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My journey in the Gluten free world.

Monday, June 24, 2013

I have been gluten free now for going on one year. I have to admit that I feel great. emoticon Here is how it happened.

I was watching an episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had on a guest who had a gluten intolerance. She was going to show everyone how to make gluten free scones. So, I sat through the commercial to see what she had to say. She started talking about her stomach problems. Oh my goodness...those are the same problems that I have. emoticon I had been diagnosed with IBS about 10 years earlier. emoticon I decided that I was going to give it a try. Now I would have gone to my doctor to get tested but my place of employment had horrible health insurance and I had to pay everything until I reached $1200. I took myself off gluten and started to feel better in the next couple of days. I no longer had any of the horrible stomach problems that I experienced. emoticon

I went out and bought gluten free cookbooks to help me until I learned how to do it on my own. Those 7 cookbooks are the best cookbooks that I have ever owned. ( Thanks emoticon I can now cook on my own and can even make my own cookies emoticon and cakes. emoticon I try to avoid commercial gluten free products since they aren't that healthy and loaded with salt and calories.

I do miss the ease of ordering when I go out to eat or being able to pick up something when I am short on time. Oh, how I miss pizza. emoticon Now, I have to read every ingredient to make sure it isn't hiding in there somewhere. I always have to ask for a gluten free menu or ask to talk to a manager to see about what items are gluten free.

I was really worried when I went to Disney World that I wouldn't be able to eat a lot while I was there. Boy, was I wrong! I was able to talk to all of the chefs and they told me what I could eat or gave me a tour if it were a buffet. I loved Tusker House in Animal Kingdom where I was given a tour by the chef and he gave me gluten free bread. I even was able to have Mickey shaped waffles at the Ohana! The chef made them for me and I had my own plate for all of my food. The chef at Hollywood and Vine even made me my own chocolate cake. emoticon I could go on forever about the wonders of Disney World but I'll spare you (Feel free to pm me if you really want to know). Just know they will take really good care of you if you go. If anyone is going to visit there I suggest you get a gluten free friend to take with you because you get to cut in front of everyone when you are waiting for counter service. emoticon

My DH went gluten free as well for the most part since I do all of the shopping. I do buy him bread so he can take sandwiches to work. We are now in love with Chex and rice cakes.

Going gluten free has helped my health as well. I lost weight and am able to control my blood pressure. It also helps me stay away from buying all of those wonderful cakes and cookies that I love. I know that is not the point but it is just a little added bonus. Well that is my gluten free story. emoticon
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  • SUZANNE65203
    So glad this is working for you!
    1730 days ago
    I miss pizza too, but it's like crack cocaine to me. It's not worth the disruption to my good habits.

    congrats on the anniversary of good choices!
    1730 days ago
    Loved reading your blog. My experience with gluten free and connecting the dots from my past medical history has been a lot like you describe in this post. I have been off gluten for a number of months except for one episode and I am thriving and happy emoticon on this way of eating.

    You are doing great. Thanks for the inspiration.
    1731 days ago
  • ELMA1913
    Thank you for a wonderful blog and congratulations on your determination to change your diet. I have to pay $1500 before the insurance company even picks up anything, so I understand your NOT going to the Doctor! I am not gluten free completely, but have cut out many things and feel so much better for it. Good job!!
    1732 days ago
    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better since you changed your diet. emoticon
    1733 days ago
    PTL re: your health.
    I took my entire family to Disneyworld last year. They are very atune to aiding their guests in having a wonderful time. There was 1 minor glitch which I brought to their attention and the response was, 'We'll look into it so it doesn't happen to someone else. How can we make it up to you?' I mentioned something and they again apologized and exceeded my expectations!
    1733 days ago
    My grandma discovered her gluten allergy about 6 or 7 years ago. My aunt, other side of the family, has chosen to be gluten free due to the thyroid issues she has. It's amazing how good the gluten free foods can be.
    1733 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
    1733 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story. I too went gluten free and it was the best thing I ever did.
    1733 days ago
    Wow that is very intersting. One of my friends are like that.When we go there to eat,they cook that way.The food is good. Glad you are doing so well! emoticon
    1733 days ago
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