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Member Since 13 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Sep 28 2014 03:48 PM

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In Topic: 5 Years Gluten Free- Encouragement For The Newbies

07 July 2014 - 04:56 PM

It's good to hear you are doing well.  I used to post more 4 years ago when I went gluten free and I always loved your spunk and spirit.  The gluten-free lifestyle does get easier.  I have had to go deeper with my healing as I was diagnosed with another auto-immune disease this past March (Sjogren's) but I love that I've been able to manage both diseases with diet (for the most part…Sjogren's is proving to be a bit stickier).  Learning to love real and nutrient dense food took time, but it is so worth it.   Our bodies are amazing and can heal themselves with proper TLC.  I think it's a "great" time to be gluten free.  There is so much more awareness that even 4 years ago when my family went gluten free.   Feeling better is worth every step of this arduous journey.

In Topic: Now Jade Riviera Maya Mexico

14 January 2014 - 07:40 AM

Well, I realize this is bringing up an old post but I did promise to come back with my review.  We got back Saturday from Now Sapphire Resort Riviera Maya.   My report isn't quite as glowing as gancan's but it was okay.  I think if you are extremely sensitive to cross contamination, or even just pretty sensitive, you may find it difficult to navigate eating at this resort.  My daughter and I have been gluten free for over 3 years, (me almost 4) and I think had we taken this trip 3 years ago it would have made us very sick.  In the past few years we've been able to get some dairy back including butter which was great for this resort.  All our gluten free foods were dripping with butter.   I sort of found some safe things to eat at the beginning of the week and stuck with those.  In situations where we did have to pull out the allergy cards I thought the staff was very helpful, and the chef would prepare special meals, but usually without any sauce or seasoning whatsoever so the food was pretty tasteless.   I'm getting pickier about this as I'm learning more about cooking and making healthy foods that still taste good.


My daughter (age 10) did stay home from school yesterday because she wasn't feeling well.  She couldn't tell me if this was a food reaction or actual sickness (virus) but sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.  I came back with a tiny little dh rash and I think some eczema on my back (although my husband insists is looks like a bug bite?)   So…a little recovery time.  I have made my peace with traveling.  I know that I must be getting some gluten when I travel or eat out, but I am not willing to give it up so I do the best I possibly can when I eat outside of my control.   I know I got some this week just because of the rash, but honestly I felt pretty good and had minor joint pain and stomach issues.  To me I'm okay with that (to travel) but I can see where this might really hit someone else very hard and ruin the trip.  Hope this helps.

In Topic: Nightshades

01 September 2013 - 05:58 AM

For me joint pain from nightshades does seem to be cumulative, but I don't know if this is typical.  My diet is mostly paleo, but I am not really a fan of low carb, so I use white potatoes and some rice, and even orange juice to get enough carbs to feel good.  But a few weeks ago I was getting massive hip pains and I realized I'd been eating potatoes every morning for several days.  So, now I think I'll just eat occasional spaghetti sauce (tomatoes) and continue to eat potatoes when I travel, as a steak and plain baked potato seems to be the fail safe for the gluten intolerance.    


Yesterday I did have spaghetti sauce and was even waking in the night with joint pain...so it's a bummer.  I just don't know if I'm willing to entirely give up another food.

In Topic: Newly Dx - Reading And Learning A Lot

25 August 2013 - 04:27 PM

I'm so glad you have your diagnosis.  I hope this doesn't sound at all cruel, but whenever someone in my life tells me they are diagnosed with celiac, I actually feel a little happy for them because I know (if they stick to the diet) that they are going to feel so much better very soon.  


I second the Udi's chocolate muffins.  They are so good.  They actually still make me a little sick, but sometimes I just have to do it, like a birthday.  


I do not have a celiac diagnosis, because after a negative blood test (hadn't been eating gluten for months) I just could not face going back on gluten for the endoscopy.  But whatever you decide to do is fine.  If I had the blood test I'd probably call it a day, but some people like to know the extent of villi damage.


I hope you start to feel much better very soon!

In Topic: Apparently You Guys Were Right, It's All In My Head!

21 August 2013 - 08:57 AM

One more person to advise that dropping dairy means ALL dairy.  I continued for about a year to just use cream in my coffee and had pretty bad D almost constantly.  It was when I finally dropped all dairy that I started to heal from the damage dairy was doing to my body.  


And I know it's frustrating when you feel like people are telling you that things are all in your head.  I know a lot of people on this board have felt that way for sure!  This should be the place that you don't feel that way.   Getting rid of gluten, corn and dairy cleared up 90% of my issues.  The frustrating thing is that uncovering the rest of the puzzle is hard.  And it seems like food sensitivities can come and go (I've had to drop eggs, but then got them back)


This process will teach you to listen to your body, and not worry so much about outside noise.  I don't use this board much anymore, but in the beginning this place was an absolute lifesaver.  


Good luck in your journey!

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