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Symptoms Checklist

The Celiac Disease Foundation has posted a great symptom and condition checklist http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/symptoms/checklist/ for you to fill out and take to your doctor. If you are unsure if you have Celiac Disease and are looking for more information, this is a great tool to start. Remember though, if you have done an elimination diet and found that your symptoms improve, you probably have the answer you need. Anytime something makes you feel bad, you should stay away from it; food or otherwise.

~Kate~

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Removing the Poison

What one little crumb of bread can do to a gluten sensitive/Celiac body is outrageous. Fatigue is the one symptom that to most people does the least harm to our bodies.
However, fatigue can prevent one from getting up and getting moving. The best way to get that poison out of the body is by exercise. I know, that is the last thing you want to do with all of the other gluten causing issues.

Exercise helps get that poison out faster than being sedentary or just going through daily tasks. Cardio is the best form of exercise to push the gluten poison out fast.

Once you get to working out… It will be hard, you will feel a smaller lung capacity and you will feel as though your heart is going to burst through your chest cavity. But the results after a 30min-60min work out is a miracle. Usually I have to rush to the bathroom within 30 minutes but the next day I feel almost human.

I remind my close friends and family to encourage me to do cardio when I know I got glutened… Because exercising is really the last thing I want to do when I have that poison in my body.

Try it next time, let me know if it works for you too!

~JoJo

 

 

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Yummy Home Made GF Teriyaki Sauce

Check out this recipe by “One Good Thing by Jillee” the next time you’re in the mood for some stir fry!!! 

So If you’re like me and you really really miss your favorite snack food, you will pick up every different Gluten Free brand of  that product just to see if it taste like the real thing. Well I have tried multiple brands of oreo’s, cake mixes, mac & cheese, breads, granola bars, and protein bars and these are my absolute favorite items, that I hope your taste buds will also find pleasing! (Please feel free to comment below about your favorite store bought food items for me to check out!)

Robyn’s Favorite’s:
GF Bread- Canyon BakeHouse (feels and tastes like real bread & it’s not hard or rubbery, and does not need to be microwaved before eating like Udi’s, and it does not fall apart like Rudi’s)

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GF Oreo’s– Trader Joe’s O’s

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GF Brownie, cookie, and cake mix– Betty Crocker (Never eat Red mill! Tastes like grass)

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GF Mac & Cheese (powder mix)- Annies (not the one with Cheese sauce)

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GF Alcoholic Beverage– Angry Orchard

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Protein Bar– Think Thin Peanut butter 

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Granola Bar– Nature’s Path Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

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Cereal– Nature’s Path Vanilla Sunrise (all though it has become harder to find) 

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Safe Restaurants

Social gatherings, meetings, and lunch dates, all involve food. Finding a safe restaurant is hard! Some have gluten free menus, but that jut means they have foods with no wheat, flour, barley. It does not always mean that their food is made without cross-contamination.

Red Robin:
Most Red Robin’s now have a separate fryer for French fries, most restaurants fry all of the French fries (naturally gluten free) in the same fryer as onion rings, fried fish, breaded chicken and mozzarella sticks and all of the other breaded fried foods.
Red Robin also carries a gluten-free Udi’s bun which tastes great.
Be careful all of their dressings and sauces are not gluten free, honey poppy seed and ketchup are safe.

In-N-Out
Most people know that they will wrap the burger in lettuce, but did you know that if you say “allergy to wheat” they will cook your burger on a gluten free grill that does not handle buns.
Since they have such a small menu and only fry French fries, their fries are also GF.

Chipotle
Most of Chipotles food is gluten free, minus the tortillas and the hot salsa. But if you let the person starting your bowl or salad that you have an allergy to wheat, they will wash their hands, change their gloves and they usually make sure no one else handles your food. They will also get cheese and lettuce that have not been contaminated with flour tortilla hands.

These are my three go-to places. I will fill you in on other SAFE places to eat. Just remember ALWAYS let your server know you have an allergy!

~JoJo

Fast & Fantastic 3 Ingredient Gluten and Dairy Free Protein & Potassium Breakfast Pancakes!

Yummy 1 Banana, 1/4 cup of GF flour, and 2 Egg pancakes!

Can’t wait to make these! Thank you thankheavensglutenfree

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I want to introduce you to the worlds Best & Easiest breakfast!

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Makes the Most of Gluten Free Basics

Great Tips:
Be careful with Amy’s products, because they are processed on machinery that processes Wheat.

But Larabar’s are not only gluten-free but made with GREAT natural ingredients.

Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Ready every food label thoroughly could be overwhelming, exhausting, and confusing. Kate, stumbled upon a great app that allows you to insert allergies and other dietary preferences such as no added sugars or low sodium. The app has been a handy resource and I can’t help but recommend it to all my friends. It is also a great resource for your significant other, when they want to make dinner and have no idea what is “Safe”, they can use this app for help.

Once you create your account with your own unique needs, all you have to do is scan the barcode of the food you are interested in purchasing or consuming. The ShopWell app will either say AVOID (and will give an explanation why) or a number that shows that the food is a either a weak match, medium match, or a strong match for your personal dietary desires or needs.

The link for the FREE ShopWell app for iPhone users is posted below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-diet-grocery-food/id393422300?mt=8

Livelifeceliac has no affiliation with the app.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

~JoJo

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Some Symptoms one, or all three of us have experienced: 

Behavioral:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain Fog
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Irrational Anger
  • Loneliness/isolation
  • Memory Loss, usually due to migranes
  • Mood Swings
  • Short Temper
  • Panic Attacks
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Skin:

  • Acne
  • Brittle Nails
  • Hives
  • Skin Rashes
  • Dark Circles Under Eyes after being “Glutened”

Intestinal:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas that will clear a room, an isle in the store, or a small store in the mall.
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Pain

Joint/Muscles:

  • Back Pain
  • Burning Sensations in the Joints
  • Leg Cramps
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Swelling in Hands and Feet

Vitamin Deficiencies:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • B-12

Others:

  • Asthma
  • Bladder Infections
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Hair Loss
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraines
  • Night Sweats
  • Sinus Pressure

Females ONLY:

  • Heavy, painful periods
  • Hormonal-level swings

References:

Celiac Symptoms

Here are a few Links that we have shared on other social network sites:

What you Don’t Know about Gluten

What I Want You to Know About Celiac Disease

Gluten Sensitivity Self-test

When I Went Gluten Free

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