After being diagnosed with Celiac disease over six months ago, I have gone through a transition in the way I eat, and live, which I have blogged about here over the past couple of months. However, I have not yet explored the world of gluten-free cosmetics. As I have been exploring food options I have seen references to gluten-free cosmetics, but decided that I would explore that option later. Just eating gluten-free has been enough for me to digest (pun intended). Now that I am comfortable with my new lifestyle, I am starting to think about changing my cosmetics to be gluten-free as well. It makes sense to me that if your body is reacting to gluten when it is inside of your body, it might also react to gluten on your skin. I have discovered through my initial research that even though the gluten molecules are scientifically proven to be too large to penetrate the skin, some people with sensitivity can end up digesting their lipstick, or touching their face and transferring the make-up onto their hands which ends up inside their bodies. Also, there may be an allergic reaction or an autoimmune reaction to gluten on the skin in some people.Continue reading
It is my favorite time of the year! This is the time of the year to be especially thankful for what we have, and to the extent we can, to spend time with the people we love, and like, most in the world. Thanksgiving!! Did it come up too fast on you? It has for me. However, I am happy it is here, and I am looking forward to spending time with my family.
I am one of four children. When my siblings and I were young, we were encouraged to each choose something to contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, I mean cook. These choices persisted through the years and have come to be our known signature dishes. I make the Pumpkin Pie, my brother makes the Waldorf salad, and my two sisters make Homemade Mashed Potatoes and a vegetable dish such as Green Bean Casserole. My mother has always prepared the Turkey and stuffing. Now we are all adults, and have our own children, however, we continue to come together every Thanksgiving. (Don’t ask me why we haven’t required cooking from our kids yet!) For the past few years Thanksgiving has been a celebration at my home. My siblings travel from a couple hours away to spend the day together as a family with us. When I say we celebrate Thanksgiving at my home, I don’t actually mean on Thanksgiving Day when everyone else celebrates …. I mean, well, the day after. We have a nifty arrangement where we celebrate on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day so that we can spend Thanksgiving Day with the other side of each family. This allows us to eat as if it were Thanksgiving Day for two days in a row! Pretty awesome concept, huh?Continue reading