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  • Nisrine M..

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Insightful post, Amy. A gluten-free diet can still be rich in calories so one still has to make good food choices. Exercise is also a must.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a fabulous weekend :)


  • Trish

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Congrats on being on Good Morning America!!!

    I love this post – my boyfriend is going dairy free too now (he’s already gluten free) and so we’ve been revising our eating plans to include more nuts and he’s becoming open to more vegetables. Thanks for your insights.


  • Becca

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I loved this post. I wish every single person could read it because it’s all truth!


  • Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Such a great post, emphasizing the need for developing your own individual plan and listening to your body. In our home, we do not count calories, but we do focus on eating raw, nutrient dense veggies when we feel like we may have overindulged. By over-indulging, I don’t mean with any sugar or refined goods. I have noticed, for me, that even when eating no sweeteners for several months (not even dates) I can over do it on the foods rich in natural sugars, bananas for example. Fruits are great, but everything needs to be in moderation for a balanced diet. So for us it’s all about balancing :)


  • Stephanie

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think it’s also important to really focus on vegetables. If you’re eating half vegetables (non-starchy), it’s pretty hard to eat too many calories. My favorite “plate” is 50% vegetables, with 25% lean protein, 25% whole grains/starchy veg, and then optional fruit and dairy in small amounts.

    You can still overeat on olive oil and brown rice, but broccoli?


    Amy Reply:

    @Stephanie, I eat lots of veggies, too. I probably eat more fruit than you but it works for me. Plus, it’s loaded with good nutrients.


  • Freebies

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Out family is gluten free and I try to provide the most nourishing foods I can for us- so I think that is a great road to follow for long term health.

    That said, sometimes you can just just eat a little too much, healthy or not.

    Recently, to lose a few pounds I started tracking my food on . If you are not one to get too caught up or obsess about doing it, it can be a real eye opener to track your food and eating habits.



  • Elli

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    There is one other factor to be considered when looking to lose weight. If a person is under an abnormal amount of stress they will gain weight under certain conditions. No diet or calorie count will be of any benefit to them but actually could be very harmful.

    Each person will react differently to stress and during different life stages you will discover that your body will respond differently as well. For example when there is a fluctuation in hormone levels, dieting or calorie counting isn’t going to be of much help. Of course this doesn’t mean one should eat unhealthy either but that to be successful in losing weight one has to know what the cause is for the gain. Hormones are not limited to estrogen or progestron that effect weight gain. I recommend visiting a doctor that also practices non-traditional medicine with their traditional routine.


  • Ricki

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Amy. I’m exactly the same way when it comes to refined. . . anything. A few bites seem to incite a few more, and a few more. . . totally addictive. Congrats on the ABC spot–how fabulous! :D


  • Andrea (Andreas Kitchen)

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Great post Amy and congrats on being on Good Morning America!

    I wanted to share a couple of things that I have discovered on my path to losing a few pounds and feeling the way that I want to feel.

    My alternative care Dr performed a test on me that determined I was not producing enough stomach acid at all. The test involved swallowing a capsule that contained something that measured ph all of the way through my stomach. That capsule communicated to his laptop computer and showed in real time what was happening in my stomach. About 10 minutes into the test they did a “challenge” to see how quickly I would re-acidify after they gave me some baking soda in a little bit of water. I was really slow and that helped explain why I don’t seem to digest carbs. They all make my stomach feel bloated after I eat them.

    I also recently lost about 5 pounds because I have almost stopped eating corn products too. I am really down to just vegies and protein which is keeping my body very happy.

    The third thing is stress. If we are really stressed, then our stomach is not going to digest food like it should which will lead to bloating and weight gain and maybe even more food allergies. I am in the process of divorcing and suddenly have gotten happier about making this positive change in my life. My stomach is happier and I know that is another reason I have lost more weight as well. I now weigh less than I have in at least 35 years.

    You truly do need to listen to your body! (and your soul!)


  • Linda

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Great post Amy! I can totally agree with your suggestions with a regular amount of exercise too. One addition I would also add is emotional healing. So many people turn to food for so many reasons. Caring for all parts of you- body, mind, and spirit can bring freedom and health on so many levels.

    Definitely take in the praise Amy, you’re doing great things for so many people! Yeay! :)

    Thanks as always!


  • Anna

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Gluten sensitivity varies with the individual just as nutritional requirements do. You’re so right, Amy, in saying that we each have to find what works for us. For one thing, we each have our own, individual, ability to expel toxins from our bodies, some of our systems do it well and some do not and the build up of toxins can cause us to get sick (as with autoimmune disease) and it can affect our ability to lose weight. A great many people have hypothyroidism and that compounds the weight loss problem, but many doctors do not diagnose it properly or, even if they do, they don’t treat it well. It has become clear in recent times that autoimmune disease (and hypothyroidism is one of those) are linked to gluten sensitivity. What surprised me recently was to find out that ALL grains have gluten. I’d always read that rice, quinoa and some others did not. Apparently, that’s not so, they just have different kinds of gluten and don’t have gluten at the same levels as wheat. A truly gluten free diet would eliminate all grains, therefore. That makes me wonder about milk that is provided by grain-fed cows! How does that figure into the total equation? Anyone who wants to know more about hypothyroidism might like to look at Mary Shoman’s information (she’s one of the best!) at

    I also found this very interesting about the genetics of gluten sensitivity by Dr. Osborne of


    Amy Reply:

    @Anna, Where did you get your information on quinoa and rice? I’m not sure that it’s accurate. Rice is gluten-free, as is quinoa. And quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain. People call it a grain because it’s less confusing. There is no gluten in rice or quinoa unless it’s processed on equipment that also processes wheat, and then it’s cross contaminated. The same is true of oats, though some with Celiac can’t tolerate oats. I do know that some people can’t tolerate grains even though they’re gluten-free.

    Many gluten-free companies have their products ELISA tested to be gluten-free, which means it has less than “x” parts per million.


    Prima Reply:

    @Amy, I found this post about quinoa very interesting. I find that I can not eat it. When I first when gf, I ate it regularly, had no effects that I’m aware of.. for whatever reason, I stopped, wasn’t intentional. After a few weeks, I had a bowl for breakfast and just about passed out… After a good nights sleep, I was out for another 2 hours!!!


  • Anna

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    My apologies! My copy and paste didn’t work! Here is the correct link for the genetics of gluten sensitivity, if anyone would like to watch it:


  • Theresa K.

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I’m SO glad you posted this! I (finally) went gluten-free about six months ago after years of suspecting it would help me. I naively expected to lose weight! I happily ate all the “natural” gluten-free products I could find and learned how to bake gluten-free goodies. Instead of losing, I gained about 7 pounds (and climbing), despite my increased workout schedule. I analyzed my new diet with my personal trainer/nutritionist and learned that I was eating too FEW calories (go figure), WAY too much fruit/sugar/corn/rice and not nearly enough protein and veggies. With just a few minor changes, I’ve been able to reverse the gaining and look forward to getting to a happier, healthier place with my diet and my body.


  • Dana

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Along with these tips, which are GREAT, here’s what’s I’ve learned can be barriers to weight loss:

    1) There can be medical issues that are untreated or undertreated:

    a) thyroid issues (, Hashimotos, Reverse T3 are the most common

    b) adrenal fatigue– which is related to stress. ( and the Yahoo group: NTH adrenals)

    c) other food intolerances– as mentioned, we can have other food intolerances (such as corn and dairy), and this can inhibit weight loss.

    d) vitamin/mineral deficiencies can slow down weight loss, or make you not feel good so you have trouble staying motivated. Vitamin D, iron, and magnesium can be culprits here. The “normal” ranges for these vitamins/minerals isn’t always optimal, but a good integrative or functional doctor can help. Also, getting an RBC (red blood cell) count of magnesium instead of serum is important.

    These problems can mess with metabolism and blood sugar.

    I started this crazy journey with thyroid problems. I had no appetite but started to really gain weight. I also noticed that exercising was getting harder and harder. It took a while, and I kept digging under these medical “rocks” and finding problems-such as adrenal fatigue, low iron-magnesium-D. The final piece of the puzzle has been the gluten intolerance, and simple sugar intolerance (my doctor is testing me for Lyme disease just to rule it out, but I think we’ve gotten to the bottom of things– I HOPE!) I’ve lost 15 lbs in 3 months and feel like the fog is finally lifting. Last Fall I could barely get out of bed. This year has been about a lot of lifestyle changes, which I thought would be hard, but because of the way I feel, it has really been easy! I just got back from the doctor, and found out my iron is (finally) coming up, and that my glucose is (finally) normal. Hope this helps someone. :)


    Amy Reply:

    @Dana, I felt the same way when I was finally told to stop eating white sugar and wheat. It was like a huge weight was lifted and I could finally function normally again. So glad you’re on the road to recovery!


  • Anna

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned this already, but getting enough sleep is very important to reducing stress hormones like cortisol and running on too little sleep will cause weight gain or inability to lose weight, not to mention that it can contribute to coming down with an autoimmune disease…or two. :(


    Amy Reply:

    @Anna, My understanding is that it’s often the increased cortisol, increased appetite & overeating, and lack of exercise that leads to weight gain.


    Anna Reply:

    @Amy, No doubt it does increase appetite and cravings, plus sleep deprivation is a stressor and we know that women often reach for sweets (often chocolate) when stressed. However, I’ve read over and over again that cortisol specifically makes abdominal fat, so there is even more to it than just cravings and appetite.


    Amy Reply:

    @Anna, If I were having weight gain issues due to excessive stress, I would do everything I could to mediate the stress. I have been under excruciatingly stressful periods over the last seven years and have remained responsible for what I eat, my activity level, and how I deal with what happens in my life. If I don’t take responsibility for myself and my health then I don’t have a chance of maintaining a healthy weight or leading a productive life.

  • Jeanie (Jeanene)

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm


    Way to go on being showcased on GMA! Yes, you are a chef! Also,on teaching in Dallas! I sure wish I could come there and meet you in person! I’m in Lafayette. Huh, only 8 hrs away! Maybe, one day I can do that!


    Jeanie (Jeanene)


    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanie (Jeanene), Thanks! I appreciate your support. Are you going to IFCB in New Orleans this August?



    Jeanie (Jeanene) Reply:


    What is IFCB?


    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanie (Jeanene), International Food Blogger’s Conference. It’s in New Orleans this year.

  • situ

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    thanks for this post. I am working towards the goal of not standing in front of my fridge at any time, wondering what to eat. I started my GF/DF/SF journey as part of a 30 day cleanse that felt wonderful bc I was getting great guidance about the trifecta of exercise/nutrition/lifestyle change.

    While I am not gluten-intolerant, now that the cleanse is over, I am trying to follow a GF/DF/SF diet 90% of the time. Of course that 10% of the time that I do eat gluten, dairy or sugar, I have to be careful because it can lead to some serious tummy pain and those sugar cravings later on.


  • Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free

    posted on June 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Such a great showcase for you on Good Morning America — congrats! As far as your diet advice is concerned, in my experience you are right on the money! While I don’t follow exactly the diet you’ve described, I try something pretty close to it…because when I don’t, I’m sorry. I just can’t cheat my body…it always knows what I ate.


  • Michelle Verbeeck

    posted on June 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I was having problems with feeling full, eating less and losing weight.

    I also have pcos and insulin resistance which compounds my efforts to loose weight.

    Upon finding out I was gluten sensitive I also found out that I was vitamin d deficient. That was like a miracle for me and I thought I would share that info.

    I dont get alot of sun and dont certainly dont eat enough vitamin d for my body.

    I learned that if you are overweight your body soaks up the vit d that you are getting, that overweight people have less vit D than normal weight people and that Vitamin d works in your body with a hormone called leptin.When your body has enough vit d it creates a hormone called Leptin. Leptin is what tells your body you are full. IF you are low on vitamin d that cycle isnt working.

    So I went out and bought some vitamin d for me and hubby and I can say that a couple of days later we are both eating much less food and not hungry all day and certainly not overeating anymore. It was like someone flicked on a switch for me.

    I thought I would share that, below is the research info I found.

    Researchers at Aberdeen University found that obese people produced less vitamin D than people of average weight. The study also found that excess body fat absorbs vitamin D, stopping it entering the bloodstream.”

    The study found that low levels of the vitamin in blood interfered with the function of a hormone called leptin, which tells the brain when the stomach is full


  • Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    posted on June 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Ha ha, I just looked at that brownie recipe and thought they’d misprinted – 11 and 1/3 cups of flour?!

    Then I realised… :-)


  • Melissa

    posted on June 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Amy!

    I won’t gush too much about your blog-I’m sure you’ll blush….

    I took control of my weight and serious digestive issues last year and cut both gluten and sugar in all shapes and forms. The long story short; i am a child of the 90′s….low fat = good. Such a horrible lie! I’m 28 now but 6 years ago my ‘iron stomach’ took a turn for the worst. All of a sudden I was having all sorts of issues coupled with pain as well as weight gain. 

    Last year, I took control and eliminated both wheat and sugar…..I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks….my digestive issues subsided for the most part. 

    I have since lost far more weight (went from a size 12 to a 5), gained energy and discovered that I have been suffering from a massive candida growth in my intestines. I used to eat and feel exhausted. I feared dinner because I knew I would be done for the night. Things have changed because I have changed several mentalities;

    1: Fat doesn’t make you fat-SUGAR makes you fat
    2: Weight is a number-it’s all about the measuring tape to see your success. As a dense Germanic girl, I have to be realistic….
    3: You can take control. Nothing is telling you other than yourself to eat another bowl of ice cream. To quote Ferris Buhler….”life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while-you could miss it”…… take pleasure in life and stop being chained to your own selfish image.

    Thanks again Amy!




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