I discovered last weekend that I don’t react to vinegar!  I cut vinegar out of my diet almost two years ago when I began to notice symptoms after ingesting food items that contained vinegar.  Recently, I really began to question if I truly reacted to vinegar.  I’ll share how I decided to reintroduce vinegar and what I think is truly the cause of my reactions that I thought were being caused by vinegar. Read More →

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My old dishwasher

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my dishwasher broke. I put dishes in it to wash Saturday evening and started the cycle. Over time, I noticed a smell of burning plastic, a smell I recognized as one that happens when plastic pieces land in the bottom of the dishwasher and melt. However, when I opened the door of the dishwasher, I saw nothing amiss. I closed the door of the dishwasher and got ready for bed. The next morning, I decided to check the dishwasher again to make sure all was well. That’s when I saw the standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher. Read More →

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My container of Anthony’s Xanthan Gum

I use xanthan gum when making baked goods from scratch. Guar gum is a no-go since it’s one of my reactive foods, and other alternatives either are not readily available or are harder to work with from what I’ve read. Xanthan gum has become one of my staple items to have on hand for gluten-free baking. I’ve been gluten-free or at least trying to be for over three and a half years now, and I’ve never noticed a problem with xanthan gum until recently. Read More →

Sometimes my grandmother would take leftover mashed potatoes and make pancakes out of them.  They were always so good.  I’d always wanted to make them myself but would never have the necessary amount of mashed potatoes on hand.  When I started buying potato flour, I wanted to find a recipe to make the pancakes using potato flour rather than leftover mashed potatoes.  Read More →

I’ve had another contamination issue crop up that had me dealing with symptoms and tracking down the cause for the past week and a half or so.  It turned out it was another issue with my vitamins and supplements.  This time, I believe it was from contamination of one of my supplements from the manufacturer, rather than through my mishandling, or an actual ingredient in it that is tied to one of my reactive foods.

Sometimes you just can't escape your allergens!

Sometimes you just can’t escape your allergens!

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I decided, in the case that I was unable to speak for myself, that I needed to be able to alert others to my food allergies, medical conditions, the medications and supplements I was taking, and other information. I use medical alert jewelry and information printed on cards that I keep with me at all times to alert others to this information. Read More →

Many people going gluten-free or on other diets will advise not to eat processed foods and just eat whole foods or dishes prepared from scratch. This is definitely not bad advice. Whole foods are very nutritious and should form the base of any diet. However, processed foods definitely have a place, and some can even be healthy. I know for me personally, they’ve saved me time and my sanity. Read More →

I like to see black-and-white proof of things I believe to be true in order to confirm my feelings and to prove the correctness of my feelings to others. When telling others about something that’s been done or said, I like to show them proof in an e-mail or some other thing that can be seen or heard. Physical, conclusive proof is important to me for a lot of things, and I struggle hard when I don’t have confirmation of what I think is true. That’s what’s made things so hard for me while dealing with all these food issues. While I know I react to the foods, I have a hard time drawing conclusions about the reason(s) without definitive proof in the form of test results from a doctor or a doctor’s official diagnosis. Read More →