Monday, September 10, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sometimes Things Don't Go According to Plan

It's been awhile. This has been the longest time away from my blog. I've missed it, I've thought about new ideas for my blog, and worked on my new website that I will be launching soon. Originally my plan was to take off during the month of August to develop my new blog, and to take sometime to just relax before grad school. However, like I have learned in the past, things don't always go according to plan.

The month of August has been a really difficult one for me. I wanted it to be a month full of relaxing and rejuvenation but this didn't happen.  Unfortunately I have been suffering from a really bad RSD/CRPS flair. In the beginning of August, I visited the ER twice in a span of a week to receive medication. We were hoping this would help calm down the flair, allow me to get some rest, and feel good for grad school. This has not been the case. While I feel a little better (my pain levels have gone from a 9 to 8), I am definitely not walking into grad school how I wanted to.

It's going to be OK though. I've got my head on my shoulders, thinking positive and hoping the immense amount of work that I am about to receive will be a distraction. There is a direction for my treatment plan so I have hope that there is still something that can help me.

All this unfortunately means my new blog is not quite ready yet. My goal was to have it up and running this week, but with everything going on I needed to take care of myself. I am really excited to launch the site. It is coming along great! With the start of grad school, and still not feeling great I am setting a new goal of having my site up before I attend Appetite for Awareness.

Thank you so much for your understanding, your patience, and I truly hope you will continue to follow and read Embrace G-Free!

Until Next time


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

With New Beginnings, Comes Change

My presents has been limited lately. Typically I am more consistant with blogging, but lately trying to find time to blog has been difficult. I'm exhausted, physically and emotionally, and the past few weeks I have been struggling a lot with my RSD pain levels. Right now I have to put myself first.

After a few days of thinking things over, I have decided to take the majority of August off from blogging on this site. I need time to organize myself, to rest and get ready for this new journey of grad school.

However I say taking off lightly, because I am in the process of designing a new website for Embrace G-free! This has been something I have wanted to do for awhile now, and finally decided to take the plunge. Since I will be starting graduate school in three weeks I want to spend time developing my new site, so I can launch it before school starts.

With new beginnings comes change. So much in my life is changing and is about to change more. I'm nervous and excited, but I'm ready!

Everything from a new car, to being on my own for the  first time, and now a new website. I can't wait! I can't wait to see what's to come, and I am excited to launch this new website.

I'm not sure the exact date that I will launch. I want to be completely happy with the site before I release it, but I will definitely let you know on this blog, facebook, and twitter!

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. It has inspired me to further develop my blog, so I can continue to share my story and reach more individuals.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Go for The Gold: Summer Olympics!

My eyes have been glued to the TV since Friday night; the Olympics are finally here! I have been so excited for these games. There are so many things that I love about the summer games, but I'm especially enjoying swimming...not to mention the pretty boys in bathing suits!

Watching the swimmers race makes me miss the sport so much. Though I haven't swam competitively since high school, there is something about the sport that I will always love. Once a swimmer, always a swimmer.  

Did you know that one of the USA swimmers, Dana Vollmer is gluten intolerant in addition to having an egg allergy? 

Did you also know she has recently become a spokes person 
for Crunchmaster Crackers

When I heard this news I was so excited! Not only do I love Crunchmaster Crackers, but I was excited they had selected such a positive role model to be their spokes person. Dana has overcome so much to get to the 2012 games and she is a great role model for young athletes, especially those who have celiac, food intolerances, or food allergies!  Having someone such as an Olympic athlete as the spokes person can serve as an inspiration to children, and show them you can still be great in the pool, or on the field even if you are gluten free or have multiple food allergies. Click here to read more about the partnership.

Crunchmaster makes delicious crackers that my whole family enjoys. We often buy the large box at our local Costco. I enjoy the multi-seeded crackers with hummus and veggies, and will sometimes make PB&J on the multi-grain (sea salt) crackers. They are the perfect snack after my workout, and are great to keep in my backpack during long days of classes! Crunchmaster Crackers are great when I am craving an extra crunch, and is a product I don't feel guilty about snacking on since they are made with all natural ingredients. 

There are a variety of Crunchmaster Crackers available on the market, and this August Crunchmaster will release kid friendly crisps including Cheesy, and Grammy Crisps! To learn more about Crunchmaster visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter!  

Yesterday Dana Vollmer broke the Olympic Record in the 100M butterfly (my favorite event) in the prelims, and will be swimming in the finals tonight. Go Team USA! What are your favorite moments of the Olympics thus far?  

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mother Daughter Tag Team!

I've been slacking when it comes to my recipe goal for the summer. I've been cooking, but it hasn't been as frequent, and it has been recipes I'm familiar with. However, on Tuesday my mom and I whipped up a great recipe together!

In the mist of cleaning and catching up on Army Wives, we made Pesto Chicken. Recently my mom went to a BBQ where the host made this. I had never had pesto, and since we had a ton of basil in the garden it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

There was only one problem. The pesto recipe called for cheese, and many of the other recipes called for butter. However, with a quick google search we found a dairy free recipe for pesto on Go Dairy Free

Pesto Chicken

1 cup of basil
¼ cup of olive oil
1/8 tsp. of salt
1 clove of garlic
¼ cup of pine nuts

In a food processor, place the pine nuts, then the garlic and salt, then the oil, and then the basil.Press down the basil. Pulse the ingredients about five times to get them mixed a bit. Blend the ingredients until they well combined, leaving a little coarseness. Let pesto sit so flavors can blend. 

If you are making a marinade, add more olive oil after the pesto is made. Place chicken and marinade in zip lock bag for at least 30 minutes. Cook chicken on preheated grill. Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Candice Blogs About Candice Foods!

When I was little I was always jealous of my brother because he could always find things with his name on it. During those rare moments when we found something with my name spelled on it, it was never spelled right. (I spell my name with an "i" many people spell it with an "a"). So on those very rare occasions that we found a magnet or a key chain with my name spelled correctly my mom always bought it for me. 

At the expo, as you can tell {from previous posts} I met many new companies. All of which I was very excited to meet. However, there was one company my mom was so excited to visit (as was I), since the company name was Candice Foods. Not only was it a company with my name, but it was spelled the way I spell it. 

Many of us bloggers start blogging because we are personally effected in some way by celiac, gluten sensitivity, other food allergies or intolerances. This holds true for many companies as well. I have always said when it's personal, you will find the most passion. This statement is true when speaking about Candice Foods. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting "the Candice" behind these bars, and enjoyed learning how her product was born. 
Candice and I!
Candice started making gluten, dairy, nut, corn, peanut, and soy free energy bars after her nephew was diagnosed with autism and found out he was intolerant to gluten and casein. In addition, her children have food allergies including a life threatening nut allergy. She wanted to make a product that was not only safe, but healthy for her family to enjoy. 

Candice Foods makes 7 flavors of protein bars. At the expo they were featuring their Blueberry Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, and Chocolate Fudge bars. My favorite flavor was the Chocolate Fudge. It reminded me of the Power Bars I use to eat before a swim meet when I was younger. Each bar contain 12g of protein and 5g of fiber, so they left me feeling full. Because of this I enjoyed half pre and half post workout. 

This is definitely a snack you can feel good about eating during the day. It will leave you feeling full and satisfied. To learn more about Candice Foods visit their website or find them on Facebook or Twitter