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New To Blogging... Confusion Has Settled In!

megg811

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so i'm very new to the whole blogging world... i'm a bit hesitant b/c although i was diagnosed with celiac almost a year ago, i feel very much like i still don't know what i'm doing!

it's like when you're sitting in a classroom and the teacher asks if there are any questions but you're so lost, you can't even begin to formulate a question... that's kinda where i'm at!

 

i have so many things i would love to get info on - maybe if i kinda bullet them out it would help organize my own thoughts...

 

- what is a "normal" celiac diet

i am an extremely picky eater and so my daily routine includes snacking on junk until dinner and then i

make some form of chicken and rice or chicken and noodles (i will say that i make a mean gluten-free carrot cake!)

during the day is when i really miss my bagels and quick lunches!

 

- when will i feel comfortable eating out again?

i am so hesitant to eat out! the only time i've tried was right after my diagnosis - we went to a place that

has a gluten-free menu... i explained my situation, and i still got sick! ever since then, if i have to go out, i bring my

own meal (again, chicken and rice or chicken and noodles!)

 

- pregnancy....

this is the big one for me. i have had stomach issues my whole life, but after the birth of my daughter is

when things got really bad. i finally saw a wonderful doc who didn't dismiss me with ibs - and she had me

tested for celiac... i came back positive and was confirmed with the endoscopy.

i guess that leads me to my question... is there anything i should be extra worried about if i wanted to get

pregnant again? (which i do!)

i had a relatively easy pregnancy with my daughter, but she was born via c-section (not sure if that matters) so i will have to have another c-section if i do have more kids...

i could probably go on forever as to my concerns - especially b/c i don't know how to eat a balanced diet

without my "old staples" (the aforementioned bagels! etc)

 

anyways, i'm sorry this is such a long blog! as you can tell, i'm a bit confused! i welcome any advice or insight! thanks for listening (or reading i guess!) :D



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Hi megg!
I just wanted to say, I totally understand how you feel! I'm pretty new to all this, and just as I start thinking I've got a handle on the diet, I mess up somehow!

I got tired of chicken and rice really quick, so I went looking for recipe books to help. I ended up purchasing "You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free" by Roben Ryberg. I highly recommend it!
The recipes are EASY, and there's even a great baked goods/breads section in there!

Bagels! I bought some Kinnickinnick frozen bagels, and although it does take some time to thaw them out and toast them, I would definitely say they are worth it!!!

Have you tried consulting with a dietician or a nutritionist to help you with your diet? I've considered it, but haven't done it yet. (Just be sure to check their credentials out, and specifically ask if they have experience with gluten free diets!)

Hang in there! I totally sympathize with ya!

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First of all, you need to change your eating habits for your children. They need to learn to eat right and they will learn by your example. Having to feed children three meals a day should force you to broaden your eating horizons. Your children won't be healthy eating junk all day. I know it is tough to change eating habits, though. I've had a hard time with that, too, although my diet has always been pretty varied. You can get good gluten-free bagels (Kinickinick sp? brand comes to mind). I eat Van's gluten-free frozen waffles for breakfast almost every morning, but you can make things like grits, bacon, eggs, etc.

In my experience, lunch is the most difficult meal because I grew up eating sandwiches for lunch. Now if I want a sandwich, I have to bake bread first because I can't stand the storebought rice bread that is available to us. I use the Chebe bread mix and buy it by the case on-line. It's quite a bit different that regular bread, but you get used to it. Otherwise, think ahead and have the makings for simple meals on hand.

You probably know this, but you need to have your children tested, too. celiac disease is genetic. Both of my children inherited it from me and three of my mother's four children have it (including me). Even though celiac disease sometimes affects our reproductive systems, it sounds like you don't have those problems, so I wouldn't be too worried about having more children. Just know that you have to maintain your gluten-free diet so that your baby gets adequate nutrients from your body. I had no problems with my pregnancies either and I had healthy babies. But then, my celiac disease symptoms didn't start showing up until after I turned 40.

My advice to you would be to just read as much as you can about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Celiac.com is a great site for information and it even helps just to read the blogs or discussion forums.

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