Just take a moment

Life has been super hectic lately.  Between working 40 hours a week, starting a part time business with Arbonne, writing for the GJ Free Press, Gluten Free Grand Valley, Lions Club and spending time with family and friends along with other activities I’m sure I’ve forgotten…life has been crazy.  That’s why, when my friend Shawna asked if I would take a day trip to Ouray with her, I said yes.

I have a tendency to, even if there is nothing to do at home, find something to do.  I’m always connected via some form of technology and do have an issue with putting the phone down because what might happen on Facebook if I don’t check it every five minutes?  So, getting out of the house, out of town, was perfect.

It’s not that we had some sort of  “National Lampoons” type of trip (ok, there were men in speedos, queso for breakfast and yaks) but it was a great, relaxing day with one of my best friends, relaxation in the hot springs and laughter.  It was just what I needed.

Today, as I sat at work, I was reminded that we need to take those moments, break away from everything that is beckoning to us, all that says “I need to be done” and just throw caution to the wind.  All that needs to be done will still be there when we return…and if we don’t, it won’t matter anyway!

Eating on the run

Sometimes a lunch hour gets shortened by an unexpected errand or maybe you forgot to bring your lunch.  What do you do then?  Just wait until 5 o’clock so you can punch the clock and race home?  Eat your arm?

This is something I’ve struggled with as a quick sweep through the Taco Bell drive through doesn’t work any longer.  I used to love Burger King fries, Subway sandwiches and many other forms of fast food.  Maybe that’s why I wasn’t losing weight on any diets!

So what does one do when you are gluten free and need a meal in hurry?  I have a couple items that I have kept in my pantry and desk at work in case that this problem arises.  One is GoPicnic which is a picnic in a box, basically.  It usually has crackers, some type of protein (turkey jerky or pepperoni, for example), cheese, dried fruit and more.  It’s perfect for picnics and hikes too as it can stay in it’s box and be safe.  The other item is Tapas 2 Go which is hummus and crackers.  Not as substantial but still very good and can tide you over until it’s really time to eat.


What are your go to “fast food” items?

And on the outside…

There is a debate in the gluten free world over whether or not skincare, shampoos, etc that might have wheat, barley or rye in them can affect those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance by bringing out the symptoms of these two diseases.

I’ve talked with several people who have the skin rash symptom of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetitformis, have breakouts when using lotions, shampoos, conditioners and even hair coloring which asks the question:  “If Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and affects the gut, why do “topical” items bother us?”

I don’t have an answer to this and hope to speak to a dermatologist (I’ve found one who is well versed in this, so I hear) and find out what the story really is.  I know as a Celiac, I’ve slowly started changing from the store brand skin care items to ones that are certified gluten free, just so I know I’m on the safe side.

Thoughts out there?