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Welcome! I’m so glad you found me here at Good For You Gluten Free.
I’m Jenny Levine Finke, the founder of Good For You Gluten Free and author of the award-winning book, Dear Gluten, It’s Not Me, It’s You.
I believe I’m uniquely qualified to guide you on your gluten-free journey because I not only live and breathe the gluten-free lifestyle (as someone with diagnosed celiac disease), but also I have earnestly studied gluten disorders and nutrition. I’m a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
I also have taken the time to read many books that have shaped my thinking and expertise, including the following, which I consider required reading for anyone following a gluten-free lifestyle:
- The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O’Bryan
- Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
- Wheat Belly and Undoctored by Dr. William Davis
- Dear Gluten, It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jenny Levine Finke – shameless plug 🙂
I’m here to support you on your journey, and help you navigate this life-changing diet with ease.
About Good For You Gluten Free
This blog is a record of my journey, struggles and triumphs as someone living with celiac disease.
I’ve written extensively about how I put my celiac disease into remission. This journey to heal my body hasn’t been easy.
I used to eat a lot of junk food and indulged on too much pasta, pizza and bread. I suffered from painful bloating and embarressing gas, along with a slew of other issues like occasional migraines, red bumps on my skin, geographic tongue and low energy.
I’ve also opened up about the emotional burden of the gluten-free diet, something few people talk about but is something that greatly affects me.
What I Believe
If you’re looking to get healthy and find judgement-free support on your gluten-free journey, you’re in the right place. Here are some of my guiding beliefs that might help you understand if we are in sync:
(1) I believe that my celiac disease diagnosis saved my life. I see my diagnosis as a blessing. I was headed down the road towards more serious conditions – like additional autoimmune diseases, cancer and even early death. Read 10 Lessons Learned from Celiac Disease to see how I’ve come to terms with this newfound gluten-free life.
(2) I believe that healing is possible. If you’re willing to put in the hard work to change your eating habits and lifestyle, I believe you can reverse your symptoms and heal your body. While genes play a part in your health, I believe genes do not control nor fully determine your destiny.
(3) I believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. I implore you to experiment on yourself to figure out how to heal your body. What works for me may or may not work for you. Everyone is different and no one heals in a straight line.
(4) I believe you must treat the source of disease, not just the symptoms. When you treat IBS with antacids, or migraines with ibuprofen, you are simply treating the symptoms and not the underlying or root cause of why you have these symptoms in the first place. I believe masking your symptoms with medicines is like putting tape over your “check engine light” and saying your car is just fine.
(5) I believe the status quo must be questioned. I believe nutrition advice is fledging, and that researchers spend a disproportionate amount of time developing the latest pill or procedure (where true money can be made) vs. educating people on the magical benefits of eating more kale. This belief prompted me to write 10 Facts Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities.
The following information will guide you to various resources and information you need to navigate the gluten-free diet with ease:
Just Getting Started? Download my free Quick Start Guide to Gluten Free and get started quickly, then order my book, Dear Gluten, It’s Not Me, It’s You, for a full road map to eating gluten free and healing your body.
Make Sure to Get Tested for Celiac Disease BEFORE Going Gluten Free: Before you ditch gluten, make sure you first rule out celiac disease via a simple blood test. You must be eating gluten in order for a celiac test to be accurate; you don’t want to start a gluten-free diet and later regret not getting tested. You can easily get tested by taking this at-home celiac disease test. (Or order the at-home celiac disease test now – use the code JENNY10 for 10% off.)
Meal Planning Resources: The safest place to eat will always be in your own home…. but figuring out what to eat can be such a chore. I encourage you to try Meal Plans by Good For You Gluten Free to start building your recipe repertoire and get comfortable eating clean, delicious meals at home. I have more than 1,700 recipes in my Meal Planning library for subscribers only.
Eating Out: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free will help you safely navigate restaurants without compromising your gluten-free diet.
Become a Label Reading Champ: Make sure you understand the current FDA guidelines for gluten-free labeling.
Heal Your Gut Challenge: All disease begins in your gut. Take my 7-day free Heal Your Gut Challenge and learn how to heal your gut from the damages caused by a lifetime of eating gluten.
Nutrition Coaching: I offer short power coaching sessions for anyone who is either new to the gluten-free diet or struggling with their health. We can cover a lot of ground in two hours, and I can help you connect the dots in your health struggles and answer your most pressing questions. Learn more about my Power Coaching sessions.
Support Group: Join my free, private Gluten-Free Diet Support Group on Facebook. I hang out there a lot answering questions from my readers.
Below are some of my favorite gluten-free products and brands:
Flour: I love Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour. You can use this flour as a cup for cup substitute in all your recipes. If your cake recipe calls for two cups of flour; simply use two cups of Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour instead. Bob’s Red Mill also makes almond flour, cassava flour, gluten-free oats and other products safe for those with celiac disease. For yeast flour recipes (breads, cinnamon rolls, donuts, etc.), I recommend Lorraine’s Sweet Dough Mix.
Bread: I enjoy a few gluten-free bread brands, including Outside the Breadbox and Canyon Bakehouse. Gluten-free bread isn’t the same, but it tastes the most similar to wheat bread when heated or toasted. I have an easy gluten-free sandwich bread recipe on my site, and I make a mean gluten-free artisan bread too. I’ve also mastered gluten-free sourdough, but if the challenge is too great, you can simply order gluten-free sourdough from this bakery, which ships across the U.S. My favorite bread recipe is my doughy gluten-free challah.
Pasta: I sometimes make my own gluten-free pasta dough or gluten-free egg noodles at home. Don’t feel like making your own? Try Tinkyada brown rice pasta or jovial brown rice pasta. Both have great texture!
Crackers: My entire family enjoys Crunchmaster crackers, and you can get a big box of them at Costco. I use these crackers to create snack boards all the time – perfect for entertaining and keeping it all GF.
Cookies: I honestly love making my own gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. They’re the best. Store bought cookies can’t even come close!
Tortillas: Tortillas, like bread, just aren’t the same without gluten. Corn tortillas are most always gluten free, but flour tortillas are not. I have found that Mikey’s cassava flour tortillas are the most like flour tortillas, but the must be heated before enjoying. Read more about gluten-free tortillas.
Lip Balm and Lipstick: Try Red Apple lipstick, lip balm and cosmetics because they’re 100% gluten free and I love the way they feel too. I also have lists of gluten-free lip balms and gluten-free makeup too.
I have created hundreds of articles about living with gluten disorders. I encourage you to poke around my Celiac Disease Library and Gluten Sensitivity Library to find the latest information for living a healthy gluten-free lifestyle.
If you can’t find something you’re looking for, please use the search tool at the top of my site, or leave a comment below or drop me a note. I strive to create content my readers want most. If you can’t find it let me know and chances are I’ll create it!
Thank you for being “here.” I am writing this blog for you. I share my struggles as well as offer resources to help you on your gluten-free journey.
Be healthy friends,