When Food Becomes an Idol

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  If God places something 1 and 2 on his top 10 list you better believe it’s important. He made a point of making sure we understood where he is to fall on our priority list when he wrote the 10 commandments. I am going to give you the opportunity to go look these up in Exodus 20. I … [Read more...]

Ham n Egg Hashbrown Breakfast Cups

Ham n Eg Hashbrown Breakfast Cups

Ingredients 7 thin slices of pre-cooked ham 2 pastured eggs 1 - 1 1/2 cups refrigerated shredded hashbrowns 4-5 dashes salt 4-5 dashes garlic powder 4-5 dashes onion powder 2-3 dashes ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried chives Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly … [Read more...]

Hamburger Vegetable Soup Italian Style

Fit4God Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Ingredients 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef 2 onions, chopped 2 cups sliced carrots 2 cups frozen peas 2-3 cups chopped cabbage (1) 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (plain) (1) 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonsing (basil, oregano etc) 3-4 cups beef broth 6-7 cups … [Read more...]

Beef Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

Fit4God Beef Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

Ever wonder what to do with broccoli slaw? Or ever wish you had another recipe to liven up your ground beef? Here's the answer! And it's another one-skillet meal that is paleo, SCD, and GAPS friendly. Won't spike your blood sugar, and packed with nutrition! Enjoy! Ingredients 1-2 tablespoons … [Read more...]

Parmesan Zucchini and Tomatoes

Parmesan Zucchini and Tomatoes

Yep. This healthy veggie side dish is just as good as it looks! Summer's here and zucchini and tomatoes are plentiful, so grab some parmesan cheese and pop these babies in the oven for some veggie deliciousness! Ingredients 2 zucchini squash 1 ripe tomato olive oil salt and pepper to … [Read more...]

Skillet Dinner: Hamburger, Sweet Potatoes & Kale

Skillet Dinner: Hamburger, Sweet Potatoes & Kale

Here's another "healthy Hamburger Helper" recipe, again inspired by The Nourishing Cook. I just LOVE these meals - they are so satisfying, so nourishing...nothing to upset a stomach, spike blood sugar, or create and autoimmune reaction. And one pan...yep, sign me up for that! This one uses ground … [Read more...]

Chicken “Potpie” (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Fit4God Chicken Potpie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Did your mom make you frozen chicken potpies when you were a kid? Mine did. And I loved them, too! Creamy, with tiny little vegetables that weren't offensive to my childish sensibilities. But of course, these days, I wouldn't touch that stuff with a 10-foot pole! Heavily processed, not fresh, full  … [Read more...]

Skillet Meal: Hamburger, Carrots and Peas

Fit4God Skillet Hamburger, Carrots and Peas

Inspired by a "Healthy Hamburger Helper" recipe I saw over at The Nourishing Cook the other day, I whipped up this tasty dish in my favorite skillet and was thrilled with the results.  You get a healthy dose of protein, healthy fats, and nutritious veggies all in one meal. This is the kind of meal … [Read more...]

Parmesan Paprika Chicken

Parmesan Paprika Chicken

This wonderful skillet chicken recipe uses a light gluten-free breading flavored with parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, and paprika to give it tons of flavor and hold in all the chicken's natural juices. Enjoy! Ingredients 3-4 pastured chicken breasts (skinless and boneless) 1/4 cup … [Read more...]

Help for Sugar Cravings: L-Glutamine

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Note: This post has been edited. It was formerly titled "The Cure for Sugar Cravings," but I realized that was too strongly worded...I can really only speak for my own experience and should not claim to have a "cure." So this post is now titled "Help for Sugar Cravings." I hope it can help you as it … [Read more...]

Roasted Lemon-Butter-Garlic Chicken

Fit4God Lemon-Butter Chicken with Garlic

My kids have been terribly curious lately about the meat we eat. They want to see and touch and inspect whole chickens (they are particularly interested in the organs inside), bones used for making bone broth, slabs of grass-fed beef fillet. So after we thoroughly inspected this hormone- and … [Read more...]

Beef Stock

Fit4God Beef Stock

Homemade bone broth can be thought of as a supplemental food - a food that provides deep supplemental nutrition...sort of like a vitamin, only better! Beef stock provides calcium, manganese, boron, and gelatin. These nutrients are critical for bone health, ease joint pain, improve sleep, and heal … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie

Fit4God Tropical Smoothie

YUM-O! Check out this wonderful recipe for a tropical smoothie - enjoy at breakfast or for a snack! Ingredients 1 cup fresh pineapple 1 banana 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup ice cubes 1/4 unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)   Directions Place all ingredients in a … [Read more...]

Waffles II (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Fit4God Waffles II

I like our original Waffles recipe, but this new recipe for waffles that I found is, I think, quite a bit better! I am adapting it here from Sarah Bakes, and apparently she adapted it from Martha Stewart. Go check out Sarah's wonderful site - but be careful there because her stuff is … [Read more...]

Zucchini, Mushroom & Cherry Tomato Saute

Fit4God Zucchini, Mushroom and Cherry Tomato Saute

Stuck in a veggie rut? Will your family rebel if you serve broccoli, carrots, or green beans one more time? Looking for a super fast dinner (or lunch) side dish? We've got you covered with this fabulous recipe for Zucchini, Mushroom & Cherry Tomato Saute! Ingredients 1-2 tablespoons … [Read more...]

Pizza Crust (Gluten-Free)

Fit4God Pizza Crust (Gluten-Free)

It's taken me five years to find a gluten-free pizza crust I liked that I can make homemade from scratch...and here it is now for your enjoyment! I have always used Namaste brand pizza crust mixes, which I have bought in bulk from Amazon (you can buy it through our Amazon store here), and my family … [Read more...]

Chocolate Donuts (Gluten-Free)

Fit4God Chocolate Donuts (Gluten-Free)

Okay, big disclaimer here: THIS IS NOT HEALTH FOOD! We are all about eating healthy at Fit4God, but at the same time, we recognize that people have a desire for special treats on occasion and that food is about taste as well as nourishment. So, that said, here is a wonderful recipe for chocolate … [Read more...]

Cream of Vegetable Soup

Fit4God Cream of Vegetable Soup

This is really a quite lovely soup - very filling and full of fresh vegetables like onions, carrots, potatoes, and zucchini. The base is home made chicken stock, adding another delicious layer of nourishing goodness. This a cream soup that has been called "Potage Bonne Femme" which translated I … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour Blend #2

Ingredients 6 cups rice flour (can use 3 cups white rice and 3 cups brown rice, or all white rice) 2 cups potato starch 1 cup tapioca starch 5 teaspoons xanthan gum   Directions Put all ingredients into a large bowl and stir with a whisk. Use cup for cup for any recipe calling … [Read more...]

Oatmeal (Traditionally Soaked)

Fit4God Oatmeal (Traditionally Prepared)

We're not much into grains around here - all those phyates that bind to nutrients and make them unusable - all those lectins that poke holes in the gut leading to autoimmune disease - all those carbs flooding our bloodstream and being stored as fat  - UGH! BUT....there can be a place in your … [Read more...]

Hip Tightening Workout

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My mom, who recently adopted Fit4God principles by dropping gluten, most grains, industrial fats and sugar, has lost a TON of weight. I’m not sure how much (she’s not telling), but what I do know is that she looks GORGEOUS! But her newfound figure as also partially attributable to a terrific … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Butter Pancakes

Fit4God Banana Nut Butter Pancakes

Holy deliciousness, Batman! This is one YUMMY  pancake. And with only three healthy ingredients, they are super easy to put together...even in the morning! They keep well, though, so feel free to make a big batch. Enjoy! Ingredients 3 eggs 3 bananas (any ripeness will do) 1/2 cup nut … [Read more...]

His Strength Made Perfect in Our Weakness

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Is it time for you to stop struggling so hard with trying to live a healthy lifestyle? Pause for a moment and listen to God’s voice as He speaks to you: “Plant your weakness in the garden of My strength and stand in awe as My perfect grace transforms it into something … [Read more...]

Q&A: Counting Calories and White vs. Brown Rice

Had a couple of great questions from some folks on this third day of the 90-Day Challenge! Thought I'd share my responses with you:   Question: Made the Breakfast Casserole today and it was yummy! Plan to eat off it for several days. But how many calories are in it? Answer:  On Fit4God we … [Read more...]

Q&A: The 90-Day Challenge Meal Plan and Grocery List

Hey folks! Great first night of our 90-Day "Imagine Yourself Unchained" Challenge! So excited for everyone who was there!     There have been some questions about the meal plan and grocery list. Here are a few thoughts that might help: Question: Do I have to follow the Meal … [Read more...]

Tomato Dill Soup

Tomato Dill Soup Fit4God

This is a creamy, tangy, delicious homemade tomato soup that will ensure you never go back to that canned stuff that masquerades as "real" food! Tomato soup from a can regularly contains wheat flour and other glutens and is primarily water. This soup is made from nourishing homemade chicken stock, … [Read more...]

Bye Bye Hunger Adrenal Support Soup

Bye Bye Hunger Adrenal Suppor Soup

Okay, so I totally admit that's a really weird name for a soup! Not exactly the most epicurean of names! But I couldn't get this name out of my head, because it describes it so well! This recipe is adapted from Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions" book, where it went by the name "Dr. Connelly's … [Read more...]

Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions Chicken Stock

Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions Chicken Stock

There simply is no better source for traditional recipes that nourish the body than Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions.  You can't go wrong if you buy her book! It is chock full of fantastic information about nutrition - she completely debunks what she calls "Politically Correct Nutrition," … [Read more...]

Top Six Tips for GFDF Kids on Special Occasions

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Raising GFDF (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free) kids can feel like a challenge, particularly during the holidays when it can seem like everywhere you turn someone is throwing a party that includes pizza, cake, cookies, milk,, cheese, and all other manner of food you know will make your child ill! Fear … [Read more...]

Don’t Pity Me Because my Kids are Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

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  I confess that I had a bit of a pity party for myself on Monday. How embarrassing. I was at my mom’s group at a local church, and as everyone was filling their plates with breakfast and chit-chatting, out it came. A torrent of self-pity as I complained about how this time of year it … [Read more...]

Fluffy Biscuits

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  This makes the lightest, fluffiest gluten-free bread I have ever tasted! I loved these as biscuits wtih butter, and my kids liked it when I cut them in half and put peanut butter and jelly in them. See below for ideas on how to use this recipe to make shortcake or to make savory flavored … [Read more...]

Portobello Personal Pizzas

Personal Portobello Pizzas

OH...MY...GOODNESS. THIS is totally FANTASTICALLY UNBELIEVABLY delicious. People, allow me to introduce you to a little bit of pizza heaven: the Portobello Personal Pizza. Mix together some pork sausage, garlic, green pepper, mushrooms, pizza sauce and parmesan cheese....stuff it onto the … [Read more...]

Sammie Patties – New and Improved (Grain-Free)

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An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. You should be eating salmon once a week! Note 11/13/12: After years of messing around with this recipe, trying to find an acceptable substitute for bread crumbs, I've finally decided the best substitution is grated carrot. I've tried oat bran, oatmeal, … [Read more...]

A Fit4God Thanksgiving Feast

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Did you know that the average person gains 7 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s? Ugh! Maybe that’s why we see so many ads for gym memberships come January 2nd! No one wants to GAIN 7 pounds…in fact, most of us want to LOSE 7 pounds (or more!).But tight pants, muffin tops, and food comas … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Description As desserts go, pumpkin pie is healthier than many other recipes. My whole family loves pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without it! But the evaporated milk makes us congested, and the gluten in the crust isn't good for anyone! Here is a delicious pumpkin pie … [Read more...]

Food Diary: October 2012

Sweet potatoes cooked in the crockpot come out so perfectly moist. I make a few at a time, and keep them in the fridge. Half a sweet potato with pastured butter, sea salt and a touch of brown sugar is wonderful for breakfast.

A common refrain among new Fit4Godians (can I coin that term?) is "Okay, no grains, no bad fats, and almost no sugar. So....what DO I eat?" Periodically I like to keep a food diary so people can see what a real person living Fit4God looks like. I'm a wife, mom to a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old, I … [Read more...]

Zucchini and Mushrooms

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Description I am crazy busy during the day and rarely sit down. So I need a LOT of energy to get me through until dinner time! I like to have this vegetable recipe with Sammie Patties for lunch. It cooks up in 5 minutes and is super low carb but super filling, thanks to a generous amount of … [Read more...]

Ten Fabulous Friday Meals That Last the Whole Weekend

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I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER busy all weekend. We have soccer games, birthday parties, church (twice!), teaching, lesson planning, stuff to do around the house, and of course, Family Fun Friday, where we make a point to gather as a family for some special treats, games, and … [Read more...]

The Power of Positive Self-Talk

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  You know what I don’t like?   What doesn’t work in my quest for good health?   Negative self-talk.   You know what I mean.   “Don’t eat that.”   “You’re such a pig.”   “I can’t believe you ate … [Read more...]

Supplements We Think Keep Us Healthy

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No matter how healthy you eat…and you should be eating REALLY healthy by now if you are following the Fit4God plan…you will probably not be able to get all the nutrients your body needs just from food. Here is a list of supplements we take and think work well, as well as some brand names that we … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Description A delicious Halloween snack made out of pumpkin guts!   Ingredients 2 c raw whole pumpkin seeds 1 1⁄2 T butter 1⁄2 t salt 1⁄8 t garlic salt 2 t worcestershire sauce Source: Kathy … [Read more...]

Surviving Halloween When You Are Fit4God

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Halloween is just around the corner and the candy has already started flowing into our house, thanks to a Halloween party at my daughter’s preschool today. I can already feel my teeth clenching as I look at the assorted goodies…cookies, Teddy Grahams, Ring Pops, Pixie sticks, gummy eyeballs. It … [Read more...]

Roasted Bacon

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I've learned of a wonderful way to cook bacon that makes a relatively easy job even easier! Just pop it in a 400-degree oven and let it roast for 15-20 minutes - you get to just walk away and forget it about i! No standing there watching it and turning it, no splatter all over the stove-top (it … [Read more...]

Your Guide to Dairy

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Is dairy a healthy food? Most people in the world do not eat dairy. And in fact, many people in the world find it disgusting that we Americans drink it. To them, the idea of feeding our babies (or ourselves) breast milk from another animal species is repulsive. In the same way we find eating bugs, … [Read more...]

Zucchini Muffins (Gluten-Free)

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I'm always looking for a delicious and nutritious new way to get safe starch into my kids. Their strong, healthy bodies are growing like crazy and need plenty of good carbs to fuel P.E., ballet, soccer, running round the backyard, and just plain old fashioned growing up! Muffins are easy to make, … [Read more...]

Just Say “No” to Diets! Make a Lifestyle Change to Real Food for Long Term Success

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Health and fitness: We all strive for it, but few of us know how to achieve it. In a culture where we are constantly bombarded by new diet crazes, how are we supposed to sort through all the lies to get to the truth? Let’s start with this idea of “truth.” Every ad you see will claim … [Read more...]

Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Gluten-Free)

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I knew my daughter's class at church tonight was going to be having muffins, so I whipped these up really quickly so she could take a gluten-free muffin with her. My whole family thought they tasted delicious (a bit of an apple pie flavor), and the texture was great too. Even my husband, who isn't … [Read more...]

Enchilada Rice Salad

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This is my new favorite recipe - I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! It's basically my Naked Ground Beef Enchiladas mixed with my Spanish Rice and some lettuce and tomato, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to make it a stand-alone recipe. Once you've got all the ingredients made, the … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

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    Stir frys are wonderful dishes that combine meat, veggies, starch, and tons of flavor in one terrific meal. You can use so many different vegetables in this dish, and there are some really terrific frozen stir fry vegetable options in the grocery store that makes it easy to get … [Read more...]

Crustless Cheesecake

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Yes, this has sugar in it, but it's a relatively small amount, and when you are really wanting something sweet, this can satisfy. I give this to my kids for an after school snack as a way to up their daily fat intake, which tends to be low if I leave them to their own devices. This recipe is … [Read more...]