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Hahaha. This Jimmy video is classic.  I probably would have frozen up being put on the spot like that myself.  What is gluten? ” Ya know, proteins in grains…….Ugh.  Dunno.”

It’s been swirling around in my head for a while and I see it quite a bit and this Jimmy Kimmel spot validates a great point.  Are you eating gluten-free without knowing what it is, not having been actually tested or done a successful elimination for a period of time to know it is actually causing your system distress?

It is my belief that the most effective place to start is an elimination diet if you don’t have the means for a proper genetic test. Gluten is one of the elements we remove from our  seasonal elimination diet workshops because it can cause people problems.  During this time if you aren’t to cracked out on bread and other gluttonous delights (trust me I get it!) to cut them out for 7 days (ideally 30 days) you will find out if adding back gluten is a good idea.  Maybe you need to go GF or grain free for a few months to clear up some underlying issues or it may need to be along term lifestyle change. It could also may be the case that  you just need to kick it on the pasta, french bread and cupcakes in general. Bread lover raises hand!

We see this a lot….”But I started feeling so great when I cut gluten out of my diet.”  YES!  People generally do feel great right out of the gate after eliminating gluten because going gluten-free cuts  the pastas, grains, breads, pastries, and nasty processed foods right on out of the equation.

Common symptoms that Gluten is problem.  

  • bloating
  • abdominal discomfort or pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • muscular disturbances
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • severe acne
  • fatigue,
  • and bone or joint pain.

These symptoms are pretty generic but if you have any of these things you totally want to feel better. Who wouldn’t?

Dr. Amy Meyers leader in Functional Medicine wrote an informative little ditty over on Mind Body Green –  10 Signs You Are Gluten Intolerant 


I see it, you see it and we realize this is nothing new.  People jumping from solution to solution fretting what to do?  It’s no fluff when I (or anyone) says that each persons dietary needs are very unique.  Our bodies are a bunch of systems, inside another system, inside another and another  and the reality of that is big. What you need to thrive is not what your best friend, your husband, or what your co workers may need.  Your needs are individual to you.

So what is gluten exactly?

Gluten is a protein found in ALL grain species and literally means glue in latin. The protein found in grains gives dough its stretch, helps it rise, and keep its shape giving food stuffs its delicious chewy texture. It can be found in hair products and cosmetics as well.

Wheat and several other grains such as spelt, rye, barley seems to be the most highlighted of the culprit grains.  However ALL grains have gluten  but each grain has a different rating, with different types of gluten in different concentrations of the protein percentage content.  So, while you may be wheat intolerant because it has the highest percentage of gluten protein you may be able to eat oats and so forth.

To get even more scientific on you:

Gluten is the composite of a gliadin and a glutenin, which is conjoined with starch in the endosperm of various grass-related grains. The prolamin and glutelin from wheat (gliadin, which is alcohol-soluble, and glutenin, which is only soluble in dilute acids or alkalis) constitute about 80% of the protein contained in wheat fruit. Being insoluble in water, they can be purified by washing away the associated starch. Worldwide, gluten is a source of protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein.

The fruit of most flowering plants have endosperms with stored protein to nourish embryonic plants during germination. True gluten, with gliadin and glutenin, is limited to certain members of the grass family. The stored proteins of maize and rice are sometimes called gluten grains, but their proteins differ from true gluten.

I read that 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity according to research finding. That’s 6 times the amount of Americans who  actually have full-blown celiac disease.

If you want to continue reading more scientific data with graphs and all that jazz check out this Celiac, Allergy or Non-Celiac Gluten  Intolerance: What is the Difference?  It’s got some great information.

Those of you that jumped on the gluten-free band wagon without genetic testing or so much as a comprehensive elimination diet you could be missing out on some great grains needlessly. Gluten free cookies are still cookies and gluten free doesn’t automatically equal healthy.  Also, if you are going to be gluten-free…. you might want to be able to explain exactly what gluten is when someone asks.

If  you would like to further educate yourself  on the matter of Gluten Sensitivity Vs. Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Intolerance listen to this a calm cool and collected lecture, which I found super interesting.

Thank you Dr. Peter Osborne – Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition for sharing.











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  • Gema - May 17, 2014 - 11:46 am

    I seem to do better with Sprouted breads. Why is that?ReplyCancel

    • amyb - May 30, 2014 - 10:13 am

      Hi Gemma, There are claims that the sprouting process allows nutrients to be absorbed more effectively and there usually aren’t preservatives or artificial colors/flavors. The whole grains also add a good bit of protein. Maybe your guts just don’t appreciate the milling process of traditional floured breads? I say find what works, what makes you feel awesome and keeping tweaking and adding and subtracting from your list.ReplyCancel

I don’t want it. You don’t want it. Nobody likes the sound of it. Our loved ones and our loved ones loved ones are getting it all around us. Do we know how it works? Why and how we get it? There are many factors and even the healthiest of healthy people can come down with it. Can it be cured? Can it be prevented?  It’s one of those things. Much like a car accident we avoid them the best we can by driving safely, wearing our seatbelt, having a designated driver, airbag deployment, not texting and just plain ole being alert and aware. Sometimes no matter what we do we are predisposed to come down with the big C. The best we can do is do our best to prevent it.

In no particular order I have dug up some karate chopping,  bizzle slapping, cancer ass kicking food stuffs  that we can easily add to our diets.

Also if you are are having a hard time getting your shizz together in the food department and need some support (myself included!)  check out the Winter Reboot. Come on over and join the party.

Garlic – Hello Allyl Sulfur compounds! These hotties  help the body get rid of cancer-causing chemicals and help cause cancer cells to die off naturally, a process called apoptosis. Advocates claim garlic can be used to treat bacterial, yeast, fungal, and parasitic infections and can be used to treat high blood sugar levels.

Probiotics- This is a biggie!  Over 800 different strains of bacteria are known to live in our gut, 400 have been identified and many control the level of microbes and yeasts living in your body. Recent US research concluded microbe infection was a big factor in colorectal cancer. Keep in mind that only taking taking one variety, most commonly acidophilus, is unlikely to be enough. Multi-strain probiotics do exist, each with 7 or 8 different strains. By feeding them the foods they love (whole foods, fibrous foods) their levels will soon multiply….like bunnies.  This is a fun little probiotic factoid page if you want to go a little deeper than this little blurb.

Fermented foods – Fermented foods  are known to help take care of and keep your gut healthy.  The process of lactofermentation  is when natural bacteria have a snack attack on the sugar and starch whipping it into lactic acid . Not only does this magic preserve the food it creates beneficial digestive enzymes, Omega-3 fatty acids, B Vitamins and various strains of probiotics. Hello healthy guts. Cabbage is specifically awesome and should be eaten regularly in any way shape or form. Water Kefir and Kombucha are also beverages that fall under the fermentation catergory.  I love me some kombacha and is always a nice alternitive when wanting the bubbly goodness of a HFC laden soda. 

Lycopene – Oh hey tomatoes! Lycopene is of the carotenoid family and is a pigment that helps give red fruits and vegetables their color. It’s also one hell of free radical-fighting antioxidant. Free radicals are damaging molecules that float around in the body disrupting cells and promoting disease. Take that! Antioxidants, such as lycopene, destroy free radicals so they can’t attach to your cells and wreak havoc on your hard-working immune system.

Caratenoids - Studies show that these little bad boys may indirectly reduce cancer risk by metabolizing into retinol, which regulates cell growth and gene expression and may curb tumor growth. Another possible explanation holds that carotenoids may improve cell communication and enhance immune system function and the body’s ability to suppress abnormally growing cells.
Produce like carrots, spinach and kale are particularly high in carotenoids.

Antioxidants -  It goes something like this.  antioxidants = molecules that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation = a chemical reaction that create free radicals. Free radicals start chain reactions that cause death to a cell.  As JT would say Bye Bye Bye.  Ok that is taking it tooooo far. he best approach to antioxidants is to consume a wide variety of them, not large amounts of just one. They work together synergistically, all performing different roles in your body, like an orchestra performing a symphony. The music falls very short if only one or two instruments are playing.

  • Typical spices high in antioxidants are clove, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cumin, parsley, basil,curry powder, mustard seed, ginger, pepper, chili powder, paprika, garlic, coriander, onion and cardamom. Typical herbs are sage, thyme, marjoram, tarragon, peppermint, oregano, savory, basil and dill weed.
  • Deeply pigmented fruits like cranberries, blueberries, plums, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, figs, cherries, guava, oranges, mango, grape juice and pomegranate juice also have significant ORAC scores.
  • Typical cooked vegetables rich in antioxidants are artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, avocados, beetroot and spinach.
  • Nuts are a moderate source of polyphenol antioxidants. Typical nuts are pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachio, almonds, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts and peanut butter.

Alkaline/Acid BalanceHuman blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ).  Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.  A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, toxic overload, immunodeficiencies, or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by snatching up alkaline minerals. Not enough minerals to compensate? You get an unsavory build up of acids in cells.

An acidic balance will impact the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, energy production in the cells goes down, ability to repair damaged cells goes down and  it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals takes a digger.  Tumor cells thrive in this environment.

The Standard American diet has acid forming written all over it.  Meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing fresh vegetables.  Many people live on acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and guzzle acid producing beverages like soda and coffee.  Also the super acidic are the artificial chemical sweetener frenemies of the modern world, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, NutraSweet or Aspartame, are not only nasty tasting  but also extremely acid forming.

Heathy peeps should shoot for 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Vitamin D - Regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the body and affects many other tissues in the body, including the kidneys, intestines, and parathyroid glands. Vitamin D is found in salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines, as well as in cod liver oil and other fish liver oils. Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks contain small amounts. Most of the milk supply in the United States has vitamin D added to it, as do some breakfast cereals, orange juices, and milk substitutes (such as soy milk). Experts note that vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin, in part because the body can make its own vitamin D if the skin gets enough ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight.

Strong evidence indicates that intake or synthesis of vitamin D is associated with reduced incidence and death rates of colon, breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. More than 1000 laboratory and epidemiological studies have been published concerning the association between vitamin D and its metabolites and cancer. Long-term studies have demonstrated the efficacy of moderate intake of vitamin D in reducing cancer risk and, when administered with calcium, in reducing the incidence of fractures.

Omega 3s - Every cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane composed mainly of fatty acids. The cell membrane allows the proper amounts of necessary nutrients to enter the cell, and ensures that waste products are quickly removed from the cell. In conjunction with Vitamin E, the primary fat-soluble antioxidant, protects omega-3 fats from oxidation.

  • Flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Very good sources of these healthy fats include salmon, sardines, cloves, and grass-fed beef. Good sources of these fats include halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and winter squash.
  • Studies have proven that a relatively small number of omega-3 food sources can have a measurable impact on your blood levels of omega-3s, including those two key omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). For example, two weekly servings of a non-fried, omega-3 containing fish (like wild-caught Pacific salmon) is enough to boost your blood levels of omega-3s.

 Sunscreen – 1.5 ounces, the size of a shot glass all over your bod… every two hours.

Kiwi – Vitamin C, E, lutien, copper… 

  • Kiwifruit has been shown to contain an anti mutagenic component, helping to prevent the mutations of genes that may initiate the cancer process. The presence of glutathione may account for the reduction.
  • Carcinogenic nitrates are formed during the smoking or barbecuing of foods. When nitrates are ingested, a process called nitrosation can occur, in which free radicals are formed that may lead to the formation of gastric or other cancers. Kiwi has been demonstrated to aid in the prevention of nitrosations.
  • In another in vitro test with cultured mammalian-cell lines, kiwifruit extract was found to inhibit melanoma, or skin cancer.
  • The amino acid arginine, present in kiwifruit, is being looked at by cardiologists to improve post angioplasty blood flow and actually prevent the formation (or reformation) of plaque in the arteries.
  • Kiwifruit is ranked as having the fourth highest natural antioxidant potentialónext to the red fruits containing high levels of beta carotene.
  • Lutein, an important phytochemical found in kiwifruit, has been linked to the prevention of prostate and lung cancer.
  • In addition to kiwifruit being recognized by the FDA as an excellent source of dietary fiber, studies indicate that it contains another not-yet-isolated compound that accelerates digestive transit time even faster than dietary fiber alone is important for colorectal cancer prevention. The benefit of this laxative action is to decrease the build-up of cancer-promoting metabolites.
  • Kiwifruit is one of the few fruits that are green at maturity, and chlorophyll is responsible for that color. Several studies have suggested that chlorophyll in, a derivative of chlorophyll, is an inhibitor of liver carcinogenesis.

Reservsatol - Is a potent antioxidant found in a number of plants, including red grape skins, pomegranate, raw cacao, peanuts, and berries like raspberries and mulberries, is known to have a number of beneficial health effects.

  • The compound is produced by plants to increase their survival and resistance to disease during times of stress, such as excessive ultraviolet light, infections and climate changes. When you consume these plants, you can reap similar protection.
  • Resveratrol’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties have been well-established by science, and its benefits are thought to extend to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
  • Besides playing a role in the prevention of cancer, studies have also found that resveratrol can serve important functions in conjunction with conventional cancer therapies, as it acts as a:
    • Chemo-sensitizer—a substance that can help you overcome resistance to chemotherapy drugs
    • Radiation-sensitizer; making cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment

The Allium family of vegetables - onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots, and scallions.

  • Epidemiological studies have found that increased consumption of Allium vegetables is associated with decreased risk of several cancers in oral, esophageal, colorectal, laryngeal, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
  • In scientific studies, organosulfur compounds prevent the development of cancers by detoxifying carcinogens and halting cancer cell growth. These garlic and onion phytochemicals are also anti-angiogenic, which means that they can prevent tumors from obtaining a blood supply to fuel their growth.


There you have it folks.  Clearly not an exhaustive list of things we can be doing but I hope this sheds some light on the topic.

What will you be adding more of to your diet?


Happy eating!





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  •  Powolny A, Singh S. Multitargeted prevention and therapy of cancer by diallyl trisulfide and related Allium vegetable-derived organosulfur compounds. Cancer Lett 2008;269:305-314.
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Oh hey season 6!  I am so not a newbie at this anymore.  Helping people all over the place and loving it! 

One thing I really want to emphasize is that making positive changes to our diet really doesn’t have to be as hard we tend to make it out to be.  Paleo this GF that, low carb, no carb, raw, and the list goes on. What the heck are we supposed to eat??  We are going to eliminate all the stuff that causes distress in our system for a period of time and let our bodies TELL US what it loves and what it does not.

That is where the support comes in. Based on what you are experiencing I can point you in a direction that will empower you to make decisions in the right direction. I am not here to replace your doctor but what I can do is put my schooling as a certified holistic health coach to good use. 

You know the story. We are determined to not give up cheese, coffee, grains, sugar because we love it even though insert ailment here…hives, psoriasis, ibs, constipation… you name it. Time to grow up kids. You feel like crap and you need to make changes. The best news is that just because you shouldn’t eat something right now doesn’t mean you won’t be able to eat it ever again. Maybe it does but you know what…. you will feel so good that you won’t want it.  There was a time when I could not eat a myriad of things because sugar, dairy, and caffeine were triggering and FEEDING AILMENTS that were going on inside my body.  Now that my body has healed ( there is always room for more improvement/healing) I can enjoy things like an occasional slice of pizza, my ultimate weakness. 

You don’t have to be sick to do this you just have to want to crank it up a notch. I have had people of all levels come through and each have found a new level of success and come back for more each season.  I love that. I have regulars! One thing is for certain….. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.  Admittedly… sometimes I am my worst offender.  We know what to do and it’s really hard to do it by ourselves.  I help you because helping you helps me. 



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 So what are people really saying about this…..  

This testimonial is from a gal that I am friends with on facebook. We like each others photos and cheer each other on. I have never met her in person but I am so  so SO proud of her accomplishments in healing. 

Because she is part of a ground breaking new study for neurological disease at John Hopkins I can not release her name at the request of her physicians.  She totally rocked the reboot and then signed up for the school I went to so she could help others with conditions similar to her own. How awesome is that?!

This past spring I was hit with the diagnoses of a neurological disease; one that could leave me blind and paralyzed. I was started on a protocol of steroids and antiviral with a low dose chemo.  I was desperate as I was already noticing and living with some paralysis. Shortly after taking all I was prescribed felt horrible so I started looking at all my health options. I found out through my neurologist that a leading neurological hospital was conducting an all-natural holistic study for my condition. We hurried to get me into the program. 
Once I was weaned off all my meds I was ready to start. After I started my new regimen they suggested that I should do a nutritional cleanse. They had some suggestions for some I should use and they gave me the freedom to choose one on my own. I went with Eat Swell’s Reboot; it just seemed like the way to go for me. I followed all of Amy’s suggestions and recipes; needless to say it worked.
When I started the treatment program I was told it would take 6 months to a year to get me in a state of remission. Just two weeks after completing the Spring Reboot and one month into my treatment I found out my levels were good and I was in remission. I have to stay healthy at all cost as if I get a virus it will throw me out of remission.  Eat Swell’s Reboot doesn’t just cleanse your system it sets you up for healthy habits. I highly recommend her program.  
Thank you Amy for helping me along the way!


I have had several lovely fellow photographers come through the program. We tend to have a lot in common.  We sit on our ass editing photos, many of us have kids, families, and are shooting sessions only to find ourselves needing nourishment directly after a session only to see more drive through windows than we would like.  The wearing of many hats along with the go go go nature of the business many are experiencing adrenal fatigue not that we are 5-10 years in. We travel. We tend to make not so great choices and if we are shooting weddings we really don’t get a choice.  Photographers…you know what I am talking about.


Joining in on the Reboot was an opportunity for just that; a reboot. What I found as the days went by was that my view of food began to change. The included documents in the reboot lay it all out for you so you never have to guess what is next, or what to expect.

I began to truly understand that eating for heath does not mean I can no longer enjoy food. The recipes included in the program were delicious, fresh and inspiring. A few of the recipes I used to build off of with my own ideas.  This process also reaffirmed my suspicion that pastured dairy causes my skin to break out. I’m now enjoying my coconut milk all the more.

Furthermore, since I had given up coffee because of adrenal issues, I always had that dreaded “afternoon slump”, but on the reboot, I noticed I had more energy during the later afternoon and found it easier to pick up an activity like going for a walk or riding my bike.

I’m looking forward to signing up for the next reboot and to the change that it will bring with it; both inside and out.”

- Skye Hardwick




What we are going to do:

  • Eliminate foods that are wreaking havoc on your body, and creating belly bloat
  • Learn which foods fuel you, and ditch the ones that leave you feeling foggy
  • Improve your digestion and started experiencing regular bowel movements
  • Improve your nutrient absorption
  • Ditch the sugar cravings
  • Get rid of those bags under your eyes
  • Discover the tools you need to de-stress in the real world
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Jumpstart your metabolism with superfoods
  • Uplift your mood and increase energy


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Got Questions? I have the answer.


 Not at all! There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there is room for snacks in between. Every meal is delicious and created by a fabulous chef to nourish your body from the inside out. This program is not about starvation or deprivation, and we are not counting calories or dwelling on carbs. You will feel satisfied with every bite. If you do get hungry, there are extra snack recipes included!


Please workout during the program! If you feel tired or have low energy, exercising restores both strength and energy. During this program, you will be eating protein and drinking plenty of liquids, so if you’re already exercising, there’s no reason to stop! It is important to remember that whenever you change the foods you eat your body changes as well. Please consult with your doctor if you have any specific concerns about your health.


 You will have the option for plant or animal-based proteins, which will be listed out for you in your recipes and suggested meals. There are so many “clean eating protein sources” to choose from you won’t get bored with your options!


 No way! While there are some juices and smoothies for you to choose from, you will also be eating salads, soups, and even desserts that are delicious, nutritious, and will eliminate toxins in your body in a safe and natural way.


 Not in this program!! The only supplement I recommend that everyone take on a daily basis is a probiotic, and you’ll learn why in this program. 


 If you are nursing, I suggest that you add at least 4-6 ounces of protein at lunch and dinner, boost your morning smoothie with a scoop of hemp or pea protein, and eat snacks in between meals. Make sure you are consuming extra fat and drinking enough liquids. This program does not include any detox-provoking agents, but again, please consult with your doctor prior to starting this program if you have any health concerns.


You are going to feel so strong and energized it will amaze you! In the beginning, your body may go through a “healing phase” to re-balance and let go of toxicity. It is important to listen to your body through this program, and I will be here to support you with that. I will guide you step by step through exactly what can be done to reduce any unwanted symptoms that may appear. This program is completely flexible for figuring out what works for YOU!


Many people who eat very “clean” already still have room to empty out the pipes with an elimination diet and take their healthy habits to the next level. Changing up the foods we eat gives our digestion time to rest and reset, which can be helpful for anyone regardless of their current eating habits.


Some people go through this program and feel nothing but energized, while others may feel tired or light-headed as their bodies eliminate and let go of unnecessary toxins. The experience will differ from one person to the next, but this program is designed with that in mind, and you’ll have access to all the tools you need to keep any unwanted symptoms at bay.


 While this program is based on eating only whole foods, food is powerful, and  it is still advised that you consult your physician before beginning this or any program. 










Note: It is important to consult your physician before beginning any new eating or exercise program. This is a clean eating program designed to teach you the difference between foods that inflame you and foods that fuel you. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I am not a medical doctor, dietician, or nutritionist. I do not hold a degree in medicine, dietetics, or nutrition. I make no claim to any specialized medical training, nor do I dispense medical advice or prescriptions. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. It is intended to be provided for informational, educational, and self-empowerment purposes ONLY. Please consult with your doctor or wellness team if you have questions regarding this whole foods program, and then make your own well-informed decisions based upon what is best for your unique genetics, culture, conditions, and stage of life.

All materials are copyrighted and remain the property of their respective owners. Materials made available to the private group forums, by email, or any other means, may not be distributed in any fashion, print or electronic, without the expressed, written permission of the respective owner.  Copyright ©2014 AMY BORING | EATSWELL.COM  All rights reserved.

 All contents are based on my personal knowledge, opinions, and experience as a holistic health coach. Please consult a medical advisor regarding medications or medical advice. 

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  • Pam Godfrey - September 17, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    I have skin issues constantly (mostly hormonal acne) I recently did an acne bootcamp @ a skin clinic & it helped. Also, I had a constant rattle in my chest, cough on & off & experience belly bloat & LOW energy levels. I’m thinking of doing the reboot as these problems seem to be liver & lung related :)
    Do you think the program is for me?ReplyCancel

    • amyb - September 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

      Hello Pam,

      Absolutely. I really think this protocol is for everyone that experiences any sort ailment because it is gut healing specific, flexible and meets you right where you are. As you may have read disturbances in our system start in the gut and the closer we get to getting it in balance all of the other organs get in line and function at higher levels.

      Thanks for your question and I hope to see you in the Reboot.


How can you not revere Robin Williams for his earthly contributions, his quick ridiculous wit, endless celebrity impressions, his selflessness, and that certain sweetness he carried with him? His wild, and often manic zany nature sometimes made me feel a little uncomfortable and while funny I quite enjoyed his quieter more dramatic roles. I think it is safe to say that Robin was quite special. Energetic, charismatic and hilariously funny to many but he was not quiet about his demons.  He was quite vocal actually and the undertones and sometimes very blatant overtones showed up in his comedic as well as his dramatic roles.  His filter was thinly veiled.  I respect him for that. He did not hide. He was unabashedly authentic. My thoughts go out to all that loved and knew him in real life and may you find peace and strength in each other.

He was loved and so are you. 


A while ago I myself uttered the words,  “Now I understand why people resort to killing themselves.”   I said it.  Those words came out of my mouth followed with, “Don’t worry I am not going to off myself.”   Recognizing how serious these words were.  Immediately I thought whoa…. I am really fucking sad…because I was not looking for drama or sympathy.  I was speaking my truth in that moment.  There I was telling people I am super duper sad and  nothing seems to be shaking it. Go to yoga they say.  So I did. Go to the gym they say…so i did.  It’s no joke.   I have not been diagnosed with depression or anything like that but it was a realization that things can be that bad for people and I was too close to that edge for comfort. I knew that I was a little if not moderately messed up and in that knowing I wanted to remain smart about gaging it even in the midst the circles I was running in my head. and by IT I mean the things that are continuously hurtled at us, snatched from our hands and just out of reach. Continuously. Relentlessly. Piled one on top of the next.   I had come to know the depth of that feeling like I never had before. What would I do if these feelings got worse or more persistent?  Nope.  Not happening.  Thoughts quickly turned to get me out of this gross place.   I don’t belong here.  Yet there I stood with stuck feet in a vat of numb unrecognizable mush. What do I need to do?  What do I need to stop doing? 

When this sneaky little b*tch shows up,  and and pitches a fucking tent it becomes harder and harder to find peace, joy and comfort in your own skin no matter how badly you want it. It compounds on itself.  There are times that we must fight our way out of it and often need to let go of things we thought were good for us that are actually very very bad and sometimes things are just taken from us.  It could be a million different scenarios as all of our realities play out differently. Divorce, death in the family, miscarriage, job loss, debt, illness, infertility, postpartum,  perhaps it turns turns that your partner is a professional asshole, or you have just succumbed to the the fact that coffee and dairy are no longer welcome in your wellness protocol.  All causes for major anxiety and depression.

At times we are forged by fire to trust our gut intuition and take zero bullshit from anyone. At other times we are made to surrender.  We should always ALWAYS examine our feelings and thoughts to see how we feel in our bodies. Does it fuel? Does it inflame?   Can we do anything about it right now? With angels come demons and how charming, convincing and deceptive their fiction can be on our psyche. We must trust that we are making adjustments and taking action that will lead us down a better path.  A brighter healthier path.

If you find yourself anywhere near this place take the time to examine what has taken root in your world,  take out the trash, pull some weeds and do everything possible along the way to nourish your body mind and spirit.  Not sure  what  to do to rearrange the behaviors and thought patterns that cloud your every thought?  Get in touch with someone you trust and tell them that you NEED help. On the flip side of that listen to those you love that are trying to tell you maybe in not so many words, that they are really fucking sad.  

This song has been in my head for the last couple of days.  Seems to make sense somehow.  


Always be truthful and kind and treat yourself sweetly, 

xo, amy


If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near as it were your own?It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
Perhaps they’re better left unsung.
I don’t know, don’t really care
Let there be songs to fill the air.Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full may it be again,
Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.

There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.

Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow.

You, who choose to lead, must follow
But if you fall you fall alone.
If you should stand then who’s to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.

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amy boring - southern california food photographer - holistic health coach - bee pollen
Bee Pollen! What’s the big deal? It is such an easy and affordable thing to add to your daily regimen. There are several reasons to love this stuff.

Bee pollen is made up of 40% protein and is considered natures most complete nourishing foods that contain all nutrients required by humans. Half of it’s protein consists of free amino acids and is ready as is to be used by the body. This alone can contribute a great deal to the body’s protein needs. Wheat germ and brewer’s yeast pale in comparison to bee pollen’s rejuvenation capabilities and get this….Pollens gathered by these busy little bees are rich in proteins, B-complex vitamins, free amino acids and folic acid.

ONE BEE  works 8 hours a day for a whole month to gather a TEASPOON of granules.  

Pee Pollen benefits include:

  • Allergy Relief
  • Anti Inflamatory 
  • Energy Booster
  • Skin Irritation Relief
  • Respiratory
  • Immunity Boost
  • Cuts Cravings 
  • Addiction Relief 
  • Cardiovascular  Support
  • Infertility Problems



Seriously though WHO KNEW?

Bee pollen has been shown to be  very effective in correcting chemical imbalances in metabolism and stimulating the metabolic process for normalization, stabilization and loss of excess weight. It amps up caloric burn and is low in calories at 90 calories per ounce, about 2 heaping tablespoons. Personally, I have never used more than a tablespoon at once. Bee pollen helps eliminate cravings with it’s phenylalanine content. Phenylalanine is what weight loss pill manufacturers replicate in chemical form. However, your body can’t read the manufactured chemical the way the real thing can.  The manmade chemical just straight up kills your appetite whether you are thin, fat, or just right with the added bonus of jitters. You know, the stuff that put Kelly Taylor on bathroom floor on Beverly Hills 90210.  Diet pills and quick fixes are bad news.  Don’t do it.  Bee pollen is smart.  Nature is legit and being more in tune with nature has benefits across the board.   

HOW MUCH?  Allergy prevention is one teaspoon per day. Gradually increase your dose to one tablespoon. Five whopping grams of protein are present and is such a nice addition if you already have some protein going on in your meal…. nuts, seeds, avocado…. Since your pollen is really a type of food and there are some fats in it. It is important to keep it refrigerated.  Anyone that asks you where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat…. bee pollen is the highest source of animal protein by volume.   


“Bee pollen is a food and acts faster and more effectively when taken at mealtime and especially with fruit, which lets it gently, perform a little cleansing of the intestinal flora.”- Food Matters  


  • Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women and should not be used during breastfeeding
  • Before taking a full dose of pollen it is very important to test for a possible extreme allergic reaction by ingesting just one pellet. Gradually build up over a week or so to the correct dose. If you are allergic to honey I would not recommend going there.

Here is  a tasty smoothie for you….

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