How to Order at a Restaurant if You’re Dairy-Free

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If you have any dietary restrictions – whether due to food allergies, intolerances, or just strong preferences – it can be challenging to eat out and be safe, let alone relax and enjoy the experience. A bit of a foodie myself, I love to eat out and discover new flavors and places. But being gluten- and dairy-free, I know what I have to do to take care of myself and I take full responsibility for doing it in a way that is as unobtrusive as possible. Below are my tips for planning your meal out that will make it worth it. Much of it is in your expectations and attitude, the rest comes with a little bit of preparation and planning.

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Gluten-Free Travel Tips

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It’s the final stretch of summer and that means the last of summer travel! I remember a time when traveling was 100% excitement and all that I needed to plan was the actual traveling. Now things are different. My multiple food intolerances have introduced another layer of research, planning, and worry to my trips. Then even with all the planning, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way I had hoped and improvisation is needed. In fact, improvisation and a positive attitude are always helpful, whether traveling or not. 

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A Personal Journey: Autoimmune Disease, Yoga and Self-Care

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I first met Renee at a meditation retreat in Los Angeles. After discovering that we both had multiple dietary restrictions AND happened to go to the same college, we became fast friends. Over the past few years, both of us have been on our own journeys to find what foods and lifestyle choices affect how we feel, and we’ve been a natural support system for eachother. Even after Renee was formally diagnosed with thyroid disease a  few months ago, she continued her journey of self-discovery and self-care rather than just relying on the diagnosis and medication. I asked Renee to share her experience and some of the challenges and remedies that she has discovered for herself, in particular her yoga practice and how that has affected other parts of her life. Below is her guest post. –Jennifer
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A Dietitian’s View of High Carb Vegan Diets

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If you spend much time looking at food posts on Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve seen the hashtag #highcarbvegan. Some people seem to be following this as a specific diet (or anti-diet), which contradicts the low carb diets that most up-to-date nutrition experts recommend for health and weight loss these days. So we had to dig into this to see what it was all about.

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My Favorite Summer Fruits!

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Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!

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Community Gardens Thriving in Vegas

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When you think of Las Vegas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The Strip awash in neon lights? Thousands of people sitting in front of slot machines hoping for a big win? Crowds flocking to big brand-name shows? We could go on, but chances are “community garden” won’t be anywhere near the top of that long list. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that a group of hardworking folks tilling the land in their corner of downtown Sin City, however, is working to change that.

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My Favorite Dairy-Free Alternatives

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I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for about 8 years, and if you ask me which one I miss more, hands down the answer is dairy. The gluten-free “movement”, if you want to call it that, has been around for at least a decade now, and in that time has ballooned to a huge industry, with new gluten-free substitutes emerging every time I visit the grocery store. Each year, gluten-free bread, pasta, pizza dough, and sweets get better and better, so much so that many of them are pretty close to the real thing.

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Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to our new site! Lea and I are so excited to share with you our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! We’ll be share tips on how to eat for your ‘free-from’ diet, how to eat the most nutritious food, how to take care of your body and mind, product reviews, and more. If you’d like to ask Lea your personal (anonymous) nutrition question, you can email her at lea@tastefulpantry.com and she’ll answer it in her “Dear Lea” column.  You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.

Have an idea or topics you’re dying to learn more about? Leave us a comment below and as we build out the site and grow we’ll keep your suggestions in mind! We can’t wait to hear what you want to see more (or less) of!

Thanks for your awesomeness and we look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer & Lea

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This Year’s Food Trends at Expowest

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Every year, I prepare my stomach and my brain in mid-March for the colossal gathering of the skyrocketing natural products industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. At this convention, anyone who is anyone, or wants to be anyone, in the natural products industry, gathers at the Anaheim Convention Center to exhibit, network, gather intel, and taste. The convention takes over the city of Anaheim for that weekend and swarms around the convention center and neighboring hotels like bees around a hive. This is where products are born, companies are noticed, and trends are validated….at least until next year.

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The 6 Best Herbs for Healthy Digestion

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We’re excited to share with you this guest post Jill Cohen, our friend and certified herbalist. Jill lives in Boulder, CO where she teaches herbal and earth-based education to youth and adults.

If you’re reading this blog, chances are good you’re personally familiar with food intolerances and digestive discomfort. Chances are also good that you’re conscientious about choosing foods that nourish your body and avoiding ones that don’t – at least for the most part!

In addition to making informed food choices, another way to support digestive and overall health is to incorporate medicinal plants into your diet.

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