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Do you need to use gluten-free beauty products?
First things first, do people with celiac disease even need to use gluten-free beauty products? Let’s figure this out before I potentially waste your time on the rest of this information. Basically, when it comes to people with celiac disease, using gluten-free beauty products is a personal choice as gluten can not be absorbed through the skin.
However, if you are including dental products under the beauty product category, please make a special note that you need these products to be gluten-free. Meaning that you need to check to make sure your toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and anything else going into your mouth is gluten-free.
Why do some people choose to use Gluten-Free Beauty Products?
Even though gluten can not be absorbed through the skin, many people with celiac disease, including myself, choose to use gluten-free beauty products. People choose to use gluten-free beauty products for a variety of reasons. Reasons like:
- Not wanting to take the chance of beauty products getting in their mouth. This is especially true for me because I have the bad habit of touching my face way too much.
- Experiencing a skin reaction to gluten touching the skin. I also react to skin exposure – which is likely because I have sensitive skin, not because I have celiac disease.
- Having kids with celiac disease who put everything in their mouth. I had a mom tell me she uses only gluten-free products because no matter how hard she tries, her little one always ends up getting a gulp of mouth water.
If you’re having trouble deciding what is the right choice for you, talk to your celiac specialized dietitian or doctor. They can help you figure out what is best for you.
How to Identify Gluten in Beauty Products
So you’ve learned how to identify gluten on food labels but what about identifying it in ingredient lists for beauty products? It gets to be a little bit more difficult to identify gluten in beauty products than it is on food labels. It involves reading potentially even longer and more complicated ingredient lists that are often printed in unbearably small text.
Below is a list of ingredients to check for in beauty products:
|Wheat (Triticum Vulgare)||– Wheat Starch|
– Wheat gluten
– Wheat protein
– Hydrolyzed wheat protein
– Steardimonium hydroxypropyl
– Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl
– Wheat germ oil
– Dextrin palmitate (may be gluten-based)
|Rye (Secale Cereale)||Avoid ingredients with “rye” or “secale cereale” in the name.|
|Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)|| – Beta-glucan (can be from barley/oats) |
– Malt extract
– Barley extract
– Hordeum vulgare extract
|Oats (Avena Sativa)|| – Beta-glucan (can be from barley/oats)|
– Avena sativa extract
– Sodium lauroyl oat amino acid
Please note the above list is not to be used as an all in-inclusive list but as a starting point. If you’re unsure about an ingredient, research it.
My favorite gluten-free brands/products:
I have an amazon list featuring all of my specific favorite products, if you want to check it out, click here. But my all-time favorite brands are:
- Tom’s of Maine (I like them for their deodorant sticks and sometimes toothpaste)
- Sun Bum (I like them for their sunscreen and chapstick)
- EO products (I like them for their spray deodorant, essential oils, and hand sanitizer)
- Zuzu Luxe (I like them for their eyeliner – but it does come off easily)
My beauty routine is pretty minimal so I don’t use a lot of beauty products. Unfortunately, that means my list of products not as long as some other people but that’s just me.
Special oral health note, Crest and Colgate toothpaste should be gluten-free.
More gluten-free beauty product information and resources:
- Jamie from Vibrantly Gluten-Free has a blog post up about gluten-free shampoo and conditioners. This post also features a complete guide + tips for visiting salons. Definitely check it out!
- This web page also discusses this topic briefly and was referenced for the ingredient list table.
- This forum discussion on the National Celiac Association’s website is a great informative read on this topic.
Hopefully, this post was helpful in helping you more easily understand the beauty world and where gluten stands in it. Of course, make sure to check all allergen labels and brand protocols to make sure it meets your needs before buying.
What are your go-to gluten-free beauty products (if you use them).
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Living with celiac disease means that you have to live gluten-free for the rest of your life. Even if you welcome your celiac disease diagnosis with open arms, managing a completely new way of living can trigger a boatload of emotions. In this post, I’m going to talk about the potential benefits of writing in a journal, how to start building a habit of writing in a journal, and lastly, I’ll give you some celiac disease journal prompts to help get you started.
Why consider journal writing
Before I talk about the how and what of journal writing, we should first explore the why. Why should you write in a journal?
Writing in a journal can be a powerful form of self-care. It might help you process and clarify your thoughts and feelings around your diagnosis and perhaps, help you cope with the new lifestyle that you’ve been thrown into.
In fact, in many studies, they’ve found that people who part-take in gratitude journaling or expressive writing (writing that is deeply personal and occurs without regard to grammar, punctuation etc.), have improved optimism, purpose, and resilience.
That being said, only you can know if journaling is right for you. If you think it is, then let’s talk about how to start the habit!
What is Journaling and how do I practice it?
First, writing in a journal doesn’t have to be a “dear diary, omg today my crush winked at me” situation, unless that’s why you want it to be. Journal writing should only be about writing what you want to write. It could entail stream of consciousness writing or perhaps, responding to journal prompts; whatever you need.
Journaling is what you need it to be. This also means that you don’t have to journal every day, every week or on any schedule! There should be no pressure around when you journal.
Journaling should be about what you want it to be about and it should happen when you want it to happen.
So if you’re just getting started in the habit of journaling, like starting any other habit, be gentle with yourself and start slow if you need to. You might find that writing weekly or even biweekly is all that you can manage, and that’s okay.
Celiac Disease Journal Prompts
Now that we’ve discussed the why, what, and how of journaling, you’re ready for some celiac disease-related journal prompts! Remember, journaling should be about you and what you need, so don’t feel pressure to answer all or any of these. The purpose of this list is to spark inspiration and to help spark exploration into your emotions around your diagnosis.
- Who am I without celiac disease?
- Who am I with celiac disease?
- How did I change when I was diagnosed with celiac?
- How am I the same after being diagnosed?
- What positive things have I learned about myself on my healing journey?
- What do I do or feel when I’ve been exposed to gluten?
- What do I need when I’ve been exposed to gluten? What can comfort me?
- How do other people make me feel about my celiac disease?
- Where and how can I find support for my celiac disease and needs?
- Who understands my celiac disease needs and supports me?
- How can I help others understand my celiac disease?
- What do I not feel comfortable explaining about my celiac disease?
- How do my finances play into my celiac disease?
- How does my celiac disease impact my life?
- How does my celiac disease impact my mental health?
- How does my illness impact my social life?
- What do I love about my body?
- What do I need to feel happy daily?
- What do I need to feel happy long-term?
- What can I do to feel safe when eating out of the house?
- What do I want to say to loved ones who don’t support me?
- What makes me nervous when it comes to my celiac disease?
- Is there anything I can do to help calm my nerves?
Hopefully, this discussion on celiac disease journal prompts and journaling was helpful and inspiring. Let me know in the comments below if you journal! And if you want more journal prompts like this, check out the Celiac Disease Wellness Journal.
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Cross-Contact and Celiac Disease 101
Cross-contact is a very important aspect of a gluten-free lifestyle. Cross-contact and celiac disease are related in a sense that you need to be concerned about your food coming in to cross-contact with gluten if you have celiac disease.
What is Cross-Contact?
Cross-contact happens when one food comes into contact with other food and their proteins mix. As a result, each food then contains small amounts of other food. These amounts are so small that they usually can’t be seen.
Another resource states:
[It’s the] unintentional transfer of allergenic proteins from a food containing the proteins to one that does not.
When you have celiac disease, it is important to be aware of cross-contact because even though you can’t see the gluten proteins on/in your food, they could still trigger a response.
What is Cross-Contamination?
People used to and still refer to cross-contact as cross-contamination. However, the term cross-contact was developed to create a more appropriate description for exposure to allergens.
Cross-contamination now typically refers to the biological contamination of foods. Think food-borne illnesses.
Are Cross-Contact and Cross-Contamination the same?
Cross-contact and cross-contamination are not the same. Cross-contact refers to the transfer of food proteins to other foods thus potentially exposing people to allergens. Cross-contamination is the transfer of viruses and bacteria between food.
For example, cross-contact and celiac disease might look like this: a food handler prepared a regular sandwich made with normal bread. This food handler doesn’t change their gloves when they go to make your gluten-free sandwich. Now their gloves that have touched gluten are transferring gluten to your gluten-free food (and you might not be able to see it).
Cross-contamination on the other hand would look something like this: a food handler cuts raw chicken on a cutting board and then cuts lettuce on the same cutting board with out washing it. Those who order a salad now will be exposed to the bacteria that was present on the raw chicken and will likely get sick from that exposure.
Why do you say Gluten Exposure?
If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you might have notice I often refer to gluten consumption of all forms as “gluten exposure”. For me, cross-contact isn’t the only form of being “glutened” so I refer to gluten exposure to encompass everything (especially since often when we are recovering from gluten exposure, we don’t always know how we were exposed, just that we were exposed).
Do I need to worry about Cross-Contact with Celiac Disease?
Yes! Some of you might know this but believe it or not, not everyone is aware of this (including doctors). Do you know how many people have told me that their doctors said they only needed to be 80% gluten-free? Or that they didn’t have to worry about certain forms of cross-contact?
If you have celiac disease, you absolutely need to worry about gluten coming into contact with your food. Even if you can’t see it, even if you don’t experience any symptoms, it could still be damaging your small intestine. This goes for all food that has “barely” touched gluten.
I’m not trying to scare you, but just know you need to do your best to avoid cross-contact.
Examples of Cross-Contact with Gluten
Now that we know what cross-contact is, what does cross-contact and gluten look like? Here are some examples:
- Someone sticks a knife into the butter tub, peanut butter, jelly,
mayo etc. and spreads it on wheat bread and then sticks the knife back
in to get more. That spread they put their knife in has now come into
cross-contact with gluten and is unsafe.
- Using water that has boiled regular pasta to boil gluten-free pasta.
- Preparing anything that’s not gluten-free and then preparing
gluten-free foods without washing your hands or changing your gloves.
- Someone eating regular/gluten crackers and then reaching into a gluten-free chip bowl with the same hands.
- Someone dipping pita bread into a shared hummus bowl.
The list goes on. Keep your eyes out for cross-contact and learn from your gluten exposures. I know that that list can seem overwhelming. If it was overwhelming for you, feel free to reach out to me, and here’s a post on how to deal with overwhelming food situations that hopefully can help.
If you need help with dealing with cross-contact in your home, check out my cross-contact workbook that walks you through cross-contact at home, in restaurants, and at other’s houses.