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What about babysitting? I started when I was a little younger than her, and it's a great way to kill time and make some cash. She certainly wouldn't be lonely. And it doesn't have to involve anything too active - she can play board games with the kids, or have them watch movies.
Perhaps a penpal from another country? It would be a fun way to learn about another culture, while making a new friend.
I know that some people are really gung-ho into the gluten-free lifestyle. They get really into it and inspire their whole families to join in...
Unfortunately, that's NOT me. I honestly find the diet to be the most restrictive and annoying thing ever. I hate not being able to go into a restaurant and order whatever I want. I hate having to pay twice as much for snacks and breads when grocery shopping. And I hate having to be the difficult one that people have to make special meals for.
Surprisingly, I don't even miss normal food. I just hate the inconvenient, expensive, pain in the ass lifestyle. I hate having to be "special."
I do it because I have to, but I don't think I'll ever like it. I hope and pray that my future children won't have the disease. Nothing about it is fun. At least not to me.
Additionally, it may help to note that the one thing that has finally started to help me with the brain fog has been increased activity levels. And by that I mean increased activity for the mind and body. I've started taking on more tasks to keep my mind busy and occupied, and I've starting solving riddles and playing puzzle games in my spare time. I know that it sounds daunting when your brain feels stuck in the "off" mode, but exercising the brain helps. Increased physical activity - things as simple as taking more walks - can really help as well.
It depends on what's causing the cognitive symptoms. Going gluten-free might help, but sadly, there's also a chance that it won't help if your cognitive difficulties have a different underlying cause.
For me, going gluten-free only helped a little bit. After my first few months of being gluten-free, I noticed that I wasn't as irritable or depressed anymore, but the diet has had no impact at all on my concentration, brain fog, or memory. And I've been gluten-free for over a year and half now.
You'll just have to wait and see whether your difficulties are caused by gluten or not.
Severity of the disease definitely varies from person to person.
If I eat something that has gluten in it as a hidden ingredient, my symptoms are usually subtle...fatigue, brain fog, irritability, skin break outs - all of this usually lasting only a few days. It's more annoying than debilitating. I only get the obvious gastrointestinal sickness if I accidentally eat significant amounts of gluten - which truthfully almost never happens.
And I'm not sensitive at all to cross-contamination.
I've been gluten-free for about a year now, and I've noticed something - I never really feel full or satisfied after eating a meal anymore. I always end up snacking a bunch after meals, especially in the evening, because I just don't feel satisfied. To the best of my knowledge, my diet is pretty much the same as it was before, the only difference being that I now use gluten-free grains. And I never had this problem before going gluten-free.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Any suggestions for meals that will make me feel full and satisfied?
Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for getting over being glutened faster? Or something to do to help the symptoms?
I ate a bunch of candy last night, only find out this morning that it had hidden wheat in it. Stupid moment for me, I know. But now I have some of the worst mental fog of my life, I'm really bloated and a bit constipated, and I had a huge cystic pimple on my chin this morning. I feel miserable. And I have lots to do in the next few days, so this is really not a good time for me to be feeling sick.
Most of the restaurants that offer full gluten-free menus are pretty good about making sure that your meal is safe. They print out a menu claiming that a meal is gluten-free if it isn't - that would be recipe for legal problems!
I've personally had GREAT experiences at PF Changs, the staff is so knowledgeable, so that could be a good one to try first, if you're nervous.