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4 Ways to Win With Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Wed 13, 2017

I’m finding ways to win with Celiac Disease. Don’t get me wrong; Celiac Disease is a lifelong, chronic illness. It is a serious condition. But it’s also my normal. So I’ve found a few ways to empower myself and win with Celiac Disease.

1. Surround yourself with people who support you-- This goes without saying, and it applies to every part of my life, not just my Celiac Disease diagnosis. Without people around me who recognize that being gluten free is the only means of treating my Celiac Disease, I don’t think I’d be nearly as successful with it or as healthy as I am today.

Celiac Disease dominates every bite of food I put into my mouth, many of the products I use, and the hows and wheres of my food prep. So it’s a topic that comes up quite a bit. Sure, there are still those people who don’t understand it or think it’s just a fad diet, but having the support of my family and friends is what really matters.

2. Read, read, read those labels-- Even items that claim to be gluten free sometimes aren’t free from cross contamination which is a huge factor for those of us with Celiac Disease or gluten allergy/intolerance. Sometimes recipes change or the place it’s manufactured is different, so even if it’s a food you’ve eaten daily for years, it’s still important to give the info a quick run-through. Those quick checks have saved me from a few accidental-glutenings.

3. Don’t be afraid to question your food-- Aside from reading labels, when it comes to eating out at restaurants, I’ve found there’s a wide variety of knowledge about what it truly means for a meal to be gluten free. (No, I cannot just pick the croutons off this salad, thanks.)

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, Gluten Free, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

What You Need To Know About Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Tue 13, 2016

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013, and although I still keep count of the time I’ve needed to be completely gluten free, now I feel like it’s more a badge of honor than a prison sentence, but I’ll admit, it’s taken a really long time for me to get to this point.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

Top Five Reasons You Need To Play Pokemon Go

Posted by Brittany Raum on Jul, Wed 20, 2016

First...what is Pokemon Go?

Well, it’s a little bit silly and a whole lot of fun! Pokemon Go is an app for iPhone and Android. The whole goal is to get outside and track down Pokemon in the real world. So, is it a whole bunch of people walking around looking at their phones? Sure. But it’s also so much more.

Top Five Reasons You Need To Play Pokemon Go

  1. You get your steps in.
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June is National Scleroderma Month

Posted by Brittany Raum on Jun, Mon 08, 2015

It’s estimated that about 300,000 American live with scleroderma, and since it presents with symptoms that are similar to other autoimmune disorders, scleroderma is often difficult to diagnose. Scleroderma can develop in any age group from infants to the elderly, but its onset is usually between the ages of 25 to 55.

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Tags: Autoimmune disorders, scleroderma,

June is National Safety Month

Posted by Brittany Raum on Jun, Mon 01, 2015

June is National Safety Month. And here at Lauren’s Hope, while we treat every month like safety month, sometimes it’s important to take a step back and look for ways to increase your home safety and workplace safety, not only for you, but for the safety of your loved ones as well.

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Tags: Safety Tips, home safety, safety ideas, safety month, workplace safety

Why do I Need a Medical ID for POTS?

Posted by Brittany Raum on May, Fri 01, 2015

What is POTS?
POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  This rare form of dysautomonia affects between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 Americans and millions more worldwide.  POTS is a condition that affects people when they change from a supine position to an upright position that results in an abnormally large increase in heart rate called tachycardia.  It is characterized by the body's inability to make the necessary adjustments to counteract gravity when standing up.

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Tags: POTS, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, POTS medical id, medical id for POTS

It's an Extra-Special Free Stuff Friday!

Posted by Brittany Raum on Apr, Fri 24, 2015

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Oh, boy! It’s Friday! And yes, it’s the very best type of Friday….

It’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY!

For today’s Free Stuff Friday, we’re super excited to be teaming up with the awesome folks over at Livliga, a Colorado-based company specializing in “right sizing” the food environment. By creating dinnerware with subtle portion control reminders integrated into the designs, Livliga is helping consumers eat healthier, one plate at a time.

We love how Livliga is working to help people take proactive steps in their healthcare through healthy eating, just like we do with medical IDs!

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Medical IDs for Cochlear Implant

Posted by Brittany Raum on Apr, Wed 01, 2015

What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is a small device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The cochlear implant is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device that’s worn outside of the ear.

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Medical IDs for Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Brittany Raum on Mar, Mon 30, 2015

Incontinence is the accidental or involuntary urine leakage from the bladder. Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from small urine leakage to the complete loss of bladder control. Fortunately, for the most part, incontinence can be treated and managed. 

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It's a Very Special Free Stuff Friday!

Posted by Brittany Raum on Mar, Fri 27, 2015

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Were you just hanging out thinking how AWESOME today is? Didn’t think it could get any better? Maybe you were busy hashtagging your morning coffee selfie on Instagram with #TGIF #LaurensHopeID and thinking, “YES! This is a super fantastic Friday that could NOT be any better!” Well, you’re in luck, because BAM! It’s better! That’s right! THIS Friday is a FREE STUFF FRIDAY!

ENTER TO WIN A $50 LAUREN'S HOPE GIFT CERTIFICATE BELOW!

And not only that, but this particular Free Stuff Friday brings with it the return of … your favorite and mine….

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