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    Guest Blogger Caryn Carruthers Shares Her Journey to Clean Eating

    Guest Blogger Caryn Carruthers Shares Her Journey to Clean Eating

    We are so excited to introduce our next guest blogger, Caryn Carruthers, Photographer and Creative behind the food blog tasty 'n' free. She shares with us what led her to changing her eating habits and how it's inspired a new creativity within her! Here's her story....

     Five years ago I officially learned about my wheat allergy. It took me a long time to get up the nerve to take the allergy test and find out – I was avoiding it because I didn’t want my beloved cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies to officially be off the table. But I had been noticing for a number of years that wheat, refined carbs and sugar were causing skin issues for me, and I needed to know what I was dealing with. So I took the allergy test and the results were as I suspected. Wheat allergy. Great. Now what?


    My journey started with a lot of research because I wanted to know what foods I would never be able to eat again. Was I really never going to eat another baked good? I spent a lot of time reading anti-inflammatory and yeast free cookbooks because principals in these methods had proven successful with healing the gut. I started noticing trends in these “clean eating” methods – whole foods, low carb, unprocessed, home cooking, lots of fresh vegetables, low sugar, naturally sweetened, and dairy free – doable, but a big change from what I had currently been eating.

    Clean eating made sense to me and I was willing to do it, but it was important to me that I didn’t feel deprived. I took on healing AND enjoying what I was eating as a fun challenge. I made long grocery lists and spent hours at the grocery store looking through products and reading labels. I experimented with new ingredients and tried out tons of recipes. The failures were many, but the successes made it all worth it. I was healing, learning and even getting to enjoy a few baked goods! I found that every time I read a label that left me disappointed, my creativity would flourish to find a food hack that would satisfy a craving. I substituted, brainstormed and the result was often creatively and physically fulfilling. With time I created a way of eating and a lifestyle that worked for me. In reflection, a lot of what I have accomplished during my years of clean eating is redefining for myself what tastes good. I now prefer fresh, real food to processed food.

    The reality remains that pretty much every treat that stays within my dietary guidelines has to be made at home. There aren’t many companies making products I can buy, and eating out while avoiding trigger foods is nearly impossible. Over the years I have found a few products made by companies who adhere to my same eating principals. When I find products made by these companies I feel like someone has hand wrapped the perfect birthday present just for me. Guiltless Goodies is one of the few companies out there making treats for clean eaters. My reaction to finding their products was nothing short of elation, not only could I eat a baked good, I didn’t have to make it!

    I have included some creative inspiration for how to eat clean and indulge with your Guiltless Goodies products. You’ll see pictured:

    a Cake Donut breakfast sandwich with spinach and egg,


    a blueberry smoothie bowl with a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Donut,


    a Cake Donut dressed up with whipped pumpkin and topped with pumpkin seeds,


    a Coconut Cookie Thin ice cream sandwich with dairy free ice cream

    Eating clean doesn’t just have to be about the sacrifice. Get creative and find ways to indulge that leave you feeling good.

     

    We are so happy that Caryn came to the bakery and became a new customer and friend. Make sure you check out her website and browse through her incredible recipes!

    Guest Zoe Palmer Talks Type 1 Diabetes + Guiltless Goodies

    Guest Zoe Palmer Talks Type 1 Diabetes + Guiltless Goodies

    Ok Guiltless Fam,

    We have a new guest blogger and her story is one of positivity and inspiration. Zoe Palmer tells us about living with Type 1 Diabetes and how our products have become a staple in her diet. If you're unfamiliar with Type 1 Diabetes we've included some visuals we pulled off the web that help explain how it can affect the body.

     

    We hope you enjoy hearing her story! Be sure to check her out on Instagram and give her a follow!

     

    Hi y’all!

    My name is Zoe Palmer - also known as @zoeepalmerr on Instagram, and I am writing to share my love and appreciation for Guiltless Goodies!

    My journey with Guiltless Goodies all started back in April of 2018. I was just a little over a month of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the late age of 20 years old, almost 21. I had honestly been struggling with trying to find a breakfast that was not only good for me and my blood sugars, but that was tasty enough for my cravings! I was a HUGE dessert person before my diagnosis in March of 2018. I thought I would never be able to enjoy anything sweet again without the risk of having my sugars go high UNTIL, I found Guiltless Goodies!!

    Their products have been a life changer and life saver for me. And that’s not even saying enough. I eat their donuts every single morning for breakfast and have their other treats for a light snack to hold me over until my next meal. Their products have worked so well for me, that I don’t even have to take insulin for them. That is a huge success for me. When I don’t have to take insulin for something I am going to eat, it just feels like a really big accomplishment. After I was diagnosed with diabetes I was eating frozen waffles that were lower in carbs and had zero flavor.. I mean zero... I was having to take insulin for these and my sugars were still going high. Even if I carb counted right, I was still feeling bad.

    For those of you that don’t know, when your blood sugar goes high you get very lethargic and you get very testy. And who wants to feel that way? I can 100% say, I have never had a high blood sugar after eating Guiltless Goodies. All while not even taking insulin for them!!! Eating their products have really changed my mornings, days, and all around life. After eating my breakfast I feel satisfied, good, and awake! When your blood sugars are in range, so is your mood.

    Fast forward a couple months later and I was finding out my kidneys had been damaged from being undiagnosed with diabetes for so long. I have really been trying to watch my sodium intake because that can help some with keeping the damage under control. I had already been eating Guiltless for awhile and when I was broken the news about my kidneys I started looking at the sodium in everything I was eating. I can’t even explain to y’all the amount of happiness that went through me when I learned that the sodium in Guiltless products are low. I was not ready to give up the donuts, and honestly don’t think I ever will be.

    Lindsey and Daniel have created treats that fit well with a lot of lifestyles. And just to make me love them even more, they CARE about how their products affect your body. Being a diabetic that is super important to me, and that’s a big win in my book. What I am getting at is, if you don’t have Guiltless in your life by now, you are truly missing out! I have even gotten my family, friends, and boyfriend hooked on these sweet treats. And my boyfriend doesn’t have a sweet tooth in his body. Since being diabetic I have really started to pay attention to what I am putting in my body and I am so happy that I found Guiltless Goodies. I would be lost and grumpy without them.

    We are so thankful Zoe shared her experience with us. Above is a photo she sent us of her insulin levels after eating our donuts. She was delighted that her levels hadn't spiked and that she didn't have to take insulin! Simply Amazing! Congrats, Zoe!