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[personal profile] alatefeline
Well, today was in the nature of an experiment.

health stuff Today I rested when I needed to, ate fruits and veggies and nuts and absolutely no gluten, didn't take anything except my brainmeds. And I had the energy to walk around and garden and think properly (some of the time). I had some warning twinges from my joints and some grumbles from my digestion, but I feel almost normal. Compared to Friday or Sunday the change is VERY VERY marked. Compared to Saturday, when I could feel I was getting better but still had to lean on things when walking about a block, it's still quite marked. But! I'm still recovering, and yet I feel better than I did LAST MONDAY after resting all weekend, but last weekend I wasn't eating / not eating anything in particular. I know myself enough to connect some dots, even if anything approaching rigorous results would need more time and more data. So: definite yes on 'wheat/gluten is a problem', definite yes on Benadryl making things very much worse and I shouldn't take it, and I'm going to be watching for my reactions to dairy, to corn, to sugar, and to various OTC allergy meds. NOPE NOPE NOPE to Benadryl. And I'm not prepared to really do the whole gluten-free thing properly, BUT I'm going to see how many days I can get through while eating ONLY the food that I know makes me feel like I have a functional brain and body. At least forgetting what I had and haven't bought means I stocked up really thoroughly on nuts and seeds. *wry face* I'll just have to keep getting fruits and veggies and um. Something. Chores, and having rice and lentils ready, and thingumabob.

Also, I know, the USA is horrible and Portland is horrible and things are horrible. I'm sorry.

Date: 30 May 2017 03:53 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
I know a good few gluten-free folks! If you're ever in need of recipes, I can pick their brains!

Date: 30 May 2017 09:39 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
I do hope that the incident in Portland makes people wiser in the ways to intercede, rather than afraid to do so at all.

Wishing you success in your gluten-free endeavors.

Date: 31 May 2017 09:41 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
It occurs to me that if persuasive words didn't work to make a bigot go away, I would likely say, "I protect myself from a large violent child every day, and I don't have to avoid hurting YOU."

Persuasive words might just be turning his attention to me and away from easier targets.

Date: 30 May 2017 11:38 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
That is weirdness, but it sounds like progress in terms of knowing/finding the foods that work better for you.

Date: 30 May 2017 14:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Good luck. The best GF pasta is Tinkyada Pasta Joy brown rice pasta -- practically impossible to overcook, and doesn't fall apart the way the corn-based ones do.

Date: 30 May 2017 15:40 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sebenikela
i am glad some things are working and i hope you continue to find more things that work. Hugs if you'd like them.

Date: 30 May 2017 17:46 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkerdave
I, too, know a lot of GF people who can help with recipes.

Date: 30 May 2017 23:33 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I'm currently cooking (sometimes) for someone who's gluten free (and lactose intolerant and vegetarian, with bonus occasional sensory issues about things like surprise nuts), so I'm interested in doing recipe swaps.

Date: 31 May 2017 03:57 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] antisocialite_forum
Best of luck with figuring out the food stuff. It took us a while to figure out that the body has issues with too many carbs, but we were also really disorganized when we tried to figure out what was up. It sounds like you have a better idea of how to do that.

Almond meal and coconut flour are okay wheat flour substitutes, since they're low carb and no gluten, but they aren't good at binding or rising on their own, and they're harder to find recipes for. Rice, corn, and potato flours are all high carb but might work better for you if you want to find gluten free recipes.

- Field

Date: 31 May 2017 09:43 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
If you're not opposed to ordering on-line, Amazon has a whole lot of gluten-free convenience foods.

healthier eating

Date: 1 Jun 2017 00:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
Beans + rice makes a complete protein and has the advantage of being relatively cheap and tasty. Trader Joe's has a good black bean pasta (rotini), as well as brown rice pastas. Many markets with bulk food sections also carry brown rice pastas, so if you like noodles, you can switch grains rather than giving them up entirely.

I don't know about you, but I have a strong sweet tooth. While it is *very* difficult to buy just one of any shelf-stable gluten-free treat, it isn't too difficult to make such, and I've made several (scones, cookies, gingerbread) which freeze well. If you're interested in recipes or in the particular (custom) GF flour blend that I use, reply here or PM me, as you wish. It's true that gluten free flour(s) behave much differently than wheat flour does, but if you add xanthan gum (1/2 - 1 tsp per cup of flour) to gluten-free baking, the results are *much* smoother and less "grainy".

One other allergy that can be subtle but nasty is an allergy to nightshades (that is, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell-type peppers, et al). I get hives if I eat those foods, so I've learned to avoid them. They're also known for causing or worsening inflammation.

Encouraged for you that the changes you've made so far have yielded improvements. Yaaaay! Best wishes for these and future efforts.
Edited (added mention of xanthan gum ) Date: 1 Jun 2017 00:39 (UTC)

Re: healthier eating

Date: 1 Jun 2017 01:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
Something to think about re dairy is whether it's all dairy or just milk/ice cream. Some people are okay with yogurt or cheeses because of the added cultures/enzymes, and some aren't.

Some of my favorite grab-and-go foods: unsweetened applesauce in the little, sealed, 4-oz containers. Nuts or trail mix: Trader Joe's has both in single-serve packets (which cost more), but it's easy to take five minutes or so, and a set of the snack-size baggies, and make your own g&g portions. GF crackers, especially the "Mary's Gone Crackers" brand if you like complex flavors. Meat jerkys - there are several available that have no wheat ingredients, and they come in two to three ounce packages. Some dried fruits are good too, but watch out for ones with added sugars. Hope these ideas can help you get through the rest of the school year - it should be wrapping up in the next 2-3 weeks, yes?

*hugs*

Date: 1 Jun 2017 01:51 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
Experiments are good - and they might help. It'd be semi-sorta-wonderful if you had good days, and then terrible, and could spot a new food item that had (whatever - gluten, or something else obvious).

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