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’ve decided to update my original post on the vitamins and supplements I take to reflect my new regimen. It seems to be working well for me so far. I’ve been on the regimen since the beginning of April, with minimal changes. My iron was last checked in June, and while things were not exactly where they needed to be at that time, they did seem better. My doctor only suggested taking a good multivitamin, which I was already doing. I’m hoping with time my levels will get to where they need to be. Here’s a link to the original post with my updates.
My hope is that others will also find this regimen helpful.
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 →
I recently started noticing more symptoms and issues with meals at work again. I had no idea what was causing them. I didn’t know if it was a food-handling issue or possibly something else. I started to think about how I handle the napkins and utensils I pack in my lunchbox to carry to work. Read More →
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 →
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.
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 →
If you have extreme gluten sensitivity and are wondering why you’re having issues that seem outside of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it might be worth exploring other causes. One such cause may be allergic reactions to wheat, barley, and/or rye. Read More →