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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. Do Celiacs Need to 

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free)

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free)

1 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp agave syrup
1/4 cup collagen
1/2 cup buckwheat flour

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 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.

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  • 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.

Happy Journaling!

Following a Gluten-Free Vegan Diet

Following a Gluten-Free Vegan Diet

Whether you’re following a vegan diet and have to go gluten-free, or you’re living gluten-free and are considering a vegan diet, this post is for you. Concerns and considerations are discussed in this post to help people have a better understanding of what following a 

New Study on Celiac Disease and Cross-Contact

New Study on Celiac Disease and Cross-Contact

Is the cross-contact from a shared toaster really something to worry about? Before now, there hasn’t been a lot of research on the true impacts of different potential cross-contact scenarios such as sharing a toaster with regular gluten-containing bread when you have celiac disease. A 

Calcium Rich Breakfast Recipes (Gluten-Free and Plant-Based)

Calcium Rich Breakfast Recipes (Gluten-Free and Plant-Based)

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Calcium rich breakfasts (and meals in general) are important to make sure that your nourishing your bones and body appropriately. This list of calcium-rich breakfast recipes is dairy-free, plant-based, and gluten-free.

Adequate calcium is especially important for those experiencing impaired absorption, like those who are healing their gut following a celiac diagnosis. Often these individuals have impaired calcium absorption. Additionally, due to small intestine damage, have trouble digesting dairy products, which is a large source of dietary calcium. This makes getting enough calcium especially important and might even warrant a supplement.

However, I am a huge food first advocate and while you might want to consider and talk with your health professionals about a calcium supplement, that doesn’t mean you can’t focus on calcium-rich foods too!

Here are some of my favorite calcium rich breakfast recipes that you definitley want to try!

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Chia Seed Puddings

Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium! 3-tbsp of chia seeds contain 233 milligrams of calcium which is nearly 20% of your daily needs!

Despite them containing phytic acid which could impair calcium absorption, you still get a decent amount from eating them. Additionally you can make chia pudding with plant-based milks which are often fortified with calcium. This makes this breakfast option a nutrient and calcium dense choice!

Here are a few of my favorite gluten-free chia pudding recipes!

Chia pudding is just so versatile and perfect for meal-prep making it a great option for busy people too!

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Breakfast Nachos

Perhaps my favorite of all of these calcium rich breakfast recipes are Vegan Breakfast Nachos.

The beans and kale in this recipe help pack in the calcium into this delicious breakfast recipe. Not to mention there’s tons of flavor from the avocado, tomatoes, pickles onions, and salsa. YUM!

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Garlic Bean Toast

This garlic pinto bean toast is a plant-based and calcium rich alternative to your avocado or simple buttered toast. It’s packed full of flavor with a balance of crispy and soft textures that are sure to rock your world!

Not to mention, it’s EASY to make!

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls if made with plant-based milks (which are fortified with calcium) can be a great calcium rich breakfast option. An even better option if you make a delicious green smoothie bowl!

Here is an awesome resource on how to make a smoothie bowl! Smoothie bowls are highly customizable. You can flavor and top them as you please!


Similar to smoothie bowls, smoothies are a great calcium rich breakfast option because of use of plant-based milks (and hopefully dark leafy greens). Not to mention they are easy to prep for the week and great to take on the go!

My favorite smoothie of all time is my Raspberry Red Velvet Smoothie (just omit the collagen peptides to make it plant-based).

What are your favorite calcium rich breakfast recipes? What about calcium rich foods? Are you worried about calcium? Let me know in the comments!

Paleo Falafel Recipe

Paleo Falafel Recipe

This Paleo Falafel Recipe is not your typical falafel recipe. Typically falafel is made with chickpeas but to keep this recipe paleo I used purple cabbage instead. How this Recipe came to be… I’m not one to share stories before my recipe posts (I like 

Peanut Butter S’mores Fudge Bar (Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Peanut Butter S’mores Fudge Bar (Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

These Peanut Butter S’mores Fudge Bars are the perfect dessert for anyone. Seriously, whether you are vegan, gluten-free, avoiding nightshades, or even trying to follow a low- FODMAP diet, these Peanut Butter S’mores Fudge Bars will not disappoint. Low-FODMAP diet? Say what? As a dietetic 

Should I be Gluten-free and Nightshade Free?

Should I be Gluten-free and Nightshade Free?

People with Celiac Disease often don’t find relief after simply following a gluten-free diet. This can be for a variety of reasons. Often people with Celiac ask themselves if they should follow a nightshade-free diet too.

What are Nightshades?

You might know nightshades to be toxic plants that you shouldn’t eat; think belladonna. However, many of the foods in our diet today are of the nightshade family as well. As members of the Solanaceae family (commonly known as the nightshade family), a lot of foods in our diet feature chemical compounds that act as a naturally forming “bug killer”. Essentially, these chemicals in the nightshade family foods act as a defense system for the plant. Killing any pests that might be trying to take a bite out of it. However, edible nightshades, or nightshades found in our diet, have such low amounts of these toxic chemicals that they shouldn’t have any harmful impacts on humans.

What is a Nightshade Free Diet?

A nightshade free diet is just that, a diet free of nightshades.

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Foods to Avoid on a Nightshade Free Diet

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes (not sweet potatoes)
  • Eggplant (aubergines)
  • Peppers (bell peppers, sweet peppers, chili peppers, jalapenos)
  • Gooseberries
  • Ashwagandha
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Curry Powder
  • Paprika
  • Goji Berries

Dishes that Often Feature Nightshades

  • Hot Sauce
  • Spice Blends (curry, garam masala, Chinese five spice, steak seasoning)
  • Ketchup
  • Salsa
  • Tomato based soups (chilli)
  • Tomato based sauces ( pasta Sauce, pizza Sauce)
  • Anything with “spices” as an ingredient
  • Hummus (often has paprika and possibly other offending spices)
  • And more….

Signs and Symptoms of a Nightshade Sensitivity

A nightshade sensitivity means that your body is unable to efficiently process nightshades. This is not to be confused with a nightshade allergy, where your body launches an immediate allergic reaction to nightshade foods. Likely, if you have a nightshade sensitivity, you lack the enzymes that allow you to digest these foods which in turn can lead to a variety of inflammatory symptoms. Some nightshade sensitivity symptoms include:

  • Joint pain / swelling / inflammation
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Digestive upset
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

When Should you Follow a Nightshade Free Diet

Following a gluten-free diet involves an incredibly restrictive lifestyle. Adding nightshade free diet to an already restrictive diet isn’t an easy decision to make. Restrictive diets, in general, are stressful, exhausting, and often time-consuming. It involves reading food labels, relentlessly questioning restaurant staff, calling brands to ask about manufacturing processes, and so much more.

Needless to say, restrictive diets of any sort, aren’t easy.

So should you follow a gluten-free and nightshade free diet too?

That depends. As always first and foremost this post is not to take the place of individualized nutrition and medical professional provided advice. Most definitely consult your doctor and dietitian on whether or not a nightshade free diet is for you.

However, some things to consider when deciding if you should follow a gluten-free and nightshade free diet:

  • Are you still experiencing GI symptoms months after going gluten-free?
  • Is your gut happy and healthy?
  • Does your current diet support a healthy lifestyle?
  • Can you manage an even more restricted diet?
  • Are you ready for another lifestyle change?
  • Do you have access to a health professional (like a dietitian) to help guide you through navigating other sensitivities?
  • Have you noticed feelings of discomfort that might indicate an intolerance after eating nightshades?

Tips on following a Gluten-Free and Nightshade Free diet:

First of all, know that you might not have to avoid all nightshades forever if you do go on a gluten-free and nightshade free diet. When following a nightshade free diet because of a sensitivity, there is a phase where people reintroduce nightshade family foods back into their diet to assess if they trigger a reaction. So not to fear, you might not have to be entirely nightshade free to reap the benefits of following a gluten-free and nightshade free diet.

Second, when following a nightshade-free diet and trying to find fun recipes you can try, it could be helpful to search AIP compliant recipes on top of nightshade free recipes. The AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet is both gluten-free and nightshade free so often these recipes will be compliant with your gluten-free and nightshade free needs.

Lastly, when following a nightshade free diet, find alternatives to nightshade foods that work for you. Missing white potatoes for instance? Try eating sweet potatoes or carrots instead!

Are you choosing to follow a gluten-free and nightshade free diet? Here are some nightshade free recipes I have developed that you might enjoy!