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Gluten Free Mommy

Amy Budden
Pacific Palisades, CA | Certified Master Hypnotist
When I spoke to Amy on the phone she told me she already knew what her tip would be. After discovering her daughter had an allergy to gluten not only did Amy and her families diet change, but her whole life changed. I couldn’t wait to meet her and hear all about it. Arriving at Amy’s house I was greeted by three beautiful blonde ladies! Amy, the mom and Charlotte, and Addie, her daughters. Charlotte was tall and supermodel beautiful! When I asked her what her favorite book was she told me ‘Fault in our Stars.’ After reading the book a few weeks later, I knew Charlotte was mature beyond her years. Addie was wearing an eye patch and I asked her if she had hurt her eye. Addie was born with amblyopia in one eye; which is decreased vision in an eye. With determination and specialist at Jules Stein Eye Institute, Addie puts a patch on her good eye in order to help train her brain to use the weaker eye and strengthen it. She is truly an amazing kid! As a baby, Addie had respiratory issues and she was in and out of the hospital. In order to stay calm and handle stressful situations, Amy began meditating. Once she saw how much it helped her she started to study hypnotic skills. Before long she left her job as a comedy editor and became a certified hypnotist. She is so busy I had to book two months in advance! Amy is such a wonderful, warm, caring woman and I was so happy to meet her. I learned so much from our interview and can’t wait for my hypnotic session!

Personal Tips for Moms
Charlotte- 10 years old
Addie- 6 years old

When Addie was a baby she had terrible respiratory issues.
She was on a breathing mask every 4 hours.
As a baby, she was put on lots of medication.
When Addie was 14 months and Amy started introducing foods, her respiratory issues progressed. A simple cold would turn into a trip to the E.R.
During these serious trips to the E.R. Amy had to learn to stay calm in order to make decisions and also to help keep Addie calm.
She began to learn how to meditate for herself.
She found herself less stressed and having a clearer mind.
Amy felt that in a state of relaxation she was able to make her best decisions.
Amy took her practice further by becoming a certified hypnotist.
After many tests, it was discovered that Addie had an allergy to gluten.
After discovering this Amy changed her whole families eating habits.
By cutting out gluten Addie went from 8 different kinds of medication to now taking nothing!
She couldn’t believe that such a small thing could make such a big difference.
With gluten allergies being so common these days Amy finds it easy to get alternatives to all her kid’s favorite foods.
She will buy gluten-free macaroni and cheese, bread, cakes, crackers, etc… She says ‘if you are organized, its not that hard.’
She started a Pinterest board called Gluten-Free by Amy that gives tons of different recipe ideas for gluten-free options.
She gets a lot of recipes ideas from Elana’s Pantry.
She always packs Addie’s lunch for school.
If she goes to a birthday party she will send a gluten-free option for Addie to enjoy.
Since becoming gluten free (her husband follows the paleo diet) they all feel a million times better!
Amy told me she used hypnotherapy for natural childbirth, it can help ease anxiety with fertility or all in all be a really great nap for exhausted mommy’s! If you are interested in a session with Amy, email her at [email protected]

Favorite Recipe
Orange Chocolate Chip Scones
This is Charlotte’s favorite gluten-free recipe. Amy got the recipe from Elana’s Pantry. For more gluten-free recipes and ideas visit Amy’s Pinterest page

2 cups blanched almond flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup chocolate chunks
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 egg
3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, chips, and zest
In a smaller bowl, combine egg and agave
Mix wet ingredients into dry
Knead the dough with hands if necessary to ensure proper distribution of ingredients
Form dough into a circle that is about ½-inch in thick
Cut dough like a pizza, into 8 slices, here’s a great how-to
Using a metal baking spatula transfer to a parchment paper lined a baking sheet
Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes