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Enter the De-Glutennizer!

There are some days when my thoughts become consumed with food, especially if I'm eating out. Most people eat when they're stressed. I am more likely to be stressed about eating. Questions flood my mind. What has that spoon touched? Did the person preparing the food wash their hands? Are they really being as careful with my order as they promised they would be? Then the questions begin to flow into everyday activities. Did the kid I'm teaching in dance class just eat a cookie? Is gluten all over their hands? How clean is this counter? Did I step on a crumb and drag gluten into the house? The mental game can become not only terrifying but exhausting!

I'll be the first to admit that I'm hyper aware about my food. I have to be or else I'm sick for weeks, stuck with headaches, super fatigued, or covered in rashes. That being said I often have to stop myself from letting these fears keep me from being happy and enjoying life. Sometimes its hard. This is when I turn…

The Cultured Life

Cultured foods seem to be all the rage these days. From kimchi to sauerkraut to kefir, these foods are quickly becoming the rock stars of the nutrition world. I knew next to nothing about these wonderful foods a few years back. I actually discovered The Body Ecology Diet by accidentally stumbling across these foods. My health improvement had come to a halt after going gluten free so I began a pinterest search for green smoothies. Instead of green smoothies several cultured vegetable pins popped up. I was intrigued so I began to search a little more and before I knew it I was reading the free preview version of Donna Gate's Body Ecology Diet. I soon discovered that these healing foods would become the cornerstone of my improving health.

So what exactly are fermented foods? Well, to sum it up shortly, they are foods that are jam packed with probiotics as a result of a food preserving process called fermentation. The most basic form would be to mash up some cabbage, salt and water, …