Did you know that up to 60% of anything that you put on your skin is eventually absorbed into your body?
It is impossible to ignore that what goes on your body also goes in your body.
Do You Need A Gluten Free Shampoo And Conditioner?
More and more doctors are recommending for Celiac and gluten sensitive patients to follow a 100% gluten free lifestyle, not just a gluten free diet.
Ever since I switched to a gluten free shampoo my scalp feels healthier. I no longer suffer from embarrassing dry scalp and dandruff “snow” that plagued me for years.
Furthermore, I have read hundreds of stories from people with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity that shows gluten based products that go on the skin such as cosmetics, lotions, soaps, shampoo and conditioner can cause symptoms associated with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
The truth is many doctors do not only recommend treating Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity with a diet but choose to treat the whole body to relieve all symptoms.
For example, Dr. Kenneth Fine, M.D. of EnteroLab.com, states:
Gluten sensitivity is a systemic immune reaction to gluten and anywhere in the body, not just that entering the body via the gut. Therefore, topically applied lotions, creams, shampoos, etc. containing gluten would indeed provide a source of gluten to the body, and we therefore recommend all such products be discontinued for optimal health.
The bottom line is to eliminate any possibility of gluten entering your body, remove gluten from your diet and remove the non-food products that contain gluten.
Just imagine you’re lathering your hair with shampoo and a tiny bit of the soap gets in your mouth while you rinse, bam! you’ve just been glutened. Why not just use gluten free shampoo?
What To Tell Your Hairstylist
Chances are you’ve been with your hairstylist for more than a few years. Cristina (my stylist) has been cleaning me up for over 6 years and she’s become one of my good friends. I think most people would consider their hairstylist a friend. Which is why you should feel comfortable telling her that you need to use gluten free products on your hair.
When I told my hairstylist that I was gluten free she gave me a little info on the gluten free shampoo that she carries. Apparently she has quite a few clients that are gluten free.
Now whenever I book an appointment she knows only to use gluten free shampoo and conditioner to wash my hair. Don’t be afraid to speak up, I’m sure your hairstylist cares about you and wants you to have the best experience possible.
The Gluten Free Shampoo That I Use
My scalp and skin in general is quite sensitive and I’m not sure if it’s because of past use of a gluten soap, lotion, or shampoo but I’m happy with the kirkland brand shampoo. It’s not expensive, smells good, it’s gluten free, and it doesn’t make my scalp break out, plus the pump bottle makes it easy to use.
I tested the kirkland brand gluten free shampoo to make sure it was gluten free and it tested negative at 5ppm.
Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo Gluten Test
Sharie Daley, one of my readers asked if I could test Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo for gluten so I did and I’m happy to report that it tested guten free, negative at 20 ppm.
Here’s A Up To Date Gluten Free Shampoo List (Updated January 2014).
- Acure Organics
- Desert Essence
- Ecco Bella
- Gluten-Free Savonerrie
- Griffin Remedy
- Head Organics
- Head and Shoulders
- Hugo Naturals
- Intelligent Nutrients
- John Masters
- Jonathan Product
- Max Green Alchemy
- Morrocco Method
- Original Sprout
- Sei Bella
- Suave -Any wheat, barley, rye or oat ingredient will be clearly labeled.
List Of Ingredients That Contain Gluten In Non-Food Products Like Shampoo And Conditioner
Most often non-food companies will not simply state “wheat” on the ingredients label. They use complicated scientific names.
- AMP–ISOSTEAROYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
- AVENA SATIVA
- BARLEY EXTRACT
- BARLEY LIPIDS
- DISODIUM WHEAT GERMAMIDO PEG–2 SULFOSUCCINAT
- FERMENTED GRAIN EXTRACT
- HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT
- HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN
- HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH
- HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG–PROPYL SILANETRIOL
- HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM WHEAT PROTEIN
- HYDROLYZED MALT EXTRACT
- OAT (AVENA SATIVA) BRAN EXTRACT
- OAT (AVENA SATIVA) BRAN
- OAT (AVENA SATIVA) FLOUR
- OAT (AVENA SATIVA) PROTEIN
- PHYTOSPHINGOSINE EXTRACT
- SAMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX
- STEARDIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
- TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) FLOUR LIPIDS
- TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT
- TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GLUTEN EXTRACT/WATER
- TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL
- VITAMIN E DERIVED FROM WHEAT GERM OIL
- WHEAT AMINO ACIDS
- WHEAT AMINO ACIDS
- WHEAT GERM OIL
- WHEAT GERM EXTRACT
- WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES
- WHEAT (TRITICUM VULGARE) BRAN EXTRACT
Do You Use a Gluten Free Shampoo and Conditioner?
Do you have reactions to topical gluten products?
If this is your first gluten free Thanksgiving I recommend you keep it simple and make yourself a pie and some stuffing to share, those two are pretty easy to make and don’t require much leg work.
I know I know Thanksgiving is all about the food. It’s about sitting at the dinner table and enjoying being together with good food. Some would argue that food MAKES Thanksgiving and if that’s your philosophy that’s fine. I’m not going to try to sell you on the idea that it’s going to be easy the first time around but I will tell you is that you are in control of how you want feel.
Don’t get hung up on the recipes and foods that maybe you can’t make because they take a really long time to prepare or require special ingredients that you might not have on hand, skip those, there’s plenty of naturally gluten-free fixings and dishes that you can make.
With time you will adjust to the gluten free lifestyle and become a better cook or find products or services that make it easier for you to all enjoy all the food that you want to eat but just because you don’t have everything you want doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day with friends, family and loved ones.
I tried to put together gluten free Thanksgiving recipes that any home-cook would find useful although if there’s anything that I missed that you’d like for me to add to this page just leave me a comment below and I will do my best to find a tried-and-true recipe for you to enjoy on Thanksgiving.
Some of these gluten free Thanksgiving recipes are mine but most of them are from friends or colleagues of mine.
At the end of the post I also included a list of gluten free turkeys and a video on how to make gluten free gravy, two different ways.
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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Gluten Free Turkey Brands
Turkeys are naturally gluten-free, as long as they’re not stuffed, brined or basted with a gluten containing ingredient they’re gluten-free. All stuffed turkeys contain gluten even if you don’t eat the stuffing. The brands of turkey listed below have gluten-free options.
Hormel Foods (pdf)
Butterball 800-288-8372 - The only turkey that is not gluten free is the Frozen Stuffed Turkey.
Manorhoouse – Safeway brand - 877-723-3929
Perdue Fresh Turkey (pdf) 800-473-7383
Pilgrim’s Pride 800-824-1159
Hunnysuckle White 316-683-4691
Empire Kosher 717-436-5921
How To Make Gluten Free Gravy Two Ways
Minimal ingredients and quick bake time are what make this gluten free pita bread recipe a hit.
After you’ve tried it you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Besides being gluten free it’s also grain free, sugar free, and low carb. And you can replace the butter with coconut oil to make this gluten free pita bread recipe dairy free too.
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon oil or melted butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour, firmly packed – firmly packed is very important
- 1/4 cup almond flour, firmly packed
- 1/8 teaspoon salt – use a good quality salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Whisk together egg, oil and water.
- Add dry ingredients and mix well to form batter.
- Pour two equal portions onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Spread each pita 5-6 inches round.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Gluten Free Pita Bread Recipe Tips
In this video you get the see the consistency of the batter and how strong and pliable the pita bread is.
Gluten Free Pita Bread Fillings
Pita bread is a great vehicle for chicken salad, jelly, eggs and bacon, veggies, turkey and cheese or anyting that you’d like to wrap in something besides a lettuce leaf.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Bacon and Egg
Gluten Free Pita Chips Recipe
You can make some pretty fantastic gluten free pita chips with this pita bread recipe.
To make gluten free pita chips, slice your pita bread in half then cut in to wedges and bake at 350 for about 7 minutes.
And while you’re in the kitchen you might as well make yourself some homemade hummus. Making it at home is not only less expensive than the overpriced packaged ones that you find at whole paycheck but it tastes much silkier and it’s simple to make. Find out the trick to super smooth hummus, here’s my homemade hummus recipe.
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Recommended Almond Flour
Honeyville’s Blanched Almond Flour (Blanched Almond Meal) is the perfect way to cook with low carbohydrate intake. Almond flour provides a hearty flavor and consistency without adding all of those empty calories. Full of filling protein and dietary fiber, almond flour works well in a wide array of recipes. Made from blanched almonds, pressed into fine particles, Honeyville’s almond flour adds color, texture, richness, flavor, body, and binds ingredients in baking applications.
Recommended Coconut Flour
Honeyville’s Organic Coconut Flour is certified organic through the USDA and comes from naturally grown coconuts in the beautiful Philippine islands. Its low-carb properties makes it a great fit in a wide variety of recipes, and includes high amounts of protein and dietary fiber. It can be substituted for other gluten free flours in cakes, breads, cookies, muffins, and any of your favorite recipes that call for a gluten free flour mixture. The taste and texture is phenomenal and is naturally gluten free. With a fraction of the carbs of most gluten free flour mixes, coconut flour provides a hearty flavor and consistency without adding all of those empty calories.