• Ruth Clark

    posted on October 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    My journey to being gluten free started before I knew I was gluten intolerant. I don’t know exactly why I started cutting out wheat other than I just felt it was causing some of my weight issues. I lost some weight and felt some better then got busy with life and started eating wheat again – mostly sprouted. Over the next couple years I went back and forth. I finally found a great doc who offered to test me – I found I was gluten, egg and bean intolerant. The gluten I already suspected but was devastated at hearing about eggs. Since I have been gluten and egg free (about 7 months now) I have felt sooo much better, I have lost 25 pounds (still have a long way to go and kind of stalled out) and am almost pain free (had severe back muscle spasms from a pretty serious back defect)In July I decided to go sugar free as well. I have not gone totally sugar free (but have no white sugar in my house)Trying to use other sources of sweetener etc. Another issue I have and the one that is probably lending to my stall in weight loss is insulin resistance and need to cut back on my carbs. Although I am using other sources of sweetener I am still eating to much sweet stuff – My issue used to be breads etc but seems to have switched to craving sweets. Didn’t mean to go on quite so long – but wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog and find it a source of inspiration to fight the good fight to a healthier life for me and my family.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ruth Clark, Thanks for sharing so honestly, Ruth! And, congrats on your progress. I’ve had to take the approach that it’s progress, not perfection that I’m after. I used to want to do things perfectly but now I’m just happy if I’m moving along. :) Sometimes I hit plateaus, too. I just stay the course and eventually it changes.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    Susan Reply:

    @Ruth Clark,
    I am trying to give up gluten and refined things – I did it about 10 years ago and felt so much better. B/c of my love of sugar and refined products, I have a myriad of health problems I am now dealing with. I’m gluten sensitive, lactose intolerant, overweight and am a sugar addict. I know I can’t be “sweet” free for my life, but I love the idea of eating healthfully and still enjoying the wealth of foods out there that are good for me and satisfy me. I want to train my kids NOW how to enjoy eating healthy and whole foods. I’m so thankful to people like Amy who are paving the way for me to learn to live gluten and refined sugar free! Blessings to you from me and mine!

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  • Sandra

    posted on October 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Amy,
    Love your blog but have yet to get going on the incredible recipes as I have only recently started to feel good health wise.
    I’m a 16 year thyroid cancer survivor and lost my quality of life the last 5 years to synthetic thyroid hormone that I have been on since 94. Even though regular tests said I was ok, I was not and so are many many women too. Being hypothyroid for years causes a domino effect of health issues, one being food sensitivities, gluten, dairy, sugar for me being the 3 big ones.
    I made the switch to natural thyroid hormone from synthetic and am slowly regaining my health and can’t wait to try your recipes. My diet has been the same foods on a 4 day rotational diet for years and I am so excited to eat yummy new foods!

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sandra, I know other women with thyroid issues and it causes so many problems. I’m so thrilled that you’ve found a solution…it sounds like your persistence has paid off. And, thank you for sharing!! Big hugs, Sandra!!

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  • Linda

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hi Amy,
    Just a quick thank you for sharing your story. I remember reading it when I found your blog, and found it inspiring, in that there were many similarities in my life. It’s helpful to know there are others out there who have made the journey before you, and thrived!
    I think I started going GF more as an experiment last year. Adding to it soy, dairy, and sugar. Only Granny Smith apples and raisins still make the cut in the sweets department. It’s been a transforming year in all ways. As the quality of what you nourish yourself with improves, it brings clarity. I realized that candida was a silent intruder in the midst. As well as metabolic issues.
    Even with all the extra time I put in the kitchen, it’s worth it. It’s amazing to be able to say that the crucial step I did for me was changing my diet, also added exercise, which has brought about a 40 lb. weight loss so far! I got my life back, the one that was hidden inside! One of the other crucial tools I found was my chiropractic neurologist. There aren’t many out there, but a treasure when you find one. Using supplements helped my metabolic issues immensely, especially the adrenals/ blood sugar. Now it’s all just a little maintenance, and everything’s working as it’s supposed to! Helping the body heal itself- just as it should be!!! :) Thanks again Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Linda, Yes, Linda! I agree that exercise is so important. I hate it…but I like it a lot more than being overweight so I do it. :) It makes all the difference. I got a little teary when you said you got your life back…I know how that feels. It’s a gift I treasure daily.

    Thanks for sharing your journey – I am sure it will help others. Sending hugs!
    Amy

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  • ash

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Great story and blog! I have celiac disease so that’s where my gluten free eating journey began four years ago… and it has been amazing I feel like my life has been handed back to me-I feel 200% better and I also follow a low/minimal sugar diet-because excess sugar just makes me feel bad!

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    Amy Reply:

    @ash, I fully agree, Ash! Excess sugar doesn’t work for me, either. I can’t even handle large amounts of sugar alternatives. All things in moderation, right?

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Tai

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    In February of this year my 22 month old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease. One month later, I found out that I too had the disease, although I had no symptoms. Well I say I had no symptoms, but I was having a lot of glucose issues. We thought I was a pre-diabetic (type 2. but it was an odd diagnosis because I was completely out of the norm for type 2. I am thin, eat well, exercise etc) but now we are learning that thanks to CD my pancrease isn’t functioning at it’s best. I am being tested for Type 1 diabetes. Your site is so great for me. A marriage between low carb/sugar and gluten free.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tai, I’m sending wishes for perfect, healthy solutions, Tai. I know how it feels to be less than your best. It sounds like you’re moving forward toward health. :) Sending hugs!

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  • Alta

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Amy, I never tire of hearing your story. Mine? Well, my dad struggled with digestive issues while I was growing up for years. Of course, he didn’t talk about a lot of them, but I remember him having ulcers and horrible heartburn when he was way too young. When I was in my early teens, he started to have these bouts of extreme digestive illness. After no luck with the doctors, he researched and tried to link it to his foods, and realized that he felt worse when he’d have a bagel – a high source of gluten. He suggested celiac disease to his doctors and was tested. And bingo, to the amazement of the doctors, he had it. He started to heal and feel better after transitioning to a gluten-free diet. About 6 years ago, I was having similar digestive issues, and was tested as well. Negative results, so I ate gluten again. (I was told I had IBS) Meanwhile, my sister and brother soon after discovered they had gluten issues and improved. I started to feel really bad around Thanksgiving of 2008 – frequent illness, horrible fatigue, worsening heartburn, along with the other digestive distress I’d been having. Other than unexplained vitamin deficiencies (I ate really healthily and took vitamins, but obviously wasn’t absorbing them), nothing was medically “wrong”. Finally, in June 2009, I decided I’d had enough. I went gluten-free for a solid 2 months, and then ate it again to “test”. Immediately I knew – gluten and I were no longer friends. :) My health improved, and improved further when I removed dairy from my diet. I still have a sensitive digestive system and do best when I eat little grains, sugar, or starches, but listening to my body and doing what’s right for me is working well. I had a physical a few months ago and for the first time have a cholesterol total below 200 and every indication shows I’m in excellent health. I could even donate blood for the first time this week, because I finally wasn’t anemic! So many times, when I tell people that I don’t eat gluten, dairy, corn syrup, or a number of other things, they respond with “what DO you eat?” or take pity on me. I tell them I eat a wider variety of foods than I ever have before, and feel better than ever – I love that I have found my way to wellness!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, You have such an amazing story, Alta. Especially with an entire family that has special dietary needs. It’s inspiring to hear how your family has found a way. I love hearing about your holiday preparations because you take everyone into consideration. I am the only one in my family that eats this way and unless Joe and I stay home for the holidays I typically eat meat and veggies because no one bothers to concern themselves with my dietary needs. Which is why I love to stay home and cook for us. It was a real joy the first time I had a real Thanksgiving dinner – gluten and sugar free!!

    I’ve found the same to be true – there is a whole world of food out there that’s beyond anything I could have imagined. It’s incredible. And I’ve learned so much about food from your blog. :) You’re one heck of a cook!!

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  • Alex@A Moderate Life

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Ames! What a wonderful article! I linked to it on my thoughts on friday at a moderate life link love which is actually out on saturday this week due to my daughter’s birthday party! Hugs and thanks for sharing your path with us and all the bumps in the road too! Alex

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alex@A Moderate Life, Thanks for sharing on your Friday post, Alex!! You’re a gem…I’m always grateful for your friendship. Someday we’ll cook together…

    Much love!
    Amy

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  • Maggie

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Your story is truly amazing Amy. It shows how dedicated you are to your health. I love learning more about you and your journey. My gluten-free journey started with Pete and his celiac diagnosis. That gave me the opportunity to really understand and learn about life gluten-free. Which I am so thankful for because when Callum was diagnosed with gluten intolerance at 3 and a half, I was more than prepared. Now I am gluten-free too and I don’t miss gluten one bit. We’re all so much healthier thanks to the need to pay attention to what we’re eating. It’s been a blessing in disguise.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maggie, You are another strong woman who has been courageous enough to find a way to feed her family healthy food regardless of the circumstances. Talk about inspiring! I love seeing how you create delicious food every day…without wheat, sugar, or dairy. Especially on birthdays…you make it all seems so simple. Hugs and love, Maggie!
    Amy

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  • Eileen

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, Amy. I took a class from you in Plano about a year or so ago and have been following your blog and sharing it with others ever since. I have a special request for your Gluten Free Holiday series… I would love to see SSGF Latkes! We are not Jewish, but we love this yummy Jewish tradition at Hanukkah. It seems a great recipe to make “a little bit healthier.” Looking forward to your Gluten Free Holiday series…with or without latkes!
    Thanks,
    Eileen

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    Amy Reply:

    @Eileen, Hi Eileen!! It’s so good to hear from you. :) Wow! Thanks for sharing my blog with your friends and family.

    I do have a latke recipe that I developed for my upcoming book. My husband is Jewish so when I made them, he said – “Honey!! These are incredible latkes!!” And gobbled them up.

    I can’t publish the recipe here but I’ll e-mail it to you. I’d love to get your feedback.

    Hugs!
    Amy

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  • Serena

    posted on October 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Amy! I love reading your blog. My gluten-free journey is a relatively new one, but sounds very similar to yours. I was a little overweight and very curvy (much to my dismay) during highschool. I gained a lot of weight in college because of the glorious food, especially the individual loaves of bread. When I was in graduate school for Physical Therapy I did an internship at the VA Hospital. I was amazed at all the people who had Type II Diabetes, had had heart attacks and whose insulin levels were still out of control. I studied up on low carb and tried Sugar Busters. I lost over 20lbs VERY easily and kept it off. That was when I was 23. Up until this year (I am 36 now) I was within 5lbs of that initial loss (except for during my 2 pregnancies). This year though, I saw an added 5lbs as well as some other irritating things like mental fog, fatigue, lots of headaches and stomach aches. My sister recently found out that she is gluten sensitive and has been GF for a year. My dad is also sensitive and may have an intolerance. We think my uncle had gluten intolerance (he passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). So anyway, because of the extra 5lbs (10lbs all-together) and my family history of gluten difficulties, I decided to give the GF a serious try. It has been rough and very on/off over the last 6 months. I have been completely GF now for 2 weeks and am feeling great so far.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Serena

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    Amy Reply:

    @Serena, Thanks for sharing so openly, Serena. I always love hearing success stories. I have never read the Sugar Busters book but I’ve heard of it & am thrilled it worked for you. My diet has changed over the years, too. It’s not always fun and many times it’s been a struggle but the results have been worth it. It seems I don’t ever see it in the midst of the struggle, though. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Chery

    posted on October 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Amy – Thanks for the invitation to share. I was always somewhat overweight as a child, but my mother said that I did not overeat. As an adult, although I developed some food allergies, it wasn’t until I was middle-aged that I started to feel vaguely unwell all of the time. I also developed feelings of pressure in my small intestine, which my doctor had no clue about. Meanwhile, my husband and I went on the Atkins diet to lose weight, and I was shocked to discover that all of those vague symptoms vanished! Four months later, under stress, I began eating “normally” again and felt worse than ever. In fact, I couldn’t even get off the sofa some days. A blood test showed I had become hypothyroid, but after beginning treatment, I still felt unwell (backaches, digestive problems, skin rashes, mouth ulcers and more). To make a long story short, it took a lot of reading and visits to a naturopath to determine that gluten was causing much of the problem. For several more years, I didn’t take my gluten intolerance completely seriously until I tested positive for one of two celiac genes. At about the same time, I found out that several previously unknown close relatives had died from lymphoma. Now that I am very serious(!) about staying gluten free, I’m discovering that processed sugar is also creating problems, and I’m also trying to cut it out of my life completely. Without sources like your blog that offer inspiration and motivation, the journey would be a lot harder. I’m really looking forward to your new cookbook, Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Chery, Wow! What an incredible journey. It’s amazing to see how our lives change when our health improves. So often I hear from women just like you who see a strong connection between food & health. It’s amazing. Really, it’s women like you that inspire me to keep sharing. :) Hugs, Cheryl.

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  • Michelle

    posted on October 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I love this site! I transitioned to a gluten and sugar free diet a couple of years ago. I have a gluten intolerance, but I also have Myasthenia Gravis (MG). It’s an autoimmune disease that causes a neuro-muscular disorder. So, every time I eat gluten or sugar it triggers my MG and I become weak in my major muscles like my eye lids, arms, or legs. It’s been a real discovery learning the influence of food over this disease. I noticed there is currently no cookbook out for those with MG, so I am creating one. All recipes will be gluten and sugar free. Thanks so much for putting this site together. I am so excited!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Michelle, Wow, Michelle! I can’t wait to hear more about your cookbook. Please keep me updated – I’m excited, too!! Hugs!

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  • Patty Schleicher

    posted on October 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I went gluten free after being fed up with the medical doctors who wanted to give me anything to take for my fibromyaglia pain. I figured there had to be something else to help me so I thought I would try the gluten free diet. After about 2 weeks I noticed my pain was gone and I could actually get up and down in my garden without pain. I was so excited!! Funny how the medical doctors never suggested trying to change my diet. It was a lot of trial and error at first with my baking but now is very easy to do. Now I’m thinking about the no sugar and I’m not so sure where to begin with that! But I highly recommend the gluten free diet to all my friends!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Patty Schleicher, It has to be incredible to be pain free! That must be amazing. I love that you find it easy today – because it is once you get past the ‘What do I do??’ phase! Thanks for sharing, Patty!!

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  • Natalie

    posted on October 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story, & a big congratulations on your success & continued effort.

    I’m currently on an anti-candida diet after having difficulties with my stomach & digestion for years. It came to a climax earlier this year when I just simply felt run-down, tired, sore & achey constantly. Having no energy to even walk from one place to another wore too much on me emotionally & mentally. After talking to a friend who suggested that I may have candida, I changed my diet drastically. After a visit to a naturopath confirmed my condition, I’ve stayed stringent with my diet, determined to overcome this.

    I used to binge eat. One taste of sugar had me going non-stop most of the time. I just couldn’t stop myself. I haven’t had that problem since cutting sugar out. I was depressed with how I ate & the lack of control I felt I had. Though the change in diet at first wasn’t the easiest, it has become nothing less than rewarding.

    As I continue to read more about candida & gluten-free, I can see a correlation between the two diets, & have decided that even once the candida is gone, I’m staying sugar & gluten-free now on. The way I feel has improved dramatically since cutting out wheat & sugar, plus I’ve lost weight & feel much better about my body. The so-called ‘price’ & ‘sacrifice’ of cutting those things out is worth it. I don’t miss the way I used to eat, & find this as a challenge, rather than an obstacle, to come up with some interesting food ideas!

    Thanks again for your site & I look forward to your future posts & recipe inspirations!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Natalie, I heard once that you don’t pay the price you ‘enjoy the price.’ From you comment, it sounds like you’d agree. I fully enjoy the price of how I live today and the freedom that comes with it. Thanks so much for sharing, Natalie!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Heather T

    posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    My journey began in August 2010 just 1 day before my hubby’s 40th birthday the Dr told him he was sensitive to grains which were in turn causing inflammation in his body which in turn caused his obesity. We found out about 10 days later he was also diabetic & high cholesterol. So we had to completely eliminate ALL grains (no wheat, flour, no corn, rice, potatoes etc)& sugar from our diet. It’s been a journey but worth it.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Heather T, Thanks for sharing, Heather. I hope your husband’s health has improved. It’s tough to be overweight and diabetes is no fun. I’ll keep your family in my thoughts as you move along in your journey.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • elizabeth

    posted on November 4, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I decided gluten free might be worth a shot after I read someone saying they tried it for migraines. It worked, and as a bonus, the terrible PMS and pelvic pain – the latter for which I had had a laparoscopy and ultrasound in the past, pretty much disappeared. I can tell if I’ve accidentally had gluten within 12 hours. It’s not for everyone but I think people should give it a go. I do wonder to what extent we need to examine genetic modification of wheat etc.

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  • Hannah

    posted on February 2, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Hello everyone,
    Well my reasons mostly have been health wise. Without oddly not noticing my body has been sick from eating wheat,gluten,among other things. And I just could not find the reason why I was getting sick all the time. And feeling bloated, with nausea,headaches among other things. So, I got sick once more with such a bad cold and a mayor infection on my throat then an amazing friend of mine which is a nurse, said to me: do not eat grains and sugar and then it hit me. The reason why my body was not doing good it was because of grains, gluten and sugars. And so that is how it started my journey to a healthier lifestyle. Mostly my reason was out of true necessity. It is not easy at all. But it horrible to feel sick all the time. In truth, food can be poisonous to your body.

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