Sharing my Gluten Free Kitchen and wanting to die!

Sharing my Gluten Free Kitchen and wanting to die!

Getting sick and having to go gluten free years ago was a mission and a half as we all know but I never realized just how lucky I was to have gone through that journey on my own and at my own pace. If I made a mistake, I could back track and figure out exactly why or what I ate that triggered my reaction once I gluten proofed my house.

In the beginning, it took months to really understand that just the tinniest bit of wheat that was in my shampoo (for example) was the culprit for my skin rash that was getting worse by the day. It wasn’t just about the wheat that was in the food, that was causing me harm. But, I was able to use my detective skills and finally figure it all out.  

And, in truth it took a good year and a half before I finally started to feel better and some real relief but I stuck with it and every day made small but better choices for my health…

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Top 10 anti-inflammatory foods and how they help with my celiac pain.

Top 10 anti-inflammatory foods and how they help with my celiac pain.

As someone who suffers with celiac disease there are just some days you don’t feel well. Some days you are in so much pain that you can barely move, today is that kinda day for me. Moving at the pace of a turtle but yet I still have to get crap done, so you push through the pain and do what you need to do.  

Yes, not all celiac symptoms or autoimmune disease symptoms are tummy related as many people think. Pain can definitely be one.

But the question is why? Why is my body so inflamed?

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Having an autoimmune disease is about sooooooo much more than what foods to avoid……. eliminating some wheat and gluten from your life that’s just the beginning!

Having an autoimmune disease is about sooooooo much more than what foods to avoid……. eliminating some wheat and gluten from your life that’s just the beginning!
  • It means you have to learn how to prioritize your health. 

  • It means you have to learn to be prepared all the time.

  • It means you have to learn to speak up for yourself.

  • It means learning how to read labels- really read them probably for the 1st time

  • It means becoming a food detective because just because it doesn’t have wheat or gluten in it doesn’t mean you still may not have a reaction to another food.

  • It means you have to constantly be on guard - for the rest of your life. There are no cheat days. there are no vacations from your disease it is with you 24/7 - 365 days a year. 

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Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Was recently watching Marie Forleo's interview with Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild, Touch, Brave Enough and Tiny Beautiful Things) and one of Cheryl’s quotes really resonated with me

 “Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what is unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there of turn around and drive out.”
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Week of Love

Week of Love

Think it’s important to be able to give and show love to those who support us. As someone who has had countless health issues that include tons of gluten pain. It becomes imperative that you learn to put yourself first and make your health a priority.

In doing so, my life has become so different than it was just a few years ago. Because my daily routines, the way I shop, the way I cook, the way I have to be prepared for any and all situations, the restaurants I can eat in, meeting friends for coffee now instead of lunches, and the hundred of other things have changed - once I realized gluten was poison to my body.

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When you eat gluten - Does your body have a reaction to it?

When you eat gluten - Does your body have a reaction to it?

Do you get an upset stomach? Do you get bloated,? Do you have stomach pain? Do you get a headache? Do you feel sluggish? Or do you simply just don’t feel well? These are signals that your body is sending you - that something is not right. 

Your body cannot process the food that you have eaten properly and it’s asking for your help to please pay attention here because something is not right. The problem is so many of us are use to taking a steroid type drug (like cortisone, hydrocortisone, or prednisone, e.g.) which reduces inflammation and the symptoms go down. 

The real issue comes when we cover up the pain instead of digging deeper and looking at what is the root cause of your pain/discomfort and inflammation.

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Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

For so many people who suffer from celiac disease (and really any autoimmune disease) where gluten has become poison to your body, everything changes. The way that you look at food, the way that you shop, the way that you cook, the way that you interact with friends and family, and for some of us who we are.

Who we are because celiac disease robs us of our spontaneity.  In many cases celiac disease changes us and we are always on guard. It’s really hard for a celiac to truly relax and enjoy ourself. Plans becomes a challenge because we never know how we will feel in advance. Which only leads to anxiety and prayer that when the day comes we will be able to follow through and not disappoint others as well as ourself.

Disappoint your friends and family enough leads them to question your relationship. Disappoint yourself enough and you lose faith in you, because when you stop following through on your commitments and promises, even though with everything in your heart you wish you could be there, enjoying the moment, it chips away at who you are.

Celiac disease changes us. Changes us to our very core

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Embracing your assets!

Embracing your assets!

I came across this quote again the other day: 

and I have to say with 2017 just beginning and so many of us are setting our intentions for the new year, this quote kinda stopped me in my tracks. 

Why do we know more about what is lacking in us, than what is fabulous about us?

Is it because we are all so use to being judged and judging ourselves so harshly that we fail to see the beauty of who we are and who we are becoming? 

Or is it because we are constantly told that we don’t measure up with our looks, our bodies, our smarts, our health, and our life?

Or maybe it's because we all feel inadequate and like a fraud in some way?

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What are your non-negotiables for 2017?

What are your non-negotiables for 2017?

As 2016 is coming to a close, it’s common to look back and see how well you did with your New Year’s Resolutions, you know the ones that you made on January 1st, 2016! Far too many of us start off the year with the best of intentions but generally fall off the wagon by February and as the year is coming to end we often beat ourselves up because yet again, we will have the same resolutions in 2017.  

Resolutions just don’t work, unless you have a strategy attached to help set yourself up for success. So many of us, turn to vision boards (which I personally love and create every January 1st myself), these generally work much better because we are able to see our goals every single day. We have all heard the saying energy goes where attention flows ….. and that is so true. When you focus your attention on what you want every day, somehow someway we bring these wishes into existence (most years I am always amazed at what I brought forth that I never thought would be possible). 

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7 Gina DeVee takeaways with celiac health twist!

7 Gina DeVee takeaways with celiac health twist!

I was recently at a Gina DeVee business seminar and I found so many takeaways that can easily be applied to our health that I thought I’d share some in hopes of giving you a new perspective on our own celiac health as 2016 is coming to a close.

1- A woman makes time for what she wants

How true is that statement!?! As a woman, we organize our day and our lives based on our needs being met, based on what we believe is most important to us and based on who we love. 

2- Do you take care of you?

There are only 24 hours in a day, yet somehow we find time to love and support all the special people in our lives no matter what else is going on in our lives. But do we love and support ourselves? Do you make time to take care of your body? Do you make time everyday to support your own health?

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