Appetizer · Health Tips · snack

Paleo Nut-Free School Lunches

A couple of months before school started, my sister who owns Rocq Macarons gave me a 25-pound box of almond flour as part of my birthday present. Since her macaroons are made with almond flour, she orders thousands of pounds at the time, and gets a much better price than I get at the store. It was probably one of the best presents I have gotten,  something that I would use and enjoy for months and months and that would also save me tons of money. Fast forward to a the middle of August, my oldest daughter Lilah was about to start kindergarten and  I begun preparing for school: I made and froze 8 pounds of almond crusted chicken nuggets, several loaves of grain-free almond flour bread, 4 batches of paleo crispy waffles, a few batches of banana-nut muffins and several other make ahead, freezable school snacks. I really put that almond flour to good use!  I felt accomplished, prepared and ready for school to start…

Not so much! The very next day I found out that the school we had chosen to send our daughter, had just agreed to become a nut-free facility due to a high enrollment of children with anaphylactic-nut allergies… Back to square one!
At first I was very annoyed and inconvenienced by this, but I followed the rules anyway. Then I found out about a little girl at school  going into an anaphylactic shock because some parents were not complying with the rule. Nut allergies are serious, life threatening and they affect a lot of people. I am now 100% in support of their nut-free policy. I am glad that the school is taking extra measurements to protect their children. It’s been a little difficult to abstain from our beloved nuts, but it has forced me to come up with new recipes.

It’s been a learning process, so I decided to take daily  pictures of Lilah’s lunch box and share them with you, to help give you some paleo nut-free school lunch ideas. This is a progressive post, as the school year goes by I will be adding more lunches to the list. If you have any other ideas please share them with us in the comments. I would love more suggestions.

As for the giant box of almond flour; it now hibernates  happily at the bottom of my deep freezer, waiting for  winter, spring and summer break to come back to life.

 

Paleo Nut-Free School Lunches

The Basics

  • School lunches don’t need to always be very elaborate, sometimes I have extra time to make a grain-free wrap that morning, or make a chicken salad with a homemade mayo , but sometimes I just pack leftover dinner or breakfast in her thermos, a piece of fruit a vegetable and maybe a bar or something pre-packaged but healthy.
  • Although I avoid processed foods altogether, I make a few exceptions for healthy already-made packaged snacks that contain very few ingredients and that are made with only with things you would commonly find in my kitchen. I used those for days when I am pressed for time. Some of these include:
  • A good lunch box and/or containers make things easier. I usually stay away from all plastic container to prevent chemicals leaching into our food, so I bought this  stainless steel insulated thermos container to pack warm dishes and a Planet Box for snacks and cold dishes. I absolutely LOVE the PlanetBox. It was a little pricey, but it is made with very sturdy stainless steel and I am sure it will last several years. I bought the one that comes with the lidded containers, the case and the ice pack. It comes with fun magnets that you can switch for a fresh new look. The thermos I bought also fits on the drink compartment of the planet box.
  • Always have a good selection of fruits and veggies that you can rotate throughout the week, especially those that can be eaten without peeling or cutting: apples, carrots, persian cucumbers, snap peas, etc.

Tips To Get Your Child to Eat Healthy

  • Only serve healthy choices. If you serve Mac n’ Cheese and  cucumbers, most likely your kid will only eat the Mac n Cheese, but if you serve grilled chicken, broccoli and cucumbers, most likely he/she will eat a little bit of  each.
  • Talk to them about the importance of eating healthy and how unhealthy foods affect their body, their health, their play, their learning, etc. I like how this children’s story book addresses this concept.
  • Go shopping with your child and encourage them to choose the fruits and veggies they would like to bring to school.
  • Make them a part of packing lunch, reminding them that there should be at least one vegetable in their lunch box.
  • Talk about the nutrients and benefits of every food inside their lunch box. I always point out a the healthiest item in her lunch tray and encourage that she eats that first.
    How to get kids to eat their vegetables

The Lunches

  1. Kale wraps: Kale leaves stuffed with tuna salad (wild planet tuna, shredded carrots, lemon and homemade easy mayo), sliced mango, bell peppers, and homemade nut-free trail mix (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, raisins, banana chips, and a sea salt.Paleo School Lunches
  2. Turkey wraps ( turkey slices rolled around bell pepper and avocado strips), mango, olives, and a banana.
    Paleo School Lunches
  3. Homemade raw milk kefir mixed with applesauce, flax meal, and ground cinnamon, turkey and kale sandwich made on a homemade grain-free roll, pumpkin seeds, tangerine, and an apple + coconut bar.Paleo School Lunches
  4. Leftover braised short ribs, cherry tomatoes, jujubes, sweet potato pancake, Enjoy life seed and fruit mixPaleo School Lunches
  5. Homemade gelatin made with organic fresh-pressed grape juice and grass-fed unflavored beef gelatin, leftover chayote squash picadillo, tomatoes, snap peas, watermelon, and plantain chips.Paleo School Lunches
  6. Pulled pork sandwich on a grain-free roll, carrot sticks, apple slices with Love Bean Chocolate spread, cherry tomatoes and an apple banana bar.
    Paleo School Lunches
  7. Cheeseburger kabobs made with beef meatballs, crispy bacon slices, raw cheese, and cherry tomatoes, apple/sweet potato/carrot bake, toasted coconut chips, and cantaloup.Paleo School Lunches
  8. Spanish tortilla made with eggs, onions and diced turnips, plums, avocado and pumpkin spice shelled pumpkin seeds. To make the pumpkin seeds I just mixed the seeds with coconut oil, coconut sugar, and pumpkin spice and I baked them until golden brown.Paleo School Lunches
  9. Chicken burger ( chicken patty, homemade mayo, mustard, and lettuce leaves), steamed broccolini with sea salt, olive oil and lemon juice, rambutans, sautéed butternut squash with coconut oil, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup, and homemade raw milk kefir with raw honey, chia seeds and bee pollenPaleo School Lunches
  10. Chicken salad cucumber cups, Paleo “granola” bar, vegetable chips, and tangerines.Paleo School Lunches
  11. Plantain chips with garlic bacon guacamole, rolled Iberian ham, raw broccoli, and grapes.
    Paleo School Lunches
  12.  Raw milk  homemade kefir with chia seeds and honey, raw green beans, grass-fed, nitrate-free jerky, avocado, cherry tomatoes and nut-free trail mix.Paleo School Lunches
  13.  Baba Ganoush dip, sliced organic summer sausage, carrot sticks, sliced cucumber, green beans, and a chia podPaleo School Lunches
  14.  Zucchini noodles with bacon Bolognese sauce (leftover dinner), coconut oil roasted seaweed, homemade “granola” bar, mushrooms, and papaya. Paleo School Lunches
  15.  Homemade roast beef/ cucumber sandwich, pomegranate (read this to learn the fastest way to seed them), sliced bell peppers, taro root chips.Paleo School Lunches
  16. Grain-free bread with duck pate, dulse, sliced persian cucumber, and longans.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  17. Salad made with diced chicken, chopped tomatoes, diced cucumbers, sea salt, raw apple cider vinegar and olive oil, grapes, love bean chocolate spread and sweet plantain chips.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  18. Banana “sushi” ( spread sunflower butter on a grain-free crepe, wrap it around a banana, slice it into sushi like pieces, and drizzle it with honey ), baba ganoush with carrot sticks, raw broccoli, and grapes.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  19. Roast beef wrap, made with a grain free wrap, lettuce, avocado, and homemade deli-style roast beef, a persian cucumber, sliced bell peppers, Go Raw Spirulina chips and sunflower butter.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  20. Do-it yourself chicken salad lettuce wraps, cherry tomatoes, and nut-free trail mix.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  21. Sweet potato maple pudding (recipe coming soon), sliced chicken sausage, sliced persian cucumbers and a homemade trail mix made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, coconut chips, and banana chips.
    Paleo nut-free school lunches
  22. Meatza: made on a pre-made chicken patty with glass-jared tomato paste, Daya’s dairy-free cheese, and bacon, sliced carrots, 2-ingredient banana pancakes, sliced kiwi.paleo school lunches

More lunches coming soon… Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog to get weekly recipes and updates.

 

 

 

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Primal Life Kit: 49 Products and 14 Discounts for $39 (over $1461 in savings)

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Beef · Breakfast · Chicken · Drinks · Entree · Health Tips · Salads · Seafood · Side Dish · Soups

40 Paleo Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli is not only one of the most nutritious vegetables around, but it is also one of the easiest vegetables to find here in the United States and many other countries around the world.

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and chromium. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, choline, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1, beta carotene, potassium, copper and many other nutrients (Click here for a more detail nutritional value). It is also know for its cancer fighting properties. Researchers believe a substance called isothiocyanate in the broccoli activates some  genes that fight cancer and switches off others that fuel tumors. (1)

I recently discovered that Costco sells large bags of organic frozen broccoli for great price, so I have been searching for new ideas on how to prepare it. Here is a small collection of assorted Paleo Broccoli Recipes.

primal broccoli recipes

Breakfast

Broccoli and Citrus Superfood Salad by Happy Health Nut
Broccoli Banana Muffins by The Paleo Mom
Broccoli Breakfast Bowl by Paleo Amore
Broccoli Frittata by Life Made Full
Broccoli Sausage and Egg Muffin by 4 Hour Ginger
Salmon and Broccoli Omelette by Hollywood Homestead
Savory Broccoli Pancakes by Canada Girl Eats Paleo
The Reverse Omelette by Real Food RN

Entrees

Asian Ground Beef, mushroom and Broccoli Lettuce Cups by Nom Nom Paleo
Asian Stir Fry by Elana’s Pantry
Bacon Beef Broccoli Fusion by Life Made Full
Better Than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli by Mark’s Daily Apple
Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry by Life Made Full
Chicken Broccoli Pie by Strictly Paleoish
Paleo Honey Chicken by Paleo Effect
Shrimp and Broccoli by Meatified

Salads

Baby Broccoli Salad by Hollywood Homestead
Bacon Broccoli Salad by Life Made Full
Bacon Grape and Broccoli Salad by Paleo Leap
Detox Salad by Real Food RN
Romanesco Salad by Hollywood Homestead
Salty Sweet Broccoli Salad by The Clothes Make The Girl

 Sides

Broccoli Breadsticks by Purely Twins
Broccoli Fritters by PaleOMG
Broccoli Tempura by Hollywood Homestead
Buttered Broccoli with Lemon by Real Food Whole Health
Caramelized Broccolini with Garlic Butter by Real Food Whole Health
Raw Broccoli Bars by The Healthy Family and Home
Roasted Pecan Broccoli by Slim Palate

Smoothies

Blueberry Broccoli Smoothie by Original Eating
Broccoli Banana Smoothie by Raw Food Recipes
Broccoli Grapefruit Detox by Incredible Smoothies
Broccoli Mango Smoothie by Really Healthy Foods
Watermelon Broccoli Smoothie by Original Eating

Soups

Broccoli Cheese Soup by Real Food Whole Health
Broccoli Cheese-Less Soup by The Paleo Homesteader
Broccoli Turmeric Soup by A Harmony Healing
Chicken Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup by Meatified
Curried Cream of Broccoli by Nom Nom Paleo
Sun-dried Tomato Broccoli Soup by Civilized Caveman Cooking

 
Sources:
1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/22/how-broccoli-fights-cancer.aspx
2. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=82
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Harvest Your Health E-Book Bundle & GIVEAWAY (90 hour re-run)

I wanted to fill you all in on an awesome opportunity that’s happening right now: The Harvest Your Health E-Book Bundle is back  to help you achieve your health goals for 2014! But only for 90 hours!

From January 3rd to January 6th you can purchase this amazing collection of health and wellness eBooks, meal plans, and online magazine subscriptions for 95% off retail value. The bundle covers a variety of health topics from cooking real food and meal plans to fitness, skin care and pregnancy. There is really something for everyone!

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The Harvest Your Health Bundle sale includes the following discounts. All discount codes expire on a specific date in 2014.

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Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocado Uses and Health Benefits

Discover interesting facts about avocado, including its uses and benefits, through the infographic “Avocado Uses and Health Benefits: Facts About This Food.” infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

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Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest open to US residents, 18 years and older, only. All entries will be validated and the winner will be chosen randomly via the Rafflecopter widget and will be notified via email, as well as announced on the Delicious Obsessions, Edible Harmony, Hybrid Rasta Mama, Paleo f(x), and Whole New Mom websites. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize. If the winner does not contact us within that time frame, another winner will be selected at random. This giveaway will run from 12:01am, Monday, December 9th through 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 15th. This giveaway is sponsored by Ceramcor,1026 Samantha Way, Toms River, NJ 08753 and they will provide one winner a 13- piece ceramic cookware set, valued at $414.99. You will be required to provide your name and shipping address to Denise Rice, from Edible Harmony, 2900 Bristol St. Ste A-201, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626), and she will give that info to Ceramcor so they can ship out your prize. They will ship the prize directly to the winner within one week of receiving their shipping information from Edible Harmony. 
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40 Holiday Homemade Gifts

The Holiday Season should be a time to get together with friends and family, share love, and create new memories. It should not be  about spending tons of money and  creating extra stress. This holiday homemade gifts roundup gathers over 40 gifts ideas from some of my favorite bloggers…there is something in it for just about everyone on your list. It covers toys, liquors, soaps, edible, and non edible gifts.

I hope this list takes the edge off from the season, and remember it’s about PRESENCE not presents

40 DIY Holiday Gifts

Crafts

1o Easy Ways to Turn a Mason Jar Into a Christmas Present by Learning and Yearning
Beeswax Fabric (plastic wrap replacement) by Purposefully Simple
Cinnamon Ornaments by Natural Living Momma
Cork-board by Little Owl Crunchy Momma
DIY Reed Diffuser by Modern Alternative Mama
Glass Magnets by Little Homesteaders
Keepsake Handprint Tile by Attainable Sustainable
Herbal Gifts Kids Can Make by Mama Rosemary
 Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats by DIY Inspired
Soy Candles by Little Homesteaders

 

Personal Care

5 DIY Herbal Baths by Rosemary Mama
Apricot Brandy by Real Food Whole Health
Beef Jerky by Against All Grain
Coffee Mint Sugar Scrub by Real Food Outlaws
Deodorant by Edible Harmony
Gingerbread Cookie Lip Polish by Natural Living Mamma
Manly Bars of Soap by The Art of Manliness
Lavender Orange After Shave Balm by Modern Alternative Mama
Lavender Mint Bath And Body Set by Natural Living Mamma
Lavender Rose Body Polish by Natural Living Mamma
Peppermint Lip Balm by Modern Alternative Mama
Rosemary Bath Salt by Let’s Hang Out
Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub by Modern Alternative Mama

Edible Gifts

Almond Joy by Edible Harmony
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Pumpkin Cookies by With Food and Love
Chai Tea Mix  by Economies of Kale
Chocolate Ganache Cherry Walnut Truffles by A Harmony Healing
Honey Lemon Curd by Edible Harmony
Irish Cream by Kitchen Stewardship
Maple Roasted Walnuts by The Mother Tribe
Paleo Cake Pops by Civilized Caveman Cooking
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough  by Edible Harmony
Paleo Gingerbread Cookies by Edible Harmony
Peppermint Patties by Elana’s Pantry
Raw Fudge by Edible Harmony
Superfood Chocolate Protein Powder  by  A Harmony Healing
Winter Chai by Real Food Outlaws

 

For Kids

A Frame Pop Tents by Lindsay and Drew
Backyard Sandbox by Made
Felt Food by Handmade Cuddles
Flower Fairy Dolls by The Imagination Tree
Play Kitchen by Oh Write

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Health Tips

Could gluten be the root cause of your health problems?

Gluten has been a common staple in our diet for thousands of years. Most of us grew up eating bread, tortillas, crackers, or pasta almost every day and it had never occurred to us that some of our health problems could come from something to seemingly innocuous.  So, as we analyze symptoms and maladies,we never think to ask: could gluten be the root cause of your health problems?

Signs of gluten sensitivityPhoto Credit

Growing up I had many symptoms of gluten intolerance: migraines, nutritional deficiencies, ataxia, depression, fatigue, etc. I spent most of my life feeling sick, tired, and weak. I had many tests done and nothing out of the norm was ever found, until I visited a naturopathic doctor at age 31. My life has changed since, I can’t remember the last time I had a headache, or ran out of energy by noon. If only more people and health practitioners were more aware of this very common ailment…

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity can affect nearly any system in our body: our digestive system, skin, respiratory, reproductive and even our nervous system. The list of gluten sensitivity possible symptoms is too long to even attempt to cover it all in here, but here are some of the most common ones:

Diarrhea
Bloating
Constipation
Lactose intolerance
Irritable bowels
Keratosis pilaris ( also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms)
Nutritional deficiencies
Anemia
Easy Bruising
Brain Fog
Fatigue
Infertility
Hormonal Imbalances
Autoimmune disease
Fibromyalgia
Migraines
Rashes
Eczema
Depression
Numbness in extremities
Joint pain
Anxiety
Brittle nails
Edema
Thyroid problems
Memory loss
Teeth and gum problems
Hypoglycemia
Hair loss
Stunted growth
Failure to thrive
Bone density loss
Dry Hair

 

Foods that contain gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, kamut and spelt. However it is often hidden in processed foods under different  names. Here is a very comprehensive list of foods that contain gluten, provided by Celiac.com

Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)
Alcohol (Spirits – Specific Types)
Atta Flour
Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Barley Malt
Beer (most contain barley or wheat)
Bleached Flour
Bran
Bread Flour (unless specified as gluten-free)
Brewer’s Yeast
Brown Flour
Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
Bulgur Wheat
Cereal Binding
Chilton
Club Wheat (Triticum aestivum subspecies compactum)
Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Cookie Crumbs
Cookie Dough(unless specified as gluten-free)
Cookie Dough Pieces
Couscous
Crisped Rice
Dinkle (Spelt)
Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate
Durum wheat (Triticum durum)
Edible Coatings
Edible Films
Edible Starch
Einkorn (Triticum monococcum)
Emmer (Triticum dicoccon)
Enriched Bleached Flour
Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour
Enriched Flour
Farina
Farina Graham
Farro
Filler
Flour (normally this is wheat)
Fu (dried wheat gluten)
Germ
Graham Flour
Granary Flour
Groats (barley, wheat)
Hard Wheat
Heeng
Hing
Hordeum Vulgare Extract
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Kamut (Pasta wheat)
Kecap Manis (Soy Sauce)
Ketjap Manis (Soy Sauce)
Kluski Pasta
Maida (Indian wheat flour)
Malt
Malted Barley Flour
Malted Milk
Malt Extract
Malt Syrup
Malt Flavoring
Malt Vinegar
Macha Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Matza
Matzah
Matzo
Matzo Semolina
Meringue
Meripro 711
Mir
Nishasta
Oriental Wheat (Triticum turanicum)
Orzo Pasta
Pasta (unless specified as gluten-free)
Pearl Barley
Persian Wheat (Triticum carthlicum)
Perungayam
Poulard Wheat (Triticum turgidum)
Polish Wheat (Triticum polonicum)
Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used)
Roux
Rusk
Rye
Seitan
Semolina
Semolina Triticum
Shot Wheat (Triticum aestivum) 
Small Spelt
Spirits (Specific Types)
Spelt (Triticum spelta)
Sprouted Wheat or Barley
Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Strong Flour
Suet in Packets
Tabbouleh
Tabouli
Teriyaki Sauce
Timopheevi Wheat (Triticum timopheevii)
Triticale X triticosecale
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Udon (wheat noodles)
Unbleached Flour
Vavilovi Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Vital Wheat Gluten
Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
Wheat amino acids
Wheat Bran Extract
Wheat, Bulgur
Wheat Durum Triticum
Wheat Germ Extract
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
Wheat Nuts
Wheat Protein
Wheat Triticum aestivum
Wheat Triticum Monococcum
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
Whole-Meal Flour
Wild Einkorn (Triticum boeotictim)
Wild Emmer (Triticum dicoccoides)

The following items may or may not contain gluten depending on where and how they are made, and it is sometimes necessary to check with the manufacturer to find out:

Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein4
Artificial Color4
Baking Powder4
Clarifying Agents4
Coloring4
Dry Roasted Nuts4
Emulsifiers4
enzymes4
Fat Replacer4
Gravy Cubes4
Ground Spices4
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten4
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein4
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol4
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch4
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate4
Hydroxypropylated Starch4
Miso4
Natural Juices4
Non-dairy Creamer4
Pregelatinized Starch4
Protein Hydrolysates4
Seafood Analogs4
Seasonings4
Sirimi4
Soba Noodles4
Soy Sauce4
Soy Sauce Solids4
Sphingolipids4
Stabilizers4
Starch1, 4
Stock Cubes4
Suet4
Tocopherols4
Vegetable Broth4
Vegetable Gum4
Vegetable Protein4
Vegetable Starch4
Vitamins4
Wheat Starch5

  • 1) If this ingredient is made in North America it is likely to be gluten-free.
  • 4) Can utilize a gluten-containing grain or by-product in the manufacturing process, or as an ingredient.
  • 5) Most celiac organizations in the USA and Canada do not believe that wheat starch is safe for celiacs. In Europe, however, Codex Alimentarius Quality wheat starch is considered acceptable in the celiac diet by most doctors and celiac organizations. This is a higher quality of wheat starch than is generally available in the USA or Canada.

Tips to avoid gluten

  • Cook your own meals from scratch.
  • Stay away for processed foods.
  • Buy certified gluten-free products.
  • Read labels and ingredient lists.
  • Visit and/or subscribe to our website for gluten-free living tips and recipes www.EdibleHarmony.com

Testing for Gluten sensitivity

Although a gluten intolerance can be detected with a blood or stool laboratory test, these tests aren’t always accurate. The best way to know if you are gluten intolerant is to cut all gluten from your diet for 4-6 weeks and see if any of your symptoms improve and note how you feel when gluten grains are introduced. Your body will speak clearly and loudly.

Disclosure of Material Connection: The links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a very small percentage. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-sensitive_enteropathy_associated_conditions
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten
http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

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Healthy Child Summit

 

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family?

With all the hidden dangers lurking in our food supply, water supply, products we use daily, and even just in the environment, more and more parents are choosing to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle. But making the transition is enough to make any parent’s head spin. And what about those soon-to-be parents who are just beginning their journey? All the research, websites, and books lead to information overload.

What if there was an online resource where parents could be educated, inspired, and empowered to care for their family naturally? What if there was a resource that provided concise, easily digestible information on a wide range of topics from pre-conception all the way through the teen years? What if this resource was FREE? Curious yet?

The Healthy Child Summit brings together over 50 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

The Healthy Child Summit is a FREE online event that launches February 2014. It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Healthy Child Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you.

In the spirit of empowering all of you, The Healthy Child Summit would like to invite you to a special SNEAK PREVIEW event! Starting Monday, November 18th and ending Friday, December 20th, you will have the opportunity to listen to one presentation per day for a total of 22 presentations.

 

Yes, you read that right! Get a jump-start on your family’s health and wellness before the New Year! Then come back in February and listen to over 30 NEW presentations, discover some you may have missed during the sneak preview, or listen to your favorite speakers again.

For more information Click here to visit Healthy Child Summit – Nourished Living Network.

You can then register for the Sneak Preview, poke around the website and learn more about the fabulous speakers and sponsors, and check out the amazing giveaways happening throughout the Sneak Preview!

I hope you are as excited about this landmark event as I am! I know I’ll be listening!