15 Things NOT to say to someone with celiac or gluten intolerance…

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For those of us with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, we’ve all heard comments that make our skin crawl. I compiled a list of the top 15 things you should never say to someone about gluten or celiac!!

  1. Can you eat anything….?
  2. Are you sure you can’t just have a little bite to try it? This is really good, you’re missing out.
  3. Well, if you can’t go there to eat, where can you go?
  4. It’s not like eating a little gluten will kill you…
  5. I would just die if I had that allergy. I would probably just keep eating gluten. I could never give up….
  6. Any statement that starts with “My doctor told me…”
  7. Any statement that starts with “I read on the internet…”
  8. How can a food allergy cause that many symptoms for that long? That doesn’t seem right.
  9. Can’t you just drink a lot of water and flush it out when you eat gluten?
  10. Can’t you just take a Benadryl after you eat bread and then not have a reaction?
  11. Maybe I’ll try going on a gluten free diet. I heard you lose a lot of weight.
  12. I just heard Miley Cyrus got really skinny going gluten free, is that why you aren’t eating gluten?
  13. Your spouse must really hate the fact that you can’t eat gluten.
  14. Seems like you have to give up a lot for a minor food allergy.
  15. So, will you ever be able to eat gluten again?

Do you have a comment that is made to you frequently about gluten or celiac?

Post it below so we can all have a laugh and know we aren’t the only ones!

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10 things you MUST do in your kitchen when going gluten free

When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know that you basically had to tear apart your entire kitchen and buy all new stuff just to stay safe from cross contamination.

Boy did I learn a thing or 2 about this after I kept getting sick from our old toaster.

Here are my top 10 things to do in your kitchen when you first stop eating gluten.

  1. Separate all your gluten free foods in the cupboards. We made one unit completely full of gluten free items. My husband keeps anything he gets that has gluten in the other part of the kitchen so they don’t get mixed up. It honestly makes it so much easier for you if you know exactly where your food is all the time.
  2. Get a brand new toaster and label it the “gluten free” one! The crumbs in the old toaster create a cross contamination nightmare for you!
  3. Check any ingredients in old sauces, jars, jams, rice mixes or anything actually! Watch for all the hidden words for gluten and if you aren’t sure – Google it or throw it out! You can also use a food scanner app like Shopwell or Fooducate to check the foods right from your smart phone.
  4. Get a marker and put GF or your name on foods that are safe to consume. I found these neat stickers at Zazzle.com to put on foods in your kitchen! But I think a sharpie will get the job done just as well.
  5. Any jars of mayonnaise, jam, peanut butter or ketchup should be thrown out or new ones purchased for you. Who knows what people were sticking in those containers!
  6. Buy new cookie sheets or metal pans. I’ve heard that people even buy a whole new set of pots and pans to prevent “spores” from getting in their food. I’m not sure how necessary that is but if you feel safe and can afford to do so- have at it!
  7. Segmenting the freezer is an easy way to put all the gluten free breads, meals and goodies in one place.
  8. Be careful with your soaps and detergents. Ensure they are gluten free by checking with the manufacturer of the product!
  9. Be aware of cross contamination. Keep separate cooking areas or cook one meal first and then the gluten free one second. In order to keep and stay safe, it’s imperative we watch diligently to ensure our safety.
  10. Educate your family on all the changes you just made! No sense in going through all this hassle and not having them on board or understand what’s going on!

Do you have a kitchen tip for those with Gluten Intolerance or Celiac disease? Please share it in the comments section!!

Motivation Monday – Let’s do this!

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It’s October 1st!

I’ve got my meals made.

My workout is planned and I am ready to go!!

Let’s do it!