In today’s society we think of turkey, stuffing and all the fixings for Thanksgiving, right? That’s cool cause we got you covered at the bakery. Just go to our “Order” section and order the items you desire.
I cannot help but reflect on the word “Thanksgiving” and what is happening in our world. I’m not going to go on some political speech or rant, so don’t worry. I’m actually thinking of with all this craziness how thankful I am. Yes, I’m thankful for my family, even my son Connor who has Celiac Disease (lol), for my community, my friends, neighbors, our home and of course our business… and so thankful for our customers. I’m thankful that although our country isn’t perfect, I still have the freedom to speak openly and pray… even at work.
With all the ugliness in our world I’m thankful that I can still see the beauty God has created all around me. That there is still beauty within me. The world cannot take that away and I choose to live with a positive loving outlook. As our country/world struggles more and more…. I’m thankful I can put my hope in Jesus. I’m thankful that I can write this without being arrested. Gluten Free Miracles has always been a faith driven business. We have a prayer wall in the office. We have customers come in or call asking us to pray for or with them. I cannot tell you how thankful and humbled that makes us.
There truly is so much to be thankful for…. and yes, I’m thankful we can provide all gluten free – Baked Stuffing, Rolls, Dumplings, Pies and so much for those who need gluten free, paleo or vegan. It’s a blessing and I know it sure does help at the holidays.
I challenge you to look for three things everyday until Thanksgiving you are thankful for. Then I challenge you to be a blessing. Here is my gluten free pie crust recipe. I hope it too is a blessing.
*GF PIE CRUST
1 ½ cups Miracle Flour Blend , ¾ tsp. Xanthan Gum ¼ tsp. Sea Salt ½ cup Palm Oil (not melted) (or Butter for buttery crust or both) 1 Egg, 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice, 2Tbsp Coconut Milk (as needed) DIRECTIONS Pre-heat oven to (375) ____ degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together Miracle Flour Blend, xanthan gum, and salt. Add palm oil and mix on medium speed. Mix until crumbly, then add lemon juice to egg white and add to flour mixture. Add rice milk 1 Tbsp. at a time just until blended (If needed). You can either turn out onto wax paper with flour and roll out or sit dough in pie plate and work with hands to smooth out. This is what I prefer. I have always had a pickle of a time keeping the crust from breaking when moving it. Press the crust in the pan with my fingers dipped in flour works best for me. Bake for (20-25) minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack.
*Miracle Flour Blend – Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Potato Starch, Garbanzo Bean Flour. (We sell at the bakery the blend).
People will lie about the darnedest things. But, lie about having Celiac Disease? Really? Yep, I had hired a girl that told me in her interview she had just discovered she had Celiac Disease and could not eat at the place she was working. She worked with us for close to a year when she left. Afterwards, she said she had started eating gluten again and was cured. Truth be told, she finally came clean that she had never been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She obviously did not do her research and didn’t know you cannot be cured from it either.
Now don’t get me wrong I understand why she lied. Truly, but I have to think, “May you get your wish.” After all, it has become quite the blessing in our family. That’s right, I said “Blessing”! Think about it, if you have Celiac Disease you can’t eat most fast foods or quick foods. Most preservatives (which you shouldn’t be eating anyway) have gluten so you need to avoid them. You have to prepare most of your foods fresh. Which means you are more likely to use fresh whole foods. How can that not be better?
With Connor he went from being a sickly little thing to a strapping 5’9 teen. He’s super strong and hardly ever gets even a cold. He’s vibrant, smart and happy. Does he miss being able to just grab whatever with his friends? Of course, but at the same time he realizes he’s blessed in a different way. The temptation to live off of crap food has been removed. Blessed.
Our entire family eats better and feels better. Blessed.
Do the kids at school call him “Gluten Boy”, yes. Does he mind? No. He kind of feels special and those students are just his friends. Still blessed.
Having Celiac Disease is not a curse, it is truly a Blessing. Perspective is key. Understanding is vital. Help those around you understand that you have something that they can support and help you with. Celiac Awareness is key.
When I think back to how this all started, I realize the beauty in it all. My son Connor was a very sickly kid. He caught every virus or infection going around. He had stomach issues for years and was just plain miserable. Which as his mom made me miserable. I felt so helpless. Helpless, that is until I got his diagnosis.
Finding out he had a severe allergy to wheat and celiac disease was just insane. Oh My Gosh! I’d been feeding him whole wheat thinking it was healthy. Obviously, I had to learn a thing or two. So I did. I began researching and learning everything I could about eating clean and about our food in this country. You know, it really is bad. GMO foods are harmful, so much so other countries even continents have forbid them. Then when you look at artificial preservatives and dyes, we as human beings are in a losing battle. Unless, you take action like I did.
To get my kid healthy, I only used non-GMO organic ingredients. This includes meats. No steroids or growth hormones in our meat and definitely no nitrates! Well, when you take all of those harmful things out, this limits you when you are on the run. Fast food becomes a thing of the past, as does quick foods. You begin to plan and take snacks with you while out. You cook and prepare foods like your grandparents and their grandparents did. My crock pot became my best friend.
What seems like a curse at first turned into a miracle. Because of his illness, we learned to “do”. Doing is the key to being healthy and doing right by your family, by you. I often tell people, “Eat to Live”. Isn’t that how God intended it?
Well, low and behold Connor went from being a puny sickly kid to a vibrant super healthy teen. He is the high school goalie (now that’s tough) and has done MMA and loves to box. He just about never gets sick and when he does, gets over it super fast. His body is strong, resilient and his immune system couldn’t be better. Our entire family has become healthier because of Connor. I’m so thankful, for his diagnosis. If we never got it, where would we be now? All sick?
I hope this will inspire you to take charge of the choices you are making. I’m not saying everyone has to go gluten free, I am saying everyone just “has” to choose more wisely to have a healthy quality of life. And yes, gluten is bad because just about everything in this country that has gluten has been genetically modified.
My clarity is 100% better as is my mood and energy levels. My husbands stomach is a mess and he feels so sluggish if he eats gluten. He does not have any kind of diagnosis telling him not to eat it, so occasionally he cheats. He always regrets it.
Connor at age seven didn’t want to leave the house, now at age fifteen, he’s hardly ever home. lol
PS – I want to encourage you to research the food in our country. For America to be so advanced we are seriously lagging in this area. FDA guidelines for vitamin levels are too low, they’ve told us to ditch fat (which our bodies, especially our brains desperately need), and they say GMO foods are okay. One would have to ask why in the world does our FDA our government want us to eat this way? They know it is harmful and yet….? Personally, I think its because of money, power and possibly even a way to control the population. Heart Disease, Obesity and diabetes means shorter life spans. If we get cancer, we die and that too keeps the numbers down. I know this may seem ridiculous to some of you. The conspiracy theory, but just a theory. Agree or disagree, but at least think about it.
*Next Blog Post – The things you can do with our Paleo Pizza Dough.
Holiday’s are especially exhausting for a bakery owner. I got up on Thanksgiving day and rearranged my family room to make room for the Christmas Tree. Then put the turkey in the oven and laid down for a little nap. I told my son Connor to wake me after an hour and off to slumber I went.
I woke up feeling disoriented yet rested. As I am coming down the stairs in my robe with no make up on yet… I look out he window to see family beginning to arrive. I think to myself, wow they are early. Only to discover as I enter the kitchen that it is time for our gathering. I had slept the entire day away. All I could do was laugh.
There was a time that I would have made sure everything was perfect, including my hair. Nowadays I’m doing good to show up in my own home.
I turned around to greet my family with a chuckle and explained my situation. Tom was overcooked, but not all was lost. I make great gravy and he was still moist enough to chew.
I then gathered the pans I had of Baked Dressing and put them in the hot oven. Asked my niece to keep an eye on them and went to get ready. Although, I definitely considered staying the way I was. Wouldn’t my teal polkadot robe be quite the conversation piece in the family photos?
Ready in fifteen and back downstairs to embrace the evening. Thankfully, the dressing, dumplings, rolls and pies were already prepared (from our bakery) and waiting in the fridge. All the other sides were brought by our guests. We had a wonderful easy meal and no one even seemed to notice that our turkey had been in the oven an hour too long and never was basted.
Because as much as we all love food, all that ever really matters is being with the ones we love. We went around the table and told what we were thankful for. My four year old great nice Dani says she’s thankful for mac-n cheese. My fifteen year old son; “Shelter, food, water.” Wow that’s deep kids. For me, I’m thankful for my blessed life. This business has definitely taken its toll on our family time. It hasn’t been an easy road, I work harder today than anyone I know (my age)… but having this opportunity to enrich other peoples lives, helping them with their journey.. is blessing me more than you.
When Connor was in first grade I started really feeling rough. I would ache all over most of the time. I was the PE teacher at his school at the time. When we would pull into the garage I would have to sit and rest before I could muster up the energy to come inside our home. I would then collapse on the couch. Making dinner became difficult as my mind was so foggy and my body hurt so much to stand. All I wanted to do was sleep and sleep some more. The crazy thing was, at night I couldn’t sleep. Everything hurt too much, my legs would spasm and I stayed in a constant state of confusion. I also had developed serious IBS.
Life became more and more difficult to maneuver. I couldn’t remember little things and cared about little. Depression had set in. My friend Lisa told me I needed to try a new doctor. Mine just kept giving me a new pill with each new symptom. Never looking at the cause of the problems. I’d heard about Dr. Jim Roach through a friend whose son had been misdiagnosed prior with ADHD. Dr. Roach did some testing and discovered a gluten, dairy and sugar sensitivity. Once she removed those three things from her sons diet every symptom of ADHD disappeared.
When I went in to see Dr. Roach I took a list off all the meds my previous doctor had subscribed. I had also made a list of all my symptoms/issues. He took one look and said, “I suspect you have Chronic Fatigue and an allergy to dairy and are gluten sensitive.” Further testing concluded his diagnosis was indeed correct. Within one month of removing the gluten every single Chronic Fatigue Symptom had left. Within days of going dairy free my IBS had begun to heal, I felt an immediate improvement.
It is becoming common knowledge that Chronic Fatigue is primarily caused by gluten There are other causes like a virus…. Gluten is the #1 trigger though. Chronic Fatigue isn’t the only auto immune disease associated with gluten. There are over 250, did you know that? Fibromyalgia is also much improved if not in full remission by a gluten free and sugar free diet. Dr. Roach says, “I recommend every patient would have much improved health on a Paleo Diet.” Paleo is: Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Potato Free, Legume Free and Organic. Always look at the ORIGIN of your food. It simply MUST be non-GMO (genetic modified organism/engineered).
When you wake up feeling like a different person looking forward to the day ahead, you don’t mind changing the way you eat. Lifestyle changes impact everything and it all begins with our food.
My son Connor was adamant he did not want to go to youth camp. Told me it would be too much work for me. I knew exactly how much work it would be. He went to Kid’s Camp a few years ago. I made all of his meals. I labeled each and then went to the camp a hour away to meet with the Kitchen Manager. Since then we’ve opened our GFM Bakery and I’ve been covered up with work.
I knew he was trying to keep from adding anything else for me to do to my already hectic week. I also knew he needed this trip. Two days before he left, he looked frustrated at me and said, “I can’t believe your gonna make me go to camp.”
Cut to after camp: Connor = “I had the most amazing time.” “Camp should last for two weeks and they may offer that next year. If they do, can I go for two weeks?”. Talk about a total 360 turn.. You see he went with friends from church that he’s known for most of his life. Some of these kids have known each other since birth. They were already friends and now they are even more closely bonded. He also grew spiritually. This was truly an amazing youth camp experience.. and to think he didn’t want to go.
You and I both know that our kids do not know what is best for them. That’s why our job is so important as parents to press and push when needed and let up at times too. This is the reason that spending Father’s Day, Sunday (my only day off) in the kitchen cooking and organizing his meals was a small price to pay.
I want to encourage you to send your kids to camp. The experiences the have will last a lifetime and will help create the people they grow into. It will be a lot of work on you, but it will be worth it. Connor really appreciated it in the end. Our bakery can also help. We’ve made meals for families to send their kids to camp and supplied Buns, Muffins, Sweet rolls, cookies and more. Just give us a call if you need some help getting your Kiddo’s food ready for a life changing camp experience.
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When some people hear the phrase “gluten free,” they think of a fad diet adopted by many because they think it will help them lose weight. But for Denise Walsh, the owner of the Lexington business Gluten Free Miracles, the phrase not only drives her day-to-day work, it is also the key to a healthy existence, for her and, especially, for her 14-year-old son, Connor.
Eight years earlier, he had started consistently experiencing symptoms of Celiac disease, ranging from anxiety to bloating to ongoing, daily stomach pain.
“It got to point where when he was 6 years old that he didn’t want to leave the house because he would be sick while he was out,” said his mother. Eventually, she took him to see Dr. Jim Roach at the Midway Center for Integrative Health for some extensive blood testing. The results showed a gluten allergy so severe that the doctor was taken aback. She eliminated gluten from his diet directly following that visit, and though he showed immediate signs of improvement, years of damage to his system continued to take their toll.
“What I didn’t really realize was the damage that had been done,” she said. “His immune system just shut down.”
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