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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Week of Love

Week of Love

Think it’s important to be able to give and show love to those who support us. As someone who has had countless health issues that include tons of gluten pain. It becomes imperative that you learn to put yourself first and make your health a priority.

In doing so, my life has become so different than it was just a few years ago. Because my daily routines, the way I shop, the way I cook, the way I have to be prepared for any and all situations, the restaurants I can eat in, meeting friends for coffee now instead of lunches, and the hundred of other things have changed - once I realized gluten was poison to my body.

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Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

Gluten Free Diet is not enough!!!

For so many people who suffer from celiac disease (and really any autoimmune disease) where gluten has become poison to your body, everything changes. The way that you look at food, the way that you shop, the way that you cook, the way that you interact with friends and family, and for some of us who we are.

Who we are because celiac disease robs us of our spontaneity.  In many cases celiac disease changes us and we are always on guard. It’s really hard for a celiac to truly relax and enjoy ourself. Plans becomes a challenge because we never know how we will feel in advance. Which only leads to anxiety and prayer that when the day comes we will be able to follow through and not disappoint others as well as ourself.

Disappoint your friends and family enough leads them to question your relationship. Disappoint yourself enough and you lose faith in you, because when you stop following through on your commitments and promises, even though with everything in your heart you wish you could be there, enjoying the moment, it chips away at who you are.

Celiac disease changes us. Changes us to our very core

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What to do when you feel left out?

What to do when you feel left out?

This is a very common question in regards to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Most people cannot possible understand that on a bad day it takes every ounce of energy and strength you have for you to get up get dressed, showered, make-up, put yourself together and get out the door. You look fine to the rest of the world, they can’t see a difference. They have no clue how bad you may be suffering and for the most part, you get tired of talking about it. So you suffer in silence. You do the best that you can and some days that is way more than other days but no one can usually tell the difference.

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Who are you when your world turns upside down?

Who are you when your world turns upside down?

When you first get your diagnosed everything you thought you knew changes. The life you led will never be the same again. The relationships you have will change. How you look at the world all of it changes and it has to whether we want it to or not. 

Why many people would ask? And the truth is because you have to change. You have to learn to make yourself a priority in your own life. You have to learn to speak-up and stand-up for yourself. You have to learn to listen to your body. You have to learn what to feed your body that is healthy and not harmful to it. And, you have to learn how to heal your body as well as your mind.

No one else can do this for you. No one else can carry this for you. No one else will suffer the pain of a simple mistake. No one else will live their life constantly on guard. No one will understand truly why you always have to plan ahead. No one else can help when your body goes all haywire because you’ve been glutened and days later your still so exhausted that showering is a major event. No one else will be able to prepare your meals without you watching over them like a hawk because one wrong little thing can effect you for weeks. No one can understand the mental anguish that goes with this. No one can take this way for you. 

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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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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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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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