I have put off writing this post for ages, simply because it seemed like such a massive topic! Going gluten free has changed my life is so many ways, there is so many gluten free diet benefits….I didn’t know where to start telling my story!
Gluten is a protein mainly found in wheat, barley and rye.
But just recently I have noticed lots and lots of people (including children) going to be tested for celiac disease, or to see if they are allergic to wheat or gluten, BUT nothing negative ends up showing up their tests.
Many of those tested don’t show a reaction to wheat or gluten on the Doctors test, but they are actually still reacting to gluten.
Both my son and I are gluten free, and if we have gluten we are negatively effected for two days after it, we get a foggy brain, can’t think, suffer bloating and mood swings.
However we don’t have celiac disease and our symptoms aren’t classified as an allergy. They are ‘just’ an intolerance, but one that negatively impacts our quality of life.
Many people have an intolerance to gluten, mainly because our guts are not in the healthy state they should be, and also because wheat has changed dramatically from what it once was 100 years ago.
Going gluten free can change your life, just as it changed my life…my healing all started with my son’s diagnosis a few year ago.
Let me explain….
As some of you know when my son was 5 he was diagnosed with a serve anxiety disorder, it became so bad he couldn’t attend school or even leave the house. He was physically and mentally unwell.
Along with his diagnoses we were given a prescription for prozac. We never even took the prescription to the pharmacy, instead we embarked on a healing process through diet and supplementation. I wrote all about the incredible healing power of REAL food and what I learned about food along the way in the book The Chemical Generation.
Because a large part of his diet was to remove gluten from his his life, as a family we stood beside him and we too removed gluten from our diets.
After a few days of feeling pretty awful (as we detoxed off many of the unhealthy foods we were addicted to), we came out the other side. Yippie!! We discovered many gluten free diet benefits for ourselves. The mental fog we were under lifted, anxiety disappeared and we had a new found energy and clarity. We lost weight and felt healthier.
BUT staying gluten free wasn’t always easy, or so I thought, and my busy lifestyle saw me eating foods that contained gluten once again. And again I had the negative symptoms too!
A few months ago I decided to go completely gluten free, (rather than on and off gluten free). Rather than just swap a particular food for a gluten free option, because that can be chemical filled and just as unhealthy, I filled my diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds so there was no room for slipping up!
I am proud to say I am sticking to eating well and my mind and body are thriving once again.
Here are 10 GLUTEN FREE diet benefits that have truly changed my life!
- The foggy brain has disappeared and I can think clearly. I am no longer tired after eating.
- I sleep better, I don’t wake through the night.
- No bloating, something I suffered from terribly most my life.
- No mood swings, my energy levels are balanced.
- Healing from chronic pain, this has been a combination of removing gluten and sugar from my diet and beginning an exercise routine. My chronic hip and back pain continues to heal.
- Weight loss. I find eating bread makes me hungrier and I don’t stop eating once I am technically full. Eating a fresh diet without regular bread has allowed me to lose weight.
- My thyroid issues have disappeared…without medication.
- My skin is glowing and my hair and nails are stronger
- No more fatigue! This is the most life changing thing of all – I have suffered from extreme fatigue in the past and I am so happy this is behind me.
- No joint pain. Eating wheat and gluten causes me to have pains in my joints, that feel like constant aches. I haven’t had these for months!
I used to think being gluten free was difficult, but now it is easy all because I fill my diet with good foods, there is no room for craving bread anymore!
If you are thinking of going gluten free, don’t go and buy crappy supermarket ‘gluten free’ products, instead eat fresh foods fruit and vegetables, add meat, and nuts and seeds. Make your own delicious Gluten Free Bread, and start healing your body so you can thrive once again.
Please note: a naturopath can often test you to show if you have an intolerance to certain foods, this is another option if you are still unsure if you react to gluten.
If you are already gluten free I would love to hear how it changed your life.
Share with me below in the comments,
The 30 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge
There are so many benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar, such as weight loss, detoxification, and shiny hair, teeth and nails! It is really worth sticking to more than just a few days of trying it.
To make the most of the health benefits my whole family is starting The 30 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge, including the hubby and kids!
You are welcome to start it along side us, or at anytime that suits you.
It is also a great way to get a little more water into the kids, and boost their immunity too.
The benefits are amazing, and If your looking for a gentle cleanse the whole family can do, The Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge is a great place to start!
Before you cringe and say ‘I couldn’t drink vinegar……wait! It’s going to be worth it…AND, it IS diluted so it actually tastes way better than you might think’.
The Amazing Benefits Of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
- Helps skin glow from the inside out
- Removes toxins
- Breaks down fat
- Encourages regular bowel motions
- Encourages normal cholesterol
- Discourages glucose spikes
- Promotes proper PH levels, and allows for an alkaline state
- Helpful for easing heart burn
- Promotes a healthy gut
- Helps to regulate blood pressure
- Immunity boosting
SO…Let’s start the challenge:
What you need:
The very best RAW apple cider vinegar only – Use ORGANIC, and make sure it has the ‘mother’ – The ‘mother’ is a collection of enzymes and good bacteria that settle during the fermentation process.
I use Chantal Organics Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
You can get this from the supermarket or health food store. Be careful of the brand you choose as some other brands contain additives that should be avoided, such as colours and flavours.
How much to drink:
You can drink anything from 1 teaspoon to 3 tablespoons of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) diluted in a large glass of water 3x a day.
For our 30 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge we are doing the following:
For the kids – 1 tsp 2x a day in a large glass of water.
For the adults – 1 tbsp of ACV 2x a day.
When To Drink It:
Drink the diluted ACV drink around 20 minutes before a main meal, this helps prepare your body for food. Breakfast and dinner are ideal because most families are home together during those times.
Be a great role model for the kids, show them it actually tastes good! Tell them about the health benefits and congratulate them for drinking the whole glass.
Add a little honey to the drink if it helps the kids drink it, or like us add a squeeze of lemon or 2 drops of lemon essential oil.
If your starting the challenge let me know by commenting below or joining me on Instagram.
Good luck with the 30 Day Cider Vinegar Challenge, this could be the very start of a whole new you,
The 3 BEST Crystals For Love
When it comes to attracting love into your life, you first have to be able to love yourself.
LOVE YOURSELF FIRST!
Loving yourself opens the heart so that you can truly love others, and because like attracts like, once you feel love for yourself, the law of attraction ensures that this energy is extended out into the world.
Before you know it, love will come looking for you with very little effort on your part.
The following crystals are my top 3 best crystals for love and are used by many healers around the world as a conduit for LOVE:
Rose Quartz – Promotes feelings of love, compassion, joy and warmth.
One of my absolute favourite crystals is the rose quartz crystal.
It is valuable in enhancing self love as well as being a powerful attractant for those looking for love.
Rose Quartz – The Crystal Of LOVE
This soft pick crystal helps to heal pain from past hurts, deepens feelings of love for oneself and helps to keep the love between two people strong and pure.
Rhodonite – Helps to unblock the heart chakra, release fear and builds compassion.
This crystal is often found in smaller pieces, and is a mixture of rich pink crystals and darker grey mineralisation.
The power of this crystal is that it supports the heart chakra to release any blockages that it may have. If the heart chakra is blocked this can push love away.
We don’t want that….
Some people will go right through their life being ‘unlucky’ in love, when it was their heart charka holding onto a past hurt that was pushing love away all along.
Once releasing this blockage from the heart, love can finally flow in easily and effortlessly.
Jade – Promotes unconditional love and opens the heart.
Jade is often called a lucky charm because of it’s powers to promote love, health and wealth.
Jade For Love, Health & Wealth
Jade is used to attract new love and deepen the connections of love between two people who have been together for a long time.
Jade also allows for deep seated issues to be resolved between ones self, or between two people by bringing hidden issues to the surface.
Try This Powerful Love Spell:
When we are wanting to attract love into our lives we can ONLY do this by loving ourself completely first.
Use this powerful love spell to heal your heart, release blockages from the heart chakra and bring pure love into your life.
Time – Allow at least 30-40 minutes for the love spell, and repeat at least once a week.
The LOVE Spell
1 – Ground Yourself.
Place your bare feet onto the grass or the earth outside.
Take a long deep breath and imagine their are roots growing down through your feet into the earth. The roots draw up nourishment into your body and you feel your whole body becoming replenished.
Continue to take slow deep breaths (around 5 of these) until you feel your entire body buzzing with the energy of the earth,
2 – Release Your Fears.
Sit cross legged on the grass.
Hold the love crystal or crystals of your choice in your right hand and lightly press them against your heart.
Cover them with your left hand now too, taking a deep breath in through the nose as you do. As you release the breath you feel past hurts and blockages release through your mouth and into the air. Continue this for at least 5 more breaths.
3 – Affirmation
Repeat the affirmation as many times as you feel you need to, but no less than 3x:
I Am Loved, I Am Loved, I Am Loved.
Rhodonite For Healing The Heart Chakra
Remember: Bubbles of emotion may be ready to rise up to be released, and this can feel uncomfortable for those of us who are used to holding into emotions. It is much better to let them go, and this may cause tears to flow, so know this is completely normal.
You can repeat this daily to speed the healing process, or continue it weekly.
Optional: You can also use an essential oil on your heart chakra before beginning the exercise and before going to bed at night.
Rose is the essential oil of love, and would works beautifully for this spell. Otherwise choose an oil that resonates with you and use that diluted in coconut oil on your heart charka.
If you found the love spell helpful, or would love to learn more about crystals, please let me know with a few words below,
Love & Healing,
Everyone can do with an intestinal cleanse, and it is important to treat the whole family at least every 6 months to keep on top of any intestinal parasites such as worms.
This easy pumpkin seed remedy is a really good prevention for parasites that can upset tummies and cause a multitude of other health issues, and it tastes great too.
There are some good natural treatment on the market, but we use this cheap, easy and tasty cleanse remedy to keep our family healthy throughout the year. Even the pets all get a dose every few months, including our chickens, dogs, cats and guinea pigs.
Pumpkin seeds have been used traditionally for many years to treat parasites, and remove toxins. They contain a substance called cucurbitin which paralyses parasites and removes them from the body.
They are also a REALLY good source of vitamins A, B and K, and also contain a good amount of the mineral zinc.
Easy Intestinal Cleanse
Take 300g – 500gs of pumpkin seeds (or more if you have a bigger family, or want to dose your pets).
Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or whizz until almost a powder but not quite.
Take 1 tbsp a day for 3-4 days on either porridge, or cereal. It is really tasty on muesli. For kids you can add it to a smoothie and blend well or even mix it into their mince for tea. For animals I just mix it with their wet food and they haven’t noticed yet. The chickens will just eat it as it!
NOTE: If you are sure you have a parasite infestation seek medial advice, and double the dose of pumpkin seeds. Also add in a high quality garlic supplement to ensure all the parasites are taken care of.
My $100 REAL food challenge is yours free!
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Over 100 people have signed up to this already, and I am so excited to see everyone’s healthy creations.
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I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I do.
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This gluten free chocolate cake recipe is one of the easiest chocolate cake recipes I know, and it only takes around 20 minutes to cook.
It is also one of the healthiest because rather than just being gluten free it is also wheat and dairy free, no refined sugars and filled with fibre from nuts and seeds.
Use this as a base, and double or triple the quantities to create a bigger birthday or celebration cake.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 cup of ground almonds
1 cup of ground flaxseed
1/2 cup organic cocoa
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
3 free range eggs beaten
pinch of salt
1 tsp organic vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 C.
This is yet another throw everything together and mix well recipes. It doesn’t matter what goes in first as long as it is mixed well and eggs are beaten first. Pour into a lined cake tin and cook for 18-22 minutes until just cooked. Over cooking nut based cakes will make them dry so it is better to just undercook it as it will firm when cool.
Let cool and enjoy. This keep swell in an air tight container too and stays moist. If you like the speed and ease of this recipe, you will LOVE my other recipes.