How dare I be different

YBLC BLOG Volume 5  July 13, 2016

Recently I was visiting with my Mom when I was down for local Canada Day celebrations.


We went out for supper. You know you’re getting to be “that age” when you look at the pics hanging at your local fast food stop #Wood’s and you actually recognize what it looked like in those original pics. Geesh! As a kid, after a hair cut from my aunt, we would get a nickel to get an ice cream cone there. My favourite was maple walnut with huge pieces of walnuts. Yum! We lived out of town so the whole experience was a huge treat.

So what the heck do you do now, when you choose to eat gluten free and dairy sends your digestive system grumbling?

I used to feel like I was imposing on my dinner mates when eating out. I really felt uncomfortable especially when I would get those “looks. I didn’t like rocking the boat. How dare I be different? It took some guts and getting used to “ASKING”. Why should I feel like crap to eat like the rest? Won’t kill me, but it is worth how I feel day to day.

The best places I like to dine in (on a gluten free-not celiac, dairy free diet) are Japanese, (ask for gluten free soy sauce) Thai restaurants (sauces usually coconut cream), and where I can get grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables, a baked potato or steamed vegetables.

3 Tips to Follow When You Dine Out

  1. Before ordering, check the restaurant menu carefully for gluten free or dairy free dishes or ASK (don’t be shy) for recommendations on the menu. A knowledgeable server will guide you or even ask the chef. (Yup, it happens regularly when I ask.)
  2. Avoid most sauces as all contain thickeners made with regular wheat flour and dairy.
  3. Be aware though that if they don’t have a dedicated gluten free kitchen, there may still be some contamination. More restaurants today are conscious, but you still need to keep your guard up. Not worth suffering the consequences.

If you’re dining in here is a video for my Fit Fast Fun Summer Beet & Quinoa Salad recipe. Great for picnics too.  Happy summer!

Be creative!
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…no it’s not what you think. I’m in love with rocks!

I got a little woo hiking on the red rocks of Sedona Arizona recently. I couldn’t help it with the sheer beauty surrounding me. The path was rough in some places and I had to pay attention to where I was making my next steps. Otherwise, I was taking it all in, the view, the beautiful day and feeling awestruck with the massive rock peaks.
Three months ago I mentioned to a friend I had been thinking of doing a road trip at some point exploring farmer’s markets around the country to meet the people and visit the places our food is grown in. Then I would share my experiences by writing & posting blog articles for others to enjoy.I never imagined that from that conversation, I would be tromping around at the Hoover Dam, filming a rare Grand Canyon rainbow, then perching on top of the red rocks in the Vortex of Sedona AZ  and getting there by using the less travelled roads. Lots to cross off my bucket list!


Grand Canyon Rainbow

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago diagnosed with fibromyalgia and wanting to stay under the covers with overwhelming pain and exhaustion, I couldn’t have imagined venturing out on a road for a week. A month? No way. I wouldn’t even have entertained the thought. How would I manage to keep from rocking the inflammatory boat that would drown me with fibromyalgia flare ups?

This time, my stinkin’ thinkin’ got booted out the door. I stopped thinking so much about it and grabbed the invitation for the opportunity to travel. No reason not to make this year mine, celebrating personal and professional milestones. Scared? Oh yeh. ’cause part of that time I would be travelling on the back of a sport motorcycle. With that visual in mind, I’ll tell you more next time.

A little confession here. I tried to ignore my birthday last year as I turned “60”! The very first time I experienced an “Ugh another birthday!” moment. This year I am making up for it and holding my own event. (Another one crossed off the bucket list)!

If you are in the Ottawa area I want to invite you to my birthday & business bash “Your Better Living Expo being held June 4 from 10- 4, benefitting  the Odawa Youth Social Enterprise program. Fun, Food, Education & Awareness for “better living” from the ground up. See you there?  Advance tickets are free. I will save you a hug!

See details and get your TICKETS here

Now, go on a treasure hunt of your own to find a nutrient dense food you haven’t tried yet. I’d love to hear what you chose.

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“BE CREATIVE” with this from my collection…


The flavours of sweet honeydew, tart lime, and juicy red grapes combine in this smooth drink. A simple refreshing switch from sweet sodas and iced tea. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and other healthful nutrients such as glutathione.


  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • ½ cup seedless red grapes
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 cups sparkling water


  1. Cut melon in half, scoop out seeds, peel, nd cut into 1-inch cubes. Wash grapes well and remove stems. Freeze melon and grapes for one hour.
  2. Combine frozen melon and grapes with lime juice and honey in a blender. Puree until smooth, adding water as needed. Serve immediately.

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