September 12, 2016 by Heather
Have you just found out you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity or celiac disease and you have no clue where to start? The majority of my clients are those with auto-immune dynamics for which I recommend a gluten free diet, 100% cold-turkey, no excuses. You see, those with an auto-immune disease have intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut), which, in most cases was one of the exacerbating causes of that dynamic. Gluten, along with being inflammatory for most, will exacerbate intestinal permeability in those with auto-immune diseases. How you ask?
Gluten is implicated in intestinal permeability especially in those with auto-immune because it triggers a protein called zonulin. Zonulin as a substance is natural in the human body. It promotes an opening up of spaces in the villi in the intestines and is triggered on purpose. Zonulin is one of the bodies heavy duty immune response activities which should be limited to cases of virulent infection. It is the bodies strategy to create more intestinal permeability so the bodies immune soldiers can come to the scene of the infection and help to wipe it out. When zonulin is triggered when say someone eats wheat bread, then the process becomes inappropriate.
Ok so your eyes might be glazing over about now, right?! No worries! Just know that gluten is no good for you and you should remove it! 😉 Of course, there are many other things I do with my clients to help get to the root causes of why they got the auto-immune dynamic in the first place, heal their intestinal permeability, get them feeling their best etc. Did you know that if you don’t get to the root causes of why you got the first auto-immune disease you are 6x more likely to get a second and third auto-immune disease?! But I digress….. The point of this blog post is to give you some ideas on how to eat gluten free. Here goes!!!
- Oats (*must be labeled gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination)
- Corn/ maize (some people with gluten issues have a cross-reactivity to corn-always buy non-GMO)
- Nuts and nut butters
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- Herbs and spices
- Meats and fish purchased without sauce or seasonings
- Home-made soups (avoid bouillon cubes, barley malt, and all types of pasta)
- Juice (all-natural, 100% fruit juice)
Foods to avoid:
- Oats are generally avoided because they are almost always processed in mills that process grains containing gluten
- Modified food starch
- Barley enzymes (found in majority of breakfast cereals), soy sauce, and distilled vinegar (malt vinegar)
Tips for avoiding contamination:
- Clean out cutlery drawers; they are great crumb collectors
- Replace old wooden spoons and cutting boards
- Wash dish rags/sponges frequently
- Use a new toaster for gluten-free foods only or buy toaster bags (do not use a toaster that’s already been used to toast regular bread)
- Use squirt bottles for condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, jelly, etc. to avoid contamination
- Mark containers with “GF” on the lid of gluten-free items.
- Clean food prep areas
- Dedicate shelves and cabinets in your kitchen and refrigerator to “gluten-free food only”
Gluten-Free Flour Mix (All-Purpose)
(Makes 12 cups)
8 cups rice flour (preferably brown)
2 2/3 cups potato starch
1 1/3 cups tapioca flour
Gluten-Free Flour Mix (Light)
(Makes 12 cups)
4 cups rice flour
4 cups tapioca flour
4 cups cornstarch
4 tablespoons potato flour
There is an awesome recipe on this site for gluten free bread that doesn’t taste like cardboard!! Just type gluten free bread in the search bar and it should come up.
If you’d like help on getting to the bottom of why you are suffering, I would love to be a part of your journey. I help those with Fibro, CFS, auto-immune, diabetes etc. get to the root causes of why they became ill and wipe them out. If you are interested in feeling your best, set up a consult with me today! It is your destiny to live your best self!!!
If you have any great gluten free recipes you’d love to share feel free to post them in the comments or email them to me!
Peace & Love,
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July 21, 2015 by Heather
I just returned from Nashville for the annual Beachbody Coach Summit. It was HOT in Nashville! Oh my! I packed as many as my fibro tools as I could but this time, despite my best efforts, I suffered a bit. Did I mention it was HOT!?!?
How many of you take a beating when you travel? I always do my best to stick with a routine, drink lots of water, take all my supplements etc. but you know how it goes. When I went to Cancun in March I actually did pretty well. This time, not so much. But I have all the tools now at home to get back on track. But before I do that, I’m super busy trying to get caught up and super excited to share some new things that are coming out!
There’s a brand new Fixate cookbook that was based around the 21 Day Fix Program! The recipes in the book look super yummy! I can’t wait to try them! If you want to check out the book for yourself head here…..http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/FixateCookbook?referringRepId=242583
Cize, the new workout program from Shaun T also came out! Who wants to workout but not feel like they’re working out!? ME!!! If you want to check that out head here….http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPCZ160?referringRepId=242583
Beachbody also came out with some boosts for Shakeology and a Performance Line. Super awesome stuff! I have to tell you…we were sitting in one of the sessions really tired and failing when we decided to grab a Shakeology from the bar with the focus boost in it. Holy cow!!! We were like brand new ladies, and were ready to go for the evening! I will definitely be getting that on home direct! I think it the perfect product for any Fibro peep to have in their arsenal for sure!
But I didn’t just want to write this post to tell you about all the new stuff, despite how awesome it all is! What I really wanted to ask you is what hopes and dreams do you have for yourself? Did those hopes and dreams get pushed aside with your Fibro diagnosis? Are you struggling to get yourself back? I’m here to tell you that I am no different than you. And just because you have Fibro, it shouldn’t have you. And it won’t if you don’t let it. I was up on stage last week in front of 25,000 people. Why? Because every day I help people just like me live a healthier more fulfilling life despite chronic health issues. Why not you? I am currently looking to add people to my team that want to help others while helping themselves at the same time. No health and fitness experience is necessary. All I ask is that you have a want to help others and a need to help yourself. I’ll take care of the rest. We have one life to live. Why not live it the best way we know how? If any of this resonates with you, reach out. I’d love to hear from you!
Peace & Love,
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April 22, 2015 by Heather
As some of you may know I’m a health and fitness coach. A few weeks ago I was listening to our national call while walking the dog. It was a call that really resonated with me because the person on the call was talking about how they were not the same person as they were when they started this journey. I started to cry as I was walking my dog and I’m pretty sure if anyone was watching me they thought I was wacky! Why was I crying? Because this person was speaking my truth! I am SO different today than I was in 2008 when I started this journey!
You may have seen my most recent pics of Cancun. I just returned from there on a FREE trip! I am still in awe that this opportunity that I signed up for back in 2008, to get a discount, has turned into such a blessing for me! The FREE trips are awesome for sure! I am glad to be back home. Travel can be SO hard for us Fibro peeps! I do like making money at what I love. There is nothing wrong with that. But what I love the most is helping people every day just like me get fit and healthy and feel better! For those of you that don’t know my full story, back in 2008 I was on workmen’s comp (not yet diagnosed with fibro) and determined to be disabled to do my current job. I had previously signed up as a Coach to get a discount. When I was in a place of, “what the heck am I going to do with my life now,” I decided to give the opportunity a go. And what a blessing it has been to me! I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it. I get to work from home which is awesome because with some of my health challenges I’m not sure I would have been able to drag myself to a 9-5 job. My bunny was recently ill, requiring eye meds four times a day! If I was working a 9-5 job, how would that have worked!? I get to meet awesome people every day that I wouldn’t have otherwise met. And as previously mentioned, I get to help others just like myself every day!
What’s the point of this post you ask? I’d love for YOU to join me if any of this resonates with you! Whether the FREE trips interest you, the extra money, the opportunity to help yourself while helping others, or all of it, if any of this speaks to you send me an email or message from this site. There is never any obligation but I’d love to share with you the information so that you can make an informed decision! If building a business doesn’t interest you, but getting fit and healthy does, I’d still love to chat with you about your goals and needs!
Looking forward to connecting!!
Peace & Blessings!
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