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Monday, February 13, 2012

well its been a learning process the last few weeks and I think I am finally into a gluten free swing, which is good. I have a few go to gluten free meals and I am still also experimenting with new things.
Something that I think has really helped me with this is my kitchen is almost completely gluten free now. My husband and children have been really supportive of this (have not complained). I have been making my husband salads or leftovers for lunch at work and I have been making my son pepperoni and cheese quesadillas made from corn tortillas or sandwiches on gluten free bread (only a few days a week since it is pricey). I was making them both sandwiches on whole wheat bread every day and I noticed that the crumbs got everywhere and even when I tried to be really careful I would end up making my self sick by accident.
The only thing I bought this week that contains gluten was some crackers for my sons lunch which are prepackaged so I dont have to worry about them.

I think I have gotten over the grief stage of all of this. I was sick of feeling sorry for myself so I am glad that is over. Im sure it will pop up here and there again sometime but overall I feel pretty good.

I had a very disapointing appointment with a nutritionist the first week of this month. I figured that maybe she would give me some meal plans, or some helpful tips for shopping ect... but instead all she did was suggest I eat quinoa and give me a 3 page printout from e-how on celiac disease. OMG, that kinda made me mad considering that my insurance money (which I only get about 1000 for the whole year for my whole family) is going to get hit for over $100 for something on ehow! She dident even seem like she knew much about what was going on with me at all.
I asked her when I could add dairy back in because I was lactose intolerant on top of celiac and I had read that celiac disease caused lactose intolerance and alot of times once your intestines healed you could eat dairy again.
She said that cheese and yogurt didnt really have lactose so I could eat them now.

I added back dairy in the form of yogurt and cheese and felt like crap for about a week so I decided to cut them out again and now I feel better. I will try dairy again in 6 months or so.

Anyway enough ranting about crappy doctors. I have had a really great 2 weeks of meals. I havnt really been unsatisfied with anything I have eaten. although I dont know about last nights meal, which is not pictured here. It was polenta lasagna with soy cheese and tofu ricotta. it was .... interesting. Not bad but not great. I think it may take some tweaking.

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lots of tastey sandwiches on gluten free bread. sucks that each slice is 150 calories a peice though. Gluten free baked goods are so high in calories.


reeeealy been loving the white chicken chili


my normal go to breakfast of gluten free oatmeal & berries has been replaced this week by ------------->




Quinoa topped with bacon bits, veggie mozzarella & fried egg.... OMG so good and so filling. You can make up a few servings ahead of time and keep them in the fridge in tupperwear.



tastey but super high in calories and very pricey. a weekend treat.


turkey and black bean tacos. I like this meal because I dont have to do much different then I did before I had to eat gluten free. I just have to make sure my taco shells and refried beans are gluten free and all of old el paso products state on the label if they contain ingriedents that have gluten. Their taco shells and refried beans are gluten free! yay.





cookies & chocolate chip blondies - both made from chick peas. They are so good and my husband and kids love them. I have even told my kids they are made from beans (3&6 years old) and they still eat them. You just grind up the chick peas in a food processor and then add the other ingredients and either roll into cookie shapes or spread in a pie plate and bake ( I lined my pie plate with parchement paper for easy removal and clean up ) .... I think I prefer the pie plate method rather than the cookie method now that I have tried both.
recipe courtesy of Chocolate Coverd Katie - chocolatecoveredkatie.co
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thai peanut rice noodles, asian veggies, & sticky rice balls. This was good but it made me really sick. The rice had been stored in a cabinet that had flour in it previously and I think it got contaminated somehow. it was good though.



grilled tilapia with dill, spaghetti squash & green salad with avocado & italian dressing


joes crab shack frozen meal - one of the only frozen meals I have found that is gluten free, good on calories, and does not cost an arm and a leg. This was only about 6 bucks for a 2 serving size meal. paired with Alexia sweet potato fries.




frozen banana ice cream - quick easy and good ... only problem is your eyes see vanilla and your mouth sees banana. .... I really wanted it to be vanilla but it was banana. lol.
just take 1 1/2 frozen bananas and blend them together with a small amount of almond milk or milk. yummy and easy and if you are on weight watchers you dont have to count it because fruit is zero points!


I ate a lot more food than this is the past two weeks but this is mostly all I captured on film. I will try and do better this coming week.

~ Jess
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LISSI_RODRIGUEZ 6/8/2012 7:25PM

    Hey,Jess. I havent been on in a loooong time, and just saw your pics, you have done wonderfully, kudos!

Also, my mom has Celiac Disease, and while at first it was very challenging, it has become less so in the past 5 or 6 years since she was diagnosed. We are Puerto Rican, so there are tons of rice, plantain, and potato dishes out there. Try looking up caribbean, mexican, or asian cuisine... they are usually not flour based like mediterranean and cuisine.

I make my mom these cornmeal patties whenever she's in the mood for something sweet and "bready" as she would say. Keep tweeking it, the first year or so its trial and error. Oh, BTW, within 3 months, my mom was able to do the whole lactose thing again, but Im sure everyone is different.

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MARSCK 4/12/2012 6:07PM

    Great job on the meals and following this diet change.

Also depending on how hard you want to pursue it I would contact either patient relations or the billing department at the clinic you saw that nutritionist and file a complaint and that you don't think it is fair that you should have to pay this. I don't know about where you live but right now the competition for clinics is tough so our clinic works at doing what they can to make sure that the patients are satisfied and may be able to wave part if not all of the fee for that visit.

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SARASMILING 4/12/2012 5:00PM

    I am drooling! This all looks so good. I haven't tried Udi's bread yet. I was thinking of getting it next time.

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LEIAFRUMA 2/19/2012 9:53AM

  I love all your meal pictures and updates. Thanks for the great ideas.

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MALEXANDER4 2/14/2012 6:22AM

    Thanks for the ideas. I like the icecream idea.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 2/13/2012 11:47AM

    I think you are doing an amazing job adjusting to and being creative with your new diet. I'm not gluten-sensitive, but you've given me several ideas of things to try! Thanks and keep up the good work!
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BAKER1009 2/13/2012 10:41AM

    I think you're doing a great job considering all the obstacles you've had to maneuver around!
Keep it up girl! Thanks for sharing all information and the pictures!

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JAYDEE16 2/13/2012 10:17AM

    Oh my goodness, your food pics always make my mouth water. Everything looks so pretty, and so tasty! And you totally just blew my mind with the chick-pea chocolate chip cookies.

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SALINAMATHER 2/13/2012 10:15AM

    Now I'm hungry!!!!!
I have the same issues with dairy and apparently gluten and have been using the paleo diet to help me figure out my meals. It really is amazing how much better I feel after cutting all of that out.
Yogurt and cheese don't have lactose? Thats news to me and it still messes me up as well :( I miss my diary most of all, breads I can do without!

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-MOJOJOJO- 2/13/2012 9:50AM

    mmmm your food looks good (even though its gluten free) WTG on making your diet work for you! That frozen banana treat looks good! Why dont you add some vanilla beans or flavor to it? :]

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