I went to another allergist for a second opinion after the first one dismissed my Class I result for wheat as a “false positive”. The only feedback I’d gotten from the nurse about this result is that the doctor thought it was too low to be a true positive. However, it was a firm Class I, with the result being right in the middle of the range. After doing some reading and research on this result was when I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to seek the opinion of another allergist. 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 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 →

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 →

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 →

My mom found a green bean recipe in a magazine and tweaked it a bit.  It turned out to be delicious.  I love it not just for the taste but also for the fact that it’s a quick and easy way to prepare green beans.  Normally, we would cook the green beans for at least an hour on the stove to allow the flavoring from bullion or a concentrate to become fully integrated.  With this recipe, you can throw together delicious-tasting green beans in minutes. Read More →

I went to my gastroenterologist earlier this year. I recounted to her what had happened to me over Christmas and that I was beginning to suspect that my food reactions were allergic in nature. She was surprised by how sensitive I seemed to be to gluten and put me right up there with her most sensitive celiac patients. Her surprise was made even more significant by the fact she sees thousands of celiac patients. We discussed possibilities, and she ran some tests to check for mast cell activation disorder. She also suggested that I try taking a daily antihistamine like Zyrtec. Read More →