Middle-Age Memoirs : Giving up gluten…again (and my new blog schedule.)

For ten years, I was gluten free. I was never sure exactly why I couldn’t eat gluten. All I knew was it didn’t agree with me. And, despite giving up gluten, and all grains, (and even going keto) I continued to have regular chronic sinus headaches.

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut - Amy Myers MD

In school, I studied the digestive system at length, and learned about intestinal permeability or leaky gut. Many of the symptoms I had led me to the conclusion that I did indeed have leaky gut.

So, I went on a venture to heal my gut earlier this year. I ate fermented foods, including my own homemade kefir and sauerkraut. I took a therapeutic dose of probiotics. I took l-glutamine to rebuild the lining of my gut. After several months, my sinus headaches disappeared. So, I decided, after 10 years without gluten, to try eating bread again!

Sour Dough Bread, Crust, Texture, Baked, Food

One day in April of this year, I made a loaf of homemade sourdough bread and gave it a try. I thought this would be the safest thing to eat, since this is a fermented bread. I had a couple of pieces and waited a few days. Now, in the past, I would have broke out in an intense itchy feeling all over my body, developed psoriatic style rash, canker sores in my mouth, very intense joint pain and painful sinus headaches. However, to my pleasant surprise, none of that happened.

So, I cautiously continued to add a bit more gluten containing grains to my diet and things continued to go fine for 6 months …until last week. I have daily sinus headaches again. I am currently developing a canker sore. AND, my joint pain is back…with a vengeance. I mean it’s bad, to the point where it’s difficult to walk sometimes.

Research Archives - The Gluten-Free Agency

I knew going in that gluten can contribute to leaky gut. I guess I was just hoping that once I healed my gut, it would stay healed. This was probably a bit naive. So, as of yesterday, I am once again gluten-free, for good this time. I’m also back on my gut healing nutrition plan. I’ll keep you posted on my results.

My new schedule

Since coming back from my 2 month leave, my blogging has been a bit erratic. I really don’t like that, so I’ve developed a new schedule for both my blogs. I will be posting one blog per week on each of my 2 sites.

Purple Almond Wellness posts will be EVERY TUESDAY.

  • 1st Tuesday – Middle-age memoirs – my personal journal
  • 2nd Tuesday – Walk to wellness – tips for the 6 aspects of wellness
  • 3rd Tuesday – Brain talks/Insomnia Fix – I will alternate between tips for brain health and tips for insomnia
  • 4th Tuesday – Middle-age wisdom – health and wellness tips for those middle-age maladies

Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen posts will be EVERY THURSDAY.

  • 1st Thursday – Cooking for 2 – recipes designed for those empty nesters. This will alternate with my PIONEER RECIPES series.
  • 2nd Thursday – Wellness based recipes
  • 3rd Thursday – Brain health/insomnia recipes
  • 4th Thursday – Anti-aging recipes/middle age maladies

Closing thoughts

Well, there you have it…my adventures with gluten and my new schedule. If there’s an aspect of wellness, brain health or middle-age health you’d like to see discussed, just drop me a line or leave a comment below.

Until next time…Namaste my friends


Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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