DIY Gummies

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, leaky gut & possible candida overgrowth & SIBO for several years now, alongside stage 4 Endometriosis. The healing process has been beyond difficult. I have made very few advances, despite multiple specialist appointments. In fact, it feels like no matter how I approach this situation that I always encounter setbacks instead.

I have found that adhering to a very strict diet has been one of the only things that has helped, even though it is very difficult and time consuming. I used to feel like I was going to puke every single day and my intestines ached so severely that my mobility was negatively impacted. This was occurring even after I eliminated all gluten and dairy from my diet. So, I decided to pay for a Food Sensitivity and Reaction Blood Test that measured the amount of antibodies my body made per individual food (aka which foods were causing more inflammation in my body). The list was very long, I was restricted to a few vegetables, even fewer fruits, coconut & meat.

I have now been following that strict anti-inflammatory diet for almost 3 years. I do feel better, I don’t feel like I have to puke at all anymore, however my intestines are still quite sick. This summer, I have been trying to introduce more items into my diet that will help them heal. Grass fed & pasture raised gelatin is one of the things I have introduced. Gelatin (as long as it is grass fed and pasture raised) is good for your intestinal health as well as your joints, hair & skin.
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I decided to try making my own gummies with gelatin because it is a very easy way to introduce more gelatin into my diet (in a very delicious way). Here is how I make my own gut-healing gummies:


DIY BLUEBERRY & LEMON GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
(discovered on the Primal Palate)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh organic blueberries
  • 4 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the lemon juice and the blueberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the lemon juice is steaming and the blueberries are plump and have turned the juice dark purple
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 4 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

DIY STRAWBERRY COCONUT GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
my own recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of organic coconut milk (with no fillers)
  • ~1/2 cup organic strawberries (cut in halves)
  • 5 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the coconut milk & strawberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the coconut milk is bubbling slightly and the strawberries are soft
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 5 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

These are then good for about 3-4 days in the fridge (trust me, they do not last that long).
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These gummies make an excellent snack, just ensure they stay cool (keep them on an icepack if you are removing them from the fridge) as they will melt if exposed to heat. I am now eating them with every meal in place of dessert – they are just so delicious. My favourite are the coconut strawberry gummies! I bought my molds off of amazon & ensured they were food-grade safe silicone, 100% BPA-free, FDA approved and that they came with pipettes/droppers!
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Hope you love these as much as I do!

Tiara

DIY Compostable Face-mask

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What is in this little jar? This is the newest sustainable practice I have added to my beauty regime. I have started to make 100% compostable face masks. The idea came to me when I was cleaning out the fridge and I had some blueberries that had gone bad and some raw coconut that I did not get around to eating soon enough. These items were headed for the compost, however I figured before I put them into the compost, I would get some use out of them (please avoid or cut off any mould before hand)! There are a plethora of different fruits & veggies that are incredible for use in a face mask, so your options are not limited. I added blueberries, raw coconut and honey into the blender and I got a nutrient-rich face mask that will not pollute the water, does not contain toxins or plastic & the only packaging would have included the packaging the food came in (if any at all).  If you have any left over, put it in a jar and store it in the fridge. When it is cold from being in the fridge, it is the most refreshing to use. You can use it each night until it is all gone, just give it a stir and pat onto your face.
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Here I am without any foundation on, only eye makeup. Every few days after I wash my face, I examine it to see if there is any areas that need special attention. Usually I struggle with dry patches or redness. There are so many products on the market right now for skincare that it is overwhelming, however the toxic ingredients used in the majority of these products is even more staggering. Switching to an all-natural skincare regime has given me the best skin I’ve ever had in my life.
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Now, I may look crazy however what is even more crazy is that most face masks say right on them not to apply them on your lips or around the mouth. This is due to how unsafe or toxic the ingredients are to ingest, yet people put it on their skin – which is being absorbed into the body! With this face mask, you don’t have to ignore your lips as all the ingredients are, strictly put, just pure food. Make sure you put on some older clothes for this face mask application, as depending on what & how much you blended, the consistency might get messy. compostfmRFB4
I left my face mask on for about 15 minutes, if you have more time you can leave it on for 30 minutes for maximum benefits. When I was done, I wiped it off into a jar with my fingers & ensured that none went down the sink.
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This is my face after rinsing with water! Look at how moisturized and even my skin tone is! My skin felt amazing. Again, I am only wearing eye makeup. I believe that the compostable skin mask has an indefinite amount of possible mixtures you can create based on what fruit or veggie has spoiled in your fridge. Now, the whole point is to use food that has gone bad and please try hard to eat the food before it goes bad – however we aren’t perfect and sometimes don’t get around to eating something before it spoils. This is the food that we can turn into a useable product before the compost! I would recommend always adding locally-made honey into your face mask as honey does wonders for your skin!
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Here is the end result. Food that would have just gone straight into the compost was utilized and then turned into compost.
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Composting is so important because food that gets thrown away creates methane (a very strong greenhouse gas) in landfills as it is not able to break down properly due to the lack of oxygen. If you do not have a compost, there are so many different sizes and forms of composters for any living situation. I highly encourage you to start composting if you do not already!

Tiara

DIY Zero Waste Car Kit

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The whole “zero waste” concept has been (finally) gaining popularity in 2018. Living zero waste means to live in a way that all things that are consumed or used by you on a daily basis can be reused, so that no trash is created & so the only end products are compostable or items that can be continually reused. Switching to a more zero waste lifestyle is crucial, as it is not only a more sustainable way to live but a more economical & efficient lifestyle. Some argue that living a more zero waste lifestyle is too difficult – so I made a “zero waste car kit” to show & encourage you all that living sustainably is not only quite doable but also easier than it seems. You can also take this idea and make a “zero waste bike kit” or a “zero waste purse kit”!

To create my zero waste car kit, I looked through all of the stuff that I had already and then made a list of what I still needed. Then I visited some local thrift shops to purchase anything else that I needed. Any specific item that I didn’t already have or couldn’t find while thrifting, I then researched companies that pride themselves in making sustainable products & ordered away!
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Almost every outing involves picking up food or drink – and with this we are usually given the item in single-use options (plastic straws, plastic cups, plastic lids, paper cups, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, styrofoam takeaway containers… the list goes on and on). Most of these single-use items are not recyclable and the ones that are recyclable usually are thrown away or cannot be recycled due to other variables. We need to ditch this throw-away culture that we have come to accept as normal and realize that these single-use items go on to pollute the environment for centuries. When these single-use items are used then disposed of, the toxins from the plastic and other garbage continually leach into the environment. This creates a devastating effect which impacts the entire food chain (plants and animals alike).

So, how can we reduce our dependence and usage of single-use items? Bring reusables that replace them everywhere you go! Using reusables is a lot easier than it may seem, just use them and wash them then return them back into your car kit! When it comes to creating your kit, focus on creating a plastic-free kit that involves stainless steel items, glass items, or products made from natural sources (cotton, bamboo, etc).

Items to include in your kit: 

  • reusable straws (like this or this or this)
    • make sure that the straws you purchase come with a little brush to clean out your straws!
  • cotton/linen cloths (like this or this)
    • use to replace napkins or wrap your clean utensils & glass jars in)
  • large stainless steel water bottle (like this or this
    • use to avoid buying plastic water bottles out of convenience – so many places will fill up your water bottle for you if they don’t already have a water fountain!
  • stainless steel tea/coffee mug (like this or this or this)
    • can also be used for cold beverages
  • glass mason jar (like this)
    • to store left-over food or when purchasing items in bulk
  • stainless steel utensils (thrifted)
    • to replace all throw-away options
  • reusable cotton bags (like this and this)
    • plastic bags kill over 100 MILLION animals each year… it is time that we take responsibility for this and switch to reusable bags.

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Here is the easiest thing to switch to, reusable bags! Reusable bags need to be washed frequently. Since these bags need to be washed so often, choose bags composed of a natural material, so when they are washed they do not release harmful microfibres into our waterways.

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Now, here are some important items to keep in your car that might not be all that zero waste, but safety and health are arguably just as important, so do not deny yourself a first aid kit! Since I live in Saskatchewan and we experience incredibly cold winters, I have a survival candle and matches as well. I also have a multi-tool in case of emergencies.

I hope this posts helps to inspire you to live a cleaner & more sustainable lifestyle!

– Tiara

Lavender & Lemon Cupcakes

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Today I took the time to bake some Lavender Cupcakes using the Wholesome Chow mix, which I found at Winners. This baking mix is quite easy to make, as all I added was almond milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and oil & it is also wheat, soy, egg, nut and dairy-free! This mix has me OBSESSED. I have to be honest – I’m obsessed with anything containing lavender, but these surpassed my expectations.  The light and enjoyable flavour of lavender is so delicious, and the cupcakes are so moist for being gluten-free! I am very impressed, and will definitely be on the lookout for more of these mixes to try!
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I decided to make a lemon glaze, as I love mixing the flavours of lavender and lemon together. After I dribbled on the glaze, (consisting of lemon juice, icing sugar, sugar, almond milk, and vegan margarine), I grated some lemon on top for some extra zest. It really enhanced the lavender and added something extra delicious to the cupcake!
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– Tiara

Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes

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I always laugh when I compare my baking with the photos of what it’s supposed to look like… the sprinkles melted ok!? At least they still taste delicious! I used Glutino’s seasonal Twinkle Sprinkle Cake mix, however their muffin mix would also work just as well!

I just followed the easy instructions and replaced butter with vegan margarine and milk with Silk almond milk. As a general rule with gluten-free baking, I always add a bit more moisture to the mix. In this case I added a little more almond milk. (Also, if you do choose to use vegan margarine, it will not fluff up when mixed, so skip this step and add all liquid ingredients and mix well)! I also added 3/4 cup of raspberries and crushed up 1/4 cup of coconut flakes. I would highly recommend adding fruit, nuts and/or coconut flakes to these mixes, it makes them at least 10x better!
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I received this mix from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!

– Tiara

Quick Snack Satisfaction

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Healthy Snacking, who has the time right? Well now you have no excuses with this delicious and easy to make gluten and dairy-free snack! All you need is:
Glutino Pretzels
– Rice Thins
– Spinach
– Chicken
– Toppings: capers, dried dill, greek seasoning & pepper.
You can customize these with basically anything that you have in the fridge, and with any spices that you would prefer. And for all those non-lactose intolerant people out there, please pile on the cheese. Great for a snack or appetizer!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!
– Tiara

Garden Fresh Salad with a Little Crunch

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Finally, that rewarding time when your garden starts to give back! I’m going to show you how to make one of my favourite salads, and it tastes even better using garden fresh ingredients! Growing mint is so easy you can even grow it indoors! I love adding Glutino’s sesame-ring pretzels because they add a crunchy texture and their taste compliments this salad.

To create this Cucumber Mint Salad you will need:

  • cucumber
  • fresh mint leaves
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • Glutino’s Sesame-ring Pretzels

First, chop the cucumbers and thinly slice the mint leaves then combine them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon salt and mix well. Add the dressing right before eating, toss well, add pretzels on top and enjoy!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Such a simple salad with so many bold flavours!

– Tiara