Why Gluten Is Bad For Our Bodies

Gluten is a protein that is contained in some of our grain products such as wheat, barley and rye for example. There are two specific proteins that are contained in gluten which are gliadin and glutenin. The protein that has a negative impact on people is the gliadin.


An example of how gluten works is the old flour and water trick to form glue. Every school age child knows that when you mix flour and water, you get a kind of a paste, that can form a crude glue, and kids can use it to paste paper together. This is where the name of gluten came from, from these glue like properties.

In certain people when the gluten gets into the digestive tract, the immune system cells think that it is an invader coming into the body and they react to it as such. Consequently, when the immune system attacks it as if it were a foreign virus or bacteria, bad things happen.

Celiac disease is a more severe form of sensitivity to gluten, because as the immune system attacks the proteins of the gluten, it also attacks an enzyme in the cells of the intestine, and this dilemma is called transglutaminase.

This is not a good situation for the person who is real sensitive to this substance because not only is the gluten itself disagreeing with this person’s digestive process, they are now having their very intestinal cell walls being attacked.

Over time, this process that directly attacks the cellular wall of the intestine results in deficiencies in nutrition, fatigue, anemia, and increased risk of contracting other diseases.

Celiac disease acts like a similar disease from a symptom standpoint and that disease is irritable bowel syndrome. Although they are two separate and distinct disorders, they mimic one another. Because of this it is difficult to ascertain which disease is actually occurring due to similar symptoms in both disorders.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome exhibits symptoms of bloating, cramping, pain in the abdomen, increased gas, alterations in both constipation and diarrhea. Celiac disease symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, increased gas, fatigue, anemia, excessive bruising and bleeding.

So you can see that there are similar symptoms, yet there are some differences too. The key to controlling the ingestion of gluten laden foods, it so simply avoid them. There are many foods that are out on the marketplace that are labeled “Gluten Free” just for this express purpose. Grocery stores and restaurants are now well aware of the problems that gluten can cause in the diets of some people.

Some people also feel that the rise of gluten intolerance has something to do with our push over the past 50 years or so to engineer our foods and process them so that some of the nutrients have been taken out of them. While this may be true to some extent, it is still a controversial topic.

In reality, there are a large proportion of people with celiac disease show no symptoms at all, yet these folks may succumb to it in time, based on the amount of gluten laden food they ingest over time.

While there are some medications that can be used for celiac disease, the best remedy is to avoid eating gluten as much as possible by following the labels as you shop and as you eat out.


Five Great Tips For Sewing On Perfect Zippers

Sewing with a good result in mind is certainly the goal of all, but when it comes to zippers, even the best laid plans can go awry. If you can get the steps right and handle the basics, you can get it done. Unfortunately, many commercial patterns that have instructions included are overly simplified and don’t cover some of the basics that are essential, and can make the difference between success and failure.

For some of us, a zipper can be an intimidating experience, but it need not be. Here are a few good ideas that will will help you with zippers.

1. Purchase a zipper that is an extra length, longer that is needed. Many zippers look bad after they are sewn in because the stitching appears on the public side when it is finished being sewn. This is caused by the zipper tab getting in the way of the final sewing application. It looks bad because the sewing went around the zipper tab.

Get a zipper that is an extra 2″ longer than you need. Place the top of the zipper way above the zipper opening, and this takes the tab totally out of the line of stitching. Once you have the zipper sewn in place, you can remove the excess.

2. Preparation of the project makes all the difference in the world, so be sure that your measuring and marking is accurate. At first that looks really simple, but getting the zipper to stay straight can be a challenge. The prep before the real sewing begins is the secret. Even for experienced sewers, getting the zipper to stay straight can always be a challenge, and that is why the markings are so important, as they serve as a good guide, all along the way.

3. Before you even pin the zipper in place, mark guidelines for the stitching lines to be sure that they are straight and even. Take the time in the beginning to ensure this and you will be glad.

4. Baste liberally just to make sure that things are precision straight and to hold the zipper in place while you do the real sewing. This helps to keep the top fabric from straying and shifting and it helps to keep the teeth of the zipper centered properly within the opening of the seam. Whether it’s the first time or one of many, this is just good insurance.

5. Be sure to make your zipper application on a very flat surface whenever possible. Applying the zipper while all of the fabric is as flat as possible is just easier, because you will have little to no movement in the entire piece. If you can do this before the side seams are sewn together, it makes the whole process easier. Also, the earlier you can add the zipper in your overall project, the better.

It would seem that they more you sew zippers, the better you will get at it, but always practicing the fundamentals will keep you out of more problems.

A Guide to Mastering Clothing Coordination and Improve on Dressing Habits

The dressing habits adopted by any person reflect his behaviors and thus, determines the respect he or she commands from other people.

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For instance, if one is preparing for an interview, he/she ought to dress well to increase the chances of doing well in the interview. Clothing coordination is a basic factor for best dressing.

In this article, we shall consider top tips you must consider as a Guide to Mastering Clothing Coordination.

Carry Out a Research

To start with, you ought to carry out enough research and determine the best designs that match your body structure.

Most important key dressing factors to consider when researching are

  • Identify your body shape
  • Find out the colors that best suits you
  • Figure out and understand the basics (fabrics, patterns and styles) that best suits your shape

Ideally, a suitable clothing coordination must focus on the patterns, colors, fabric textures and fabric weight.



This factor determines the appearance of the attire and may depend on color and contrast. One must consider the statement one fancy and two plains whenever he/she wishes to match certain sets of clothes. This statement implies that for the best attire coordination, he/she must include at least one patterned component while keeping the rest components plain.

Preferably, when dressing you should choose clothes that have at least a single decorated part or component.

Generally, the basics you can use for analyzing and mixing cloth patterns depend on the following factors.

  • Scale or size
  • Color
  • Design type
  • Intensity (subtle or bold)



Color is one of the most important factors that one must consider when dressing. Here is an explanation on various color groups you may consider for best cloth matching.

Complementary Colors

This group consists of colors that result from a mix of colors that contrast each other on the color wheel. For example, orange contrast while brown and gold colors are complementary colors for blue. This means that matching blue with any of the colors guarantees better results.

Analogous Colors

Colors that are next to one another on the color wheel, for example blue and green are perfect when used together.


Some colors like black, bridge, white and gray can match with most of other colors. Such colors have a dynamic appearance and are highly sophisticated.

Other Factors to Consider

Fabric Weight

When matching your attires, you must consider the weight of its fabric. Avoid using heavy fabrics like leather, suede and corduroy throughout the match. A match of heavy attires can make you uncomfortable.

Fabric Texture

Ensure that you consider the texture of the fabric as well. If you want to choose the right match, you must combine smooth and rough textured fabrics. Be creative when considering texture of the fabric.

Other than considering the above tips, as a guide for clothing coordination, ensure that you check on the trends in clothing coordination and the latest styles and designs. Polyvore is my favorite place to visit when it comes to fashion and latest trends.

Shirt Fabric Patterns You Should Know

There are very many shirt patterns available because designers are always coming up with designs. New shirt pattern designs can be made by blending of the existing designs.

Common patterns include the checks and the stripes. Below are common patterns you can find in the market.


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i. Tartan Plaid: This pattern is frequently used in Scottish kilts. The pattern is made of vertical or horizontal or diagonal stripes that crisscross forming checks of different sizes. It is common for casual shirts

ii. Shepherd’s Registration: This is composed of small, even-sized checks (color and white). The twill weave is what distinguishes this shirt pattern from the gingham check.

iii. Madras: This design has its origin in India. It is distinguished by its brilliant checks and stripes. The stripes of a Madras check or plaid comprise of diverse shaded stripes that cross one another to make uneven checks. This design has become a popular design for shorts and casuals.

iv. Houndstooth: This is similar to the Glen plaid and the Shepherd’s check. The checks resemble the houndsí tooth. Traditionally, this shirt pattern was made of black/white but there are color designs nowadays.

v. Gingham: This pattern is distinguished by its even white and colored checks. The design is composed of colored vertical and horizontal lines of the same color on a white background.

vi. Windowpane Check: It resembles patterns of panes in a window. The checks here are far apart than in graph checks.

vii. Glen Plaid: Another name for this is the Prince of Wales check. It is more common with suits. The pattern is woven in a twill pattern and is composed of broken checks where a combination of white and dark stripes that alternate to form a pattern of small and large checks.



i. Awning Stripe: Composed of very wide stripes, and is common in shirts. The vertical stripes are of the same color and on a white background. The stripes are wider than º”. It gets its name from the wide stripe example found on awning cloths.

ii. Candy Stripe: These are vertical and even stripes, wider compared to Pencil stripes but narrower than Bengal stripes. The stripes often have a width of about 1/8″ and are portrayed by bold and solid stripes on a white background. It gets its name from the strips in stick Candy.

iii. Bar Code Stripe: This shirt design pattern consists of vertical lines of different widths spaced very closely. The design resembles the bar code on products you buy. They are mainly made of two colors or varied color tones.

iv. Pencil Stripe: Commonly referred to as dress stripes, Pencil stripes are wider than the Pin Stripes but thinner in comparison to Candy stripes. The width for this design is not consistent and is always uneven (with more white though)

v. Hairline Stripe: This design is made of stripes that are very thin, almost like hair strands. The closeness of the strands gives the shirt a solid color effect. Because of this effect, this design is a flexible option for shirts.

vi. Pin Stripe: Composed of vertical stripes, Pin Stripes are thin than Pencil stripes. They are usually made of yarn (one or two yarn thick) and are at times broken. The widths of stripes vary (they are wider than those of hairline stripes)

Shirt pattern designs come in many variations. The ones indicated above are among the most common. Different people have different tastes while also the designs match with different fashion designs. There are plain shirts too which are made with one color and no stripes nor checks

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Sewing Hobby: Getting Started!

How To Get Started?

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One of the hardest things to do when first learning any hobby is getting started. A lot of time at the beginning stages is wasted on spending hours in flux, trying to figure out equipment choices and watching and reading everything that you can about the hobby. The real joy from a hobby comes when you just dig in and start experimenting.

Finding projects that fit your skill level and tackling them and learning as you go is how you get better at sewing and any other skill.

Resources That Help You Learn

The same internet sources that you are likely to waste as a newbie are also beneficial when it comes to finding sewing projects that you really will enjoy and find a benefit from.

Some good resources are;

  • Find books that are geared towards presenting patterns and projects for new people to the craft
  • Free DIY videos that are specifically easy to follow, that have clear directions, material requirements and that breaks down the process of sewing so that you can follow
  • look for online and DVD sewing courses and most importantly focus on fun and skill development.

My favorite place to find inspiration is online and two popular sites to get ideas for projects are Pinterest and Instagram.

Be A Learner

The most joy that you will get from this hobby is by learning, applying and trying. What we mean by this is that you need to get busy on your hobby by devouring useful information and putting hourse behing your sewing machine or by hand sewing. Be open to trying new things and just having a go. Have fun, make learning fun, make trying fun and accept that it is a process. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, expect them, laugh at them and learn from them. The idea is to not fear failure and have the courage that all artist have when it comes to creating and showing things to the world.

Share Your New Hobby

Now that you are knee deep into learning how to sew, you have find projects that are fit for someone who is new to sewing– Let the world know what you are doing! Show off your attempts to your friends, family and to people on social media. There’s nothing like letting the world see how you start and then showing them how far you have come. You will find a lot of support and encouragement from your social network.

Use The Internet To Connect!

Use the internet to find others who are also into sewing. Find forums, find Facebook groups and Reddit groups where you can discuss sewing, show what you have created (even if it is horrible) and get advice. You will be shocked at how many people will be willing to help you out and how fast and easy it is to learn in such an enviroment.

Find Local Sewing Groups

Almost every town has a sewing group and in these groups you can get hands on instruction and advice from people who have more experience than you. Most people really do learn faster when they see someone in person who has more skill display their mastery over a craft.

Put these tips to use, find projects that fit your skills and go to work.;)

Basic Of Sewing: Tools Of The Trade

Any post on the basics of sewing wouldn’t be complete without a rundown on the most important tools you absolutely need to have if you’re going to take up sewing as a hobby.

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In this blog post, I am going to do you a favor and give you a list of the most important sewing tools.

1. The Sewing Machine

You will find lots of sewing machines in different types and in different price ranges. If you are only starting, you don’t need a professional model with all the bells and whistles. I’ve been sewing for some time now and the machine that I’ve been using was something that my mother gave me as a graduation gift – a Janome DC2007LE.

What I love about my machine is that it’s very easy to use. Most sewing machines have free sewing training included which I recommend that you use.

Also, don’t forget to read the manual as it has some good information on dealing with some common troubleshooting. Sew Far Sew Good is a good site to check if you are looking to buy your first ever sewing machine.

2. Tape Measure

I don’t have an opinion on which one to use. I think any tape measure is as good as any, so, just buy one. You will look really professional if you drape it over your neck while you’re working. *wink*

3. Tailor’s Chalk

Tailor’s chalk is greater than a marking pencil. Its mark practically lasts forever. But I’ve been told to use highlighters and pens as marking tools. Anyway, for me tailorís chalk is still the best.

The sewing machine, tailor’s chalk and tape measure are really just some of tools that you’ll need if you want to set up a sewing workshop at home. Other things you will need are pins, seam gauge, seam ripper, and, most important, are a great pair of scissors.

4. Scissors

I stress the term “great” because I have used crappy scissors before and they’re not good. I’ve committed to a set of top quality Fiskars scissors simply because they were nice heavy, sharp, and less expensive than Ginghers.

5. Seam ripper

Your seam ripper is another item that needs to be great. Whenever you create a sewing mistake, which is bound to happen, you’ll become fast friends and enemies with your seam ripper. You donít want to spend too much of your time undoing the seams with a bad seam ripper.

Some Suggestions

When it comes to undertaking an actual sewing project, you  want to start with the basics.

Novice sewers are practically required to make their token pillows and other simple-to-make items to master the basics.

When I first started out, I thought I could jump right to making a t-shirt for my son. I was wrong.

I have learned that it is better to watch a video on Youtube or any place on the internet  a lot of times and creating some muscle memory to get the stitches right is another story.

After about a few tries, I decided to go back to the basics and got to know my sewing machine and how it actually works. I suggest you do the same.

When working on sewing machine has become second nature to you, it becomes much, much easier to move on to the next sewing project.

Where Should You Learn Sewing?

You can do it online or you can sign up for classes at a local trade school. Obviously, each option has its set of advantages and disadvantages. I like the convenience of online classes, but I also like it that I get to meet people when I go to class. But thatís just me. If you sign up for online classes, you absolutely need to make sure that the class you sign up for has forums section where you can ask questions and learn from others who are more advanced than you.

Good luck on your sewing journey. Please hit me up on the comment section if you have some questions.

Get Your Supplies From The Online Craft Stores

If you love to do craft projects in your spare time, you can get all of the supplies that you need from the online craft stores.

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The online stores are much more convenient because then you will not have to end up traveling a far distance just to get exactly what you need to complete your project.

Some of my favorite online stores to visit are Michaels and Joann.

It may also be easier to find exactly what you need online because of the impressively large selection of products that are always available. Avoid wasting time and simply get what you need online.

Finding What You Are Looking For

Before you start ordering items, take a look at what types of craft supplies are available on the website. The items should be sorted based on what you can use them for when you are making something specific. For example, there may be cake decorating utensils and supplies, artificial flowers, beads with wires for making jewelry and even wood trinket boxes that you can paint and decorate. Assorted embellishments may also be available.

The online craft store will usually have a section for fabric and thread too. If you are planning to make some clothes or put together a beautiful blanket, checking out the fabric section to look at the different color and style varieties would be in your best interest. Some fabric options will have unique designs and patterns on them. The materials used may include silk, cotton and even polyester.

When you land on the website, use the navigation system to get to the items that you are most interested in buying. Once you do that, you may end up seeing a variety of similar items that are available and offered by different brands.

If you were to take a look at the cake decorating supplies, you may find cake pop stands, cake pop wrappers, cupcake wrappers, frosting dispensers and dozens of other items that will allow you to make sweet treats that look great and taste amazing. You may even be able to find cake pans in assorted shapes and sizes.

Comparing Prices to Get a Good Deal

Because there are numerous online craft stores, it is a good idea to see what items each one has to offer and then compare the prices from all of the sites. Although it may take a little more of your time to make these comparisons, you could end up saving a lot of money. If you want to get the best deal possible, it is certainly worth it to find out which site is offering the specific supplies that you need at a decent price.

You may also want to check if there are any online coupons available. Many craft websites offer some coupon codes that customers can use to get their merchandise at discounted prices. By selecting the most affordable website and using a coupon code, you could end up saving even more money without compromising the quality of the supplies that you need.

Once you are ready to buy the craft supplies, you can put in your order. As long as the items are in stock, they will be sent out to you in a timely manner so you are not stuck waiting a long time for them, especially if you want to get started on the project immediately.

It does not matter what type of craft project you are planning to do. Whether you want to bake some tasty treats, paint beautiful pictures or even make your own blankets using different types of fabric, the online craft store will have everything that you need to complete your craft.

How I Chose My Favorite Sewing Machine

When I decided I was going to sew my own clothes, the first thing to do was to inform myself about all sewing machines available. I wanted to pick the best one, but I was clueless, so I spent a few weeks researching and comparing various options.


This post is a guide for all those who wish to buy a sewing machine but have no experience in this area. Hopefully, I can save you some trouble.

1. How Much Can You Spend?

The first thing to consider is your budget. This is very important, because sewing machine prices may vary quite a lot with various parameters. If you have almost no money, you need to limit yourself a a machine that does mainly the basic operations, without thinking about complicated embroidery patterns or other things like that.

You should probably go for a second hand machine. If you insist on buying a new one, it’s probably going to be very basic. Nonetheless, it can be good for you to practice on it and then move on to a better one when you can afford it.

I had enough money to start with, so I went for an automatic machine with several neat functions and over 200 different stitches. If you only care about being able to perform a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch, you might find good machines that aren’t very expensive.

Here is a good video that explains everything I discuss here on my post.

2. What Do You Want To Do?

This brings us to the purpose you want your sewing machine for. If you are sure you only need straight stitches, you should care more about choosing a robust and versatile machine rather than a sophisticated one. It would be a shame to pay for functions you are never going to use, so do your research well before purchasing anything.

If you think you are going to sew fabrics of different textures and thicknesses, you might want to consider getting a machine with adjustable stitch length. This is very important, as very thin fabrics call for shorter stitches, otherwise you risk to do a lousy job.

I wanted to have multiple stitch choices, so I picked a Janome 2032. This is a very good machine, with lots of cool functions and within a reasonable price range, at least for me.

3. What Accessories Would You Need?

This is very hard to determine, especially if you are new to sewing and you have no idea what are the possibilities. For instance, if you want to make clothing items, you should consider getting a machine that has the capability of performing buttonholes, sew zippers and execute a blind hem. All these operations require specific feet, so you should get them as standard attachments. If you wish to make quilts, you are also going to need a 1/4 inch foot, as this is the one used for patchwork. Nonetheless, you should at least make sure there are such accessories available for your machine, should you be willing to buy them at a later stage. You should also look into their cost, as you might not be very happy if you had to pay a fortune for each extra attachment you buy.

There are also criteria such as the size of the motor and the materials the machine is made from. Plastic is cheaper, but it is less resistant, so you should consider whether you want to use your machine for decades or you don’t really care about that.

If you do your research well, you have good chances to pick a sewing machine you are going to love, like I did with mine.;)