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  1. Excuse ME! I can be pissed about more than one thing at a time. I can be frustrated with Celiac which I'm usually pretty good at dealing with most of the time. But it is much harder for me when big things come up. I can deal with the questions at pot-lucks when I bring my own food. I can deal with having to do extra planning when it comes to eating out with friends. But sometimes I just want to be able to enjoy myself like everyone else.

    At the same time I can be upset that my parents aren't coming. I can be upset about two things at once.

    There was really no need to get heated. Aeraen made a point in a civil manner, and a very good point at that. Nobody is saying you can't be upset, but I have to agree that you need to deal with the other problems instead of blaming celiac. You were the one who came asking for help, and you just received constructive criticism that you obviously did not care to hear. Don't think you can't enjoy yourself "like everyone else" just because you can't eat gluten. Celebrate your achievement, make or order a gluten-free graduation cake, and revel in the fact that you're DONE with grad school


  2. I must really be a moron.

    I know the effects gluten has on my body. I know that even a crumb of gluten causes damage. So what do I do?

    I go on a whole gluten binge.

    At the drive-in last night with my new boyfriend, I had fries and wing dings. Today, he took me out to a chinese buffet and I ate...well, whatever I wanted!

    I'm paying for it all.

    It's been well over a year, why oh why did I have this lapse in judgement?!?!?!?!


  3. Okay, so saying this makes me feel like a greedy b-word, but hear me out.

    When I make a special baked good for myself, I have to hide it from my family if I want any. Now I don't like hiding things, and I don't mind sharing. Its just that everyone else in my house can eat whatever they please, but they choose to eat my stuff first. I can't stand it! I feel a bit like they're disrespecting me because of it. I don't know, maybe I'm overreacting. Does anyone else feel this way, or have a similar problem? How do you handle it?


  4. I understand here, and can sympathize. I am currently in treatment right now (at age 18) for bulimia I have been facing since I was 14. In fact..and I may get a lot of crap for this..but I used to use my celiac disease as a coverup. Say, I would go out with friends and 'get sick from something I ate,' I blamed celiac so nobody knew I was purging.

    However, I feel like having to live gluten-free mentally takes over my life, also. I'm constantly thinking about food. Where am I going to find it? Is there going to be anything here I can eat? How many calories is this? Will I be able to purge it? I hate this. I told my therapist that 'I'm in so deep that it will take a crane to pull me out.' And its true.

    Not eating gluten definitely helps, though. When I eat gluten, even though its an accident, I feel the need to purge. And being acutally sick, is another trigger. I really did think I was getting better. But, here at school, I ended up getting sick the second week and it all spiraled back down.

    These are real mental diseases that we need help to conquer. Fighting this battle and coming out on top is harder than living with it and letting it consume you. So, you've conquered this before. Relapses are normal. Keep in mind that you will need professional help to do this (as you know because you've beaten it before), and a good support system. This is a lifelong battle, and you can do it. :) I have faith in you.


  5. Hello,

    I have found (we think) that I am gluten intolerant. I tested negative for celiacs, but with all the symptoms I've had since I was little (and the number just keeps growing) it makes complete sense now.

    Skipping all of that, I'll tell you I am 17 year old girl and i've been gluten free for two days (today is day 2)...however, especially today, I have felt extremely irritable you could say/frustrated I suppose...and there is no actual reason for me to feel this way. It's strange, I feel like I want to eat but I am actually not hungry at all. I haven't had stomach pain which is good.

    Could this be from my new diet??? Will it subside soon?!

    I'm super new at this.

    Hello Dear!

    You can absolutely be gluten intolerant without celiac. Also, there are false negatives all the time. However, that's not your answer.

    What you're facing is completely normal. Your body realizes it can eat without being sick, and is craving nutrients. You'll level out with time, trust me. :)


  6. Hey y'all,

    So I was reminiscing my old favorite foods the other day. Well I went to give blood, and while I never had *incredibly* high blood pressure, I've always been overweight and my blood pressure was not normal for that of a teenager.

    Well, both numbers went down by 10, and I've lost 24 pounds so far going off gluten.

    While I know that's not the case for everyone, eating gluten made me gain a LOT of weight, until I was diagnosed, and even then I still wasn't losing weight. But I went to college and all my cafeteria offers as safe is usually salad/baked potato/grilled chicken etc.

    So, when I get sad, I just think about how much healthier I am now!

    I just needed to get that out there. :)


  7. I occasionally surf through the Discovery Channel's website for fun games and interesting facts... and maybe to avoid my homework but learn something in doing so :rolleyes: Anyway...

    Just in time for the holidays, they posted an article about how imagining yourself eating the foods you tend to gorge on will decrease the amount that you actually eat.

    http://news.discovery.com/human/imagine-food-diet-101209.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1

    I have noticed that this trick works to lessen cravings for gluteny food. It hasn't been a conscious effort, but I often find myself imagining the tastes and smells of my old favorites. The craving will drive me insane and none of the gluten free foods I eat to replace it conquers that craving. However, once that dreamy food lands in front of me I find that I have no urge to eat it. Today I went into the dorm lounge to microwave some rice and a girl was mixing up a raspberry chocolate cake. While I was in the room, I was focusing too much on keeping our items separate (it's a very small counter) that I didn't really notice the cake itself. Once I got back to my room and tucked into my rice I started imagining the ideal raspberry-chocolate lava cake. I've had some amazing ones and couldn't get it out of my mind. I dreaded going back to wash my bowl, but once I got into the lounge and saw the cake on the counter... I couldn't have cared less. Sure, it was a nice looking cake, but the near dream-state I had been in while eating my rice had totally evaporated.

    Hey, I say it's worth a try. I have noticed similar. I have also heard that people who work in bakeries aren't bothered by the smell of the cooking after fifteen minutes or so. So maybe lighting a cinnamon roll-flavored candle would also help if you're imagining eating a cinnamon roll.


  8. That's truly awesome!! I had a waiter at Olive Garden who knew if I was ordering off the gluten-free menu that there couldn't be croutons in the salad. Unfortunately, something still made me sick at that meal. :( But it's a GLORIOUS feeling knowing that there are some wait staff who understand. I actually feel like I should be a waiter so I could really help other celiacs who come in the restaurant! Haha.


  9. I was out to eat when I went home over fall break (I'm in college 700 miles from where I grew up), and I was with my friend's family. We were in an Eat N Park, which has gluten-free buns, and does very well with accommodating its gluten-free customers. When the waitress took my order, I requested that I needed it on a gluten-free bun, and she asked if it was for a gluten allergy, and I replied, yes, I have celiac disease. My friend's sister busts out laughing, however, I ignore it until later he's talking with me and mentions my "fake celiac." I was like, woah, what do you mean, "fake?" He's known me for years, and I was just diagnosed in April. And he's going on and on about how they think my face is going to swell up and I'm going to die, blah blah blah. I just ignored it and carried on my way (enjoying every bit of my safe meal), but how should I have handled that situation?


  10. Well, I wish I could help you more, but I feel like I should say, that you should be more vocal. However, if I were in the same situation, I probably wouldn't say anything either. I understand what you mean by not wanting to make a stink, or draw more attention to the issue. I don't think people are inconsiderate, they just might not know about the risk of CC and how sick it makes us.


  11. Okay, so I went out last night for my first college clubbing experience. Standing there awkwardly talking to a friend, some man (who turns out I actually knew) is so wasted, he barely knows where he's at, and he spills his drink all over me and my friend. She asks, is it beer, and I feel my jeans where he spilled it, smell it, and it was beer. The next thing I said, humorously, was, at least I don't eat pants, because my friend knows about my Celiac disease. ;) After that we got tired of feeling awkward so we left. I get back to my dorm, and eat some candy, and go to sleep.

    I woke up this morning with symptoms of glutening, and thinking back I couldn't remember eating anything, and that's when it hit me. I didn't wash my hands after touching my jeans with beer on them. So that has to be it. I CC'd myself with the beer on my jeans.

    So, really, the purpose of this is to kinda rant about how dumb I feel right now...but kinda also to make sure that this was a valid glutening. Or maybe to see if it was something else. So...I can gluten myself that way, right? Or do I have to do some more detective work to see if it was something else?


  12. It means that somewhere in the building, wheat is present. Many celiacs eat products made in such facilities without any problems.

    Do you have any wheat products in your home? If so, then your home is "a facility that processes wheat."

    That is probably the best explanation of that I have heard! I never thought about it that way...


  13. I've really never had any trouble with people being rude about it either (which, reading some of these horror stories, I am thankful!). There was one situation, where at a restaurant I stated I needed it on a Gluten-free bun, and the waitress asked if it was for a gluten allergy, which I replied Celiac, and the fifteen year old girl at the other end of the table bust out laughing...however, I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was 15 and didn't quite understand (and I enjoyed every bite of that gluten-free meal!!). On the other hand, her older brother, who is my age, kept talking about my "made-up celiac" because he's known me for about 6 years now and I just got diagnosed in April. Thankfully, his mom seems to understand, and asks me about what I can/cannot eat.

    Wow. Reading some of these post, I truly do feel blessed that the people I talk to are more sympathetic and understanding than skeptical and insensitive. Two of my best friends don't quite understand everything about gluten--but I don't expect them to. They don't have to live with it, I do. And they're more than helpful throughout the whole thing. :)


  14. I'm trying to raise awareness for celiacs disease, and it would help me out a ton if people with celiacs disease can answer these few questions. Thanks

    1. Sex: Male or Female

    2. Age:

    3. How long ago were you diagnosed with celiac disease?

    4. Does anyone in your family have celiac disease?

    5. How severe is your celiac disease?

    6. Is it difficult to eat out at restaurants or anywhere outside of your home?

    7. Do you believe that there should be more to be done to make this disease more aware to the public?

    8. How has this disease impacted your life?

    9. What do you think would make celiac disease easier to deal with?

    1.) Female

    2.) 18

    3.) April 4, 2010

    4.) Not a single other diagnosis.

    5.) Very sensitive to CC and anything gluteny.

    6.) Yes! I feel like almost anywhere I go, I get glutened, either by CC or some careless act. :(

    7.) Yes! Yes yes yes! Not enough people know about it. The fact that only 3% of celiacs KNOW they're celiac really bothers me. And so does the fact that spell check doesn't even know the word Celiac.

    8.) It has made social situations a bit more difficult, but I feel much better since going gluten-free.

    9.) Better understanding, and cheaper food options.