Integrative Health Blog

Could I Be Sensitive to Gluten?

Posted by on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Autumn Frandsen, ND

If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms, the answer is YES.

Disproportionate fatigue

Migraines/headaches

Excessive weight gain or loss

Emotional issues involving chronic irritability and sudden, irrational mood shifts often moving into depression or anxiety

Neurological issues, including dizziness, difficulty balancing, and peripheral neuropathy affecting nerves outside the central nervous system and resulting in pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities

Gas, bloating, queasiness, abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea, or an alternating combination of both as in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Fibromyalgia or any unexplained muscle or joint pain

Late onset seasonal allergies

Rashes or hives

Macrocytic anemia

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Tags: food sensitivities, allergies, gluten

Gluten-free Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Posted by on Sat, May 24, 2014

A dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free family favorite!

Everyone loves sweet potatoes. They are a great alternative to regular, starchy white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber to help with digestion and contain beta-carotene, which is a potent anti-oxidant.

Sweet potatoes are typically used in casseroles or topped with butter or sugar. This healthier mashed sweet potato recipe uses the good fat of coconut milk and the sweetness of cinnamon and ginger to make a healthy meal or side dish for your family.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1 1/2 lbs. medium sweet potatoes

1 Tbsp.  honey

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

3/4 cup coconut milk

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

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Tags: recipe, gluten

Holistic Nutrition: Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

Posted by on Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Anita's Healthy Tips

I’ve been busy with holiday decorating and shopping....there’s never enough time to get things done in December it seems!! Holiday parties and gatherings are sure to include sweet treats which are not so inviting  for those of us who don’t eat gluten.

I wanted to share a recipe for gluten free cut out cookies in case you can find the time to bake! 

It’s the first time I’ve made them -- okay, I didn’t really make them...as I said, I’ve been busy!

My son made them yesterday with Snoopy presiding over the table, and we decorated them last night. It was great fun and a nice way for my family to share our Christmas traditions. We were pleased with how they turned out and they taste great!

Here is the Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipe:

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking powder

3  3/4 cup gluten free cookie mix - we used Bob’s Red Mill

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour. Dough may be stiff. Make 2 balls. Roll each ball out on floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters to about 1/4 inch thickness. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes. Decorate with icing.

Happy Holidays!

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Tags: holistic nutrition, integrative nutrition, recipe, gluten

Holistic Nutrition: Raw Chewy Trail Mix Recipe (Gluten-free, Vegan)

Posted by on Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Brooke Mader CHC

I wanted to share with you this fun, delicious, raw cookie/trail mix ball recipe I made yesterday! 

I hope you enjoy them. They make a great snack or healthy school lunch treat.

Despite the lengthy dry ingredient list, they are a breeze to throw together. Plus, how hard is it to throw seeds into a bowl?

Raw, Chewy Trail Mix Recipe                   

Ingredients:

10 pitted dates

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin (pepita seeds)

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp bee pollen (optional)

2 tbsp shredded coconut

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of cinnamon

If you are feeling fancy, add some cacao nibs!

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Tags: holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition, recipe, gluten