Lifefactory Glass Water Bottles (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Healthy Living, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 154 Comments - Add Your Own »

Lifefactory Bottles 16 oz.If you don’t have a Lifefactory glass water bottle by now, you really need to get one! About a year ago I did a giveaway of these bottles when they were brand-new and nobody had even seen them before. Now, a year later, I am seeing them everywhere! Why? Here are some reasons:

  • They look cool. Who knew a bottle could be so stylish?
  • They make things taste good — well, they make things taste like they are supposed to taste, without a plastic or metal flavor added.
  • They are made from quality, safe ingredients. It really does matter what you put in your body (hopefully you know that already!)
  • They get clean! Seriously, I have been using the same kid bottles now for 3 years and my big ones for over a year and they all look brand new.
  • They come in a variety of sizes: small 4 oz and 9 oz for babies and kids, medium 16 oz (new this year) and large 22 oz for adults.
  • They look cool — oh, did I already say that?

win-stuff-wednesday1And now, what you’ve been waiting for… the giveaway. My husband (who works for Lifefactory) has authorized me to give away 3 bottles. Oh, what the heck, I’m sure he’ll let me give away 4. Let’s do 4! To enter to win, please leave a comment (one per person) with the size you choose (either 16 oz or 22 oz) and the color you want. Now this is tricky — the 16 oz has some different color options than the 22 oz, so pay attention:

  • Lifefactory Bottles 22 ozThe medium 16 oz colors are: Raspberry, Spring Green, Pearl White,Turquoise, Royal Purple, and Graphite (see picture at top of post)
  • The large 22 oz colors are: Red, Orange, Spring Green, Pearl White, Sky Blue and Midnight Blue (see picture to right). Matching color caps are new this year!

You have until Sunday, May 1 at midnight PST to post a comment. I will choose the winners at random. UPDATE: Extended til Monday, May 2 midnight PST!

Even if you don’t win, you lucky readers of Sure Foods Living get a special online discount of 20% at Lifefactory.com if you use the code surefoods20 at check out (good until June 30, 2011).

Cheers!


Probiotics and Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Disease

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Healthy Living, News & Research | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Bacteria – your gut is full of it! But wait, before you call the doctor for antibiotics, you need to know that not all bacteria are bad. In fact, the “friendly” bacteria that reside in your gut are vital to maintaining a healthy digestive system, and amazingly and perhaps most importantly, a healthy immune system.

lactobacillus1Unfortunately, the intestinal flora in many people’s digestive tracts are out of balance, with not enough of the good bacteria. Why the decrease in beneficial gut bacteria? It seems the way we live in our modern society is contributing to the imbalance. Consider some of the following theories as to why:

  1. The use of antibiotics has killed off the good bacteria in addition to the bad.
  2. The sterilization of our society – hand sanitizers and antibacterial cleansers – has eliminated the good bacteria along with the bad.
  3. The decreased consumption of cultured and fermented foods like kefir and sauerkraut, means we are not consuming as many probiotics in our diets as we used to.
  4. The increased consumption of whole or processed grains that have not been soaked, sprouted or fermented first has eliminated a source of prebiotics, which feed the good bacteria.
  5. Processing and pasteurization of foods destroys any beneficial bacteria that may naturally occur in the foods.
  6. C-sections and formula feeding changes the microflora of infants, possibly contributing to food intolerance and allergies.

Given the pace of our society today, it is unlikely that any of the above behaviors will change, so people are going to continue to have this bacterial imbalance.

If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease like me, your gut flora may especially be out of whack. WANT TO READ THE REST? Go over to Attune Foods, where you will read some research on probiotics and celiac disease, and also get some advice on probiotics from Certified Nutritionist Sheila Wagner. Go to rest of article on probiotics… and please leave a comment over there!


What matters most is what’s inside… the stomach

Posted on February 15th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Healthy Living | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

attunefoodsbrandam_button“What Matters Most is What’s Inside” — the Attune Foods theme this month — might inspire one to write about seeing the good inside people, to write about not judging a book by its cover, but that’s not where I’m going with this one. I am going to look inside… the stomach!

Every forkful of what you put in your mouth is either inflammatory, contributing to more disease, or anti-inflammatory, contributing to less disease. These are the words of Dr. Tom O’Bryan in a lecture on Unlocking the Secrets of Gluten Sensitivity. What a fascinating way to look at the way we eat. What a black and white way of looking at what we eat! Thinking this way may very well take the enjoyment out of eating altogether, but on the other hand, what value do you place on eating anything you want versus living disease-free?

You’ve heard the saying “All roads lead to Rome.” I once heard a gastroenterologist say “All diseases lead to the stomach”…

To read the rest of this article, please visit me over at Attune Foods. Don’t forget to leave me a comment!


Beanitos – a corn-free chip!

Posted on February 9th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Corn Allergy, Healthy Living, Products, Uncategorized | Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

Corn sensitivity seems to be on the rise. I know many gluten-free people who also can’t have corn. I must admit that I have no willpower when it comes to chips and salsa — thankfully, I don’t have a problem with corn, but for those that do, or for those that just want to have less corn in their diets, there’s a chip for you!

beanitos-corn-free-chipsI came across Beanitos at The Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last month. These chips are like tortilla chips without the corn! So if you miss that crunch with your guacamole, look no further. Beanitos are 100% corn, wheat, potato and soy free. They are also low glycemic, high protein and high fiber.

The chips come in four flavors: Black Bean, Pinto Bean & Flax, Black Bean with Chipotle BBQ, and Pinto Bean with Cheddar Cheese. If you don’t see this product in your local grocery store, print the Beanitos product sheet and bring it in to show them.