Changes

I’ve had a good little run working for food and working for my livelihood. It’s been a rough road for me these last few months. I wish I could pinpoint what exactly changed me. I may never know. I do know, however, that my life is not over and I am fighting to stay alive. Whether the thoughts are from my own head, or from my heart’s anxiety, I am trying to block them so that I can stay with my dogs one more day.

I wrote that towards the end of June, 2013. It is now August, and my life has changed so much since then!
I am now on a wonderful medicine, it’s an SSRI (Celexa), which has so far made me have no depression and substantially less anxiety and OCD issues. I love this new medicine and hope I will not need to be on it a year from now. That is the goal.
My doctor changed my thyroid medicine from Armour, back to Levothyroxine. It’s helping. I’m doing okay.
I saw a gastroenterologist. He had me do an Upper GI and get a gallbladder ultrasound. I’m “normal,” as usual; but we all know that I am not even close to “normal.” Some ideas he had were to go on the FODMAP Diet, that I “just have IBS,” and that I may possibly have microscopic colitis.
I’m pretty sure I have something still wrong with me. It’s not normal to have ‘the big D’ all the time, no matter what I eat or drink (of course I’m still not eating gluten, and all my other food allergies and sensitivities).

Other changes in my life include losing one job, a new job, re-gaining an old friend, and gaining a new local “family” network. Life is not always good these days, but it is a heck of a lot better than it was!

I hope everyone has a great August. Stay tuned to my Instagram and Facebook page for all my birthday-month photos and fun facts. 🙂

Another GLUTEN FREE GUEST BLOG

One of my friends with Celiac Disease wrote this guest blog post for me. He’s pretty cool, and also chronically awesome like the rest of us. Anthony lives in Canada and is a Journalism student.
Please feel free to leave comments below. Enjoy!

Becoming a Gluten Free Gladiator
By Anthony Sicilia

This transition from wheat to non- wheat has not been an easy one. It’s been nearly three years since my first diagnosis. Even though I have gotten all the gluten out of my system, a ton of people still don’t seem to get it. I live in a very strong willed Italian family. There food of choice is pasta, pasta and more pasta. How in the world can I survive in a family while they eat pasta? Easy corn pasta makes my stomach happy, mainly because I’m not running to the bathroom 10 minutes after I eat my supper. Most people without wheat allergies look at me as though I’m psychologically not right in the brain.

In all honesty though its my vili that has the real issues, and because of this when I come into contact with wheat, I can’t digest my food.

Eating gluten free at first really was not a good experience. The food often felt like it had no taste or texture. As time went on, I became more accustom to eating food without wheat. I even enjoyed it. The only problem that I am faced it with now is that I often feel left out or like that one kid that gets picked last for everything in gym class.

Going into year two of being gluten free I was still finding it a bit difficult to choose foods that I would like and that my stomach would agree with. It was then I saw my saving grace in wheat free forms. Pasta’s and breads made by Glutino Once I hopped on the Glutino train I rode it all the way home buying up breads, cookies, and whatever my hands could grab.

My first time shopping for Glutino products was like an entire supermarket sweep. I tried real hard to stretch the Canadian dollar as far as it would go that day. Even though, I was on a college budget there was no need for penny pinching that day. Each gluten free isle I walked down that, food was staring at me quietly claiming I should eat this, I should eat that. I was on cloud nine when I returned home with two months worth of groceries.

Some of the brands of gluten free products I enjoy include, Kettle, they made chips; I favour any type of corn pasta vs rice pasta. Rice pasta seems to get too watery and it doesn’t have enough of a solid base. The pasta I enjoy eating is Pasta Del Oro. I like udi’s bakery products.

My favourite cheat foods, are, Resse pieces peanut butter cups, frozen yogurt, snack packs and of course Greek yogurt. From time to time, I still do look recipes by Google or YouTube for anyone to use.

GLUTEN FREE GUEST BLOG!!!

Giving Glute the Boot: Kicking the Wheat Habit

June 5, 2013

Hello (GF) Friends,

My name is Anthony and I am Canadian. Earlier this week I was asked to make a guest appearance on this blog and I figure there is no day better to work than Wednesdays. The reason I was asked to make my presence known on this blog is because like most of you reading I have food allergies. I call myself a self proclaimed wheat free warrior and my fight begins and ends with me standing in a wheat field.

However it’s not the wheat fields I have a problem with. My problem really begins inside food factories. Nation, listen up! Food allergies are not brought on buy natural sunlight and soil. They are manifest in food manufacturing facilities.

The secret ingredients that are harmful to our bodies are called GMO’S, or genetically modified organisms. GMO’s are used to add that little something extra to our foods. We all know that we, who have wheat and/or food allergies, all realize the disgusting feelings we have when wheat gets into our systems. The reason happens is because our Gluten Free bodies can’t distinguish the difference in dangerous enzymes.

Due to the fact that foods that have been modified have wrecked havoc on our bodies, damaging the vili of our intestines, our bodies alert our fight or flight syndrome. We all have it because it doesn’t recognize the grain as safe, but dangerous.

I have been Gluten Free now for two years. I’ll be completely honest with you in saying that the diet and lifestyle can be a pricy one, it can be frustrating and at times it can be difficult.
One thing I suggest is to get informed as much as possible.

When I first started the gluten free diet two years ago, I often found the food tasteless and boring. As I became more informed, food started to taste a lot better. Now I not only have a food allergy but I also have a physical disability condition known as spastic cerebral palsy. Spastic Cerebral Palsy affects 70% of my motor skills from my legs to my arms.

Even with my difficulties in life, I still for the most part, am like any other normal human being. I am very active and I workout about four days a week. It is important for me to continue to strengthen and achieve my goals of walking a little straighter and a little taller after each workout.
Due to the fact that I live with Cerebral Palsy on a daily basis, I tend to burn off a ton of calories each day. I burn off five times as much as an “Average Joe.” To give you a all a better understanding of what that really means it breaks down like this: seven calories every sixty seconds is burned off by me on a daily basis. So for me to maintain a healthy weight, I must take in 3200 calories a day, that breaks down to 8-9 meals a day including protein shakes.

With all this information that you now have read, I hope you are informed, enlightened and entertained. I will be back next Saturday to tell you about what food brands I enjoy and what its like having wheat allergies in an Italian family in a blog post.

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