Austin Food Blogger Bash, Facebook Fan Page, Gluten-Free Private Chef

I hope everyone in Austin is enjoying SXSW! I’ve had the chance to go to a few parties and shows this past weekend/week. I hope to go to many more this week. SXSW happens only once a year, which is what I keep telling myself, because I am so exhausted!  I have been trying to find a balance between it all; since I have mucho school work to catch up on. For those who don’t know, I am in the middle of a Master’s in Human Nutrition program (online) through the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. So far, I love the program but it definitely takes up the majority of my time.

On Monday night I mingled with some of Austin’s best food bloggers and national food bloggers at the Austin360 Food Blogger Bash. Thank you to Addie Broyles and Austin360 who hosted the event at The Cedar Door! My date was my sister, Jennifer Meyer who is a local artist. Here is a silly photo of us from the event. If you would like to see all the goofy pictures- click here.

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10 goals for 2010

It is never too late to come up with a list of goals for the new year. I am a ‘list’ person so I find myself writing down short-term goals every day. It feels good to carry out them. They give you a sense of purpose and order. Some of these might seem bland but let’s just say:

Simple goals are easy to follow through.

Not that long-term goals aren’t easy to follow through – but I’m going to stick with short, simple goals for now.

Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.
Paul J. Meyer

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. [Read more...]

Paul J. Meyer

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Paul J. Meyer

May 21, 1928- October 26, 2009

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

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Cold vs. Flu: What’s the difference?

FLU:

  • Symptoms arise suddenly, and are more intense
  • Fever ranging from 102-106 degrees
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Flushed face
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea may occur
  • Symptoms appear within 2-3 days of exposure and may last from 1 day-1 week [Read more...]

Visit my Examiner page for immune-boosting tips!

Today I wrote an article on my Top 5 tips for preventing H1N1 (and the regular flu).

To see the tips click: Austin Gluten-Free Examiner

Stay healthy!

ACL Essentials List

This will be my fifth year at ACL and I am more excited than ever. The weather will be cooler (hopefully) and the lineup is amazing!

Here is a list of ACL Essentials everyone most know–from rookie to veteran:

1) For the girls (or guys)– bring big purses or bags. This way you may fit a small umbrella, water bottle, whatever else you would like to stash.

2) Sunscreen– As of now, the forecast shows around a 30% chance of rain Friday and Sunday. Just because it is cloudy, does not mean you will not get sun burned! It is always important to bring sunscreen.

3) Sunglasses–This might seem obvious but it is amazing how many things one can forget when running out the door…

4) A big blanket–Chose a blanket that you don’t mind getting messed up (dirt, beer and wine spills, cigarette butts, who knows). Last year I bought a king size comforter for $10 at Walmart.

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Desert Essence Fragrance Free Collection

A hidden source of gluten is often found in shampoos, conditioners and lotions. Who would have known? Many beauty products contain some source of wheat. Those with food allergies should check with the company to make sure their product is gluten-free. One of my favorite gluten-free beauty products is by Desert Essence. Their fragrance free collection is great for those who have sensitive skin.  The lotion is delightfully moisturizing, the shampoo and body wash lather extremely well and the conditioner detangles the hair nicely. Desert Essence also makes several other shampoos and conditioners with an assortment of wonderful fragrances.  All of their products will list if they are gluten-free and vegan.

For more information:

Desert Essence

Gluten 101: What exactly is gluten?

What exactly is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as: wheat, rye, spelt, barley, semolina, durum, kamut, triticale, farro and bulgur wheat. Oats are questionable because they are often processed in a facility that contains gluten, otherwise known as cross-contamination. It would be best to purchase certified gluten-free oatmeal, such as Bob’s Red Mill.
If I could describe gluten in one word, it would be sneaky! Gluten is hidden in many processed foods. Hidden sources of gluten can be found in the following items:

• Soy sauce
• Cured meats
• Canned soups
• Malt flavorings
• Beer (unless it says specifically gluten-free)
• Meats cooked in beer
• Gravy
• Flavored coffees
• Chocolate
• Flavored liquor
• Spice blends (ex: some curry spice blends)
• Cheese
• Herbal teas (some contain barley)
• Frozen desserts and ice cream
• Teriyaki sauce
• Marinades
• Salad dressings
• And many more…

I recommend becoming a gluten investigator. Learn how to spot the hidden sources of gluten on food labels and restaurant menus. Never be afraid to ask questions to your grocery store employee, waiter, chef or even the manufacturing company.

***For more information and articles you may always visit my Examiner page (The Austin Gluten Free Examiner)

Top 5 in-season vegetables (September)

Who doesn’t love the fall weather? The colors changing on the leaves, cooler weather (well, maybe we will be a couple degrees less than 100), the beginning of a new football season, the glorious Austin City Limits festival, the list goes on. Some of the best tasting vegetables are also in season in the fall such as the mushrooms, oranges, lemons, cauliflower and fennel. All of the following vegetables have unique flavors and can be used in a variety of dishes.

The top five are:

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are known for their immune boosting benefits in the nutrition world. They have been used for thousands of years in helping prevent cancer, boost the immune system and are also known as a great anti-aging food. There are several different types of mushrooms that are fabulous to cook with. Try grilling some beefy Portobello’s with Italian seasonings for a nice vegetarian meal this fall.

Oranges
The beloved orange; it’s one of the most popular fruits in North America. Known for the immune boosting vitamin C, oranges have [Read more...]

Gluten-free is going mainstream…

Celiac Disease, or simply known as gluten intolerance or sensitivity, is becoming more prevalent in America. It is estimated now that 1 in 100 have Celiac disease and more than 80% don’t even know it! Scary! The reason why some do not know they have a gluten sensitivity is because in some cases it can be asymptomatic. Some common symptoms for those that do experience them are; bloating, gas, diarrhea, cramping, constipation, weight loss or weight gain, etc.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats (cross-contaminated), spelt and barley. Overtime, gluten damages the lining of the small interesting and makes it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from foods, which ultimately leads to health problems.

Up until recently, many mainstream retailers were not offering convenient gluten free foods, such as cereal and baking mixes. Since gluten free living is becoming more popular, many companies are taking advantage of the open market, such as General Mills. They now offer GF Chex cereal! I was so excited about this because it has been a while since I have found a gluten free cereal that I enjoy.

The flavors are: [Read more...]