I’m going gluten-free – what can I eat?

Previously published on 100% Gluten Free

Good question.

It would be easier to say what you can’t eat!

But the question is, what can you eat. So let’s start there.

Well, for a start, obviously you can eat meat, poultry and game. That’s unprocessed meat. Avoid burgers, sausages, grillsteaks and similar items, as they almost always contain filler which is wheat based (though the highest quality may be gluten free – check the label for anything like wheat, flour, starch, and in…


Take Control of your Health

I’ve had to retire a couple of suppliers recently. Regular visitors will have noticed a huge drop in the number of items available in the store, but I’ve been busily adding stuff from my new supplier, which is why I’ve been so quiet lately.

I’ve always said that, barring accidents, your health is under your own control. The whole point of Frann’s Alt.Health is to give you the tools to achieve that. So obviously, it’s important to have a wide range of options available, because we’re not all…


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What makes you think you’re gluten intolerant?

Previously published on 100% Gluten Free

Awareness of gluten intolerance is rising. Lots of people who have had obvious symptoms, with no really obvious cause are waking up to the fact that they might be a sufferer, as well.

I grew up thinking that regular diarrhea was normal. It’s not, of course, but it’s not something you really chat about, even with your closest friends. It was normal for me, so I just assumed everyone else had the same problem.

It…


What is gluten intolerance?

Gluten intolerance affects a large proportion of the population. Yet many people who may be affected aren’t even sure what it is. This article sets out to explain what gluten intolerance is, how it can affect you, and, just as important, what it is not.

Let’s start by looking at what gluten intolerance is not. This may seem an odd place to start, but many people, even among the medical profession (who should know better) think that when people say they are gluten intolerant they mean…


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Health benefits and uses of less well known mints

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

A Gastroenterologist’s Personal Journey Down the Gluten Rabbit Hole

Celiac disease and non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)

Gluten intolerance resulting in symptoms and illness similar to celiac disease (CD) without meeting diagnostic criteria for CD is a new concept. This concept of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten related disease (GRD) may be a new paradigm that is hard for some people to swallow, especially when I suggest that it affects as much as 10% to 30% of the population.

Wheat gluten as a cause of illness

Gluten ingestion is an…


Myrtle and Lemon Myrtle essential oils, benefits and uses

Originally published on Guide to Aromatherapy

Myrtle and lemon myrtle essential oils are both generally available and sometimes confused. Myrtle essential oil comes from the Mediterranean, but lemon myrtle essential oil is from Australia.

As with all essential oils, neither myrtle nor lemon myrtle oil should be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and…


Natural remedies for anxiety/depression

There are many natural remedies for anxiety and depression. This post only covers readily available products which will help with both problems.

Anxiety and depression are closely related and often occur together. Anxiety is generally associated with stress or fear, whereas depression is often considered to be a result of suppressed anger. Both are linked to serotonin levels in the brain.

Anxiety, depression and deficiency

There are strong indications that both depression and anxiety are at least partly…


Blackberry ice cream

Blackberry Ice Cream – Gluten free recipe

Originally published on 100% Gluten Free

Dead easy, dead different, dead nice – and totally gluten free.

8 Servings

600g (1¼ lb) blackberries
1 tsp lemon juice
4 eggs
125g (4 oz) castor sugar
4 drops vanilla essence
600 ml (1 pint) double cream

Place blackberries and lemon juice in a blender and liquidize.

Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until fluffy. Fold
in the pureed fruit.

Lightly whip the cream and fold into the mixture.

Turn into a rigid container and seal. Rapid freeze for 10 hours.

Remove 2 hours before serving.


Chronic Fatigue and Gluten: is there a connection?

CFS (sometimes called ME) is a pretty horrible diagnosis – not like the big C, but in a different way. Basically, if your doctor decides you have CFS he will wash his hands of you, because there is nothing he can give you in the way of medicine to “fix” it.

CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome is a growing problem. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are: “no physical signs that identify CFS… no diagnostic laboratory tests…