If so, you might want to start following me other places too! Facebook has mad numerous changes to the way they operate and despite having over 7,000 beautiful, inspiring and amazing followers – very few of you see my posts anymore and that makes me incredibly sad.
Facebook is making it so if brands aren’t paying for sponsored posts or ads, we aren’t showing up in news feeds nearly like we were before. I used to have 50% of you see and engage on my page and now it’s down to maybe 10% on a good day. This is extremely disappointing considering I write this blog to help people and if you can’t access my information, how can it help? Unfortunately, I don’t have the financial resources to pay for ads, likes or sponsored posts on Facebook. I spend my valuable time trying gluten-free things, sharing my celiac experiences with you and promoting advocacy.
So, what can you do?
If you already like Pretty Little Celiac on Facebook, you can make sure you get the notifications in your news feeds by checking out this image.
Or, you can start following me other places!
I love Instagram. I post lots of pictures of gluten-free foods at home, in the grocery store or out to eat! Anything I find and love or don’t love, I share with all of you. I also adore input about things I’ve tried you may or may not like too! Sometimes I post personal photos with my husband, selfies, our doggies or just random things. Oh yeah, I post workouts and my fitness playlists for my own workouts and when I teach indoor cycling. They are killer tunes .
You can also find me on Twitter! I like to engage with everyone on there and find myself scrolling the twitter sphere more than Facebook anyway. I don’t like abandoning anyone on Facebook and I will of course still post things there, but I miss the engagement with my Pretty Little Celiac Community! Your stories, feedback, comments and pep talks are what made PLC great and I’m jones’in for some PLC love.
The biggest thing for me is keeping the connection with all of you. So, hopefully you will come join me on these other social media sites and join in the fun!
We love to travel and one of the biggest challenges is finding gluten-free options in airports and especially on planes. I learned so many things as a fitness competitor, especially traveling for shows with a restrictive diet but the biggest thing is the ability to take food through TSA security! Yes! You can bring your own food with you to the airport and on the plane. I used to bring a 6-pack bag cooler (it’s a brand competitors use frequently) filled with baked fish, chicken and steak along with meatballs, sweet potatoes and veggies to fill my belly. If you think people complain about you eating gluten-free, try cracking open some tuna on a plane without your neighbors giving you the stink eye!
I like to think I’ve mastered the ability to bring things with me but even now and again I forget so if you have gluten-free snack items you love to travel with please feel free to post them below! The more information we can share for each other, the better and as you know that’s why I started Pretty Little Celiac!
Here are my top 10 gluten-free airport and plan travel snacks!
Fruit and/or dried fruit
Gluten-Free bars like Vans, Lara bars, Kind bars etc.
Go Picnic kits
String Cheese or Baybel’s
Sample packets of protein powder – purchased or separated yourself – mix at the airport
Tuna packets, canned chicken, canned salmon
Roasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds – any seed! Make your own trail mix!
What am I missing? Tell us what you take through security and on planes or trains when you travel!!
I know a while back there was some hoopla around California Pizza Kitchen’s gluten-free menu and some serious concerns of cross-contamination. So, when I recently visited one of their locations, I wondered if the gluten-free at California Pizza Kitchen changed.
I met my friend Jen at the Polaris Mall location in Columbus, Ohio for some drinks. While there, we decided to grab something to eat. Our server from the bar brought out the gluten-free pizza menu along with explained the process of the gluten-free items on the regular menu. There were little GF circles near foods that were gluten-free.
We decided to try the gluten-free chicken BBQ pizza. Our server assured us of the proper cooking method and was very cautious with our order. She even confirmed it was gluten-free upon dropping it off and made the necessary precautions to keep me safe. We were seated at the bar and could tell that our pizza was not cooked with the others. I noticed on their little menu that they went through the Gluten Intolerance Group certification program. However, just because a place goes through this doesn’t mean every server will be knowledgeable (or care) of gluten-free food preparations.
The food was delicious and I didn’t get sick. Even Jen loved the pizza! Success. I will definitely be back to some other locations to test them out. Excited to know there are some more options available for us.
P.S. Since I originally wrote this post, I’ve been to a second location in a different state. They were equally as concerned about me having a safe meal. Hopefully, this is the consistent trend throughout their stores and the education is across the board!
Have you had a recent experience there? Let us know!
After getting over a horrible sinus infection along with double ear infections, I am finally on the mend! Now I can do this amazing giveaway for all of you that I’ve been meaning to do since January. Does time get away from everyone? It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating New Years Eve and now spring is knocking on our door! Although, I admit I will welcome the warmer weather with open arms.
Alright… Let’s get down to business!
I first met Cheryl with Lovely Lady Products at the International Celiac Disease Symposium. Her story was inspiring and I seriously couldn’t stop staring at her face – her skin is flawless! Turns out after years of having problems (just like the rest of us) she found out she has celiac disease and went out on a mission to create natural products to help everyone.
Prior to meeting Cheryl, my esthetician suggested using Argan Oil on my face instead of chemically filled products so for about a year, that’s what I’ve been doing. My skin feels so good! Turns out Lovely Lady Products knows a thing or 2 about Argan Oil and uses it in many of their products. After getting bunch of testers, I was hooked and have been using Lovely Lady Products since the fall.
So, what products do I use? I’ll admit, I’ve never been a huge beauty product consumer and typically use an entire bottle of something I like before moving on to the next. I absolutely love the Facial Nutrient and Night Serum Oil.
Few tips – Our skin needs oil! That’s what prevents wrinkles and fine lines. It’s imperative that we keep moisture and elasticity in our skin to look fresh and young forever. You only need a small amount of these products. Don’t take a huge amount of the oil and put it on your face. You want just a little bit – enough for it to melt into your skin and not feel greasy. If your face feels greasy, you are using too much.
Everlasting-Argan Immortelle Facial Nutrient (Embrace the power to never fade)
Creams and lotions may be inefficient at preventing dry, tired, itchy and sun damaged skin. Over time, your skin needs more hydration and natural nutrients which help to slow and prevent the effects of aging. This fast absorbing nutrient salve deeply penetrates and moisturizes the skin. One of the key ingredients is helichrysum essential oil. There’s a reason this oil is called “Everlasting” and “Immortelle”. This flower will not wilt or wither after it has been picked. This formula is complete with properties from the immortelle plant, so just imagine how effective these properties can be.
Everlasting-Argan Night Serum Oil (Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)
Our Pure Organic Argan Oil will help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth. This easy to absorb oil will help to minimize lines and wrinkles, bringing moisture to your skin as it nourishes and protects from the environment. We suggest using our Serum oil prior to going to bed, which will assist with your skin’s own ability to regenerate itself. Cell regeneration is a natural process where fresh, new skin cells replace old, dead skin. This happens quicker at night compared to daytime. Vitamins and other healing/anti-aging plant properties lose potency after exposure to sunlight, which render them less effective. Due to there being no sunlight exposure at night, vitamins and other skin healing properties stay active longer and can provide more anti-aging benefits for your skin (by supporting the skin’s hydro-lipid layer). This oil is a truly natural solution for youthful, healthy and beautiful looking skin.
So, What am I giving away?
Lovely Lady Products generously donated a TON of products for me to giveaway so you really need to enter this one!
Here are the products and their descriptions included in the giveaway.
Another tip – If you are allergic to nuts, please look at the ingredients, I know some of them contain almond oil
Everlasting-Argan Facial Cleansing Bar (Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)
A luxurious, deep-cleansing soap for all skin types that doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after rinsing away impurities. It’s light and invigorating, leaving your face hydrated and smooth. The powerful and everlasting properties of neroli essential oil, argan oil and calendula work to nourish, stimulate and rejuvenate. Excellent for all skin types, including aging, dry, problem and sensitive skin.
Everlasting Facial Toner (Embrace the power to never fade)
After cleansing your face with our Everlasting Facial Bar, be sure to use our everlasting toner. It will restore the skin’s natural balance while toning and refining your pores. Enjoy the perks of this nondrying helichrysum-infused toner and the added benefit of properties that rescue dull skin and will soon have your skin glowing again. How Lovely!
Everlasting-Argan Immortelle Facial Mask (Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)
Our mask will purify your skin and is great for both combination and oily skin. We are certain that you will be extremely pleased with the effectiveness of our mask. It goes on with a very light and creamy texture, but then gently dries, helping to soaks up oil and dirt from your skin. This product should be used once or twice a week after cleansing your face with our facial cleansing bar and toner.
Everlasting-Argan Helichrysum Body Butter (Help your skin find its eternal fountain of youth)
You’ll love this exquisitely whipped shea nut butter that absorbs quickly and completely into your skin without a greasy texture. Intensely rich, it will penetrate deep into the skin’s tissue, leaving your body exceptionally hydrated and silky soft.
Lovely Lady Moisturizing Bath Bars
(Indulge in your bathing experience)Our cold-pressed moisturizing bath soaps have an invigorating, fresh smell that leaves your skin lightly scented. It conditions the skin while gently cleansing and leaves no soapy residue. We’ve specially formulated our soap bars with nutrient-rich oils and essentials that are sure to have your body feeling hydrated, rejuvenated and clean. They are perfect for all skin types including aging, dry and sensitive skin.
At this point, you are probably asking yourself… How do I enter?
Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts and you are entered to win. More points = better chance of winning!