It all started with REDUCING gluten, about 50%. I lost weight easily, and at the time I was 264 lbs. and very much needed to turn my health around (with a host of issues besides being overweight). You can ready my story for full details.
Not weighing myself, but having room in my clothes to breathe, I was encouraged. And reduced gluten even more...75%, 80%, and to the point where I reserved Friday mornings for a special visit to the coffee shop with my daughter to have a scone and a mocha. I lost 32 lbs.in 3 months.
Eventually I went on to eliminate most dairy, and even have gone completely gluten free - and at which point all my aches and pains totally cleared up. This is because my body has a sensitivity (not an allergy) and these food groups caused inflammation.
What do heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer all have in common - INFLAMMATION.
How do we reduce inflammation - we reduce, and ideally, eliminate the foods that cause it. So let's start with the biggie...GLUTEN. If you want the story on gluten I suggest you read the book Wheat Belly, or African American Healthy.
Eliminating gluten for 30 days has made a huge difference for many. I have clients with fibromyalgia, Lupus, IBS, arthritis and other auto immune diseases of which gluten is a huge promoter of inflammation. People with auto immune are more sensitive than others to certain food groups. Thirty days of your life to determine what ails you could prevent a future lifetime of knee and hip surgeries, organ transplants, surgeries, and more.
So I ask, is your life and your future worth a 30 day sacrifice of pleasure foods? Only you can decide.
Rather than tell you what you cannot eat, I found this wonderful video that helps provide a gluten free overview of what grains you CAN eat. Be sure to check out my recipe library (which is growing as I find time to transfer my recipes) - which is completely gluten free - and kid approved. My children, now ages 12 and 17, have been taste testing my elimination diet recipes for the past 5 years. My daugher says that the Teff flour pancakes are the best pancakes she has ever had - say good bye to dry pancakes!
If you want to say good-bye to aches and pains, poor heart and high cholesterol - start small and reduce gluten in your life. Once you start to feel better I am confident you will want to eliminate more and more just to experience how good feeling good feels!
May you live each day making healthier choices for you and your body,
To help you get started with gluten-free living - below are several favorite recipes suitable for each meal of the day. Click on each recipe title to view the recipe. Enjoy life's simple GF pleasures!
Breakfast is often the most challenging meal of the day to eat healthy. This smoothie eliminates all feelings of deprivation - it is truly like having dessert for breakfast -only healthy!
"I can't give up bread!!" Well, you don't have to.
Making your own flat bread is super easy. Prep the flour mix ahead of time and store in the freezer, and you can have fresh, warm bread in 15 minutes!
Packed with proteins and nutrients - this vegan dish is great on its own or served with a small portion of lean cooked hormone free meat.
Yes - you can have dessert and still live healthy!