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Living Life with Celiac Disease

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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Cheesy Potatoes

This is a Holiday staple in our house. Since modifying it to Gluten Free we have had some good, some bad, and some ugly results. Finally this is the recipe that we have stuck with. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do.

Cheesy Potatoes 
2 bags Ore Ida frozen hash browns, thawed
1/2 cup butter, melted
16oz Daisy sour cream
2 1/2 cups Sargento grated cheddar jack cheese
12oz Velveeta cheese
2-4 tbsp dried onions
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tsp garlic granules
Topping:
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups crushed corn Chex
Mix 1/2 cup butter with Velveeta and heat until melted. Mix with sour cream, dried onions, pepper, and garlic granules. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and hash browns. In a separate bowl mix 1/4 cup melted butter with 2 cups crushed corn Chex. Spread potato mixture into a 12×9 baking dish. Smooth corn Chex topping over it. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 45 minutes to an hour (until center is hot).

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Another Great Post by http://www.MindBodyGreen.com!!!

Improved Self Image

Back in the 70’s/ early 80’s I started the self hate of my body, actually my stomach. I felt distorted and misshapen. My body was thin and sucked in around my waist and then ballooned 8 inches around my stomach. I had friends who all looked slim or slender from their waist to their hips with no bump in between. This started my eating disorders. I would starve myself throughout the week at work and school. On weekends It was harder to hide the eating disorder so I ate sometimes to excess. My diet mostly consisted of pasta, cereals, bread, and fried foods, all of which contained wheat. My hatred for my body grew and grew as the years passed.

As recent as three years ago I was down to a 22 inch waist and 32 inch stomach. I had migraines, fatigue, anemia, depression, brain fog, joint pain, and irritability. My life changed in many ways after Samantha linked our health problems first to gluten intolerance and later to Celiac Disease. As my diet changed to a wheat/barley/rye free diet, my body began to change drastically. My waist is thicker, my stomach thicker and my self image remarkably increased. I felt no remorse for the bags of clothing (now too small) that I donated to charity.

Something about seeing yourself through “healthy” eyes makes all the rest insignificant. I am days away from my 47th birthday and weeks away from my third anniversary of diagnosis. I may not have the body of a teenager, but I have a healthy, powerful, energetic, happy body and soul.

May you find the Healthy and Happy person living in you!

~Kate~

Finally Getting Back to “Normal”

Since my “Series of Unfortunate Events” last month, recovery was less than speedy. I am happy to report that although still emotionally up and down, I finally got back on the treadmill yesterday. I felt “alive” and happy. It didn’t matter that my endurance was affected and my pace slower, it mattered that I got on it and moved.

Celebrate small accomplishments when recovering from a “glutening.” As long as we keep trying to get out of bed and move, we are doing better than we were pre-diagnosis. May each of your days be better than the one before it. Happy Friday!

~Kate~

Gluten Free Persimmon Cookies

Made and tried persimmon cookies for the first time. I heard they were a “Taste of Fall.” This recipe from GlutenFreeda was a winner. It has cloves and cardamon which I absolutely love. They remind me of a gingersnap cookie (which is one of our favorites). We are adding them to our holiday family cookbook. Hope your Thanksgiving is safe and gluten free, filled with loved ones human and furry.

GF Persimmon Cookies

~Kate~

Satisfying the Gluten Craving

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Sometimes, you just want a real cookie, or a real tortilla so you can eat a burrito and not get sick. Well these are my go to foods when I just need to satisfy the flour/wheat craving.

Craving a good bagel, maybe Sara Lee’s Onion Bagels? Well UDI’s makes great Certified Gluten Free bagels, my personal favorite is the “Everything Inside Bagels” .

Craving pasta, that taste good with a cheese sauce or Alfredo? I recommend a pasta that only contains rice! Corn pasta, may upset a Celiac tummy and it only tastes good with red sauce. Some pastas contain pea proteins, which leave a nasty film on the pasta. This brand that I pick up from my local gluten-free store is really good, and my boyfriend can’t tell the difference.  The only difference he notices is the price difference from “real” pasta. The brand is PastaJoy and this one is made with Brown Rice (a healthier option to White Rice pasta).

Craving a good cookie? WOW makes some great wheat & gluten free cookies, my GFF (Gluten Free Friend) found them in San Francisco and she told me that day, how delicious they are! Believe me, it takes a lot of self-control to only eat, one or two in one sitting.

Craving something to snack on? Glutino makes a really good Sea Salt flavored snack crackers, they taste very similar to Wheat Thins. Also Van’s makes some certified gluten free crackers, my favorite is Lots of Everything Inside. The great thing about the Van’s crackers is that all of the ingredients are all natural, no added sugars, no trans fats, just a delicious and nutritious snack.

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Craving a yummy quesadilla or burrito? Food for Life makes a Certified wheat and gluten free Brown Rice tortilla that satisfies the craving of a flour tortilla. I still can’t wait for something even better then this tortilla!

Craving Garlic Bread? Against the Grain makes amazing baguettes that can be baked to be garlic bread, or cut up to be served with spread, cheese, or meats. It is amazing, but not too amazing on the wallet.

Those are my go to Certified Gluten Free foods. Not only do they pass my taste test, but Robyn & Kate’s taste test. My GFF from San Fran. Emily also loves the Van’s Crackers and the WOW cookies (since she was the one who got me hooked on both of them).

Hope this helps your taste buds be a little happy when craving BREAD, FLOUR, WHEAT, BARLEY, etc.

Happy tasting!

~JoJO

Slow Recovery

It is amazing the damage a piece of grain can do. Since my last post, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” my recovery is slow going. It’s been 6 days since my cross contamination at Red Robin and today is my first adventure out of the house. If not for Robert driving and accompanying me through the grocery store, for last minute Thanksgiving needs, I might be writing this from the floor of a shopping aisle.

The migraine is gone but the shortness of breath, brain fog, fatigue, joint pain, and exhaustion remain (I’m still waiting for the onslaught of hives).

The worst part of it all is knowing it may happen again. How many times do we play Russian Roulette with our body? When this episode is long forgotten, and I am caught up in the joyous whirlwind of love and family, I will let my guard down. I don’t know if it’s the black hole each episode leaves in my memory or wishful thinking it won’t happen again. Short of tattooing, “Do not feed the Celiac” on my forehead, I am doomed to repeat this mistake. Hopefully it won’t be days before a holiday again.

~Kate~