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You are more than Celiac Disease​

You are more than Celiac Disease​

Celiac disease impacts many aspects of life, even still, you are more than celiac disease.

5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides

5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides

5 Ways to Use Collagen Peptides There are many ways to use collagen peptides. With their potential and proven benefits from skin health to joint support, many people are looking for creative ways to incorporate this powder into their life. Table of Contents What is 

Gluten-free Beauty Products

Gluten-free Beauty Products

Gluten-free Beauty Products: do you need them and how to find them.

Do people with celiac need to use gluten-free beauty products? How do you even identify gluten in beauty products? We will be discussing this and more in this post.

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Do Celiacs Need to use Gluten-Free Beauty Products?

Do celiacs need to use gluten-free beauty products? Short answer? It depends on the beauty product and the person.

Are you ready for the long answer?

First, for the purpose of this post, beauty products refer to anything related to body hygiene. So when I say beauty products or cosmetics, I’m referring to anything that is applied to the body.

This means when I say beauty products, I mean soaps, lotions, sanitizers, eye cream, lipstick, eye shadow, floss, toothpaste, the whole nine yards.

Now when it comes to using gluten-free beauty products for celiac, it gets complex because some beauty products need to be gluten-free and others it’s really a choice.

Ultimately, it depends on where you you’re using the product and the person.

when to use Gluten-Free Beauty Products

Most importantly, if you have celiac, anything going in or around your mouth should be gluten-free. This means lipstick, chapstick, oral medications, mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, etc. should all be gluten-free.

The good news is that these things are usually gluten-free anyways.

For example, celiacs need to use gluten-free lip products. Luckily, most lip products are gluten-free. Preliminary research on the gluten content of lip products with obvious gluten-derived ingredients for example, has shown that all products tested has <10ppm of gluten. Which is far below the <20ppm celiac-safe limit.

Celiacs need to use gluten-free dental products too. Fortunately, these are often gluten-free too. In fact, in a 2019 study on the celiac-safety of oral hygiene products they found that only 6% of oral hygiene products had gluten >20ppm.

Other cases that may cause a celiac to use gluten-free beauty products might be:

  • if they have an open wound
  • they have celiac dermatitis herpetiformis
  • they have sensitive skin and find they react to gluten
  • it just makes them feel safer
  • they have a kid who likes to put everything in their mouth (including bath water).

In summary, there are many cases as to why someone with celiac might need gluten-free beauty products and it’s important to respect these instances.

If you’re someone who needs gluten-free cosmetics and products it’s essential you are checking labels to make sure things are safe.

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How to Identify Gluten in Beauty Products

Looking for gluten in beauty products by reading the ingredients label can be tricky. It’s not the same as checking food labels for gluten.

When trying to identify gluten in beauty products look for BROW, which stands for barley, rye, wheat, oats (if not certified gluten-free), and wheat. These are the foods to avoid if you have celiac and thus, what to avoid in beauty products if you have made the choice to do so.

However, these ingredients show up differently in the ingredients of beauty products.

Wheat in Cosmetics

The first ingredient to look for when identifying gluten in cosmetics is wheat.

Wheat can show up in the ingredients of cosmetics as a lot of things. Here’s a list of wheat ingredients often found in beauty products:

  • Wheat Starch
  • Wheat gluten
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Wheat protein
  • Steardimonium hydroxypropyl
  • Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Dextrin palmitate (may be gluten-based)

Barley in Beauty Products

Another ingredient to look for when identifying if a beauty product is gluten-free is barley.

Barley’s scientific name is Hordeum Vulgare so look for both on a beauty product label.

Barley can also show up as:

  • Beta-glucan
  • Malt extract
  • Barley extract
  • Hordeum vulgare extract

Identifying Rye in Beauty Products

The next ingredient to look for when determining if a beauty product is gluten-free is rye.

Rye can show up in the ingredients of cosmetics as a lot of things but usually it shows up as “rye” or “secale cereale”.

Thankfully, the list of ingredients to look our for in cosmetics is short for rye.

Looking for Oats in Cosmetics

Lastly, if you need gluten-free beauty products, looking for oats in your products is a good idea.

It’s important to note with oats that they are naturally gluten-free. The big risk is that oats aren’t always celiac-safe because of high risk for cross-contact.

The jury is still out on this and how much cross-contact would be translated to a beauty product with oats and if it would be greater than 20ppm.

If you want to be safe look for:

  • Oats
  • Beta-glucan (can be from barley/oats)
  • Avena sativa
  • Avena sativa extract
  • Sodium lauroyl oat amino acid

My favorite gluten-free brands/products:

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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.

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In most cases, the use of gluten-free beauty products are personal choice.

There is a lot of judgement and shame in the gluten-free community around using or not using gluten-free beauty products. I think we are getting caught up too much in the details.

While it’s usually not necessary, I choose to respect everyone’s choice on the subject. I want to emphasize that in most cases, using gluten-free beauty products is a choice for celiacs.

A choice that I don’t believe should be taken from them and a choice that should be respected.

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Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit

Gluten Exposure Recovery Kit Gluten Exposure Recovery Kits are incredibly helpful for managing being glutened. Being exposed to gluten (or being “glutened”) happens. Gluten exposure is a part of life when you are living gluten-free. Even the best of us get exposed. Rather than beat 

Celiac Disease Journal Prompts

Celiac Disease Journal Prompts

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 

10 Healthy New Year Resolutions Beyond the Scale

10 Healthy New Year Resolutions Beyond the Scale


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I could list a billion reasons why your healthy new year resolutions should not include weight-loss but chances are that if you’ve chosen to read this post, then you’re well aware of the benefits.

That being said, I’ll just briefly touch again on the benefits of choosing resolutions beyond the scale.

  • Weight is not a behavior and should not be measured or treated like one.
  • Weight is not a good indicator of health, it fails to take into account a variety of lifestyle factors (like sleep, movement, stress, etc.)
  • Weight does not define worth.
  • BMI and weight are used as quick screening tools by health professionals – nothing more and so again, they say little about your health.
  • There are plenty of other goals you can set that will honor your health.

If you are struggling with weight gain and you have celiac, check out this post I wrote all about weight-gain following a celiac disease diagnosis.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are 10 healthy new year resolutions that don’t include weight-loss.


1.
Better sleep habits

Are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting high-quality sleep? Perhaps a healthy new year resolution might involve you improving your sleeping habits.

We know that getting enough sleep can benefit gut health, reduce food cravings, improve mood, help with overall energy levels, and more. If you think about how you want to feel on a daily basis, I can say that getting enough sleep can help you get there.

If you want to improve your sleep habits, take a moment to look at your current bedtime routine and identify some ways you might be able to improve it.

For me, one of the most helpful things related to improving my sleep has been not working in bed. This means I never take my laptop or planner to bed with me. My bed is for relaxing only and that has really helped with my sleep quality.


2.
Enjoyable movement

Much like sleep, physical activity and movement are linked to a variety of health benefits. What’s great about it is that you don’t have to run 5 miles (or run at all) in order to get these benefits. A habit as simple as walking for 30 minutes a day can help. Heck, even gentle stretching for a few minutes has benefits to doing nothing.

Think about how you want to feel this next year and see if movement can help support that. If it can, find a form of movement that you enjoy and make it a habit. For me, I love walking, dancing, and lifting weights. I find some way to incorporate one of these forms of movement in my day, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. I find that I sleep better and just feel overall better when I do.


3.
Develop a self-care routine

If you’ve been reading along with me for a while, you know that I am a huge advocate for self-care. It’s super important yet often overlooked (or if it is looked at, it’s this out of reach or expensive seeming trend).

Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as taking a shower or brushing your teeth. Honestly, self-care is whatever you need it to be and that is different for everyone.

I developed a self-care routine printable, if you want it, sign up for my email list below.

If you need some inspiration or need more convincing on the importance of self-care, check out my self-care routine blog post and my 15 ways to practice self-care when you have celiac disease post.


4.
Develop a sick day self-care kit/plan

My self-care routine planner includes a section to help you do this but you don’t need my self-care routine planner to do this. Having a plan for taking care of yourself when you sick can be so helpful.

Ask yourself, when I’m sick, what do I usually need? What needs do I struggle with honoring? How can I help myself take care of me more easily when I am sick?


5.
Start to journal

Writing in a journal can be a great way for you to get in tune with yourself. It can also be a great way to track gratitude, a practice that has a vast amount of benefits.

For me, writing in a journal daily is too overwhelming, but I do have a goal of trying to get my thoughts on to a page at least once a week (but I try to do it more than that). Whenever I journal, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest and that my intentions have been clarified.

If you feel like you are having trouble identifying what you really want or need, or perhaps you feel like you are full of emotion, writing in a journal might be a good habit to start practicing.


6.
Build social media feeds that inspire you and make you feel good

I’d say limit and remove social media altogether because research shows that it has potential negative mental health impacts again and again, but I feel like I’d be a hypocrite because I have no intention of doing that, ever.

That being said, I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been following accounts that have been making me feel bad rather than good. I’ve been making an effort the past few months to remove or mute these accounts from my feed in order to better support my own sanity.

I’ve also made a point to find and follow accounts that open my mind to things beyond celiac disease and gluten-free living. I’ve been really loving following HAES aligned accounts along with creative accounts.

If you feel like you leave social media feeling worse than you did before using them, perhaps this resolution of cleaning up your social media feeds is right for you!


7.
Find your community

Support is important. Whether you’re a woman in a male-dominated workforce, a struggling student, or someone with celiac disease, support is always helpful for staying sane in these situations.

Personally, being a dietetic professional and student brings on it’s on isolating battles. Finding my people and seeking support from them has been so helpful. Additionally, my supportive community on Instagram surrounding celiac disease has really helped me live beyond my disease.

If you’re struggling with feeling alone, perhaps finding and participating in a community that speaks to you is a resolution to consider!


8.
Focus / build supportive relationships

Focusing on and building supportive relationships is an awesome healthy new year resolution to have. We all know that saying that we are as good as the top 5 people we surround ourselves with. I’m not sure how true the saying is, but I do know that when I am around supportive people I feel better.

I’ve spent a lot of time working on my inner circle the past couple of times and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve removed toxic people and focused on nourishing my supportive friends. On top of that, I’ve tried really hard to make sure that I support my friends.

If you think you need more support, perhaps focusing on and cultivating more supportive relationships this year is a resolution to consider.


9.
Choose people over paper

My mentor, Kelly Schmidt says “There will always be work to do” and this new year resolution focus is inspired by her.

As someone who struggles with working too much, I really resonate with this idea of choosing people over paper. When I work too much, my health suffers. This is why choosing people over paper is 9th on my list of healthy new year resolutions.

If you find yourself working too much, perhaps saying yet to people more and no to working overtime more is the key resolution for you.


10.
Buy clothes that fit

This is something I do every year since I learned about HAES practices. I realized that having clothes that fit and that were comfortable was much better than hating that I couldn’t fit into my high school jeans.

If you have a tendency to keep clothes that don’t fit or to try to keep squeezing into clothes that are too tight, perhaps this resolution is for you. Maybe it’s time to let go of your small clothes and instead, replace them with clothes that you love and that fit.


These were my 10 healthy new year resolutions that go beyond the scale, now I want to know from you, what healthy new year resolutions do you have that don’t involve weight-loss?

Tools to Master Celiac Disease

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Tools to Master Celiac Disease I always say living with Celiac Disease never gets easy but it definitely does get easier. With the right tools in your toolkit, mastering celiac disease can be possible. Here are some tools to master celiac disease that I think 

Tips on Living Gluten-Free in a Shared Household

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Tips on Living Gluten-Free in a Shared Household Living in an entirely gluten-free home isn’t always feasible (and not always necessary). That being said, livingin a shared household can be overwhelming and stressful. I have some tips on living gluten-free in a shared household that 

Ways To Support People With Celiac Disease

Ways To Support People With Celiac Disease

There are many ways to support people with celiac disease. It’s very important that if you know someone with celiac disease, that you support them.

Going gluten-free is overwhelming. A gluten-free lifestyle impacts nearly every aspect of your life. It affects where you go out to eat, what you put on your skin, how you set up your kitchen, where you grocery shop, how you plan for parties and events. Basically, it’s an extremely difficult lifestyle to adapt to and maintain, making support very important.

In fact, a gluten-free lifestyle can be so burdensome that researchers found that non-adherence can be a serious problem in those diagnosed with celiac disease. This is why support is so important because your loved ones with celiac disease are more likely to adhere to a gluten-free diet and have higher quality of life scores if you support them than if you don’t.

Hopefully, if you know someone with celiac disease, you’ve been able to be supportive in some way or another. If you’ve struggled or if you want to do more I wrote this post for you! Now that you know why gluten-free lifestyle support is important, we can talk about some ways to support people with celiac disease (and NCGS).

If you have celiac disease and are looking for support I also have another post up about the many different ways you can find it! Also please remember, my inbox is always open! Please feel free to contact me through my website or send me a DM on Facebook or Instagram!


Ways to Support People with Celiac Disease

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Educate Yourself

One of the best ways to support people with celiac disease is by educating yourself on the disease. Nothing means more than someone seeking out info in order to better understand our needs. This gesture alone shows us that you care enough to try and understand what we might be going through and it means a lot.

Beyond Celiac is a great starting point for those looking to learn more but also don’t be afraid to ask your loved one questions. Which leads me to one of the next few ways to support people with celiac disease:


Respectfully Ask Questions

Are you confused? Are you concerned? Do you have questions? ASK US (respectfully)! There is a lot of information surrounding a gluten-free lifestyle and I’ll be honest, not all of it is positive. In fact, a lot of it might leave you doubting your loved one’s actual needs.

If you have questions, ask them. There is a lot of individualization that goes into living gluten-free and everyone’s gluten-free lifestyle is going to look different. This also means there is a lot of what feels like conflicting information Ultimately, your loved one is the best person to source information on when it comes to their experiences and needs.

On that note, be patient and gentle with them when they share their needs or change them. Their ENTIRE way of living has been flipped upside down which involves A LOT of learning. Meaning, if they said yes to a dish last week but this week they are saying no to that same dish – know that it’s likely because they now know something they didn’t before.


Believe Us

This is perhaps one of the easiest yet most impactful ways to support people with celiac disease.

Nothing feels worse than your friends and family doubting your symptoms and needs – and this is a frequent problem with invisible illnesses. Celiac Disease and NCGS often don’t have outwardly obvious symptoms so it can be hard to understand just how bad it is. Just know that it is bad – bad enough that we have to be sometimes seemingly overly strict about our food and how it’s prepared.


Respect Boundaries

If we say no to trying your world-famous casserole, respect it. Do NOT ask us again. Do not pressure us. We aren’t trying to be rude, we are just being protective of our health.

Basically, no means no.


Help Spread Awareness

While I don’t expect everyone who knows someone with celiac disease to be preaching from the roof tops about it, if you do want to go this extra mile, I welcome and value it (and I think your loved ones will too).

Simple posting about new things you’ve learned about celiac disease or sharing articles about it on social media can help spread the word that a gluten-free diet isn’t always for fad diet reasons and should be taken seriously.


Don’t Stop Inviting Us Out

Being social almost always involves gathering around food. Parties, lunch dates, dinner dates, Friday nights outs, sporting events, and more all typically involve food; food that usually isn’t safe for people with celiac disease. When we are initially diagnosed, it’s overwhelming just to figure out what to eat at home, yet alone eating out; meaning we might say no when you invite us out to dinner. Don’t stop though.

If you really want to be supportive, consider alternative hang-out invitation that doesn’t involve food. Like meeting for coffee, going to the movies, or going for a walk at a park. You might also consider offering to help advocate for your loved one if they do want to eat out. Helping them ask questions and advocate for their needs at the restaurant.


Offer Gluten-Free Food When We Visit

I don’t expect this but it’s always a nice gesture when someone offers me gluten-free food when I visit. If you choose to do this, please do it with the understanding that we might still say no to your offering if it ends up still being unsafe. Despite us saying no, we still appreciate the effort.

Bonus points if you reach out to us before hosting to see what you can provide that will be safe!


Above were just a few ways to support people with celiac disease but are not the only ways. Hopefully, this post has given you some inspiration on some ways you can help your loved ones enjoy their gluten-free lifestyle more through support. Comment below ways you’d like to be supported (if you have celiac) or ways you have supported someone with celiac! Also like this post if you found it helpful!