7 Gift Ideas for the Gluten-Free Person in your Life

7 Gift Ideas for the Gluten-Free Person in Your Life
7 Gift Ideas for the Gluten-Free Person in Your Life

Gluten-Free Gift Ideas

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time for people to start asking us what we want for the holidays. If you are reading my blog, you probably want some sort of miracle for your body issues but since that isn’t going to happen, let’s find some awesome ideas for you to give your loved ones this holiday season.

Here is my list of gluten-free holiday items!

  1. Gift Cards – Now, I know what you are thinking… “that’s not a very exciting gift!” But, I challenge to think outside the box on this one. Gift cards for us are like free money to try products we might have been scared to spend our own $10 on! I see gift cards as exploratory money. It’s for items I’ve wanted to try but have been afraid of spending my own money on them. Gift cards can also help offset the cost of some of the things we buy on a regular basis. I would love an Amazon gift card to buy my vitamins and/or gluten-free products! Then I can buy those shoes I’ve been eyeballing at Neiman Marcus Last Call.
  2. Kitchen products – There are all kinds of fun and funky new kitchen items and I’m sure you don’t want to replace everything on your own. A new bright-colored toaster from Target? How about a new foldable colander or funky cutting board?
  3. Beauty products – If you’ve been around my blog, you know I love and adore Red Apple Lipstick! They are having  holiday sale so if you’ve been considering it, now’s the time to buy!  Not only can you request items from them, but giving their products to friends and family, you can show them that not everything gluten-free is gross! Red Apple Rocks! There are other brands as well such as Afterglow Cosmetics, Lovely Lady Organic Products or Gabriel Cosmetics (I like the ZuZu line).
  4. Nail Polish – Believe it or not, if you bite your nails and wear polish, you could be consuming gluten. My favorite gluten-free nail polish is Deborah Lippmann! She has the most amazing colors with sparkles galore. OPI is another brand that is gluten-free and is the most recognized when you are going to get your nails done.
  5. Celiac and the Beast Book – Check out my friend Erica’s book! If you have celiac or know someone who has celiac, this is the greatest gift for them! Or gluten-free cook books and/or magazines!
  6. Craft Classes? Yes, believe it or not I love this website and think so many of my friends do one or another of the classes they offer so why not suggest something fun from Craftsy? If we are going to make gluten-free cakes that don’t always taste up to par, the lease we can do is take a class on how to make it look pretty! They also have quilting, sewing, photography, knitting and more!
  7. Pretty Little Celiac Products! – Shameless self promotion here :) Lots of stuff I would love to sell. Since we moved into our apartment, I just don’t have the space to store everything anymore. Once it’s gone, it’s gone – so get it asap!

Do you have any ideas? Please post them in the comments below!

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Celiac and Your Sex Life – Things to Consider…

Celiac and Sex – Tips to connect with your partner.
Celiac and Sex – Tips to connect with your partner.

Celiac and Your Sex Life – Things to Consider…

Today I recorded a podcast and discussed several issues regarding celiac disease and your sex life. It’s mature content but is not explicit. I don’t go into details about my own sex life, but I do offer tips from my own life to help you feel close to your partner again.

It’s something that many women struggle with and is not just a factor associated with celiac disease. However, having a chronic disease makes feeling close to people difficult because it involves trust and communication above and beyond any physical intimacy. This makes dating and finding a new partner extremely difficult. There are people out there that struggle with their current partner and feelings of guilt, frustration etc. when it comes to your sex life.

I talk about things to consider before rushing to celiac disease and gluten to blame for your lack of sexual desire.

There are tips on how to make it better for both of you and the importance of learning to compromise.

Hopefully, this podcast will allow you to think about the how’s and why’s of a slow sex drive and give you inspiration to try my tips to feel close to your partner without the negative feelings.

Enjoy!

Rebecca

P.S. I have a ton of podcasts covering a wide range of issues with celiac disease on BlogTalkRadio.com or you can find me on iTunes and subscribe so you never miss an episode!

P.S.S. I am also Andrew Cordova’s co-host of his GF Magazine Podcast!

Tips for Handling a Bad Gluten-Free Dining Experience

What to do when you have a negative gluten free dining experience?
What to do when you have a negative gluten free dining experience?

What to do when you have a negative gluten free dining experience?

I travel frequently and love to try new places, despite living a gluten-free life. I put my health in the hands of strangers all the time but it never gets easier. The language barriers seem to be one of the hardest situations I encounter when explaining that I can’t consume gluten.

But through all the experiences, some are wonderful, positive and delicious and others leave little to be desired.

So, you had a bad gluten-free restaurant experience? Now what?

Anyone who lives a gluten-free lifestyle has survived a less than enjoyable experience in a dining establishment. Whether you deal with an agitated waiter or an uneducated kitchen staff, the experience still leaves a salty taste in your mouth. No one wants to go out to eat and have a great time, only to leave there a feel a gluten poisoning coming on to ruin the next few days of your week.

Most recently I entered into a dispute with a manager from a place I’ve eaten at before and received wonderful service from the girls working there, over their gluten-free menu. He told me it didn’t exist and when I asked for the orange menu from behind the bar with the gluten filled items scratched out on it, he told me the menu was exactly the same as the regular one. No kidding, I know it’s the same, but this one very clearly has it blacked out the items they can’t make safe for me and giant warnings about their chips not cooked in a dedicated fryer. He literally argued with me for 5 minutes about it before I just sat down and talked to my server about it.

I’ve been poisoned before and had a bad experience. Here are my tips on how to handle an unpleasant gluten-free restaurant experience.

  1. Try not to fly into an immediate rage or hysterics. While certainly you are emotional and for all the right reasons, now isn’t the time to go into antics. Compose yourself and ask to speak to the manager.
  2. Hopefully, the manager will offer to make it right or at least take care of your bill since they made you sick and it will end with them. But, sometimes you need to take it up the chain. One time I suffered from a horrible experience at an Asian themed restaurant where they served me an entire plate of regular sauced food and I was sick immediately. I barely made it out of there without changing my pants. The manager was less than sympathetic and assured me I received the correct meal. Clearly by my dash to the restroom before I even finished eating was a sign he didn’t know what he was talking about. I had no choice but to take it up a level.
  3. I wrote an email to the corporate office of the restaurant. I explained the situation in a calm, descriptive manner. When they didn’t respond within 48 hours, I wrote a blog post about my experience.
  4. The blog post was shared with their Facebook and Twitter pages and sure enough within 12 hours of the post, I received a message from them and spoke with their communications director who offered me a gift card in exchange for my experience.
  5. Then I wrote a review on Yelp and copied it to other sites with the corrected information about how they made the situation better and finally responded to the problem.

I am NEVER quick to write a bad review. I believe the business has the right to remedy the situation prior to it escalating to a negative review or blog post. When I write the review, I will mention the problem and then clearly explain how they decided to make the situation better.

If the manager and/or owner fail to respond to my attempts to get them to remedy the situation, then I will make it known very publicly about the situation and my attempts to offer them the opportunity to make things better.

Have I gone back to a restaurant after having a negative experience? Yes. But, if I have a problem on the second time, I can tell you it will be my last time eating there.

There are also times where I’ve gone to places that I loved because I always felt safe and they failed me. It happens everywhere and we need to always have our guard up.

 

Your Top 6 Questions about Gluten Free and Celiac Disease Answered!

Your Top 6 Questions about Gluten Free and Celiac Disease Answered!

Tune in to hear what I have to say!

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6 questions I answer –

1. Do I really need to replace all my items?

2. Do I really need gluten-free beauty products?

3. What do I do when I find myself craving gluten filled foods?

4. How do I deal/cope with the frustrations of celiac disease?

5. Are those digestive enzymes like GlutenCutter safe for me?

6. How do I take control of my weight after going gluten-free?

Ask Rebecca: Do I Need to get Tested for Celiac Disease?

This is a tough one for me. I believe everyone has the right to follow their own route for treatment. There are some people who can eliminate gluten, feel amazing and live on their lives as normal but I don’t think that’s the norm for this disease.

I believe if you can afford the testing or have health insurance, it is essential to get tested for a number of reasons. Hear me out..

1. You may or may not have celiac disease but I can almost guarantee you have some sort of nutrition deficiencies that can only be determined by blood work. This isn’t as simple as just taking a multi vitamin. The only way to adequately determine what vitamins you need is to get the proper blood work done to determine your individual needs.

2. Depending on your blood work, your doctor may order you to have a biopsy done to determine the level of damage caused to your intestines from the undiagnosed celiac disease. This again is something that can only be determined by a doctor.

3. The only way to determine these things is to keep consuming gluten and get your testing done. You cannot have the tests done if you eliminate gluten from your diet before your testing because the results will be skewed. So, it won’t do you any good if you eliminate gluten now and then decide in 3 months you want to get tested.

4. I’ve talked to many of you who say that you may not have taken the gluten-free diet and lifestyle seriously without the celiac disease diagnosis. This may or may not be an issue for you. For me, I can tell you that if I thought I could get away with a little bit once in a while, my situation would be very different right now because I would be eating a soft pretzel every couple of months to satisfy my needs. BUT, because I know I have celiac disease, this is completely out of my mind. I wouldn’t think of is.

5. Fertility problems are a major issue with people who have celiac disease. If you plan on having children or are struggling with fertility now, I would recommend you get tested ASAP for celiac disease. I would hate to see anyone not get tested, go through infertility treatments, only to find out they could have solved the problems strictly by living a gluten-free diet and managing deficiencies.

6. There is potential for undiagnosed celiac disease to cause other major health problems as we grow older and even contribute to bowel and other cancers. This is something for you to be aware of as you get older to monitor your health.

Do you have a different story? Why or why not did you choose to get tested? I want to hear about it!~

Ask Rebecca: How do I convince my family to get tested for celiac disease?

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This begins my new Monday segment of Ask Rebecca! I will pick one question per week from the Facebook page, messages and email and answer it to the best of my ability! Today’s question comes from Facebook – Judy Grover!!

“How do I convince my family to get tested for celiac disease?

Rebecca: I honestly don’t think there is any good answer for this. Just like anything else, your family has to be on board with thinking they have a problem and be willing to get tested. The testing is expensive and can be challenging to get an accurate diagnosis. If there are no obvious symptoms, the person is also less likely to spend the money on getting the testing done. My mom didn’t end up getting tested until I nagged her for months about asking her doctor. Then when she finally did ask the doctor, he gave her inaccurate information because he was not educated on the disease. He told her because she did not have diarrhea, she didn’t need to get tested. It wasn’t until after I gave her more detailed information about all the possible symptoms and encouraged her to get tested again that she finally completed the test. The doctor (whose results I believe are suspect) told her she did not test positive for celiac disease and she didn’t need to be concerned. Again, I don’t know what tests were run or if they were even checked correctly. So, that’s the only thing I can go on. What I would encourage you to do is the following:

  • Become as educated as you can be on the disease to explain the importance of getting tested. Without being able to explain the importance and why you think they need to be tested, it’s going to be a struggle to get them to do it.
  • Remember that not everyone has it in your family just because you do! We are quick to assume everyone has it or should get tested for it because we are diagnosed, when that’s not always the case.
  • Keep your family updated on your own medical journey. Don’t be overbearing about it or make constant digs because it’s likely to backfire.
  • Don’t forget that as adults, we have the right to get our own testing done. It’s our own health and bodies and we should do what we feel is right for ourselves and not anyone else. Haven’t you ever had someone tell you to get tested for this or that when you were struggling with your symptoms? Sometimes the shoe fit and you asked your doctor, but other times you felt you didn’t have the symptoms so it wasn’t worth getting tested. We should respect our family’s rights to do what they see fit with their bodies. We can’t control how or what they do! The only thing we can be sure of is that we are treating ourselves the way we believe is happy and healthy.

Did you successfully get your family to get tested? Please leave your story below!