• Q&A

    Hello and welcome!

    I wear a few hats. I’m a mama and a nana, a musician who plays 8 instruments, I love yoga and cooking like nobody’s business, gluten free of course, and I’m completely hooked on green smoothies and green juices. And real food. The kind that you can pronounce. I am a health and nutrition coach. I am passionate about helping you transition to a way of gluten free eating that will help you fall in love with the food that loves you back. It’s not a diet you go on and then go off. It’s a way of life that you are going to love and want to stay on forever. You will learn what you can eat to keep you happy, healthy and nurtured. There will be no deprivation, only yummy, delicious foods.

    I understand you.

    I’ve been there. For as long as I can remember, I experienced bloat after every meal. EVERY MEAL! Only thing is, I had no idea that this wasn’t normal. I thought everyone felt bloated after they ate. It didn’t even occur to me to ask for help. And there was the psoriasis I had from a very young age. And then, at the age of 50, six months after being diagnosed with Alopecia (an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss), I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The moment I eliminated gluten, followed by dairy, from my diet, the bloat disappeared. And my hair began to regrow. And my scaly patches disappeared. Of course, I also had to deal with discovering I have Asthma and Raynaud’s, but they’re until control, too.

    But there’s more to my story.

    I experienced a lifetime of pity parties. Of self-loathing, blame, guilt, beating myself up mercilessly because I had convinced myself that I was a disgusting pig. I believed that I overate all the time and that the bloat was a result of my overeating and lack of control. I convinced myself that nobody would like me unless I got it “right”. Here was the cycle: every day, I ate bagels, wheat bread, pasta, cookies – you name it, if it contained gluten, I ate it! And every single day, I was bloated beyond belief. I convinced myself that the bloat was a result of my overeating which led to believing that I never got it right and thus I was a failure. My self-esteem was in a constant state of nose-dive AND I had an unending, obsessive need to do everything perfectly. Little did I know back then that it was the gluten putting me in a constant state of massive bloat. I never, ever talked to anyone about this. I also never even imagined that something beyond my choices could be contributing to this bloat. Instead, I beat myself up for being a gluttonous pig and punished myself by then eating massive amounts (half a package of Oreos, for example) of all the things that actually only made the bloat worse. This went on day after day, for years. Oh, and then there was endless binge dieting. It was a never-ending cycle that didn’t end until I was diagnosed with Celiac. You know how I banished the bloat? I banished gluten from my life.

    What allows me to help people who are ready to go gluten free?

    My story is unique though anyone with gluten issues (Celiac or Gluten Intolerance) can relate to a lifetime full of bloat, headaches, hair loss, arthritis, dental issues, thyroid problems, and the list goes on and on. Along the way, I struggled enormously with a negative body image, wild mood swings, daily leg cramps and an intense hunger that never ceased, not to mention candida, osteopenia and osteoporosis, Asthma & Raynaud’s. I’ve walked in many of your shoes. I can speak with certainty when I say that my Gluten Free Diva Jumpstart: 28 Days to Gluten Free Success can take you from where you are now to a place that empowers you to take charge of your health in a way that perhaps you’ve never done before. As a teacher with over 37 years of teaching experience, I am passionate about helping people, and my experience being completely 100% gluten free is guaranteed to help you find your own path to wellness. I can help you learn to navigate the world of gluten free so that you can begin your healing journey.

    Can my Gluten Free Diva Jumpstart: 28 Days to Gluten free Success help people who don’t have Celiac Disease but are Gluten Intolerant or Gluten Sensitive? 

    Yes, absolutely, unequivocally. There is a whole spectrum of gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive people who most definitely benefit from following a gluten free diet.

    What kind of food will I eat on the Gluten Free Diva Jumpstart: 28 Days to Gluten Free Success? 

    Gluten Free. Clean. Whole and real and unprocessed. Anti-inflammatory. Greens and gluten free grains and organic fruits and vegetables. Meat and seafood, if that is your choice. Or tofu and tempeh. Food that’s fun to cook and delicious to eat.

    Who will my program help?

    I help people who are gluten free learn the tools that enable them to skip right past the overwhelm and frustration of “What CAN I eat?” so that they can enthusiastically embrace and fall in love with the foods they CAN eat.

    If you meet any of the following criteria, then you’re ready to take on my program…

    • diagnosed with Celiac or you’re Gluten Intolerant or Gluten Sensitive and overwhelmed and frustrated with how to make gluten free work

    • though you’re not gluten free nor haven’t been formally diagnosed with any gluten issues, you can tell at least anecdotally that it’s a problem AND have no clue how to make gluten free work

    • have been told that you have one or more inflammatory conditions including thyroid disease, alopecia, arthritis, sjogren’s syndrome, raynaud’s disease, diabetes, asthma, psoriasis, vitiligo, lupus and more

    • you hate cooking but know you need to find a way to prepare gluten free food that is quick, easy and delicious

    • not spending countless hours in the kitchen is high on your priority list and while you’re at it, you’d really love to learn how to save money in the process

    • you want to learn how to convert your favorite recipes to be gluten free

    • you’re gluten free (or want to be) and traveling poses a HUGE challenge

    • you want to eat bread again but the gluten free bread you’ve bought in the store is ridiculously expensive and tastes like nothing you’d want to eat regularly but you don’t want to buy and store 65 different gluten free flours in your pantry

    • bloat is your middle name

    • you’ve been following a gluten free diet and need a strategy for dealing with well-meaning family members, friends, and work colleagues who sabotage you with “just take one little bite” comments

    • your mood swings are off the charts

    • you can’t figure out why you’re constantly so tired

    • you’re ready to make permanent changes and invite wellness into your life

    How would I know I’m ready to do your program?

    You are ready to focus your energy and attention on finding delicious success with eating gluten free for yourself and/or anyone in your family. You believe that doing this program will give you the confidence and inspiration to make these changes. You are ready to commit to being gluten free so that you can kickstart your health to a place of wellness. You want to follow a gluten free diet that also focuses on incorporating real whole foods into your diet. You want to learn how to change your habits so that you can achieve an overall experience of well-being.

    Is this program right for me?

    If you’re not willing to take the time to achieve your gluten free goals, this is NOT the program for you. If you’re the kind of person that makes excuse after excuse (I have a party this weekend, the holidays are coming, the dog ate my homework, I have to take care of my 85 year old aunt etc.) for why you can’t do something, even if it will catapult you to amazing health, this is NOT the program for you. If you want to stay the path you’ve been on and are unwilling to invest in your own gluten free success, this is NOT the program for you.

    Will this help any other conditions I have like arthritis and thyroid disease, for example? 

    Quite possibly. Won’t know until you try. But it’s worth trying, don’t you think? The short answer (though it deserves much more attention) is that the way most Americans eat is slowly killing us. The processed and highly acidic and inflammatory (gluten, meat, sugar, alcohol for example) foods we eat causes a laundry list of conditions and diseases that include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, just to name a few. Eating a “clean” diet can help reduce and in some cases eliminate these conditions and diseases.

    How do you know that your method works?

    The tips, techniques and tools that I share are transformational and have contributed significantly to my rockin’ good health and the health of many others who have followed my program with great success.

    What are some of the results I can expect?

    The results you experience will very much depend on your own bio-individuality blueprint. It will also depend on how compliant you are and where you are in terms of the amount of healing you need to do. Some of the possible results will include eating and NOT feeling bloated, tasting food in a new way, feeling an amazing boost of energy, elimination of headaches and body aches, sleeping more peacefully, kickstarting your weight loss (if that’s a goal) and feeling sexier and more alive in your body. Of course, if you have Celiac or are Gluten Intolerant or Gluten Sensitive, the hope is that you will begin to heal your intestines. Sounds good, don’t you think?

    When would I begin to notice changes?

    Again, each person is unique and will respond accordingly. Some of it depends on the amount of healing that you must undergo, some of it depends on how compliant you are. Depending on how flattened your villi are (that’s GI medical talk for one of the symptoms of Celiac Disease) or how crummy you feel, your intestines will begin healing immediately, as soon as gluten is removed from the diet, therefore you could feel better quickly.

    Should I go gluten free without a doctor’s approval?

    Anyone can try going gluten free at any time. However, if you’ve struggled with symptoms common to people who have Celiac or Gluten Intolerance or Gluten Sensitivity and haven’t been seen by a doctor for it, you might want to go that route first. There’s more to it than can be covered here, but suffice to say that if your doctor wants you to be tested for gluten, if you go gluten free before that happens, your improvement could very well influence the test results and give you a false positive. If you’ve already been gluten free, chances are you’ll have to undergo a gluten challenge before you are tested. This requires you to go back to eating gluten for a period of time, usually several months.

    How can I be sure that this will work?

    You can’t. There’s no absolute guarantee with anything. But if your health has been poor, if you are ready for a change, if you are absolutely willing to focus all of your energy towards creating a healthy life,, you are likely to find the gluten free foods that will love you back. Make the commitment, invest in yourself, you’re worth it!

    Can I hire you to be my private health coach?

    I am not currently taking any private health coaching clients, as my schedule is already chock full. I developed this program specifically to address many of the issues that I found were common to most of my health coaching clients when I was working privately with clients.

    What about the rest of my family? My spouse? My partner? My children? What if they resist? Am I in this alone?

    That is probably one of the most challenging aspects of making changes. First, you have to decide you want to make the commitment. My simple 28 day program will give you tools to help the rest of your family get on board. And if they resist, you can still move forward and make the changes that will benefit your health. And who knows, maybe modeling for them will help convince them to join you at some point. But first, you have to be the one to make the changes.

    And if I fall off the wagon?

    Well, if you’re dealing with autoimmune issues that involve eliminating gluten, you’re not going to want to fall off the wagon. And after 28 days, you’ll have a clear sense whether gluten has caused you problems. Chances are, if gluten is truly an issue for you, you’re going to feel so much better that you won’t want to eat gluten again. As for dealing with a craving for Oreos or a large pizza with the works on it, well, that happens. My program will help you find gluten free foods that you love and that will satisfy you enough to help get rid of the old cravings for the food that made you feel crummy in the first place.

    Does this sound familiar? Have you ever felt this way? 

    • Do you ever wake up in the morning still feeling full from last nights’ dinner?
    • Do you feel exhausted after you eat? And bloated beyond belief?
    • Do you wonder if you should buy stock in Tums antacids?
    • Do you wish you could eat a meal without having to unzip your jeans?
    • Do you wish you could talk to someone who understood your situation?

    If you said yes to any of these questions, rest-assured, you’re not alone. You’ve come to the right place. My program will show you how you can live without the bloat, without the distended stomach, without the exhaustion, without thinking you’re out of control.

    “Before following Ellen’s program, I felt overwhelmed with my life. My energy level was low and my weight was on the rise. I knew that I needed to make changes in my life but didn’t know where or how to start. I have been able to make healthier choices in my diet. When I look back at the moment I made the decision to do this for myself, I feel as if I finally invested in my future health and well being. I highly recommend this program if you’ve struggled with weight, positive self image, a baseline reduction in energy and the restoration of a sense of beauty and order in your life.”  Katyah Gohr

    My education and professional training includes:

    • Transformational Health Coach Certification, 2013
    • Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NY, Health Counseling, 2012
    • American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certification, 2012
    • Master of Arts in Education, Arcadia University, 1982
    • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education & Performance, Boston University, 1976

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