Why I Went Gluten Free and How It's Changed My Life

Why I Went Gluten Free and How It's Changed My Life
I have been gluten-free for 11 years.  

It was something that wasn't super hard for me to do (although I STILL miss a good pizza cust!),  because I have a son with food allergies, so  I was used to reading labels on everything and continuously researching. This just added another food to our household that we would start to eliminate. I started to feel better almost immediately after going gluten-free- so it was worth the extra work- and saying good-bye that chewy pizza crust!

So....what is gluten anyway?   

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.  There are two types of gluten-sensitive people: those with Celiac Disease (CD) and those with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS). According to celiac.com, "Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a syndrome that occurs in individuals who do not have celiac disease or wheat allergy, but experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease after consuming gluten."

Our wheat in the United States is not what it used to be, it is not your grandma's wheat! If it is not organic, chances are it could have been sprayed with Roundup (glyphosate) which is a known carcinogen- and I don't think that anyone wants that in their bodies.  It also can contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's),  which have been linked to a number of health problems.

 When I think about foods, I look at if they are calming (alkalizing) or stressful for the body. Foods that contain gluten can create inflammation in the body, among other things. And guess what...inflammation is at the route of most diseases.

There are a lot of people that are now gluten-free, and there are a lot of opinions on why someone should or shouldn't be gluten-free. I am not gonna debate ya on that! I am merely sharing my story and why I am gluten-free, and why it has helped me.

I stopped eating gluten because I have an autoimmune disease- and I was having a terrible time with inflammation. People who knew me long ago can't believe that I have run 2 marathons! I used to have severe, debilitating back pain. I also had terrible stomach issues all of the time from gluten.  I was always bloated, had gas, and felt sick after eating. I would get terrible migraines and sinus infections.  l  was on several medications for pain, migraines, sinus infections, inflammation, and anxiety.  After going gluten free- all of those symptoms went away (including all the prescriptions!)

It was a pretty easy decision for me to make to go gluten-free because I felt so much better when I did not eat it- and I have not had it in over 11 years. I felt better- so that is enough for me! If you are thinking about going gluten-free or have been wanting to try it- I would encourage you to do your own research, talk to your doctor and see if it is something that could potentially help you feel better.

There are a lot of resources out there now for people who are gluten-free. There are also a lot of products that are now available that make it easier to be gluten-free. When I first started out 11 years ago, there weren't nearly as many options. 

Here is one book that I found interesting about the effects of gluten.  I also have put together a few fee  summer GF recipes that you can check out here.

If you have any questions about going gluten-free or about my experience, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me. I would be happy to chat with you about it!
Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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Your Child Has a Peanut Allergy? Here's What You Need to Know

Your Child Has a Peanut Allergy? Here's What You Need to Know
In this blog post, we will discuss some things you need to know about peanut allergies in children. We'll talk about what causes them, how to prevent an allergic reaction, and what to do if one occurs.
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5 Tips for Attending Birthday Parties When You Have a Food Allergy

5 Tips for Attending Birthday Parties When You Have a Food Allergy
Attending birthday parties can be a lot of fun, but they can also be tricky if your child has a food allergy. It's important to take precautions and plan ahead so that you can enjoy the party without having to worry about your child's safety. Here are 5 tips for attending birthday parties when you have a food allergy:

If you are attending a birthday party where you don't know the other guests, it's always a good idea to let the host know about your child's food allergy. This way, they can be aware of the situation and take steps to ensure that there is safe food for your child to eat.

It's also a good idea to bring along some safe snacks for your child in case there is nothing at the party that they can eat. This way, you can be sure that your child will have something to eat and won't go hungry. I love these little cupcake containers to bring a special cupcake in! 

If possible, try to find out in advance what food will be served at the party. This way, you can make sure that there will be something safe for your child to eat. If you're not able to find out in advance, don't worry - just be sure to bring along some safe snacks. It is so hard being "that mom" who has to call and ask where the pizza is from, or if there will be ice cream and cake, but it helps you to prepare and also many hostesses (at least that I found) want to help you make your child feel safe and included. I never ever expected anyone to provide safe food for my son or expected them to make accommodations for him, but we were surrounded by so many that would get special cakes or treats for my son so he would feel included.

When it comes time to eat, you can make the best decision for your child of where to sit. You may want to have your child sit at a table with other kids who have food allergies. This way, they won't feel left out and will be able to enjoy the party. I  taught my son from the time we found out about his allergies at 3yrs old  to not touch anyone else's food and his friends knew not to touch his.  This enabled him to sit near other children (his allergy was not airborne). I love these little washable placemats to create a safe food space for kids.

Finally, don't forget to have fun! Just because your child has a food allergy doesn't mean that they can't enjoy themselves at a birthday party. With a little planning, you can make sure that your child has a safe and enjoyable time.

Do you have any tips for attending birthday parties with a food allergy? Share them in the comments below! And if you're looking for more tips on managing food allergies, be sure to check out my other blogs. 




Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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3 Things Holding You Back from Being Ready to Teach

3 Things Holding You Back from Being Ready to Teach
Do you ever have those days where you don’t feel ready to teach? Whether you are a new teacher, a homeschooling parent, or starting to teach at a college or online, we all struggle with not feeling ready sometimes. Here are three lies that may be holding you back and one simple trick to overcome them.

1. "I'm not ready to teach yet." 
You’re never going to feel ready. Sometimes you have to push through fear and realize the worst that can happen, might happen, but it won’t be as bad as you imagined. You are your own worst critic, so let go of that standard of perfection and trade it for “you are enough!” 

2. "I don't have enough experience." 
The only way to get experience is by doing it once, and then twice, until you build your confidence. Get creative with ways to get the experience you need, maybe by volunteering your time to teach friends or family, or taking a job that’s a smaller milestone or transition for you.

3. "I'm not good enough."
If you tell yourself that, unfortunately it will be true. Your mind will start to believe your internal voice. Explore why you think that? Did someone else tell you that? You have the ability to decide what you believe about yourself. It’s also very important for you to surround yourself with people who believe in you! The power of encouraging community is essential.

So don’t let fear take over your world, friend. Here’s my simple trick: Ready, set, go! 

Ready helps you remember to acknowledge the fear creeping up. Identify it and call it for what it is! Set means set it in it's place by considering consequences or alternatives. What happens if you do or what happens if you don’t? And finally, go! Have 20 seconds of courage and push through to take action!

The truth is, you are here to make a difference in the world by influencing students. You made the decision to teach because you want to serve and make an impact on others’ lives. It’s time to shine your light! If you need a community for additional resources and support, we'd love to have you in the Teacher's Lounge. See you there!
Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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Teacher's Guide: Survive the End of the School Year

Teacher's Guide: Survive the End of the School Year
The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. For many teachers, this means a time of transition and reflection. It can also be a stressful time, as there are so many things to do before the summer break begins. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry – you're not alone. Here are five tips to help you survive the end of the school year.

Make a plan - Grab a pen and paper and just dump everything floating around in your head onto the paper that needs to get done before the end of the school year. Trying to keep it all organized in your head adds to stress and overwhelm, so write it all down then we can make a plan to get it all done. This way, you’re more likely to actually enjoy your remaining time with your students.

Organize your materials - Take inventory of your classroom supplies to make sure you have everything you need for the rest of the year. Do you need boxes to pack things up and label them? Do you need to get kids’ portfolios together? This will help you simplify and feel more control over your space. 

Set deadlines in your calendar - Remember all the things that needed to get done? Now prioritize them and set a date to get them done. This helps you focus on one at a time and make sure it all gets accomplished. Hot tip! Use a Google calendar with alert reminders to help keep you on track.

Take breaks when needed - I talked about this earlier this week, so remember to take maybe 5-10 minutes every hour so that you’re not burning out! It doesn’t feel good for you and doesn’t help anyone else if you’re spinning your wheels.

Stay positive and motivated - Remember your “why.” Why do you get up and do this everyday? Why did you start teaching and impacting lives? Find encouraging quotes to keep in front of you, surround yourself with positive people, and remember the finish line is in sight!

Alright, let me know which of these is most helpful to you in the comments below, and if you liked this then be sure to join my community for teachers just like you wanting to find more balance and fulfillment!
Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

From time to time, Sheri may share affiliate links on her blog and website, and may earn a small percentage on your purchase-this will not cost you anything extra, and she appreciates your support!

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