My first day gluten-free was on September 11, 2012. I recall the actual day itself being pretty uneventful. That night and the days following, I began to notice such a huge difference in how I felt that I knew gluten, or wheat at least, was a problem for me. Over the years, I’ve had to deal with so many ups, downs, and issues trying to get my health where it needs to be. Read More →

My nutrition “helpers” when needed

Due to balancing copper and zinc in my diet, my body began rejecting my supplement regimen because it was now too much. I had to make drastic changes to my regimen in order to prevent the symptoms that the excess supplementation was causing, like fatigue and severe acne. I believe I have finally settled on a good regimen and am hoping to remain settled on it. Read More →

I was just fine on my thyroid medication for many years. However, first going gluten-free and then modifying my diet to have a better copper-zinc balance have caused quite a few struggles. So many symptoms and changes have made it hard to determine whether or not I truly need my medication, and the fact that some people have been able to go off their medication by making these changes doesn’t make it any easier. Now, I think I’m finally getting the message that I’ll be on levothyroxine for life. As much as it would be wonderful to be one of those who can go off medication because his/her thyroid is perfectly healthy, I don’t believe it’s meant to be in my case. Till death do us part! Read More →

When I was trying to figure out how vinegar was making me react over two years ago, I did a lot of reading and research online about the gluten content of vinegar and whether or not it was gluten-free. All the information I turned up said that vinegar, even distilled vinegar from gluten grains, was gluten-free. Also, if “vinegar” appeared by itself on the food label, it was supposed to be apple cider vinegar. I saw this information provided in several places. Read More →

In one of my support groups, one of the members posted that she had symptoms after eating gluten-free flour tortillas. In response, I suggested that she consider xanthan gum if the tortillas contained it since it can be wheat-based. I said that I avoided xanthan gum if I did not know the source. Someone posted in response to my suggestion that xanthan gum, if made from wheat, soy, or other top-8 allergen, would have to have that declared on the ingredients label. That was complete news to me. I know that Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum is made using wheat, but there’s not even a suggestion of this in the ingredients list or anywhere else on the packaging. Read More →

When I initially began researching wheat allergy, I knew that there was an association between allergy to grass pollens and positive IgE testing to the wheat protein. I had read that low positive results on the wheat food IgE tests are rarely clinically significant in those with grass pollen allergies. I ended up requesting grass pollen allergy tests from my allergist to see if this association existed for me. I knew that I reacted somehow to grasses. If I didn’t wear a mask when mowing the grass during the spring, I would experience nasty symptoms for the next few days. I would always take Benadryl before bed in those cases to calm things down and help me sleep. Every grass pollen that was tested at that time, including cultivated rye, came back at Class IV or higher. Did this mean that the

Some of my grass pollen allergy test results

Some of my grass pollen allergy test results

wheat food IgE test result that I had at the beginning of the year was truly a false positive as suggested by the allergist who ordered it? Read More →

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 →