Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gluten Free Woes and Wins!

Over the past several months, there has been a gluten free craze sweeping the nation.  For most people (over 80%), they gain weight on a gluten free diet.  The reason?  High levels of carbohydrates and not enough lean protein and vegetables. 

Before eating gluten free was "popular," I ate a strict gluten free diet for a few years, after having cervical cancer.  I was the fattest gluten free person on the planet, or so I thought.  Grains became my enemy, and I thought I had to go back to the lifestyle of only lean proteins and vegetables.  Not true!  My problem was the portion size and the frequency of my grains and gluten free starches.  Balance....I was lacking balance.

Back to the drawing board.  I modified my portions and frequency of grains, and the weight started peeling off of my booty.  Thank goodness, because my booty is flat and only got wider...not the nice bubble my sister inherited.  But, I digress.

After a few years, I realized I was not really getting any benefit from eating gluten free and went back to a diet that included wheat.  I really did miss my whole wheat and breads and pasta. And, guess what?  I didn't gain a pound, because I applied the same principles of portion control and frequency.

My gluten free experience and Macrobiotic Chef course prepared me for Chow Bella Cooks, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.  So, if you're a gluten free eater, whether it's by choice or because you have Celiac disease, I can provide a course or party for you!

Here's one of my favorite recipes.  You can cook it in a slow cooker or in a heavy pot.

Easy Southwest Chicken


  1. Hi Sue,
    My friend has Celiac and I tried to print the recipe for the "Easy Southwest Chicken" but it won't come up?