I'm a Holistic Health Coach and home chef, who suffered from a host of undiagnosed health symptoms for over twelve years. As I sought to get to the bottom of my deteriorating health I realized that food, namely gluten and wheat, was closely linked to their every symptom. After hitting rock bottom in 2008 barely able to function I started self-experimentation and research and came to believe that healing the gut was critical to becoming well and being able to live 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 and knowledge 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. Besides spending time in the kitchen I enjoy spending time with family, our Aussie dog Titan and in our organic garden. For more information on a coaching consultation fill out the contact form to the left...
I do have to share though that I'm not a TV personality and never been on Dr. Oz, Fox News or any other TV program and don't have MD, PhD or DC after my name or a bunch of other credentials. I’m just a wife and mom with a servants heart and a twelve plus year journey through chronic illnesses, depression, bi polar like personality changes, all true life experience! And I changed my life one bite at a time.. one day at a time .. from discovery to recovery and the journey continues. I have walked the talk literally for the last 18 plus years in the nutrition and fitness arena so know a little about that too.....
Enjoy the Journey!
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. 2013 I turned 60!
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 was in denial for almost three years, thinking I could eat wheat and gluten now and then and that a little would be ok. Boy was I wrong! I start becoming sicker and sicker to the point of almost walking with a cane. It became so extreme that I could barely function, could not think straight, my memory was lapsing almost to the point of dementia and I could barely get out of bed some days. My body was deteriorating and I looked almost 80 years old. Every morning was horrible, literally thinking I was going to die and actually felt like it at times because I was so depressed. This was the final wake up call!
My holistic doctor watched me slowly decline after recommendation after recommendation and finally said, "Sue if you don't change your lifestyle habits you are going to die, because your gut is being destroyed by the gluten and wheat." I had no idea that gluten and wheat was slowly killing me and my body was actually attacking itself with my immune system weakened and my adrenals failing. This was really serious now.
This got my attention and I began to look for resources to help change my lifestyle because I wanted to LIVE and enjoy my life. I was missing out on everything including my family, my work, socializing, going outside and enjoying the beautiful weather, smelling the roses, and just plain walking!
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 turn 61 this year 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. Recently she has conducted further saliva testing and has recommended that I go off all grains too including corn, rice and gluten free breads that contain grains. 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 disease, Lupus, 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 drug for each one! I've been taking Dr. Thomas O'Bryan's Gluten Sensitivity Pack since June 2012. This is a combination of products to heal the gut and I’m seeing some very good results.
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 NOT one of those diet pills that causes you to fill full and not to eat, it's 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 "at what cost do you value excellent health"?
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.
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Enjoy the Journey! ~ Sue