Why I enjoy blogging (the second time around)

When I first became Glam Without Gluten in 2012, my entire blog was related to celiac disease. I often put too much pressure on myself with every social media outlet I had, which lead to a burn out and I walked away from it all. I didn’t need to justify my reasons to anyone but myself. It just simply wasn’t making me happy anymore.

This time around it’s totally different. One night I thought you know what why not start blogging again. But with a new approach :

  • I won’t limit myself to just talking about my chronic illnesses. I limited myself with my previous blog only talking about Celiac Disease. There’s more to me than being gluten-free.
  • I won’t put pressure on myself to have so many blog posts in a week or a month for that matter. If I have an idea, great. If not, no sleep lost.
  • I will blog about all aspects of my life. I refuse to let Celiac define me and quite frankly I didn’t want to be a Celiac advocate again.
  • If it no longer becomes fun, then I leave it. That simple.
  • Only work on my blog when the kids are at school or doing homework. Never work on it at night, my mind is mush at that time anyway.
  • Don’t beat myself up if I don’t have any blog post ideas. It happens. Life doesn’t mean it’s ending because of it.
  • Just be me. Write in the moment.

Small simple little things this time around. I am in no competition with anyone, and I wasn’t before. This approach has made it much more enjoyable for myself. I’ve actually found it quite therapeutic on my bad days.

If you blog why did you get started? What is your favorite thing about blogging?




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Gastroparesis, please stop…

Since this past Friday my gastroparesis has been acting like a damn fool. Friday when I went shopping I just sucked it up and dealt with it. Then over the weekend it just wouldn’t subside. Come Sunday my gallbladder decided to join the show and I was in so much pain I just laid on the couch crying. Same thing last night with the gallbladder pain in addition to the nausea from the gastroparesis. This time I caved and took a pain pill which I reserve for when I need to call Uncle & can no longer take the pain.

I had a consult with the surgeon months back, taking my non-functioning gallbladder out would not be in my cards. One because I have Celiac and two because of the gastroparesis. Right off the bat it just didn’t look good for me. Given that some patients have problems after they have their gallbladder removed anyway, I would likely be that patient to have more problems than I had before. I 100% trust the surgeon because when I used to work for a local OB/GYN we would refer our patients to him, and the Doctor I used to work for trusted his judgment. When it came time to see him I knew that he would have my best interest at heart and not just go jumping in to take my gallbladder out. He looked at all possible aspects and we both decided that taking it out was a no go. I respect his decision & understand, I just don’t like it. Mostly because well, the pain I deal with from it.  Continue reading

Not So Smooth Move

If you don’t like to hear about women talking about their bowel movements, please click away now. I won’t judge you if you live in denial thinking women don’t take a shit like men, but we do. 

Not So Smooth Move

Prior to my gastroparesis diagnosis my bowel movements have never been an issue. The only time I have ever dealt with constipation was during each of my pregnancies. Celiac & IBS had taken care of any constipation issues I had, until now… Continue reading

My hopes for you in 2016

2016 New Year celebration display with the date outlined with fiery sparklers in green and blue on a black background

My hopes you for in 2016 :

  • I hope that you love with all that you have, never let a single day go by without telling those in your life that you love their faces off.
  • I hope that you learn that’s it’s ok to say ‘No’ when someone asks you to do something, and not feel guilty about it.
  • I hope you learn that those who talk about you are just trying to pick apart your life because they are unhappy in theirs.
  • I hope you have random days where you just say to hell with it all and go somewhere fun. Live in the moment.
  • I hope that your health gets better or you finally find the answers you are looking for regarding your health and that you can move forward with a plan!
  • I hope that you ALWAYS make date nights for you and your Husband. No matter how tired both of you are, no matter how much you don’t want to leave the baby or kids at home, and no matter how much Mom guilt you feel, DO IT ANYWAY! Your spouse came before your kids and will be there after all of your kids are grown up and have moved out.
  • I hope that you go to bed every night with a smile on your face. May I suggest Pinterest & search for Auto Correct Fails. It gets me in the giggle box every time I need a good laugh.
  • I hope that you learn to go in public without makeup on. Not everyone has a glam team behind them, this isn’t Hollywood, and paparazzi won’t be following you around. It will be ok, I promise.
  • I hope that you learn something new that you always wanted to try but were always afraid to do it. Let go and live. 
  • I hope that you know its ok to be mad, sad, angry, & pissed off as a parent but know these day’s won’t last forever.
  • I hope that you stop apologizing for being sick. Did you pick these chronic illnesses? No! Don’t apologize for something that was beyond your control in the first place.
  • I hope that you always make time for yourself. Being a Mother is challenging and one of the toughest jobs a woman can have, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your time to your little angels. Go get a pedicure, manicure, sit at the beach or park and just be in the moment enjoying the peace and quiet, grab a friend to go walk & talk or grab a coffee/tea.
  • I hope that you set aside time to shower in peace, your Husband can, so you deserve it too!
  • I hope that Zofran and Phenergan help you on your worst days, maybe even some Tummy Drops or ginger chews and a nice heating pad.
  • I hope that when you are in a horrible mood in the van you turn on some music that made you feel alive. Turn that radio up, sing to the top of your lungs, and get your jam session on in that van!! No shame ladies, NO shame!! (Wave hello & smile to those who stare)
  • I hope that during family events the same family members stop asking you why you aren’t eating or are eating out of a Hello Kitty lunch box after all these years (decades even) you have already explained to them that you have Celiac Disease.
  • I hope that you stop comparing yourself to other women who are in Hollywood who you think are prefect and feel like you need to look just like them. It is all smoke and mirrors & you don’t know how they truly feel about themselves.
  • I hope that you stop comparing yourself to women on Instagram. Tell yourself that you ARE enough! Stop comparing yourself to strangers.
  • I hope that fireworks only happen during actual holidays and not on random nights at 11pm and you think there were several shots fired.
  • I hope that when your gastroparesis is a jerk, you listen to your body and rest. Don’t fight it.
  • I hope that you take a family vacation that you have been putting off for so long.
  • I hope that you pay it forward. In the world we live in now, something so little can mean so much to just one person.
  • I hope that the baby food & liquid diet you are on doesn’t last forever, but is tasty! Popsicles included!!
  • I hope that you don’t beat yourself up about your New Years resolutions if you fail in the first week, or month. You’re human. Brush it off and move forward.
  • I hope that if you are raising a teenager, may the odds be ever in your favor.
  • I hope that you learn your house with children will never be perfectly clean, your true friends won’t care, because their house looks exactly the same as yours and they don’t judge you!
  • I hope that you learn it’s ok to outgrow someone or cut ties with them because they are toxic to you, this is your life, not theirs.
  • And last but not least, I hope you stick around here at Glam Without Gluten, I’m just getting started 😉




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My Gastroparesis Diagnosis – Part 1

When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008, I honestly thought that would be my only diagnosis. Little did I know my body had other plans for me and boy would they be a doozy.

For the past 6-8 months I have been having numerous health issues. Ok I lied, probably for more than that. Years would be more accurate. But as a Mom, sometimes we tend to put ourselves last. I did just that because I had one little still at home and wanted to enjoy every single second of my time with him before he started Kindergarten this past August. After he started school I promised myself I would go see the Doctor and get to the bottom of all of these new issues. Continue reading