Well it’s official. I have a lactose intolerance and I’m not happy about it. After a few weeks of feeling great and being steady on a strict gf diet, I decided to buy 1 container of Greek yogurt and try it out tonight.
After my urgent run to the restroom a few minutes ago, I can confidently say I will no longer purchase any regular yogurt or greek yogurt. I’ve already been buying and using organic lactose free milk but I’m really bummed. Greek yogurt has always been my go to snack. Filled with protein it’s the perfect choice with berries!
Interestingly enough, I’ve been drinking these Kefir probiotic smoothies with my vitamins throughout the day and it not only helps me get them down without gagging but tastes pretty good.
An RD once told me that the probiotics cancel out the lactose thus allowing our bodies to process the yogurt. I consume probably a 1/2-1 cup throughout the day and don’t have any problems. I actually really enjoy them – they are thick and help tremendously with supplements.
Part of the reason I love Greek Yogurt is the convenience and ability to grab one and eat it quickly – along with feeling satiated after that 1 container. If I ran into the grocery, I could grab one on the way out and eat it right then and there! Or if I needed something quick in between a personal training client – my dear friend Greek Yogurt was always there to fill me up and fuel me for my next client.
But that’s ok. I can still eat cheese with no problem! I will find other things to enjoy for sure. I’m going to wait a couple days and then try cottage cheese to see if I have to rule that out as well. What’s better than a fresh peach cut up in a cup of cottage cheese?
How can kefir help?
Kefir is the most favorable milk product for people suffering from lactose intolerance. A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examined people struggling with lactose intolerance and found that kefir can actually improve lactose digestion. The reasoning? Kefir’s live, active bacteria cultures help break down the sugars in milk.
I am completely over whelmed, honored and excited at the response for this challenge!! A couple of quick things based on emails and question’s I’ve received since the initial post….
You do not have to eat the protein or dairy items. You can make some substitutions and I’ve also included a list of vegetarian protein sources on the Facebook Group Page.
You do not need to actually complete the competition part of the program – you can do it on your own, with us or enter the competition. It is completely up to you!
You do not have to have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance to do the program! If you want to give a try – that is awesome!!!
We are starting the challenge on 10/22/12 but you can do it whenever you want! Just the part with the competition is officially starting. You can get the plan without competing.
The workouts can be done at home or at the gym. They are quick, intense and get the job done.
I am not a nutritionist, doctor or RD. This is a basic gluten free plan based on my own personal knowledge and experience in the fitness industry. I am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, business owner, lifestyle coach, fitness competitor and personal weight loss story person.
You can find the 30-day plan and other materials on the FACEBOOK group page – once I figure out how to get it as an easy download thing on my blog – I will add that too. Just waiting to get my new fancy schmantsy blog up and running!!
Let’s have some fun.
I started a Facebook Group page for us to hold each other accountable, post our goals, interact with each other and become our own little community!!! Join here
It’s 2am and I’m wide awake working on a million different things. As a business owner and fitness expert, I’m often pulled in different directions. This blog and community is something I’ve become very passionate about and is important to me. The Pretty Little Celiac community is near and dear to my heart and I’ve always been one to help others, share information and educate. My favorite job I ever held was a Training Coordinator position in child welfare. I designed my own trainings, taught new staff and provided advanced training for long term employees.
Then I fell in love with fitness and now my personal journey with gluten free living and celiac disease!
Help me help you…
I want to know what you need.
If I created different types of media would this be beneficial to you??
Video Blogs (I admit I hate the video camera)
What kind of written content can I create in free downloads that would benefit you?
How to get started on gluten free living?
Living gluten free in college
Clearly we’ve all established this need and desire for me to share my story, hear about yours and get fat trying all these gluten free foodie products for you!!! I want to broaden my horizons and methods to help you but I want some feedback before I spend hours making podcasts only to have no one listen in!
Any other ideas?
I’ve got 1 big, brownie cake from Rose’s Bakery for a random giveaway to someone who posts on this blog post and gives me ideas….
My entire life I’ve been accused of “yelling” or speaking too loudly. I never understood what anyone was talking about because I spoke in my normal voice. Regardless, I seemed to always get hushed. I’ve always found myself asking people to repeat themselves or saying “what.”
In 2005, I jumped in a pool and it caused my ear drum to pop leaving me in the emergency room with my new boyfriend. Talk about embarrassing. Aaron sat there while I laid in agony on the table as the nurse pulled ear wax balls out of my ear canal. The doctor said I must have had an ear infection for a long time and it finally had enough with the pool water. I left the emergency room with a ton of medication and a wonderful boyfriend who later became my husband.
I know you aren’t supposed to use Qtips – but they feel SO good. Every single time I use them, I get so much junk out of my ear. I realize I’m pushing more probably into my ear canals but I don’t think what comes out of them is normal.
The ER doc referred me to an ENT specialist that I went to off and on for a few years. He always seemed to have the same reason for the wax and pain in my ears – “seasonal allergies.” I honestly think that’s the generic term for everything and can just be cured with allergy meds.
It wasn’t until this year when I started putting all the pieces together. I recently found this article on the Livestrong website about Histamine and ear pain with celiac disease:
“During an allergic reaction to gluten, various chemicals are released that cause your blood vessels to dilate and irritate soft tissues. Histamine is the primary chemical in your body that causes inflammation and swelling to occur in soft tissues. As histamine levels increase in the soft tissues in your ears, swelling causes blockage in your inner ear that can lead to congestion. The congestion may also cause fluid to build up within the ear, causing temporary hearing loss.”
Ear wax is 20 to 50 percent fat, and it coats the ear canal to moisturize it, fight off infection, and help keep dust, dirt, and other debris from getting deep inside your ear. Maybe it is also a protector against other things your body doesn’t want too and it’s a response from having the gluten poison.
I did notice when I stopped eating gluten, my ear pain went away and my “seasonal allergies” seemed to disappear. There are occasions when I think I’ve got a little ear pressure or runny nose but sometimes that’s just normal life.
Again, I’m not a doctor! Just one gal describing her symptoms and signs wondering out loud if they are all related. Sometimes it takes a while to put all the pieces together… With over 200 symptoms of Celiac disease… how could anyone piece all this stuff together??
For those of us with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, we’ve all heard comments that make our skin crawl. I compiled a list of the top 15 things you should never say to someone about gluten or celiac!!
Can you eat anything….?
Are you sure you can’t just have a little bite to try it? This is really good, you’re missing out.
Well, if you can’t go there to eat, where can you go?
It’s not like eating a little gluten will kill you…
I would just die if I had that allergy. I would probably just keep eating gluten. I could never give up….
Any statement that starts with “My doctor told me…”
Any statement that starts with “I read on the internet…”
How can a food allergy cause that many symptoms for that long? That doesn’t seem right.
Can’t you just drink a lot of water and flush it out when you eat gluten?
Can’t you just take a Benadryl after you eat bread and then not have a reaction?
Maybe I’ll try going on a gluten free diet. I heard you lose a lot of weight.
I just heard Miley Cyrus got really skinny going gluten free, is that why you aren’t eating gluten?
Your spouse must really hate the fact that you can’t eat gluten.
Seems like you have to give up a lot for a minor food allergy.
So, will you ever be able to eat gluten again?
Do you have a comment that is made to you frequently about gluten or celiac?
Post it below so we can all have a laugh and know we aren’t the only ones!
Today my husband and I ran the 2012 Hell Run at Buckeye Lake in Ohio to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Our in-laws even came out to watch the event and they grabbed some great pictures. We were starved after the event and decided to head back towards our house. I saw on Find Me Gluten Free that Red Robin had gluten free menu and after some internet searching found that they even have a gluten free bun!
This trip was not healthy by any means but I figured we just did this 5k right with obstacles so I decided to indulge in a gluten free cheeseburger. After all, I have to try it for all of you right?
This was a GREAT cheeseburger. Not only did they give me the gluten free bun but they cooked the french fries completely separate so they wouldn’t be contaminated with the other fried gluteny stuff. This was so exciting! I don’t think I’ve had french fries in months. The bun was fluffy and big, the burger was juicy and it hit the spot perfect. My husband even got a gluten free bun and shared my fries, which he enjoyed as well!
Best part is not feeling sick or bloated after my meal. 2 meals in a row – out in public – without getting sick! WooHoo
Highly recommended! They were very sensitive to my celiac disease and gluten free needs.
*Although I do smell like a stinky, greasy, oniony burger – even after showing and playing in the mud*
Congratulations to Sarah Casebolt – She is the very first Pretty Little Celiac of the Month!!
When I read her story, I teared up and couldn’t believe her amazing strength during this journey.
~My Celiac story is interesting, back track to 1983 or so and I was a young one-3 years old. I had entered Kaiser Hospital in California because I was literally going to the bathroom 20-30 times a day, I looked well pregnant which is obviously odd for a 3 year old. I lived in the hospital off and on for almost a year and was living in the children’s ICU. It came up finally that I had Giardia which is a parasite, but that was odd as this is usually caught from streams, creeks, rivers, mountain areas, etc. Regardless I was released and told to live on, yet the symptoms where always present.
Fast forward nearly 30 years and here I am STILL dealing with issues, I am a working professional yet I cannot eat at work for fear of running to the restroom. I was in the Air Force for nearly 13 years and had the same fears, issues, and I was a flight medic so I was always hungry to say the least on those long flights transporting injured from Iraq and Germany.
Yet I digress, in 2005 I was tested for Celiac disease via the ever awful Colonoscopy and the Dr stated “He was not sure!”
Hmmm, so I went from Dr to Dr trying to find SOMETHING that resembled a diagnosis, during this time I began having major thyroid issues, an overactive thyroid caused me to be very skinny to the point of looking like death. Dr’s said the culprit was my thyroid, yet I did not really believe that, in fact I started doing research on my own because I felt I had no other way. I finally moved to Colorado Springs, now married we wanted to have a baby yet after 8 miscarriages at around the 12-16 week mark we sought help from an infertility specialist and became parents to beautiful girl/boy twins in 2009, then another daughter in 2010-yet despite these babies I always had a “tender” stomach and if I ate something wrong I was in for it.
In December 2011, they removed my Thyroid and said all my problems would disappear, how dumb I was to believe them! I took my thyroid replacement medication from there on out, once daily and during this time my husband who is still in the Air Force went to Korea and it would be a year long time away from his family, so I became a single mommy not near family and still sick, still could hardly eat. In late February of 2012 my wonderful neighbor who is a retired nurse came over, at this point I weighed maybe 100 pounds, she said “Sarah either you head to the ER or I take you.” I did not see what others saw until I allowed myself to see how much weight I lost, I was literally shutting down, she took me to the ER the next morning, demanding admission for me, my thyroid levels were 195 when “normal” is 4-9.
My organs began shutting down, I had oxygen on, the nurses and technicians were contemplating ICU, made me sign over rights to Kathy my neighbor until my husband or parents could get there. WOW! I was put in ICU, on pain medications because of the horrible stomach pains I live with daily, and was seen by a GI Dr who would be my savior at the end of this story. I was prepped for an EGD/Colonoscopy the next morning, sadly due to malabsorption due to lack of thyroid and GI issues so severe I was not able to absorb the conscious sedation so yes you guessed it, I was awake and mean WIDE AWAKE the entire procedure, talk about painful and awful. The next morning it was revealed I had Colangelous Colitis in my lower intestine, Gastro-paresthis in my upper intestine and severe malnutrition, not to mention my horrendous thyroid levels that could kill me if not taken care of.
I began a lengthy hospital stay, filled with TONS of steroids, and tests, you name it and I had it. At this point thank God my parents flew in to watch my children all under 3, and the Red Cross was working on getting my husband home to help. I went home several weeks later very gaunt, sick still, but thankfully the Air Force gave me my husband for 3 weeks. I was off work for nearly 2 months, returned in the end of May.
We have had a great summer with my kids and I, single parent duty still until 3 weeks ago symptoms returned, I had another EGD/Colonoscopy just this past Friday so we will see but even living a VERY STRICT Gluten free lifestyle I am sick again some how, I am literally at a loss. I am back to eating 2 meals a day if I can even keep that in and simply doing my best to be a single parent since my husband is still in Korea. My Dr on Friday was at a loss but said he will find the cause and help me, this GI group has been amazing and I am so blessed yet I still am having a tough time.
I am now at 150 pounds and for my 5’2 frame it is heavy, I am on steroids for inflammation and other types of steroidal medications to help me day to day until we know what is wrong. I do know this I have a VERY SEVERE case of Celiac disease, my children now eat what I eat, we all love organic fruits and veggies, and Gluten free products. This is my story, I am still living it but I find peace in your blog and others in knowing I am not alone in this journey that at times feels like a nightmare. I am so glad I could share my story with you.
Lately I’ve been feeling chained to living a gluten free lifestyle. It’s like a giant, shackled ball is on my ankle following me around everywhere. Even before I started blogging about Celiac and gluten free living, it has been all I think about. Any symptom I have, I wonder if I ate something with gluten. Anytime we go anywhere, I wonder if I can trust the place we are eating to not make me ill. I’m finding myself obsessed with food, obsessed with Celiac…
Not to mention, I feel like a huge burden to others. We just went to a cookout on Friday and they called to see what we wanted to eat. Aaron had to do the whole explanation thing of what I can eat, it’s not just wheat etc…
I ended up eating before we went over there and picking up a fruit bowl to take with some Woodchuck Cider Ale so I wouldn’t be tempted with snacks or be hungry the whole night.
I realize there are people with bigger problems than I have right now, but for me this is a huge hill I’m still learning to climb. My choices are so limited and I’m already a picky eater so it makes it even more difficult for me to find foods to enjoy. Between the gluten allergy, latex allergy and lactose intolerance problems – I’m struggling. Even more so than I ever have in the past and I think it’s because I’ve become more aware, more diligent of my problems. Specifically now that I’ve been diagnosed with these ailments and know what’s going on.
I’m one of those people that have to understand everything. My friend Janine always jokes with me (and gets annoyed I’m sure) because I ask her “why” all the time. I’m the kid that loved to learn. My grandfather used to teach me lessons on the drive to school and always made sure I was ahead of my grade with reading, writing and arithmetic! So, why can’t I figure this thing out??
Did you know that 3 out of 4 women suffer from disordered eating in one way or another? That was a study done in 2008…. Can you imagine what the statistics are now with social media growing so large – giving access to so much information to so many people?
75 percent of women report disordered eating behaviors or symptoms consistent with eating disorders; so three out of four have an unhealthy relationship with food or their bodies
67 percent of women (excluding those with actual eating disorders) are trying to lose weight
53 percent of dieters are already at a healthy weight and are still trying to lose weight
39 percent of women say concerns about what they eat or weigh interfere with their happiness
37 percent regularly skip meals to try to lose weight
27 percent would be “extremely upset” if they gained just five pounds
26 percent cut out entire food groups
16 percent have dieted on 1,000 calories a day or fewer
13 percent smoke to lose weight
12 percent often eat when they’re not hungry; 49 percent sometimes do
Everything I learned about nutrition for the past 4 years is wrong.
All the tools I used to lose weight, probably made me even more ill and could potentially cause numerous problems with me as I get older.
A Penn State University study found that women with controlled celiac disease, eating a gluten free diet – are still more likely to suffer from stress, disordered eating and depression.
As a fitness expert, the more I learn about wheat, gluten and GMO’s I question how I can still promote and recommend these items to my clients.
My hormones are so out of whack that I try to work my ass off – only to build NO lean muscle – just gain weight or stay the same. I never understood why I did everything “right” and it didn’t work. Well, my TSH levels were off the chart, I suffered from low testosterone levels and I consumed gluten at an extra-ordinary rate! No wonder I didn’t feel well despite being “healthy.”
You can imagine how frustrating this is for a fitness professional to try so hard and not get the body the others have. To obsess over what you are putting in your mouth, doing the right things, only to have your body rebel. It’s the same feeling to have a hair dresser with horrible hair or a foot model with warts!
Now my body is running the show and I have no control. I finally know what is wrong but there is still this part of me that still feels like this is temporary and I will be able to go back to eating regular foods anytime now.
I work about 10-12 hours/day 6-7 days per week and I don’t have time or want to learn new recipes or foods. I want things to be quick and simple. I’m fortunate to have a husband that doesn’t mind cooking, but often I feel guilty when he works the same as I do and then ends up cooking.
Today I realized I’ve developed a Disordered Eating habit. I’m only eating things that are quick and easy. I’m not getting enough protein and whole foods in my diet. I’m consuming too many snacky type foods. To put this in perspective and be totally honest – I ate a half a bag of Popcorners, 3 gluten free cookies, 2 gluten free soft pretzels, a gluten free cider ale and some Kefir smoothie with my vitamins. I’m self admitting here, hoping it will wake me up or you can give me some support to lift my head up and eat some meat!
There is a difference between happy and healthy or skinny. I’d much rather be happy and healthy but am struggling to put the pieces together.
I will figure this out….
Last night I had a great balanced meal! Salmon, green beans and purple jasmine rice!! I need to stay committed to these types of meals and eat them throughout the day instead of just dinner.
Am I crazy? Do you suffer from any of these? Leave me a comment and let me know!!
It’s 2 am on September 3rd, 2012 and I am wide awake with a horrific stomach ache. It started after my lunch out today at a local restaurant known for having a “gluten free” menu. My review is coming up this week but if you have celiac or severe gluten intolerance I would avoid it at all costs.
Gluten poisoning. What to say about gluten poisoning? It is awful. Just dreadful. Miserable.
Imagine having a stomach virus that gives you diarrhea along with a brick like feeling in your belly without being able to think or sleep. Eating gluten frequently causes a “brain fog” which is similar to having lack of focus. Primarily for me its because I just keep thinking about the horrible pain in my belly. It’s crippling.
The longer I go without gluten in my system, the worse the symptoms are when I do consume the little jerk. I can feel it in my joints. As I type this email, my fingers are throbbing. I can feel my heart beating in my stomach. My head pulsed all day from a low level headache and now I’m wide awake with insomnia from my stormy gut. My stomach is so bloated I look like I’m 4-5 months pregnant.
This is an allergy. My husband is allergic to tree nuts and swells up with hives and could die. My allergy is a slow painful death. Celiac causes tons of other problems for people including hypertension, hypothyroidism, heart complications, behavioral problems, sleeplessness and even cancer. For years I’ve lived with numerous under lying symptoms of celiac but because I ate it every day, my body was in a constant state of turmoil which apparently I just came to adjust to and go on with my life.
Gluten poisoning is different. Instead of a little stomach ache all the time, this is one big, giant, crippling stomach ache that lasts for 2-3 days.
Several weeks ago we went to a Cincinnati Bengals game and kept walking by the concessions with the fresh, hot soft pretzels. My total weakness. My favorite food. I could eat them every single day.
I rationalized eating one that we usually go to 2-3 games per year and if I just let myself eat 1 pretzel at the games, I would satisfy my craving of foods I’ve been forced to deprive myself of for months now.
I ate the pretzel. It seemed like the most delicious pretzel I’ve ever consumed. I ate it in the most miniscule bites to make it last what seemed like forever. It was so good.
An hour later, I was fine.
2 hours later, I was fine.
This was exciting. I beat the system! I could enjoy a pretzel every once in a while and be fine.
Boy was I wrong…..
3 hours later we were about 10 minutes from home and I could feel it. My stomach started to gurgle. My head started to sweat and my heart started pounding. I know that feeling and we had to get home quick. I ran in the house from the driveway to use the restroom. Just like old times I thought to myself. Oh well, I can handle it. I lived with it for 15 years.
Little did I know what was going to happen that week. Friday night was the game. Saturday I felt like a freight train hit me. My fingers were totally swollen and my joints ached. I was exhausted and had a horrible stomach ache. Sunday was just as bad. Monday, Tuesday Wednesday – by FRIDAY I started to feel better. It took me a full week to feel back to normal. I ate fruit bars for almost the whole week. No appetite. Frequent restroom trips. It was just awful.
This was the first time I purposefully ate gluten since February. I’d gone 6 months without consuming a large amount of gluten. I’m sure I’ve had some in the mean time with cross contamination but nothing like this.
The only thing that seems to make my stomach feel better is the natural sierra mist. There is no amount of medicine, vitamins or foods that make your stomach feel better after being poisoned. You just have to stop eating gluten again and wait for your body to heal. Just take it one day at a time. If you have to rest, you have to rest. It’s very similar to having the flu. Your body will tell you when it is time to get back to the normal routine.
I’ve been reading all these things on the internet in blog posts and random other websites. They don’t work. Waiting it out and resting works. Drinking soothing tea might ease your stomach ache but it won’t heal your belly or the damage done to your intestines. Have you ever tried to sleep with a horrible stomach ache? It’s nearly impossible. When I eventually get to bed tonight, I will inevitably lay there tossing and turning until I have to get up in the morning.
Things will get better. I will get smarter about food choices and be more careful about going out to eat. It’s very difficult to trust that restaurants can fully protect you and understand the severity of gluten poisoning. It’s ultimately my responsibility to protect myself and in the future I’ll do a little more research before heading out to eat just because they have a gluten free menu. You live and you learn. The most mistakes I make, the more educated I become on this topic!