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BYL Team Update and Recycling Article

We wish a fond farewell and best wishes to Katy from our BYL team
Special Event: Sandwich Day with Julie Morrison on Tuesday, April 12
Feature Article: How to Be Greener in 2016: Recycle
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Giveaway Winner and Paleo Cake


 
Big Giveaway: BYL Gluten Free Gift Basket Giveaway Winner Announced
Special Event: Living Your Happiest Healthiest Life Workshop
Juice Bar Friday with Nicole Fey
Outside the Breadbox update
From the Bakery: Paleo Cake
New in the Market: Honeyville Almond Flour

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp Thank you to everyone who follows Benefit Your Life on social media! We want to spread the word about our amazing gluten free baked goods. We ran a Rafflecopter giveaway on social media, and the winner of our big gluten free BYL gift basket is Kori H. Congratulations, Kori! Special Event - The Mind Body Experience of Autoimmune Disease Stacey Robbins, author of “You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone”, will be at Blue Ridge Yoga on March 12 to teach Living Your Happiest Healthiest Life workshop. Join Stacey Robbins (CHC, RYT200) Author, Speaker, and Integrated Wellness Coach for an unforgettable afternoon of amazing stories, laughter, and soul truths. Stacey shares from the heart and from 20 years experience of using the circumstances she faces with an autoimmune condition to get back in touch with her voice, her health, her peace and her happiness. You will leave feeling so inspired and empowered to live more freely and peacefully in who you are, so that you can live your happiest, healthiest life — no matter what. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/482692208596486/ or http://staceyrobbins.com/knoxville-tn-march-12-14/

Juice Bar with Nicole Fey on Fridays, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Nicole Fey is joining us to provide a juice bar during lunch at the bakery.  Come by, pull up a barstool and chat while Nicole prepares a made-to-order fresh, organic juice. Nicole will also be available to answer questions and sign her book!

Outside the Breadbox Outside the Breadbox is the BEST gluten free sandwich bread we have tried. Our customers love it! Our freezer is stocked with Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread. If you haven’t tried this bread, ask us for a sample. You will likely leave with a loaf - it’s that good! If you would like to pick up fresh bread, check with the bakery on Friday after 2:00pm. We’ve worked very hard to keep prices the same. Our shipping costs increased last November and that has forced us to raise our prices on Outside the Breadbox items. We are placing a big order so you can stock up prior to the price increase on March 18. Thank you for shopping with us! From the Bakery Did you know we make custom paleo cakes? Here’s what our customers had to say: “I want to thank you so very much for all you and the Benefit Your Life team did to make a special cake for me. I have to tell you it turned out beautifully and really topped an already amazing birthday! It is THE most delicious cake I've had since going grain free/Paleo.  I know only a snippet of how much time, effort, creativity, experimentation, and endurance it must have taken to make this cake. I truly appreciate the special attention to detail you and the bakers put into making it truly Paleo. That is no small feat developing a recipe that not only meets those dietary requirements but tastes so delightful! As it turned out, the vanilla cake with a layer of strawberry jam and vanilla frosting and another layer of apricot jam all iced in chocolate frosting was utterly wonderful. It was reminiscent of a lovely tea cake, like something you'd find at Downton Abbey, and I felt all posh getting to delight in such a treat!!! I feel incredibly honored by all that everyone contributed to making it happen. Especially considering that your team managed to do all of this even in the midst of snowy weather that added another level of difficulty to the task. We’re so lucky to have such a great group of caring and creative people who go out of their way to provide gluten and grain free options with such heart!” “It tastes as awesome as it looks!”
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What’s New in the Market

Honeyville Almond Flour - We stock Honeyville super fine grind almond flour in 3lb. and 5lb. bags. A super fine grind almond flour is a must for your gluten free and paleo baked goods!

Cruze Farm Buttermilk - We use Cruze Farm buttermilk in our BYL buttermilk biscuits, and we stock this delicious, local farm product in our market cooler for our customers to purchase.

Benton’s Bacon - Benton’s bacon is back in stock in our market freezer.

West Wind Farm Eggs - We stock these local farm chicken eggs for purchase. These eggs are large/extra-large, soy-free, from free-ranged/cage-free hens, non-GMO, pesticide/chemical-free, arsenic-free and non-irradiated. Come by and check our market cooler.
Where to Find Our Products
 
Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies Awaken Coffee - Scones (sweet and savory), Mini Pumpkin Bundts and Oatmeal Cream Pies
 
If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!
 
BYL Mission Change lives! We shall try our very best every day to change lives for the better through greeting with a smile, offering help and advice, offering encouragement, supporting our local community and helping people to eat delicious, high quality food and to create a more simple natural life.



Our first BYL video! 😃

We show you a sneak peak into our bakery and our partnership with Awaken Coffee in The Old City. You really need to check out their amazing coffee shop! Be sure to Like and Share our video and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Be on the look out for more videos in near future. 
We just released our first BYL video!
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Awaken Coffee, February Special Events and BYL Biscuit Recipe


 
New Partner: Awaken Coffee
Facebook goal and giveaway - We made it! Giveaway coming soon! Special Event: We have four special gluten free events in February! Outside the Breadbox update Featured bakery product: BYL Cupcakes New in the Market: Farm Eggs (including duck eggs), Sami’s Closeout and 75% off sale People of BYL: Piotr Ulmer, MSPT, Certified Gluten Practitioner Feature story: What is Gluten? Recipe: BYL Gluten Free Hawaiian Pizza Biscuit

New Partner: Awaken Coffee

We are so excited to announce a new partner in Knoxville, TN. We have partnered with Awaken Coffee in The Old City! We will be dropping off a fresh baked gluten free delivery to Awaken Coffee every Thursday morning. Right now, Awaken Coffee will carry our scones, mini pumpkin bundts and oatmeal cream pies. Be sure to stop by and grab a coffee, check out their amazing space and show them how much you love BYL baked goods!

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Awaken Coffee in The Old City

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp
Please go like, follow and review Benefit Your Life on social media! We want to spread the word about our amazing gluten free baked goods. Thanks to you, we have reached our Facebook goal of 3,000 likes, which means we are gearing up for a fun giveaway!

Special Event - Juice Bar with Nicole Fey on Friday, February 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Nicole Fey is joining us to provide a juice bar during lunch at the bakery.  Come by and watch a juicing demonstration and enjoy a made-to-order fresh, organic juice. Nicole’s recent talk at the bakery was really informative, and the juice drink was delicious! This is your chance to try a juice and meet Nicole if you missed the class. Nicole will also be available to answer questions and sign her new book!

Special Event - Detox with Emily Kopek, PA-C on Monday, February 22, 12:00 - 1:15pm
Emily Kopek, PA-C is joining us to discuss how to live a lifestyle of detoxification the whole year round and the role nutrition, gut health and environmental toxins play in detox. Call the bakery from more details about the class. You can read more about Emily in the People of BYL feature in this week’s newsletter.

Special Event - Gluten 101 - Ins & Outs of Going Gluten-Free at CTS Physical Therapy, Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 - 7:00pm
CTS Physical Therapy is hosting a free lecture by Piotr Ulmer, MSPT, Certified Gluten Practitioner. The event will include research about how a gluten-free diet can help your mind and body, how to change to a gluten-free lifestyle, and how to make simple and less expensive recipes. Benefit Your Life is really excited to be a sponsor for this event!

Special Event - Pizza Day with Julie Morrison on Saturday, February 27, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Do you miss pizza since going gluten free? Julie Morrison is joining us to feature her yummy gluten and grain free pizza crust from her Survive & Thrive Gluten Free Cookbook. We’ll have crusts ready in the bakery so you can come by and pick your toppings. We’ll bake an individual size pizza for you to enjoy. Julie will also be available to answer questions and sign her cookbook!

Outside the Breadbox

Outside the Breadbox is the BEST gluten free sandwich bread we have tried. Our customers love it! The snow cleared out in Colorado so the Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread is back in stock. If you haven’t tried this bread, ask us for a sample. You will likely leave with a loaf - it’s that good! If you would like to pick up fresh bread, check with the bakery on Friday after 2:00pm.

What’s New in the Bakery

BYL bakes a delicious assortment of cupcakes for our bakery case and for special orders and parties. Unless the cupcake has a buttercream or cream cheese frosting, all cupcakes are dairy free. Our cupcakes with chocolate cake are an excellent choice for an egg free or vegan option. Come check out our cupcakes today or place an order for a special event.
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What’s New in the Market

Circle V Farm Duck Eggs - For a limited time, we are pleased to offer our customers local farm duck eggs for purchase. Have you tried duck eggs? Duck eggs are really great for baking. Come by and check our market cooler.

West Wind Farm Eggs - We are pleased to offer our customers local farm chicken eggs for purchase. These eggs are large/extra-large, soy-free, from free-ranged/cage-free hens, non-GMO, pesticide/chemical-free, arsenic-free and non-irradiated. Come by and check our market cooler.

Sami’s Bakery closeout - We are closing out Sami’s Bakery products. Please ask in the bakery for these items while supplies last. We still have Millet & Flax Bagels, Sourdough Bagels, and Millet & Flax plain chips.

75% OFF sale - This is the last week to find these closeout items. Check out our display near the checkout for 75% off closeout items. Now is a great chance to pick out any special products, mixes or flours to add to your gluten free pantry. Get them while supplies last.


People of BYL
Meet Piotr Ulmer, MSPT, Certified Gluten Practitioner! Piotr is a physical therapist specializing in treating patients with chronic pain accompanied with a complicating diagnosis via manual therapy. In the interview below, Peter describes his health story and how that has played a huge role in his career and helping his patients experience better health.

What’s your health story? Are you celiac?

In 1995, I had been practicing as a Physical Therapist for four years. It was the third year after moving from Poland to the USA and two months after my relocation from Detroit to Clarksville, TN. I started having severe low back pain and was not able to sit down for about five months. I had a CT scan, and it revealed L5 old fracture. I did not know where it came from. At the time I was working for four orthopedic surgeons, and they didn't know what to do with my problem, except surgery. However, the youngest of them Dr. McLaughlin, talked me out of surgery. I will be thankful to him for the rest of my life. I was also working hand in hand with four other Physical Therapists and one of them fitted me for a brace, which helped me to cope with my daily routine but did not solve the problem. I was working while standing, making notes and other paperwork kneeling at my desk, then coming home and eating dinner on the floor, laying down on my stomach, for I could not stand nor kneel any longer.

Ever since my PT college, I was fond of Manual Therapy, knew some basics of it and sensed great potential in it. I already knew manual therapy practitioners who I met during continuing education classes in 1994. I went to get treated, first to Florida (my wife driving, with me laying in the car). It helped, and I came back half-sitting. Next I was treated by a friend in Nashville. Then I flew to Connecticut and had a number of treatments there. It turned out I needed many hours of treatment, for my gut, my liver, my heart needed to be treated before my spine could truly improve.

As I was improving, I was learning from my own body, and I also started again taking classes teaching Manual Therapy. I was finally able to sit down but far from being fully functional. A few years passed, and I continued being treated. I continued treating patients with Manual Therapy. In 2000, I learned about sugar related problems, and I went off sugar. In 2004, I learned about gluten being pro inflammatory, and so I went off gluten. After the first three months, my vision, memory and focus improved. Gradually, I was noticing more mobility throughout my body, but after three years I lost swelling in my abdomen (started having flat tummy!) Finally my functionality was so good, I started again playing soccer, ice skating and was able to lift and carry my kids.

How did you find BYL?

I was introduced to BYL by a friend I worked with, years ago. It was such great news because there were not many options for gluten free living then. Before BYL, we felt alienated telling people about gluten and not knowing about much support at all in the surrounding world.

You offer several free gluten free seminars per year. Tell us about being a certified gluten free practitioner and how that has played a role in helping your patients.

Becoming a Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP) gave me knowledge about leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, and conviction about Hippocrates (considered father of modern medicine) being right: "All disease begins in the gut". So many complaints (like low back pain) that are treated in PT offices these days are linked to the colon, liver or other vital organ ailments. These problems are difficult (at times impossible) to treat without first addressing underlying reasons for their development.

Becoming a CGP gave me the ability to spread the truth about gluten in the form of "Gluten Free Seminars", which we offer twice per year. The seminars are free, community evening lectures where we present research about gluten and the "nuts and bolts" of leaky gut. We also share our stories and "tricks" for shopping, holiday baking, etc.

If you could recommend the top three diet and/or lifestyle habits to change to address body aches and pains, what would they be?

I recommend prayer and fasting as an anti-inflammatory "tool". There is SO much more than this, but just in our daily PT world of symptoms, it becomes excellent help, and is SIDE EFFECT FREE. People who have not fasted for a while need to get into it gradually.

I do recommend other anti-inflammatory steps like going off processed sugars. Readers can the "sugar handout" on our website:
ctsphysicaltherapy.com in the tab "resources". We list good and bad sugars there. We've been using this handout in our clinic for about 14 years and never had problems or complaints about it.

I also recommend daily physical activity as an anti-inflammatory agent. Using our muscles (as God designed it) burns toxicity, forces more O2 into our body systems (which is alkalinizing/neutralizing pro-inflammatory acidity) unloads a lot of pressure from liver and other organs handling toxicity.

From my personal and 25 years professional experience and observation, going 100% off gluten and off processed sugars is more effective in getting inflammation under control than any anti-inflammatory medications. Research shows that chronic inflammation is found to be a direct reason for heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer and other painful and disabling conditions.

How can our readers connect with you?

CtS Physical Therapy

865.777.2000 (office)

Email:
info@ctsphysicaltherapy.com

Website:
CtSPhysicalTherapy.com

I will be happy to answer questions, should anybody ask.

This newsletter section was created in hopes of helping others on their health journey. If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please contact us.
As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider.  None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.


Feature Story

This section of the newsletter is provided to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc.

What is Gluten?
By: Kelly Barger

Today’s article is going to be simple and take us all back to the basics.
I saw a 2014 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live where a camera crew asked Los Angeles gluten free pedestrians, “What is gluten?” The responses were hilarious. It is no wonder gluten free is considered a fad by so many. I get asked this same question quite frequently by my friends. Here you go. If you ever get stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s crew on the sidewalk, you can thank me.
Gluten (pronounced ɡlo͞otn) is a mix of two proteins (gliadin and glutelin) found in grains that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. If you have baked with both wheat and gluten free flours, you understand exactly what this means. It is the gluten that helps baked goods maintain their shape, acting like a glue that holds food together. 

Grains containing gluten include all varieties of wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, faro, einkorn and KAMUT® khorasan wheat), triticale, rye and barley. Remember that wheat free products are not necessarily gluten free as they may contain one of the other gluten containing grains. Gluten can be found in many products including baked goods, breads, pastas, cereals flour mixes, sauces, seasonings, salad dressings, soups, beer and many more. Gluten can also be found in products due to cross contamination. One common example is oats. If you are celiac or gluten intolerant, always eat certified gluten free oats.

When you review a label for gluten, check for any of the gluten containing grains in the ingredient list and the allergen statement. You should exercise caution with any packaged product unless the ingredients are ALL clearly labeled or the package is specifically labeled as gluten free. For example, natural flavorings could contain a gluten containing component if the product is not labeled as being gluten free. For someone with celiac disease or who is gluten intolerant, label reading is a must. Do not be afraid to ask questions of the manufacturer to ensure you are eating a gluten free product. In addition to food products, vitamins and supplements, beauty products, toothpaste, lipsticks and other makeup and many more non-food products may contain gluten in their ingredient lists.

Next time, we’ll discuss more about foods you can and cannot eat on a gluten free diet.

Sources: Jimmy Kimmel Video (watch for a good laugh)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJFE1sp4Fw

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Recipe
This section of the newsletter is used to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Have a favorite gluten free recipe to share? Contact us to have your recipe featured in our newsletter.

This is the first of a recipe series sharing some unbelievably delicious meals you can make with frozen BYL biscuits.

BYL Gluten Free Hawaiian Pizza Biscuit

Ingredients:

Frozen BYL Gluten Free Biscuits Gluten Free Pizza Sauce Canadian Bacon (we used Jones uncured Canadian bacon from Costco) Fresh Pineapple - cubed Shredded Cheese (we used mozzarella)

Instructions:
Bake BYL gluten free biscuits according to baking instructions. Remove from oven and slice biscuits in half. Place biscuit halves cut face up on lined baking sheet. Spread pizza sauce on each biscuit half. Place slice of Canadian bacon on top of pizza sauce. Slice pineapple cubes thinly and layer about three tablespoons pineapple on top of Canadian bacon. Add one more small dollop of pizza sauce on top of pineapple. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of each loaded biscuit. Place in oven at 375 deg F until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, allow to cool and enjoy!


Where to Find Our Products
 
Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Awaken Coffee - Scones (sweet and savory), Mini Pumpkin Bundts and Oatmeal Cream Pies
If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!

Valentine’s Day, BYL Buttermilk Biscuits and February Special Events


 
Valentine’s Day
Facebook goal and giveaway - almost there!
Special Event: We have four special events in February!
Outside the Breadbox update
Featured bakery product: BYL Buttermilk Biscuits
New in the Market: Farm Eggs (including duck eggs), Sami’s Closeout and 75% off sale
People of BYL: Emily Kopek, PA-C
Feature story: How Community and Social Support Play a Role in Survival
Recipe: Stayed tuned for some BYL biscuit recipes coming soon
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We have lots of special treats for Valentine’s Day this week. Stop by the bakery for a special Valentine treat to enjoy yourself or to share with someone special. We even have a few beautiful ready-made cakes in our freezer while supplies last.
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We love our social media followers and customers so we want to have a fun giveaway soon. Please go like, follow and review BYL on social media! We have a Facebook goal to reach 3,000 likes. We need YOUR help! We’ll have a big giveaway when we reach our goal!
 
Special Event - Juice Bar with Nicole Fey on Friday, February 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Nicole Fey is joining us to provide a juice bar during lunch at the bakery.  Come by and watch a juicing demonstration and enjoy a made-to-order fresh, organic juice. Nicole’s recent talk at the bakery was really informative, and the juice drink was delicious! This is your chance to try a juice and meet Nicole if you missed the class. Nicole will also be available to answer questions and sign her new book!

 
Special Event - Detox with Emily Kopek, PA-C on Monday, February 23, 12:00 - 1:15pm
Emily Kopek, PA-C is joining us to discuss how to live a lifestyle of detoxification the whole year round and the role nutrition, gut health and environmental toxins play in detox. Call the bakery from more details about the class. You can read more about Emily in the People of BYL feature in this week’s newsletter.

 
Special Event - Gluten 101 - Ins & Outs of Going Gluten-Free at CTS Physical Therapy, Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 - 7:00pm
CTS Physical Therapy is hosting a free lecture by Piotr Ulmer, MSPT, Certified Gluten Practitioner. The event will include research about how a gluten-free diet can help your mind and body, how to change to a gluten-free lifestyle, and how to make simple and less expensive recipes. Benefit Your Life is really excited to be a sponsor for this event!
 
Special Event - Pizza Day with Julie Morrison on Saturday, February 27, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Do you miss pizza since going gluten free? Julie Morrison is joining us to feature her yummy gluten and grain free pizza crust from her Survive & Thrive Gluten Free Cookbook. We’ll have crusts ready in the bakery so you can come by and pick your toppings. We’ll bake an individual size pizza for you to enjoy. Julie will also be available to answer questions and sign her cookbook!
 
Outside the Breadbox
 
Outside the Breadbox is the BEST gluten free sandwich bread we have tried. Our customers love it! The Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread got delayed last week due to snow in Colorado and could not ship out. We hope to be back on normal Friday delivery schedule this week to receive our fresh bread. We’ve placed a big order to get you stocked back up. If you would like to pick up fresh bread, check with the bakery on Friday after 2:00pm.
 
What’s New in the Bakery
 
We think we bake the best gluten free buttermilk biscuits around! On Saturdays, you can get biscuits fresh baked—plain or piled high as a breakfast sandwich, or you can find frozen BYL biscuits in our freezer any day of the week to bake at home.
 
What’s New in the Market
 
Circle V Farm Duck Eggs - For a limited time, we are pleased to offer our customers local farm duck eggs for purchase. Have you tried duck eggs? Duck eggs are very rich for baking. Come by and check our market cooler after Wednesday afternoon.
 
West Wind Farm Eggs - We are pleased to offer our customers local farm chicken eggs for purchase. These eggs are large/extra-large, soy-free, from free-ranged/cage-free hens, non-GMO, pesticide/chemical-free, arsenic-free and non-irradiated. Come by and check our market cooler.
 
Sami’s Bakery closeout - We are closing out Sami’s Bakery products. Please ask in the bakery for these items while supplies last. We still have Millet & Flax Bagels, Sourdough Bagels, and Millet & Flax plain chips.
 
75% OFF sale - We’ve marked our sale items down a bit more. This sale will last only a few more weeks. Check out our display near the checkout for 75% off closeout items. Now is a great chance to pick out any special products, mixes or flours to add to your gluten free pantry. All sale items will be closed out soon so get them while supplies last.
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Meet Emily Kopek! Emily is a physician assistant specializing in functional medicine. She began her career in family medicine; however, Emily saw significant health improvements with her autoimmune condition and in the health of her patients when a more holistic treatment approach was used. In the interview below, Emily describes her path to better health and how she has used her experience to help her patients.
 
What’s your health story? Are you celiac?
At the age of 13, I lost a lot of weight, had terrible brain fog, starting losing hair, and was extremely lethargic. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid condition. I immediately felt better on thyroid medication and continued to eat what I thought was a healthy diet. However over time my old symptoms started creeping back up, and I struggled for years changing around medication but knowing something had to be missing. I decided to pursue a medical career due to my own personal story by becoming a Physician Assistant. It wasn’t until after I was out of school practicing for a year before I was introduced to Functional Medicine and learned the importance of having a healthy gut, as this is where 75% of our immune system lies. I learned that there is much more than prescription medications that can be used to help with autoimmune disease. I also learned of the link between gluten sensitivity and Hashimoto's and although I do not have celiac disease, I think it is very important for anyone with Hashimoto's to eliminate gluten from their diet. So I went gluten free and worked on my gut health and haven’t looked back since! Now I focus on sharing my passion by helping others through my job as a functional medicine Physician Assistant.  Nutrition is my passion and I love teaching people about the healing power of foods.
My favorite quote is: “Let food be thy medicine” Hippocrates
 
How did you find BYL?
I actually found out about Benefit Your Life Bakery online, early in my gluten free journey. I was so glad to find a local place that everything in the store was gluten free and tasted so good (trust me there are plenty of bad gluten free products out there). It is awesome to have a great local place to send my patients, friends, and family to get great food no matter what their food sensitivities are. 
 
You use a functional approach to medicine with your patients. How is this different than conventional medicine?
 
As I mentioned previously, a large component of functional medicine is restoring gut health. The human microbiome is so vast and such a large part of our immune system lies in our gut! Also, functional medicine addresses the whole person, versus separate body systems. For instance, if you have a certain symptom, conventional medicine will put you on a medication for that symptom where our goal in functional medicine is to find out why you have that symptom in the first place. It is patient centered and the patient is very involved in treatment. I am always so impressed with how hard my patients work to feel better. It really is about empowering individuals to make a difference in their own health!
 
If you could recommend the top three diet and/or lifestyle habits to address when treating an autoimmune condition, what would they be? 
 
It is so hard to think of just 3! 
 
People of BYL
Avoid inflammatory foods, especially gluten. Other inflammatory foods can be discovered through an elimination diet while working closely with a health practitioner. 
  • Detoxify: We are exposed to thousands of toxins every day that we can’t avoid. However, we can take steps to limit exposure by filtering our water, air, using non-toxic cleaners, watching the cosmetics we use, ditching the plastics, etc. This can make a large difference for those with autoimmune disorders. 
  • Exercise and mindful meditation are extremely important stress relief options. Just taking deep belly breathes and fully expanding the diaphragm can be helpful by stimulating the vagus nerve, which helps with the gut-brain connection
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    How can our readers connect with you?
    You can contact my office, Knox Wellness at (865)801-9501 or via email at
    support@knxwellness.com
    Please feel free to check out our website:
    Knoxwellnessexperience.com
    Follow me on twitter:
    @emilykopek
     
    This newsletter section was created in hopes of helping others on their health journey. If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please contact us.
     
    As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider.  None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.


     
    This section of the newsletter is provided to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc.
     
    How Community and Social Support Play a Role in Survival
    By: Kelly Barger
     
    This is our bakery mission:
     
    Change lives! We shall try our very best every day to change lives for the better through greeting with a smile, offering help and advice, offering encouragement, supporting our local community and helping people to eat delicious, high quality food and to create a more simple natural life.
     
    To hold true to this mission, we have made it a priority to host professionals and people from our community to share their knowledge and skills in the fields of gluten free baking, nutrition, health and wellness, clean living, natural living, etc. These special events at the bakery are a great outlet to provide connection with like-minded individuals in the community. Walking into this role as bakery owner has put me in a unique position to have access to and connect with a wide variety of unique and talented local professionals. I also have a space to offer, albeit small and with interesting freezer background noise. I’ve completed hundreds of hours of research in health and nutrition in search of my own health answers. I don’t have any letters after my name, but I do understand the lingo. AND I understand the importance. My hope with the special events at the bakery is to create a community, or tribe if you will, to share our experiences and learn from each other. Speaking of community…
     
    Does community and social support play a role in survival? Research suggests it does and in a very positive way!
     
    When we change our diet and experience a plateau in our healing, what comes next? Lifestyle factors? Stress relief and relaxation, more sleep, play, exercise, all of the above? Then what? Research shows social support plays a major role in our health and longevity. 
     
    In 2010, a study with over 300,000 participants found “social support was a stronger predictor of survival than physical activity, body mass index, hypertension, air pollution, alcohol consumption and even smoking fifteen cigarettes a day”.1 This research study showed people with strong social relationships and connection had up to a 50% increase in likelihood of survival than those with little social connection. This study did not take into account the quality of relationships so the percentage may be higher as poor or abusive relationships increase stress and do not promote longevity. Using a questionnaire and dialing in on participants social connections determined survival rates increased by up to 90%!
     
    This is not the only study showing social support is key to achieving physical and psychological health. Studies have shown social support helpful in survival rates in women after a breast cancer diagnosis. Social support has been linked to lower blood pressure, a more functional immune system, faster wound healing and reduced inflammation. A few studies and literature reviews are provided in the references if you would like to read more.
     
    To sum it up, we need to get out, get connected and interact with those around us!
     
    References:
     
    1Chris Kresser, The Paleo Cure (New York: Little Brown, 2013), 262.
     
    Kroenke, CH et al. “Social Networks, Social Support, and Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.” Journal of Clinical Oncology (March 2006): 1105 - 11011.
     
    Harmon, Katherine. “Social Ties Boost Survival by 50 Percent.” Scientific American (July 28, 2010).
     
    Ozbay, Fatih et al. “Social Support and Resilience to Stress: From Neurobiology to Clinical Practice.” Psychiatry (Edgmont) 4.5 (2007): 35–40. Print.
    Feature Story

     
    This section of the newsletter is used to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Have a favorite gluten free recipe to share? Contact us to have your recipe featured in our newsletter.
     
    Watch for our recipe series coming soon for some unbelievably delicious meals you can make with frozen BYL biscuits.
    Recipe

     
    Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies
     
    If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!
    Where to Find Our Products






    Cinnamon Rolls, Gut Protein Linked to Gluten Intolerance and Easy Blueberry Pancake Recipe 😃


     
    Facebook goal and giveaway
    Special Event: Book Swap - Jan. 26 - 27, Feb. 2 - 3
    Outside the Breadbox update
    Featured bakery product: Cinnamon Rolls
    New in the Market: Farm eggs, Sami’s Bakery closeout and 50% off sale
    People of BYL: Mike Baggetta
    Feature story: Study Suggests Gut Protein Linked to Gluten Intolerance
    Recipe: Easy Paleo Blueberry Pancakes (tested and approved)
     
    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp
     
    Please go like, follow and review BYL on social media! We have a Facebook goal to reach 5,000 likes. We need YOUR help! We’ll have a big giveaway when we reach our goal!
    Special Event - Book Swap
     
    Love a good book? BYL will be hosting a book swap on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the next two weeks (Jan. 26 & 27 and Feb. 2 & 3). If you have a few books you would like to donate, please drop them off at the bakery. We’ll set up a table on those days to browse. You can grab a book(s) and/or leave a book(s). After February 3, all books will be donated to a local library or charity. We hope to have several book swaps this year if this first one goes well!
     
    Outside the Breadbox
     
    Your favorite Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread is back in stock in our freezer, and we are on the normal Friday delivery schedule. If you would like to pick up fresh bread, check with the bakery on Friday after 2:00pm.
     
    What’s New in the Bakery
     
    We bake cinnamon rolls in our bakery on Fridays. They smell delicious and even our gluten indulgent friends say they taste delicious!

    What’s in this Newsletter
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    Meet Mike Baggetta! Mike is a professional guitarist with a severe gluten allergy. With no shortage of gluten free options in NYC, Mikes lists BYL as one of his top three gluten free bakeries in the nation! We are honored! In the interview below, Mike shares his gluten free story and how he found Benefit Your Life.
     
    What’s your health story? Are you celiac?
     
    I am not celiac, but I did find out several years ago that my digestive system had been compromised to the point that most “difficult-to-digest” foods cause a lot of problems for me. In my case dairy, cruciferous vegetables and beans are the things I have to pick my battles with. Gluten is absolutely out though, as it does give me strong celiac symptoms.
     
    Starting around 2005-2006 I started noticing some vague and consistent stomach problems, and then, over the next few years, they really transformed into a slew of general body problems. Around 2011 I was feeling like I was going to have a nervous breakdown because no one could really figure out what was wrong with me, and I was missing a lot of work because of this. I told a friend of mine my symptoms, who is celiac, and he said it sounds a lot like what he went through prior to being diagnosed. So I figured, what did I have to lose, and tried a gluten free diet. Within a week I felt like I was 18 again!
     
    How did you find BYL?
     
    I have lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past 15 years and am always on a quest for great GF food experiences. I have found the app “Find Me Gluten Free” to be a very good resource to this end. So when I go somewhere else in the states I absolutely look ahead using that app and see if it’s possible to try some of the places that have high ratings. I am very happy I got myself over to BYL as it is, no joke, one of the best GF bakeries I’ve been to anywhere. You all [BYL] have an excellent selection of staple goods, and the things you bake are just so incredibly delicious. My favorites include all of the scones and the almond butter slices! 
     
    I should state that none of this would have been possible if my amazing girlfriend, Rebecca, wasn’t a Knoxville resident! In truth, I’m pretty taken with the whole little city...
     
    Being a professional musician, I assume you travel a lot. Any tips for eating gluten free on the road?
     
    True! And this was one of the main things that worried me most when I first realized I had to make a significant dietary change. It really meant a lifestyle change in a lot of ways. No more grabbing meals when I’m out and busy, for the most part, without some preplanning. So either making food to take with me or planning my route around known safe food locations has become a big part of my life now. It has really made me a healthier eater in the long run anyways, so in a way I’m very thankful for that. 
     
    As far as traveling goes, when eating out I use an app like mentioned above, but I still am very vocal about my needs when I order. I would rather be safe than sorry, especially if I am on the road working. I would say definitely don’t be shy about vocalizing your dietary needs to your server when eating out, and make sure that they understand them. If they don’t, that’s a great opportunity to educate them about your needs as well, which may make it easier for the next person! 
     
    I have also found that filling half my suitcase or so with staple products to add other readily available foods has been a good tactic. For instance I can bring a loaf of GF bread and then buy vegetables and meats anywhere to make sandwiches. I can bring ziploc bags of GF oats and add fruit, nuts and spices to it anywhere and then just add hot water at the hotel for breakfast, etc.
     
    How can our readers connect with you?
     
    Please check out my website at mikebaggetta.com for a bunch of performance videos and music clips! There are also links to some of my interviews, upcoming performances and album information there as well. And please sign up for my email list there, especially to keep up with when I perform around Knoxville! I’m also on Facebook at facebook.com/mikebaggetta - and I post demos and other bits of unreleased music for free on my Soundcloud page at soundcloud.com/mabnotes - Thank you!
     
    Mike has a weekend of shows coming up in Knoxville the last weekend of January - Mike featured with the Mark Boling Trio, which includes some of the Jazz Studies professors from UT. He plays Friday, January 29th at the Red Piano Lounge in Bearden at 9pm and Saturday, January 30th at 9pm at the Bistro at the Bijou Theatre downtown on Gay St.
     
    This newsletter section was created in hopes of helping others on their health journey. If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please contact us.
     
    As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider.  None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.
    People of BYL

     
    Eggs - We are pleased to offer our customers local farm eggs. West Wind Farms eggs are large/extra-large, soy-free, from free-ranged/cage-free hens, non-GMO, pesticide/chemical-free, arsenic-free and non-irradiated. Shipment was canceled last week due to inclement weather. Come by and check our market fridge after Wednesday, January 27.
     
    Sami’s Bakery closeout - We are closing out Sami’s Bakery products. Please ask in the bakery for these items while supplies last. We still have Sourdough Bagels, Millet & Flax Bagels, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Millet & Flax Bread Loaves and Millet & Flax plain chips.
     
    50% OFF sale - Check out our display near the checkout for 50% off closeout items. Now is a great chance to pick out special products, mixes or flours to add to your gluten free pantry.
     
     
    Feature Story
     
    This section of the newsletter is provided to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc.
     
    Study Suggests Gut Protein Linked to Gluten Intolerance
    By: Kelly Barger
     
    Is a gluten free diet a fad for those who do not have celiac disease but label themselves as gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant? As someone who has greatly benefited from a gluten free diet, I don’t think so, and recent research findings don’t point toward fad either. Researchers may be getting closer to identifying markers for gluten sensitivity. One Italian research study by Giovanni Barbara and his team suggests that non-celiacs may have high levels of zonulin, an inflammatory protein, which is linked to inflammation. Research has already shown zonulin levels to be high in individuals with celiac disease.
     
    Gastroenterologist Alessia Fasano at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was not involved with the study but says about six percent of people may be gluten sensitive. Symptoms can include digestive upset, neurological symptoms, fatigue, joint or muscle pain. Zonulin levels can prevent leaky gut by closing the junctions between the cells in the digestive tract lining. Zonulin also controls the other direction as “bad” bacteria trigger zonulin to protect the body and open the junctions in the gut lining to flush out the “bad stuff” (e.g., salmonella). The research has shown gluten to be a major trigger of zonulin in some people. Fasano says, “No human being completely digests gluten,” and gluten can trigger the release of zonulin. In these individuals, zonulin levels are high.
     
    In the research study at the University of Bologna in Italy, the zonulin levels of four groups were measured - celiacs, individuals with IBS marked by diarrhea, individuals with gluten sensitivity, and a healthy control group. The celiacs and self-diagnosed gluten sensitive individuals tested with the highest zonulin levels, notably higher than the group with IBS or healthy volunteers.
     
    While more research is required to validate the study, Barbara is hopeful one day biomarkers can be used to identify a gluten sensitivity. Fasano says the significance of zonulin is also important in the study of other illnesses including Type 1 diabetes and autoimmune diseases.
     
    Reference: “A Protein in the Gut May Explain Why Some Can’t Stomach Gluten”, Jill Neimark, December 9, 2015, http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/09/459061317/a-protein-in-the-gut-may-explain-why-some-cant-stomach-gluten.
    What’s New in the Market

     
    We are adding a section to the newsletter to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Have a favorite gluten free recipe to share? Contact us to have your recipe featured in our newsletter.
     
    Easy Paleo Blueberry Pancakes
    Developed by: Kelly Barger
     
    I’ve tried more than a few gluten free pancake recipes. Results haven’t been great, and gluten free pancakes are very finicky. They just do not cook like their glutenous counterparts. I love using almond flour in my baked goods, but almond flour is expensive, and sometimes I like to prepare nut free recipes. I’ve also tried plantain pancakes. They are edible, but green plantains are hard to find at my supermarket. My plantain pancakes have not turned out very fluffy, and let’s just be honest, no one likes a thin flat pancake  - that’s a crepe!
     
    I’ve been working on a nut free, easy paleo blueberry pancake recipe. Click here for the full recipe.
    Recipe
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    Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies
     
    If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!
    Where to Find Our Products


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    Dr. Axe, Eggs, and How to Be Green(er) in 2016



    Special Visit by Dr. Axe team member
    Facebook goal and giveaway
    Special Event: Book Swap
    Outside the Breadbox update
    Featured bakery product - Focaccia Bread
    New in the market: Farm eggs, Sami’s closeout and 50% off sale
    People of BYL: Nicole Fey
    Feature story: How to Be Green(er) in 2016

    Recipe: One Pot Chicken Soup


    What’s in this Newsletter
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    Special Visit
     
    The bakery got a visit from a Dr. Josh Axe team member last Saturday! Kelly completed the Institute of Nutritional Leadership (INL) program last year, which helped to start the ball rolling toward a health related business, and now she can help educate people in the bakery! We have so many exciting things planned for 2016!
     
    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp
     
    Please go like, follow and review BYL on social media! We have a Facebook goal to reach 5,000 likes. We need YOUR help! We’ll have a big giveaway when we reach our goal!
     
    Special Event - Book Swap
     
    Love a good book? BYL will be hosting a book swap on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the next two weeks (Jan. 26 & 27 and Feb. 2 & 3). If you have a few books you would like to donate, please drop them off at the bakery. We’ll set up a table on those days to browse. You can grab a book(s) and/or leave a book(s). After February 3, all books will be donated to a local library or charity. We hope to have several book swaps this year if this first one goes well!
     
    Outside the Breadbox
     
    Your favorite Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread is back in stock in our freezer, and we are on the normal Friday delivery schedule. If you would like to pick up fresh bread, check with the bakery on Friday after 2:00pm.
     
    What’s New in the Bakery
     
    We bake a delicious focaccia bread in our bakery on Thursdays. Come by for a fresh baked loaf on Thursday, or check for frozen focaccia bread in our market freezer. (Gluten free, dairy free, grain free, corn free and soy free)

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    West Wind Farm Eggs - We are pleased to offer our customers local farm eggs. These eggs are large/extra-large, soy-free, from free-ranged/cage-free hens, non-GMO, pesticide/chemical-free, arsenic-free and non-irradiated. Come by and check our market fridge after Wednesday.
     
    Sami’s Bakery closeout - We are closing out Sami’s Bakery products. Please ask in the bakery for these items while supplies last. We still have Sourdough Bagels, Millet & Flax Bagels, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Millet & Flax Bread Loaves and Millet & Flax plain chips.
     
    50% OFF sale - Check out our display near the checkout for 50% off closeout items. Now is a great chance to pick out special products, mixes or flours to add to your gluten free pantry.
    What’s New in the Market


    Meet Nicole! Nicole is a certified holistic health coach and author. She started out as a sickly kid and young adult, but Nicole has turned her health around and devoted her career to helping others do the same. In the interview below, Nicole describes her path to better health and how changing the food she eats has helped.

    What’s your health story? Are you celiac?
    I had always suffered from severe constipation as a child into my 20's. My doctor prescribed a laxative but never asked me about my diet. At that age I did not realize that the foods I was eating were making me feel ill. I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by my 20's and felt terrible all time. I had gained weight and looked very bloated, even though I was a Personal Trainer and exercised a lot. Finally I started investigating for myself what was going on with my health. One holistic health practitioner in particular suggested that I had food allergies and said I should take gluten out of my diet. I did and immediately started to feel better and lose weight. I still had some work to do, figuring out my other food sensitivities in order to fully regain my health, but that was the first most important step for me. I do not have celiac.

    How did you find BYL?
    I found BYL when I moved here 6 years ago. I have been a big supporter of BYL since I happened upon it, and I recommend it to all my clients, friends and colleagues.

    You have devoted your career to helping others get healthy. What are some of the things you recommend?
    Here are three of the most important things one can do for their health:

    Start to upgrade your diet by eating more vegetables, especially leafy greens. (Vegetable juicing helps with that). In my experience, people vastly overestimate the amount of vegetables they eat.

    Cut down on refined sugars. Americans have increased their daily sugar intake from 12 pounds a year in the 1800's, to 155 pounds a year now. Yikes! Sugar immediately lowers our immune system upon ingesting it, frays the nervous system and can cause hyperactivity, mood swings, anxiety and blood sugar imbalances.

    Experiment with taking gluten out of your diet. Give it at least 2 months and see if you notice any changes in the way you feel. Many of the people who have taken gluten out of their diet will attest that they feel much better and experience improvement in their health. For fascinating reading about the effects of gluten on health, read Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.

    And finally. Seek the help of an expert who can give you guidance, support and motivation. Changing life-long eating habits can be very challenging. Working with a health coach can help you break through old sabotaging patterns and build new, healthier habits that you can sustain for a lifetime.

    How can our readers connect with you?
    Website:
    http://www.nicolefeywellness.com
    Email:
    nicole@NicoleFeyWellness.com
    Phone: (865) 548-8208

    This newsletter section was created in hopes of helping others on their health journey. If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please
    contact us.

    As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider. None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.


    People of BYL

     
    This section of the newsletter is provided to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc.
     
    How to Be Green(er) in 2016
    By: Katy Powell
     
        The start of each new year often brings about a particular type of urge and a sense of urgency, doesn't it? We need to start doing things differently; we need to make big changes; we need to begin again with a freshness and boldness that was lost in the hectic holiday season; and we need to do all of these things right now. The truth is, we can make changes and live boldly any time of the year, and we can remind ourselves to do so as many times as we need to, but we're all here in January together, so let's just stick with that. Read More…
     
    Recipe
     
    We are adding a section to the newsletter to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Have a favorite gluten free recipe to share? Contact us to have your recipe featured in our newsletter.
     
    I’m sharing a one pot, quick and easy chicken soup. It’s so versatile you can add almost any type of veggie. This soup provides a quick nourishing meal prepared with pantry staples (for those evenings you don’t have a plan or for a quick lunch). This soup would be great paired with BYL’s focaccia bread and a good book from our book swap. Happy
     
    http://www.simplenaturallife.com/simple-chicken-soup
     
    Where to Find BYL Products
     
    Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies
     
    If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!
    Feature Story

    Juice Therapy Class and Lots More



    Let’s get the word out! Please go like, follow and review BYL on social media! We have a
    Facebook goal to reach 5,000 likes. Let’s see how fast we can get there! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all shared with our friends and reached our goal by end of January? Happy We need YOUR help! We’ll have a big giveaway when we reach our goal!


    Outside the Breadbox

    Well, “the bread” made our newsletter again! Everyone reserved and stocked up on their favorite Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread last week, and we apologize we are out of stock again. The shipping and delivery schedules are back to normal, and we will receive our bread delivery every Friday afternoon. If you would like to reserve bread, please call the bakery. If you want to pick up, check with us on Friday after 2:00pm. We have placed another BIG order to delivery this week. We believe the bread shortage will work itself out as everyone gets stocked back up. Thank you for your patience in this matter as we realize many of you are out of your favorite bread!



    Special Event - Juice Therapy Class with Nicole Fey

    Join us Monday, January 18 from 1:30 - 3:00pm* for a fun health event! BYL is hosting Nicole Fey, certified holistic health coach and author, to discuss juicing. We thought a health and juicing class might be a good fit for the new year! Happy

    The cost for the lecture and a delicious juice drink is $25 per person. Please call the bakery at 865-288-3193 to reserve your space. Event fee is due on sign up and is refundable through January 14. Space is limited. The event fee is due at time of reservation.

    Nicole will be signing her new book, The Ultimate Juicing & Holistic Health Program at the bakery immediately before and after the class. Copies of Nicole’s book will be available for purchase at the bakery. You are welcome to drop in immediately before or after the class for a book even if you cannot attend the class.

    Don’t know about juicing? Come join us to learn if juicing may be right for you! You can read Nicole’s article, “10 Signs You Need a Cleanse” at
    https://juicencleanse.com/blogs/news/61822149-10-signs-you-need-a-cleanse.

    *Moms and caregivers, the class schedule will allow you to leave a little early if you need to leave before 3:00pm for school pickup.


    What’s New in the Bakery

    Check out this beautiful birthday cake! Would you believe this delicious cake is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free and nut free? Let us spoil you with a delicious allergy friendly treat for your next event or party! Call the bakery at 865-288-3193 for more details on how to order a custom cake.

    Contact us for custom order cakes and pies.

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    What’s New in the Market

    Love our famous BYL chicken salad? BYL is pleased to announce we are now offering a paleo chicken salad on a trial basis! We’re excited to hear what our customers think. Don’t worry! We will still have the BYL Original Chicken Salad, too! The BYL Paleo Chicken Salad is made with a non-GMO, sugar free, soy free, canola free, gluten free and dairy free avocado based mayo! The first customer who tried our new paleo chicken salad gave it an A+! Other customers have said it is delicious and happy to have another paleo option for lunch. Be on the lookout for the BYL Paleo Chicken Salad to be a regular item in our market fridge in the next few weeks.

    Check out our 50% OFF sale display near the checkout for closeout items. Now is a great time to pick out special products, mixes or flours to add to your gluten free pantry.

    People of BYL

    I’ll volunteer to be the first BYL person. Hi, I’m Kelly! I have a background in chemical engineering and most recently worked in the construction industry. I still do that, but my full time passion now is this awesome little bakery called Benefit Your Life. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Happy In the interview below, I describe my path to eating gluten free and how it has helped me.

    How long have you eaten gluten free?
    I’ve eaten gluten free since March 2012, and I’ve eaten a paleo template diet since January 2013. That year my new year’s resolution became a total life changer!

    Why do you eat gluten free?
    I didn’t have any serious health issues, but I had some pesky health issues I had just learned to tolerate. I assumed not feeling 100% was just a normal part of life. I was recommended paleo by a friend who saw great improvements in her lupus symptoms by eating this naturally gluten free and processed sugar free diet. I had tried lotions, potions, creams, oils and steroid shots for my psoriasis, but nothing worked. When I went gluten free, my psoriasis started healing but wasn’t 100%. I saw dramatic improvements in my heartburn/reflux, frequency of migraines and healthy weight loss. In January 2014, I tried an autoimmune protocol diet + eggs after learning psoriasis was an autoimmune condition where my immune system was attacking my skin. This version of a restricted paleo diet put my psoriasis into remission. I now eat a naturally gluten free paleo template diet with white potatoes and occasional rice. These are considered paleo gray area foods, but I have added them back into my diet as they seem to work well for me.

    Are you celiac?
    I have not been tested for celiac disease, but I’ve enjoyed such health improvements through my naturally gluten free paleo diet that I don’t ever cheat and eat gluten. My autoimmune condition will never be cured, but I can keep it in remission through my diet and lifestyle choices. I feel like the science supports a gluten free diet as being a good choice for longterm health. With my engineering background, I love to research nutrition and health topics and will happily provide all my geeky knowledge if you ever want to chat in the bakery. Happy

    How did you find BYL?
    I discovered BYL when looking for gluten free food in Knoxville. It became a great stop to get an occasional treat. I do indulge in a delicious, gluten free, non-paleo treat occasionally, but I am so glad the bakery has paleo baked goods as well. When I found BYL, I had never had gluten free baked goods that taste like the real thing. I also loved the BYL philosophy to use more natural and high quality ingredients. Now, as an owner of BYL, I plan to continue this mission to provide our customers with safe, delicious gluten free and allergy friendly treats they can enjoy.

    This newsletter section was created in hopes of helping others on their health journey. If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please email
    contact us.

    As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider. None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.

    Where to Find Our Products

    Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies

    If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please
    contact us. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!

    Feature Story

    A Gluten Free Diet is One Step in a Program to Reversing Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

    Many of us have experienced the devastating effects of Alzheimers, either personally or through a friend or loved one. Scientists continue their work studying the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and possible treatments and cures. Could diet and lifestyle changes attribute to a reversal in memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s?

    In 2014, a UCLA and Buck Institute study showed a reversal in cognitive decline in nine of 10 patients who participated in a specially designed therapeutic program. The 36-point program focused on improving diet and lifestyle behaviors and habits, providing brain stimulation, including a specific pharmaceutical and supplemental protocol and other steps that affect brain chemistry.

    The therapeutic program in the study was customized to each patient. One patient’s program consisted of diet modifications including eating gluten free and elimination of processed foods. The paper’s author stated a more controlled clinical trial is needed; however, the study makes early intervention steps, which include dietary changes, look hopeful. It is estimated by 2050, Alzheimer’s will affect 13 million Americans. Read the full article here.

    Reference: “Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time”, Mark Wheeler, October 02,2014,
    http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/memory-loss-associated-with-alzheimers-reversed-for-first-time.


    Recipe

    We are adding a section to the newsletter to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Have a favorite gluten free recipe to share?
    Contact us to feature in our newsletter. Stay tuned!

    Juice Therapy Class and more BYL News!



    Join us Monday, January 18 from 1:30 - 3:00pm* for a fun health event! BYL is hosting Nicole Fey, certified holistic health coach and author, to discuss juicing. We thought a health and juicing class might be a good fit for the new year! Happy

    The cost for the lecture and a delicious juice drink is $25 per person. Please call the bakery at 865-288-3193 to reserve your space. Event fee is due on sign up and is refundable through January 14. Space is limited. The event fee is due at time of reservation.

    Nicole will be signing her new book,
    The Ultimate Juicing & Holistic Health Program at the bakery immediately before and after the class. Copies of Nicole’s book will be available for purchase at the bakery. You are welcome to drop in immediately before or after the class for a book even if you cannot attend the class.

    Don’t know about juicing? Come join us to learn if juicing may be right for you! You can read Nicole’s article, “10 Signs You Need a Cleanse” at
    https://juicencleanse.com/blogs/news/61822149-10-signs-you-need-a-cleanse.

    *Moms and caregivers, the class schedule will allow you to leave a little early if you need to leave before 3:00pm for school pickup.


    What’s New in the Bakery

    Did you know we take special orders for pies, cakes and other special bakery treats? Call our store and let us provide delicious gluten free and allergy friendly treats for your next lunch, dinner or party!


    What’s New in the Market

    We are pleased to announce we now have JEM Farm sausage stocked in our market freezer. If you miss seeing JEM Farm at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, or you just want local, East TN fresh breakfast sausage, stop in and see us! We hope to offer more of JEM Farm’s products and other local products in our market in 2016 so watch for updates!

    In an effort to grow the bakery, we will be reviewing products in the market and closing out a few. Check in the market for a
    50% OFF shelf near the checkout for any special products, mixes or flours you may want to add to your gluten free pantry at a great discount.


    People of BYL

    This is a new section of the newsletter! We hope you like it! We hope to feature and share “the stories” of our friends and customers.

    I’m asked quite often, “So, what’s your story? Are you celiac?” As an owner of BYL, my family personally eats a naturally gluten free paleo template diet at home and have used an autoimmune protocol (AIP) template as well. I have seen the effects of a gluten free diet manifest as dramatic improvements in several health issues. Through research and reading personal stories on food, health and nutrition blogs, I discovered tips which helped me in my journey to better health. I hope this section of the newsletter does just that for someone out there who is searching for their missing link to better health. - Kelly

    If you are interested in sharing your gluten free story, please email
    go@benefityourlife.com.

    As a disclaimer, no member of the BYL team is a doctor, nutritionist, health coach, or other health care provider. None of the information we provide is meant to diagnose or treat any illness, health issue or health related concern. We just want to share information in hopes it might point you in the right direction to start a discussion with your health care provider.


    Where to Find Our Products

    Three Rivers Market - Oatmeal Cream Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Double Doozies, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies

    If you know other venues that may want to carry BYL products, please email
    go@benefityourlife.com. If you would like to see our products at a particular retailer or shop, please ask the manager to contact us. Let’s get the word out!


    Feature Story

    We are adding a feature story to the newsletter to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc. Stay tuned!


    Recipe

    We are adding a section to the newsletter to share our favorite gluten free recipes we have tested and approved in our own kitchens. Stay tuned!
    Special Event - Juice Therapy Class with Nicole Fey

    Happy Gluten Free New Year


     
    Hello, from BYL! Even in October this year we never would have imagined we would end 2015 owning a bakery! Kelly says she finally got a standing desk and a job that smells like chocolate chip cookies! Happy  All joking aside, December has been an amazing month including some interesting learning experiences (if you have come in looking for “the bread” you know what we mean). We are so very excited about the future of Benefit Your Life. We have some exciting plans in the works for 2016!
     
    As we move into the future, this will be the BYL mission: We shall try our very best every day to change lives for the better through greeting with a smile, offering help and advice, offering encouragement, supporting our local community and helping people to eat delicious, high quality food and to create a more simple natural life.
     
    As 2015 comes to a close, we are so thankful for our customers who continue to support the bakery, encourage us with your kind words, and partake in our yummy baked goods! Please refer your friends, family and coworkers. We need YOUR help to get the word out about our awesome little bakery, AND gluten free doesn’t have to be tasteless and bland. Gluten free (as BYL has proved) can be absolutely delicious! Happy
     
    Happy New Year from the entire BYL team! We wish you a blessed 2016!
     
    Eric and Kelly Barger

     
    Outside the Breadbox

    This is “the bread” I mentioned above. We apologize we have been out of stock of the Outside the Breadbox Vegan Oat Bread during the holidays. With the busy holiday shipping schedules, UPS, even with expedited shipping, could not guarantee delivery of this fresh product. BYL and Outside the Breadbox bakery mutually agreed we could not ship a product with the risk it would not arrive fresh. We plan to place a BIG order during the first week in January to restock our freezer. We are hopeful, if UPS deliveries are back to normal, we will receive a shipment on January 8. You may want to call the bakery to double check. We will have an update on shipping schedule by January 6. Thank you for your patience in this matter as we realize that many of you are out of your favorite bread!
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    Special Event - Juice Therapy Class with Nicole Fey

    Join us Monday, January 18 from 1:30 - 3:00pm* for a fun health event! BYL is hosting Nicole Fey, certified holistic health coach and author, to discuss juicing. We thought a health and juicing class might be a good fit for the new year! Happy
     
    The cost for the lecture and a delicious juice drink is $25 per person. Please call the bakery at 865-288-3193 to reserve your space. Event fee is due on sign up and is refundable through January 14. Space is limited. The event fee is due at time of reservation.
     
    Nicole will be signing her new book, The Ultimate Juicing & Holistic Health Program at the bakery immediately before and after the class. Copies of Nicole’s book will be available for purchase at the bakery. You are welcome to drop in immediately before or after the class for a book even if you cannot attend the class.

    Don’t know about juicing? Come join us to learn if juicing may be right for you! You can read Nicole’s article, “10 Signs You Need a Cleanse” at https://juicencleanse.com/blogs/news/61822149-10-signs-you-need-a-cleanse.
     
    *Moms and caregivers, the class schedule will allow you to leave a little early if you need to leave before 3:00pm for school pickup.
     
    Feature Story

    We are adding a feature story to the newsletter to share information about the latest gluten free research and products, health related topics, sustainable/green living, natural living, etc. Stay tuned!

    Welcome from the New Owners

    Hello, from BYL! December 1 was a big day here! It marked the start of new ownership and an amazing adventure! We are very excited to build upon and grow the business Rhoni and John Speed have built for the last few years. We were customers long before we decided to purchase the bakery. It is a wonderful place for us to enjoy a gluten free, allergy friendly treat. With multiple food allergies and sensitivities, we get it! We hope we can provide help and support to others struggling with food allergies, food sensitivities, special dietary requirements, and food-related health problems. Even if you do not have any food restrictions, BYL is just an awesome little bakery and market, AND the food is delicious! Read More…