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Deets on a Gluten-Free Lifestyle with Blogger Erica Stolman

Lauryn Evarts talks with Erica Lynn about living gluten-free and how to stay healthy.

Lately gluten-free is the new, hip food trend. Since there have been countless questions about it I sat down with my friend, Erica & she gave me the 411 on her gluten allergy. Oh, and not only is Erica gluten-free, she’s also extremely talented. Yesterday she crafted me this gold chained camera strap– I am way too excited to test this pretty addition out. Be sure to check out her super fashionable blog, Fashionlush; it has the most insane DIY projects.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Erica Lynn about living gluten-free and how to stay healthy.

[ Erica’s handmade floral Coachella headband ]

Here’s the skinny on a gluten-free lifestyle:

+ Describe being gluten-free.

Everyone thinks that living a GF lifestyle will be one of the most difficult things, I was one of those people. People always ask me “how hard is it to be GF”, my response…. easy. At first I was freaked out because I had a serious love affair with bagels, burritos, & pasta, but after a while I adjusted. Now that I have incorporated it into my life, it is something I rarely think twice about. Not only are there tons of great recipes and modifications, but now a days most restaurants have GF options as well.

+ How did you discover you were gluten-free?

I have always been a very tired person, & have always had pesky undereye circles. I have seen many different doctors, allergists, and even dermatologists (for the eyes). None of them could find the answer. My cousin suggested that I go see a naturopath, and since I really have run out of options, I decided to give it a try. The doctor ran a food allergy blood test, which came back saying that I have an intolerance to gluten. A gluten intolerance simply means my body can not digest gluten products as well as others. People think that because of this intolerance, I have celiacs disease, which is a common misconception. Celiac is much more serious, people who do have celiacs have to be really careful about not even eating food that has so much as touched gluten. Luckily, that was not the case for me. I just had to change my diet.

+ Best gluten-free product?

Right now my favorite gluten-free product is the corn pasta from Trader Joe’s. Growing up my favorite food was always spaghetti, and it was one of the hardest to give up. I personally was not a fan of rice pasta (it always turned out to slimy), and quinoa was only a tiny bit better. When I stumbled across GF corn pasta, I decided to give it a try & was beyond pleased. My roommates have even said that it tastes better than regular pasta.

So…let’s get down to the important stuff: are there gluten-free cocktails?

Prior to my gluten free lifestyle, beer was my alcoholic beverage of choice [ light beer that is ]. I was never a huge fan of wine and couldn’t handle the taste of hard liquor- gag. I really stopped drinking for a bit because I couldn’t find an option I was fond of, until someone recommended I try apple cider. I found a six-pack at of Apple Cider at Trader Joe’s, & it is my absolute favorite drink. EVER. It tastes like sparkling apple juice, and gives me just the buzz I need after a long day of work.

+ Would you recommend this lifestyle to everyone?

Absolutely NOT! The gluten free diet has become a bit of a trend nowadays, mostly because people think it will make them lose weight. That is not the case. If you do not have an intolerance to gluten, cutting it out of your diet may actually cause you to have various deficiencies and effect your health negatively. As far as weight loss goes. At first I did drop a few lbs, but once my body readjusted, so did my weight. Being healthy means giving your body what it needs, and avoiding the things it doesn’t. If you want to lose weight, work out regularly, eat healthy without depriving yourself, and read the Skinny Confidential (obviously).

Favorite gluten-free recipe that we all HAVE to try?

Butternut squash gluten-free cheesecake. You can find it here.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Erica Lynn about living gluten-free and how to stay healthy.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Erica Lynn about living gluten-free and how to stay healthy.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Erica Lynn about living gluten-free and how to stay healthy.



  1. Reading this post was almost like reading into my recent past! I am wheat, oat, corn, soy and sugar (white, brown, cane, any processed) intolerant. I found out about 4 months ago after seeing my chiropractor/Nutritional Response Therapist. He has changed my life.

    I was always tired, my family ALWAYS commented on this growing up too! I have the worst dark circles and have had them since early childhood. Ridding myself of these foods, mainly found in processed items, was the best thing I could have done. I have energy and so many family and friends have commented on “not noticing my dark circles!” This was a huge source of insecurity growing up. I am never w/o concealer!! 🙂
    While I can’t have the GF corn pasta from TJ’s, I have learned how to cook the brown rice pasta so it’s not slimy (cook it super al dente! About 2-3 minutes less than the package says). The Ancient brand of quinoa pasta was also a favorite until I reacted to it. Reading the package, it’s cut with 50% corn 🙁

    Quick booze tip: Ace Cider (out of Sebastopol, CA) is GF. Not sure if that’s the brand you were referencing. It’s the best cider I’ve ever tried. My local bar even started carrying it on tap for me. Yay! GF is even on the label. BevMo and TJ’s both carry it.
    I am loving this site for tips and alternatives since my diet has drastically changed. Next up is to try the juicing.
    Thank you!!

  2. Thanks for featuring me on the Skinny Confidential! Love the post 🙂 @Jeannine, glad that you can relate to my experiences with Gluten! I will look into that cider for sure 🙂

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