Naturally Gluten-Free Super Foods for Optimal Health

Naturally Gluten-Free Super Foods for Optimal Health

Naturally Gluten-Free Super Foods for Optimal Health

Super food. What does that mean, exactly?

A super food is one considered nutrient-rich and particularly beneficial for our health.

As you can imagine, there are many super foods from which to choose. Some foods promote healthy skin, others a healthy gut flora and others can even help reduce the effects of stress on the body.

For many of us on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, gluten is not the only food we must avoid. We have multiple food allergies and intolerances. Some have chemical sensitivities that span from perfumes to components in plastic products.

Many of us have other health conditions – Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease… The list of health issues seems endless when it comes to listing the maladies you share with me.

I am grateful that you share. I understand. I suspect this is why you feel comfortable reaching out, telling me your story, asking for my input.

I’ve been there, too.

Just over a decade ago, I suffered an out-of-the-blue Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) while at home watching TV. Fourteen more followed over the following six-months.

TIAs occur when blood flow to the brain briefly stops. They are warning signs of a major stroke. I was caught totally off guard.

Obviously, I made it through, but at the time no one – not even my team of neurologists – was sure I would survive. The prognosis was a 90% chance of experiencing a “fatal episode”. Doctors scheduled more tests and sent me home to wait it out.

Life is not always a bowl of cherries.

Although this was prior to my going gluten-free, I was already a staunch advocate of healthy eating and healthy living and the affect food has on our bodies. In fact, I asked my team of specialists if food might play a role in my sudden and unexpected health issues. They said, ”That’s ridiculous, you have an exceptionally healthy diet.”

It did not seem so ridiculous – the link between foods I ate and my health issues – when, in 2009, research showed Celiac disease (CD) is a potential treatable cause of strokes and TIAs, especially in young patients demonstrating no gastrointestinal symptoms of CD. That “young patient” was me and the foods I was eating (gluten) may have been causing those TIAs!

I share this snippet of my personal story with you for three reasons: (1) to show a terrific example of how diet plays a major role in our health, (2) to let you know it’s OK to admit things aren’t OK, and (3) I think it helps you to know I’ve personally been where many of you are.

A Passion to Meet You Where You Are

That’s why I am so passionate about meeting you where you are on your healthy journey. It doesn’t matter to me if you aren’t eating your healthiest yet or if you’re overweight or even if you aren’t sticking to your gluten-free diet perfectly.

I love you as you are, wherever you are on the path to optimal health. I am eager to journey with you, helping you along and sharing what I learned along my own path, as well as my professional insight into natural products research.

Together, we will get there. If you’re thinking of turning over a new leaf in the New Year, you’re in the perfect spot. You can do this… WE can do this.

Eat the Foods You Love, Never Feel Deprived and

Achieve Optimal Health

A great way to start turning your health around is by incorporating the healthiest foods into your daily meals. You do not have to be an extreme green smoothie sipping, juicing, vegan or vegetarian to do it, either. Not that any of those things are necessarily bad. But you get what I mean, right? There is no need to become an extremist, doing things that may make you feel deprived or miserable.

The truth is, you can eat real food that you love, that is good for your body. You can enjoy super food nutrition without compromising flavor, texture, and satisfaction. You can realize optimal health without being deprived. That is the focus of 2014 here on the site, and especially in Food Solutions Magazine.

Let’s get a jump start by taking a look at some of my favorite super foods, all with exceptional qualities when it comes to nutrition. These are the foods I focused on when I found myself in that scary place with my own health. I turn to them time and time again when my body tells me it needs special attention in certain areas. (Another topic I will cover in Food Solutions this year!)

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