About Me

gaps diet story journeyHi friends:) 

A few years ago I began a journey to heal my body and mind through a whole foods diet.

As I talked to many of you about the various digestive problems, food allergies, skin issues, and other medical concerns that you were struggling with, I shared in your pain, discomfort, embarrassment, and fear that often accompany these kinds of medical conditions, and wished I could do something more than share a few thoughts now and then!

I began this blog about a year after I began the GAPS diet as a way to share my journey, my own recipes, and some helpful tips that I hoped would also help others find lifelong healing through whole foods and a whole hearted attitude.

Since then, the title of my blog "Everyday Wholehearted" has taken on new meaning. At first it was simply inspired by one of my favorite authors and researchers, Brene Brown, whose books on how to live wholeheartedly helped me be brave and take on difficult changes needed to bring physical healing.  But my life soon took me on another journey--a journey that not only required physical healing, but emotional and spiritual as well. After year and a half of being married, I went through an unexpected and heart-wrenching divorce--losing my husband, my job, and my housing all in just a couple weeks. I was alone and scared and had no idea where to go or what to do. But I gritted my teeth and faced an uncertain future, wanting to be someone who Brene Brown could call "wholehearted." I wanted it to be me that she addressed in the beginning of her book Rising Strong, when she wrote, "To the brave and brokenhearted who have taught us how to rise after a fall. Your courage is contagious." And so that comes back to this blog. This blog became a way to rise, to heal, and to share my story.

With time, the healing has been incredible, the inner-strength unbelievable. And the more I have let others see who I truly am, the more I have owned my story and shared it with others, the greater the healing and connection I've felt. Wrestling with vulnerability and shame every day is not easy. Trying to be brave and let myself be me is always a little scary. But I've found that I can do it! We can do it! And it feels AWESOME!! haha

So here I share my journey to health. The recipes. The words. The lifestyle. The little daily things that have brought healing and strength to both my body, mind, and spirit.

It's not always an easy journey. But it's a beautiful one. And the most rewarding journey of all.

I wish I had a chance to meet and talk to all of you as well! I want to hear your stories, your challenges, your overcomings, your strength. If you get a chance, comment or message me! I would love to hear your stories and share in this journey with you:)

Until then, keep smiling. Keep rising. And keep moving. It only gets better from here!

Lots of love,
Amy

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    4 Responses to “About Me

    • Taylor Brown
      1 year ago

      Hey Amy,
      My name is Taylor Brown and my story sounds somewhat similar to yours as far as diet goes. I’ve tried pretty much every diet out there and have been gluten free for about six years now. I also did collegiate track and was a high jumper :) but I came across the GAPS diet and thought that was probably the key to my success as I’ve been told I have leaky gut, but also have Hashimoto’s and struggle with fatigue and feeling chronically bloated. I’ve done the candida cleanse a few times throughout the years and have had luck with that, but don’t think I ever reintroduced foods the way I should’ve. Did you do a cleanse of any sort before doing GAPS? I’ve now been on the GAPS intro stages for about 3 weeks and don’t feel like I’m progressing like I should be and am wondering if candida overgrowth could be keeping me from progressing?
      Thanks so much for you help! Thanks for your blog!
      Taylor

      • amoffat
        1 year ago

        Hi Taylor! Sorry for taking a while to respond–it’s been super busy I haven’t had a chance to respond to comments. But thanks for reaching out! I can totally relate to the struggle in trying to figure out how to heal your body. Personally I didn’t do any cleanses before starting GAPS, as it’s purpose is to also help cleanse and detox the body of harmful yeast and bacteria overgrowths. I also had a candida overgrowth, but with GAPS it did take care of it, although it took some time. If you have really stubborn Candida Overgrowth this is what Dr Natasha says might help: “There are many good natural remedies on the market, such as oregano, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, garlic and herbal mixes to bring candida down a bit… Another measure is alkalizing: candida thrives in acid environment and hates alkaline environment. The most effective and inexpensive remedy is pure bicarbonate of soda…” You can read more about how to use these on her FAQ PDF on the gapsdiet.com website. In the PDF just search for the word “Candida” and there is a lot of info on that. Also, know that it does take time to heal the gut. It takes a while for good bacteria to regrow and the gut lining to heal. The GAPS diet is a 18 month-2 year commitment, but it is so worth it. It’s your healthy and quality of life you want back!! Thanks again for reaching out–feel free to reply to this comment or message me with more questions! I will be better about responding faster haha

    • Kathleen Hanson
      1 year ago

      Hi Amy
      Wow! your blog looks amazing, very impressive and so full of great information. I attended your class at Redmond Heritage Farms on bone broth. I am excited to be using your recipes.

      I just wanted to ask a follow up question from your class. I’m a little confused about how much Great Lakes Collagen Gelatin I should add to my bone broth. I also made the Butternut Squash soup and didn’t add any gelatin because I didn’t know how much to add or when to add it. I bought the Hydrolysate Collagen as well but I am not sure how to use this in my recipes either. Do you just add these to individual portions? I was hoping I could add it to the entire recipe all lat once but the labels don’t have any information about that.

      If you could help me out with a little more information, I would really appreciate it.
      Thanks so much
      Kathleen

      • Hi Kathleen! Sorry for the delayed response! I don’t check my blog comments as much as I should now-a-days;) But I’m so happy you enjoyed the class! Adding gelatin to bone broth is not necessary to get the “gel”-ed texture. The skin, joints, and other connective tissues is actual the gelatin in it’s natural state, and as the broth cools, the water will gel up to create a “gel”-ed texture. Powdered gelatin is actually just the connective tissues (skin, joints, etc.) from animals that has been dried and powdered for ease of use. Does that makes sense? Did I answer your question?

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