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Member Since 23 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 20 2013 03:04 PM

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Putting A Gluten-Free Weekend With Family In Perspective

12 August 2013 - 09:53 PM

I just got home from a weekend out of town for a family event.

Before going, I was pretty concerned about having to deal with all of the questions that may arise from family I haven't seen in years about why I wasn't eating at the restaurant gathering, or bringing my own food with me everywhere.

In hindsight, that was the LEAST of my problems. Sure the topic arose and it got a little tedious for me at times. (I need to master some simpler responses to questions so that I can spend less time talking about gluten and more time socializing, but I think I'll get there with practice.) Most of my family was just genuinely curious (at least to my face) and I was kind of amazed by how many people already had some knowledge of gluten reactions or celiac.

And though I did find myself getting a little punchy towards the end of the restaurant-portion of the event, it was pretty easy to realize that my blood sugar had tanked several hours after I had last eaten, and I was able to take care of it.

But compared to dealing with other baggage that comes with seeing family, the gluten-free aspects of the trip was was a piece of cake! Family can really suck sometimes. 

I suppose the best news is that I found it pretty easy to avoid getting any cross contamination in four days. Yeah!

Take away: The food aspects of being gluten-free are minor compared to all of the other parts of life and I don't have to stay holed up at home in order to avoid getting sick ... though I may want to do better at avoiding certain members of my family in the future - for their own reasons.

Resurrecting The Celiac-Mono-Fatigue Connection

07 August 2013 - 03:16 PM

Does anyone out there have any understanding of the connections between celiac and mononucleosis, interleukin 15, and long lasting symptoms of mono (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) amongst celiacs?


I was doing a ton of reading last night that led me to believe that mono is a common trigger for activating the genes that celiacs may have had previously, but hadn't been turned on - therefore activating their celiac disease. And that once activated, interleukin 15 is the molecule that celiacs overproduce which tells the T cells to go on the attack against gluten peptides, and that this molecule also has a connection to mono.

But everything I was reading was at least four years out of date. Has the science gotten any better? Have I oversimplified the scientific language I was reading last night? Did I misunderstand something?

And for as many people as are mentioning fatigue as a symptom even after they've gone gluten free, should they be looking into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in addition to celiac and blame the Epstein Barr Virus instead of gluten for some of their symptoms?

Curious minds want to know.

Archeology: The Milk Revolution

01 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

I thought this might be interesting to those who also suffer from lactose intolerance.


Lookinf For Ideas For Foods That Hold Up Well When Traveling

01 August 2013 - 12:23 AM

I have to attend a family event in my home town in a few days and am looking for foods that I can make in advance and bring with me that will hold up well for being away for four days. I'll have a four-hour drive, will have a cooler, and can bring my own kitchen items as I'll be staying with family and will have access to a full kitchen ... but won't have that much time to actually prepare food when I'm away. 

And, I'm looking for things that I can make in large batches because I'd like to make enough to share with the relative that is putting me up, and if I have time, I may make enough to share with my sister and her husband who have to fly in and are also gluten free (and primarily vegetarian), though they'll be staying in a different house. 

So far I'm thinking pasta salad and potato salad because you can get so many ingredients in there that they can be meals within themselves.

I also have a couple of the better dinner meals that I make in mind that would be good if I want to try to impress my family with my culinary abilities.

But all of these are time intensive in their preparation so I wouldn't mind cutting some and replacing them with simpler options.

Of course, I've already purchased some premade items like snack bars and granola, but I normally try to avoid processed foods because I often react to them even if they are gluten free, and I certainly don't want to have a temper or a headache when dealing with my family.

And the real challenge is going to be the last day when we're going to go to an amusement park. The car will be so far away that heading back to grab food isn't feasible and there won't be anything in the park that will be safe to eat. I am hoping that I can get a locker of some sort so that I can pack a small cooler, but heat could still rule out any chilled items.

Any thoughts?

How About A Reward For Avoiding Getting Glutened!

30 July 2013 - 03:42 PM

I've decided that I want some sort of reward for avoiding accidental glutenings, like they have chips in AA.

But rather than rewarding years, it would have to be months.


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