Blog posts February 2011

Celiac Disease and Gluten Free...

A few people in my husband's family have recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease and/or an associated gluten intolerance. If you visit the stores nowadays, you'll notice that there are  a lot of options for going gluten free... It's actually pretty amazing. Growing up, I didn't even know there was an option to go gluten free. Heck, growing up I didn't even know what the heck gluten was. 

Cutting a lot of favourites out of your diet can be really hard to do, especially if you live with others whom are not adapting to the same diet as you.. Uhg, reminds me of the time I tried to go vegan and no one in my family supported me. 

Back to the point, if you are trying to go Free From Gluten, it is pretty darn hard to do it without planning ahead. A great way to plan is to simply google for "gluten free" recipes and then write a list of items you'll need. It'll take time to revamp your cupboards, but it's amazing how good you will feel after it's all said and done. 

A new store has opened up based online which will make the transition that much easier. I'm an online shopping junky... It's a good thing I don't know where my mastercard is! (easy to remember, no?) has such a huge array of foods that you'll barely even notice that you've gone gluten free, aside from the massive health benefits. They have cookies, chips, snacks, cereals, pasta, and other very important staples ;) 

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New site? Perhaps

I've started a new blog, because that's what I tend to do! I get bored of blogging on certain topics pretty quick... Especially if the visitor base is pretty limited. Also, I wanted to move away from Viviti, simply because I wanted more options for my website. 

I'm now mostly concentrating on a site I call Twenty One Days. If you follow me on twitter, you'll notice I link it a lot. 

You probably noticed I failed royally at putting up the race schedules I had promised! I have not been permitted to run for a few months now. Mostly because of the baby virus I have contracted. This particular virus causes me to throw up sometimes more than once per hour in a day, disallowing me to drink something as simple as water or eat anything without being on medication. Ahh, medical science! 

You've probably heard of morning sickness, which I had with my first (to term) pregnancy with my daughter. Go hungry, throw up, eat, be fine. Some food aversions, but what I'm suffering from right now is called hyperemesis gravidarum and it is like morning sickness on crack. Uncontrolled, it can lead to hospitalization  (already had a lovely trip to the ER once for moderate dehydration), loss of the baby, and even maternal death (likely due to dehydration). 

Fortunately, I have been mostly able to control the vomiting. My current issue is being able to eat enough food and drink enough fluids... Water doesn't sit well in my stomach and will make me very nauseous, so I try to stick to thickened fluids in the form of yogurts, smoothies, or even thicker juices.  

If I smell food, I will likely develop an instant aversion to it and will literally gag and potentially dry heave until I throw up if I try to force myself to eat it. 

I have had HG for 6 weeks now and it doesn't seem to be letting up. My doctor seems to think it will go away in the second trimester, but if my first pregnancy has taught me anything, it is that I SUCK at hormones. haha I threw up with my daughter right up until I went into labor. Second trimester my butt... :D 

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