Monthly Archives: May 2015

1 On to Greater Understanding

mountain pathI am so blessed ot have shared the Master Key experience with friends who live close.  We are reviewing the Master Keys together , starting with Master Key 1 again. In the Master Key experience we learn about the power we have with in  In the introduction to Master Key 1 Hanel states:

You need not acquire this power. You already have it.  But you want to understand it; you want to use it; you want to control it; you want to impregnate yourself with it, so you can go forward and carry the world before you.  Day by day you go on and on, as you gain momentum, as your inspiration deepens, as your plans crystallize, as you gain understanding, you will come to realize that this world is no dead pile of stones and timber, but that it is a living thing! It is made up of the beating hearts of humanity.  It is a thing if life and beauty.  It is evident that it requires understanding to work with material of this description, but those who come into this understanding, are inspired by a new light, a new force, they gain confidence and greater power each day, they realize their hopes and their dreams come true, life has deeper, fuller, clearer meaning than before.circular path

When I began this experience in September and read that for the first time, it did not have the same impact it has now, having completed the course.  Although the course has finished, the learning continues and the understanding is deepening.  In September, I had no real concept of the journey I was about to embrace and did not get a true idea of what was being said by Hanel.  Now, there is so much depth  in these words.  I have greater understanding of the power with in, but there is even deeper meaning yet to uncover.  It is exciting to know there is more to me, the power, the world that I have yet to discover.  I am learning to embrace “I Love a Mystery”.   Now that I know about the power within, I want to continue to master its control, I want it to be apart of every moment of my day, becoming as integral as breathing, and most of all open the eyes of the world to their power within as well.  It is so wonderful and it needs to be shared with all who are willing to hear and to invest in themselves.  I want the world to have a deeper, fuller, clearer meaning to their lives.

all that ever matteredAnother exercise I have recently completed was helping fellow live event companions with their largest obstacles.  It was enlightening to me to read what others are struggling with and to know they are not that different from mine.  How can I help them?  As I learned from the exercises, I also have all of that within as well.  I know what I should be doing and just deciding not to do.  It was like looking into the mirror and seeing myself reflected back in a lot of the challenges.  Now the question is, will I do what I suggested to thers?  I am making a conscious effort to improve on taking action when I should.

We are coming closer to the end of yet another exercise which I believe is a progression that also has us looking deep into our souls.  The Master Key Thought and Action Plan has really made me see what my excuses are and that I am and have all I need, it is now time to have courage and faith to start taking the actions needed to get my bliss.  It is the same questions repeated daily, but I find my answers are gaining in depth as we close on day 30.  I believe I am going on to greater understanding of my current self and the self I want to be.  I look forward to the impact it will have on my future.look into your soul

Raising Gluten Free Awareness Everyday

Think about itMay is winding down to a close and so is National Celiac Awarness Month.  That does not mean we should stop raising awareness on June 1st and wait  until May to continue the campaign.  Most people know or are effected themselves by gluten and we can and should be raising awareness everyday, everywhere.  Here are some ways we can help raise awareness daily.

 Talk to everyone about it.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease.  The more we talk about the issue and educate people, the more awareness will spread.  You can talk with friends and family in casual conversations.  Sometimes it is those closest to us who have the least understanding.  Let them know it is not just a fad, but necessary for health and to prevent other problems.  Educate them on your gluten intolerance so they can truly inderstand you.

When you go to a store or restaurant and they have gluten free options, talk to your server or the manager and let them know you are very appreciative of the options.  If they know that offering the gluten free items is making customers happy, they will be more likely to look into adding more variety of options.  If all people do is complain, who wants to deal with that?  If they do not have gluten free options, approach them politely about adding them in.  Let them know you want to support their business and if they offered gluten free options you would be more willing to do that.  Let them know what you would like to see them offer. Sometimes managers just have no idea what to offer if they are not gluten intolerant themselves.  There is so much to learn and they may feel overwhelmed and truly appreciate the knowledgable suggestions.

When people notice your gluten free selections at the store or out and about, be willing to talk and share your knowledge with them.  So many only get a limit amount of information from the media which will give it a “fad” squew.  Most people are open to hear your story and learn about gluten since it is a popular topic in health today.1 in 133

If you work in an office and have the occassional lunch brought in for special events, make sure that you talk to the people in charge of the food and let them know that it would be appreciate that gluten free foods are also available.  With so many people dealing with gluten intolerance on its various levels, there is going to most likely be at least 1 person needing to have gluten free foods.  It sucks to have to not partake when everyone else is.  I have beenthere and you feel alienated and alone, left out.  NO one wants to be that person.

There are many organizations out there who help spread the word and educate about gluten intolerances and Celiac Disease.  Join,  follow, and perhaps even donate to support them. They are there to help make our lives even better.  

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)

Celiac Support Association (CSA)

NASPGHAN Foundation for Children’s Digestive Health & Nutrition

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)


Awareness is growing every year. We have come a long way in quality, variety, and avialability inthe last decade.  There is still a long way to go.  Education is key to raising awareness.  Many still have no idea what gluten is and what foods contain gluten.  Let's keep raisig awareness so all who need and want can have the ultimate gluten fee lifestyle.


4 It Is Effortless

I am back from the MKMMA Live Retreat in Kauai and all I can say is it is a life changer and you DO NOT want to miss it next year.

During the Master Key Experience we developed daily habits of reading the Master Key, Og's scrolls, our index cards, DMP, BPB, the Law of  Giving, and the Gal/Guy in the Glass.  We also included the following:

  1.  Gratitudes: at least 3 new a day and flip through the stack.
  2. 2 Random Acts of Kindness
  3. Mini journal statement of a positive experience that day.
  4. Exercise
  5. Sit

These habits keep us in the correct mind frame to help us follow our compass to our bliss.  I have to be open and honest, I did not give 100 % to these exercises while in Kauai and found it hard to get back into the habit when I returned. However, the subconscious NEVER forgets.  Although I was lax and not as consistent as I had been and should be, my subby was still working for me.  It was manifesting things for me without me knowing.  Because I was faithful for so many months, it tolerated a little break on my part (I am back doing the exercises).  Let me explain what my subby manifested for me.

In the middle of April, I received an email from the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest saying they would send me a flyer to help promote the event and to offer me a ticket.  I was excited because I wanted to attend. After a few quick emails she posted om my business Facebook page.  I was looking forward to networking at the event.  A few days after returning from the retreat, they sent out a request for volunteers.  I almost replied immediately but had some hesitation.  I wanted to network, what if I had no time to do that if I volunteered?  Mark says to do scary things every week.  So I sent in my  request to volunteer.

I was assigned to help with the food demonstrations.  This was great because I was able to talk with the presenters. I even got to shake hands with a blogger I had followed for a long time and was one of my inspirations to blog, Jules Shepard.  After my shift was over, I struck up a conversation with the organizer of the event.  This was not easy for an introverted blue. She was happy with my work and willingness to adapt to unseen circumstances.  She wanted to use me next year.  I told her I wanted to be a vendor next year with my cookbook.  I also told her I had a gluten free blog.  She told me I could have been in the bloggers booth at this event and invited me to join them in Indianapolis.  I am now on the books for the event in Indianapolis and Stamford. CT.

It wasn't until the drive home that it sunk in that this was a modified manifestation of part of my DMP. In my DMP I state:

Once a month, on or before May 31, 2016, I attend events to sign my book and meet the people I impact.

My cookbook is not out yet, but I can have my Holiday Guide reprinted for the events and I will meet people I can impact.  I got shivers at the realization of the manifestation of my DMP without conscious effort.  The offer came tome over a  year ahead of schedule.  Thank you subby for not giving up on me when I had chosen to be lazy and not give 100%effortless

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest

Gluten Free Food Allergy FestThis past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Living Without's Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a volunteer.  It was interesting to see it from a different perspective.  It was exciting.  I helped with the food demonstrations.  I was able to meet and converse with several of the presenters and learned a few things I could take back to my own kitchen.

Jules ShepardThe first demonstration was by Jules Shepard, CEO and founder of GF Jules . She showed how simple it is to use a bread machine and have great tasting bread at home.  She has been dealing with Celiac Disease a lot longer than I have and has done research into the chemistry of the ingredients.  I learned a lot that will help me with my recipes.

Next, Glutino and their sister company Udi's showed how you could use their pretzels to make meatballs.  They were delicious.  They also announced some of their new and upcoming products.  If you are a fan of their products, keep your eyes open for new products on the shelves of your favorite store.

Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes, told her journey to owning an allergen free, sugar free debbie Adlerbakery.   She was already an owner of a bakery  but it began to really take shape with an ER visit with her young son.  Soon after they learned their son had many, many food allergies.  This led her to develop cupcakes that her son could eat.  She showed us how easy it was to make energy bars that were not only allergen free and easy to make but also delicious.  It was during her demo that a thought came to mind.  Are those with food intolerances, not those with autoimmune reactions, really “sick” or are they the one's whose bodies are functioning properly and warning them and everyone else's are not working quite right?  Something to ponder.  I like to take Debbie's view point.  Food intolerance keeps me from eating foods that cause cancer, leaky gut, thyroid, disease, and have known toxins.  It is really a blessing.

There was more available at the GFFA Fest.  There were also lectures.  Unfortunately these were scheduled at the same time as the demos, so I did not see them.  There were also 68 booths of vendors, authors, and bloggers.  It was a great way to learn about the companies, their products and even taste some samples.  I discovered a pasta that cooks in 5 minutes and is excellent for cold pasta salads; most gluten free pastas aren't.  They are made by Sunrise Creative Gourmet.  They had several different varieties.  I tried the red pepper penne.  It was delicious and had a bit of a zing.

The event was a very good experience.  I would highly recommend it to everyone and hopefully you will see me at a booth in the near future.


Dates for future Gluten Free Food Allergy Fests

Portland,  Oregon             Sept. 26-27, 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana         Oct. 24-25, 2015

Stamford,Connecticut        Nov.  7-8, 2015

Austin, Texas                     April 2-3, 2016

Columbus, Ohio                 April 30-May 1st (tentative)

Minneapolis, Minnesota     TBD         


Companion Diseases to Celiac Disease

cute-short-list-of-autoimmune-diseaseCeliac Disease is a serious autoimmune disease that should not be taken lightly.  It is not just some minor discomforts and distress when gluten is ingested, it is a full on attach on the body that can lead to many serious consequences. So, if you know someone dealing with Celiac Disease, do not blow off their concerns about what they are eating or make fun of their “quirks”.   If they could choose, they certainly would rather be able to eat everything.

autoimmune-disease-because-the-only-thing-tough-enough-to-beat-me-up-is-me-1ee59If a person with Celiac Disease does not follow a strict gluten free diet there are many diseases and conditions they can trigger in their bodies ranging from cancers to other autoimmune diseases.  That is why Celiac Disease is known to have companion diseases.  These include the following conditions:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • MS
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Sjogren's Disease
  • Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy
  • IgA nephropathy
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility- multiple miscarriages
  • Digestive tract cancers
  • Heart disease

Those with autoimmune diseases, such as Celiac Disease, find themselves at high risk for developing other autoimmune diseases than the general population.  That is why it is not just a fad or quirk to eat a gluten free diet.  It is truly life or death.  These are just some of the related diaeresis and disorders and more is being discovered about the connections everyday.  If you are diagnoses with Celiac Disease or one of the disorders mentioned above, you may want to discuss with your doctor the other diseases to help prevent or treat the diseases you have.  The quality and length of your life depends on taking care of your body and preventing if possible is the best choice.  Other autoimmune disorders or some complications like peripheral neuropathy can still occur. However, studies have shown that the worst complications, such as malignancies, are completely prevented after 1-2 years on gluten-free diet.

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University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

 Celiac Awareness month

May is National Celiac Awareness Month and I would like to begin the month off with the beginning.  How do you know if you have Celiac Disease?  

Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Fast Facts:

  • Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
  • An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.
  • Celiac disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.
  • It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed. (Source: Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center)
  • 5-22% of celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has celiac.

There are over 300 known symptoms of Celiac Disease  Below is a list of some of the symptoms common to Celiac Disease.  If you have one or more of these you should seek the advice of a medical doctor to determine if you have Celiac Disease.


Digestive Symptoms 

  • abdominal pain and/or bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • constipation
  • pale, foul smelling stools

Adults are less likely to have digestive symptoms and are more likely to exhibit the following symptoms:

Other symptoms

  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • behavior issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD
  • dental enamel defects and tooth discoloration
  •  delayed growth/ puberty
  • failure to thrive
  • iron deficiency
  • bone/joint pain, arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • numbness/tingling in hands and feet
  • migraines
  • frequent canker sores
  • defeatism herptiformes

You can find a more comprehensive list at U Chicago Celiac Disease Symptoms List

If you have these symptoms, it is important to find out if they are cause by Celiac Disease.  Celiac Disease is known as a companion disease, leading to other autoimmune diseases.  You can find a list of symptoms and conditions possibly due to Celiac Disease here.

I urge anyone who thinks they may have Celiacs or gluten intolerance to be tested before going off of gluten.  Going back on gluten after being gluten free can make you feel worse than if you wait to be tested and then go gluten free.

 life begins