Mexican Vegetable Soup with Lime and Avocado!

I stole this recipe from Sacramento Street! So amazing! It was a big hit at Sunday dinner. All my friends said it was their favorite soup! Sacramento Street has teamed up with Peas and Love to make a list of extremely healthy recipes. I have made quite the list of gluten free vegetarian and pescatarian recipes from these blogs to try! I am really excited about them all, and I will hopefully be sharing my successes with you!

Mexican Vegetable Soup with Lime and Avocado
Serves four to six.

1 tablespoon light olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-rounds
8 ounces green beans, tipped and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
6 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup cooked hominy
2 teaspoons chilpotle chilies, minced
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
cilantro leaves, for garnish
6 wedges lime

– Warm the oil in a soup pot, add onion, garlic, oregano, and salt, and cook over medium-low heat until the onion softens.

– Add the carrots, beans, and tomatoes; pour in the heated stock and simmer.

– After 20 minutes add the hominy and then gradually stir in the chilpotle chilies to taste.

– Cook another 5 minutes; then taste for salt.

– Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with the avocado and cilantro leaves. Serve the lime on the side.


Sunday Funday!

Currently I am seated in my favorite vegan bakery and coffee shop. I just enjoyed a chickpea salad sandwich and an iced almond green tea latte. I don’t have internet at my home, so I have to come here to hop online. Sunday’s I have dinner at my house for my friends so that they can experience the difficulty of cooking gluten, dairy, egg, and grain free. This past month we have been having a hard time getting together, so I am trying to coordinate a dinner! I found this great website through Pinterest called Sacramento Street. They have great vegan + grain free recipes.  I found this mexican soup that I want to try out tonight! Hopefully I will be able to enjoy it with some friends!

The weather here is beautiful today – as the temperature is finally in the 60s! I am about to take a nice long walk to a friends house to help my boyfriend finish installing a surround sound system. I have to say – Friday night and Saturday I ate myself into a food coma. I slept for 12 hours last night, and I think its because my body needed time to digest.

Friday night I had some BBQ. Half a pulled pork/slaw sandwich, a pork rib, some sausage, and brisket. Don’t forget the side of beans and fries. Oh my – I was stuffed to the brim. The other thing I have been doing is eating a lot of meat. Once I go through all of my appointments my goal is to become primarily pescatarian. I know that it is much easier on my body, and the older I get the less appetizing meat is to me. BBQ though – I have to say will always be appetizing.

As I said – my boyfriend is super sweet. (he brought me lunch on Friday, gluten and dairy free. He also picked me up a piece of gluten free almond peach pie! Happiest girl ever!) He has mentioned how he wants to become a vegetarian for moral and health reasons. I am excited to transition with him into a healthier lifestyle. He used to be the #1 cross country runner for his college, and was studying Health and Human Performance. He has already been a big help to me.

Now off to enjoy a nice walk on this beautiful day!

Here’s to the next adventure!

Mary Jeannette

Sick and Tired

Hello to all my gluten free friends. I am definitely sick and tired. Not in the emotional sense (although aren’t we always a little?), but in the physical sense. As my last post stated I have been back on bread. I have been trying to make myself as sick as possible for my endoscopy. Muffins, scones, tortillas, sandwiches, and bread, bread, bread. That mixed with coffee, and soy have taken me down. I am so utterly exhausted.

I go to sleep at night, sleep deeply, usually wake up late because I am groggy, go get coffee and a muffin/scone/bread, and head to work. After consuming said terribly unhealthy breakfast – I crash so hard. This morning instead of the usual, I got a juice called “Liquid Sunshine.” It has apples, strawberries, carrots, orange, and lemon in it. It’s incredibly tasty – but I am sensitive to vitamin C so it isn’t much better.

Yesterday was the WORST – I went out with my friend to this coffee house that also serves Paleo food. Of course all their breakfast options have eggs, and I don’t feel like being my usual pain in the butt so I get a breakfast burrito. It was just eggs, pepper, onion, mushrooms, and something green that I am forgetting in a tortilla with a side of potatoes. I also had a hazelnut latte with almond milk (so delicious!). Despite the appetizing nature of my meal, my body was not having it. I felt like I was on my deathbed all day. I don’t think it helped that I took an antihistamine for the allergy problems I am having either. My heart was all racy, and I felt light headed half the day.

Eggs = BAD

Soy Milk = DIE

Soy though, soy milk particularly has  been what really brought me down. I haven’t been frequenting my local vegan coffee place as much as usual. They have almond, rice, cashew, and soy milk options. So I have a few great options that are outside of milk and soy. I get an almond green tea latte with almond milk and a vegan muffin (I am actually a regular. They know me, and they know my drink. First time in my life that has ever happened!). That usually hits the spot, and at least because it is vegan I am eliminating some of my sensitivities and being more selective about what I am introducing to my digestive system. BUT like I said, I haven’t been going there that much. I have been going to this other hipster, trendy little place that only has a soy alternative. They also have amazing pastries – but they alas are not milk, egg, or dairy free. That apparently makes all the difference. After one bite, my stomach feels all acidic and angry. Not so with the vegan options.  It is the soy milk though – oh the soy – that makes me feel like I have the flu.

So after feeling like I have finally successfully killed/poisoned myself with allergens, I made a doctors appointment. I have to go to my general practitioner to get referrals for a gastroenterologist and an endocrinologist. I am excited though because the guy I am dating lives one block away from the medical center where I am going to get my endoscopy. So, when I get put under and have to go home – I only have to go a block! Also! He is amazing, and totally understanding of my issues. He went to Trader Joe’s yesterday and stocked up on gluten free meals because he wants to be able to enjoy eating with me. So sweet! 🙂

I realized I have been putting off going to specialists because I am scared to find out what is going on. Yesterday gave me a big reality check – I can’t keep living like this, even if I am telling myself I am just doing this for the procedure. I have to make a change, and I have to get answers.

To getting answers, and getting healthy!

Mary Jeannette

Back to Bread

So I know I have been MIA for a while. I only have internet at work – GASP! So when things get busy around here, there is little to no time for me to write.

A couple of weeks ago we had an event and some of our co-workers who are satalite came in for the weekend. One of them has Celiac. I was able to talk with her a lot, and she seemed pretty convinced that if I don’t have Celiac I am highly allergic to grain. I also found out that my cousin has Celiac – and we have been chatting via Facebook.

Both of these ladies urged me to go back to eating wheat. I am planning to have an endoscopy done soon, and they both stated that if I am not eating bread my intestines might not look as bad as when I am. So, after a month off of everything – I reintroduced it all.

BAD IDEA! The first three days I crashed really hard. I would feel like I was going to fall asleep in the middle of the day. Although terrible, it made me feel better about falling alseep in class in college – and explained a lot about why nothing I did would keep me awake.

My body is currently in a state of shock – and the worst part has been my circulation. For the last week I have not only had poor circulation, my hands are especially tingly! I had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s in the past (which I think I have now figured out has more to do with my sensitivities than anything), but I have never had all this tingling!

Also, my ears started to ring! Then I got a horrible sinus infection – which I am just now coming out of. Basically, my entire body is going crazy! So, now I am just trying to eat small amounts of wheat every day. I am also going to start running, and doing more yoga. Inversion seems to help a lot with my circulation and sinuses. Hot/Cold shower treatments also help a lot with my circulation.

Doing my best to get back to where I was before I made myself healthier. It sucks to try to make myself sick, but I don’t want to go through being put under for an endoscopy if the results are not going to be as accurate as possible.

Heres to getting questions answered!


My Aching Tummy

Well I went to the naturopathic doctor last Wednesday and got AET allergy tested.

Out of the basic 17, I tested positive for 9 – here are the results:

I am allergic to Grain and Vitamin B Complex 

I am sensitive but not yet allergic to the following:

Protein (test for eggs since it is the most complete protein?), Vitamin A, Vitamin D (dairy, cheese, etc.), Minerals, Yeast, Sugar, Caffeine/Coffee/Chocolate.

Because they do not take insurance, I can’t go back right away. They treated me for eggs – and it is mostly based on the placebo effect. I don’t know if it worked or not.

I did look up the link between Celiac and vitamin B complex. I am now almost 100% positive I have it. I love! I am always finding great information there!

Now I need to get scoped and blood tests run.

Side note: I tried to drink coffee on Monday and my stomach has been so messed up since then. I made gluten free pancakes yesterday – used an egg – put some yogurt on them b/c I don’t have any syrup and some jelly. Tasted amazing until I vomited. I could feel that heartburn feeling all the way up my esophagus before I even finished eating.

Now I will say, if I eat this yogurt with gluten free granola – I am fine. So, my guess it was the combination of the three on an already aggravated stomach due to the coffee. I haven’t felt right all day today. I am exhausted, and my head hurts.

Jennifer Esposito schools Dr. Drew on Celiac

It’s amazing that Dr. Drew was so callus about how people “can’t relate” to Jennifer’s struggle with Celiac. Umm…yeah we can! Anyone with severe food allergies or sensitivities can relate to her story. I know I did. When I read her about me page – I felt like she was the first person to connect all the dots in a similar way to me.
Check out her story:


Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Blogs!

Elana’s Pantry – Recipes for Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free!

I have amazingly made it through 25 years feeding myself with very minimal skills in the kitchen. (This may or may not be part of my problem!) I can say that about 5 years ago I made the decision to not own a microwave. That decision forced me to learn some things. You see – I had a very irrational fear of getting burned as a child. I thought I would burn my hand on the stove – or burn my arm on the oven. So, I avoided cooking at all cost. Needless to say, I am no longer afraid of burning myself. Although – I have to light my oven every time I use it – and the first time I was pretty afraid of catching myself on fire.

One thing about going onto any kind of restricted diet due to allergies is that I already am a terrible cook! Being on this kind of diet is going to force me to not only start over in the way I approach buying food – but I am also going to have to learn how to prepare it! I know I can not live off of salad forever. I NEED COOKIES!

That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to post about Elana’s Pantry. The first thing it opened up to was Paleo Girl Scout Cookies! She includes recipes for Agave Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo and Candida diets! There are recipies for every meal, including snacks! Snacks are one of the hardest things for me to figure out – so I am really excited to explore this site!

I am finding that food blogs are one of the many blessings to people with dietary restrictions. My good friend from back home, Abby, is a certified holistic nutritionist. She has been guest posting on her friends blog:

I went ahead and sent her an e-mail asking her to send me the blogs she looked at. This is what she sent me:

I still haven’t explored them all – but I am looking forward to finding recipes that will be delicious and fit my needs!

With Love and Hope,


Starting Over

I started my blog a while back and it never became much of anything. Probably because I didn’t have a lot to say – or I was afraid to speak about the things I did have to say.

That is no longer the case. In that past year I have gone through a lot of changes. I broke up with my boyfriend of three years; I was hired on full time by my Alma Mater to work as a psudeo-admissions counselor/office/database assistant; I moved out of the boyfriend’s and into my own apartment; I had two moles removed – one of which had cancer; I re-homed one of my cats (she is VERY loved and happy now); I dated a guy who was significantly older for six months; my job changed and now I am a full time admissions counselor (yay!!); and I may or may not have an autoimmune disease.

That’s right – I might have an autoimmune disease called Celiac disease. You probably have heard of it – but maybe not. Yesterday I nervously called a naturopathic doctor my sister had gone to in the past. He doesn’t take insurance – but he takes your calls for free and talks to you about your symptoms. This way – when you go into his office you don’t have to chat a lot when you are paying for his time. He can get right to the nitty gritty.

I felt so nervous as the phone was ringing. I didn’t know if he would listen to me. None of my other doctors had. As he picked up the phone I said, “Hi Doctor David. My name is Mary and my sister Sarah had come to you before.” When he asked me why I was calling I said, “I weigh about 20 pounds less than I did six months ago.”  He asked me to tell him about it and these are the things I told him:

  • About 5 years ago I started to have chronic yeast infections.
  • I went to an endocrinologist and tested positive for ANA. (The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is ordered to help screen for autoimmune disorders).
  • I was then tested for all the classic autoimmune diseases – Lupus, HIV, etc. I tested negative for all of them.
  • I have had chronic diarrhea for years. Last year I charted everything I ate for a month. I then would write down what my stools were like, if I had a yeast flare-up that day, etc. This is how I found out I can’t eat dairy and eggs. (He congratulated me for putting myself through a clinical trial. He then said – “It must have helped you find some problems, but it didn’t help you get any better!”)
  • 6 years ago I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome. I have extreme numbness in my hands and feet.
  • For the past 2 weeks I have not eaten any (except occasional slips) gluten, dairy, eggs, or soy. I have been taking a probiotic with 400 billion organisms. I have had more solid stools in a row than I have in 2 years.

After listing these things off with a few kind interruptions, and words of encouragment – I was told that I have something called leaky gut syndrome. I was told that over the years I have slowly developed severe allergies to certain foods. I may or may not have had a false negative test for celiac disease. He said he was thoroughly impressed by how well I listen to my body, and that I have done an amazing job with self-diagnosis! You can not imagine my relief (FYI – everyone else thought I was crazy)! All I know is, I tried eating wheat free, rye bread yesterday and I have had the worse gas pains. That’s not crazy – that’s my life.

There are no certain answers right now, but I do feel a huge weight lifted. Even knowing I most likely have leaky gut is a start to me being able to heal. You have to understand that these types of physical imbalances and illnesses have a huge effect your mental/emotional wellbeing. I go in to see him next Thursday, and I am so excited to be tested for my sensitivities and treated for them!

I am starting a path to recovery – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I hope to connect to people who have been through similar journeys. I honestly am afraid of doing this on my own.

With love and hope for a better future,

Mary Jeannette