When you eat gluten - Does your body have a reaction to it?

When you eat gluten - Does your body have a reaction to it?

Do you get an upset stomach? Do you get bloated,? Do you have stomach pain? Do you get a headache? Do you feel sluggish? Or do you simply just don’t feel well? These are signals that your body is sending you - that something is not right. 

Your body cannot process the food that you have eaten properly and it’s asking for your help to please pay attention here because something is not right. The problem is so many of us are use to taking a steroid type drug (like cortisone, hydrocortisone, or prednisone, e.g.) which reduces inflammation and the symptoms go down. 

The real issue comes when we cover up the pain instead of digging deeper and looking at what is the root cause of your pain/discomfort and inflammation.

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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 on Celiac Cheating….

Top 5 Tips on Celiac Cheating….

I’m not sure why but this week in particular several celiacs have talked about cheating whether that be on social media or in person. One of my friends was in about shock that after all this time, that I don’t ever have cheat days. Clearly they still don’t understand what it means to have celiac disease so these conversations prompted today’s post.

So here are my best tips regarding celiac disease and cheating.

Tip #1: Don’t cheat!

This is not a diet, this is not about trying to be eat right a few days a week and then it’s okay to fall off the wagon once a week, on special occasions, or holidays. Celiac disease is a LIFELONG autoimmune disease, not a diet. Lifelong as in for the rest of your life, I/we cannot eat gluten. So there are NO cheat days EVER!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!! 

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How do I love my body again after I feel like it let me down?

How do I love my body again after I feel like it let me down?

I love this question and I have to admit this is a question that I once asked myself so I can definitely relate. The challenge here is did you really ever love your body? Did you have a good relationship with your body? With your health? With your weight? With your thighs? 

The answer that I have found with my clients and with myself was a resounding NO. No, I did not have a healthy relationship with my body. I did not appreciate that my body was something that I needed to look after, that my body was something that I needed to take care of, instead I took my body for granted and treated it badly without ever really giving it any thought. How about you? 

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When will you be happy, lovable and the real you?

When will you be happy, lovable and the real you?

This week I watched the Institute for Psychology of Eating’s quick video “We don’t know how much anyone should weigh” and it really stuck with me…. the lines “way to many people are giving way to much of their power to a number that they have invented…” and “I will be happy, lovable and the real me as soon as I hit this magic number”. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have been guilty of so much of this. 

I have hated my body for decades! I had a horrible relationship with my body and I became an expert at beating the crap out of myself for everything my body wasn’t daily. My body was a constant let down as I could never measure up to the magic number or vision of me in my head.

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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 10 Things People with Celiac Disease Wish You Knew

    Top 10 Things People with Celiac Disease Wish You Knew

    Imaging living your life with a disease that no one understands. Imagine what it’s like if no one believed you, when you said you weren’t well. Imagine going to the doctors and being told that your sickness was all in your head. Imagine what it’s like to live with a disease that is widely made fun of an is the butt of many jokes. Imagine being afraid every time you put something in your mouth, it could make you sick. Imagine eating something and getting so sick that you spend the day in the bathroom or sleeping all day because you are too weak to shower or having such brain fog that you can’t remember your phone number to ask for help. Imagine that this sickness if not treated properly will most likely lead to an early death due to a host of other complications…. this is what it’s like to have celiac disease.

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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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    Are you ALL-IN?

    Are you ALL-IN?

    As January comes to a close… How are you doing with your 2016 goals? Are you on track? Have you stayed committed? Have you been side-tracked? Changed direction? or Simply given up? 

    One of my favorite quotes from Tony Robbins is “There is ALWAYS a way when you are committed” So how committed are you to your goals and/or resolutions? Do you want them enough? 

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    Effect of Gliadin on Permeability of Intestinal Biopsy Explants from Celiac Disease Patients and Patients with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

    Effect of Gliadin on Permeability of Intestinal Biopsy Explants from Celiac Disease Patients and Patients with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

    Hey guys, this weeks article is an important one because it shows that both hybrid strains and ancient stains of wheat are toxic to not only those with celiac disease but to those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity as well. Here are some direct points the article made:

    • Increased intestinal permeability after gliadin exposure occurs in all individuals. Following gliadin exposure, both patients with gluten sensitivity and those with active celiac disease demonstrate a greater increase in intestinal permeability than celiacs in disease remission. A higher concentration of IL-10 was measured in the media exposed to control explants compared to celiac disease in remission or gluten sensitivity.
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