Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Anti-Aging from the Inside Out

Alright, so I'm a little bit vain. And since turning 35, have been even more so because I'm determined to age gracefully. Most of this comes from the fact that I was not well for most of my teens and 20s. I ate gluten until 26 and on top of that, didn't start Fibro treatment until 33 when my health and life were hanging by a thread. The past 17 months have been crazy - in a good way. It's weird to wake up one morning and realize I feel better than at 25, or even 15.... To realize I've been missing out on what life should really feel like for a healthy person. Being on the guaifenesin protocol is changing everything. It's an actual reversal of this crazy problem that was taking over my life. Now I'm seeing the miraculous healing taking place. I've always been concerned with health, but it's now something that I'm really starting to enjoy. I'm seeing the improvements from the inside out, and it feels great.
According to this app, I'm somewhere between age 16 and 30. LOL.... So, maybe my low-quality phone has something to do with it (hahahhahah)... but... Still! Here are some tips on Anti-Aging from the Inside Out that have worked for me, and can work for you :)

1. High Vitamin A / Folate Vegetables. 
Eat vegetables that are high in these powerhouse nutrients, and you will see noticeable improvements in your skin, hair, vision, energy level, and overall mood. A lot of women spend too much money on Vitamin A creams and topical anti-aging serums, when it's much more powerful to work from the inside out. My go-to veggies are YAMS, ASPARAGUS, and BEETS. I eat these every week, if not daily. It's all about moderation - so just swap the normal russet potatoes for yams once in a while, and if you're too lazy to cook like me, eat asparagus like it's celery. I promise it's not that bad. And a little bit every day goes a long way in helping you feel amazing.

2. Stay (the hell) away from High Fructose Corn Syrup. 
This is pretty much in all processed foods you're eating. There's one rule when it comes to HFCS -- DON'T!!! I am honestly convinced that it is the major cause of adult onset diabetes. Stop drinking any sodas that have it, breads (even some GF ones), cereal, sauces and salad dressings, and yes - even some CANNED VEGETABLES. Seriously?!?! I know. People actually put this in vegetables. It's disgraceful! STAY AWAY from it! Read labels, and if you see HFCS - just don't go there! Trader Joe's is my favorite place to get condiments that are free of this stuff. I love their mayo, mustard, ketchup, guac, salad dressings, etc. Fight against Monsanto (the devil) and stop eating ALL HFCS. 

3. Grass-Fed Beef
I tell my piano kids "All Cows Eat Grass" ... but this is a LIE! (shhh...don't tell). But for reals, some cows eat genetically modified corn, and you know how I feel about that. So - get the high quality grass fed beef. It's high in Beta Carotene and B-12, along with Iron and other nutrients that will help you glow from the inside out. It's one of the those products that's just worth the extra money to splurge on. So DO IT! You will thank me. ;)

4. Weight Training
This is something that, like most things that are worth it in life - takes a lot of time. My brother who is a super-fit gym dude, has taught me some of the basics of weight training, and I can already see the improvements from it. Once you gain enough muscle, your body just starts to shed excess fat / calories easier... so pretty much the more toned you are, you will actually be able to eat more calories per day without gaining more weight. UM - I dunno about you, but I love eating - so that's enough motivation for me to keep up with the weights. Talk to a local fitness trainer and get on it. It will help keep your body tighter and so you age better.

5. Skin Care 
Since the most important part of the guaifenesin protocol is avoiding salicylates (plant extracts / oils in topcial products so that guai will work on your kidneys).... I had to give up most of my favorite skin care products. No more of the Bath & Body stuff, and the fruity / plant creams and gels. But - the crazy thing is, I've noticed that my skin is actually BETTER now because I'm using more basic stuff and less products. All I use on my skin is Ivory Soap (the one WITHOUT aloe - a sal) with my Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. In addition, I will sleep with 100% PURE EMU OIL on my face a few times per week. It works SO WELL.(You can get Emu Oil at Vitamin World).

What else would you add to this list??? Don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page, and always feel free to message me with any questions about living Gluten-Free with Fibro.

Have a wonderful week, and stay young ; 0 ) ❤  Christie

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Salicylate-Free, Gluten-Free Makeup

Ladies, if you're on the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibro, finding sal-free products can be a pain! I always feel like I'm a private investigator having to look through every single ingredient when I'm shopping at Ulta. The good news is, in all this hunting around, I've found some excellent products that I know you will love!! Check these out, and please comment below on how you like them.

Face makeup: My absolute favorite sal-free foundations are Illuminare. They are very light yet cover well. All products are free of salicylates, gluten, parabens, and other allergens. They have natural built in brighteners and sunscreen too. I'd recommend getting the trial sizes before ordering so you know exactly which shade you are. I am two different shades depending on the time of year, and some people may need to blend two shades to find their match. I've been using their products for years and LOVE the concealing and mattifying foundations the best. Check out their website--> http://www.illuminarecosmetics.com/ .


Blush: My favorite sal-free blushes are these ones from Bare Minerals. They have only a few ingredients and come in a number of beautiful colors. Some of the other blushes and makeup products from Bare Minerals use sals, so make sure to always check the ingredients in case products change.

Eyes: Physician's Formal has some amazing new eyeliners that are fun and also sal-free! (YAY!!) These are my new fav's..... totally safe for the protocol. Just the perfect amount of shimmer, and all the colors are so pretty. For Mascara, you can't go wrong with the classical Maybelline great lash. Just make sure it's the one without any plant oils ;).


Lips: Illuminare wins again. I've been using their lip products for a long time and love them too. They have liquid lipstick and glosses in so many different colors. They are a bit more pricey, but I can tell you it's worth the extra money! Every time I've tried to find a cheaper alternative, it's never as good as these. Plus - they last a long time, so don't be fooled by the others. Stock up on these and you won't regret it :) 



What are some of your favorite sal-free makeup products? Send them my way. And make sure to LIKE my Facebook page for more updates.

~Christie 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fibromyalgia: It's your Kidneys

Could the answer to Fibromyalgia really be simple? YES. It's a really, really big problem.....with a really simple solution. Take my word for it. It just about ruined and took my life. And 15 months later, I feel better than I've ever felt.... because of this man, Dr. Paul St. Amand:


Dr. St. Amand, a former UCLA research professor, treats Fibro with Guaifenesin, a simple, safe, and over-the-counter medication that comes from a tree. He theorizes that Fibro is the outcome of kidneys that have "bad plumbing" causing excess phosphate buildup all over your body. Guaifenesin aids in excreting the excess phosphate from the body, at a much rapid rate than it came in. Many people won't ever know they have it, or if they do, won't feel symptoms until they've got 30+ years built up. Obviously there's a bit more to it, so make sure to read his book.  :) 

If you think you or someone you know may have Fibro, find out if that's legitimately what it is first. A lot of conditions mimic this problem (including food allergies), but they are not the same thing. If you truly have Fibro, you will have lumps and bumps of phosphate buildup all over your body. It's EVERYWHERE - which explains why the symptoms are so different for everyone. Once the phosphate starts coming out, your body will start to function the way it should. It's a miraculous protocol, with miraculous results. Be aware that it's one of those things that has to get worse before it gets better---so be dedicated to this treatment, do it right, and you will eventually feel better than you ever have. Like the doctor says, this treatment is "not for the faint of heart.."but it WORKS. Any other "treatment" will just band-aid the problem, while the Fibro continues to progress. Don't believe me? Read my story. 

I'm so thankful for Dr. St. Amand --- and that I finally DID get to meet him. What an amazing moment to hug the man who saved my life.. the man who gave me a completely new and better life. Dr.St. Amand has started centers in other countries now and people all over the world are finally finding hope with the guaifenesin protocol. Help me spread the word. This is a legitimate, inherited, and progressive disease. It can ruin someone's life---but thankfully because of this man- it CAN be treated and reversed!!!!!

Spread #HOPE. 

~Christie

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Family Dinner: Make it Gluten-Free!

Making dinner for the whole fam? Chances are they are not all Gluten Free like you...but it doesn't mean they have to know the dinner is! Whenever I'm in charge it's all about pasta. Brown rice pasta done right tastes just as good (or better) than gluten-ous pasta. Trader Joe's brand brown rice pasta is amazing. It's fairly cheap but still high quality. 
If you have an Asain grocery store in your town - definitely check it out. Most stores I've been to have a huge selection of brown or white rice-based pastas. I especially LOOOOOVE putting pho noodles with the homemade alfredo sauce. SO good, and so easy. Your whole family will love it.


For the homemade gluten-free alfredo sauce, click here. 


Happy Gluten-Free Spring everyone :0)
~Christie 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Gluten-Free "Cadbury-style" Eggs

With Easter just around the corner, here's  a quick and easy recipe for Non-GMO, gluten-Free, soy-free, corn-free "Cadbury-style" eggs!

For filling, mix together:
1/2 nut butter (peanut butter, almond, or sunflower)
2 1/2 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 teaspoon of Agave Syrup 

Roll into 6-8 "eggs" and place on wax paper. Freeze for 15 mintues.

For topping, melt together:
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil

With a toothpick, place each "egg" into the chocolate sauce.
Optional: sprinkle with TJ's organic coconut flakes.
Refrigerate and serve. 
Happy Easter!
~Christie =)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Gluten-Free Avocado Salad

Happy Leap-Day! 
This is one of the healthiest and most delicious salads you can make.. 
Just a few simple ingredients. Enjoy!

GF Avocado Salad

Slice up:
1 Avocado
2 Roma Tomatoes
1/4 red Onion
1 English Cucumber

Add in: two handfuls of fresh Cilantro

Dressing:
Juice from one Lemon
salt + pepper 

Makes salad for 2.
~Christie

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Last night while teaching piano, I was tortured by the smell of cinnamon roll strussel muffins coming from the kitchen of my students' house. I asked the girls how they made them, and decided to create my own Gluten-Free version. Using the Namaste Sugar-Free Mix, they came out fabulous! I hope you enjoy this one...perfect for parties, girls night, or anytime you need an excuse to binge a little.. ;)


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Muffins
*Using this Mix shown below, blend all ingredients together (I used butter instead of oil) 
*Add 1 cup of coconut palm sugar
*Separate into muffin cups
*Top with plenty of cinnamon 
Bake as directed

For the icing:
*In a sauce pan, melt 1/8 cup butter, 4 tablespoons of cream cheese,and 1 cup of Trader Joe's Organic Powered Sugar. Stir constantly on medium-high heat
*Drizzle over the muffins.
...and don't forget to share! ;) 

Happy Gluten-Free Weekend! 
~Christie 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are the bomb. And SO easy to make. I'm re-posting this one, since I added some organic coconut flakes and cut the recipe in half. 
Makes 12 delicious cookies in under 15 minutes!


Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Put all of these ingredients in a bowl and blend well:
1 1/2 cups of Almond Meal / Flour (Trader Joes Brand is great)
1/4 butter (grass fed is best)
1/2 + 2 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar
1 egg 
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
*As many chocolate chips as you like (Enjoy Life brand!)
*Organic Coconut Flakes (Trader Joes brand)
Directions:
Separate dough into 12 balls. Place directly on cookie sheet. No greasing necessary. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 

Let cool, and enjoy! They also taste great after being refrigerated!

Happy Gluten-Free Week! ~ Christie 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Gluten-Free Baked Avocado Eggs


I've been seeing recipes for this all over Facebook lately, so I decided to give it a try...
 It was actually VERY tasty, and super easy to make! 
Give it a try for a healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast.


Gluten-Free Baked Avocado Eggs

Ingredients: 
*2 fresh avocados
*2 eggs
*Salt, Pepper, Chopped Onion, Turmeric
(or any spice of your choice to taste). 

Directions:
*Cut the avocados in half 
scoop out a "hole" to drop the eggs in.
*Crack the eggs. Place 1/2 egg in each avocado.

*Top with any spices you like. I love salt, pepper and onion flakes.

Bake on 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
Wal-lah! Gluten-Free Breakfast. Enjoy!
(Makes 4 "halves") 2 halves shown in picture. 

~Christie 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Weight Loss Pancakes

Anyone who follows this site knows I'm a bit obsessed with pancakes ;) I'm also trying to lose a few pounds, but have always believed that weight loss should never mean totally depriving yourself! So here's my new recipe for pancakes that are high in protein, grain-free, and YES!.....will help you lose weight! 


Celiac Scoop Gluten-Free, Grain Free Weight Loss Pancakes

2 eggs (I like Omega 3 eggs, or EB eggs)
1/8-1/4 cup XO baking all purpose flour (grain-free, made with coconut / cassava) 
*a dash of water
*1 tablespoon of butter (grass fed is best)

Blend all ingredients into a small bowl with a fork. Even when making multiple pancakes, I like to separate the ingredients for one pancake at a time. Use more or less flour depending on how dense you like them. (I think less is more for these ones). This is basically the same recipe as these pancakes, just using the XO All purpose flour, since it's Grain-Free. They won't come out as "fluffy" as when you use the Bisquick. But you'll feel much healthier and leaner when you eat these. They give a protein and energy boost to last until lunch! The berries are also full of antioxidants and fiber, which are key ingredients to any healthy diet. 

Directions: Butter a small skillet. Cook on medium-high until a "circle" is formed. Flip the pancake and cook until done. It only takes about 5 minutes. Top with fresh or frozen 3-berry blend (I get the frozen ones at Target), and sprinkle with organic powdered sugar (Trader Joe's has corn-free p. sugar).

Let me know how they turn out for you!
Have a Happy Gluten-Free week! 
~ Christie 

Monday, January 25, 2016

The TRUTH about Fibromyalgia Saved My Life

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor. I'm writing this to honor the doctor who saved my life....someone I may never meet in person, but whose years of dedication and research have led me to this journey of healing. His name is Dr. Paul St. Amand. He wrote, "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Fibromyalgia," and he has helped thousands of people regain their lives. Dr. St. Amand, whose office is in Marina Del Rey, CA, is turning 90 years old this week. 


Disclaimer #2: This is a long post. You've been warned! ;) I want to help educate people about what Fibro really is, what to expect from the first year of treatment, and to help spread HOPE.

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This month will be the one-year anniversary of my new life…my "guai-birthday” as they call it. Last night I was exhausted and felt like there was a brick sitting on my right kidney. It hurt like crazy. But I was super excited about it. Why? I have Fibromyalgia. That pain means it's on its way OUT.

 I'm cautious using the word "Fibromyalgia" for two reasons:

 First, there's this popular idea that it's what hypochondriacs get diagnosed with when their doctors can't find anything wrong. Most of these "crazy" people complain of physical aches and pains, while others have symptoms like anxiety and depression. They get prescribed pain pills or anti-depressants. Even if their doctors believe "Fibro" exists, they don't believe there is a treatment that will do anything other than band-aid the symptoms.

Second, as Dr. Paul St. Amand says, the word "Fibromyalgia" barely encompasses what can go wrong in this disease. It affects EVERY SINGLE CELL in the body. It's something I've found has a simple solution, and yet, gone untreated, it has the capability to destroy someone's life. Fibro is a KIDNEY dysfunction. This is the TRUTH about Fibromyalgia...it is a legitimate, inherited, and progressive disease. The good news is, it can be completely reversed with a simple medication - guaifenesin.


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Let’s back up a bit… In Jr. High School, I began realizing I didn't have the kind of energy most kids did. I played on the tennis team through high school, but my coaches always yelled at me,... 
"Pick up your feet!"..... "MOOOOVE!" But, I just didn't have the stamina.

 Kids during those years, told me literally hundreds of times
"You look tired."
"You look dead"
I got asked… "Are you OK?"
 Like, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

 During those years, my parents started noticing that I actually looked different too. My face was very puffy every morning. I began feeling extremely self-conscious and awkward. I remember taking money from my parents’ room to ride my bike to go buy makeup for the first time. I had to cover up what had become a chronically red nose. It was embarrassing. Strangely enough, I always looked better by nighttime. After high school, I moved out of my parents’ house for the first time. I continued to get good grades and do well in school, but my fatigue was worsening. I lived with a cousin and her family. My aunt would call my mom and tell her I was depressed and sleeping too much. Later, I spent about a month in Hawaii with another relative, who also expressed her opinion that, “Christie is obviously depressed." 

 When I returned home, my mom looked at me and said, "You know what? I think something's physically wrong because you look like you just don't feel well." 


 Since my nose seemed to be where the problem was, I eventually convinced ENT doctors to increase the opening of my airways. I had sinus surgery (twice), even though my doctor(s) didn't think I needed it. I figured a narrow airway must be causing all my trouble. I tried telling myself that I felt better afterwards, but in reality, I didn't. Instead, a severe reaction to the anesthesia (upon coming out of one of the surgeries), led to chronic insomnia. I ended up on medicine for sleep for four years. Fast forward to age 26...I had fought my way through what had turned into ongoing exhaustion, chronic headaches, and anxiety. Through it all, I still managed to graduate at the top of my psychology class, but it’s hard for me to look at this picture because I vividly remember my graduation day being one of the most miserable, exhausting days ever.

After college I knew I needed to get a full-time job, but working a full 8-hour shift every day seemed impossible. Thankfully, I began teaching piano lessons, and was eventually able to fully support myself. Still, I didn't feel well. I soon became very proactive with my health, and started this website, Celiac Scoop. I learned I did indeed have some of the Celiac genes and went gluten free. I paid close attention to my body and how it reacted to food, which led to me giving up other types of gluten, corn, and also soy because they all made me sleepy and bloated. For the first seven years of living this way, I definitely saw improvements in my life. I got leaner and more fit. However, I'm lying to myself if I don't admit I spent literally HUNDREDS of dollars every year at the vitamin store, because something still just wasn't right. 

 By 2013, I had just accepted I was very "Type A," ...hardworking, anxiety prone and tired…and this was "just me”. I was teaching over 40 kids private piano lessons each week. I had chronic pain in my neck, head, and shoulders. It must be from teaching, I told myself. So, I spent hours in the gym, sat in the sauna almost every night, and tried every detox plan out there. I drank straight chlorophyll and aloe juice, and made "green drinks" out of bags of kale. I literally tried everything to feel better. Although all those veggies made my eyes turn bright green, I still knew something had to be wrong. I still woke up to a swollen face and red nose. I still slept until almost noon, unable to get out of bed. I still had to take Valerian Root or GABA to calm down at night, and additionally took all sorts of vitamins…every single day. 

 So if you're still reading...here's where it got all too real. 

 2014 was the worst year of my life. 

I will leave out the too-painful details, but I will say this: people don't end up hospitalized for anxiety or insomnia when it's just "normal" anxiety or insomnia. I simply could no longer fall asleep no matter what drug or combination of drugs a doctor gave me. I eventually found myself so severely suicidal, I had to be admitted into a psychiatric hospital. Doctors had no idea what to do. Some people scolded me with… "grow up" or "be an adult." Others just thought I was crazy. 


A friend of mine from church heard about what I was going through. Turns out, she had experienced something surprisingly similar at about my same age (33). She told me she was on the guaifenesin protocol for Fibromyaligia. Hearing that word "Fibro" made me cringe. But I was at a point where trying this protocol was my last hope. 

Within THREE WEEKS of beginning Dr. St. Amand's guaifenesin protocol, my anxiety was gone. COMPLETELY GONE. Within a week I began to sleep again. Within three months, the puffiness in my face started to subside. Here I am in 2014…on the left…and now, after one year, I am nearly back to my “old self”.

I am finally, really on my way to healing. After one year on this protocol, things I didn't even know could get better have gotten better. At six months I noticed my vision was sharper, my skin was  clearer, and even my hair thicker. My brain now doesn't feel as "foggy" as it used to, almost as if the "depression" I would struggle with is being lifted away more and more each month.
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If you have Fibro, your body is like a snow globe.
Every year, since birth, you've been packing more and more "snow" into the globe. It's not toxic - it's "friendly phosphate" - there's just wayyyyy too much of it. Your kidneys don't flush out enough, so it starts to build up. It gets trapped all over. It hides deep in the tissues of your legs, arms, feet, hands, back, neck, shoulders, and yes…even in your head. (So it turns out some people were right - it was "in my head..." just in the rest of my body, too!!) 


Some people with Fibro believe stressful life events or emotional trauma CAUSE their illness. This is NOT true. You were already filling up the globe, STRESS just shakes up the symptoms. ANY stress such as a surgery, a car accident, or pregnancy can "shake up" the disease. 
  Unfortunately, many people will never know they have Fibro because their symptoms remain mild or dormant. 

That's why increased awareness is needed.
 Knowing the TRUTH is healing.

 Dr. St. Amand has found that Guaifenesin works, simply because it helps the insufficient or “bad plumbing" of Fibromyalgic kidneys to open up more and allow the excess phosphate (all that darn snow....) to get OUT. Once the kidneys work better, little by little, 
the body starts functioning like it should. 
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 MANY PROBLEMS can MIMIC Fibro. FOOD INTOLERANCE is one of them.
 I know this because I have lived it. I do this website because I've been gluten free for almost NINE years now. Life definitely changed for the better when going gluten free. However, if you have FIBRO, no amount of restricted dieting or kale or juicing veggies will relieve it.

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 If you think you have FIBRO, get MAPPED. If YOU DO HAVE FIBRO, your body map will look something like this. (Those marks are the lumps of phosphate hiding in your tissues.) To find a mapper in your area, go to fibromyalgiatreatment.com for more info.

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 FIBRO TREATMENT: THE FIRST YEAR
 If you've started treatment with guaifenesin, I just want to share
 (from my own experience) what to expect the first year: 

 1) You will cry A LOT for the first few months. It's normal and due to the changes your body is going through to get the phosphate OUT! It's going to mess with your neurotransmitters a bit. But remember, it's TEMPORARY!
 2) You will have pain in places you never knew could hurt - even in your fingers and toes. That stuff literally is hiding EVERYWHERE. 
 3) NO ONE will ever appreciate fully what you're going through, but that’s okay. The point is, you’re going to feel better and it will all be worth it. Everyone with Fibro experiences it differently. But it's still good to join a support group, so you'll have others cheering you on through this process. The Fibro Buddies on Guaifenesin Facebook Group is amazing! 
 4) You will sometimes mourn the loss of your old life because you will often feel worse before you feel better. That's just the way this protocol works. As the phosphate comes OUT, you will re-experience some symptoms. But remember, they flare up as they are LEAVING your body. Soon enough, they will be gone for good! 
 5) If you're on other medication, don't worry! The further along in the treatment, the less dependent you will be on other medications. Dr. St. Amand's protocol helps you throw out all that other stuff you won't need anymore as your body heals. 
 6) You need to be committed to every detail of the protocol so it will work as quickly and as perfectly as possible. This means being 100% Salicylate-Free, so you don't "block" the guaifenesin. I'll let fibromyalgiatreatment.com explain that part for you. ;) Don't forget, eating right and exercise is still just as important as always. 
 7) Many people feel MUCH BETTER within six months, but you must expect “ups and downs” for the first year, (or couple years, depending on your individual condition and symptoms). In general, people clear out at least 1 year of buildup every two months. My friend felt totally better at 18 months, even though she wasn't completely cleared yet. If you remain on the guai for the rest of your life, you will be completely "reversed" eventually. Because guai is inexpensive and a natural product from a tree, it is harmless…there are no side effects. Any "effects" you feel mean it's working to reverse the Fibro. 

 Remember… FIBROMYALGIA is a real disease with a physical cause that can be reversed.
 That's the TRUTH. 

If you have Fibro, or think you have Fibro, find out the TRUTH. 
Join me on this journey of healing. 
Little by little, as you feel better, you, too, will regain your health and your life. 
 Dr. St. Amand’s protocol is a miracle. His life’s work has strengthened my faith in God because I have seen for myself that there really are angels here on Earth. 
God has a plan for each one of us…no matter what we go through. 

 Life isn’t about avoiding suffering, it’s also about creating meaning.” (Dr. Paul Kalanithi)

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 My hope is that someone out there reading this will be helped by my story. This is also a THANK YOU to Dr. Paul St. Amand. Because of him, thousands of people have their Balm of Gilead, and so do I. I will forever be grateful to you, Dr. St. Amand. My life from here on out will always be better because of your work. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
 I am eternally grateful!! I love you!! ~Christie


 For information on Fibromyalgia Treatment and Research, visit fibromyalgiatreatment.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gluten-Free Dining: BJ's Roasted Portobello and Asparagus Salad


We're always looking for new options when it comes to Gluten-Free Dining - and this one is FABULOUS! You must try the NEW roasted portobello & asparagus salad at BJ's Restaurant.      Just make sure to tell your server you are Gluten-Free!


This baby comes with a plate full of fresh greens, topped with savory portobello mushrooms (an excellent source of Vitamin D), goat cheese (mmmmmm!!), dried cranberries, toasted pepitas, and fresh asparagus. Asparagus has become my new veggie of choice, due to the fact that it is high in many important B-Vitamins Celiacs have trouble absorbing (folate, thiamine, niacin, B-6, and pantothenic acid). It is also rich in Vitamin K (which helps protect the brain against neurological damage), and is a good source of iron and copper (for red blood cell formation). 

This salad makes a great starter for any of BJs Gluten-Free pizzas, or perfect for a late night snack. Best of all, it is under $5, AND under 300 calories! (What?!) Yes. You're welcome. :) 

I hope you're all enjoying a Happy Gluten-Free January. Don't forget to follow my                     Celiac Scoop Facebook page!
~Christie 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gluten-Free, High-Protein Pancakes

I've been testing out pancake recipes with the Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix. This one is super-easy, fast, and tastes amazing! It's also high in protein, so a great way to start your day.


For each pancake, you will need:
2 eggs, 1/4 c. GF Bisquick Mix, a dash of water, and 2 tbsp. butter.
Butter the pan, cook on medium high.
Use a small frying pan. Flip the pancake after it's browned on one side.
Top with your favorite berries and organic powdered sugar.
Under 10 minutes, you have breakfast!
ENJOY!
~Christie

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

National Cheesecake Day - get it Gluten-Free!


Need an excuse to eat cheesecake? Well tomorrow, July 30th is National Cheesecake Day, and the Cheesecake Factory is selling each slice for 1/2 off not only tomorrow, but today as well! This includes the gluten-free chocolate Godiva cheesecake. It's VERY rich chocolate flavored. If you're a chocoholic like me, it's pretty much like taking a bite of heaven. I suggest that you don't eat the whole thing in one sitting or you may go into a sugar coma. And don't forget to load up and protein and vegetables before and after ;) We all have to indulge once in a while right? :) Try it out, and let me know how you like it. Have a Happy, Gluten-Free week. 


~ Christie
@celiacscoop @christiepiano

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gluten Free Pancrepes

Here's a fabulous recipe the whole family will love! 
 GF Pancrepes 
(Pancake / Crepes)

3 eggs 
3/4 c. canola oil
3/4 c. GF bisquick mix 
*mix these together with an electric mixer on high speed
then add - 
1 1/2 c. water
another 3/4 c. GF bisquick mix
3/8 c. canola oil
mix together
*heat a skillet with melted butter
*wait until butter is browned
Fry the pancrepe
*flip it over 
and you're done =) Top with fresh strawberry slices and powdered sugar.
ENJOY!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Chipotle-style" Gluten-Free Burrito

Do you get cravings for Mexican food like I do? If so - try this burrito! It's so easy to make and takes just about 15 minutes. You'll have a delicious homemade Chipotle-style burrito in no time ;)



Ingredients:
1 Brown Rice Tortilla 
1/4 green pepper
1/4 red pepper
1/4 red onion
1/2 c. shredded goat cheese
1/4 c. white rice (prepared)
1/2 c. black beans
3 tablespoons olive oil


Directions: Cook rice and then add black beans. Simmer. Place tortilla on a large skillet covered with olive oil. Fry onions and peppers in a small skillet with olive oil, and season with onion powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Once tortilla is hot on both sides add the cheese and melt. Then add the rest of the ingredients onto the tortilla. Fold and enjoy!
Nom nom Nom.

Happy #GlutenFree Week!
♥ Christie (@celiacscoop) 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Banana Muffins (healthier version)

I modified my banana muffin recipe to make it a little healthier....this time using coconut oil in place of some of the butter, and switching out the cane sugar 
with low-glycemic organic coconut palm sugar. 



Coconut Oil has some surprising health benefits- it can lower cholesterol and even help to restore normal thyroid function, while also helping with weight control. It helps your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K...which Celiacs are often lacking! It is also a natural anti-fungal.  

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar is a naturally nutrient-rich food. It is packed full of magnesium and nitrogren, which help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent hypertension and diabetes. It is high in zinc, calcium, and potassium...and contains 16 vital amino acids - the building blocks for life!

So basically - these muffins are not only amazingly delicious, they are amazingly GOOD for you. 
Hope you enjoy!

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Banana Muffins (Healthy Version)



1 cup XO Baking Co. gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 grass-fed egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine pink himalayan sea salt
2 large, ripe bananas
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened or melted
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips - optional 


Blend all ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer for one minute.
Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 15 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins. 

Happy Gluten-Free Baking! 
♥ Christie

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ten-minute Gluten Free Chinese Cuisine!

If you miss being able to hop in the car, drive to the nearest Panda Express and get some Chinese takeout, trust me....I feel your pain! Now that we're gluten-free, it's not that simple. However - it can be very close to it, and the good news is it's much, MUCH HEALTHIER to make it ourselves anyway!  
Here's how you can create your own Chinese "fast food" in about ten minutes....just in time to sit on the couch, put your feet up, and relax to your favorite TV show...


Ten-Minute Gluten-Free Chinese Cuisine

Ingredients: 1/2 cup enriched white rice 
1/4 diced red onion
Sliced bell peppers - green, yellow, orange, and/or red
Coconut Aminos  - (aka soy-free / gluten-free "soy sauce") 
Sea Salt 

Directions: Cook rice as directed. Sautee the onions and peppers. Place over steamy hot rice and top with Coconut Aminos and sea salt to taste.

Wah-La! This is one of my favorite "fast food" recipes. So good for you and so easy to make! If you have more time, you can also add chicken or scrambled eggs. Feel free to use different veggies or whatever you like. I have a bell-pepper addiction so I put them on just about everything ;) 

Have a delicious #GlutenFree Week... and please LIKE my FACEBOOK PAGE!
♥ Christie (@celiacscoop) 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Chips

These are perfect as a side-dish or snack, and SO EASY to make!
 
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Chips
 
Directions: Get any size sweet potato and cut into thin discs. Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet and top with olive oil, brown sugar, and sea salt. Bake at 250 - 300 degrees for 8-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. Taste test one before removing from the oven.
Serve immediately. They taste wonderful right out of the oven!
 
 
Have a happy #GlutenFree Weekend!
♥ Christie (@celiacscoop)
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

My 14 tips for a HEALTHY 2014!


Can you believe 2014 is already upon us?! It's crazy how fast time flies.
 Each year since going gluten-free I've learned more and more about how to live a healthier life...and I wanted to share what I've learned this year with you! Here are my 14 tips for your healthiest year yet:



1. Eat RAW veggies - EVERY DAY!
Raw vegetables are full of digestive enzymes, nutrients, and fiber our body needs to function at it's best. 
Eat them daily and you'll definitely reap the benefits. 

2. Switch from Cow's Milk to COCONUT MILK 
Many people who are gluten intolerant will also find they are intolerant to cow's milk and milk products.  Coconut Milk is full of healthy, anti-inflammatory fats and is high in Vitamin D, Calcium, Selenium (important for thyroid function) and several other nutrients. It tastes GREAT and is perfect for making protein shakes too... 

3. Try PEA PROTEIN
Pea Protein is a highly digestible protein supplement made from 100% Organic Non-GMO yellow peas. It is packed full of amino acids, and tastes great great mixed with berries, bananas, and coconut milk. Have a pea protein smoothie a few times a week for breakfast or for your pre-workout. 
It's great for your waistline too....

4. Eat more BERRIES
Berries are a great source of antioxidants and fiber. They help rid our bodies of toxins and keep us feeling young and vibrant! Add them to desserts, smoothies, or just eat them fresh.

5. Get an extra hour of SLEEP each day
We all have stress in our lives for one reason or another. Make sleep a priority this year, and you'll immediately feel better and be in a better mood! When I can't sleep due to anxiety, or when my brain just won't "shut off," I take GABA. This natural supplement is so calming and relaxing! It helps to "slow down" the anxiety and so you can enjoy deep REM sleep. (CAUTION: DO NOT TAKE WITHOUT DOCTOR'S PERMISSION  as it should NOT be taken with certain SSRI's and other medications). 

6. Eat more YAMS! 
Yams are a SUPERFOOD because they are so high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C...both anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Try to eat yams a couple times a week, and you'll enjoy better eyesight, improved skin elasticity, and feel younger over all! 

7. Cut out ALL of the GLUTEN! 
Make 2014 your year to be 100% GLUTEN-FREE! Make a commitment to prepare more home-cooked meals and only eat out at places you can trust will keep you gluten-free.

8. Eat out more at CHIPOTLE! 
Chiptole is one of the healthiest and safest places for gluten-free people. Let your server know you're gluten-free and he will change his gloves and use separate utensils. My favorite thing to order at Chipotle is a veggie bowl full of lettuce, black beans, peppers, onions, salsa, and guacamole. Sometimes I bring my own brown rice tortillas (Food for Life brand) and put everything inside to make a perfectly fabulous and healthy gluten-free burrito. Mmmmmmmmm........... :) 

9. MUSIC...listen to it, play it, feel it!
As a music teacher, I know how healing it can be for our mind, body, and spirit. A huge part of our physical health is our MENTAL health. Music relaxes our mind, reduces stress, helps us put our lives into perspective, and can even promote better sleep. Make 2014 a year of great music! Make a new CD for your car, play more uplifting songs while you're doing housework, join a choir, or learn to play an instrument. Music truly inspires good health. 

10. Take a relaxing EPSOM SALT BATH once a week
Taking an Epsom salt bath will balance out your pH levels, reduce your stress hormones, and get rid of toxins in your body. You will also notice that you will sleep better and have a better complexion! (CAUTION: IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, ASK YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING EPSOM SALT BATHS, as they can possibly affect blood sugar levels).

11. GET MOVIN!  
New Year's resolutions to workout 4 hours a day rarely work past January 15th. Make 2014 the year where you "get movin" little by little every day! Remember that even 5-10 min workouts count. WALK to your mailbox, take the stairs, park father away from the grocery store, jog around the block, or have a "dance party" with your kids before bed. Every minute counts! If you have the time to join a gym, do it, and make it a priority to go. Just don't skip out on weights or the sauna! ;) 

12. Say NO to HFCS... 
Have a goal this year of cutting out ALL HFCS in your diet. You may need to open your fridge and switch up your condiments...as HFCS is hiding in your ketchup, mayo, relish, salad dressings, tartar sauce, jams, and more. Cut your risk for diabetes and have better health overall as you use condiments with pure, natural, organic ingredients. Trader Joe's is a great place to shop for these products. 
You won't find any HFCS there!

13. Switch from regular soda to ORGANIC ITALIAN SODA
Speaking of HFCS....soda is one of the worst places it is hiding! I rarely drink soda, but on occasion when I "need a fix,"I go for organic Itailian Soda. It's free of HFCS and tastes better too. You don't have to buy the Whole Foods brand either - many local grocery stores carry Italian sodas... just make sure to read the labels.
  
14. Use Pink Himalyan Sea Salt
One of the most important aspects of your health is what kind of SALT you are using. Pink Himalayan sea salt has by far the highest amount of trace minerals our bodies need. This kind of salt can be expensive, but look for it in the food section of TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Ross, or Marshalls. They have great deals on this and more organic products and superfoods.

Is there anything you'd add to my list?
I wish you all a WONDERFUL #GlutenFree 2014...♥ Christie (@celiacscoop)