Happy #3 Gluten Free!

yum yum yum

So yesterday my mom was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  It seems like everyone these days has Celiac.  I was kind of bratty and just presumed it was another health trend.  But then I thought about it more and realized, well, you know, probably 10 years ago people didn't really think about getting tested for Celiac because they didn't hear much about it.  So obviously, if more people hear about Celiac, more people will get tested for it and then diagnosed.

Now, I am a huge lover of pastries.  So I have avoided getting tested for Celiac for awhile.  I don't want to give up my morning sweets, they make me happy!  But then again, when I really think about it, I get pretty moody later in the day after having a lot of gluten based products.  So sure, pastries taste delicious, but they actually make me feel heavy, depressed and tired in the long run.

I have a lot of problems with anemia, lactose intolerance, acne, mood swings, joint pain, bruising easily, breathlessness, depression, fatigue, muscle cramps, swelling, mineral deficiency.  Did you know those are all symptoms of Celiac Disease?  And those are just the non-intestinal symptoms.  After researching Celiac Disease last night I realized, oh geeze, this is my life.  Everything perfectly describes all of the issues in my mom's side of the family.

These are all of diseases and conditions associated with Celiac:
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Certain types of intestinal cancer
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Down syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Miscarriage or unexplained infertility
  • Neurological conditions
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
My mom's side of the family, just within the last 3 generations, has dealt heavily with almost all of these things.  Wow.  Just between me, my mom, and my grandma, the list is almost completely covered.  There are a few things on this list that I have, and a few things that I know my mom has and my grandma had that I am SO scared of dealing with in the future.  My mom had 3 miscarriages and it took her and my dad 4 years just to have me.  I was 1 baby to make it out of 6 with in vitro fertilization.  And my sisters, one 4 years younger and one 9 years younger, were joyful surprises.  My grandma had 8 miscarriages and still births, and one baby who survived 3 days named Linda.  My mom was the only baby to live a full life.  My grandma died pretty young because of diabetes.  If I could lessen my chances of all that happening to me, along with all the other really painful things that my mom and grandmother had to deal with for most of their adult lives, then cutting gluten out of my life sounds like the wises choice I could quite possibly ever make.

So, in an effort to make my days happier and healthier, I am trying to go gluten free.  Here is what I ate for lunch today. 
It was yuuuuummy. :)  And my body and spirits feel better already.

  Great Grape Salad:                 Very Berry Smoothie:
   lettuce                                                vanilla yogurt
halved red grapes                                 frozen strawberries
     walnuts                                            frozen blueberries
dried cranberries                                    frozen blackberries 
dash of raspberry vinagrette
                       dash of orange juice      

ps, my friend Andrea has a blog all about gluten free yummy foods:  Everyday Gluten Free
be healthy and happy my friends. <3


Andrea said...

Good job!!! I've been gluten free for a year now. My take is, once you start feeling like a new person, you don't even care about the sacrifices. :) It's sad to give up bread (and everything that gluten is mysteriously in, like soy sauce and salad dressing) but SO worth it in the long run. Luckily GF is becoming popular and there are lots of replacement foods... but you can also do it on the cheap. You just end up eating a lot more whole foods. Let me know if you need any advice or help, our system isn't perfect but we have been at it for a while now and have learned some tricks of the trade :)

andrea said...

That smoothie look wonderful!

Ms. Poshlust said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
andrea said...

It's kind of crazy - it is actually one of the most under diagnosed diseases in the world, and takes on average 12-13 years to figure out. I remember when it used to be really truly awful, everything tasted bad, so on and so forth. People don't realize just how much gluten is in. Caramel coloring? Soy sauce? Come on. Brutal. but, on the upside, when you learn to make everything yourself...*shrug* You're infinitly healthier.Good luck on your journey, don't hesitate to ask for help/support etc. And there are amazing pastry recipes out there, never you worry. xoxo