Friday, December 19, 2014

My Last Day with the Wonderful St. Louis Rams Organization

As I look back on my fun-filled week last September at Rams Park, St. Louis, I have to pinch myself to be sure it all really happened! I thoroughly enjoyed that opportunity to introduce the Rams to my gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free cookbook, Delightfully Free, at their Rams' Wellness Week event, meet so many truly wonderful people, and get to see the whole place, locker rooms and all!

Friday, my last day there, was fabulous! I was invited to the beautiful and elegant home of one of the coaches and his wife to cook & serve a luncheon for all of the coaches' wives. We talked at length about clean, healthy eating and Delightfully Free's approach to accomplish that for the entire family through delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, holiday foods, snacks & even some of the surprisingly healthy recipes in my book like the gluten-free, corn-free, crispy baked taco shells (page 16). They are healthier in several ways! The ladies absolutely loved the Creamy Pesto Fettuccini with Chicken & Artichokes (page 49), Rosemary Rolls (page 61), salad with Delightfully Free Dressings (page 102-103) & Black Bean Brownies (page 135) for dessert.

These new friends of mine were a delight! They were knowledgeable & engaging, & most of them are already on it, passionate about feeding their families very clean, nutritious meals. They all enjoyed having their own copies of Delightfully Free and even purchased multiple copies as gifts for their families and friends. It was the perfect way to end a very special week in St. Louis.

Oh, one last fun observation. While it is true that the majority of Delightfully Free's customers are women, I love this photo! That's me being dwarfed by Super Bowl Champion defensive tackle Ray Agnew, as he got his copy of Delightfully Free for his wife and family. I'm honored to have met him. He is the nicest guy! And that sure makes a pretty good statement that real men eat healthy too!  ; )

Super Bowl Champion Ray Agnew with me and his brand new copy of Delightfully Free

Wishing you health & Joy, ~ Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.



 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Back at Bastyr University in San Diego

I have begun a happy habit of bringing my gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free cookbook, Delightfully Free, to a prominent naturopathic medical school which has recently opened a campus in my area. Bastyr University was founded in Kirkland, Washington, and I have also had the pleasure of visiting that beautiful campus. In 2012, Bastyr opened its new campus in San Diego, California. It is the only fully accredited naturopathic medical school in California!

I originally visited the San Diego campus in June, 2014. I met and talked with many of the students from the inaugural graduating class of 2016 and the second class of 2017. When I visited a few months ago, I enjoyed reconnecting with some of those new friends, and also met many members of the class of 2018 who have just started their studies toward becoming naturopathic doctors.

Some of the wonderful Bastyr students

I don't come empty-handed when I visit my friends at Bastyr. I definitely bring tempting samples of recipes from my book. This time, they happily snacked on my Lentil Walnut Tapenade (p. 121) and my Black Bean Brownies (p. 135). Many a student walked away from my table with their own brand new signed copy (in some cases, several copies--it's Christmastime!) of my gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook.

I so enjoy speaking with these amazing, dedicated young women and men and really appreciate their excitement about my cookbook. It's extremely rewarding to see these pre-naturopathic doctors, educated in healthy eating, so enthused about the clean, healthy recipes in Delightfully Free. These are future proponents of the book in their own practices, possibly recommending my book to their patients. Delightfully Free is currently carried in over 200 naturopathic, integrative and holistic medical practices across the country. Now that's rewarding!

Wishing you health & Joy, ~ Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.



 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mom's in Charge

Are you a Mom of young/school age children? Do you live in South Orange County, California? If so, treat yourself to a morning with Mom's in Charge. Here's the explanation of MIC from founder Dottie Sunshine Hagmier:

"As a mom who was on the Standard American Diet and lifestyle, I understand how confusing it can be to try to figure out how to get your kids to eat healthy and what "healthy" even means.
I started MIC because I was so overwhelmed with what to feed my kids, put on their skin and in our home environment to promote their optimal wellness. I felt I had no where to turn and there was just too much information for me to handle all over the Internet.
I created this community to offer support for each mom wherever you are on your journey and a place of the best resources in logical and easy to follow manner to take ONE Step at a time.
As you become a part of this community, you will be supported and know you are not alone and you are also a part of a MOVEMENT to CHANGE THE SHAPE of our future; a future where giving our kids healthy food and products is not only accepted, but expected.
I'll see you on the journey!"

One of the Moms from MIC who already had my cookbook, Delightfully Free, recommended to the organizers that I come present my book at their meeting. So last Tuesday I spoke to the Moms about my gluten, dairy & refined sugar free, very healthy cookbook at their Healthy Holidays meeting and also demo'ed a couple of holiday recipes from the book-- Garlic Mashed Cauli and my naturally sweetened, low glycemic Orange Cranberry Sauce.  They loved them!!

Several of the members made other recipes from Delightfully Free to share with the group.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Spinach Mushroom Quiche, Orange Cranberry Crumble, Pumpkin Pie & Black Bean Brownies


Their format includes a View Crew. I spoke with them and the audience about healthy eating.

I'm on the left with the "View Crew"

I then demonstrated how simple it is to make my Garlic Mashed Cauli (my low glycemic version of mashed potatoes) and my Orange Cranberry sauce from the book:

Demo Time at MIC

Delightfully Free has many holiday-themed recipes. Here are some favorites... 

For Fall, Pumpkin Stew on p. 25, Harvest Pumpkin Bread on p. 63, Pumpkin Spice Muffins on p. 71, & Pumpkin Pie on p. 151 with Whipped Topping on p. 159.

For Thanksgiving, the recipes listed above as well as the Chickpea Salad on p. 101, Orange Cranberry Sauce & Garlic Mashed Cauli on p. 111, Molasses Stuffed Acorn Squash and Orange Pecan Brown Rice on p. 115, Herbed Turkey Dressing and Glazed Yams with Cranberries on p. 117 and the Orange Cranberry Crumble on page 153.

For Christmas or Chanukah, there are also the Holiday Cranberry Chicken on p. 37, Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake on p. 67, all manner of cookies, including Shortbread on p. 129 & Cranberry Date Bars & Raisin Squares on p. 137, Eggnog Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce on p. 159 or the collection of treats on pages 161 & 163. 

So, if you've ever wished you could nourish your family with healthy and delicious holiday meals and goodies, Delightfully Free has you covered!

Also, remember to look into Mom's in Charge. They are having a holiday boutique on December 11th.  Get a little holiday shopping done and find out more about MIC.

Wishing you health & Joy, ~ Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.



 
  
  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 2 with the St. Louis Rams

Before telling about my second day at Rams Park, I'd like to congratulate the Rams on showing such heart and character during a challenging season for them. Despite all their injuries this year, they have two very nice wins recently over the 49ers and an exciting 28-26 victory over the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Congrats to them!

On my second day at Rams Park in St. Louis, I met even more very nice people. I was honored to be their speaker for the "Lunch & Learn" that week of the health fair.  Everyone enjoyed a healthy salad bar for lunch with a choice of 3 of the 8 natural, homemade salad dressings from Delightfully Free. We featured my "Buttermilk" Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, & Italian Dressings (pages 102-103). It was fun to talk about the creative, surprisingly healthy substitutes used in my cookbook to re-create naughty bad-for-you dishes into clean, healthy ones :).  & I think everyone was pretty amazed when we demoed my Creamy Garlic Sauce (page 44). They all watched as Matt, our volunteer, spooned the steaming hot cauliflower, coconut milk & white beans into the blender. A minute of whirring & we had rich, delicious cream sauce which everyone sampled. Tasting is believing!!

As you might expect, everywhere you turn at Rams Park is a reminder of some of the great players and teams over the years. Here is just a small sampling of what I saw:

The Fearsome Foursome, from left to right: Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones

Quarterback Kurt Warner

Running Back Eric Dickerson

Defensive End Jack Youngblood




Wishing you health & Joy, ~ Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.