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About Bamberz1977

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  1. I don't find being gluten-free to be extremely expensive, my biggest expense is buying gluten-free bread. It can be a complete pain in the butt at times. I had a complete meltdown in the middle of the grocery store because I was exhausted but knew I couldn't just pick up a pizza. I am finding though that being gluten-free is challenging me to be more creative in my cooking, and I am saving money because I am actually planning meals instead of just going through the store and grabbing what looks good.
  2. I am a former Army wife and I completely understand the difficulties of trying to get the care you need within the system. I did discover, however, that here at Bragg at least the squeaky wheel generally gets referred to somewhere off post.
  3. My kitchen is a shared line as well, but I know my cleaning practices
  4. Eating every two hours helps me deal with the hunger,plus it helps ensure that I'm watching what I eat (by forcing me to pack my own snacks) instead of stopping at the store and grabbing a bag of Frito's.
  5. My friends thought I was incredibly unladylike because I could belch better than their husbands...I still can but it's less frequent now.
  6. Death by gluten...it makes me think of the Seinfeld episode in which George's fiancee dies from licking stamps.
  7. No doubt...Friday was V&D, Saturday was joint pain, and today has been fatigue and random nosebleeds. On the bright side, my husband who has been thinking that I have become a complete wing nut has come around after seeing what happened lol.
  8. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/9412184/ Just an update on this case
  9. So I accidentally glutened myself today, I'm not sure how but about 15 minutes after lunch today I was running to the bathroom with V&D. It confuses me a little though...prior to going gluten-free I had some GI issues but not as bad as today. Does your body learn to compensate some prior to diagnosis? I have only been gluten-free for about a week and a half so I'm not quite sure why the reaction has been so darn violent.
  10. Going to my local butcher has saved me a ton of money, the meat is not only cheaper but much fresher. I can buy a weeks worth of meat for about forty dollars. During the spring and summer I also go to the Farmer's Market and buy a bunch of veggies that I can freeze or can...I had an entire winter's worth of veggies for about sixty bucks.
  11. I think that it makes a huge difference when you choose to go on a certain diet because you want to be healthier, have moral reasons, etc... than when you have to go on a diet. One makes you feel empowered, the other can make you feel pretty resentful. I felt this way when I was diagnosed with diabetes and I tended to overeat rationalizing that it was sugar free...3 years later I had gone from a size 7 to a size 20. I eventually lost 90 pounds and when reading that weight gain was common on the gluten-free diet I started freaking out because there is no way I want to go back to where I was. Right now I am trying to look at this lifetsyle modification in a positive manner. I think that the astronomical cost of processed gluten-free foods will help as well in making me stick with mainly fruits, veggies, and plain meat...it also helps that the gluten-free deserts are way too sweet and have a cream of mushroom aftertaste.
  12. I know a couple of people that drink hemp milk and I tried it on their recommendation, my son loves it but the rest of the house thought it tasted like butt. I would probably go with the Almond milk as well.
  13. Thanks everyone! I have been compliant to the diet for a whole week, and hopefully I'm not screwing anything up lol. It really is easier than I thought at first, I thought I was going to have to give up everything that I loved. I have discovered that isn't so, as a matter of fact I made fried chicken with gravy tonight using BRM gluten-free Flour and I couldn't tell a bit of difference.
  14. I first heard about Celiac Disease in 2003 while listening to NPR and thought "Hmmm, maybe that's what my problem is" yet I promptly dismissed it because I felt enough like a hypochondriac as is. I have been diabetic since 17, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Panic and Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, ADD (in other words a walking DSM-IV), have had issues with pain since my early twenties, and frankly I was starting to feel as if everything was in my head. After hospitilization a month ago for gastroenteritis I was referred to a GI Dr. who promptly did blood tests and a biopsy and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last Tuesday. After doing my reading I could easily correlate pretty much everything and what a relief to know that I'm not just making everything up. I figure that the extra cost of a gluten free diet will even out with reduced Dr's. visits and I am hoping that it will also help my diabetes be more controlled. In the area in which I live not much is known about Celiac Disease so I will likely be asking a lot of questions. Thanks!
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