New Year: Ready or Not?

With the year coming to an end, there is so much to look back at.  Our kids have learned mommy can make gluten free donuts and daddy can fix anything with super glue  :)  Ok that does seem insignificant, but trust me to my boys those are no small tasks out of the many that have been accomplished this year.  No matter how you look at it, being a parent is a challenge.  Then, add in gluten free and it can get over-whelming.  I admit I have not always been the person I am today, but I have evolved out of necessity.  I have become a more empowered me.  This year has been a major year of attempting to take control of the situations I can and reminding myself (as much as I would love to) that I can’t control everything.  While I understand gluten free is still foreign to many (companies no exception), I have made it my mission to help educate.  For the past 3 years, I have spent my time obsessing about gluten free.  I have read more books than I would like to admit, attempted many recipes, and contacted countless companies about their take on gluten free all for an easier life.  The issue is that as much as people say “don’t take it personal”…what is more personal than your children (their health for that matter)?  As a result, I have decided to stop business to insensitive companies.  For example, I am at 12 emails with Bath & Body Works.  One claims soy is gluten and one of the others has me at a loss of words.

Excerpt from actual B&BW email: 

We appreciate you taking the time to write us in regards to our policies, services and products. We value your inquiry and your interest in Bath and Body Works and The White Barn Candle Co. 
We want you to know we appreciate your interest in the ingredients we use in our products. The formulas and chemical structures for the ingredients we use in our products can be found in the biology and chemistry sections in your local library, and we encourage you to do some research there. However, we can’t answer your questions about our manufacturing process, since this information is considered proprietary. Our success is built on the extraordinary products that our team of development specialists create. Although we would love to boast about their work, we feel it would be unfair to them if we revealed their secrets.

I am shocked they don’t understand that I am curious for health reasons not because I want to steal their formulas.  In the end, I realize some companies(people) just don’t get it.  I am aware because I have seen my 9 month-old hit rock bottom.  It is completely validated for those living a gluten free lifestyle to have the resources they need.  I encourage all of you to continue pushing the boundaries that companies are refusing to let down.  Here’s to a new year of thriving, evolving, & advocating for change.  Come back for all the great reviews & giveaways set up for the first of the year!


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