As a Certified Gluten-free Practitioner, trained under Dr. Tom O'Bryan, a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Functional Nutrition Counselor, I work with patients that are referred to me when they are given a medical reason to go gluten-free.
Some medical reasons to maintain a 100% gluten-free lifestyle:
Gluten-related Disorders: (Autoimmune) Celiac Disease, Gluten Ataxia, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, (Non-autoimmune/non-allergic - same symptoms as Celiac but no 100% flattening of the small intestinal villi) Gluten Sensitivity, (Allergic) Wheat Allergy
Mood Related Disorders
Autoimmune Diseases (Gluten exacerbates EVERY autoimmune disease.)
Common issues with adopting a gluten-free lifestyle:
Not fully understanding the sources of HIDDEN GLUTEN.
Cross-contamination (most of it in their own home with food prep and storage).
Not educated on gluten-free labeling.
Unclear how to dine out successfully.
Misinformed about gluten-friendly restaurant options.
Believe "just a little bit of gluten won't hurt me".
Thinks that erasing the symptoms with Ammodium, Peptobismol, or other over-the-counter medications or supplements will solve the problem.
Not connecting all of their symptoms to gluten exposure. - brain fog, joint pain, migraines/headaches, rashes, anxiety - not every person suffers from bloating, gi distress (vomiting/diarrhea), cramping
Don't want to feel out-of-place or demanding, so compromises own meal to keep others happy.
Insecurities with advocating for self on a gluten-free diet.
Tendencies to cave to social pressure.
Not healing the leaky gut associated with gluten.
Many people needing to go gluten-free are like a deer in headlights, it all seems so simple - Don't eat gluten - until they try to plan a meal, read labels, dine out, etc. The physicians that refer their patients to me understand the importance of adopting not just a gluten-free diet, but a 100% GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE. They want their patient outcomes to be successful and recognize the importance of adopting a gluten-free diet the right way, the healthy way, and to do so without incorporating lifestyle changes and mindset work is a huge disservice to the patient and ultimately ends up in a failed gluten-free diet attempt. (Physicians wanting work with me, please go here: https://www.healthcoachforyou.com/physicians for more information!)
When patients work with me, we look at EVERYTHING in their orbit that could contain or harbor hidden gluten:
body care/skincare/oral care/lip care/haircare
kitchen set-up - utensils/cookware/toasters/mixers
food storage - fridge/freezer/pantry/labeling system
food serving - buffet style/family style
special events - catered, sit down, buffet
Something else we work on is MINDSET. In order to truly HONOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE BODY, you must have the proper mindset to truly know and accept this fact:
Cheating on your gluten-free lifestyle means cheating on yourself because
Any ingestion of gluten causes widespread, systemic inflammation for 6-8 weeks!
All of the symptoms you are trying to avoid by "erasing them with OTC meds" are simply muted but the inflammation is still there!
Continued ingestion of gluten for those on a medically restricted gluten-free diet can lead to further health complications and additional onset of autoimmune diseases.
The guilt you feel over taking in "just a little bit of gluten" causes stress which increases cortisol (stress hormone), which increases inflammation (more stress on the body), which compromises your health.
If you have struggled with adopting a 100% gluten-free lifestyle...
If you have tried a gluten-free diet and failed...
If you have started a gluten-free diet and are gaining weight...
If you are on a gluten-free diet, yet malnourished...
If you are newly diagnosed with a Gluten-related Disorder or Autoimmune Condition and have been advised a gluten-free diet is right for you, yet...
You have no idea how to:
start a gluten-free diet
eat healthy on a gluten-free diet
avoid cross-contamination on a gluten-free diet
read gluten-free labels
find hidden sources of gluten
meal plan and prep gluten-free
reverse leaky gut
reduce inflammatory load
then working with me to help you BEST HONOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE BODY is a logical choice! Book a discovery call today and let's help you love and honor this one body you have been given so it can love you back!
Click link to book now!
https://healthcoachforyoullc.practicebetter.io/#/6062752a2a8326064cb1b0f0/bookings?step=date (Health insurance for coaching sessions with a NBC-HWC may apply!)