Gluten Free in the body, Gluten Free on the Body?

As a lady living with a celiac diagnosis for eight years now, I have gluten free eating down to a science. I am careful when eating out, make most of my meals in my home, and have a list of foods containing gluten imprinted in my brain.

Recently however, I have not been feeling so hot. I am also allergic to dairy, so my diet is quite clean, but over the past year or so I have slowly but surely felt increasingly worse in the stomach department. I also noted that my skin was breaking out more, and I was developing rashes that did not go away with topical skin treatments. The situation was frustrating at best, and alarming to say the least. Blood testing was negative for outstanding disease or infection and my physician sent me on my way.

One day a few months ago my husband, also a healthcare provider took a look at my skincare and makeup bag and asked, in only a way that husbands can, “what kind of garbage are you putting on your body and face? Is there gluten in all of that stuff that could be contributing to your symptoms?” An excellent point that I had not considered.

The Mayo clinic reports that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, though it can certainly be ingested through the mouth via lip products, however, they also state the following:

“If you use a cosmetic or skin care product that contains gluten and you develop a skin reaction, see your doctor or dermatologist to identify the cause. It is possible to have an allergy to wheat or another grain that could cause a skin reaction, but this would not be due to celiac disease.” (1).

Suffice it to say, it appears that my expensive department store and Birchbox brand makeup was seemingly contributing to my symptoms. I don’t know a single celiac sufferer on the planet who will tolerate wheat products, and it seems that these molecules can be absorbed through the skin and cause skin irritation, rashes, and other not so pretty reactions.

The next chapter of this frustrating story is much happier. I went online and checked the ingredients on each and every product in my drawer and makeup bag. I threw away expensive brand makeup that rhymes with BAC and other tubes, pots, and pallets (not so happy about that, but no way around it). And then I ran into my sweet college friend Erin at a race. She is also a physical therapist, and a consultant for Arbonne, a swiss made line of gluten free and vegan skincare and nutritional products. I was familiar with the brand but had not used it in several years. She sent me some samples and my skin cleared up and rashes dissolved within a few weeks. I also started taking pre and probiotics available through Arbonne, and this helped tremendously with how my stomach felt, and subsequently my energy levels.

Arbonne Gluten free vegan skincare

This is an important concept for allergy suffers. The products that we put on our skin have molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream and can effect our skin and the way we feel. On another note, it came to my attention that the vegan aspect of skincare not only speaks to the fact that our skin is not in contact with dairy, but that there was no animal testing, suffering or by products in the making of the product. Did you know that when a pet, large animal, or roadkill is disposed of, the animal goes to a factory where the animal is crushed and processed through, wherein the fat is separated in a vat and sold to various cosmetic companies for use their products? Disgusting. Really.

So, moral of the story is check the ingredients of your skincare and makeup products. If you are interested in Arbonne, check out their website at:  If you like what you see you can shop online by entering consultant number 16804853 and your order will come straight to your door. The consultant number is mine, I partnered with Arbonne after using the product for 1 week because I felt so much better and felt that the product was in alignment with my philosophy and beliefs. As a consultant I do receive financial benefit from purchases made, but I do not partner with companies that do not pass the Amanda Olson (and husband, he has opinions too!) test of product quality and ethics. If the company seems appealing to you, aligns with your philosophy and ethics, and you are interested in consulting, contact me below!

Enjoy, and make your day great!


  1. The Mayo Clinic. Diseases and Conditions: Celiac Disease. Available at:
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Paleo Squash Spaghetti with White Wine Marinara Sauce

I must admit my skepticism prior to trying this dish. I was suspicious of squash noodles, or anything masquerading itself as a gluten item that in fact is not. As a woman living with Celiac disease I cut my loses with noodles a long time ago. Rice noodles were a sad disappointment.  Quinoa was mediocre, bless the hearts of the individuals trying really hard to manufacture gluten free noodles…I know that they are trying. But I gave up.

Until last week. My husband and I had a very rare and impromptu date night at our favorite little bistro style taphouse in Ashland. Out of curiosity I ordered a promised gluten free, vegan veggie spaghetti dish with a white wine sauce. The meal was truly extraordinary and this is exceptional, considering I have become somewhat of a harsh food critic. So my dear friends, I am proud to say that I have recreated an Amanda version of the dish with the help of a vegetable spiralizer and fresh vegetables from my garden, and the gardens of some wonderful friends.

White Wine Marinara Sauce

For folks with food allergies, this is a treat. It is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, grain free, and paleo. Initially I dreaded making this because I felt that it may be time consuming, but it was a much quicker dish that I thought. Furthermore, my gluten eating husband loved it, so a winner all the way around.


Paleo Squash Spaghetti with White Wine Marinara Sauce


2 medium sized zucchini

4 cups of chopped and de-seeded tomatoes*

1 tbs. olive oil

1/3 cup water

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 scallion, minced

1/3 cup shredded fresh basil

1/2 cup white table wine**

*I used a variety of tomato breeds for a wonderful flavor: roma, heirloom, and grape tomato. I was very pleased with the interesting slightly sweet flavor that this created in my sauce.

**I used a Pinot grigio, others cooking wines are white blend, chardonnay, or pinot gris. The rules of cooking with wine is to use a wine that you wouldn’t mind drinking later- if you drink wine. This enhances the taste and leaves you something wonderful to drink instead of cooking with 1/2 cup and dumping the rest of a garbage wine. Waste not, want not, friends!!!


In a large sauce pan, warm the olive oil on medium heat. Slice and de-seed the tomatoes. For added nutrients leave the skins on, and add them to the sauce pan once olive oil is warm. Add 1/3 cup of water and place a lid over the pan. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, utilize the vegetable spiralizer to make you squash noodles. I love my Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta.

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Squash spaghetti noodles It is wonderfully easy to use.

Then, add scallion, white wine, basil, garlic salt, and pepper to sauce pan containing tomatoes and reduce to low heat, stirring occasionally, allow to simmer on low for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add squash noodles and allow to boil for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes remove, strain, and place into a heat safe ceramic bowl. Serve with sauce on board.

Serves 2-4. Enjoy!

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Speedwork: Advanced Pyramid Intervals

Speedwork is coming to you on a Friday today, instead of the usual Tuesday. This workout is later training season edition of the pyramid workout that I posted here. It requires that you hang in there for a longer distances with your speed.


Do a Dynamic Warm-up:

-Walking and pulling each knee into your chest for 20 ft. (gluteal stretch)

-Walking while kicking each leg up at waist height 20 ft (hamstring stretch)

-High skipping 20ft. (entire lower leg and abdominal warm up)

-Bottom kick jog

-Grapevine 20ft. in each direction (also referred to as carioca drills, for hip stretch and foot work)

-Strides: run approximately 50 m building speed up gently from 0-70%, do this 4-5 times

The Workout:

Run 200m at 90% sprint effort, jog 400m

Run 600m at faster than 5k pace, jog 400m

Run 1000m at 5k race pace, jog 400m

Run 600 m at faster than 5k pace, jog 400m

Run 200m at 90% sprint effort, jog 400m


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Strawberry Daiquiri Protein Smoothie-Vegan and Alcohol Free

This is a sure way to perk up a hot summer afternoon. Easy to make, and reminiscent of vacations in the Caribbean, its a crowd favorite in my household.


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1 cup sliced strawberries

1 banana

1 cup sliced pineapple

1 can light coconut milk

1 cup rice milk

1 tbs. Everlast Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder


Blend until smooth!

Use the code RUNNINGYOURBODY at to receive a 15% discount on your product order!

Strawberry Daiquiri Protein Smoothie

Enjoy, and make your day great!





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Indian Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Polenta Sauce

This delicious summer grill meal is a bit of a FODMAP spin-off of Two Moms in the Raw’s Indian Turkey Burgers. It has a unique blend of sweet and spicy seasonings and of course the requisite gluten free, dairy free, low FODMAP recipe that makes it accessible to the food allergy crowd. I included apples this time because I was feeling a little rebellious, however  those who are following the FODMAP very strictly should omit them.


Indian Turkey Burger with Polenta Cucumber sauce



1 lb ground turkey meat

1 apple, diced into small pieces

1 tbs. ground turmeric

1 tbs. minced ginger

1 jalapeno seeded and minced

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1 tbs. chopped basil

 Cucumber Polenta Sauce

1 cup polenta

1 cup rice milk

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tsp. sea salt

1 medium cucumber, diced

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To make the polenta cucumber sauce: add polenta, lime zest and juice, salt, rice milk, and half of the cucumber into a food processor. Mix until consistent and smooth. Pour contents into a small bowl and combine with the remainder of the cucumber. Let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for approximately 15 minutes.

To make the burgers: combine ingredients in a medium sized bowel, mixing thoroughly. It is my recommendation that fingers work best to get this mixture consistent. This mixture forms roughly 8-10 meat patties that are approximately 1 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. Grill on medium high heat for approximately 4 minutes per side. Serve with the polenta cucumber sauce.

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July 15th is Amazon Prime Day!

Happy Wednesday Friends! For those who love a good sale, the Amazon Prime day is sure to please. If you are current Amazon Prime member you can shop deep discounts on pretty much any category under the sun. For those who are not privy to the spoiled attributes of Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial. The beauty of Amazon Prime is free 2-shipping on almost anything. Almost anything! I have been extremely spoiled with 2 day shipping on everything from BJ Novak’s book release to vitamins, matcha green tea, running socks, diapers, and sippy cups.

See for yourself what all the fuss is about, and for those who are already Amazon Prime savvy, check out the sales that they are running, chances are you need something right now: Happy Amazon Prime Day – July 15 – Exclusive Deals for Prime Members – Shop Now

Happy Wednesday!


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Fueled By Fine Wine Half Marathon 2015 Review

What is the proper reward for running a half marathon that gains 900 ft of elevation in the first 5 or so miles and then proceeds to decline said 800 feet all in the last 2 miles of the race? The answer is wine. And not just any wine, but world class pinot noir from Oregon’s Dundee hills wine AVA. Yes, only that wine will due.

fueledbyfinewine15-6 View from Erath Winery

I have done this run 3 out of the past 5 years. I missed a few due to scheduling conflicts in the past few years, but when given the opportunity I go up to my old stomping grounds for this race.  Located approximately 30 minutes from Portland, this is beautiful and charming wine country. As a rule the race falls on 2nd Sunday of July which circumducts my birthday. For my birthday I enjoy a healthy dose of hill climbing and celebratory wine, so this works out beautifully for me.


Prior to running it for the first time in 2011, I read about this race in Runner’s World. It was featured in June, and I was already registered. The writer indicated that this was possibly the hardest half marathon that he had ever done. I callously thought him to be whining, but it turns out that he was right, this is a challenging course, but the views are well worth it. The race course traverses pavement, gravel country roads, silt, and travels directly through the vines of a few choice wineries.

Fueledbyfinewine15-3 UP on dirt

fueled by fine wine15-1 Some pavement

fueledbyfinewine15-5 And through some vinesFueled by fine wine15 Lange The views are why we climb (Lange Winery)

Fueled by fine wine1 Then DOWN. Essentially tuck and roll

The finish line brings you a medal, a commemorative pinot noir wine glass, and approximately 22 of the area’s many wineries all pouring their wines. With race registration comes the opportunity to pay extra for end of race party entry for your friends and family who have come to support you. They receive their own glass and get to enjoy watching you hobble around tasting wine after having wasted your legs on the hills- pure entertainment for all!

Fueled by fine wine Amanda Olson Sweaty and tired, but very very happy

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Place this run on your bucket list, it is worth the travel. The neighboring towns of Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville, and Tualatin have accomodations ranging from budget friendly, B&B, and beautiful spa inns such as the Allison Inn. This race is a must for wine-loving runners who embrace challenges.

Make your day great!


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