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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Gluten-free diet simply works!

Gluten-free diet simply works!

Hey guys, this weeks article they present an 18 year old male with Selective IgM deficiency (sIGMD, which is quite rare found in approximately 5% of celiac disease patients) masking seronegative celiac disease (seronegative is where some celiac patients antibodies are negative). His symptoms included abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss which had been present for a year. Laboratory tests showed reduced IgM, DQ2-HLA and negative anti-transglutaminase. Villous atrophy and diffuse immature lymphocytes (lymphocrytes are one subset of white cells and they are the main type of cell found in lymph) were observed at histology. Tissue transglutaminase mRNA mucosal levels showed a 6-fold increase. The course of treatment was a gluten-free diet

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    How to Overcome the Gluten Blues?

    How to Overcome the Gluten Blues?

    For me I think there are a few kinds of “gluten blues” and they seem to come at different junctures in your journey. 

    When you are first learning to go gluten free it is a very daunting task understanding all the nuances that go into changing every thing that you eat. Learning to navigate your kitchen, your old favorite foods, baking, cooking, eating out, dealing with friends, family and special occasions all of these take some time to learn how to survive, let alone to relax and enjoy your meals. 

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    What about my Kitchen?

    What about my Kitchen?

    I have been told that as a celiac that I need to start from scratch, pitch everything is that really necessary and why?

    Let me start out by saying in a perfect world, yes if you have celiac disease that is your best option. But you have already spend thousands of dollars on testing and now food is more expensive, do you really need to invest in new dishes, pots, pans, utensils, cooking tools, and small appliances? The real answer is yes to most and here is why.

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    My Doctor said I Don’t Have the Celiac Gene but, I Feel Better on a Gluten-Free Diet - What should I do?

    My Doctor said I Don’t Have the Celiac Gene but, I Feel  Better on a Gluten-Free Diet - What should I do?

    When your doctor orders the gene test because he or she believe you could have celiac disease they are looking to see if you have HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 (these are the genetic markers specifically for celiac disease). 93 to 97% of celiacs have one of these genes commonly referred to as DQ2 or DQ8. Now here is where it gets a little tricky, 45 to 50% of people with non-celiac gluten-sensitivity also have one of these genes. And so do 30% of the general population. What is really important to understand is that this test is really indicative of a gluten-related disorder not of celiac disease. 

    It has been reported that up to 7% of the celiac population have other genes which are not tested and therefore the gene test is not 100% conclusive. So it is possible to have celiac disease and not have either DQ2 or DQ8 that is the first thing to understand.

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    Differential Mucosal IL-17 Expression in Two Gliadin-Induced Disorders: Gluten Sensitivity and the Autoimmune Enteropathy Celiac Disease

    Differential Mucosal IL-17 Expression in Two Gliadin-Induced Disorders: Gluten Sensitivity and the Autoimmune Enteropathy Celiac Disease

    Hey guys, this article is what is considered a landmark article because it has specifically identified the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and how specifically how our body responds when digesting gluten.

    • Gluten is the trigger of a heterogeneous set of conditions, including wheat allergy, gluten sensitivity (GS), and celiac disease (CD), that, combined, affect about 10% of the general population.
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    Is The Elimination Diet A Good Place To Start?

     Is The Elimination Diet A Good Place To Start?

    If you suspect that you are have problems when you digest gluten, then no an elimination diet or challenge as it is often referred to is not the best place to start.

    The best place to start is to get tested to see if your body truly is having a reaction to gluten. 

    And to get the most accurate results, you need to be eating gluten. So trying something for a few days to test your resolve or with no real medical assistance and testing, is not advised. Jumping on and off gluten is not a good thing and can lead to severe complications and/or problems if you have celiac disease so this should not be taken lightly.

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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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    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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    Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

    Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

    I don’t think I know a single person who has been struggling with gluten challenges that every once in a while hits a speed bump that they just can’t seem to get over and everything stalls for a bit.

    Some people call it the gluten blues or the gluten funk. I’m not sure if its cause we all get so bogged down with the tremendous amount of pressure that is on our shoulders because our health is not at the forefront of every decision and action that we make.

    We just don’t have an off button. We don’t really relax, we are always in planning and preparing mode. And, I always feel like I need to be three steps ahead or I’m truly behind.

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