TGF Grain and Dairy Free Supplements Master List Update

Just to let you know I have today sent your free TrulyGlutenFree safe supplements master list update for you so check your in-boxes.

Highlights include a new herbal range, a D3 5000iu, a comparison of some safe, some not papaya extracts, green tea granules (something ready-to-use, I know!) and some new magnesium sprays.

Stuff that didn’t pass muster this time included several bone calciums, a flower remedy range and a rosehip capsule.

grain and dairy free supplements master list coverI’ve also updated the cover – hope you like it, took me ages. I’m gradually redesigning all the ebooks and factsheets, which is a task in itself!

If you haven’t got the list yet, do yourself a favour and save a load of time and hassle: I am doing the legwork for you. Click the image to read about it more.

Hope it helps.

Corn in Sanitary Products Causes #Gluten #Migraine

Natracare Ultra Sanitary Pads with WingsWell, you could have blown me down with a feather! I have already reported to you in my last two progress posts that one of my gluten migraines always seemed to happen on the second day of my period. I was convinced it was a hormonal problem, possibly a drop in B6, iron or magnesium or something at that time, but nothing seemed to help.

I already know that other migraines in the month happen whenever I get ‘glutened’ especially with corn. Could something I was doing at that time of the month be corny maybe? What about sanitary wear? I started searching on forums etc and discovered that quite a few women have identified the same problem (don’t ya just LOVE the internet?!). I was not going mad: it was actually possible.

Men or anyone not wanting this info, I give you permission to skip this post by the way; it does get a bit graphic later on ūüėČ

I began by contacting the various manufacturers including BodyForm, Tampax and Natracare. Most just came back with a standard denial of any corn being used at all and I pressed them, of course, on the cotton being sprayed with corny pesticides and, surprisingly, all then went quiet…

Natracare were particularly helpful:

I am allergic to corn. Are your tampons and towels corn-free please? 

Natracare Tampons are made from only certified  organic 100% cotton. This means the tampon and the string itself are only organic cotton. There is however an 100% compostable starch film on the back of our pads and liners which acts as a leak-proof barrier. This film is made from certified GMO free starch derived from corn although the film is more increasingly made from starch derived from thistle plants.  Nevertheless we cannot guarantee that corn has not been used. The corn starch is not the actual food part of the plant but the starch components of the plant material. 

I assume the corn film is on the back and not therefore in contact with the skin, then?¬†With the organic cotton in the tampons, could it be contaminated do you think by any sprays that derive from or contain corn eg citric acid/other ‚Äėnatural pesticides‚Äô?¬†

The tampons are not sprayed with anything that has derived from or contains corn.

So, other people on forums had had the same denial replies but still reacted. I haven’t dared try them again but it MIGHT be that the Natracare tampons are OK but the pads are not.

By this point, I had decided to trial off them, but what was I supposed to use? I had visions of being a cave-woman with a nappy on or something. Not a pretty sight.

Ok, perhaps not quite like this..

I did a lot of research and basically you have two real alternative options.

Mooncup Menstrual Cup¬†¬†First, you can use the ‘cup’ type things like Mooncup which many women swear by. They are made of silicone so should be TGF safe but personally I don’t like the idea of using processed plastic in such an intimate way (probably completely bonkers that but that’s how I feel and after months of agonising migraines, I didn’t really want another month to find out..).

So, I opted for alternatives number 2: reusable cotton pads. Well, what a whole new world! I never knew they even existed but apparently they are all the eco rage! I spent a lot of time late at night chatting to my US colleagues who use and make these things, asking them all manner of graphic questions, not least about how effective they are, which is, let’s face it, our main concern.

Eventually, migraine pain won out and I ordered some off the shelf ones called AngelPadz, which I bought from a great UK site, Earthwise Girls, and had some custom made from Little Gumnut again here in the UK.

I won’t go into all the vagaries of use etc, but suffice to say the little gumnut ones were way better for me, although the AngelPadz were perfectly fine too. So, in case you need to do this too, here is what I had made and my tips for you.

Stop reading if this is now too much info for you; it gets more graphic from here on in!

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OK, have the others all gone..? Good, I shall continue then.

Angel Padz Reusable Sanitary Pad - NEW!  The Angel Padz, first of all, are made from

a top layer of beautifully patterned cotton flannel, 2 layers of¬†bamboo for absorbency, and a co-ordinating backing layer of coloured PUL to prevent leaks. Ultra slim fitting.¬†Available in Regular (approx 20cm long), Medium (approx 28cm long, featuring 2 snaps) or Long (35cm long, 2 snaps, flared at the back). Angel Padz are also available as a panty liner, listed separately.’

They are fine but are substantially less soft than the Little Gumnut ones below and I could feel them much more. That said, the inclusion of PUL, a polyester waterproof layer, makes them very leak-proof, if not quite so breathable as the zorb/bamboo versions (see below; I told you: this is a whole new world!).

I ordered 8 pads in total of 3 different sizes and cost was ¬£54. And of course I had to order a cute little purse for them, too…

For Little Gumnut. I ordered two types to start with:¬†Little Gumnut Minky Topped Slimbo Cloth Pads – Size : 9″ and size 13″.

Easter Treats - Limited edition

I hadn’t realised these were custom made so it took about 2 weeks to get them – bear that in mind for when you need them. It did give me time to use the AngelPadz ones, though, which were perfectly acceptable to use and I thought were comfy until I used the Gumnut ones. You may prefer them, of course; there is no accounting for taste.

I asked the ever-helpful Emma at Little Gumnut how they are made so I could compare them to other types:

Little gumnut slimbo reusable cloth pads have either a cotton, bamboo or minky top, a hugely absorbent zorb core and are backed with either Maldens Mills Polartec 200 DWR technical fleece, or felted Merino Interlock Wool. Both options are breathable, waterproof and and can be machine washed and dried. They are held comfortably on your panties by folding the wings underneath and attaching both together with the perfectly placed popper.

Our pads are specifically designed for sanitary and continence wearers. Our sizing goes from 7″ liners to our most absorbent 15″ pad used either for post partum or for more serious continence use.

Zorb is non-toxic and non-allergenic made of bamboo/cotton/viscose and poly micro fibers. 

Procare: is a more durable option than PUL, it’s just a laminated waterproof polyester fabric.¬†

Ordering

I chose to have minky topping (very absorbent, breathable and soft) and lavender-coloured polartec fleece backing (I was worried about leakage on heavy days) . I chose two different designs and by far liked the bright pink floral design Flower Field in Fuschia Рactually cheered me up every time I saw them! I ordered 3 of each size and the total cost was £60. That seems a lot until you remember how much you spend every month on these VAT-charged items (!) and that you can rewash them many times over.

Anyway, they arrived beautifully made and wrapped up with ribbon (nice touch, Emma) with a little card to tell you about caring for them. They did have some Scotch Magic tape on the top which I mentioned to Emma could cornify them. You are supposed to wash them before use so it shouldn’t be an issue but please be aware. She explained she already doesn’t choose sellotape because of the latex component and uses the Scotch Magic because it leaves no residue, but I suggested it might be wise to put the tape on the underside of the pads if poss.

Update, Update… I have since tried Charlie Banana pads (well, wouldn’t you with that name?) and like those the best. Got them from the same place as the AngelPadz above: Earthwise Girls.

How To Use Reusable Pads

Using them is easy. They fold in on themselves and secure with the popper and I just bought a small waterproof cosmetic bag and put them in my handbag. The used one just then goes into that folded up and popped securely until you get home. If you’re out a long time, you could have one bag for clean ones and one for used. I was worried this would be all yukky but it really is surprisingly not.

To use them, you just put the size on that you want and use the popper to secure them on your knickers. They don’t feel like the usual wings on pads as they are made from soft fleece so I could honestly hardly feel I had anything on and they didn’t seem to move about too much. You select the right size for the type of day – I had small and large for light and heavy/night time. Emma sent me some 11″ ones actually which worked well for in-betweeny days too. The small ones are also useful as daily pads if you are spotting or needing some form of covering for any other reason.

Did they Work?

In terms of effectiveness: great. I felt very safe with them and swapped them probably a little more often than I would have done previously just to be sure. The only issue I had on heavy days (and I really mean heavy, clotty and everything), was that I tended to bleed what is known in the trade apparently as ‘straight down’ and worried that it would leak over the sides, which it did once very slightly. I have opted to have another set made for those days with more zorb right in the middle and a bamboo topping which is very slightly more absorbent than minky (as that is a synthetic material). I originally chose minky as I was worried I would feel hot and itchy and Emma reckoned the minky was slightly softer and cooler. In reality, I don’t think there is much in it, but I shall report back of course (if you haven’t had enough of this rather graphic subject yet :)) Or, perhaps the PUL-containing AngelPadz would be best for these days. I shall endeavour to experiment!

Washing Them

In terms of washing etc, basically, I found the best way was to have a bucket filled with water in a discreet place (and I had to buy a cute bucket of course, any excuse). I added a scoop of bicarb and some Ecover bleach powder to mine and then just put used ones into it to soak until you have a few which you can then bung in the washing machine. The advice is to pop them inside something else but actually I have done mine in with everything else and even just rinsed them out in a sink. When they come out of the soaking water, they  re already clean more or less and just need a bit extra. I have not had any stains on the LG ones yet either which is good. The AngelPadz ones, being cotton, do stain a bit I have found and I may try using a stronger stain soak thing maybe.

The Result

So, the trial was successful after all that in that I have now not had the monthly migraine for 3 months. Hoorah! I thought I would feel naffed off at having to be different and giving up another ‘normal’ product, but actually no. I like the eco-ness of them, they are actually more comfortable to wear and are much less hassle than I thought they would be.

Of course, I may be new to all this but you probably aren’t! Anyone else got any tips on this subject, please do share. Mooncups? Other brands? I fancy trying the Luna pads next. Er, people did warn me that you do get a bit obsessive about getting new ones to try, with all the pretty colours and designs to play with. Oops, looks like they were right. Who’d have thunk it?!

Ta Dah! New Truly #Gluten Free #Adrenal Plan Now Released

Truly Gluten Free Adrenal Plan cover  Hot on the heels of the Adrenal Plan released for Purehealth last week, I have now finished the grain and dairy free version for you.

The two plans are basically the same but I had to find TGF safe versions of the supplement protocol. Happily, much of the same products were suitable as I have slowly been shifting most recommendations to grain free anyway since I find so many of you having problems with them.

The Allergy-Adrenal Connection

First, let me answer the question of why gluten-sensitives like us should be aware of the adrenal fatigue connection. Here’s a bit from the Allergy/Inflammation section:

Anything where the body is constantly having to react in an allergic or inflammatory way is going to drain you ‚Äď and your adrenals, so people with gluten sensitivity are bound, at some point, to get some really tired out adrenals.

In the thirties, a pioneering allergist, Albert Rowe, described a syndrome known as allergic toxaemia that included the symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and depression. Around the 1950s, this syndrome began to be referred to as the allergic tension-fatigue syndrome. Sadly, nowadays, many doctors have forgotten this established pattern!

In terms of allergy/sensitivity reactions, we know that, as soon as you release histamine, your adrenals need to lower the reaction with more cortisol. If this is going on constantly, how much work do your poor adrenals have to do? It’s no wonder they get tired out.

As they tire, of course, the ability to produce DHEA starts to drop first. Low DHEA means higher cortisol. Higher cortisol is known to affect the barrier integrity ‚Äď the mucosal barriers that prevent stuff like larger food protein molecules getting through¬†and setting up a reaction.¬†

The section goes on to explain much more and discusses too the different types of TGF safe adrenal boosters that might help those specifically with sensitivity reactions. I wish I had known about them when my adrenals were shattered!

Anyway, with that teaser in mind, here’s a bit more about the Plan for you:

At long last, after six months of research and writing, not to mention over a decade of clinical experience with adrenal fatigue patients, I have just released your new Truly Gluten Free Adrenal Plan.

I am SO chuffed to have done it. It is one thing to know in your head as an experienced nutritionist what to do when a person presents themselves in the clinic with adrenal symptoms, but quite another to explain to someone all the intricacies of how to DIY adrenal recovery. I quite shocked myself at how many nuances I consider really without even consciously thinking about it too deeply; I guess it is because it is a field I have specialised in for such a long time; it almost comes naturally now.

Anyway, I really hope it will help. I get so many people asking for adrenal support and now I will be able to say ‚Äėfollow the plan‚Äô and know they will be getting sound advice – and not be taking cornified supplements which will only make them worse.

So, if you were waiting for it, sorry it took me so long: I wanted to get it just right for you.

The Adrenal Plan

Fed up with feeling tired, foggy and anxious and just feeling like you can’t cope with life as well as you used to?

Snap. That’s how I felt. And that’s how many people in-clinic feel too. The problem could well be your adrenals, especially if you have been under chronic or acute stress for a while, get constant infections, allergy reactions or inflammation. All of those really drain our adrenals and, as they get more and more tired, so do we. When it goes too far, we can feel chronically wiped out. 

How to test and treat adrenal fatigue, this 135 page ebook is based on the clinic protocol I have used for patients for over a decade, and it has rarely ever let me down. I have TGF-ised for you to ensure it is grain and dairy free. 

It includes much more on testing and how to interpret your results, the adrenal diet, a detailed and product-specific TGF safe supplement protocol (available internationally by mail order), a full product guide appendix and how to get support.

Contents

  • Welcome and Housekeeping ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
  • Introduction
  • What‚Äôs Going Wrong? ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • The Importance of Aldosterone
  • DHEA Detail
  • How To Recognise Adrenal Fatigue
  • The Link With Oestrogen, Progesterone and Thyroid
  • The Adrenal Fatigue Stages
  • What Causes Adrenal Fatigue? ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • The Adrenal Stressors
  • Can It Be Reversed?
  • Best Tests:¬†The ASP
  • SIgA
  • Other Adrenal Tests
  • Test Result Analysis: Which Stage Am ¬†I? ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • SIgA Results
  • Adrenal Treatment ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • The Conventional and Non-Meds Routes
  • Adrenal Recovery: Lifestyle ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Adrenal Recovery: Diet ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Adrenal Recovery: TGF Protocol¬†¬†including core nutrients, adrenal boosting, cortisol control, raising DHEA, lowering DHEA, raising SIgA and lowering SIgA¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • After The Plan ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
  • Getting Support ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Appendix: Product Guide

The Adrenal Plan is based on over a decade of specialising in this area and I wrote down what I find works for the vast majority of people with this type of fatigue problem. Most people feel much better after 3-4 months on adrenal recovery in my clinical experience, so don’t put up with that horrid feeling any longer, download the Plan straightaway here.

For more info, read the full Adrenal Fatigue factsheet and then go straight to the tests or download the plan to guide you. I have kept the price right down for you considering the wealth of experience and time that went into it, so all you have to lose is that horrible crushing fatigue feeling. Ugh, I remember it well. It was only after I went grain free that my own adrenals decided to pick up after years of being on the floor! You can read more about my adrenal recovery here.

Right, I am off for a rest. Then again, I said that last week when I released the first version! Truly hope it helps you.

 

 

Truly #Gluten Free Gut Detox

Quite a few of you have asked if there is a truly gluten free version of the Gut Plan I launched last week. You’ll be happy to know that yes, there is. I should have mentioned it sorry; I forget what work I have already done sometimes!

You can get the truly gluten free version of the Gut/Liver detox for a mere fiver as a separate document here, but it also comes as one of the bonus documents with the full Barrier Plan as it is used for part of the lead-in stage.

Hope that helps.

New Truly #Gluten Free Recipe Series…

…is coming your way! The grain and dairy free Breakfasts section should be complete by the end of this weekend.

Writing the TGF recipe book is not like writing a normal recipe book, I have discovered. You have to check every product mentioned and say where you can source it from, which is taking some doing, I can tell you!

After chatting to a couple of you, I have decided to do a Recipe Series instead of a book, mainly to get the sections out to you as the book is going to take quite a while to complete and I know many of you are champing at the bit, needing guidance. But also, it will take some of the pressure off me too! I am constantly trying to fit in recipes between patients and phone calls, waiting for info from manufacturers (that they often don’t want to give and have to be chased numerous times for!) and clattering about in the kitchen to P and the cat’s amusement trying the different recipes out. As you know, trulyglutenfree recipe ingredients do not behave the same way as other ingredients and I often come out with something totally unexpected: good and bad!

So, Breakfasts will be launched early next week, or tomorrow if I can get it done, barring burns on fingers and pans on toes. After that, the Lunches section is almost there and will follow soon.

At the end of the process, I hope to have created sections for Breakfasts, Snacks, Lunches, Dinners, Drinks, Puds and Treats. As I go along, I am compiling a Larder List and a Supply List for you too. For example, I can’t just say ‘add a splash of juice’ without telling you which juices you might like that don’t contain citric acid, or which yogurt you can use without carageenan or alcohol-derived vanilla extract in it, can I?

Which reminds me, if you have found staple suitable TGF-safe products, please tell me about them so I can include those too.

Once this Recipe Series is done, I plan then to start all over again and find more for you – new ideas pop up every day. I shall save them and bring those to you too In Series 2 or The Revenge of the Recipes or something.

Anyway, thought you might like to know I am working on the recipes for you and they are on their way. Soon.

Enough waffling now, more writing!

 

Supplements: Special Report 2

¬†Truly gluten free supplements report 2Ta-da!!! I have at last completed the second Supplements Special Report for you. If you haven’t seen the first one yet, take a look here. In the first one, I¬†outlined the problem with finding truly gluten free supplements (pretty much every product¬†contains at least corn or something derived from it, which ISN’T labelled) and detailed a list of TGF-safe products from Higher Nature after having researched over 45 suppliers. (Note: not all HN products are suitable, which is why I produced the TGF-safe list).

In this second one, I have included:

  • a report about carageenan and why you might want to avoid it
  • an update on some of the Higher Nature products which contain it
  • and, importantly, detailed lists of TGF-safe products from two more suppliers. It even includes a multivitamin and mineral product – at last!

You can download the Supplement Special Reports 1 and 2 here. I hope you find them useful; they take an awful lot of research and badgering! Meantime, I¬†am¬†girding my loins and all that to look at herbals, homeopathics and specific healing items like beta glucans, probiotics etc next. And the recipe book has been started – banana nut and raisin loaf rising (I hope) in the oven as I type. So much to do, so little time…

Gluten Free Books & Cookbooks

Check out the new Books, Cookbooks and Special Reports page I have just created. You will find links to my own books and reports plus explanatory books about gluten sensitivity I found useful and cookbooks I use regularly. Enjoy.

Supplements Special Report

The first TrulyGlutenFree special report is now out!

One of the main questions I have been asked, apart from diet stuff, is how do I get well? This is a big question, as you can imagine, but the first way is to be able to get your nutrient levels up high enough again for your body systems to function as well as they can. This is clearly easier said than done when the vast majority of true gluten sufferers can’t tolerate the very supplements that would help because they contain overt and hidden grains.

Hence this Special Report on supplements, which has taken months to research. I contacted over 45 different suppliers and pummelled them with questions. One by one, they fell by the wayside as I dug deeper, but one company shone out!

The report includes details of the first range of TGF-safe supplements I have found.

I have painstakingly gone through the whole range and produced a list of all their products free from grains and dairy (and other common allergens), explained what to look for on supplement labels and even given some suggested product combinations to start your healing process off well.

Here is part of the introduction to the 13 page report:

The biggest problem with supplements is that many say they are free from common allergens including gluten, but of course that is traditional gluten free, not truly gluten free. Many of them contain ingredients directly from grains, especially corn. Even when companies say their supplements are corn free, much of the time they contain ingredients that have been derived from corn but the ubiquitous phrase ‚Äėthere is none left in the finished product‚Äô then gets bandied about.

This is based on the belief that it is the proteins in foods that cause the problem. But it may not be. Research is showing that starches can cause problems too. When a company says a product has been tested for gluten and is clear, they mean it has been tested for the gluten protein, not the actual grain. Most of the time, they also mean it is gluten free in that gluten levels found are lower than the allowable amounts set for coeliacs. It’s not their fault; that’s just the way the system is currently. But unfortunately, it is not good enough for trulyglutenfree-ers.

Intrigued? Want to read the full report? Download it here.

This is the first report on supplements. I am close to clearing a second range, plus herbals and homeopathics will follow, so join the TGF family now and get all of them as they come out. I hope you find this report useful; I’m off for a lie down!