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Michelob ULTRA Light Cider Beer – Gluten Free

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My favorite beverage is Smirnoff No. 21 with some citrus such as oranges or limes, but I’ve cut way back on it – to once every two months or so. I’ve kept my eye out for a lighter alternative. I recently discovered Michelob Cider. I’m not a huge beer fan, but this stuff is light and delicious. It’s 4% and tastes even better than a cold corona or bud light lime. I’ve been seeing it in more & more gas stations, Brookshires, HEBs….. If you want to indulge a little, but not go crazy, you should try a 6pk. Enjoy! 🙂

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Banana Coconut Cream Pie with Paleo Chocolate Sauce

Raw Banana Coconut Cream Put with Raw Paleo Chocolate Sauce

…Diary-free, gluten-free, grain-free, cane sugar-free

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Crust

Ingredients:
-3/4 cup seeded and chopped Medjool dates
-3/4 cup pecans
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

How To:
1. Add the dates, pecans, and vanilla to a food processor and blend for 1 minute. Mixture should be thoroughly incorporated.
2. Line the bottom of a 8 inch spring-form pan with nonstick paper (such as wax or parchment) and press the date mixture evenly around the bottom. Or you can skip the paper…it’s entirely up to you.
3. Place the crust in the fridge while making the banana cream pie mixture.

Raw Coconut Banana Cream Filling

Ingredients:
-2 cups raw cashews soaked for 6 – 8 hours (no less than 6)
-8 ounces of ripe bananas (2 medium, please weigh for accuracy)
-1/3 cup melted coconut oil*
-1/3 cup honey
-1 tablespoon vanilla

How To:
1. In a blender (or food processor, I use my Vitamix to get an extra creamy texture) add the drained cashews, banana, honey, and vanilla. Start to blend on low, then increase the speed to high, using your tamper as needed.
2. With the blender running, drizzle in the coconut oil. I blend until the mixture is creamy (no detectable grit or chunks).
3. Poor the mixture onto the refrigerated crust. Place back in fridge for about an hour to set up before you top with the coconut whipped cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

Ingredients:
-1 can of full fat COLD coconut milk* (this brand is SCD legal & BPA free, this one is another choice for BPA free)
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How To:
1. Into a bowl, scoop out all of the full fat coconut cream from can (leaving the coconut water that remains at the bottom of the can).
2. To the coconut cream, add in the honey and vanilla, and blend by hand or with a hand mixer until well incorporated. It’s okay if you have tiny specks of coconut fat in the mixture.
3. Pour the whipped coconut cream on the top of the banana cream and smooth around.

Final directions for the pie:
1. After you top with the coconut whipped cream, top with ground pecans.
2. Place the pie in the freezer and allow to set for 2 – 4 hours. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and place in fridge at least an hour before to thaw.
3. When ready to serve, remove the spring form, cut and serve.
4. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Raw Paleo Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons honey*
-1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw cacao
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

How To:
1. Place all the above ingredients into a 1 cup glass Pyrex.
2. Place the glass Pyrex into a pan of very hot water and mix around until everything is melted. Do not heat over 110 degrees.

Notes:
*To keep the coconut oil raw, measure out the 1/3 cup in a 1 cup glass Pyrex and put into some hot water. Mix constantly until melted, then immediately remove from water. Do not let the oil heat over 110 degree. I melt the chocolate the same way. It only takes about 45 seconds for it all to melt and the temp gets to about 93 degrees. Perfect raw chocolate sauce baby!!
*I suggest keeping several cans of coconut milk in the coldest part of your fridge, always. Then you have some on hand when you need it. When making whipped “cream”out of coconut milk, it’s best to have the coconut milk in there for at least 5 days.

Thanks to: http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2013/03/raw-banana-coconut-cream-pie-with-raw.html

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Celicac (Coeliac) Disease Symptoms

“…The presentation of celiac disease may be varied with a wide range of severity of the symptoms. This makes diagnosis a challenge based on symptoms alone. Research suggests that diagnosis usually takes around 10 years after the appearance of first symptoms.” Read more

General symptoms of celiac disease

Broadly found the symptoms and signs of celiac disease include:–

  • Iron-deficiency anaemia and other or unspecified anaemia
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal distension/bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation and irregular bowel habits
  • Short stature/growth failure and failure to thrive
  • Irritability, mood swings and depression/bipolar disorder
  • Alopecia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recurrent aphthous stomatitis
  • Amenorrhoea/recurrent abortion and infertility
  • Hypertransaminaseaemia and abnormal liver biochemistry

Associated features and diseases

There are several associated features and diseases as well. These include:-

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver disorders
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Rheumatological disorders including Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease and Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Type 1 diabetes – the prevalence of celiac disease in people with type 1 diabetesis 1.4 to 8.2% in children, 0.3 to 11.3% in adults and 1.7 to 5.7% in combined child and adult populations.
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Infertility
  • Lymphoid malignancy
  • Autoimmune Myocarditis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Turner syndrome
  • Chronic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Polyneuropathy


Symptoms

I think stress, prolonged stress especially, contributes to and/or worsens any hidden or surfaced diseases and issues that we may have. This includes viruses, cancers, heart problems, etc. Here are my symptoms:

At the start:

developed severe anemia

fainting

fatigue

Then developed:

thinning, brittle hair

premature grays

melasma (diagnosed)

lactose intolerant

allergies

heart feels like its fluttering or beating really fast (doesn’t hurt, it’s just weird)

Now:

severe (beyond migraine) pain in the right temple/jaw/head area — once

blinding flashes of lights in my eyesight and feeling like my brain is “vibrating” — a few times

vertigo — numerous times

severe allergies — off and on

thin, ripping apart, peeling, ridged nails — all the time

dehydration no matter how much water I drink — all the time

stomach issues when I eat simple things like a sandwich or rice and beans (I’ve been 90% gluten-free for about 6 months, I feel great without that junk)

I have a ton of stress.  I firmly believe that I could make changes much faster if I were able to remove myself from or erase my current stressors. I know I need to come up with a way to stop the stress, but right now it’s just not gonna happen. So I’m going to do the best I can right now until my situation(s) change.

I plan to take and upload photos, once I’ve started showing/making physical progress. The last time I went to a doctor, they didn’t scream ANEMIA!! or anything at me – so I know the changes I’m making are at least starting to show internally. Hopefully they will start to show up externally soon. Meanwhile, please feel free to check out some Grokspiration of people that have made some amazing changes!