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Member Since 23 Oct 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 17 2015 07:06 PM

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In Topic: Old Hag Syndrome / Sleep Paralysis

16 July 2015 - 11:12 PM

I've experienced this more times than I can count. It's always really scary! The worst part is that sometimes I will have dreams that I'm in water and I'll actually hold my breath in my sleep, and wake up gasping for air. That seems to happen a lot less often since I switched to a much healthier diet and started healing. (I was tested for sleep apnea, they said I don't have it)


The most recent episode happened this past Monday. I don't work Mondays, so I was home alone at my boyfriend's house while he was at work. I was watching a movie on his bed and I passed out - I was just feeling really tired. This was around 1-2PM. I was half awake (eyes half open, couldn't really move) and was lying on my side facing the doorway to his room. To my knowledge, everything looked as it should - it was daylight, his room looked the same, was just partially awake. Suddenly, my bf barged in to the room like he usually does and walked right over to me. I thought it was weird, because he told me he wasn't coming home for lunch. First he walked past me to check the air conditioner, then he came over to me to wake me up. He put his fingers on my neck to check my pulse, because he could tell I was in that half awake state. He asked me if I was okay and tried to wake me up. I didn't believe it was really him, so I was struggling to wake up. I tried to kick/slap him with my arms to see if I hit solid leg to prove that it was really him and I wasn't dreaming. I *hit* solid leg, or so I thought. When I eventually fully woke up, I realized that I was alone and that he never came home to check on me. I texted him to double check (it was so real) and he confirmed he had not come home. I do count this as sleep paralysis, because I was partially awake, not fully asleep, and I was really trying to wake myself up. Even though it could have been much more terrifying, it was really disturbing...it was so realistic but yet I still knew it wasn't him and tried to prove it, and somehow my brain tricked me into thinking I hit solid leg and that he -was- really there. So freaky. 

In Topic: Do I Need To Purchase Gluten Free Makeup, Soap, Shampoo?

07 July 2015 - 08:22 PM

I make sure everything I use is gluten free, and my skin has improved so much! I also have a wheat allergy, though. Face Naturals, 100% Pure, and Dr. Bronner's are all great gluten free, all natural, and cruelty free companies. Coconut oil is good for a moisturizer. And personally, I've found that my hair is much healthier with less products. No more fancy serums, sprays, etc. Good luck :)

In Topic: Halitosis And Body Odor...feeling Embarrassed...please Help!

23 March 2015 - 11:24 PM

I saw someone else already mentioned this - but I agree that the "halitosis" is most likely due to your hiatal hernia.


I was in the same boat as you - my boyfriend of a couple months started telling me that I had bad breath. At first, I shrugged it off and blamed it on the white garlic pizza I had been eating recently...but a couple of months later he admitted that it was still pretty bad. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in July of 2013 - this was going on between August - October of 2013. I started experimenting with different foods and asking him when my breath was bad (attractive, I know - but I really was bothered by this) I have NEVER had a cavity and my dental hygiene is perfect - how can I have bad breath? I brush my teeth, my tongue, drink lots of water - etc...it started to really scare me when I would literally brush my teeth and he would tell me my breath was still bad. I knew something was wrong.


In my experimenting, I found certain foods really exacerbated the bad breath: All cheese (particularly cheddar) salsa/sauce, hummus (anything with garlic or onion) and anything with lactose (M&Ms, etc) I blamed the bad breath on my lactose intolerance and stopped eating foods with lactose - until my bf still complained about bad breath with other foods like salsa. I was pretty much giving up. Then, I found out in May of 2014 that I had a hiatal hernia. I see a naturopath - and he is able to adjust it non-surgically. After he adjusted it - the bad breath went away. I could eat whatever I wanted (gluten free, of course!) and my boyfriend said my breath was fine. Unfortunately in my case, the hernia keeps sliding back into place and I don't want to keep having it adjusted every couple of months (in my case - could be because of increased tenderness...it is extremely painful to have it adjusted) so right now I am working on losing weight and trying to find ways to strengthen my abdominals. I found that drinking apple cider vinegar drinks (they have a brand blended with distilled water and honey) helps beat the bad breath. The bad breath is due to acid reflux caused by the hernia...and the apple cider vinegar temporarily raises stomach acid. I went down 2 more pant sizes since first having my hernia adjusted - but I want to wait a bit longer to have it adjusted again. My goal is to get down to a size 4 or 6 and stay there to manage it...I am currently a size 8. 


I was grateful when my boyfriend told me too - despite being extremely embarrassed by it. Even though i have now been with him for nearly 2 years, it is still embarrassing when he brings it up. But now that I know it's due to my hernia, I still eat my cheese! I just try to balance it out with the apple cider vinegar drinks. I am confident that if I can ever get rid of my hernia for good, bad breath will never again be a problem. Unfortunately, I do sometimes have issues with slight constipation, and apparently struggling with bowel movements can bring the hernia back. Fantastic. I also try to avoid heavy lifting as much as possible.


Good luck! 

In Topic: So Happy!

08 January 2015 - 04:23 PM

Thanks everyone!


Haha, yeah I kept them because I was always hoping I'd go back down. I kept trying to work at it, but nothing was coming from it. 

In Topic: Possibly Contaminated Nutbag?

04 January 2015 - 10:47 PM

The sink at my bf's house is metal, so I think I'll go with Stephanie's suggestion! I'll scrub it with the dish detergent soap first, then spray the baking soda/acv combo (ACV is all I have/use) I might even just reuse an old bottle of acv and make a spray out of that. Thanks everyone! 


Laura - he cleaned it pretty well with soap/water, but we did end up throwing it in the dishwasher as well. I didn't drink the milk regardless, but we did make muffins with the meal and they were fine. 


They aren't SUPER expensive, but they are pricey (I think it was $12.00 for one) we figured with the money we were spending on cheese cloths, we might as well just get  durable, reusable nut bag. (lol) We have 2 - one for coconut, the other is for almond. If the sink was really dirty or if it fell into a gluten filled bowl/plate then I'd really be freaking out.


I think my stress levels will go down significantly once I can actually get my blood levels re-checked, as I never have. My primary care doctor told me it was unnecessary, and I am now in training in my new job and I am not allowed any time off. I won't get out of training/transition until March :\ After that, I want to find a good gastro that specializes in celiac disease and go see him and keep up with my blood tests. 

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