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brendab

Member Since 15 Nov 2008
Offline Last Active Aug 20 2012 02:31 PM
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#692870 Homeschool

Posted by brendab on 17 April 2011 - 11:17 AM

We homeschool our children and for a variety of reasons, one being we have several food allergies with our children. It's rather easy, enjoyable and MANY, MANY, MANY homeschooling groups out there! OH my gosh, I wish people would STOP saying that we are not socialized! (gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!) I have found that my kids have MORE social opportunities at home than in public school and MORE opportunities to grow up and be a kid and not a machine! (no child left behind comes to mind here) Food allergies (we also have one that is either celiac or simply gluten sensitive) definitely are MUCH easier to manage when your child is under your care so there are no worries here from that. I don't think I will ever allow my children back in public schools simply because of food issues. One year our peanut allergic child was given a PB & J for lunch and she was new to the diagnosis so didn't think about it and ate it, nothing happened THANK GOODNESS but still the issue remained that nobody was paying attention!!!

WWW.HSLDA.ORG has LOTS of information to get you started on your path to schooling your children. They will have information on the laws in your state, they can give you sample letters you can use to send to school board members for various reasons, they give you advice, support and you can search for groups in your area.
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#634669 Red Blood This Morning, Went To The Ped.

Posted by brendab on 25 August 2010 - 02:58 PM

Good luck finding a good pediatric GI. I will have my fingers crossed.


Thank you, I appreciate all of the advice and support you have given me!
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#633174 Celiac Being "over Diagnosed" According To My Gyn

Posted by brendab on 19 August 2010 - 04:48 PM

I wish I had been gluten free in TTC, I have lost 5 babies but have 6 wonderful children but still it hurts to have lost so many.
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#632981 Silk Almond Milk?

Posted by brendab on 19 August 2010 - 05:59 AM

I made the chocolate pudding from their recipe page and it was really really good! I liked the taste of it but I didn't like the consistency, just too thick for me.


Oh what an awesome idea! Thanks!
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#632835 Silk Almond Milk?

Posted by brendab on 18 August 2010 - 04:02 PM

I drink it all the time and I'm soy-dairy-gluten free!


Oh this is good! My kids love it and it just works for us :)
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#632756 Why Do Dried Beans Say, "may Contain Soy & Wheat"?

Posted by brendab on 18 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

Oh, wow. Corn is almost harder to avoid than gluten. You must cook a lot! In this state you can get brown rice on the WIC package instead of bread or tortillas. Is that an option where you live?


Ya, I get the brown rice and grind it up for flour to make bread with as we don't particularly like brown rice itself, so it really doesn't go to waste :) We make our own rice tortilla's and they are good when fresh.

Oh, and I do cook a lot! LOL My only real complaint is our tiny, "weekend warrior cook" kitchen, I need a large, gourmet kitchen where I can really spread out and cook! I sometimes will have 3-4 different things cooking/baking at one time and be in there for hours. :)
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#632706 Silk Almond Milk?

Posted by brendab on 18 August 2010 - 08:48 AM

My family LOVES almond milk, especially Silk brand so the million dollar question is, "is it gluten free"? OH please!!!!!!!!!
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#632703 Why Do Dried Beans Say, "may Contain Soy & Wheat"?

Posted by brendab on 18 August 2010 - 08:46 AM

Just pick them over and rinse them well. They will be fine. I have found an occasional grain of some sort in split peas and lentils. Why can't you get tortillas? I don't know if WIC gives you Mission brand, but their corn tortillas are made on a dedicated line.


Because I have one child who is anaphylactic to corn. :) Oh good times in our family LOL

It's good to know we can rinse them and be fine, we do have some good things to make with beans!
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#632649 Why Do Dried Beans Say, "may Contain Soy & Wheat"?

Posted by brendab on 18 August 2010 - 05:58 AM

Are they packaged with them or on the same belt? What do dried beans and wheat have to do with each other? I get these for free with WIC and so we use a lot of dried beans, also because they are very healthy for you so I will be sad to have to stop getting those as well as the tortilla's, wheat bread and dairy products we get for free. Our budget cannot take anymore expenses!
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#632213 What The Heck Is Candida?

Posted by brendab on 16 August 2010 - 03:23 PM

Okay....trying to figure out neuro symptoms that seem to be here for no reason. I don't think I got glutened but alas, I've got all my twitching and stinging pin pricks going on.

I read in my last neuro post that someone mentioned Candida can affect neuro symptoms. How do you know if you have Candida and can that be affected by antibiotics? The only real thing I've done differently over the last few days is I started a course of Amoxicillin (sp?). I checked and the meds are gluten free but maybe they're causing this?

I was also thinking vitamin B or magnesium deficiency due to stress (been stressed out lately). There are just so many things going on that I can't tell what's making me sick anymore.

At this point I'd sell my soul for good health......... :o


Yeast. If your gut is over run with it, it will throw off the GOOOD flora and fauna (bacteria) in your digestive tract and the antibiotics will KILL off the good bacteria causing a secondary infection in which yet ANOTHER antibiotic will be prescribed. Your best bet is to try natural antibiotics if you can, depending upon what it is you have OR taking probiotics in conjunction with the antibiotics to keep the good bacteria alive and healthy.
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#632028 Anyone Immune To Poisin Oak/ivy?

Posted by brendab on 16 August 2010 - 05:19 AM

I am not diagnosed but my kids always get a reaction when I've never had it and it grows on my property.
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#631681 Positive

Posted by brendab on 14 August 2010 - 11:34 AM

I had to respond simply because I also would have "attacks" when I was in a stressful situation and I can count on having one with anything new or doctors appts, etc. I have had several occassions of being in public when it hits and leaving shopping carts in the middle of the store to high-tail it to the toilet not knowing if I was going to make it or not. I thought this was normal! Up until this week, I honestly did!

I want to say that I am happy for you that you finally have the correct diagnosis and that going gluten-free will help you!
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#631353 17 With The Body Of A 12 Year Old (Girls Only)

Posted by brendab on 13 August 2010 - 07:10 AM

I've always been petite and being in high school I recall all of my friends being bigger than I was and I was teased by the boys because my "girls" were glorified bug bites :) 34AA I am nursing and I am a 36A.......maybe a loose B but when I finish breastfeeding I am back to a not quite full A. I found that when I was PG and at the beginning of nursing that the bigger "girls" were heavy and got in the way LOL It sounds silly but I couldn't sleep on them and once, I turned around abruptly next to a corner of a wall and they hit the wall and I about died with laughing because that had never happened before that day and never will again but they do get in the way LOL
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#630955 Too Quick Of A Reaction?

Posted by brendab on 11 August 2010 - 03:45 PM

Thanks everyone. We decided to try it one more time since he recovered within a few hours and we wanted to make sure it wasn't just nerves. So far, he's handled it perfectly fine.
I'm so uncomfortable doing this test with him but I feel like I should for his sake. I mean I guess he has a right to a normal life ... it's just after 3 years of gluten-free, this feels not good with me.


I think I will have to put my 2 year old through this soon enough and I am not looking forward to it. :( My heart goes out to you and your little one!
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#630946 Too Quick Of A Reaction?

Posted by brendab on 11 August 2010 - 03:25 PM

I don't have a diagnosis but I do know I am at least gluten sensitive and have trialed wheat products this past week and within 30 min. I started having symptoms and pain in my stomach, 3 days later I am still having pain in my intestines.
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