Pictures and a Little Rant…

First the rant, then the pictures!

After seeing the picture Gluten Dude posted on his website, to which I posted on my website, Facebook Page, and my personal Facebook, my buddies at Vegeria Vegan Restaurant posted it on their Facebook Page and have received mixed reviews about Celiac Disease. Of course, this really aggravates me because these select people are so sadly misinformed about Celiac Disease. I’m sure they would not be writing these same ignorant comments if they were affected by it. I hope they would not be writing these things if they had a family member affected by it too.
I’m one of the “lucky ones” surviving this and Hashimoto’s (and all my other food allergies and intolerances) on my own, with very little to no support from my family. I have learned that it is much easier to live away from them (three states or more), so I am not influenced by their ignorance and intolerance to my intolerances.
I have been a fighter for my health for most of my life. I learned to fight from my parents, and I know they do love me because they fought my twelve-week-long migraine during my first senior year of high school with me. I was tested for everything from Lyme to meningitis to brain and spinal cancer, just to be told “it’s just a migraine ” by numerous doctors of varying specialties. If only we knew about Celiac Disease then!
I have been on so many “migraine diets” since then and the only one that works is a Celiac (gluten free – ZERO ppm) lifestyle and completely omitting all my other allergens too.
When my thyroid finally tested hypothyroid, I was thankful that it wasn’t all in my head; that it was never “just a migraine.” When my birthday came around in 2012, I was even more thankful to have a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis diagnosis. (If you have one auto-immune disease, it’s much easier to get another.) I know what gluten does to me. I know it’s capabilities on my weakened immune system. I choose to live as healthy as I can. I choose to love my allergen-filled and gluten-free life and my family just the same.

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My buddy, Lauren, and Gluten Dude are who I thank for this recap of Gluten Free living and accurate information from HEB grocery store chain.
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You know I love Enjoy Life products…You can trust I love So Delicious EVERYTHING! But guess what I may love more than both of those, at least until I run out… Purely Elizabeth granola! It’s sweet from the blueberries and a little salty too: the perfect combination for a great breakfast cereal. Even better for a snacking granola, because the clusters stay in pretty big clumps, even in milk. 20130506-120107.jpg

Fred, at Vegeria Vegan Restaurant in San Antonio, TX, has seriously created the best bread rolls ever! 20130506-120122.jpg

Sometimes, a little can of Red Bull Blue (blueberry) has just enough taurine to help me through the first half of my workday. And wearing a Pretty Little Celiac wristband for Celiac Disease awareness makes everything better too! 20130506-120142.jpg

I like wine. I like hanging out with former NFL players. I love it when I can combine the two in a photo! 20130506-120156.jpg

Check out Pretty Little Celiac for your own Celiac Disease Awareness headband. And Red Apple Lipstick for awesome safe eyeshadow and lip colors. 20130506-120303.jpg

Something to Talk About…

I haven’t been as active on this blog as I would like to have been in recent weeks.
Here are some reasons/excuses why:
I’ve been working way too much.
I’ve been way too tired.
I’ve been staying healthy and enjoyed being able to work hard.

Now for reasons why I am writing today:
The gluten-free community has saved my life, and all I want to do is give back!
My Hashimoto’s friends have helped me realize I’m not alone in this struggle to find what works for me.

I am amazed when I learn someone is diagnosed celiac and still uses their same old makeup, deodorant, shampoo, lotions, and still eats GLUTEN! Do these people not realize what they are doing to themselves? You may as well just inject yourself with the worst from of cancer and never seek attention, because that is what will eventually happen to you, if you don’t make the change to a clean, GF life.
I am happily not being poisoned anymore… Yup, even my dogs eat GF now! 🙂 It I truly amazing to me that getting rid of my known allergens/intolerances and staying away from them over a two week period has enabled me (without exercising) to fit back in my pants I wore in college! Plus, I feel better, my face looks better, and I really do have energy from the foods I’m eating.
My mom and I used to watch that show, “What Not to Wear,” and every time there was someone dressed really frumpy, she would point to me and say, “Pay attention to this episode.”
Now it is my turn to help you! Take my advice people: find what not to eat/wear/bathe in, and getting the safe foods and products will be so much easier! For me it is: gluten, corn, sesame, legumes, oranges, grapefruit, banana, meat, cantaloupe, and so much more!

Thankful

I am striving to be grateful for everything I have this week.
I have a great new place to live for my dogs and myself. We will be so happy there!
I am thankful for my friends who have been supportive through the last couple weeks and have given me the great advice to FIGHT!
I am so lucky to have a support system in this gluten-free community! Some people are supported by their family. I am given the strength to fight for every day through my gluten free family.
I am blessed to have a family that is willing to support me when every job I have barely pays the bills.
I am thankful.

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Powers and Prayers

20130318-062809.jpgI’m trying to be strong. I’m trying to be brave. I’m trying to look the other way. I’m trying to move forward.
I’m facing yet another trying time in my life and it always seems like the powers of good vs. evil whenever this happens. This time, however, I am armed with a medical diagnosis. For this, I am thankful. I know what I need to do. I just need some help and prayers to get me there.

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New Life in Texas

Well, it’s been a couple more birthday’s since I last wrote. A few more jobs, two more city moves, and two moves within one of those cities, so far. In addition to that, I finally have a medical diagnosis for my food issues: Celiac and Hashimoto’s.

I’ve been in San Antonio, Texas for almost two full years. I have a few friends and, aside from my dogs, no family here. It’s pretty much just how I left Tennessee.
San Antonio has given me the opportunity to have two jobs I enjoy very much. I finally got my dream job working “for” animals and conservation, as well as “with” food. My other regular job sometimes takes it’s toll on me, but has made me a stronger salesperson and I believe I am better in the business world for it. I have been loyal to this position with this company for over a year and a half: this beats every prior relationship and career choice.
Being a better businessperson has not really made me better at relationships, but I believe being a workaholic has. I have worked just about every day for the last year and 11 months. When I wasn’t working, I was looking for more work, asleep, or just hanging out with the dogs and my former boyfriend. – I don’t want to call him “my ex” because that makes it seem like he’s a bad person. He was the most understanding, accepting, tolerant boyfriend I could have ever desired. I know all my issues took a huge toll on him in the last year and two months. He taught me that I did not have to worry all the time: that life is in the present, not the mysterious future I always worried about. Although I miss him asking me: “How was your day?” I know that he is happier without being with me through my daily struggles. I am grateful to him to allow me to trust him. He changed his whole life to accommodate my issues with food and acceptance. I really am amazed someone would ever do that for me.
San Antonio has given me a great doctor as well. She was willing to run tests to find out what I am actually allergic to and diagnose my physical illnesses as mainly a thyroid disease. So now I know I am allergic to: gluten, peanuts, shrimp, sesame seeds, clams, and have self-diagnosed my allergy to corn. So, this big belly I have not been able to lose: it’s corn. No more corn tortillas and San Antonio’s famous breakfast tacos for me! 🙁 Even with all these “new” allergies, I have been able to lightly introduce milk back in my life. – I’m not ready to risk real yogurt and cheese yet, but maybe one day I will. – Kangen (ionized, alkaline) water, liquid probiotics and Zipfizz (vitamin/energy/electrolyte drink) have really made a difference in my life over the last year. I am no longer malnourished, even though I am sure I still have a malabsorption issue. I’m still skin cancer free, even though I’ve had a few more procedures done since my last post. I also got a few more tattoos since then. I have a big yellow Texas star on my left foot, three small blue stars like the Tennessee flag, and still have my two pink Hollywood stars on my right foot.
Learning more about gluten and it’s emotional involvement with my life has really made me wonder about my extended family who also has suffered with bouts of depression. I am trying to not be a “Negative Nelly” all the time; it has always been a struggle for me. Just like stuttering: it’s a minute by minute thing to try to control and work through. There were fewer tears today, although more confusion regarding my future.
It’s my new life. Some days are much worse than others, however every day is a new start to something better. Maybe in this next year I will win the lottery. Who knows? I’ll keep you posted.