Eczema is brutal this year

This winter has been hard on people in so many ways.  From traveling with dangerous road conditions, snow damage to their properties and suffering from harsh skin conditions.  I have to say I’ve experienced just about all three.

One thing I can always count on come winter time is eczema.  I’ve been a sufferer for many years now.  Eczema is when the skin becomes cracked, reddened, itchy and dry.  All in all it’s just nasty.

Up until now I’ve tried just about everything over the counter to very little relief.   I would usually have to wait it out till spring time and then it would slowly disappear or at least give me some relief.  However I recently started cooking with coconut oil because of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which coconut oil has none of and a very neutral flavor.

My Father’s friend suggested that I try using it on my skin.  Hey something that pulls double duty is fine by me.  So I gave it a try and have to say it really helped.

The coconut oil helped relieve the itch, which to me is such a source of discomfort.  After a couple of times of rubbing it on my skin the eczema started to clear up.  I know a lot of people that suffer from Celiac disease also suffer with eczema, so I thought I’d write a little post about how this helped me and hopefully if you read this it can help you as well.

Here is what I use.  You can find it at Walmart in the cooking oil isle.  It runs about $6 a jar.

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If your a sufferer I hope this brings you some much needed relief!

As always enjoy the day! Jane

Jeremiah 29:11

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Trying a new gluten free product today….Barilla Gluten Free Pasta

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Today we are having another huge snow storm.  Oh surprise, surprise!  We are expected to receive around 15 inches of fresh snow before it is all done and said with, please!  Sorry if that sounds a bit jaded.  I’ll get over it by Spring.  Until then I am spending time on Pinterest discovering new garden designs.  Ones I may or may never use, but all in all I am getting ready for this wonderful moment when the temperatures are up in the 70’s and keeping the pool clean is the new pain in my neck.

So until I can actually do all that I’ll spend some time in my other favorite place, the kitchen!

 

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The other day when I was out grocery shopping I saw that Barilla has a gluten free pasta line.  To me that’s very exciting!  Before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease Barilla was my pasta of choice.  I waited for so long for this line to come out and I am so excited to give it a try.  What can I say?  It’s the little things in life.

Today I thought would be the perfect time to give it a try.  I was in the mood for some good old fashioned marinara meat sauce and pasta.  No thrills just good and simple.

This pasta fit the bill it did not disappoint in any way.  It held up to the sauce very good, no mushiness and yum!
Not much else to say except, I believe I have an new old favorite.  So if your looking for a new gluten free pasta give it a try.  I am looking forward to see what else they put out..only time will tell.

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Food Blog Pictures 009 As always enjoy the day! ~ Jane

Jeremiah 29:11

An insight into hidden gluten in products…

Natural flavoring

Nothing drives me nuts like a company that hides gluten in their products.  What is your point I would really like to ask them?

I have found over the last couple of years that gluten can be hidden in products in natural and artificial flavoring.  Some companies are wonderful and will list what their source is from like corn, or gluten sources such as wheat.  However, there are others that still leave it unlisted.  Leaving us standing there scratching our heads thinking well does it or doesn’t it contain gluten?

This past summer I made gluten free macaroni salad and I used light miracle whip by accident.  I thought I picked up original miracle whip at the store.  My daughter only ate a small amount and broke out in hives.  I was shocked and went back and looked closer at my ingredients.   I couldn’t find any source on their ingredients that would point to gluten except for the natural flavoring.  I made a call to the company right away only for them to tell me that they where not sure of the source, what?  I couldn’t believe what they where saying.  I ended up throwing the entire batch out and started looking online.

There where some sources online that said miracle whip light was a gluten free product and others that said it wasn’t.    Wow!  I know for myself beyond any doubt that their source did have gluten in it and it was at the expensive of my daughters health.  I’m still miffed that a company wouldn’t know their own source.

The important thing I learned from this is that if a company has natural flavoring included in it’s ingredients and doesn’t list what it is.  Don’t eat it until you have talked to the company and are satisfied with their answer.   If they can’t name the source than pass it by, their loss!

Artificial flavoring on the other hand should not be a problem.

Because it would be made of a chemical nature and not wheat, barley, rye,oats and malt.   However there are some folks that claim if the product has a thicker substance or has a dark color to it then the artificial flavor could contain gluten.  I would always recommend that you call the company, use the phone number listed on the back of the product.    Better safe than sorry.

My hope is that soon all companies are made to list all their allergy ingredients, not just the popular ones.    And in a Celiacs case list if it’s gluten free or not.  It would just make life so much easier!

Just a little information for the day, hope it makes yours a bit easier!

Staying Gluten Free with Medicines This Cold and Flu Season

I don’t know about you this year but for us we have been hit by  colds and Flu. It seems like everyone I talk to has either had one or the other.  If not themselves they know someone who has.

So when my daughter who is 7 got hit by the stomach bug, head cold and fever it made me think about the medicines we take.

I always have to do research on the medicines to see if they are gluten free.  As many of us do, I wish it was easier, if manufacturers would just mark their packaging gluten free wow that would be so nice, right?

Well until that happens I wanted to pull different list from the internet to keep on our blog that have lists of gluten free medicines.  I hope this will help you as it will us.

  1. The site gluten free drugs is full of information about labeling and gives a very full list of gluten free medications.   http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com/
  2. This directory  provides contact information for pharmaceutical companies in the United States.   Online Directory of Drug Manufacturers
  3. Here is another site that has a nice list of gluten free medications.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/70354-glutenfree-medication-list/
  4. Also your local health food store has lots of products that you can take for colds and flu that are natural.   They will be able to tell you what is gluten free and what is not.

As always if you are unsure if the medication you are thinking of taking is gluten free call the company to find out.  After all you are your best advocate!

Hope this makes life a little easier.  As always enjoy the day!

Gluten Free Support Group Starts on February 23rd!!

Healthy Habits Natural Market

The Gluten Free Clan is so excited that Healthy Habits Natural Market in Orwigsburg has asked us to facilitate a Gluten Free group. This group will start on February 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Blue Mountain Family Chiropractic  1120 Centre Turnpike, Orwigsburg  PA 17961

Healthy habits store

As a group we will discuss health, gluten free living, gluten free recipes, gluten free products and how to survive on a budget and still keep everything gluten free.   And as always any other support that is needed. A lot of gluten free talking 🙂

I think this group will be valuable to us all, there is much power in knowledge.  And remember there is no bigger advocate for you and your family than you!

I can’t wait to meet everyone and start this journey together, see you in February!

As always enjoy the day!  Jane

Another Easy Gluten Free Product…

Good Morning everyone! What a beautiful Tuesday!  

As you all can tell by now, I love to find gluten free products that are easy on our wallets and easy on our schedules.

Our family like many of yours is busy.  Between running the children to taking care of the home and all the other jobs that are outside of our home, life gets busy fast!
So when I come across a product that can save me time in the kitchen I am all for it and of course it has to meet my wallets budget as well.  To me that is a super duper plus!

When I was grocery shopping this week I came across some products right on the shelves at Walmart and at regular price, not an arm and a leg so to speak just because they are gluten free.

I love a good cracker with cheese and I so miss them, so when my husband put them into the cart I was so excited, it’s the little things in life right?
Let me tell you they are yummy!
They have flax seed and other goodies in them and they are gluten free.

 
 Remember these when you have an upcoming dinner at your home.  Just think of that wonderful cheese and cracker platter you can put out at Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

I also found two wonderful Alfredo sauces right on the pasta isle at Walmart no special trips and no outrageous price.  Thank you God!

 

Here you can see on the back of the jar right below the ingredients is where it is labeled as gluten free.
My husband loves Rosa sauce so when I saw this I thought we have to give this one a try!

You can also find gluten free pasta in the same isle and once again it isn’t an outrageous price …super win!

 

 
Our family also loves Alfredo sauce.  When I have time I will make it from scratch but our schedule doesn’t always allow that time.  
So finding this was a big winner and a great time saver.

Remember as with all premade products you can always add to them to make them your own.  Sometimes I add some sauted garlic, mushrooms and parmesian cheese.  
The sky is the limit!

As always I hope this makes your day easier and your wallet a little more heavier!
Enjoy the day!
Jeremiah 29:11

A nice little find at Walmart in the Freezer section…..

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to pass this along to those of you who live with children who always want chicken nuggets and French Fries for dinner like my seven year old does.

My sister in-law Susan came across these in Walmart.  They are $6.77 for a 24oz. bag.
Don’t know about you but I’m going to give them a try.  I see many possibilities.
Add a little bit of sauce and mozzarella and you have a quick chicken Parmesan,
Crispy chicken on a bed of greens for a nice salad.
And of course to keep the kid in you happy or the one in your kitchen saying,(screaming!) I want chicken nuggets and french fries for supper…..PLEASE 🙂
I hope this little find makes a lunch or quick supper easier and puts a smile on the face of you and your little ones!

Also if your looking for gluten free french fries to make with the chicken tenders.  Your in the right store go to the french fry section and get Ore Ida brand.  They say gluten free right on the side of the package near the bottom.  We tried their sweet potato fries for something different they are yummy!
As always I hope this makes your day easier!
Enjoy the day!
Jane

On Those Busy Chilly Days….

As I have said before, we live in times where our house is just buzzing.  I know for myself, I am usually running in one direction when my husband is running in the other.  
So to make things simple, I try to find products that are easy to heat up, cost affective and use little assembly required.  
Don’t get me wrong, I still love to make things the old fashioned way from the ground up so to speak.  But there are days when you just need something that you can heat up and be out the door.
So I was pretty excited when I came across some Progresso soups that are gluten free and to make our lives easier, they are marked right on the can…THANK  YOU!!!
Here is just a few that I have found at Walmart and if you have a Giant grocery store and Wegmans near you they have some as well.

Also if your looking for box tops for your kiddos school, they are on these cans as well!
Now you might say that is only two but in checking into them closer on their website Progresso offers 22 gluten free soups. So I would say there is quite a variety out there to be found. 

 If you visit their website,Progresso Gluten Free you will find all listings of their gluten free soups.
 And they offer recipes that you can make with them as well, how easy is that?
“Awesome for those hectic days” I say!

As always I hope this helps make your life a little easier and that you enjoy the day!

 Jeremiah 29:11
 

Back To School Thoughts…..

The Years Go By Just Way Too Fast….

As we start to get ready for this year school session to begin one big question comes to mind.  What will our children be eating?  As a parent of a child in both elementary and college age with Celiac disease, whom may I add will be living in an apartment this year so he will be making his own meals, this truly adds a different dynamic to it all.  My son is very educated when it comes to living gluten free and very disciplined so no worries here!

This year if you have a child away at college where can they get their needs met if not eating on campus may come to mind?
  Walmart is beginning to carry a few gluten free items like pasta’s and snacks so that is an option and the prices are right for a college students budget.
Another online store that we will be buying from is http://www.vitacost.com/gluten-free-products/?ss=1  This is a nice way to get things shipped to your children or they can take care of that as well.
 Also Weiss Markets http://www.weismarkets.com/ and Giant grocery stores http://www.giantfoodstores.com/shareddev/sharedcontent/HealthyIdeas/glutenfree/index.cfm are good places to shop if your child’s university is close enough.  The bigger Giant stores carry a full line of gluten free products.

 Also another thing to consider is a Farmer’s Market.  Where my son goes to college he is fortunate enough to have a Farmer’s Market close by where he can buy fresh produce and meats.  Check out the area where your child will be staying and see what is available it gives them great options which don’t we all need?  And you peace of mind.

Here’s Ty helping with our Thanksgiving Meal both of my kids love to cook

Here are some of the meals and snacks that my son will be making this year with a few of his own I’m sure.

Gluten Free Lasagna One Of Ty’s Favorites
Quino Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten Free Key Lime Pie
Gluten Free Pizza
No Bake Gluten Free Cookies
Black Bean Salsa
King Arthur’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix another favorite
Jenna with a few of her friends!


As for my younger child she is just a sprout so to speak, but you wouldn’t think that when you meet her …she is a force to be reckon with, trust me!  
Where she attends school they are just beginning a gluten free menu this school year.  I am so excited about this!   If your child is gluten intolerant how does your school work with your child’s needs?   I would like to think that there are options.  It all starts with a conversation with your schools principal, remember you are your best advocate.
Fortunate for us our Principal  is educated about Celiac disease.
His experience started with a family member having Celiac disease, he has gained knowledge through their experience and we are fortunate for it.

If your child’s school doesn’t offer a gluten free menu at this time ask them to start.  As always be your child’s biggest advocate.  You don’t have to wait till school starts next year there is always time to start now.
As always I hope this information has helped you in one way or another.
Enjoy The Day!

2 Corinthians 5:17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+5%3A17&version=NIV

Love When Gluten Free Is Made Easy…..

Yummy New Breakfast Cereal From Kashi…….

 

I just love when we stumble upon a new product especially when it is in a local grocery store.  Kashi has a new cereal called Indigo Morning and it is made of grains that are gluten free.  It is such a nice change from our normal chex cereals, not that they aren’t yummy as well but Kashi offers something completely different in texture and taste.  The box is not marked gluten free but a spokesperson from Kashi stated that it was.  So next time your in the cereal isle check it out.

 
Here is another awesome gluten free product that you can find easily in your local grocery store.  I found this at Weis Market.  My kids love these and so do I.  They are so chocolatey and moist and take no time at all to whip up!
 My son asked me to make him a batch to take along with him to Ocean City Maryland.   He  went down for a few days with some friends.  I guess one last outing with friends before school starts up again.    His friends were so cool they made gluten free things for him to eat as well,  very thoughtful!
I hope this little bit of information helps, I am always on the look out for great products that you and I can easily pick up in a local grocery store and that are time saving.   
After all couldn’t we all  use a few extra minutes in our day to enjoy our loved ones. 
As always enjoy life and start by enjoying the day!
 
John 3:16