Whether you have Celiac disease or just an intolerance to gluten (like me), you will need to start your gluten-free diet by figuring out what you can or can’t eat. You probably know all the main options, like skipping your normal bread products, checking condiments, and being sure you avoid all forms of wheat. However, gluten can often be hiding in products you wouldn’t suspect, and the only way to know is by understanding what ingredients point to being gluten.
Ingredients with Gluten
Hydrolyzed malt extract
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Amino peptide complex
Fermented grain extract
Brown rice syrup
Modified food starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Be Careful for These
So now you’ve turned to look at your items from the last store visit. As you read through the ingredients, you see a few familiar names, but now is the time to focus. Some of the names that are generally included in this somewhat hidden group are: Kamut, hydrolyzed wheat protein, durum, farro, rye bread, atta, and farina. If you have serious gluten sensitivity, then it would be important that you be sure to not only stay away from these foods and their processed versions, but also be very careful about eating ingredients that can become tainted by the presence of gluten sometime on the way to you, the consumer.
Sauces, Soups, Seasoning and Sausage
Among the foods mentioned here, these end up being some of the biggest surprises.
The gluten found in liquid foods like spaghetti sauce, several varieties of creamy soups, and popular seasoning packets has usually been added as a thickening agent, but it’s inclusion in sausage is entirely filler. With a small amount of research, it should be a piece of cake (but don’t eat gluten-filled cake- LOL!) to find processed meats without gluten that can be enjoyed in very small doses. Many of these meats are clearly marked so that people who are interested in gluten free items can easily identify them.
More Foods to Avoid
When you’re first learning about the intricacies of the gluten-free diet and lifestyle, it’s probably seems like you’re going to have to get rid of and avoid an unbelievable amount of foods that you might enjoy. When you’re getting ready to make a major dietary change, the best thing you can do for yourself is to empower yourself with knowledge so that you can find success by fully experiencing the variety and nuances of food. The good news is that there are a lot of great ways to confront these issues, so this article will be primarily focusing on prepackaged ingredients to avoid when you are cutting out gluten.
One of the main things that people neglect when looking at a gluten free diet, is that condiments they love can be loaded with gluten. In recent years, the spread of gluten- has become enough of a fad that it’s become relatively common as a marketing point. Ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, gravy, malt vinegar, marinades, and even soy sauces may contain gluten. You will need to get used to reading labels to look for any ingredients that might have gluten. Just be sure to buy the gluten-free certified versions of your favorite condiments, and you won’t have to worry about it.
If you’re on the go or in a hurry in the morning, it can be pretty tempting to grab a flavored coffee for yourself at the gas station on your way to work, but the hidden gluten in those drinks can derail a strict program. Instant drinks, root beer, wine coolers and other convenience drinks of similar type tend to include gluten in their list of ingredients.
While having these drinks is a fast way to satisfy some urges, they aren’t usually very healthy, and many of these types of drinks also tend to have a high level of acidity, or cause acidity in the gut. It’s always better to have fresh versions when you can. Here is a list of other names for gluten as it appears on some ingredient labels.
Carmel color and Carmel flavor
Instant Coffee (can contain wheat to add bulk)
Alternative Milks may contain gluten
These types of ingredients usually find their way into many lists. Health professionals
have been warning consumers about the dangers of processed foods for years,
particularly with a close eye on the effects of processed meats. These kinds of foods
are well known for their acidic nature, and tend to be behind a lot of the heartburn
around the world. These conditions are ripe for swelling and inflammation, which can
make itself worse over time, so it should be no surprise that many of these packaged,
coagulated meat products also contain a plant protein that a portion of the population
has a difficulty digesting.
Cosmetics Did you ever think about gluten hiding in your lipstick or shampoo? Well it does!! Check the labels for these ingredients that contain gluten
Hydrolyzed wheat protein (or any ingredient using the word "wheat")
Wheat amino acids (or amino acids without a specified source)
Barley seed extract (or any ingredient using the word "barley")
Avena (Avena are oats. While not all oats contain gluten, they are often
processed in plants that do, so it's best to avoid any products containing any
oats unless it is certified gluten-free.)
Dextrin or dextrose from a non-specified source
Hydrolyzed malt extract (or any ingredient containing the word "malt")
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Secale cereale seed (or any ingredients that contain secale cereale seed)
Triticum turgidum durum
The moral of this story...become a food detective and READ your labels!
When you’re doing your best to balance all of your responsibilities, it can be really daunting to sit down after an intense day and dig into meal planning. Trying to come up with new ideas that fall in line with the guidelines of clean eating can take some time, so it might be a lot easier to find a good starting point and go from there. Check out these great ideas for clean eating.
Spaghetti Squash Topped with Meatballs
Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? There never seem to be enough people who know about this amazing plant and how you can use it to substitute noodles in a lot of interesting dishes. For this particular dish, the squash will be replacing the spaghetti noodles. With a small amount of prep, you can have some delicious sauce pouring over a plate full of the cooked spaghetti squash.
If you are feeling up to paying for the specialty meats, then you can pick up some locally raised meats that you can have ground. If you’re looking for a more vegetable based option then it would be pretty nice to replace the meatballs with seared broccoli or mushrooms. If you should decided to make a large batch, having it with the veggie option will make it last longer and remove the hassle of having to find local meats.
Fancy Veggie Burger
It’s pretty easy to find a good batter recipe online for a veggie burger, but a big deal there is the ingredients. If you’re planning to eat clean, then you’re going to have to be sure that what you get for the pay is going to not taste good, but also be good for you. To give this staple a major upgrade, just be sure to get some great mushrooms, quinoa, locally sourced carrot, some pecans, and mix it with some of your favorite herbs. If you can get some organically produced cheese, then you will have one of the best veggie burgers that you can ask for. You get extra points for using avocado as the spread to bring your fixings together. If you want to spice the veggie burger up a bit, it would be easy to add some jalapeno slices to the batter before you cook it solid.
Ham & Swiss Potato Waffles
If you’re more into mixing up traditional roles in breakfast, then this one might capture your interest. These ham and swiss potato waffles can make you wish it was morning so you can go back through your day and eat them a second time. If you would love a little more flavor to this treat then you can add some peppers and garlic to the mix before you place in the iron. Season them however you want, just be sure to leave them in until the edge crisp. A small amount of butter can put this meal on a new level. You can drizzle your creation with anything that fits into clean eating, so the only limit is your imagination!
Vegetable Shell Pasta & Creamed Spinach
Vegetable pasta is an easy food that you can enjoy any time, but this time it’s showed up with a side and with a different sauce for you to meet. You can cook the pasta until its soft, then toss it with virgin olive oil, garlic, minced olives, freshly minced basil, and a few pinches of red pepper. That makes the perfect compliment for the creamed spinach. If you wanted to add meat to this recipe, the suggestion would be for some kind of lean chicken breast that has been sealed until the outer edges have become crispy. Sprinkle the chicken breast with a pinch of salt, a few squirts of lemon juice, and some freshly minced basil and oregano.
This is probably the easiest and fastest on this list. All you have to do, is choose a good vegetable mixture that suits your tastes and lightly fry it with oil, and season to taste with some organically made sauces. If you are looking for some way to replace noodles, then spaghetti squash has another use here for you. If you have even made bone broth, then that might be a good option for a side dish for soup, or for flavoring the squash.
Fish Tacos Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Crema
If you’re going to make fish tacos, then it would probably be a good idea to get some decent fish to make them. You should try and find the freshest fish available, and hopefully that means it was caught that day! Bake your fish with a recipe that you find online and bake it at 375F. Once the fish is done, you can take it and drop each piece into a large romaine leaf to make delicious wrap and even add some doTERRA lemon oil to add some extra flavor! The final touch can be a tablespoon of the sour cream and avocado mixture on each of the wraps.
We all like taking baths for different reasons. Even though a nice warm bath can be exactly what you need to make your day better, there are a couple extra ingredients that can make your soak in the tub even more beneficial.
Draw a warm bath and add ¼–½ cup of Epsom salt to bath
“Tip OFF” Tuesday
Here are some lemongrass tip-off’s for your Tuesday !!
When environmental threats get past these defenses, white blood cells kick into action. White blood cells find invaders, tag them as harmful, and destroy them. But that’s not all—they also remember the invaders so that if they try to attack you again, your body can stop them even faster. White blood cells are made and stored in a variety of places inside the body, such as the tonsils, thymus, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and spleen.
Keeping the immune system functioning properly depends on many things, including getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, and a balanced diet. Malnourishment and micronutrient deficiencies can result in altered immune responses and increased risk for health issues. Supplementing your diet with specific vitamins, minerals, and probiotics may build up and fortify the immune system.
Daily supplementation with Microplex VMz® food nutrient complex is rich in vitamin D3 and other vitamins and minerals that support a healthy immune system.* PB Assist®+ Probiotic Defense Formula can also be helpful to the immune system by supporting gut health.* Use essential oils such as Oregano, doTERRA On Guard®, Lemon, Melaleuca, and Thyme to also support the immune system.*
Want a cute/fun way to smell your essential oils all day, wherever you go?! Click on the link below to learn how to make a beautiful essential oil necklace, that will have you smelling great for the entire day!!!
Tuesday Tip-off! For those struggling a little with blood circulation, to help increase it try rubbing the Passion Oil Blend on the bottoms of your feet. Or is your brain just too foggy to think straight or too much on your mind? Dab some Passion Oil Blend topically (or in a diffuser) and help clear up that cloud!
The use of essential oils is rewarding and provides many opportunities to appropriately manage individual health. One can either alleviate specific health symptoms or act through a model of daily wellness. Using a variety of essential oils on a regular basis could be more significant than focusing on oil selection or specific application methods. Routine and deliberate application of essential oils can often increase and even sustain health benefits. Routine exposure can be achieved through aromatic, topical, and internal consumption based on the individual needs and level of expertise.
The following guidelines will help determine how to implement doTERRA essential oils into a daily model of consistency based on an individual’s unique health and lifestyle circumstances. 1. Quality To prevent sensitivities, it is important to use only pure essential oils, such as essential oils that have the doTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality standard. Using altered essential oils dramatically increases the likelihood that a sensitivity or inappropriate response will develop. 2. Chemistry The chemical structure and reactivity of some essential oil elements makes them more potent than others. Phenols and aldehydes are especially strong. Diluting oils that contain a high proportion of these types of elements or using a lower dose is an excellent way to ensure safe application. 3. Variety A unique feature of essential oils is that they share many of the same benefits. There is safety and increased benefit from variety, which is one of the foundational principles of health. Try introducing a wide variety of oils into your personal usage protocol rather than focusing on just one or two main oils. 4. Amount A common misconception is to assume that more is always better. While this may be true in some instances, it is not true with essential oils. They are highly concentrated and very potent, so a small dose is all that is needed to achieve powerful benefits. It is best to use smaller amounts of oil and apply more frequently. 5. Dilution There are many benefits to diluting essential oils, including slowing the rate of absorption to prevent sensitivities and increasing the surface area of absorption. I generally recommend a dilution ratio of one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil. This ratio can be altered depending on the chemistry of the oil and the preferences or sensitivities of the user. 6. Personal Consideration Certain individuals, such as young children and the elderly, require special precautions when using essential oils because their skin is typically more sensitive. Appropriate dilution modifications or essential oil substitutions should be made to cater to their individual needs. doTERRA essential oils are highly concentrated and very potent, so a small dose is all that is needed to achieve powerful benefits.
This DIY make n’ take class is all about bath bombs and includes an easy for everyone recipe so that anyone can pull them off!
Bath bombs are a simple way to promote a luxurious, relaxing, spa-like atmosphere for your bath. They are quick and easy to make, and can be enjoyed by the entire family. They also make great gifts for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or as a way to let someone know you are thinking about them.
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
10–20 drops essential oil of choice
100 percent pure witch hazel in spray bottle
Mold (Plastic, silicone, or metal)
Optional: Natural coloring (We used Mica Powder, which can be foundhere.)
Tuesday Tip-off! Not only does Arborvitae protect against environmental and seasonal threat, but it also naturally repels insects!!!
Why Eating Five Meals a Day Might Be Right for You
If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, chances are you’ve heard the advice to eat smaller meals, more frequently. The idea behind it is that you end up eating fewer calories but what you do eat is spread out over time so that you don’t feel as hungry throughout the day. In reality, sometimes just the opposite is true when you eat more frequently. Eating five to six meals a day can make it easier overeat, because you eat more frequently and have too many calories in each meal.
However, this is not to say that the whole idea should be thrown out the window. The benefits of eating every two to three hours are simple: it can give you more energy, and help reduce cravings for unhealthy foods. It also provides your body with the nutrients you need and can prevent overeating, when done correctly. And, eating smaller meals can help you lose weight if you choose healthier foods and practice portion control.
There are few things worse than tangled hair—it can often lead to a tender scalp and lots of unnecessary hair stuck in your brush. Detangling Spray is a great way to get your hair tangle-free. Marshmallow root and apple cider vinegar are natural detanglers and essential oils add additional benefits to help keep your hair healthy and beautiful.
Let cool slightly and strain through cheesecloth or wire strainer.
While warm, pour into bottle and add conditioner, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils.
Shake until combined.
To use, spray generous amount on wet hair and comb through.
“Tip OFF” Tuesday
Tuesday Tip-off! Manuka essential oil has a rich, spicy, herbaceous fragrance that can relieve feelings of stress and promote relaxation.
Finding Contentment and Stability with doTERRA Peace and doTERRA Balance
Learning how to use essential oils to help adjust and manage common emotions can be a powerful tool. Whatever emotions your unique set of circumstances may bring to your life today, most everyone has a strong drive and desire to feel peaceful and centered. The doTERRA Peace® Reassuring Blend and the doTERRA Balance® Grounding Blend are both beautiful blends that uplift and evoke feelings of balance and contentment to help with the daily challenges you face.
If you are a worrier or often leave tense situations feeling overwhelmed, you may sometimes feel powerless to help yourself or change the situation. But, with doTERRA Peace in your oil collection, you already have one possible answer. Simply smelling the aroma of doTERRA Peace can help bring you back to the mindset that you can face whatever comes your way. Here are some of our favorite uses:
Put a few drops of doTERRA Peace in a diffuser necklace, lava bead, or even on a cotton ball in your cup holder in your car. This way, the power to counteract any negativity is just at your fingertips, whether you have the bottle with you or not.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, diffusing doTERRA Peace is also a great way to change your environment from one of worry to rest.
When you wake up with a potentially stressful day ahead, apply a few drops of doTERRA Peace on your feet, wrists, and heart to feel calm and peaceful from the start.
Included as one of the oils used in the AromaTouch® Technique, doTERRA Balance is a great blend to keep on hand. Created with the purpose of grounding emotions, doTERRA Balance is formulated with emotionally beneficial essential oils that work together to create a sense of calmness and well-being. Some of these essential oils include: Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Frankincense. When applied to the skin or diffused, doTERRA Balance can ease anxious feelings and create a soothing and calming environment—encouraging relaxation. Some of our favorite uses of doTERRA Balance include:
When faced with occasional feelings of anxiousness, apply doTERRA Balance on your wrists and neck to calm and soothe.
Before going to bed, apply doTERRA Balance to the bottom of both your feet. This calming and soothing blend will encourage a restful night’s sleep.
For a relaxing and restorative bath, add a few drops of doTERRA Balance along with some Epsom salts to the warm water.