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Gluten free? Thats one way to kick the junk food.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

heavy sigh.

For a few years now I have been battling problems with my stomach, gas, bloating, cramps. Its horrible. About 2 years ago after dealing with the problems for a year I thought, hey maybe I'm lactose intolerant. So I cut out all dairy and the problems got better, a week later I ate a big bowl of cereal with milk and boom, problems back.

I discovered milk did me in but I could still eat small amounts of ice cream, cheese, yogurt and other dairy. I switched to almond milk and was pretty good but slowly over the next year I started having problems again, had to cut out the ice cream, and then the cheese and yogurt and its gotten to the point where any small amount of dairy in baked goods will give me problems.

Over the past few months even when I eat nothing with dairy I have problems. Its been getting worse and worse and now I find it hard to go to the gym or out restaurants or even shopping because I am so flatulent (its reeeealy bad) and I cant just let it rip so I am in constant pain when in public. At home is not much better because even though I don't have to keep bottled up I feel disgusting and smell even worse.... my poor family. Plus I am still in pain.

A week ago my sister mentioned that maybe I had celiac disease. Our aunt was diagnosed with it a few years ago but I dident know what it was, I just know everyone in my family thought my aunt was a hypochondriac already so it was just another thing she thought she had and I never paid it any mind. I did some reading on it the past week and I now kinda feel bad I thought that of my aunt because all the problems she had for years before she was diagnosed can be caused by celiac. Turns out it makes your body attack itself when you eat wheat and one person can have one list of symptoms while another person has completely different symptoms. My stomach cramps, bloating, gas and it turns out lactose intolerance are all symptoms.

I went to the doctor today and told him my lactose intolerance story and before I could even ask to be tested for Celiac Disease he suggested that might be my problem. I told him that this past week I experimented with eating no gluten during the day and then eating something with gluten at night and getting horrible gas and cramps after having no problems at all during the day and he said after hearing that he is almost certain that is what I have.

I got blood tests and set up a nutritionist appointment and he told me I should start a gluten free diet right away.

So wow, I guess no more chips or bagels or garlic bread or lots of other stuff. It kinda makes you think twice about eating something with gluten when you know your basically killing your intestines. I am hoping that it wont be too hard though, but I am going to try and stay positive and know I have found creative solutions to eating low calorie and healthy, I can do the same in this situation.

Anyone eat gluten free? Any tips?

~ Jess

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KLPEFFERS 2/17/2012 10:53AM

    I recently heard about a book that I have been wanting to find and read that is related to this called "Wheat Belly". I have found a distinct correlation between gluten and icky tummy!
Wishing you all the best!!!

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NIELSENSLADY 2/17/2012 1:27AM


Crapola! I have been the biggest fan of your blog for a while now. I loved your food blogs because of your success on WW. I kind of lived through you because of your ability to eat foods that give me digestive problems. Now I find out you are LI and need to eat GF too? Welcome to my world. I understand completely what you are going through. My LI is so bad I get heart palpitations in addition to smelly BM's. Blech! I hope your new plan will help you to feel better. It is possible that you can re-introduce foods. Just give it a couple of months on a restrictive plan and then give it a go. I felt so sorry for myself for missing out on foods that I love like pancakes and I gotta admit that I will still suffer through them. Gluten is in everything! At least it feels that way. However there are still plenty of options available too.

Amy's gluten free frozen dinners that have soy cheese such as their pizza, or lasagna. Pretty reasonable too.

Almond thins, like chips made from almonds or baked lays or gluten free pretzels for snacks with salsa or hummus. There are also nuts or popcorn

Buy frozen french fries and bake them instead of frying them. Potatoes are tasty and filling...all kinds really. I love potatoes.

Rice, all kinds

You already know about UDI's. Love that bread. Check out their website for coupons. You can also find coupons on coupons.com for UDI's

Salads of course. Some dressings have milk or you can make your own.

Some soups are safe.

GF Oats, Quinoa or Buckwheat are all GF. They make a corn quinoa pasta that tastes like the real thing. I think it is by Ancient Harvest. It is good and high in fiber and protein.

There is a huge variety of GF flour's out there too.

Cheese is supposed to be low in lactose. You could probably test it to see how much cheese is tolerable for you. Yogurt however has always given me problems.

Fruits and veggies of course

Most this stuff is easy. The big pain is GF stuff can sometimes be high in calories and less filling so it's a challenge. I know you can do it though. You always put together great looking recipes. Feel free to message me if you ever have a question. I'm not a GF expert but I've been trying to manage my own diet for a few years now so I've done some research. I'd be happy to help anytime.

Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 1:28:36 AM

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MILEENA123 1/22/2012 2:22PM

    My mother found out about 2 years ago that she has celiac disease. She struggled for at least 20 years with just not feeling well. It started after she had my brother and she had hormone treatments and even a hysterectomy with no relief. Her doctor finally told her that it was just stress and all in her head. After being diagnosed her doctor then admitted that gluten was probably the problem all along.

However my mother is also allergic to diary and eggs. I am to and I have a slight intolerance to gluten as well but not as severe.

One caution is that if you stop eating gluten before you are diagnosed it will not show up on any test results. You would have to start eating gluten again to get a for sure diagnosis.

Gluten intolerance is actually much more common then you would think and it's getting easier to avoid as more and more options are showing up.

Good luck!!!

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    I have celiac disease. There are lots of gluten free blogs that I LOVE to read. Here is a link to a great blog on beginning the gluten free journey!


My advice is to do your best to stay away from all of the gluten free junk... you will be surprised at how much is out there! I would stick with just a really good bread (UDI's is my favorite). Also, many deli meats contain gluten. I like Boar's Head and Hormel Natural Deli Meats. If you are an oatmeal lover, you will need to buy gluten free oats. Bob's Red Mill makes a great one!

Let me know if you need any help or need to vent, it is not easy going and staying gluten free!!!

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MSSUNBUG 1/21/2012 11:08PM

    Similar problem here. Going GF, not all that easy... but definitely worth not feeling so miserable. I found wheat, much like sugar for me, required a bit of a detox. I no longer miss most of the foods I wondered how I could ever live without. I haven't done a lot of experimenting yet with GF alternatives to wheat favorites, just centered on sticking with the whole foods and grains I could eat without consequences. But this is a good time to go GF. There are whole sections of supermarkets dedicated to it, cookbooks galore--just two-three years ago, this absolutely wasn't the case.

Anyway... you're not alone. Glad you've gotten to the bottom of things, and happy to see by your other blog that you're already feeling better!

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VASPIAN1 1/20/2012 12:11PM

    When you get your blood work back ask the doctor about you gall bladder. I would get gas and pain after I ate meals and I didn't know what it as from. I thought it was a stomach ulcer or I was lactose intolerant. The pain got worse till I was on the floor in pain. I went to the doctor and had an MRI, they found gallstones stuck in my liver ducts so I had to get my gallbladder removed at age 24, and after that the pain was gone. Now my husband has pain and bloating, he went to the doctor and had an ultra sound and said his gallbladder was fine. Still trying to figure it out. Hope you feel better soon, Jess!

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ANNROSE126 1/19/2012 10:01PM

    thanks for your gluten-free story. I've been thinking of going gluten-free myself. I think I'll give it a shot. But no cereal in the morning, really? oh yeah, there are gluten free cereals at the grocery store. and peanut butter and jam on 2 rice cakes for breakfast again, i guess.


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AIMLESS07 1/19/2012 9:27PM

    I am noticing the grocery store starting to carry more gluten free items like cereal, pasta, and bread mixes so maybe you don't have to go without those things.

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WHITNEYLD 1/19/2012 2:38PM

    My dad has Celiac disease, and was diagnosed due to extreme weight loss and constant gastric upset, mainly bowel issues. If this is your problem, luckily, they now make tons of gluten-free foods! You can buy gluten-free flour, cake mixes, breads, and anything you could want. These items may cost a bit more, but all is not lost. Keep your head up. They make noodles you can eat (if indeed you do have this disease), and everything else you could imagine. Chex cereal is gluten free (at least 5 varieties). You need to avoid most pre-packaged things, or at least look on the labels for vital wheat gluten and things of that nature. No wheat at all. Rice is a must!

Good luck, and I am sure your nutritionist will have a plethora of ideas for you. I friended you, and I look forward to following your journey! emoticon

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Photo food blog changes & Fancy new phone

Friday, January 13, 2012

well in the last few days I have joined the 21st century and have gotten a smart phone. I was using a flip phone before that only called people, no texting, no frills. It didnt really bother me much because I dont really have a need to text and I am home most of the time so my ipod or the computer serves for updating my spark people or food or looking something up on the web.

Hubby on the other hand reeealy wanted a smart phone and when his work took his company provided cell phone away to save the company money he was all over it. I told him we could not afford the data package for a smart phone but magically last time he looked at the bills our car insurance went down by half because the accident we had in 2007 finally cleared. So out he went and got himself a droid and me an iPhone 4s.

Its really awesome because now I can update my food or my spark people from anywhere I go and there are cooler apps like a scan app from weight watchers that lets you scan the barcode of any name brand food and it will give you the calories, fat, fiber, protien, serving size and points of the item. Its awesome!

I have decided to make a facebook page for my food blog, that way I can snap a picture of my food with my phone and automatically upload it to facebook. I made a special facebook account for it and would love everyone to normaly reads my food blogs to friend me. I will also be able to respond to comments faster because facebook will send me a text message when ever I have a comment.

This is gonna save me so much time because uploading all the photos each day and then writing the blog out and aranging all the pics with the values of each food takes a long time.
I will be really happy when spark people comes out with a setting that lets you upload photos to your spark page from your phone. That will be a happy day!

Anyway... Friend me!!!!


MY FACEBOOK FOOD BLOG - http://www.facebook.com/jessfoodblog

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BRENDAF761 1/13/2012 12:20PM

    Have fun with that new phone! Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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CORINA81 1/13/2012 11:17AM

    I sent you a friends request on FB. I love your food blogs.

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MICHSTATE 1/13/2012 10:44AM

    Yay!!!! I LOVE my I-Phone!!!!! I would be SO HAPPY if they let us upload pictures directly from our phone on SP!!!!

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MISSLISA1973 1/13/2012 7:50AM

    Rock on! Enjoy!

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BAKER1009 1/13/2012 7:37AM

    Aw, bummer, I'm going to miss your food blogs! But I understand, it does take a long time to upload photos on here. Enjoy your new phone. Hubby seems to think we need smart phones too and we'll likely be getting them in the next few months.

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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Jessica's messy pantry - Food Blog

Sunday, January 08, 2012

well I decided to give you a peak into my very un-organized kitchen. I just went shopping for the next 2 weeks and I just cleaned my fridge which had not been thoroughly cleaned in too long to tell you because its embarrassing. lol. Its clean now though.

MY Fridge

water water water - got the big pitcher so i would not have to keep filling it
egg whites & eggs
left over corn
canned pumpkin
light cool whip
chocolate syrup - kids chocolate milk
grenedine syrup - really bad but it lasts a long time and I like a shirley temple now and then
left over chicken
greek yogurt
lunch meat
sour cream - light
turkey bacon
string cheese
light hot dogs
I also have some homemade vegetable soup in there now which is not pictured because I just made it. plan on eating it with lunches.
lettuce, avocados, carrots, cellery, cilantro, spinach, oranges, apples & grapefruit!


pretty much all condiments and then milk, almond milk, juice and I also keep a few bottles of water M- mom D- Dad A- Aiden... Sippy cup is Lyra


ok this part not so clean and organized. lol
found these new wasa crackers... tried them tonight and they were not too bad, very light and not as cardboardy as the other wasa crackers I have tried. Only like 60 calories per serving.
These cocoa roasted almonds are really great too and I think you get a decent amount for only 100 calories. They make you feel like your indulging which is great for keeping yourself on track.

These i got for my sons birthday. I decided to make cupcakes because lets face it me and hubby just cant control ourselves when it comes to desserts. Single serve all the way. Most cake mixes make 24 cupcakes though and thats way too much, I was happy when I found a cupcake mix that made a smaller amount.

Breakfast foods - pancakes, cream of wheat, grits, fiber one and some new cereal I got from aldi... have not tried the aldi cereal yet but its suppose to compare to go lean crunch by kashi... aldi claims are a little hit or miss though I had some stuff that is awesome and some that sucked. I will let you know how this adds up.

MiO liquid water enchancer - got this as a 3 pack at sams club yesterday. really really good and 72 servings for only 10 dollars.

The whole messy cabinet - went over most of the stuff but other than that I got some puff corn, chocolate special k, puff corn and crackers all for the kids, natural apple sauce cups for lunches for hubby and aiden, special k chips which i have not tried yet, taco shells and mustard ( so disoranized lol) Peanut butter, bread, croutons, bacon bits and a crap ton of tea... i also have a box of brownies that I make individual brownies out of. You just take 2 tbls of brownie mix combined with 1 tbls of canned pumpkin, mix it up and microwave it in a small bowl for 1 minute... soooo good!!!

pasta sauce, pasta, barley, blackeyed peas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, black beans, chick peas, BEANS BEANS BEANS!!!, lol, chopped chilis, canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin, Salmon, and hiding in the back there is some sort of chili sauce that my mother in law gave me.... been there for months.

more beans, lentils, brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, baby oranges for the kids, green beans, black beans, rotini, diced tomatoes.

next cabinet - Protien powder: never tried the soy before but i really wanted to start drinking protien shakes again because i stayed pretty full when I drank them.
pasta, splenda, oatmeal, crap ton of cup noodles, its a nice quick meal for the kids occassionaly but its not something we eat very often


More Oranges & Grapefruit, Bananas, Sweet potatoes, sweet onions, red poatoes, apples


Forgot to take a picture of this but you would find a few diet frozen dinners, left over ham from Christmas for beans, a huge bag of frozen mixed berries, a smaller bag of blueberries, chicken breasts, lean ground turkey, loaves of bread, tortillas, sweet potato fries, broccoli, peas, green beans, coffee ice cubes for ice coffee drinks, thin crust pizza, jimmy dean fully cooked turkey sausage patties, chicken egg rolls, Christmas chocolate (I keep that in my deep freezer out on my deck, homemade lasagna, Gordon's herb shrimp, low fat orange sherbert ice cream bars, hot dog buns, .... I think that's it.


Well hope you enjoyed my kitchen, just something to do :-p

~ Jess

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OCEANEYES41 1/11/2012 4:18PM

    Nice Job. I need to go d the same.

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MICHSTATE 1/9/2012 4:49PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!!
I was reading your page, and realized that you daughter and my son are the same age!!! I have a younger son also, who is 15.5 months old.

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TAICHIDANCER 1/9/2012 9:00AM

    Thanks for the tour.

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BAKER1009 1/9/2012 8:17AM

    Cute little tour! Love the cake mix that has smaller servings!

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MALEXANDER4 1/9/2012 6:31AM

    Thank you for sharing. I eat a lot of the same things but you always make much better choices out of yours. You make dishes that I would of never thought of.

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SARASMILING 1/9/2012 6:10AM

    Looks familiar! I clean out our pantry here and there and definitely doesn't take long to gets crazy again! I also see you're an Aldi shopper! Love Aldi!! :)

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Food Blog ~ Jan 8th

Sunday, January 08, 2012

breakfast - Oatmeal w/ berries + 1 tbls lite maple syrup
5 points

Lunch - Turkey bacon & spinach sandwich w/ lite mayo on Arnold health full 10 grain bread
(switching up to a little higher calorie bread really made the difference in this sandwich... so good! and it really was not too bad on points, only 2 points per slice... worth it)
1 Medium Orange

7 points

Snack - 1/2 pack fruit buddies.... little 100% fruit fruit snacks that are in the produce section of the grocery store. Turns out they are 3 points for a full pouch so i ate half which was 1 point. Not really worth it to me but I ate half the pack before I checked the points.

1 point
no pic

Dinner - Chicken and vegetable casserole with biscuit topping.... carrots, potatoes, celery, peas, chicken breast, flour, chicken boullion cubes, bisquick, thyme, & poultry seasoning. ......... Yummy!!!

8 points

Snack - home made garlic bean & spinach dip, salsa & wasa crisp'n light bread crackers... 3 crackers only 60 calories i think, or 1 point. Not bad with something on them. (made the dip by taking 1 can white kidney beans, 2 tbls garlic, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 cup fresh spinach wilted in hot pan and chopped & one tbls lemon juice... all processed in magic bullet - 4 servings 3 points per)

4 points

Snack 2 - 2 dark chocolate Hershey's kisses

1 point

Exercise - Day # 8 straight
40 min elliptical
10 min squats and lunges

Total Points Eaten: 26
Points Target: 26


Food Blog - Jan 7th

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Yesterday I woke up at 6:30 and really debated on weather or not I was going to go to weight watchers and weigh in for my monthly weigh in. I have not been to a meeting since before christmas. As a lifetime member you cant be more than 2 pounds above your weight goal for your first montly weigh in and if you are then you have to pay. I was over my goal last week on my home scale but I have worked really hard this week and worked out every day and my at home scale said that I was right at my goal. It is usually right on par with the scale at weight watchers so I decided that I would go, even though i find it risky to be that close... I like to stay at least 2 pounds under my goal just in case the scale wants to weigh me heavier.

So I left the house at 8:30 and I had not eaten breakfast yet. Went to weight watchers and was right at my goal 162.0.... woo hoo. stayed for the meeting and got all inspired and then did my first shopping run ( have to go to 3 different stores on shopping day) at Aldi. Got done with that and went home to put away the groceries and was starving because it was about 10:00 by that time.

Feeling lazy and did not want to cook. Could not eat cereal because I did not buy almond milk yet so I ate the left over wonton soup in the fridge

Breakfast - Wonton Soup - lol I know weird right
5 points

By the way... I decided to go back to counting points, was doing calories last week.

Then ran out to walmart and sams club to buy lots of good healthy food and got home and ate lunch at about 2:00. I was a little off scedual yesterday.

Lunch - 2 slices of toast w/ 1 serving egg beaters egg whites, 1 oz ham lunch meat, spinach and mushrooms, taco bell southwest sauce.
1/2 cup greek yogurt with fresh blueberries... yum
lactaid on the side to try and counteract the yogurt

Again a little weird because I am now eating breakfast for lunch.. it was really really tasty though and quite filling

6 points

I have to say the rest of the afternoon was pretty unproductive. I watched like 4 episodes of master chef on hulu plus and then made dinner at around 6pm

Dinner - 5oz Chicken BBQ - made from rotisory chicken
green beans
1/4 cup bush's vegetarian baked beans
Corn on the cob

No overeating tonight... whoo hoo!
11 points

made the whole family a healthy dessert of fresh strawberries and blueberries topped with light cool whip. Was really good... again lots of lactaid. damn lactose intolorance.

1 point

After that I spent some time with the kids and then put them to bed...
procrastenated forever until it was 10pm and I still had not worked out. Great.... so here I am on the elliptical watching extream makeover: weight loss edition until 11:00pm...

here I am afterwards feeling really sweaty because I did 50 minutes and really rocked it.

Im at 26 points and am hungry... I dont want to go over the 26 so I just have half a large honey crisp apple. It held me over ok.

zero points

After a hot shower I was ready for sleep. It was after midnight and it took me no time at all to fall asleep. I slept great.

I did awesome yeterday. stayed at my 26 point target ... drank all my water.... got my exercise in .... and it was pretty easy to stay on track.

Hope I can do as well today

~ Jess

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MALEXANDER4 1/8/2012 7:14PM

    You know i'm a big fan of your blogs with meals. Thank you. I'm proud of you for getting in your exercise but more proud and awed by the way you kept to your 26 points and didn't cave. That is where I want to be.....

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BRENDAF761 1/8/2012 5:09PM

    Glad to hear you made your weight watcher goal to keep your status. Good luck at your maintaining! Have a great day. emoticon

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DONNAEDA 1/8/2012 1:51PM

    your pix are priceless, it made me hungry just to look at them. You are awesome. Thanks for posting. I did well yesterday too. Stayed in my points and did some activities.

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