I have always been a coffee person. I want a cup as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, even though I have had to go straight decaf for health reasons. Not one of the easiest things I’ve ever done because caffeine is highly addictive. It was a long, slow process, made easier by using the refillable Keurig pods so I could mix a custom blend of regular and decaf and slowly decrease the regular coffee. We switched to a Keurig specifically because I have to drink decaf but my husband does not. We always use the Keurig refillable pods (affiliate link) rather than buying the disposable coffee pods, however. We always try to be mindful of the impact we are having on our world.
I normally avoid flavored coffees and creamers and all the various coffee drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos. Many are not gluten or dairy free and some have quite a bit of sugar in them. Many people with celiac disease, myself included, have low or high blood sugar problems and a higher risk of Type I diabetes, so I would rather not push my luck. That is not to say I don’t like them, however.
Holidays can be a challenge when you have diet restrictions. There are lots of get togethers that you don’t want to miss but being there and eating there can be two completely different things. People who don’t live with diet restrictions may have good intentions, but don’t understand how easy it is for food to get contaminated with gluten or dairy due to their lack of familiarity with all the ingredients that can contain the offending proteins. They usually don’t consider the issues of cross contamination that can occur in a kitchen where gluten or dairy containing ingredients are frequently used. Substituting a gluten free or dairy free ingredient may cause unexpected and undesirable results in a recipe for someone unfamiliar with it. More than once I have had a well meaning person tell me, “There’s no wheat in it. It’s made from flour.”
I have always had a problem throwing away clothes when they start to show signs of wear. I have clothes in my closet that are 20 years old and I still love them. Needless to say, I don’t spend a lot of money on wardrobe. I am one of the people that the fashion industry loathes. I consider the seasonal changes of new colors and styles to be nothing more than a gimmick to get us to spend money and I refuse to participate. Thrift store t-shirts and jeans are all I need most days now that I am retired and the few ‘dress clothes’ I have in my closet are plenty for my low key social life. I accessorize with different scarves or shawls I have knitted and call it good.
The fashion industry is notorious for the amount of waste it generates. Many fashion houses box up and burn their unsold goods to maintain their brand (1). Millions of dollars of perfectly usable clothing and shoes up in smoke. The fashion industry is way overdue for a sustainability makeover. Consumers can drive that demand if they just insist on more environmentally friendly goods and services. My small part of that is to make the clothes I have last longer by repurposing or mending what is already in my closet.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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