Celiac Disease Symptoms

Did ya hear? May is Celiac Awareness Month! And all month long, I’ve got a little extra gfree knowledge to share … so let’s get it started in here! ūüėČ

A few weeks ago, the always awesome¬†Gluten Dude asked the Celiac Community: “what are your Celiac symptoms?” And boy did he get quite a list. Using the info he recieved from over 100 Celiacs, he put together this handy infographic of the most commonly cited symptoms.

Celiac Disease Symptoms

If you, or someone you love, is experiencing several of these symptoms, getting tested for Celiac Disease could be lifesaving! Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine. Consumption of gluten causes the body to attack itself, ultimately preventing the absorption of nutrients from food. According to the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment untreated Celiac Disease can result in the following:

Celiacs are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated celiac disease has also been linked an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.

For more info on Celiac Disease, visit the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment and Celiac Central.

And, stay tuned to FD for more info on living a fabulous, gluten free life!

Live Fabulous.


Kicking off Celiac Awareness Month



Today marks the beginning of Celiac Disease Awareness Month. And though I do my best to advocate for Celiac and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity all year long, this month posts will have a special emphasis on spreading awareness about these commonly misunderstood conditions. I have several posts planned for spreading gluten free knowledge and lots of gfree love with y’all (:¬†

If you suspect you or a family member has Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, please get tested prior to beginning a gluten free diet. Not only is diagnosis difficult after beginning a gluten free diet, but being gluten free without a medical need may not be the most healthful option available to you. (I absolutely cannot emphasis this enough!!)

Some FACTS about Celiac Disease:

  • Celiac Disease is a genetic disease, meaning that it is hereditary. In fact, between 5 and 22% of those with Celiac disease have an immediate family member with Celiac.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 141 Americans have Celiac Disease, with 81% of them being undiagnosed!
  • Celiac is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten. Ingestion of gluten damages the villi in the digestive system.¬†
  • Though the experience of Celiac Disease is different for each person, symptoms include: diarrhea or constipation, anemia, abdominal pain and bloating, smelly stool and gas and headaches.
  • There is no cure for Celiac Disease. The only treatment is living a gluten free lifestyle.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (gluten intolerance) FACTS:

  • NCGS is a condition that causes symptoms similar to those of Celiac without an autoimmune response.
  • The exact cause is unknown and there is no test to diagnosis it.
  • It is estimated that approximately 6% of the US population has NCGS.

Interested in learning more about Celiac disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity? Head over to Celiac Central for more info. 

And as always, stay tuned to FD for more posts about Celiac Disease and living a gluten free life!

Live Fabulous.

Break Time …

William Wordsworth once said, “rest and be thankful” … and that dear readers is exactly what I will be doing over the next 3 weeks. Between papers, presentations, grading and keeping up with things at home I am spread a little thin. Therefore, I will be taking a brief hiatus from the blog. Though I wont be resting so much, I will be taking this time to get my academic self together.

I am thankful to all of you who regularly read my blog. And don’t fret, I shall return!

You can still find me on Twitter and Instagram — a girl can only give up so much and still maintain her sanity after all! Regular posts will resume November 1st. Until then …

Live Fabulous. Live Delish

Gluten Free College Life!

Because cupcakes make every day better (:

Happy Tuesday y’all … Head on over to IamJtheBlog¬†and check out my guest blog post with tips for living a healthy, fabulously delish, gluten free life in college!

And while you’re there, show J some love! Her blog rocks and has tons of great info!

Live Delish, Live Fabulous!

This week in Healthy Living Tips …

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” — Ovid

  • Keeping your email inbox open all day can cause unnecessary stress. Try checking it only a few (scheduled) times a day!
  • Eating 1 1/2oz of pistachios a day has been shown to increase healthy gut bacteria. Get munching on this low fat nut!!
  • Fiber improves digestive function, helps to stabilize blood sugar & lowers risk of heart disease. Aim for 21-30g per day.
  • Ditch the sugary sports drink after your work out, have a banana & some ice cold water instead for the same benefits!
  • ¬†Avocados are full of healthy fats, antioxidants, eye protecting lutein & contain more natural fiber than any other fruit!

Live Fabulous.

Currently Loving …

Crochet & Steel

I picked up this stainless steel Signature Station necklace from Fossil on a belated birthday lunch/shopping trip with my Nana & GrandDad two weeks ago and it has quickly become my go to accessory! It is an easy way to casually dress up the most laid back of looks. Plus, it is the perfect piece to nail the on-going layered necklace trend!

Change Ahead

photo from iirusa.com

You may have noticed I have not been very active in the blog-o-sphere as of late … While the blog is still in its infancy, I feel as though in some way I have outgrown it. When I started blogging, I was new to gluten free (not that I’m an old pro or anything now, but I’ve learned a bit). The blog began as a way to learn about being gluten free, to feel connected to the wonderful gluten free community, to vent frustrations and to share yummy recipes. But it quickly became nothing but recipes (plus a few reviews) and I feel like I have shared little else. I want the blog to be more than food because while I LOVE food, it is not my entire life. I am passionate about health, I love beauty products and fashion, reading is my favorite hobby, I’m a full time student, engaged to an amazing guy and I have a happy life.

That said, I want to share more than just being gluten free. Therefore, the blog will be undergoing some changes over the next week or so. Hang in there with me and check back soon for a whole new blog!


Product Review: EnviroKidz Leapin’ Lemurs Cereal

Yesterday the fianc√© and I went to the store in search of snacks for our lazy Friday night on the couch/24 marathon. I was on the hunt for something different, something crunchy and maybe a little sweet … but I was not really sure what I was looking for until I found Leapin’ Lemurs peanut butter and chocolate cereal.

Have you tried ’em? They are like peanut butter Captain Crunch met Cocoa Puffs, gluten free style! And they really hit the spot. Last night I ate them dry, but I had them again this morning with a little Silk soy milk — they maintained their crunch until the last spoonful!!

One serving of Leapin’ Lemurs has 8g of whole grain, plus they are low in fat and sodium.¬†EnviroKidz even donates 1% of all sales to species and habitat conservation & environmental education programs! Their brand of products are USDA certified organic and use 10% less packaging, saving 1,300,000 gallons of water, 940,00KWh of energy & 144 tons of paperboard per year! Making them good for you and the planet!! (:

In addition to this yummy cereal, they have several other varieties & cereal bars too!

Have you tried any other EnviroKidz products? Which is your favorite?