GUEST POST BY JO & SALLY GODFREY FROM NO GRAINER
Following your gut.
I recently attended a birthday party for a boy who was gluten intolerant. I heard a party guest speaking to the boy’s mother about his diet and asking in horror “what on earth do you eat?” I made sure I stayed well clear of that woman in order to avoid discussing the minefield that is my diet!
When you have gut issues, or health issues that are gut-related, you will undoubtedly embark on a brave new culinary adventure. Making dietary changes can seem daunting at first but once you start to notice the positive changes it becomes much easier to embrace this new way of eating. No one understands this better than my sister and I.
Our health issues are such a dominating force in our lives that we decided to make a career out of it. We mean this quite literally as we now run No Grainer a grain-free bakery that aims to make life easier for people who are in similar predicaments to us.
So who are we? I am a type 1 diabetic and my sister is a celiac so it won’t come as a surprise to learn that we both have some serious gut issues. Too many antibiotics and poor diets growing up – check! Many years taking the contraceptive pill – check! Stress, insomnia, sugar…We pretty much tick all the boxes.
Our path to healing our guts has been a slow and steady process and we know it’s far from over. We began by cutting out processed foods, then we switched to organic produce, we discovered the benefits of fermented foods, gave up gluten, started on bone broths and eventually cut out grains too. We are not perfect all the time but once you know the basics and have rituals in place it’s so much easier to stay on the path.
Bread – the ultimate comfort food
Although there are many people out there that seem quite happy to forego all their old favourite comfort foods, we were not one of them. Without ‘healthified’ versions of our favourite foods like bread, we found ourselves feeling resentful.
For us, bread is the ultimate comfort and convenience food and we feel just that little bit more contented with bread in our lives. We are also not alone in thinking this as we have now met hundreds of people who feel the same way.
The thing that we most love about our business is that we get to connect with and help people just like us. It has shown us even more what a huge impact our diets have on our health. Even making small changes can make a big difference.
So here’s our ‘No Grainer’ tips for staying on the gut wellness path
- Always have a supply of ‘snack’ type foods in the house such as nuts, seeds, veggies and dips, dehydrated crackers and dare we say, No Grainer bread!
- Keep a supply of healthy snacks in your bag – activated nuts and seeds and bliss balls are great!
- Make big batches of bone broth and freeze it in silicone muffin trays so they’re easy to pop out and defrost in a saucepan. You can throw in a few veggies, herbs and spices and have a soup in under 10 minutes
- Discover the joys of slow cooking (especially with bone broth) and make extra to freeze
- Make your own kefir and/or kombucha – it’s so easy! Or it’s even easier to buy it now with all the amazing new products available. We have milk kefir smoothies most mornings and love them.
- Invest in a spiralizer and replace regular noodles with vegetable noodles
- Always have sauerkraut or kimchi in your fridge to have with your meals – there are lots of great unpasteurized brands available now so you don’t even have to make it yourself.
Most of all, be kind to yourself and listen to your body. Embrace your diet and have fun with it! So the next time someone asks you, “What on earth do you eat?!” You can smile and not feel like an outcast. There are plenty of us right there with you.
Sal & Jo.