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Eating Safely: Gluten, Celiac, and Allergy Watchwords

Those of us who deal with food allergies or who have been diagnosed with celiac know to watch out for the big-time offenders like wheat, dairy, gluten, or whatever else we may be allergic or sensitive to. But not all ingredient listings or menus use such straight-forward terms, and we need to outsmart the tricky terminology.

To help us, the good people at Enjoy Life (who make my absolute favorite chocolate chips and chunks) have put out an extremely helpful chart of common allergens and the terms associated with them. I got one of these at the gluten-free picnic I went to this summer, and I’ve taken pictures to share it with you (below the full chart are closeups so you can read it more easily). Hope this helps!

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NYFW Gluten Free Style: Spring 2015 Lip Trends

NYFW happened recently, showing off spring 2015 trends not only in clothes, but in makeup. Just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you can’t wear fashionable cosmetics! It’s never been easier to find brands that suit your allergies, so let’s check out a few right now.

Nude Lip

One thing that was popular on the catwalk was a nude lip. That has been in style for a little while, and it looks like it’s continuing into the spring. Here are a few swatches of trusted gluten free brands:

nude lip swatches 2015

From top to bottom:

1. Pacifica Color Quench in Coconut Nectar

Like a chapstick, this product leaves a light sheen on your lips, very nude and on the brown side. This is great if you want to throw something on your lips to keep them moisturized but still have a tiny bit of chic color on them.

2. Hemp Organics lipstick in Chai

Another, more solid brown nude. Hemp Organics has several brown nude colors, but this one was my favorite. You can apply it lighter than it appears on my hand, so it can be more of an accent than the main attraction.

3. Zuzu Luxe lipstick in Ultra Suede

Champagne colored and glowing, this highly moisturizing lipstick is a beautiful color that shines on your lips. I especially like how neutral it is, and I think it would look good on many skin colors.

3.5. (to the right of #3) Zuzu Luxe lip gloss in Tempest

This lip gloss is actually pigmented enough to sit on its own with no lipstick beneath it. It’s a light brown shade with some shimmer to it, and of course you can apply it a bit lighter to give a hint of brown on top of your chosen lipstick.

4. Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tint in Glisten

With just a hint of pink, this color is pigmented enough to give your lips some color but still be considered nude. If you wear a lot of pinks, this is an easy transition into nude colors.

*I tried more than these hues, but these fit the definition of “nude” the closest. Molten lip tint by Mineral Fusion, for example, looked great online but turned out to be very brown in person.*

Red Lip

The traditional red lip is still in fashion for spring 2015. Some people love a bold color, some a more mild version. Here are my recommendations for both.

Tints and Gloss

red lip tints and gloss

1. e.l.f. jumbo lip gloss stick in Movie Star

The pigmentation of this lip gloss stick is not like a chubby stick or a lip gloss at all. It’s really a straight up lipstick. Highly pigmented and very red, this is a really nice, easy to apply vibrant red.

2. Clinique chubby stick in Two Ton Tomato (#11)

Relatively transparent, this hue is light but pretty clearly red. If you don’t want something startling or something that jumps off your face, this is perfect for you. It has a slight leaning towards orange, but nothing very noticeable unless you wear it with a red shirt.

3. Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tint in Smolder

Similar in transparency to Clinique’s chubby stick, this lip tint has more of a leaning in the pink direction. If you look at this next to a true red color, you can see the pink in it clearly. It’s great for those who would like something more tame than a straight up red.

4. e.l.f. EX-tra lip gloss in Brett

It’s rare to find a lip gloss with such intense color and so opaque that it could pass as a shiny lipstick, but e.l.f. achieves it with this one! Brett shimmers with a slight pink leaning (very slight). And how much fun is it to have lip glosses named after the ex boyfriends they tempt?


red lipsticks

1. e.l.f. moisturizing lipstick in Red Carpet

Solid and bright, this moisture-filled lipstick is completely red with no leaning towards pink or orange. Classic!

2. Afterglow Cosmetics lipstick in Kiss

Don’t be confused by the dark looking shade of this lipstick on the website and on the outside bottom of the tube of lipstick itself; this is a nice bright red, not a dark one, with a slant towards wine red.

3.  Gabriel lipstick in Pomegranate

Vivid with a slight pink tinge, Gabriel’s answer to classic red is sharp, bold, and full. There’s just a slight bit of shine to it, but you could easily add a red or clear lip gloss to add even more shine.

4. e.l.f. matte lip color in Rich Red

This is a really nice matte lipstick that allows you to color your lips precisely with its small applicator tip, which is perfect for such a bright red. Very easy to apply and very rich color.


I hope you found something you like for the upcoming spring season! Let me know in the comments of any other shades or brands you prefer.

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Your Leaky Gut Thanksgiving Menu

How can you have a normal Thanksgiving when you have leaky gut? Granted, the foods you can eat are very limited, but Thanksgiving is still possible! Here are some great menu items for you:

Organic Turkey – the most important Thanksgiving item! You can buy one at Whole Foods and it’s as natural as they get

Salad – rip up organic lettuce; cut organic radishes into half-moon shapes; slice up onion (vidalia if you don’t want your breath to be oniony); cut organic cucumbers or organic zucchini into half-moon shapes

Salad dressing
Dressing #1 – a light sprinkling of salt (about 1/2 tablespoon), about a tablespoon of organic olive oil (I use Whole Foods’ 365 brand), and vinegar to taste (I like a heavy vinegar taste, a little less than 1/4 cup)
Dressing #2 – (from Ruth Reichl’s Gourmet Today), 1/4 cupt organic olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice, rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, rounded 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Dressing #3 – Gunther’s Gourmet lemon oregano vinaigrette

Cooked vegetables –
Organic turnips and organic apple juice: clean, peel, and slice your organic turnips into quarters. Bring 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup organic no sugar added apple juice, and turnips to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is gone, stirring every few minutes for about 30 minutes.
Butternut squash and organic carrots: cut butternut squash and carrots into equal sized chunks. Toss to coat in a bowl with organic olive oil, a large pinch of ground pepper, and a large pinch of sea salt. Pour ingredients out onto a baking pan in a single layer. Squeeze the juice from a whole lemon over everything. Roast at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes – butternut squash should be tender.
Butternut squash and organic spinch or organic swiss chard: clean a bunch of organic swiss chard (I used the rainbow variety) and roughly chop. Cube the butternut squash and dice some red onion. Toss butternut squash and onions until coated with organic olive oil, a large pinch of salt, and a large pinch of pepper. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes – butternut squash should be tender. Remove from the oven and toss with the swiss chard.
Roasted organic cauliflower: cut cauliflower florets off and toss until covered with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip all the cauliflower florets over. Roast for another 15 minutes.
Organic broccoli – cut florets off of a whole head of broccoli. Slice red or yellow onion (as much as you’d like to include). Slice two large cloves of garlic. Heat olive oil in a pan at medium heat and sautee garlic in the olive oil until it starts lightly browning. Take out garlic pieces to prevent burning. Sautee onion until it starts softening and the add broccoli. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and sautee until broccoli is crisp tender and onions are lightly carmelized. Add garlic back in, stir, and sautee for another 1-2 minutes.

Baked organic yams
– my favorite yams are the purple ones, but any yam will do. Bake in the microwave or the oven until fork tender. Cut down the middle and sprinkle with sea salt.

Organic applesauce – eat plain or add cinnamon to taste.
Organic pears – eat plain or add cinnamon to taste.
Organic fruit and nut bars – this is a great recipe found here:
Organic fruit leather – put your chosen organic fruit in a blender. Your chosen fruit should be either berries or soft-fleshed stone fruit like apricots or plums. Blend until as smooth as possible. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your fruit on top – make sure you don’t spread it too thin! Put your oven on the lowest setting possible and put the baking sheet in with the door open. Bake for 2-4 hours depending on the thickness of your spread. If you poke it and feel like it’s a solid sheet, it’s done. Peel off parchment paper and enjoy!

Leaky Gut Menu Ideas

On this leaky gut diet, while I’m taking one of the herbal medications, I am very limited in what I can eat and I have to eat frequently to take in enough nutrients for my body. Here’s my daily routine – recipes to follow soon!

Everything listed below is organic, antibiotic free, and hormone free, even if it doesn’t say so in my list.

Breakfast – 7am
Applegate Sweet Italian sausage with either
Bubbie’s sauerkraut
sauteed with apples and onions


Roast/boiled chicked with cabbage slaw

Mid-morning snack – between 10am and 11am
-roast chicken
-all fruit smoothie (no yogurt, milk, or proteins – just fresh fruit and organic juice)
-Multi-colored carrots

Lunch – 1pm
Salad with lettuce and roast/boiled chicken or Applegate Organic Roast Turkey with Gunther’s lemon oregano dressing and
-home roasted beets
-pick a vegetable, any vegetable 🙂

I always follow lunch with an apple or an orange.

Mid-afternoon snack – between 2pm and 3pm
-sweet potato and leek soup
-butternut squash soup
-yam chips
-dried or dehydrated fruit with no sugar added (still very sweet)

Dinner – 6:30pm or 7pm
-roast beef
-roast chicken
-roast shoulder lamb chops
-roast leg of lamb
-broiled sirloin steak
-wild caught flounder
-full or half yam (one of three different kinds!) baked and sprinkled with sea salt
-mashed yams
-cauliflower can act as a rice substitute if chopped up in a blender or Cuisinart
-salad made with lettuce (my favorite is red leaf), radishes, cucumbers or green zucchini, onions, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt
-spinach or kale sauteed in olive oil with onions and garlic
-cabbage slaw
-roasted root vegetables with beets, turnips, parsnips, yams, and carrots
-carrot and parnips with garlic and dill
-sauteed spaghetti squash

Dessert – between 8pm and 9pm
Vermont Village organic applesauce, unsweeted or with cinnamon and nutmeg

Drinks at any given time of the day
365 Organic Honeycrisp Apple juice (Whole Foods brand)
RW Knudsen Organic juices (they usually have ascorbic acid to maintain color, so just check that this is okay for your diet. And also, pear is so amazing that it’s practically a dessert!)
Odwalla Garden Organics juices (any of them except the carrot apple mango because mango is high glycemic)
Colombia Gorge Organic juices (the carrot one is so sweet that it takes like they used baby carrots!)
Alvita organic herbal teas (my favorite is Rosemary)
Celebration Herbals organic tea (my favorite is Raspbery Leaf. You can order loose tea or teabags.)

New Blog Page: Recommended Cookbooks and Recipe Sites

I’ve added an exciting new page to my blog called Recommended Cookbooks and Recipe Sites! This page includes a list of regular cookbooks which have plenty of gluten free recipes and recipes that can easily be made gluten free. Each cookbook has a list of linked recipes which have been included in my blog. So no more searching for special gluten free cookbooks – they usually have recipes which wouldn’t include gluten anyway!

Movie Snacks: 9 Gluten Free Gummy Brands

Here’s a great list of gluten free gummy brands for your snacking pleasure:

1. Vat 19 (gluten AND casein free!)

2. Froose

3. Edward & Sons (gluten AND casein free, AND vegan!)

4. Surf Sweets

5. Indie Candy (includes other candies too)

6. Yummy Earth

7. Starburst (original flavor only)

8. Dots

9. Haribo The following are not gluten free: Black Licorice Wheels, Red Licorice Wheels, Sour S’ghetti, Fruity Pasta, Brixx, Konfekt and Pontefract Cakes. The following are not casein free Strawberries & Cream and Konfekt

10 Gluten Free and Casein Free Movie Snacks

Not sure what’s safe and what’s not at a movie theater? Here are 10 gluten free and casein free snacks you can depend on:

  1. Dots (fruit flavor, tropical, crows)
  2. Mike & Ike (Zours, Jelly beans, Hot Tamales)
  3. Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews
  4. Skittles (Crazy Cores, Fizzl’d Fruits, Original, Sour, Tropical, Wild Berry
  5. Starburst Fruit Chews (Jelly beans, FavREDs, Original, Summer Fun Fruits, Sweet/Sour, Tropical)
  6. Starburst GummiBursts (Original, Flavor Duos, Sour)
  7. Sunkist Fruit Gems
  8. Swedish Fish
  9. Sweet Tarts (Original, Shockers Chewy Candy, Tangy Candy Hearts) *a commenter said that this candy is not safe for Celiacs as it is apparently made in a facility that also processes wheat. I checked and he’s right. Thank you!
  10. Lifesavers (Assorted Sours, Gummies Island Fruit, Gummies Wild Berries, Wild Berries Sours)
And now for the question you’ve all been waiting for: is movie theater popcorn gluten free? The answer is sometimes. If your movie theater serves hot dogs and pretzels, chances are there is cross-contamination. Also, whatever the popcorn is being popped in could be cross-contaminated. It’s a “you never know” situation, so it’s most important for you to either ask (especially ask what oil it’s popped in and/or what brand of popcorn) or just don’t get it.
Check out this page for some more details: A little bit outdated, but it could help you find the answer.