Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Adjusting to NEW Food Sensitivies

Our house has been going through a bit of an adjustments lately!  Recently, we  discovered my hubby has more food sensitivities than me, and Miss J!  As I have mentioned before, in addition to having Celiac, I also have Crohns.  Luckily both are controlled by being on a Gluten Free diet.  My GI was concerned at one point at all the damage he saw on my colonoscopy -but, when I had my recent test, the finding showed that it surprisingly healed!  I've been trying my best to eat all whole foods in addition to being gluten free.  Lately though, I've been having an annoying feeling in my side -so, I knew something else was going on with me.  Since I know first had how much food can be such a huge factor in our health, I had a feeling my body wasn't liking something I was eating.  In the past, I saw a blog post from Sincerely Caroline about Emily Levenson performing food sensitivity testing, and was quite intrigued.  My husband is always complaining of stomach issues -but, would never believe me that it has to be a food sensitivity, and just fluffed it off to too much pop or spicy food.  There was no question in my mind that he had food sensitivities -so, I reached out to Emily to schedule a visit.     

Well...thanks to an amazing visit with Emily, we now know my hubby's stomach issues were all due to his sensitivity to butter, whey, wheat, and nightshades (what the heck is this you ask?  see below!).  In addition to gluten, I also have a sensitivity to nightshades, and a few more things.  

Now that I have cut our nightshades, and more my side is feeling better! Guess what?!?!  My hubby is feeling much better too!  This year, I made homemade Elderberry Syrup with ACV, and local honey only to discover I have an honey sensitivity, too!  So many of my comforts have been causing my discomfort!  Before my celiac diagnosis the same thing happened, too!  I'd be queasy so I'd eat gluten filled pretzels or toast...go figure!!  Food is such a huge factor to our health.  

We all highly recommend a visit with Emily; which can be done in-person or via distance testing with immediate results.  How it work you ask!?!?  To be sure I didn't misspeak, I pulled the following from Emily's website:  
The Food Sensitivity Testing looks at the body’s energetic response to over 300 foods, including: berries, beverages like caffeine and alcohol, dairy, fish, fruit, grains, beans and legumes, meats, nuts and seeds, oils and fats, shellfish, herbs and spices, sweeteners, thickeners, and vegetables.
The testing is done through a process called BioEnergetic Assessment or ElectroDermal Screening. The assessment involves taking simple, painless, electronic readings on the skin surface of the hand; no blood is drawn.
The test results are immediate. There is no lengthy waiting period for you to get the answers you need.
After my Celiac diagnosis over 11 years ago, I had to do a lot of research to wrap my mind around my new way of life and finding out what contained gluten.  Not to mention, there wasn't nearly as much information or product option as today. I was so overwhelmed.  Please know, Emily does not tell you what food you are sensitive to, and send you on your way...she is there for you! During your visit, you can opt for Emily to help you with meal planning.  In addition, Emily is extremely resourceful, and a wealth of knowledge.  Not to mention, her web site is very resourceful and has a ton of great recipes, too!

As I mentioned in the past, I struggle with anxiety, and my food issues tend to heighten it. Thanks to Emily, I have found a useful too that I just never knew how to try...meditation!  Thanks to Emily's suggestion, I've discovered a podcast, and love it!!  

Gluten & wheat (for my hubby) are no big deal to us...however; adding nightshades to the mix was another story!  Just like my Celiac diagnosis when I had no idea what gluten was...well, it was the same thing with nightshades!  I'm still frequently referring to my sheet from Emily to double the list of nightshade foods.  We were such potatoes eaters -but, easily switched to sweet potatoes.  One of the little challenges we discovered is that most gluten free bread products contain potato starch to make it fluffy -so, we even have to double check our gluten free products. However, luckily my new Canyon Bakehouse bread find is on the safe list!!  

Overall, we truly can't complain about our food sensitivities  it can be much worse.  We still have SO many yummy food options.  In 6 month we will try to reintroduce nightshades for me, and my hubby...but, of course will never re-introduce gluten.  

As you can tell, we learned so much from our visit with Emily, and highly recommend her.  To get in touch with Emily or more information of what she has to offer, take a look at her website: http://emilylevenson.comPlease feel free to drop a line with any questions.  If I don't get a chance to post a blog before...Happy Thanksgiving!!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gluten Free in Hilton Head

Our trip from Hilton Head was very tough for us to leave it was that good! Especially since I discovered amazing GF food our last night there...and had more on my list to try!  

As I have mentioned before we are frequently visit Disney since we have their DVC, and because they are so amazing with accommodating food allergies/sensitivities.  For our trip to Hilton Head, we stayed at the Disney HH resort.  It has the same magical Disney feel without the park, and characters...just relaxing!  The only Disney character is Shadow who is a real live golden retriever!  

At the resort they only have quick services; which is fine with us since it gave us a chance to explore more eats!  Even at Disney HH they are very accommodating to allergies, and take all the necessary steps to provide safe food.  We also picked up some food at a Whole Foods down the street.  We did have a full kitchen -but, to play it safe with the pots and such, I don't  use them.  

For our quick serves, we had burgers, hot dogs (both with GF buns), turkey sandwich with GF bread, and fries (baked since they don't have a dedicated fryer).  And...are you ready for this?!?!  They even had Dole Whip...yup, even Dole Whip!!  Can you tell its a fav?!?!  If you haven't tried it, it's a must!!

We typically had a quick serve for lunch, and then enjoyed breakfast in our room.  I packed Chex instant oatmeal packs, and picked up yogurt and fruit at Whole Foods.  On our last morning we did have breakfast as a quick serve and it was amazing:  bacon, acrvles eggs, and mini mickey waffles.

Now...onto the Hilton Head eats that we enjoyed off the property. Unfortunately, we had a quick visit so we only tried 2 new places outside of what we have already tried before.  Our first 2 nights, we had Carabba's Italian Grill, and Bonefish Grill.  I'm a creature of habit and usually stick to my comfort of places I feel safe -but, built up the guts to go out of that comfort zone.  So, we tried Hudson's and The Black Marlin Bayside Grill, too!  Carabba's & Bonefish have a gluten free menu -however, my other 2 visits had GF noted on the regular menu for options.  

Guess I should also mention I did a lot of research before this trip too!  We used to have a local Celiac Support group -but, the president ironically moved to Hilton Head so I always reach out to her before my visit.  Our last visit to 5 was 5 years ago, and my discovery of our past support group president was a very pleasant surprise!  BTW, HH has come very far in the past 5 years!! Thanks to my go-to contact who is a true pro, I used the Find me GF app, and the Hiton Head Guide the resorts provide.  In the front of the Hiton Head guide, it noted GF friendly eat on the index, too!  Having all the information this infomtion in hand, it gave me great confidence to go out of my comfort, and try new eats!  

We are seafood lovers -so, we thought to try Husdons Real Local Seafood.  We, of course, had fresh crab leg!  My pick for dinner was the grilled salmon, with baked potato, and broccoli.  It was good -but, heavily buttered.  Since eating so many real foods lately, I got full quick from the heavily buttered meal.  Not to hubby enjoyed the rest!!  Miss J loved her first experience with crab legs, and enjoyed her shrimp & broccoli, too!

Now...onto my fav...The Black Marlin Bayside Grill.  We thought Hudson's ones was good until we ate here!  

The Black Marlin was amazing!  We started with crab legs again, and an order of potato skins made with pulled pork.  

Miss J is a shrimp lover, and had shrimp again!  However, her shrimp at the Black Marlin was literally the best shrimp I have ever tasted in my life.  
For me, I had the Grilled Salmon Salad...and it was amazing! The salad had mixed greens, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, candied pecans, and a raspberry poppy seed vinaigrette.  Outstanding!  We all left The Black Marlin with very full, happy bellies! 

In case your wondering what my hubby had...well, he always has gluten or as we call it gluten glitch when we are out to eat.  Since our house is 100% GF, he typically has gluten when we eat out of the house.

My biggest regret of the whole trip was not going out of my comfort zone sooner!!!  

For our next Hilton Head trip, I already have a wishlist for our eats:

Hope this passes on some useful info, and maybe gives one of you confidence like I did on venturing out of my comfort zone!  If you have any Hilon Head recommendations, I'd love to hear them for our future visits!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gluten Free Kids Party

This weekend we had Miss J's 5th birthday party, and had a blast celebrating!  It was held at a local bounce place with all inflatable fun!  Typically the bounce place provides pizza for the kid -but, made an exception for us to bring in our own food due to Miss J being gluten intolerant.  Although I could have made it much easier for me, and had the other kids have the pizza and just make Miss J a separate pizza -but, I wanted to have all 100% safe.  

Since the party was from 11 AM - 12:45 PM we had a light snack type lunch with carrot sticks, cheese cubes, grapes, and GF pretzels individually portioned out.  For the adults, we all snacked on a veggie tray, cheese with a side of spicy mustard, and pretzels.  After the party, I realized I didn't send any of the kids hone sugared up since we didn't even hand out candy for the snack bags!  (more about that later!)  

For the cake, I made GF ice cream cone cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting.  The helpers at the bounce place were quite intrigues, and thought the were real ice cream cones -but, couldn't figure out how I kept them from melting!  I'm so disappointed...with all the craziness of the party, I forgot to take a picture of the finished project of the cones.  However, you can get an idea from the blog page that gave me the idea!  Thanks to JoJo & Eloise for the Ice Cream Cone Cupcake idea! 

(Unfinished product)
Miss J is a huge animal lover, and wanted to to somehow include that in her party -so, each child adopted a puppy...a plush one that is!!  Each child went home with a little plush webkins puppy in a little house, with a certificate of adoption signed by Miss J!  The kids all loved it -plus, they all got a new little friend to snuggle!  To get more details on this idea, check out this link:  Puppy Adoption Idea Link.

It was a true joy to watch all the smiles on the kids faces, and know that I provided a 100% safe environment for my baby girl...and myself!  And...even more of a joy that all enjoyed the food! Next time, I process to get more pictures!!    

I'd love to hear what you have done for birthday parties, too!!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Might make some minor changes....

I've been digging into my 100 days of real food book , and doing a lot of thinking.  As I started reading the book, I did a google search for Real Food for Celiacs, and really didn't find much.  There are a few -but, not specifically Celiac or those living a gluten free lifestyle.  So, I got to thinking that maybe that could be me!  As a celiac, I have the basics down for real food, and just need to make adjustments to making some of my own real food grains -such, as breads.  When I was first diagnosed, I learned the easy way to grocery shop was to stay in the outside isles...with all the fruits, veggies, deli, meat/seafood, and dairy; is also the basics to real food, too!  

Awhile I go, I started trying to make my own waffles,  donuts, and cookies when we want them instead of store bought.  Now, I need to play around and find a good bread recipe!  I'll be honest, I'm still not the most creative baker to make my own recipes from scratch.  I'm the type that prefers, and easy recipe, and I just adjusted as needed as I make it.  Hopefully, you don't mind if when I share recipes they aren't my own.  

Since I started this blog last summer, I've been trying to find my voice as well as finding my area of expertise per say!  I'm thinking this just may be it....happy go lucky, gluten free...and eating real food!    

So, what do you all think?  Will this help you, too?  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

100 Days of Real Food

My last blog was about me choosing to start eating much healthier...well, now I'm serious!  Recently ordered the book 100 Days of Real Food and just darted to dig in reading in.  I'm ready to commit, and dig in!  Before ordering the book, I asked if the book would be suitable for a gluten free life style, and I was excited to find out there are 71 recipes out of 100 that can be gluten free!  I'm sure I'll be able to alert the ones that aren't gluten free, too!

The 100 Days of Real Food website, and FaceBook page is extremely informative.  Even if you hesitant on doing 100 day, there is a 10 day challenge to try...and a ton of tips!  My daughter will adjust to real foods perfectly since she is already pretty much used to it.  However, my husband on the other hand may be a different story.  Our daughter who will be 5 next month is Gluten Intolerant (also has the Celiac gene), and I'm a Celiac -so, our house is 100% gluten free.  My husband is great at being gluten free in the house -but, outside of the house is a different story!  Not to mention he has a slight addition to chips, and such...junk food in general!  I'm up for the challenge with him though!!

My plan is to start weeding out processed food this week so we don't have the temptation, and start stocking with real food.  I've always believed the real stuff like sour cream and cream cheese are much healthier for you than the low fat/non fat since there are so many additives in them.  Of course, as long as you limit your portions!

For now, I have lots of homework to do with cleaning out, organizing, and finishing my reading!  I'll be sure to keep you updated on how it goes!

If you have any tips or advise, please feel free add a comment, or drop me a line.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Adapting to Healthier Eating Habits

It's been 11 years since my Celiac diagnosis, and being 100% gluten free.  It's truly amazing  how many changes there have been for a gluten free lifestyle in the past 11 years.  Food has certainly gotten much better with many more options.  Upon my diagnosis, I went back to the basics since I was so intimidated by the labels, and having no clue what was safe.  For breakfast, I'd have some fruit or yogurt, and lunch some cheese, apples with peanut butter, and veggies.  For dinner with plain chicken breast, potatoes, and  more veggies.  Keep in mind, I was diagnosed 2 weeks before my wedding day, and had no experience of cooking except for Ramon noodles from my college days!  So, upon adjusting to being married, I attempted to learn to cook gluten free!  To say the least, it was a rough adjustment for a while, and many gloomy days.  My husband was a saint during that time (and still is), and of course couldn't have done without my mom...especially since she kept me fed, taught me to cook, and a shoulder to cry on!  

Now that I'm beyond comfortable in my gluten free lifestyle, I've been thinking of how many processed food we can fall back on.  Over the next month I'm determined to go back to real food, and a truly healthier lifestyle.  I'm going to start cleaning out the pantry and weed out processed food so there isn't a temptation.  Certainly, I'm sure we won't adhere 100% all the time...especially since being a Celiac requires so much dedication, I'll need a cheating outlet since there is absolutely no cheating with gluten free.  

Many times, people are surprised that Miss J is such a good eater.  Really and truly, I know it's because of our gluten free lifestyle.  She loves, shrimp, salmon, hard boiled eggs, fruits and veggies galore.  I'm truly glad that we don't have the option of fast food or pizza delivery so that we are forced to have much healthier eating habits.  

Over the next month, be sure to check out my FaceBook page and Facebook Group Page for recipes, and such!  For now...cheers with a green smoothie to healthier eating!  Please feel free to comment with any input or suggestions!  

Back to School Concerns

Do you have any little ones heading back to school, and you are preparing and education the school of your child being a celiac, gluten intolerant, or any intolerance?  Personally, I never didn't go through my school years as a celiac since I wasn't diagnosed until I was 26.  However, I have Miss J to get safely through school.  Miss J is getting ready for her 2nd year of pre school -so, for now we only have to deal with a snack.  We are very blessed that one of Miss J's teachers is a mom of a Celiac; which gives this anxiety ridden mom much comfort.  At Miss J's school they take turns bringing in a snack.  For the days a safe snack isn't provided, we send in a stash for the teachers to have on hand.  

For years, I've mentally been preparing for elementary school, and already have major anxiety over it!  Miss J is very good about checking with us first before eating something other give to her.  But, can't help but worry about that one time she does forget to ask or someone tells her it's safe when in fact it isn't.  In addition to mentally preparing, I'm also preparing my Pinterst board with lunch ideas!  All the fun lunch ideas distract my from all the mental preparing!!!  

Even though Miss J isn't in elementary school yet, we still have a good bit of practice of packing lunches/dinners since we typically take a meal to all functions.  We also pack our lunch each day since us girls help out at my husbands seasonal business.  We always pack lots of fruit and veggies, yogurt, sandwich on gf bread, corn tortilla or wrap, gf pretzels (we love snyders of Hanover), and of course a sweet little snack.  For some creative lunch ideas, check out Keely McGuire's website.  

I'd love to hear what some of the things you pack in your little ones lunches, and/or your concerns.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celiac Bucket List

Lately, I've been debating on giving up blogging or keeping it going.  When I started, I never anticipated how tough it was to get your words literally out there.  But, today, I got quite a bit of motivation, and thought I'd share a bit of my Celiac Bucket List.  It was truly an honor that Jennifer Esposito gave me some props today, and passed my blog on.  Jennifer is a true inspirational Celiac  and voice for so many of us...not to mention a hero!  With that said...let's get started onto yummy goodness that every Celiac should try whether placing an online order, or visiting in person, I've heard rave reviews of all that I've mentioned.  

Do you live in an area that has a lot of fresh, gluten free options?  Surprisingly the Pittsburgh area, and especially the area I live has very few options.  We aren't big traveler s -but, thanks to Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, I get to see lots of yummy options and makes me wish even more to have places -such as, Jennifer's Way BakeryBabyCakes NYCP. S. & Co..  So, as you can guess, all of them are on my Celiac Bucket List!

Jennifer's Way Bakery is located in NY, NY and owned by the amazing Jennifer Esposito who is a true voice, and advocate for Celiac...and is a Celiac herself!  Jennifer's Way Bakery is a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Organic, Allergy Friendly Bakery!  In addition to the bakery itself, you can also purchase cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chunk) and pancake mix online.  Jennifer's Way Bakery offers "good, clean, delicious products that had integrity, nutrition and simple ingredients".  In addition to the bakery, Jennifer also wrote a book titled "Jennifer's Way:  My Journey with Celiac Disease--What Docotors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again."  

BabyCakes NYC is located in NYC, LA, and Orlando and owned my Erin McKenna.  BabyCakes NYC goodies are Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Wheat-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan, and Kosher.  In addition to the bakery, there BabyCakes NYC has an app and 2 books: BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery, and BabyCakes Covers the Classics...with a 3rd in the works!  I have been lucky enough to visit the Orlando location in Downtown Disney several times before the location closed -but, the selection doesn't compare to the NYC selection so I hear!  So, I've partially filled my Babycakes NYC bucket list -but, not completely! 

(Donuts I made using BabyCakes NYC recipe)

P. S. & Co.  is located in Philadelphia, PA, and owned by Andrea Kyan.  P. S. & Co. is an organic, gluten-free, vegan, kosher parve cafe.  Last year, I was lucky enough to win a contest P. S. & Co. offered, and got to try their amazing sweets. The PBJ Crisp was to die for!  
One day, I'm just going to have a do a road trip, and visit them all...and pack comfy cloths for room to expand from all the yummy goodness!!!  

Locally, we do have a few yummy goodness options:

The Gluuteny is a dedicated gluten free, dairy free bakery where everything is made in-house, from scratch, by hand, daily.  They offer cakes, cookies, pizza crust, cupcakes, mixes, and more!!!  You bet each year, they make our birthday cakes!!  

SunnyBakes is a Cafe located in SunnyBridge Natural Foods.  SunnyBakes is a dedicated gluten free bakery and cafe.  Anytime we stock up on gluten free foods from SunnyBridge, Miss J without a doubt needs a sweet SunnyBakes treat, too!  
We are very lucky to have a few places to get our yummy goodness, gluten free fix -but, wish we could move Jennifer's Way, BabyCakes NYC, and P.S. & Co. here too.  A Celiac girl can dream, right?!?!?  The biggest comfort of them all is being 100% safe food for Celiacs.  Not to mention, they are all a small business...always have to support the little guys!   

Where are your favorite gluten free places?  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Safe Eats

Is it just me or have you also found it more difficult to eat out lately?!?!  In the past, when a restaurant had a gluten free menu, they knew to take precautions due to Celiac.  Now, when I request a gluten free menu at the very few restaurant choices that I have, they seem to fluff me off -so, I stress several times we have "allergies".  It so frustrating that the fad diet now makes it difficult for those of us that need gluten free to get safe, gluten free food.  

Unfortunately, we only have a handful of choices of where we can eat out, and of that handful only 3 do I feel confident of getting a safe meal.  Locally, we have a BnDz (Burgers and Dogs) who are extremely knowledgeable, and have delicious food.   We had our first visit the other day, and truly impressed.  You can order off the menu or create your own.  My daughter who is 4 was tickled pink that they gave her a sweet treat; which was gluten free (labeled that way too)!  They also have a dedicated frier for their fresh cut fries, and gluten free buns!  
Upon placing our orders and saying we needed gluten free, they asked if we were Celiacs.  That is honestly the first time I'v been asked that in a very long time!  The owner has a medical background, and wanted to create a safe place for all to eat...that he sure did!  

Another comfort out to eat spot is PF Changs.  One of my biggest comforts with our PF Changs is Gluten Free meals are served on a different style plate -so, when you are handed your plate you aren't wondering if its the correct meal.  It would be nice if all the other places that offer Gluten Free menus would do something similar.  Or even put a Gluten Free flag on it!  

Last but certainly not least, my 3rd favorite comfort to eat out is Mandy's Pizza.  There are 2 locations to get Gluten Free yummies:  West View, and the newest location is in Squirrel Hill.  The owners son has food allergies -so, they take every needed precaution.  Mandy's Pizza offers a fantastic selection of yummy goodness, too!  I've tries all they have to offer, and have never been disappointed!  The Squirrel Hill location is actually across the street from a dedicated Gluten Free Bakery:  Gluuteny.  That right there is just a Celiacs dream to be able to get a delicious Gluten Free Pizza, Fries, Hoagie...and then go across the street for Dessert!  

I'd love to hear of some of you favorite safe, Gluten Free spots in Pittsburgh...or any other area for travel ideas!  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Struggles with Celiac and 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 Celiacs 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 out 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? This year, I finally realized enough is enough, and 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, and wife/daughter/sister/friend!  It can get pretty challenging for me at times -but, could never get through it all without my extremely supportive husband, family and friends.  I'm truly blessed...especially since my nearest and dearest friends accept me for me...anxiety & food issues and all!  This winter, great friend introduced me to hot yoga; which is perfect outlet to help to better myself, and relieve some anxiety.  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 my being honest, and 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!!