Gluten free gambling and things I’m liking #Celiac #Glutenfree #firsttrimesterpregnancy

I have been trying to be open-minded and flexible about gluten free foods while I’m in my first trimester of this pregnancy and REALLY having a hard time finding food to eat (food aversions).  I’ve lost a few pounds this week and have had a few misses.  I read on another blog that POPchips could be good (the way that people who don’t have Celiacs eat Saltines to calm the belly).  Well, they didn’t end up doing very well in my body.  I had a reminder that I’m still supersensitive to cross-reactive foods such as corn because I got stomach cramps and diarrhea as though I had actually eaten Saltines.  My dermatitis herpetiformis rash even appeared.  Yikes! (Part of me wondered is it just cross-reactivity or is it sensitivity to trace amounts of gluten…aka the peanut m&ms I had on Friday???)

This study suggests that corn can cause cross-reactivity to Celiacs for a number of reasons.  I haven’t had corn really at all since last May, and I’m going to take this experience as an indicator that I should stay away from it right now.

Things that I AM liking:

  1. Twinings Lemon Ginger Tea - great for soothing the stomach
  2. Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt - good for restoring probiotic flora (I either get lowfat or the baby whole milk version to get in healthy fats)
  3. Lundberg basmati rice - soothing for my stomach, easy to digest
  4. Eos lip balm
  5. Dessert Essence Cleansing facial pads
  6. Klean Kanteen 64 oz. stainless steel wide mouth water bottle (staying hydrated all day is so important — Especially if I have any GI issues)
  7. Udi’s gluten free bagels

The New York Times posted an article last week entitled, A Big Bet on Gluten Free.  The article struck me for a few different reasons.  On the one hand, I’m so grateful that there are so many gluten free options because of this craze.  On the other, the reality is that I can’t eat everything that’s gluten free and many people conflate gluten free with fad dieting and don’t understand my disease or why I need to take certain precautions to avoid getting sick.  Like, diabetes, many autoimmune diseases are just in the process of gaining visibility by the general public and I am glad that I am able to have perspective.  I am glad I can be grateful for the little things that are improving for people with Celiacs Disease, today.

What are your thoughts about this gluten free craze?  Do you find people more or less supportive of you because of it?

Be well!

 

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First trimester pregnancy #firsttrimester #Celiac #glutenfree

Well, the title says it all, folks!  I am pregnant and for the sake of other Celiacs in the same blessed boat I figure I might as well start blogging about it now.  I haven’t told family and friends yet, so you are privy for a few weeks…

This isn’t my first pregnancy, however, it is my first gluten free, post-Celiac diagnosis pregnancy so there’s a learning curve for me.  In this trimester I’ve had a lot of nausea, vomiting, food-aversions, and fatigue.  There’s a lot of safety precautions that I’ve taken to not accidently ingest gluten now, because the stakes are even higher.  I am hoping that this pregnancy will be as smooth sailing as possible, so I’ve done specific things to avoid glutening like:

  • washing my hands before I eat anything
  • being ruthless about which make-up or hand-lotion products I use (checking in with Gluten Free Makeup Gal)
  • cleaning all possibly-contaminated surfaces I touch
  • not eat out at restaurants or from others’ kitchens…only food from home

With the food-aversions and nausea, however, in addition to eating gluten-free, my options for foods that I will even eat have become more limited.  I’m eating small meals throughout the day, not drinking too much at once, and trying to not get too hungry (that’s the hardest one).

My nutritionist suggested rice cakes with organic peanut butter, boiled chicken and that sort of thing.  I’m doing okay with rice, organic scrambled eggs, string beans and Stonyfield Organic yogurt. I do well with grapes and apples.  I’m having a hard time with chicken and other proteins (even fish…thus, the straying from Paleo) but figuring it out a day at a time.

I loved what Mark’s Daily Apple mentions in this post.  So here’s to not stressing out about it!

Be well!

 

 

 

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Gluten free Mac’n cheese review #Celiac #comfort food

I’ve been feeling under the weather the last week and have, for many reasons, turned to carbohydrate-filled food when I’m not too sick to eat anything.
We were also greeted by a huge Nor’easter Thursday that put this year’s other snowstorms to shame!

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So this week I had a lot of rice and ginger ale. For rice I often have Lundberg gluten free rice.   
For the first time, I also tried Annie’s gluten  free macaroni and cheese.

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I have to say, that I don’t have high expectations for packaged foods, but was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was and relieved by how easy it was to make.

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For ginger ale, I drink Reed’s, which is also gluten free.

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A few sips at a time is all I need and the amount of ginger is intense. It works to soothe an upset stomach.
I hope to feel better soon so I can get back to a normal, well- balanced gluten-free diet. 
Be well!

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Gluten free bagel sandwiches #Celiac # breakfast

Happy Valentine’s day!
We woke up early this morning to several feet of snow and enjoyed a relaxed snow day breakfast!
Udi’s gluten free bagel sandwiches, yum!

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You may be wondering what is changing my diet recently.  I will post more soon. For now, this is an indulgence I recommend for that special occasion (I could not finish it myself, but split with my hubby, so this is a great shared plate!).
Be well!

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Teatime? I’ll bring my own mug, thanks!! #sneaky gluten contamination #celiac

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I am practicing lunch/snack preparation for going back to work next week.  For both myself and my little darling.

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Work in progress!

I have had a gluten exposure epiphany!
It occurred to me, after yet another incident, that although I am super careful to eat only at home, to bring my own food, or to eat at only Celiac-friendly restaurants… I have had tea or coffee at friends’ and family homes.  Within a day or so I can have symptoms of a minor glutening.  It varies but I can be better in 2-4 days. 
Did I mention not everyone has a dishwasher and thus may have contamination of dishes by sponges?  This is a long stretch – I know – but invariably my body’s response happens within a day or so of the ‘tea’ and it seems the only reasonable culprit.  Just for the sake of awareness, from now on I will either bring my own mug or say ‘no thank you’ and leave it at that.
Be well.

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Dietary requirements: Who knows best? #glutenfree #nutrition

My ‘paleo’ lifestyle is on hold for the moment.  I am trying to follow my nutritionist’s directions and they are more primal than paleo.  I am a bit relieved to have more options, but it’s confusing nonetheless.  On the one hand, I can imagine how the Paleo diet is healing for anybody with human DNA.  All the blogs and Pinterest say so, right?! (Ha ha!). Seriously, though, I have to respect that my nutritionist is qualified and understands how to negotiate to various issues that affect my dietary requirements. 
I am aware that I am not starting with a blank slate but, rather, with a lot of intestinal damage from Celiac disease that went undiagnosed for so long. Not everything is black and white and I have to remain as flexible and optimistic so that I can heal. I am keeping a dietary log and communicating with her so we can figure it all out.
This morning’s breakfast, for example, was a Stonyfield yogurt with raspberries.

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My stomach is already making sounds as if there is a whale trapped inside me.  Yikes! I was told Celiac should stay away from dairy the first 6-12 months after going gluten free… we’ll see how this goes!
What has your process been going gluten free? Do you have many options or feel limited? Did you seek advice from a nutritionist?

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What does breastfeeding have to do with Celiac disease? #breastfeeding #celiacdisease

Recently there have been many Snowbird commercials depicting the beautiful Carribbean with its warm climes and tropical amazingness.  They abound in magazines, on TV, online, and I, for one, am torn.  Although the heat is enticing, I have nothing but dreams of Finland!

Do you know that 70 percent of the restaurants in Finland are Celiac friendly (aka gluten free with precautions for cross-contamination)?  This is in large part, because much of the population in Finland is diagnosed with Celiac disease.

What does Celiac disease have to do with breastfeeding? Well, for me as a Celiac mom, it is one way that I am trying to prevent my son’s genetic predisposition from turning on. Because breastfeeding enhances gut health, predisposition for Celiac disease can be reduced with breastfeeding prior to introduction of gluten into the diet. There is a great summary of the process in a New York Times Sunday opinion article from 02/24/2013 entitled “What really causes Celiac Disease.” I recommend reading it if you are interested ( tried to link to the article but someone out there in the Internet world does not want the link to work….hmmm wonder)
http://nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/Sunday/what-really-causes-celiac-disease.html?s;mid=pl-share

(I am not judgy about formula fed infants as, sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t work out. This is just my experience.)
We introduced gluten into my sons diet after he was 6 months old and then stopped having gluten in our house after he was 9 months old because of my nonresponsive Celiac diagnosis. All this to say that I hope our efforts will preclude him from having my diagnosis, and that he will someday be dreaming of the Carribbean in wintertime, unlike like his mother, who is dreaming of hot springs in Finland (or a United States that has similar awareness of the disease)… we’ll see which happens first!

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Paleo crockpot beef stew #paleo #crockpot

Here was one of this week’s attempts and slow-cooking paleo-style:

So easy!

Ingredients:
1lb stew meat
3 chopped carrots
1 chopped celery stalk
1chopped onion
1/2 chopped turnip
2 chopped sweet potatoes
Dash rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
3 1/2 C. Beef broth

Cook in crockpot on low for 7 -8 hours and enjoy!

Be well!

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Work/life balance: Celiac mom food prep #Celiac #paleo

I am going back to work and thus starting to do menu planning. This seems to more complicated than if I could rely on prepared foods.  I’m anticipating cooking- from scratch- 3 allergy-free meals, seven days a week-  in addition to working full-time, keeping the house, and laundry clean, folded, and put away, and managing to spend quality time with my son and husband. I know thanks to the modern appliances that it’s totally do-able…I’m just a little anxious about it. 

I purchased containers for work meals to keep warm and free of cross-contamination ( aka no microwave needed).
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Stanley food jar
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Stanley food cooler (keeps warm too)
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Stanley travel mug

Right now my plan is to prepare several meals on the weekends to store and then to make some crockpot meals during the work week so that it will take minimal preparation and energy on a given week day. So for the coming weeks expect to see some crockpot recipes in the works.

Today’s is thanks to “everyday paleo” and I’m looking forward to tasting tonight! Check it out!

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chicken – Everyday Paleo recipe
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http://pinterest.com/pin/360076932679419569/

Do you have any go to recipes for paleo-to-go breakfast/lunch foods?
Be well!

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Crockpot butternut squash soup #paleo #gluten free

Of course this soup is gluten free, but I have to state that since I don’t use any thickeners and this is the gluten free goodness blog!
Anyway… super easy recipe:

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Ingredients:
Chopped onion
Peeled and cubed squash
Peeled, cored and cubed apple
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Ginger
Salt
Pepper
Curry
3C. Water
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Cooked on low for 6 hours and ended with an immersion blender and enjoy while it’s warm!
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