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Vitamin D Deficiencies and Celaic Disease

So this is what I have gathered so far from my doctors and what I have read. Because I have Celiacs Disease I do not absorb nutrients, so I do not absorb vitamins. They are too hard on my system and a little know fact but most vitamins also have gluten in them which I cannot have. There are vitamins out there that are gluten-free but you have to look for them and really check and do your homework.

Calcium and Vitamin D deficiency due to malabsorption increase the risk of osteoporosis in those with celiac disease. Now I never show any vitamin D in my system ever, so I usually have to go on 50,000 units once a week for 1 month to bring my vitamin D level to normal. What happens is 6 to 8 month later when I go back in to have it checked its back to either being extremely low or not showing up at all in my blood work. So now I try to eat more food that is higher in vitamin D.

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Fish, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna (Love fish so I”m good)
  • Soy (If I have to)
  • Eggs (Love them)
  • Shiitake & Button Mushroom (Love them)
  • Dairy (Cant have)

The other best way to get vitamin D is sunshine, which I love to get and when its warm out I do a lot of swimming in our pool but I do not lay out in the sun any more (for obvious reason) but I do use a great Gluten Free Sunscreen

There are conditions that develop when vitamin D deficiency is ongoing. Muscle weakness, pain and lack of energy. Hyperparathyroidism, Rickets can occur in children, Osteoarthritis and bone fractures can also occur.

I had to have a bone scan done because of my lack of vitamin D and because I am no longer 5 ft 8 I am now 5 ft 7 (I argued with the nurse when she measured me) so they thought I was having bone issues but were surprised to see that my bones are in really good shape considering I don’t keep vitamin D in my system. I still want to know where that inch went, I’ve been 5ft 8 since kindergarten.

Life, gotta just laugh at it sometimes


Happy New Year

      May 2012 bring you everything you need.

Happy Holidays

My wish is that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. May you be surrounded by friends and family and may you all feel love and support during this holiday.

I am so grateful for so many gifts that I was given this year that didn’t cost a dime, like all my friends and family that stood by me through my illnesses and this year I put them through a lot. My children who love me unconditionally. I admit I am not the best mom, I made a lot of mistakes over the years. Did you know they don’t come with a book, they really should. My husband Bob (Lord that man has had our vows pushed to no end this year) The sickness and health part since we got married 5 years ago, he tried to give me back but my mother told him No! Just kidding, he did ask but was joking

I love you Bob (hubby), Kyle (#1 son), Danny (#2 son) and Cheryl (my step daughter)

I am so lucky and if you have people in your life like I have in mine, don’t let a day go by without telling them you love them and what a great time to do it during the holiday season. Now is the time to fix wrongs, forgive and make things right.

Happy Holidays and “Thank You” for reading my little blog and letting me be a part of something bigger. I really do appreciate it.

Gluten in makeup affects those with Celiac Disease (New Study)

A new study by George Washington University researchers showed not only that gluten is an ingredient in many cosmetics and topical lotions (although they are rarely labeled as containing gluten – a problem), but that using these products may actually exacerbate celiac disease.

Here is my issue with this and it’s just me venting again.  All the time I was telling people that makeup did affect me and they said  I was wrong, here ya go now there is a study that proves it. I lost my eyelashes for years, now that I just use gluten free natural mascara my eyelashes grew back, no more breakouts on my face. No more issues but the wrinkles I am trying to get rid of.

When we started our makeup line we were told by major magazines (that deal with Celiac Disease) and others that we shouldn’t be pushing gluten free makeup on people, that Celiac is an intestinal disease and only lip stick should be gluten free. Well we never did push it on people  but offered it as a choice for those of us that felt it was causing issues (and there were a lot of us out there). We couldn’t even get a write-up because people didn’t want to have us scare those with Celiac to think they needed to buy gluten free makeup. I would get in so many debates about this it just drove me insane.

It isn’t just cosmetics, in my opinion it is everything. Everything  I put in and on my body. I used to have the worst skin rashes and itchy, it drove me yes insane. I used so many lotions and nothing ever worked. After finding out I had Celiac I started thinking about the things I put on my body. Everything I use now is gluten free and guess what , no more rashes, no more itchy skin unless a mosquito got me. No more of anything.

Here are some places to read about the study

Debbie update:

So first I want to thank everyone for the prayers and get well wishes. I got sick over a week ago, Bob took me to the hospital. They found a small bleed in my brain and I was transferred to Loyola Hospital ICU, I remember a lot of test, really bad headaches and pressure in my head. I had a lumbar spinal which relieved the pressure but hurt like hell. They found a nodule in my head but didnt think it was anything to worry about at the time. Came home a week ago today and I am still foggy and have to watch, very slow moving. I will be on here and there until I can get my strength back. Love you all. This was scary for me so I can only imagine what my friends and family went through. I love you Bob, Kyle, Danny and Cheryl. My mom and sisters and my in-laws and of course all of you. I am a lucky lady

Summers over and its back to school :( What should I pack in my lunch?

Where has my summer gone.

As some of you know I work with children that have multi-needs and last year was the first year I didn’t work summer school, doctors orders. This year I opted not to work summer school again because I was diagnosed with several other autoimmune diseases and well I just need the rest. I love my job but it is a very physical.

I did work a lot on No Gluten Natural Girl Products but had a blast doing it, I did not spend as much time at my pool or in my pool as I wanted and this year no vacation :(   but we spent a lot of time with friends and family so I’m good with that. :)

This is my last week off, next week we go back to school and I have to figure out what I will be bringing for lunch. Lunch is not easy in our room, everyone has a child and not many of our children eat because of their health issues. We don’t have a regular lunch break like many of you do because of the type of classroom I am in, so because of this we try not to bring foods that needs to be warmed up.

I am not a big fan of gluten-free bread :(   it falls apart and well I just don’t like it much so unless I bake my own bread which I do from time to time sandwiches are out and I will only bring them on occasion. Of course I could bring chips :) and veggies, crackers and cheese but I am trying to not eat dairy (Yes I have a feeling I am lactose intolerant) another thing to add to the list :(

So I figured I would research what parents send when their child has Celiac Disease and found some great ideas and I  added some of my own.

  • Left overs from dinner
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh veggies
  • Pop corn
  • Chips with salsa or humus (can be used with veggies too)
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts, almonds (my favorite) sunflower seeds
  • Lettuce wraps (love these) I fill mine with chicken salad or tuna salad
  • Salad
  • Home made trail mix (yummy)
  • Gluten free crackers
  • Gluten free cookies or brownies
  • Pasta Salad (another favorite of mine)
  • Think Thin Bars (maybe not for kids but I love them) I think thin all the time :) but nothing happens I still weight the same :(
  •  Glutino Blueberry Breakfast Bars (they have others, this one is my favorite) 
  • Sushi (I love sushi) Keep it in the frig.

So far not a bad list and of course we always have chocolate in our room (In the file cabinet)  LOL  Sometimes you just need it. :)   If you have any other ideas let me know and I will add it to my list.

Snack Food, whats your favorite?

No Gluten Natural Girl Products is thinking about added snack items to our business. Before we make our final decision, we want to know what you think about this item.

The name of the product is: Yogavive apple chips

What is this product:  It is a healthy snack that is made from highest quality USDA certified organic fruit. They are organic popped fuji apple chips. This snack is naturally sweet and it contains the nutrients of fresh fruit in a convenient snack.

Flavors available: Original, Strawberry, Cinnamon, Carmel, Peach, Garlic, and Ginger.

Sizes: Small bags = 1 apple and large bags = 5 apples

What certifications does this product have:  This product is USDA certified, EcoCert certified, Kosher certified, Halal certified, gluten-free, and certified vegan.  And, this snack has no added sugar!

Trial results:  No Gluten Natural Girl Products has put this item through their product review program and given free samples out to some of our customers.  What we have found is that younger children love this snack.  Ages 2-6 seem most interested in it.  Adults trials were split down the middle, some enjoying it and others saying they wouldn’t eat it for a snack.  Children seem to enjoy all flavors and adult seem not to not notice large differences in the flavors. Adults do seem impressed with how healthy it is and are pleased that children seem to enjoy this snack.

If you would like to learn more about this product you can visit the following web page:

Please take a moment to comment on this new product.  If you have tried yogavive apple chips before we would love to hear what you think of this product.  We would also love to hear, yes or no, would you be interested in us providing this snack as an option on our website. Better yet let us know what your favorite prepackage snack is.

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