Posts tagged ‘whole wheat’

October 24, 2011

The Offensive “Whole Wheat” Banana Bread

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

My throat is sore from coughing, my chest feels like it’s been wheezing for days.  My eyes are red and itchy.  It’s not a cold, it’s a wheat allergy.  No matter how much I might want to eat right, do right, be right, if we are allergic to something, we are just allergic.  I have been fighting this wheat allergy since childhood, you would have thought that I would have grown out of it but no, just like the dimples on my bottom, it’s fiercely loyal.

A friend of mine has a child who is extremely allergic to certain foods, they have to carry food with them wherever they go. I have to say that she is super mom for doing this.   If we can do such amazing things for others, why do we have a hard time doing it for ourselves?

This year, after reading an article in Runners World on Kathy Keilitz, who was a runner but couldn’t lose weight, I contacted her to see what she did to finally drop those pounds.  She told me that she had gone to a nutritionist, worked on her eating and it helped her.  I then hired her for six months to help me change my thinking about food and my food habits (she’s now a certified health coach).  I have to say that she’s part of the reason I’m eating mostly vegan now and have dropped a few pounds.  She gently reminded me week after week that I needed to nourish myself.  She even advised me to cut out the wheat but as you can tell, I didn’t listen.  I’m listening now Kathy!

Here is the offending Whole Wheat Sugar Free (no sugar at all except on the icing) cream cheese frosted banana bread, I enjoyed it while I was still breathing normally:

To find out more about Kathy Keilitz’s nutrition program please find her on facebook.  She does have a new page she’s creating but I don’t believe it’s active yet:

Here is her Runner’s World Article:,8172,s6-243-297–13789-3-1X2X3X4-5,00.html

June 6, 2011

My Biggest Weakness- Italy Today

by jem614

by Jessica Michael

If you were to ask me today what my absolute favorite meal would be, I would have to say the Greek Salad Pizza at Italy Today in Miami Lakes.  It’s like Kryptonite to Superman, I seriously get weak in the knees when I think about this pizza.


I’m sure it’s not the least caloric food in the world but just look at that healthy greek salad on top of the whole wheat crust, sprinkled with olive oil and crumbles of Mozzarella.  Is your mouth watering yet?  How about calamata olives and onions and diced tomatoes thrown in?  On top of that, if you go for the lunch special it’s only $7.50 including a drink (be aware that this is only for sit-in, if you order take out they charge you $10 for just the pizza, not including the drink). This pizza is so simple you could probably make it vegan at home with some sprouted grain tortillas (Ash’s suggestion) and vegan cheeze (especially since I’m TRYING to go dairy free).
The only negative of Italy Today is that the service is not always the friendliest, they don’t always greet you with a smile but the food is still worth it.  Our waitress today was actually really sweet, a couple of months ago it was a gentlemen that could have cared less we were in his section.  He obviously didn’t care about tips and I made sure mine wasn’t memorable (in a good way anyway).
This restaurant is right in the heart of Main Street in Miami Lakes, for a view of their menu go to
Overall, I should say they get 4 carrots because of the touch and go service but the pizza is so amazing, I’m basing it on the pizza alone.  5 Carrots!

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