Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celiac Disease

Yes, really. Definitely a HARD pill to swallow, but I am so glad that the Dr's have finally figured out what is wrong with me! In lame man's terms, I'm allergic to flour, and wheat, barley, oats and gluten. Stressful, MOST DEFINITELY! Until you look at labels, you really have no idea how many things have wheat in them, or enriched flour, it's crazy! So essentially I have cut out all carbs; not a bad thing, hard, for sure. Bread, rolls, cookies, cakes, some ice creams, cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup, pasta (except rice pasta), some cheeses, mac and cheese, pizza (so sad to leave this behind).

But this is going to be a great change for our family, and yes I said our family. This is not an Emily's new life style/diet, this is going to be a family change. A lot of the materials I have read say not to do that, because your kids and family will resent you for doing so, but Elliana is young enough that she won't know the difference to be angry with me. It's not that they can't eat what they want to, it's that I will only cook and buy gluten free items. If they are out to eat, they can have whatever they like, but that's just the way it needs to be for our family. It's a very healthy life style and I've already lost 8 lbs in just over a week! I am feeling SO much better and feel happier most days. I still have my moments, who doesn't?

Tom's been a CHAMP about all of it and is being so supportive of me in this new endevour.

You can get lots more information here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/
and here:
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/celiac-disease/celiac-disease-symptoms

Also, the Gluten Free Living for Dummies is awesome, as well as the Gluten Free Cooking for Dummies. Gotta love the Douglas County Libraries!

4 comments:

Kallie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I CANNOT believe that! That's crazy! You have such a positive attitude about it though! I am amazed!

Laura Cook said...

That sucks. My friends mom has it and she can't hardly eat anything at a restaurant. But the good news is now days restaurants (even fast food places) are starting to put things on the menu that are gluten free. (For instance using lettuce instead of a bun). She keeps suggesting I try going without it to see if that is my stomach problem ... but ... I just can't live without it. lol. So I guess I'll continue suffering...
Its great that you know what it is now and can find some relief!

Chase and Ilez said...

I've seen how hard celiac disease can be but you have such a great attitude about it. I'm sure it's nice to finally know what you have so now you can work around it. Good luck!

Julie Ann said...

My SIL was just diagnosed last year. We're all learning slowly, but she is a whiz! She also is very patient with us while we fumble through what she can and can't eat. I know she has some days where she can't stand it, but it gets better!