Thanksgiving Is Here, and Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

Wow it is November! When I think of November, I become thankful for all my blessings. Thank you, all of my readers and people who have come to my cooking demos. I am grateful for everything I have, including my love of learning and cooking.


I also equate November with Thanksgiving and all the delicious foods and aromas of a holiday feast. In our family, pumpkin pie completes our Thanksgiving celebration. This year, I wanted to learn more about pumpkin.


Did you know that pumpkins are nutritional powerhouses full of fiber, vitamins , minerals and antioxidants? Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, copper, calcium, and potassium are just a few of the nutrients in pumpkins.
I encourage you to add pumpkins, a fall powerhouse, to your diet by trying new pumpkin recipes.


No Cook Pumpkin Nut/Seed Butter Pudding

½ cup of nuts/seed butter
1 can of pumpkin puree
Pinch of sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of lime juice
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together. Chill and serve.

Can roll into balls or put into single serving containers and put in the freezer for a frozen treat.

Can add 2 cups of broth and 1 cup of cooked ham. Warm up and eat as soup.


New Years Resolution Recipe

One common New Years tradition is to make a resolution. Have you ever wondered what is the key to making, attaining and maintaining one? Often we forget to include our motive. Are we doing it out of self-love or fear? If I do out of fear it will start off a fight or flight state. This is a helpful for short-term survival situations against enemies but not healthy in the long termed because it reduces digestion, increase cortisol and insulin and makes all your body’s system work in over drive and stress. For example, my New Year resolution will be drinking at least 64 oz. of water everyday. I am motived to love myself enough to give myself the gift of proper hydration. Notice the difference from: I have to drink water so I don’t get sick.


Below is my official New Years Resolution Recipe:


New Years Resolution Recipe

  1. One measureable and attainable goal.
  2. Understand why you want you want this goal and make it positive out of self love.
  3. Goal broken down into clearly defined action steps.
  4. Review your progress and make necessary adjustment to action steps.
  5. Acknowledge all successes.
  6. Celebrate achieving your goal.
  7. Continue the habit.

May you achieve all your goals in the New Year.


GiG Of Southwest Michigan Holiday Tips Meeting

Vicky (branch leader of GiG Of Southwest Michigan) and Courtney (owner of Sugar Bears in Paw Paw) spoke.
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month at noon in the Classroom at The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo and
Go-To-Meeting on your computer. For more information email GIG.SWMichigan@gluten.net


Holiday Tips


  1. Remember the reason for the season is celebrating loved ones and not food.
  2. Focus on what you can have.
  3. Instead of being on a GF diet think of yourself as food detective.
  4. Take responsibility/accountable for informing restaurant of your allergy/Celiac
  5. Don’t assume something is gluten free- ask if there is any barley, wheat or rye in it.
  6. Speak up and don’t be embarrassed to tell people you have allergies and Celiac or Gluten sensitive.
  7. Ignore misinformed comments.
  8. Surround yourself with understanding friends.
  9. Be social and don’t isolate yourself.


  1. Remembering to eat, exercise, relax and sleep.
  2. hen stressed remember to stop and breath and maybe take a walk, deep breathing exercises, stretching, yoga,
  3. Keep your routine.

Attending A Party

  1. Call the host/hostess and explain you are gluten free and offer to help plan.
  2. Offer to bring a dish(s).
  3. Ask to have gluten free items in a separate area.
  4. Eat before you go.
  5. Bring your own snacks
  6. Bring a dish(s) you can eat and remember you own serving spoons.
  7. Before eating look at your options and go for the naturally GF snacks but don’t assume dips and sauces are GF.
  8. If you drink alcoholic beverages, this is a good article to read
  9. Offer to host the party.
  10.  If party is at a restaurant, call ahead and speak to the chef before and during the event.
  11.  Incorporate a probiotic.
  12. Drink plenty of water.
  13. If you are not sure if it is GF, don’t eat it.
  14. Slow down and chew, chew your food.
  15. Enjoy your-self, others and the food.

Eating At Out

  1. Call ahead and speak to chef.
  2. Don’t go at peak times.
  3. Make sure they have a special or clean area for allergy friendly food prep.
  4. Make sure they use a separate toaster.
  5. Make sure they understand about cross contamination especially utensils and pots.
  6. Do they have a separate fryer for gluten free foods?
  7. Get to know the wait staff and chef.
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