I have to admit, I have never been very sensitive about whether or not my skin care and beauty products contain gluten. I mean, I make sure that anything that goes on my lips is gluten-free, but beyond that, I've never seemed to have any issues. I do read all the labels on the products I use, and I know that my make-up and lotions are gluten free, but my hair products contain wheat amino acids. But honestly, as long as I don't chew on my hair I have never had an issue.
For the past several years, I have been using various lip balms and have been mostly satisfied with them. My only issue is that I feel like I am reapplying at least once an hour, maybe more. Talk about time consuming. When I started seeing Red Apple Lipstick come up in tweets and posts by my fellow GFFs, I had to check them out. Boy am I glad I did - what an awesome company! Red Apple Lipstick makes all of its products from scratch so you're guaranteed to get a great product. Also, there is no petroleum, no animal bits, no gluten, soy, dairy, corn, harsh chemicals or GMOs in any of the products. What you're left with is lip balm and lipstick that are the most moisture-rich products I have ever used, and they last for hours!
Prior to my diagnosis with celiac, I was a restaurant and junk food fiend. My favorite food was fried and I would never say no to a dessert or other carb (and gluten) laden treat. So you can imagine my devastation when I found out that basically all of my favorite foods were off limits after finding out I could no longer eat gluten.
Despite feeling like I was given a death sentence by having to go gluten free, I was completely fed up with being in pain all the time and constantly feeling exhausted and bloated. Solely because I wanted to feel better, I dove right into a GF diet. And to my amazement, I felt so much better even within the first week. I vowed that I would never eat gluten again - besides the fact that it was slowly killing me.
After being on the GF diet for a couple months though, I really started to miss eating out. It wasn't just the delicious foods served at restaurants I missed, it was the whole fun and excitement of it. I started looking up restaurants who could accommodate a GF diet and began checking them out. I had a few mishaps with getting glutened, but being not so far from going GF, I suffered the pain and moved on. I had no hesitation to try other restaurants.
When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008, I thought my life was over. There were not many resources out there and products did not have to adhere to any labeling guidelines at all. And the worst part of it all was that doctors didn't even really understand the dietary needs. The dietitian I saw after being diagnosed flat out told me that I would be able to reintroduce gluten into my diet after a few months. Talk about scary.
Flash forward to today: there are so many awesome resources now on and off the internet, as well as a better understanding of what Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance actually is. I started A Lazy Girl's Guide to Living Gluten Free in order to become influential part of this increase in knowledge and understanding. This is not an allergy we suffer from, it is a medical condition, and it is our way of life.
So take the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness' (NFCA) Pledge with me. Vow that 2014 is going to be the year that you turn your back on sneaking gluten and instead help yourself become a healthier happier person. Pledge to become an educator to those who are not as familiar with Celiac/Gluten Intolerance, and help to get anyone who is suffering diagnosed so they can move on with their life and be healthy again too.