Raspberry-Peach Crumble

By Jenn Bruer 

Bottom Layer Ingredients
2 cups peaches (very ripe peaches work well – I used frozen)*
1 cup raspberries (I used frozen but fresh is great too)
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp honey
1.5 tbsp tapioca flour
1 tsp cinnamon

Topping Ingredients
3 tbsp coconut oil (plus a little more to lightly grease the pan)
2 cups almond flour
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Lightly grease an 8 inch glass dish- a deep dish works best (square pan works too)
  3. In a bowl, toss gently the raspberries, peaches, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, tapioca flour and cinnamon
  4. For the topping mixture, in a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, almond flour, honey, cinnamon and vanilla until evenly combined and crumbly
  5. Fill the prepared dish with raspberry and peach mixture, and top with topping mixture
  6. Place dish on a baking sheet to catch any spillage
  7. Bake 35 minutes, or until crisp on top
  8. Cool 10 minutes before serving

* If using frozen peaches, place them on their own in the oven on 350 for 20 minutes as they need more cooking time then raspberries.

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Community

By Jenn Bruer

“Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.” Orson Scott Card

There was a point in my journey to Living Grainlessly when I realised that social events were a challenge, so I would avoid them, and that often left me feeling depressed, deprived, and isolated. Social events in my life always involved foods filled with sugar, grains, and gluten, all of which left me feeCommunityling pretty horrible, not to mention that it induced binging. It would often take me weeks to recover as I dealt with outrageous sugar cravings, acne, mood swings etc.

So what was I supposed to do? Never go to a social event again?

That’s when I knew something had to give! So I joined a local “meet-up” group called “Tor-Paleo” and I met a whole bunch of other people that eat just like me. I no longer feel so isolated.

Yesterday my wife and I hosted a paleo pot-luck at our home with the Toronto Paleo group; this social event was different from the other ones in my life, and for that I am so grateful. None of the foods were filled with sugar, grains OR gluten! It was wonderful to partake in a guilt-free feast surrounded by like-minded, kind, interesting and accepting people.

The other social events, though – filled with sugary treats – will always be there. Here are some tips I’ve created for myself that have  prevented me from falling (too far) off the wagon and staying ONTRACK:

  • O: Order a glass of water; this will make you feel full and keep away your sugar cravings.
  • N: Get back on track again the Next Meal. NOT on Monday or on the 1st of the next month! Those excuses are just enabling you to binge until you “restart”… and you know it!
  • T: Take a grainless dish to the event, like a fruit or veggie tray.
  • R: Raise your hand and say “no thank you”. And if that doesn’t work, tell the food-pushers that you are allergic – it stops them in their tracks every-time!
  • A: Always eat before you go! Fill up on salad and a source of protein that you know will stretch over the course of the event.
  • C: If all else fails… Cheat. Just don’t self deprecate; remember that you usually do well with your food choices, and that this is just a day “out of routine”. Always remember the 80/20 rule. If you’re good 80% of the time, you’re doing awesome.
  • K: Keep a couple squares of 80% dark chocolate in your “back pocket”; they are filled with saturated fat and very satiating. Go ahead, TRY to have too much…it’s pretty hard to eat too much 80% dark chocolate – it’s that rich!

The need to feel a part of “community” is something I know very well. I am happy to say that I now have two new communities; a community of other grainless folk with the Tor-Paleo, and a growing community of people out here in cyber space who have shown me support in my need to shout out loud that FOOD can change your health 🙂


Coming Out of The Box

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By The Food Coach, Jennifer Bruer ¦ 

Thanks for visiting Living Grainlessly. My name is Jennifer Bruer, I am 36 years old, a wife, and a busy mother to 9 children. I am on a path of discovering improved health for myself and my family, and I hope that Living Grainlessly will lead you to the same path.

Living Grainlessly is a stepping stone for those of you who want to come out of that box that is commonly known as the “Standard American Diet”.

In the past I have struggled with obesity and a general feeling of unwell. I experienced frequent signs of inflammation, body and joint aches, constipation, mood swings, mild depression, severe adult acne, severe sugar cravings, bloating, physical and emotional exhaustion, PMS, iron-deficiency anemia… and the list could go on. In September of 2011 I discovered the “Paleo/Primal” lifestyle, which meant eliminating grains, dairy and beans (a few other things too, but I’ll get to that later) and since then I have dropped 45 pounds and I am feeling much healthier.

A Paleo/Primal diet, or any other diet, should, in my opinion, be a mere guide and not a rigid set of rules. My health choices do not fit inside a box; I don’t “follow” one specific set of guidelines. I often refer to myself as Paleo, Primal or Ancestral but never 100%, because that’s not realistic. Instead, I approach food with a down-to-earth style that makes healthy-living attainable. No boxes here!

I am armed with a new-found knowledge and I feel compelled to spread the word. Food heals!

Living Grainlessly, you will begin making food changes toward better health. Your eyes will open to how flippant society has become about health; we have become accustomed to seek help only when we show signs of illness. But Living Grainlessly, you will learn that FOOD is medicine and that FOOD has the power to heal. Living Grainlessly, you will get to a place where you are trying to prevent disease, and not just treat it.

Open your eyes to some of the food myths that we have been led to believe. Leave the box of pre-conceived food notions and food rules behind, and join me, Living Grainlessly and box free!