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Friday, January 27, 2012

well I have been posting my food pictures to facebook this week but I thought I would give a recap of some of the meals I have eaten this past week because a lot of my spark friends dont use facebook. :-)
If anyone would like to friend me on facebook the web address for my page is - www.facebook.com/jessfoodblog

This week has been interesting. I got the test results back from my doctor and they came back positive for celiac disease so I am now on a gluten free diet for life. I am having to make most things from scratch and I have had to do a lot of research because a bunch of things have either hidden gluten or they have been processed in a place on the same equipment as things with gluten. I have found that I can not even eat anything that touches a surface that has been touched by something with gluten or I will have a reaction. Example - the other day I was making a veggie burger and I neglected to clean up the kitchen counters where I had prepared sandwiches for my sons lunch. My meal was gluten free but I must have cross contaminated somewhere because I had horrible gas about an hour later. I have thrown out my toaster and put all food containing gluten in a bottom cabinet away from the rest of the food until its all gone. Once the leftover food with gluten is out of the house I am just going to go gluten free for the whole family. It will make my life easier and its actually a pretty healthy way to eat because we have to eat mostly whole foods now.

Im not going to go into how each of these menu items are made because most of my meals are pretty self explanitory. I basically just take a lot of ingreidents and then toss them all together. I like quick and easy. If you have any questions about any of the meals though just ask.



shrimp and black bean taco w/ mexican brown rice

spicy chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, olive oil and garlic over brown rice pasta

gluten free pancakes (will post recipe), fresh berries, egg whites

rice & shine breakfast cereal w/ berries

rice & shine breakfast cereal prepared like grits with salt and butter & veggie cheese, egg whites and fresh tomatoes

turkey pepperoni & veggie cheese quesadilla on mission corn tortillas, baked scoops with salsa

Home made chicken nuggets (chicken breast cut into chunks and dusted with gluten free baking mix, pan fried and then finished in the oven), corn on the cob, mashed poatoes with veggie cheese

rice chex cereal, fresh berries, almond milk

Fried Tofu & veggies w/ Thai peanut rice noodles
This did not taste bad but I just cant get over the texture of the tofu. I used extra firm and it was still way to squishy for me. blech. Next time minus tofu, add chicken.
(squeeze tofu dry, cut into strips, marinade in sesame oil, peanut sauce, ground ginger and then toss with rice flour and pan fry until browned)
(soak rice noodles in hot water for 4-5 minutes and then stir fry with asian veggies, tofu and peanut sauce)

polenta pizza w/ veggie mozzarella & turkey pepperoni, small salad w italian dressing
- I used bobs red mill polenta / corn meal which is dry and you have to mix it with water, which is what the recipe calls for. (large pizza was regular cheese and small was veggie cheese. My son got excited for pizza but then tried it and was kinda upset because it does not taste like traditional pizza crust, so he cried and I told him to go to his room and calm down for 5 minutes. He came back and was fine and ate all the pizza on his plate. My daughter loved it and my husband said it was not like regular pizza but it was a do again. I think it is just going to take some time for the kids to get use to the new foods, like this, it did not taste bad but it was not what they were expecting) I got the pizza crust recipe on line on a blog I found here is the link if you want to try this for your own family. I used spring form pans which I greased with olive oil, it worked out rather well. : http://www.kitchencorners.com/2010/11/pole

peanut butter chocolate chip apple (most peanut butters are gluten free and hersheys dark chocolate chips are gluten free)

bacon cheese veggie burger salad (salad mix, veggie cheese, veggie burger, real bacon cooked and cut up, onion, ketchup and mustard which are not shown

multi-grain crisps and hummus

GF baked penne (brown rice penne mixed with chicken sausage casing removed and cooked, fine diced onion, fine diced carrot, fine diced tofu (no one knew it was there but me but dont know if it really added much to the dish, might leave it out next time.), ragu pasta sauce and fresh basil the kind in the plastic tube you get out of the produce section.... all mixed together and topped with veggie cheese. Paired with a small salad with italian dressing (kids also had strawberries and rice crackers. )
This was a big hit! It was awesome and everyone loved it. If you make this dont leave out the basil, it really adds something nice to the dish. The noodles reminded me of beefaroni noodles, I think I may cook them a little less than the box says next time.

Veggie burger topped with veggie cheese, arugula & honey mustard w/ carrot sticks and hummus
(this was yesterdays lunch. I finally got some GF bread, this kind was on sale for 3.19 for that tiny little loaf. OMG. bread wont be on the menu very often. The bread is not bad though, I toasted it in the frying pan and it tasted pretty good and not too much different than regular. It was only 40 calories and 1 point per slice as well which made it extra nice. Its nice having a sandwich now and then so I will be buying a few loaves a month or investing in the many different ingreidents needed to make my own GF bread)

Enchiladas filled with refried beans, chicken sausage & cilantro... dish is topped with old el paso medium enchilada sauce, jarred jalapenos, cilantro and veggie cheese. mexican corn medley (canned corn, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and I cant beleive its not butter spray)
This was pretty good... I prefer the green enchilada sauce but unfortunatly it contains wheat ingredients. sigh. the good thing about old el paso is that they label there products very well, nothing is hidden and if contains gluten it will say so on the packaging. I used mission corn tortillas, old el paso refried beans & enchilada sauce.

Whats the difference between fat free refried beans & regular?
0.5 grams of fat and 1 carb .... I never even thought to check before. So I got regular because that really is not much of a difference.


So this is a lot of what I ate this week. I also went out to eat at ruby tuesdays and had a really good steak but ended up coming home and getting sick (gas, bloating, ect) because even though I ordered off the gluten free menu it was obviously cross contaminated somewhere. I think Im going to hold off on eating out for a good while until I get the hang of this and know exactly what places are really safe.

I dont think I lost weight this week, in fact I think I gained. All the meals I have been making have been gluten free and healthy as far as calories/points go but I have been overeating and snacking a lot. I have been going through a rough time emotionaly this week, just taking everything in and I dont really feel deprived but in my head I think... OH GOD I CANT HAVE A CERTAIN FOOD EVER AGAIN.... so I pig out on foods I can have to make up for it in my mind.
Not a good thing. So I need to keep up the exercise (today will be day 27 in a row) and take this gluten free thing one day at a time and try and keep myself in check as far as snacking.

Hope you enjoyed my food as much as I did.... OMG some of this stuff was so good.

~ Jess

Pancake Recipe - heavy on the calories so not an every day event
5 points for 2 tiny pancakes
recipe makes 6 pancakes

2 serving(s) Gluten free baking mix - now healthy foods, 1/2 cup
1 tsp SPLENDAŽ SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1 serving(s) Fit & Active Egg Whites - 1/4 Cup
1/2 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
3 tsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp olive oil

mix dry ingreidents
mix wet ingreidents
mix wet into dry
cook as you would normal pancakes (this came out thick and I had to spread the pancake out with the back of a spoon, so I might try using milk instead of apple sauce next time)

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RODENTMAMA 2/9/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks for posting the pictures, I love to look at food! Lots of great inspiration!

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PRETTYNPIT 1/29/2012 8:32AM

    Everything looks amazing! You are sure doing a good job and are quite the chef! And a healthy one at that! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 1/28/2012 12:06PM

    My sister has had the disease for over 10 years.It is getting easier to buy Gluten Free
She bakes with rice flour and bean flour.She even makes fruit cakes and waffles with the stuff.My sister swears by Quinoa Pasta.The pasta also packs lots of protein.

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MALEXANDER4 1/28/2012 8:04AM

    I want to thank you for the rice noodles. I've been wanting them and didn't know what to look for . I love those things from the restaurant and I wanted to try them in some of my dished. I may try the noodle and chicken dish that looks great. Thank you for sharing because i've tried to find you on facebook and it won't do. So again thank you so much for sharing here.

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CINDYTW 1/27/2012 8:03PM

  Looks like you are off to a good start! There are good pizza crust mixes out there...I liked Chebe when I tried it. The best liked breads are Udi's and Rudi's that I have heard of. emoticon

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CAROLJ35 1/27/2012 6:45PM

    PS You can also buy excellent mix for pizza crust and kids won't know the difference.
Also, if you find a pizza shop called "The Mellow Mushroom", they serve gluten-free pizza which is especially great for the teen-agers.

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CAROLJ35 1/27/2012 6:36PM

    I have been cooking gluten free for son and his three kids for about 9 years and believe me, the availability of gluten free products has improved immensely over those years. Our DIL orders many items online and has an in-depth knowledge of all this.
Pamela's mixes are great and we serve pancakes from that mix to everyone and they cannot tell the difference. Trial and error have found the best bread, available online too. All of them carry sandwiches in lunches each day. We also like certain bread mixes to bake our own bread, preferably in the smaller loaves.
I could go on and on, but won't. If I can be of any help, holler.
Sounds as though you will be successful with this diet. Makes a world of difference in how you feel.

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BRENDAF761 1/27/2012 2:47PM

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing some new ideas for meals!

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MICHSTATE 1/27/2012 1:33PM

    Your food looks good... In fact, now my stomach is rumbling!!!!!

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/27/2012 11:58AM

    My celiac cousin found that she did gain a little bit in the beginning--because now she was eating things her body could actually digest. :) Don't worry, you'll get it figured out! Looks like an interesting food week!

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BAKER1009 1/27/2012 11:21AM

    Well I am glad you got the test results back and finally know for sure what the problem is. You are doing a great job with your new menu! Everything looks pretty darn tasty! Thanks for sharing...especially since I'm not on Facebook!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/27/2012 10:50AM

    I think the polenta pizza sounds yummy! emoticon

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SUPERMOUSE35 1/27/2012 10:26AM

    WOW, that stuff all looks awesome. :D

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G_TWINS 1/27/2012 10:09AM

    Looks Yummo!!

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JAYDEE16 1/27/2012 9:57AM

    This post is making me hungry! It all looks delicious! I can only imagine how life is turned upside down by a celiac disease diagnosis, but it is really inspiring to see how amazingly you are dealing with it and adapting.
No matter whether you lost/gained/maintained/whatever this week, you should be so proud of yourself! It's great that you're being really honest about your feelings about your diagnosis.
You're a wonderful role model for your children (and me, frankly - ha ha), teaching them that sometimes life throws a big ol' curveball, but that doesn't mean you can't hit it out of the park anyway! You've just got to pick up, carry on, and roll with the punches.
Thanks so much for sharing what you've been going through.

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DRKATZ 1/27/2012 9:42AM

    I LOVE THIS POST! I've always wanted to photo all the delicious meals that can be meat/gluten/whatever your thing is - free. This is very inspirational, showing that you can have the "good" stuff and plenty of diversity! Great job and please post more - great ideas! (enchiladas and thai noodles with tofu are my two favs). emoticon

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GFWILLPOWER77 1/27/2012 9:36AM

  Hi! You're doing awesome! Getting that celiac diagnosis is the hardest thing in the world to deal with - especially if you like to cook and bake! But it can be done! I second the Udi's and Rudy's recommendation- especially the Udi's. I hated all GF bread until I came across them. The mourning for what you can't eat will get better but it will still hit you when youi least expect it - and that's ok. Just remind yourself how much better you are feeling without it. Oh and going GF your will power becomes stronger, at least it did for me. Good luck!

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DISCOQUEEN365 1/27/2012 9:17AM

    Awesome post and I see a few things I want to try! :)

A note on bread: I have a few favorites, and EnRG is NOT one of them. LOL
Udi's and Rudi's are both good (Udi's is my fave, and they make a bunch of yummy stuff) and Glutino has a new one out that is pretty good too! Find them on Facebook and Like them, and they all offer coupons to help offset the cost.
Sometimes you just need a good sandwich.


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BELLAJENNIFER87 1/27/2012 8:40AM

    Good for you girl CONGRATS!!! I think everything in those pics look so yummy and I would not mind trying them out sometime!!! I really like how u told what it was and what was in them as well. I am for sure going to try these out sometime!! Hope u have a awesome weekend and great job:) emoticon

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2BTHINQUILTER 1/27/2012 8:34AM

    Wow, everything looks so yummy! Good job. Hope it's getting a bit easier for you, you've been working so hard at it. It would be easy to just give up!

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KELLIGIRL523 1/27/2012 8:26AM

    Wow.... you're doing a great job! Wonderful food!


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First few days of gluten free eating

Monday, January 23, 2012

well today will be my 5th day I think, of gluten free eating.

I suppose its been going ok. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions the last few days. At first I was actually excited, and up for a challenge. I knew I needed to learn a new way to cook and learn about new foods and get creative. I went shopping and discovered that most foods, even foods that you would not think contain gluten, do in fact contain gluten.... Worst part is that even the foods that dont contain gluten have in some way come in contact with things that have touched gluten. Its frustrating... which is another emotion I had, frustration.

I also felt shock and outrage at the price of gluten free food. I know that there is alot that goes into making a gluten free product and the company has to most likely pay some sort of fee to be able to put gluten free on there product just like they have to do to put organic but I dont think it justifies charging $6 for a tiny bag of oatmeal or $6 for a tiny pack of chocolate sandwich cookies that is half the size of a pack of oreos. $5 dollars for a box of brownie mix which is half the size of a regular box of brownies. I feel like they are just trying to take advantage of someone with a medical condition because they know we will eventually break down and want a sandwich on that gluten free bread or want a brownie because everyone around us can have brownies.

I was exausted saturday afternoon from shopping and reading lables. I came home and I had been out shopping twice as long as normal because going through ingredient lists take time and I had to drive like 30 minutes out of the way to one store because I herd trader joes has a lot of gluten free food and the closest is 30 min away.

I got home and gave the family the mcdonalds I got for them. I wanted to sit down and relax... instead I had to make food for myself. I was not in a good mood.

That night I sat down to eat dinner and went through a little denile. "Oh maybe Im not gluten intolerant. Maybe I have just been eating something with dairy and not knowing it. Maybe I am just lactose intolerant." But then I think about the pasta and shrimp that I ate the one night and got really sick from it. I checked the ingredient list really well to make sure there was no dairy and I still got sick.

The next (yesterday) I was really irretable, hungry and depressed. I snapped at my husband as I was making him and my children pancakes. I was really hungry and just wanted to sit down and eat. I served all of them and then I had to pull out the gluten free cook book I got from the library and make myself pancakes. My husband was like "why dont you just make eggs for yourself and you wont have to go through all of that" I ended up yelling at him and feel bad about it now. I told him that I had been eating eggs for the past 4 days and I dident want anymore bleeping eggs. about 20 minutes later I sat down to eat and appologized.

I poured my syrup all over my pancakes and took a few bites and my husband asked me "are you sure that syrup is gluten free? all the Aldi foods that you have been buying say "gluten free" on the lable if they are". I broke down at that point and cried my eyes out and my husband repetedly said he was sorry but I could not stop crying.

After I calmed down I told him it wasnt his fault and told him he was right... my syrup was not gluten free. Aldi lists everything that is gluten free as gluten free on the label. Even the green beans.

I feel like Im on adkins... I cant eat certain foods.... but its much worse because I know I wont be able to eat thouse food forever and whats worse is that when your on adkins you dont have to worry about your beef jerkey being cross contaminated by bread because trace amounts of carbs are not going to affect you.

All the books I have read these people say "oh pretty soon you will stop focusing on food so much and you will learn there is more to life than eating. Food wont matter anymore. yada yada yada". I have a hhhhhuuuuggggeee feeling that all of these people saying this have never had a weight problem. They found out they had celiac disease and they were 120 pounds and already didnt really focus on food that much. I on the other had think about food all the time. I love food. I blog about food. I take pictures of my food. I spend hours looking up new foods to eat and scanning restaurant menus. I watch TV shows about food every night and when Im not watching them Im watching TV shows about people who ate too much food or the wrong food and are now eating healthy food to lose weight. I will never get to the point where food is not a huge focus for me, a point where there is so much more to life than eating. Its horrible and I wish it was not true... but it is.

So I was really depressed and figured it would be good for me to get out of the house and do something relaxing. I looked up some restaurants with gluten free menus and found that ruby tuesdays had one. That is my go to place to it was pretty perfect.
I informed the waitress about the whole no gluten thing, told her that my food cant touch pans that have been cooked with other food, ect. I got a steak, a baked potato and some spaghetti squash, all of which is on the gluten free menu. I ordered a tequilla sunrise because I read they are gluten free. I skipped the salad bar just in case a stray cruton had touched anything.

Dinner was really great and I felt like a normal person for the first time in a few days.
We went to a movie and then came home.

I got on the elliptical before bed because I had yet to workout and I am still on my exercise streak. Yesterday was my 22nd day straight. I was going to do a good 30 minutes but at about 5 minutes my stomach started hurting and I looked down and looked like I was 3 months pregnant. I could barely get through 15 minutes and ended up calling it at that. I was in pain, bloated and had horrible gas.

Looks like my meal was not as gluten free as I thought. ::sigh::

I went to bed curled up in a little painful ball. The symptoms that were annoying last week when I was eating gluten all the time are now completely horrible now that I have cut it out.

I have determined that eating out is really not safe... at least not on a normal basis. I cant say that I will never eat out again because I know some day I will have to and really want to. Its sad though... I have a lot of things that I have not been able to break and eating out has been one of them... another is nibbling when I am preparing food (which I have also had to tackle, since I am preparing food for my family still that has gluten)

I plan on going gluten free with all my cooking and food prep. I figure it will just be easier. I have some foods that contain gluten that I have to go through first though because I can throw them away considering my family can still eat them. It bothers me having them in the kitchen though, I cleaned out my whole kitchen and put them all in a bottom cabinet until they are gone through.

This whole change is hard and it sucks and I am having a really rough time right now. I went through this whole weight loss journey and one of the things that helped was not depriving myself and now I feel like thats all Im doing. I know I can make substutions for foods I like but its not that easy because I still have to stay on a budget. You need a surprising amount of things to make gluten free bread. I got some baking mix on sale at this health food store but I still need a few other types of flours which are hard to find and expensive and xanthum gum which I have to special order.

I know it will get easier as time goes on or at least thats what others have said. Right now I am just trying to take it one day at a time. I geuss thats all I can do.

Thanks for listening.

~ Jess

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LEIAFRUMA 2/19/2012 9:51AM

  I totally hear you. I was suffering daily migraines and a host of other strange symptoms. My blood work came back and confirmed that I am gluten and dairy intolerant, allergic to wheat, rye, barley, and Cassien. At first I was focused on what I could not have , and thei decided that if I was going to have to live like this I needed to be gentle with myself.

I have discovered that gluten free junk food is just as addictive and triggers for me as regular, so that is out of the house.

I have been making my own bread and it is cheaper than those tiny loaves at the grocery.

I ordered a spiral veggie cutter and make fruit and veggie noodles. a new favorite is apple noodles with hot peanut butter.

Daiya and other vegan cheeses and the gluten free pizza dough have allowed a pizza back into my life...

I make soups and stirfrys, baked corn tortilla chips with a salsa made with black beans and corn is yummy...

It is a process and at times it is really frustrating. I live in a rural town and don't have a trader joes, so eating out is really tough.

For me feeling better is worth the hassle...sending you lots of encouragement!

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AUNTIEM60021 2/6/2012 10:21AM

    Blackburns sugar free pancake syrup is gluten free, sugar free and has no artificial sweetener in it. I love it... only 9 carbs and 35 cal for 1/4 cup.

I get it at my local hostess day old bread outlet.

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AUNTIEM60021 2/6/2012 10:19AM

    I am there with you. I became diabetic in Dec 2009 due to a virus, and was diagnosed Celiac this past July 2011.

Trying to fit a gluten free diet which is 10% to 40% higher in carbs and calories into a diabetic carb and calorie restricted diet is so angering and frustrating.

I'm a picky eater to boot and it has been driving me crazy. Don't get me started on the 50% increase in the grocery budget. emoticon

I have sat and cried many many times over this. A good dietitian can help a lot.

She helped me see what foods I do like, that are naturally gluten free and helped me to build a diet plan with those and she introduced me to a few new foods that I actually do like. Quinoa was one of those. Not bad.

Don't give up, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

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    It is really difficult at first and I still have times where I get reallly frustrated! But, it will get easier, I promise! It does take time and planning. The planning thing gets me most often. Days that I come homef rom work and am exhausted and have nothing planned for dinner... that is very frustrating and exhausting! My crock pot has been a savior. Here is a link to a great site -

Most of her recipes are gluten free because either she or someone on their family has Celiac. Hang in there!!!

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/23/2012 2:06PM

    I can really empathize with you. For a while I'd been feeling really bloated & would look down to see that "pregnant belly". For me it's more excess carbs than a gluten intolerance, but when I first went on the higher protein/lower carb diet, I felt like I wasn't eating "real" food. That I couldn't go out to eat. That I couldn't eat what I was feeding my family. I think the first week, I just had to go take a nap in the middle of the afternoon (I am not a napper) because I felt so discouraged and overwhelmed.

I also felt that sense that not depriving myself has been a key to weight loss, and that's it's not been emotionally healthy for me to deprive myself of food groups in the past.

I was just reading this morning, about a little boy who had to go on a special diet because he was epileptic. He had to eat high fat, low protein, low carb for six years. Most meals consisted of mayonnaise, butter, and cream, with very small amounts of carbs and protein. His mom said he was SO GOOD, and that the thing they did was to give him a star on a chart everytime he wanted to eat something and just said, "Oh, well," instead. I certainly haven't mastered this, but choosing to figure this thing out and say, "I wish I could eat ____, but oh well," is one step to accepting reality.

One gluten-free meal I really like is brown rice bowls--brown rice, chili (or burger, beans, & tomatoes if you're making it from scratch), lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole on top.

Keep up the courage--just take it one day at a time.

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JENNRUHE 1/23/2012 11:25AM

    I had a foster daughter that was gluten intolerant and it was very hard. You might try emailing some of the companies that offer gluten free food and let them know that you need to use their products but have a strict budget and ask them to send you some coupons. Most companies will send coupons and that can help out on the budget part of. Good luck with all and keep up the very hard but very good work.

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DISCOQUEEN365 1/23/2012 10:34AM

    I remember those days of being completely frustrated and overwhelmed when starting to eat gluten free. I remember very well. But it's been 3.5 years for me, and it really DOES get easier!

I agree with Cinericia - get your family involved, cook only one meal, and cook from scratch instead of the pre-packaged stuff. We grill alot - meats and veggies with some type of gluten free seasoning, and rice. Rice is my go-to carb.

YOU CAN DO THIS!! You will feel better in the long run, you just have to be strong and persistent!

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MALIAN1 1/23/2012 9:55AM

    I had no idea switching to gluten free would be so hard...hang in there...the time you invest getting started will make you feel so much better in the end.

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CINERICIA 1/23/2012 9:07AM

    I feel for you. My husband is gluten intolerant and it is difficult to be on the sidelines of that battle, let alone fighting it. All I can say is that it does get easier. We've been doing the gluten free thing for around 3 years now and we've definitely gotten better at it. You learn what products are gluten free, which makes shopping easier. You come up with some go-to gluten free recipes, which makes meal time less frustrating.
My best tips: Get your family involved. Most meals can be modified to be gluten free and that way you are not preparing two separate meals and feeling resentful over the extra work or that you cannot be eating what everyone else is.
Do more home cooked than prepackaged. Stock up on a variety of flours and invest in a couple of good cookbooks. It will save you tons of money in the long run.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix. It is a godsend. I use it as a substitute for flour in so many recipes, from brownies to pancakes to homemade breads. A quick and easy switch.
Hope this was remotely helpful. Keep at it. You're taking care of yourself and you deserve it.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

After a day and a half of gluten free eating I have had no problems with gas, bloating or unpleasant smells. I am so happy.
I look skinny too. I was having problems fitting into my pants a few days ago, infact I was muffin topping over the waist band. Today I look amazing in them. It's crazy how much bigger my mid section was just from gas.

Posted the pic on my Facebook because I couldn't upload pic to this blog from my phone. Sorry to any who can't see it.


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BAKER1009 1/20/2012 4:24PM

    Great job! Keep up all the awesome work you have been doing!!

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I was AMAZED at how little wheat I had to eat to get all those symptoms back! I had about 6 or so cookies late on Christmas Eve and 8 hours later SHOOOEEEE! *accompanied by hand flapping in front of face to get rid of fumes*

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VIOLET_GREWE 1/20/2012 1:47PM

    Awesome! Cant wait to see some gluten free food blogs!!!

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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.

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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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