What does self-care look like to you?

What does self-care look like to you?

I have to say that after recently being glutened for the first time in a long time, I had forgotten just how long it takes my body to bounce back. 

I realize what happens to one celiac does not necessarily happen for the other. No two of us look the same or react the same, ever. And, aside from that making us extremely difficult to diagnosis it also makes connecting the dots to all of our issues that much harder to get a complete picture of our health. 

What does getting glutened look like to you? How do you feel better? Do you heal your body? And what do you do? What does this look like?

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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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Does Everyone Have Gluten Withdrawals?

 Does Everyone Have Gluten Withdrawals?

No, not everyone goes through gluten withdrawals, only the lucky ones. The symptoms can vary from mild (like a slight headache) to severe (which could include physical and emotional turmoil). Typical symptoms include nausea, depression, lightheadedness, brain fog, headaches, low energy, bloating, constipation, dehydration, dizziness, excessive joint pain, fever, sweating and extreme craving for anything that has wheat in it.

Yes you crave anything with wheat in it and may even start seeing and smelling your favorites everywhere. Your body is screaming out for wheat and it is hugely important during this time that you DO NOT GIVE IN. Not that it is ever okay to give in but mistakes do happen, this is not the time to be making any. Wheat is very addictive and by some accounts more addictive them cocaine so it is a really hard habit to remove this.

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Top 5 Tips to Being Healthy and Gluten Free.

Top 5 Tips to Being Healthy and Gluten Free.

It’s important to understand that eating healthy and gluten free today are not necessarily the same thing. Companies have had to get creative to make their products taste better and more appealing to a larger audience since removing the gluten from their products. Unfortunately, many companies have gone the route of adding a whole lot of unnecessary chemicals, sugars and ‘other’ flavorings and fillers that barely can pass off as food, let alone healthy food.  

Currently gluten free is hot and has become a multi-billion dollar industry much like the fat free area of the 1990’s. This leads to a tremendous amount of serious healthy problems for people who have to eat gluten free because they have celiac disease and/or people who have severe gluten sensitive. No one can truly understand what it is like putting your health on the line every time you eat something unless they truly live this (and I’ll address this discussion more on another blog post).

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Can you be healthy and gluten-free?

Can you be healthy and gluten-free?

This is an awesome question and one that I hear often. The challenge is the answer is not a simple yes or no. The answer depends on you and your commitment to your health. Understanding that health looks different to everyone but generally at this time of year when most people are on a healthier kick, are eating better and exercising their definition of healthy is more about loosing weight and not about truly getting healthy.

However, there is a major difference for someone who has celiac disease or a severe gluten sensitivity that most people overlook and that is we have to repair the damage that has already been done to our bodies and that takes time, some times years and it is your level of commitment here that will determine if you will truly ever be healthy and live a gluten-free lifestyle.

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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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Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

In the beginning of our gluten-free journey, we are all just trying to cope with our fears and anxiety over never being able to eat our favorite foods again.

So I always suggest, finding new and gluten-free ways to reproduce your favorite foods in finding a new way for you to learn to get comfortable and relax around food again.

Going gluten-free takes some time and patience and experimenting in the kitchen. If you weren’t a great cook, like me you quickly learn some new skills out of sheer survival mode. The big key is learning to enjoy the process, that truly makes the entire process so much more enjoyable.

I’m not sure how or why exactly but after a while, there comes a point where you realize that not all processed foods are created equally and some foods may cause you to have a reaction even though they are labeled gluten-free. I think this is the next phase of your journey. 

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Top 3 Tips on Flying

Top 3 Tips on Flying

I separated flying from traveling because for me, they are two separate animals. When travel i always scope out the nearest health food store and know ahead of time what my options are but in an airport, your options are pretty darn limited so it is important that you be prepared for whatever.

You may think i’m crazy but then there are those of you who will thank me because you have been delayed by weather and have gotten stuck for 1/2 a day or night at the airport due to one delay after another.

So for flying as with anything in a celiacs life it all comes down to preparation.

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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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Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive is to try and be as prepared as you can be food-wise. And that for me, works best when I generally food shop on Saturday and then Sunday is my cooking and prepping day for the week.

I am generally a pretty busy girl and most days I work from home which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When I get engrossed in a project hours upon hours can go by and I have no clue how quickly time passes. I often forget to eat or suddenly remember when my stomach is growling up a storm. At this point it is great to be home but I’m not about to stop and start cooking from scratch and interrupt my whole flow and loose track of where I am. So if I don’t have something that I can quickly heat up on the stove, than I’m more likely to grab a protein bar or something quick so I can get back to work.

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