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BelleVie

Member Since 27 May 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2014 02:04 AM
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In Topic: Hong Kong, The Philippines, And Japan

03 March 2014 - 02:04 AM

I have found that people in Korea, though well-meaning, don't get it at all. My coworkers would constantly put bread, cookies, cakes, etc, on my desk, and then ask why I wasn't eating, even though I explained DOZENS of time! Once, at a BBQ place, my friend interrogated the owner about the meat and asked if it had any sauce on it. The owners repeatedly said "No, no, no," no sauce, but then once my friend dropped the phrase" severe allergy," suddenly the meat was magically soaked in wine! Then, halfway through the meal, I felt sick, so my friend asked once again, and the owner admitted that the meat had soy flour on it. *Bangs head against wall.* It's tough ! 

 

As far as having gluten free foods with you, I highly recommend iherb.com, a natural food and supplement website that ships all over the world. You could even go ahead and order so that you have a box of food waiting for you. Prices are really reasonable and shipping is dirt cheap. Good luck! I hope you enjoy your travels! 


In Topic: Skin Issues

01 March 2014 - 06:00 PM

I developed "adult acne" at age 19 after having flawless skin all of my life. It was horrible. My face got more and more RED as the years went on, and I had cystic acne that itched AND hurt. And my skin got extremely oily too. Other skin symptoms: the little bumpy things on the backs of my arms and legs, excessive sweating, and swelling/cracking around my lips. Thank goodness going gluten free fixed ALL of my skin issues. My skin is clear now, and the goose bump things are completely gone! I hope you find some relief from your symptoms as well, and that your tongue heals up! For what it's worth, my boyfriend also has this (i believe it's called a "geographic tongue") and I've noticed that when he is eating mostly gluten free because he's eating only my food that I cook, it begins to look a little less sliced up and seems to heal. 


In Topic: Yay! Happy For Supportive Friends.

01 March 2014 - 05:54 PM

That's really wonderful to hear! It seems like it's really easy to get down when dealing with celiac. It's nice to have some positive, helpful, thoughtful people around you! 


In Topic: Hong Kong, The Philippines, And Japan

28 February 2014 - 11:09 PM

I can't speak for Hong Kong or the Phillippines, but I have managed to be able to do sushi here in Korea. I just explain to the person preparing that I have an allergy (it's easier to understand that way) and that I want only raw fish, no sauce, no rice, and I bring my own gluten-free soy sauce. It's not very exciting, but it's another option besides eating in for every meal. 


In Topic: Severe Depression

28 February 2014 - 10:56 PM

Yes, yes, yes.  I also struggled with severe depression for years, probably from age 14 to age 24, when I went gluten free. Sadness, apathy, outbursts of anger, and turbulent emotions are all symptoms of gluten ingestion for me. I'm generally a content, easy going person, but as soon as I hear thoughts in my brain of "it's just not worth it. Why do you even bother? There's no point in being alive," etc, I KNOW I have been glutened. These thoughts are really terrible and make me feel incredibly low. There's no way I would ever act on them, but they are vicious thoughts and they ARE there. It helps me to know that they are a result of the gluten and that they will pass after a couple of days. 

 

I also second what CyclingLady said. If you are going to try gluten free to help, you have to dive in one hundred percent. No cheating, and be extra vigilant about cross contamination.

 

I hope you feel better soon! Anxiety is truly an awful mental space to be in.