My mum is taking me to a.. nature medicine kinda doctor tomorrow.. I’ve been to a couple of them and nothing’s really ever helped but sure, I’ll go. She’s paying so.. I guess it’s worth a shot. This one is actually the one who told me I was celiac and that I needed to get it properly diagnosed, when no traditional doctors would even test me, and he was right. It’s a bit of a drive tho, and I have to get up two hours earlier, and it’s already a quarter past four in the morning. I’m neither pessimistic nor optimistic, I’m just neutral to the whole thing. We’ll see.
Going gluten free and Im in the “detox” zone. That shits real man.
This was delicious and certified GF tho.
Bought individually wrapped fruity Mentos at the dollar store… I’ve had fruity Mentos tons of times, no need to read the ingredients… just bought them. Glanced at the list after I’d opened (but not eaten) one…. wheat syrup is the second ingredient. These are Brazilian Mentos… which contain wheat. Seriously?!
The thing that got me to actually go in to the doctors was the extreme fatigue I was experiencing and what is commonly referred to as ‘brain fog’. I was sleeping around 16 hours a day, only just managing to get up and go to class for a few hours before returning to bed. Brain fog is the term for how you just can’t think straight - I was so out of it I would get halfway through a sentence and totally forget what I was saying.
These symptoms come from your body’s inability to absorb nutrients because your villi are so severely damaged from the autoimmune response your body has to gluten (where it sees gluten as a pathogen and basically tries to attack it and… in doing so, lowkey destroys it’s own means to absorb nutrients). It feels as though you haven’t eaten for weeks.
I think my coeliac had been going on for a fair while before I went to the doctors because my symptoms were very extreme. It’s more common to have bloating (which I also had, but thought was normal as it was so normal for me by that point), stomach issues (either end!), stomach cramps and feeling lethargic/low energy.
If you have any suspicion that you could have coeliac disease I would recommend going and asking for a blood test immediately. It is super easy to test for coeliac and even if they don’t find that you have coeliac this may allow them to identify another issue that could be making you feel tired (i.e. a vitamin deficiency). If the test comes back ‘negative’ you can also consider cutting out gluten and seeing if this makes you feel better - some people are intolerant to wheat and/or gluten without having coeliac disease. But you mustn’t cut out gluten before getting a blood test as they can’t pick up a positive result if you haven’t been eating gluten every day, it’s much easier to test whilst you’re still eating gluten than going off it for awhile, feeling better and having to go back to eating gluten (and feeling v rubbish whilst doing so!) in order to test.
Whew, long answer! But hope that helps <3
I figured cheating on the whole celiac thing for one day at Disney would be fine.
It’s not. It’s so not. Don’t do that.
I actually must have not gotten the first half of the ask, but I’m not shy about the fact that I live in Maryland. I don’t get out of state too often, sadly. The cheapest place I can find so far is Aldis, but it’s mostly pasta and boy am I sick of gf pasta
Two of the most painful hours of my life. Would’ve called an ambulance if I hadn’t known what’s up.
Hope the worst is over and it’s not just a brief break.
According to SeaWorld because I have food allergies and can’t eat in the park I have to pay for a picnic locker and walk all the way outside of the park to eat anything. With a disability affecting my mobility that is not doable.
So we’re cancelling our passes. A basic accommodation of a small lunchbox is apparently too much for them to handle.
Made blintzes with potato+tapioca flour mixture and they turned out great!
Nom nom nom
Illustration by Ava Williams (@ava_carrie on IG)
I love soup. My boyfriend once asked me what kind of soups I like and I started naming soups and he was like “Oh OK so you like CHUNKY soups.” And I was like well yes, but actually I don’t like the way that sounds when you say it. So anyways, I famously love a chunky soup, but this ridiculously smooth cauliflower masterpiece now holds a very special place in my heart.
I hate to be one of those people who can’t actually give you an exact recipe, but it’s really easy to make soup and you can make it however you want and that is the beauty of soup. Here is a rough idea though:
- Cauliflower (a head)
- Chicken stock (4 cups?)
- Butter (a few tablespoons)
- Onion (one of these)
- Garlic (however much you like)
- A couple splashes of milk or cream (but honestly it’s still very creamy and wonderful without.)
- Salt & pepper
Basically you cannot screw this up. (I believe in you.) Just sauté the onion and garlic in the butter. Then add your stock and cauliflower and cook it until…it’s cooked? Then, blend the hell out of it with an immersion blender. And if you are sort of insane like my boyfriend, you can then run all it through a mesh strainer to make it EVEN SILKIER, but tbh I don’t know that it’s necessary.
Top it off with a drizzle of olive oil (purely to make it look fancy) and some GF croutons if you please. (I made mine in the toaster oven with Trader Joe’s GF Multigrain Sandwich Bread.)
That’s it! A smooth and creamy soup that even the chunkiest soup lover can enjoy.
Photo & croutons by me (@celiacandsalty on IG)
Having Celiac disease is liking having my very only personal Department of Homeland Security, dramatically over representing and misattributing threats and creating widespread misery “defending” me from them.
Ughhh I got glutened yesterday and it was 100% my fault and I just feel like shit today.
Stupid fucking dining hall tater tots.
You know its gonna be a good day when you shit your pants at 6:30AM.
I wish I wasn’t just a comorbid condition mess