natural peanut butter

5 T butter

2 1/2 t baking soda 

5 Cups Gluten Free old fashioned oats

1 C mini holiday M&Ms (or normal for non-holiday times)

1/2 C-1 C Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips


Grease Jelly Roll pan generously. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large...

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