New Beginnings, Start of Another Journey

Well, this is my first blog. And as any journey, I hope to lead myself and others to a love of food and also make the food gluten free. I will experience bumps in the road, but I will write about those bumps, how I feel about them, and also, write about the many successes.
This has been a rough week for me. For some reason, weight has always been an issue in my life-and a really hard one at that. Let me give you a little background about me-without going into specifics about my childhood(my kids would cringe if I got into that).
I was on my first diet when I was 10. And back then, a diet meant A LOT of COTTAGE CHEESE. Only recently have I been able to eat cottage cheese-that tells you how much cottage cheese I ate as a kid.
But through the years I have lost and gained-going on various diets-and at times suffering from asthma and food allergies. After my third child was born I gained a lot of weight. Yes, you heard me right AFTER he was born. I was diagnosed with low thyroid and basically told that I would gain weight through the years.
Four years ago I started seeing a weight management doctor named Dr. McKenna and in working with her, I followed a low carb diet that worked. And lost 50 lbs and felt great! I thought I had won the battle.
And as always my journey continued. After reaching my goal Dr McKenna started me back on wheat………….and through the next year started gaining back the weight, but also getting sick. And as anyone who has celiac disease knows, when you eat gluten you get really sick. I was finally tested for celiac disease, and after a biopsy, got the diagnosis.
Now, for myself, I thought that once I stopped eating gluten, my body would stop thinking I was starving myself and I would stop gaining-and hopefully start losing. NOT SO!!
So, here I am! Fighting this weight battle again, while navigating myself through this wheat world we live in.
Beginning of the week, not great-but as always I am going to adapt myself. Take the battle on-and enjoy life also. I hope to figure out a balanced program of what I need, to with what my family will go along with-but still smiling through it all.
Today is going to be a great day!

Gluten-Free in Santa Fe 2013

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My hubby and I were in Santa Fe for the first time back in 2011 and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were very much looking forward to visiting it again this summer for a week.
What was going to make it even better was that our son Cam who is living in Boulder, CO since April was flying in for the last weekend to hang with us.
Santa Fe, New Mexico truly is one of a kind. If you are into art and culture, Spanish, Indian and American history, southwestern cuisine, tequilas and margaritas, and of course beautiful scenery – this is a place you must visit.
The southwestern cuisine lends itself to eating gluten free easily. White and blue corn tortillas are in abundance in most restaurants.
We stayed at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa again and its location in Historic Santa Fe allows for walking to almost anything you want to sightsee, eat at or enjoy.
I discovered on one of my daily walks a new bakery had opened up behind our hotel, MOMO & CO. I was thrilled to see the sign proclaiming gluten free and vegan.
It’s a cute little place and I purchased a gluten free cupcake to try, which I very much enjoyed.
We ate at Tia Sophias twice for breakfast but my favorite was finally getting to Cafe Pasqual’s. Be prepared for a wait but it was so worth it. They offer organic and great quality food. My regret is that we only got there once, next time I will visit it for more breakfasts plus try it for lunch too.
Walking down Canyon Road and going through the many art galleries is a must do for us. Every medium, price range and style is offered and while we didn’t buy any art this time, I know where to visit when I am ready.


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art santa fe new mexico
Along Canyon Road is the Teahouse. On a hot day sitting under an umbrella with an icy cold lavender lemonade is the best.
I treated myself to one of their gluten free scones. Oh man! Delicious! Warm scone with homemade lemon curd and cotted cream.
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I was lucky enough to be able to take 2 different cooking classes through Santa Fe School of Cooking. The chef not only taught us southwestern cuisine but also offered a history lesson into how southwestern cuisine came to be.
I highly recommend taking one of their classes if you are in Santa Fe. For a cooking girl like me living in a wintry province the chance to learn and cook with chilies was enjoyable.
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gluten free food santa fe new mexico
One of the cooking classes offered was held outdoors at a vineyard. Not only was the setting beautiful, we enjoyed local wine and learned how to make 2 different salsas plus more. The chef was aware of my gluten issue so they prepared my chicken separately.
Everything else offered I could eat. That is what makes southwestern cuisine a favorite of mine.
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santa fe new mexico cooking class
A 15 minute walk from our hotel is the organic grocery store called Sprouts. I was able to pick up fresh fruit, veggies, local cheese, deli meats and crunchy snacks to have in the room for the week. I find that sometimes you do not feel like going to a restaurant so we like to have “room picnics”.
Walking in Historic Santa Fe allows you to visit the oldest church in the US, Georgia O’Keefe Museum as well as the Native Arts Museum, shop in the many stores selling Turquoise jewelry as well as Native, Folk Art and Spanish art, eat and drink plenty, visit Loretta Chapel and see the miraculous staircase, visit galleries as well as local spice stores and pick up bags of dried chili powders.
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spiral church stairs santa fe new mexico


When Cam arrived for the weekend we rented a car and drove to Los Alamos. I’m not sure how many of you remember the Manhattan Project or know about the “secret city” that was here in WW2?
We visited the Los Alamos Historical Museum as well as the Bradbury Science Museum. These museums explain the history of the Manhattan Project

 which includes the making of the atomic bombs.
I am not the biggest history person but I was enthralled with the information provided as well as the films showing the history of this secret city.


los alamos
los alamos museum


Once we were finished at the museums in Los Alamos we drove to Bandelier National Monument. The Pueblo people back in 1150 AD settled there and their ancestral dwellings can be visited. It is a great hike and you are also allowed to climb ladders into the small carved rooms that are still there.
Even I fought the fear and climbed a ladder into a cave. Going up was easy, it was climbing down that had me sweating!


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santa fe new mexico
santa fe new mexico


We ate at Coyote Cafe and Cantina twice in a row for supper. The weather was fantastic so we sat on their second floor deck and enjoyed margaritas as well as salsa, homemade corn chips and then tacos. They were well aware of gluten issues and made a safe meal for both Cam and myself. Cam had veggie tacos and I had their fish tacos – excellent food!


gluten free food santa fe new mexico
santa fe new mexico
I hope you enjoyed this blog about Santa Fe!