April 28, 2008

Vinegar Explained!


I have had may questions regarding Vinegar. I have been told to stay away from or watch certain types. Do you know how may things contain vinegar?


I have learned that if food manufactured in the United States, has vinegar listed as an ingredient, where just the word "vinegar" appears between commas (for example, "Ingredients: water, vinegar, tomato paste)" the FDA's Compliance Policy Guide for Vinegar requires that the vinegar must be apple cider vinegar. So, if you see just "vinegar" listed as an ingredient (not "malt vinegar" or any other modification), the vinegar is apple cider vinegar.


I found this information at http://www.nowheat.com/grfx/nowheat/primer/iheard.htm


Here is another site (Wheat Free Zone) that has some really good information if you're interested. http://www.nowheat.com/grfx/nowheat/index.htm

April 21, 2008

What Would You Do?


Am I supposed to remind everyone that I have this disease? You know how tiring that gets? You know how tiring it is to hear the same thing about how you cant eat the same foods over and over again? And who gives a Frick about BEER! So, you get invited over to someones house who you've had multiple discussion's with about the disease. Do you A. Bring your own food with you so you know you will have something to eat? or B. Remind them you are Gluten-Free? or C. Go to the house and assume they remembered based on the numerous conversations? Well, I did C! BIG MISTAKE! Plus the next day there was a party and could I eat anything there? NO! Luckily I brought over a Protein Burger from Carl's Jr. and ate that plus made myself some cookies before hand to take to the party for ME to enjoy. I guess people aren't as accommodating as I thought. I really have to give it to my mom! At least I know I'm loved and thought about there!

April 17, 2008

User Group Experience...


So, I went armed with food I could eat just in case there were sandwiches. Well there were sandwiches, salads, fruit and chips with dips. I asked the girl who was taking care of the food at the stadium if she could ask the chef what was there that was gluten-free. I was able to eat the spinach salad with strawberries and red onion with raspberry vinaigrette dressing and fruit. The Press Box was really nice. There I ate 2 Dodger dogs without the bun (luckily they werent already in the bun) and mixed ketchup, tomatoes, onions and relish together and ate the hot dog's with my special mixture. I have to say... I don't think I want to eat hot dogs again. When you burp its nasty!!!

April 15, 2008

Out Of Town User Group Dilema


So, tomorrow I go to a User Group in LA with my co-worker Bryan. They are providing Lunch and Dinner. Should I of called in advance to talk about the menu or should I just bring my own food? What if its sandwiches? I am screwed! Anyone read my blog that could give me advice? No? Didnt think so!

Not Such A Bad Day


This afternoon Michael picked up the girls from my Best Friend Bonnies house (Bonnie has a busy week this week) before he left for work and left them at the house with Gillian our awesome babysitter. I dont know if she was told that I wasnt having a great day, but I came home to Gluten-Free Brownies and paintings from the girls. I literally ate 1/3 of the batch. They were so delicious! Thank you Gillian, Allyson and Malia you REALLY made my day!

Boy I'm Good At Pretending


Everyone thinks I am handling this no Gluten thing just fine. Little do people know I wish I would have cancer or some terminal illness instead. I see everyone eating such wonderful things that I used to eat and cry later that night because its hard to see and smell such delectable goodies. I am also getting sick of hearing people say how it sucks for me. Please stop reminding me. I remember this on a daily basis when I watch you eat. I am really sick of putting on a happy face saying the glass is half full and it could be worse! Well the F^#$%*& glass is half empty and this is worse than having cancer. At least with cancer there's a possibility of surgery and radiation therapy. I would at least still get to eat Ding Dongs, PF Changs Mongolian Beef, Apple Jacks, most Chinese food, and not have to look at all F^#$%*& ingredients that I am about to put in my mouth. At least with cancer I would know that my life is coming to an end and be able to prepare for a poetic ending to my life. I am sick of pretending! Dont try to cheer me up... it doesnt work! Nothing you could say would make me feel better! Unless you had a cure...

April 7, 2008

Happy April! I Wish The Joke Was On Me.


So, I went to Phoenix this last weekend with a few people from the softball team I am on. I felt like a real pain in the ass when we needed to stop to eat. It seriously felt like a game of 20 question's every time I go somewhere I am not familiar with. In turn this takes forever in getting food. I had a really hard time this weekend and was hungrier than hell but didn't eat much because I didn't want to put a cashier through the 20 question ringer or a friend through an embarassment. So we went to Fuddruckers (I don't think I will go there again) and I asked for a turkey burger no bun on baby greens. They girl took the pattie and put it on a bun and proceeded to hand it to me all on top of the baby greens. I looked at her and told her I needed a new salad and pattie with no bun and she gave me a shitty look. Mind you... this was the last of the baby greens... they ran out so I got shitty salad :o(. I seriously cried in the car when I finally got the right to go order. I now need to make a list of all the salad dressings that don't have gluten in them and carry it around in my wallet. Pretty soon my wallet with be a Franklin Planner instead of my cute Coach one. I never signed up for this! I just want to thank Christie, Jen, Matt and Nicole for being so understanding on this trip. Sorry I was a pain in your rear.
What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disease of the small intestine. The small intestine is a 22 foot long tube that begins at the stomach and ends at the large intestine (colon). The first 1-1/2 feet of the small intestine (the part that is attached to the stomach) is called the duodenum, the middle part is called the jejunum, and the last part (the part that is attached to the colon) is called the ileum. Food empties from the stomach into the small intestine where it is digested and absorbed into the body. While food is being digested and absorbed, it is transported by the small intestine to the colon. What enters the colon is primarily undigested food. In celiac disease, there is an immunological (allergic) reaction within the inner lining of the small intestine to (gluten) that are present in wheat, rye, barley and, to a lesser extent, in oats. The immunological reaction causes inflammation that destroys the lining of the small intestine. This reduces the absorption of dietary nutrients and can lead to symptoms and signs of nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies.

I found this information at the link below.

BTW I dont claim to be an expert or doctor. This is information I have found or what has worked for me.