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About deb_rn

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  1. The Pillsbury Funfetti type gluten-free cake mix is excellent! No one notices it isn't regular when I put my special buttercreme frosting on it. Making them into cupcakes would make them more portable. Are you serving a whole meal, or just cocktail type foods? There is something called Cowboy Caviar that is really good with beans, corn, onion, and a vinegar type dressing over it. It would be served w/ tortilla chips or crackers. It's substantial with the protein from the beans. I usually like to make potato salad for a crowd. It's always gluten-free when the right mayo is used. Cocktail meatballs would be nice. Just use gluten-free bread crumbs for the binder. I've seen cute cucumber hors d'oeuvres and stuffed mushrooms/cherry tomatoes too. Check out Pinterest or google Gluten Free cocktail party for other ideas! Good Luck! Debbie
  2. I bake almost everything myself as well. I've gone through a lot of not-so-good recipes too. Trial and error is what it takes. There is almost nothing I can't make as good as before going gluten-free now. I make my own "mixes" for many things like biscuits, all purpose flour, cookies, muffins... Each takes a little different mixture of flours. My bread is VERY good and no one even suspects it's gluten-free. You just can't give up! I've always cooked from scratch and it wasn't a hard transition to go gluten-free for me. I buy a lot of the individual flours online for the best prices and variety, since I live in a small town. It does get easier with time, but cooking from scratch really gives you the most variety and best flavor. Debbie
  3. If you read up on Sjogren's... it's far more than dry mouth and eyes! I have regular bouts of pleuracy, muscle aches, neuropathies in various places, abnormal fingernails, pain in joints that travels around, inflammation of gums, throat and hard palate, peeling skin, dry lips, thinning hair, plantar fasciitis, bad breath... the list goes on and on! I had hoped my symptoms would get better after I went gluten-free 2.5yrs ago... but they didn't really. There is a very high corrolation between Sjogren's and Gluten Sensitivity. When you have 1 Autoimmune Disease, you can count on more that will rear their ugly heads eventually! So many Doctors really don't have a clue about any of it. You just have to do your own research and put it all together! We're just trying to live a semi-normal life here! Most people don't get how hard that is each day! Keep on plugging away at it! Debbie
  4. I was diagnosed w/ Sjogren's before I found out I was Gluten Sensitive. I was advised by my Eye Dr. to take 5,000 mg of Fish Oil daily... it helps with a lot of things! I did the Restasis for a few years... gave up on it. I no longer really saw benefit. Some days I feel like I'm looking through vaseline... I'm missing the liquid part of the tears and have only the oily part. My mouth will randomly break out in various sores, my joints will inflame and my Plantar Fasciitis will act up. All inflammation related! Life gets interesting! Debbie
  5. I don't have a definitive diagnosis as my initial blood test was negative... but after doing elimination over 2 yrs ago, I'm not going to purposely poison myself to prove anything to anybody! I couldn't force myself to eat enough gluten for long enough to prove the point! Your body told you how to start... so keep up with it. You may find more sensitivities as well. Sometimes your damaged gut reacts to things that will be safe for you later on after you heal. Healing can take many months, so don't give up! Gluten is not a food group that has something you will be missing if you avoid it! Everyone would be better off without it. Some of us are just more sensitive than others! Take heart and get your support from these wonderful people! Debbie
  6. My initial blood test was negative, but I felt better off gluten, so I diagnosed myself and got on with life. I didn't need any more convincing after I started to heal. When you are sick of being sick... it's time to take charge! I'll never go back to eating gluten. It's a way of life that's easy to get used to and better for my health in the long run. Autoimmunity is a broad category and one system affects the next. My pain decreased a bit when I went gluten-free. I have Sjogren's too. All diseases start with the gut... what it lets in and what it excludes. Letting in large particles (leaky gut) that are seen as invaders, or keeping out the micronutrients needed for optimal health can have an effect on many bodily functions. Our bodies have the ability to heal themselves, given the right nutrition. Eating whole, natural food is better for everyone! Not just the Gluten Sensitive. Debbie
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    It seems once you heal, even a little, you react more violently after glutening. I am very careful and rarely eat out. Still, I have unexplained abdominal pain periodically. Sugar is another culprit as it feeds so many organisms. A temporary yeast overgrowth can make you feel miserable too. I've noted a correlation in my chronic pain levels when consuming too much sugar (in any form). I try to limit my starch (potato, rice, pasta) to 1 small serving daily and my body seems happier with that. Eating healthy is getting tough in our "grab-as-you-go" society! Debbie
  8. Does it get any easier?

    My husband went gluten free with me. I would say we CAN eat 90% of what we used to eat, but then we have a garden and rarely went out to eat anyway. Looking at the Paleo posts helped me too. I have recipies that are as good or better than before! Almost anything can be duplicated. Google is your friend! We just take our own salads when going to someone else's house. We make them aware of our limitations and tell them we will bring our own food for safety. Not eating donuts at work is a blessing, not a curse! Keep some soup in the cupboard for quick food. Individually wrapped fish in the freezer is a time saver too. Nut butters and gluten-free crackers are good to keep handy as well. By the way, after going Gluten Free... husband realized his severe IBS of 65 yrs all but disappeared! He's now lactose and soy free as well. It's all good. Do your homework before going out to eat to find out which restaurants have what you can eat. Travelling is the biggest hassel. We usually travel by car and take much of our own food with us to visit relatives. I offer to cook so I can control what is going in the food. Keep at it, it gets easier! Debbie
  9. We don't eat soy because of the way it is raised with ridiculous amounts of Rouond-up and it's virtually ALL GMO! Soy messes with your hormones. For men it can cause the breasts to enlarge.... for women, it can interfere with the natural hormones regulatory functions. It has been altered so much, that it is no longer fit for human consumption! Animals are fed a lot of it too... I try not to add any in as I'm getting it as a by-product of the meat I eat. Debbie
  10. My husband and I are both Gluten Intolerant. I was the only 1 tested and it was negative. I declined further testing as I understand there are several tests and the best ones are sent away to a special lab... that wasn't going to happen! I didn't need further confirmation after going gluten-free for a few months. When we go to people's house to eat, I explain WHAT to cook and what NOT to add. You can always have baked chicken, veggies and a baked potato.... simple. If there is a group, we ALWAYS just bring our own food and tell the host that we will be doing that. It is NEVER OK to compromise your health to make someone else feel comfortable!! That bite of gluten can affect your gut for several months! NOT worth it! Constantly challenging your system keeps it in a state of inflammation. When I have company, they can't tell it's all gluten free! It's just good, wholesome food! You could switch the whole family and they wouldn't even know! Get back on track and heal your mind, body and soul! You'll be happier for it! Best of Luck! Debbie
  11. I sent you a private message. You can get through this with help... and the right recipes! Debbie
  12. I wasn't positive in the initial test, didn't opt for further testing. I also have Sjogren's disease. It is VERY common to have both! THAT is where my years of mouth sores come from, I believe. I feel the same way about Fibromyalgia... to me it means you didn't care enough to dig to the bottom to find the root cause! I'm going to have a whole "syndrome" named after me some day! I have so many weird things wrong that don't fit into a category and don't show up on blood tests! It wears you down after 58 yrs, though! Debbie
  13. I won't have further testing, no matter the results of my blood tests. I know how I felt when I went off gluten for a few days, and I won't go back... even if I have false negative tests. My Dr said there would be no reason for the biopsy if symptoms decreased with diet change! I don't need "convincing" or someone to take a biopsy every yr to see if I'm better! The diet change is still up to YOU and if YOU don't need further convincing, then it may not be worth it! Good Luck! Debbie
  14. Hmmm I have terrible left wrist pain too... I was sent to a Rheumatologist years ago too... no RA. Amazing how this is all starting to come together! I'm expecting to feel better than I have in YEARS!! I've had back injections, knee and plantar injections! I've had restless leg syndrome... the list goes on. I used to tell people, "someday, they'll name a syndrome after me".... because I had so many weird, seemingly disconnected issues!! TA DA!! It had a name all along! Debbie
  15. My results aren't back yet, but I KNOW what I have to do. I talked to my Dr about the upcoming results and asked if a biopsy was necessary, since my little trial really told me I don't tolerate gluten. He said that negative results are common, so if I felt better without gluten, then I didn't tolerate it! I am anxious to see what the results are, though! Good Luck! Debbie