Why should I use gluten free cosmetics, shampoos and creams

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So this is not actually a topic we talk about much on our blog.  But it is relevant and a personal choice for some people to only use gluten free cosmetics and lotions.

So why would someone choose to do this?

Well, I know it sounds silly but there can be accidental consumption.  If cross contamination in a deep fryer would cause harm, is it fair to say that lipstick containing gluten could accidentally be digested?  Or eating a finger food after using a lotion that contains gluten?

In my opinion, it really isn't a far stretch.

After starting the Gluten Free Edmonton Support group on Facebook, it didn't take long for someone to ask this?

And guess what?  people really responded with what they use, because if you were thinking about gluten free shampoos, so were others!  And those others are there to support you.

So check out this Facebook Group post and see what others had to say.

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Gluten Free Christmas Holiday Treats in Edmonton 2018

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I think I made good use of the newly created Gluten Free Edmonton Support Group this week!  It turned out to be a great tool to source some information for this post!

I put the question out there, what gluten free holiday treats for Christmas can you find this year?...  and the messages started flowing in!

Click here to see all the amazing gluten free holiday treats shared by group members.  You will need to log into Facebook and join the group to contribute and see additional items.

With that being said!  Here is a start of what people listed off!
  • Gluten free walkers shortbread @Walmart
  • Gluten free gingerbread kits @Kinnikinnick Fresh
  • Gluten Free mi-del ginger snaps @walmart
  • Gluten free chocolate yule log @Kinnikinnick Fresh
  • Gluten free candy cane mi-del sandwich cookie @Sobey's Ellerslie
  • Assorted gluten free cookies @Food in the nud
  • Gluten free festive sugar cookie bar @Celebrate, gluten free
  • Gluten free sugar cookie mix @Kinnikinnick Fresh
Check out more as people add by joining the group and clicking the image above.
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A place where the Celiac/Gluten Free Community in Edmonton can support each other.

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Gluten Free Edmonton Support Group on Facebook

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Recently, I have been thinking about what's next with Gluten Free Edmonton?  I have been doing this for 8 years already.

What can I do next to get people engaged?

I'm already on Facebook, Twitter and more recently trying to grow an Instagram following.

I would love to get on YouTube, do shopping tours, demo products etc.  But really, I have a full time job already leading a national healthcare organizations digital experience.  I just don't have the time, because after work, I love spending time with my family.

So now what?  How do I grow our community?  Which got me thinking.  I know Facebook is not for everyone, but it is still THE place for community.  More so than Twitter and Instagram.  The Facebook Group features are amazing for connecting others.

I notice more and more people posting questions on our Gluten Free Edmonton Facebook page.  Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't care for that, so it doesn't highlight other peoples posts unless I share it, because at the end of the day Facebook really just wants ad dollars to boost a post shared by a Page.

Which brings us to groups!  A place where everyone can post and be heard.  A place where each person can set their notifications and not miss a thing.  A place to share with a us an amazing gluten free product they found, or ask a question about where to find a product.  A place where we can can interact with everyone in different ways.  I place where we can just simply help someone in our community that just needs a helping hand.

There are so many awesome things that can be done with a Facebook Group.  I'm just starting with the basics and will see where it goes.

So come on in!  Join the new Gluten Free Edmonton Support Group on Facebook!
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Gluten Free Shredded BBQ Beef

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It took us a while to try this recipe.  We usually make pulled pork, or a shredded BBQ chicken.  But never a shredded beef.  But the recipe from America's Test Kitchen turned out to be delicious.  We froze leftovers in two packages (it made a lot!)

The recipe is a slow cooker recipe, that could probably be adapted to for the instant pot.  There is a lot of prep for this recipe.  So if you are going to run the slow cooker during the day while at work, I suggest doing some of the prep the night before.


4 oz bacon (about for slices), chopped small
2 onions (medium)
2 tbsp chili powder (optional)  It should give it some tang
1 tbsp paprika
1.5 cups ketchip
1.5 cups coffee
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp mustard
5lbs outside round roast / boneless beef chuck trimmed and quartered
1 tbsp hot sauce (optional)
1 tbsp cider vinegar


  1.  Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Add onions, chili powder, paprika, and cook until onions are softened. (8 to 10 minutes)
  2. Stir in ketchup, coffee, brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of mustard.  Simmer until thickened and measures about 4 cups.  Transfer 2 cups of mixture to slow cooker and keep reserve for later.
  3. Season beef with salt and pepper and nestle in slow cooker.  Cover and cook in slow cooker for 9 to 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.
  4. When beef is tender, transfer beef to a large bowl and shred into bite size pieces.
  5. Let sauce settle for 5 minutes and skim fat from top and strain
  6. Simmer sauce for 20 to 30 minutes until reduced to 1 cup.  Whisk in reserved mixture, with hot sauce, cider vinegar, and 1 tbsp of mustard.  Simmer for a few minutes and add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Toss shredded beef with 1.5 cups of sauce and keep remaining for serving and keeping the beef moist.
Sauce notes

I skimmed fat, but didn't strain.  I kept the bacon pieces in.

When I reduced the sauce, I added the mixture then reduced.  I just didn't reduce to one cup.  I just let it go for 20 minutes.

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