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“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall… Who’s the Fairest One of All?” ~ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… Gluten Free Beauty

“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall… Who’s the Fairest One of All?”
~ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…

~ Gluten Free Beauty ~

I think that one of the most amazing things to me is that fact that in my new Gluten-free life, I have found out that there is Gluten in Make-up!!

According to National Geographic, skin is the largest organ of your body! They also state that it was some 8 lbs! Amazing!

So when considering how much skin you have, & how it is an important line of self-defense during cold and flu season, while traveling and taking care of sick family members… must we consider keeping that skin safe, and moisturized with gluten free lotions and other beauty products?

For years, I have made my own coconut oil lotion and added a various mixture of Essential Oils to ward off illness, add to the skin’s elasticity, or to relax me.

Thankfully, according to the Mayo clinic, Gluten cannot be simply absorbed through the skin (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/expert-answers/celiac-disease/faq-20057879), but imagine that your lipstick contains gluten… you would be injesting it all day long! Every time you drank, licked your lips, ate something, or kissed someone, you would be exposed. Then constantly applying and reapplying, all the while unaware that you are setting yourself up for catastrophe, or a least a bad reaction in the not to distant future.

So, for a brief list of gluten free cosmetics companies, you can look at these, contact them directly and verify. Please keep in mind that I’ve not personally tried these yet!!

Red Apple Lipstick
Gabriel Cosmetics
Mineral Fusion
Nars
Afterglow Cosmetics

Here is another great list of gluten free cosmetics! http://www.alysarushton.com/gluten-free-self-care It is very detailed and easy to follow!

The List of Hidden Gluten items are as follows and can be found here:http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/34-gluten-free-lipstick/ and I have posted the ingredients listed below. Must give credit where credit is due!

BARLEY DERIVED INGREDIENTS
AMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX, BARLEY EXTRACT, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE EXTRACT

WHEAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS
AMP-ISOSTEAROYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, DISODIUM WHEATGERMAMIDO PEG-2 SULFOSUCCINATE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, STEARYLDIMONIUMHYDROXYPROPYL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, WHEAT AMINO ACIDS, WHEAT BRAN EXTRACT, WHEAT GERM EXTRACT, WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES
WHEAT GERM OIL, WHEAT GERMAMIDOPROPYLDIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, WHEAT PROTEIN
WHEAT (TRITICUM VULGARE) BRAN EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) FLOUR LIPIDS, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL

SOY DERIVED INGREDIENTS
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) FLOUR, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) PROTEIN, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED SOY GLYCERIDE, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, LECITHIN, MIXED SOY PHOSPHOLIPIDS, PEG-5 SOYA STEROL, PEG-10 SOYA STEROL, PEG-16 SOYA STEROL, PEG-25 SOYA STEROL, SOY PHOSPHOLIPIDS, SOY STEROL, SOYBEAN EXTRACT, SOYBEAN OIL, SOYBEAN PHOSPHOLIPIDS, SOYBEAN STEROL, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
TOCOPHERYL LINOLEATE”

When considering the effects of gluten on the body, one must now also consider the effects of GMOs! Many times, Soy beans are from GMO crops! According to this article, 93% of all soy is GMO! SCARY!! Especially if you are Celiac or Autoimmune! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-kelly/genetically-modified-food_b_2039455.html

Others things to consider were found here and are as follows: http://glutenfreern.com/gluten-free-cosmetics/
“Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Cyclodextrin, Dextrin, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Wheat Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride, Wheat Protein, Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate and Yeast Extract.”

Consider looking through your bag of cosmetics (everyone has their favorite), and contact the company to get it “straight from the horses mouth” that their products are safe.

You may also want to consider making your own! I’ve done so for years with various products and love the savings on high quality beauty and health care as well as knowing where and how my products came into being… My next post will include some helpful recipes of homemade beauty products. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will leave you with one last thing to consider, Emily Dickinson said “Beauty is not caused. It is.”

Beauty itself does not just come from the external, but from within. “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” Jacqueline Bissett

(All chosen quotes today were from brainyquote.com)

Until next time,
Happy Reading and Eating!
~ Christa ~

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“The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.” Seth Godin ~ Going Gluten Free in the World Of Sports.

“The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.” Seth Godin

~ Going Gluten Free in the World Of Sports.~

With so many people going gluten free, and in trying to find my own path through this new maze, I have discovered the challenge of balancing act of carb content in my diet and exercise or sports… But what about the effect of such challenges in a “growing” body? How do athletes maintain their competitive edge?

Everyone knows that in order to maintain a healthy level of energy, you MUST add carbs, whole grains, and the like… right? Of course rightUh.. not according to this interesting article!!

To put a name and a face to very well known gluten-free atheletes, you may simply look to the MTA… Novak Djokovic.

I’ve noticed the difference in my own body when I exert myself… how my body reacts to “stresses” either intentional or not, but what about those stresses faced by professional athletes? How can this influence or help the youth athletes striving for competitive edge, stronger skills and a better life hopefully through scholarships?

In this very detailed article by Gary Morley, for CNN, he goes into great detail about how gluten-free diets are taking the professional tennis world by storm! It’s a very interesting read.

The fact that Novak Djokovic was dealing with issues within his lungs caused by gluten amazed me! As stated โ€It was his sensitivity to gluten that was compromising his lungs,โ€ he adds, citing that in Chinese medicine thereโ€™s believed to be a relationship between the large intestines and the lungs.

So, what isn’t affected by our gut? Seriously!

Tennis Coach, Pete McGraw stated that “Cutting out wheat-based foods such as bread and pasta could be the best thing you ever do… Athletes would be complaining of excessive tiredness, even after light sessions. During a normal daily activity it was fine but then as soon as they began to exercise their blood sugar levels would drop significantly, and that causes concentration-behavior issues, (problems with) focus, emotional control.”

The article also stated that, “McCraw says he has also seen “life-changing” results in his clients. ‘Personalities changed, they were much calmer, had more clarity, better grades at school, their relationships with parents have improved, my relationship with them has matured,’ he said.”

The article greatly warns that no one should try this gluten free approach without the consent of their doctor!!! Please follow this advice from the original author accordingly!

You may find the full article here to print out and take with you to your physician for further discussion. Perhaps there may be an underlying cause never before considered in both physical and emotional status linked to gluten! It is definitely worth investigating!
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/28/sport/tennis/gluten-free-diet-djokovic-murray-tennis/

As for some gluten-free energy boosting snacks, I of course LOVE my LARABARS, but here are a few posts I’d found on Pinterest with some very interesting looking recipes! ~ Enjoy~

Here are some Chia seed energy bars: http://wellnessmama.com/5475/chia-seed-energy-bars/

Some Almond Power Bars: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/07/01/recipe-connection-almond-power-bars/

Easy 3 ingredient Energy Bars: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-easy-3-ingredient-energy-bars-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-184306#

There are more posted on my Pinterest board if you’d like to search, pin and share!

So what are YOUR favorite energy boosters? Please share! I’m sure there are many great ideas out there!

Until Next time,
Happy Reading and Eating!
~Christa~
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โ€œTo eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.โ€ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld ~ Savoring what is and not mourning what is not.

โ€œTo eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.โ€ โ€• Franรงois de La Rochefoucauld

~ Savoring what is and not mourning what is not.~

As I have approached the purpose and result of my eating in a new light, I think of things that Iโ€™d never really thought of before.
My mother, being the creative individual that she is, is also a foodie. When preparing to entertain, she will pour over recipes. Think of the flavors to savor and the intermixing of each ingredient of one dish and how it will meld or play off of another. For her, her language of love is food.

She loves to entertain, to try new things and to work freely with ingredients. My new necessity of going gluten-free has been a challenge to her as I must also be dairy, soy, egg, GMO, and nightshade free as well as other things. This has been her greatest challenge. The traditional family favorites and cultural norms can no longer be consumed and new discoveries must be found.

I did not realize the impact of my dietary changes until last week, when at a dinner party all of the foods set before me had ingredients that I could not consume. As the salad of kale, tomatoes and mozzarella, healthy as it may have been, was passed around with the garlic bread, (a very respectable start to a wonderful meal of pasta and finished off with a wonderful dessert), I quickly realized that I must prepare my own foods.

My health, my nutrition is my responsibility. Others need not be subject to it!

I simply prepared a salad that I could eat and sat to enjoy the company. Yes, there were bits of awkwardness as Iโ€™d finished far ahead of everyone, but thatโ€™s okay. Accept yourself and others will accept you for who you are.

In the future, when invited to dinner, my advice is to be gracious about it. Prepare ahead. When invited, explain to the host or hostess that you would love to attend, but bring your own food. Remove that burden from their shoulders as it is not theirs to carry.

Rather than feel awkward, offer no apologies, as there is nothing to apologize for! This is a necessity and not a fad! Briefly explain your situation (if you choose to), concentrate on the conversation, and enjoy the company! After all, we must eat intelligently. For those who must eat gluten and wheat free, this must be a science as well as an art.

In all of your study, however, do not forget to enjoy what it is you are eating as it is not only a source of nutrition, and a necessity, but also can be a source of enjoyment.

Rather than mourn the loss of the foods you once loved, think about it through the perspective of Karl Lagerfeld who said, โ€œI never touch sugar, cheese, bread… I only like what I’m allowed to like. I’m beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it’s as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn’t even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I’m like the animals in the forest. They don’t touch what they cannot eat.โ€
โ€• Karl Lagerfeld

Enjoy the positives, such as the way you feel now as opposed to the way that you used to feel. Only you can discern the difference you feel, and those around you will eventually realize the difference that they see, such as the healthier person that now stands before them.

Know that you are doing your body good and not harm, enjoy the things that you can eat!! Savor the flavors and try new things. Search the gluten-free foodie blogs for they, the bloggers, are the true talent behind eating gluten-free.

โ€œAnd when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.โ€ Kahlil Gibran

You are no longer eating for just the โ€œnowโ€ but also for your future!
Be glad, be healthy, and be free from guilt! There is nothing to feel guilty about. Just enjoy.

Happy Reading and Eating!
~Christa~

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“What happens when people open their hearts?… They get better!” Haruki Murakami

“What happens when people open their hearts?… They get better!” Haruki Murakami

As I have been dealing with recent discovery and changes due to that discovery in my life, the change at times could be a bit overwhelming.

There is so much to learn! And it seems, so little time to do it in.

I am thankful for Pinterest and our mini-snowmageden that occurred (rendering all travel impossible), thus allowing me the time to sit and study… to improve my work skills… and to research more fully the dietary changes in my life that I must make. Something life would not have afforded me any other way.

I must say that Pinterest has been an unbelievable resource! I have started my own Pinterest board for Glutenwheatfree4me in which I now have over 1000 pins of recipes, modifications, educational materials, and suggestions as to how to better live life gluten free… healthier… stronger.

The purpose of my posts, and Pinterest board are found in the summation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote,

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.โ€ (source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/healing)

Thus, Glutenwheatfree4me was born. My Pinterest board can be found here if you’d like to browse, follow, or pin! http://www.pinterest.com/becreative222/gluten-wheat-free-4-me/

One of the most instrumental, and healing posts that I’d found on Pinterest was found here : http://aiplifestyle.com/approach-difficulty-medicine/ Written by a woman who not only made things very real to me, but posted a very personal experience with which I could greatly identify! Without further guilding the lily, I would simply like to ask you to read her post, be blessed, encouraged and touched as I have!

Be Blessed!
Until next time, Happy Reading and Eating!
~Christa~

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โ€œWhen we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.โ€ Paulo Coehlo ~ Making things better for those we love.

It’s Valentines DAy! A day of LUV… ๐Ÿ™‚ This post is all about the little one’s today & making their Gluten Free Valentines Days come true! ๐Ÿ™‚

Children buy their little Valentines Cards and give them out, some hand made to be treasured forever by those who received them… Parties are full of Cupcakes with hearts on them, little heart shaped cookies candies with little sayings… but what about little one’s with allergies and the need to be gluten free? How can we make their day better?

With this day of “love” and the innocence of children, I cannot help but remember my own childhood riddled with Allergies preventing me from eating things like others. As much as mom tried, it was still difficult because there weren’t the products and knowledge so readily available.

So, for all the joyous little ones, this post is for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no little cherubs myself, but have enjoyed the innocence, simplicity and comedy of children all my life. Animals too! ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who have little one’s they care about that must be gluten free, please enjoy the following recommendations! Also, at the bottom are gluten free doggies recipes for those who spoil their canine friends too. Maybe you could make a fun day of baking special gluten free doggie cookies with your little ones to spoil their best friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ How fun would that be… huh?

People goodies:

Recipe for gluten free gummy hearts: http://homespunwithlove.blogspot.com/2014/01/tart-cherry-heart-gummies.html

Recipe for gluten free chicken nuggets: http://laurenkellynutrition.com/healthy-gluten-free-chicken-nuggets/

GF French Fries: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/03/the-best-homemade-french-fries-ever.html

101 GF Recipes for kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ http://intoxicatedonlife.com/2014/01/14/101-grain-free-gluten-free-snack-ideas/

Here’s a great recipe for icing to make heart shaped conversation cookies for your gluten free little one: http://thenourishinghome.com/2014/02/dairy-free-sugar-free-sweet-vanilla-icing/

Recipe for heart shaped cookies: http://mamanatural.com/valentines-cookie-recipe/

Recipe for dairy free caramel apples: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/10/caramel-apples-dairy-free-aip-friendly.html

Canine Goodies: For those who have gluten free Furbabies, gluten free doggie cookie recipes:

Peanut butter flavored doggie cookies: http://www.katesshortandsweets.com/2011/12/peanut-butter-dog-treats-gluten-free.html

10 more gluten free recipes for doggie goodies: http://www.brit.co/homemade-dog-treats/

To me, the idea of children making treats for their doggies was just too cute to leave out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy!

To Everyone, I’d like to wish a safe and Happy Valentines Day!
Till next time, Happy Reading and Eating!
~Christa~

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โ€œYou’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.โ€ ~ William W. Purkey ~ Remembering the joys of yesterday.

Day 2 in the count down to V-Day.

As we prepare for a long weekend in lock-down due to the weather, (we are under a civil emergency and all are to stay home), I can hear the children outside playing. Their voices of laughter echoing as they play in the snow, making snow men, enjoying the moment, making light of the situation. They are enjoying life!! They are living it!

I know that there are many whose loved ones may be traveling and due to the weather, may not be able to make it home by V-day. As they say, perhaps absence makes the heart grow fonder, but maybe there can be a V-day miracle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s hoping!

Today, I may be a bit melancholy, surprised by the reaction of others towards the situations at hand, as many as there are, not only in my own life but others… & remembering how much easier things may have seemed yesterday.

It is so easy for others who may be looking in from the outside, where it’s comfortable, and then judge, but what about walking a mile in that other person’s shoes?

To those who find themselves in this situation, I think that Marilyn Monroe said it best when she said,

โ€œThis life is what you make it.

No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up.

Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.

Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.

As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.

Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?

So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.โ€

And as Dr. Martin Luther Kind said, โ€œDarkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,โ€ try to hold onto the good that you see in people, try to forgive their shortcomings and judgments… and remember to dance!

Now run out, if you can, go make a snowman, go for a walk and enjoy the moment… then come in and make a cup of your gluten free hot chocolate. (Here’s some to try if you can get to a store; http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/Gluten-Free-Beverages/a/Gluten-Free-Hot-Chocolate.htm )

I make mine from Almond breeze unsweetened vanilla flavor, dark chocolate powder and agave nectar to taste.

Remember, tomorrow is another day! Be kind to yourself, because you are the only you you’ve got! ๐Ÿ™‚

All of today’s quotes were supplied by http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/love

Keep Reading and Eating and hold your head high!
~Christa~

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“Love is always bestowed as a gift~ Freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” Leo Buscaglia ~ Ah, L’amour!

Day 3 of the Valentines Day count down! Are you getting ready for gluten free?

Yesterday’s post made suggestions for those who would like to convey their feeling of love through cooking for that special someone.. but what if you don’t cook?

Love has many languages… A smile, through spoken word, through gifts and gestures.

If you cannot cook, all is not lost! Here is a website/ app that will help you find gluten free restaurants in your area. Don’t forget to check out my previous posts for other tips as well.

Going gluten free may not be pain free, but hopefully, we all help each other make it as painless as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alone for V-Day? Take yourself out!! Treat yourself!!! You ARE special!!! Once, during a challenging time in my life, someone stopped me as I tried to press through, looked me in the eye and said “Be kind to yourself.” That was the greatest wisdom she could have imparted at that time. It was something that I’d forgotten.

As Lucille Ball said “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

So, sign up for a special class that you’ve always wanted to try… Learn a language… Learn to cook yourself a special meal or… take yourself out to dinner!!!

Here’s the link! Bon Appetit!

http://www.findmeglutenfree.com/

Until Next time,
Happy Reading and Eating!
~Christa~

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