Self-proclaimed font of Celiac knowledge, Libby tries to educate everyone she comes across on the differences between allergies, gluten sensitivity, and Celiac Disease.
Sep 05 2012
A "Sensitive" Subject
Every Celiac’s least favorite subject is getting sick and the most inconvenient, unpleasant symptom is the diarrhea. When you are going to the bathroom four or even five times in a couple of hours, little details that most other people would ne...
Aug 31 2012
It's Not Easy Being a Gluten-Free Foodie
I like to consider myself a bit of a foodie. I read food blogs, endlessly look at pictures of delicious meals (a.k.a., foodporn), and obsess over new cupcake shops. But I often feel like an observer rather than a participator. While I enjoy watc...
Aug 29 2012
BYO: Cookout Tips for Celiacs
I am having one of those weeks where I just feel icky. From a constant, mild headache to a slightly irritated digestive system, I cannot seem to go more than a few hours before heading off to the nearest restroom. Unfortunately, this is not th...
Aug 24 2012
Keep Your Friends Close -- And Your Toaster Closer
This may be surprising, but I did not realize that toasters are very dangerous for Celiacs. When I was diagnosed, my family and I set aside one slot in the toaster to be gluten free. We had no idea that this adjustment did nothing to prevent cros...
Aug 23 2012
Don't Eat the Cookie
The story I am about to tell is a little embarrassing, but very helpful to newly-diagnosedCeliacs.Back when I was freshly 18 and a recent graduate of high school, I had a silly summercrush. I had just returned from a big Eurotrip with my best frie...
Aug 17 2012
Living a gluten free life often means that the most indulgent part of eating -- dessert --disappears. Like a faint memory of childhood, dessert can seem like a thing of thepast for those of use who are gluten intolerant.Or so I thought! Being a Ce...
Aug 14 2012
Celiac Disease: A Brief Definition
After reading my posts, a couple of people have asked me what Celiac Disease actuallyis,thinking that it means I cannot eat wheat.To begin, Celiacs cannot eat gluten, which is a protein contained in wheat, barley, and rye. Most Celiacs say that gl...
Aug 10 2012
Tip of The Hat
In regards to my previous post, I'd like to follow up by discussing the need for gluten-free hair products for those of us who are Celiac or intolerant. In the past, I never actively searched for gluten-free shampoos or conditioners. For my heal...
Aug 07 2012
Let me tell you a little story about Fall 2011. I was sick, and when I say sick, I mean I was literally running to the bathroom every few hours, morning 'til night, seven days a week. I always had one eye out looking for the nearest public r...
Aug 03 2012
Coping with "Brain Fog"
One thing that no one tells you when you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease is that the strange, almost tipsy feeling that you get when you eat gluten, is normal ... or at least nothing to freak out about. The first time I experienced "brain fog," ...