Tag Archives: Healthy

Organic chocolate pudding

I’m always on the lookout for another option, or tool for the proverbial tool belt, to make life outside of the “takeout” world a much more fun place to reside. I think I came across this recipe on facebook the other day(I was really considering getting rid of the account all together).

I was tres excited to try this with my kids and it turned out awesome! They liked it and it is an easy thing to send in their lunches and feel good about at the same time!
Happy health/life to you! Enjoy the journey!

Grain free, Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe

I was having a busy cooking day today. I wanted to make meat sauce for spaghetti/chili, chicken wings, coconut balls and a new recipe for Oatmeal raisin cookies. After crawling out of bed, after my last night shift I picked up some of the last items needed to get some cooking done. Everything turned out well. The cookies were really good and it was nice to be able to give my girl some cookies!

I’ve also tried some granola bars from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good”. They are in the fridge cooling right now, but taste tests during the process, I think they will turn out very tasty!






Are you a survivor?

Are you ready to give up?

Overcoming Any Illness

By: Jordan Reasoner

Looking back at what it took to get my health where it is today, there were hundreds of moments when I almost gave up.

These were the times I was so sick, so weak and so tired… that I was ready to quit.  Ready to give up.  Ready to be done with all this…

But in those moments, when I was teetering on the edge, something always got me through the day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  Until things got a little better.

Sometimes it was watching my son sleep.  Or my daughter’s deep blue eyes and her smile.

Other times, it took more.

Recently, a YouTube video shook me out of some personal stuff I was going through.

It was so powerful, I watched it 17 times in a row. 

Something about it resonated not only with what I was going through at the time, but with something I’ve been wanting to write for you… but didn’t quite know how to say it.

About what it takes to overcome chronic illness

And with that in mind, I’m going to paraphrase some of the messages from the video and put them into the context I’ve been wanting to write for you.

I hope you enjoy it (and you can watch the original video I’m talking about at the bottom):

[Here’s the beginning of one guys humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment]

I’ve been reading your Facebook posts.  Your emails.

Some of you are like, “I can’t do this anymore guys.  I can’t make it another day… I’m frustrated.  I can’t take another setback.”

I’ve been reading that you’re tired.  Some of you are scared.  Some of you are hurt.  I know.  I’ve been there.

And I need you to do me a favor.

Don’t worry about the rest of this year.

Don’t worry about the rest of this month.

I’m not even interested in how you feel about tomorrow.

Do me one single favor…

Just survive today

I just need you to survive today.

I know you’re thinking “I can’t go through another day like this.”  “I can’t handle it.”

Whatever your illness is… I want you to look at the sickness in your life and think, “I can beat this!”

“I’ve got kids to live for!”

“I’ve got a family to live for!”

“I’m not through yet!”

“My life isn’t over yet!”

I went from being sick as hell to where I am now, and the first thing I did was to say, “I can get through this.”

I outlasted it.  I outlasted every single tear I shed on the toilet.

Some things in life, you just have to tell yourself, “I’m going to get through this.”

I wasn’t the strongest guy, but I made up in my mind, “I’m going to get through this.”

What was the one thing I did that most people aren’t willing to do?  I just plain never gave up.  I never quit.

Most people that fail give up. 

It’s about making up your mind that you’re not going to give up. That you’re not going to quit.

Just because you’re not better yet doesn’t mean you’re a loser.  Just because the last supplement you tried didn’t help doesn’t mean the next one won’t.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.  It wasn’t easy for me.  I had setbacks.  I had hundreds of days I wanted to give up.

But I want you to know is this: You can get through anything if you tell yourself, “I am a survivor.”

If you’re reading this right now, I know you’re not a quitter

You’re a survivor.  I KNOW YOU’RE A SURVIVOR.

So please… just survive today.

And know this: If you were going to give up, you would’ve gave up a long time ago.  You would have quit years ago.  But you’ve come this far.  You’ve worked SO HARD.  You’ve already put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get to this point.

Get something out of it!

Don’t give up and don’t give in… and there’s absolutely nothing you can’t overcome.  Even your impossible illness.

[Here’s the end of one guys humble, paraphrased Eric Thomas moment]

Are you free Tuesday night?

There’s nothing that would make me more grateful than continuing this message with youon Tuesday night.  To give you all the information I can in 60-minutes to speed up your recovery…  to give you back your life…  to help you take control of your symptoms.

On TUES night, we’re doing another free live call on the gut-brain-hormone axis and I hope you can be there.  This one is scheduled for later in the evening so more people can attend (or if you couldn’t make the last one).

Register here to grab a seat:


– Jordan

P.S. – Below is the original Eric Thomas video I graciously paraphrased in this post.  Steve and I have been watching his videos for a few years… but this one broke me down into tears and shifted something in me.  Please watch it, as it carries the original emotion only ET can inspire (and I only touched on with my humble paraphrasing):

Eric Thomas Video

Dad’s GF chocolate “ice cream”

Being the first day back to school, after dinner I thought I would try to make chocolate ice cream for my girls. I haven’t tried this, but I had heard of the idea and I like to “wing it” sometimes!
I had tried sweet potato ice cream before but it wasn’t great.
The challenges that we have is that our one daughter is off dairy(we would like it if we all excluded it, but that is another matter) no sugar, as well as celiac.
So I pulled out my container of frozen bananas, honey, cocoa and coconut milk for the experiment.
Here is the recipe:
Everything is approximate. So you may have to play around with the measurements a bit until you are happy with your results.
Start with about 4 frozen bananas in the blender
1 tablespoon of honey
1 heaping tablespoon of the best cocoa that you can find
1/4 cup of coconut milk(or almond milk)

This is a real blender test!
Blend well until thick and malt like consistency.
Most recently, I like to add chopped pecan for the extra calories.




Food is everything, but should it be?

Why does every event or celebration have to be based around food?

Our family has food restrictions and besides not being able to eat at restaurants, many if not all social events have a food component to them. “Fit in or don’t go”, is how it feels many times. For our family we are learning that this is going to be commonplace one day, but for now it is difficult for us.

We went GF 3 years ago and then realized that things weren’t resolving with that diet alone. We have learned that going GF is many times just the starting point and there can be many more issues that can follow that diagnosis.

Dining out used to be such a big and common event for us, since we worked in restaurants for many years. We loved dining out and trying different restaurants. We didn’t expect that we would never be able to take our kids to a restaurant for a birthday or other celebration ever again.

When our daughter started the new school we carefully and cautiously explained to her new teacher how concerned and careful we are with specific foods and it may be best if no food is even offered to our daughter. Wouldn’t you know that the very first day was an indication of how the whole year would be. Cookies and juice were given to all the other children on that first day at Gr 4. How would you feel, being at a new school and this is the first day?

The teacher was very kind and gave rewards to children for good behaviour and guess what they got? Food! We thought it was odd that there was such a focus on food since one of her children was peanut allergic. You could assume that she may have changed her focal point to something other than that??http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/staying-gluten-free-for-school-lunches/?inf_contact_key=1d0118f443d2844a3a8cecd6cbcd0d778a65185aabac6d0ec67d808b01233e56

Every birthday party, wedding, halloween, family gathering has a large component of food around it. I really see why we north americans have issues around food when you see it from this perspective.

We have a fabulous children’s hospital, but we can’t have safe food for our children from there because most restaurants or staff dont understand cross contamination and the ramifications of eating something that may have small traces of gluten.Dr. Osborne

We hope that we can be the change that we want to see in the world. I guess that means meeting with the school and expressing how important this is to the health of our family. They understand peanut allergy, but since this is not emergent(call 911)then it seems not as important.

We are supposed to be going with our family for a dinner at a restaurant tonight, so that is why I was thinking about it now. Great! We have to go to dinner and eat chinese, while our other daughter sits and wishes she could have it! This is so hard to do! I will bring some food for her and tell her to just enjoy what I have prepared, but deep down I wish that she could eat all this unhealthy food along with us!!! Argh! It would make life so much easier, but we have to make a change. We have to change the world for the betterment of all of us.

I should open a safe restaurant for all families…

Mini Grain Free, Sugar Free Banana Muffin

A few months ago a friend brought this recipe to me as she knew my daughter was celiac and knew I was always on the lookout for great new ideas.
Soon after I tried it for the first time we found out that H was having reactions to eggs. So after trying the recipe with a chia seed egg replacement, I forgot it altogether one time and it was very good!
I have made a few adjustments over the many batches that I have made and now think I am at the ultimate muffin!
3 very ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted cashews
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 coconut flour
2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil(or almond oil or walnut oil)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 small shredded carrots or (3 oz of zucchini or beet)(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coconut oil( to grease muffin tins)

Preheat oven to 375
Grind cashews in food processor until you get a fine meal
Add macadamia nut oil and blend until well combined(making cashew butter)
Add the ripe bananas and blend until it forms a paste. You will have to scrape the edges to make sure it is well mixed.
In a medium bowl mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, shredded carrot, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix all ingredients into a batter.
Spoon batter into well greased mini muffin tins.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to brown.
Let muffins cool completely before storing. (I store in the fridge after day 2 to keep fresh)

These muffins freeze well also. You should be able to store for up to 2 months in a deep freeze.

Makes about 36 mini muffins.

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