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I like to cook. This is a website about cooking. I’m not a nutritionist, nor have I ever pretended to be. I don’t like to count calories or other nutrition information for that matter. So imagine my surprise when I received this comment the other day:

Yes, we know you do not answer nutrition questions, but it would be helpful, useful, and simply kind if you would simply supply this information with the recipes you provide. Organic Valley egg nog has 180 cal. and 10 g fat, while Living Without vegan egg nog has 366 calories, 33g total fat, per serving! For vegan! No cream, or cholesterol laden eggs! And Elana’s recipe? God alone knows. Elana– this seems a bit of a grinch like policy on your part.

First, let’s get down to basics. Anyone can use a simple website called sparkpeople.com to gather nutrition information about anything they eat. Including my recipes. Second. I am not a big corporation. I’m a mom. I have celiac disease. I have multiple sclerosis. I also have 2 children. And, even a husband. Though I neglect him. To write posts like this. I’m not complaining though. I like to write. It’s good. But, just like all of you, I’m juggling my way through life every day.

I like to share recipes. It makes me happy. That’s why I have this website with 600 recipes on it. I don’t like to sit with spread sheets and calculators. I used to do that a lot when I had this job. I owned a big company when I was 28 years old. I had lots of employees. Some of them were a lot older than me. All of my clients were. It was fun. I was in Fortune Magazine. I made lots of money. Lots more than I do writing books. But writing books is fun. So I do it. Yup, I traded in that old power suit (navy blue by the way) for a Power Bar. Now I write power bar recipes. And other stuff like that. It’s fun.

If you need nutrition information along with your recipes, then you probably do not want to buy my book. Who knows though. You’ll need to decide that. On your own. Don’t listen to me. I like my books. Of course I do. I wrote them.

Often when people find out I write cookbooks, they say, “oh, I am going to buy your book.”

“Stop,” I reply, “I have a website with free recipes. Take a look at that to see if you like my cooking and see if it is a good match.” It is the yentl in me, I want to make a good match. I don’t like it when people waste their money. Even on me.

So this is a post to tell you. I don’t provide nutrition information. I might someday. But I might not. Don’t hold your breath. Don’t call people names. It’s not nice. And by the way, I’m doing really well with my health. So don’t worry about me. I take really good care of myself now.

If you hate me, I won’t even take it personally. I know that I suck to many people. Just don’t read my blog. I promise. I won’t tell anyone.


           
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  1. I know that I dont hate you and this post alone made me like you even more! I am getting tested tomorrow for a couple of different intestinal issues and blogs like yours help me! thanks and I a nutrition.exercise nut but I dont ever care about information. I can tell if its healthy or not! Maybe not down to any certain number but enough!

  2. I think the irony of that comment is that it’s the exact reason why posting nutritional information would be next to impossible, if not completely misleading for readers. Different brands can impact the content so quickly. It’s really best to “learn to fish” and figure it out on your own, based on what you use and how many servings you get. Anything less amounts to laziness on the part of the cook.

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

    • Susan Plocher

      @ Megan: I’m not sure I agree with you about “laziness” of a cook. Some people are very new to cooking – much less cooking with less than “regular” ingredients. A “box” provides nutritional information. Many “healthy” recipes include nutritional information. If that is what one is used to, that is what they know. Not everyone knows you can go to Sparkpeople and type in your recipe. Many people don’t know how to add up the nutrition info on all the ingredients and divide up by number of servings. It takes education and experience. How does that happen? By asking questions and experimenting. Just my .02. I guess I’m sensitive to this subject b/c I’ve been cooking for about a week with almond flour. Some of my things have turned out, some haven’t. I have NO IDEA how almond flour works or why Elana’s recipes turn out for me and why another cookbook’s recipes don’t. Since I have no basis to start learning, I ask the recipe creator and hope she can point me in a direction I need to go. I’m not a good internet searcher so I get stuck really easily. I don’t consider myself a lazy cook. Just perhaps an inexperienced one at this point. But I am learning and hopefully will gain experience from those who have it and are willing to share.

      • Laura

        Susan make sure you are using one of Elana’s recommended almond flours. Bob’s for instance isn’t ground fine enough and will change your end result. Elana has lots of info on her site and in her book about this.

      • Alienkitties

        Hi – just so you know – Try weighing your ingredients instead of using measurements such as cups. The weights of flours vary GREATLY, and can ruin many a good recipe. It can make a HUGE difference to you surviving celiac’s/etc. with joy versus angst… : )

        The link below is a wonderful explanation of why/how to’s that you might find helpful. I have been very impressed with the site we’re on, and glutengirl’s site.

        http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-holiday-baking-2010/

        Good LUCK!! : )

    • Cindylouwho

      I don’t think it’s fair to call people looking for the nutritional information with recipes lazy.

      I certainly respect that the owner of the website doesn’t have to do anything that they don’t want to do. And it’s my choice to run the nutritional analysis or go elsewhere.

      I just want to point out that for parents that are looking for at least macro-nutrient analysis for medical reasons for their kids, seeing the nutritional analysis immediately can be a godsend.
      Our son is getting ready to start a carb restricted diet (20 net carbs a day). And that is only a modified Atkins diet! Those that have to do the full ketogenic diet have to be more strict.

      The more I research things, the more I learn what kind of ingredients are worth running the analysis on, and which aren’t. Some of Elena’s will work, some won’t. That’s the breaks. I may end up purchasing a book for my and my husbands use, but not till our son’s is squared away.

      Yeah, people get greedy and don’t realize what it takes to put so much content up for free, but understand some of us are just frantically trying to navigate new ways of eating, and it’s understandable to look for sites that include the nutritional information. Would I love it if the info was included? Heck yeah, I’d visit site more for sure. And I would have already purchased a book. But I do understand if a good author has their reasons for not going that far, which makes it my choice to stay or go.

      That being said, I’m still here, and that says something..doesn’t it?

      • In most countries I know (France, Germany, Turkey), you don’t get nutritional info with recipes. Ever. I feel like if you really listen to your body you don’t need nutritional info and know when to stop eating. That’s how I feel, if we let our bodies tell us what it needs and we listen, we won’t need nutritional info… Just my opinion.

        • Janet

          I agree completely! I am a graduate student, studying nutrition, and I have done many nutritional calculations, by hand, and with handy tools and websites. For some people, perhaps, who can’t understand their food any other way, breaking things down like this is helpful. For nearly everyone, though, I think learning about food in a way that doesn’t involve numbers is a lot more helpful. Intuition is key, though some people need help reconnecting to their intuition.

  3. Cara Werner

    Elana, I am SOOOOO very appreciative of your recipes… I could care less about the nutritional info. I look at your recipes and know I’m putting whole unprocessed junk into my and my family’s bodies. If its important to others to count calories or watch their fats then it should be up to them to look it up. I’m thankful to have found your site! I’m able to create memories especially when baking with my son!!! :) Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    • Sumitra

      I love what you do
      I love your recipes
      I love that you share them with the whole world
      For free!

      You do not owe anyone anything
      You are gracious and kind, fabulous and wonderful, generous and beautiful

      I think it’s amazing and so inspiring that you have gone through such a transformation
      Found something you are so passionate about
      And share your passion with all of us

      And, I agree with Susan Young:

      Your polite response speaks volumes about you as a person!

      Keep doing what you love to do!

      And thanks a million for doing what you do! :-)

      I, for one, am extremely grateful!

      • alice

        This is exactly what I was thinking, worded very well.
        I appreciate you so much, Elana! I have altered recipes forever, and find I often do it with yours, too. But now I have learned to handle so many more ingredients than before, AND no belly ache, thanks to your experimenting : )

      • Vicky

        Oh good grief ! Elena – take no notice of that very entitled, and arrogant person. You are doing a FINE job = and your recipes and information have helped get me back to good health – nothing “grinch-ish” about that ! She could learn a few things from you.
        I am so grateful and your generosity and love always come through in your blog and your recipes and your site. I don’t have a pic of this but at that individual I have my fingers in my ears and I am going la la la la la …… Love to you Dear Elena.

  4. Jennifer

    You provide an amazing number of free recipes – I can’t imagine expecting you to provide nutrition information as well! Keep doing what you’re doing.

  5. Lauryn

    I love that you do not post nutritional information! When I started eating Paleo I stopped counting calories. For once I feel healthy, satisfied, and I am in the best shape of my life. People need to stop obsessing about calories and start eating quality foods, natural foods, and non processed foods. Thanks for sharing your recipes, they are wonderful!

    • I completely agree! People need to stop counting calories! For instance, there is no way a diet soda flaunting zero calories will ever beat out whole, raw milk in its benefits for your health!

      It’s simple. Eat nutrient-dense, whole, organic foods. And as you do, listen to your body and you will instinctively know what (and how much) your body needs. Ok, so it may not be as simple as that if you are someone who has abused their body with processed foods, but in the long run, that is the groundwork for a healthy life.

      Thank you Elana for this wonderful blog!

      • JennM

        Okay, while I totally agree with Elana’s stance and her right to provide what info she darn well pleases on her own blog, I do want to comment on this idea that “people should just stop counting calories.”

        I am a bit obsessive about nutrition information. For Elana’s recipes, which I love, I calculate it myself. I also make my own tweaks and substitutions. It’s no problem. Nutrition information is not just calories, though. For me, it’s about carbs. I’m diabetic and I HAVE to know how many carbs are in the foods I eat so I can calculate how much insulin I need. It is entirely possible to make a life-threatening mistake otherwise. So I just ask that before we make blanket statements like, “Oh, stop obsessing about calories because as long as you eat healthy food you’ll be fine,” that we all remember there may be important reasons for needing certain information.

        HOWEVER, I want to reiterate the point that anyone can calculate their own nutrition info for recipes. Don’t wait on or expect someone else to do it for you. Your health is YOUR job.

        Elana, thank you for your wonderful site and recipes. You’re an inspiration.

    • Linda Pecone @ JustDeeLish

      I love how you think Lauryn. I believe the more you try to control every aspect of your diet the less smart you get about it. I agree know the basics and you will be good from there. I too love the Paleo lifestyle.

  6. Julie

    Greetings from Davis, CA. Could let this post go without commenting – what a great response Elana – you go girl! There are so, so many people who appreciate you for the amazing work that you do. You are an inspiration! I can’t believe that people have the nerve to write such comments to you, when you are providing all of us with wonderful recipes for free. I for one appreciate you!

  7. If you were manufacturing and selling food, I would think you should provide nutritional information. But, you’re not! You’re sharing great recipes for free!

    If one is quite concerned about nutritional information, one can look it up on one’s own.

  8. I love you Elana. As a nutrition student, I calculate calories all the time for school…and I can tell you it doesn’t matter. Not that I need to tell you that clearly. You already know. What matters is eating quality food, which your recipes are. Not to mention, this is your blog and you should do what you want with it!

  9. Melissa

    Hi Elana,

    I am a thirty year old with celiac disease. I have also been diagnosed recently with several other grain sensitivities. Your website is a God send. I felt so deprived of food until I came across your website and found a whole new world of cooking and baking. If you are really that concerned about the calorie intake of a recipe, then you should be measuring it yourself, and carefully paying attention to all the ingredients that make up a recipe. I do this quite frequently with sugar intake. I’m sorry someone was quite rude to you and you are anything but a grinch! I just wanted to thank you for all the delicious recipes you have provided and let you know they don’t need nutritional info attached, that should be the responsibility of who is ultimately making it! Don’t stop sharing your recipes with the world! Again, I am so thankful for having found your website! I made the blueberry muffins last night and they are better than the real thing, so delicious :). Thank you again and have a wonderful holiday season!

    Melissa Hummel

  10. aarin

    Great response! Thank you so much for sharing what you do!

  11. Michelle

    absolutely brilliant. I am also non-calorie-counter, but i do suffer from gluten sensitivity (nothing like celiac) but i do WAYYYY better without it, and your blog has saved me big time! my girlfriend and i are HUGE fans, and most of all, we enjoy the tone your blog has. Bravo for you, lots of love!

  12. Eliana

    I love this post. Thanks for sticking up for your ideals and always being a classy lady. You are awesome!

  13. Kiley

    I have lupus, celiac and a serious sweet tooth! I love you recipes because they are simple, do not require a lot of ingredients and are delicious. I have too many cookbooks but only 2 live in the kitchen for easy access and 2 of them are yours (the other is the flavor bible so not even a real cookbook). Thank you for all you do.

  14. Chella

    Bravo! Well said. Thank you for your website it has blessed our family greatly.

    Blessings,
    Chella

  15. Erin

    I don’t think that providing nutrition information is helpful or even necessary. Depending on the brands used for each product (which will obviously vary from person to person), the nutrition information may vary.

    You can do anything you want to do with this blog. Stop posting recipes tomorrow. Make it a paid subscription only blog. Keep posting free recipes. Even if a single reader disagrees, it’s still YOUR blog and you have ultimate control over the content.

    We love you and your recipes!

  16. Chris Harrysson

    I find it truly shameful when anyone has anything other than THANK YOU to say to people like you, Shauna Ahern, and Nina Planck (my faves). I love your recipes. I bought TWO of your books. So thank you, Elana, for continuing what you do, and please ignore the trolls.

  17. Jen

    Wow! People amaze me. And not always in a good way. GREAT response, Elana. :-)

  18. Christy

    I read your blog regularly, but don’t post often. I needed to
    take the time to say 3 things: (1) thank you for your blog; (2) you are clearly great with words; and (3) many happy, healthy years to you following your bliss!

  19. Kiki

    I love your blog! What you provide for those of us that cannot eat certain foods, is immeasurable. What we don’t need is the nutritional breakdown. Thank you for doing all you do! Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season and throughout 2012.

  20. Abbey

    Elana…you’re a shining star. Thank you for all you do!

  21. I can name on one hand the times I’ve opened a cookbook and found the nutritional info for the recipes. Cookbooks are about sharing good food and inspiring others to cook good food- having a calorie count spoils some of that, for me at least. After all most of the time the yummier it is the more fattening or higher calorie it is. Why spoil your indulgence with having a hard number to feel guilty about? If someone doesn’t have enough common sense to look at a recipe and know if it’s going to be higher in calories or fat then maybe they shouldn’t be cooking in the first place. I could care less about the nutritional info in your recipes, whats important to me is that what I cook for my husband and two daughters with celiac doesn’t make them sick. So as for me and my house, we commend what you do AND what you don’t do!

  22. Andrea

    Hi from Melbourne Australia. Elana I LOVE your blog and I have no allergies or intolerances. What you do is amazing and helpful and informative and clearly is changing people’s lives for the better. Great response.

  23. Melissa

    First let me say I love your recipes and read your blog often. I have food intolerances to dairy, eggs, garlic and gluten.

    I feel this way … if you don’t like it .. don’t read it … move on … there are plenty of other blogs out there that would provide that info or you can do it yourself, like I do. (I count calories as I have ).

    If this person’s intention was to get you to do something … that was the exact opposite way to accomplish it. Funny.

    Keep up the good work. Still reading!

  24. Sarah

    Elana,
    I didn’t know you had ms! My sister suffers from the same ailment. How you manage to blog at ALL with all of your responsibilities (let alone dealing with celiac and ms) is beyond me. Color me impressed!
    And you’re right–if people really want to know nutrition information, isn’t not that hard to figure out. I did it for 1 1/2 years with every recipe I made. I made a lot of substitutions anyway, so I would have done it otherwise.
    Thanks again for sharing your recipes with us!

  25. This is my first time commenting, but I just had to chime in! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago when I made the decision to cut out wheat completely, and reduce my grain intake. and I’m just blown away by the quantity and *quality* of the recipes you post! Thank you, thank you, a million thank yous! This is such a great service you provide for all of us looking to improve our nutrition while still enjoying delicious foods! I have so far made two of your muffin recipes, and I can honestly say that even if I ever decided to go back to eating wheat (*shudder*) I would continue to make those recipes – they’re superior to their grain-filled relatives.

  26. As much as I like to salivate over your newest recipe (like the buttnernut latkes!), this is my favorite post of yours, Elana!

  27. Oh my! I love your blog, your recipes, and think you are absolutely fabulous, and generous. I can’t begin to imagine the time you spend creating all of these delicious recipes that you selflessly share with the rest of us. I have never counted calories, mostly because I am lazy, but also because I don’t believe in it. The quality of the food is most important, not how many calories it contains. That’s such a bizarre way to look at food, in my opinion. I like to look at food as a whole, not just a small part of it.
    Thank you so much Elana, for continuing to share all your wonderful recipes with us. I have both your books and use them regularly:)

  28. Linda

    Elana,
    After testing positive for gluten intolerance, my mom and I started eating gluten free. Because of your recipes, I found that I can make nutritious gluten free food, instead of buying the starch- laden products at the store. I make your recipes on a daily basis and think of you every time! I am so thankful for you and all you do!

  29. Good for you! What a wonderful reply. Recipes and good food is not about calories anyways. Calories in, calories out has been PROVEN not to work. I love your perspective Elana.

  30. Nance

    Pfft! You are awesome, your site is awesome, and the rest is irrelevant. I can deduce the nutritional value in your recipes by the colors, textures and quality of the ingredients. I don’t count calories, or fat grams, I go for real food made carefully and with love. I am forever grateful that your dietary needs and mine are almost exactly the same!

  31. I’m sure your commenter just got a little carried away and forgot that this is a FREE site (and a fantastic one). May you get enough love in the comments today to drown out any icky feelings over this. We really appreciate all you do!

  32. Denise Ford @ thenutritiousway.com

    I love it! I AM a nutritionist and it drives me nuts when people are constantly asking about calories. The focus should be more on the quality of what you are eating. Trust me, if you are eating high quality foods and listening to what your bodies is telling you, you won’t need to count calories. And that makes eating and living a whole lot more fun. Like eating Elena’s yummy desserts!

    • Valerie

      As a Dietitian I second this comment! I direct people to your wonderful website and cookbooks (and use them myself, THANK YOU!!) all the time because of the high nutrition quality of your recipes- gluten free AND high in protein, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats are used, and moderate in carbohydrates.
      There are times and conditions in which detailed nutrition information is needed- but temporarily, and it is NOT the responsibility of others to routinely provide all of that detailed info for the client/patient. They will have to do some of it themselves, as part of taking responsibility for their own health, or pay extra for the service if it’s available- it’s not free, it’s extremely labor-intensive and takes time. There’s a reason why only large corporations usually provide that information- they have the resources to pay someone to do it.
      http://www.calorieking.com is a wonderful resource, looking up any food’s nutrition info is free, and monthly or yearly subscriptions are fairly priced and people can analyze and store all the recipes they want, along with detailed diet tracking and nutrition goals.

  33. Jessy

    I think nutritional info can be disleading, as different brands of products have different nutritional value. Those who are interested in the approximate calculation, just copy the ingredients and paste them in caloriecount.com recipe analysis.

  34. Whoa! I am studying nutrition…have been for almost a year now, and the person that wrote to you is a little old school in their thinking. Cholesterol is not bad. Fat is not necessarily bad. Hydrogenated fat is bad. Natural fats are good for your brain. The fat in the vegan versions of egg nog referred to is probably coconut milk fat which has medium chain fatty acids which are also amazing for your brain.

    People need to let go of the myths about fat, cholesterol and calories. Enjoy whole foods, listen to your body, and find out what works for you. Eat less sugars, less crappy meat, more organic foods and overall more vegetables and fruit. Exercise more.

    Keep up the good work, Elana!

  35. Nicole

    I would just like to say that we should not need to count calories if we are eating sensibly (mostly whole foods and low sugar and carb intake). Maybe you want to track exact carbs, sugar, etc….well there are many ways to do that. Take the information from the packages (i.e. agave nectar that you use lists calories per serving) and modify that information to account for the amount of units you are using in each recipe. Then it is simple division. This gives everyone the freedom to modify their recipes and experiment. For example, I use almond milk in all recipes instead of regular milk and try to use an egg replacement powder instead of eggs sometimes. It’s up to me to calculate the nutritional value and change the recipe to fit my needs – though things can go awry sometimes I have found. These recipes provide a very nice framework and I am so thankful for them. I had no idea there was a low carb flour I could use and these recipes are helping me lower my carb intake while still enjoying a variety of gluten free tasty dishes. I print off recipes from the website and have also bought the book – I love loooking at the pictures when I cook and there are tons of beautiful ones in there. Thanks Elana!

  36. Elana, I love you! Such a great, beautiful, frank post. These people that ask for a million favors are just not interested in doing things for themselves. You’re right – its not hard to calculate calories for a recipe. I’ve done it (for myself, not for my blog). You can’t be everything to everyone, but you are YOU – and that’s what I love the most!

  37. Well, this is a touchy subject. I have to admit that I’m someone who would love for nutritional information to be posted with the recipes, though I’ve never asked you to do so, Elana. I use MyFitnessPal, which has a recipe calculator, to add everything in for me. It’s not 100% accurate (they don’t have my brand of almond meal, for example, but almond meal is almond meal).

    Some of us *have* to count calories to lose weight, especially if we want to enjoy the tasty treats offered on blogs like this. Almond flour is extremely caloric because it’s just ground nuts. Healthy as they are for you, eating a pound of almonds is going to make you gain weight. Them’s the facts.

    I love your recipes. I’ve found 99.99999999% of them (k, I found one that I didn’t like so much, but maybe that was user error) to be EXCELLENT. And everyone who’s shared in the goodies has found them all to be EXCELLENT. But most of them are sometimes treats for me, not an everyday thing. I have a thyroid disorder. I have a slow metabolism. I can put on weight just looking at a cookie. I love having healthy options, but it’s important for me to know the calories I’m consuming so I can keep a handle on my weight.

    However, all that being said, I’m an adult and am perfectly capable of calculating the information for myself. It takes some time, but once the recipe’s in there, it’s in there, so I don’t have to do it all over again. And it gives me a better idea of when I can have second helpings.

    Elana, thank you again for all that you do. Your recipes are a godsend, mainly because they use so few ingredients (the first time I saw a GF flour blend recipe, I figured I’d never bake!). Don’t let other folks scare you off. If people don’t like agave (I’ve found maple syrup works just fine) or eggs or nuts or whatever, I don’t see any reason why that should be your fault. Same with nutritional information. It’d be cool if it were provided, but since it’s not your thing, it’s equally as cool that I do it myself if I care.

  38. Athina McMahon

    I live in Australia….and this morning I made myself a coffee and logged onto facebook to catch up on the ‘news’. Seeing your post I got excited and then clicked on further to read what I believe is an appalling comment by one of your ‘readers’…..

    WHO on earth does this person think they are? Who compels them to read your blog? What qualifies them as an expert to make these undignified comments?

    Elana……you do NOT need to qualify their comments with a response….if they do not like your blog….then they can simply……NOT READ IT!!!!!!!!! Obviously, there is something that draws them to your site, because I am sure, 100% so, that there are many, many, many, many sites which offer nutritional information with their recipes….so why don’t they simply click on them?

    And to the person who wrote that comment, because I am sure you are still reading Elana’s blog thinking you made some profound statement………please email me at athina1966@hotmail.com……so I can tell you what I really think of you!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously you are bored!!!!!

    Elana…..keep doing what you are doing….do not change for anyone…..we value the gifts you offer…..and God bless. Athinax

  39. Katrina

    Oh my! I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for you, our blog and your cookbooks! We started eating Paleo almost a year ago now and you helped us get going. I have also shared your blog and cookbooks with others like us who have started Paleo and several friends who have found out this past year that they are celiac or gluten-sensitive. Keep up the great job and thank you again for all that you have done! HUGS :)

  40. Well, shoot. Every night I lay in bed thanking God that I found your website. I think to myself, “Tomorrow I’m going to tell Elana how much I appreciate what she does, b/c I know she doesn’t do it for the money!” Looks like I’m a day late. You are awesome. If people want nutrition info they can get it THEMSELVES. Please invest your time into what you love, because love makes things multiply. When we decided to head more in the Paleo direction, I felt like I was going to have to die to loving food and cooking. Then, I found your website. You have blessed my family and I more than I can tell you.

  41. Ramona

    Your blog is one of my favorites! I don’t think you’re a grinch at all-quite the opposite! I have similar health issues and I have found so many fun recipes here and I think you are so kind to share! If I needed to know the nutritional content-I’d find it on my own! Heavens, haven’t you done enough for me already! LOL! But, truthfully, when I am eating whole food that is in its natural form, I don’t worry about calories or fat-there is no point. I let my body decide when it has had enough. Thank you again for all you do!

  42. Rebecca@GrainFreeGroupie @ grainfreegroupie.blogspot.com

    I don’t think it’s fair that readers should ask you to provide nutritional info, and honestly, even if you did it would not be accurate based on how each person prepared it. Maybe their measuring is off, their ingredients slightly different than yours, etc. What’s important are that the ingredients themselves are whole foods and full of nutrients. Keep it up Elana!

  43. I wholeheartedly agree with you on this, Elana! I don’t count calories either. I get nutrition content/value questions from time to time, too, and I honestly say pretty much the same thing. Eating nutritious food is important, though I think calculating nutritional value is a different field entirely and generally complicates things.

  44. Sarah @ Celiac in the City @ celiaccity.com

    Well said, Elana. Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve read on fellow bloggers’ sites that people are complaining about the numerous free recipes that are provided, either for lack of substitution info or caloric numbers, etc. Enough already.

    Thank you for all that you do — it was a pleasure meeting you at the Chicago GF Expo and *LOVE* both of your books and the recipes here on your site. Kudos to you!

    Enjoy every moment of your holiday season with your family.

  45. natalie

    Elana, you make me lsugh. I needed that. :)

  46. Tom the Nutritionist @ NourishingMeals.com

    Kudos Elana!
    I AM a Nutritionist and I totally agree. The calorie/protein/carb/fat story of nutrition is old and moldy. Anyone who reads science and is aware of upcoming trends would see that nature is extremely brilliant and dynamic. The REAL story behind nutrition and health is far more complex and eloquent than looking at just calories and/or macronutrients. So happy to hear you are not wasting your time worrying about such minutia.

    Many blessings to you and much gratitude for your life changing recipes!

    Tom the Nutritionist

  47. marc

    I was a bodybuilder for 4 years and I can say that I don’t miss it, its very unhealthy and that’s not the way to live your life. I started looking for a new way to be healthly and I came across this website and several others similar to this. My point is when I was bodybuilding I counted eveything and now I dont, I Eat To Live not the other way around.

  48. Chantel

    The beauty of eating “this” way is that you don’t have to count calories and obsess over nutritional information. I love your blog, I use your recipes all the time. Your response was perfect!

  49. great job! I was one of the first people to read that snarky post AND I posted my own comment as a reaction to it. Like I said in the tweet, you cannot satisfy everyone. Hopefully that person will realize that they wrote a pretty nasty comment and owe you an apology. If not, they probably feel embarrassed about it anyway. you cannot do everything for everyone. You have been very generous with your time by just sharing your great recipes. I think I would be very put off if someone made a similar comment for me. So I can certainly understand the upset feelings. Anyway, some people also need to realize that you have a life beyond this blog and try to respect that!

  50. Amy in Austin

    Good on ya. Thanks for the great blog and amazing recipes.

  51. Ally

    Thank you. For your recipes. For your conviction. For not treating us like imbeciles and doing for us what we can do ourselves.

    I have different nutrition goals than you (though I just read that you are Paleo now, so maybe not). I like different ingredients and components than you. Therefore, I add and substitute on recipes all the time. That’s the fun! And I use a website to calculate the carbs and nutrition. And it’s not that hard. :)

    So thanks again. And I look forward to more recipes!

  52. Christine

    Ditto to all the great comments. Elana, your books are great. The recipes execute with elegant simplicity. The photos are visually and gustatorially stimulating.

    I spent 5 years perusing the collection of gluten-free cookbooks from my local library, which is a sizeable and ever expanding collection. Your books are ALWAYS on the wait-list, even with multiple copies of each, proving they are probably the most popular GF cookbooks in Johnson County. If anybody has access to a similar collection, it really is the best way to go in deciding which way you may need to move in the healing phases.

    As a CAM doctor with degrees in multiple disciplines, I’ve never advocated calorie-counting. in fact, I have a great disdain for it. Instead, I make the focus about LIFESTYLE, what’s in the food and where does it come from for the last 3 decades.

    Our ancestors never counted calories. That’s a manufactured “buy-in” brainwashing campaign started in the early 20th century by the petro-chem-pharma-industrial complex under th guise of “Better Living Through Chemistry”. Guess where that’s taken us; GMO’s, superbugs, CAFO’s, herbicides and more than 10,000 compounds of which we are basically ignorant yet many other countries ban many of them as known toxins.

  53. Karen

    Hi Elana! I read your blog/recipes all the time and rarely comment, but felt compelled today! Just to say thanks for all of the recipes and hard work you put into YOUR blog! I’m a little shocked at the rudeness and audactiy of that comment, as if any of the information you willing provide is something that is owed to your readers, much less in the format THEY prefer…okay, done ranting! Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  54. Hi Elana! I don’t hate you :( I enjoy the recipes you share so much and therefore bought your books. It’s very rich of someone to quibble over the information you provide with your recipes, if you choose to count calories then you need to take responsibility for yourself, what you bake and what you eat.

    Best wishes from Australia xx

  55. Kristi

    Good for you!!! You are providing an amazing service for so many of us with food allergies and I am so grateful for that! The irony is that if this person were eating a healthy diet there really is no reason to count calories or fat content or any such nonsense, just eat good food! That is what I tell my friends/ family when they ask what I am doing to look so good and feel so much better! I eat Paleo and have Elana’s treats occasionally! Keep doing what you are doing and know there are so many who are thankful for you and all you do every day!

  56. Rose

    Elana, Bravo for your response! I appreciate you and the work you do to share your recipes and information with us. We can’t be all things to all people… and for some we can’t do enough!

  57. Lisa

    Good grief what do people expect from you!! You provide all these FREE recipes and great info. Yes it is nice to have that info but if you are substituting or using a different brand you would have to redo the totals anyway. In my opinion those type of people are not worth your time or effort. Please don’t become discouraged with those comments. Obviously you can’t please everyone-

    BUT YOU DO PLEASE A LOT OF US!!!!

    I so truly appreciate all your recipes and the extreme effort you put into your blog!
    Keep up your great work!
    Lisa

  58. Pat C.

    I have never commented here, but I am compelled to today. I read your blog regularly. I love it and appreciate it. And I appreciate you for doing it. It’s a tremendous FREE resource. Thank you. Keep doing what you love and keep creating.

  59. I love your website and your recipes Elana!

  60. I read your column and the lovely comments that followed with my mouth ajar. It’s mind-boggling, though I guess not uncommon, that you’d get criticized for a lovely and free array of beautiful food. Your recipes have reintroduced me to biscuits and muffins and the occasional pancake. I’d had almond flour in my freezer for some time with no idea how to make it into such treats.
    Thank you, pamela.

  61. Elana,

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love what you do and appreciate the manner in which you do it! Thank you so much.

  62. Susan Young@ Cooking in the Florida Heat @ cookinginthefloridaheat.blogspot.com

    Blogging isn’t a “one size fits all” endeavor. If this isn’t your cup of tea, let your fingers do the typing. Keep searching and you may find one that offers you what you want. And if you can’t find that, start one of your own.

    Elana,
    How sad your reader would make such a snarky comment.
    It’s your blog, you can do what you want with it.
    Keep up the good work. I enjoyed your polite response.
    It speaks volumes about you as a person.

  63. Elizabeth Reid @ ereid.net/gallery

    Elana, I have never once had a problem calculating calories in your recipes. I’ve calculated nutrition information in dozens of your recipes by reading the labels, adding them up, and dividing by the number of servings – basic math, hello? Much love.

  64. Patty

    Thank you for all you do, you’ve made recipes that make my family happy, and make this whole Celiac life easier. So- thank you, and forget the people who can’t appreciate what you do and spend time complaining, they’ve surely got other issues in their lives if they spend time tearing others down and complaining instead of living with thankfulness and gratitude.

  65. CdnSKmom

    Elana, you’re awesome, great answer. SO agree about nutritional info, how irrelevant. I relate to you on so many levels, also gave up a lucrative career for the sake of my health and that of my family… the most “lucrative” career of all. Love your delicious and super nourishing recipes, thank you. Yvonne

  66. a grinch to me doesn’t write FREE recipes to help people with food allergies find comfort food during the holidays. comment Lady needs to hold up a mirror and see how selfish and grinch like that comment was. Kudos mama Elana for all you do, i am celiac with crohns and my son has sensory issues, your blog/recipes are my go to in moments of festive madness…and you are very much appreciated. Sounds like uptight calorie counting lady needs a bit more of that vegan egg nog sweetness in her life ;) <3

  67. Nettie Mitchell

    Elana, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your two cookbooks and the recipes you provide on your website! As stated by many of your other fans, I couldn’t care less about nutritional content or caloric values! Your recipes are healthy and delicious and that’s all I need to know! I credit you and primal author Mark Sisson for saving my life. No kidding! I’m diabetic and hypertensive and the gluten-free/paleo/primal way of eating has improved my health dramatically (I have the lab results to prove it and, besides, over the last two years I’ve managed to whittle down from a size 20 to a size 14/16!) Thank you!

    I am a middle school teacher and I recently mentioned to my students that the despicable comments I have seen on various blogs are quite repugnant to me. Some folks are so hateful! At any rate, I invariably become a “broken record” by constantly exhorting my young scholars to refrain from exhibiting such disgraceful behavior. One can certainly express an opinion without being nasty and insulting. Keep up the FABULOUS work and don’t let the haters get you down! Happy Hanukkah!

    P.S. I gave your cookbooks to my sister in New York for her birthday last year; she loves them and is having a great time cooking and baking with almond flour!

    Love and Blessings,
    Nettie

  68. Nikki

    Wow. Grinch-like? Yeah, like a Grinch would post FREE nutritional recipes. That person needs a Merry Christmas and a swift kick in the rear. You are a blessing, Elana. To me. My transition to gluten-free has been delicious for me and my little family because of your blog. I love baking with almond flour and I love that I am feeding my family nutrition-packed foods, even when they eat cookies! Thank you. God bless you. Merry Christmas!

  69. Laurel

    So is the writer a professional Grinch or just some random, lonely creep who found an easy target on the net? Please Elana, whether we say so or not, you help tons of people; don’t let some nameless self-aggrandizing sadist pain you. You are not required to provide everything to every one. I’d worry about providing nutritional info when smug, inflated ego person starts paying for it. IMHO I neither want it or need it.

  70. Netty

    I cannot believe how people react to bloggers. You’re putting your live out there, amazing recipes….and you get complaints, criticisms, requests for subsitutions all the TIME! I’m sorry! Please know that there are MANY of use who can think for ourselves and if we want to know something we GOOGLE IT! :) Oh….and do you know if I can use ____ for_____…KIDDING! :) Thanks for all your awesome recipes! Just made your Double Chocolate Biscotti the other day…amazing! I subbed out the coffee and added a 1/4 tsp of mint instead…awesome! :) Play, people, play! Don’t be afraid to mix it up….but then….I guess that’s what separates the chefs from the recipe followers…. a sense of adventure! :)

    • Katie

      I liked your comment: it mirrors how I feel. If I wonder if a substitution will work, I just try it. It is also why I couldn’t figure out the comment that sparked this whole debacle. Unless you only eat pre-packaged food wouldn’t you have to figure out the nutrition info every night when you make dinner (if having the nutrition info was important to you)?

      I’m glad Elana gets to see hundreds of comments of support!

  71. Janelle

    To preface, but not to sound pretentious, I have almost completed my studies towards becoming a registered dietician (gulp!), and I have a wealth of knowledge in this area. I have gluten-intolerance and I LOVE your website, Elana! I also LOVE that you do not count calories or post nutritional info; people can easily do this for themselves on a variety of websites. After all of my extensive studies and past obsessive label reading tendencies, I must say that counting calories and dieting are not very helpful for those trying to lose weight, anyways (diets FAIL 95% of the time!). I think that becoming an intuitive eater is much more important to healthy living (i.e. paying attention to your body’s natural cues as to when you are really hungry/full, not labeling foods as good/bad, etc). Further, I would have to say that the majority of your recipes are above and beyond healthful!!! They are generally quite nutritionally dense (high amount of vitamins/minerals/antioxidants etc in relationship to carbs, fat, and protein) and the use of almond flour also makes them very filling so you don’t have to eat the whole sheet of cookies to be satisfied (not that I’m judging if you do). From a well-researched and professional opinion, I consider your recipes to be very nutritionally conscious as well as delicious, and I am truly grateful for your amazing and allergen-considerate options!

  72. NatC

    This post is awesome – Good for you!

  73. Thank you for this post – everyone needs a bit of perspective instead of just asking for more, more more. If everyone was eating whole foods and using healthy recipes, like yours, it really makes it entirely unnecessary to count calories – your body is satisfied when you put whole foods in it, so you won’t be overeating and eating empty calories to fulfill nutritional needs you haven’t met. You make absolutely delicious recipes; I have your Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook, and I love it. I’m not even GF! A Grinch, you are SURELY not. Doing what you love is all that matters. Don’t let other people get you down!

  74. Kate K @ alwaysalethia

    If you ask me the ‘Grinch’ in this scenario is the ditz who sent you that email. It’s all well and fine to very politely ‘ask’ if it were possible for the nutritional information to be added (to which you could have pleasantly responded by pointing to the website you mention) but to actually have the balls to suggest YOU are being ‘grinch-like’ which means STINGY, SELFISH, KILL-JOY etc, shows the true selfishness of the author who obviously hasn’t thought through the amount of work you do to provide us with all these lovely FREE recipes here. That on top of your personal life, family and health concerns. Sheesh! WHO is the grinch? NOT you Elana, you are awesome. Thank you for all you do, I have benefited immensely from your blog as we have entered into the realm of gluten free land in the past few months. I’m a proud owner of your book and you and a handful of other lovely gluten free blogs have saved my holidays! God Bless you.

  75. Leah

    I think you meant yenta (matchmaker), not yentl (character played by barbara streisand). Otherwise, I agreed with everything you wrote!

  76. Megan

    I love your post. It’s sad to me to think that you even have to write a post like this to justify doing something that you clearly love (and find fun). I love your website. I’ve been visiting on a regular basis now for a year and a half. A year and a half ago I weighed 70 lbs more than I do today. I made a LOT of your recipes (I still make a lot of your recipes). I didn’t need/want any nutritional information. Eating food that was better for my body and wasn’t riddled with gluten, refined sugars and bad fats assisted in my body transformation. Who needs nutritional information when you’re putting things into your body that are clean?

    Thank you so much for all that you do!!

  77. Betty

    Elana,

    Here is a laugh for you. When I saw the title of your post, I thought
    to myself. NO. I don’t want to read another word about nutrition.

    I’m glad I continued to read the post. :)

  78. Jodi Lee (@TheEcoBlogger) @ lifefromscratch.ca

    Absolutely perfect response.

  79. kathy scott

    Well Elana, I love your books. Your recipes are incredible and everyone in my family loves them.

    Kudos to you and Merry Christmas.

    Heres to Good Health and Happy Cooking ..

    Sincerely, Kathy Scott , Camlachie, Ontario.

  80. Hillary

    Wow! I love this! I love your books (I buy them), and you blog, and your recipes! I am a ski patroller at Vail for the lifestyle, a green cleaning lady on the side to make ends meet, and currently in school in boulder for holistic nutrition. I NEVER count ANYTHING, don’t make my clients count things either…why stress yourself out, eat wholesome, REAL food, and ENJOY EVERY BITE of it:)

  81. Appreciative Tabitha

    Well put. Thanks for all the recipes you share. I don’t believe most of your blog followers would even look at the “nutrition” information.
    I’d much rather you keep doing what you love and keep sharing. Your recipes-online and in your cookbooks- have worked very well for us. My fast food eating husband even enjoys your recipes. Your food has been helping me heal from years of malnutrition and deal with the extra curve ball of a dairy sensitive son.

  82. Laura

    Thank-you. Your recipes help many people feed their families more nutritious foods. We don’t need nutrition information because we know they’re using healthy ingredients, not a bunch of processed garbage. Job well done and keep ‘um coming.

  83. Kelley

    I love your blog, I love you. I can’t stand interwebnet trolls, they’re cowards. I have Type I diabetes and I’m on an insulin pump…changed my life…www.myomnipod.com. I’ve been vegan/raw for 6 months and I’m off all my hypertension, statin, depression, hormone therapy meds. My endocrinologist wants me to talk with his patients that are ready for a change. I take 50% less insulin than I used to. People like you have infused vitality and LIFE into me, so keep it up sister, and kiss off the haters. Oh, and I’m 6′ tall 48 years old and have lost all my weight and I’m marching around in size 8 jeans, the icing on the cake :)

  84. Anna

    You go, Elana!! I have always had GI problems but never knew what it was– then I cut out wheat. Voila! Perfectly fine now. I may have Celiac, or I may just have an intolerance. Whatever it is, your almond flour cookbook and blog have helped me so much and I’m so grateful. I thank you, and admire your guts.

  85. Meghan

    You matter. I have never commented before but had to tell you that you matter. I so appreciate your recipes sans nutritional info. I know enough about good food that I never worry about calories or nutritional info when made well. You rock, you matter to so many people — thank you! Why does it take negetavity to stand up for goodness! Your blog is the one thing I look at everyday, and I’m working mom trying to love and let live! Thanks again for being such a positive force in my life!

  86. amy

    your awesome elana! more power to you, i think you rock!

    :)

  87. Elana- I can’t believe the nerve of people sometimes. I have a food blog of my own, and when I get those emails, like the one you quoted… I just delete. No need for the negative energy. No need for name calling. Just soak up all of the compliments, because you are an amazing and wonderful person, mother, wife and blogger. and p.s. I think we could all learn a lot from the lack of the nutritional value column! Much love to you- Stephanie

  88. Marae

    I love that there is no nutritional info with your recipes. It’s refreshing! Intuitive eating is where it’s at, in my opinion. :)

    Not to mention that your blog is a place to write anything you please, and there are many many many of us who absolutely relish every word (and bite of each recipe we try!).

  89. Tressa B

    Yeah! Get ‘em girl! I love your blog, love your cookbooks, and I use them all the time. I have no allergies or intolerances that I am aware of, but my husband and I do try to eat healthy as our natural doctor recommends. Your recipes always fit into what we can eat. You are a godsend to so many people, keep up the good work! We love you!

  90. Trish

    Well let me add my voice. Thank you for not putting nutritional information. I eat Paleo and could not care one bit about counting calories and my weight has stabilized. I also have gluten sensitivity and am cooking challenged. I love this site and your books. Thanks for working out all of the kinks in a dish so that when i prepare it I look like a gifted chef!

  91. Heather

    People who know the real way to eat healthfully don’t need nutrition info! I love your recipes, thank you, and I love reading the more personal blog entries as well. Glad to hear you are doing well health-wise.

  92. Sheryl Gilbert

    I also have celiac disease & multiple sclerosis. I have always loved to bake & shortly after I was diagnosed I thought I would never bake again until I found Elana’s site. She is a godsend. Who cares about the numbers, they are arbitrary numbers made up by people who don’t know squat. I love all of the effort she puts into getting these recipes out on the web & being someone who suffers from MS I know how taxing it can be on expending all of that energy. Thank You Elana

  93. Kim

    It never occurred to me that you (or any other blogger) would provide nutritional data. Anyone on these dietary journeys has to know this. Also, many of us have multiple food issues and may need to adjust the recipes. I’ve been following your blog for over a year and didn’t know you have MS. I’m GF (and about 25 other foods free) to help manage my MS.

    Thanks for all you do. Seeing your blog highlighted in my Google Reader makes my day.

  94. Anna

    I’ve been following your blog for a while but never commented until now. I’m amazed by this mean-spirited comment you received. Why do people feel entitled to certain information, when you are already being generous? Is there some unwritten rule about providing nutrition info? I think not! Frankly, I am shocked. And I’m sure you were too.

    Like the others here, I would like to express my appreciation for what you have shared. Having lived an absolutely healthy life until now, I decided to have a baby. I got gestational diabetes and, since the birth, will have diabetes for the rest of my life. Finding some ways to cook and bake grain-free (although I must make everything sugar-free, too) has given me an enormous amount of comfort. Thank you so much Elana for your recipes.

  95. Lizzie B

    Elana,
    You are fantastic! What a great reply to such a rude comment. Your recipes have saved my sanity while becoming gluten free. I would have given up if not for your wonderful, easy chocolate chip cookie recipe. :-)
    Thank you! Many hugs, and wishes for continued good health!

  96. I’m sitting here shaking my head in wonder. You have my sympathies Elana. Thanks for posting your recipes they have helped this diabetic make healthier choices.

    For people who want a hard copy of nutrition information, may I recommend ‘The NutriBase Nutrition Facts Desk Reference’ by Dr. Art Ulene. My copy was copyrighted in 1995. I still use it when I want to know the minutiae about some ingredient in a food. And you can always ‘Google’ the ingredients.

  97. carly

    This rant has been quite the overreaction. I feel sorry for the reader who asked a question that I’m sure more than a few people have been wondering.

  98. SamK

    Elana,

    Here is a video about MS. It is a must watch for anyone with MS. Maybe you already saw it, but it is my duty to let you know.

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/KLjgBLwH3Wc

    Thanks for all that you do. The critics will be there – just let them be.

  99. Linda Pecone @ JustDeeLish

    Not sure if you have time to read all these blogs Elana, but its clear you have a following of supporters, myself included. I bought your book because I love to have the recipes contained in one neat package. I follow your blog because you are always coming up with new things. Thank you so much for your dedication to sharing your recipes with us. I say to anyone seeking the nutritional details, get to know ingredients before you decide to cook with them.

  100. I’ll add my voice to the mix. I’ve been following you for two years now, and I’ve made lots of your recipes, always with much success. I’m so thankful for the free content (which I know takes a lot of time, given the fact that I have my own baby blog, which isn’t nearly as cool or as regularly updated as yours!), and your generosity with your time and your creative spirit in the kitchen. Nutritional information is so tricky to provide anyway, because of variation (as has already been pointed out by another commenter) … and to tear you down for not providing it is inexcusable.

    Thank you for being here, and being you!

  101. Catherine

    I love your blog. It makes me happy!

  102. Hamish MacDonald @ hamishmacdonald.com

    No hate here either. I’ve been making recipes from your website for months, and it’s been a revelation. I started Dr Gundry’s diet about six months ago and while it just made sense in every way, the restrictions made it a bit joyless.

    Your website gave me alternatives that made me happy, taught me the basics of baking, and ultimately nourished me.

    So I’ve asked my mum for your cookbook for Christmas. Based on what I’ve seen here, I’m sure it’ll be great, but I feel at this point that I owe it to you to buy it for your generosity here and the incredible value you’ve contributed to my diet over these past months.

    Thank you!

  103. Julie

    My daughter told me about eating grain-free and how it had helped her. She has never been diagnosed with any ailments at all. I began cooking that way to try and help my husband with his life-long digestive issues. It worked and has been a God-send. I found your website and bought your cookbook and haven’t looked back. Your recipes are what made me think I could do this whole grain-free thing. Please keep doing what you do any way you want to do it. Just please don’t stop! And thank you!

  104. Rebekah

    Elana, you have done a fabulous job with your blog. Please, keep doing what you are doing. Your recipes have been a hit in my home, and I can certainly pick and choose what fits our dietary needs on my own without a bunch of nutritional extras. I appreciate you!

  105. Sarah Thompson DiPaolo @ wnynutrition.com

    Elana,

    First of all I want everyone to know how big your heart is and how generous you are with what you give with your website. The time and dedication that you give to others should not be underappreciated! Many people take all this wonderful free information for granted. I know firsthand of your generosity as you gave me (as a fellow celiac) your Almond Flour cookbook three years ago at the American Dietetics Association Conference. I never stop thanking you as you inspire me regularly to try new recipes and I always love having some of your treats on hand…peanut butter and jelly cookies are in the refrigerator as I write this! When people tell me gluten free products taste awful…I just mention your name and put them up to the challenge.

    If you’d like help in the future with calculating all your recipes for the nutrition information…I’m sure I can give back to you one day. I’m a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, & Certified Personal Trainer. :O)
    I love what you do and how generous and giving you are to others. Never change!

    Thank you Elana and know that you are appreciated by tons!

    Sarah Thompson DiPaolo, MS RD CDN CDE NCSF-CPT

  106. Sarah Thompson DiPaolo @ wnynutrition.com

    Actually Elana…

    I have a better idea…lets have the person that wants the nutritional information hire me, pay my hourly rate and I’ll get him/her all the nutrition info s/he wants for each of your recipes. I think s/he will be shocked how far in debt s/he will go…it’s a time consuming & complicated process!

    Sending my positive thoughts/love to you! :O)

  107. Hi Elena!

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your blog. A lot of times it can be so that only the negatives voices let themselves be heard and then the ones like me, who like your site and visit it regularly, stay silent.

    So thank you. You are doing a great job and I completetly agree with you that although nutriotional information can be helpful, it is often harmful to concentrate on calorie content. Counting calories can lead to unhealthy situations. It is much better to look at the ingredients in a recipe if they suit you, go ahead and eat it. If not, substitute and experiment, or choose another recipe.

  108. SherriS.

    I’m inspired to write without reading any of the other comments. I was thrilled when I found your website and I bought your book…not sure which came first.

    I have several GF cookbooks that always sit on the shelf because they have so many ingredients (some have 3 and 4 different flours!). I don’t have the time, money or patience for that type of cooking style.

    I feel in love with your Almond Flour Cookbook and have enjoyed all of the recipes I’ve tried. I won your cupcake cookbook and was so thrilled with that too. I’ve had to limit myself to a few things from that book because my focus has been to lose weight right now…but I allow myself treats from time to time…and they’ve all been so delicious!

    Thank you for what you do for our gluten free community! There are some that you can’t please all the time but speaking for myself – You’ve made the quality of my life better by giving me delicious protein breakfast options that help keep my hypoglycemia in check. My husband always says you turned my life around since I have such an aversion to eggs and limited choices otherwise.

    I’m rambling but I just had to come to your defense and more importantly let you know that what you do here matters.

    Thanks!

  109. Dear Elana,

    Thank you for all that you do for us. You have helped to make my life better. I had to move from America about the time I figured out that I might have a Gluten problem. I was overwhelmed and waited 2 1/2 years to cut gluten out of my life. I was not willing to do it until I found your website and was able to acquire most of the ingredients that you cook with.

    You have been a blessing in my life and I thank you.

    Jennifer

  110. Anja @ spipas.com

    I love you! For your blog, your recipes and for this post! Love the tone in it, love the way you stand tall for what exactly you are and are not!

    Love it love it love it!

    Hugs,

    Anja from Denmark

  111. Judy

    I’m adding my comment to the chorus of support… :) The person might as well have said, “Elana, you need to cure cancer while you’re at it. Shame on you. And after that, I’d like a unicorn! It’s awfully greedy for you to not do that.” :)

    We love your recipes. Please don’t let one trolly person ruin it for the rest of us! :-D

  112. Cara

    I love what you do Elana and I love your cookbooks. If someone wants to know the nutrition, then they can just figure it out while they cook. It is easy to modify if you want more or less of something anyway, to make it more healthy or not. Please don’t let this response ruin your holiday season!

  113. Wendy Bussell

    Thank you Elana! You are truly a gift and a gifted person.

    I would like to make a comment to the person who wrote to you about the egg nog.

    First of all it is egg nog, meaning there are eggs and cream involved.
    To take a recipe and remove something means you are going to have to add something in its place. To make vegan egg nog means you are not drinking the eggs and milk needed for the original recipe. You will not get the same effect or taste, sight or smell. or feeling in the mouth. To remove fat, salt, or sweet, you remove a foundational ingredient and more of something else needs to be added in its place to try to balance out the rest of recipe. Low fat people wind up with more salt. Low salt people wind up with more fat. Low sugar people wind up with more salt and fat. It is a trifecta. the three work together. So to count calories, you will have to do your own work as you change each ingredient as each has its own nutritional value.In prepared food,You will also get alot more artifical ingredients, and we all know those are not food. If you are vegan why are you even bothering with something like egg nog? Don’t try to be something you aren’t. Stand up for your veganness and drink somthing else. I drink the rum!

  114. Kristin W.

    I also want to Thank you for everything you do!

    I will never understand why people think it is ok to leave mean nasty comments when no one is forcing them to read your FREE, full of amazing information and recipe’s blog.

    I know it is difficult but please do not let this person who is obviously unhappy in their own life affect yours negatively.

  115. Melissa

    Elana, I like countless others, LOVE your blog. All the info you provide is fantastic. I didn’t realize you had MS, I was diagnosed in 2010 and found your blog/books after having testing done to prove that I was gluten sensitive. I personally like the fact you don’t post nutritional info, because the focus should be just about health in general, not counting calories. There is enough of that everywhere else. I am currently struggling with changing my eating habits and with weight. I truly appreciate your blog and find you personally, a source of inspiration.

    Signed,
    Longtime follower, first time commenter!

  116. Allison

    Some people are so rude! It’s roused me out of my own anonymity to thank you for all the wonderful information you offer on your blog, and for your generosity in sharing your hard work (and fun). I have very often been pleasantly surprised that you offer such goodies for free and not just as teasers to buy your books. I don’t know how to experiment with recipes to find the right combinations, and have to depend on people like you who are geniuses with it.

    And believe it or not, I can tell for myself when something has the nutrition requirements that I’m looking for. My husband is allergic to bananas, so I don’t try recipes with bananas. It’s called reading comprehension. :)

  117. Elizabeth

    Way to set a boundary, Elana! Good for you! Cheers! :-)

  118. Rhonda from Baddeck

    I love your website, your recipes, your writing, your outlook. I think you’re incredible, and that’s before I knew what you accomplished in your ‘previous life.’ Elana, you are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m so glad I found your blog.

  119. amanda

    I have a 5 year old daughter with type 1 diabetes and we use a lot of your recipes because they are wonderful low GI alternatives for her. It doesn’t offend me that you don’t offer nutritional information; I figure it out on my own. Trust me–not because I want to, but because I have to. I am certainly not obsessed with calories or lazy. Quite to the contrary, I work very hard to know and balance the carb count of everything my daughter eats so I can keep her alive and healthy. I assume similiar to how you monitor gluten. Maybe if you do consider adding nutritional info, you would remember not everyone who would appreciate the info is a nasty name caller. Some are just little kids stuck with a crappy disease and who want a stinking cupcake sometimes.

    • JennM

      Yes, this, this, this! I said it above and I’ll say it again: some people do legitimately NEED nutritional information; those of us who are diabetic absolutely need it. And most of us don’t have a problem with figuring it out ourselves when we need to. I appreciate all of Elana’s wonderful recipes and am so thankful she is willing to share her hard work with us. If she ever decides to include nutritional info, I will be incredibly grateful! But if she does not, I will continue to be thankful for the immense gift she already shares with us.

  120. Healthy Juicer @ juicerdepot.com

    You have 26,133 subscribers. That alone tells me that there are a lot of people who love your blog and recipes even if you don’t give the nutritional information. I can usually tell by looking at the ingredients if the recipe is healthy or not. So giving the nutritional information is not necessary. If I am not familiar with an ingredient can do my own research which is ver simple to do. I love your blogs just the way they are so just keep on writing them.

  121. sas

    Bravo Elana! Way to go! I love you and your recipes!

  122. Angela Larson

    I’m a recent lover of your recipes and have shared them with all my friends and family. I have never experienced such consistent success with baking and am so grateful that you made the career choice you did! I also own my own business and know what it’s like to put yourself out there everyday…once again, THANK YOU! You have more supporters than critics!

  123. I really enjoy your blog posts and recipes! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help all of us. I really appreciate all that you do, so thank you!

  124. Kim

    You are hysterical and I love you even more now! Thank you for all you do. Don’t change a thing.

  125. Maureen

    it’s funny how people are. I am a member of sparkpeople.com and always use the recipe calculator to gather nutritional info including your recipes I always boast of Elana’s Pantry website for gluten free recipes on the message boards along with the gluten free goddess and the spunky coconut. You all have been so helpful in my life and I don’t mind a bit doing a little leg work to count my own calories and finding nutrition info for all you have done for my family. THANK YOU for everything, and you don’t even know us! Don’t let one bad apple ruin it the whole bunch, Elana. You are an Angel. Happy Chanakah!

  126. Please don’t let one(or several) negative comment(s) left for you by one possibly miserable person counteract all the good you do. There are many people (my son and myself included) who truly appreciate the 600 recipes and 2 books. My son is 15 now. He was 3 when I began to navigate the food allergy minefield. I was frustrated easily and, frankly, very opinionated. I was also wishing that just one part of this could be easy. Just one. You gave me that gift when I stumbled upon your site 3 years ago. Your recipes are simple. They are explained well. We are particularly fond of the phrase “until just a few moist crumbs are attached” that you use to describe done-ness in the cupcake book. Phrases like that are exactly what those of us who were not blessed by the cooking fairy need. She must skip a generation, because that same 15 year old is a natural cook. Go figure! I agree with one of the first comments that it would be impossible to post nutrition info. I agree with you that nutrition info for recipes can be found easily. It would be a shame to complicate these simple recipes with info that only applies to certain brands.
    I wish I had been kinder and gentler when first starting this journey. She (or he) may someday wish the same thing. We grow, we change, they probably will too, you know? You are awesome the way you are. Please don’t change.

  127. I love your fabulous recipes–both blog and books! Don’t worry about the critics. You make fabulous, nutritious food and that’s what matters!

    And that comment was mean, straight up. Living proof that obsessing over counting calories makes you hungry, which (every parent knows) leads to unreasonable and irritable behavior. Pass the gluten free cupcakes please.

  128. Linda Collier @ eptworks.com

    I’m another person weighing in on the LOVE ELANA’S PANTRY issue!
    Consider yourself loved Elana!
    You have made life and health easier for so many, including me. We are blessed by you!!

  129. Nikol Burton @ crossfitcanarias.com

    Your recipes are AWESOME. Your site is so user friendly. Your post made me smile… there really is a real person behind this amazing blog! I can´t imagine that someone was so selfish to ask more out of you than you already give for FREE. Wishing you the warmest of holiday seasons, health, laughter and love for many years to come. Thank you for your blog, your recipes, and your countless hours testing cooking. Warm smiles from Spain.

  130. Aurora

    I can’t belie someone would call you names for not posting nutritional information! Some people just don’t have anything better to do than say mean things to others.

    Your blog and your recipes are such a gift to all of us who can’t eat gluten. They’ve made me healthier and happier and not a week goes by when I don’t cook something from your blog or your books.

    So mazel tov for the wonderful culinary gift you have!

  131. Colette

    I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!! it has been such a blessing!!! All of your recipes are basic, and to the point. Such a great “go to” website when you want something sweet without all the guilt! I hate that anyone said anything bad about you, bc I love what you do, and most of all that you provide it for free! So…THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Much Love! and my God continue to bless you and your family! Merry Christmas! :)

  132. Tonya

    I love your blog and have purchased both of your cookbooks. If I wanted to know how many calories were in the 3 cookies I just ate (from your cookbook of course) it is my responsibility to look it up and calculate myself. Please don’t change a thing. You are awesome and a life saver to us all with gluten issues.

  133. Sarah

    Elana, you just keep doing you! your recipes are AWESOME and I’m so thankful there are websites like yours where I can find Paleo recipes. That person can stick it where the sun don’t shine! Keep up the awesome work!!!! :)

  134. Dee D

    First of all , I love your site. It’s been so helpful, since I have taken gluten out of my diet, feel so much better for it! I have Hashimoto’s. I just recently bought your book, so we could have yummy cupcakes!

    Hope those bad apples don’t spoil it for the whole bunch!! Hopefully there is only one or two bad ones!

    Remember we love your site, we can’t wait to get your cookbook! :)
    Thank you for all you do!
    Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Holiday Season! And the Best in 2012!
    Dee D

  135. nel

    I am always amazed when people feel entitled to substitution information and nutrition information as if you (or other bloggers) are being paid the big bucks to sit around and answer our particular questions and help us sort out our quirky dietary needs. Yours is a great response (as was your other one on substitutions) speaking to the fact that you are a real, unpaid, phenomenally generous, excellent cook who is sharing A LOT Of amazing recipes for free. I appreciate your recipes b/c I like how you cook- you’ve clearly got a good palate and like deliciousness and simplicity- and I almost always substitute something- I would never expect you to tell me how, though.

    That all said: I’m a pretty good spontaneous cook who has been on the allergy/restricted food/now GAPS/Primal roller coaster for 20 plus years. I’m not easily intimidated and can trust my sense of a recipe and whether it can hold together with whatever I’m going to do to it to change it. I’m grateful for that- and I’m aware I’m not everybody or perhaps most people (thanks Dad who taught me to be improvisational in the kitchen). I think people can get really scared/reactive when they learn about things they can’t eat, and when you are scared- the world, and those recipes with ingredients that aren’t familiar or are ones on your NO list, look very unwelcoming. It’s a bad combo- being scared and not trusting or knowing where to go to get the information you need to cook for yourself. I don’t think you need to perform this service AT ALL- and your readers are incredibly kind and willing to chime in on what to do if you can’t eat eggs, etc. You have been polite about this issue all the way through- and I do have one suggestion, but maybe you have this somewhere- would it be easy to have a forum on “substitutions” and one on “how to figure out the nutritional information for one of my recipes” with links like you put on this blogpost? Maybe people just need to be led to the information?

    Thanks for all you do- sorry you had to use your life units on addressing this but seems to be universally true for popular bloggers- and it’s always good to make a strong boundary. I appreciate you. Nel

  136. Tara

    Elana, I wholeheartedly support you doing things in a manner that works for you. The way you share your recipes now has changed hundreds of thousands of lives if not more and I honestly see no pressing reason to change it. That being said, you are obviously a conscientious gal and I can tell you love to help your readers in changing their lives for the better.

    After scanning these comments (which I always read for tips and tricks before making your recipes) I noticed you do have readers who tend to calculate nutritional information. I, for one, would like to suggest those readers share their nutritional info findings in your comments. Then as you post new recipes you can merely encourage your readers to check out the comments and they may find someone has indeed provided the nutritional info.

    It wouldn’t be foolproof, because you wouldn’t be able to personally guarantee the accuracy of others calculations. But it would at least give those “needy” folks a quick idea of what they’re looking at. I’m not sure if this is all making sense, but it’s something that popped into my head.

    Let those of us who benefit from your hard work in creating recipes give something back by adding those little details to your recipes after you’ve perfected them. It’s one way we could say thank you for all of your dedication.

    Just a little idea, although part of me wants to say, “Don’t give in to that snooty commenter!” I will refrain though. ;o)

  137. Well said! I appreciate you sharing your great recipes and your reviews of ingredients so that I don’t have to waste my money of substandard products.

  138. Kathryn Glast

    Elana, you are my go-to site for recipes for all occasions. I don’t know how I would get through my gluten, dairy-free life without your wonderful site. Thank you.

  139. Denise

    Thanks for all your great recipes. A friend told me about your blog earlier this year. I love trying your recipes. My favorites are the goji power bars, choc chip cookies, and chicken parm.
    Wish you had your own cooking show on food network!
    Happy holidays and good health in 2012.

  140. Courtney @ none

    I think whomever wrote that is less than stellar. I mean really, like u have time to give nutritional info. The fact that is healthy food and tastes good( I’ve tried/altered most of your recipes)should be enough. Why be sooo nitpicky. And If that is what you are looking for then this blog is not for you. I think your response was right on the money. and kinda of back-handedly snarky, which I liked. COOK-On!!!

  141. QueenJellyBean

    I am a celiac and a formerly fat person. I post the nutrition content of the Elana’s Pantry recipies I make.

    Isn’t that a nice solution? Those of us who make your recipes and need nutrition information can post it for each other. There. Settled.

    Let’s stop hating and start loving, in an almond-appreciating and gluten free sort of way. heh heh.

    About me
    My 35 pound fat loss has been sustained for 6 years. I wish I were at a place in my healthy life where I didn’t need to calculate the nutritional value of everything I eat. I’ve tried various “just eat until your satisfied” non-counting eating plans. I am unable (so far) to maintain my healthy weight without doing the math, so I do the math and post it for others like me.

    About Counting vs Not Counting
    Interestingly, the national weight-loss and weight-maintenance plan that I use to maintain my weight (I don’t think I’m allowed to use the WW name online, not sure) offers two options: 1) counting food values, and 2) eating a wide variety of healthy foods until satisfied – no counting. Both work. I do better for number 1. I don’t hate people who can do number 2 – no counting.

    Great post Elana – very honest and evoking of many sincere, personal responses. You are so good at what you do.

    If you’ll excuse me now, I’ve got to go watch an episode of “The Biggest Loser” right now (seriously, that was what I was in the middle of doing when I saw this post. I was planning on calculating the nutrition of some if your recipes while watching, since the calculations are time-consuming).

  142. Kristie

    Thank you Elana for so many great FREE recipes. You rock, your the bomb and your recipes have saved my life and gotten me healthier. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  143. Kay

    You go, girl!! Besides recipes and learning to eat better, I am learning much more from you.

    YOU are an inspiration!

  144. I’m so glad you wrote this entry! When I’ve seen comments asking you about substitutions, I’ve wondered if you might write an entry like this one.

    People have so many different needs, and there are so many different brands, and there are so many possibilities…you’d have to have a team of nutritionists answering the questions about substitutions.

    Now a commenter wants you to add nutritional information! “Hey, YOU do the work. More work. Cuz I wanna know.” Really?!

    It has always astonished me how many people want someone else to do the work for them and feed them information on a silver spoon.

    I’m a former corporate lady too. Successful people take responsibility for researching what they want to know – themselves. They don’t ask others to do it. Especially those offering a wealth of information, as you do, for free.

    A hearty cheer to you for standing up!!!

  145. welcomehome

    It was not necessary for you to respond to the post – and yet you did and it was kind of you to do so. Without a doubt you have more fans than critics. Your fans need you to continue what you are doing; there is not another website like yours. We need it. Thank you.

    A Fan

  146. Kelly

    I also have Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac disease. It’s kind of nice to know I’m not alone.
    Regarding the nutritional info, TheDailyPlate.com also lets you enter in recipes, divide by serving and know the calorie content and nutritional info. It’s easy to do for anyone who counts calories. There is no need for you to put together recipes AND let us know calorie content. I am just thankful for the recipes!

  147. Laura French

    Thank you so much for this blog. One of my biggest frustrations with gluten free cooking has been the sheer number of ingredients and steps in many recipes. I love the simplicity of your recipes as well as the healthful ingredients. You got me to eat kale! I would not have the patience to create and test recipes (I give up if it doesn’t work one time, much less any more than that) so I am thankful there is someone out there who is willing to do it for me. As someone with many health issues and a daughter who cannot tolerate gluten or dairy, you have really helped me out and I am so grateful, calorie count or no calorie count!

  148. Heather

    My son is 22 yrs old and was dx at 15 with ulcerative colitis. Two years ago a colonoscopy showed a devastated, ulcerated, very sick colon. My son’s GI wanted to refer him to a surgeon. My son and I read Breaking the Vicious Cycle and started the SCD. Your website has been a Godsend. I look to it, not for nutritional facts, but for recipes for good, clean food that we keep my son healthy. Today he has a pink and healthy colon because of this diet. Today, he enjoys healing, powerful foods thanks to people like you who share so freely. Elena, I am so grateful to you for these beautiful, delicious, healing recipes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  149. Tracey

    All I can say is THANK YOU Elana!!!! A million times over. I can now enjoy baking again and feel good. It has brought the joy back into my kitchen, our home and my soul. I am an avid researcher for healthly life style changes for me and my family. Like yourself and many whom read your site, I too have spent most of my life battling serious health issues & learning through trial & error what works and what does not. You and your site are an absolute GOD send to our family. My husband is so delighted to see me so joyfully baking. He is very surprised as he is the cook in the home- not me . Because of you and your inspiration – I AM HAPPILY BAKING AGAIN and he is learning about an entirely different side of me he has never known. THANK YOU AGAIN!!! & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

  150. Tori

    Oh my gosh if people can’t figure out some stuff for themselves. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for all you do.

  151. Amy

    Clearly, the individual who wrote that quote is likely struggling with disordered eating, a weight issue or an otherwise adverse relationship with food. As most followers of this site know, when you learn to eat the “right” foods, you can trust your body and not rely on calorie counting. This individual has some work to do and you are wise not to sweat it, Elana.

  152. Anna

    Hilarious!

    Good rule of thumb for all types of eggnog…. don’t drink very much of it and you won’t see it on your hind quarters.

  153. mieke

    Elana,

    I’ve been using your FREE recipes on your website for years now. I’ve been gf for about 4 years and used to love baking, but failing so often with GF baking recipes for so long almost turned me off of bothering at all until my sister pointed me in your direction. Your recipes are gorgeous, healthy, thoughtful and most importantly they work. I couldn’t give a rat’s bum about the nutritional content. Everyone knows not to eat too many of the cookies, and to have as much as like your spinach cake (yum). I’m just so appreciative to be able to access all of your hard work, for free, over here in England. As far as I am concerned you are a giver, not a grinch. :)

  154. Brittany

    Elana, thank you for this post and for taking a stance in prioritizing what’s important to you. It is quite freeing to live a live that is not based on nutritional numbers but instead on listening to one’s body and feeding it the foods that help it thrive. Furthermore, each of us has as unique body and therefore our needs will vary. It is up to each individual to take this responsibility for their own body.

    A little over three months ago I went into the ER with a bad headache and left with the knowledge that my brain showed signs of MS. Having already loved your blog, it has since then become a guidebook for me on my journey of discovering how to best fuel my body. Under the care of an alternative focused doctor, I embarked on a 50 day cleanse. Your site was my constant go-to as I struggled to find meals that had foods that fit within the guidelines. I am incredibly grateful that you have created such a great resource.

    I now see that my cleanse doesn’t stop but instead will become a way of life. I have cut out dairy and gluten among other things and I have no regrets. My body shows me I’m making the right choice. I feel the best I have in years and have energy to live my life and go to CorePower classes (something i really enjoy) regularly. Dare I say too that i now eat the most fats (healthy) that I ever have and without any intention of losing, have dropped weight and a size. I am comfortable having my weight be a mere side item to health.

    Thank you, thank you for creating such a great blog and for helping others live a vibrant life and overcome challenges. You are an inspiration.

  155. Jill

    I love all of your recipes – I can eat gluten free and not feel deprived. I have calculated some recipe’s nutritional information for myself using the recipe and the internet (sparkpeople is great)… its not that hard. If someone really wants to know the calorie count, they can add it up themselves!

    PS Just made the pumpkin bread for my family and it was a huge hit!

  156. We are all battling something. Thank you Elana for your wonderful website and delicious recipes. Thank you for sharing a better road to healthy eating and for giving it freely. God Bless you, your kids and spend some time with that husband of yours! You have a beautiful gift here for all that want it. Thanks again! Happy New Year!

  157. Linda Montgomery

    Good Morning!

    Oh my, I’ve just read through all of these posts and feel grateful we can all voice our opinions. Here is mine…

    I am new to all of this. I am waiting for test results but the key here is that when I eat grain free, sugar free and gluten free I feel better.

    I do not count calories and I do not worry about fat content because for me in most cases the fats are healthy and my body likes them. Thus far I have dropped 20 lbs. so I know this works.

    I know that nutritional information is very important to others and I respect that. In all things I adopt an attitude of “Take what you need and leave the rest behind”.

    While I do not agree with the tone projected by the person with the original complaint, I do recognize the frustration laced in the email.

    I appreciate that in response to the original post have people have offered helpful suggestions and sites for seeking nutritional information.

    I am baker who recently discovered that at 52 I can no longer do what I have loved doing most of my life. After getting good and mad about the unfairness of it all, I found Elana’s site, the Spunky Coconut and many others.

    For free, people that I do not know have offered me a way to explore doing what I love in a new way and I will always be so thankful for those that have blazed the trail before me.

    Thank you Elana and btw I did buy your cookbook and I love it. I can smell the banana bread baking as I write this and this brings me great pleasure!

  158. Christina

    It surprises me that someone would expect or demand specific information from a blog….it’s a BLOG not a corporate website. If you must have specific nutrition information for whatever reason…seek out a professional such as a registered dietitian or find recipes on a corporate website. I appreciate that Elana does all the experimentation with almond flour so I don’t have to! I love having tested recipes that are great as soon as I make it. Thanks for all your hard work Elana! I’m currently in school to be a dietitian so maybe I can help you with the nutrition info one day if you need it so folks won’t think you’re a grinch ;)

  159. Olinda Paul @ CeliacScout

    Well, jeeze Elana….all these responses say it all doesn’t it. I love your site, books, etc. I am with you…if they want to calculate go to sparkpeople.com and get in touch with their nutritional information side. People love easy, clean food. That’s what you have. Thank you for this.

    You can’t be expected to know when a company changes their products and expect you to be their nutrition police. Police it yourselves! You would be changing the recipes all the time for heavens sake. I don’t think there is a recipe on any site that I haven’t tweaked a bit myself as I have multiple allergies. I think it’s better to know you have clean food and eat wisely. That’s what you tell us. So thank you. You should know by now that you are highly respected and we all are sitting in wait for you next goodie.

    Since I am here, I would love to see more main courses and sides. YUMM!

  160. Sarah

    Never put the “nutrition information” on any of your recipes. That is the last thing I want to think about when I already have to make sure my recipe’s are allergy free. I could care less about the fat and what not when it is obvious that you use whole food natural ingredients. You have changed my life. I think that writer owes you an apology for such rudeness. Thank you for all you do for the celiac/gluten intolerant world. You inspire me constantly.

  161. Amen! I was delighted to read this post and your poise and class are second to none. I was a personal trainer for years and never even had my clients count calories. All calories are not created equal and it’s insane how this country obsesses about them yet is still beyond unhealthy. I follow a completely grain free and dairy free lifestyle because it’s what makes me FEEL & LOOK the best! People need to learn their bodies and not just obsess over a number of calories or the hottest current diet. It is AMAZING that you provide as many recipes as you do COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE & shows how truly passionate you are about what you do. It renders me speechless when people make remarks about different substitutions or calorie information because nothing is stopping them from learning on their own.

    I take my hat off to you to do what you do and still be an amazing mom and wife and inspire many people you don’t even know admire you. So thank you for all you do and even though you don’t need me to tell you so, I love your blog and recipes and hope you never stop doing what you love :)

  162. sgryz

    I remembered reading this post and being quite inspired.
    I know that you do not have time to read bloggers’ comments or anything like and I also realize that you may have already seen this as you are probably more up-to-date than I…but just in case:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

  163. Robyn

    Elana, your honesty is refreshing and your self-care inspiring. What an outpouring of love in these comments. So cool.

  164. Angel Tucker

    Wow I can’t believe that post. I think you do a great job and I have many friends who read your blog and try your recipes. I think dieters, calorie counters, and fat phonics get a little crazy in the head about numbers.

  165. You Go, Elana…You Go, Girl! I like you and the one who commented that…sucks…..;)! :) p.s. I also say…Peeps…take responsibility
    for yourself and quit expecting other peeps (like Elana) to do the work
    for you!!!

  166. MamaCassi

    hehe- this made me laugh.

    i love this website. i never buy books. i don’t open them if i do. after making a recipe exactly right the first time (usually) i tend to play and do variations every other time.

    your recipes are AWESOME for that!

    i recommend this website to anyone struggling w/ celiac, gluten-intolerance, considering paleo, or are just trying to find healthful treats that nourish the body!!!!

    THANK YOU!

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