Why No-GMO?

Why No-GMO?

When you live with celiac disease or really any autoimmune disease removing gluten from all areas of your kitchen, pantry, cleaning products, medicine and even cosmetics will eventually come into play. Removing gluten from your food is really just the first step and the more you dig into your disease you will come to realize that gluten truly is everywhere. It is added to so many things that most would never even think of. Now I realize that there are several different points of views on this and everyone is entitled to their opinions but for me if comes down to three really key studies that led me to clean up more than just my food. 

First, it only takes 1/1000 of a gram of gluten (that’s equivalent to one crumb) to get into your system, to set off and trigger an immune system response in your body for the next three months. And that’s how much damage one crumb can do so truly understanding that gluten can be hiding in any of my products that I would digest is the first step to trigging a constant reaction in my immune system.

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Learning to forgive our bodies!

Learning to forgive our bodies!

As someone who grew up always being overweight, I learned very early on that in order to survive the looks, comments, and being picked on in school - that I needed to develop a coping mechanism that included disconnecting from my body. I can actually remember thinking I am not my body, I am so much more than that. But unfortunately, first impressions and first looks causes everyone to form an opinion of who people thought I was. We do it every day, we judge people without even thinking about it.

In today’s society so much is based on how a person looks. We have all been trying to measure up to what the magazines, tv, movies and internet describe as beautiful. And for me, beautiful was something out there, something completely unattainable and something that I secretly strived to be.

I spent most of my life on a never-ending diet that never worked. And, truly that only caused me to push further and further away from my body and completely disconnect from the image in the mirror. And, disconnect from the pain of being a constant disappointment to myself. 

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But you don't look sick......

But you don't look sick......

Most days as a celiac I struggle through, I push myself to get up, get dressed, do my makeup and hair, get working, and doing my best for my family yet I feel like the walking dead. I am barely surviving and some days I just can’t keep pushing my body and I have to cancel appointments, meetings, get togethers no matter how much I was looking forward to this because my body and my health is screaming for my attention. When I ignore it, it has a nasty way of making me stop and listen. Sometimes it’s in the form of excessive exhaustion, migraines, horrible joint pain, bathroom issues and that’s just the beginning.

Did you know that if you have one autoimmune disease you have a 25% chance of getting a second autoimmune disease. And, according to Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins, he said that statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease they are at risk for a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime. Why is that? Why would that be? 

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So what's the big deal with gluten free Cheerios? I just don't get it, I've eaten it and it tasted great and I haven't had any issues, I'm not understanding why all the controversy. Please help!

So what's the big deal with gluten free Cheerios? I just don't get it, I've eaten it and it tasted great and I haven't had any issues, I'm not understanding why all the controversy. Please help!

Well dear reader this one is a bit more complicated to answer because not only does it involve the safety of how gluten free products are processed but it also has to do with lots and lots of advertising dollars that have gotten tied up in the mix and that is why there has become so much controversy around this topic. So I'm going to try and briefly break the main points as there are many articles floating around all over the Internet.

First off let me start with a few main facts:

  1. There was a Class 1 recall for 1.8 million boxes on October 8,2015 for a combination of plain Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios for undeclared wheat from their manufacturing location in Lodi, California. 
  2. Cheerios uses "washed" oats and not certified gluten free oats. This means that these oats are mechanically separated from mainstream gluten grains and because of this, these oats are generally extremely gluten contaminated. For more information see the Gluten Free Watchdog article which explains the difference between purity protocol vs mechanical sorting of oats. 
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Does Everyone Have Gluten Withdrawals?

 Does Everyone Have Gluten Withdrawals?

No, not everyone goes through gluten withdrawals, only the lucky ones. The symptoms can vary from mild (like a slight headache) to severe (which could include physical and emotional turmoil). Typical symptoms include nausea, depression, lightheadedness, brain fog, headaches, low energy, bloating, constipation, dehydration, dizziness, excessive joint pain, fever, sweating and extreme craving for anything that has wheat in it.

Yes you crave anything with wheat in it and may even start seeing and smelling your favorites everywhere. Your body is screaming out for wheat and it is hugely important during this time that you DO NOT GIVE IN. Not that it is ever okay to give in but mistakes do happen, this is not the time to be making any. Wheat is very addictive and by some accounts more addictive them cocaine so it is a really hard habit to remove this.

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Where is gluten hiding?

Where is gluten hiding?

Yeah sure if you have celiac disease or are severely gluten sensitive we all know to avoid the usual suspects like bread, breadcrumbs, cakes, cookies, pastries, donuts, wheat, barley, and rye but where else does gluten hide? Where else might gluten be lurking in your food? 

Staying gluten-free is critical to your health so it is important to find the hidden places where you might be surprised to find have wheat, wheat starch and gluten added. 

1. Oats 

Yes oats in nature are gluten free however it is how and where they are grown and how they are processed that becomes the problem. Most oats are processed along with wheat and flour therefore making cross-contamination very likely. Sometimes the oats are stored in silos that are also used to store other grains. So unless they are clearly marked as Certified Gluten Free Oats meaning they were grown, processed and stored safely stay clear of them.

2. Chewing Gum 

Believe it or not some brands of gum are not even safe because they use a gluten-based powder to keep the gum from sticking to the wrapper. It is crucial to double check the ingredient list here because not all gum is created equal in a celiacs world.

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What is your microbiome?

What is your microbiome?

Hey guys, I’m sure you have heard the term microbiome by now as well as genome and sure the microbiome has to do with human microbes genes and genome with our human genes but what does that really mean to us as a regular person who is not a scientist or doctor?

The best definition as well as simplest definition that I have found comes from learn.genetics.utah.edu which states “Some use “microbiome” to mean all the microbes in a community. We and others use it to mean the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community. The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes). The genes in our microbiome outnumber the genes in our genome by about 100 to 1. Microbes are everywhere: in the soil, in the water, and even in our bodies. That's right! Microbes cover every surface of our bodies, both inside and out. These microscopic life forms represent thousands of species, and they outnumber our own cells by about 10 to 1. A few microbes cause disease, but most do not. In fact, many are essential for good health.”

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Lessons Learned from I’m Not Your Guru.

Lessons Learned from I’m Not Your Guru.

Yesterday, I went to the Palm Beach International Film Festival to see Tony Robbins movie that will be coming out on Netflix in early summer, I’m not your Guru. Having been a Tony person for a few decades now, I have to say this man never ceases to amaze me and inspire me with his compassion, his commitment to people and sheer obsession to help people in pain. 

Tony has seen me through some dark times in my past hating myself, Daddy issues, marrying the WRONG man for all the wrong reasons, not liking the person who I had become, blaming myself for a whole host of bad decisions that I made when I was completely numb and felt dead inside. I had lost sight of who I am and what was important to me. And, Tony has helped me pick myself up, dust myself off and find the strength and the determination to try yet again. 

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Top 6 Tips for Removing Wheat from your Diet.

Top 6 Tips for Removing Wheat from your Diet.

Removing wheat from your diet, nowadays is so much easier yet so much more confusing for someone who has real issues with gluten. Sure there are tons of options, everybody and their brother has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon in order to make a buck.  The problem is very few companies are concerned with taking the proper steps in order to safe guard someone’s health. It’s all too easy to say oooppss we made a mistake and recall a certain product than actually make the effort ahead of time to prevent the damage to many celiac’s health. 

Gluten free has become the fat free fad of the 1980’s and it truly is causing irritable harm to true suffers of celiac disease. It has become so confusing to understand that just because a product is labeled gluten free doesn’t mean that it is safe for a celiac to eat.  So yes our grocery store shelves are literally lined with gluten free options but can a celiac really eat them? That is the question that was posed to me and I have a few tips that I’ll share that I use every time I go food shopping.

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