Allergy

Applesauce Recipe

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 in Allergy, Blog, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Recipes

The apple trees are just amazing this year in Denver, last year, it was peaches. I was just thinking about making apple sauce to freeze and enjoy over the winter. Two years ago, we received a bunch of apples picked from a friend’s tree in Ft Collins and it was the first time I had made sugar-free applesauce and it was a big hit! These friend’s live an hour and half away and I knew a trip was not in the cards or even if their tree had produced this year.

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I see all the neighbor’s trees just hanging with so much fruit and the apples are falling and rotting on the ground.  And to my surprise, my neighbor posted this sign….

Free Apples

 

We pulled the truck up next to the tree to gather the high hanging fruit before the storm rolled in…… {oops, got him with his eyes closed}

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Our apple loot….

Apples

 

Applesauce Recipe – Sugar Free

12 cups of peeled and sliced apples

3 tsp of cinnamon {more or less to your liking}

2 tsp of organic vanilla

2 cups of water

1/2 lemon fresh squeezed

Add water, cinnamon and vanilla to water bring to a low boil, peel and slice apples, and squeeze fresh lemon on apples, add to pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, keep on low until the apples break down and  mashed with a fork.  I prefer a chunky applesauce, if you prefer it more smooth creamy consistency, add more water.

Let cool, eat warm or cold.

Enjoy!!

xoxo,

Lori

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3 Plants to Improve Indoor Air

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Allergy, Blog, Live Life Green

Our homes can be 5-7 times more toxic than the outdoors. It’s estimated the average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. Think about it, all winter we are cooped up, spring/fall pollen keeps us from opening our windows and in the summer were indoors to escape the heat and humidity.

First, take the proper steps to reduce the amount of toxins you bring into your home. Read more:  Get The Toxins Out

Next, add these great plants to your home for improved air quality.  You can find these common plants at a local garden center or at your big box garden center.  Keep in mind, typically these plants will be at capacity in their current pot and will need to be transplanted.  They all require different care, so be sure to follow the best soil for each for transplanting.

 Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these three plant varieties are easy to grow and maintain.

Kamal Meattle shares on Tedx 3 plants to improve indoor air quality and “How to Grow Fresh Air”

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Areca Palm – The Living Room Plant

Areca Palm

 This plant that will add beauty to any room and requires minimum care.  Read more:  How to Care for Areca Palm Tree

Mother-in-Laws Tongue – The Bedroom Plant

Mother in Law Tongue

Another plant requiring minimal care.  It’s recommended 6 – 8 waist high plants per person.  This plant is know to convert CO2 to O2.  Care is slightly different because it more of a cactus type plant. Read more: Plant Care Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

And finally the last plant to add:

Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy – The Specialist Plant

Money Plant

Money plant is know to improve the air from off gassing of formaldehyde and VOC’s.

This one of the easiest plants to care for!  Read more:  Money Plant Care

For 10 more easy grow plants to Grow Fresh Air.

 

Source:  GreenUpGrader, EPA, CPSC

 

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I’m Gluten Free/Celiac, Now What?

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 in Allergy, Blog

You just found out you or your child is gluten intolerant, so now what?  Don’t panic!

It’s can seem quite overwhelming  the thought of changing your diet, finding new brands and where to shop.  There is so much available because the community has grown in leap and bounds!

My first suggestion,  get connected with the gluten free/celiac community.  Find local groups on Facebook and/or Meetup.com (not a singles website). Restaurants are catching on and supporting the Gluten Free community.

You are going to find it is quite easy to move into  gluten free living! Once you start feeling better, you are going to love that part too.

Just some caution, sometimes others grains look like gluten to the body.  I would recommend removing all grains and then adding them in one by one to see how your body responds.

You may be ok, but in some cases, just allow the body to rest and repair without grains.

Join us in participating in a Whole30 program starting in January to rid your body of all grains and inflammatory foods.

Lori

 

 

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A Door Opens

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 in Allergy, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Uncategorized

A door opened for me today.

I have really been struggling with giving up coffee.  I love  my quiet coffee time on the back patio, the taste of it, the smell of it and even on a Summer morning the warmth of it!

I know on many levels I need to stop drinking it.  Even decaf. When I examine my health goals and the direction I want to go, coffee really doesn’t fit in the plan!

I have been struggling with this and I know I have 10 days to kick this habit.  In 10 days, I’ll be heading off to a Blue Sage Sanctuary  detox center to take this journey to a new level.

 {And coffee isn’t in the plan.}

A door opens!

The Paleo Mom shared an excellent post on the Pros and Cons of Coffee

For me, I have to get my head right to take the next step and this is exactly what I needed this morning.

It’s a choice, a choice of health!  I can do this!

xoxo – Lori

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