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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Struggles with Celiac & Anxiety

I've debated a long time on writing a blog post about the anxiety that comes along with being a Celiac...and I'm finally doing it!  This may not be with all Celiac or those with food allergies -but, it certainly is with me!!!  I've always been a very anxious person, and not fond of social setting -but, always managed to pull it together and no one ever realized.  As I've gotten older, being diagnosed with Celiac & Crohns my anxiety has heightened.  I've noticed that I am quicker to pull away from people because so many just don't understand the life of a Celiac, and how every social setting revolves around food -so, for me it's easier to go into shut down mode.  To be honest, most of my family & friends don't know this about me.

For a little bit, I went through an "oh well if I get contaminated"...and then I got contaminated.  Well, this contamination was the all mighty contamination!  I haven't been that sick from a contamination in a very long time, and I certainly am no longer in the "oh well if I get contaminated" mindset.  My guts freaked out so badly that I almost passed out not once -but, 3 times! The contamination feeling oh so quickly refreshed my mind why I'm typically so anal with food preparation, and usually stay away from eating our or food prepared by others.  You bet I'm now back on track, and being strict!  Sadly, now that I've been contaminated at a place I've always trusted, I'm back to being my old anxious self sticking to just eating at home!  Oh the life of a Celiac or living with a food allergy, right?!?!

I've always been the type of person who is anxious to please other, and I've finally realized I need to stop!  All the anxiety is wearing on my body more than celiac & crohns -so, it's time to make some changes in my life, right?  So, this year, I have been trying my best to put me first.  After all, if I don't take care of myself I can't be the best mom for my baby girl!  Thanks to some amazing friends, I discovered an amazing outlet to better myself, and relieve some yoga!  If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.  The hot yoga may not be for all -but, believe yoga in general is amazing.

I'm hoping this post hit home with some of you, and mainly just lets other know they aren't alone.  I'm hoping by me finally putting this out there it lets someone know they aren't alone!  Hoping you appreciate me being honest, and hopefully no judgement.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Amazing Simple Sugars Products

Do you have a favorite gluten free skin care or makeup product?  I'm a big fan of local small businesses, and have to share a great local, gluten free product:  Simple Sugars .  You may have even seen this "sweet" product on Shark Tank, too!  

My daughter who is 4 years old has very sensitive skin, and she loves the Raspberry Body Scrub.  By using this product, I can even skip putting location on her since it moisturizes so well, too!  No tot mention, it makes her smell even sweeter than she is!!  So far, I've used the eucalyptus-body-scrubcoconut-body-scrub,vanilla-body-scrub...and LOVE them all!  With my slight addition, I'm sure I'll be trying the rest of them before I know it!!  

My new favorite find of Simple Sugars is green-tea-with-tea-tree-facial-scrub.  I have bad breakouts, and have noticed a huge difference since using this amazing product.  I love that it's all natural, and works SO well!  Definitely a must try!  

So...get to your local Giant Eagle if you are in the Pittsburgh area...or head over to Simple Sugars website!  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rinse Bath & Body offers Gluten Free

Have you ever heard of RINSE BATH & BODY?  During my trip to Disney this winter...yes, Disney of all places, I discovered their product.  I'm a huge user of peppermint oil for headaches, and always in the search of a more "natural" deodorant.  Low and behold, I spotted both while in Epcot!  Not a singe natural deodorant has ever work for me -however, this is all I use now!  It has even held up ALL day.  On their website, they list, Gluten Free, Vegan, and 100% Natural.  When I find a great Gluten Free product, I like to pass it onto others -so, be sure to check them out!

So far I have tried the following, and loved them.
deOdor Stick
Peppermint Roll-On
mango Pucker Stick

Please note, this product information is simply because I'm a fan of product, and by no means did I get paid to say so!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Celiac Awareness Month

Happy Celiac Awareness Month...a day late!  If you haven't seen it already, Celiac Central page has lots of useful information to help spread awareness, and share each others stories.  Be sure to stop by The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness!  

It's so hard for me to believe that I was diagnosed almost 11 years ago!  Times have certainly changed with gluten free foods, and availability.  I remember there not being many good tasting gluten free product, and now there are so many delicious ones...and even better so many you can't tell are "gluten free."  It's a bit heard warming when people say "wow, you can't even tell this is gluten free."  So many assume gluten free foods are gross -but, in reality most are quite delicious.

A perk of Celiac Awareness Month is that many local stores are offering a discount.  With the price of specially gluten free food, it sure is great to get a discount...even if it's once a year!  So, keep an eye out for those discounts this month! 

I'd love to hear of some of your favorite Gluten Free products!  

Here are some of ours:
Pizza:  Udi's
Bread:  Three Bakers
Cookies:  I've become a cook snob, and only like to make my own...of course using BabyCakes NCY Recipe!  If you use Bob's Redmill they have the recipe on their bag, too.  
And...of course we load up on lots of fresh fruit & veggies!  
Chicken Tenders:  Bell & Evans

Do you have any must have favorites?  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BabyCakes NYC...pure goodness!

Have any of you ever heard of BabyCakes NYC? If you haven't...your missing out for sure!  I'm 100% addicted!  When I was pregnant, a friend gave me a BabyCakes cookbook so I could make myself the gluten free goodies I was craving.  At a glance, I was intimidated by all the different flours!  Then, during one of our Disney trips, we had the privilege to try their goodies at their Downtown location.  It was all over from there on...I was hooked to their pure deliciousness!  As soon as I got home, I went straight to my cookbook drawer, and ran to the store to get all the ingredients.  Let me tell you, I shouldn't have ever been intimidated by the ingredients...ever.  The recipes are so easy, and now my family & friends are hooked too!  This morning, I tried a BabyCakes NYC recipe I had yet to try, and you bet we loved then!  For breakfast this morning, we had waffles sticks using BabyCakes NYC recipe and using a babycakes (not babycakes NYC) waffle stick maker!  Mmm good...and you bet I'll be making them again!

Here is the link to the waffle recipe: sure to check out the BabyCakes NYC cookbooks!

*Please note...this post was all on my own, and I'm just a huge babycakes NYC fan!  


Monday, April 7, 2014

Supplements, and stuff!!

Wow...It's been a long time since I've made a post!!!  The warmer weather...or hopes of it, has given me some motivation!  I'm back on my healthy kick, and hoping to stay on it going forward!

Over the last month, I started taking some supplements that really have seemed to help me.  I typically lack energy, and could easily take a nap mid-day.  Due to having both Celiac & Crohns  I'm sure the lack of energy is due to malabsorption. So, I researched some things and came up with the following list of supplements to take daily:
1.  Hawaiian Spirulina

2.  BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

3.  Aloe Vera juice to help heal my guts
(Purchase a big container at Trader Joe's)

4.  Acidophilus Probiotic

5.  Vitamin D due to being deficient 

Also, I've added taking about a tablespoon a day of coconut oil; which I add to my coffee with coconut milk. Delicious!!  

My 4 year old daughter, takes a multivitamin and probiotic daily, too.

1.  Hakuna Matata Vitamins

2.  Chewable Probiotic

Please note I chose all the supplements on my own...this by no means is a paid advertisement...and what works for me may not work quite as well for you.  As always, be sure to verify all supplements are gluten free before taking them!  

I'd love to know what supplements you take!!  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

G-Free Foodie Box Club

So sorry for disappearing for so long.  Life completely got away from me this summer, and got hit with a huge exhaustion spell!  

Recently, I discovered G-Free Foodie Box Club, and decided to give it a try.  My package arrived yesterday, and I was quite pleased...especially since all is a full size, and not a sample.  In the Pittsburgh area, we don't have too many options of the little businesses that have homemade GF goodies or products -so, this is a great option to try new things.  

One of the goodies in the box was Somoma Infused Syrup.  Call me crazy but I have yet to ever have a Martini -so, this gives me the perfect reason to make one!!  

Another goodie was Gluten Free Mama Pie Crust Mix; which gives me a great excuse to make a pie!  One of the many reasons I'm thankful for being a Celiac is that I'm bolder in the kitchen than I ever thought I'd be!  Having Celiac has helped me become a baker, and a much better cook.  If I weren't a Celiac, I'd always just take the easy way out, and get take out, order pizza or bakery.  So, for the sake of feeling great, and healthy eating, I'm glad to be a Celiac!  

There were 5 more goodies in the box:
1) Dark Chocolate Nut & Sea Salt KIND Bar
2) Gluten Free Please Graham Crackers
3) Mariposa Baking Company Crostini
4) Popsicle Spatula
5) California Dried Mission Figs 

Included in the Foodie Box is a newsletter with great recipes, and product descriptions!  I'm looking forward to trying to all, and enjoying so many new things!  It's looking like we will be making s'mores for the first time ever since being Gluten Free this weekend, and I'll be doing to baking...and raising my cup with a Martini!!  Cheers!!

I'm trying my best to get back on track, and post more often.  If you have any request, don't hesitate to ask!