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WIAW – July 17

Oh. Em. Gee. I am exhausted. We have been fostering a puppy for the last few days, and I think he might be the death of me. It had gotten so crazy that we managed to eat out for lunch and dinner today. Not cool, but it will get better.

Breakfast was some major randomness from the fridge: a beef/bison burger patty and a chia pod. Also, lots of coffee. The chia pod was amazing. I discovered them on my most recent trip to Whole Foods and I am in love.

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We had Chipotle for lunch, but I forgot to grab a pic. My gf and I usually split a burrito bowl (no rice, no beans) with fajita veggies, double chicken or steak, salsa, lettuce, and guacamole.

And by the time dinner came around, we just grabbed a pizza. Gluten free crust, no cheese, with chicken, bacon, red pepper, artichokes, onions, and green olives.

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Health Update – Celiac Disease?

After not hearing back from my doctor for a couple weeks, I called to get the results of my genetic test. Before getting the test, my doctor explained that based on the results, I would have one of two situations:

  • Gluten sensitivity-This would be my diagnosis if I had none of the genes for celiac disease. With this diagnosis, if I REALLY wanted some gluten, I could–very rarely–load myself up with meds and then partake.
  • Celiac disease – This would be my diagnosis if I had the two genes that are present in the majority of celiac cases:Β HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. With this diagnosis, obviously, gluten is off the menu forever.

And how did I do?

I have ONE of the genes. And, I’ve been ordered to be gluten-free forever.

My official diagnosis is that I *could* have celiac disease. My official opinion is that I DO have celiac disease, based on several factors, including my reactions to gluten, previous health issues, and because the gene that I do have,Β HLA-DQ2, is the most common gene associated with celiac.

What do you guys think? Does anyone else have experience with these genetic tests?


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Recipe: Cauliflower Potato Soup

This soup has become one of our winter staples. We make a batch on the weekend and then eat it throughout the week. We would probably get more mileage out of it if we froze some portions, but then what would I eat for breakfast??? lol

I like to serve it topped with hemp seeds or dairy-free shredded cheese, but there are many other options: bacon crumbles, sour cream, green onions to name a few.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 small leeks (or 1 large), chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into large chunks
  • mix of potatoes–I ended up using 1 yukon gold and 5 medium red, cut into large chunks
  • chicken broth–it took 3 cans and 10 muffin-sized frozen pucks of homemade broth to fill my crock pot. Could sub veggie broth to make it vegan
  • seasoning: celery salt, garlic powder, pepper, and parsley

Instructions

This is pretty literally a “chop it up and put it in the crock pot” recipe. Β I layered my ingredients in this order:

  • 6 frozen pucks of chicken broth
  • chopped onion
  • chopped leeks
  • chunked cauliflower
  • 4 frozen pucks of chicken broth
  • chunked potatoes
  • seasonings–Add a little now and more after it cooks. I used A LOT of parsley and garlic.
  • cans of chicken broth (um, opened and poured, obvs)

I cooked mine for 10 hours on low, mashed it up with a potato masher, and then let it cook for another hour.

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Weekend Highlights: Coconut oil (in my coffee), Salmon, and Pizza

I feel like this weekend disappeared! Part of that might be due to the 3-hour nap I took on Saturday, but after getting up early to purchase Fall Out Boy tickets, I needed some rest πŸ™‚ It was a good thing we got up early, too, because every venue is now sold out!

And, so, the randomness from my weekend…

We may have eaten this entire bag of ginger candy from World Market.

We may have eaten this entire bag of ginger candy from World Market.

This amazing salad came from Shameless Grounds Coffee house.

This amazing salad came from Shameless Grounds Coffee house.

Our trip to Costco resulted in salmon...a lot of salmon.

Our trip to Costco resulted in salmon…a lot of salmon.

OMG coconut oil coffee.

OMG coconut oil coffee.

This coffee was so tasty. There is no creamer in it. I added 2 tsps of coconut oil and used a hand blender to emulsify it.

We ended the weekend with a cheese-less, gluten-free pizza from Pi.

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