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Why did I switch?

Why did I switch to safer beauty products and a healthier life style? I think I get asked this at least once a week. Or when I am out and I ask for something to be gluten free, I get the glare or a comment from the peanut gallery “oh you’re on that fad “. Well I’m not eating this way because of a fad, I’ve been gluten free and living a healthy lifestyle for longer then it’s been a fad.

Let me step back and give you a glimpse as to why… I remember my mom continually telling me to take care of my skin, use good face cream and always put on sunscreen. Although I did my best to do all of these things, I still at 17 years old ended up with melanoma on my back. I was a Senior is High School, graduating in a month time and the doctor was scheduling me for surgery post graduation. I sure had a summer adventure ahead of me. I now get to look forward to getting checked annually for new spots.

A few years later I was in a ski accident, I wish I could have said “you should have seen the other gal”. But I can’t… after the healing of a few busted ribs my innards were simply not functioning right. Many tests later I was diagnosed with celiac. I still remember the day I told my parents I had celiac and I won’t be eating gluten any more. My moms response, “so what do we need to do to fix you?” “How long do they think it will take to heal?” Cutest questions, well there is no fixing someone with celiac, but there is a way of life to live in order to manage the pain and other symptoms. Anyways I could go on a long time about my journey living a gluten free life style, but I’ll call it short. Needless to say there are more parts to my story that I want to get on to.

About 5 years ago now, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. The tumor was so large they had to first shrink it before removing it. Once they removed it, anything that could have gone wrong, did. Two years of fighting the original colon cancer and then the metastasized lung cancer my dad still battles cancer but at least the doctors, a healthier life and my dads desire to fight has slowed it down from growing. Each year we get excited for negative test results. Anyone who has been close to cancer knows negative is good, no more new cancer cells.

I don’t share these things for anyone to feel bad for me or my family. I share these things to help shed light as to why I have joined a mission to get safer beauty products in to the hands of everyone. This is why I choose a gluten free life style, why I eat healthy foods, why I juice, eat fruits from the farmers market, eat grass fed cow, and use cleaning products that don’t have toxic chemicals in them. I am sure many of you can relate to my story, have a similar story or who know someone who has had cancer or currently battling cancer or some type of health issue. I know it’s hard to live through and I am happy to be a listening ear if you ever need one. I’ll share more details about my journey, recipes and products that I have found so feel free to stick around. I am on an adventure and I hope you’ll join me. Follow me on Facebook, instagram or my blog. The link is in my bio. #betterbeauty #glutenfree #hatecancer

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