Could Avoiding THIS Get Rid of Diabetes Symptoms Once and for All?

Did you know that, according to the American Diabetes Association,  an estimated 10% of people with type 1 diabetes also have Celiac disease? Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and a few other common grains. The fact that there is a good number of people with both of these conditions shows that there is a strong link between Type 1 diabetes and gluten intolerance. This number does not even include people with gluten intolerance or people who have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease yet which means that an even larger percentage of type 1 diabetics are likely experiencing symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

Celiac disease is only one of the many diseases caused by gluten intolerance. In fact, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found 55 different diseases that could be a result of gluten intolerance. Other related diseases include autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

It isn’t just type 1 diabetes either. Natural News reported about a study done on Type 2 diabetes. The study had two groups of people, the first was on the Paleo diet (which is grain-free) and the second group was on The Mediterranean Diet (which includes all whole grains). The group on the Mediterranean Diet saw little to no improvement and the group on the Paleo Diet showed a reverse in symptoms! This is clear evidence that a gluten-free (and grain-free) diet has a positive effect on diabetes patients.

If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, a gluten-free or grain-free diet has the potential to reverse your symptoms. Jumping into a grain-free diet can be a lot to handle so a gluten-free diet is a good first step – and it might be all that you need. Everyone is different and we all react differently to different foods and different diets so the only way to find out if gluten-free will help you is to try it.

Here’s the best way to get started…

  1. Download my free gluten-free grain guide so you know which grains to avoid and which ones are OK to eat.
  2. Start a food journal – take a look at the foods you are eating and how much gluten is in your current diet.
  3. Replace the gluten containing grains in your diet with gluten-free grains.
  4. Track your progress – if you measure your blood glucose, take note of any changes. Also keep your food journal and write down when your symptoms improve.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be announcing a new group program – Gluten-free Made Easy – a simple step by step program to easily go gluten-free with built in support from me and your peers. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

Will you give gluten-free a try to get rid of diabetes? Please share in the comments below!

Mason Jar Oatmeal Cookie Mix – Gluten-free & Vegan

oatmeal cookie mix

Hand made gifts are always extra special. This cookie mix is easy enough for a small child to help make and they can even decorate the jar or the card to go with it. A lot of people on our gift list have different diet restrictions so it is sometimes challenging to find a recipe that fits our needs. Since this cookie mix is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and soy-free it was a winner for anyone on our list.

This cookie recipe is not only delicious but super healthy since it contains ground flax seeds and coconut oil for lots of healthy fats. It also has no sugar since the sweetener it calls for is maple syrup. It’s a great gift for children, parents, and anyone who is health conscious but still likes a healthy treat. I also like to give this gift to anyone who may have recently found out they need to avoid one of these allergens and is just learning about allergy-free cooking. This is a great way to show your friends and family that healthy eating can also be delicious.

Here’s how to make it.

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Healthy Real Food School Lunch Ideas

This year is my first experience packing lunches for school. My daughter is 3 1/2 and has just started pre-school. I have to admit it’s a little overwhelming at first. The school lunches I had as a kid mostly consisted of sandwiches. Since we eat a low-grain and gluten-free diet, a sandwich everyday doesn’t really work. As a real food school lunch newbie, I started searching the web for ideas…

The Lunch Box

First I was on the hunt for a lunch box that would suit our needs. The lunchbox needs to be…

  • Eco-friendly, meaning it replaces the need for plastic bags or plastic wrap. 
  • Non-plastic, preferable stainless steel. I don’t feel comfortable sending my 3 year old with glass.
  • Easy to open, something a young child can open and close on their own.
  • No mess (or low mess), if I were to pack something like applesauce I don’t want it to get all over everything else. 
  • Easy for Mom to pack quickly, the less parts the better, easy to clean
After searching through my options and reading some reviews from other Moms, I settled on the Planet Box. At first glance it seems a bit pricey for a lunch box which was my initial reaction but after more research it didn’t seem so bad. I had to purchase a zipper lunch box case either way which would be around $20-25 and then I would need containers. All my containers at home are glass and I don’t want to send that with my 3 year old. The individual containers cost anywhere from $8-$20 and I would need a few of them to pack different items. After adding up the individual things I had to buy it was almost the same amount of money as just buying the Planet Box. The Planet Box also supposedly lasts very long so it can be used multiple years. It is a no fuss lunch box because it is only one thing to open, everything is separated in its own compartment, and it is super easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher. Some of the other options I considered:

What to Pack

Packing a non-sandwich lunch is almost like packing multiple different healthy snacks consisting of different proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This is helpful to keep in mind because the things you are packing can’t be heated up at lunch time so snack type items work well. Some simple ideas include hard boiled egg, cut up carrots & cucumber, sliced apples, nuts, etc. To make things more interesting, there are a number of recipes that can be made ahead of time on the weekend and used in lunches all week.


Here are some recipes that I have used so far for lunches that were successful (meaning they were eaten)…

Recipes on my list to try for lunches…

More helpful posts on Healthy School Lunches

Join Our Spring Real Food Challenge!

The 7 Day Real Food Challenge is back! Many of you participated in our first challenge in January 2013 which was super successful. We had an amazing group who made some huge changes in their diet and lifestyle. Some I would like to share with you…

Some of our participants such a great experiences that they want to share it with others. One member actually landed a new blogging gig just telling others about what she learned! Others who were already in the blogging scene also shared on their blogs like this one Mama Making Changes. The community we built during the week in January was so inspiring and really helped everyone stay motivated. If you were thinking about joining us last time but missed out I encourage you to join us this time! Spring is a great time to make diet changes and detox from processed foods.

One of the biggest challenges I have heard from you as my readers is the transition from eating packaged foods to only eating real food. In the end of last year, I sent out a survey to my subscribers and the responses I got all showed very similar concerns. One of the most common challenges that was expressed was the ability to provide a healthy real food diet for your family that doesn’t take up too much time or too much money. In my experience, the key to making this work is planning and practice. This 7 day Real Food Challenge is designed to jump start the process in making a lifestyle change because we’ve done the planning for you.

Do you think you can eat only real food for 7 days straight?

To some of you this might sound nearly impossible and some of you may be thinking – I already do.  This challenge is designed to help those of you who really want to live the real food lifestyle but might need a little guidance to get started. This challenge is also for all of you who have already figured it out, but you have fallen off the bandwagon. Sometimes life gets hectic and our diets seem to suffer. It’s never too late to get back into the healthy food routine!

So, What is the 7 Day Real Food Challenge?

There is a big group of us following this challenge. Everyone who joins this challenge is making a pact to eat only real food for 7 days – specifically on April 21st – 27th. Already there are 28 bloggers who have committed to this challenge and are here as a support team for everyone who joins us. Here is your support team:

Todd Dosenberry from Primal Toad
Amanda from Natural Living Mama
Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker
Janey McKeever from Consistantly Sporadic
Jaime Reid from Jaime Reids Kitchen
Anne Simpson from Authentic Simplicity
Laura Broach from Mama Making Changes
Mike Lamitola from
Alix from Blessed in Homemaking
Stacy Karen from A Delightful Home
Nina Nelson from Shalom Mama
Melissa Joulwan from Well Fed
Kimball Young from Heavy on Wholesome
Laura Prevost from Head over heels in Health
Victoria Moore from Yogi Mami
Carol Lovett from Ditch the Wheat
Katie Stanley from Nourishing Simplicity
Jami Leigh from Young Wifes Guide
Andrea from Homemade for Elle
Sarah Warren from Unorthadox Momma
Amanda Anderson from Chef Amanda
Sara Roylance from Sara
Sara Shay from Your Thriving family
Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama
Marillyn Beard from Just Making Noise
Nichi from My Healthy Beginning
Michelle Elnycky from The Crooked House Blog

So for those of you who think this might be way too hard to do – you have all these experts here to back you up and help you meet the challenge. It’s not only these bloggers that will be doing the challenge but many of our readers will be following along. We will have a special Facebook group for discussions about the challenge and a place to reach out to everyone for help and support. There are two ways you can participate in the challenge:

Option # 1 (Free)

Join us and make the commitment to eat only real food for 7 days starting on April 21 – April 27, 2013.  You will receive:

  • An e-guidebook on “What is Real Food?”
  • A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes

To enter this challenge for free click here

Option # 2 ($29)

If you want to get really serious about this challenge and take full advantage of the support you can get from this group – this is for you. Making a big lifestyle change can be difficult on your own but with a huge group of people doing it along with you it is a lot easier – and a lot more fun!  As a member of this challenge you will receive:

  • An e-guidebook on “What is Real Food?”
  • A full real food Paleo meal plan for 7 days – three meals a day and snacks
  • Recipes for all of the items in the meal plan (37 Delicious recipes!!)
  • A shopping list to help you prepare for the challenge
  • Tips on how to prepare your kitchen for this event
  • Membership to our private Facebook group which is a place to reach out for help and ask questions
  • A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes – worth over $600+

PLUS these fabulous Bonuses (worth over $237+) for everyone who buys this package…

The meal plan for this challenge is a Paleo menu! This means that all the recipes are grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. If you have ever thought about trying the Paleo / Primal diet and thought it was too hard this is the perfect chance to try it out. All of these done for you planning items and the built in support are designed to make this challenge much less of a challenge to complete. What do you think – are you ready to take the 7 Day Real Food Challenge?

Click here to join us and get the plan, recipes, and support now!

The plan and recipes require basic kitchen tools. A good set of knives is the best thing you can splurge on in my opinion – even better you may win some in the giveaways that go along with this challenge!

Speaking of giveaways…Don’t forget about all of the fabulous prizes from our amazing sponsors!! We are giving away $600 worth of products! The Giveaways (over $600+ value)…

Ergo Chef Knife Company, makers of ergonomically-designed professional chef knives, is giving one participant of our challenge their Pro-Series 7” Santoku knife, Come Apart Kitchen Shears and a 9” & 12” Duo Tongs (Retail value $132) Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube


Taza Chocolate company, makers of traditional stone ground Mexican Chocolate, is giving one of our participants a package of their salted almond discs, their chipotle chili discs, a jar of chocolate covered hazelnuts and their 87% chocolate bar. Taza chocolate has a direct trade cacao program that cultivates face-to-face relationships with farmers. (Retail value $ 30.47) Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Alive & Radiant, superfoods for delicious living, is giving one participant 5 bags of their delicious Kale and Veggie Chips, great for healthy snacking and a few $1.00 coupons (Retail value $ 10) Follow them on Facebook



Yogi Tea, products inspired by Ayurveda  is giving one participant of our challenge 4 boxes of a variety of our top selling teas and a Yogi tea mug. (Retail value $40)Yogi tea is committed to providing healthy, natural teas that are accessible to as many people as possible. Follow them on Facebook.



Applegate, Organic & Natural Meats, is giving away a gift pack of products. (Retail value $ 25) Applegate meats are free of anti-biotics, growth hormones, nitrates, artificial ingredients and fillers which makes them far surpass the quality of conventional sliced sandwich meats. When buying Applegate products you can be confident you are eating a high quality product. Follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter


Trilight Health, makers of fast-acting, great tasting liquid herbal supplements, is giving one participant a $50 gift certificate to order products on their website! For over 20 years now, TriLight Health have supplied their customers nationwide with their high quality line of liquid herbal products. They specialize in great tasting, alcohol and sugar free, liquid herbal formulas for pregnancy, children, and the family. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Eco Lunch Gear, eco friendly reusable lunch gear, is giving one participant a a reusable sandwich wrap (Retail value $10.50). Eco Lunch Gear was started by a Mom who saw a need for an alternative to plastic and aluminum foil, her products can be washed and reused over and over to save money and our environment. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker and creator of Real Food, Real Easy the eBook is giving one participant a copy of her eBook to help you continue with your Real Food journey (Retail value $$9.95) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


 Health Coach, Mike Lamitola, is giving one participant free entry to his Tele-seminar on Cravings. Do you have a sugar habit you’ve been trying to beat? In this tele-seminar, Mike will explain how. (Retail value $25.00) Follow Mike on Facebook and Twitter



Alix from Blessed In Homemaking offers organic and all natural body care products, gentle baby care products, herbal products, crocheted items, and more, for your healthy lifestyle in her Etsy Shop. She is giving two participants a one ounce bag of loose chamomile tea (Retail value $8.00) Follow her on Facebook


Stacy Karen from A Delightful Home is giving one participant of this challenge a copy of her eBook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give. Start making your own scrubs at home for yourself and others (Retail value $3.99) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Nina Nelson of Shalom Mama, is giving one participant of the challenge a healing balm and lavender mint lip balm from her etsy shop (Retail value $19.50) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Make the Girl, is giving one participant a copy of her Paleo eBook called Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Like to Eat (Retail value $14.95). This is a great resource for anyone interested in Paleo diet, whether you are just getting started or you are just looking for some new recipes to try. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Health Coach, Laura Prevost is giving 10 lucky participants one of her Dynamite Coaching sessions. If you are looking for some support around breaking a bad habit, or getting yourself motivated, Laura will work through it with you in this session (Retail value $20.00/session) Follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter

Jami from Young Wife’s Guide, is giving one participant a copy of her eBook, Apartment Gardening, which is a great resource for getting started growing food in small spaces (Retail value $2.99) Follow Jami on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama has also offered to give away two copies of her eBook, Cooking with Coconut Oil (Retail value $19.95). The 68 recipes in this eBook are all simple to make and the ingredients in the recipes are all readily available. This eBook is a great way to start getting more coconut oil in your diet to get all the amazing health benefits. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

You will have the chance to win all of these prizes by joining is the challenge with either Option # 1 or Option # 2 detailed above!

May 2013 UPDATE: The original dates of this program are over but you can still join us! We have a strong community built and we are helping each other to eat REAL FOOD.  You will still receive the meal plan, recipes and the support community. The giveaways and bonuses are now expired so the cost has dropped to $19 (from $29)

Do you have questions about this event? Please feel free to comment on this post with any questions or concerns.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie is one of the requirements at our Thanksgiving table. My husband loves it so much I make it several times even before Thanksgiving arrives. Over the years of experimenting this recipe has been updated and refined so it turns out very well. This recipe is grain-free and dairy-free and if you didn’t know that before trying it you probably wouldn’t notice a difference. The crust is made with almond flour instead of a traditional white flour crust and the cow’s milk has been replaced with coconut milk. The coconut milk works very well and makes this pie very creamy.

For a pie recipe, this one is relatively quick to make. I put this one together in less then an hour including the crust.

Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and press into a 9″ pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool before filling. While the crust is in the oven, mix together the filling.


  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix together all ingredients with a mixer or a whisk until blended well. Pour the filling batter into the pre-baked pie crust. Bake in oven for 15 minutes at 425° then reduce temperature to 350° and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

What is your favorite way to make Pumpkin Pie?

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Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread

Last week a friend of ours gave us a big bag of fresh wild cranberries that he picked on a local foraging adventure – how cool is that!  I immediately thought of making cranberry bread which comes out so tasty with fresh cranberries.

Not only are cranberries delicious but they are also packed with health benefits. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by free radicals. If you can get them fresh they will have the most amount of nutrients and health benefits but frozen is an alternative if you can’t get fresh. Some research has shown that cranberries may also help to fight stomach cancer and ulcers, increase levels of HDL, (good cholesterol) and reduce levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and prevent tumors. Drinking cranberry juice is also a popular remedy for blocking urinary infections.

A low grain or grain-free diet has been working well for me so I wanted to make a grain-free version of this bread. After looking through my recipes files I came up with this recipe and we really enjoyed it…

Cranberry Orange Bread

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 8 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the wet ingredients and add the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Fold in the fresh cranberries.   Pour batter into loaf pan greased with coconut oil.  Bake for 1 hour or until loaf is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

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