Angie update: She is feeling good and her scans looked good last time they were checked. The cancer isn’t growing so that is wonderful! She also is going to be going back to work part-time after Thanksgiving. I am so excited because I will be able to see her at Thanksgiving. Hopefully I can share some photos and more information with you in a few weeks.

My update: I have been loving the new essential oil company Ameo oils. They smell so good and just seem to be more potent than other oils I have used. I have been busy making all kinds of beauty products and cleaning products for the home with these oils. I have made hair gel, hair sculpting wax, face wash, moisturizer, more toothpaste and deodorant, and some lip balms. I will share the recipes on here. I have just been trying out more to see which ones we all like the best. Some of these are so easy and so cheap to make. I have been loving getting healthy fats into my body. I can tell my hormones are so much more balanced since making sure I get coconut fat in me everyday. I also use grass-fed butter everyday on my steamed veggies, and also get coconut milk in my smoothie’s everyday. I have completely changed the way I work out also this past year. I realized that I was wearing out my body and I need to figure out how to change it, so I have went from long hour cardio workouts to short burst training that only takes around 20 minutes including the warm up and cool down, heavy lifting 2-3 times a week, and yoga and muscle tissue work a few times a week. That has REALLY helped my knees feel better. I also can tell this is helping my thyroid and adrenals because I am not stressing out my body everyday with my workouts. My sleep is amazing when I get myself to bed early and do the things I know I need too, like no electronic or blue light after 8:00 pm. I love that we CHOOSE how we feel by how we feed and care for our body. A good beginning place to start is with our food.

I have done so much research on gluten and if it is bad for us, all of us or if just some people should be off of gluten. After probably 100 hours or more of listening and reading to experts on this topic, BAD GLUTEN IS BAD FOR US. Not all gluten is bad, there is gluten in rice for example, but the gluten in wheat and all wheat products, barley, rye, and oats that are not labeled gluten free. If anyone doubts this, just do your own test for 6 weeks and see how you feel. It is not a health food! I know there is so much that can be said about this topic so I will probably need to just a post on it with some resources for you all to check out. I do want to give you our gluten-free bread recipe that I use. We still only have bread usually one-two times a week because I like to just use completely whole foods to feed our family whenever possible, but it is really nice with kids to have some options that they can make themselves, like some toast with Kerrygold butter on it. I have had many failures on gluten free bread, but this recipe is one of the best, with also staying very healthy! There are plenty of crappy gluten free breads that are just full of other junk besides gluten so it can be tricky.

Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Sandwich Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices

¼ cup coconut flour
2 cups blanched almond flour
6 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons raw honey
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350° F. With a mixer, blend together coconut oil, eggs, honey, and applesauce. In another bowl, combine coconut flour, almond flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend on medium speed for 2 minutes. Transfer to a heavily-greased, 5×9 glass loaf pan or two mini-loaf pans.

Bake for 40 minutes for mini loaves and 50-55 minutes for one large loaf pan, or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Recipe courtesy of Halle Cottis.