Top 10 Gluten Free Lifestyle Blogs

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Are you working on embracing a gluten free lifestyle? If so you have probably found it more challenging than you thought it would be. While I strive to offer a variety of information and helpful tips on how to successfully implement a gluten free lifestyle here on my blog, I obviously can’t offer everything and sometimes it helps to gain more than more perspective. Here are ten of my top gluten free lifestyle blogs that I’ve found to be helpful and useful.

1. Gluten free on a shoestring This blog is all about living a gluten free lifestyle without breaking the bank. Discover unique and clever ways to save money and still avoid the feeling of being deprived and wishing that you could still eat gluten. While I like much of what is on this blog, the downside if there is any is that some of the tips and recipes are time consuming and involve ingredients that can be hard to find.

2. Vegetarian Mamma This blog is about both gluten free and vegetarianism. Cindy the owner of the blog shares recipes, tips, hints and reviews products that are free of gluten, nuts and meats and many are also dairy free. She also has a gluten free Fridays feature where other bloggers can share their gluten free recipes on her blog.

3. Gluten Free Goddess This blog focuses on delicious gluten free recipes and offers recipes for many classic foods that most people miss when the first begin eating gluten free.

4. Simply Gluten Free This is another blog with similar content to the Gluten Free Goddess listed above and has recipes for a lot of classics that are usually made with wheat flour and other forms of gluten. Carol the blogger is also a TV chef.

5. Elana’s Pantry Elana the blogger of this blog shares simple and delicious recipes that are both gluten free, dairy free and in most cases paleo. Because of this she uses coconut flour and almond flour in nearly all of her recipes.

6. Gluten Dude Want some practical tips about the gluten free lifestyle and yet still want to laugh? Then gluten dude is for you. While much of his content is serious, he does have some rather funny and in some cases outrageous things to say about going gluten free and celiac disease. Worth a read.

7. GF Journey to Health This is another great blog with a variety of recipes. She refers to her blog as talking about the art of living without gluten which really is true. There is an art to living without gluten. She has several blogs but on this particular one she does have recipes with dairy which could be a downside if you cannot have milk products.

8. Gluten Free Living Blog This is a blog written by the editors of Gluten Free Magazine. As such there is some unique content and articles related to popular news about living gluten free.

9. Gluten Free Girl This is another gluten free chef blog and as such as a lot of great recipes. However, most require quite a bit of baking and work and may involve more work than many people are willing to do.

10. Gluten Free Mom This blog focuses on gluten free for kids which is sorely lacking on a lot of blogs. This is one reason I’ve started blogging more about gluten free for kids. This blog offers some great kid approved versions of gluten free recipes.

That’s it. Got a favorite gluten free lifestyle blog that I missed? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Are you gluten free but still have symptoms?


Are you gluten free but still have symptoms? This is a common problem that many people have been they go gluten free. They implement a gluten free lifestyle hoping to be symptom free but yet they still aren’t completely free of the symptoms they used to be experiencing before they went gluten free. If this is you, keep reading because I’m going to give you some tips and hints about what to do if you are gluten free but you still have symptoms.

1. Make sure you really are gluten free? Too often people think they are gluten free when in fact, they are 90% gluten free but they are still getting trace amounts of gluten in places they didn’t think had gluten or via cross contamination.
I offer a complete checklist when you join my email list at right, or below, but to summarize here are a few of the common places peoples still get gluten even after they think that they are gluten free. Gum, candy, medications, supplements, skin care, and products labeled as gluten free that really aren’t completely gluten free.

2. Take a look at cross contamination. Are you getting trace amounts of gluten via cross contamination? If you eat out a lot, or you cook your meals in the same kitchen and with the same dishes as 1 or more people who are not gluten free, then there is a very big chance that you are still getting some gluten. Figure out what you are do to change this.

3. You have a problem with what are known as cross reactors to gluten. While there are different for everyone, and you probably aren’t reacting to everything on this list, the common ones include: milk products, eggs, canola oil, corn, and sometimes rice and other grains as well.

4. Consider taking a high quality probiotic and digestive enzymes. These can help your digestive system and minimize the effects of any trace amounts of gluten that you may still be getting. If you need help choosing these, contact me. I have a brand that I use and sell and love that works really great for me.

5. Consider testing for additional food sensitivities that may be causing you problems and mimicking the symptoms of gluten sensitivity or intolerance. I recommend the ALCAT Test.

Try these things and you will probably see your symptoms improve? Overwhelmed and want help? Schedule your free wellness consultation with me today.

Top 7 Places to Buy Gluten Free Food Without Breaking the Bank

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It doesn’t take very long of trying to follow a gluten free lifestyle before you realize that eating gluten free can be way more expensive than eating gluten. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are my top 7 places to buy gluten free food without breaking the bank.

1. Amazon- Yes really. Amazon has a large selection of gluten free foods from which to chose and what makes shopping for gluten free food on Amazon even better is that you can get everything shipped directly to you so it’s very convenient. Amazon is also a great place for less expensive gluten free food if you are able to buy in bulk. Most gluten free items on Amazon come in packages of at least 5 so you need to account for this when shopping there. If you only want to buy 1-2 of something then Amazon may or may not be the least expensive option. Check out my Favorite Products page for ideas of what I love to buy on Amazon.

2. Vitacost– This is another place to buy less expensive gluten free food that you may or may not have ever heard of. Vitacost also sells supplements, and other health products as well as cleaning products and other wellness products at a discount. I highly recommend checking them out. They also offer free shipping with a $50 order or more.

3. Aldi’s- Aldi’s is a grocery store chain that offers a variety of gluten free food including many options not available anywhere else. You may or may not have an Aldi’s near you but it is worth checking out.

4. Thrive Market is a fairly new online store that opened up within the past year. At thrive you can get all kinds of gluten free food but also other healthy products as well at a discount. The big advantage to Thrive is that they also offer an affiliate program so you can earn some extra money for referring friends to shop at Thrive. (Disclosure: the link above is my affiliate link.)

5. Sprouts- Sprouts is a farmers market type grocery store that is mostly in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. If you live in one of those states it’s a great place to do nearly all of your grocery shopping for less and they have a wide variety of gluten free foods available at decent prices.

6. Your local farmers’ market. This can be a catch 22 but is still worth checking out. I’ve found that new companies that are launching new products in your local area including gluten free food items will market there. Prices can vary and may or may not be a great deal.

7. Consider doing bulk orders. There are many suppliers of certain gluten free foods that offer discounts if you order in a large quantity. Gluten free flour is one for example. Gluten Free Mama is a supplier of gluten free flour mixes that offers this option.

Do you have a favorite place to buy gluten free food for less that I missed? Be sure to share it with me in the comments below.

How to Chose a Probiotic for Your Child


Choosing a probiotic for your child can be challenging. Many probiotics are creating with adults in mind rather than children. If your child does not have a dairy allergy then you can try milk based kiefer. If however, your child does have a diary allergy like many children do, then you can try growing water kiefer grains, or you can try giving your child a smaller amount of a probiotic created for adults. Another option is to ask around at whole foods or to ask a chiropractor or a naturopathic doctor for recommendations for probiotics for children.

Watch this video that does a great job of explaining the benefits of probiotics for children as well as other information on probiotics for children.

Elimination Diet Vs ALCAT Test for Food Sensitivities Which One is Better?


Are you still trying to figure out which food or foods are bothering you or your child? It can be a challenge and for some people it is easier than others.

The challenge is that while there are some tests that can help such as the ALCAT test, they are not perfect. However, doing an elimination diet can be a challenge as well since you have to eliminate foods that you think are causing the problem and then add them back in one at a time until you figure out which foods are a problem. The problem with the elimination diet is that if you are having a lot of problems or you are having issues with a food that isn’t part of the top 8 common allergens or with multiple foods then you may not able to able figure it out or it may take forever trying.

I wrote about my experience with the ALCAT test at this post here: My experience with the ALCAT test. Personally I found it to be quite effective and one of the things that I discovered is that blueberries cause insomnia for me. Quite frankly I don’t know how I would have figured this out otherwise since blueberries are not a food I would have ever included on my elimination diet list. That said, there are some of the pros and cons of the ALCAT test vs an Elimination diet.



Is the fastest method. You get a blood test and have results within about 10 days.

The results come with lists that tell you how severe each food sensitivity is and how long you should avoid it for

They also give you a recommended shopping list and some detailed instructions which can be quite helpful.


You must be at least 5 years old to get the test done. They don’t do infants or really young children

It usually gives you a huge list of foods and it can be overwhelming and from my experience it really isn’t necessary to always give up all of them for the time frame they recommend but if your health issues are severe it may be worth a try.

The results aren’t always 100% accurate and they can change every 6 months making it hard to keep up with

It’s expensive. Depending upon your insurance and where you get the test done, it can cost up to $700

Elimination Diet


Less expensive, in fact unless you hire a health coach like me, it’s free.

Can be done with anyone of any age, including babies.

Can be easier to implement


It can be a hassle especially if you have lots of foods that are bothering you

It can be difficult to implement

It can take a long time to remove, and then add in other foods and remove others

My 5 Favorite Gluten Free Cookies


Do you love cookies? Do your kids love cookies? I know I do. More than I should and being gluten free fortunately doesn’t mean that you or your kids have to stop eating cookies. While you can make your own gluten free cookies, personally I’m too lazy. I do enjoy cooking sometimes but I’m not really into baking and baking gluten free cookies is even more complicated, so I prefer to buy my gluten free cookies. Here are my 5 favorite gluten free cookies.

1. Pamela’s Peanut Butter Cookies- These are cookies are really yummy yet they have really low sugar and therefore are not very sweet so you could even eat them like you would crackers. The peanut butter taste is really great as well.

2. Udi’s Maple Pecan Cookies- These are very yummy although they are also the sweetest of the 5 cookies. They also taste the most like a non-gluten free cookie. They also have the most fat and the highest calorie count.

3. Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookies- These cookies have a great chocolate flavor and yet they are not only gluten free but also dairy free, nut free and free of all of the top 8 allergens.

4. Enjoy Life Snicker Doodle Cookies- These cookies have a strong cinnamon and vanilla flavor and are just like all enjoy life brands free of not only gluten but also the top 8 allergens.

5. Wow Baking Company Ginger Molasses Cookies-These cookies are more sugary than most other gluten free cookies, they also do have milk products in them are therefore are not dairy free. They also have soy lethcitin which the other cookies on this list do not have. They do taste really good though and have less of that gluten free taste so I’ve included them on my list. Wow baking company also has lemon cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle, white chocolate and a few other flavors of cookies all of which are gluten free.

Note: The links above are my amazon affiliate links so I will earn a small commission if you purchase them through my links. Personally I’ve found that you can get the best prices by buying these gluten free cookies in bulk from amazon. However, you can get them as well through stores such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Smiths, Harmons and probably a few other places.

Top 10 dairy free ice cream recipes that will leave your child begging for more


Do you want your child to be able to have ice cream but he or she can’t have dairy products and you don’t want to spend $6 a pint on the store bought dairy free ice creams? Here are 10 of my favorite dairy free ice creams that will leave your child begging for more. They are so delicious that your child and you will have no idea that they don’t have any cows milk in them.

Note: before you begin making dairy free ice cream recipes you will need one of the following:

1. (This is what I have and use and I love it)

2. Vitamix 5300 Blender, Black

3. Conair Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker (White)

4. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker – 100% Fruit Soft-Serve Maker (Black and Silver) (The least expensive but also the least flexible as you can really use this one only for ice cream and frozen deserts whereas the others can be used to make soups, smoothies and other recipes.)

Tips for all of the dairy free ice cream recipes:

Buy bananas in bulk when they are less expensive and freeze them. This is the basic foundation for all but one of my recipes.
You can use coconut milk or almond milk in all of the recipes although coconut milk is my personal favorite. You can buy it at the store or make your own by using one of the blenders listed above and blending coconuts and water, or almonds and water. I do not recommend you use rice milk or soy milk. Soy milk is not as good for you as it can mess around with your hormones and those of your child and most people who are on gluten free and dairy free diets eat a lot of rice without the need to also drink rice milk. You combine all ingredients in your blender or frozen dessert maker and blend using the ice cream setting. It’s very simple.

1. Frozen banana and coconut milk. This is the basic recipe. You simply blend frozen banana with coconut milk and enjoy. If your child doesn’t like the plain flavor you can also add in 1-2 drops of vanilla or other flavored stevia. This is my favorite kind. Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia, 2 oz

2. Frozen banana, strawberries and coconut milk. This is another great favorite and works really well if you have a child that you know loves strawberry ice cream.

3. Frozen banana, and almond milk-again other classic version that you can also add a few drops of vanilla stevia or even vanilla extract to if your child doesn’t like the flavor.

4. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raw cocoa powder- This is personally one of my favorites because it tastes just like ice cream.

5. Frozen banana, coconut milk and pineapple- This is a great way to create a pina colada type of ice cream.

6. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peaches- A great refreshing summer recipe for when peaches are in season.

7. Frozen banana, coconut milk and raspberries- another great summer refresher recipe, you can also try mixing strawberries and raspberries.

8. Frozen banana, coconut milk and blackberries- another great one that works well in the summer but sometimes year round if you can find blackberries that aren’t too expensive. You can also try combining raspberries and blackberries.

9. Frozen banana, coconut milk and peanut or almond butter- If your child isn’t also allergic to nuts then this can be a great recipe to try.

10. Avocado, frozen banana and raw cocoa- This one is a bit different than the others but is a great one that creates more of a pudding type of dairy free ice cream. You want to make sure that the avocado you use is very rice but without being so ripe it is rotten.

Why Aren’t My Supplements Working?


Are you taking supplements and yet they aren’t working or at least you think they aren’t working? This is a common problem and is one of the reason that many people stop taking them.

Let’s explore the common reason why supplements don’t work or people don’t think they are working:

1. You don’t need them. Yes it’s possible for you to not need supplements. Regardless of what you may have heard, supplements are not always necessary for all people. Yes it’s true that most people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables and therefore not getting enough of several crucial vitamins and minerals, but, that may not be you. Furthermore everyone’s bodies are different so it’s possible that supplements simply aren’t necessary for you.

2. You need supplements but the ones you are taking are the wrong ones for you. For example you may need more Vitamin D and E but not calcium and you may be taking supplements that have more calcium but not more Vitamins D and E.

3. The supplements you are taking aren’t strong enough for you. For example, you may need 500mg of Vitamin D but the supplement you are taking has only 200mg of Vitamin D.

4. You are taking supplements of low or sub-standard quality. Not all supplements sold are equal. There are lots of high quality supplements but also several that are not. In fact, many supplements have additives in them that aren’t healthy and in some cases they may not even actually contain the things that the label says they do.

If you are struggling to figure out the right supplements for you, or if you even need them, schedule your free wellness consultation with me today and let’s figure it out.

How to Create a Simple and Healthy Autism Diet Menu


Are you wanting to put your child with autism on an autism diet, yet you are overwhelmed and wanting to keep your child eating healthy at the same time? If so you are not alone. Whether you are following the GFCF autism diet, or just working on feeding your child with autism a healthy diet, or maybe your child with autism has other food allergies and you need to avoid other foods, these tips can help you learn how to create a simple and healthy autism diet menu.

1. Create a list of foods that will form the basis of your healthy autism diet menu. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables and get feedback from your child if he or she is able to give it to you about what foods he or she likes to eat. Add to your list any foods that you have served on a regular basis that are healthy and that you have noticed that your child enjoys eating.

2. Do research to find simple and healthy meals that use the ingredients on your shopping list. Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find these recipes. You can also use a few websites such as Yummly and All Recipes.

3. Make up your own recipes. For me I like to use the following simple formula for creating simple and healthy and autism diet friendly recipes. 1-2 green vegetables, 1 meat, 1 grain or starch like potato or sweet potato. I also really like crockpot soups and stir fry recipes. My favorite kind of stir fry includes 3-6 vegetables and chicken, salmon, or shrimp sautéed in olive oil or coconut oil. You can also serve with a small amount of rice or quinoa.

4. I like to use this list of spices to help add flavor to my meals. 5 Fat Free and Allergy Free Spices that Add a Lot of Flavor

5. Check grocery store ads and specials to determine which foods are on sale for the week and save money by focusing the majority of your autism diet menu around meals that include those foods.

The 5 Best Ways to Eat Quinoa


Do you eat quinoa? If not, you really should start eating quinoa on a regular basis. It’s really healthy for you and the purpose of this post isn’t to convince you why you should eat quinoa, but rather to talk about what I think are the five best ways to eat it.

1. In place of rice. Quinoa can replace rice in just about every dish there is. I’ve tried replacing quinoa in every dish where I used to use rice and so far I’ve never had a bad experience.

2. As a cereal. Quinoa cereal with coconut or almond milk, cinnamon, and honey or brown sugar is delicious.

3. As a salad. Quinoa makes a great base for a salad. You can then add in whatever you want, however, some of my favorite things include tuna, avocado, tomato, canned corn and red and green peppers.

4. In place of oats to create a granola. This works really well.

5. In place of pasta in soups. This works especially well with chicken and vegetables or tomato soup.