Going Gluten Free? Don't Expect Your Family and Friends to Understand

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Going gluten free isn't easy, and not having the proper support group around you makes it even harder.

Trust me - It's bad enough having to fight the everyday temptations in your office cafeteria, going out to the bar with your friends, or making your way through the grocery store. When you don’t have the proper support on top of that, you feel alone and crazy.

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Topics: Health, Support

Tip of the Week: If a Food is Advertised, You Probably Shouldn't Eat It

Posted by Bridget Gebbie on October 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

I don't remember the last time I saw a TV commercial, billboard, or advertisement that was promoting a healthy food. 

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Topics: Tip of the Week, Health

Best Gluten Free Sunscreen And It's Delicious Too!

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on September 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

At the beginning of summer, I was having the hardest time finding a true gluten free sunscreen. When I asked my doctor, Dr. Peter Osborne, for advice he said there is none and to eat berries instead. I was shocked and I didn't believe that berries were enough to protect me from the sun; I tested his theory while visiting Texas in 102 degree temperatures and the hot sun. 

It is now the end of August, and I haven't touched a drop of sunscreen all summer. I've always been one to burn and not tan easily. I was shocked to find that I'm the darkest I've ever been. I didn't realize that once you put sunscreen on with an SPF higher than 8, you are actually blocking your body's ability to absorb Vitamin D. I am Vitamin D deficient, so the last thing I want is to make it harder for my body to have the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. Vitamin D is an essential building block for proper thyroid hormone production and helps your body produce insulin. For me, having hypothyroidism and now diabetes, I need to make sure that my body can get all the Vitamin D it needs. 

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Topics: Health, Recipes, Cosmetics

Alternative Medicine = Organic, Whole Food

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

My boyfriend and I have differing opinions when it comes taking OTC drugs. He grew up in a household that was readily stocked with medications and always had the biggest bottle of ibuprofen you could find. Perfect example - yesterday he was complaining of a headache after being in the sun all afternoon. Instead of grabbing a glass of water (as I knew he was just dehydrated), he goes for the bottle of ibuprofen.

We take medicine and expect results. Why is it wrong to think we can't eat the right foods and expect similar results? Somewhere between the paradigm shift of our hunting and gathering days to mass industrialization of "food" we forgot what it is like to eat real, whole, pure food. 

We have come to accept that we go to the grocery and buy foods that are so processed that they have to be fortified with vitamins and minerals to make them "safe" to consume again. Did you know that when grains were first introduced to the market, the government made manufactures fortify them with vitamins and minerals because they realized grains were making people sick? Dr. Peter Osborne talks more about the fortification process and the detrimental qualities of grains

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Topics: Health, Supplementation, Organic Matters

Wearing Gluten Free Makeup Is Important For Gluten Sensitive People

Posted by Jennifer Gebbie on September 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I know you are probably saying "I stopped eating gluten and grains, but come on does that really apply to my lotions and cosmetics?" The answer is YES! Believe it or not 60% of the beauty products you put on your body will absorb through your skin and go into your blood stream. 

There have been numerous times throughout my life where I have had bizarre skin reactions and couldn't figure out what was causing them. Now that I know I'm non-celiac gluten sensitive, I'm sure my skin irritations were a result from the gluten and grains in my beauty products. For example, a few years ago I had a really bad reaction to eye makeup and I'd wake up every morning with itchy swollen eyes. I couldn't figure out what was causing the reaction. I didn't know why my makeup one day started to bother me when I had been using it for years. The various brands you find at drugstores or make-up stores would cause my skin to get excessively oily, too dry, or itchy. 

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Topics: Health, Product Reviews, Cosmetics

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