NOTE: Please read my post Killing Myself with Copper after reading this one.

I recently discovered that my problems with iron deficiency were due to the multivitamin I was taking. It contained minerals in amounts that were preventing my body from absorbing iron. Switching to another brand of multivitamin has helped me greatly. This is something I want to share in the hopes it will help others, because I probably had the issues for years but didn’t realize them until recently. Read More →

Christmas luncheons and similar events at the workplace can lead someone with celiac disease, food allergies, or other food issues to feel less than festive. It can be difficult to figure out how to handle dealing with the food. Sometimes it may not even be possible to participate. Even then, things don’t have to turn into “bah humbug” experiences. It can still be possible to have a good time and do something enjoyable. Read More →

Dragon*Con is a sci-fi/fantasy convention in Atlanta, GA that takes place over the Labor Day holiday weekend every year. Attendees go to panels, meet stars, cosplay, and do much, much more. I’ve been going with a close friend almost every year since 2007. We’ve only ever gone for one day, either Friday or Saturday. 2013 was the first year I went where I had any food restrictions, and they’ve changed over the years since then. My foods-to-avoid list hasn’t changed as much as my sensitivity to the foods I’m currently avoiding. What I had to do in the past for meals was quite different from what I have to do now since I have to be so much more careful how I handle things. This would be my first year going where I really had to be careful how I handled my food. Read More →

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 →

I do enjoy taking vacations, but I’ve never been a huge traveller. In fact, I really enjoy taking time off of work to stay home and do things around the house, like get caught up on chores, watch movies and TV, read, and do other relaxing things. However, it’s exciting going somewhere fun for vacation. I love the Disney parks. I’ve been on a couple of cruises. I love going to the beach. The mountains can be nice too. I’ve gone away with family and with friends. I have a lot of good memories from the vacations I’ve taken over the years. Read More →

One positive thing about having dietary restrictions is having to be more inventive with recipes, trying to figure out how to convert them so they’ll be safe for you to eat. It can actually be a lot of fun creating things in different ways, and it’s very gratifying when the people who try your recipes end up loving them. Read More →

Living this life is very lonely. No one in my immediate or extended family deals with food issues of any kind of which I’m aware. I have no one I see or talk with on a regular basis who has to avoid certain foods to the degree that I do. While I do have supportive family and friends, it’s just not the same as having facebook_groupssomeone who knows exactly what you’re going through and what you’re dealing with. I’ve really leaned on my online support groups to provide what the people I know face-to-face just can’t. If you’re having a hard time finding people to talk to about what you’re facing and what you’re dealing with, I encourage you to find some online support groups. You may even have a Gluten Intolerance Group branch in your area. All of these can help you feel less alone and help provide some much-needed support. Here are groups of which I’m a part or in which I participate. Read More →