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Saw a nutritionist last Monday (7/23/2012)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My dr referred me to a nutritionist to discuss Celiac Disease and my kidneys.
First off, we discussed Celiac Disease. She asked me if I was ever diagnosed for Celiac and told her "yes", however I was gluten free so therefore the report came back as negative. I explained how this all came about as my younger sister also has Celiac Disease and was diagnosed over 21 years ago. She explained to me that gluten intolerant and Celiac Disease is not one and the same which I always thought it was. People that cannot tolerate gluten do get sick but they do not damage the gut. I can just ingest a small amount of gluten and get extremely sick and feel lousy for a few days after that. From what I had told her she said that I am definitely Celiac and have a severe case of it. I had told her that I am not going to ingest gluten and then get tested again as it is not worth getting sick and she definitely agreed with me.The good part is that I do watch it and have it mostly under control. It is like every thing else, you have to watch it very closely and hope that you do not come in contact with gluten.

Then she discussed my kidneys. I do have a kidney disease but did not realize the severity of it. The GFR (which is the filtration of the kidneys) should be 60 and my is 40 which is a Stage 3. There are five (5) stages and I forget what the fourth one but stage 5 is kidney failure and that I do not want. She has me on no more than 1500 mg of sodium a day and no more 60 mg of protein a day. She also is watching my potassium which right is now 4.2 and that is good. However if it gets to 5 she wants me back into her office immediately and the same for the GFR if gets any lower than what it is.

I am now reading labels and making sure that the sodium level is no more than 1500mg. I know that processed food is out of the question as there is a lot of sodium in them. Here I thought I was doing good as I usually never salt my food. I am now writing down every thing I put into my mouth and so far the sodium level that I am eating has not been more than 1500mg. One day it was around 1200mg but not more.

This is really an eye opener. I talked to her yesterday and she is happy in how I am doing things. I got my b/w done this past Friday and will be seeing my own Dr on the 7th of August. I doubt there will be a big change as I was watching every thing for just a week. We will see.

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CTRAVEL 8/6/2012 11:37AM

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Really do appreciate them and all of your support.

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HEALTHYBARB1 8/5/2012 8:02PM

    Glad were able to get some good diet information to keep your kidneys from getting worse. Sounds like your on your way to so healthy life style changes!! Hugs Barb

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    Great that you found a good Dr. to help you.

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COOKWITHME65 7/31/2012 2:20PM

    Just came across your blog. When I was recently in the hospital I was on the cardiac unit, thus a cardiac diet. No added salt was allowed. I was given little Mrs Dash packets to season my vegetables etc. I have since purchased two different flavored shakers for my home use and use them all the time. Give them a try if you already haven't.

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    Good job! I cook 100% of my foods now because of Celiac, only having some pre-made pesto every once in a while.

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BANKER-CHUCK 7/31/2012 1:54PM

    Great Blog. I have learned a few things about the subject. Keep watching your intake and things will come in line for you. I will forward your Blog to Maggi. Love you both and hope other aspects in life are well.

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Just wanted to talk about anything and everything

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You know life does throw a lot of things that you are not too sure that you can handle. There are times that we all do (including myself) start feeling sorry for yourself and then you look around and say to yourself "thank God for what I have" I have been blessed with good health, a good marriage, great family, roof over my head and we always have our bills paid for. What else can a person ask for. Oh I know there is always that one person that has to be negative about everything. I myself try to stay away from people like that. They can bring you down if you let them. Misery loves company.

That reminds me of the "devil". Lent started last Wednesday and I promised God that I would not eat the candy that is left in the freezer. I have Jordan Almonds (which I love dearly) and a few pieces of See's Candy. Well the devil almost God me to break my promise to God more than once. I could just see him saying "just take one piece it won't hurt." Well I did get the best of him and it sure felt good. I could see God smiling down on me and the devil ranting and raving.

I have mention to some of my friends that my husband is on a low Carb diet and he is really doing good. He had to go in for an angio gram December 8, 2011. Well the dr was not able to put a stent in as the artery was completely blocked from both ends. He added another prescription to see how it would work and also told him that he needs to lose at least 30 lbs. I went with him and asked the dr how many calories and carbs. He said 1500 calories a day and no more than 100gm of carbs a day.

I was not sure that he would do this as the dr has told him to do this many times before and it fell to deaf ears. The dr also told him that if you do what I tell you, you will lose the weight On the way coming home, I told him he has to watch the calorie intake and carbs as I would not do it for him. I know that sounded cruel but if I did that then it would not mean a thing. He was 206 and is now down to 191. He saw his dr about a week ago and he was so thrilled about his weight loss. I told the dr he has done this on his own and hubby was smiling from ear
to ear. The last dr visit, he told his dr that he will be down the 30 lbs before he sees him again and that will be in August. He is determined so know he will do it. I am always telling him how proud I am of him. Of course, when I do the shopping, I make sure that he eats healthy. He will cheat just one day a week and then goes back onto the plan and it is working. He is also seeing results and that definitely makes a big difference.

I guess I had best stop as I feel that I am wrting a novel.

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/4/2012 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing...counting our blessings is always a good thing!!! Glad to see your DH is staying committed for the long road and losing the weight!!! Smiles Barb

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LINDAF49 3/1/2012 2:13AM

    So happy and so proud!!! God is good all the time!!!

So encouraging for me to hear about one of our own winning with Low Carb - encourages me to stick to it and I will overcome.

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CINDYTW 2/29/2012 9:06PM

  emoticonGlad he is doing well! 100g is pretty generous for a low carb diet BTW. They usually start at 20g. and work up after that.

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BANKER-CHUCK 2/29/2012 11:40AM

    Good for you going with Denny and giving him encouragement to lose the weight. Weight is the root of most health issues. As for the candy in the frig....move it to the trash-can and pour pine-sol on it.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 2/29/2012 11:20AM

    I know that I can't do the "one bite and that's all" thing - one bite leads to binging for me. LOL. You're doing really well - keep up the good work. Tell D we're proud of him for doing this himself - C & I know how tough it is.

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    Enjoyed reading your post. Isn't amazing how many times we think just one bite and I will stop and it only leads to several more.

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LITTLEONEJLC 2/29/2012 7:52AM

    Enjoyed reading your update, and glad your husband is doing so well and taking responsibility for his health! God bless!

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A new beginner

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I have to share this with everyone. I went to a Pamper Chef party yesterday and the consultant asked everyone there to give their name and one word that describes them in the kitchen and I said a New Beginner. I will explain this.

Before I was gluten free I did not like to cook, in fact, I cooked to just survive. Luckily my DH was not fussy as it never bothered him which was good for me.
When we worked, everyone thought that hubby and I went out a lot because I said I do not like to cook but in essence I did cook but out of sheer misery LOL.

I have been gluten free for two years and in the beginning I felt the same way and did not enjoy eating at all. Well my sister came for a visit during that time and looked around my kitchen and could not believe what I had or the lack of not having. Well she took me shopping and had me buy things like measuring cups and spoons, bowls to mix stuff in (don't laugh) as I did not have that in my house. We also bought a lot of other things that I could actually make a decent meal including a cookbook. I think that I did have some in the house but never opened them.

Well will now fast forward to now. I really enjoy cooking and baking - this is a first for me. I even made home made pies from scratch and they were actually good. I was not too sure and held my breath as they all ate it and got some great comments.

Cookbooks, well that was not in my dictionary and now I have one that are recipes that I downloaded from the websites. I even have them in alphabet order, did not get the dividers for them but that is on my next list.

I am always looking for new ways to make things, of course, I do not make anything gourmet but things that are fast and easy and actually they are really good, if I have to say so myself LOL.

I guess that I had to be gluten free to actually enjoy cooking and have been for almost 2 yrs.

I guess you can say there is hope for me after all. At least I hope so LOL.

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MUNCHIEMAGS 2/29/2012 11:15AM

    Hey - we've stayed at your house quite a few times and we've never had a "bad meal" at your place!! And that was even before you went GF. Didn't have the chance to try one of your pies this last time cuz you weren't feeling well, but there's always next time. emoticon

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SKIDEE 11/16/2011 3:24PM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you being willing to learn and humble enough to admit that you actually are enjoying it now!!

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LINDAF49 11/14/2011 9:26PM

    Delightful blog and fun way of talking about it all - I am learning all over and actually think I enjoy it more - always a challenge to make something good from basic ingredients.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 11/14/2011 8:33PM

    It took me a long time before I enjoyed cooking gf. I have always enjoyed cooking.

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/14/2011 4:12PM

    Char- I love to cook! I am glad you are learning and enjoying it too!!! Gluten free is a new beginning for us all!!! Smiles Barb

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TRISHP1961 11/13/2011 8:50PM

    Good for you!

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LITTLEONEJLC 11/13/2011 7:38PM

    Good for you!

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CINDYTW 11/13/2011 6:45PM

  I think I wanted to learn to cook because my Mom was like you. She could literally have ruined frozen dinners when I was a kid! She too started too cook when she was GF because that was in the 80's and no one even heard of this for the most part. There were hardly any products and the bread that there was was hideous! I am glad you have learned to enjoy it I do too!

Glad you are feeling better!

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It is so important to take care of yourself.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I got sick on the 11th of Oct. and found out that I had pneumonia (first time and hope the last time). You know when you are in your 40's and 50's you bounce back a lot quicker (at least I did) then when you are 72. This did get my attention as I have literally done nothing except get a lot of sleep and rest. This has really taken a toll on me and just today I am feeling somewhat better.

My hubby has been a real gem and did everything for me. I am also thinking about getting someone on a temporary basis to clean my house. This is a first for me as I always thought I could do everything myself. Well a times come when you have to sit back and weigh all the differences. I was always walking my dog daily, going to the gym; well all of this has come to a screeching halt until I am completely healed and will not be in any hurry. Life is too short and I have to learn to stop and smell the roses.

I have not posted in a while and hope to be back into loop of things soon. I want to thank all of you who sent me well wishes and prayers. Prayers is one thing that is wonderful and does work.

Thanks again.

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LINDAF49 11/4/2011 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon There, i went and picked some roses for you to smell - I love cut flowers in my humble home- Makes all the difference in the world!!
So Thankful you are feeling better and trusting you will take good care of you and continue to heal completely.

What kinds of doggie do you have? I so want a little Yorkie to care for and love on and be loved by but DH is not in favor so I will stick to my cute sofa pillow with one on it!

Tell me how you like having a house keeper part time - I consider it at times but never do it. God bless your day.

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HEALTHYBARB1 10/30/2011 1:12PM

    Char- seems as we get older it takes longer to bounce back!!! Your attitude about taking it slow is truly for the best!!! Also think getting help to do some of your home stuff is wise!! Glad you are starting to feel on the mend and hope to see you around in sparkworld again. You have been missed....but I am glad you are taking the time to take care of you and get all better!!! Hugs Barb
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CINDYTW 10/30/2011 1:08PM

  emoticonhope you feel better soon!

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Thank you for all my spark family/friends

Friday, September 30, 2011

I have been reading all of my blogs and comments that have been made. I am so fortunate to have my family/friends here on the spark page and not have to watch what I say. No one makes judgement and that is so great.

You all know that I have a lot of faith. Without it, I do not know where I would be. God has been very good to me. As I am writing this, I am trying not to cry but it is not easy.

I go back to see my eye DR next Thursday for a field vision test and my pressure check to see how my eyes are doing. I will keep you all updated on what the outcome will be. I pray every night for good results.

Thank you again for being there for me through my trials and tribulations.. I have a great SIL and BIL that is on spark page and they are just wonderful. If I have not told you lately, hope that you know that I love you both very much.

Thanks for letting me tell you how I feel.

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LINDAF49 10/3/2011 11:28PM

    Praying for your eyes to be healed by this Dr visit - You are so faithful in your care of them and I see this as such a good example and encouragement in my health efforts. gentle hugs.

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LITTLEONEJLC 10/2/2011 10:03AM

    Good luck at the doctor on Thursday. Your faith is inspirational! emoticon

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CINDYTW 10/1/2011 12:04AM

  emoticonI just sent a spark mail before I saw this! emoticon

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