Gluten Free

Why is Paleo So Powerful?

Also known as the “caveman diet”, Paleo is a way of eating the focuses on what ancient man might have eaten. Overall, this means eating like hunters and gatherers with a diet consisting mainly of lots and lots of fresh produce and lean animal protein. On the flip side, it also means avoiding sugar, processed grains, legumes, and dairy (or at least cutting way, way back on these sorts of ingredients).
While the Paleo Diet has been around since the 70′s, it’s recently gained more popularity as its health benefits have been reported to show that it’s a great diet for maintaining a healthy weight and overall, giving one a better sense of well being. Plus, many athletes who participate in fitness plans like CrossFit find the Paleo Diet to be a natural fit because of its high protein and low carbohydrate approach. But how does it work? What makes Paleo so powerful?
Well, for one thing, Paleo cuts out a lot of the junk that most people tend to find dominating their diets. Heavily processed grains, sugars, and other such finds are usually staples in the American diet. Cut them out and the effects can be profound – and they usually start showing up in the form of improved energy levels.
In addition to eliminating processed foods that load up our bodies with toxins or gluten, Paleo focuses on nutrient-rich foods like lean and free-range meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

In its own way, it can help us avoid inflammatory foods (such as gluten) which can make our bodies develop a host of health concerns. Dr. Dan has spoken widely on this topic and if you want to learn more, just check out our YouTube channel or our Gluten-Free Resources section.

Overall, Paleo has proven itself to be a viable dietary lifestyle for many. It’s helped that there are many, many more resources out there than there were years ago for Paleo Dieters. Grain-free crackers, kale chips, gluten-free alternatives, and other sugar-free food items are just the tip of the iceberg.
At OVitaminPro, we proud to offer free nutritional counseling to our customers and we can speak at length about Paleo and how it’s made an impact in our own lives. If you have questions about Paleo or want to learn more, give us a call and we’d be happy to give you more insight!


Gluten-Free Recipe: Nut Butter Energy Bites

Crispy Rice CerealWhen you’re on the move and need a burst of energy, it’s always good to keep a few snacks on hand. Ideally, fresh fruits and veggies would be great, but sometimes you need something that’s more portable and easier to snack on. For those of us following a gluten-free diet, we have a great recipe to share for bite sized energy chunks that are great for on the go, at work, or before or after exercise to give you that much needed boost while also delivering a punch of flavor and nutrients.

Here’s what you’ll need (adapted slightly from Oh She Glows):

  • ¼ cup of your favorite nut butter (chunky works best! We’re loving almond and pecan right now, but pistachio, peanut, or hazelnut all work great, too!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of crispy rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons organic brown rice syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate, nuts, or dried fruit (try tossing in chocolate and coconut, or dried cherries and chocolate, dried cranberries and blueberries, etc.)

In a bowl, stir together the nut butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla and them microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir and add in the cereal and your chocolate or dried fruit fillings. Stir until well mixed. Then, wet your hands and shape the dough into firm balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment and freeze for 5 or so minutes. Then, just keep them in an airtight container in the freezer and take them on the go when you need to!

Have a favorite gluten-free snack you’d love to share? Leave a comment!



Gluten Sensitivity and Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month

At, we are always looking at what can be done in the world of natural healthcare. We like to put as much power back into the hands of each patient as possible and decrease their reliance on pharmaceuticals and expensive treatments whenever we can.

For parents and caregivers of children with autism, it is especially beneficial to have as many tools in your toolbox as possible; each option for treatment is a new chance to make a difference in the lives of those affected with autism. Obviously, treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis, but some general lessons can be learned from the experiences and research of others.

When it comes to autism, a couple of modalities stand out: improving glutathione levels and using a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.

If you haven’t yet made the connection between glutathiaone and autism, you are missing out. Research indicates a correlation between nearly universal depletion of glutathione levels and the incidence of autism. LifeWave Glutathione patches are easy to use: small half-dollar sized adhesive patches that you can apply to yourself and your child two to three times per week. Placement isn’t critical, but many users apply them just a couple of finger-widths below the belly button.

Another factor that may prove helpful is a gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) diet. We know that gluten and dairy can be potent stimulators of the antibody response; these antibodies don’t just affect the small and large intestines but travel through the blood stream attacking other organs. Which organs are affected depends on the genetic predisposition of the person. Quite often the brain is targeted. This can lead to problems such as ADHD, ataxia, movement disorders, headaches and, of course, ASD (autism spectrum disorder).

Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a patch that can fix gluten and dairy sensitivities, but finding alternative foods in your grocery store is getting easier.

I encourage you to give the GFDF diet a fair chance. This will mean no cheating for at least six weeks to get an idea of any changes. In some cases, dramatic changes will occur in just the first week, while in others the process will be slower and more subtle. Even small shifts in attention and behavior should be considered an encouraging sign and call for a continuation of the diet. Cyrex Labs has several test profiles that can help in the diagnosis. Contact us for more information.




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