Food Allergies and Me

Before I decided to write this post, I really had to vent to pretty much every friend I had without food allergies and a couple with food allergies. My apologies if it comes across as an angry ranting blog post.

As some of you may know, I have Celiac Disease and food allergies. In addition to my food allergies, I’m in the lucky [on average] 10% of people with food allergies who also has one or more airborne food allergies. This means that if there’s poor air circulation at an office in which I work, or if an air vent is blowing one of my airborne allergens directly on me, I need to wear a face mask to protect myself from the chronic pains that could ensue.

I enjoy advocating for safe foods for people like me who have to live a gluten free lifestyle with no government subsidized food allowance. So, chances are, you found me through my Instagram or Twitter account where I frequently show off all the fun new products I find and the products I frequently buy, use and love.

Sometimes, I get to attend expositions where I learn about new products, and get to see old friends. As of late, I get to also work directly with a company, or 2 or 3 at one of these events. As a gluten-free and multiple-food-allergy advocate, this is my favorite part of any and every job I have ever had: the ability to try new and safe-for-me things!

Unfortunately, the advocate lifestyle doesn’t pay any bills, and only seldom puts food on my dinner table. So I work, a lot! Day job, night job, weekend jobs, all the time and multiple locations in a single day. It’s sometimes daunting just keeping up with my own schedule, let alone being single and trying to date a guy who understands what it means to date someone with food allergies.

So, life happens, I work hard, I have fun, and I work some more.

This is where it gets tricky…  I have food allergies, and celiac disease, so you can rest assured I will not knowingly poison myself and work in a non-gluten-free bread factory, peanut butter plant, or participate in a crawfish eating contest. I know my limits and when to set boundaries with food and people who handle food:

  • I do know that I can shake hands with the real Justin and his amazing staff, from Justin’s nut butters, without having any type of reaction. The reasoning: they know safe food handling processes and abide by them. Yes, even my airborne peanut allergy is not affected by having conversations and interactions with any of the Justin’s staff in store demonstrations, nor at major events and expos. In fact, if I didn’t have an allergy to peanuts, I would only and exclusively buy Justin’s Peanut Butter and peanut butter cups as my main source of safe vegan protein.

I know my limits, and if I fail at protecting myself, I always have a backup plan with multiple strengths of dye-free Benadryl and as a last resort: the epi-pen. If you deal with food allergies in your daily life, or the lives of people you protect, I recommend having a plan as well. Just like a fire drill, earthquake drill, lockdown drill, tornado drill, it’s always better to be safe than the alternative.

  • Being denied work because one has to live with food allergies is unlawful according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

My goal as an advocate is that nobody has to go through the struggles I have had to deal with throughout my school and work careers.

If you have had to deal with being fired or denied employment for having food allergies or celiac disease, please let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me directly.

This post is not sponsored by Justin’s, it is just my life.  Justin’s does have a great, and very easy to modify for peanut allergy, cookbook: you can buy it here.

The life of a gluten-free Instagrammer

I sure am glad that you are reading this! I write a lot on Instagram, but those are always much shorter posts and use less formal punctuation and language. It’s been quite difficult for me to come up with a theme for a blog post; and then actually writing it, so I really do appreciate your time!

The things I love about being a gluten-free foodie and Instagrammer/Tweeter/snapchatter (search for “angerasan”) are that:

  • I get to try and eat a lot of fun new foods and drinks
  • I get to attend events and expos with a purpose and thirst for knowledge
  • I get to be a part of an amazing community of understanding individuals
  • I get to help people with every post
  • I get to be a voice for our community on various social media outlets
  • I am encouraged to create and engage in new food and meal recipes

Obviously, those are the highlights, the only real low is that I have no freezer space left for regular frozen foods, like coconut or cashew milk ice cream and frozen organic broccoli and cauliflower rice. 😂

So, I really do appreciate your time and interest in my life and food. I hope you find my food allergy journey interesting, or at least semi-entertaining.

Thank you,

angela (CHG)

GFAF Expo-San Diego Preview!

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Hello Friends!

Well, it is officially Expo Season again! It’s coming quicker than the rain El Niño promised us in Southern California.

You can buy your ticket(s) to the GFAF Expo in San Diego by clicking HERE!

I’m super excited about this year’s GFAF Expo in San Diego because not only do I get to reveal special sneak previews on my Instagram account (CeliacHashiGirl), but I’ll also be working with my Dad at the expo! You’ll have to come find us, or just wait and see what brand we will be working for Saturday morning! Furthermore, if I can get reception, I’ll be on Periscope too! You can find all my periscope replays HERE on Katch.me.

Now for the things, and people, I’m excited to see and taste at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo:

  1. Finally getting to meet Tiffany @gfmomcertified. Seriously, she’s an amazing food allergy mom, food allergy warrior, and you cannot talk about her without mentioning her amazing cookie recipes and adorable daughters! I watch her on Periscope just to see the littlest one “help” prepare cookies or Friday’s pizza dinner, you should too, it’s adorable.
  2. Breathing in all the sweetness of Safe Gluten-free bread, cookies, cupcakes and pizzas
  3. Getting to spend a whole weekend with some amazing gluten free bloggers and celiac & food allergy warriors!
  4. Freedom Foods Cereals and SMUDGE! (The only place I know where I can buy SMUDGE is at the GFAF Expo – it’s like Nutella but no dairy and no nuts!) Freedom Foods came out with All Round Goodness last year; it’s an OAT-FREE and vegan cereal, so even celiac’s who can’t eat oats can have something like, but better than other oat circle cereals. (I believe Real Maple Goodness is always better than that honey-nut flavored stuff.) Freedom Foods products are all made in Australia so they are always: non GMO, tested for top nine allergens, top 12 allergen safe, and I can now use this bitmoji: image
  5. Udi’s & Glutino product tasting and previews of what we can soon find in stores! It’s no secret I love Glutino pretzels; they saved me from going mad when I first found out I had to be gluten free 8 years ago. I happily paid $16.00 for a large bag of these pretzels at my local Publix grocery store for a sense of normalcy while I was trying to find out what I could possibly eat that wouldn’t hurt me. My Dad and Nephew only eat Udi’s bread, and I do not foresee that ever changing, especially with the addition of the Rye Style bread to the Udi’s line of gluten free breads!
  6. Potapas Tortillas! If you pay attention to my taco nights, or Sunbutter/Smudge rolls on Instagram, you know I ??❤️ Potapas tortillas! I like to think I’m the reason all 3 of my local Sprouts stores carry them now, right next to my favorite …
  7. Smart Flour Foods Pizza Crust! I’ve been a fan of Smart Flour from the first time I found out they were GF and Vegan (I had just found out I have an egg allergy). Smart Flour always has a line for their pizzas at the expos they attend, and can you blame them? They use uncured pepperoni so it’s safe from harsh chemicals that can upset [my] digestive system further.
  8. BioK+  Luckily, if I want to try a taste of something at the expo with egg or dairy (I like to try everything!), I’ll be able to take a quick shot of BioK+ vegan and soy free probiotic drink! I love this brand so much, because it truly WORKS to heal my guts before I know they are about to freak out. Probiotics are also great to take to prevent and shorten the length you have a cold or flu bug.
  9. Bakery on Main will be there! OMG, this is my all-time favorite instant oatmeal brand because it has a blend of GF oats, quinoa, flax, chia and amaranth! The oatmeals are all sesame free too!
  10. Beanfield’s chips & Glutenberg beer! (Do I have to tell how this combo of GF and food allergy safe treats makes my heart skip a few beats?!? It does, I just got light-headed thinking about it!)

So, that’s my personal top 10 list of things in looking forward to February 20-21! I hope to see you all there!

 

“A Shared Food Household” Guest Post: King Gluten Free

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A SHARED FOOD HOUSEHOLD
by Jordan Middlebrook, aka: King Gluten Free (@kingglutenfree on all social media)

Not everyone in any given house has celiac disease so there is a very good chance that there is a shared house hold. Based on a four person household, usually one person has to be 100% gluten-free and has their own shelf in the pantry and their own little section in the fridge where all their food sits. Maybe you have to keep writing ‘gluten-free’ on all the food because the gluten-full people in your home just don’t get it.

This can be the case, more often than not. One person has to be medically gluten-free while the rest of the family can go willy-nilly and eat whatever comes their way. It’s not a problem, its just a common household and family dynamic. Yes there are families that ALL go gluten-free to make things easier; that’s not always the case.

Sharing a home with people who don’t have to be gluten-free can be as frustrating as sharing a home with your in-laws.

Making sure everyone in the house is aware of what crumbs of gluten filled food can do to the peanut butter is of top priority, and letting the diagnosed celiac know that they used the spinach dip by cramming in bread sticks, is of the most importance. Sometimes the other members of the household drop the ball when it comes to making sure the gluten-free food stays gluten-free (the case and be argued that making sure the gluten-free food stays gluten-free is up to the person who needs to be gluten-free. But where does the respect click in?). Just keeping all those in the house involved in the what is gluten-free in the house is as important as making sure you, as a diagnosed celiac knows what gets tainted with their terrible wheat crumbs.

SIDEBAR: I have said ‘gluten-free’ a ton of times in this blog.

Maintaining a proper gluten-free diet in a house of people that that don’t need to be gluten-free can sometimes be an epic challenge. And in the end, it’s always love and understanding that gets the message across.

Not all shared households are like that but the real good ones are, and to the person who needs to be 100% gluten-free it’s one of the greatest things in the world, because if you can’t feel safe about your own food at home; where can you feel safe?

The wonderful world of oils!

  
It’s official, as of this week, I have become a Wellness Advocate through Doterra. I have been using these oils and have used some of their other products over the course of the last three years. I love the healing effects of oils like DigestZen and fennel after a glutening. I also love the peppermint, lavender, Whisper, and On Guard to combat the migraine that goes along with my glutening accidents and other stressors that cause me to lose sleep. 

If you have any questions about oils and how they can help manage pain, please let me know. I am always ready to help, even if you do not choose to purchase from my Doterra site.

How Does it Feel?

How does it feel to be glutened? For me, first it’s an unsettling feeling, followed by a migraine. My digestive bloat and “issues” comes within an hour, or sometimes two. I always try to have probiotics, Tylenol, and Hyland’s Teething Tablets with me to delay the pain. Inflammation and “belly bloat” is inevitable, as is the brain fog and carelessness for weeks to come.
How does it feel to be told it’s all in your head? For me, it’s hurtful down to my guts and back again. It hurts in every cell in my body, every nerve ending just bursts with heat and fire. It hurts in my hair. It hurts in my toenails covered in gluten-free nail polish. I don’t expect half the world to understand, but I do expect those that I have educated, those that knew me before: when I stuttered, when I had a migraine that didn’t go away for 12 weeks, when I was in so much pain that I couldn’t walk to the bathroom, I expect those people to know that gluten-poisoning is real for me.
How does it feel to see gluten-free dishes and cooking spoons be contaminated with gluten? For me, it’s not the end of the world, but it still hurts. It hurts until I am able to purchase a new pot, pan, bakeware, blender, mixer, lid, spoon, etc. However, I still feel the pain of knowing it could all be avoided when I buy my new pot or spoon. It hurts a lot to know that I used to be careless just like this. It hurts to know that regular people actually do hurt other regular people and think nothing of it. It hurts to know that this pain can all be avoided if everyone was open to change and acceptance of other people’s differences and diseases. I’m not asking the world to understand my pain, I’m just asking the world to acknowledge that it is real, even if you can’t see or feel it.

Pictures and things from the GFAF Wellness Event!

Theses are my favorite things from the GFAF Wellness Event last weekend in Austin, TX.
To recap from my Instagram feed: It was awesome! I always enjoy working with Red Apple Lipstick at the gluten free expos and events, this time I even got a cool shirt to wear! I became an official Rep for Red Apple Lipstick! I was star-struck when I met Peter from New Planet Beer (P.S.: He is also very awesome, generous, and who doesn’t love the Aussie accent?!). Freedom Foods is always awesome with my favorite cereals on tap (I love those Aussies and their non-GMO, dye-free cereal!). Leprechaun Cider is my new favorite local beverage: it’s local to Austin, TX and Oregon at the same time! (I think it was Pam from I’m a Celiac‘s favorite drink too.) Tito’s Vodka was there too… The original Austin gluten free vodka was served with fresh pressed juice from a local juice store: this was not your average Southern Sunday morning, for sure! And, one reason I cannot yet be 100% vegan is Noosa yogurt; Noosa has the best kept cows making the healthiest milk and delicious fruits in every cup!

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Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

A fellow Californian-Turned-Texan suggested I take part in the WEGO Health initiated 30 days of blogging challenge. So here it is! I hope you enjoy, but also, I hope you learn something.

Day 1: Why I Write:
I write because I know that I am not the only person dealing with food allergies. Five years ago I was in search for someone like me, but the only blog I found about gluten-free living was The Celiac Diva. She was inspirational, and influential in my sanity during that initial “OMG” moment when I learned I could no longer eat the foods I grew up with. Her blogs have helped me with everything from buying makeup to choosing the right foods over the last five years.
I want to help the next group of adults living with and learning about their new food intolerances and allergies too.

Day 2: 5 Things I Want Others to Know About My Illnesses and My Activism
1. A Lot of people have food allergies and some are linked to weird things like a latex allergy. Food allergies are generally not linked to seasonal allergies. Sometimes food allergies are linked to a particular enzyme deficiency.
2. People with food allergies are a lot nicer than super-vegans or super-vegetarians when ordering at a restaurant because we expect to be accidentally poisoned.
3. Having Hashimoto’s has made me learn to take one day at a time and try really hard to control my anxiety/OCD and depression.
4. Celiac Disease affects so many people in so many different ways. For me, gluten gives me: migraines, belly pains, belly bloat (leaky gut), and “crazy brain” (depression, anxiety, stress, etc.) that can all last anywhere from a few hours to a few months!
5. I have struggled with food intolerances for 15 years now, so I have a good understanding of healthy options available for people like me in the global marketplace. I am not afraid to share my cool new finds, nor my old reliable staples. I want to empower people in similar situations to what I have had to struggle through.

Day 3: A Picture to Describe My Condition or Experience

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Day 4: Create a “Care Page” with Resources for the Newly Diagnosed
I need to add a page of my favorite blogs, but for now, I’m just going to mention my favorite people living a life similar, but also very different, to mine:
Celiac and the Beast
Franny Cakes
Glam Without Gluten
Gluten Dude
The Celiac Diva
Red Apple Lipstick (blog)
Jennifer’s Way
Better Batter

And there’s always:
F.A.R.E.
Celiac Disease Foundation

I’ll have more info links on my Facebook page, and on here, someday.

Day 5: If I Could Do Anything as a Health Activist…
If I could do anything as a Health Activist, I would do so much!
-Get healthy, safe food in all schools, all grade levels
-Help fund research to ease anaphylaxis and other severe allergies (alternate to the epi-pen)
-Educate the world of the dangers of consuming GMO-type foods and using products with harmful chemicals.
-Become more involved in the Food Allergy, Thyroid Disease, and Celiac communities

Day 6: Write a Letter to Your Condition – What Do You Want to Get Off Your Chest?
Dear Food Allergies, Celiac, and Hashimoto’s,
I really dislike you, but I also am thankful for you. I have learned to appreciate you, because now I am eating the best, healthiest food possible. Yes, I am actually eating food again!
You have taught me that life is always changing. My food allergies and hormones seem to change every week, always keeping me on my toes. You hurt me inside and most other people do not understand my pains. It is difficult for people to understand that food in the air hurts my head and guts at the same time. I wish that would change because I do not like pain. I wish you would be nice to me and not let me get bruised so easily too.
Anyway, my Hashimoto’s is catching up with me now and I need to either eat or sleep. I can’t figure out what my body needs these days; and I do not like that feeling either.
Please be nice to me this week.
Thank you,
Celiac Hashi Girl

Day 7: What is the Mist Ridiculous Thing You Have Heard About Your Condition?
This one is so easy for me to write because of my recent “real-life” predicament.
Food allergies affect me in so many ways. I love food, I love the smell of food, taste, and the way it feels covering my tastebuds. However, I do not just have food allergies, but also have seasonal allergies, outdoor allergies, indoor allergies, animal allergies, chemical allergies, and these things called auto-immune diseases that are easily affected by how my body decides to react to all food and all these other allergens. I also think I’m highly allergic to ignorant people.
So, my one-liner of what is the most ridiculous thing I have heard about my food allergies is:
“You’re grown, just don’t eat what you’re allergic to.”
If life was this magical place where food was always a solid mass, and people did not spit when they talk, I would be totally safe from food I am allergic or sensitive to. However, I live in a world of bakeries, and peanuts, and bananas, and cantaloupe, and real life! I also live in a place (Texas) where mesquite is always on the grill and always in the air, just like cigarette smoke and stray dogs (and if I lived outside the city there would be horses). I cannot run from my allergies; they are everywhere. I live every day as a new day and pray to God that I can just survive this one more day. That is how I have learned to live and manage my diseases.

Day 8: If My Condition Was an Animal, What Would it Be?
If my food allergies/Celiac/Hashimoto’s was one animal, it would be a rhinoceros.
Rhinoceros is an “odd-toed” species. They are unique with no front teeth, a large horn and latticed collagen to give them a hard protective shell.
I still find my food allergies to be odd. My Hashimoto’s makes me unique. My Celiac has given me a weak body but also a very protective outlook on life in regard to food.

Day 9: What Advice Do I Have for Caregivers – Medical or Otherwise?
The only real advice I have is to try to understand the physical and emotional pain and help with an action plan.
I was lucky to have an understanding boyfriend for a whole year of my undiagnosed life. I have also been lucky to have a great doctor who understands my “diet” and gives advice on other things like exercises, juicing and protein mixes.
For over ten years I had doctors and family who said my physical pain (migraines) were all in my head. True: the migraines were in my head. False: the pain was related more to food sensitivities and autoimmune conditions than emotional stress. If my doctors had known that my migraines may be related to gluten and Hashimoto’s, I could have saved myself from over ten years of taking 8 naproxen virtually every other day just to manage pain.

Day 10: My Favorite Picture of Myself

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Day 11: What is My Favorite Social Networking App?
My favorite social application these days is a toss up between Facebook and Instagram. I’m still new to the Page part of Facebook and my Instagram has been having issues lately, but I love the ease of access on my iPhone and iPad. I love that it is easy to post pictures and give brief updates of this gluten-free and allergen-filled, crazy, food-loving life!

Day 12: If I Could Go Back to the Day of Diagnosis, What Would I Tell Myself?
If I could go fifteen years back in time, I would have told all my doctors to test me for every ailment, including autoimmune. I would tell myself that it is in God’s hands and I will not be a “Medical Mystery” some day.
When I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I thanked my doctor. I praised her and I began to tell everyone about it. I would not have taken a Mulligan on that. I also told myself I wasn’t crazy. I told myself I finally knew the name of my “cross to bear,” and I was thankful. I am thankful to be diagnosed and I am thankful to be free of taking drugs (other than thyroid replacement) every day, just to help me cope with the pain.

Day 13: Write an Acrostic for My Username
Caring
Energized
Loving
Intuitive
Awesome
Colorful
Hard-working
Amazing
Super
Helpful
Interesting
Grateful
Informative
Realistic
Learned

Day 14: Thank a Few Fellow Bloggers
I need to thank my fellow blogger, Mary Fran, for keeping me motivated to finish this challenge (yeah, it’s the 30th and I’m on day 14 trying to finish before the month is over).
I also need to thank my fellow blogger and friend, Erica, for really helping me through the month of March and all my trials since then, even while she was going through her own.
My other favorites are everyone I follow on Instagram, twitter, and Facebook. I am lucky to have met so many of them in real life, and even more blessed to be a part of this gluten free family.

Day 15: Write a Comment to Someone Else’s Blog Post
My comment goes to Gluten Dude’s post today (April 30, 2013)… The one about the $1 a bun Trader Joe’s hamburger bun falling to crumbles after the first bite…
This post was like the story of my life. Just when everything feels like and looks like it’s getting to be perfect, and under control, there it goes.
Living with chronic illnesses, especially the thyroid one for me, makes life so much more complicated. I am a planner by nature, and hate, really hate, it when I cannot foresee what will happen. I really don’t know what gives me more anxiety: knowing, or not knowing. I like a little whimsy in life, but I always plan for that moment of whimsy.
On a side note: If you want non crumbly GF bread: microwave it with about a table spoon of coconut oil before you turn that bread into a sandwich. 🙂

Day 16: Three Things That are True About Me, and One Lie. Can You Spot the Lie?
1. I love my dogs.
2. I have always had food allergies.
3. I have lived in Japan.
4. I never get that “full” feeling.

Day 17: Go to wordle.net and Create a Word Cloud
This one isn’t working for me yet. I will try later.

Day 18: Write About a Time I Lashed Out at Someone Because of My Health Condition
I have lashed out at my parents so many times. Since having my twelve week long migraine, my parents don’t understand my brain and how food affects my mood. Since learning about Celiac and Hashimoto’s, my parents are trying to learn about how food affects everything about me, including my attitude, my feeling sick, and looking like I just got run over by a semi, or looking so bloated that I look like I’m about to give birth.
The holidays always seem like the perfect time to lash out at the ones we love. My lashing out has never been out of hate, it has always been about trying to get them to understand that I am chronically sick, and there is no cure, just allowances and avoidances.

Day 19: Post a Vintage Photo of Myself

20130430-195336.jpg My health was at its all time best. I won a four day stay at a very posh resort in Destin, Florida. This is one of the only pictures I have from that trip. I was by myself and totally free from all my food I tolerances. I worked out about three hours six or seven days a week, and I ate and drank whatever I wanted to at company potlucks and picnics.

Day 20: Burnout: What Gets Me Out?
I am blessed with Hashimoto’s and adrenal fatigue. I am also blessed with a huge appetite and a small budget. So, what gets me burnt out? Not enough money in the bank, not enough food in the pantry or fridge, and too much work!
I’ve been overcoming burn out, lately, by making sure to take triphala after every meal or snack, as well as taking taurine during the day. Taurine has been helping with adrenal fatigue, and triphala helps me to not be in pain from eating or during most of the digestion process of food. I also have to take at least one day out of the month to do nothing but sleep. I try to do this more when I know I am not getting enough sleep at night during the work-week.

Day 21: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” -Mulan
I totally love this Disney movie, mostly because it premiered the summer I was in Japan, but I also totally agree with this statement. I believe I am special and I know I am unique. I have never met anyone exactly like me, although I know I have a few look-alikes out there. Nobody has my same story. Nobody else knows the joy I feel from a good country song, nor the hurt I feel from a sad love song. I am proud I have overcome so much, and still live to one day tell the tale of Angela, your Celiac Hashi Girl!

Day 22: Write About the Things You Couldn’t Live Without
I honestly could live without a lot of the stuff I have moved and traveled with since leaving Tennessee. However, I could not live happily without my dogs, Cookie and Scout. I could also not live happily without almond butter and/or sunbutter. To that, I must add pineapple and, since I had to give up cantaloupe melon (and I also react to honeydew), watermelon as my favorite fruits. Last, I cannot live without the amazing coconut! Coconut oil, milk, sugar, rum (oops, … not really), I love coconut water, and the fruit on the inside is great too!

Day 23: Write About How My Life Would Change if There Was No Social Media
If there was no social media: not blogs, not Facebook, not Instagram, not twitter, I would not be alive. I would be sad, depressed, not know about cross-contamination, so I would probably have serious cancer by now, and I would be forever lonely, even with my dogs near me. Life would be tragic and the end of mine would surely be near.
I am so thankful I know all there is to know about food allergies, Celiac Disease, and life with a thyroid condition, because of all these amazing websites and blogs, and fellow people dealing with the card they were dealt, just like me.

Day 24: Create a Pinterest and share it
Seriously, I do not know how to use that. I cannot figure it out!

Day 25: Share Something You Learned From Another Health Activist
I learned from Miss FrannyCakes that even though we are in constant pain of varying degrees, we sometimes have to rely on others for simple tasks, or we cannot eat a lot of different kinds of foods we used to, anymore, we can still enjoy cooking, eating, creating, and sharing new recipes. It really is more blessed to give than to receive.

Day 26: What’s a Day You Could Have Used a Pain-Free Pass?
I wish I could have used a pain-free pass when I was in Japan, the first time I had something wrong with my intestines. My host mom and sister and I were supposed to go to Tokyo Disneyland and then my life would have come full circle. My mom was pregnant with me while she was a costumer creating, sewing by hand, and drawing patterns for the costumes for Snow White, It’s a Small World ride, and many more. I don’t regret not going, but it would have been amazing to see.

Day 27: Working Title to My Biography
From California to Gluten Free: That’s My Life!
Small-town to Food-allergy-ville
This is Serious, and Kind of Funny Too!
Does Stuff Like This Actually Happen to Real People?
Yeah, I’m a Foodie Who Fights With Every Bite.

Day 28: Top Five Must-Follow List
Celiac And The Beast
Gluten Dude
Franny Cakes
Glam Without Gluten
Red Apple Lipstick

Day 29: Sharing Some Things
I am supposed to share about how awesome I am! Seriously, I’m awesome because I’m ME!
I love to finish things. I always have a goal to accomplish, and I get easily frustrated when that goal is taken away from me. I like to win, winning at trying is still a win to me. I dislike change most of the time, but get really hurt when I had set a goal and change happens midway through my master plan to achieve that goal. I guess that’s why break-ups are so hard on me! I’m generally happiest when I’m working, again, probably the goal thing… Paying bills is always a goal I have to do before the end of the month!

Day 30: Recap
I learned, I am happy talking about myself, even when it’s boring and depressing at times.
I enjoyed writing about how other bloggers have changed my outlook on life.
I did not like that I stopped this at day 13 and had to finish on day 30, at night, when I should be sleeping because of my adrenal fatigue.
I don’t think I’ll ever do a 30 day challenge again!
Back to one post a week average, please. That’s a goal I can actually accomplish!

The Monkey Left My Back

The monkey that has been plaguing my back has finally gone away! Actually, I have been carrying two monkeys on my back that are now gone.
The first monkey was a financial one, cause and effect of being well-employed, unemployed and then under-employed for the last six years. I am so glad that one more bill burden is gone!
The second monkey was a professional one. Because it has a lot to do with why I started back on this whole blog, I may never say what company it involves. Also, because I have so many jobs, I like to think it is pretty difficult for many people to guess. This monkey left me bittersweetly. I am proud of myself for putting up a good fight and really giving it “the old college try.” I tried, I fought, and a middle ground was met. I now have a pretty firm grasp of what I consider employment law and ADA compliance. This battle was big for me. I am very thankful that a common ground was finally met. I hope and pray that nobody has to go through that stress like I had to. However, I plan on continuing my advocacy in the “adult world” and fighting for and helping others who find themselves in this similar situation.

My boss gave me this cross today for my new home. It is a nice reminder that there is a higher power and force in the world. I am thankful for that.

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