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Member Since 13 Sep 2007
Offline Last Active Aug 17 2011 04:35 PM

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Don't Touch My Computer!

13 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

So it's super stormy outside right now and I'm all alone in the house. It's lightening in the neighborhood so I'm too afraid to go to bed. I've unplugged all the electronics and am using my laptop on its battery. Need something to distract me until the lightening hits my house and it goes up in flames. Seriously, I have my shoes on and my bag next to the door. :(

Now my question.

I work for a university and my department is pretty small - around 12 people. The building we used to work in is under construction and we've just moved to a very tiny (um... cozy) location where we are working in close-quarters. I used to have my own office, but now I share one office with 5 other people. The person next to me has to get up and move when I need to leave my desk. That's pretty small. The other change is that this area is also open for faculty who need to come in and do something quickly using one of the "public" computers (that look the same as mine).

So I've left my nice, big office for a tiny corner with gluten eaters and gluten/corn/nut carriers. I can handle my colleagues. They're great. The hard part is handling all the traffic that comes and goes. People assume that if you are in an open area, the computer can be touched. In a private office, a computer "belongs" to the person and people keep their hands off.

I've tried putting a sticky on the monitor. "Highly Allergic! Wash hands before using this computer." I was sitting at my desk and some guy comes up and pushes me to the side and starts typing away. RUDE! And he didn't see (or didn't obey) my note. BTW he was installing the printer.

What's happening when I'm not there? My colleagues say that people won't just sit down and start using my computer, but I'm not so sure. Maybe they'll be installing something, you know? My son says to put an "out of order" sign on the monitor. Clever.

What to do?

Storm is passing. House is not on fire. Gotta celebrate the small stuff. B)

I Missed The Fourth Of July

06 July 2011 - 03:04 PM

I don't know the proper way of saying that I accidentally ate corn. Gluten is glutened, so I improvised. B)

I slept 20 hours on Monday because I accidentally ate some chocolate that had corn-something in it. I've had that brand before and didn't check the ingredients until my ds read them to me that night. I passed out at 8:30 pm and only woke for a few hours the next day. I missed all the events for the 4th. Bummer!

Still feeling some of the effects. I'm kind of shaky still. This is the first time I've majorly corn-tend myself (somebody PLEASE give me the right word to say this) since quitting a year ago. I didn't expect to feel so bad.

I guess I don't understand this fully. I'm not allergic and I don't have an autoimmune problem to corn, so why does it affect me the same way that gluten does?

Chocolate really is evil. I fell off the wagon and this is what I get. Torture.

Corn-Free Marshmallows?

09 June 2011 - 01:06 PM

Does anyone know where to get cf marshmallows? Since there are now gluten-free Rice Krispies, I am aching for those delicious little squares! :P

Corn Carpet

31 May 2011 - 12:36 PM

I've got a new home that I'm carpeting next week. I've narrowed my decision down and one of them is a name-brand carpet that is produced from corn sugar - the fiber is called SmartStrand. Question, does anyone know if that will affect me because I'm corn intolerant? I'm highly doubtful, but it caused me to think twice before making a decision.


I Admit It, I Can't Control Myself

25 May 2011 - 12:48 PM

I am very proud of myself. It's hard to give myself pats on the back, so I'll start with that. I did the Specific Carb Diet for almost a year and it did wonders for me. :D

But... then I started eating normal foods and I slipped into old habits. :(

About a month ago I started adding some foods into my diet that weren't on the SCD approved list. I was still eating very healthy meals, but then the candy aisle whispered to me, "Jenn. Jenn. Over here."

I tried to ignore it, but it kept calling, "JENN! OVER HERE! JENNNNNNN!!!!"

Well of course I had to see what all the commotion was about. It was chocolate. And I caved. I found some chocolate bars that don't have corn or nuts (very hard to do). I thought, "Hey, you haven't eaten chocolate in a year, surely you can control yourself. The past is the past. You're a new woman. You're confident. You're composed. You're healthy. You feel great. You can eat just a little and then put away the rest of the bar." But no. The first day it was 1/2 a bar in one sitting. Ohhh it was sooo good! Soon it was a whole bar in one sitting. Now I'm up to one to two bars a day. It makes me feel good and I can't NOT eat it. OMG.



This has gone on for over 4 weeks. Yes, I went from my very healthy SCD diet to eating 1-2 bars of chocolate at a whopping $3.79 each per day.

I feel terrible. I'm depressed. I'm lethargic. My body is achy. I'm having a hard time concentrating. I'm hiding the chocolate from my friends and family (typical addiction behavior). I'm eating chocolate as a meal replacement. Heck, who could eat regular food after wolfing down two big chocolate bars? I'm lucky I'm not overweight.

I tried to limit myself. I thought I could cut down and restrict to 1 bar. 1/2 a bar. 1 piece of a bar. But I have no self-control. Candy has always been my biggest weakness. I read posts on this forum about people suggesting their favorite chocolate and how they just eat one square and put the rest away for the next day. I read those posts and admire the willpower that those people have. I think, "That's what I'm going to do next time." Yeah. Right.

I had to quit cold turkey. So I did - this Monday. Now it's Wednesday and I'm getting the urge to eat chocolate, but I threw everything away and since I can't eat corn or nuts, it's not easy to get my hands on candy that I can eat.

Candy is the only addiction I've ever suffered from and I don't beat myself up too much because there are worse addictions I could have, but still, it controls my life in negative ways and I have to stop. Last May, when I went on the SCD diet, chocolate was the hardest craving to fight. It took a good 10 days to get over the withdrawal. I can feel the shakiness right now. I must fight the urge to go shopping for chocolate!

I just had to write it all out and send it to you so I will be more likely to stick to my promise to quit eating chocolate.

Thanks for reading.

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