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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Who are you when your world turns upside down?

Who are you when your world turns upside down?

When you first get your diagnosed everything you thought you knew changes. The life you led will never be the same again. The relationships you have will change. How you look at the world all of it changes and it has to whether we want it to or not. 

Why many people would ask? And the truth is because you have to change. You have to learn to make yourself a priority in your own life. You have to learn to speak-up and stand-up for yourself. You have to learn to listen to your body. You have to learn what to feed your body that is healthy and not harmful to it. And, you have to learn how to heal your body as well as your mind.

No one else can do this for you. No one else can carry this for you. No one else will suffer the pain of a simple mistake. No one else will live their life constantly on guard. No one will understand truly why you always have to plan ahead. No one else can help when your body goes all haywire because you’ve been glutened and days later your still so exhausted that showering is a major event. No one else will be able to prepare your meals without you watching over them like a hawk because one wrong little thing can effect you for weeks. No one can understand the mental anguish that goes with this. No one can take this way for you. 

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What To Do When Your Husband Isn’t Supportive?

What To Do When Your Husband Isn’t Supportive?

Okay let me start by saying, I am divorced and when my health hit a major roadblock my husband eventually bailed for other reasons so I am not be the best one to answer this question but here is goes, anyway.

Talk to him. Most likely he is scared. Your health has had to have been an issue for a while. According to the Journal of Medicine, “Every time the disease is clinically diagnosed in an adult, that person has foe decades had the disease in a latent or silent stage.”

Everything is going to have to change, what you eat, how you cook and quite honestly it’s a lot for you to grasp, how about for someone who doesn’t truly get it. All he knows is you may never cook his favorite dinner ever again.

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Grateful to Celiac Disease……

Grateful to Celiac Disease……

For me, celiac disease has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. Celiac disease has forced me to re-evaluate how I was living. What I thought was important, really wasn’t and I have had to change accordingly to fit my new reality. Some of the people who I invested a whole lot of time in, when I got sick suddenly disappeared from my life. This certainly made the friends and family who stayed, have helped me and would do anything for me - crystal clear and now I know without a doubt who truly is deserving of my time. 

Celiac disease was an answer to decades long search for all of my health issues that no one could figure out what was wrong with me and why I was getting worse and worse. Celiac disease also provided the answers on how to heal the damage that was done to my body by simply changing what I put in my mouth.

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What To Do When My Family Has No Food For Me?

What To Do When My Family Has No Food For Me?

This is a tough question because every family situation and dynamic is different but here is what I have found works best in most situations.

First off this is your issue. You have celiac disease and I’m guessing that the rest of your family does not. Having celiac disease and understanding all of the intricacies that go along with this disease is confusing, is hard to fully grasp and you live with it every day, they do not. 

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Cutting out the Negativity……

Cutting out the Negativity……

I’m not sure if this is a Celiac thing or if this is just a change in my own outlook on life but I find myself having less and less patience with people who are negative all the time. Negativity breeds negativity and I believe the more you bitch and complain about how everything in your life is wrong the more you bring into your life. What you focus on, you become.

I choose to look at the positive, to focus on the good and create and bring more of that into my life. Something majorly changed in me after realizing that my health was in shambles, I realized that I needed to do the best that I could every day and to make better choices and to focus on what was working and what was good, even when I felt like hell. It was the only way I knew how to survive and it was the only way I knew how to be. Some days it took a lot to find something positive to focus on but I refused to stay stuck on how something wasn’t working the way i thought it should be.

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Prevalence of celiac disease in at-risk and not-at-risk groups in the United States: a large multi center study.

Prevalence of celiac disease in at-risk and not-at-risk groups in the United States: a large multi center study.

Hey guys, now I realize that this article is not the most recent; however, I thought it was important to note that this research was done in 2003 and I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely known and automatically tested as soon as your doctor looks at your health history information?

  • This study was done to determine if celiac disease which had been previously thought to be rare in the United States was as common as it is is Europe. There were no large studies done on its prevalence prior to this study. They studies both at-risk and non-at-risk groups in the US.
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Top 3 Tips on Telling Your Family

Top 3 Tips on Telling Your Family

Every family dynamic is different and some of us consider our close friends more family than the families that we were born into. Either way, when I am talking about family, I am referring to the people who you love, you you are precious too and who would do anything for you. These people are the most important peeps in your life and you are going to need these people very much in the coming days, weeks and years. So be sure to love them, appreciate them and realize that you are not just changing and helping improve your own health but that you are changing the dynamic of how all these special people are with you. So managing all these peoples expectations, fears, educating them is going to take time. And, it is hugely important to remember that they don’t have to live with this 24/7 like you do.

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Top 3 Tips on Stepping Away That One Bite Is Not Worth IT …..

Top 3 Tips on Stepping Away That One Bite Is Not Worth IT …..

We have all been there, where we smell a certain food stops us in our tracks, you walked in you favorite Aunt’s house and she is pulling out her famous apple pie just in time for your visit, your Mom just made her famous lasagna and the whole house reminds you of your childhood, or your all-time favorite take-out place is making a delivery as you walk into your friends house - in each instance for one moment we forget that what we smell, what reminds us of family, or home, or friends will now make us sick and its just not fair.

And you wonder will just one bite, really hurt me? You know the answer is yes, but sometimes we try and rationalize or bargain with ourselves. 

So how to you gracefully step away from the foods you once loved?

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What no one understands about celiacs???

What no one understands about celiacs???

Celiac disease is a solo disease no one can truly understand what it is like until you constantly have to life your life always on-guard and always fearful that one tiny mistake can make you sick for months.Celiac disease is a solo disease no one can truly understand what it is like until you constantly have to life your life always on-guard and always fearful that one tiny mistake can make you sick for months.

Having celiac disease has forced my OCDness to go into overdrive as one major component to living with celiac disease is to always be prepared for the unexpected and when I’m not, I pay dearly for it.

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