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  1. Here's another super quick and easy recipe - but OH SO YUMMY coffee drink.

    Take two ounces of espresso (liquid form - you could also use really strong coffee) and put it in a blender with 4-5 nice sized scoops of vanilla ice cream, and maybe a tiny bit of milk.

    Blend well, and you have a delicious espresso shake!

    I have done this with regular espresso and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and it's to die for. :wub:

    I haven't tried it with the instant espresso, but I bet it would be just as good! The ice cream you use is what gives it the rich flavor, so anything that is 'homemade' or 'churned' would probably do. I don't usually add any milk to it, because the espresso is still hot when it goes into the blender, so that melts the ice cream just enough to make it blend really well.

    Mmmmm, yummy!

  2. Just another little update..........

    All my test results came back normal, for which I am thankful!

    I had 17 days between periods (last one ended on Feb 16, this one started yesterday, Mar 5 - making this a 48-ish day cycle).

    So far this one has been closer to 'normal' for me, but closer to what 'normal' was before going gluten free. Extremely painful breasts for a full week prior to my period starting. Heavy flow beginning on day one, as opposed to day two or three. And pretty serious lower back cramps, with pretty bad fatigue.

    I really really hope this one doesn't last as long as the last one.........this is NOT my idea of any kind of fun. <_<

  3. Just wanted to give an update on this........

    My period ended up lasting 31 days from start to finish.

    I went to my appt with the gyn today, and they ran a pregnancy test (neg), a vaginal ultrasound (all looked normal - no cysts or fibroids), a pap smear with hpv screen and a cervical biopsy (yeow!). So now I get to wait for the pathology report, which we should have by the end of the week.

    Unfortunately, the ultrasound revealed that the lining of my uterus is already at 16mm thick, which makes it very likely that my period will be coming again very soon. Ugh.

    The doc said that I was a good candidate for endometrial ablation provided the pathology all comes back ok.

    Other than the longish, heavy periods I've had since the age of 14 or so, there's really been no other symptoms of endometriosis (from all I've read, anyway). And the doc never brought that up - but of course I forgot to ask. <_<

    So, that's that for now. Hopefully I'll have some additional info by the end of the week.

    Thanks for all your input and support!

  4. Yay! Congrats on the successful meal!

    Outback is, thus far, my 'go to' restaurant when we go out - which isn't often, but they do a great job for me. :) We've eaten there several times with no problems [knocking on wood :unsure: ].

    The flourless brownie is TO.DIE.FOR. Good to know I can order ahead with no nuts! I don't have a problem with them, digestive wise, but if I can get it without, I'd rather have it that way. :)

    And just another FYI........if you order online to do curbside pickup, you can type in explicit instructions for your food (ex. if you order green beans, and need to leave off the seasonings, just type 'no seasoning' in the special instructions box), and everything is labeled in containers (assuming you add labels when you're ordering online) when you get it home, so no guessing as to what food belongs to whom! I was really nervous about this when we tried it, but it worked out great (I ordered the salmon and a baked potato - pretty safe, but still!).

    Hooray Outback! :D

  5. Not much to report back after today's appt.....although I have to say I like this new doctor. She spent close to an hour with me, just talking about different things (my recent switch to gluten free, family history, etc) and answering questions I had. We didn't do an exam today, which irked me a little, since I did pay a co-pay. But that's the modern health care system I guess. <_<

    I have an appointment in two weeks for an annual exam, a biopsy, and an ultrasound. I'll be heading to the lab this week to have some blood drawn for what seems like a ton of tests. And she's referred me to an endocrinologist, just in case. (I'd already been referred to one, but hadn't made an appt yet.)

    I asked her if she thought it possible that this could be a miscarriage, and she said she thought it more likely that it's something like polyps, cysts or fibroids, based on my description of how this period has been. She brought up a number of other things as well, after I described some of my history and my family history, and there are a bunch of things she'll be looking for.

    So, long story short, I have no answers yet, and my period still hasn't stopped yet.

    24 days and counting. :huh::blink:

    I'll keep y'all updated.

  6. Is it possible you're nearing menopause? Are you close to the age your mom was when she went through menopause?

    Hmmm.....possibly. I'm 34. I think my mother was in her early 40s when she started menopause. If that's what this is, then I'm possibly in for a loooooong and crazy ride. My husband will no doubt divorce me before it's over! LOL (My mother endured menopause for almost 10 years before feeling any kind of relief of symptoms. :( )

    this may seem like an odd question but have you lost a lot of weight lately?

    Quite the contrary - I lost a bunch all at once several years ago, and am just starting to put it back on. (5' 1" tall, and currently weigh about 112 - the most I've weighed in a loooong time)

    As for the 'no gluten' theory.....I'm 99% positive that everything I've consumed recently is gluten free. Of course it's that 1% that could be getting me. I haven't felt any of my usual symptoms of a glutening though.

  7. I didn't want to hijack Ashley's thread, so I'm starting a new one. I'm experiencing some extreme weirdness with my cycle this month, and I'm wondering if any of you ladies can relate at all.

    Since going gluten free, all the signs that say "Aunt Flo is coming" (irritability, breast tenderness, lower backache) seem to have gone away. Not necessarily a bad thing, but Aunt Flo has snuck up on me a couple of times, so I started keeping track on a calendar. She was visiting pretty regularly every 28-30 days.

    I should have started my most recent cycle on or around January 5th. Aunt Flo finally came a callin' on January 17th - 12 days late. I was more than a little relieved to have her visit, as I was ready to go buy a pg test.

    After a couple of days of nothing more than spotting (typically how my period starts out, and then progresses to 'feel like I'm bleeding to death' for about 4 days, then back to spotting til the 9th or 10th day, then done til the next month) - NOTHING. For a day and a half. Then more spotting for a couple of days. Then NOTHING for a couple more days. Then what seemed to be fairly normal bleeding, and slowing/stopping - or so I thought. Then one more day later, it's like a tidal wave almost. With more clotting than I've ever experienced.

    (Sorry this is so graphic!)

    And here I am - DAY 23 of bleeding (to include the few days of nothing early on).

    This has been the strangest period I have EVER experienced, and I'm a little freaked out that something serious is going on. I'm feeling fatigued (moreso than usual) and have been a little light headed a few times over the past couple of days. I'm concerned I might be becoming anemic.

    I've had no cramping or back aches, and only slight breast tenderness that started last weekend (2 weeks in). Historically, my periods have always been on the heavier side, and almost always last right around 10 days.

    I have an appt with a gyn on Monday, but I just thought I'd see if anyone has had this happen - if maybe it could be related to my body still trying to regulate itself on this diet?

    I'm praying that there's nothing seriously wrong, and that this isn't how it's going to be from here on out........

    If you've read all this - thank you! I would appreciate any thoughts you might have.

  8. I had this too, right after going gluten free. For me it lasted a month or two, and I haven't noticed it since (only been gluten free for about 5 months or so).

    For me it was hands first, then my feet started doing it too, but to a lesser degree than my hands.

    My hands were just swollen enough that my skin felt tight, and my joints hurt.

    My doc tested for a bunch of other auto immune stuff and everything was "normal" :rolleyes: .

    No idea why it was happening, but I haven't had it for quite a while. Hope yours just goes away too. I thought I was crazy - and I think maybe my doc did too, because I could never show her. The swelling always went away within 30 minutes of getting up and moving.

  9. You can also get them in a frozen concentrate form. Great for smoothies.

    Check out sambazon (dot) com - this is the brand we use at work (coffee/smoothie shop) and they're awesome. Sambazon also has pre-made smoothies and energy drinks, as well as acai sorbet. They also have the supplements, but I too, would opt for any of the drinks over a pill.

    Just my $.02. :)

  10. Just did a quick Google search and found the WildWood Art Cafe (http://www.wildwoodartcafe.com/index.php). Site doesn't mention if they do wedding cakes, but it would be worth a phone call for sure!

    I'm thinking that as health concious as Austin is, that there are likely to be more places, but that's all I found in a quick search.

    I know it would be a hike, but there's also a place in Plano (North Dallas) that does gluten-free cakes - Delicious N' Fit/Laura's Bistro.

    Hope that helps! If all else fails, maybe you could find a celiac friend to (help?) bake one?

    EDITED TO ADD: Just realized you are in Dallas, so you probably already knew about Laura's Bistro!

    My sister lives in Austin, so I'll see if she knows of any additional bakeries that do gluten-free cakes. :)

  11. Personally, I REALLY like the Glutino bagels! But then, I haven't had a real bagel in years, even though I was only dx'd a few months ago......avoidance, and all that.

    So if you're craving them, go ahead and spend the money - I don't think you'll be sorry!

    Just a tip on preparing them, though.......

    I microwave them for about 30-40 seconds so they're just soft enough to slice, then throw them in my gluten-free toaster. I tried putting them under the broiler at first, and I not only burnt myself when trying to slice it, I ended up burning the bagel as well. :angry: As expensive as they are, you don't want to waste them!

  12. I ate at Outback tonight for the second time since going gluten free. Both experiences were a little iffy, but only because the staff was flustered. They didn't have a copy of the gluten-free menu handy, they printed it right off the website (both times) - but tonight, I beat them to it since I had a copy in my purse from the last visit. ;)

    But I do have to say that one of the hostesses seemed very knowledgeable about gluten free needs and answered (correctly) a couple of questions that I asked about items on the menu. The waitress wasn't that with it, but she did ask me questions that I was happy to answer in the hopes that I taught her something.

    I asked about the fries (thinking I already knew the answer, and I was right): They have some sort of coating (could just be seasoning) and are fried in the same oil as things like the Bloomin' Onion, which contaminates the oil, and in turn contaminates the fries.

    The food was decent and I haven't gotten sick (knocking on wood - I actually tried the flourless brownie dessert tonight). And yes, it was "decent" food with a high price tag, but sometimes I don't mind paying paying a little more since eating in a restaurant gives me a sense of feeling "normal" once in a while. :)

  13. I have both of those books, and haven't tried any of the bagel recipes. I'm a little afraid of them. LOL

    I will tell you though, that if you want some 'instant gratification' and can find them in a store near you, Glutino makes some dang good bagels. :) They'll be in your freezer section. I nuke 'em in the mircowave for about 40 seconds (defrost) then slice and toast. Mmmmmmm. I really missed bagels too.......until I found these.

    Oh, and they come in a couple of different flavors!

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