Gluten-Free but Still Getting Sick?

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Are you eating gluten-free but finding yourself still getting sick?

Were you diagnosed with celiac disease but struggling to feel better and get rid of the symptoms?

Well, this is the post for you!

Depending on where you are in your recovery, you will continue to struggle for months even up to 1-2 years after your diagnosis for a variety of different reasons. These are 5 reasons you might still get sick after removing gluten from your diet:

  • You are probably still eating or using products containing gluten. Not by a fault of yours (or maybe so) but you are still getting used to eating gluten-free. This is a process. You can’t cut gluten like you would peanuts so it is much more difficult to avoid in the beginning. Don’t beat yourself up over it! Each time you get sick is a new learning experience. Even people who have been gluten-free for years struggle with hidden gluten at times. Maltodextrin seems to be the ingredient that I miss on labels all the time!
  • Your body is healing. Remember you likely have gone many years with undiagnosed problems associated with gluten and so just by eliminating it is the first part, you need to take the time to allow your body to get back to normal. It has to heal itself and adjust to a whole new (healthy) way of living. You might need to have your blood levels checked to be sure your deficiencies are being covered with supplements.
  • There are other things you are reacting to that once you eliminate gluten you will realize, like lactose. It is very common for celiac to hide other food intolerance or allergies so be careful when blaming getting sick on gluten, it could in fact come from something else.
  • You could have another bowel disease-causing the distress. If eating a dedicate gluten-free diet doesn’t help your stomach symptoms, then you definitely should go back to the doctor and be tested for other diseases like colitis, Chron’s or other bowel disorders.
  • You could have another auto-immune disease-causing problems. For instance, I was suffering from Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis. It took a whole year to figure out all of those things and once they were all dealt with, I started to feel like a whole new person.

If you are eating a dedicated gluten-free diet and your symptoms are not improving, you should seek a doctor’s opinion as to why you aren’t getting better. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of people who do not get better using a gluten-free lifestyle so it is imperative you seek medical attention.

Another concern with gluten-free is that you have to go cold turkey. Literally, there is no weaning process for gluten removal. You must stop eating it because you will never get better if you do not completely eliminate it from your diet. I’ve written another popular post about why cheating on celiac is a horrible idea, so if you are trying to eat just a little bit of gluten – it’s time to stop.

Gluten is not like lactose. I’m lactose intolerant and can handle a small amount. If you have celiac disease, you can not handle ANY amount of gluten nor should you try to test your body. Just because you don’t physically react to a small amount that you can tell, your body on the inside is in turmoil creating a breeding ground for malignant diseases like cancer!

Finding out you have to eat gluten-free is not the end of the world. There are lots of supportive groups and resources out there for you! If you want to check out our Facebook group – you are more than welcome to join us! It’s primarily women and we are a non spam, non soliciting, self-hosting support group on Facebook.

Comments

  1.  Liz says:

    What a great post! For years doctors were blaming my symptoms on (first I was called a hypochondriac) the genetic condition I have, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility Type. Only when I had sever vitamin deficiencies did they even consider celiac again and that someone could have more than one thing going on!

    Thanks for posting!
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    •  Rebecca says:

      I swear we could all write a huge book on the misdiagnosis of celiac disease. Everyone has such different stories with all the same theme. At least you have it sorted out now but I’m sure you would rather of had it many years ago.

       

  2.  Princess Shimari says:

    Hi, Can anyone explain the relationship between endometriosis and Gluten Intolerance. This is the first time that I have heard of an association and I am eager to find out.
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    •  Rebecca says:

      There are very limited studies that link the two but women with celiac disease have a 25% chance of having endometriosis. They all seem to link together especially the infertility concerns.

       

  3.  Cathy says:

    Rebecca, I’m so thankful to have found your blog today, because I am at my wit’s end! I was diagnosed a year ago with celiac – with a bonus diagnosis of collagenous colitis, which I thought would go away as soon as I started eating GF. Nope. It did for a while, but this is the 2nd time in a year that I’ve been able to eat basically nothing for weeks in a row. I’m sick, sick, sick…and SICK of it! So, I’m just glad you’re here with suggestions like looking into lactose intolerance (love milk in my coffee and think yogurt is good for its probiotics) or vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Thank you!! If nothing else, you are a morale-booster that will hold me over till I can figure this all out. : )

     

  4.  Jamie R says:

    Hey Rebecca,

    Thank you for the article. It feels good to know that you are not alone in this battle. That other people have conquered what seems very difficult, and managed to lead healthy lives!

    I don’t want to rant too long, but I feel it is important to get a little bit of detail in to be able to really see the situation.

    I have been ill for a long time (diagnosed at an age of 2, but not being able to clue together the physical and mental problems it brought with it until age of 20+). Can go as far to say I had gluten ataxia (neurological issues: slurred speech, muscle weakness, cognitive difficulties etc), constant anxiety/depression, lots of pain throughout the body, sleepless nights / insomnia etc caused by this and the list goes on.

    I’m now 26 and I’ve been on a strict gluten free diet since sept 2012. I’ve gradually gotten better, started working out and felt my health slowly creep back up. Though as things were progressing nicely I’ve now hit a road block and it feels as if the horse is starting to run backwards, upside down, across the ceiling. I’m confused. I eat “paleo” clean fish, chicken, tuna, eggs, gluten free oats (not sure about this one) veggies, rice and mostly self prepped except tikka marsala sauce which is “gluten-free” (yet again, not sure if it is safe). Also drink some milk, but have taken it on off the diet. Fruit/berries smoothies and tried hemp protein for a while (again, not sure… so I dropped it) . Potatoes gives me the worst stomach pains and so does certain foods. I take fish oil, gluten free vitamin tablets. Working out 2-3 times a week… Was seeing good weight and muscle gains, but now I’m feeling weaker and weaker for every day. Also have a lot of normal allergies, and I’m quite certain they cause reactions throughout my body (such as peanuts) and I eliminated the ones that I could tell wrecked havoc. I’m now at the point where I’m curious what to do. Head back to the hospital for further examination? Play it out and try to eliminate once again?

    So I was wondering if you have any tips on how to approach this as it seems you have gone through the same thing. Would really love your thoughts and any help is greatly appreciated!

    Kind regards,
    Jamie

 

 

Super Easy Bison Gluten-Free Chili

Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around
Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around

Bison Gluten-Free Chili

1lb Bison stew meat or Bison steaks (cut into bite size pieces)

1 Green Pepper

3 Stalks of celery

1 Can of tomato sauce

1 Can of roasted tomatoes

1 Can of kidney beans

1 Can of cannellini beans

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon garlic salt

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1/2 Tablespoon cumin

Lactose free or regular sour cream

Shredded cheddar cheese

**All brands of ingredients should be checked to ensure they are indeed gluten-free**

After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.
After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.

1. Cut the bison into small bite size pieces and put in a skillet or frying pan to brown to desired temperature. Medium is good for this because they will cook more in the chili while it’s on the stove.

2. Get out a large soup pot or slow cooker to put the rest of the ingredients.

3. Cut the green pepper and celery into bite size pieces.

4. After browning the bison and cutting the veggies, place everything together in the soup pot or slow cooker. I don’t drain the beans because it makes the chili less thick. Stir everything together and turn on a med/low heat. Let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Just throw it all into the pot!
Just throw it all into the pot!

5. I love to top my bowl of chili with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. I found a great brand of lactose free sour cream that I really love.

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Of course feel free to add some spice, I like things pretty mild due to heartburn with spicy foods! I started out with adding some tomato paste but it made the chili a little too thick for my liking. I would skip it in your version if you like the sauce thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

13 Reasons Living Gluten-Free will make this the best year yet

I finally met Laura in person at the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012 and I just simply adore her! We have similar stories and passion for sharing information and awareness about celiac and gluten free living. I thought what a better way to do this than by cross promoting our blogs. So here is her guest blog!

Enjoy…

Rebecca

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13 Reasons Living Gluten-Free will make this the best year yet

If I could describe the month of January in three words it would be motivated, success, and failure. Yeah, you didn’t read the last word incorrectly, I meant to say failure. Why? Because two weeks in to this wintry month, resolutions turn into dreams, and results turn into that thing you will never obtain. Well folks, it’s time to change your failures into life changes! It’s time to be happy, healthy, and no longer support your bad habits and so-called addictions.

Have you been toying with the idea of going gluten-free? Did you doctor recommend this diet for you, but it seems so…difficult? Were you recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and you just can’t seem to pull the final gluten plug?

Throw all of the things holding you back out the gosh darn window people!

Here are 13 reasons why going gluten-free in 2013 will make this the BEST year yet:

1. Stop being so tired!
Many suffer extreme fatigue as a symptom of Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. Think of all the times you say, “If I only had more energy I would be able to do more”, well here’s your chance! Going gluten-free can help you feel less sluggish so you will have the ability to do more of the things you love.

2. No more gas
Yuck, I know. But it’s reality, isn’t it? I tooted my own horn way too often before I went gluten-free, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Just days after going gluten-free my flatulence subsided. I no longer had deadly gas brewing, but instead I felt, dare I say, normal!

3. Sayonara, Bloated Stomach!
Do you ever feel like you’re a hot air balloon on the verge of popping? The culprit may be gluten. Before I went gluten-free, I would eat a slice of bread and look 6 months preggers just an hour later. The bloating side-effect may not seem like a huge deal, but once you no longer have to experience it, it is truly a wonderful thing!

4. See ya, Constipation!
Yeah, no one likes to talk about it, but it happens. One of the most uncomfortable things to experience is constipation. Some people that should be on a gluten-free diet experience constipation as a side-effect (while others experience the opposite). Both can be horrible. But, going gluten-free may take away all of your toilet troubles.

5. Vominos, Vomitting!
Although I didn’t personally experience this symptom, my sister did. She seemed to constantly be vomiting. What was mistaken in college for “drinking too much” has since been diagnosed as a side-effect of the gluten she was ingesting. If you experience the vomiting symptom regularly, think of how good life would be without it…

6. Stop being so Irritable
Tell your husband/wife/sister/friend that it’s not your fault you’re so irritable (well, to a certain extent). Many experience extreme irritability as a result of gluten in their diet. Imagine a life in which you aren’t so…wound up. Now go achieve it!

7. Get your ‘bean-stalk’ on
Many children suffering from Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance experience delayed growth before going on a gluten-free diet. If your child seems like they aren’t growing as they should be, gluten could be the common denominator. See what happens to your child’s height when they go on a gluten-free diet. You might have a weed on your hands after that!

8. Finally Gain the Weight
Some may call you crazy for explaining your weight loss as ‘unwanted’, but we understand. If you’re on a gluten-filled diet that doesn’t agree with your body, the result could be unexplained and unwanted weight loss. You simply are not absorbing the nutrients you need. Going gluten-free might be the answer to your problems.

9. Itchy Skin Resolution!
One of the most annoying things that can come from eating gluten is dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy skin rash that looks like eczema or poison ivy. This is one symptom that everyone can see. People can hide stomach pain, diarrhea, and flatulence, but you can’t hide unattractive skin rashes. Think of how beautiful life would be if you didn’t have to deal with this issue!

10. Feelings of Depression may Subside
There might be a reason you always feel down in the dumps. What could be better than testing out a gluten-free diet and seeing not only a change in your body, but also change in your mood?! By going gluten-free this year, you just might change a lot of negatives into positives!

11. Finally Hitting Puberty
All you teenagers and parents reading this – there may be an explanation for you or your child’s delayed puberty. I personally experienced delayed puberty that I attribute to my gluten-filled diet growing up. This is a symptom of Celiac Disease and could be remedied with a gluten-free diet.

12. Become ‘Regular’
Ladies, some women experience erratic menstrual periods as a result from their gluten-filled diet. This may seem trivial to some, but I know it can be mighty annoying when you’re the one dealing with it. Imagine a world where you become regular. Maybe a gluten-free diet can help you achieve that!

13. Be Healthy!
The number one thing a gluten-free diet can do for you in 2013 is help you to become healthy. Being healthy isn’t achieving just one thing; it is an all-encompassing term. A gluten-free diet may help you to alleviate several symptoms, enabling you to be healthy in your mind, spirit, and body. All three of these contribute to a happy life.

If you’re struggling to start a gluten-free diet this year, remember the above reasons why it can help you. You can also join the online gluten-free community for help and support through this confusing time.
It is also important to consult your doctor before going on a gluten-free diet.

 

Merry Christmas from Pretty Little Celiac!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I wish I would have found this card before the holidays to order it from Cafe Press!

I hope each and every one of you have a happy holiday and enjoy time with families or however you choose to celebrate this day!

We drive 4 hours from Aaron’s parents to my mom’s house every Christmas to keep us in your thoughts for safe travels.

Do you have a great cookie recipe you tried this year? I want to know about it! I’d love to do a guest post for gluten free cookies .

XO

Social House – Aria Hotel in the Crystals Mall

Social House – Aria Hotel in the Crystals Mall

The restaurant was dark and decorated in red and black colors throughout. It would be a great place for an intimate dinner with a significant other. I would not recommend for families or people with children.

This sushi restaurant was a bit on the pricey end but completely worth every dollar spent!
Imagine my comfort level when our waitress explained she also struggles with a gluten intolerance and was well aware of how to prepare the foods and when to check on items to make sure I was safe.

She answered all my questions about the menu and made me feel extremely safe about eating there. When I had questions she didn’t know the answer, she immediately went back to the kitchen to ask the chef to ensure I was staying gluten free!

I decided to try the most expensive roll in the place – it had gold flakes on it! Kobe beef, king crab and yellow fin were some of the meats in this roll. It tasted like magic. I loved it and every single thing about it was phenomenal. I hadn’t spent a lot of money so far on food during the trip so I decided to take a splurge.

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We also had roasted mini potatoes that were seasoned so perfectly and roasted to the greatest crispiness ever that we were all fighting over them at the table.

Everyone at the table enjoyed different sushi rolls that were each equally delicious in their own way. (or so I was informed by the non-celiacs)

If you are in Las Vegas looking for a unique, delicious dinner and aren’t worried about the price tag – I would highly recommend Social House for dinner.

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Check it out on www.FindMeGlutenFree.com and don’t forget to write your own review!

 

Maggiano’s – Fashion Show Mall

I’ve written about Maggiano’s in the past but wanted to give it another try to see if they are consistent among the chains with gluten free menus and education of their staff.

Sure enough, the waiter was very familiar with gluten free options and provided me with a description about what could and couldn’t be made gluten free. I settled with the pasta dish I always get and it was delicious.

I do struggle with their Caesar salads though. Not sure if it’s the lactose in the dressing or preparation of the salad but I stopped getting them there. –

It was nice to not spend over $25 on a meal for once during this trip.

This chain really does gluten free right!

 

Border Grill Gluten Free Menu
Border Grill Gluten Free Menu

Border Grill – Mandalay Bay

Our last night in Las Vegas, we decided to take a stroll over to Mandalay Bay and have dinner at Border Grill. This place was highly recommended on the gluten free sites and showed on their website to have a dedicated gluten free menu, so needless to say I was pumped to check it out.

The hostess was not very friendly. I gotta say that I am a stickler for happy, positive employees because they are the face of your business and crucial to customer satisfaction.

I was pleased to see such a large gluten free menu until I opened it and realized 2 of the pages were filled with alcohol choices.

We decided to try the Queso Fundido, which they brought out with corn tortillas and the chips are gluten free there. The dip was pretty tasty for sure but it didn’t knock my socks off.

Our waiter was aware of celiac disease and gluten free preparations so that made me feel at ease too during our time there.

I ordered a shrimp and rice which came out on a plate filled with rice and then a strip of shrimp down the middle. The rice was in a pool of liquids making it a bit soggy. I have to say that I can’t stand wet rice so I just ate the rice off the top and picked at the shrimp. The dish was disappointing and I didn’t leave there feeling like I had an amazing gluten free dish coming from somewhere that specifically has a gluten free menu. The cost of my 10 small shrimp and rice was also $28 which I found to be completely out of line for the quality of the dish.

Now, had that dish come out and completely wowed me, I wouldn’t blink at spending $28 on vacation in Las Vegas for dinner. It just didn’t do it for me so I can tell you I won’t likely go back on my trip to Las Vegas next year.

I would recommend Border Grill because they are educated and understand gluten free meals but I’m not sure it would be my first pick for someone. It’s the safe choice.

Have you been here? Make sure you write a review on FindMeGlutenFree.com – I Did!

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Gluten Free Shrimp Meal
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My sister’s gluten free meal

 

Trevi – Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace

Prior to being diagnosed with celiac disease, this is probably one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas. It always provided delicious Italian dishes with a decent price tag and a great atmosphere. I love eating outside the restaurant (but in the mall) on the cobble stone street being able to people watch while enjoying a delicious meal and glass of wine.

We decided to stop there and have an early lunch one day while out shopping around. They do not have a dedicated gluten free menu but they were able to give me several options on the menu that could be prepared gluten free. While the waiter wasn’t as confident about gluten free items, he was able to go back into the kitchen and talk with the chef about choices for me, which made me feel pretty good about eating there.

I decided on a filet and mashed potatoes. It’s probably one of the safest dishes we can eat at a restaurant without getting glutened. The steak was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were delicious. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Trevi.

While they don’t have a dedicated gluten free menu, I feel comfortable in saying that folks who can’t have gluten but are able to explain and ask questions about their meal would be able to safely have dinner there without any problems.

Again make sure you are writing reviews on www.findmeglutenfree.com so we can continue to create a data base of awesome restaurants in every city!

Gluten Free Review – Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk Winery
Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk opened at Easton Town Center in Columbus on Monday this week. Imagine my excitement when I saw they offered a gluten-free menu and my first thought was “I have to try it immediately.”

So by Wednesday, I was eating there for the first time. Check out the size of this gluten-free menu….

They even have 5 gluten-free desert options!

Gluten free menu
Gluten free menu

I told our waitress about my gluten allergy and she made sure the kitchen knew I was there. They brought out the pretzel bread for my dinner date and a gluten-free bun for me to try.

We started with an appetizer of shrimp wrapped in bacon – delicious. The shrimp were large and I easily got 2-3 bites out of them.

Dinner was the pepper jack, bacon cheeseburger – the bun was a little much for me since I already had one when we first got there so I ended up eating the burger naked. There were several sides I could select from and I ended up with Mary’s mashed potatoes.

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gluten free cheeseburger

I got a gluten-free brownie to take home and shared it with my husband. It was simply delicious. Light, fluffy and moist!

The manager even came out after my meal to make sure everything was ok and I enjoyed my meal. He explained the gluten-free process and that they are very sensitive to cross contamination and pride themselves on making safe gluten-free experiences for their guests.

My new favorite wine
My new favorite wine

After this tasty meal, I decided to bring my family last night to try something new on the menu. They’ve already been to all the places around us to eat so it was a great change for them to try something new.

Last night’s meal blew the lid off of any other gluten-free meal I’ve had at other places. Wildfire Chicago is a close second to this dish.

I decided to try something totally new and went with the short rib risotto and it was best decision I’ve ever made. The meat was tender, moist and fell apart with my fork into the risotto. The sauce was incredible and the truffle oil on top with parmesan shavings tied everything together perfectly.

Short Rib Risotto Cooper's Hawk
Short Rib Risotto Cooper’s Hawk

We ended the meal with some chocolate covered strawberries. They were ok, not the best but then again it’s hard to compete with Godiva strawberries. I just didn’t think they were ripe enough before being covered in the chocolate.

I do have one comment about the restaurant – we had reservations at 7:30pm. While we didn’t wait longer than 5 minutes for our table, imagine our confusion when they were quoting people a 2-3 hour wait for a table and then there were at least 10-15 empty tables in the dining room when we were seated. Maybe it was lack of staff, but it was strange in my book.

You can find my review online at www.findmeglutenfree.com so I suggest you check it out and add your own!

The easiest gluten free chili recipe ever!

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe
Gluten-Free Chili Recipe

Everyone loves a great chili on a cold winter day or to celebrate the big game, but what do you do when all of the seasoning packets contain wheat? Well, I’ve tried several and finally found one that tastes great and helped me make a delicious gluten-free chili that can be eaten right away or frozen for the next time you need a warm, wholesome meal.

I wanted something super easy that I could just throw in the pot and wait for it to finish. That is exactly what I got with this recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Here is my recipe for super easy gluten free chili

What you need:

1-2lbs grass fed ground beef

2 cans or the equivalent of fresh kidney beans

2 cans of gluten free fire roasted tomatoes

1 can of gluten free tomato sauce

1 onion

1 green pepper

1 gluten free chili sauce packet like Hol Grain Gluten Free Seasoning

How do you make this deliciousness? So. Easy.

Brown the beef in a pan and then transfer to a large soup pot or crock pot

Cut up the pepper and onion to the size you like – I prefer the pieces smaller

Put the beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, pepper and sauce packet into the pan together

Wait for about 3-4 hours on low heat and then devour

The smell alone in your house is enough to make you drool!

Want to fancy it up? Add some bacon, hot sauce, hot peppers, sour cream, garlic, more veggies, cheese, gluten free crackers!

Wildfire Chicago: Gluten Free Review (hint.. go here!)

While we were in Chicago for the Celiac Awareness Tour, we decided to stay an extra night and spend some time in the city. After a little research on a few different apps and websites – both Yelp and FindMeGlutenFree recommended Wildfire for dinner.

I’m notorious for making reservations before we go anywhere because I am so impatient and hate waiting in a crowded little area for a table. So I frequently use Opentable.com to secure a seat before leaving the house. The only times available were 5:15pm or 9:30pm. We decided on 5pm because we hadn’t really eaten lunch due to being at the convention.

When we got there, I asked for the gluten free menu. Everyone was very accommodating – Check out this gluten free menu!!

Wildfire gluten Free Menu
Wildfire gluten Free Menu

Are you kidding me? Was I dreaming? I hit the gluten free Chicago jack  pot. Since we were there and they had this great menu – we were definitely going to try some stuff.

One of the things I miss is being able to order an appetizer occasionally. All of them are usually fried but I really enjoy having a snack before my meal comes.

We decided to try the baked goat cheese. OMG – it came with gluten free pita chips that were to die for.

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All Gone!

After looking at the menu – we both decided on a nice juicy cheeseburger on a gluten free bun. How often do I get this? Never so I certainly was going to go for it! Aaron even decided on a gluten free burger with me! They were delicious. The bun tasted great. The burger was delicious with no gluten filled fillers – cooked to perfection!

Wildfire Gluten Free Burger
Wildfire Gluten Free Burger

Then we shared sides of a sweet potato and a twice baked potato. Totally fantastic as well. Enough for 3 people each!

Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato

The entire time we were dining – our waitress continued to come back and make sure everything was ok. If I had a question about something, she checked with the chef or the manager and came back to tell me what she found out. I’ve never felt so safe dining out! There needs to be way more gluten free menu restaurants like Wildfire!!

During the meal I enjoyed some wine and they even brought out a gluten free (hot and fresh) bun to eat while Aaron had his regular bread!

I give Wildfire Chicago – 2 HUGE gluten free thumbs up and highly recommend it for someone gluten free looking to eat a delicious meal in Chicago!!

His and Hers bread. lol
His and Hers bread. lol
My 4 new friends.
My 4 new friends.

 

 

Food Addiction? What is wrong with us? Changing the way we think about food.

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I posted on Facebook yesterday what foods people missed most from their gluten free lifestyle. The purpose of this post was to see what types of food I could play around with or find as a great substitution for what everyone was missing.

54 People commented on my post and the comments as I read through them disturbed me. I completely understand that we miss bread, pretzels, beer etc but some of the things that people wanted to have so desperately are part of the problem in society.

I recently spoke to an Ohio State University group called CHAARG -Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls – They came to Bexa Body Fitness for a group fitness sampler and a little seminar on healthy eating in college. I spoke to them a lot about food options and ways to make better choices when eating on campus.

I can’t emphasize to people enough at my fitness studio:

  • If the ingredients look like they should be on a shampoo bottle you probably shouldn’t be consuming them.
  • There is nothing FRESH about Subway – Their lettuce is out of a bag and their meat is as processed as you can get. The sandwich is entirely bread and why do you always smell when you leave there?
  • I’ve never met anyone in my life that told me they were addicted to carrots, sweet potatoes or steak. I do however on a daily basis meet people that can’t give up artificial sweetener, diet coke, candy, sugary coffee drinks etc. What does that tell you about those foods and how they are reacting in your body? Your brain is addicted to these substances and no one seems to think this is a problem.

The list of foods people missed goes something like this:  Pizza, biscuits, donuts, pie crust, pizza, flour tortillas, bread, pizza, twizzlers, crackers, hot dogs, Subway, Arby’s, pizza, McDonald’s, funnel cake, Ciabatta bread and so on….

ON TOP OF THIS – I see an incredible amount of children and teenagers also addicted to these foods.

I believe that when people think of food addictions, they think of the television shows on TLC about people being cut out of houses or Extreme Makeover Weight Loss edition. But, we are all addicted to food in some capacity. Some people are able to handle it better than others but very few people recognize the problem/trend in our society.

Our society pushes low fat, low sugar, no fat, no sugar, low cholesterol and anything else with “low” or “no” in the front of it.

Do you know how those things get to be that way? They pump the foods filled with chemicals and fillers so they taste great and food us into believing they are healthy or good for us. They aren’t. Our brains are so fooled and duped into thinking all food should taste this way that eating a nice whole meal of protein, potatoes and veggies is like eating cardboard.

All of us that can’t eat these other foods and desperately long for them are proving my point. We are just replacing these junky gluten filled foods with junky gluten free foods. While it is fine once in a while, it is not ok all the time. Moderation is key but when options are so limited, I’m finding it much easier to go overboard on gluten free foods.

I’m absolutely not saying that I don’t fall into this trap. There are certain things I know I miss desperately and would love to have again. There are foods filled with gluten and gluten free that I know I can’t keep in our house because I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.

But I understand now how all this affects my brain chemistry. I realize how screwed up our society is to see that eating “I can’t believe it’s not butter” is better than eating regular butter. Do the research. Butter won’t kill you but I’m pretty sure whatever the hell is in that fake butter will.

We are the fortunate ones. We can’t eat that crap or we get sick. We are the ones that have the opportunity to heal our bodies and wean ourselves from the stuff we once knew.

If you get anything from this post, it might just be the 3 bullet  points I posted above and you might just think of a shampoo bottle next time you check out ingredients!

But I challenge you to think about these things the next time you are longing for a brownie or piece of pizza.

 

Speaking Engagement: Cleveland Celiac Awareness Tour 11/17/12

Come see me on November 17th, 2012 at the Celiac Awareness Tour!!

You can get your ticket online here!

Tons of vendors and speakers, lots of foods to try and of course come meet me!!

I’m going to have an awesome raffle gift at the event so be there to try and win it.

I’ll be sharing my story and answering questions.

January’s stop will be in Pittsburgh… I will confirm the date for you shortly!

What cities would you like to see me visit?