Monday, August 25, 2014

Can Gluten in Orthodontic Retainers Trigger Ongoing Celiac Symptoms? - from

Here is an interesting article about how gluten in non-dietary items can still affect blood test results and cause Celiac Disease symptoms in patients.  Do you know people who react to non-dietary forms of gluten exposure?

Can Gluten in Orthodontic Retainers Trigger Ongoing Celiac Symptoms? -

As I mention  in my book, The Gluten-Free Way:  My Way, my Hubby used to react to my shampoo years ago.  Once I stopped buying that particular brand, his head stopped itching and the mild headaches went away.  It took a while to figure out what was causing his head to itch and no, it was not lice.

So, I am not surprised that this nine-year old girl mentioned in this article had difficulties with her orthodontic retainer.  I am glad that the gluten culprit was figured out so that her body could start healing and stop taking in the toxic gluten.

Gluten is in so much - food and non-food alike - that it does mean reading each and every label of every item you pick up.  Each item.  Each time.

We have found gluten in shampoo and lotions.  We have also found gluten in makeup, especially lipsticks.  Remember, gluten is a binding agent - so keeping the lipstick ingredients bound together in the form is important; that is where gluten comes in and why it is typically used.

What products that are non-dietary have you found that contain gluten?  Did you or someone you know react to the non-dietary products?

Please share your experiences.  I am constantly learning from the experiences of others that have shared with me so that I can be on the lookout for the products, be it gluten-free or gluten-containing ones.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How can I help you eat a little better?

While at the grocery store tonight with three of my boys, we walked past a mother and her son, he was about six or seven I am guessing.  While I would have liked to have heard more of the conversation, we continued with our shopping needs.

I kept repeating the question she asked her son over and over in my head so that I would remember it long enough to type it up here and share it with all of you.

She asked him in a caring and kind tone, "How can I help you eat a little better?"

He shrugged a little.  If he said anything it was too quiet for me to hear as we walked by.

Then she said, "Maybe we could start eating yogurt more often again?"

This got me to thinking about how she handled the situation.  Instead of just buying the healthy food and insisting that he eat it (which she may have done in the past), she was offering her help and allowing him some control over the healthier foods he could choose to eat.

By asking him how she could help him, she was getting his "buy-in" to eat healthier.  Wow.  I do not know why that struck me like it did.  I have been thinking since that sometimes we need to offer our children the choice to eat better instead of literally trying to "shove the healthy stuff down their throats."

When she asked him that question, I just smiled.  It was such a different approach than I am used to when it comes to children and eating.

I am surprised that her question hit me like it did.  I have been asked this same question weekly by my Coach Emmie who is my health coach.  

Maybe it hit me differently because the question was aimed at a child and not me.  I am used to making sure my boys are active in meal suggestions in our home.

I am not always used to putting me first - so when Coach Emmie asks me the same question, I do not always know how to answer.  I struggle to know how she can help ME.

I would appreciate hearing your answers to "How can I help you eat a little better?"

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chance to win five free online classes

I just wanted to pass along the opportunity to enter to win five free online classes.  Online classes are becoming more and more popular. 

Check out the giveaway at Craftsy to enter their giveaway for the free classes.  There are a wide variety of classes that are available to take on their website. offers classes for all sorts of fun things like quilting, sewing, food, cooking, and knitting.  They also offer classes on photography, jewelry making, cake decorating, and gardening.

I have seen their newsletter and class offers before this giveaway was announced.  I spent time looking at their website and the amount of classes that they have is awesome. I will be back to their website to check out more of their classes soon. 

Have you taken any classes on  If so, I would love to hear your experiences!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Summertime Memories

A poem about summertime fun:

Sun is shining as I am
Unpacking from a vacation where we were
Making S'mores by the campfire.
Making movies on our cell phones and
Entertaining friends on the deck.
Running through the sprinklers was fun, too.
Time in the pool or
In the jacuzzi.
Memories in the making just like
Everyone said would happen when we took a summertime vacation.