eating gluten-free can be fun and push us out of our box to explore and create new dishes and desserts. Being gluten-free can even make us an advocate for gluten-free that tastes good!
When you’re out and about, whether shopping or dining, keep this list handy! Although extensive, this is not a complete list of all gluten-containing foods. Your best defense is to be an informed, excellent label reader and check out the label before you buy every time you shop. Don’t ever assume that jar of nuts or trail mix doesn’t have gluten because it says gluten-free on the box. Make sure to read through all the ingredients, then look to see if there is a warning for cross-contamination.
Road trips....a bit more planning, a bit more unplanning, but how do you choose your destination? How should you plan where to go? Read on, dear fellow travelers, for the how-to on the most significant decision of your road trip....the vacation locale!
Are We There Yet?
The ad nauseum phrase heard more times than you've changed your baby's diaper in a week when you have a group of kiddies along for the ride. My kids are all grown up (20 and 24), so I have the option of bringing them together or going the road trip on my own. When you have small kids, you may want to 1. Bring children if they are a minimum of five years of age 2. make your trip kid-friendly to avoid having the boredom of children chip away at the fun of your journey and the fulfillment of your trip. Whether or not you have children with you on your tour may change your trip's location and timing. "Kid factors" will ultimately affect the "WHERE" of your journey.
OK, so I understand that wheat crackers, pasta, and bread made with gluten-containing flours can’t be eaten; but what’s the deal with ice cream and buckwheat? Read on, my gluten-free friend, and get the food 411 on food safety for these foods.
Road Trips are the best way to get to know the geography around you, have the opportunity to talk to locals, and learn about new places along the way. I've found many different museums, parks, and cool non-touristy off-the-radar areas I wouldn't have noticed if I had not taken a road trip.
Whether you are celiac, gluten-intolerant, have acquired Hashimoto’s or another autoimmune disorder, your doctor may have told you to stay off of gluten. The fact is, the protein in gluten really pokes at your immune system. You may be wondering how your grandparents and great-grandparents ate as much gluten as we did and they were perfectly fine.
The fact is, our grandparents not only ate a different type of gluten, but they ate much less gluten.
Gluten Free and Chemical Free COVID Camping Skincare
Since many people have been camping for their COVID vacation, I wanted to share with you a great gluten-free and chemical-free skincare line with amazing products for you and your family when you're camping or having fun outdoors. Utah is known for its outdoor fun and adventure; however, you need to be safe in the sun. Did you know that Utah is #1 for skin cancer in the United States? Since we are at high elevation, our sun is much stronger than other places at lower elevations, so you can burn easier. Additionally, some people think they can't get a sunburn in the winter when it's cold; however, that is entirely false. You can actually burn easier in the winter because not only are you getting sun from the sky, you are also getting reflected sunlight bouncing off of the snow.
I love camping. I love the outdoors, sleeping outside, sleeping in my hammock, having a campfire every night, not caring about smelling like campfire smoke or makeup. The beautiful trails I hike and the out-of-the-way places I find when I'm taking that road trip to my next camping spot. There are so many things to love!
Few activities are a must when camping. One, especially in Utah or climates that are dry and at high elevation, is taking care of your skin. The largest organ in your body can quickly become dehydrated, burned, and bitten during outdoor adventures unless you take proper precautions with your skincare.
Chemical Free Hydration for Your Skin
Keeping skin hydrated means drinking lots of water. The higher elevation, the less oxygen and the more water you need to drink, however, if you're drinking lots of water, you want to also take an electrolyte supplement or salt supplement, so you don't unbalance the electrical connections in your body! Remember, if you're out in the heat, drinking more water doesn't cool your body temperature, you must pour water on you, bath in cool water, get into a climate-controlled environment or wrap a wet towel on your head or your hotspots on your body to cool yourself down.
Besides my hands, I find my face is super hard to keep hydrated, especially overnight. Lemongrass Spa's Coconut Overnight Rehab Cream is a high moisture cream, applied at night, to rehydrate dry skin.
Healing Elements is a fantastic cream that keeps my super dry skin hydrated overnight as well. Besides being super-healing, it smells deliciously amazing! It's heavy cream, with a texture like a salve. There's no doubt you have a protective layer between your skin and the elements when you put this on your skin. My dog Lily loves to have a taste when I'm applying this to my skin after a shower.
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