"We are Gluten and Grain Free."
Goals of gfmama's
We at gfmama's are actively developing 3G Free cooking mixes that have excellent taste and texture and make eating without the grains quick and easy. It is also our goal to show you how very tasty it can be too. It is often said that "necessity is the mother of invention." In our case, that is true.
We are committed to sharing relevant and current information on health topics and products. Eating grain free used to be the diet of a few who have debilitating digestive issues. It has now grown into the healthy choice diet of many people worldwide.
Healthy eating has become more important. Environmental conditions and farming practices have changed the quality of soils our food is grown in. Genetic modification of seeds has affected digestibility. The dramatic rise of the incidence of inflammation leading to the development of autoimmune diseases is causing mainstream demand for ‘healthy for you’ foods. We get it because we eat this way too!
The excess use of antibiotics has affected our ability to digest foods. Artificial ingredients in our convenience foods, fried foods, and little to no fruits and vegetables compound these problems. I have seen so many farms and grazing lands being plowed under. This is to make way for new housing developments.
These changes are causing many changes. We live in concrete "jungles." We cry out as the rainforest of South America is being destroyed; yet we do not have the same outcry in America for farmlands.
We at gfmama's want to be part of the solution for people just like us. Good food ingredients and choices should be available to all people. Health is important to us. We are committed to bring light to new information.
You have the right to make informed decisions about your health. With so many "new" products and services available, we endeavor to help you stay informed.
My Personal Story
In 1995, while pregnant with my second son, Jon, I began to develop hives. I had absolutely no idea why. So I went to the doctor. He asked me if I was eating differently or using different products on my skin. Nope. Different laundry soap? Nope. He gave me steroid cream to get rid of the hives and that was that! Although I was noticing differences in how I felt after I ate, I didn't put 2 and 2 together.
I now know that this was an indicator of an internal problem. An overgrowth of Candida Albicans was for sure present. According to Wikipedia, "C. albicans is a common member of human gut flora and is detectable in the gastrointestinal tract in 40% of healthy adults. It is usually a commensal organism, but can become pathogenic in immunocompetent individuals under a variety of conditions. Overgrowth of the fungus results in candidiasis (candidosis)."
By 2000, I was seeing natural doctors who had diagnosed this. I was very careful about the sugar I was eating. My education had begun.
In 2002, I was diagnosed with a gallbladder problem, not gall stones. It had simply quit working. Consequently, I was in an incredible amount of pain. So, they took it out, which was pretty common for women my age. (Hmmmmm....)
After the surgery my doctor recommended I eat toast as my incision was healing. That didn't work out so well! I now know that I cannot digest gluten. I was very sick and lost about 30 pounds. Eating was a terrifying event, and I would just stand in front of the refrigerator and cry. I was actually afraid to eat!!! That was not fun!
My self-education from a Biologist (Microbiology specialization) to Food Scientist was growing in leaps and bounds. I read everything I could get my hands on. I was desperate to figure out how to eat and not get sick. It was in 2004 that I found the natural doctor that helped me figure it all out. He was able help my family as well.
My sister, who was studying to be a natural nutritionist also helped this along. She suspected food being our problem. She encouraged me to go to a natural doctor to get testing done. He was the one that told me glutens were NOT my friends.
Going gluten was an adventure. Going grain free has been an eye-opener. We've also cut the rest of the grasses-genus (corn, rice and sugarcane) out. The result is that I think so clearly and make better decisions.
I have come a long way from the first moment that my doctor broke the news to me that I could not eat wheat (and gluten in general). I was astounded and couldn't compute! Not eat wheat??? What else was there...?
So I quit eating gluten, and found that I did not die at all. There were lots of foods that I could eat. Funny thing is, I feel great now. We now offer the kind of help that I wish would have been available for us.