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pmrowley

Member Since 31 Mar 2005
Offline Last Active Feb 06 2008 01:03 PM
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In Topic: How Can The Cook Not Taste Her Own Food While Cooking On Thanksgiving?

05 November 2007 - 05:09 PM

I'll add my voice to the masses: cook Gluten-Free, and don't tell anyone. It'll be a healthier meal, and probably better tasting too! If someone voices an objection after the fact, it sounds like *they* just volunteered to cook next year (and then you get to provide your dietary requirements for the menu... they wouldn't make a vegetarian eat meat would they?)

And remember, stuffing doesn't HAVE to be made with bread. I usually make a wild rice stuffing that brings people back for seconds, thirds, etc. Far more healthy than white bread too.

The key to coping with this diet is to NEVER be apologetic about it and never make concessions. It's a requirement for your survival, and you sure as hell didn't ask for it, any more than you asked for your eye color.

-P

In Topic: Cooking For My Fiance

30 July 2007 - 06:02 PM

My wife is gluten-free to support my Celiac diet, and she hasn't looked back! I started her off by just cooking what I normally do; she decided that gluten-free pasta was tastier than wheat pasta, and over the years has come to realize that a gluten-free diet really is superior to a "standard" diet in a lot of ways. She has more energy than she ever did before, and is generally healthier and happier. We suspect that she might actually be a latent Celiac herself, as she has become Gluten Sensitive as a result of being off gluten for severak years. We don't have the urge to diagnose her, as we're already both gluten-free for life.

It's easy to have a gluten-free romantic meal, as others have pointed out. A nice steak, asparagus, baked potato, and you're set! Start off with a Caesar salad with gluten-free dressing (Newman's own and Trader Joe's are great) Top it off with a good wine, and who's going to even notice that your entire dinner is gluten-free? (For an added treat, I like putting McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning on the steak as a rub. gluten-free and SOOOOO good...) Dessert: Ener-G gluten-free pound cake, heated for 45 seconds, with a scoop of Breyer's vanilla ice cream on top. Decadent!

-Pat

In Topic: Insensitive Family Members

30 July 2007 - 04:37 PM

I have found that sitting down and explaining the condition, along with all of the hard science behind it, tends to solve the issue. Fortunately for me, my Dx 28 years ago was the result of my mother's tenacity regarding my condition; I wasn't growing, and none of the doctors could figure it out, until I underwent a new biopsy procedure at UCSF medical center. Once diagnosed, my mom just laid down the law and that was that.

Gently reminding family members that Celiac is genetic, and that in the case of parents, grandparents, etc., it was THEIR combination of genetics that landed you in your current situation, just like their blue eyes are your blue eyes, makes a world of difference. Siblings should be reminded that if one kid has the condition, it is fairly likely that they all will develop the condition in their lifetime.

I also try to avoid calling myself "sick." Personally, I haven't really been "sick" because of Celiac in more than a decade, other than the very occasional accidental glutening, because I'm constantly vigilant and somewhat pushy at times, when it comes to restaurants, etc. When I explain my condition, I tell people that I have a genetically-linked autoimmune condition that renders the protein in wheat, gluten, toxic to my body. I didn't choose my diet, any more than I chose to have blue eyes. If they make light of it, or tell me that "just a little" gluten won't hurt, I ask them whether or not "just a little" cyanide won't hurt them. Tends to shut down the scoffing pretty rapidly. The key is, it's not an allergy, or some fad diet, or some kind of disorder; gluten is poisonous to me. Actually, it's poisonous to everyone, I'm just more sensitive to it due to my autoimmunological "tuning." Rather than looking for pity, I turn my condition into an empowering one. I'm fit, I'm healthy, and I have a great diet that is devoid of all of the horrible processed ingredients of which the typical American diet consists. I eat whatever I want, provided it's gluten-free: cookies, bread, pasta, cereal, waffles, stir-fry. I grill steaks at least once a week, along with loaded baked potatoes, and my cholesterol/HDL/LDL balances are incredible.

I have actually managed to turn many people on to a gluten-free diet, after they hear my full-out lecture. And without fail, every single one of those people have told me that it was the best decision they have ever made regarding their general health.

Cheers,
-Pat

In Topic: Not Sleeping Well

30 July 2007 - 04:08 PM

My wife and I rely on a nice, natural sleep aid when we get insomnia: Rescue Remedy. It's flower essences, distilled into brandy alcohol. Totally gluten-free. A couple of drops under the tongue, and I'm off to sleepy-land in about 30 minutes. It doesn't tranquilize you; but it tends to de-stress you and lets you relax naturally. Works great for hyper doggies too!
http://www.rescueremedy.com

-Pat

In Topic: Gluten-free Doesn't Seem So Bad

30 July 2007 - 04:01 PM

It is also far easier if your domestic partner (if you have one,) joins you in your diet. And I'm talking 100% all the way. When I started dating my wife, she started in on my gluten-free diet, simply because I don't cook for 2 different diets. So when she ate over, she got rice pasta (which she loved,) whole vegetables, meats seasoned with herbs, etc. Now, 6 years in, we suspect that she is an undiagnosed Celiac herself, or at least Gluten Intolerant, because if she accidentally strays, she has the same symptoms as I do. Considering the ever-increasing evidence that Gluten is just plain toxic, and nobody should really consume it, we both have concluded that she's better off now than before. She doesn't feel any need to get an "official" diagnosis, she just sticks to the diet now, and all is good with the world. ;)

Cheers,
-Pat