Monday, September 28, 2015

Gene Testing

Are you the only Celiac in your family or is your family full of Celiacs?  As of now, I'm the only Celiac!  My parents and niece have been tested for Celiac -but, the results are negative.  As we know, you can also get a false positive for celiac -but, won't get into that right now!  

In regards to testing for the Celiac Gene, the only that has been tested is Miss J.   Before Miss J was born my husband I agreed we would keep her gluten free to be safe.  This decision was not only to keep her safe -but, me too, since babies are always trying to put their hand in mouths, and such...so I wouldn't continuously be contaminated.  After a few years, we wanted to have her tested, and to see if my gut reaction to keep her gluten free was correct.  Luckily, my celiac friend also has a little girl the around the same age as Miss J, and she recommended EnteroLab.  After looking into EnteroLab myself,  it was a great relief that they offered an oral swab to test for the Genes of both Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac...and that we didn't have to put her through getting blood work. 


To our surprise,  Miss J's gene test came back positive for having both Gluten Sensitivity AND having the Celiac Gene...and this Mama had the right gut reaction indeed!  The funny part is I can only give her one of the genes.  So, my hubby carries one too!!  We have always suspected my hubby having a gluten sensitivity, and this validated it!  However, it still drives me crazy at times wondering who else in the family has the Celiac gene, and which side of the family carries the gene!  


                                               


At such a young age, Miss J has already realized, she will never be alone...and will always have me to relate to her good and bad days of being gluten free.  Luckyily, she has my happy go lucky personality -so, not too much phases her...yet!  The toughest part for me being the only Celiac in the family is that I don't have anyone who can relate to me.  Don't get me wrong, they do their best to understand it -but, they don't have to live it.  


                                               
Photo Credit:  Pinterest 


I've asked my parents to both the gene test done out of curiosity.  My Dad has always had stomach issues, and also has Crohns like, me too...so, I'm thinking that he may carry the gene.  But, as you know, you never know!  

Not all will agree with our decision to use a lab such as EnteroLab -but, that it ok!  We agree with the decisions, and her parents, and that is all that matters.  Miss J is one health girl, and once she is older if she would like try a gluten challenge (introduce gluten under a doctors supervisions) -then, that is her decision.  The very few times that she has had gluten or that I've been contaminated, she has reacted too, and another validation.  

Have you or your family had a gene test? Are you the first in your family to be diagnoses or were you diagnosed because you have family members who are a celiac?  


                                           
Photo Credit:  Pinterest 

*I was not paid in any way to write this post, and reference EnteroLab.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Reflecting: Be You, and Be Proud!

Now that I'm determined to journal,  this morning, I remembered I had a journal I'd previously purchased on my bookshelf.  To my surprise, I attempted to start journalling in it in 2011...for 2 days!!  The 2nd entry really made me reflect when I re-read...especially since I'm still the same -however, different in a way that I have accepted my trait.  What trait is that you wonder?!?!  Well, I tend to push people away.  Do you do that too?  I tend to think it's because of my Celiac and many not getting the life I have to live.  I'd love to be spontaneous in life and not have to plan so much in advance -but, unfortunately all of life revolved around food! 

                              


I've always been a very private person, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac, it became more so.  Guess you can say my being an introvert kicked into high gear!!  In general, I don't like being the center of attention...and really don't like to add any attention to my having Celiac.  Such as, at functions, I like to just blend in, and cringe when someone yells "Mel, you can't have this because there is gluten in it."...and then all the questions come flooding! I remind myself it's good to educate, and bring awareness...however, you know all the crazy comments like "you can't eat anything"  or "oh, you poor thing."  I always try to put a positive spin on any negative comment -such as, it could always be worse, or we still enjoy amazing foods...it's all just in how it's made.  But, as you know it can all be very draining!  Often times, I let the introvert win the game, and just pull away, and  avoid social settings...it's just me, and I've accepted that!  

                                             


As much as I've tried to change and get myself out of my comfort zone, and have my hubby to thank for the extra shove sometime...the reality is that I've conquered it a bit -but, it's just how I am!  I have a pretty damn amazing circle of friends and family that  accept me for me, and love me now matter what...and for that, I'm so very thankful.  Over the years some have made me feel guilty for being me...and I've finally realized, I'm proud of who I am!  Everyone is different, and wish more accepted the saying "To each his/her own."  We are all beautifully unique, and many reasons why we are who we are...we have all gone through many things in life that make us who we are...so, be proud!  

                                           

*PHOTO CREDITS:  All found on Pinterest 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Journaling Inspiration

Now that Miss J is in school all day, I'm finding myself with some extra time on my hands, and realized I need to start using that time to take care of me!  Not only do I want to get back on track with nutrition, I want to become a better me!  Just within this week, I've received my weekly email from Emily Levenson; which was about journaling, and then on Instagram the Gluten Free Jersey Girl posted about journaling, too!  With those 2 post, it made me think it was a sign in a way, and it was time to try.  Not to mention encoring words from Gluten Free Jersey Girl, and Gluten Free Jenna...thank you for that!  

One of the reasons I don't post many blog post is that I'm the type of person who loves to help other -but, just not good at outing my thoughts into words.  I know...why am I even trying this blogging thing...well...I'm hopping it will help others, and help me grow, too!  To grow, journaling just may be able to help me with that, right?!?!  



                   
                                                                                 



Not only did seeing those 2 post intrigue me with journaling, since I've done some running around by myself, I've had some time to reflect.  In my few errands on my own, I've realized how grumpy and unappreciated this world has become.  And...I refuse to let that happen to me, or bring me down!  Just the simple task of holding the sore for someone downer happen anymore...and if you do it for someone they look at you like you have 3 heads!  Just that day of errands ruined my good mood, and I refuse to let that happen again   So...I'm thinking with all that said, its the perfect time for me to start journaling, and put my thoughts and feeling on paper.  

Since I'm not good at putting my thoughts into words I'm going to start with My Bucket Filling Journal - 30 Days to a Happier Life.  
                             
Everyday, there is a page with questions to compete and then a blank page to write your own thoughts.  I figured it was a perfect journal guide to start, and work of giving me more of a "peace of mind" and become a better me!


Do you journal?  Are there any tips to get the full benefit?  Please comment below, and pass on any input or tips!  Cheers to becoming a better me...and hope maybe I've inspired you too!  




Monday, September 14, 2015

Officially Back in the Swing of Things

Well...I think I'm officially back in the swing and adjusted to Miss J being in school!  Somedays my days fly by, and other drag on without my parter in crime!  

I've started to realize that I need to fix a really bad habit of mine!  I'm all about feeding Miss J nutrition - but, slack when it comes to me.  I'm that person that skips breakfast (I know, tsk-tsk), has a snack lunch, full dinner, and then makes a dip later at night!  I always tell myself, that I really should eat how I feed Miss J...so, I'm going to do that!  There is no excuse now because now I have plenty of  extra time to prep meals after she get on the bus in the morning.  

To make my week easier, I'm doing as much meal prep as possible on Sunday afternoons. Yesterday, I washed all my fruits and veggies, then cut and put in individual containers.  As I cut the veggies, I threw together All Meat & Veggie Chili from Laura Fuentes



At this point our house was starting to smell pretty yummy, and thought I'd make just one more thing!  So, I threw together a batch of Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies from Family Fresh Meals (using GF oats).  Now at this point, our house smells amazing, and we are all ready to try it all!  In addition, my hubby made pizza on the grill -so, we will have that as a meal option, too!  We ate the pizza for dinner, sampled the chili and cookies, and packed it all up for the week.  

                                                


This morning, I warmed a little of the chili, packed some strawberries, blueberries, and grabbed a frozen smoothie from the freezer, and just like that Miss J's lunch was packed!  For breakfast, she grabbed a couple of the Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies...and off she went!  

                               


Now, for me, I packed myself a Ham & Cheese sandwich on Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free 7 Grain Bread, a banana, and some Hummus with Gluten Free Pretzel Crisps...and felt quite proud of myself!  I even got back on track with taking my supplements  too!  I've been exhausted lately, and really need to get my healthy back.  

Tonight, we will enjoy left over pizza, and of course some chile for dinner.  My plan, is to do some more cooking Thursday, and follow the lunch plan I put together over the weekend for Miss J's lunches.  

This week is off to a good start, and just hope it continues the whole week through!!  

What do you do each week to help make your week run smoothly?  Do you tend to feed your kids healthier than yourself, too?