Elisa-Safe Hummus

Elisa-Safe Hummus

I created this recipe as a hummus substitute for Elisa. She is allergic to chickpeas and garlic ( along with many other things). Gluten Free Print Recipe Elisa-Safe Hummus Course Appetizer Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 15 Minutes Servings People Ingredients Simmer 1 can Cannellini Beans1/2 tsp Fennel Seed1 tsp Celery Salt1 … Read more Elisa-Safe Hummus

Does it Hurt to Eat? Feel Like You Swallowed a Basketball?

Does it Hurt to Eat? Feel Like You Swallowed a Basketball?

It Hurt To Eat – the Short Version of the Story

Does it Hurt to Eat? Feel Like You Swallowed a Basketball?

I Ioved food, but it hurt to eat. Nearly every time I ate, I experienced pain. Rarely did I escape the dreaded abdominal basketball feeling. I would get a few bites into whatever I was eating and feel like I had swallowed a basketball.

“All people must feel the same way when eating,” I thought. Due to my assumption, I never told anyone how I felt.

Because these issues plagued me my entire life, it never occurred to me to say anything to anyone. I learned to hide my discomfort (sometimes outright agony) and developed a high pain tolerance.

When very young, I was diagnosed with Hyperactivity Disorder, which today is better known as ADHD. I had, and continue to deal with, learning disabilities, dyslexia and a number of other problems.  My mom excused me and my abnormal behavior by declaring that I was ‘creative’ and ‘artistic,’ as though that meant I was exempt from socially acceptable behavior.

Most of the time I suffered these things with almost no guidance or support. Learning disabilities weren’t really understood at that time and I didn’t talk about that basketball in my stomach. No one was connecting the dots between diet, the brain and behavior. And it still hurt to eat.

The Problem: Eating Still Hurt and Was Getting More Difficult

Over the years eating became more difficult. I knew there had to be something wrong. I no longer was able to hide the pain.  As always, it hurt to eat. A new experience of Bloating-while-eating became a nightmare. The problem was getting worse, rather than better. There were times that I couldn’t even walk after eating just a small part of a meal.

I became prone to frequent meltdowns and emotional outbursts (Gluten Meltdowns are Not a Myth). I felt bad most of the time.  Everyone around me thought that I was just horribly dramatic and hard to get along with. I couldn’t control it. I couldn’t explain it. There seemed to be nothing I could do to end the insanity. It appeared to me that the melt downs were connected to absolutely nothing.

Food had to be the problem. I tried vegan and them vegetarian diets. Ultimately neither of these did the trick. A rash appeared and spread over much of my body. I didn’t connect the rash with my other problems. The doctor put me on steroids to deal with the rash. 

The Solution: Celiac Disease?

Finally desperate, I found a nutritionist. I explained to her that I thought that meat was causing most of the problems. Although, even on a vegetarian diet I was experiencing pain during and after eating. The nutritionist gave the the news: “It’s not the meat – it’s the wheat.”

She put me on a gluten free diet. The first gluten free meal I ate will forever be embedded in my memory. I began eating. I ate to the point where I automatically expected the pain to begin. There was none. It was amazing.

Here’s where you’d think I’d say something about living happily ever after. That was my thought. That’s not what happened. Unfortunately, by the time I found out what my problem was, I was 49 years old. The digestive difficulties over all those years caused permanent damage.

My journey was just beginning and was going to be rough. After finding out about the gluten connection, I’ve been through cancer, developed additional food intolerances, and have a chronic autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis.

It’s all about inflammation. Anyone experiencing symptoms similar to mine should speak up. Don’t tough it out. It will cause more inflammation.  Inflammation causes damage and diseases.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Diarrhea and/or constipation (sometimes alternating)
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches (including migraines)
  • Skin conditions (including the so-called “gluten rash” dermatitis herpetiformis)

These symptoms are taken from the article, An Overview of Celiac Disease on VeryWellHealth.com.

I recommend reading this article. Awareness of Celiac Disease is crucial. The information in the article may save you, your child, your friend or maybe a relative a lot of pain.

Note: This article also appears on SelfHealthSolutions.com

Gluten Meltdowns – Not a Myth

No One Wants to Have a Meltdown

I’m sure of this.  I never wanted to. Things were just so bad that I couldn’t help but be very upset.

Other people said:

“Aren’t you being a little dramatic?”

“Do you have to be so difficult?”

“You don’t have anything to be so upset about.”

“What’s your problem anyway?”

I’ve heard all those words and much more. I couldn’t explain how awful I felt.  I tried, but I guess I wasn’t convincing. Maybe other people were much tougher than I was and they could handle bad things better.

It was neither.  It was gluten.

Gluten Hurts!

Today, I think there are those that still don’t believe that gluten can be responsible for such drastic emotional dives. Trust me, it can.  Gluten causes me to feel bad in many ways. For instance it causes:

– Abdominal pain that is excruciating.

– Extreme bloating that can happen within just a minute after consuming food containing gluten.

– Skin rashes.

– Anxiety.

– Stress over how to handle all of this when in public.

These are just a few of the obvious problems that we deal with when we are not safely gluten free. There are so many more that can and do occur. I didn’t know that all the pain I went through when eating a meal was due to gluten. I never knew it could be different.  Sushi became my favorite food because it never caused me pain or bloating.

I’m going to take a moment and list my unique characteristics. They are:


– Learning Disabilities

– Dyslexia

– Gluten intolerant

– Too many digestive issues to mention

– 5 years ago I developed an autoimmune disease. I am prone to uveitis, rashes that look like I was burned with a blow torch, mouth sores and blisters, chronic fatigue and a bunch of random weird things that happen frequently.

It’s been interesting to say the least. I live my life in a constant battle against inflammation in all it’s forms.

One of the less obvious challenges are the gluten induced meltdowns.

Almost no one stops to consider that a meltdown occurred due to a gluten allergy or intolerance.  The common reaction is that the person experiencing the meltdown is acting out and needs to stop it. Now!

This attitude actually makes the meltdown worse. Before I was diagnosed and went gluten free, I felt like I must be the most criticized person on earth. I felt really bad about being me. I became a self proclaimed ‘Difficult Person.’  I warned people about me. I felt really  bad about doing that, but what was I to do? What if I had a meltdown? At least they were warned.

Honestly, living like that really sucked.  I may have gotten the habit of warning people from my mom.  She was forever letting other’s know that I could be a problem. That sucked too. There’s nothing like having your mom tell your soon-to-be husband that you need a lot of attention because you are so difficult. UGH!

The excerpt below is taken from an excellent article entitled ‘Why Gluten Is Bad: The Plain English Answer‘ by Helen Sanders

Gluten is Often Linked With Brain Function and Disorders
The inflammation that gluten causes can also have negative effects on your brain. Many neurological conditions have been traced back to gluten consumption. Scientists have studied the link between mental health and the consumption of wheat for over 50 years.

This is a short excerpt and I highly recommend that you read the entire article on healthambition.com.

In a way it’s a relief to know that I’m wasn’t choosing to have meltdowns, contrary to popular opinion.  Life is hard and no one wants to be known as the problem person.

Identifying a Gluten Allergy or Intolerance

It is likely that having an undiagnosed gluten intolerance for so many years actually caused my autoimmune disease.  That is another story that I wish I didn’t know. If I could have known what was wrong early in my life, so many things would have been different…in a really good way.

There are a number of symptoms that can be used to identify a gluten issue.  The one I experience immediately is bloating and stomach pain.  I’m not talking about a little bloating and a slight stomach ache. These are extreme. Because I never knew anything different, I didn’t complain.  I endured.

If you have a child that seems to be out of control, undisciplined and a major drama queen/king, take a closer look.  Behavior may be a symptom of a gluten problem. It’s really worth the time and effort to investigate. Try a gluten free diet for 30 days. Heck that 30 day experiment could change your child’s entire life!

Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Use your doTerra Lemon essential oil in this recipe!

Sugar Free Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
½ cup brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  1. Mix flour, xanthan gum, baking
  2. Beat egg in medium bowl; add milk, butter, brown rice syrup, and Lemon essential oil and blend together.
  3. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients.
  4. Mix in blueberries.
  5. Fill lined muffin tins 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

See original post at https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipes-sugar-and-gluten-free-blueberry-lemon-muffins

Supporting Gout Sufferers Using Essential Oils

Have you ever thought about gout?

A friend of mine asked me if there was an essential oil blend for gout.  GOUT????  I really didn’t think that was a real thing.  If it was, I thought only old people had gout.  How could I support a gout sufferer?

I told him I would do a little research and find out if there was anything we could do to support him and help ease his gout symptoms.  I learned a lot!

Here are a few facts about gout:

Gout Signs & Symptoms

About half of the time, the first attack of gout causes the sufferer intense pain in the first joint of the big toe.

The initial gout attack almost always happens at night.

Men over the age of 30 are more apt to experience a gout attack.

The Mayo Clinic lists the signs and symptoms of gout on their site.  I’ve listed them here:

Intense joint pain. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain is likely to be most severe within the first four to 12 hours after it begins.

Lingering discomfort. After the most severe pain subsides, some joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks. Later attacks are likely to last longer and affect more joints.

Inflammation and redness. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.

Limited range of motion. Decreased joint mobility may occur as gout progresses.

GO TO THE DOCTOR IF:  You experience sudden and intense pain in a joint.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE FAST IF:  You have a fever and a joint is hot and inflamed.  You might have an infection.

So what is it that puts people at risk for gout? Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about the risk factors:

You are more likely to develop gout if you have high levels of uric acid in your body.  The things that can raise your uric acid level are:

  • Diet. Eating a diet that’s high in meat and seafood and high in beverages sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose) promotes higher levels of uric acid, which increases your risk of gout. Alcohol consumption, especially of beer, also increases the risk of gout.
  • Obesity. If you are overweight, your body produces more uric acid and your kidneys have a more difficult time eliminating uric acid, which greatly increases your risk of gout.
  • Medical conditions. Certain diseases and conditions make it more likely that you’ll develop gout. These include untreated high blood pressure and chronic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and kidney diseases.
  • Certain medications. The use of thiazide diuretics — commonly used to treat hypertension — and low-dose aspirin also can increase uric acid levels. So can the use of anti-rejection drugs prescribed for people who have undergone an organ transplant.
  • Family history of gout. If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease.
  • Age and sex. Gout occurs more often in men, primarily because women tend to have lower uric acid levels. After menopause, however, women’s uric acid levels approach those of men. Men also are more likely to develop gout earlier — usually between the ages of 30 and 50 — whereas women generally develop signs and symptoms after menopause.
  • Recent surgery or trauma. Experiencing recent surgery or trauma has been associated with an increased risk of developing gout.

All of this is interesting – but what was I going to do to help my friend?  I went back to researching and came up with a few different things.

I created an essential oil blend for topical use:

To affected joint, gently apply 1 to 3 drops each of:

 frankincense (Chosen for its following properties: pain reliefantirheumatic, reduces anxiety)

 lavender (Chosen for its following properties: analgesic, nervine, reduces fever)

peppermint (Chosen for its following properties: ant-inflammatory, reduces fever)

fractionated coconut oil – use enough drops so the combined drops of essential oil is diluted to 50%

Dose:  Several times a day.

See additional essential oil therapies to support gout sufferers.

I had my friend put an ice pack on his toe for about 5 minutes, in order to get his circulation moving.  Following the ice pack, he then applied 1 – 3 drops of the gout blend.  If you choose to invest in quality essential oils, please try shopping here: Shop for Essential Oils

Juice for gout:

I found information that suggested that juice made from the ingredients Breville Juice Fountainbelow can help reduce uric acid in the body.

Cabbage (1/4 head)

Carrots (1 very large)

Celery (3 large stalks, including leaves)

Lemons (1 large, to help balance PH)

I use a Breville Juice Fountain  This thing is super speedy.  I don’t chop, peel (except lemons) or remove extraneous leaves.  I can get a great glass of juice in just a few minutes!

Just like most health issues, changing your diet is a good solution.  In the case of gout, balancing the alkaline in your body is a good first step.   When an abundance of uric acid is in your system, you can guarantee your system is too acidic.    A diet that is gluten free (gluten causes inflammation) and high in alkaline could be a real healer.  Greenopedia has a nice downloadable alkaline-acid food chart.  Going gluten free has never been easier!  Shop the gluten free sections in the grocery store, ask for gluten free menus at restaurants, buy gluten free ingredients to use in preparing meals at home.  It really has gotten easy!!

Do you suffer from gout?  See your doctor, consider adjusting your diet, make use off essential oils,  and juicing therapies.


Statements concerning essential oils contained in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article and the products discussed  are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

This article is a conversation concerning essential oils, diet options= and the author’s personal experiences.

Follow the general safety guidelines and discuss essential oil treatments with your healthcare provider prior to treating a specific disease or ailment.