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How do you know where to look for gluten in your food and cosmetics? 

How do you know if something is really and truly gluten free? 

And what about cross contamination?  Is is really as bad as it sounds?

This is must-know information, absolutely essential for your health.  Whether you’re a newbie at the gluten free diet or you’ve been living gluten free for years, you need to be sure you know how the food and cosmetic industries are labeling the items you use every day.  Sign up today to get more helpful gluten free information right in your inbox.

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A gluten free diet can be a huge challenge at first.  I know, I transformed my kitchen into a gluten free safe zone because of my husband’s celiac disease.  Have a lot of questions?  That’s pretty normal – I still have questions and I’ve been at this since 2006.

A lot of things are naturally free of wheat, rye, barley, and contaminated oats.  That’s great news and it can make some of the transition easier.  Fresh fruit and veggies, meat, and dairy are all safe to eat.  You do need to watch for broth injections in meats and some processed dairy items (like sour cream and cottage cheese).  They may have a small hidden source of gluten or may be processed in a plant where gluten is also present.

Perhaps the most challenging part of a gluten free diet is replacing traditional baked products like bread, pasta, and lots of snack foods.  This has been an ongoing journey for our family.  Luckily, the food industry has recently taken huge strides.  So many great products have come on the market – pasta, crackers, cookies, cake mixes, and all-purpose flours.  You can satisfy nearly any carb craving you have now!

I wish I’d had a gluten free diet guide when our family was starting out.  Now you can use what I’ve learned to create great gluten free food.  Gluten can even be in your personal care products.  I started helping others with gluten free cosmetics a few years ago.  All my great readers have helped so many people find safe products by adding comments and asking questions.  You’ll find that information here as well.

Please take a look around and enjoy the site.  This is your gluten free diet guide – let me know if I can help you in any way.  Please share your comments or questions with me and I’ll respond personally or even update the site based on your input.

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Gina June 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Just got off the phone with Jackie from Paul Mitchell and she was awesome! So excited to be able to use salon products again. That’s all because I found your blog.

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admin June 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Gina, You are welcome! It’s a relief to get some mainstream products back on the OK list :)

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maria July 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

is Arbonne Gluten free

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Geri February 28, 2012 at 5:28 am

I just spoke to a lady associated with Arbonne yesterday, and all of their products are gluten-free.

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Bonnie July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I just realized that licorice, (including my favorite, Cherry Nibs) and caramels contain wheat. This is soooo disappointing! Since I am deathly ALLERGIC to chocolate, there aren’t very many candy/candy bar choices available to me. (Not that I need any of it…but once in a while, it’s fun to have a treat along with everyone else.) Are there any non-chocolate, gluten free candies/candy bars out there?

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sharon September 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Skittles are gluten free. Same with Starburst. They even say so on the bag.

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V June 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

Try Yummy Earth hard candies. I love the root beer candies but not everyone does so get the small packages at Whole Foods and then order them in bulk online to save money. :)

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Priscilla Clark August 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Laffy Taffy, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie pop suckers, Gobstoppers.

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Manda September 17, 2012 at 1:52 am

I checked gobstoppers the other week to discover an ingredient that wasn’t safe for celiacs.

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Kate August 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I was just informed that I have to cut gluten out of my diet due to an autoimmune problem. I have felt a bit overwhelmed this week, however, after reading through your website I do believe I am going to make it! There is life after gluten! :)

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Jackie December 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

It is overwhelming, but it’s manageable. The main thing you can do is educate yourself about your condition. But a word of caution: Sometimes so much information can be overwhelming as well. This is a great site, so you’ve started off in a good place. Hang in there. It’ll become second nature soon.

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admin December 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Kate -

I know, it’s a big life-changer. My husband and I were spinning in circles for a little while. But like any habit, it did get better with some practice. I’m glad you’ve found the site helpful. I’m not a doctor or dietician, just a wife of a celiac who’s willing to help. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask.

Erika

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Martina October 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

You have to try Yummy Earth – lollipops, candy drops and gummy bears. Gluten-free and delicious.

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Jackie October 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi…I’m a new subscriber and wanted to say how happy I am to have found such an informative, user-friendly site. I look forward to learning more!

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Ali October 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

To answer Maria, a friend of mine used to sell Arbonne and she said that many of their products are GF.

I need to let the webmaster of this site know that within the individual pages for various brands, there is a glitch whereby if you want to click on an HTTP link, you get a warning that says “click to delete.” It did not happen to me on this page so I must assume that it is within your system.

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admin October 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thanks, Ali. This is Erika, and I’ll look into that. Sorry about any inconvenience.

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Michelle r. Taylor November 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

Hi Erika,
Thanks so much for creating this great website. Some had mentioned the above gluten free snacks to eat on occasions. Just make sure not to overindulge in any of them, as sugary products will aggravate celiac disease. I had read this in a natural health magazine. Don’t know if any of you are aware of this.
Again, thanks for the developing this site and have a happy gluten free thanksgiving holiday.
Take care,
Michelle.

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Rob December 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hello, I love your gluten free website ! Would you be interested in featuring our gluten free certified organic probiotic ? Our naturally fermented probiotics are potent and effectively help restore the balance of healthy gut flora in our intestines, particularly after taking antibiotics and prescription drugs, periods of stress and poor diets. They are available by mail order throughout North America. Thanks and all the best, Rob

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Marci December 18, 2011 at 6:16 am

Erika, I really like your recipes but when I print them I not only get the recipe
but 2 pages of print I don’t want. Is there a way I can only print the recipe?

Thanks,
Marci

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admin December 18, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Marci,

Oh, I’m sorry that’s happening. I haven’t had anyone say that before, so I’m not sure what the problem is. I will poke around on my site and that printer button thing and see if there are any settings I can tweak. Or I might get a different print button. Thanks for letting me know.

Erika

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admin December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Marci-

I tried printing a few recipes and did not get the extra pages you talked about. I also haven’t heard back from the creator of that application. You might see if you can select exactly how many pages you print instead of the “all pages in range” or whatever that first option usually is. Maybe that would help. I’ll let you know if I get any more info about that.

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Michell Jones December 25, 2011 at 1:01 am

Hi I recently came across KROMA Makeup in Maitland Florida. They have all natural mineral based products. Their line is gluten- free. I love their products. You must check them out http://www.kromamakeup.com/ and at http://www.facebook.com/kromamakeup

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Michelle r. Taylor December 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Hello,
Hope all of you had a wonderful gluten free x-mas holiday. My mom and I had a nice, quiet one despite the fact that my dearly beloved dad had passed away about 5 yrs ago. The holidays are pretty sad and hard for both of us, but we try to adjust and get through them the best way we can. They are not the same as when my dad was with us to spend our time together. Anyway, my mom and I decided to go out for x-mas eve. since I did the cooking for thanksgiving. We thought that we deserved to go out and eat and enjoy our time together. We went to Ruby Tuesday near our location where we live in SC. They have a real nice gluten free menu. We got the spaghetti squash with fresh grilled zucchini. I can’t have spaghetti sauce, so I had their pesto sauce on my squash which was good, my mom got the regular tomato sauce. So, all in all, our dinner was really good and tasty, haven’t had spaghetti squash in a good while, so it tasted really good to me. Afterwards, I had a treat for dessert. I got their gluten free blueberry yogurt parfait which tasted good. On X-mas Sunday, I made some gluten free pancakes for my mom and I. I like to make them every now and then when I get hungry for pancakes. So, that was my holiday event for the x-mas weekend.
What I really want to mention here, is if anyone wants a somewhat sweet treat to have when they get a sweet tooth, is get natures path, enviro kidz organic crispy rice treats with the berry blast flavor. They are naturally gluten free, which they have always been. They are quite tasty. I get them myself and absolutely love them. They remind me of the homemade rice crispy treats. They have other flavors, but I like the berry blast the best.
Well, take care everyone and hope you all have a wonderful and blessed New Year in 2012. Hard to believe that we have made it through 12 yrs since 2000 started.
Sincerely,
Michelle r.

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SHIRLEY December 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I N
EED TO FIND SOME G-F COSMETICS FOR THE FACE-CLEANSER-MOSTERISNER-
THANKS

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SHIRLEY December 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I AM IN THE camp hill pa area

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Marcia January 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I am new to this site. I had been diagnosed in 2010. I also have DH. I had to change everything in my life. Skin care has been the biggest problem for me. I have the skin of the Irish and it gets so dry. I read every label and it is so difficult to get something for my face and body. I am on Cetiphil at this moment for my body. But my face, I really do not know what to use. I read the labels, but I wonder do they disclose everything. And shampoos and conditioners…well that is a whole other story! Does anyone have any suggestions or help? The food area of my life is okay; I have read volumes of what to eat and what not to eat. So in order to keep my sanity, I have made it very, very simple.

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susan February 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

hi marcia, i have the same problem with skin care. i have emailed everyone and finally found that neutrogena carries a wide variety of gf skin care and i can get tham at my local grocery. ive also discovered renpure shampoo and conditioner and they are labeled gf right on front. if anyone is looking for hair color nutrisse is what i use i talked directly to the company.

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christa February 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for taking the time to put together this site! I recently discovered (through an elimination diet) that I am gluten intolerant. I have been battling w/ supposed “IBS” symptoms for over 6yrs. I was tested for Celiac’s over 3yrs ago but results were negative. Since going GF- My life is brighter! I don’t come home from work and go straight to bed, I have more energy, less headaches and my skin irratations are clearing!!!! A message to all in pain: don’t stop searching for YOUR answer. Please never let your Doctor tell you that you’ll have to find a way to “deal w/it”. You deserve the best life (and your body) has to offer :)

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Jenn February 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi, love your website and have linked it on mine in which I am also gathering a great deal of gluten free sites and information together. I am from Canada so I am also trying to get more info on what products are available here as not all US companies ship internationally. If you would link back to mine that would be great. Thanks!

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Debbie October 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

Hi, I get a lot of bladder infections, severe ones that affect my kidney. They are so painful that I can barely walk, the first time this happened I could not get off my chair due to the pain and a ambulence had to take me to the hospital.
I see a pattern now. It seems to be when I put glutten back into my diet.
Does this happen to anyone else?

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Tommy October 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

Everyone loves it when people get together and share thoughts.
Great blog, stick with it!
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Lisa September 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I would like to know about salad dressings. I have tried using oil and vinegar but thought I read that balsamic vinegar has gluten in it. And also condiments. I am hearing a lot that some are and some aren’t gluten free so which is it?

Another one is sketchy, too. Soy. Is soy sauce gluten free while soy isn’t?

Thank you.

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