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    *I teach high school ESL in San Luis, Arizona. It's where Arizona, California, and Mexico border each other. I'm originally from Washington State. <br />*I love going to the gym and sometimes I teach a cycling/spinning class. <br />*My boyfriend lives in Guanajuato in central Mexico. I used to live there too. <br />*Life is good now that I'm not doubled over in pain all day every day.
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  1. I would say I probably spent around $4,000 before I gave up on doctors and diagnosed myself because they refused to believe anything was wrong with me. My first name is Ezme. Good luck with the project. Tomorrow is our last day of school!
  2. The corn tortillas are **usually** made with only cornmeal. I had the unfortunate experience of watching the girl at my favorite little restaurant pour wheat flour into the masa (cornmeal dough) in order to make it softer. The ones you can get at tortiller
  3. I tried to find a list of premade foods that were safe, but it's not really feasible in most third world countries because it seems, at least in Mexico, that the grocery stores get a lot of random things and when those are sold, they're replaced with other random food items. Some of the same brands are usually available like Kelloggs and Campbells, but they don't always label with allergens listed. I used to have a list of safe food items in Spanish, but I haven't been able to find it. If I do find it, I'll post it here. I did find a few things online. I realize you said you don't speak Spanish, but these might be good to have with you down there because unless people are fluent in English, they probably won't really understand the information in English. I found one of the food lists! It's from Argentina: http://www.nutrinfo.com/pagina/gyt/celiacos.pdf These other ones are just information. Spanish http://celiac.org/spanish-quickstart.php http://celiac.org/spanish-brochure.php I got those off of this site (in English): http://celiac.org/celiac disease-main.php More Spanish although most of the site is in English: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/en_espanol/...celiac_esp.html Basic information, no foods listed, but discussion of the disease and symptoms: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish...icle/000233.htm Argentinian celiac site in Spanish and some things in English: http://www.celiaco.org.ar/ More food information: http://www.olavarria.com/archivos/organism...luten/index.php Here's a totally random Celiac blog. I think it's from Spain. http://infoceliaquia.blogspot.com/ I hope that helps. Send me a message if you need more help with stuff. Ezme
  4. Cool, that's good to know. I'm not in the area now, but I'm applying for a job at Cascadia Community College and will hopefully be in the area next (school) year.
  5. Have fun! I've never been to Queretaro, but I lived in Guanajuato which is, from what I hear, fairly similar. Having said that, I would bring a wind resistant jacket of some sort because there can be really biting winds, especially at night.
  6. Wow Hathor, Thanks for the long response! I learned a lot from it. I'd never heard of Dr. Harris nor Dr. Fuhrman, but there websites do seem to show a diet pretty close to mine. I'm going to check for Dr.Fuhrman's book at the bookstore since we don't have a library here. As for your tapas and wine, I don't think you can have one without the other, can you? Besides, look at all of the slim people in Spain who eat tapas, drink wine, walk a bit and keep themselves in good shape. I tend to believe that having some fats in the diet from olive oil, nuts, avocados, cacao (I buy the actual cacao beans so I can snack on them), and a little coconut are good for us. I know I never lost any weight on a low-fat diet and was never satieted. I do eat some grains. I'm going to Mexico on Thursday for two weeks to see my boyfriend and I know I'll be eating corn tortillas, tamales, rice, and beans, but I really don't miss not eating them most of the time. If I do have the desire to eat them, I do it. I'm not super strict with myself. Oddly enough, going gluten free for me has been quite simple because I never really ate bread, pasta, or other grain based foods. All in all, I'm not suffering for calories, but if I do get too thin, like 115 pounds, I will be adding in some grains and grain based products. I've never actually had to think of that before; I've always had an excess of calories. Ezme
  7. Hi, Since I've spent practically my whole life trying to lose weight, I should probably let you know what is working for me. I actually saw the smallest number I have ever seen on the scale this morning! 124! I got on and off the scale three times just to see if it was correct. That's 100 pounds down from my highest. I tried Weight Watchers and found myself obsessing about food and eating sugary, crummy food because it was low in points. I lost a little weight, but it wasn't the right plan for me. Since then I've tried eating a ton of meat, fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy. I gained weight and felt horrible with that. So, then I moved to the other end of the spectrum and gave up all animal products. I did the McDougall diet that Hathor mentioned, but I felt worse after eating grains and potatoes, so I cut those out too. I also felt like I needed more fats, so I added avocadoes and nuts (not peanuts). After that, I felt better and lost weight without trying. Now I eat fruits, vegetables, cacao, raw nuts and seeds. It sounds restrictive, but I'm more satisfied now than I've ever been before. I really don't have cravings for foods, never have stomach pains, don't feel heavy after meals, and eat whenever I'm hungry. I would say that about 75%-95% of my food each day is raw, and I think that has helped me. I also exercise regularly and ensure that at least one of my meals is based around green leafy vegetables. To answer another question, the one thing I find restrictive about it, is that I usually have to have food with me. I know that's not new for someone who is gluten free, but it can be a little harder with fresh foods. I usually have a ziploc bag with almonds, a banana, a clemetine or two, an apple, and a Lara bar with me when I know I'll be away from home. Having that keeps me from even glancing towards a food court or restaurant. I've been eating like this for about 4 months and don't see myself changing it in the near future. I think I answered all of your questions. If you're looking to lose weight, think about what feels right to you. I never liked meat, but always felt like I had to eat it to have a balanced diet. I really think that was wrong of me because I now feel better than ever. Ezme
  8. Hey Nanny B, I just noticed that you're a Spokie. I too am from Spokane I don't have experiences in Cozumel or Cancun, but I wanted to let you know that you should be able to bring Lara bars, cereal, nuts, and other dry goods into Mexico. You can't bring fresh fruits or vegetables, but you can bring them on the plane and leave any leftovers on the plane when you get off. I always do that and so don't have to declare any fresh fruits. Remember to pack some snacks for the return trip too because I forgot last time and almost starved! I don't have any experiences with all inclusive places or American owned restaurants, but I can say that you should be able to get lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Veggies that are peeled or need to be peeled are generally safe, as far as I've experienced. If you haven't tried fresh guava before, now is your chance! The seeds are a little weird at first, but the fruit is so good. I'm going to central Mexico on Thursday and my boyfriend is meeting me at the airport with a bottle of water and fresh guava. Good luck and have fun!
  9. I agree. You should really talk to the people who are in charge of the trip. You should also have no problem bringing Lara bars, cereals, and things like that with you. Fruits and veggies should be plentiful. But, are you going to be eating with the missionary group or with Peruvians? That will make a difference in the foods you're served. Is there anyone who has gone on one of these missions that you could grill with questions about what foods were served and what options were available? Just a little FYI if you haven't been to Peru and are squeamish about whole animals being served on your plate, do an internet search on cuy. It's a really typical dish there but can be a bit traumatizing if you're not expecting it.
  10. I just got an Oster from Target. It works pretty well but hurts my ears because it's so loud. I need to get some of the earmuff thingees they have at the firing ranges. I really, really want a Blendtec or Vitamix because those can handle nut butters and things. Here's a good link that compares the two. http://www.rawguru.com/vita-mix/vitamix-bl...ison-chart.html Ezme
  11. Just a little vocab in case you need it. manager is gerente (sounds like hair-ehn-tay) boss is jefe (heh-fay) chef is chef but with a strong ch sound like chair
  12. I would agree with Ursa Major. You should try dietary changes before taking any drugs. Medications can alleviate symptoms for a time, but they aren't getting to the root of the problem. Try cutting out the gluten, dairy, and soy first and see if that doesn't help. Also, a LOT of people on these boards see drastic improvements in anxiety issues as well as physical issues after changing their diet.
  13. I'm 5'1" and shorter than every single one of my students!
  14. Hi, sorry you have that going on! I would agree with cutting out the dairy. It can cause all sorts of breakouts and reactions. You can probably add it back in after a few months, or test it after a bit and see if you react. Also, my dad had a horrible itchy rash over his entire body last year. He never goes to the doctor for anything, but he took a day off work to get this checked out. Turns out he really did just have super dry skin because of the change in the weather. The doctor told him to use a high quality skin lotion twice a day and to keep covered when in the cold. It worked and his rash cleared up in about a week. Good luck.
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