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Celiac and Gluten-Free

Red Apple Lipstick’s Winter Collection is Coming 11/16!

Red Apple Lipstick makes the BEST gluten-free, paraben-free safe makeup!  I’ve been a devoted fan for years and look forward to each season’s new colors.  Here they are for Winter!

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These gorgeous shades of lipsticks, glosses and eyeliners go on sale November 16th.  
Click this image to sign up to get access to the sale and a 20% VIP discount.

Check out all of their products, including eyeshadows and mascara – all gluten-free and safe!

RAL Winter eyeliners

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FOUR Years of Paleo Living!

 

Wow, my 4-year anniversary of going Paleo…

I didn’t realize it had been that long until Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom
posted about her own 4-year anniversary, which is shortly before mine.

A lot of changes have happened in those four years!

Healed from two autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac),
lost 65+ lbs in the process, regained my fertility and had a baby at the age of 47!
Whew!  (Baby just turned One, btw.)

As I said in my Success Story published by Robb Wolf in 2012, I will NEVER go back to “Before”!

From this:

To this:

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Mommy (48 years old) and Max on his First Birthday 09/09/2015

#TBT: I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!

#TBT – My Story for those who have not read it.

 

I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!!

It all begins with this story...

It all begins with this story…

RobbWolf.com Testimonial: BEFORE

I Will NEVER Go Back To “Before”!!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Written by: Pamela

I developed Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Hypothyroidism and was searching for a way to relieve the symptoms. I had suffered significant weight gain, severe fatigue, hormonal imbalance, sleep issues, and pain in my joints, muscles – essentially all over.  My doctors were of very little help beyond initial diagnosis and prescribing Levoxyl.  The medication helped, but only a little.

I read a number of success stories online and was very inspired by them.  I had incredible motivation in the form of a young child that needs me that made me determined.

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BEFORE

So in September 2011, I decided to give Paleo a go – and WOW did it work!  And it was not nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be!

Robb’s revelation that my gallbladder removal indicated undiagnosed celiac disease (p. 81 “Full of Bile” in The Paleo Solution) was very powerful.  My surgeon told me I nearly died during that operation at the age of 27.  If I had only known!  I am not exaggerating when I say this information saved me.  I’ve had a few close calls in my life that can now be attributed to gluten/celiac issues: nearly ruptured appendix, serious complications during gallbladder surgery, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Thyroiditis.

In addition to the Paleo dietary recommendations, I also avoid dairy and nightshades due to my autoimmunity.  I also follow(ed) recommendations from GAPS (bone broth, probiotics, etc) in the healing process.  My exercise consists of walking my dog and house/yard work.

I no longer suffer.  I look and feel great at 60+ lbs less than my heaviest/sickest point.  I went from a size 16 to an 8 in one year; I look 10 years younger with my hair color/texture returning.  Additional benefits:  no body odor (I now use magnesium oil as my “deodorant”) and dramatic improvement in my mood, hormonal balance, and marriage!  I am 45 years old, 5’10” tall, size 6/8, and weigh just under 160 lbs.

I will NEVER go back to “before”!!

Many, many thanks and much love to Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Tara Grant and the online Paleo community for showing me the way to heal(th)!!  I truly owe them my life.

Pamela

 

AFTER

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Christopher Williams (a.k.a. Squatchy) is a paleo aficionado, educator, personal trainer, wellness coach, and hobbyist chef. He also works as part of the Robb Wolf team.

Pamela

November 8, 2012 at 8:08 am
Thanks, Everyone!

I submitted this story in hopes that it will help others – both by inspiring some to try Paleo, and to encourage others to keep on. One day at a time – it all starts somewhere!

I am incredibly grateful to Robb for sharing his work with us! His insights about autoimmunity were key to my recovery. At one point before diagnosis, I was so sick I could barely eat. I knew I was in big trouble, but had no idea what was happening. I hate to think where I would be if I hadn’t discovered Paleo. A very scary thought, indeed.

So, kudos to all of you living the lifestyle – and pass it on! There are far too many people suffering needlessly.

🙂 Pamela


Bread. Really.

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Attended the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest last Saturday in Minneapolis and was treated to all kinds of gluten-free food samples, ranging from sweets to savories.

Among the many booths, a few really stood out for us.  We really enjoy Kinnikinnick treats, and they did not disappoint.  Samples of their donuts were like bits of heaven, as moist and tender as the regular kind – maybe even moreso!  The big guys Enjoy Life, Glutino Coconut Bliss and So Delicious all had yummy snacks to offer, and Grandpa’s Farm Organics was a surprise local (MN) favorite.

Living Paleo, we don’t eat many of the GF substitutes because grains are not nutrient-dense.  They’re just “filler foods” and may even contain anti-nutrients.  But.  Sometimes you just have a craving or want to fit in.  Enter bread…the one food item that is so very difficult to replace.

Thanks to Three Bakers, our search is over!  Wow.  Their white bread is just like the “real” thing.  Luckily our local co-op carries it, so we are in business!  The trade-off is that the loaves are smaller than in pre-celiac days.  But hey – who cares?!  My kiddo can now sometimes have a tasty sandwich in his lunch box, just like the other kids.  Love it.

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As an aside, it was also fun to meet Erica Dermer of Celiac and the Beast  and Gina Passantino of DairyFreeGina in person!  See you next time!

May is Celiac Awareness Month

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Celiac Disease is not an allergy.

It is an autoimmune disorder, just like Multiple Sclerosis or Lupus – triggered by even trace amounts of gluten proteins from wheat, barley, rye and oats in genetically susceptible individuals.  Once celiac has developed, autoimmune flares can also be triggered by casein (milk protein), corn, soy and other dietary proteins.  With Celiac, the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine, causing an inability to properly absorb nutrients.

Celiac manifests itself in hundreds of ways, many of which are secondary conditions due to nutrient deficiencies.  A lifelong affliction that is remedied only by strict adherence to a 100% gluten-free lifestyle – food, personal care products, and even things like envelope glue!

Recovery and healing the damage can take weeks, months or even years.

Want to know if you’re at risk or may have Celiac Disease?  Get tested.
The only reliable way to know for certain is a (DNA) genetic test.  Biopsies and blood tests are unreliable, and require continued gluten consumption.

Gluten Free Society offers confidential testing.  I believed that I had Celiac, but while pregnant last year, wanted to know for certain if I had Gluten Sensitivity (immune response) or Celiac (autoimmune response).  My test revealed that I am in fact a Celiac.  As disappointing as that is, it’s essential to know – if i want to live a long, healthy life and be here for my boys (10 years and 8 months old, respectively).

Bare Minerals READY Line No Longer Gluten-Free

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Why?!  Why would a company go back to using gluten-containing ingredients after years of proudly not using them?!  I am more than a little annoyed with Bare Minerals right now.

I was a big fan of the READY foundation due to its color, coverage and ease of application.  After a recent visit to the Mall of America location, I came away with a cute little kit containing the foundation, concealer, mineral veil, bronzer and highlighter.  In my excitement, I forgot to read the label at the store.  Big mistake.

When I did read the package at home, I noticed that a few of the products contained tocopherol (code word for gluten-filled wheat-based vitamin E!) and consulted the company’s web site.  The FAQ page revealed that these items were NOT made without wheat, barley or rye derivatives!  I was so mad I could spit!

Needless to say, the item was promptly returned.  I should have taken note of the fact that color codes/names had changed, which could mean reformulation.  It just goes to show, you must ALWAYS read labels and NEVER take anything for granted when it comes to food/product safety!

So now what will I do?

Turns out I am also a big fan of both Primal Life Organics and Tarte products.  Both are gluten-free and perform well.  I now alternate between the two, depending on my mood.