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Hey everybody! How is your week going? Mine has been pretty busy and a little confusing. I haven’t been posting because of my confusion 😉

It all started this past Saturday evening. My stomach started feeling like~well, I don’t know what it felt like, but it wasn’t good! Let’s just say I almost ended up going to the ER. I was in SO much pain I hyperventilated really bad and thought I was going to meet my maker~not to mention scared the bajeebers out of my poor hubby who was trying his best to get me to relax and breathe. I actually got mad at him at one point for telling me to breath because of course I WANTED to breathe! It kind of reminded me of being in labor, only there was no cute little baby to reward me at the end!

So, obviously I made it through that episode, but things just haven’t been right and I’m not sure why. I talked to my Dr. and he said to stop taking calcium citrate with magnesium. He was thinking the magnesium in it was the problem. I stopped taking it and still~something is not right. Way too many trips to the bathroom (tmi)! I know it’s not the stomach flu that seems to be floating around the world because I don’t feel ‘sick’. My gut is just not happy 😦 I keep wondering if maybe it’s the beloved coconut bread I have been eating so I am going to ‘try’ really hard NOT to eat any coconut flour today. I WILL be very SAD 😦 if it turns out that I am having trouble with coconut flour. It does have lots of fiber in it though.

I haven’t had any spectacular meals to show you because, frankly, I’m at a loss as to what to eat at the moment. Hopefully, things will be back to normal ASAP. My Dr. did say that I could eat some rice or oats if I feel like I need to. He isn’t totally against me eating grains at this point. He also said I could use a tiny bit of honey as long as I don’t go wild with it 🙂 I was going to make some Pumpkin Coconut Flour muffins that call for honey, but I guess that will have to wait. Maybe some rice is just what my tummy needs~who knows~.

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I know, Christmas is long gone, but I’m making a different kind of list. I’m back to Living Free after a long break! I have been blogging at Heart, Soul and Strength lately . That blog is mostly about health stuff, but I have found myself wanting to talk about FOOD!!

I am currently on a gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free (not even stevia), low oxalate diet! What a mouthful! So, the other day I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of this and I thought ‘I just need to make a list!’. I started going through the low-oxalate food list and grain free cookbooks and writing down different possibilities for meals that meet all of my dietary restrictions. That way, when I feel lost and overwhelmed, I can just go to my list and pick out a meal~and KNOW that is it safe 🙂 Whew!

Normally when people go grain free, they rely more on nuts and nut flours, but I can’t do that because of oxalates. My stand by flour these days is coconut flour and I LOVE it! Anyway, I wanted to show you what I had to eat yesterday.

Spirulina smoothie with 2 boiled eggs

I had been stumped as to how to make a smoothie with NO sweetener of any kind. My fruits are pretty limited due to oxalates so no bananas in this baby! Then I remembered~coconut water! I used 3/4 c. coconut water, 1/4 coconut milk(canned), 1 tbs. ground flax, 1-1/2 tsp. spirulina powder, frozen mango and pineapple.

Lunch:

Chicken, mashed cauliflower, coconut flour bread w/ avocado

That’s not a very good picture, but I can assure you, it was delicious! I cooked the chicken in wheat free tamari and some herbs and had garlicky mashed cauliflower. The bread and avocado were just the icing on the cake 😉

Dinner:

Salad, beef and broccoli~chinese style and coconut flour bread

Again, terrible picture (gotta work on that), but tasted heavenly. I actually used deer tenderloin instead of beef. So, yummy! The deer and broccoli had sesame oil and lots of garlic. I planned on cooking cabbage with this, but ran out of energy. Never fear, this is a meal we WILL be having again!

My Dr. only wants me to eat every 5 hours and all of these meals kept me plenty satisfied until time to eat again 🙂 WooHoo!! Off to a good start on my ‘list’!

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Okay, so I didn’t stay away very long did I? I still haven’t had time for pics or interesting meals for that matter, but wanted to give a quick update on my P90X journey. In short, it’s over–for now at least. I’m pretty bummed about it but I wanted to explain why the sudden halt. In two words–STREP THROAT!! I have been sick for the last 4-5 days and have been glued to my couch for the past 3! I don’t know which is worse, working my fingers to the bone or being couch ridden for days!

I felt that it was important for me to share something I have learned over the last few days. Actually, this is NOT a new lesson for me, I just don’t always remember lessons learned. So, what is this profound lesson? PUSHING TOO HARD LEADS TO ILLNESS!! I’m not saying it is that way for everybody, but for MY BODY I need to remember my ‘limits’.

When I saw the Dr. the other day, he asked me how my gluten free diet was going and I had to be honest and tell him–not so good. I ate poorly on vacation and just sort of continued that pattern after returning home. On top of poor diet, I began intense exercise and was also working more than usual. All this put together spells disaster for me! This is the first time I have had strep since being diagnosed with Celiac several years ago. Before my diagnoses, I had strep over and over! Eating bad=very bad immune system!

I have also had to re-examine my motives in starting something as intense as P90x when I have struggled so much with being well and staying well. I have been asking myself over the last few days if looking a certain way is worth it and my answer is a BIG NO!! I will admit that I have been struggling with contentment with the body God gave me and I have been figuring out ways to change my body at the expense of good health.

Where do I go from here? I plan on really paying attention to eating foods that give me life and health and staying away from those that bring illness to my body. I also plan on getting back to what I LOVEwalking in the country and Yoga! If I do any P90X at all, it will only be a workout every now and then–for instance to focus on abs, legs etc.  I will also STOP counting calories, carbs, fat etc. That alone has been enough to drive me bananas!

I am totally aware of the fact that I can not do any of this without the grace of God, but I also know that He loves to lavish His children with plenty of grace. 😉 I learned in my Bible study today that we are to do ALL things to the glory of God. If I am just wanting to look a certain way, eat a certain way, or exercise a certain way to bring glory to myself, then my motives are really screwed up.

I need LOTS of prayer to be able to:

1-STOP counting everything I eat

2-Eat foods that bring health and life to my body

3-Stay away from foods that harm my body

4-Do the exercise that I love because I love it!

I love walks in the country

AND

YOGA:)

“So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Is there anything in your life that you need to step back and re-examine your motives? Why do you eat a certain way or exercise a certain way?

I know this was a little long and maybe boring, but I would love feedback. I’m hoping to post often about how I’m doing with  my new goals, so please stop back by 😉

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3 new babies:)

My cat Lyla had her babies while we were in Florida! She had three little cuties and she is being such a good mama 🙂 Now time to schedule a spaying!

I have had a VERY hard time getting back to real life since arriving home on Sunday afternoon–hence the no blogging. I want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for the supportive comments on my last post.

My vacation was total bliss but my tummy ended up a WRECK!! We ate out way more than I anticipated and even though I tried to eat ‘safe’ foods, you just never know what you are truly getting when eating out. I did however find a really cool place called Cosimos that had a full gluten free menu. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Look what I got:

and this: gluten free carrot cake

Gluten Free carrot cake!

This was by far the best meal I had while on vacation! I really splurged here with grains and dairy, but by this point, my gut was rebelling against everything I ate. So, I figured why not enjoy it 8) Hubby and I ate the leftover pizza for lunch the next day before hitting the road.

Here are some random pics of the week:

We watched the sunset almost every evening–breath taking!!

watched the sunset almost every evening-breath taking!

20 YEARS and counting:)

Twenty years and counting!!

 We really had such a great time and I am SO thankful we had the opportunity to go. But, back to real life means back to work so I better scoot.

Ephesians 5:31 ” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

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I AM POOPED!!!! My week is proving to be a challenge. Something happens when you know you are leaving for a week of bliss and you still have to get through several days of work! UGH 😦 I have to work a half day tomorrow and Friday and then I am out of here! Is Friday EVER going to get here?

I don’t know if I mentioned that we (my hubby and I) are headed to Florida-I mean I know I said we are going to the beach, but I didn’t say where. Of course I HAD to get online and see if there is a Whole Foods anywhere within driving distance. I’m willing to go pretty far, but I don’t think the hubby would like it. Anyway, I am happy to report that there IS a Whole Foods about 25 minutes from where we are staying. Twenty Five minutes is nothing when you live in the country like I do. I’m thinking anniversary dinner at Whole Foods–just kidding 😉 I WILL however eat there at least once and do some shopping.

I just got back from an appointment with my ND. We are trying some new natural stuff for my hormones etc. I haven’t really shared much about all that stuff but my OB/GYN had put me on Vagifem (even though I am not post menopausal yet). She said that it wasn’t absorbed throughout my whole body so it should be perfectly safe. After MUCH reading about it, I have decided I want to stop using it. I have nothing against anyone who chooses to use it, I just don’t feel it is best for me. I’m really praying that the natural stuff will do the trick.

We also talked about oxalates and how they may be affecting my female problems. I have been doing TONS of research about oxalates and found it very interesting that some people with digestive disorders tend to absorb too many oxalates. It’s amazing what all a defective gut can affect! Anyway, the verdict is–watch oxalates pretty closely, but can have higher oxalate foods occasionally. I also learned that if I am going to eat high oxalate foods, I should make sure and drink plenty of water before and after eating to help flush the oxalates out. I haven’t had spinach in DAYS!! I did have some raw almonds today but that was the only food relatively high in oxalates that I had.

Sorry this is a boring pictureless post, but I haven’t even been able to think about stopping to take pictures–just trying to get through my days!

FRIDAY WHERE ARE YOU? Can’t wait for some R&R! 🙂

I think I will have computer access while I’m away, but not sure how much time I will want to spend in front of technology. I’ll update a little here and there if I can. Have a GREAT rest of the week and weekend!!

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Hello all! Man, I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things here. I have gotten SO out of the habit of taking pictures of my food! I did want to share this interesting bar with you though.

Is that sucker huge or what?! It is a “More Than A Square Meal” bar.Of course, this is not meant to be consumed at one sitting 🙂 The paper that came with this bar stated the following:

  ” Each ‘More Than A Square Meal’ bar can be consumed as many seperate protein and energy bars, as a large number of tiny but nutrient packed meal components (servings) or as several complete, high protein, high energy morning meals.”

The bar is loaded with protein because it is loaded with Hemp Seeds. There are only three ingredients: hemp seeds,bittersweet chocolate, and topped with nuts, dried fruit or coconut. I chose the one topped with almond, but there was also blueberry, strawberry, and coconut at the store I found it at.

So, how does it taste? YUMMY!! I didn’t eat half of the bar at once and even shared some with my brother, but I REALLY liked it–a lot! You can read more about the bars and the benefits of hemp seeds here.

I mentioned in my last short post that I was headed to get my ear restapled.

I ended up getting both ears done. The staples are supposed to last 3-6 months. One of mine had been in 6 months and the other for 3, so she went ahead and replaced them both. They were a little more painful this time, but today is day 3 and they are feeling much better.

You may be wondering how I can tell they need to be replaced. I’m going to be very honest here and tell you that I have struggled with depression off and on for years. Sometimes, I wouldn’t even realize that I was depressed, but would wake up and immediately feel like I was going to throw up. My ND mainly put the staples in to help with perimenopause symtoms–and poof–NO MORE feeling sick in the morning!! I know it sounds weird and it IS amazing that they can work like that, but when she first put them in, I didn’t even realize how depressed I was. I felt like I was coming alive for the first time in years!! I’m pretty sure a lot of my depression has been due to eating gluten before my Celiac diagnoses and from hormones the last couple of years. Anyway, I know the staples need replacing when I start waking up feeling sick EVERY morning–and I’m NOT pregnant 🙂

Now instead of feeling sick in the mornings, I enjoy walking this little cutie:

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Okay, that has got to be the dumbest post title EVER! BUT, they all pertain to my day so far. I’ll start with the ‘spit’ because I know that one had to have gotten your attention 😉

As many of you know, I have been struggling with chronic yeast problems for the last year (at least). I was doing some reading online yesterday about Candida and read about a spit test. I had seen this before but never gave it much thought. I did my first spit test yesterday afternoon and it wasn’t looking good. They say that you get better results first thing in the morning, but mine was pretty bad in the afternoon! So, I decided to do it again this morning and see what happened. I’m sure you will be glad to know that I did NOT take pictures of my spit in a glass 🙂 Anyway, this morning’s spit was REALLY bad!! Was I surprised? NO! I’m guessing my Candida is worse than I thought. I also sent off a test that the ND had me do and should hear the results of that soon.  I think I am a walking yeast molecule!! ( Just for the record, my daughter thought this was pretty cool and did it herself. I think she’s fine though as far as yeast goes.)

So, after my science experiment this morning, I proceeded to do my devotion. I am reading through the Book of Mark and still praying about a particular Bible study. Then I did a glorious 75 minutes of yoga on my own. I really like Yogadownload and going to classes when I can, but I think my favorite is just doing what my body feels like doing all on my own. This makes me very happy and content 😀 I was looking at a yoga book this morning and found this quote that I liked:

“If your practice doesn’t increase the joy in your life, it is the wrong practice for you.”

For my eats today, I had eggs and grain free bread for breakfast–no picture. How interesting can eggs and bread be anyway? For lunch, I had my heart set on some poached salmon that I made for dinner last night. My tummy was feeling pretty out of whack last night, so I skipped the salmon thinking I would just eat it for lunch today. Well, what happens when there are three teens and a hungry hubby in the house? They ate ALL the salmon–and roasted asparagus!! I ended up having chicken salad -hold the mayo- with raw veggies.

I used organic gluten free canned chicken and added green onions, red peppers, 1 tsp. olive oil and salt and pepper.

I have an appointment with the ND this Friday that should be pretty interesting so stay tuned 🙂

Now, I know all of you want to go spit in a glass, right?

Added note: After more research, I just wanted to say that I would not use the spit test for an official diagnoses for Candida. I mainly did it for fun and out of curiosity. It is important to note that I have a gazillion other symptoms and am having an actual lab test done to see where I stand with candida. So, if you go spit in a glass and it looks all funky but you have no other symptoms–no worries 😉

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