Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

When diagnosis becomes personality…

Food is inseparable from us.  We need it.  We could do without it for some time but our bodies know better; they stop functioning, they slow down processes, they limit their activity so they can survive minimally.  Our bodies do that without us.  It requires no cognition, no forethought, planning.  It just does.

With an over-abundance of accessible food in this country (poverty and homelessness excluded), we have grown to associate living with eating.  What’s thanksgiving without turkey and pie?  What’s a potluck at work without food?  What’s dinner without dessert?  We bond over meals.  We sit down at the dinner table and regroup about each others lives.  My husband and I chat about our days over dinner every night; we connect over food.  We’re having friends over for dinner tonight.

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Recovery Bread – Pamela’s Sweet Honey Bread

As a nurse, recovery from a gluten exposure is not naturally intuitive.  Proper care of any stomach bug, stomach issue, et cetera, includes these steps: Bowel rest –> clear liquids –> full liquids –> BRAT diet.  If you’ve heard of the BRAT diet, for the celiac… it’s an expensive one — if you focus on the T in Brat. The T is often the easiest for non-celiacs.  BRAT breaks down to: Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.  These are high starchy foods that are more readily digestible in an angry environment.  “If you’re nauseated, try saltines!”  Where the heck do you get saltines without hitting every single grocery store looking for them?  Gluten free saltines?  Medically, we don’t think about our recovering celiacs when we think BRAT diet.

During this pregnancy, I’ve craved starches.  Bread, pizza (basically bread with toppings on it), potatoes, and rice.  So it seems even more natural that, after being exposed to gluten on Monday, that I would just crave starches.  Unfortunately, the last few the mornings – I’m not tolerating food.  Bread, however? As a nurse, I know that’s a go to… so when I started craving bread last night I decided I was going to do something about it — and not run to the store to do so.

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Change and the Interference of Choice

I wish I could describe change like a babbling brook.  Water flows gently, quietly, relaxingly down the water bed and disrupts the whole environment around it.  The rocks cannot hold on, the fish continue to swim, and all the creatures around the water come there for a drink.  It is nature; it is natural.  It is the change that keeps the ground renewed.

Change in our own lives, however, is not particularly gentle, quiet, or relaxing.  The subtle disruptions of the water do not extend to our own lives and we are often left with a large feeling of disruption, of chaos.  Why is this?

Enter choice.  Unlike the river of water that has no choice other than to be what it is – we’ve been given this beautiful yet fundamentally frustrating option to be whatever we want to be.  To choose whatever we want to choose.  Choice.

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Raspberry Lemon Morning Yogurt Muffins – Gluten free, of course!

I am always looking for an excuse to bake something.  My husband will eat one or two pieces or items at most and I’ll balloon up too fast if I eat a whole batch.  This recipe was simple, quick, tasty, and enough that I can save a few and send him to work with the rest.  I also think these make perfect breakfast muffins and can be heated up in the morning for 15-20 seconds to get a nice soft out of them.  Hope you enjoy!

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IT’S A GIRL!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled celiac related posts… for an announcement:

IT’S A GIRL!

If you’ve been reading any of the other posts, the Baby part of Two Celiacs & A Baby has been a he/she or it combination. We had decided from the beginning that we wanted to know the sex and yesterday, we had the ultrasound…

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Pregnancy Has Made Me Well-Adjusted?

Did you click on the article because you read the title?  The title reads like an oxymoron; a joke.  Who says pregnant women are well-adjusted?  Ha!  That’s sounds kind of crazy…  This woman must be mal-adjusted in her well-adjusted state!

My husband said this to me one day during my First Trimester tears.  “Pregnancy has made you well adjusted.”  We laughed about it and I had to ask what he meant… but now at 19 weeks, I think I understand.

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Celiac – The Top 5 Reasons that I Don’t Hate You (Anymore)

I don’t know the moment that it happened and I can’t tell you that I even realized it.  Somewhere, sometime, in the last two years… I stopped hating celiac disease and I started to see the positives in it.  Sure, there’s plenty of negatives in it but after navigating my social life through the Kubler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief (Anger, denial, acceptance, bargaining and depression), something clicked.

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