Christmas Carols For A Merry Meltdown-Free Christmas And Calm New Year

Christmas Carols For A Merry Meltdown-Free Christmas And Calm New Year Alternative Christmas Carols for an Alternative Christmas Day Every year we sing Christmas carols that seem just a little bit outdated. Gone are the days of children who are seen but not heard and mothers who stay at home all day to cook and clean. So I decided to update a few of our favo...

Anti-inflammatory & GAPS Holiday Recipes That Will Delight Your Guests

Anti-inflammatory & GAPS Holiday Recipes That Will Delight Your Guests . Cooking for special diets is a breeze with these easy and delicious holiday recipes! Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or simply being together as a family, everyone at the table will enjoy all the flavours without cringing through gut distress, meltdowns, or...

The Best Way To Save Money On Gifts This Holiday

The Best Way To Save Money On Gifts This Holiday . Not just save money but make extra money too! What’s better than saving money on your holiday shopping and watching your friends’ and family’s eyes light up when they open your gifts? How about making extra money for every gift you buy and getting something special to pamper yourself too? Since I started...

How To Enjoy Meltdown-Free Holidays With PANS/PANDAS, Autism

How To Enjoy Meltdown-Free Holidays With PANS/PANDAS, Autism All children misbehave around the holidays, but the extra excitement (and sugar) can wreak havoc on children with PANDAS, Autism, Dyspraxia or any other learning or behavioural difficulty. In my 15 years of experience as a mumma, I’ve learned that the best way to survive (without meltdown after m...

The #1 Meltdown-Causing Ingredient Hiding In MOST Food

The #1 Meltdown-Causing Ingredient Hiding In MOST Food . We think of behaviour problems as emotional issues. Our kids feel overwhelmed or dissatisfied with something, so they throw a tantrum. And as parents, we’re left feeling like we have no control over when or why they happen. But what if I told you that meltdowns, tantrums, and flare-ups can also be caus...

Probiotics for Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disorders

Probiotics For Autoimmune And Inflammatory Disorders Why Probiotics Are A MUST For Autoimmune And Inflammatory Disorders Every year, new scientific research proves the link between gut health and autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. And every year, more and more people are diagnosed with autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Is it due to the declining qua...

My Kid was diagnosed with PANS/PANDAS. Now What?

My kid was diagnosed with PANS/PANDAS. Now what? Finding out that your child has PANS or PANDAS is a mix of terror and relief. Terror at what this means, what your child has become, and the thought that you’ve just lost the beautiful future you envisioned for your precious child. And yet there’s a sliver of relief that this thing has a name that you can Goog...

Skincare For Reducing The Symptoms Of PANS/PANDAS Naturally

Skincare For Reducing The Symptoms Of PANS/PANDAS Naturally The symptoms of PANS or PANDAS often appear out of nowhere, with no identifiable reason or trigger. And when you’re new at PANDAS parenting, it can feel totally overwhelming to ride it out day in and day out with no end in sight. I’m here to tell you there ARE things you can do to reduce the symptom...

What Is PANS/PANDAS And What Can I Expect?

What Is PANS/PANDAS And What Can I Expect? The first time a doctor tells you that your child has PANS or PANDAS, it feels like your world has just crashed down and crushed you. All the hopes and dreams you had for your baby seem impossible now. Your vision of parenthood and family starts to twist and distort. But I’m here to tell you that this is the worst o...

A Day in the Life of a Nontoxic Home

A Day in the Life of a Nontoxic Home Ever wonder how difficult it would be to swap out all the chemical-filled products in your home for nontoxic alternatives? Ever wonder if it’s even possible to have a chemical-free home without coming across like an unstable person with mental issues? As human beings we don’t like change.  Even positive changes unsettle u...

DIY Hand Soap

DIY Hand Soap I am not much of a DIY'er I must admit but this is something we have been making for the last 5yrs as it is super quick, super simple and best of all toxin free. As soon as I got my hands on doTERRA Essential Oils this was one of the first products in my home that I replaced and started to make my own.  . To get started you will need Self Foami...

Exciting New Essential Oils In Australia and New Zealand!

I have just returned from a 5 day trip to Sydney (well I tell a slight untruth I have been home 4 days but it has taken me this time to gather my thoughts and get pen onto paper to write this blog).  It was my 4th Australian Convention and I have to say it was the best so far. In a room surrounded by 5000 other Essential Oil lovers the room was electric.  It...

Essential Oil Infused Treats

Since we embarked on the GAPS diet back in 2011 I have consciously made any form of treat food for the whole household and once doTERRA essential oils came into my sphere of awareness I knew I was going to be able to create even more flavoursome deliciousness in the form of Gut Healing treats for the children and the adults alike. These make perfect yummines...

Removing Chemicals From Our Home Saved Our Health

This was a sign I needed on my front door before I started this journey to wellness back in late 2012. It never even crossed my mind that not only what I was feeding my family was destroying their health so was my choice of cleaning products and personal hygiene products. I was only doing what we were shown on all the adverts on the TV and in the Supermarket...

Getting Started With The Gaps Diet + My Families Journey

. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology diet and was created by Dr Natasha McBride MD  MMedSci (Neurology), MMedSci (Human Nutrition) in 2004 after she had worked with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ ADHD, schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive-compulsive di...

Gaps Friendly Sri Lankan Curry

I must admit I am a curry lover. I am extremely fortunate to be married to a Sri Lankan and I have had quite a few cooking lessons with my in laws over the years over in the UK but also at Aunties and Cousins houses in Sri Lanka. I have been asked to provide recipes for my favourite curries which I incorporate many healing foods such as bone broth and turmer...

Copper Detox: Otherwise Known As Copper Dumping

As a  pyrrole that has to take a large amount of Zinc on a daily basis one of the temporary side effects is Copper Detoxing or affectionately known as Copper Dumping! There is nothing affectionate about this side effect. When the body is low in Zinc it then binds to copper leading you to have an excess. Copper overload actually is behind the cause of many c...

Do You Know What Pyrolle Disorder Is? No? This Is For You!

I hear you asking what on earth is Pyrrole Disorder. That is exactly what I thought when my daughter was first diagnosed and as it is not known much in the general medical world your GP might ask the same.  It is now a real part of family life as all four of us have been diagnosed with P and also Undermethylator’s. It is sometimes referred to as the Mauve Fa...

New Website Launch and a Reintroduction

Welcome to my newly launched website. It's exciting times ahead.  Firstly for those who don’t know me or need a reintroduction my name is Jo Dissanayake and I founded Jo Dissanayake - A Gut Instinct. I have morphed from an Organic Coop which I started to enable our family to access organic items and produce at the best price possible to growing a large doTER...

7 Ways to Use Copaiba Essential Oil Everyday

What is  Copaiba essential oil   and why you will need to have it in your essential oil collection immediately or on your wishlist!  If you follow me, you will already know I am an Essential Oil Addict.  I have been using essential oils for a long time but really got to grips with them almost 5 years.  Copaiba   became a firm favourite almost as soon as I st...