costcohaul-siteKathy from GFree and Happy took a quick trip to her local Costco and here are a few of the items she came away with.

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About Kathy & GFree and Happy
Kathy Nelson, an owner at Ovaleye.com is a wife, mom, grammy and is GFree. She loves drinking wine with a view, riding her motorcycle with her husband, working with family, and whipping up a yummy gluten free meal.

MUSIC CREDIT: Petrus – Caroline (Acoustic Cover)
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ep47-siteAndrea shares her stories about her Gfree Tour of Italy on this episode of the Gfree and Happy Show. The food, the fun and the wine. Her hotel Villa Casagrande offered gluten free cooking classes too! Check out how fabulous Italy is if you are gluten free!

Watch last week’s episode: Kathy’s Top 10 Gluten free Halloween Treats (GFree and Happy Ep. 45)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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gluten free halloween candyKathy shares her favorite gluten free candies for trick or treaters. Plus her grandson taste tests a few of them and more…

Watch last week’s episode: Dine Out with Confidence (GFree and Happy Ep. 45)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

Music Credit during Halloween Short: Blik-or-treat by Blik

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ep45-sitePaula Cooper – Founder and CEO of Dine Aware wanted to create a standard FAI (food allergies and intolerances) language’ for the food & beverage service industry.

Dine Aware was created to address the FAI customer’s needs in a way that is super easy for the foodservice industry to adopt. We all want to dine out with friends and family with confidence!

Are you a fan of Hopelink here in the Northwest? I am too. Donate to Hopelink here and also enter to win healthy prizes!

Watch last week’s episode: National Food Day (GFree and Happy Ep. 44)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep44-siteFood Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Food Day is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right, and take action to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.

Chef Kirsten Helle is a personal chef, nutrition consultant, and lifestyle and weight management specialist. She is the founder of Mesa de Vida…Table of Life.

Are you a fan of Hopelink here in the Northwest? I am too. Donate to Hopelink here and also enter to win healthy prizes!

Watch last week’s episode: Truce with Food ™ – The Thinker’s Diet (Gfree and Happy Ep. 43)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep43-siteAli M. Shapiro – Truce with Food ™ – The Thinker’s Diet – A client described Ali as the swiss army knife of wellness. She is like having the tools of a nutritionist, therapist and personal trainer all working together for you. Truce with Food is a lifestyle change to eating healthy whole foods.

Watch last week’s episode: Top 10 Gluten Free Products with Elyse Wagner (GFree and Happy Ep. 42)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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PicMonkey Collage-1Gym time, Chef Kirsten, Family cake time

I am now 50! I have to say I do not feel different from last week. 🙂 I wanted to share and hopefully encourage all of you to celebrate each birthday with lots of gfree food, family & friends. My 50th birthday celebration was one to remember.

PicMonkey Collage-2Mama Mia party, greek appetizers, gluten free Green’s beer, wine tasting

My son & his girlfriend visited for 5 days and celebrated with the family. My birthday started with champagne for lunch and dinner. My son took me out for lunch at a restaurant in Kirkland Washington. It was such a beautiful day in the NW. Chef Kirsten cooked dinner at my house for my whole family. She made gfree crab cakes, coleslaw and rosemary garlic rolls. It was like having the Food Network at my house. We enjoyed wine and cheese and we watched her cook. My cake from Sweet Cakes in Kirkland Wa was all lemon and tasty! Everyone loved it and I am the ONLY one gluten free in my family.

2nd day of celebration was a visit to the famous Pikes Market in Seattle. We all at a local brewery and I had a gluten free beer and radishes with truffle salt. So good! Plus a stop at my customers Winery in Woodinville where we tasted very good wines and ate chocolate. My children surprised me with a Mama Mia birthday party with fresh halibut cheeks, more champagne and lots of greek food. My daughter set up my old 45 records to listen to. Yep 45’s!

Another day of cooking food, playing cards,football game, movies and wine with a night out of local mexican food. My son’s girlfriend can cook and should have her own blog! I made sure my son could cook before he left home too. His amazing pork loin was the best ever.  So tasty!

PicMonkey-3 CollageCheese plate with wine, chilaquiles, BBQ pork loin with homemade BBQ rub & sauce, shrimp soup

The last celebration was a special visit from the rock band I use to manage in Seattle a few years back. They have grown up and have families so I never get to see them much. They treated me to their old set list of songs I loved. Good food and wine again!

I am very thankful and happy I was able to enjoy so many days with my family and friends. It took me days to get through all the leftovers! I have never been so full!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! It’s a good start to a great year!

Kathy

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ep42-siteElyse Wagner is a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach. Elyse earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Nutrition & Dietetics, and holds a dual Master’s degree in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University.

Watch last week’s episode: Anti-Aging, Feel Better Foods with For the Glow (GFree and Happy Ep. 41)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

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GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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ep41-siteKathy is celebrating her 50th birthday with Jennifer Jordan with fortheglow.com shares her big nutrition strategy that will help you go from so-so to mega-glow. Jennifer helped Kathy who is gluten free helped her detox her old lifestyle of eating processed foods to whole foods. Best celebration to be healthy & happy with Jenn!

Watch last week’s episode: GLUTEN FREE SUGAR CLEANSE (GFree and Happy Ep. 40)

Thank you for sharing my videos with your gluten free friends! I’ve been having a great time getting to know others who are living similar lifestyles. If you know of anyone who is just starting out their gluten free journey, feel free to have them reach out to me via email at kathy at gfreeandhappy dot com.

Like GFree and Happy on Facebook Facebook.com/gfreeandhappy

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About the LIVE GFree and Happy Show:
GFree and Happy is all about connecting the gluten free community all over the world bringing you guests, news, products and lifestyle fun to a weekly Monday night live stream show and blogs.

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mickeyglass

I turn 50 in a few days. Fifty years! I love birthdays. I love to celebrate. Where did the years go…
Last year I made a wish that I would enjoy my 49th year and start planning for my 50th. Not planning a party but how I would feel inside and out on my 50th birthday.

A year ago I thought I was doing pretty good with my gluten free lifestyle and eating healthy and working out with a trainer. My lifestyle changed after hosting lots of yummy fun holiday celebrations last December. I ate all gluten free food since 2009 but I kept feeling bloated and full after each meal.. Plus I developed a bad case of hives. Frustration hit me big time. New Years day 2013 I watched the documentary called “Food Matters”. My mindset changed that day. I have been learning how to eat whole foods ever since! Drinking tons of water and observing big milestones this past year that I have never achieved before. I also started a show online that happens every Monday night at 7pm PST and its live with chat live.gfreeandhappy.com so I could start my quest to feel my best and enjoy talking to others on the same journey.

A gluten free lifestyle has NEVER been a diet to me. It’s been a way of life since I finally found out why I doubled over in horrible pain for years after eating gluten or why I wore pants that were at least two sizes too big for me for years. I use to carry Prilosec in my purse where ever I went. Finally after a self diagnoses I never purposely ate gluten again.  I actually gained weight during the first few years of eating gluten free. It was all about comfort foods for me back then.

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January 2013 was eye opening for me. I started getting to know the gluten free community online and learning from everyone I could about eating healthy. Through many wonderful nutritionists, fitness experts and lots of great articles and videos online I figured out what my body likes and how I can maintain my healthy lifestyle. We have the best gluten free community!

Here is what I learned this past year:

  • Process food whether it’s gluten free or not is FULL of sugar.
  • Sugar was the culprit of my hives after a process of elimination of foods.
  • GMOs are not friendly to my body.
  • There are tons of healing natural foods.
  • You really do not crave sugar or carbs very often when eating whole happy wonderful foods.
  • If you eliminate processed foods from your grocery bill you can buy more veges and organic foods.
  • Tons of new energy brings big results at the gym.
  • Caffeine is not the only thing that will revive you at 2pm.
  • Nuts and oils are not fattening when processed foods are eliminated from your lifestyle.
  • Years of using ibuprofen will hurt your gut horribly. One of my sad points! I have injured hips.
  • Antibiotics kill your happy flora in your gut. I am still healing from the years of sinus infections.
  • Probiotics help your gut heal.
  • Water does wonders to your health.

How I feel right before my 50th birthday?

  • Almost better than I did in my 20’s if you can believe that!
  • I lost weight which was not a goal but when your body feels good & likes what you eat it shows!
  • I am limiting processed foods.
  • My daily intake of sugar is mainly natural sugars. This was a big change! I grew up on sugar foods!
  • Comfort foods do not have to be processed anymore.
  • I am stronger physically than I have been in years.
  • I enjoy colorful healthy meals with a nice glass of wine.

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Cheers to fifty gfree and happy!

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