ONE MONTH, ONE GOAL!

02 Apr 2014

NO DAIRY, COFFEE, GLUTEN OR ALCOHOL!

As many of you know fro my Instagram/Facebook account that I am embarking on a one month challenge. This is to cleanse my body from the inside out and find my inner balance. I have decided to do this as a challenge to myself to see if I can stick with it, along with some serious toxin cleansing, adding my detox with it and really just pressing the reset button on my body.

I will be incorporating Oil Pulling, replacing coffee with Yerba Matte and incorporating Apple cider vinegar with water into my diet. Please see below for the Mayo Clinics definition of Gluten free foods.

1. Coconut oil for oil pulling.

  • Oil pulling can help migraine headache relief
  • Correct hormone imbalances
  • Reduce inflammation of arthritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support natural kidney function
  • Encourages natural detoxification of the body from harmful metals and organisms

Take 1 TBSP. coconut oil swish around your mouth like mouth wash for 20 minutes. Once done spit in the trash (not sink as oil can block your drains) and brush your teeth.

2. Yerba Matte Chocolatte: this has nearly as much caffeine as coffee but it contains tons of vitamins (B & C), minerals (maganese, potassium, and zinc)

Brew one cup, add almond milk and a dash of stevia if needed.

3. Apple cider vinegar with water. 

  • Cleanses toxins
  • Improves digestion & strengthens the immune system
  • It has also been found to improve energy levels and stamina

Add 1 TBSP. to 16oz of water + a few drops of stevia (add juice of 1/2 lemon for added benefits)

Many of you have been asking me what is allowed or not allowed on a gluten free diet, here is the Mayo Clinics detailed description:

Gluten free

Allowed foods

Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:

  • Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
  • Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated) *organic/free range ideal

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Most dairy products *organic
  • Fresh eggs

It’s important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet:

  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
  • Hominy (corn)
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff

Always avoid
Avoid all food and drinks containing:

  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat

Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names. Consider the many types of wheat flour on supermarket shelves; bromated, enriched, phosphated, plain and self-rising. Here are other wheat products to avoid:

  • Bulgur
  • Durum flour
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt

Avoid unless labeled ‘gluten-free’
In general, avoid the following foods unless they’re labeled as gluten-free or made with corn, rice, soy or other gluten-free grain:

  • Beer
  • Breads
  • Cakes and pies
  • Candies
  • Cereals
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Croutons
  • French fries
  • Gravies
  • Imitation meat or seafood
  • Matzo
  • Pastas
  • Processed luncheon meats
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces, including soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice mixes
  • Seasoned snack foods, such as potato and tortilla chips
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Soups and soup bases
  • Vegetables in sauce

Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free.

You should also be alert for other products that you eat or that could come in contact with your mouth that may contain gluten. These include:

  • Food additives, such as malt flavoring, modified food starch and others
  • Medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent
  • Play dough

If you are embarking on the challenge with me then I wish you the best of luck!

Nikki

xoxo

@nikkisharp
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