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Lisa is a wellness coach, optometrist, wife and mother to three adorable children. She specializes in nutrition and helps people replace inflammatory foods with nourishing foods to eliminate disease, allow the body to heal, and live in a thriving, vibrant body.

 

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Check out my latest interview with Bryon Ingraham: Understanding Gluten Intolerance and Food Allergies.

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2 Ways that Gluten is Making you sick!

Gluten free is everywhere you go. Restaurants have gluten free menu’s and your local grocery store is packed with gluten free processed food. Gluten Free is advertised to us 24/7.

Are these options truly gluten free? We have been told by many doctors and the food industry that these choices are healthy options to use since gluten must come out of our diet. People are eating gluten free processed food and many wonder why they aren’t getting well or have other health problems. This a question for anyone eating gluten free to look at because this affects us getting and staying healthy. There are many myths around eating gluten free. These myths can keep someone sick and prevent them from ever getting healthy.

The first myth that we are going to talk about it is that gluten is found only in barley, wheat and rye. Gluten is not a single protein found in these 3 grains. Each grain, in addition to these listed, has a different types of gluten (gluten is actually a family of protein found in grains – Osborne, Origins Healthcare 2016) and very few of these glutens have been studied. We don’t have ANY research showing that traditional “gluten free” grain based substitutes are safe to eat for people who are gluten sensitive.

The second myth is that gluten free foods are safe to eat and contain zero gluten. These foods aren’t truly gluten free. Not only do they contain forms of gluten from other grains, the FDA labeling law allows up to 20 parts per million (20 ppm) of gluten and still be able to ‘label’ a product as gluten free.  This can be enough gluten to make many people sick over and over. Many of these products contain GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The healthiest way, and the only way to truly eat gluten free, is to eat whole and real foods and leave the grains behind. All GRAINS contain gluten. Examples of grains that contain gluten but are not limited to these grains are corn, rice, sorghum, and millet.

The third myth is that quinoa is safe for people who have to eat gluten free. Quinoa is not safe for people who eat gluten free.  There are a couple of reasons for this: First of all, cross contamination is a big problem. Most companies that manufacture quinoa also process grain-based foods which contain gluten. They don’t clean the equipment so there is always a chance that the quinoa is cross contaminated with any grains that process on the same equipment. YOU can get sick from this. Secondly, research is showing that the gut reacts to quinoa as it would react to gluten in anyone that is intolerant. This will prevent you from getting healthy if you continue to eat this product.

Here are a couple of tips to get started living a gluten free lifestyle.

Don’t go down the gluten free processed isle to replace all the gluten products that you are taking out. The gluten free processed foods aren’t gluten free. You’re replacing unhealthy food with unhealthy food. Remember all these processed foods are made from grains that contain other forms of proteins in the gluten family that are shown to cause harm to our gut. You’re not getting real nutrients that your body needs to heal and run on. These products are more expensive to buy as well.  There are grain free hacks that you can use to cook anything including delicious cookies.
Eat whole, real fruits, vegetables, grass fed meats, pastured eggs, and chicken. These products are naturally gluten free. Buy organic if possible so that your fruits and vegetables have no toxins, chemicals or gmo’s.

Your body needs a break from all forms of gluten, and it needs real nutrients to repair and have you be healthy. I will be covering more of these myths in the next articles that I will be sharing with you.

Connie
Gluten and Food Allergy Specialist

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Understanding your thyroid

Have you thought about how gluten affects your body. It’s not just your gut. I was talking to several people  on Friday because we all have one thing in common. We live a completely gluten free lifestyle. That means no grains at all.

I had amazing opportunity on Friday. I gave my story for a documentary that is coming out soon. Its about how autoimmune diseases affect your body. Celiac is one of those autoimmune diseases. Another  common autoimmune disease that you, hear alot about concerns the thyroid.

I created this video because there is so much talk around thyroid and gluten. There are 3 different thyroid diseases: Hashimoto’s , hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Are you, struggling with a thyroid autoimmune. In the video below I share about my story and  I encourage you to take action if you are not “feeling quite yourself”
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In the video below I talk about “Understanding your thyroid”

If you want to find out more about me get the story below of why I started my business.

Its been about 9 years ago that I switched to a “traditional gluten free diet. I  wanted to give some of my background and why I started my business to all the new people. I struggled with going gluten free. I was eating the ‘traditional gluten free diet”. Tob and I thought we were doing all the right things to get me back to being vibrant and healthy.  You aren’t alone on this journey.

I took out what I was told the grains that contained “gluten” and I wasn’t getting better. I was getting worse. How was that possbile? I did what the first doctor said and what I had learned on line.

I spent alot of time researching gluten and what I needed to do to get healthy.

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We all have different struggles, or questions around gluten intolerance, or  living gluten free. Just hit reply and let me know. What would you like to see more of quotes, behind the scenes, food that I eat? Let me know.

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A piece of my journey going Gluten Free

A little about my background. My name is Connie Curtis. About 9 years ago, I moved to Austin, TX. For several years I was hungry, stressed out, tired and foggy headed. My hands and feet were cold all the time. I chalked it up to my dad’s recent death, my divorce, and hating my job. I attributed my absent mindedness and brain fog to stress, sadness, and being unhappy.. I needed help–I just didn’t know with what!

And then I met Tobin, who soon became one of my best friends and, eventually, my boyfriend. One weekend, he and I devoured a pizza, which we followed the next night with pasta. On Monday, I ate crab cakes at work. That night I had horrible abdominal cramps, nausea, and a headache. I couldn’t do anything. Tobin suggested that I try taking gluten out of my diet for a couple of weeks. He had a friend who was dealing with Gluten Sensitivity who had experienced similar symptoms. I didn’t know what that meant really, or anything about excluding gluten. But I said, “It’s worth a shot.”

After 2 weeks of being gluten free, I tried a cinnamon roll. Thirty minutes later, I was sick and in agony. Immediately, I knew that it was the gluten that had made me so ill. I went to several different doctors, and finally was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. One doctor gave me a food allergy test that was confusing and had very inconsistent results. This information was not helpful. I spent weeks researching what I needed to do to get my health back. I sought and finally found my current functional doctor who specializes in gluten intolerance and food allergies. By expanding my own knowledge, finding the right doctor, following his medical protocol, and understanding the mistakes usually made by the newly diagnosed I finally got healthy. It took me 5 years to get completely healthy. My experience spurred me to start my own business helping people with gluten sensitivity  and food allergies get healthier faster.

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Food can kill your Relationship

No one understands how you feel. It’s like the end of the world. You can’t have your old favorites and that makes you frustrated. Your family or partner don’t understand because they eat the same way!

No one listens to you about how it feels! I remember how I felt when I had switched to a gluten free diet and lifestyle. It felt over whelming and confusing to me.

How was I going to explain how I ate to anyone one else.   Do you get frustrated, or confused when explaining to others about your gluten free lifestyle. Shouldn’t they just know it!

No one knows this stuff. Your learning about it and there is a ton of information out there. It’s up to you and me to educate the people in our lives and that we come in contact with.

2 Ways to not take out your frustration on the people you love

 

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Quinoa Dirty Little Secret

Do you feel  like a bomb has gone off?  Gluten Free foods are every where!

All the Gluten Free foods that we are getting marketed to us 24/7. Its overwhelming for me at times.  It’s great to have food we can use if we something quick. I don’t recommend using any packaged products as a staple.  Keep it clean and organic when you do purchase them.

I’m sure you saw it at the Superbowl party you were at. If you are eating gluten free or going gluten free then you are told all you need do is take the gluten out and eat these foods. I am here to tell you this is not the path that you want to go. I did it and it kept me sick. I didnt heal for years because of this buying the gluten free foods with chemicals, and toxins. If you just went gluten free or have food allergies it can be even more stressful, confusing and  overwhelming because of all the marketing out there.

There are a ton of gluten free substitutes marketed to you out there. Quinoa is what we are going to talk. It’s marketed to us as a food that we can eat that is ok for us since we are eating gluten free.

I want to let you know about a little secret about Quinoa.

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How to survive Christmas eating Gluten free

Christmas is upon us. This can be a stressful time of the year. If you just went gluten free or have food allergies it can be even more stressful, confusing and  overwhelming.

The challenge comes for you on how to get through the holidays. People have their opinions on how you eat and why your doing it . Some think its just a sham and doesn’t affect your health.

I get it have been there too. I use to hate this time of year after I found out I had to switch my lifestyle and how I ate.  I remember missing my old foods. Going to a friends and relative house and they expected me to eat that favorite dish that I always did when I was there.

To share what happened to me during Christmas. I had a Christmas party that I wanted to go to. I ate before I went but I forgot to take any food with me that I knew I could eat. I ended up getting hungry at the party. The host told me there were gluten free foods. When I looked at the buffet table. I felt overwhelmed and nothing was marked gluten free. To add to my frustration how the food was laid out on the table. It could have gotten easily contaminated. I was hungry the whole time and couldn’t eat anything. It wasn’t much fun.

At my mom’s house. I went home for Christmas. She and my brother didn’t take me being celiac or gluten intolerant, seriously. They kept cooking how they always cooked. It got to the point I was going go never go home again. I was so mad and angry at them for not taking this seriously. I knew I had to talk to them and let them know how this affected me. I sit down with them and had a conversation with them about how ill the wrong food made me and what the long term impacts were on my body. This wasn’t a big joke. They didn’t totally get at the time. Years have passed and they do understand it more. My mom saw how long it took me to get healthy and back on my feet. I made a deal with them. I cook when I with them. Its a win-win for both of us. I know I wont get sick and they get time off from cooking.

I know we all have different situations come up this time of the year.

Here are 3 tips that will help you through the holidays.

1)Don’t get decision fatigue- Decision fatigue is when your tired, didn’t plan ahead or prepare anything to have on hand or take with you. If your out running Christmas errands make sure to take snacks with you. If you have a dinner to go to prepare food to take with you to eat. Take another dish that you can take with everyone. It’s a great way to introduce people to your “new” food.

No matter how well intentioned friends and family are they don’t know all the ends and outs of how you have to eat now.

2) Create an activity to do with your friends and family outside of drinking and eating. Meet for yoga,a walk, looking at Christmas lights. This takes the pressure of of eating and drinking. What creative ideas could you do instead of an event of eating and drinking?

Share below your ideas in the comments.

3) If you want to do an holiday party. Host your own. Hosting will allow you to prepare a couple of dishes that you know that you can eat. Have other people bring a dish. One thing I do is suggest recipes to people that they can make (there are many things you have to teach them if you do this so that cross contamination wont happen). This is something I get more in-depth on in coaching.

Mark the dishes that are gluten free with a label on a spoon or a toothpick. This will allow people to know what dishes are gluten free and aren’t.

Put the gluten free food in one area. This way people wont be reaching over the dishes with spoons or plates that could have cross contamination happen.

I know I struggled when I first found out I need to eat gluten free. There was so much misinformation and I spent hours on the internet. I had to educate myself on what to do and how to eat. I made mistakes and learned from them. Now I can pass that knowledge to you.

Through my journey I can help you get healthy faster and spend less money. I know you want to be out living and doing things with the people you love. You don’t want to struggle during the holidays or anytime of the year.

Confused, Overwhelmed, Stressed and Frustrated.

Your newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance and food allergies and you want the essentials on what to do first, how to take small steps to take all the gluten out of your diet and where to start you need some extra support. What to chat click here

I want to get to know you. What’s your story? How did you find you were allergic to gluten and/or food allergies? Where do you want to be in 2 months?

 

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3 Gluten Free Substitutions to get started

Life comes at you. Things don’t go as you planned.You find out that you have to change how you eat which means a lifestyle change. Your screaming how do I do this and not spend tons of time in the kitchen.

Have you,ever looked at why change seems to be hard to manage or even happen. How do you keep eating gluten free consistently. You miss some of your old foods that you cant eat now.

It’s not just taking out the food. I am sharing 3 easy gluten free substitutions.

Click below to find out the 3 easy Gluten Free Substitutions. You might be surprised. :)

Are you struggling to eat Gluten Free? Tired all the time? Can’t think clearly? Feel bloated all the time?

Or you might be have found out that your gluten intolerant and/or food allergies. You want the basics on where to start or do you need some extra support. Do you know someone that is newly diagnosed or suffering with these symptoms.

Looking for resources, tips, tricks and steps on how you set up your kitchen , get recipes and shopping tips all in one place. Look for my e book coming soon.

Do you feel like you need that extra support or guidance. Someone to help you get started. If you want to get one step in getting you started in going gluten free. Click here to get started.

I want to get to know you friend. What’s your story? How did you find you were allergic to gluten and/or food allergies? Where do you want to be in 2 months? What tools would help you? What are you struggling with? Leave a comment on the blog or hit reply. I read every message that I get.

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What’s for dinner?

Would you love to have that new boyfriend, friend or family member cook for you. I know its great when you have someone do something special for you. This is question that I having been getting asked quite about lately since we have been talking about the subject of cross contamination.

These are the tips that I recommend to have it a win-win for everyone.

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I will be sharing tips on how to stay motivated and shift your mindset when going gluten and grain free.

Please leave comments and questions below. Do you have any specific questions around going gluten free or grain free? Dealing with a specific person or relationship? Let me know. I would like to help you out so that you can have fun, get healthier faster and enjoy what you love doing.

XO,
Connie
Gluten and Food Allergy Specialis

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Did you have a scary Valentine’s?

How did you spend Valentine’s day?

I went to a Valentine; A candle night of horror. Yes a haunted house on Valentine’s with my husband. This was right up my alley. The experience with my husband was amazing. ☺ One of the things that you will learn about me is I love Halloween and anything scary so this was perfect.

I have been sharing my journey so that you can get to know my story and show you that I have been down this path and you can regain your health and life again.

Sharing more of my journey around gluten intolerance and food allergies from where I left off. Once I figured out that gluten was making me sick. I went to several functional doctors. One helped me figure out I was allergic to corn, dairy and that I was celiac. I would start to feel good and then go backwards and start feeling like I had no energy, nausea, foggy headiness, bloated and feeling crappy. I knew I hadn’t eaten any gluten. At least that is what I thought. My doctor gave me some vitamins and said that my body was healing.

I started to do research on the internet. I wanted to feel good again. I wanted to know about anything gluten, food related or anything that could be making me sick. I started pulling out anything that contained gluten besides what was in my diet. I took out gluten in my makeup, and personal products. I started to do research on chemicals and how these chemicals affected people’s health. I decided to take out chemicals in any personal products, makeup, and household cleaners out of my house.

In doing my research I found some information on blog that said that you should be tested for food allergies so you knew what was making you sick. I asked my current doctor to do a food allergy test. He said that I didn’t need a test to keep doing what I was doing. I knew that this wasn’t helping get better so I found a new doctor.

My next doctor gave me a food allergy test for Ig antibodies. The results came back and were confusing. The test showed that I was allergic to almost every kind of food. How was that even possible? She put me on a rotation diet. The idea is that you rotate a family of foods out every 4 days and that your body should be able to handle the food allergies this way. The diet only stressed me out and I wasn’t feeling any better. I wanted to feel good again, have energy, not feel bloated and have a clear head. I missed doing the things that I loved like hiking, going to parties, hanging out with my husband. Enjoying life. I never felt good when I did things now.

Once again I started researching for hours and hours. I finally found my current doctor. He seem to specialize around gluten. I made an appointment with him. Between my research and my doctor I started to get healthy again.

TIP: Love yourself and put your health first. If you have low energy, bloated, foggy headiness, nausea or migraines. These are just a few symptoms of gluten intolerance or food allergies. Go to a doctor who will listen to you and figure out what is going on. Learn about what is out there that will help you and ask your doctor to do that. If they wont go find another doctor.

Have you experienced anything like this? Are you still struggling with some of these symptoms?

Leave a comment on the blog letting me know what your struggling with, questions, what would help you have ease around eating healthy. I can’t wait to hear from you. Just hit reply and let me know.

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