My Gluten Free Pantry Staples

A Minimalist List Since my celiac diagnosis in 2004, I’ve reduced the gluten-free specialty products I keep on hand in my pantry. In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed with the prices of gluten-free specialty foods. But I soon realized that a few basic products met my needs AND made my wallet happier. All I need […]

Insight into Low Vision

The reality of sight loss can be overwhelming at any age. If you are young, it can be especially scary to think about what the future holds for you. The way you see the world, literally, will require both your acceptance, patience and adjustment.

Simple Home Remedies to Comfort Dry Eyes

Help for Dry, Gritty Eyes and Sjogren’s Syndrome Dry eyes are a common condition, especially if you are over 50 or stare at a computer screen for hours. Another cause of dry eye symptoms is Sjogren’s Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition. Dry eye can feel like gritty sand or a stray eyelash floating on the […]

How to Survive a Pizza Shop When You Can’t Eat Gluten

7 Strategies to Enjoy Eating with Friends Again Social gatherings can be difficult for anyone with a food allergy or intolerance. Many events seem to center around eating and drinking. This scenario is especially true for a celiac when a pizzeria is a spur of the moment choice. Plastering a smile on your face and […]

How to Get the Most From Your Health Provider Visit

9 Tips to Maximize a Visit Health professionals strive to provide quality patient care while balancing a time-strapped schedule. With patient appointments in the U.S. averaging only 20 minutes, this translates to limited time for your medical consultation. So it pays to prepare for your health visit. Preparing will help maximize those precious minutes with […]

Writing Cottage Blog

A Health and Wellness Site for How to Improve Chronic Illness Challenges Welcome to the launch of the new Writing Cottage Blog and my first post! My name is Regina Zielinski and I’m excited to tell you what my blog has to offer. I have so many tips, how-to’s, and inspiration that I want to […]