Welcome to my gluten-free, and free-from haven! I'm excited to share with you an incredible journey that has recently unfolded in my life. As a gluten-free blogger, IIN health coach, and certified holistic nutritionist, I have strived to create a space where I can empower and inspire others to lead a healthy, gluten-free, free-from lifestyle. Today, I'm thrilled to announce that I've been selected as an Amazon Influencer, allowing me to curate and showcase all of my favorite gluten-free, and free-from products right on Amazon's platform.
Even more exciting, this new venture also presents an opportunity for me to earn a small commission while doing what I love - sharing the things that have made my gluten-free, free-from journey more delightful.
The Gluten-Free Bloggers Mission
At the core of my journey as a gluten-free blogger, health coach, and certified holistic nutritionist lies a deep commitment to helping women discover the benefits of a gluten-free, and free-from lifestyle. Whether you've been gluten-free for years, or are just starting your journey, my mission is to be your trusted guide offering functional tips, recipes, and insights to make this lifestyle as seamless and enjoyable as possible.
Becoming an Amazon Influencer
Becoming an Amazon Influencer is a significant milestone in my mission. This unique program has given me the chance to create a personalized Amazon page where I can showcase the gluten-free products that have truly made a difference in my life. From gluten-free flours, and snacks to kitchen gadgets, and books on holistic nutrition, I've carefully curated a collection of items that I genuinely love and believe in.
Sharing the Love
One of the most exciting aspects of this journey is that, as an Amazon Influencer I can earn a small commission by sharing my favorite products at no cost to you. This isn't just about making a profit; it's about continuing to provide valuable content, recipes, and information to my community. Your support through this endeavor allows me to dedicate more time to creating meaningful resources for you.
What to Expect
On my Amazon Influencer page, you'll find a variety of gluten-free, and free-from gems- products that have passed my personal test for taste, quality, and suitability for a gluten-free, free-from lifestyle. Expect to discover a range of options, from must-have pantry staples to cookbooks, and kitchen gadgets, to unique items that can elevate your gluten-free adventures.
Gluten-Free Food Favorites
Siete Cassava Flour Tortilla Chips: If you cannot have corn or just want a grain-free chip, these are for you.
I'm picky when it comes to gluten-free chocolate. Enjoy Life Dark and Semi-Sweet, Lily's are my favorite types of chocolate for eating and baking. I adore Hu Kitchen and Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Chocolate Bar for eating.
My favorite coconut milk for baking is full-fat, reduced-fat, or lite coconut milk from a can. It's thick and can be watered down or made creamy. I love this for making fudgicles, popsicles, and desserts.
And for drinking coconut milk? Or using it in cereal? I still love So Delicious, but it's their unsweetened milk I love for every day including smoothies. Since we don't need to taste the milk, using unsweetened is a good way to cut back on the sugar.
I cannot adore certified gluten-free oats! It's only in the last few years that I have been able to add back oats. And I'm psyched because oats are so versatile in baking and cooking.
Millet is a forgotten grain. It's low-carb and nutritious, especially for gluten-free eaters, especially if you cannot tolerate oats. Some would debate it's a seed, it depends on what country you are in.
Rice Select Quinoa all the way! I love all of their quinoa styles like rainbow, black, red, and white. Quinoa is a total and complete protein so as much as it is a carb, it's also all protein and so healthy for you! (If you have Diverticulitis, you may want to steer clear of small seeds like quinoa, chia, and flax).
When it comes to unsweetened Cocoa most will urge you to choose Raw Cacao. And while that's totally delish it can cause an allergic reaction in some that are super sensitive, like me, so, therefore, I opt for Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder. It is celiac-safe and gluten-free.
And sometimes I use Carob powder by Chatfield's because it's made in a gluten-free facility and it's a gluten-free alternative to chocolate. I'll admit it doesn't taste the same, but if you cannot have chocolate this is the route.
I love TigerNut oil for baking because it's a sweeter oil allowing you to use less sugar. It's also a tuber root veggie and is, therefore, whole 30-approved and Paleo-approved. I personally got into it when I was having my insane food sensitivities, it was one of the only oils I could use besides olive, so it was nice to change it up. It's also 100% nut-free.
For Gluten-Free baking, the easiest way to go from scratch is to use a baking blend like Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour or 1:1 Baking Flour. I love them both! I also love King Arthur too.
Ever wonder how I make my TigerNut Milk? It's one of my favorite plant-based milks and making it from scratch saves lots of money, and eliminates additives. It's so delicious and has a sweetness to it. 100% nut-free and gluten-free.
My latest favorite nut-free seed is plant-based protein. Did you know that Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of iron? Yup!! It's a great snack and baking addition.
Chronic health conditions are so tough to manage, especially if you don't know how to handle them.
Learn why you need to go dairy-free and why you need to implement different ways to heal with Kicking Sick by Amy Kurtz. She's a fellow IIN Health Coach. One of my clients swears she went dairy-free from this book alone.
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Dr. Susan Blum is a very detailed book that helps you really get to the bottom of your symptoms so you can finally heal. Her books cover diet, nutrition, health, and autoimmune.
Medical Medium by Anthony William is a holistic and spiritual book. Not all of it will be meant for you, but his wisdom on disease is astounding. His chapters on Leaky Gut and Epstein Barr are amazing and really opened up my life in the healing department. I do not, however, advocate his diet in the book. I like this book for educational reasons only.
Gabby Bernstein's books are a game changer. In a fairly simple 40-day guidebook called May Cause Miracles, individuals are instructed to complete a task a day furthering their development in learning to love themselves and see life differently. Spiritual newbies this is for you! Bored and want to change your life? This book, babe!
Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore Fellow IIN health coach and skin extraordinar. While I couldn't apply this during my serious cystic acne moments, I was able to apply these principles and even learn how to make my own DIY products for my sensitive and acne-prone skin! This book makes so much sense, it really teaches you natural beauty and how to heal. She also has a beauty line called SW Basics. And that brand is amazing using 1-5 organic ingredients. My skin has completely healed and I really attribute a lot of that to Adina's holistic principles.
One of my favorite and FIRST health books I ever read by Kris Carr is Crazy, Sexy Diet and I'm not a Vegan. This book is geared to help those transition into the vegan diet. However, there is so much information and education about eating more plants, pooping, autoimmune disease, chronic illness, juicing, cancer, smoothies, self-care, and more. And she makes this book fun! Think of lots of color, pop-ups, and fun facts to make the journey as enjoyable as possible. I love Kris Carr's voice.
The Alchemist was a book I was told to read for years and resisted. I often think back to why I resisted what was going to be the best and most motivationally moving book of my life. It's a book you can read over and over and still find a different treasure, a different nugget of wisdom you didn't see before because you're in a different place now.
Chocolate Covered Katie is one of the best healthy dessert bloggers I know. She's a blogger who has been around for 10 years plus focusing on vegan healthy desserts, that often have a gluten-free alternative. Her recipes are easy to follow, simple, and delicious!
Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista became one of my favorite blogs in 2013. I stumbled upon her while I was in Nutrition School. Her blog and recipes literally taught me how to make plant-based smoothies. Her recipes are fast, easy, and use real food. She authored two books No Excuses Detox and Everyday Detox, and I own both!
Ricki Heller is another blogger and holistic nutritionist I follow all the way in Canada. She's all about anti-Candida, sugar substitutes, egg-subs, refined sugar-free, and healthy. She really teaches you the ins and outs of gluten-free vegan baking designed for those who need to lead a sugar-free lifestyle. In her book Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free, she emphasizes enjoyment even with chronic conditions.
I love the book The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters for innovative ideas using simple ingredients! Anything by Tess Masters you'll love.
I call this book the smoothie bible. Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris. Creative & easy recipes that get you used to using all kinds of superfoods, fruits, and veggies.
One of my favorite Bloggers Amie Valpone behind the site The Healthy Apple authored a gorgeous book about eating clean and everything you need to learn in order to do it, simply broken down for you with charts and lists. And then after the massive introduction to this way of eating, you get a ton of gorgeous recipes!
If you have to do an anti-Candida diet, this book Living Candida-Free is for you. As a holistic nutritionist, Ricki Heller is known for her gluten-free and vegan recipes. I personally LOVE how she outlines how to convert recipes if you have allergies, and how to make vegan egg substitutes. I also love her Anti-Candida program because she makes it all doable and that is most important on a restrictive diet like this one.
She used to be The Blonde Vegan. She then became The Balanced Blonde, Jordan Younger is an all-time favorite blogger of mine. In her book Breaking Vegan, she describes how she left Veganism in order to heal her body and now she's all about balance, yoga, spirituality, and delicious recipes. That's why I adore her book and blog, she tells you all the juicy details of her healing journey with Orthorexia and chronic health conditions.
I'm pretty picky when it comes to supplements. There are only a handful of brands I even like. These are gluten-free and I trust these brands wholeheartedly:
I use Magnesium to promote muscle relaxation and to keep the intestinal tract healthy. Magnesium Citrate is used to help promote a healthy bowel. My brand of choice is Metagenics for this supplement.
Getting Vitamin D in your body daily is so important for our diet and lifestyles that I use 10,000 units of Vitamin D per day with a medical doctor's supervision. Talk to your doctor about vitamin D, and if you could be deficient. I love the brand Solgar for my Vitamin D.
Dr. Lipman got me off of prescription acid reflux medications and got me on my favorite product Glutagenics. I use 1-2 times per day! This product helps to heal the gut lining and really helps with acid reflux to the point that my reflux is in remission. It contains Glutamine as well as aloe and licorice roots. **Do not ever go off of your prescription medications without talking to your doctor first.
Iso-Phos saved me when my cortisol levels were are an all-time high! It uses natural ingredients, including a b vitamin, but it promotes relaxation. Taking it in the evening and at bedtime is best. My brand of choice is Thorne Research for this supplement.
Oil of Oregano is a great NATURAL way to treat yeast overgrowth such as Candida while in the care of your medical doctor. It also aids in immunity when you feel run down. This product should be used under the care of a physician. It should never be used for more than 3 months at a time. My brand of choice is Designs for Health for this supplement.
Gluten-Free beauty favorites
I only use two shampoo and conditioner brands and this is one of them! Now renamed Vanicream, Free & Clear is clear of harmful chemicals for sensitive souls, and is gluten-free. It's also fragrance-free. I love their conditioner too, it's nice and thick.
Bio-restorative hydrogel. People often inquire about my youthful appearance and how I maintain smooth skin. Besides sun protection, collagen, and a healthy diet, a remarkable bio-restorative hydrogel, akin to scar tissue gel, has been my secret to reducing wrinkles.
One of my favorite masks to do on my skin is my recipe for a Turmeric Face Mask. It does wonders for my skin inflammation and acne inflammation. When it comes to Turmeric Powder I like two brands: Organic Living Superfoods and Simply Organic which you can buy at the grocery store.
Welcome to the best Cream on the planet by SW Basics! I use it, especially on my feet. It honestly feels like I just walked out of the salon when I use it. It's the best, with only 3 ingredients, all organic and gluten-free.
Favorite Mind, Body, Healing tools
My favorite yoga mat By Gaiam. It's plush, cushy, and affordable. I also love their patterns.
The plush yoga blocks You'll need two.
I use this Happy Lamp to get more Vitamin D exposure, especially during those Winter months. This is also used for individuals who have seasonal mood disorders. I have to admit, as expensive as it is, it's SO WORTH IT. And it works wonders for me. I use it in the morning.
It's this gratitude journal that I started using in 2013 when I first learned the practice of gratitude journaling. I love this one because it's simple and small.
These are the two angel card decks I used when I first learned how to read Angel Cards. Then I got certified. My favorites of all time are the Archangel Raphael Angel Card Deck (which is known to help with healing, health, nutrition, and self-care) and the Archangel Michael Angel Card Deck (which is known for cutting ties from fear, the journey of love, and conquering fear). These are so great when used as a healing tool on your healing journey. Little cards of hope go a long way.
Kitchen tools & gadget favorites
I cannot live without these Good Cook baking trays! I buy them in bulk and keep them in my oven. Food photography tip: save the old, used, beat-up, and tinted trays for your food photography backdrops and even for the tabletop.
This electric hand mixer by Cuisinart is my life! Most people love that standing mixer, which I have as well, but I grew up baking using an electric hand mixer so for me, I bake everything with it.
Contrary to what I said above all bakers should have a standing mixer, and I do have one. It's pastel blue, it's super pretty and I'll have it forever. My mom has had hers since her wedding day. Don't go cheap on this one, it needs to be by KitchenAid. You will at some point need very high peaks in your frosting and the only thing that does that is the standing mixer.
Some people will say it doesn't matter what mixing bowls you use. I disagree. I like my mixing bowls to be easily accessible in the cabinet, stack well, are dishwasher safe, and have a grip. Those are my standards.
These veggie peelers are a must! The kind you want is the type that effortlessly peels your produce.
I used to think a lemon hand squeezer was the silliest food appliance ever! I now live for it and travel with it. It really squeezes those lemons and limes giving you the most juice! Well worth getting one. If I had more room in my NYC apartment I'd have at least 10.
Silicone cups are the best for making chocolate cups, and all sorts of chocolate candy making.
The ONLY Nut-Milk bag I'll ever use. Because it's quality and for no other reason. This is how you make nut, seed, grain milk, and green juices.
You can never have too many Wilton cupcake & muffin baking trays! Seriously I have quite a few.
This is the double boiler I use to make/melt down the chocolate in all of my recipes. It's SO easy to use! It's by Nordic.
A food processor is life! Everything from raw desserts to dips and it's super easy to use. And there's always a YouTube video to figure out how to use it if you need step-by-step instructions.
The KING of all blenders. If you're serious about your smoothie game, you need this in your life.
I LOVE my Spiralizer!! It's the best way to make veggies fun to eat! Instead of carbs like pasta, you'll eat zucchini noodles, or squash noodles or even carrot noodles the veggie sky is the limit! It makes veggie pasta cool.
The Nutribullet. If you don't have a Vitamix, this is my second in command. Easy to make juices, smoothies, soups, and nice cream. Every juice I created for my eBook Blender Juices was made in a Nutribullet.
More on my Amazon Influencer page. Remember, you can see some of my all-time favorite books, ingredients, and healing tools here on my Amazon Influencer Shop Page anytime! If you ever want direct access to see all the products I love that you can buy, just go to amazon.com/shop/goodiegoodieglutenfree
Always check with your doctor on any supplement recommendations. I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Holistic Nutritionist, not a medical doctor.