Monthly Archives: November 2013

screw you Gain!!

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After working so hard to eat healthy and fresh (and gluten free!),  I paid little attention to the laundry detergent that I use “safeness.”  I was talking with a friend about loving Gain soap and doing laundry.  I love for my laundry to smell good and have a strong fragrance.  He told me, “You know that’s how they get you.”  And promptly dared me to Google the topic and make my own decision about laundry detergent (LD).   I was a bit skeptical because he does work at Whole Foods and eats super SUPER natural, non-GMO, blah blah blah, but thought I would give it a quick search.

It is scary to think what is in products that doesn’t have to be reported.  These following links are what intrigued me:

I try to do what’s best for my body and avoid things that are unhealthy when possible.  I decided to make my own soap because at least this way I know what is going into the mix. I followed this recipe that I found on Pinterest from stepintomygreenworld.com.Image

From what I can tell from reading around, Borax and the washing soda seem healthier than 1,4 dioxane and who knows what else in conventional soap.   It actually took me longer to find the ingredients than make the soap itself.  I figured Whole Foods would have the Borax and washing soda, but they do not.  A quick trip to H-E-B got me all my ingredients for less than $20.

The prices were as follows:

Dr. Bronner Soap $3.00

Borax $2.94

Washing Soda $3.24

Lavender oil $8.29

To make another load, I just have to buy another bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap and repeat.  The boxes of washing soda/borax will make multiple loads and have plenty of the oil left. Next time I’m thinking about buying the scented soap to start with.

The recipe states it should wash about 32-64 loads, but I’m currently keeping a tally count with my first batch so I will know how much it costs per load.  The lavender recipe smells great and when it says FIVE drops, it MEANS five drops.  Those essential oils are pretty potent.

ImageOf course, I had to decorate a jar to keep it in!!

Overall, my point is to question what you put in/on your body and weigh the pros and the cons.  Do I think that using Gain detergent will cause cancer?  Well, probably not.  But we don’t know for sure what these companies are using in their products and marketing to us as safe.  Better safe than sorry,  I’ll make my own.  🙂  And use Gain candles instead.

gluten free fatty

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Full.  Stuffed. Filled to the brim. Grateful.  That is how I would describe me after the GFAF expo in Dallas a week ago. (Yes I realize I am late on this…blog came second to the paperwork involved in buying a house!!) I conned my boyfriend into accompanying me to the Glutenfreepalooza as he so lovingly called it.  The food sensory overload kicked in after visiting about two booths!  So many vendors and snacks to try, I can’t possibly name them all!!  I will simplify and mention my favorite moments/foods of the weekend….

1. This sticker from Way Better Snacks.  GF IS MY BFF!!!  Also their Red Pepper chips were delish (and the samples I got I didn’t even to eat thanks to the BF, which means they are awesome because he isn’t GF).

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2. These cinnamon rolls from Sevierly Good GF. Moist, sweet and did not taste GF.  AT. ALL.  They are available on the website for $7.50 for the mix.  Chocolate brownie was also stellar.  BF also gave this two thumbs up.

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3.  Getting to try products that I normally am too cheap to buy just in case they taste nasty.  For example, Kinnikinnick Foods donuts and bagels.  I have been eyeing these bad boys at Sprouts for months but haven’t been able to fork out the $6 for donuts.  I tried them at the expo and am sold!  I think that’s the glorious part of the whole thing; getting to the opportunity to try foods and decide if you like them before paying hard earned money.

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(Forgive my god-awful camera skills, I was probably shaking with excitement from eating these!! Also I feel like a weirdo sometimes taking bazillions of pictures)

4.  HOLY CRAP cereal.  The company welcomed us to the expo and gave us a free bag of the non-GMO, GF goodness.  I would give you my review of the stuff, but the boyfriend also ate the entire bag of Dragon Blend.  He’s a meat and potatoes, favorite food is Tombstone pizza kinda guy, so him eating the whole bag says it all.  It’s full of protein, fiber and omegas and made with fruit, buckwheat, chia seeds and hemp hearts. MMMMM.

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5.  Getting double snacks because I brought my boyfriend to fill his bag up too. 🙂 I had to buy a plastic bucket to put all my snacks and goodies in at home. So far, I’m loving the NoGii Chocolate Coconut the best.

 

6.  Leaving the GFAF Expo early to meet this sweet angel!!  🙂  I got to visit one of my besties, Abigail afterward.  (I really didn’t want to take that sticker off!!)

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Can’t wait to do it again next year!!