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 →

I love using my skillets. It’s easy to throw together a quick meal by throwing meat and veggies in it with some coconut oil and seasoning and cooking it all together. I can also use it to cook some veggies that prepared some other way wouldn’t be nearly as good. Read More →

Note:  This post has been updated since it was first published.

I’ve not had a lot of trouble shopping for gluten-free food products. There is so much available now, and there’s a ton of information out there, especially online. Below, I list some rules of thumb to assist me as I shop for gluten-free food products. Perhaps they will assist you in your shopping for gluten-free food products as well. However, everyone is different, and depending on your unique situation, you may have to handle things differently. Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist as required.

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Below are some of my favorite things to fix up for breakfast, things that are quick and easy to prepare.  I hope you will be able to find some new favorites for yourself in this list.  Please take note that where I list oatmeal or granola, I’m referring to gluten-free oatmeal and gluten-free granola. Also, once I discovered I had a problem with copper toxicity, I realized some of these breakfast options needed to be modified to provide more of a balance between copper and zinc. Keep this balance in mind when implementing some of these breakfast ideas. Many of these are highly copper-dominant. Read More →


(Note:  This post has been updated multiple times since it was originally published.)

Since I first published this post, I’ve doubled my regimen and later almost completely backed off from it. I’ve decided to include my regimen as it was when I was taking double rather than remove it for those who may benefit from that information.  For my original regimen, what I was using when I first published this post, just cut the amounts in half.  When I was taking the tablets once a day, I would get them in a splittable size and split them in half, taking one half in the morning and the other half in the evening.

Here is what I’m currently using, as of April 2017.

My Regimen Before Correcting My Copper Toxicity

I believe the most important aspect of taking vitamins and supplements is balance.  I believe that anything supplemented needs to be balanced with supplementation of its complementary vitamins and minerals. For example, selenium and iodine need to be taken together. Calcium and magnesium need to be taken together. Vitamin A and Vitamin D need to be taken together. The regimen below has worked well for me. Read More →

Food options have never been a problem for me in the gluten-free life, even with my additional dietary restrictions and having to give up eating out at restaurants. With all the other things in the gluten-free life that cause me difficulty and stress, food options are the absolute least of my worries. They were actually the easiest part of my adjustment. Read More →

The only gifts of food I accept and eat from others who don’t know how to prepare foods gluten-free that are safe for me are food items still in their original packaging, with the ingredients label present so I can see what it contains and what allergen statements are included.  The food item must be labeled gluten-free, be included on a gluten-free product list somewhere, or listed as gluten-free on the manufacturer’s website. It would have to be something I’d really want to eat before I would actually phone or e-mail the manufacturer. Here’s an example of a food gift that I did not feel I could consume safely. Read More →

At the beginning of the year, I saw my gastroenterologist and complained to her about some issues with bloating that I’d been having. She suggested I try a probiotic and gave me some samples of Restora. They made me feel awful. Thinking I was just experiencing effects from the good bacteria trying to colonize my gut, I tried to stick with them. Finally, I’d had enough and decided to try something else. Read More →