You CAN have a healthy and delicious life!
My name is Jen, and this picture comparison is a snapshot of my journey – going from the depths of despair to enjoying the gift of great health!
It’s not just about the 72 pounds I lost, though. Even more importantly, every negative health condition that was going on inside of my body has now been eliminated or is in remission!
After a long and frustrating journey to many doctors, and despite Celiac test results that indicated no presence of Celiac disease (read here why that could happen to you, too), it was suggested that I try a gluten free diet.
In 2010, I went gluten free and experienced a lot of improvement in my health – but it wasn’t until I went entirely grain and soy free in 2012 that I found the key to perfect health! Besides the 72 pound weight loss, I also eliminated lifelong high cholesterol that my doctors had previously treated with statin drugs. Even more importantly, my new dietary lifestyle eliminated dangerous inflammation I was experiencing, and put my Hashimoto’s disease into remission…and even eliminated any evidence of diabetes. Even my skin, hair, and sinuses changed! There were other improvements too – I used to suffer from debilitating panic attacks…GONE! (read my full story here)
Grateful for my new life, I became certified so I could start coaching others, and also formed a support group. The results I’ve seen with those I’ve coached has blown me away! I was amazed at the results that each person experienced when fully committing to a new dietary lifestyle…weight loss, reduction and elimination of medications, improved digestion, better sleep, heightened immunity, improved behavior in children…and the list goes on! The reduction of inflammation is incredibly key as a factor in preventing the worst of diseases: cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, MS, etc.
It has been a true gift to receive my life and my health back and I’ve made it my life’s passion to share this information. It’s my sincere hope and prayer that you can experience the freedom that good health brings!
Read on to understand more about eliminating gluten and grains, or get started right now!
Gluten Free? or Grain Free?
Maybe you’ve been hearing about “gluten free” in the news or from a friend, or maybe you’ve seen the expanding aisle at the grocery store and wonder why so many people need all these special products. The term “gluten free” currently refers to products from containing wheat, barley, rye and sometimes, oats. The FDA’s labeling of “gluten free” means simply that a product must contain less than 20 parts per million (20 ppm) of gluten. Eliminating gluten has helped thousands of people improve from a myriad of health conditions.
So, what does grain free mean?
A grain free lifestyle eliminates any item that comes from a grain source. Things like corn, rice, millet, sorghum, teff, and their associated flours made from these items are all grain-based. Unfortunately, these items are also in virtually every packaged product, most often listed as an ingredient that you may not recognize. During my personal coaching sessions, I teach you how to identify these ingredients so you can succeed while doing your grocery shopping!
Reasons to consider a grain free lifestyle:
- It eliminates virtually all processed products from your diet
- It eliminates the majority of the foods known to cause inflammation
- If you follow a Paleo lifestyle or do Cross Fit, both are grain and soy free lifestyles
- Grain free is a proven preventative step against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, and high cholesterol.
I’d like to know more about this from a doctor. What do you suggest?
- Dr. Davis, author of Wheat Belly, is a cardiologist who treats patients through a grain free dietary lifestyle. He is a cardiologist who doesn’t have a single patient that has suffered a heart attack while following his dietary plan!
- Dr. Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, is a psychiatrist who got tired of writing prescriptions and never seeing his patients improve from things like ADD/ADHD, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. He changed the guidelines of his practice to treating patients with a grain free diet, and the results have been amazing!
- Dr. Fasano, author of Gluten Freedom, is a gastroenterologist and the founder of the Center for Celiac Research.
- Find a functional medicine physician to speak with personally. Go to functionalmedicine.org
So…what is the difference between a gluten free and a grain free lifestyle?
A grain free lifestyle automatically reduces or eliminates the following risks:
- Issues with cross-contamination
- Processed and high carbohydrate foods
- Some genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
- Exposure to herbicides used in commercial grain fields
- Grain lectins
- Other gluten proteins, not yet identifiable through testing
- Weakening of the immune system (grains are known to contribute to breakdowns in the immune system, causing “leaky gut”)
Other reasons to consider a grain free lifestyle:
- If you are gluten sensitive, or have Celiac Disease, or…
- If you have an autoimmune disorder, or experience internal inflammation (which is also the breeding ground for cancer, heart disease, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis) that is due to any form of gluten sensitivity…
- the truth is that the body can and will heal itself!..and the KEY to achieving good health is all about what you eat (hint: NOT achieved by eating “gluten free” processed products!)
- If you are suffering from digestive disorders (diarrhea, IBS, vomiting, nausea, acid reflux, indigestion, bloating) related to gluten sensitivity (even if your doctor says you don’t have it), did you know you can live a life free of these symptoms in a very short time?
- If you are you unable to gain or lose weight, no matter how hard you exercise and try to eat right, you could be suffering from a thyroid condition that stems from gluten sensitivity. If you have issues with your thyroid, whether it registers on a blood test or not, you could be suffering from a metabolic condition related to gluten sensitivity (that’s what happened to me!)
If you are in any of the above scenarios with your health, it is vital that you make these changes! If you are already gluten free, you might be thinking that you digest rice and corn with no issue; that it doesn’t affect your system at all. Before you dismiss this entirely, let me ask you:
- Are you still over or under weight?
- Do you have any unfavorable lab results?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Is your sugar level higher than it should be, or are you diabetic?
- Do you still find that you are fatigued?
- Is your skin dry or blemished?
- Do you wake up in the middle of the night?
- Do you have sinus issues?
- Do you have any bowel issues? (Constipation, flatulence, runny stools, diarrhea)
- Do you have any digestion issues? (excessive burping, acid reflux)
- Do you have joint pain or arthritis that still causes you pain?
- Are you taking thyroid medication (especially Synthroid, which contains gluten)?
- Do you get headaches or migraines?
Wouldn’t it be great if none of the above applied to you? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, I urge you to take this quiz and consider giving grain free and soy free a try. You went gluten free once…and this is a similar quest. Just like when you made that change, you will know in a relatively short time if being grain free makes any difference in your body and your health.
You can’t put a price on perfect health – and you deserve the freedom of feeling great!
How do I know this? Not only have I lived it personally in my own journey…now I am seeing it in others by using my own experiences to help people feel better every day!
What results have others experienced?
Through personal coaching, classes, and our local support group (even those that were already “gluten free”):
- Improved digestion, weight loss, reduced joint pain, and improvements in blood pressure;
- Lower cholesterol readings;
- Sleeping solidly through the night or improved sleep patterns;
- Elimination of medications for health conditions (such as bursitis, diabetes, thyroid and high blood pressure);
- Improved behavior in children and reduced anger in adults;
- Improvements in brain clarity, memory, and moods; some even report feeling younger!
- Elimination of skin rashes and eczema
- Elimination of the symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, and other digestive disorders
After extremely poor health led me ultimately to be diagnosed in 2010, I have spent every waking moment learning how to be transformed into a healthy individual. I attended classes from an integrative medical expert (Dr. Glen Aukerman, author of 120 Days to Total Health), and then received my certification from Gluten Free Society in 2013.
If you are gluten sensitive, or have Celiac Disease, the only path to 100% complete wellness is to fully eliminate gluten, grain, and soy from your diet. Read the full story about my journey here and join us on YOUR path to a healthy and delicious life!
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