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Cauli-Rice, Spaghetti Squash
& Mashed Cauliflower:
Paleo, Grain-Free, WLC Substitutions

Posted by DishragDiarist on September 28, 2012 in Cooking Techniques & Tips, Side Dishes, Whole Life Challenge with 10 Comments


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One of the best ways to ensure success with your grain-free meal planning is to learn a few key substitutions. This is especially important for those of you doing the Whole Life Challenge. You may find you like these replacements even better than the originals! Read the rest of this entry »

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Going Gluten & Dairy Free (For Now)

Posted by DishragDiarist on November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized with 9 Comments


I’ve hinted at this a bit, but I thought I’d tell you where we are in our healthy eating journey.

Our absolutely fabulous MD/ Naturopath has helped us to discover that our five year old, Abigail, is sensitive to gluten and dairy (particularly cows’ milk).

I have to tell you, I felt like I had been smacked in the face! We go to such great lengths (not to mention the money we spend!) to get the freshest and healthiest milk possible. I painstakingly prepare our grains – soaking and souring – for optimal digestion and mineral absorption. I own a grain mill, for heaven’s sake! And all of a sudden I have to wrap my head around that fact that these very things I was encouraging my daughter to eat were actually harming her! Talk about mommy-guilt!

But now it’s a been a couple of months. And we’re managing. Maybe even doing better than managing.

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Against the Grain:
A Great Offer for You!

Posted by DishragDiarist on April 21, 2011 in Book Reviews with No Comments


Do I have a great offer for you!

Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama has put together another e-book, and this one is by far my favorite. Against the Grain is 55 pages of grain-free goodness.

Just because it’s grain-free, don’t think for one second that it’s boring! Kate includes all kinds of interesting flavors, spices and sauces in her 30 recipes. (Six of the recipes are for breads and desserts! The Vanilla Cake will Blow. Your. Mind. Wait until you see what’s in it!)

So, whether you’re grain-free temporarily, like for GAPS or to reach a weight-loss goal, or are trying to make the switch permanently, for reasons such as a food allergy, this book is a great asset for you. In fact, even if you’re not grain-free, you want this cookbook! Read the rest of this entry »

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