Fibre-rich breakfast. Choose gluten free granola

Can I include fibre in a gluten free diet?

To keep your digestive system working properly and avoid constipation, it’s important to include fibre in your diet. There are also studies that show increasing fibre intake reduces the risk of various types of cancer and other serious health problems such as ischaemic heart disease.

When people talk about including fibre (or “roughage” as my grandad used to call it) in their diet, they are mostly thinking of wheat bran – proprietary products such as All Bran, Sultana Bran…


Egg mayonnaise salad with baked potato

Quick and Easy Meals without Gluten

Someone asked me, “how do i keep my meals easy/simple but without gluten?” Sounds like an easy question, doesn’t it? But if you’re gluten intolerant, you will know it’s not so simple.

In the past, I used to keep some ready meals for when I was in a hurry or too tired to cook, but most of them are off the menu now – apart from the ones I never liked! Pizza, pies and ordinary pasta are also out….


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

Guest Post: 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…