Where is gluten hiding?

Where is gluten hiding?

Yeah sure if you have celiac disease or are severely gluten sensitive we all know to avoid the usual suspects like bread, breadcrumbs, cakes, cookies, pastries, donuts, wheat, barley, and rye but where else does gluten hide? Where else might gluten be lurking in your food? 

Staying gluten-free is critical to your health so it is important to find the hidden places where you might be surprised to find have wheat, wheat starch and gluten added. 

1. Oats 

Yes oats in nature are gluten free however it is how and where they are grown and how they are processed that becomes the problem. Most oats are processed along with wheat and flour therefore making cross-contamination very likely. Sometimes the oats are stored in silos that are also used to store other grains. So unless they are clearly marked as Certified Gluten Free Oats meaning they were grown, processed and stored safely stay clear of them.

2. Chewing Gum 

Believe it or not some brands of gum are not even safe because they use a gluten-based powder to keep the gum from sticking to the wrapper. It is crucial to double check the ingredient list here because not all gum is created equal in a celiacs world.

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Who are you when your world turns upside down?

Who are you when your world turns upside down?

When you first get your diagnosed everything you thought you knew changes. The life you led will never be the same again. The relationships you have will change. How you look at the world all of it changes and it has to whether we want it to or not. 

Why many people would ask? And the truth is because you have to change. You have to learn to make yourself a priority in your own life. You have to learn to speak-up and stand-up for yourself. You have to learn to listen to your body. You have to learn what to feed your body that is healthy and not harmful to it. And, you have to learn how to heal your body as well as your mind.

No one else can do this for you. No one else can carry this for you. No one else will suffer the pain of a simple mistake. No one else will live their life constantly on guard. No one will understand truly why you always have to plan ahead. No one else can help when your body goes all haywire because you’ve been glutened and days later your still so exhausted that showering is a major event. No one else will be able to prepare your meals without you watching over them like a hawk because one wrong little thing can effect you for weeks. No one can understand the mental anguish that goes with this. No one can take this way for you. 

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Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

In the beginning of our gluten-free journey, we are all just trying to cope with our fears and anxiety over never being able to eat our favorite foods again.

So I always suggest, finding new and gluten-free ways to reproduce your favorite foods in finding a new way for you to learn to get comfortable and relax around food again.

Going gluten-free takes some time and patience and experimenting in the kitchen. If you weren’t a great cook, like me you quickly learn some new skills out of sheer survival mode. The big key is learning to enjoy the process, that truly makes the entire process so much more enjoyable.

I’m not sure how or why exactly but after a while, there comes a point where you realize that not all processed foods are created equally and some foods may cause you to have a reaction even though they are labeled gluten-free. I think this is the next phase of your journey. 

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