Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healing Leaky Gut

Leaky gut… what is it? What does it do?  I can only speak for myself as I am not a medical professional.

Leaky gut is when there are gaps or holes in your intestinal wall that allow food proteins to transfer into you blood stream.  This migration of particles into where they are not expected, confuses our body and immune system.  My gluten intolerance going untreated for many years cause my gut to worsen. When the additional proteins crossed over into my blood stream it cause confusion. Currently I am cross reacting to yeast, eggs, millet, sorghum, and teff along with gluten and lactose.  More information on cross reacting at Cyrex Labs. The good news is there is a path to healing that does not involve prescribed medicine.

I have been see a functional integrated medicine doctor for the last few months to get my colitis back under control and stop the bleeding.  This is what I am doing to heal myself.  Remember your body is a powerful system, and your mind is even more powerful.

I have changed my diet to a modified paleo.  I currently am grain free, egg free, legume free, dairy free, sugar free and do not eat pork or beef.  Going to a restaurant is interesting I list off my allergens and then ask for a gluten-free vegan suggestion.  Eating a home is simple and I have found some new favorites. I will do a smoothie for breakfast. Pick up Elyse Wagoner's Smoothie Secrets Revealed. I love this cookbook. I then do an apple with almond butter for snack about 10:30 in the morning.  My lunch consist of a raw juice, that I make ahead and take with me; along with chicken and a veggie. Supper is either another smoothie or one of our new favorites like coconut curry.

Remember when healing a leaky gut you need to include bone broths as well, so replace your morning hot coffee for a hot cup of broth this winter. Include your fermented foods to promote growth of good bacteria in the gut.  We have started including fermented dill carrots on my salads or as snacks.  My new adventure is making homemade coconut yogurt. Yum!

Now for the mind and body healing combo.  You need to be mindful while eating, my best suggestion is to eat your food in a peaceful environment and stop when you are full. Do not feel you need to clean your plate or finish your smoothie. It is time to listen to your body and fully communicate with your gut.

If your in the Chicago area I suggest Dr. Sandi at North Surburban Wellness.
I just started reading the Whals Protocal and the book is full of information on immune issues and diet.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Traditional Southern Thanksgiving

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Are you ready for next week?  Do you put as much thought into the meal as I do.  Do you worry if there will be safe food available for you eat at the family dinner? Did you just take on preparing the whole Thanksgiving feast to ensure there is no cross contamination? Are you traveling? What are your allergic kids going to eat?

These are just some of the questions I have with every holiday.  I have done it all from preparing, cooking, and packing the whole Thanksgiving meal up in the truck and driving 3 hours to serve it to the family.

The holidays should be a time of fun, family and time to create lasting moments of love and joy.

Our Thanksgiving menu this year will include
1. GF Turkey
2. Sweet Potato Pie (recipe in Celebrates Heritage cookbook)
3. Mash Potatoes
4. Gravy
5. Collard Greens
6. Croissants

We have just have a small dinner on Thanksgiving, then a fun evening with friends on Friday and the BIG drive to see great-grandpa on Sunday with just some leftovers to share for lunch.  Will this be simpler, not sure but it is the plan.

I will be mixing up many batches of croissants over the next few weeks to take to our the shared meals. If you have not pre-ordered your own Three Days to Perfection here is the link. http://gfmomcertified.com/2014-holiday-release.html

Here is a link to our Thanksgiving Pinterest board for more ideas! 

Here is a link to a Gluten Free Thanksgiving we did a few years ago with recipe links. http://vphonegirl.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-this-year.html

Here is a Free Cookbook for Limited Time by my favorite GFQueen, Pam Jordan - FREE for a limited time The only cookbook you need for your Gluten Free holiday table! This book is filled with easy recipes anyone can make and everyone will enjoy. If this is your first Gluten Free holiday, your tenth or you are cooking for a Gluten Free guest this cookbook will do the trip. Appetizer, side dishes, main dishes and dessert recipes are all ready to fill your holiday tables. Your Gluten Free holiday will be filled with new memories made with these recipes.

This book include Holiday tips and great recipes from appetizers to desserts that are quick and easy. Simple ingredients that you can mix up for your holiday celebrations.  Grab a copy for your relatives, so they can make you a safe dish as well. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Without Gluten… All Things Are Possible

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Big Reveal is Coming!

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Gluten free baking is easy, you can find several cookbooks for cupcakes, cakes and cookies.; not to mention the mixes that are available. This new cookbook is different inside you will find two dough recipes that can be used to recreate true European bakery classics like croissants and eclairs and so much more. Once you master the two doughs the possibilities are endless. I remember as a child my aunt making everything for parties with a tube of canned rolls. The idea is much the same, two simple basic doughs that can be used to recreate traditional classics, appetizers and crowd wowing masterpieces that no one will know is gluten free. I will not lie to you the choux pastry is much easier to master than the croissant dough, although the croissant dough once mastered is a skill no home baker should have. It will become you secret weapon to pull out for Holiday parties, Sunday brunch and for those special people in your life that make you want to smile as soon as they walk in the room.

I have spent months possibly a better part of a year working on the flour blend and technique to get a no fail recipe for the home chef in you. I have carted pastries to church, work and hosted several brunches to have them tasted by non-gluten free people and the general public. Feed back is key when developing a new recipe. If you are looking for quick and easy, go back to canned rolls. Although if you are ready to WOW you family and guest and never have to tell them they are gluten free get our your flours. Let's get started.

This new cookbook is filled with over 60 recipes, tips and tricks, step by step photographs and Mom Certified secrets even you Grandma wouldn't share

We have assessed every “pain point” that you could possibly have when eating gluten free pastries.

Three Days to Perfection has solved:
  • crumbly
  • dry
  • spit it out of your mouth
  • cardboard
  • full of holes
  • no taste
  • heavy
  • flat no rise
  • chewy eclairs

Three Days to Perfection is:
Gluten Free, Tree Nut Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free & Soy Free

If there's another “free-from” that you want to be sure of, just ask.

The issue is that gluten free pastries are hard to find and with the Holiday party season you just can't pick up a can of croissant dough and make easy appetizers and guest wowing treats.

But we can reverse the frustration. By using a gluten free dough that was designed to perform and allow you to host again with crowd wowing appetizers and desserts. The pastry dough can be used plain or with any of the 60 recipes included to make fluffy and airy tarts and pastries for brunch or an evening party – just the way you did before going gfree.

We have even include our special flour blend in Three Days to Perfection along with over 60 recipes to make with the 2 dough recipes. This cookbook is different including step by step photos for every step along the way and therefore why it cost $9.99 and not $1.99.

How about the number of gluten free pastries you have tried over your gluten free journey, how many times did you try something to find the right one? Three Days to Perfection will stop your searching.

Three Days to Perfection is coming November 28th. 
Watch for Details.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Are you in Dallas? GFAF Expo Next Week

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The Dallas Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo is Next Week!  Wow, where has the time gone.  I just got our ticket and hotel.  Personally I can not wait to see all our gfree friends and hang out after the expo to trade stories from the Fall.  I love how the gfree community is so supportive and helpful. Everyone is willing to share and give you reccomendations. The two day event will be filled with tasting, sampling, trying new things … oh that just the food. There will also be samples to take home, experts to question, videos to film, and raving fans.  Yes I am a raving fan of a few brands too! Like Red Apple Lip Stick and Canyon Oat cups. You don't want to miss out on all the fun.

My tips for you:
1. Wear comfortable shoes
2. Bring a water to drink
3. Bring your appetite for sampling
4. Bring an extra green grocery bag for samples
5. Bring your debit card or cash for expo special prices
and plan to stay the day!

Dallas Market Center
2100 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keep Your Kids Safe this Halloween #glutenfree candy

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Meet Andrea McCarthy

The Life of the Newly Diagnosed by Andrea McCarthy, CHHC, AADP
Your doctor has just told you that in order to be well, you need to eat completely gluten-free. After processing this news, you wonder what to do next. Or…what if it wasn’t you that needed to go gluten-free but your child or your spouse or a loved one that you prepare foods for on a daily basis? There is so much you need to know and you need to know it right away.

This is where I come in…

My name is Andrea McCarthy and I am a Certified Health and Food Coach, specializing in Gluten-Free Living.

I was right where you are about four and a half years ago. My doctor had just diagnosed me with Gluten Intolerance and I sat there and wondered what to do as I had no clue where to begin. What foods are safe? How was I going to dine out again, which I loved to do often? How would I prepare my meals for work? I went home that day and must have ordered 10 books on Amazon.com. I was overwhelmed, to say the least. I would have loved to have known someone who could hold my hand and walk me through this new chapter of my life. Eating is a very emotional experience and a lot of what we do revolves around eating.  We celebrate with meals, we spend precious family time at the dinner table, we go to gatherings where everyone congregates in the kitchen, not to mention holiday time.  When eating is now what is not only going to heal you but ensure you do not get sick again, it is important that you know the right way to go about it. 

Not only did I have to learn a new way of eating for myself, but my son got diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance one year after I did so I had to learn what kind of foods to give him too. It was hard for him at the age of 10 and I wanted to make sure he felt comfortable with his school lunches as well as attending birthday parties. His whole world turned upside down and he relied on me to help see him through. Today, my son would agree, he eats the best of everything gluten-free and hasn’t looked back.

Imagine you can no longer eat Grandma’s homemade cannolis or your favorite deep dish pizza. But wait…..maybe you can eat something very similar…if you knew that, wouldn’t you breathe a big sigh of relief?

It is my mission as a Health and Gluten-Free Food Coach to let everyone know that being diagnosed is not the end of eating as you know it. I tell everyone that I have found gluten-free versions of all of my favorite foods and I eat fabulously. Yes, no kidding, I do.

I am passionate about helping the newly diagnosed. I can help you discern between what gluten-free foods taste good as well as the ones that are good for you. There are so many options to choose from and once you find your way, you will wonder why you ever worried in the first place. I even offer grocery store tours, where I can show you in person, my favorite gluten-free foods and provide excellent recommendations. Let me show you first hand how easy it can be.


Andrea McCarthy is a Certified Health and Food Coach, specializing in Gluten-Free Living and received her health coaching certification from Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Andrea was diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance in 2010 and has a son who was diagnosed in 2011 so she understands what it is like to have to live a gluten-free lifestyle. Andrea has a passion to help others who have been newly diagnosed and need to live a gluten-free lifestyle but do not know where to begin. Andrea has been very active in the Gluten Free Community since her diagnosis and has been a leader of the Lake County chapter of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Greater Chicago and was a former Marketing Specialist for the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo. Andrea has also been an active volunteer for the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Andrea founded the blog, Rockin' Gluten-Free and started writing for Examiner.com as the Chicago Gluten-Free Food Examiner in 2010. Andrea can be contacted via her website atandreamccarthyhealth.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/andreamccarthyhealth
Twitter - @GFCoachAndrea

Instagram – GFCoachAndrea

Meet Andrea tomorrow Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Bountiful Eatery’s Gluten-Free Meetup where she will be speaking about “Preparing for the Holidays on a Gluten-Free Lifestyle.”