30 Day Blog Challenge Introduction!

By | October 1, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge Introduction!


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I have struggled with my health and wellbeing most of my adult life, well really all my life.  I was the fussy eating kid, the kid who got sick in September and by the time May came around I started to feel better only to begin to be challenged by allergies.  It was difficult because I was always involved in many sports and was quite athletic.  The two did not fit together!

My fussy eating carried on into adult life.  Well really I didn’t know how to cook so I ate what was easy, out of a box.  Garbage! And my health,  my weight were showing it.  At my biggest I was a size 22 and not feeling good about me at all.

A couple of things happened that really were the change makers for me.

I was introduced to the health and wellness field through a network marketing company, Symmetry Direct (imagine I take the products from Symmetry to this day!).  This began a journey for me in learning, educating myself, sharing that knowledge with others the  information I was learning to be healthier, the products I had started taking to feel better.

You see at the same time in the year 1995 I was in my second car accident, the diagnosis was Fibromyalgia.  To this day I do not take one prescription drug!  It is quite remarkable what good nutrition, exercise, and all the other practices that I include in my life have done for my health.

And my mother broke her hip.  Although not really a huge big deal today with the remarkable technology for my mother it was 6 months of living in a rehab hospital that she survived the ordeal!  It was when she was in the hospital and we were waiting to find out when she would have the hip replacement surgery that I realized if I didn’t  begin to make massive changes in my life I would be my mother in the future.

And I change I began!  I have studied and taken many courses since that time in Nutrition, Fitness, Holistic Coaching, Stress Management, to help me and others.    The biggest challenge for me as I began to feel better was my weight.  Although I began to eat better, higher quality food, organic food, pastured beef, chicken, pork I was still carrying around an extra 30 lbs that did not want to leave!  Then in February of 2011 I was listening to a seminar and it was life changing for me.

This was a webinar from the Paleo Summit with Dr. Tom O’Bryan and the discussion was on gluten.  Dr. Tom is an expert in the world of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease.  It was that day I stopped eating gluten and within a few days began to feel much better, thinking more clearly and had more energy.

I was really excited.  Do you know how long it had been since I had felt good?  So many I could not remember.  It was that day that I began to think about how I could share this info with others.  This was the piece of the puzzle for me that was missing.  This is what I wanted to share with others the damage that gluten is doing to the body.  Imagine yesterday I listened to a podcast with Dr. O’Bryan and he stated ” No human can digest gluten.”   Powerful, right?

As we go through this 30 day blog challenge this is what I will share on this blog and maybe you or someone you know won’t have to live with the challenges I have because of it.

If you have comments, questions please do not hesitate to leave them below.

Let today be your day! Talk soon,




30 Day Blog Challenge Introduction
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30 Day Blog Challenge Introduction
The 30 day blog challenge begins today and I felt it might be an idea to share a little about who I am and how I came to blog about Gluten Free Living and Health, Fitness, Weight Loss.

11 thoughts on “30 Day Blog Challenge Introduction!

  1. Veronica Roth

    Hi Wendy, thanks for letting me know you’re having problems with comments. I’ll head over to the dashboard and have a look.
    I’m so glad you decided to treat your fibromialgia thru more natural means. My daughter has endometriosis and, while she is on medication, her condition is much improved thru good nutrition. Well done for recognising that you only have one body to take care of and love. 🙂

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Hi Veronica, thanks for connecting. You may find my post today useful for your daughters health – /gluten-sensitivity-explained/ Dr. Tom O’Bryan explains that who should think about Gluten? Anyone who is sick! Let me know if I can help. 🙂

  2. Lorelle

    Gluten is a huge problem in the modern world and very difficult to manage with a busy lifestyle, I’ll be following to hear more. I also have fibromyalgia and only take magnesium. Lorelle from UBC

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Hey Lorelle, thanks for connecting. So glad to hear you are taking magnesium! I was really surprised to learn that approximately 85% of the population is magnesium deficient! It has done wonders for me as well.

  3. Elizabeth

    I have such mixed feelings about the food/nutrition conversation. I will definitely be interested in hearing more from you throughout the challenge. I am not sure where things will land, but I know it will always be some interesting place. Have fun blogging!

  4. Bonnie Gean

    I need to slow down and start taking better care of my health. I get sick quite often from the foods I eat, so something tells me plenty of it may be due to gluten.

    How would I know?

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for your honest comment! Most individuals don’t realize that the foods they eat are causing them challenges. What I did when I realized gluten, wheat and grains may be at the core of my health challenges is I committed to 30 days without gluten, wheat and grains. The result was in the first few days I began to see improvements. For almost 6 months I was in 30 day testing mode to see what was working for me. In today’s post I have attempted to share what gluten is and how you might know. /gluten-sensitivity-explained/ Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help.

  5. Jan Kearney

    Good luck with the challenge Wendy, I’m sure you’ll reap the benefits of taking part!

  6. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for your comment! It is remarkable the similarities in our journey. I did try a vegetarian eating strategy a few times in my life and each time it was a disaster for my health! So it is great if you are doing really well on a vegan eating strategy! Today I have found a gluten free, grain free, wheat free Paleo eating strategy is when I am at my best. Looking forward to connecting over the next 30 days.

  7. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Hi Lily-Ann, thanks for your reply. I actually don’t eat any grains, wheat or gluten. I don’t even eat Quinoa as I have a very bad reaction to it. As long as you do ok with the quinoa that is great. Dr. Osborne suggests that much of the quinoa today may be cross contaminated – //www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/is-quinoa-a-safe-gluten-free-food-alternative/ Glad to hear that going gluten free has made a difference for your health!


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