My favorite peanut butter products

When I first purchased the PB2 peanut butter powder, I did some research online and came across this article. I disagree with the author’s opinion on PB2. While I don’t eat it all the time, it works great in smoothies and as a spread on pancakes when regular peanut butter would just add too many calories. I actually really like the taste and consistency of it, even though it’s different from regular peanut butter. I definitely plan to continue purchasing and using PB2.

In addition to discussing PB2, the author discusses regular peanut butter and adds reasons she prefers almond butter to peanut butter. In the past I never had a preference for one over the other. I kept jars of both and used them with sandwiches, sliced bananas, on pancakes, and in other ways. I loved them both. However, I no longer buy almond butter, although I know Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Spread contains almonds. I now prefer peanut butter to almond butter for several reasons. Read More →

There are more label changes on the way. More and more products on the shelves are featuring the changes. The one change that doesn’t make sense to me is the required inclusion of vitamin D. It has basically taken the place of vitamin A on the label. Previously, vitamin D only had to be listed if it was added to a product, like milk, cereal, yogurt, and other foods fortified with vitamin D or if a claim was made on the label. Other than a very few foods that contain it naturally, these type foods are basically

An example of the new food label, from a package of eggs

the only ones that contain vitamin D. Most foods you’ll see will have vitamin D listed as 0%. I have no idea what purpose making vitamin D required on the label is supposed to serve, considering that it’s in so few foods and most of the ones containing it have it added, which in that case it’s supposed to be listed anyway. Following is my wish list for food labels and what I’d like to see included. I think my ideas make a lot more sense than the one to make vitamin D required on most labels. Read More →

Although it’s hard to feel happy and thankful when dealing with various health conditions, there are things upon which I can reflect and feel very thankful as a result of these conditions. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for this reflection. The following are things for which I’ve learned to be thankful. Read More →

I have to admit that every time I run across someone talking about the positive aspects of living with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or a food allergy, I just want to shake my head or 3873147-100266629_8-v1roll my eyes. I know and understand that they want to help those of us dealing with these issues to feel better about things, but their words just don’t ring true to me at all. Many of them just ring hollow. I think the main reason is that I see nothing positive at all about my condition. The only positive thing would be not having it at all. Read More →

“They’re no different from cancer. Or heart disease. Or allergies. And when’s the last time you heard of anyone being judged for those?”

This is a quote that appeared at the end of an article that I had read in a magazine. It was actually a really good article that was trying to raise awareness of a class of illnesses for which those who had them faced all kinds of difficulties, including judging from their peers. However, at the end, I believe it pushed these other illnesses to the sidelines, seeming to dismiss the idea that the people who experience these illnesses face judgment and other negative feelings and behaviors from their peers. Read More →

Living the gluten-free life has brought about many painful adjustments over the years and has also made me realize a few things. I’m generally an impatient person with a very short fuse who hates waste. This kind of personality is not a good fit for this kind of life. My patience has been tested in many ways, and it has definitely failed. Also, what I’ve ultimately been working toward is dealing with all the sources of constant or near-constant exposures so they would become a rarity. In turn, I would get to where I was feeling well consistently, my skin would be clear, my nails would be strong, and everything else would generally be where it needed to be. I’m beginning to realize and think that the numerous exposures are just going to be my life, my new normal, and that I’m going to have to find the best way I can to live with them. To me, it’s starting to seem more and more unlikely that I’ll ever be able to be symptom-free for any length of time because of my level of sensitivity. Read More →

I’m not on a diet. I’m not a gluten-free fad dieter. I’m not on any kind of special diet like the Paleo Diet or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I don’t cut out whole groups of foods just because I think they’re somehow inherently unhealthy. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan. My dietary restrictions are not by choice. Read More →

A bully forces you into playing a game of Uncle. The bully grabs your arm and begins to twist. You resist and hold on for as long as you can, but you finally have enough and shout “Uncle!” However, the bully, instead of letting go, continues to twist. Panicked, you try to think of a way to fight him off. Read More →