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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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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Learning to forgive our bodies!

Learning to forgive our bodies!

As someone who grew up always being overweight, I learned very early on that in order to survive the looks, comments, and being picked on in school - that I needed to develop a coping mechanism that included disconnecting from my body. I can actually remember thinking I am not my body, I am so much more than that. But unfortunately, first impressions and first looks causes everyone to form an opinion of who people thought I was. We do it every day, we judge people without even thinking about it.

In today’s society so much is based on how a person looks. We have all been trying to measure up to what the magazines, tv, movies and internet describe as beautiful. And for me, beautiful was something out there, something completely unattainable and something that I secretly strived to be.

I spent most of my life on a never-ending diet that never worked. And, truly that only caused me to push further and further away from my body and completely disconnect from the image in the mirror. And, disconnect from the pain of being a constant disappointment to myself. 

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But you don't look sick......

But you don't look sick......

Most days as a celiac I struggle through, I push myself to get up, get dressed, do my makeup and hair, get working, and doing my best for my family yet I feel like the walking dead. I am barely surviving and some days I just can’t keep pushing my body and I have to cancel appointments, meetings, get togethers no matter how much I was looking forward to this because my body and my health is screaming for my attention. When I ignore it, it has a nasty way of making me stop and listen. Sometimes it’s in the form of excessive exhaustion, migraines, horrible joint pain, bathroom issues and that’s just the beginning.

Did you know that if you have one autoimmune disease you have a 25% chance of getting a second autoimmune disease. And, according to Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins, he said that statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease they are at risk for a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime. Why is that? Why would that be? 

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So what's the big deal with gluten free Cheerios? I just don't get it, I've eaten it and it tasted great and I haven't had any issues, I'm not understanding why all the controversy. Please help!

So what's the big deal with gluten free Cheerios? I just don't get it, I've eaten it and it tasted great and I haven't had any issues, I'm not understanding why all the controversy. Please help!

Well dear reader this one is a bit more complicated to answer because not only does it involve the safety of how gluten free products are processed but it also has to do with lots and lots of advertising dollars that have gotten tied up in the mix and that is why there has become so much controversy around this topic. So I'm going to try and briefly break the main points as there are many articles floating around all over the Internet.

First off let me start with a few main facts:

  1. There was a Class 1 recall for 1.8 million boxes on October 8,2015 for a combination of plain Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios for undeclared wheat from their manufacturing location in Lodi, California. 
  2. Cheerios uses "washed" oats and not certified gluten free oats. This means that these oats are mechanically separated from mainstream gluten grains and because of this, these oats are generally extremely gluten contaminated. For more information see the Gluten Free Watchdog article which explains the difference between purity protocol vs mechanical sorting of oats. 
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What is your microbiome?

What is your microbiome?

Hey guys, I’m sure you have heard the term microbiome by now as well as genome and sure the microbiome has to do with human microbes genes and genome with our human genes but what does that really mean to us as a regular person who is not a scientist or doctor?

The best definition as well as simplest definition that I have found comes from learn.genetics.utah.edu which states “Some use “microbiome” to mean all the microbes in a community. We and others use it to mean the full collection of genes of all the microbes in a community. The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes). The genes in our microbiome outnumber the genes in our genome by about 100 to 1. Microbes are everywhere: in the soil, in the water, and even in our bodies. That's right! Microbes cover every surface of our bodies, both inside and out. These microscopic life forms represent thousands of species, and they outnumber our own cells by about 10 to 1. A few microbes cause disease, but most do not. In fact, many are essential for good health.”

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