Summer

Almond Meal

Almond Meal

Almond Meal.  Probably my favourite gluten-free “flour” to bake with as I substitute it 1:1 with any plain flour recipe.

I absolutely love its soft and moist texture, however sometimes it does need a little hand to hold so it can keep its shape - like adding in a little buckwheat flour or perhaps some brown rice or quinoa flour.

To store, like all nuts, I keep enough almond meal/flour readily available in a glass jar in my fridge.  It will last for up to 6 months this way, although mine disappears a hell of a lot sooner as I bake A LOT!  The remainder, as I buy in bulk (soooo much cheaper to do so), gets stored in the freezer.

Thyroid + Grains

Thyroid + Grains

I mentioned the other day that one of the most frustrating issues with having Hashimotos is the constant, ever present game I play with my weight.  It falls of me within a matter of days, and then what can feel like a matter of hours, be back with a vengeance.  No signals, no warnings, no SMS messages.

 

Sugar (well, the removing of it) was one of the big factors I changed in my “diet”.  The other;  grains.

 

Ho hum.

cheesecakes

cheesecakes

For those of us living with Hashimotos or any thyroid disorder, keeping the weight off is one of the most frustrating things EVER!

One of the things I’m doing/have been doing/will continue to do is keep off sugar.  Did you know it is 4 x addictive as cocaine?  Not only does it cause havoc with your blood sugar levels and create a false sense of hunger, it causes considerable inflammation in the gut …. and this includes “natural” sugars.

Pistachio + Cakes

Pistachio + Cakes

A punch of lemon, the crunch of nuts and a soft, sticky texture - these little cakes are pure Summer in a white paper wrapper, waiting impatiently to be de-robed and gobbled greedily.

They stick to the wrappers a little, giving you total permission to indulge in the lady like ritual of "licking the paper".  A favourite past time of mine, normally completed behind closed doors, but when taken to a picnic on a hot Summers day.....bring it on, is all I'm sayin'.

Are you a snacker?

Are you a snacker?

So what type of snacker are you?  

Not too long ago, I was "the bored snacker".  You know the one, the person mindlessly snacking in front of the TV, not tasting the food being put into my mouth, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with being hungry.

Over the last few years, I've managed to rid myself from snacking.  It took time, but my body eventually adjusted, and then poof, gone - foggy 3pm brain, and gone - constant need to think about food.  Wow...food freedom is utterly addictive!

So why ask this question now?