In 2001, I had lost 64 lbs for my 50ith birthday present to myself with Dallas’s guidance and was enjoying my early fifties, feeling fit and strong. However, somewhere in my mid-fifties, my body and my health began to change. My skin had lost some of its elasticity; In 2005, I had pneumonia that left me with residual asthma and requiring meds/inhalers; I had bronchitis/sinusitis frequently; I had shingles in my right eye (scary stuff); I had been diagnosed with a tiny nodule on my thyroid and had developed chronic eczema (dermatitis herpetiformis) on my wrists, forearms and elbows which were unsightly and easily irritated by my massage lotions (I am a massage therapist). The doctors treated each problem with meds and basically dismissed it all as part of the post menopausal normal aging process. However, I knew that I did not go from feeling great one day to feeling lousy the next without a REASON!!
Thank goodness, one of my client’s (thank you, Doug) recommended a nutritionist, Dr. Bernadette Saviano, and she rocked my world by ordering me to stop eating gluten immediately and forever…..and I did!! So began my recovery, building back up my immune system, day by day, month by month, and year by year correcting all those health problems caused by a protein named GLUTEN FOUND IN CERTAIN GRAINS (and frequently added to many processed foods). By the end of my first week of eating gluten free, my eczema DISAPPEARED and returns only when I am accidently exposed to gluten. It took me several weeks of detoxing the gluten out of my body before I began to physically feel stronger and increase my energy level. Because I no longer was ingesting dairy and my immune system was getting stronger, my bronchitis and sinusitis became became a rarity! Over the course of a couple of years of healing, I finally was able to discontinue the use of my inhalers. My fifties were feeling fun and fit once again. Dallas was watching my gluten/dairy free journey and adapting it into his DDPYOGA program.
During my first year of my recovery process, I received another disappointing diagnosis after falling off a small ladder and getting a bond density test...I had severe osteoporosis in the Left hip…due to the gluten having destroyed some of my villa in my intestines therefore not allowing me to absorb my calcium. More serious meds…but I knew that if I NEVER ate gluten and continued to exercise, eat healthy and take great supplements that I would build back my bone density and over time I DID!! Shocking my doctors but not my nutritionist or me! I now have osteopenia and am no longer on meds. Thank goodness DDPYOGA kept me flexible so when I did fall off that ladder, I did NOT break my hip. (Flexibility is the fountain of youth!)
If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease in your family or carry these specific genes, and/or have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis (a chronic disease of the skin), diabetes, or complain of bloating, reflux, frequent indigestion, diarrhea or have diverticulosis or irritable bowel syndrome or have chronic joint pain, or fatigue etc….I encourage you to eliminate gluten from your diet for a month and see how feel! There are so many other great WHOLE GRAINS that do not include gluten that you can enjoy! EAT REAL FOODS AND NOT PROCESSED ONES! EAT RAW WHEN YOU CAN AND GIVE YOUR BODY ALL THOSE GREAT ENZYMES! Keeping gluten to a minimum may keep YOU FROM TURNING ON THOSE GENES SHOULD YOU BE CARRYING THEM!
My 2 best lessons learned from my gluten experience is: 1: NEVER GIVE UP–PUSH THROUGH YOUR CHALLENGE AND DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NEY SAYERS BUT RATHER TURN TOWARD THOSE SUPPORTING YOU! MY FAMILY AND MY DDPYOGA FAMILY KEEP ME FOCUSED AND DETERMINED TO EAT HEALTHY!!
LASTLY: EVERY BITE OF FOOD THAT ONE PUT’S IN ONE’S MOUTH HAS PURPOSE..IT DOES GOOD OR IT DOES HARM…..THE CHOICE IS YOURS AND I THINK THAT YOU ARE WORTH YOUR EFFORT!!
Please take the time to learn about foods, your body and how it functions and teach it to your children. We know everything about our favorite TV shows, sports teams, music BUT OUR OWN BODIES…HHHMMM!!! We want to live in a great house or drive a cool car but THE ONLY HOUSE IN WHICH WE REALLY LIVE AND OUR ONLY TRANSPORTATION IS OUR OWN BODY AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, FUEL, AND PROTECT IT. OUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT:))
I do take my living the DDPYOGA lifestyle seriously :))
Frozen Banana Ice Cream
I slice up bananas and freeze them as I use them in a few of my recipes, like this one. I remove the desired amount of frozen bananas from my freezer and put them in my food processer along with some blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, a little vanilla and a little almond or coconut milk, (unsweetened) and blend the mixture into a creamy ice cream like texture and scoop some into a bowl, add toppings as desired and ENJOY!
I always make a little extra and freeze it up in separate containers for future snacks. It will freeze SOLID so I set it out for a few minutes or place it in my microwave for a few seconds to soften it before enjoying:))
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
(A NO FLOUR BAKING RECEIPE)
2 cups cooked black beans or canned no-salt added or low soduium black beans, drained
10 Medjool Dates–Pitted
2 TBS Raw Almond Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup natural, non-alkalized Cocoa powder–I needed to add 1/2 cup of your favorite sweetner as my cocoa is unsweetned.
(I use stevia, agave or coconut crystals)
1 TBSP Chia seeds
I also added some unsweetened shredded coconut (and plan to try some chopped almonds another time)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Blend the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Pour into a very lightly oiled 8×8 inch baking pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Cool completely before cutting into small squares.
HAPPINESS IS A CONSCIOUS CHOICE, NOT AN AUTOMATIC RESPONSE…Mildred Barthel,poet
1/2 cup Quinoa Flour
1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes (also used for instant hot cereal) or I sometimes substitute certified oatmeal flakes.
2 TBS Honey, Agave OR 2 TBS Coconut Crystals
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Very Ripe Bananas
1 tsp Vanilla
Blueberries as desired
Additional ingredients that I add to this recipe: 1 TBS of Almond Butter to cut the Quinoa Flavor; a dash of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and Ground Flaxseed or Chia Seeds and occasionally some finely chopped Almonds for texture.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix the Flour and Flakes with other dry ingredients and any extra ingredients that you have added to your recipe. In another bowl mix together Bananas, Blueberries, your desired sweetener (honey, coconut crystals etc…) Vanilla and Almond Butter.
Combine the 2 bowls of ingredients together and then pour into Greased Muffin Tins (Fill Half Full). Bake approximately 20-25 min. at 400 degrees. (Do not over bake as they dry out). I bake my MINI muffins for 13 minutes.
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa Flakes or Oatmeal flakes
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 TBS Almond Butter
4 Large Very Ripe Bananas
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1 TBS Vanilla
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
Pinch of Sea Salt
I also add a dash of Ground Flaxseed or Chia Seeds and occasionally Chopped Almonds as desired:)
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees; In a large bowl mash Bananas with a fork then add Vanilla, Almond Butter, and Coconut Sugar and any additional Seeds/Nuts I chose to include and mix together;
Then add Quinoa, Quinoa or Oatmeal Flakes, Coconut and Sea Salt; stir in Chocolate Chips;
Line baking sheet with Parchment Paper and drop batter onto cookie sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and Cool. Makes about 40.
This is my daily favorite protein shake made in my Vita-Mix blender:
It can be my breakfast or a snack
1 scoop of Jay Robb Egg White Vanilla protein
1/2 scoop Hemp Force with Cocoa and Maca
Approx. 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (Silk)
A handful of frozen sliced banana and a small handful of frozen blueberries (organic)
Unsweetened shredded coconut
A sprinkle of PNB power sometimes
Kale and/or spinach (organic)
a little water if necessary and then BLEND–YUMMY!!
Occasionally, I have a small serving of a whole grain hot cereal, I will make the above shake without the kale and spinach (sometimes) and pour it on to my hot cereal….Also yummy and filling!
I feel energized and ready for my day. Occasionally, I have two during a busy and strenuous massage practice day.
I love this shake because there is nothing better than PNB, CHOCOLATE AND BANANAS IN A CREAMY SHAKE:)) A DESSERT THAT IS A MEAL! WOW!!!
Start with the Protein Powder(s), add your favorite fruits/seeds, non-dairy milk/water and add some greens and make this smoothie your own!
Terri Lange, RN, LMT
I have felt blessed to be a part of DDPYOGA for over 12 years. As a team member, I have had the opportunity to share my weight loss journey and the joy of maintaining my healthy weight for more than decade with others seeking their own personal transformations.
In my blog, I will chat about my successes and failures, my ups and downs, my recipes, my nutritional discoveries and my feelings re: living a healthy lifestyle surrounded by others who often don’t. Hopefully, the sharing of my past experiences and lessons learned will be of some assistance to YOU in reaching your own goals and in successfully finding THE NEW YOU WHILE ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY AND BETTER HEALTH.
Please do not hesitate to ask me questions or contact me for personal discussions if preferred.
This is the beauty of DDPYOGA as Dallas encourages all of his members to PAY IT FORWARD!!!! TO GIVE BACK WHAT YOU GOT FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE HELPED YOU ALONG YOUR OWN PERSONAL PATH TO SUCCESS. For me, paying it forward is another tool in my toolbox to keep me focused on my own nutrition and work out ethics:)) The best part of ” Paying It Forward” has led me to making wonderful friends such as the gorgeous Stacey Morris:))
I often talk or write on team DDPYOGA about eating dairy free and why I do so. So let me take a minute to share my personal reasons with you.
In 2005, I had pneumonia and then was left with residual asthma. I needed several inhalers (including one specifically for exercise induced asthma) and also a pill to manage my asthma. I recalled that as a nurse, I had frequently discussed reducing or eliminating dairy with my patients who had excessive and /or thickened mucous in their nasal passages, sinuses, throat and lungs which often contributed in their frequent sinus infections, bronchitis and asthma problems etc.
I decided to take my own advice and eliminate my dairy. Over time, I had eliminated my reoccurring sinus infections and was able to eventually eliminate all my asthmas inhalers. I have to say that my doctors were impressed!
Eating dairy free played a huge part in the healing of my lungs. I do enjoy drinking coconut or almond milk and occasionally eating some sheep or goat cheese and but I prefer to leave the cow’s milk for their baby cows! I also use the Netti Pot frequently to help keep my sinuses clear.
THANK YOU DDPYOGA! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOOSE WHEN YOU ELIMINATE YOUR DAIRY??