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Do You Have Gluten Sensitivity?


shutterstock_178135436Do you suffer from allergies? Or digestive issues (constipation, gas, bloating or diarrhea), joint pain, skin rashes, asthma, excess weight, depression or brain fog?

Maybe you are gluten sensitive or gluten Intolerant?

I remember when I first learned that I had gluten sensitivities. When I removed gluten from my diet, the bloating, tiredness and fogging thinking went away within days.

These days we are hearing more and more about people with severe gluten allergies, or celiac disease. Do you know someone that has celiac disease?

Do you know what Gluten is?

Not really? Well you’re not alone, watch this hilarious video from the US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live highlighted, the public is really doesn’t know what gluten is?Well

Well we know what food Gluten is in, So what is Gluten?

Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue“) is a protein composite found in wheat and other related grains Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).

That is correct, gluten is a type of protein naturally found in wheat (including spelt, kamut, bulgur, barley, rye, cereals and even salad dressings, seasoning mixes and loads more. Great article here

Why is gluten bad?

Gluten isn’t really that bad, unless you are gluten-intolerant, celiac disease, When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, it triggers an immune response that damages their intestines, your body produces an abnormal immune response when it breaks down the gluten from wheat and other gluten grains during digestion, preventing them from absorbing vital nutrients. As a result the protective lining of the small intestine becomes compromised, potentially leading to ‘leaky gut’ and a endless amount of other symptoms.

What to eat on a gluten free diet?

A lot of people who go gluten-free focus on what they can’t eat, I believe in crowding out and upgrading which is important to emphasize what you do eat for complete nutrition value. Seek out some and try some superfoods, you’ll also be embracing a wide variety of nutrients that will help you look and feel your best.

Add some fresh veggies and fruits, bone broth, beans, lentils, and nuts are also gluten-free, so if you used to nibble on crackers, cakes and cookies, trade them for wholesome snacks, like veggies with hummus, berries with nuts, or yogurt try roasting kale or chickpeas.

If you love a side dish of pasta, replace it Jen’s Noodles they are gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease.

Eat Noodles To Lose Weight?

Yes Jen’s Noodles are awesome to help you lose weight.


But weight there is so much more! 

Besides its role with the benefits of weight loss, this super fiber found in this amazing plant are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease and steadily lower cholesterol levels.

Jen’s Noodle are a perfect choice. ideal for diabetic diets or those suffering from excessive insulin production. Konjac also helps to slow the rate sugars from food are absorbed after meals. Jen’s Noodles are Grain free, gluten free they suit any diet, weather you are on a low carb diet, sugar free, Paleo, Dukan, Gluten free, Coeliac, Diabetic or Detox Diet.

Jens Noodles are made from the root of the Konjac plant. The Japanese have been using Konjac for over 1,500 years. It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century.

Amorphophallus (the Greek name for konjac) underground tubers. The main active ingredient in konjac food is glucomannan 97% percent of Konjac is water and 3% is Glucomannan a dietary fiber.

Glucomannan is highly absorbent and a proven ingredient to combat hunger pangs and sugar cravings, It is Truly a Gift From Nature, the answer to healthy sustainable slimming without any harmful side effects.

Listed  below are some of the known benefits from adding Jen’s Noodles to your diet.


Top 10 Benefits of Eating Jen’s Noodles.

  1. Ideal for Diabetics– They Control glucose spikes — the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodle delays the absorption of glucose and fat. Glucose and lipid levels are gradually decreased. As a result, high blood sugar and high blood lipids are decreased and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium). Controls insulin surges— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
  2. Low calories— Jen’s noodles are starch-free noodles, and they have only 6 calories per serve, which doesn’t get absorb by the body, therefore they are NET ZERO CALORIES. (Konjac Glucomanna) has been shown to delay and block the absorption of some of the fats in your diet. It binds to fat in the intestines, preventing some fat absorption. This means that you absorb less fat from the foods you eat,  decreasing your overall calorie intake.
  3. Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine. Consuming a meal with Jen’s Noodles is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it, Glucomannan pushes more calories out through your colon, rather than letting them be absorbed. creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat.
  4. Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles is made up largely of water and soluble fibre. The fibre attracts water and forms a gel, which slows down digestion and can reduce the heat absorption of nutrients.. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and increasing the feeling of fullness, They prolong digestion and which can help achieve weight loss goals.
  5. Surprisingly Lowers cholesterol- Glucomannan can effectively dissolves fluids in the large intestine and forms a gel that binds with bile acids in the intestines. As a result, the liver converts more cholesterol to bile acids, and blood cholesterol levels are reduced . A meal containing Jen’s Noodle can flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood.
  6. Reliefs Constipation / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon, stool softening, speed up the defecation rate, reduce the intestinal pressure, promote gastrointestinal peristalsis and relieve the pain of constipation. without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers. They often recommended as a gentle laxative to assist people with intestinal and digestive problems.
  7. Probiotic /Prebiotic Activity— while keeping the intestines clean and assisting the movement of the bowels, serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus, It feeds the good lactic acid bacteria in your intestines so they multiply. These lactic acid bacteria inhibit Candida, which is a good thing The fibre is like a gentle scrub for your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.Mixed Box
  8. Amazingly High in Alkaline- According to a Japanese Researcher, Dr. Kotaro Nishizaki, when measured up to all of the foods on the pH Value chart, the konjac powder indicated to be the  highest in alkaline value, Alkalinity on the whole foods chart. The food with the highest alkalinity on the chart is Wakame Seaweed.
  9. They Help Detoxification- in order to shorten the time that food stays in the stomach, in general, ordinary food needs 28 hours to empty from the intestine, this super fibre only need 14-16 hours, which greatly reduces harmful substances absorption, that can help the body get rid off and dilute carcinogenic and toxic substances, which to some extent, provides anti-cancer functions.
  10. Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus growth in the lower intestine, according to the Konjac Foods website. The fibre scrubs your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.

These are just 10 benefits, there are so many more, please check out my website to read what the studies are saying. Jensnoodles

Dr Oz talks about weight loss with Glucomannan (Jen’s Noodles)

Holiday Survival Guide

Hoiiday Guide

For many people, Christmas is about over-indulging and gaining unwanted weight, but it doesn’t have to be. You can still have fun, eat good food and keep your waistline the same through the holidays. I have some simple tips you can follow to enjoy these holidays and stay healthy and fit.

I have to be honest, during the Christmas holidays season it can be hard for me not to give into cravings and indulge on foods like corn chips, cheese, trifle and puddings, the foods that I tend to stay clear of throughout the year.

Come January, I used to find that my clothes were tighter and my belly was slightly over my shorts and I felt that “I’m just uncomfortable feeling,” you know what I’m talking about?

Here are some of my tips to help you have a healthy holiday season…

Have breakfast – Set up your day; Starting my day with a satisfying morning meal — especially one that includes proteins, healthy fats and fibre — can help prevent overeating at parties later in the day.

Eat before you go; have a small meal (include, protein fats and fibre) or a yummy fresh organic salad about 30 minutes before a party or dinner. This will help prevent you indulging in over-eating or binging.

Take your own favourite dish; take one of your favourite, healthy dish along to the party. This will give you the option of eating at least one healthy food while you’re at a party. It is also a great way for you share a real food dish with friends and family, this shows them that healthy food can be delicious, quick and easy to create!

Socialise instead of eating; Work the room, focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of focusing on foods. Don’t stand around the food table when you are at a party.

Have a backup plan; Always have healthy snacks in your bag, I like small bags of nuts, can of tuna, Jen’s yummy power balls or a piece of fruit, like apples. This has helped me many of time with temptations.  If you’re traveling during the holidays, follow the same advice: Pack your own healthy snacks for the car, plane, or train so that you’re less vulnerable to making bad choices.

Just say no (politely, of course); Holiday season there are food temptations everywhere, we have all had the experience of food pusher’s range from well intentioned loved ones to total diet saboteurs. It doesn’t really matter about their motivation, it’s important not to give in. You can always be honest and say that you’re simply trying to eat healthier that you are full and are working hard not to overeat – “No thank you, I’ve had enough. Everything was so delicious. I couldn’t eat another bite.”  You’ll soon find that saying no isn’t so hard to do after all.

Watch the alcohol mixers; Alcohol mixers are loaded with calories and lower your inhibitions, this means you’ll probably end up eating more than you planned. Your liver is your main fat-burning organ. If you are trying to lose weight or even maintain your ideal weight, drinking alcohol is one of your worst enemies Avoid the combination of alcohol and sugars found in seasonal drinks. Try margaritas with real lemons, Gin and ½ soda/tonic or just drink water or soda water.  Myself I don’t mind the occasional tequila on the rocks with a lime (it’s one of the cleanest liquors!).

Carry a clutch bag; This is so simple but so effective. When you head to your next party grab you favorite clutch (or buy one for the occasion). It will keep your hands occupied; drink in one hand, bag in the other, making it tough to mindlessly snack. And, since your mouth isn’t full, you can focus on the important things like catching up with your loved ones.

Make exercise a priority; Your schedule may be hectic over the holiday season so it’s even more important than ever to make time for exercise. Staying active helps you have more energy, helps relieve stress, not to mention burning off extra calories. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day (walking counts!).

Workout while you shop; Turn your shopping excursions into mini-workouts. Park your car a distance from the shopping centre, take the stairs instead of the escalator, walk from store to store at a brisk pace, and carry your own bags, don’t use a trolley.  If you have the time, do an extra lap around the whole mall and do some window-shopping.

Let go of the guilt and move on; OK, if eating special goodies is part of your holiday experience, if you ate a bit more than you intended, just don’t allow the guilt to over consume you!  Accept that you allowed yourself to enjoy something you wanted. Don’t let one day of treating yourself spiral out of control, take control fast! I find that it helps to use a tongue scraper the next day to alleviate the cravings for more. Revisit your goals and move forward.

My favourite tip of all

Staying present is the best gift you can give yourself and others, that’s why it is called the present!

It’s really easy to get lost with all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, socializing and traveling. Your mind is racing way ahead.  It all becomes very stressful, I know I spend too much time projecting into the future and worrying about what may happen.

Being fully present in the moment can dramatically reduce stress, increase your happiness, and also tend to create stronger memories. Your breath is a powerful and simple way to anchor yourself in the present moment.

Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone. Find ways to give your self some self-care.  Stop and “smell the roses” – check in on yourself often.

Wishing you the very best Health for the festive season.

I’m curious, how many others of you out there are going to a Christmas party where you are worried about what you might eat or over eat?

I’d love to hear your stories and strategies in the comments below!

10 Foods A Nutritarian Will Never Eat.


The foods I avoid and how I upgrade them.

I have been  getting so many questions lately about what I eat as a Nutritarian and how to get started. It starts by making small changes and becoming conscious to your food choices, what is in your food and what is your food eating?

As a Nutritarian I  eat whole un-refined, fresh foods that include grass fed meat, dairy and wild caught fish.

It is important to recognize that low nutrient eating (and toxic eating) leads to increased cellular toxicity with undesirable levels of free radicals damage and many other toxins that contribute to the development of chronic disease.

A Nutritarian’s food choice is very similar to the Omnivore’s diet. Though it’s incorporated a Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition, Eating and living consciously. Nourishment comes from more than just the food we eat. It comes from our mindset, the activities we participate in, the physical world that surrounds us and products we use every day in our environment.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan is one of my favourite books. He describes his journey through 4 different ways of obtaining food: industrialized (or fast) food, conventional farming practices, organic/symbiotic farming practices, and people that hunt/forage for their meals. He follows the food chain literally from the ground to the table.

“Much of our food system depends on our not knowing much about it, beyond the price disclosed by the checkout scanner; cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it’s a short way from not knowing who’s at the other end of your food chain to not caring–to the carelessness of both producers and consumers that characterizes our economy today. Of course, the global economy couldn’t very well function without this wall of ignorance and the indifference it breeds. This is why the American food industry and its international counterparts fight to keep their products from telling even the simplest stories–”dolphin safe,” “humanely slaughtered,” etc.–about how they were produced. The more knowledge people have about the way their food is produced, the more likely it is that their values–and not just “value”–will inform their purchasing decisions.” ~ Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules

Here are a few food that should never been eaten, don’t worry I have included some great upgrades.

Rice Snacks: Wait a minute! Rice cakes are good food, aren’t they? Don’t be fooled. Rice cakes, puffs, snack bar, crisp and milk can have a glycemic index rating as high as 91 (pure glucose has a rating of 100), which means that it makes our blood glucose levels rapidly increase, along with the hormone insulin, which also promotes fat storage in the body. They are empty calories and contain MSG.

Upgrade: Make some yummy Kale Chips, Seaweed paper — commonly referred to as nori — is similar in texture to rice wrappers, yet contains a higher nutritional value, making them a deliciously healthy substitute for rice wrappers. A variety of veggies can be sliced into very thin strips or you can make your own crackers. try Almond or coconut milk.

Breakfast Cereals and Bread: Refined and re-fortified grains are grain-based foods like most breakfast cereals, pastas, breads and rice products that have been refined such that the naturally occurring fiber, vitamins, and minerals have been removed. Companies then replace the fibre and synthetic versions of the vitamins and minerals that were initially removed.  Then they put everything back in naturally occurring ratios so that they can still claim the food contains ‘whole grains’.

Upgrade: Start your morning with a real whole grain cereal, like steel cut oats. Try using the left over Quinoa as a breakfast dish by topping it with seeds, nuts and  spices. Or, if you prefer cold cereal, try Nuts 2 Die 4 muesli, which is simply activated seeds and nuts no added sugar or preservatives. Replacing refined grain bread with whole food like Ezekial Bread,replace your Hi Starch pasta with Jen’s  Gluten free,low carbs Noodles. You can also ditch the grains all together and do a fruit plate or smoothie.

Canned Foods: When you buy canned foods, however, you are also buying BPA – a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, diabetes, heart disease and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers. Canned foods that are highly acidic, such as tomatoes for example, cause the BPA to leach into your food.

Upgrade: to what’s fresh and in season. You can also switch over to glass containers or frozen foods instead.

Margarine: Ants don’t eat it, neither do cockroaches, It is one molecule away from plastic. Margarine is loaded with trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers, and preservatives. Any of these alone can lead to: heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalances, skin disease, infertility, and many more health problems.

Upgrade: to grass fed butter, good old-fashioned butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is a healthy substance filled with conjugated linoleic acid, which actually helps to fight cancer and diabetes. Try avocado, nut butters, or cashew cheese. Healthy fats are ESSENTIAL to your diet as your cells are built with fat. Don’t let clever marketing fool you.

Table Salt :“White salt is just like white sugar: It’s missing the key supporting minerals and nutrients your body needs,” writes Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com. Did you know that processed salt is 98% sodium chloride and the remaining 2% consists of dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate in addition to fluoride?

Upgrade: Himalayan Pink Salt has over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. That balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu.

Frozen Yoghurt: It may sound healthy but sweet yoghurts can have as much sugar as ice-cream and just as many calories. But I have low fat,  Low fat is worse! Yes – you heard that right – that creamy, low calorie, probiotic promised goodness swirled into your cup and topped with your favourite goodies is one of the worst “healthy” fads to hit the market, especially when extra syrups, nuts and treats are added. Almost all of what comes directly from the “fruit” is high-fructose corn syrup. Commercially available frozen yogurt is one of the most processed food products on the planet!

Upgrade: To full fat yogurts with some fresh fruit, nuts and  seeds as topping, even better still make your own, I love making my own ice cream from coconut milk and fruit.

Sports drinks: Let’s face it – Gatorade (and Powerade, etc…) is one of the worst things you could possibly put in your body. It’s made up of mostly chemically treated & refined sugar (as much as a typical soda), artificial colors, and other toxic ingredients that are dreadful for your body. We have been FOOLED to believe that they buy sports drink and an electrolyte. Not only is Gatorade unhealthy it is also a fake electrolyte!

The Altlantic wrote an article about A history of the conflated science of hydration and how consumers came to believe that “water is not enough.”

Upgrade: Try raw coconut water, it has electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, but all of these are in their most natural and healthy form, that will not only help you stay hydrated but also keep your body from getting any cramps.

Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon - This juice combination works wonders for replacement of electrolytes.

Microwave Popcorn: I have never owned a microwave, I think that we shouldn’t eat anything that’s been put in a microwave, especially microwave popcorn! The bags of microwave popcorn contain chemicals called perfluoroalkyls which keep the grease from leaking through the fast food wrappers. These ‘gender bending’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and are carcinogenic. They are linked to infertility, thyroid malfunction, cancerous tumors, and immunological problems. Buy wait there’s more! then there is diacetyl (DA)  add to the toxic mix, which is a chemical food flavoring ingredient used to produce the distinctive buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn, margarine’s, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products, that’s causes “Popcorn lung”

What is popcorn lung? watch this quick video blow

Upgrade: make popcorn yourself the old fashioned way: on the stovetop or with a popcorn maker.  Popcorn is so cheap; buy a big bag of organic kernels. The best oils to cook your popcorn in are ghee or pressed coconut oil. After popping, sprinkle with himaylain salt it is delicious and a healthy snack.  Some folks I know sprinkle popcorn with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour.

Sugar: Has no nutritional value at all zero, none, it suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. It suppresses the immune system for hours and plays significant effect on your hormones, throwing your body out of balance and into a state of biochemical chaos.

Upgrade; Organic Coconut Palm Sugar its teeming vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids – has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Some others are Date Sugar is not a sugar but finely ground dates containing all of the fruit’s nutrients and minerals. Raw Honey. Raw honey contains small amounts of enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Maple Syrup 100% Organic varieties are best.

Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners have been linked to different types of cancers and even banned in some countries despite a lack of scientific evidence. Avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague. While the mechanisms of harm may differ, they’re all harmful in one way or another. This includes aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and others. Saccharin, a low-calorie sugar substitute, was once listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a possible carcinogen aspartame  forms methanol in the body. Methanol is carried into the brain and bone marrow, where it’s converted into formaldehyde, which damages DNA.

Upgrade If you need to sweeten, go for Natural Sweet leaf Stevia is an herb from the rainforests of the Amazon that has been used for centuries by native South Americans.

 Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is slowly absorbed and only partly utilized by the body. It contains 40% less calories than sugar and is safe for diabetics. A seven on the glycemic index.

Honestly – the easiest way to stay healthy is to eat whole un-refined and fresh foods.

As Michael Pollan stated beautifully: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

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