Thank you for the opportunity to blog about celiac! I have been on a stringent diet for intolerance to all grains, milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, maltodextrin, modified food starch and MSG since 2000. Dealing with the social ramifications of not participating as others do in the "normal" dietary regimens of "normal" America has been a daunting challenge, but one that continues daily to help me learn greater strength, renewed courage, and increased persistence, all traits which transfer to a multitude of other areas in one's life. Even now I experiment daily with how far I can push the "limits" of eating meat and other proteins, since at age 68 I've also developed rheumatoid arthritis and gout, though the asthma I've had since age 8 is pretty well under control, using daily medication and a breathing machine, along with that stringent diet I mentioned earlier on. I hope that this blogging site will provide new and educational connections, and that I will be able to others as well. Being a mother of three grown children and seven grandchildren, and a mother-in-law twice over, I can daily see how the challenges I've faced can be passed on to the next two or three generations. Meanwhile, it's dinner time, so, Bon Appetit!

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