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Blog Award? Who me?!?

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Imagine my delight and shock when I read the post on my friend Kim’s blog at Gluten Free Is Life where she presented me with this award!

Here are the rules:

  • This award is bestowed upon blogs that are exceedingly charming.
  • These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.
  • They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
  • Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
  • Please give more attention to these writers.
  • Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.
  • I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming…

Now I get to share the fun with six more! (It’s like a chain letter-but this is actually fun!)

Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom. Heidi had me laughing at my computer with her story of the brussel sprout adventure. Definitely check her out. I’m a firm beliver that humor makes everything just a little better-and Heidi delivers.

Cara at Cara’s Cravings. Cara is a gal after my own heart who likes lifting heavy stuff in the gym. She is also a kick butt cook and creates healthier versions of favorites, which I am all for. And we both like cottage cheese-what else needs to be said?

JC at JCD Fitness. Now-JC is neither female, nor celiac-and I have doubts that he will pass along the love with the blog awards (I know you’re a good guy JC but I can’t see you putting all this love out there-although it would be bro-love.) JC has some fabulous, no nonsense training and nutrition info-and some of it he has geared specifically for the ladies, never fear.

Leigh at Leigh Peele.com! Leigh also is very no BS, and has a lot of good info. She did the video which I used in the Calories Count Part 2 post. She blogs about music and mindset as well as diet and training.

Peter at No Gluten, No Problem. Peter was profiled as a Gluten Free Athlete here as well. He has started a guide to gluten free small towns which I love, and am adding places to my “places to see before you die” list. He and his wife also have published a very cool cookbook called Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking: More than 250 Great-tasting, From-scratch Recipes from Around the World, Perfect for Every Meal and for Anyone on a Gluten-free Diet–and Even Those Who Aren’t.

Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. As you can imagine, I’m always on the lookout for flavorful and healthy recipes-and Amy delivers. There’s A LOT of recipe options over there. She must cook all day long 🙂

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful content you provide!

Gluten Free Glossary – Good Things to Know

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  • Celiac Disease-click here for an overview
  • Gluten-Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The problem in celiac disease and gluten intolerance is when this protein causes an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine.
  • Diet-A way of eating, not a restrictive one, just a way to eat. No expectations that a diet has to be a bad thing. It’s just a nutrition plan, that is all.
  • Calorie-Technically the amount of energy it takes to heat a gram of water 1 degree Celsius. For our purposes consider it a unit of energy, also something important to look at food labels.
  • Macronutrient-These are proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Also referred to as “macros.”
  • Micronutrients-Vitamins, minerals, all the other good stuff.
  • Protein-one of the macronutrients, composed of amino acids. Generally found in meats, beans, dairy, and in small amounts in grain product and some fat sources. Each gram of protein contains approximately 4 calories.
  • Carbohydrates-another macro, revered or hated depending on what diet book is hot. There are complex and simple carbs, fruits/veggies/grains contain a relatively larger amount of carbs. Also 4 calories per gram.
  • Fats-another victim of redheaded stepchild syndrome. Includes the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and also unsaturated fats (mono and poly) as well as saturated fat. These will not kill you if eaten in moderation.
  • Maintenance-Eating the amount of calories which will keep your scale weight at a given level. Usually given water weight fluctuations within a few pounds.
  • Deficit-Eating less calories than you expend, resulting in weight/fat loss. A deficit is generally achieved by a combination of eating less and moving more.
  • Surplus-Eating more calories than you expend, resulting in weight gain, which may be muscle, fat or a combination. When done intentionally, this could be good. Unintentionally, not so much.
  • Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load-Numbers to confuse you. These are supposed to give you an idea of how quickly these items are broken down into the smallest unit and enter your bloodstream. Pretty much useless because it doesn’t take into account eating these items in conjunction with another. So don’t worry about it too much, it’s a piece of information that you can use, not the be all end all.