PRODUCT REVIEW: Vanilla from Tahiti- Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Beans, Coffee, Lotion

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Going gluten free is challenging, but what makes it even harder is understanding food labels. Do you ever feel like you need a degree to dissect a food label? I DO!!  I've pretty much given up on the majority of the brands that you see in your standard grocery stores today. Instead, I shop online and support amazing companies like Vanilla From Tahiti. 

Going gluten free doesn't mean that you can't enjoy baking, but it does mean that you need to make sure that you are buying #TrueGlutenFree products to bake with. I had the hardest time finding a vanilla extract for my recipes that was gluten free. Most people don't realize the importantance of understanding the derivative alcohol in their food products, as 99% of the time they are derived from corn. Don't forget if you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitive, then you most likely need to stay away from corn as it is technically a grain. 

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Topics: Product Reviews, Food, Baking

What do white spots on fingernails mean?

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Growing up I always had white spots on my nails and I never knew what it meant. 
Today I now know that my entire life I was always zinc deficient. 

Dr. Osborne of GlutenFreeSocity.org talks about zinc deficiency and how it is common among gluten sensitive people. 

Due to my leaky gut, zinc was a mineral I became deficient in, so I started taking Dr. Osborne's zinc supplement. The great thing about his supplements is that they are #TrueGlutenFree. There are no gluten fillers with wheat or corn that you have to worry about. 

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Topics: Health, Supplementation

14 Most Dirty, Contaminated Produce You Don't Want To Touch

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The organic vs conentional food debate continues. Today, the United States uses 1.2 BILLION POUNDS of pesticides a year. With that type of use you'd think it would kill all the bugs right? WRONG! Only .01 percent actually kill the bugs; the rest ends up contaminating our food, air, and water. With pesticides entering our food chain, they have increased the rate of cancer, birth defects, brain and nervous system toxicity, hormone disruption, nerve disorders, blood disorders, and skin, eye, and lung irritation. 

If you are eating conventionally grown produce you are putting yourself at the highest risk of developing these awful diseases. You should be especially cautious if you live downwind or downstream of sprayed crops in your area too. Have children? Infants and young children need to stay away from conventionally grown produce AT ALL COSTS as their bodies are still developing and exposure could be detrimental to their long term health. 

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Topics: Food, Organic Matters

Make Homemade Gluten Free Chocolate in 5 Minutes

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I often get the question "is chocolate gluten free?" Followed by "I CAN'T GIVE UP MY CHOCOLATE!" 

Unfortunately most chocolate on the market today is filled with gluten and other nasty fillers that your body doesn't need and can't process. For example, I checked out one of the largest distributors of chocolate, Hershey's, website for their nutrition facts, and saw they had two "gluten free options" for chocolate. Here is the list of ingredients for their Almond JOY Bars. Although, I'm not sure how much JOY corn syrup and trans fat is going to bring you! 

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Topics: Food, Recipes

I Cured Myself From Diabetes & So Can YOU!

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on February 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Every second, 2 people develop diabetes. 

 

Sitting on the plane heading back to Boston from Denver, I’m listening to my lectures with Institute For Integrative Nutrition, learning more about blood sugars and the negative effects the Standard American Diet has caused on our country. As the Stewardess was coming around taking drink orders, not one person around me ordered water. I heard: “I'll take an orange juice,” “I’ll take an apple juice,”  “I’ll take a Coke,” and “I’ll take a Ginger Ale." Next they came around with the Fig Newtons; everyone accepted that treat as well. In one hour my peers around me had consumed 36-54 grams of sugar. To put this into perspective, as a person having cured myself from diabetes through diet and lifestyle choices, I aim to eat 26-30 grams of sugar/ day. 

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Topics: Diabetes, Health, Symptoms, Autoimmune Diseases

Redefining the Term: 'Diet'

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

STOP! Please don't tell me that you made your New Year's resolution to go on the "Paleo Diet" or "Omni Diet" or "Vegan Diet" or "Atkins Diet". The term diet has not been properly defined in our culture and here is why.  

The true definition of diet "is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organisms....nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, and food energy in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats" (Wikipedia). Diet is the food we put in our body; the fuel that keeps you going. Your diet should not be defined by the mainstream media.

I want you to stop thinking I'm going on "X" diet so I can lose X weight. A fad 'diet' WILL NOT HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT LONG TERM!!! Did you keep the weight off from last year? Or do you find yourself struggling again? 

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Topics: Health, Definitions

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