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Meet Tiffany Hinton of GF Mom Certified in North Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Hinton.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tiffany. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Why Gluten Free you ask?

Honestly I could go on about this topic for days. This is my explanation of why I choose to live a gluten free life style. I am going to try to keep a long story short for you.

When I was in my teens I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which is basically ulcers in the colon. OK, you don’t have to google that now. Then at the age of 16 I was told by my medical doctor I would never be able to have children. At the time I didn’t really question it, really who at 16 wants kids.

Fast forward……

I continued to take my steroids and other medicine for my colitis and excluded nuts and seeds from my diet. I never really felt better and continued to struggle with my intestines and colon bleeding from time to time. I had maxed out my steroids and could not take any more for the pain. I basically learned to live with it. In the Winter of 2007 I had emergency surgery for appendicitis. The surgeon sent my appendix for a biopsies because he did not know what was growing all over them. Turns out I had endometriosis on several of my organs. I began to research endometriosis disease and what I found opened my eyes. In the 2009 I went to my primary OB/GYN and requested a Lap. He denied it and told me to take more pregnancy pills. This was not helping I had been on the pill since the age of 14, with no relief. I was upset and crying when I left his office. My husband was not happy with the doctor and his interaction. I called the OB/GYN’s office back and demanded an appointment with the head of the office. Dr. T was honest and I still appreciate his integrity. He told me that they did not have anyone in the practice who was familiar with endometriosis and told me to find a specialist. I found Dr. Rana, I love this doctor. Dr. Rana is one of a few specialist in the US who specializes in endometriosis and infertility. Dr. Rana operated in the Spring of 2010, I was the second worse case he had seen in 30 years of practice. During my surgery he called in 2 other doctors to help. My intestines were attached to my organs and my diaphragm. They basically dissected my body. Dr. Rana ran several blood test; low and behold I have a gluten intolerance.

The discovered gluten intolerance along with my research where I found wheat and process sugar feed the endometriosis cells in my body – led me to choose a gluten free life style.

Since going gluten free I have lost 60 pounds, am pain free, no longer feel tired, take no medicine for colitis, and became a Mommy to two little girls.

If you too are curious about going gluten free, I encourage you to try it. I took me about 3 weeks to notice a difference and about 3 months for a complete turnaround in my life.

This was the beginning of my business which started with one gluten free cookbook and has grown to over 15 books, national speaking engagements, regional news segments, radio and so much more.

My mission is to 1 million success stories of healing that created life changing impact for each woman, so that they can tell their story of finding wellness.

Has it been a smooth road?
No, if it was smooth it would not be fun. I have struggles with finding time to work on the business, while being a mom of 3 with a full time job and going back to school for my Functional Medicine Health Coaching Certification. I have struggle with funds along the way and just had faith I was on the right path. I have struggled with emotions, losing friends and feeling alone. Was it worth it? Absolutely the growth has changed me forever and opened my mind to what can be possible.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
GF Mom Certified is an education company we help moms raise empowered kids who have food allergies or autoimmune disease, we also help the mom learn to love life and her body along the way. We specialize in coaching and educating about living a gluten free lifestyle as result of a diagnosis. As a company we are most proud of our most recent program and the successful launch of Thrive Clean in Texas. The Thrive Clean program is a faith-based food healing program to help women feel better, lose weight, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure and improve gut health. This group program teach healthy eating and mindset in a community setting, creating an empowered network of families to support each other on their journey of life.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chicago is a great place to start a business. The resources, networking groups, communities have been supportive and loving. I love that I can reach out to FemCity or a local co-work space and find assistance for anything from Instagram to food styling photograph or even bookkeeping. The support from the local businesses to other startups is always available.


  • Group coaching starts at $125 a month
  • VIP personalized coaching begins at $3000

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