Family Journey


Armed with shopping list and an overwhelming sense of I can do it. I found myself wandering around the store lost as a traveler in a foreign country.

Objective:

In and out in 15 minutes, with food I can eat. Shopping list has 45 items on it, and all from a Gluten Free cookbook and items I can either pre-cook or take to work to eat.

Easy! Generally shopping takes 15-20 minute speed shopping.

Actual Results!

I knew I was in trouble the moment I walked in and head started swimming, the smell of fresh baked bread covered the entire store.

Veggies went great, the only problems, lots of fresh veggies.

On to Frozen food section, found out I was in trouble. EVERY bag of frozen veggies, fruit, taters, etc had warning labels  of may contain Wheat! I swear almost got frost bite searching for frozen fruit to care to work, along with the rice soups, all of them called for frozen veggies.  Finally found them all!

Now on to other items, nuts, corn tortillas, juices, chickpeas!

Baking supplies: This is the area I started getting upset, the store I was in has a very limited types of flour. Who would have thought cornmeal has wheat! Over half the recipes I pulled called for “cornmeal”, no place where I read did it list that cornmeal was a concern for gluten. I know the poor employees thought I had a few too many drinks. I almost unloaded the shelves to see if the different brands, if any were gluten free. Finally found a small bag of cornmeal, which is fully gluten free cornmeal.

At this point I am wondering around with tears in my eyes, texting my best friend for moral support. She is awesome.  I am so glad I have an awesome person outside the family to talk to!

After an hour and half long shopping trip, I stumble out of the grocery store.

I guess my problem is after living a Low Carb diet for years, I was excited I could try and find items to add to my diet, but in reality found out I have to remove even more.

In short: my dinner night after hour and half shopping spree:

Toasted Corn tortillas: with naked pan seared Chicken & Portabella Mushrooms, topped with Fresh baby Spinach, dried cranberries, soy nuts and GF Vinaigrette dressing.  Just hope it was Gluten Free.

The family at the same, except they had pasta instead of the Corn Tortillas, both girls tried the tortillas but they hated it.  I don’t know what we are going to do, if the kids are positive.

PS: as a side note. My 9 year old just kicked me out of the kitchen to make dessert. She keeps running in here with packages for me to read the labels.  I guess it is going to be ok.


Have you ever found yourself excited about finding out you had a disease?

Have you ever said YES! I have to make changes for the rest of my life and be happy you do?

Well I have.  The last 10 years I have bounced around and around specialists: Cardiologist, Gastroenterologist, Rheumatologist, Endocrinologist and even yes even a therapist. Everyone has a way to relieve symptoms, but no one has a reason for them happening or a way to keep them from happening again.

In the last 9 days, my internist has found the reason, booked with a new Gastroenterologist and he has confirmed.

What has been found? Celiac Disease? What the heck is Celiac Disease? Why does this make me happy?

Celiac Disease:  my body does not process a gluten, and because of this my small intestines have been damaged.

Why does this make me happy? After years of dealing with this unknown reason for how I feel, I have an answer and it is treatable.

How is it treated? Remove Gluten from my diet and life.

Are there other things to worry about? I still have to have my children tested to see if they have the positive blood test. If they do, we will remove gluten from their life also.

What changes are in store? The number one thing is to remove the obvious: Wheat, Rye, Barley and Oats. Sounds easy? You never realize how much you crave something until you can no longer have it. For me, it is rather simple. I have been on a low carbohydrate diet on and off for years, but now I can add back rice, corn and potatoes back into my diet, but my weakness. The item I always added back into my low carb as soon as I was at a point to start adding back is Oats. I love oatmeal.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not happy I have this disease, what I am happy about it that for the first time in years, there is name and a treatment for is making me ill. My energy will come back, I can walk a mile with my children, and I can have a hug from my children without hurting!

 My only fear is that I passed on the gene and disease to my children, but I will let their doctor’s review and we tackle if there is a problem.

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