Welcome to Gluten Free Lady Health & Fitness Coaching!
Chances are you just might find an encouraging message here that may already resonate with your current lifestyle or that moves you along in in your new health, wellness and fitness journey. I'm here to motivate and assist you in making positive changes to improve your life for the long term!
I'm currently (November 2014) studying with Precision Nutrition, The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition for a Health Coach Certification. I'm Certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer through Fitour. I've been actively involved in fitness for 18 years building that healthy habit and love cooking great tasting healthy foods right here in the comforts of our home and sharing food with family and friends!
Want to know a little secret? Before I decided to finally change my diet to eliminate gluten/wheat I never liked cooking! In fact, I ate fast food, restaurant, and carry out for years! Pizza, burgers, bread, rolls, biscuts and I had the dough girl stomach for years no matter how much I worked out! I haven't eaten fast food in over six years! I've become quite the home chef and love cooking and organic gardening! And at age 61 I'm wearing a size 6 skinny jeans. I haven't worn a size 6 in 25 years. It's all from making healthy life style changes that last. The main thing though is I'm healthier and have been off prescription medications for 8 years. I can help you do the same. It was possible for me and it can be for you too!
For many years I suffered from a host of undiagnosed chronic health symptoms that just kept getting worse. As I sought to get to the bottom of my deteriorating health I realized (after working with a Functional Medicine doctor who did some blood testing) that food, namely a sensitivity to gluten and wheat, was closely linked to every symptom I had and they were anywhere from headaches, severe migraines, skin issues, joint pain, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and finally memory loss and I was aging fast. See more on that below.
Ok to be honest, I wasn't always happy in the kitchen either. Perhaps you can relate? I didn't exactly enjoy cooking and felt there was no time for it. For many years most of the food I ate was either fast food, restaurant or carry out. Little did I know all the junk was slowly aging and poisoning me! And not only that it was affecting my brain because I was losing my memory.
After hitting rock bottom in 2008, barely able to function, I started self-experimentation with lot's of research and came to believe that not only changing my diet which is only the first step, but also healing my gut was critical to becoming well and being able to live, function and enjoy life to the fullest again.
My new found love of cooking and eating turned its focus toward nourishing and healing my body with each bite of food on my fork. Since there weren't as many reliable resources available back in 2008, I decided to start this Gluten Free Lady blog to share my experiences, knowledge and cooking with others as they begin to travel the journey to optimal health.
Since there weren't as many reliable resources available back in 2008, I decided to start this Gluten Free Lady blog to share my experiences, knowledge and cooking with others as they begin to travel the journey to optimal health.
You'll find out that I'm especially passionate about counseling private clients and coaching them towards vibrant health and healing through real wholesome food, nutrition and fitness. Besides spending time in the kitchen I enjoy spending time with family, our Aussie dog Titan, fellowship with friends, and enjoy growing food in our organic garden.
I'm praying this information will inspire and encourage you and looking forward to meeting you soon to hear your personal story of discovery and recovery! Wheather it's to lose some weight, get into your skinny jeans, or just become healthier to live a longer happier, pain and disease free life....
To speak with me about your goals fill out the contact form to the left and I'll get back in touch with you to have a real live conversation to get your move on!
When picking up the pieces of a damaged life and putting them back together, a person cannot help but see their life changed for the better forever. Change in this way can become a very beautiful thing which results in a much deeper understanding of others who find themselves in similar situations. This metamorphosis gives us a chance to share our experiences with hurting people, showing them that there is a way out of pain and darkness. There’s hope with an ultimate bright light at the end of the tunnel. Personally I’ve not just been broken, but put back whole again by God in a beautiful way, a way that I could have never done in my own strength. It was His way… “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Do you or someone you know and/or love suffer from the following?
Did you know this can all be related to the food you are eating?
I've supercharged my memory & brain power, mastered my mood, achieved and maintained optimal weight, effectively treated chronic pain, quickly improved my focus and energy, reversed chronic illness, broken the bondage of food addiction and I've created a legacy of health for our family plus they got their mom and wife back! I can help you too! All you have to do is ask!
We know that when a woman is healthy she becomes a better mother, partner, friend, sister, daughter and citizen of the world. I’m so glad that you landed here for whatever reason, it’s not an accident that we’ve connected and my hope and prayer is that you will find some benefit and peace of mind from the content within this website and please pass it on to others you feel would benefit too.
It was quite frustrating being ill with such a myriad of symptoms and no one could quite figure out why. Perhaps you can relate to what I’m saying?
The medical profession’s answer was always to take this or that drug. Some of the symptoms I had weekly and sometimes even daily, were debilitating migraines, irritable bowel, stomach issues, skin issues, terrible itching, severe joint pain, foggy head, memory loss, depression, and thyroid issues for 33 years. I was on thyroid medication starting at the age of 22 up until 2005. I found a holistic doctor in 2005 who finally offered to do food allergy testing blood work. No doctor I had ever seen had ever suggested food allergy testing? Sure enough the test came back showing a high allergy to gluten and wheat. Consequently she recommended a gluten free diet.
I struggled with chronic illness for over 12 years which was progressively worsening over the years. I was constantly in the doctor’s office for thyroid issues, migraines, sinus issues, bladder infections, and depression as well as constant panic attacks. In 2005 I met Dr. Nicole Hewitt. By this time I was taking several prescription medications including thyroid medication for 32 years. I was taking anti-depressants, migraine medication, medications for anxiety and panic attacks. I was 25 to 30 lbs over weight despite the fact that I worked out 4 to 5 days a week. I could not get rid of the fat around my mid-section. My migraines were worsening and so was the pain in my back and pain all over my body.
Dr. Hewitt recommended doing blood work to test for food allergies. No doctor had ever suggested doing this. Their answer was more medications. The test came back showing I was sensitive to gluten/wheat and she recommended a gluten free diet. I was in denial for a few more years and my health continued to decline. She weaned me off all the medications including the thyroid and recommended an all-natural supplement for my thyroid which I still take today. In 2008 at age 54 my memory was starting to fade, I was barely able to function, could not drive, was in so much pain all over my body and could barely walk. Dr. Hewitt finally told my husband I was going to die if I did not entirely eliminate gluten/wheat from my diet. That got my attention and I slowly started to comply with the diet. As you can see from my photos it has been a dramatic transformation and I am very grateful to Dr. Hewitt for finally getting to the bottom of my chronic illness and for not giving up on me. If I had not met her in 2005 and listen to her recommends I would most likely have ended up in a nursing home with possible Dementia or worse. She saved my life!
Making a lifestyle change like this was challenging and frustrating at first, but I started slowly changing my diet in 2008 and have been gluten free since and feel better than I have in years and actually look younger now and I turned 61 this year July 2014!
Personally I didn’t need some scientific evidence to show me all this. My body is all the evidence I need but having those test done probably saved my life and I’m very grateful to Dr. Nichole Hewitt for finally discovering what was wrong with me! When I do eat anything with wheat or gluten I become sick, not as bad as before but my body immediately tells me not to eat certain foods and if I do I pay the consequences. I was given further saliva testing and it was recommended that I go off all grains including corn, rice and gluten free breads that contain grains. This has been a challenge and I'm still eating them in moderation. Since I keep a daily food diary I can tell when symptoms pop up what caused them. So I highly recommend keeping a diary.
I've also been off all prescriptions including thyroid medicine since 2005. After taking synthyroid for 33 years I had a bone scan and it showed ostopenia. I listened to a blog talk radio show a few years ago with another holistic doctor who specializes in gluten sensitivities and Celiac disease (see link). He mentioned a correlation between thyroid issues and gluten sensitivities on that show. He also mentions other symptoms with disease names such as Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns diseasex8Lupus, and the list goes on. These diseases seem to be main stream in our society today aren't they? And oh yes there’s always a prescription medication for each one. All we have to do is turn on the TV and see the myraid of drug commercials and long list of side effects. I've also been taking Dr. Thomas O'Bryan's Gluten Sensitivity Pack supplements since June 2012. This is a combination of products to heal the gut and I’ve seen very good results.
Update February 17, 2015: I've also recently started (for 2 months) taking an Enzyme supplement called Gluten Shield from Dr. Peter Osborne. It's a pro-prebotic enzyme product that helps the body digest grains and it's helping a lot when I do eat grains such as corn and rice or if I do happen to have contamination at a restaurant. More details and how to order the Gluten Shield product here!
Yeah this was me in 1988 at age 34 when our first son was about 9 months old. So I know what it's like to be overweight. I struggled too for many years always being at least 25 to 30 lbs over what I am now. After I had Luke though I was almost 200 lbs at 5' 3" tall! It took me over two years to lose most of that weight and I tried the starvation dieting when I was working at the Diet Center in 1989 and hated ever minute of it! I vowed to never do another 'DIET' again. Because dieting doesn't work long term!
The best way I've lost weight and kept it off is by living a healthy lifestyle. Actually, after I eliminated gluten/wheat from my diet and alakalized my body the weight started coming off and has stayed off to this day. No I'm not perfect and yep sometimes I eat dessert and although I do exercise it's not as consistent as it used to be! But I do advocate some sort of physical activity especially as we age! Personally I go to Curves for Women and love it and try and get there 3 to 4 days a week. It's especially good for women my age and older because we can go as slow or fast as we choose to depending on how our body feels that day! Ha! We have women in their 80's who are still actively participating at my Curves here in Lakeway and I'm so encouraged by them!
I've also been taking a product called Alkalete for over five years now. This is an alkalizing product that helps balance the PH of your body. It's really important to eat and to eat the right kinds of foods at the right time. If you'd like to know more about this contact me and let's have a conversation about you and what you may be struggling with.
CLICK HERE TO SEE my daily personal health regimen. Click here to read here about the dangers of Artificial Sweetners then you decide what's best for you and your family.
Click here to read about the benefits of Whey vs Soy protein.
I certainly do realize what's it's like to be caught like a deer in the headlights in the grocery store wondering what on earth to eat that won't make you sick. I can relate to the pain, challenges and frustration you may be experiencing too or experiencing with a child.
Living a gluten free lifestyle can be quite a challenge at first. I feel so much better because I've stuck with it until it's become a habit. I look younger, have lost over 25 lbs, gone down three jean sizes, and feel better than I have in years. All the issues I had for years listed above have all disappeared and if I do feel a headache or migraine coming on I take a product called Alkalete and it knocks it out within 15 minutes. It's a safe natural alternative. These issues usually creep back when I eat gluten or wheat or may happen by accident and of course I do fall off the wagon at times (very rarely now after four plus years of being 100% gluten free) and then quickly get back on track after a two week or more period of symptoms.
*Note: I have noticed that since taking Dr. O’Bryan’s gluten sensitivity packs when I do get gluten or wheat in my system that the symptoms and pain are now shorter lived than before and the skin issues I had are clearing up. It's called Dermatitis Herpetiformis, The 'Gluten Rash' and I had it all the time when ever I got gluten in my system. The skin erruptions would show up on my arms, back, legs and some times my face. I've been taking Dr. O'Bryan's supplements now since June 2012.
Some people ask, isn't all this expensive? My response is "being sick is much more expensive!"
I do not feel this lifestyle is expensive compared to medical bills we encounter when we’re sick. How can we do our work, and/or care for our families when we’re too sick? When I was so sick I couldn't work, think, walk, go out, take care of my family and was barely existing. Besides, personally, I'm self-employed and have no health insurance and simply cannot afford to be sick all the time. Besides that I cut out all the junk food I was eating before, in particular eating fast food every week. I have not eaten at fast food places since 2008. That alone has saved us thousands of dollars.
So I didn't go to culinary school, and no I'm not a medical doctor. I am however, very passionate about gluten free living, cooking good wholesome food and feel that I'm very qualified in helping and supporting others on their health and wellness journey.
Whether you're goal is to become gluten free for medical reason's or to live a more healthy lifestyle, lose weight, have more energy, endurance during exercise or everyday living, I hope this information is beneficial for you and your family and that you will continue to follow this journey with me. My purpose as a health and wellness consultant is to help people transition to a gluten free lifestyle.
Be sure to check out my new Group on Facebook====> How To Be Gluten Free
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
We gathered 29 of the world’s experts and opinion-leaders, the 'GrandFathers', on the topic of gluten-related disorders, nutrition and healthy living for a series of interviews brought to us by Dr. Tom O'Bryan.
Register to listen in ===> HERE
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