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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Will the Rotation Diet Work For Me?

Will the Rotation Diet Work For Me?

A rotation diet is typically used for people who have multiple food allergies. So doctors suggest that the person rotate their food every four days. So lets say for example you would eat gluten on Monday, you would typically wait four days, so on Friday you would eat gluten again and see if your body reacts to this food.

Here’s the problem with gluten. If you are having a reaction to gluten today, your body will always react to gluten. This is a permanent sensitivity. The challenge becomes when you body does not respond the way it did last time you eat gluten and it decides to find another vehicle and see if you will pay attention to a different signal of pain.

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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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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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Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Every girl has some girlfriends who you have known forever and who have been with you through thick and thin. The challenge happens when you suddenly realize that you can no longer do the same things that you use to and it changes the dynamic of your friendship. 

Yes these girls will always be part of your life but some things will be different and this is part of growing up together and also part of us learning to grow together.

Food now and forever will always be a tad bit different for you. Going to restaurants, happy-hours, traveling and hanging at each others homes, will not be so easy anymore and will require some work on both of your parts.

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Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Let’s face it food shopping is going to be different now that you have gone gluten free. And honestly I believe all people who go gluten-free go through stages and their eating evolves. 

Normally our first thoughts when we are told that you need to go gluten-free is how am I ever going to live without ______ (you fill in the blank). 

The most successful gluten-free peeps that I know have all learned to make updated, healthier versions of their old favorite foods. 

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Why Am I Still Having A Reaction?

Why Am I Still Having A Reaction?

The ugly and unfortunate answer to this is, there gluten is hiding somewhere in the foods that you are eating or it is what you are putting on your body.

It is important to remember that just because a food is labeled gluten-free that doesn’t mean that it is good for you. And it also doesn’t mean that it is totally free of gluten. There are trace amounts of gluten in all processed food, some definitely have more than others.

The quantity of gluten in a particular product is expressed as parts per million or ppm. According to the the United States in order for an item to be labeled “gluten free” it can have up to 20 ppm. Some products have much less than 20 ppm’s and some have up to the 20 ppm. 

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Top 3 Tips on Brain Fog…..

Top 3 Tips on Brain Fog…..

People ask me all the time if brain fog is real or it if is just an excuse and I can tell you first hand it is no joke. One minute you are fine, the next minute nothing and sometimes it is scary.

I can remember a specific incident when I was in the middle of some nasty withdrawals and I needed to go to the store for toilet paper and a few other things, but toilet paper was the most important. I dragged myself in the shower, got dressed, got in the car, spoke to my Mom on the way to Target and when I got out of the car and put my purse in the cart, I was standing there in the entrance, in everyones way and no clue why I was there. I called my Mom back at work and had to ask her if I told her what I needed, I did not so I aimlessly walked the aisle of Target, throwing random things in my cart. I paid and knew I forgot something but had no clue what it was - until I pulled into the driveway of my home and I burst into tears because I was exhausted, I was over tired, I needed to lay down but instead I had to drive back to Target for the one thing that I truly needed. By the time I had been to Target twice, I barely made it upstairs and I was toast.

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