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Member Since 08 Feb 2009
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Southwest Florida Restaurant

19 February 2009 - 03:42 PM

Just wanted to let you all in Southwest Florida (Sarasota/Tampa area) that there's a great restaurant in Sarasota that is completely gluten-free. It's an all-raw food restaurant called Vibe Cuisine. Here's the website: www.veggiemagic.com . Don't let the all-raw thing scare you... they make tasty variations on our favorite foods. They have a menu on the site. They naturally don't use any wheat or grains (other than sprouted rice) and their soy sauce is wheat-free. They're also dairy-free (and meat-free, obviously since it's raw). Lots of veggies, fruits, nuts/seeds, and herbs. Yummmm. :)

Daily Dizzy Spells

18 February 2009 - 11:32 AM

I have been getting daily dizzy spells, well, since adolescence. I'm not passing out or blacking out or falling over myself onto the floor... nothing dramatic. I just mean that I get very lightheaded, but just enough so that I can still function fine. I have Hashimoto's and problems with Candida and am also gluten-free. I eat extremely healthy (no allergens for people with autoimmune disease [dairy, gluten, sugar, starches, fermentation] and nothing processed AT ALL, and eat all my veggies raw -- my diet consists of about 85% raw veg. And I have been eating like this for quite a while. But I'm still getting the dizzy spells and am very perplexed. My medication dosage is great and doesn't need to be changed (my levels are all perfect). I believe strongly in the power of the body to heal itself through natural means, and because I take such good care of myself, I would think I wouldn't have this problem so often. I even make my own organic veggie juices, and take supplements and probiotics, including "PROgreens" which contains a bunch of good vitamins and minerals and strains of good bacteria. I get enough iron and good fats and take vit b-12. I eat organic and don't ingest chemicals. I exercise moderately and weekly. I drink plenty of water. My weight is within range for my height. So, I'm just stumped.

I know that some people who have Hashimoto's also have Ménière's, but I don't think this fits my symptoms because I don't really have ringing in the ears. I just feel light at my chest and throat and then my vision goes a little grey for two seconds. My vision in general is great, but just when I get dizzy, my vision gets affected for a split second because I'm lightheaded.

Anyone have any advice or ideas? :(

Gluten-free/dairy-free Cookie

18 February 2009 - 10:48 AM

This is a really yummy peanut butter cookie recipe that I've made before. I'm not eating sugar or nuts these days, but it's a really great recipe I wanted to share with you all. I love this recipe because it doesn't contain any "alternative" flours or ingredients and also, people who aren't gluten-free/dairy-free love them. :)

Ingredients: (makes about 6-8 cookies)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Drop by teaspoonful onto baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.

Double the recipe, if need be, as this only makes a few cookies.

For a variation, use cashew butter instead of or in addition to the peanut butter. You could also add 1/8 cup cocoa powder or some gluten-free chocolate chips. Or, add a few dashes of cinnamon for spice cookies.

They are a bit crumbly because they don't use any flour or other starchy flour substitute. So, make sure to let them cool completely before removing from baking sheet.

How Long?

10 February 2009 - 10:51 AM

How long can gluten be out of your system for you to still get a positive test result? I am convinced beyond a doubt that I have a gluten problem due to my family history and personal disease history and my "unexplainable" symptoms, and also my results once being off (two and a half months now). Also, I accidentally ingested gluten the other night and got severe intestinal distress and bad bad problems that have to be legit.

But I was never formally diagnosed because once I learned that my family history plus Hashimoto's was linked to Celiac, I went off it IMMEDIATELY -- like, the next day. So I never made it to the Doctor.

So I'm wondering if I would still test positive for the intolerance after being off it for 2 1/2 months, and also after my episode the other day with ingestion.

What do you all think?? :)

I Get Neurotic Every Time I Eat

08 February 2009 - 01:17 PM

I was at a restaurant today with my family and I made sure to steer clear of all the things I cannot eat (gluten, sugar, dairy, anything fermented) and opted for a fresh salad with grilled chicken on top. I had ordered this dish at this restaurant before and they had always just seasoned the chicken with a light sprinkling of dry herbs. Well, this time the chicken on the salad comes out with this gloopy marinade, which I can tell is processed and pre-packaged. Then I get all neurotic like, OMGZ, this chicken is going to probably kill me <_< because if it doesn't contain sugar/corn syrup (highly doubtful) it definitely contains MSG or soy sauce (which we all know contains wheat) or some sort of wheat extract.

And my family could tell I was in distress -- I was just starring at the chicken, in despair :( -- and they asked me what was wrong. I said, "Every time I eat I have to get neurotic... and I'm sick of it!!" And it's true. I'm sure some of you have to feel this way too! Always having to be so aware when I eat is leaving me with one big panic attack. I don't mind eating healthy and actually ENJOY eating healthy because it makes me feel well (I mostly eat fresh herbs and veg, fish and lean protein, nuts/seeds, rice or quinoa or millet, beans, and sea vegetables -- literally NOTHING processed), but just the fact that it always requires thought and scrutiny is making me a basket case. Every time someone invites me out to eat I start getting irritable and panicky and end up being short with them, as if their kindly invitation were such a terrible gesture. How dare they!! And then I feel bad and mean, but when they ask me where we could go that I'd be able to find something to eat, I freak out because there's nowhere I can go to find something to eat besides my own kitchen!!

I'm sick of the anxiety.
I'm sick of the awareness.
I'm sick of getting irritable at the thought of food and at the thought of going out to eat with my loved ones!!!

I love the way this diet makes me feel physically, but does anyone feel the mental/emotional/social pains associated with it??

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