Welcome to Allergy Free & Cheap Like Me!
gluten, dairy, egg & soy free…
I’m so happy you are here! I hope to create a place for you to find lots of information about food allergies, as well as, lots of goodies to help you not only eat better, but more affordably! Please feel free to share all of your own tips, tricks, and recipes too! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again very soon! You can read more about my allergy story here.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
- Getting Started – The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Resources – Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn's Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Gluten Free Pantry
Monday, May 14, 2012
“While Domino’s new Gluten Free Crust is appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity, Domino’s and the NFCA do not recommend it for those with celiac disease. Domino’s and the NFCA found that while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino’s cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten.”
“Please be advised all of Domino’s menu items, including pizza made with Gluten Free Crust, are prepared in a common kitchen. While the Gluten Free Crust contains no gluten ingredients, there is a risk of gluten exposure. NFCA supports the availability of Gluten Free Crust at Domino’s, but CANNOT recommend the pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten-related disorders other than celiac disease should exercise their own judgment in consuming pizza made with Gluten Free Crust."
- The Gluten Free Crust is stored in a separate area of the walk-in cooler until it is ordered.
- The Gluten Free Crust pizza is made on the same pizza screen and uses the same makeline, ingredients, and utensils as all other pizzas.
- Employees use the same pizza peel and pizza cutter on the Gluten Free Crust pizza as all other pizzas.
- There is no airborne flour in the store. Domino’s® ingredients that contain gluten and should not be added to a Gluten Free Crust are, Philly meat, Alfredo sauce, and Cheddar sauce.
So what are the facts that we know at this time? The crust is indeed certified gluten-free, however each pizza will be prepared and cooked along side non-gluten-free pizzas, and the pizza is not intended for folks who are extra sensitive or have celiac disease. Oh and by the way, just like every other gluten-free product, it will be $3 dollars extra.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
- Monday – Cooking/Baking Gluten-Free
- Tuesday – Nutrition/Wellness
- Wednesday – Raising a Gluten-Free Kid
- Thursday – Dining Out Gluten-Free
- Friday – NFCA Resources You Should Know About
- Anne Byrn of The Cake Mix Doctor – Reading labels and cooking with boxed mixes
- Shirley Braden of gluten free easily – Avoiding hidden gluten
- Kathleen Reale of Be Free for Me – Talking to your child about celiac disease
- Lisa Garza of Gluten Free Foodies – What questions to ask when dining out
- NFCA – Discover NFCA’s Getting Started Guide
- Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – How to cook and bake gluten-free from scratch
- Erin Elberson of Gluten-Free Fitness – Weight gain and gluten-free processed foods
- Heidi Kelly of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom – Talking to family & friends about your child’s gluten-free needs
- Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy – Trying new gluten-free dishes when dining out
- NFCA – Free Webinars: The easiest way to get new information
- Diane Eblin of The WHOLE Gang – 5 tips to get out of a food rut
- Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free – First gluten-free, now lactose intolerant? 5 tips to becoming a dairy-free diva
- Wendy Kaho of Celiacs in the House – Gluten-free challenges at school
- Michael De Cicco-Butz of Gluten-Free Mike – Traveling while gluten-free
- NFCA – 5 resources to handle life’s hurdles
- Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple – Publishing your gluten-free recipes
- EA Stewart of The Spicy RD – Healthy gluten-free foods you’ve never heard of
- Katie Chalmers of G-Free Kid – 5 tips to empower gluten-free kids
- Carrie Forbes of Ginger Lemon Girl – Starting a gluten-free dining group
- NFCA – Ready to fundraise? Here’s how to start
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Monday, April 30, 2012
I really liked this one a lot! It was super fun to make my word cloud! I will definitely be using this site again in the future to make other word clouds. I always wondered how people made them, now I know!
If you were making a word cloud what words would you use?
posted by Allergy Free and Cheap Like Me! at 8:00 AM Labels: Fun, WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (#HAWMC)
Sunday, April 29, 2012
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Friday, April 27, 2012
- Sometimes it is just plan hard. I'm not perfect and there are days when I wish I could just be "normal" and eat whatever I want without any consequences. I'm sure everyone with a food allergy or intolerance has those days and with time they occur less often, but occasionally those feelings still crop up and I have a rough day or I "cheat" and eat something I know I can't have just because everyone else can!
- It can sometimes be overwhelming. This was true especially at first, but still gets me occasionally. It's overwhelming to scrupulously examine every single food label or try to explain my food allergies, time after time, to the waiter at the restaurant. It's overwhelming to go into a grocery store and feel like there is nothing I can eat.
- Allergen-free food is expensive. Eating allergen-free can get very expensive. Items such as specialty flours, xanthan gum and egg-replacers are pricey, even when bought in bulk. Even more expensive are pre-packaged foods, such as frozen meals, a box of cookies or crackers, or even a loaf of allergen-free bread.
- Remembering not to skip out just because it's easier. Sometimes it is hard to deal with people's lack of understanding about food allergies and it becomes easier to just say no. Going out sometimes becomes a stressful experience instead of something to be enjoyed. At times I feel it's easier for me and others to just stay home, not go out to dinner, conveniently miss a work party, or postpone get togethers with friends. I have to remember when I feel this way that it is not about the food, but about the experiences and memories of the events I don't want to miss.
- The feeling of "missing out" on things. There are times when hanging out with friends I watch them share a dessert and I feel left out. It's selfish, believe me I know, but I'm jealous they don't have to think about food in the same way that I do. Occasionally I have a bad day and put too much focus on the food and everything I can't eat on the menu instead of the environment, experiences, and memories with friends and loved ones that surround the food.
- I am healthier. Because of my food allergies I'm healthier. I eat better; I eat less "junk". This is probably because it is a lot harder and more expensive to find the "junk" allergen-free foods. It is also a bit harder to go through the drive-thru because it is convenient and on the way. I eat in more which is always healthier and cheaper. I have also become more aware of what is in the food I am eating. I hardly remember a time that I read the labels on the food I ate before I found out about my allergies. Now, however, I can tell you what is in everything I eat. This has made me aware of not only things I am allergic to on food labels, but also all the nasty stuff that is in some of the foods I used to eat. Many times, even if it is safe allergen wise, if it has things in it that I am not comfortable with eating I just skip it. Knowing what is in the foods I eat helps me make better choices. Another benefit to eating healthier is that I get sick a lot less since I found out about my allergies. I maybe get sick once or twice a year and it usually isn't as severe as before.
- I feel better. When I don't eat the things I am allergic to I feel better, not just stomach wise, but my entire being. I don't feel lethargic, I'm not always tired, I have more energy, and I can concentrate better.
- I've met some wonderful people along my journey. Because of my allergies I have met some amazing people in the allergen-free community that I would have never met before. It helps me to know, especially when I am having an off day, I am never alone in my journey.
- I'm happier. I suppose this goes back to feeling better and being healthier, but overall I am simply a happier person than I was before.
- I'm more confident in myself. I feel more confident in my daily choices. I have also found I am interested in a lot of things that I never knew I was before I found out about my allergies and started blogging about them.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Okay, so today I am having a hard time thinking of a memory that I want to share in third person. In fact, I am having a hard time remembering any memory at all. Those of you who know me know this is not unusual for me as I have difficulty even remembering what happened yesterday. To put it bluntly, my memory sucks. But today I think it is more than my usual brain fog, I think I am a bit burnt out from blogging everyday for the past 24 days. I feel like I need a bit of a break. So I am just going to leave you with this quote I found that seems to sum it all up for me today.
"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before." ~Steven Wright
As my gift to myself and you, take the day (or afternoon) off! If anyone asks why, tell them I said it was okay.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Clean Water: Two short years after the formation of the EPA, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, a modification of the 1948 Federal Water Pollution Control Act, to regulate quality standards for surface waters and stop the discharges of pollutants into rivers, lakes and other waterways.
Clean Air: A few weeks after the EPA was formed, Congress passed the Clean Air Act. Under the new law, the EPA was authorized to set limits on air pollutants like ozone and carbon monoxide, as well as to regulate emissions from factories, power plants and vehicles. State and regional agencies assumed responsibility for carrying out the Clean Air Act at the local level. With its new responsibilities, the EPA set numerous air quality regulations in motion, including controlling auto emissions and banning the use of DDT.
Waste Management: In 1976, the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act became law. Among other things, the law mandated that landfills be closely monitored and enacted America's hazardous waste management program. Since 1970, the U.S. recycling rate has grown from a mere 6.6 percent to 34.1 percent in 2010, according to the most recent EPA data available. Due to increased regulations and recycling, the number of landfills in America has also decreased dramatically, from nearly 8,000 in 1988 to 1,767 in 2002.
Increased Awareness: Since 1970, Earth Day has grown into a global celebration. An estimated 1 billion people in 180 countries participated in Earth Day in 2010. About 77 percent of Americans now say they worry about protecting the environment; this is up from 1970 when the percentage of citizens who cited cleaning up air and water as one of their top three political priorities was at 53 percent.
posted by Allergy Free and Cheap Like Me! at 11:04 AM Labels: Environment, Fun, Health, WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (#HAWMC)
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The first three are reminders for myself and the rest are wonderful quotes that help inspire me.
If you were going to make Post-It reminders of things you forget what would they say? Where would you post them?
posted by Allergy Free and Cheap Like Me! at 10:44 AM Labels: Fun, WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (#HAWMC)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
mindful health's mindful healthgracefully i have never question, naturally beyond
any thought, your brain have their awareness:
in your most delicious food are things which heal me,
or which i cannot communicate because they are too wonderfully
your delightful look carefully will unwelcome me
though i have imagine myself as condition,
you laugh always heart by heart myself as journey enjoy
(strengthening patiently, adventurously) her nutritious recipe
or if your believe be to mend me, i and
my knowledge will eat very beautifully , cheerfully,
as when the flour of this thought cook
the stomach enthusiastically everywhere loving;
nothing which we are to promise in this flavor taste
the food of your melodic allergies: whose impression
smell me with the help of its situation ,
admiring time and interest with each changing
(i do not care what it is about you that challenge
and create; only something in me educate
the adjustment of your brain is satisfying than all journey)
reward, not even the mind, has such caring existence
- Elizabeth & e.e. cummings
Do you remember doing Madlib's when you were younger? You can create your own Madlib on LanguageIsAVirus.com
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Friday, April 20, 2012
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sorry my post is so late today, my dinner party with these amazing ladies went longer than expected! :)
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.-- George Bernard Shaw
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake. -- F. Wikzek
Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.-- Denis Whitely
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.-- Scott Adams
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.-- Mahatma Gandhi
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Monday, April 16, 2012
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