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Gluten Medication Sickness

The website Gluten Free Drugs is a valuable tool to know if you are able to take brand name, generic, or over the counter and medications. It’s important to know what you can or cannot take before you need it, if possible.

Because the three of us girls have additional problems with the consumption of corn, we are often forced to harm our digestive system to heal our immune system. Since our digestive system controls our immune system, we end up compromising our health and throwing our system into imbalance. Most all prescriptions and over the counter medications contain corn syrup, corn starch, or other corn derived ingredient(s). During the last 7 months, an upper respiratory infection has put me on three different antibiotics, several cough medicines, codeine, and prednisone to get rid of it for good.

Of course this has left my belly so bloated that my new fashion staple has been pajama pants and leggings since attempting to wear my jeans has been uncomfortably unsuccessful.

Tomorrow begins the important job of healing my gut and restoring the gut-flora to all it’s bacteria goodness. Not doing so can cause a Candida overgrowth (Candida Albicans) yeast to attach to and eat through the intestinal walls. This causes a condition called “leaky gut syndrome.” Facto-fermented dairy, yogurt, kefir, and some fermented vegetables, meats from pasture raised animals and bone broths (if you are not vegetarian), ghee, avocados, animal based fats and non-hydrogenated coconut oil are helpful in speeding the healing. Diet, along with a daily regimen of probiotics for the next several weeks or months, until you feel “normal” again.

When healing your gut be sure to limit grains, avoid caffeine, coffee, fermented soy products, sugars, alcohol, and eating out,  unless you trust your health to a stranger.

What are your go-to foods when you need to heal a damaged gut? Share your favorites in the comments below.

~ Kate ~

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Love Bread Again

Even when we could eat corn, we found Udi’s and Rudi’s breads to be just “okay.” Before we found out about the corn allergy, we discovered Canyon Bakehouse Bread at Sprouts Market. The Mountain White bread rivals any soft white bread made with wheat ingredients. Like any gluten free bread, the fresher the better. Our nearest Sprouts Market is over an hour away. We live in a rural community consisting of a Target, Walmart Food 4 Less, and Savemart for major food stores.

We use to spend 3-4 hours round-trip a week to purchase bread items. One particular month our Sprouts market had a freezer failure issue and lost all their Canyon Bakehouse breads, among others. After three weeks without bread I went directly to Canyon Bakehouse and found that we could order directly. The extra benefit to this is that the bread comes freshly baked, soft, and amazing. For our family of 4 we order a dozen loafs of white bread, 3 loafs of cinnamon raisin, 6 bags of everything bagels, and three bags of plain bagels. Once in a while we throw in the brownie bites because they are sinfully delicious. The hamburger buns and hotdog buns are equally amazing and softer than anything you will find from Udi’s or Rudi’s (The center is so soft you could literally make a dough ball out of it like you may have done with Wonder Bread as a kid. For Italian dinner nights, the Focaccia is amazingly soft and good. We ate one loaf warmed out of the package because we couldn’t wait to try it. It was perfect.

 

For us, the shipping is worth it. For everything I mentioned above, delivered via FedEx in three days after ordering was just under $26.00. That is cheaper than four trips out of town for us, and maybe for you too. If not, find a store that sells it and try it, you won’t be disappointed.

For genuine San Francisco Sourdough we found Bread Srsly. They have mini loaves, large loaves and dinner rolls. The dinner rolls were excellent at the holidays and the mini loaves are great sliced and microwaved or toasted. I would love to try to make bread bowl soup out of the mini loaves. My last order from Bread Srsly was for three mini loaves of the plain sourdough and my shipping was $5.00. The bread is a little more costly than others, but the shipping offsets the price. Plus, if you miss genuine San Francisco Sourdough, this is definitely worth every penny.

If you have a favorite gluten free or gluten free/corn free bread that is your favorite, please share it in the comments. Good food should always be shared.

~ Kate ~

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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~

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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