The Extra Challenges Associated with Fitness and Celiac Disease

After going through my own weight loss journey, I realized the fitness industry was severely lacking the kind of trainer I needed and wanted – someone who was educated on fitness, motivating to keep me coming back for more and just as excited as I was when I started seeing results.

You see, time after time, I went to a gym or met with a trainer that always wanted to push his own goals on me and then brushed me off when I said that I wanted to do something else. I also ended up with a knee injury requiring surgery because I had damaged it so much during our training sessions from being told that it was “weak” and I needed to lift heavier. Quite the contrary actually – the knee was so damaged, I needed to go lighter.

I’ve had trainers that didn’t pay attention to me the whole session because they had so many other people training at the same time. I’ve had trainers that took me to Chipotle after our workout sessions. I’ve had trainers that didn’t listen to me when I said something hurt or didn’t feel right. I’ve had trainers that wanted me try unsafe moves or exercises to “sculpt” me.

I opened my own business to be the complete opposite of everything horrible I saw while I was losing the weight myself.

You see I’ve learned over the past 4 years, people want to feel like they belong somewhere. They want to feel a bond with their trainer and the environment. Losing weight is an intimate process. Not everyone wants you to prod them, take pictures of them and feel their sweaty bodies during measurements. They don’t want to feel like a scolded child if they go out for drinks one night and have a life. While I certainly believe there are people out there that are hardcore and want their trainers to yell at them and force them to do crazy stuff, there is a larger group of people who want to be nurtured towards their results. Trainers that push their clients to do fad diets, crazy weight loss plans, extreme cardio or other unsafe weight loss mechanisms will see results very quickly. However, that will soon fade and those clients will be binge eating at a food truck sooner than you can say “grilled chicken.”

Your goals are not my goals. Your goals drive the results of the training sessions. It is not your trainers job to force goals upon you during or after your sessions. Results are a direct response to your goals.

Which is why this post is completely relevant to those of you seeking fitness services while having auto-immune diseases like fibromyalgia, celiac disease, arthritis, endometriosis and the rest of the lovely things we all struggle with along with celiac.

It is essential for us to find a facility with a great reputation for being caring, supportive, encouraging AND results oriented.

You should NEVER feel bad, awkward or uncomfortable talking to your trainer about any pain, physical struggles and emotional struggles. This is an essential component to our health and wellbeing. If the only thing we can do is show up to the session and try our best, than that is what should be acceptable. You are paying THEM to help you get to your goals. Don’t let them treat you poorly. I’m not saying they shouldn’t give you a push or challenge you, but they need to understand there is a limit. I would never want anyone leaving my facility to go home and cry because of me!

Last year I struggled tremendously with my own fitness program and I know how hard it is to get out of bed when you are exhausted and in pain. All it takes is a gluten incident, lactose incident or some other weird food thing to make me ill forcing me to stay at home than go to the gym. A migraine can off shoot 3 days for me sometimes. The cramping from the endometriosis didn’t get better when I worked out.

We need more trainers in the world that are understanding and caring to their clients individual needs. We need more trainers that want to learn about our conditions and help motivate us to keep going even when we would rather lay on the couch and watch tv. I can tell you someone who tells me I’m lazy or a wimp will not motivate me what so ever.

This industry is so quick to say you aren’t trying hard enough or you’re lying about your diet when weight loss goals aren’t met. No one thinks that you could have a hormone problem causing you to retain the weight. No one thinks that maybe you are struggling with water retention from a health condition preventing weight loss. No one thinks that those pills you are taking for XYZ could be adding pounds to the scale and not your eating habits or work ethic in the gym.

At Bexa Body Fitness, we focus on our clients 150% – their goals are our goals. We understand that not everyone is looking for a tremendous weight loss story or wanting to run a marathon. There are lots of people out there that are just trying to improve their quality of life, not win a body building competition. We need to educate trainers on our diseases and start training them to have more coping and coaching skills to go right along with their awesome motivational and training skills.

I realize that my life experiences have put me in the position to intimately know the emotions and physical distress but it’s unfortunate to see so many people struggling with seemingly nowhere to turn. I’m ready to help educating this industry to the best of my ability, hoping to help so many more in the future.

Stuffed Flank Steak – Naturally gluten-free!

Stuffed Flank Steak - Yum!
Stuffed Flank Steak – Yum!

I saw something similar to this on Pinterest but their ingredients didn’t look good to me and they used breadcrumbs and a sauce that was not gluten-free. I wanted to make this as clean and wholesome as I could. Once you make it the first time, it is much easier to do the second, third time. You can always play around with ingredients as well for the filling!

Naturally Gluten-Free Stuffed Flank Steak 

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of flank steak

2 tablespoons of garlic salt

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of salt and pepper

2 cups of fresh spinach

1 red pepper diced

3 medium sized mushrooms diced or about ½ cup

2 cloves of garlic minced

¾ cup of chopped mozzarella cheese

4 tablespoons of olive oil

cotton twine

reparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, ½ tablespoon of salt & pepper, 2 cups of spinach, all of the diced red peppers and mushrooms and the minced garlic into a bowl and mix all ingredients together.
  3. Transfer items to a skillet on medium heat covered for about 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally. You want all the ingredients to be cooked – especially the red peppers.
  4. Take out the mozzarella, cut it into small pieces and put aside in a separate bowl.
  5. Lay the piece of flank steak on your cutting surface over 3 or 4 pieces of twine long enough to tie the stuffed flank together when you are ready to roll it. I didn’t do it this way and it was hard to get the cotton under the flank without losing some of the stuffing.
  6. Cut the flank down the middle along the striations of the meat but do not cut all the way through, you want it to open up like a book.
  7. Rub with a small amount of olive oil then sprinkling the other ½ of the salt & pepper and 1 tablespoon of garlic salt.
  8. When the ingredients are done in the skillet, remove them without bringing all the liquid with them into the bowl with the mozzarella. I used a large draining spoon to remove them. Then mix everything together with the cheese.
  9. Take the stuffing and lay it all over the meat making a thin layer. You don’t want it to be too thick or it won’t roll and all the filling will come out.
  10. Once it is rolled, tie the strings one at a time a few inches apart around the flank. Cut the excess ends off the ties. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  11. Place in a greased dish into the oven for 25-30 minutes depending on the thickness of our flank.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Body Image, Disordered Eating, Depression and Celiac in Women

Penn State University recently published a study finding that women with celiac disease often suffer from depression, stress, body image issues and weight regardless of compliance with the gluten free diet. It also showed a higher tendency for disordered eating which is something I’ve written about in the past. That post had the highest hits of all time on my blog, showing it is a concern for many women.

I think it is important to discuss why we feel this way and how we can improve our overall well-being with this lifelong disease.

For me, this hits me especially hard because I am in the fitness industry. As a fitness model, there is a certain expectation for appearance, body tone and overall physical fitness. This past year, I’ve spent all my time healing my body after diagnosis and making sure I’m healthy. Unfortunately, this impacts my ability to stay athletic and especially look athletic. I’ve taken a huge hit with this disease by gaining 20 pounds and struggling to complete a workout that 2 years ago would have been a breeze. People can say “oh you look great” or “I would love to look like you.” But, in this pretty little brain of mine, I have a completely different perception of how I want/should look. This completely ties into the body image issues discussed in the Penn study.

Now, granted my situation is different because I know all of you aren’t in the fitness and modeling world and aren’t interested in the perfect body, but we all have a vision of how we see ourselves and when we cant’ achieve that for whatever reason, it takes a mental toll on us. Women have the innate ability to beat themselves up over their own thoughts, even more than the comments of others.

After continuing to not feel well towards the end of last year, I ended up getting all my blood work tested again in December only to find my Gliadin IGG and IGA antibodies increased, instead of decreasing which is likely why I’ve been so incredibly sore after all my workouts. My body is still fighting something and inflaming my joints to the point that I don’t want to workout at all. I’m talking one little workout will make me sore for 7-10 days. That is unheard of for me.

Then I come to find out from my doctor that corn elicits the same autoimmune response for people carrying the celiac genes (I have both of them). I’m to cut corn for the next 90 days and then have my blood drawn again to see if my levels improve. I can tell you that just one week of being corn free and I feel so much better. My body seems to have deflated and I’m not AS sore after my workouts. Incredible.

But through all of this, I feel mentally and emotionally though I’m stronger than ever. Let me tell you how I did it….

First, I’ve never been one to keep my mouth shut and it’s gotten me in trouble a few times! But, I can tell you that I will never be afraid to speak up about celiac disease, gluten or anything related to it. You just make one snide comment to me and I will educate you beyond belief about my body, this disease making you fully understand what I’m going through. Or, I will just talk until that person will realize they won’t make the mistake again of saying something about celiac or gluten. You need to be able to stand up for yourself in these situations and not let others put you down or make you feel bad about our lifestyle. It is a lifestyle, it is not a diet.

Second, find a way to grieve the loss of gluten in your life. For me, I also had to grieve lactose which included my favorite food Greek yogurt and now corn. And, I love me some mexican food filled with corn so that was another problem. You feel like your life has come to and end and is ruined because you can’t eat these things, when in reality your life is just starting. Say goodbye to those foods. It took me 6 months at least to figure this out. I would see something and think “well, maybe I could just have a bite.” I never did it but I sure thought about it. The time has passed and I’m over that now. I understand those things are not food for me, they are poison. There is nothing I would love more than to have food from a food truck here in Philly, I’m looking at one right now as I write this post but it doesn’t break my heart that I can’t have them. For me, it was saying goodbye and making substitutions in my life.

Lastly, surround yourself with people who understand. I can’t emphasize this enough. Just starting this blog and finding thousands of you with the same problems creates a sense of security for me. A sense of unity about this disease. The isolation isn’t there anymore because I feel I have so many people to help me if I need it. The virtual world allows us to have more connections than we could ever imagine.

Without going through these three steps, you will continue to struggle with the challenging and emotional side effects of this disease. There won’t ever be peace of mind for you and it will constantly be a struggle. It isn’t going to be an over night change but going through the process over and over again will create a habit and retrain your thoughts and feelings about the disease.

The study results appear online and in an upcoming issue of Chronic Illness.

Gluten Free Philly Review: Giorgio’s on Pine

After using the Yelp app to search for gluten free places to eat in Philadelphia, we came across Giorgio’s that just happened to be near where we were walking. It’s on Pine street near the theater district, a little bit off the beaten path it seemed.

We got there about 7pm on a Tuesday night. We didn’t have to wait at all and they weren’t busy until later around 8pm. The hostess promptly seated us and brought over the menu. Pretty much anything on the menu could be made gluten free. They use Schar’s pasta but also have a brown rice pasta and gluten free pizzas. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about gluten free. It seemed as though they were known in that area for gluten free foods.

I didn’t know we had to bring our own beer/wine or else I would have grabbed some on our way in. Lesson learned.

They brought out regular bread and garlic/oil for my husband and a separate gluten free bread tray for mine with my own oil to prevent cross contamination.

I started with the soup, a potato soup with mozzarella and bacon. It was really good but lacking the potato pieces in the soup I hoped for.

I chose the brown rice pasta with the beef goulash. It was very good. The pasta was cooked perfectly, just enough sauce and the beef was tender and juicy. Extra parmesan cheese on top and I was a happy camper. I only could finish about half of it so we boxed it up and took it back to the hotel.

My husband had the special with spicy sausage pasta with a light white wine sauce. He said it was amazing.

Dinner for less than $50 was a pleasant surprise!

I often struggle with finding places that have not only a gluten free menu but an understanding of cross contamination and safety concerns. Even if the food was horrible, they would get a great review for having such a wonderful experience for me.

I highly recommend this place for those of us looking for gluten free options!!

14 Delicious Gluten-Free Snack Options for Traveling

Next week will be 1 year that I started this celiac journey and it took about 8 months for me to really start figuring things out! I’ve been on several trips since then and realized many people aren’t sure of what they can take with them when traveling. This was quite the conundrum for me when I initially traveled with celiac disease. When we went to visit friends, I always went shopping beforehand to buy my essentials for the trip. I’m not one that believes people should bend over backwards to cater to my auto-immune disease. I’m an adult, I can meet my own needs.

With all this said- I asked this question on the Pretty Little Celiac Facebook page and compiled a list of items perfect for road trips or plane travel.

BTW- You CAN take food through airport security with you but not beverages. I’ve done it many times while competing, even bringing meatballs, asparagus and chicken in a carry on cooler. 

1. Rice cakes

2. Individual nut butter packets

3. Lara bars, Kind bars or other gluten free snack bars

4. Almonds or other nuts

5. Apples are the perfect road trip fruit. Bananas may work but could get bruised or squishy

6. Carrots, mini cucumbers or other sliced veggies

7. Glutino cereal bars

8. Kettle chips, Sweet potato chips, lentil chips, gluten free pretzels (not as nutritious or filling)

9. String or Baybel cheese

10. Gluten free crackers

11. Amy’s gluten free bunny crackers/cookies

12. Dried fruit

13. Tuna packets and individual packets of condiments

14. Gluten free protein powders

What’s in your bag that I missed? Let’s see how big we can make this list to prove to people there ARE things we can eat!

Happy Birthday Pretty Little Celiac (me)!

In any sense of the word, I am a true Capricorn. My birthday is 12/30 and I was born on 12:30pm. This year, I will turn 31 along with all these other numbers. I’ve just been searching for a sign or some kind of significance to this to help guide me into my 30′s. Unlike many other people, I am thrilled to enter my 30′s. My life every year has been exponentially better than the last and I want to continue this trend into the future. Another year, Another milestone will be met.

Unfavorable Capricorn Characteristics

Imagine my surprise when I went into a little shop in Gahanna called Zodiac and met the owner Jennifer Lopez (that’s her real name). She provided me with my Zodiac Star Chart and blew me away. I’m a firm believer in understanding and recognizing your strengths to use them to the best of your ability. Seek jobs that thrive on your strengths and you will never be unhappy.

Here are some of my strongest qualities and personality information that she shared with me:

“Rising Sign    is in    18 Degrees    Aries
You are a free spirit and you must be first at everything you do. Very energetic, self-assertive and active, things must be done your way. You want to do everything full-tilt, 100 miles per hour! A great competitor, but a poor cooperator — you must learn how to lose more gracefully. Very self-confident, ambitious and passionate, you radiate positive energy. You are blunt and direct, but at times unfeeling and tactless, especially if anyone offers you any resistance. You fight for your beliefs, but your tendency to act first and think later often causes you much grief.

Sun is in    08 Degrees    Capricorn
Extremely serious and mature, you are capable of accepting responsibilities and do so willingly. Others expect you to be dutiful as a matter of course. You tend to get angry when people get rewards after not having worked anywhere near as hard as you. You are goal-oriented and an achiever by nature — you’re a hard worker and are justifiably proud of the tangible results of your efforts. You tend to have “tunnel-vision” — this allows you to block out extraneous matters that might distract others and to concentrate totally on the matter at hand. You are known for being totally persistent, tenacious and tireless in reaching your goals.”

The Wonderful Capricorn Stuff!

There are many books out there you can get from the library or the bookstore about strengths. Strengths Finder 2.0 is a great book to use to find out what qualities are your best and how to incorporate them into your every day lives.

Here are 2 great ideas on how to find out what your strengths are without even reading a book!

1. Ask your friends and family – they know you better than anyone and would hopefully give you great tips on what you are great at and how you can maximize them!

2. Ask yourself what you really enjoy doing – make a list of things you like doing and then try to break them down into reasons why. This should be a pretty difficult task but if you take the time to do it correctly, you will quickly be able to learn about yourself. Here is an example of mine – I really enjoy planning events. I never really thought about why until a few years ago. I am great at multitasking, organizing, following up on leads, assigning projects and really enjoy seeing the final product. These are all skills I am not using primarily in my role as an entrepreneur.

I hope these help you in your pursuit of happiness. They sure did help me find my way out of a job I disliked and into a career that is right up my alley. I’ve never been happier right now!

Looking for a juicer? The best way to get fruits and veggies into your body!

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Breville Juicer
Breville Juicer
Breville Juicer

I’ve always struggled with getting enough fruits and vegetables in throughout the day, like pretty much most of us so I decided to go on a new adventure with Juicing.

Aaron keeps laughing every time I say Juiced, Juicing or Juicy because it’s also a body building term for being on steroids. Since I’ve competed with other folks in the past using this stuff, its funny to use the term in a completely different way.

Anyway…

After looking for different juicers, I finally decided on the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. I always do my research before purchasing an item of this nature so after reading reviews and then price hunting for one less than $200, this seemed like the perfect fit.

According to Amazon.com 

Product Description

Drink to your health. Get into the world of juicing with this no-nonsense dual-speed juice fountain. The Dual speed motor allows you to juice hard fruits and vegetables such as apples and beets on high speed by spinning the filter at 12,000 RPM. Low speed is optimal for softer fruits and leafy green vegetables such as cantaloupe and spinach. The Juice Fountain Plus cutting disc is so powerful that pineapple can be juiced in large chunks with the rind on. This updated model includes an improved 1 liter juice jug with froth separator and an overload protection LED to protect the motor.Easy, lightning-quick operation and simple clean-up. Healthier living starts here.

It came in the mail right before I left our house to go to meetings and all I could think about was getting back home to juice some stuff!

I think I’ve spent more money on fruit and vegetables in the past week than I have the entire year. Well, that’s not true because usually they rot in our fridge before we actually eat them. So I should just throw away my money.

I did a few basic things with the Breville and then this weekend I ramped it up with some funky fruits and veggies (which I’ll do a blog post about those specifically)! This is definitely the juicer to buy. I love it.

It doesn’t slow down with the tougher fruits and veggies.

It’s really easy to clean – there are 4 main parts that need cleaned and it even comes with its own brush to get the skins off the grates.

I recommend this juicer for anyone who is into basic juicing and wants something they can use for a long time.

Check it out in my Amazon Store

Coming up next time in the Pretty Little Juicer Series – I’ll talk about my experiments with the fruits and veggies!

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Comments

  1. Katie says:

    Same here….I throw away more fruits & veggies b/c I can’t eat them fast enough. I’m putting this on my Christmas list! Thx!! Ps…I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and I Get my fruits & veggies from GreenBean local organic food delivery service. I’ve had some of the best fruits & veggies EVE, come from them. You should check out their website they also have a section for GF product as an added option.

     

    • Rebecca says:

      You are actually the 3rd person to mention the delivery service! I’m going to have to check It our for sure! Thank you

       

  2. Katie says:

    **meant EVER.

     

  3. René De Beaumarchais says:

    Actually, the best juicer on the market right now, according to Consumer Reports, is the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 67650.

    It was rated 2nd best but the #1, Juiceman JM503, was discontinued, so we could say it’s the best right now.

    The 67650 scored 69% (the Juiceman had 70%, not too shabby of a diff), 4/5 for juice performance, 5/5 for convenience but 2/5 for noise.

    Your Breville JE98XL wasn’t tested and rated but Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL/B arrived third. It didn’t get the recommended check because it was too expensive. Same as the HB but 3/5 for juice.

    The HB is only 50$ at Amazon U.S. too! I got mine today, although from Sears Canada, at almost three times the U.S. price (137$ total). Why oh why don’t I live in the USA?

    The more you know, right?

    Hu hu!

     

    • Rebecca says:

      Do you have that one?

       

      • René De Beaumarchais says:

        UPS delivered it yesterday… (^_^)

         

  4. Erin @ the goodness life says:

    I actually had a breville and used it for a couple years before recently deciding I needed an upgrade. I was always frustrated with my old juicer’s inability to juice greens like kale, parsley, cilantro, etc so I splurged on the Omega Vert and I am in love . It’s definitely a great idea to get a reasonably priced machine to get started though and it is better to have a juicer and juice than have rotting veggies in your fridge!! I also love all those little juice samples, I’m excited to hear how you fared

 

Celiac and Your Sex Life: Are they Related? I say Absolutely…

I’ve toyed with writing this post for weeks and I decided to finally do it! What everyone seems to love about Pretty Little Celiac is how refreshingly candid and personal I am about my own journey so it wouldn’t be fair for me to avoid this subject.

Celiac and your sex life – how are they connected?

I obviously am not going to go into detail about my sex life – but I think the subject does need to be discussed. Why is this such a taboo subject when we all know there are problems everywhere when it comes to sex!

I know this is true for many of you, but when I’m suffering from a horrible stomach ache the last thing I am interested in is someone pushing on my belly! Most women are worried about what their bodies look like – but I’m always worried about what it sounds like – I’m sure one toot would ruin the mood…

Over the years, Aaron has come to accept that our sex life revolves almost entirely around my bowel habits and celiac disease. Most of my symptoms directly affect it and it plays such a huge role in our life. From our wedding night to romantic dinners and vacations, all it takes is 1 meal to send me over the edge and ruin everything.

Complaining about a bathroom incident or talking about how bloated your belly is after your meal isn’t really the best aphrodisiac… But, I’m sure you already know that!

But I do believe all of the other things associated with the celiac disease: the depression, anxiety, exhaustion, fatigue, joint pain and all the other symptoms and signs run concurrent with sexual dysfunction. Not to mention when I was on anti-depressants and anxiety medication, I often felt like a zombie with no emotions or feelings of arousal.

Fortunately for me, I married an amazing man who has been my biggest cheerleader and support system for the past 8 years. He is understanding, patient and wants me to be healthy & happy no matter what. My health and happiness are his #1 concern – all of the other things come secondary. This must be a huge struggle for those of you without the support from your significant others.

I’ve yet to find a celiac or gluten intolerance study regarding sex drives, arousal and those things but there are countless studies on depression, anxiety and those symptoms in how they correlate but nothing on celiac. Maybe because most of the research on celiac is focused on they why’s and how’s and not necessarily the secondary problems associated with the disease.

Going gluten free has helped my mood significantly! But also, resolving all the other problems associated with the celiac disease contributes greatly. Finding out my blood levels and hormones were completely whacked out and being able to correct that problem with the thyroid and testosterone also helped me feel better! I was able to help my testosterone levels by using these natural testosterone boosting supplements I found online at Powdercity.com.

I don’t expect anyone to write about their sex life in the comments section! This post is just to let people know it’s ok, you aren’t crazy and there are other people out there suffering from the same things. I find it hard to believe as I write this post that there aren’t many of you dealing with the same things. You can feel better just reading this post to know you aren’t alone.

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!!

Pretty Little Celiac Beauty – ACURE Organics Review

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It’s official! I’m completely addicted to ACURE Organics products. I just keep telling myself I only need one product at a time.

After I read an article in July about products containing gluten, I’ve been more conscious about what I’m putting in and ON my body. I stumbled upon this shampoo and conditioner at Earth Fare and decided to give it a try. I am a self admitted shampoo snob so spending $10/bottle wasn’t much for me but I realize it can be a little steep. Totally Worth It!

My hair feels just as good as it did using $20/bottle Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I know it’s gluten free and I trust it’s not making me sick. Score!

Here is what their website says about the shampoo and conditioner:

For Normal to Dry/Damaged/Curly Hair

Provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock. Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil–high in Omega 7, make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil –high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine. Hair repair with serious flair. Safe for color treated hair.
12 oz.
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Fair Trade Products

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No crazy ingredients!
No crazy ingredients!

Next Up! I found a coupon at Earth Fare for their lotions – so I figured – why not?

Another favorite of mine! The ACURE lavender & echinacea stem cell calming body lotion!

Non-greasy. Great smelling. Soaks in the skin perfectly and it’s gluten free. You can’t beat it!

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ACURE Body Lotion

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I don’t know about you- but when I have gluten or aren’t eating properly,  my skin gets SO dry. Especially from the Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid problems, sometimes I feel like a snake shedding my skin. For those of you suffering from Celiac Dermatitis, this might be a great product line for you to help calm your skin.

Here is what ACURE says about this product on their website:

It’s been a long day. Luckily this calming lotion is here to help you decompress. Super moisturization plus the calming effects of lavender and lotus flower you say? If we hadn’t made it, we’d be thanking the people that did. With nourishing Omega 3 fatty acids from organic pumpkin seed and argan oil!

7 oz

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ACURE Day Cream

My new addiction. I usually use Neutrogena face lotion with SPF 15 on a daily basis but it really can make my skin feel oily. I typically suffer from dry skin, so it is odd going to something that makes my face oily. The ACURE day cream goes on so smooth, non greasy and makes my face feel like a baby’s bottom. I love it.

The only thing I wish with this product is that it had sunscreen to protect my face from the UV rays of the sun. Because my skin is so fair and freckled, I really try to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen to protect it, especially as I’m getting older.

ACURE’s website says this about the day cream:

Face the day with Gotu Kola Stem Cells, shown to firm and help your skin fight environmental damage and free radicals, and 1% Chlorella Growth Factor, shown to support collagen and elastin fibers. This powerhouse combo helps fight off the signs of aging with a one-two punch. Easily Absorbed Moisture + Cell Renewal = Great Day!