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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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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So what is Zonulin all about?

So what is Zonulin all about?

Hey guys, I was watching a medical talk last week and the doctor was discussing how leaky gut is becoming more prevalent in our society. It is leading to many challenges for patients and that this is new to doctors because although scientists have made several breakthroughs in identifying molecules like zonulin there is much to be learned. It was more than half-way through his talk, that the doctor realized he needed to back-track a bit because many of the doctors in the room were unaware of how zonulin works and I thought wow. Sure I’ve heard of zonulin and understand the basics but it is quite complex so that inspired me to locate an older article explaining some of the basics of zonulin and over the next few months we’ll dive in deeper so that we all have a better understanding how to heal our bodies.

Some may ask why leaky gut is important to understand if you have celiac disease or are non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the truth is for celiacs it is a common complication and health issue that comes up when your body is not healing properly.

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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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    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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    Does Gluten-Free Diet Protect Children with Celiac Disease from Low Bone Density?

    Does Gluten-Free Diet Protect Children with Celiac Disease from Low Bone Density?

    Hey guys, I kinda came across this article by accident, but found it interesting nonetheless as it definitely adds some credence as to why I spend my entire childhood on crutches with broken bones and sprains. Not to mention, that I was told I would need hip-replacement surgery by the time I was thirty-five because I was losing bone and there was nothing I could do about that.

    • Celiac disease (CD), a common cause of malabsorption in childhood, is an abnormal immuno-mediated response to the ingestion of gluten and other peptides from different cereals (wheat, barley, and rye) in genetically susceptible subjects. Life-long withdrawal of gluten from diet is the treatment of CD. 
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