“Every person is different and requires a different kind of healing.”
Welcome. Goodie Goodie Gluten-Free is a health website devoted to creatively healthy original gluten-free & plant-based recipes, wellness articles, self-care tips, gluten-free reviews and spiritual growth. All recipes use whole foods with a focus on clean eating and a low sugar (sometimes no sugar) approach to smoothies, juices, and desserts. On the occasion, you’ll see an indulgence using organic sugars.
I’m Julie Rosenthal and I founded the website Goodie Goodie Gluten-Free in 2010. After becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I relaunched my site so I could focus on healthy living over the processed gluten-free diet. While in nutrition school (IIN), I started to hone in on changing the way I ate and approached a lifestyle of intuitive eating and living. In 2014, I spent 7 months on the Whole 30 diet to reduce chronic inflammation and get to the root causes of my chronic conditions beyond Celiac Disease that Western Medicine could not fix (doctor’s orders). I learned so much during this time because I was personally going through all of the hardships lifestyle transitions can create. Instead of looking in from the outside, it was me dealing with every single bump and triumph healing threw at me. I am still healing. Throughout my years of chronic health conditions, the decision to incorporate holistic and spiritual practices into my life was a blessing! And it still is to this day.
While I don’t follow a strict Paleo diet now, I incorporate many of the Paleo principles along with core principles from other diets like the Candida diet, a plant-based whole foods diet as well as a healthy gluten-free diet with an understanding that how we live and what we eat can change everything. In short, I eat what my body likes, and I eliminate the rest.
My Mission is to show you how to live and eat beyond your limitations by dishing up deliciously clean recipes and transformational self-care tools to help you create your new normal.
Lifestyle transitions can be really difficult especially when the changes have to occur fast to help heal your body from chronic health conditions and Autoimmune Disease. What I am here to do is support you through this process so you can fall back in love with your lifestyle and live your fullest vibrant life filled with vitality. I want to support you because I have been there and I know exactly what it feels like. I find it’s much easier to work with someone that understands what you are going through. I am that someone.
I believe there is always a way to feel better for each and every one of us, even if we haven’t found that solution yet. Healing takes time.
I am hoping that my journey inspires you to find your way despite your limitations and be able to thrive and live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
You may notice that all of my recipes are gluten-free and special diet friendly, while most are also plant-based. Specifically, my recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, egg-free, soy-free and mostly nut-free. This is for 4 reasons.
- I have Celiac Disease and therefore eat a gluten-free for my health.
- In the last 4 years, I developed a number of severe food sensitivities due to Leaky Gut including but not limited to: dairy, egg whites, soy, most nuts and seeds, vanilla, banana, pineapple, broccoli, spinach, raw blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and about 40 others.
- Because of my food sensitivities, I got really creative and started experimenting with plant-based baking instead of feeling like I couldn’t enjoy anything. After all, I do have a very large sweet tooth! And now I LOVE developing recipes this way, I find it to be an extremely creative process. The idea of plant-based anything started in 2013 and has flourished ever since. And no, I am not a Vegan or a Vegetarian.
- In general, I think everyone can benefit from adding more whole foods and plants into their diets. Whole foods and plants feed our mind, body, and soul and that’s why I promote the message of clean eating, especially with the gluten-free community. Whole foods over processed ones.
My Journey has been a rocky one, but I’m willing to bet most awakenings are. I used to be a gluten-free sugarholic party girl while working in the Manhattan fashion industry as a Women’s Fashion Designer, by night a Celiac food blogger. When I wasn’t working, I partied a little too hard, smoked way too much pot, had one too many Dirty Martinis and more than my quota of gluten-free cupcakes. I burnt myself out in the process. The concept of self-care and self-love was so foreign to me and the furthest thing from my mind, with the exception of remaining gluten-free after my 2006 Celiac Disease diagnosis.
But guess what?! I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world! There was a time in my life when I enjoyed that type of lifestyle and I believe it was all part of the self-discovery journey I was meant to experience. However, I did have to wake up and look at the way I was living my life, the way I was eating and the way I was taking care of myself because I started to develop chronic health conditions on top of Celiac Disease that took my world by storm. And this forced me to look at my life from a different angle. When I did, I chose to create a space filled with self-love, spiritual self-care, and healthful living so I could heal my body. And I learned that this was not a quick fix, but a lifestyle choice.
This is why I gave Goodie Goodie Gluten-Free a complete makeover with a (dot) com. I used to have my blog on Blogspot (dot) com. A lot has changed and I wanted my site to reflect the changes that I have created in my life. I kept the same name because whole foods, healthy gluten-free living, clean eating, spiritual self-care, and love are also goodies – just a different kind.
How Did I Get Here?
During the first 7 years of my Celiac diagnosis, I would have told you I healed myself through the gluten-free diet. But after 7 years, I suddenly developed a multitude of mysterious symptoms: Full body chronic inflammation in the form of hair loss, brain fog, rashes, digestive issue (more so then the usual), severe vitamin deficiencies, allergies, sensitivities, Anemia, nutrition malabsorption, Seborrheic Dermatitis (on my scalp! Say goodbye to blonde highlights, hello greys!), muscle spasms down my legs, acid reflux, insomnia, adult acne, rosacea, and migraines to name a few. My immune system totally crashed. My whole world came crashing down on me. And what felt like the darkest time of my life because of the beginning of my transformation.
Coincidently, I was already enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. And despite what was happening to me medically and emotionally, I devoted myself to studying Holistic Nutrition, Eastern Medicine, spiritual self-care and healthy eating which all play a major role in mind/body healing. I learned that there is a big difference between eating a gluten-free diet and living a healthy, clean, processed-free gluten-free lifestyle. But by the time I tried to adopt this, my body was too compromised to reap any benefits and Western Medicine could only take me so far.
Thankfully, while studying Holistic Nutrition, I was guided toward Integrative Functional Medical Doctors who focus on treating the root cause of illness rather than just the symptoms. My first prescription was the Whole 30 Paleo diet plus eliminating high sugar-fruits and overnight I eliminated what felt like everything! Processed foods (which meant anything in a bag that had more then 3-5 ingredients that were approved by this diet), alcohol, wine, coffee, caffeine, white potatoes, corn, refined sugar and natural sugar with the exception of low fructose fruits, all grains, soy, legumes, peanuts and dairy on top of my already gluten-free diet – hoping this would heal me. With the diet came rounds and rounds of herbal supplements to heal a yeast overgrowth in my intestine, which was believed to my underlying root cause.
But, like the gluten-free diet, the Paleo diet worked…at first. Within a few short months, everything seemed to correct itself, except the Acne, but I was still ecstatic! But then at the 4 month marker, all of my progress plummeted, and I developed new complications like more vitamin deficiencies, inflammatory cystic acne that was so bad I considered acne medication (and I even went on them for a short while), and food sensitivities that caused a left side facial numbing reaction to almost 80 percent of what I ate on a regular basis. I began to fear food. Every food that caused this reaction, I avoided like the plague (and that was a long list). I was petrified to even re-introduce these foods in fear that these reactions would persist and escalate. I was so devastated, stressed out and frustrated.
But, I didn’t give up. I couldn’t give up because there was no going back. I knew I couldn’t go back to my old lifestyle with so many food sensitivities and health issues. The only way was forward. So I went through every medical test possible, every specialist including a Homeopath and including The Mayo Clinic. My life was spent at the doctor’s office. I began to understand that like everything else, this experience is also a journey and finding the right way to heal takes time.
With the help of my current Integrative Functional Doctor (#15, 2nd Integrative M.D.), I began to try other elimination diets focusing on whole foods with a gluten-free base in order to regain some of the balance my body lost. After years of medical mysteries and many different types of testing, and misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed correctly with 4 different types of intestinal bacteria overgrowths, SIBO, 2 types of yeast overgrowths (similar to Candida), high cortisol levels (stress / fight or flight hormone), neurotransmitter deficiencies, Serotonin deficiency, multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies, high mercury levels, high Oxidative stress in the gut, Leaky Gut and over 40 food sensitivities! And that was just from one doctor! This was on top of Celiac Disease, on top of Cystic Acne, and on top of Telogen Effluvium (a form of non-scarring Alopecia). Oddly I felt so relieved by this diagnosis because at least I had some answers as to why I was feeling the way I felt!! But boy, was my body a mess.
For the answers I didn’t have, I leaned on the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. I spent two weeks in July of 2015 getting a variety of testing done from brain MRI’s to blood work and everything in between. The Mayo Clinic focuses on a Western perspective, which I have come to learn has its perks. I thoroughly enjoyed being a team player when I met with these doctor’s and discussed possible solutions and healing perspectives. The best experiences are when we partake, ask questions and discuss together what is going on, rather than sitting back and just letting the doctors talk. My biggest takeaway from the Mayo Clinic was the importance of the Stress Factor. We downplay stress as if it has no bearing on each of our situations, but the truth is, is that Stress can literally kill and destroy our bodies and trigger symptoms or drive symptoms to exasperate. We can say that certain types of stress never affected us before, but as we age our bodies change. Stress can cause anxiety, anxiety drives Cortisol, Cortisol increases inflammation and causes chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation wrecks havoc on your body and your mind.
In the beginning of 2016, I decided to go for Chemical Allergy testing, I was recommended to a Dermatologist that specialized in allergy testing for common ingredients found in the cosmetic industry. It took 4 recommendations for me to realize that chemical allergy testing was necessary. At first, I thought it was only food and environmental allergies plagued me, and that I didn’t need chemical testing. But as time progressed, I took the plunge and decided it was necessary. When you have to eliminate almost all makeup and have a fear of trying new makeup brands, soaps, body lotions and shampoo’s, it’s time to take more action. You see I would get the same reactions I got from food. And I discovered that I had 6 chemical allergies that were in almost everything I put on my body.
I did a panel of about 150 chemical allergens, then strapped to my back for a week in two rounds. I lived on Benadryl for both rounds, and I had terrible reactions to my skin and throat. I was an itchy zombie for the month of April 2016. I was honestly surprised I was able to be so fearless in tackling this experience head-on with the reactions I had been living with for so long, but the upside was that it broke the fear of trying new things. Prior to this testing, I was too afraid to try new foods, new products, new anything! I finally stopped carrying around my Epi-Pen understanding that my reactions never escalate to that place. But I still carry Benadryl everywhere I go.
My quest for healing has not stopped. Even though we have gotten to the bottom of many chronic conditions, I still have to manage them, so I still see a number of doctor’s. I am consistently finding new ways to aid in my healing spiritual, holistically and nutritionally. I learned from Neurologist #3 at the Celiac Center in Manhattan that I have Trigeminal nerve damage on the left side of my face derived from a flu virus back in 2014 and the food and chemical sensitivities I have to trigger the facial nerve to react as part of my allergic reaction. The reaction creates a swelling and numbing feeling, but I can’t see any distortion to my face. The numbing feeling extends to under my eye, my jaw, my ear, neck and the left side of my tongue and gland. This experience which started in February 2014 has brought me down on my meditation mat in tears because the feeling of a reaction I cannot control has been a nightmare. It’s this experience in conjunction with everything else that I learned the art of surrender. And in the art of surrender, I found spiritual healing and spiritual self-care.
In the last 3 years, I adopted a spiritual practice to support my healing process because I became aware of the mind/body connection. Hello meditation, acupuncture, yoga, Reiki, energy healing’s, Angel Card Readings and the teachings from my spiritual Guru’s: Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine and Deepak Chopra. I have always been a deeply passionate partner in my own healing, but developing my spiritual practice is giving me the tools to seek gratitude in this transformational journey that continues to this very day! Spiritual self-help has been my rock and without it, I don’t know where I would be. The art of surrendering in itself has been a transformative experience that has given me the ability to move forward.
So I will say this! There have been times and there will be more when I want to give up. Healing is a process and it takes time, patience, compassion, and self-care. Good health is essential to a happy life and is the key ingredient. The Universe has tested my strength in ways I never thought possible. From this experience my creativity has soared, my love for developing recipes free of so many ingredients has blossomed and I absolutely LOVE talking to other people and helping them move through their health-related and spiritual blocks. Spirituality and self-love have been two of the most supporting factors in my life to this day. This healing process has made me smarter, stronger, more loving, more compassionate and more determined to help others and serve.
What I Have Learned…For Now:
- Accept where you are and use it as a starting point
- Surrender to your process
- There are pros and cons to both Eastern and Western Medicine
- Our bodies thrive on moderation, not excess
- Healthy excess can also cause problems
- Not all “healthy” trends or “healthy” products are right for YOUR body
- At any time in our lives, we can develop allergies or sensitivities from overeating any food
- Chronic stress is a game changer in a negative way
- Leaky Gut can cause food sensitivities that are not always permanent
- Always trust what your body tells you
- Listen to your body
- Don’t downplay the role of stress, it has the power to destroy your body
- A self-care practice is essential for lowering Cortisol and stress levels
- A spiritual practice changes your perspective provides hope and an abundance of support
- Meditation is mandatory
- If you don’t like your doctor, get a new one – It is that easy
- Be a team player in your healing! Always ask questions and have conversations with your doctors. Do not just sit back and let the doctors do all the talking. If you are questioning something, question it, and then talk about it as well as other options
- Always ask for a copy of your test results, vitamin panels and any other result that comes on paper or a C.D. (like x-rays). You need to educate yourself, rather than being told
- Work towards self-love and self-care no matter what
- Let your body guide you
- Breakout and dance sometimes! It helps! Loving this song: Sleepless (feat. The High) Radio Edit by CAZZETTE (find it on Spotify – or head to my mix on Spotify called Sunday Vibes)
- Sometimes our stressors speak through our body – It’s so important to listen and then take action
- Heal yourself from within
- There is always a way!
- Learn to love yourself, despite your flaws
- Be grateful for the people who do support and love you
- Be kind to yourself
- Always trust your instincts, they are your guides
- Negative thoughts breed a negative life
- Healthy is sexy
- Happiness is sexy
- Never ever give up!
- You are stronger then you think – You are a warrior!
I trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City studying over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, Eastern and Western nutrition. The school is led by experts in the field of health and wellness including Dr. Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Katz, Dr. John Doulliard, Dr. Mark Hyman, and David Wolfe amongst many others. I also trained under Gabrielle Bernstein, Doreen Virtue, and Radleigh Valentine: Spiritual Leaders and advocates for mind/body healing. My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge of Holistic Nutrition, Health Coaching, Spiritual Coaching and the importance of preventative care.
Spirit Junkie Masterclass, Level 2 Certified | Spiritual Life Coaching | Gabrielle Bernstein | NYC
B-School with Marie Forleo | Business Training for Creatives | NYC
Health Coaching Graduate Program | Immersion | Institute for Integrative Nutrition | NYC
Certified Angel Card Reader™ | Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine | NYC
Spirit Junkie Masterclass, Level 1 Certified | Spiritual Life Coaching | Gabrielle Bernstein | NYC
Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching | Purchase College, SUNY | New York
Certified Holistic Health Coach | Institute for Integrative Nutrition | NYC
Bachelor of Science | Syracuse University | Syracuse, NY
American Association of Drugless Practitioners, AADP