Happy Celiac Awareness Day!

What are YOU doing to celebrate committing your life to being healthy for Him – whatever your REASON for being gluten-free?

I will tell you what I’m doing.

I’m having ice cream.

Because I’ve waited over 2 weeks for Hy-Vee to get my ice cream back in stock.

This ice cream represents all of the “I can’t haves…”  into a:


No Dairy

No Gluten

No Coffee

In walks my dairy free, gluten-free, cappuccino COCONUT BLISS ice cream! 

Yes, I did snag TWO containers.  I saved some for my fellow GF/DF friends.

While at Hy-Vee, I got to meet a gluten-free “newbie” who was with a friend and they were hovering over by the bars… candy bars, meal replacements, fruit bars…

The friend said, “You should just get one and try it.”

Then the girl picks up a choco-BOOM Enjoy Life bar and says, “I wonder if THIS Is any good?”  I nod to her friend.

“Those are great!” I said.

They both turned to me wide eye with questions… you could tell they were lost and desperate for food that she would enjoy.

“I’m new to gluten-free, but I have a friend who is – and she said she HATES it,” the girl announced.

“Oh no,” I said.  “That’s too bad – there are lots of great things to eat.”

“What’s your FAVORITE thing to eat in these aisles?” she inquired.

“Oh my…” I said.  “Favorite?  I suppose the Enjoy Life Brand and (I held up my replenishment of ice cream) this!”

“Mmmmmmmm,” she said.

“Indeed, this is awesome,” I informed her.

They tracked me down later for another question – but it felt good to be able to share my knowledge of a few things that worked for our family.  It’s always a good laugh when I say I have 8 kids, and we all eat gluten-free in our family, so I understand the struggle.

{ I hope that’s an encouragement – that if *I* can make it work with the strength and power from God – SURELY, you can too!}

Grab ahold of God – He’s all the encouragement we need.

I think I’ll put on my G-FREE shirt today – because more people need to realize that being gluten-free isn’t a BAD thing – it’s awesome and a blessing!


“but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good:

first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Romans 2:10

Posted on September 13, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Food To Try, Label Reading, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is so darn sweet! It’s warms my heart reading your passages and how you incorporate the positive aspects of being healthy for Christ’s purposes in our lives 🙂 Thank you! It was really nice of you to help out a newb, too.
    Quick questions: Are you all lactose intolerant as well or do you just avoid dairy? Any other food allergies that your family has?

    God bless you today and this celebration of our health!


  2. You never forget how you felt those first few weeks. It can be super over whelming and discouraging. Any bright lights are always welcome, as you know!
    Four of the children, and myself are lactose intolerant. We only use coconut or almond milk, vegan butter, and same for yogurts. I try to stay away from soy as much as I can, but we don’t have an allergy to it. We are in the process of being completely tested, but as you might imagine all of the appointments can sometimes be a drain. Thankfully they are letting us schedule two at a time (they normally don’t!) I wish we could just go to one place, get everything evaluated and be good until a check-up… but that’s not how most rural healthcare systems work. Personally, I cannot have anything roasted (coffee or nuts), and I am unable to tolerant oats, or corn. I really feel best when I avoid grains. If I’m glutenated – I can’t eat any grains for weeks. Not all of my children are that sensitive, and hopefully they will never be. The first flair that we notice in small CC is the DH rash on the older kids. We’ve really had to analyze all beauty products, soaps, and hair products in depth.
    Amen!! Thanks be to God for the food we have to eat! Thanks for your note!

  3. It’s very interesting to learn about your family and your journey. Especially for me, I get to read about these challenges from a Christian perspective. Your blog is really helping me deal with these changes in my life and reminding me that God is always in control regardless of my situation. Thank you!

    Good luck with all the testing and determination that you have to keep your family healthy. Also, do you have any good recommendations for lactose-free yogurt? I use the brand by Yoplait and usually feel pretty good. Any other suggestions?


  4. Awh! Very good! 🙂 Well, I’m glad… it’s easy to get down some times – and everything I’ve read on auto immune disease is how important a positive outlook, and de-stressing is! 🙂 So here is to us being healthy for Him! 🙂

    We enjoy So Delicious brand yogurt. The children with lactose issues, enjoy the smooth type. I personally like the greek type. I do not care for some of the almond brands – but my kids like them. 🙂 (Almond Dream is what they enjoy) Two of them split a cup each day for their serving.

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