Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

I believe I have NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY. Everything I’m about to share is based on changes I observed in my body after going off gluten, as well as any online research I’ve done independently. I’ve never been given this label as a medical diagnosis, nor have I ever tested positive for celiac disease. Usually, oneContinue reading “Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity”

My Journey to Alternative Health part 2

My journey to alternative health began in 1997 when I went to an iridologist who told me I had candida and sequentially put me on dietary modifications and herbs. Prior to the appointment, I didn’t know what an iridologist was, never heard of candida, and never had experience with healing herbs. The experience was life-changingContinue reading “My Journey to Alternative Health part 2”

Divine Mint Smoothie

I’ve always loved mint.  From Girl Scout Mint Thins to Fannie Mae Mint Meltaways to Junior Mints my mouth waters just thinking about any one of those delectable items. In my quest to modify my lifestyle (aka diet change) I discovered the most divine mint smoothie recipe and it’s uber-healthy too! I modified a recipeContinue reading “Divine Mint Smoothie”

The Battle Against Junk Food Food

Hi. Karen the Klutter Koach here.  In my excitement to publish my post I kinda forgot to add the title.  Oops!  I’m re-sending the link with the title if the title is what grabs your attention.  If I were a WordPress guru I would know there’s a better way to fix this…but at this juncture,Continue reading “The Battle Against Junk Food Food”

The Battle Against Junk Food

“You can’t have it!” Regardless of what ‘it’ is, this statement may bring out the rebellious teen or Veruca Salt tantrum in us making us to want ‘it’ even more. On the flip-side, imagine being presented with an array of options and asked which you’d like.  Most likely a choice would be made without furtherContinue reading “The Battle Against Junk Food”

The Chocolate Called

The chocolate called to me.  As did the cookies, the challah, the salmon, and the beef stew.  The cheese didn’t call, it hollered. My taste buds love this stuff.  My waistline does not.  I would like to say my scale lies, but alas I think it is telling the truth. The High Holiday season endedContinue reading “The Chocolate Called”

The 80/20 Diet

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to different eating programs.  Whether it is no sugar-no white flour-no meat-plant-based-Keto-McDougall-Macrobiotic-candida-South Beach-or the sea food diet (I see it, I eat it).  I have come to the conclusion that everybody=every body is different and there is not a one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. I thought I had createdContinue reading “The 80/20 Diet”

Using up Leftovers

One of the many things I am passionate about is not wasting things.  In our home we try not to waste food, water, or electricity.  In regards to food, we prepare foods the family likes.  We encourage taking smaller portions and having seconds or thirds if more food is desired.  Nobody minds leftovers, but sometimesContinue reading “Using up Leftovers”

Vegan Pizza!

Yesterday my office had an in-office lunch meeting.  We got to choose our meal from the restaurant’s on-line menu.  The number of options was overwhelming and everything sounded delicious making it difficult to chose what to order.  Making my lunch selection doubly difficult was we decided to order from a dairy restaurant. (Kosher restaurants haveContinue reading “Vegan Pizza!”

The Klutter Koach’s Kreative Kitchen

This week was the first “normal” week after a month of holidays. Neither my husband nor I wanted to do any middle of the week food shopping because we were 1) tired and didn’t feel like it 2) wanted to use up leftovers and 3) didn’t want to spend any more money until it wasContinue reading “The Klutter Koach’s Kreative Kitchen”

Becoming Vegan-ish and Re-Organizing my Kitchen

I’ve never clocked how much time spend in the kitchen each day, but lately with my new vegan-ish lifestyle I am spending more time there than before.  More time is needed for food prep, cleanup and checking my produce.  Checking?  What do I mean by ‘checking’?Since I keep a strict kosher kitchen ‘checking’ means toContinue reading “Becoming Vegan-ish and Re-Organizing my Kitchen”

Becoming Vegan-ish

My goal has always been to achieve optimum health by using food as medicine.  I think I have done a decent job of eating healthy, but always feel there is room for improvement.  My journey stared in 1997 when I went to an iridologist who told me I had candida and so began my introductionContinue reading “Becoming Vegan-ish”

Rosh Hashana: “What’s to Eat?”

As my kids say “What’s to eat?” Rosh Hashana is no different as the topic of most holidays is FOOD.  Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday night.  Is a two day holiday which comes with only a 24 hour break from Shabbos.  This equates to SIX MAIN MEALS.  If you think prepping forContinue reading “Rosh Hashana: “What’s to Eat?””

The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Muffins, Soup, and a Smoothie

Today was Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day in Israel. Aside from the patriotic aspect,  it is famed for being the day of the barbecue, known as mangal in local lingo. I have absolutely zero knowledge nor interest in manning a grill so I leave that up to my husband or teen son. While they cooked upContinue reading “The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Muffins, Soup, and a Smoothie”

The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Purees and Pudddings

I use my Ninja blender to make all kinds of koncoctions. The amount of liquid used is what determines whether to classify the results as a smoothie, a puree, or a pudding.  As I mentioned in my smoothie post, I never use dairy or soy because of my little one’s allergies to those ingredients. HereContinue reading “The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Purees and Pudddings”

The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Smoothies

I have discovered smoothies are an easy way to get fruits and vegetables into my family.  I haven’t figured out what the appeal of a straw inserted into a drink is but if I works, so be it. The trick to make my smoothies kid-friendly is the proportion of sweet to non-sweet.  I also makeContinue reading “The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen: Smoothies”

The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen Wednesday

In my family, grocery shopping is done once a week. On Thursday we do the Shabbos shopping plus purchase any other food for the upcoming week. The majority of the weekly cooking is done on Friday. Then we cruise on leftovers for the rest of the week, supplementing new dishes as needed. Today is WednesdayContinue reading “The Koach’s Kreative Kitchen Wednesday”

The Week of Creative Food Combinations

Pesach is getting close. Countdown: one week and one day.  Next week at this time we will be doing bekidas chometz (search to check that all traces of levened products have been removed).  Besides for the shopping and cleaning, one other thing my family does to prepare for the holiday is eat up all theContinue reading “The Week of Creative Food Combinations”