On the Road: GF & Healthy Eating Apps

find me GF

I just updated my earlier post on the smart phone appĀ 1) Find Me Gluten Free. I don’t want to repeat myself, so follow the link if you want to see my opinion/review on the Find Me Gluten Free App.

Now to other apps. I realized yesterday that I needed to get off my bottom and review gluten free restaurant apps. I still like Find Me GF, but it has it’s limitations, as the developers haven’t finished it, you cannot use it while driving on the highway unless you want heartburn before you even get to a restaurant. Maybe the developers are trying to do too much with one single app, but on the other hand, if they can pull it off; then all we’ll need is ONE app to go to the grocery store, find safe restaurants in our hometown and also on the road. Will just wait and see. Like I said before, get it while it’s free because I believe the developers are creating something great with this app and if they succeed, you’ll be paying through the nose for this app šŸ™‚

Okay, moving on to other apps I found and played with. Out of maybe 8 apps I downloaded, I have whittled my list down to FOUR. Find me Gluten Free, Gluten Free Restaurant Items, Healthy Out and Gluten Free Registry.

I also have two other apps that I believe are a great addition to these Gluten apps. They are apps to find restaurants, hotels, ATMs, gas, ect while on the road. So I figure, I can see the restaurants I CAN eat at and then locate them on my highway app. I know some of these apps allow you to find addresses and give you driving directions, but they take you away from your app and it’s frustrating. Especially if you’re the driver! Talk about an accident waiting to happen! I was near a Chick-fil-A in a mall yesterday. None of my gluten free restaurant apps found it except for Gluten Free Registry. I was stunned. We had to use my husband’s highway app to actually find it (even hidden in a mall).

2) Gluten Free Restaurant Items. iTunes and Android. Both are $2.49GF Rest Items
Developers Note: Want to eat gluten & allergy free fast food? Find safe items from one of top 10 iPad apps in Food category featured in Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies! Enter your allergen concerns into the iCANEat fast Food menu database for 34 U.S. chains. Hide items that contain gluten, wheat, egg, milk, nuts, peanuts, soy, fish and shellfiish based on your preferences.
The developers update this app frequently. It seems to list a lot of Restaurants–125 of the most popular. You can choose a restaurant through “Find Near Me”. You can also ear-mark your favorite restaurants. It also lists GF menu items.
Once again, though, this app is not driver friendly. Use it to find restaurants around you at home, visiting friends or traveling and THEN go there.

GF registry3) Gluten Free Registry ($1.99) iTunes and AndroidĀ  and web site.
The website states that their mission is to put people and gluten-free friendly restaurants, bakeries, caterers, grocers and more together. Utilize their free, searchable, moderated database of over 32,700+ gluten-free friendly business locations to find one near you or your travel destination. So far over 1.3 million people have used their website and apps.
Their apps don’t have a lot of reviews–iTunes 77 and Android 10. Their app seems pretty good. In search you can choose “Show All”, “Restaurants”, “I Want Pizza”, etc, so its proximity locator is pretty good. While in Chattanooga, it was the ONLY app that found a local Chick-fil-A in Hamilton Place Mall. Now that’s pretty good!
In my opinion, I wouldn’t pay the $1.99 for this app if I hadn’t already. Their web site seems pretty low-speed. Useful but not to pretty. I’ll keep it on my iPhone for future reference though.

4) *** Healthy Out*** (free)iTunes and AndroidHealthy Out
App description: Healthy Out helps you, find healthy restaurant and prepared grocery store meals that fit your personal preferences. It covers the widest range of diet and nutrition filters in any app. Use our unique calarie and points filters to find a meal in your goal. See detailed nutrition information for dishes including calories and points and eat out confident that you made a healthy choice!
I am the most happy with this app even though it isn’t perfect. While looking for restaurants the other night at home, it didn’t find Mellow Mushroom or Chick-fil-A. BUT, you have lots of food choices like Atkins, gluten-free, Paleo, South Beach, Low Carb…. You can even choose to watch calories, what kind of cuisine you want, even down to what ingredients you are looking for in a restaurant.
This app lists a lot of restaurants, tells you how far away they are and what dishes are available using your filter. It shows a map of restaurant choice, telephone number, website. The only negative is that you cannot get driving directions within the app. When you choose directions, it takes you away from the app, so when you want to go back to the app, you have to click the home button on your phone and choose the app again. BUT, there is a map of the restaurants and you can make it big enough to virtually see where the restaurant is.
Again, this is not an app a driver can use. You’ll have to pull over to use it, or rely on passengers to find information for you.

4 paws down) Dine Gluten Free (free)iTunes and Android
My opinion. This app is too new. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS APP.

2 paws down) Locate Special Diet (free) – iTunes and AndroidĀ Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  They list three categories: Restaurants, Drinks and Grocery. The Grocery segment is not available yet. When I tested it for restaurants in my proximity, it found LongHorn Steaks, Mellow Mushroom, Outback Steakhouse but NOT Applebee’s. This app does have a filter for different types of food like German, Thai, Chinese, Tex-Mex…. You can even choose dietary preferences such as gluten free, organic/local, paleo, vegan and vegetarian. Under RESTAURANTS you can get directions, link to restaurant’s website, add to favorites. This app doesn’t spport many restaurants. When this app is fully developed, maybe it will get a better rating from me; but for right now, 2 paws down.

Two apps that can be used in conjunction with the GF Restaurant Apps!
These apps are just your normal, everyday highway travel companions. They list every exit off the highway you’re on and what is available at each exit. What in the world did we do before smart phones?!

iExitiExit ($0.99) ignore the free app. It hasn’t been updated since 2011. iTunes and Android.
Road AheadThis is a great app. It tells you what’s coming up at each exit so you can use your Healthy Out app to find restaurants and see what exit your restaurant is on! It also shows gas stations and hotels, besides camp sites, truck-friendly stops, rest areas and auto services!

Road Ahead (free) iTunesĀ  Sorry, no Android version šŸ˜¦
This app cannot be used by a driver. But, it can use your GPS to locate you or you can choose a highway you will be on and also your destination so it can tell you where ATMs are, dining, fast food, grocery stores, gas stations, police stations, movie theatres!

I hope my reviews are helpful to you and make your gluten-free life just a bit easier.

Drink your sunblock?

I came across this article on Natural Vitality Livings web site. You will have to tell me how good it tastes because I don’t do ginger. I’ve been juicing for about a month and have not enjoyed any drink with ginger in it. I know it’s good for digestion and your stomach, but I’ll have to get help somewhere else!

2 Tbsp goji berries (available at natural products stores)
1Ā½ cups water
1 tsp ginger root, freshly grated
Ā½ lemon, juiced
Raw honey to taste (optional)
Soak goji berries in water for at least one hour to soften. Pour goji berries and soak water into a blender with remaining ingredients; blend on high until completely mixed.
Pour into a glass with plenty of ice and lemon slices.
Other super-antioxidant add-ins:
aƧaƭ berry powder,
vanilla bean,
raw cacao powder,
fresh peppermint,
golden raisins,
raw cranberries,
For more on Sarah Britton, visit her blog, My New Roots.

Wow! Genetic Engineer turns organic!

I couldn’t believe it, well, yes I can, that a Genetic Engineer has finally had it with GMOs and being a part of the dark side. Here’s the article my cousin posted yesterday:

organicHere’s a teaser from the article:

What are some of the other risks you see with GMOs?

Vrain: When I hear we need genetic engiĀ­neerĀ­ing to feed the world, I cringe. It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of pesĀ­tiĀ­cides, and the process is of highly quesĀ­tioned safety.

Even if genetic engiĀ­neerĀ­ing was perĀ­fectly safe, I still quesĀ­tion it because of genetic polĀ­luĀ­tion. Organic crops and foods are becomĀ­ing contaminated.

Iā€™m also conĀ­cerned about conĀ­tĀ­aĀ­mĀ­iĀ­naĀ­tion of the enviĀ­ronĀ­ment with antibiĀ­otic resisĀ­tant genes. Every GM crop has these genes. The preĀ­limĀ­iĀ­nary eviĀ­dence we have is that bacĀ­teĀ­ria in the soil and in the human gut are capaĀ­ble of pickĀ­ing those genes up. Considering the alarm I hear from medĀ­ical peoĀ­ple about losĀ­ing antibiĀ­otics, I think this should be a seriĀ­ous concern.

What next? Genetically Engineered SALMON :(

ImageCan you believe it? I received an email last night encouraging everyone to contact Kroger (the largest food chain in the states) to not buy genetically-engineered fish. They have said they will not unless the FDA approves it–then all bets are off.

This article entitled “The Threats and benefits of GM fish” from the government should give you a start on learning about this frightening possibility.

The sad thing about all of this (no not sad, terrifying) is that if the FDA approves genetically engineered fish, no one has to provide this information on their nutrition label! Yep, that’s right, we won’t know!

I need to do more research and will keep my blog updated. Oh, man…what’s next?

Web Site – Gluten Doctor in ATLANTA!

I came across this web site while googling for gluten free mall. I cannot wait to delve into this web site!

It’s Atlanta Gluten Doctor!

Here’s the first paragraph on his web site:

The evils of GLUTEN!

What if your path to a better quality life is avoiding food that is killing you and your family?

Gluten is one of the biggest culprits in causing chronic health issues such as fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, chronic fatigue, and Irritable Bowel that I see in my office.Ā  Therefore, it is EXTREMELY important to be tested properly for gluten sensitivity.Ā  People who have chronic health issues may have already been tested for gluten and the results may have came back negative;Ā  the problem is that most methods of testing for gluten traditionally done from saliva or stool may only test for alpha gliadin and 1 isomer of transglutaminase, but many people can react to any of the 10 other particles of the breakdown of gluten, including wheat germ agglutinin. In our office, we run a food sensitivity test from a lab called Cyrex Labs which tests all components of wheat and gluten as well as 24 other foods that may be cross-reactive.

Healthier without Wheat


The Book, Healthier without Wheat is written by Dr. Stephen Wangen. Dr. Stephen Wangen is one of the worldā€™s leading experts on IBS, food allergies/intolerances, and the ecosystem of the digestive tract.

I read this book in the 5 hours it took to go visit my grandson, so you know it isn’t a difficult or laborious book to read.

Dr. Wangen discusses wheat in our diet & doesn’t believe it belongs there — just like Dr. Davis in “Wheat Belly”.
He discusses celiac disease, non-celiac forms of gluten intolerance, testing for all forms of gluten intolerance and for wheat and gluten allergies and then treatment of gluten intolerance. Oh I wish he was my doctor, but he’s on the other side of the great big wide US of A šŸ˜¦

Dr. Wangen bellieves that wheat has been bred to have three major beneficial traits that were absent in its wild ancestors: (1) larger grain, (2) grain easier to remove from stalk and (3) extra large seeds cannot disperse on their own–dependent entirely on people to reproduce. Hmmm, sounds healthy to me! My husband was reading a book the other day, “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews and came across the name of the man who started the whole wheat manipulation. I’d so love to go back to the 1940s and stop him. But then, someone else would have picked up the torch šŸ˜¦

Alright, why’d you let me get off topic–gheez. Wheat isn’t grown because it’s the best fuel for our body. It’s grown because it provides us with an amazing amount of food per acre and is very economical to produce. Hmmm, guess money really is the ROOT of all evil–get the joke, ROOT. Oh, forgetaboutit!

Dr. Wangen states that Americans eat more wheat per person than any other country.
Also, the United States is the most affluent country in the world with an incredibly hi-tech healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization’s evaluation, the USA ranks 37th in health šŸ˜¦

Also, 60 million Americans (20%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or chronic digestive problems.
40% get heartburn
10-20% have severe fatigue
and the list goes on and on and on.

Wheat is not necessarily bad for everyone, and it isn’t necessarily the cause of all the health problems known. However, says Dr. Wangen, it is a threat to the good health of millions of people whose bodies are not able to process it–yeah, mine. Full of It

Gluten intolerance can dramatically affect the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, energy levels, joints, teeth and even behavior and mood and, of course, the digestive system. I have not read the following book that Dr. Wangen recommends by Dr. Rodney Ford yet, so I cannot comment on it, but will provide the link here if you wish to investigate it. It’s called “Full of It“.

Back to Healthier without Wheat. Non-celiac gluten intolerance can be diagnosed. When your immune system attacks food in a person with a food intolerance, it creates antibodies. The antibody is called gliadin antibody.

To have a correct diagnosis, the proper tests must be run. The patient must be eating offending foods to have antibodies present at the time of the test. The lab must be high quality and the physician has to keep in mind all the symptoms that can be triggered by the food (as does the patient, and the food must be eliminated for a long period of time for healing to take place).

Gliadin antibodies are made when your system encounters GLUTEN. I won’t get into the technical stuff, but there are three different gliadin antibodies of interest to Dr. Wangen, IgA, IgG and IgE. There are labs that can run these tests, along with the ELISA profile (stands for Enzyme Immunoassay). Unfortunately, this test is expensive, insurance companies tend to NOT pay for it because it involves 96 different tests. I do know this because I’ve asked. The doctors around here either don’t know about it, or they don’t ever deal with it šŸ˜¦

I think there needs to be a scholarship for people with gluten/wheat intolerance to go to Seattle and be treated by Dr. Wangen. I bet he could just about wipe out digestive disorders and all the other nasty stuff that goes along with it. Wouldn’t that be wonderful šŸ™‚

That’s the end of my notes. Rats, I want more and I read the book! I think he probably gets very technical about the tests and also about testing for bacteria, parasites and yeast with a stool sample test. My doctor here won’t do that test unless you have diarrhea. Rats, double Rats!

I hope this book review helped you. Have a great day, go and make some GF Rice Krispie treats from the YELLOW box, not the blue and put a smile on your face.

Store Apps Update – Yeah!


okay, it only took me several weeks to finally update my opinions on GF, allergy, GMO…
apps available through iTunes and Android šŸ™‚

Here’s the link to my original post: GF Apps – Who Knew!


Did You Know — do you care :) #3

grapefruitupdated: June 11.2013



1. New research has found that the number of drugs that interact badly with grapefruit juiceā€”including some common blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering medsā€”has more than doubled since 2008 thanks to new drug formulations.
“Taking 1 tablet of certain medicines with a glass of grapefruit juice can be like taking 5 tables with water” says lead researcher David Bailey.
Ripped from the April 2013 Reader’s Digest article, “The fruit that meddles with med”.Ā  David Bailey is a pharmacologist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario.


Rice Krispies – GF!


Didn’t know regular Kellogg’s Rice Krispies has gluten in it!? I think a lot of people don’t know. It’s not very available in my town, but I’m certainly going to rectiGF rice krispiesfy that fast. I have already posted this info in one of my “did you know” posts, but this is too important to keep buried.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies in the traditional blue box contains GLUTEN šŸ˜¦Ā  The malt flavoring is derived from barley. The good news: They have a YELLOW box that is gluten free. Yeah! I can have rice krispie treats without getting glutened!

I called Kellogg’s and they told me who actually carries their product where I live.
You also can call 1-800-962-1413.Ā  The ONLY place where I live that carries the GF Rice Krispies is Rite-Aid.
Color me surprised. I fully intend to call my favorite local grocery chain and ask them to carry it also. If you want to do this, I was given the package # 3800055019 to make it easier to order. ENJOY!

Oh, surprise, surprise, you can buy a 4-pack at Amazon!

Did You Know — do you care :) #2

iris close up_3230Updated: 6/9/13

1. Did your potato chips run immediately following a run of gluten-containing food? I never would have thought of that!

2. FOR BEGINNERS: The Gluten Intolerance Group of N.A. (GIG) is an excellent resource providing information, education
and a variety of programs that support those with gluten intolerance. GIG has a useful stepwise program available on their website — www.gluten.net.

3. Have you ever heard of BONE SOUP? You cook down bones (chicken or whatever) and the broth you make is highly
nutritious and easily absorbable.

4. If there is one way to strengthen a cold–give it OJ and sugar. It will surely stay for weeks instead of days!

5. IBS is the second leading cause of worker absenteeism; 2nd only to the common cold.

6. One of the most important supplements you can take is a probiotic ā€”Dr. Mercola (these are his own products) ā€”mercola.com.

7. The pasteurized versions of “probiotic” yogurts in grocery storesā€”since they are pasteurizedā€”they will be associated with all the problems of pasteurized milk products. They contain added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, dyes and artificial sweeteners.

8. Neurons in the gut manufacture most of the serotonin in a healthy bodyā€”not the head!

9. Over-farming, excessive application of pesticides and insecticides; and the use of genetically modified seeds often create more allergenic and less nutrient-dense foods.

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