With all this talk we’ve done over the last few months about different food sensitivities and the problems that wheat and gluten can cause in a body intolerant to it, I knew I had to contact Sarah from Heart of Cooking! You see, Sarah is well versed in cooking meals that are free from common allergens like wheat, dairy, soy, and eggs. She also offers a fabulous meal planning service that comes with recipes for each day!
But before, we get into the giveaway (yes – a giveaway!!), I’ll let Sarah tell you a bit about herself and Heart of Cooking:
Hi, I’m Sarah, and I’ve been blogging at Heart of Cooking since November of 2008.
Eating whole foods didn’t really happen all at once for me. It’s been a process of discovering what kinds of foods really nourish human beings and what kind of diet really supports me. All of this has really taken some time to learn and discover – as in, the past 15 or so years of my life. So I’ve gradually moved from eating at Panda Express and other fast-food chains to eating an almost 100% organic, whole-food, local, grass-fed, pasture raised, chemical-free, and allergen free diet.
For me, eating whole foods and sticking to my allergen-free diet is like my life-line. At this point, I am not sure what I would do if I was stuck in a room and forced to eat food containing my food allergens, chemicals and preservatives. I would probably have a return of a host of symptoms running from constipation to manic depression. I would feel hopeless and probably want to die. I would probably get angry for no good reason and blame the world for all my troubles.
So although it’s taken some time to figure out, the reason why I eat whole foods and stick to my allergen-free diet is because I know what will happen if I don’t. Life is too good and too precious to waste feeling horrible about myself. And I can simply do so much more good in the world when I feel good – body, mind and soul.
Presently, I follow a grain-free, starch-free, sugar-free diet called GAPS but I also don’t eat eggs or very much honey or fruit. The GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome and it’s based on the Specific Carbohydrate diet. I’ve been following it for a year now and feel better than I ever have in my life. The idea is that most people follow the diet for 2 years and then they can start to eat some grains and starches. However, if I do go back to a more “normal” diet, I plan on following traditional methods of soaking and sprouting grains before eating them.
You can read more about the GAPS diet here: www.gapsdiet.com
I have always felt a desire in my heart to contribute something positive and helpful to society. I believe we all have something to share and contribute, even if it takes some time to discover it. I believe that is how the world is meant to work – we each discover our God-given talents and then somehow put them to work to help others. It doesn’t happen over night but it’s a wonderful journey to be on!
And now that we know a bit more about Sarah, let me tell you about the Menu Planners she offers. It’s really one of the best ways for someone to get support when life keeps them to busy to eat well, or they feel overwhelmed while trying to make changes to compensate for food allergies. Don’t worry – she’s got you covered! I’m still amazed at all the different plans she offers, including –
Meat and Seafood Diets:
- Wheat-free and Gluten-free Menu Planner
- Gluten-free and Casein-free Menu Planner
- Dairy-free Menu Planner
- Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free Menu Planner
- Nightshade, Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-Free Menu Planner
- GAPS/Paleo and Limited Diet Menu Planner
- Egg-FREE GAPS/Paleo and Limited Diet Menu Planner
- Thanksgiving Limited Diet Menu Planner
- Holiday Limited Diet Menu Planner
- Egg-free, Dairy-free and Gluten-Free
- Nut-free, Legume-free, Wheat/Gluten-free and Dairy-free
- Kid-Friendly menus for GF and CF diets
- Wheat-free and Gluten-free
- Dairy Free
- Wheat/Gluten-free and Dairy-Free
- Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free
- Nightshade-free, Wheat/Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Soy-free – Available Now!
- Valentine’s Day or Special Event Menu Planner
- Just Desserts for Limited Diets e-book
Now – before I ever tell you all about a product or service, I always test it out first, and Sarah sent me the egg free GAPS/Paleo week of menus. And let me tell you……I was blown away!
I was expecting a few pages of consisting of a menu and then the recipes. What I received was so much more! In fact twenty-two pages of more! Sarah suggests within the menu plan to print it out – I totally agree. It’s much easier to have something that you can lay out in front of you.
Once I had it all printed out, I sat down on my couch and read it over. I absolutely loved the sections on organizing meals, necessary kitchen equipment, and even the how-to’s on soaking nuts and making bone broth.
The meals themselves are wonderfully planned and include substitutions and even kid-friendly tips for kids who have a picky palate! But the very, very best feature is the thorough shopping list. Not only complete with each ingredient you’ll need – but how much you’ll need as well.
Even more awesome for you….. Sarah is going to giveaway a meal plan to one of my lucky readers! To enter, please go check out Heart of Cooking and let me know in the comments here on this post what benefit of the meal plans that you find most appealing.
*open until Saturday, Oct. 23 at midnight
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