GFCF Truth by Valerie Cheers Brown

I visited a restaurant today in downtown Saint Louis and learned a lot just by reading, tasting and asking questions.

I learned a word which I had never heard of before in my life.

This word was music to my ears and had been having problems with stomach bloating and don’t eat a lot at all and thought was eating healthy, walking daily, drinking lots of water, etc. but there was one thing I did not know about.

I am going to share a bit of what I learned today also.

The name of the restaurant is The GFCF Restaurant and it is owned by two ladies, Audrey Faulstich (RN. Co-Founder and Co-Owner) & Audra Angelique Gandy (Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head Chef).  Not only are these two ladies smart but well informed about our well-being and I learned something today about what perhaps make that gut bloat and what we can do so it will not.

First, would like to tell you about these two lady’s movement or mission: The GFCF Cafe’s mission of A2 is to deliver healthy gourmet food that is completely gluten free and offers casein free (think dairy) food options.  Our company will endeavor to educate the public on why gluten and casein sensitivity have become such a prevalent issue. and how to take the steps toward restarting their health, mind, body, and spirit via a GFCF diet.

Okay, you may say what does GFCF mean?

G= gluten

F= free

C= casein (protein found in dairy/milk)

F= Free

Gluten Free Casein Free: food labeled GFCF do not contain any food particles that have gluten or casein.

I had not heard nor seen anybody mention this nor how this can really be a deterrent to a bloating stomach and knew I did NOT eat a whole lot, but was having stomach bloatedness a lot, and looked like I was perhaps 4 months pregnant?

I was like how in the heck do I have this stomach when I eat right, walk nearly every day, drink plenty of water and don’t eat a lot of junk, nor foods which are real fatty, but yet had been causing bloating of my stomach.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to MY tummy I am not having a big stomach and never have and never will!but it was really bothering me and especially when you know you don’t eat a lot. and low and behold God gets me out of the house today to visit the library and I asked one of the librarians about healthy smoothie place in downtown Saint Louis and she recommended The GFCF Restaurant and the rest

But it was really bothering me and especially when you know you don’t eat a lot, exercise and walk a whole lot!

Low and behold God gets me out of the house today to do some research about the gut.

So a visit to the library and I asked one of the librarians was there a good smoothie health place in downtown Saint Louis?

She recommended The GFCF Restaurant and the rest as they say, “Is history!”

Explanation of what specifically the GFCF Diet does:

You may be curious how the GFCF diet contributes to good health.

This nutritional therapy takes out harmful proteins (gluten and casein) and heals the gut.

Society and the medical community have taught us that pharmaceuticals are the answer and poor nutrition is not related to the manifestations of diseases. 

There are many arguments as to why gluten and casein lead to disease.  The simple answer is that gluten and casein cause inflammation in the gut.

When your gut is inflamed, your immune system can be affected in many ways.

Overall, gluten and casein are likely the top two most inflammatory foods.

I’ll bet you didn’t know this did you? 

I know I did not! 

The majority of diseases that gluten and casein impact are related to autoimmune diseases.  This includes the brain and body–any organ can be affected.  An autoimmune reaction occurs when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake.

Isn’t this what Lupus really is does to the autoimmune systen and what about AIDS?

If this is the case then don’t you think doctors should inform patients of how important we must not eat foods containing casein?

I’ll bet you Lupus patients really need to know this and going to pass on the my UK Lupus friends group, beginning with myself and I cannot believe the things we may have been putting into our bodies which are creating disease comes from what we put into our guts too and how important it is really is to eat right so that we don’t impact gut issues!

Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body and there are over 80 autoimmune diseases in the world (MedicinePlus, n.d.)

However, even if an autoimmune disease if not diagnosed, gluten sensitivity (non-celiac disease) can manifest in ways such as fatigue, muscle cramps, joint pain, brain fog, depression, migraines, stomachaches, headaches, abdominal pain, bloating, ADHD, bone pain, joint pain, acne, and rashes []

To reiterate, when the gut becomes leaky and/or gut bacteria is altered (gut dysbiosis) from inflammatory foods like gluten and casein, nutrients may not be absorbed effectively and the immune system can start attacking the brain/body.

In addition, we must remember that gluten and casein also contribute to mood and behavioral symptoms.

The gut acts as our “second brain” since it is filled with nerves (Lord, 2015). Compart and Loake (2009) explain that gluten and casein have such long amino acid sequences and how a person may not be able to break down the amino acids sequences correctly.

This incomplete breakdown of amino acids results in peptides (i.e. gliadorphin from gluten and casomorphin from casein) that look and act like a opioid pain killer medications. (e.g. morphine).

These opiate-like peptides have been known to cause many of the symptoms seen in ADHD and autism.

In 2006,  the Autism Research Institute (ARI) stated that 65% of children with autism on a gluten-free and casein-free diet had improved symptoms according to 1818 parent responses (as cited in Compart & Loake, 2009).

NOTE: Initially, when a person goes off gluten and casein a withdrawal effect can occur.  Due to the addictive qualities of gluten and casein, a person may crave gluten and casein when trying to eliminate these foods from their diet.  Various literature has pointed out that if you are gluten sensitive, you often are casein sensitive, so it is important to consider a dairy and gluten free diet to feel your best!

Various literature has pointed out that if you are gluten sensitive, you often are casein sensitive, so it is important to consider a dairy and gluten free diet to feel your best!

In addition, one may want to speak with a specialist about adding probiotics to their diet. Another thing to consider is to watch your sugar consumption!

If you are questioning your gluten sensitivity, there are ways to get tested.  You can find a gluten sensitivity checklist at:


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Can you believe this?  What is being in food is why many become addicted to bad foods, especially our children who eat the same thing over and over again.

Maybe this be why we have one of the highest obesity rates in the world, you think?

Here is the Facebook page for The GFCF Restaurant in Saint Louis located in 1330 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63103.

Let them know that you read my blog and recommended a visit with them.


Please errors and there may be some repeating and something is wrong with my computer I do believe, but just had to get this down to share! 



Compart, P. & Loake, D. (2009).  The kid-friendly ADHD & autism cookbook (1st edition: The ultimate guide to the gluten-free, casein-free diet.  Beverly, Mass: Fair Winds.

Lord, D. (2015).  Your Body’s Second Brain: The importance of Gut Health Free Wellness, p. 31-33.

MedlinePlus. (n.d.). Autoimmune  Diseases, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Retrieved from

















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