Extended Family April…week 3

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This month we are talking to the Extended Family about allergies, faux food products, and gardening. I’m happy to report that my garden is going well. I have no idea what I’m doing but I enjoy it anyway. I was inspired last year by Brittany so check out her link below.

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Brittany

Do you (or anyone in your family) have food allergies or intolerance’s? Does avoiding those foods make it easier or more difficult to eat healthy?

Fortunately no one in my family has food allergies, and I don’t have to avoid anything (other than dairy and eggs which is a choice.) I’ve baked a few times using gluten-free flowers, and eaten gluten-free breads, but I tend to stick with traditional flours.

Do you use any of the faux meat or cheese products and what has been your experience with them?

I used to use a lot of fake meats/cheeses when I first went vegetarian 7 years ago. These days I stay away from them and only eat them in moderation. They are still “processed food” so I only eat them on special occasions if I am feeling wild. I find that they make me feel heavy and gassy. Nothing beats clean “real” food.

Now that Spring is here do you grow any of your own food? Do you have any tips for others wanting to attempt a garden? 

Last year I started my own wine box garden with four different veggies. It was a blast! My only tip for someone wanting to start a garden is to DO it!! Getting started is half the battle. Good soil, and good sun/water will make good produce!

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Suzanne

Do you (or anyone in your family) have food allergies or intolerance’s? Does avoiding those foods make it easier or more difficult to eat healthy?

We have a couple of health issues which require that we try to modify our diet. I have hypothyroidism which means I need to watch my soy intake.  Aside from the very occasional veggie burger or tofu stir fry, I try not to eat soy, especially processed soy.  I feel a little better about eating tempeh or edamame, but I try not to go crazy with that either.  I also limit raw cruciferous vegetables since those effect the thyroid. We are pretty sure that our son has a sensitivity to gluten. We have never had him tested, but we see a big difference in his behavior when he eats gluten-free. We buy a few gluten-free products, like bread, but it gets pricey and a lot of gluten-free products are overly processed so I make a lot of rice and quinoa. Finally, both of my children are in nut free classrooms so I have to avoid anything that has nuts when packing their lunches.

Do you use any of the faux meat or cheese products and what has been your experience with them?

My husband loves the Lightlife veggie burger products. They are quite delicious, but contain processed soy and gluten, so my son and I don’t eat those.  I like the Amy’s Sonoma veggie burger patties, which are soy and gluten-free.  And, I LOVE Daiya cheese!!! I try not to buy it to often because I tend to eat too much of it!  As a whole, we try to stay away from processed foods, even if they are marketed as vegan, gluten free, all natural, etc.  There is always room for improvement, though, and one of my goals for this summer is to learn how to make my own gluten-free bread and bars.

Now that Spring is here do you grow any of your own food? Do you have any tips for others wanting to attempt a garden? 

Ha! I wish I could grow my own food! Unfortunately, I have a black thumb and can kill a plant just by looking at it!  I always dream about having a garden and would love to try to grow a few things, but I have not had good experience in the past.

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Do you have any gardening advice you’d care to share?

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  1. Love it!! I am so glad you were inspired by my baby garden, and I am jazzed yours is doing so well!

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