Friday, July 1, 2016

Favorite Gluten Free Companies Every Celiac Should Know

What did you think when you took your first bite of a gluten free product? If it was anything like my experience, probably something like: " I really going to need to eat this for the rest of my life?"

Now, like I've written before, gluten free food has a split reputation: it's either the fountain of youth and health or the grossest food you've ever eaten. The three years since my celiac diagnosis, however, have revealed a different truth: gluten free is as delicious as the brand you use. 

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Jaw-droppin' good!
So I thought why not highlight the companies and products that have won over my heart - and taste buds? I've reviewed and received compensation for some of these products; others I've found and devoured on my own. Either way, this isn't a sponsored post - just a celiac foodie's opinion. So, if you're craving gluten free foods that will make you forget gluten exists, here are the companies every celiac should know! 

Breakfast Bash

Bob's Red Mill: while you should read labels carefully because Bob does offer gluten-filled products as well, I (literally) live off their buckwheat and rice flakes to make oatless oatmeal for breakfast or a night snack! I also sometimes buy my coconut flour, millet and buckwheat groats from them. 

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Plenty of ways to enjoy!
Enjoy Life Foods: now, this brand could equally dominate the "snack" section, but breakfast isn't the same without a sprinkle (OK, a pile) of their Trail Mix. It comes in two flavors (Beach Bash with dried pineapple and Mountain Mambo with chocolate chips) and is free of the top eight allergens. They also offer a plethora of cookies, baking mixes, dairy free chocolate chips and more

Once Again Nut Butter: as someone who only discovered different kinds of nut butter post-diagnosis, I'm now a self-professed addict. Once Again offers a variety of nut butters - my favorites are sunbutter and cashew butter. The best part of this line for me is that they also sell sugar and salt free versions for those wanting just pure, nutty goodness! 

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They also make great jars for smoothies! ;)

Erewhon: For rice crispy lovers, here is a healthier alternative breakfast cereal! I love their organic crispy brown rice, which only has three ingredients: brown rice, brown rice syrup and sea salt. It also boasts less than one gram of sugar per serving - but it's packed with flavor, trust me. 

Lunch/Dinner Delights

Foster Farms: I'll admit that I don't use their products very often, but when I need a quick dose of protein to throw into dinner, I love having their chicken tenders on hand. They also offer chicken nuggets, but I've found that the tenders turn out crispier

Daiya: this is another must-know for people avoiding gluten and dairy. When I'm making pizza or Mac and cheese, I always use their shredded mozzarella cheese. They also have dairy free yogurts and packs of Mac and cheese - which will be perfect for crazy weeks at college. 

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Potapas tortilla + daiya cheese = one killer quesadilla!
Food for Life and Potapas: when I was first diagnosed, I couldn't find a tasty tortilla to save my life (or at least fulfill my cravings). That's when Food for Life's Rice Tortilla and Potapas's potato-based tortilla came in. Both have a plain, versatile taste; can be frozen and thawed for easy single servings; and can be cooked on the stove top to create tasty chips

Pamela's Products
 'cause dinner isn't complete without dessert, right? While Pamela's sells a variety of baking mixes (like bread and pizza), my family always has a box of their brownies, chocolate cake and chocolate icing in the pantry. The chocolate cake is so good, the gluten-eaters in my family prefer it over wheat-filled cake!

Tinkyada: although I'm eager to try some of the lentil and chickpea based pastas, Tinkyada's rice-based pasta is my family's all-time fave! It comes in a variety of shapes - including straight, elbow and spirals) - and holds together well when boiled or thrown in the slow cooker for homemade mac and cheese. We also love that it doesn't have any aftertaste and is easy to digest.

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Use your noodle!
Canyon Bakehouse: one of the first gluten alternatives most people look for is bread. While I don't eat much of it, my mom enjoys a sandwich with lunch every day - and Canyon Bakehouse always makes an appearance. Their breads always toast nicely, have a whole-grain flavor without the typical GF aftertaste and are hardy enough to handle several toppings without falling apart. And Canyon Bakehouse's new plain bagel? To die for!

Snack Attack 

Baresnacks: are you a crunchy and sweet snack craver? Then dive into a bag of Baresnacks, which offers several types of dehydrated fruit. My personal favorite are the banana chips - they contain a whopping one ingredient: "banana" - and I love adding them to my yogurt for night snacks or on my smoothie bowls. 

So Delicious: if dairy and gluten are partners in crime, you'll love this dairy free line. I buy 1-2 tubs of their coconut yogurt (I love the unsweetened vanilla version) each week and they make the perfect night snack. You can also find cashew ice cream (their new salted caramel cluster flavor is InSaNe!) and coffee creamer (which also works great in smoothies).  

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The dream team...
Quaker's Rice Cakes: you've probably heard that rice cakes have a bad reputation in the health world. People say they're low in calories but only because they're low in nutrients - and that claim is true. However, I love crunching on these with nut butter and fruit on top or crumbling them into my homemade granola. For me, these are easy alternatives to toast, cereal and crackers when you don't want to buy a ton of different products. okay, this is kind of a cheat since it's an online company rather than a brand, but it's beyond worthy of recognition! This is my go-to spot for ordering safe (aka, non cross contaminated) nuts, seeds, grains (like buckwheat and millet), superfoods and other goodies for a reasonable price. I'm especially ecstatic that just changed to offer free shipping on ALL ORDERS! (Considering shipping used to cost me around $20 for big orders, that's $20 more goodies to buy). 

Of course, I have plenty more favorite products and brands than just these - but these are the staples that appear in my diet every week or even multiple times a day. My hope? Not necessarily that you'll immediately go out and buy everything on this list (though, if you're a newly diagnosed celiac, these are some great foods to start with). 

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It can even taste even better!
Instead, I hope that you'll see that a gluten free diet can be just as delicious as a gluten-filled one. All it takes is some time, some experimentation and finding the brands that speak to your particular taste buds. 

Then all you have to do is eat

*Also found on Flaunt it Friday!*

What are some of your favorite gluten free brands? Do you love any of the brands on my list? Comment below!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Once Upon a Time: A History of Celiac Disease

As a child, my dad was the king of story telling. Nearly every night, he would tuck my little sister and I into bed and transport us to exotic worlds filled with castles, princesses and even talking dolphins. Today, though, I want to share a different kind of bedtime story.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy or know children who do, here's the story of celiac disease from the second century AD to now! 

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From the beginning...
Once upon a time, in a country far away, a man named Artaeus of Cappadocia noticed a mysterious illness striking the people of Greece. Those with it would experience painful tummy aches and Artaeus eventually dubbed them "celiacs." (Ever wonder why celiac disease is spelled "coeliac" in other places around the world? It's because both names were translated from Greek!)

As time passes, celiacs appeared all over the globe. By 1888, though, a doctor named Samuel Gee had a lightbulb moment. He thought the tummy aches were tied to what people ate! Now, we know today that celiacs should follow a gluten free diet, but people didn't know that back then. Instead, doctors like Sidney Hass in 1924 suggested celiacs only eat bananas, sometimes with milk. That sounds a little bananas, but it's true!

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Maybe my banana ice cream kick wasn't so crazy!
Now, maybe you've heard the story of the sailor chasing after a sneaky whale known as Moby Dick. But Willem Karel Dicke was after a different beast: the exact cause of celiac disease. In 1952, he found it! A few years earlier, Dicke noticed that kids seemed to do better during the war when grains like wheat were in short supply. When the soldiers - and the wheat - came back home, so did their health problems! He later identified gluten as the troublemaker and celiacs now were told to follow a gluten free diet

Wondering where the girls are in celiac history? Enter Margot Shiner from 1956! She came up with the idea of using a "biopsy" - when doctors use a camera to look in your intestines and take a sample - to diagnose celiac disease. 

Now, we know that our DNA and genes are what make us unique. In 1989, though, Ludvig Sollid and his research group discovered the genes that often cause celiac disease: two types of the molecule, histocompatability leukocyte antigen or (HLA). Try saying that five times fast! 

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Remember getting blood drawn at the doctor's office? In fact, doctors weren't able to look in your blood for signs of celiac disease until 1997. That's when Detlef Schuppan discovered that autoantibodies in people with celiac disease attack tissue's transglutaminase (an enzyme released when gluten passes through the intestines). No wonder gluten hurts!

Despite the work of these awesome researchers, there was a lot about celiac disease we still didn't known by 2000. Alessio Fasano helped fill in the blanks. He found zonulin, a molecule believed to increase the odds of celiac disease. 

You've probably become a gluten free ninja since your diagnosis. In 2010, though, several clinical trials began. Basically, this means researchers are seeing what non-dietary changes could help people with celiac disease. Who knows what celiacs will be able to do - and eat - in the future

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And celiac disease history is still being made now with you, me and other researchers! The fact is, if you ever feel alone, know that hundreds of thousands of celiacs are out there - today and in the past. So much progress has been made since celiac disease first appeared in history. 

And, because of the hard work of scientists, doctors, parents, friends and celiacs like you, it's now possible to live "happily ever after" with celiac disease. But I won't write "The End" yet because, really, we, and the celiacs before us, are only the beginning

Did anything in celiac disease history surprise you? Any other thoughts? Comment below! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tips and Tricks: Cooking with Beets

Now, to get the puns out of the way: it beets me why more people aren't eating more beets! You just can't beet this colorful, nutrient-packed delicious ingredient!

Whew - now that I got that out of my system, it's time to share the tips and tricks I use to get the most out of my beets. Already use them? Then here are some new recipes to try! Never even tried beets before? Here's why you should! 

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First off, why even bother with beets? To put it simply, not only do they add a splash of bright color to every meal, but they're also nutritional powerhouses! According to Nutrition and You, beetroot boasts high levels of vitamin B, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium. It also offers a moderate amount of potassium, plenty of folates and a compound known as glycine betaine, which can lower the levels of homocysteine in the blood. Since high levels of homocysteine can lead to heart disease, stroke and vascular diseases, your heart will love this veggie as much as your taste buds! As a bonus, eating beet greens can also boost your levels of vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids (which help prevent lung and oral cavity cancers).

How can you get beet-er at incorporating beets into your daily menu? (Sorry, pun haters. Couldn't help myself). One of the easiest - and tastiest - ways is through nana ice cream or smoothie bowls

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Berry beet heaven!
Adding beets is simple. Just chop or slice up some beets, pop them in the freezer and pull them out whenever you're getting your blendin' on. Personally, I love combining beets with mixed berries (as well as my usual sliced zucchini and squash) for a bright pink smoothie that tastes so good, you'll forget all about the hidden veggies! In fact, as long as you include a decent amount of fruit or spices in proportion to the beet, you won't even taste the beet in your breakfast. 

For those who follow a low fodmap diet - as I do - it's also important to not overdo it on the beets. Since its a high fodmap ingredient, I typically only use one or two ice-cube-sized pieces in each of my huuuuuge smoothies. Bonus points: if you buy beets with leaves attached, through them in your smoothie - the fruits' natural sugar will balance the beet greens' slightly bitter taste. 

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My kind of pie!
Beets also make a delicious, crunchy topping for pizza! When making your usual favorite pie, try cutting thin slices of beet and mixing them with your usual toppings. The beets add a bright burst of pink that, combined with other veggies like squash, zucchini, sweet potato and spinach, can create a rainbow masterpiece. 

I also love that beets can get crispy on pizza as long as they're cut thin and the oven temperature is relatively high. If you're a super beet lover, you can even replace the radish greens in my green sauce - which I often use on pizza instead of tomato sauce or pesto - for beet greens

More of a "toss-it-in-the-oven" and eat kind of chef? Then beets also add an earthy flavor to roasted veggies. As long as you slice them thinly, you can even use my broil method to get crispy beet chips in under twenty minutes. 

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As for stove top lovers, I often throw beets into my veggie stir frys as well. Not only do they add a pink color, but they also give a hardier bite to more fragile veggies like zucchini and squash

Need even more ideas of what to do with beets? Here are some of my favorites from the blogopshere:

  • Chocolate Beet Muffins - that are also grain and sugar free - from the perpetually talented Julia at The Roasted Root
  • Chocolate Raspberry Beet Pudding - pudding has never been this pink, or this delicious! This is packed with fruit and veggies, and I would probably even leave the extra sweetener out or add a bit of frozen banana instead! 
  • Beetroot Cake Porridge - ever heard, or enjoyed a bowl, of zoats? This is the beetroot version, which is not only vegan, but also loaded with goodies like chopped pecans and blackstrap molasses. Thanks Kyra!
  • Sweet Beet Yogurt Bowl - of course I have to feature a recipe from the HeartBeet Kitchen! If you're craving an easy way to upgrade your yogurt parfait, this is the recipe for you.
  • Broccoli Beet and Kale Brown Rice Bowl - and another recipe from The Roasted Root for you savory lovers. A warm salad has never looked so...pretty!

The fact is that, though beets may seem a little foreboding at first, there are plenty of easy ways to add them into your diet. 

You might even say that vitamin B, iron and magnesium have never looked more be(et)autiful

Do you eat beets? Any tips and tricks of your own? Comment below! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

What Food a Gluten Free Celiac Packs for an Extended Vacation

It's summer - which, for this college celiac, means lots of studying for the GRE, working at an amazing internship three days a week and flying off to visit family in the Lone Star state.

Compared to my short, three-day stay in Disneyland, I'll be rockin' in Texas for two weeks. What gluten free foods am I packing (correction: stuffing) in my suitcase? 

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Prepare for the 3 T's: Tips and Tricks while Traveling!
Here's a sneak peek at how I make sure this celiac won't go hungry!

1. Immediate necessities 

First of all, you should consider what food you'll need right when you land. Now, your access to a grocery store will vary depending on your destination and arrival time. In my case, I know that I'll be stepping into humidity - I mean Houston - at seven P.M. their time. After a long day of travel, I know that I won't be craving a shopping spree. So, I'm packing:

A dinner that I will most likely eat on the plane, while waiting at the baggage claim or on the way to Grandma's house. It may not look pretty, but this combo is bomb! Basically just mixed greens, lots of leftover roasted veggies, salmon, two kinds of tater (regular and Japanese sweet potato) and avocado. Served with some green beans, it's a dream

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Excuse the ugly, blurry photo...airplane photography is not my strong suit!
Night snack goodies like half a So Delicious yogurt container, a travel pack of sunbutter, a small container of fruit, and rice cakes.

Breakfast for the next morning, which features a pre-made and frozen smoothie bowl that I double wrapped and stuffed in my suitcase! (Can you say smoothie addict?) Plus my usual toppings. 

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My suitcase o' food!
2. Breakfast staples

Now, in my experience, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day when I'm away from home - mainly because *insert a lone tear here* I have to leave my beloved Vitamix behind. I often end up using a verrrrry low speed blender my grandma has, but I also love having these staples in my suitcase:

Buckwheat and rice flakes for oatless oatmeal.

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Cause how can I not crave this on vacation?
Chia seeds (Mamma Chia for the win!) for oatless oatmeal, smoothies and chia seed pudding.

Spices like turmeric, maca and cacao.

Enjoy Life Trail Mix - crunchy chewy goodness!

Several Health Warrior Chia Bars to eat as snacks or crumble on my oatmeal, smoothies or yogurt.

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My favorite flavor :)
Coconut flour - for breakfast bakes and/or breakfast cookies.

3. Hard-to-find items 

Now, when you're staying somewhere for a decent amount of time, obviously you can stock up with lots of gluten free food from local grocery stores. Before you leave, I definitely suggest spending a few minutes researching your destination. Any gluten free restaurants nearby? Health stores? Knowing your options will help you know how much to bring. 

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Randall's Gluten Free aisle...
In my case, I know that there is a Randall's Grocery with decent produce and gluten free options nearby, several Whole Foods Markets (score!), and plenty of delicious restaurants. As a result, I'm only packing some of my favorite foods that can be hard (or pricey) to find. These include:

My homemade granola. I cooked a big batch a few nights before my flight to make sure I had my favorite treat stocked for the first week. By the time I get back, I'll definitely be experiencing granola withdrawal

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One of my favorites...
Food for Life Rice tortillas, which I love cooking on the stove top to make crunchy chips

Daiya cheese - mainly because I only have half a bag left and I know that I wouldn't finish a whole bag if I bought one there.

The new coconut milk coffee creamers from So Delicious - because I just received some samples the other day and want to use them in my smoothies and oatmeal!

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My latest experiment subject! ;)
And that's a wrap! I won't lie and say that traveling with celiac is easy, but it does get easier with experience. Now, I expect to tote a decent amount of food with me on any vacation. It's just reality. By accepting that, instead of being embarrassed or anxious over it, I have a less stressful (and equally delicious) trip. 

Because, in my mind? Clothes < food in my vacation priority list. That's what washing machines are for! 

What are some staples you bring with you on extended vacations? Any of the same ones on my list? Comment below! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Losing Weight Does Not Mean

You step on the scale, nearly holding your breath as you watch the red arrow dance along the plastic face. It lands on a number - a few points lower than usual - and...maybe you celebrate if you're part of the 56 percent of Americans trying to lose weight. Or, if you're like me and the four percent of people trying to gain, you cringe

Either way, weight loss is more than just a number: it's a feeling. It's often the reason we eat like we eat, we move how much we do and we have a good or a bad day. 

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Recently, though, I've been thinking about what weight loss is not. A few days ago, I read a great article on BlogHer titled, "I've gained weight, so what?" And just like Jes Baker argues that gaining weight isn't the end of the world, losing weight isn't the key to world domination

I know this for a fact. As my friends and family have (lovingly) pointed out, I lost a few pounds after my breakup. I'm skinnier than I like and I'm working to change that. Yet, as I hear comments - of praise or worries - about how "tiny" I am, I want to remind them that weight loss does not mean

- I planned to lose weight. 

- It is the top accomplishment on my personal résumé. In fact, I'd rather have some junk in my trunk. 

- It is a factor that makes me "too small" to lift weights, play soccer or rock some HIIT workouts. That's what lower weights are for! 

- Proof that my value as a person has skyrocketed 

- I've lost progress in my celiac health journey. Yes, my body is physically smaller, but it still feels so much stronger

- I enjoy comments on my size. If you're not at your ideal weight, it stings a little if people mention you're still wearing a little baby fat. The reverse is also true

What does weight loss mean? I took in less calories than I burned, causing me to lose weight. Boom. That's it

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Something like that!
Except that's not how society and the media typically sees it. Whether celebrities are too fat or too thin, a magazine will call out that woman - or man - for their "transgression." And, honestly, it's hard to love your body when you look in the mirror and see something "wrong" - by your standards or society's. 

But the fact is, weight does not define me. It impacts me in the clothes I wear, how often I eat and how it feels to hug me. It impacts others through any worries over me and any assumptions they make based on my exterior package of skin and bone and curves. 

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After our Father's Day yoga date!
Yet, like Jes Baker says, change is life. Change is good. Change is growth. When I say that I want to gain weight back, I don't mean that I'm craving to return to the girl I was a year ago. Since then, I've experienced my first heartbreak, my first job, my first paid publication, dozens of insanely delicious meals, and handfuls of special memories - from Disneyland to Father's Day yoga - that I would never trade away. 

Key words: I experienced. Not my body or my weight, but the girl behind the window dressing. The same differentiation applies to you, too.

I can't claim that I've come to love my pancake butt or skinny Minnie arms, but I'm trying. And the first step of that is realizing that because bodies change, the way we love them must change too. At a heavier weight, I loved the strength in my legs when bike riding. At this lighter weight, I can love the surprise on others' faces as I kick butt in a hot yoga class. And, as my body continues to change, I'll continue to find new ways and traits of it to love. 

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Because, in the end, one part never changes: me. And that girl - the strong, funny, creative, determined inner self - deserves to be loved no matter what. As do your inner girl or boy. 

What does weight loss (or gain) not mean to you? How do you love yourself with a changing body? Comment below! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

You are Enough: Working with a Chronic Illness

I like to think I'm pretty normal. I'm a twenty something college student, I binge Netflix like nobody's business and food is one of my best friends. But, every once in a while, I can't ignore what's not "normal" about me: in particular, my celiac disease and fibromyalgia.

The fact is, as much as I've learnt to cope and thrive with chronic illnesses, sometimes I can't help but feel disadvantaged by them. Especially as I've ventured into my first 9 to 5 job

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With one of my first pay checks...
The doubts started small at first. Like most celiacs can probably relate to, I worried about the food aspect of working. Since I'm in the office during the time I eat at least two meals, I knew I'd have to rock a cooler full of gluten free goodies instead of a business briefcase

In the end, my coworkers and boss have been more than accommodating. We have a mini fridge I store my (lunch box enclosed) food in and the freedom to eat whenever we're hungry. No one has commented about my green smoothie bowls I tote for brunch - even though they're not exactly typical office eats. 

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In my huge, portable bowls!
But I haven't been able to shake the worry: "Am I enough?" 

Am I doing enough even though I can only come into the office two times a week? I thought I'd vanquished most of my fibromyalgia symptoms, but the extreme fatigue that comes from waking up two hours earlier than usual and driving 30 minutes to 1 hr in traffic to and from work proved me wrong

Am I social enough when I can't attend most outside events? I only work in-office Monday and Tuesday, and most activities occur later in the week. Besides the obvious commute challenge and my busy schedule (GRE studying to the death!), the socials often involve food. And, while I'd be fine bringing my own meals, sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. 

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GRE that I'm also studying during lunch breaks at work!
Am I "easy" enough when a lunch with my boss takes more planning than it would with anyone else? When people you admire offer to take you out to lunch, it feels awkward to not be able to say "yes" to any of their favorite eateries. Even though I know celiac disease is not my fault, I feel bad for being the "complicated" employee. 

Will I be enough for future jobs? If I'm struggling, growing and doubting this much in a part time internship, what will happen when I work full time

Honestly, I don't know all the answers. In my working journey, I've barely left home - and I know I have plenty of experiences, adventures and surprises to come. But what I do know - and what anyone with chronic illnesses should keep telling themselves - is this:

My medical "weaknesses" can also be my strengths. 

While I can't give any details away, don't be surprised to see plenty of health related articles on when it goes live in July. Perhaps my diseases do keep me from being "normal" - but they also give me a unique perspective to share. 

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Celiac perspective is free with celiac swag...
You can build work friendships in the office too. 

When I'm working in the office, it's easy to get close to the other girls - mainly because there's lots of workers and limited office space! Sure, I'm bummed and worried sometimes when everyone attends a social event that I - schedule or health wise - can't. But I make sure to hear all about it the next work day. And I try to chat and have fun even as we're typing away in the office. 

I can be more than enough in what I can control

I can't change my gluten free diet or fibro fatigue - but I can make sure I work to be the best employee possible. When I'm in the office, I knock out my assignments. When I'm working from home, I'm equally dedicated. I'm more than my medical diagnosis - and my creativity, determination and work ethic is more than enough

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Like a goofball...
And when I'm enough in so many different ways, I'm worth a little extra work. Heck, I know I'm probably worrying about my celiac complications more than my boss ever has of is. 

And when I start believing I'm enough - no "in spite of" or "even though" qualifiers in sight - I'll find a job that fits all of me. 

After all, it's already happened once. I feel so extremely blessed to be part of Entity. Besides the commute, it really is my dream job: using my love of writing to promote and assist female empowerment. Sure, I'll never be a "normal" worker - but you aren't hired to be average

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You're hired to be extraordinary

*Also found at Wine'd Down Wednesday*

Do you ever have doubts about being "enough" at your job? What medical challenges have you faced while working? Comment below! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Best Celiac-Related Dad-isms for Father's Day

Dads say the darndest things, don't they? Or at least mine does. To celebrate Father's Day this year, I thought I'd share some of the best celiac-related Dad-isms that have occurred in my family...and probably in yours too!

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As we posed on a mountain of course...
About Food

1. Looking at my smoothie bowl breakfast: "What makes it"

2. Still watching me eat my smoothie bowl: "Enjoying your...mixture, there?"

3. *Makes dozens of silly faces at my smoothies* *Now he makes his own* Casey world domination part 1. 

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Not to mention faces when I'm photographing...
4. When I discovered that, during our road trip to Colorado Springs, we'd be stopping by one of top rated gluten free restaurants in the US. "You're more excited about the food than the move to Colorado." Guilty. 

5. When we found free samples of a gluten free Acai drink after the Mud Run 5K: "Take one...or two...or three, one for Hannah and I technically..."

About Celiac 

6. After reading up on Gluten Dude's blog: "Do you feel like home is a safe place?"

7. When talking about possible restaurants: "So, it's gluten free...but is it celiac safe." (The real question for every celiac of course!)

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In the end, no nose ring for me...
8. When I was crying over the idea of returning to college while rocking a feeding tube: "Dye your hair pink, get your nose pierced if you want!"

9. After I finally gained back some of weight I lost from celiac disease: "Call the presses - Casey's got her butt back!"

About Life

10. After my (ex) boyfriend and I broke up: "You'll find someone else. You have a few...quirks, but you have a lot to offer." Ahh, thanks dad!

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Snaps through the years...
My house has definitely enjoyed some interesting celiac-related conversations and plenty of memorable one-liners! I'm always so grateful to have such a supportive, awesome (and often hilarious) dad to look up to - and the memories I've made I've made with him will last even longer than these favorite Dad-isms! 

Do you have favorite celiac-related Dad-isms? I'd love to hear them! Comment below!