Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Something you may not know....

Something you may not be aware of...I don't make a single penny off of this blog!  So, essentially, I'm a volunteer!




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All that I post and writer about is solely in the hopes of trying to help others, and just a way to help Celiacs or those who are Gluten Free find options...and stick together.  This may also explain why I don't write blog post often because I never know if I'm going in the direction people may like or my life just gets crazy.  I do however post frequently on Facebook and Instagram in case you don't follow me there!  


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Anything product related that I post about, share or place I visit...you guessed it, I don't get a discount or make a single penny to post and share about it.  So, essentially, I'm just a Volunteer for you, and giving businesses FREE advertising!  

In addition to being the Pittsburgh Celiac, I also started a Generation GF Pittsburgh Branch; which is a part of GIG -but, specifically for GF kids, and their families.  And...you guessed it again...its all volunteer.  It's all about trying to help GF kids know they aren't alone, and bring them all together.  As you may have guess my sole inspiration is my daughter.  Even though I was diagnosed as an adult, I know that feeling of being isolated, and I am trying my best to help my daughter have a limited feeling with it.  I know its inevitable that it will happen -but, the goal of GGF is to bring GF kids together and have fun...and that's what I plan to do!  


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Maybe someday I'll go in the direction of being a paid blogger -but, for now, I'm here as a volunteer to help spread the word, and try to help Celiacs or those who are GF to share options I've discovered.  Please know that if I've written a post that you have liked and you "liked" it or "shared" it, I thank you...its truly appreciated!  

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Here's to discovering more GF finds, and sticking together!  Celiac Strong...or should I say Gluten Free Strong!  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

School Lunch Favs

So...it seemed as though there wasn't much of an interest in my getting my healthy me back post -so, I decided to switch directions...to school lunches!   This may not be the prettiest post -but, still had to share!   


When Miss J was getting ready to start school, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to be sure of was that she had a fun lunch each day.  Mostly to take away from the other kids that she has an "allergy" or she was the "allergy kid" but also because what kid wouldn't love a fun lunch full of love, right?!?!


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Since I'm not the most creative person, I needed to do some research for this lunch packing gig I was about to take on for my baby girl!  A few of my favs to follow for lunch ideas are Keelie McGuire, 100 Days of Real Food and Laura Fuentes / MOMables.  Who knows, maybe one day I'll be as good as a reference as these awesome ladies!  


Now...onto my favorite lunch Box items I use for Miss J:

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Lunch Box:  Lands End Soft Sided Lunch Box. I absolutely love that I can put the water bottle on the size so if of leaks it doesn't ruin the lunch.  In additions, there is plenty of room for a lunch container, and ice pack.  

Water Bottle:  Thermos  Funtainers  Seriously, it keels it cold and ice fresh all day.  

Fruit/Veggie Cutter:  For fruit, veggies, cheese...anything.  And...can't forget about my crinkle cutter too!  
Silicone Sleeves

Storage Container:  Small Stainless Steel Container, UKonserve, and YumBox.  I'm so sad that my absolute fav plastic lunch containers are currently unavailable:  Happy Lunchboxes.  


In case you don't follow me on Instagram or FaceBook, or just need some ideas, here are some of Miss J's favorite lunches that I've made so far:



                            

                                


Here's to hoping this post gave you some lunch box inspiration!   


                                                        

  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Day 3: My Journey to Wellness

Since I'm making changes, it's time to change the title to My Journey to Wellness.  There is no looking back now, right!?!?

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Even though it was a relatively gloomy looking day, my energy levels were high surprisingly!   Maybe it has something to do with being Friday, and just looking forward to the weekend, too!  Last night, I attempted to go to be early -but, my brain kept racing with ideas of what to blog about and ideas for this journey.  Truly, I should have gotten out of bed and just meditated!  Would of, could of, should of....

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My Day 3 is just simply a good day, I think!  It started with my Bestie sending me a text just to let me know what they were having to eat at her son's birthday party.  This day brightener may sound so petty -but, to me it was huge!  I'm blessed with a bestie who just gets me.  The simple text of the head up on food reduced to much of my anxiety.  Between Miss J and I both being GF, I always feel like a nag when I have to always ask about food food being served at functions and leads to feeling like an inconvenience expecting to be accommodate; which isn't the case.  If there isn't going to be food we can eat, I always try to make the same they are having or something special so Miss J fits in or feels a little extra special if there is something she would really want but can't.  Just the simple little gesture from by bestie beyond made my day.  It's truly the little things.  






It's a pizza night in our house tonight so it won't be the healthiest eating day -but, at least it isn't fried food, right?!?!  Maybe I'll get a little creative with the pizza making though or even make homemade crust instead of using a pre made GF shell.  Decisions, decisions!  
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My plan is after dinner to escape to meditate or do a yoga tape...and maybe even Miss J will do that with me or even all for a little walk as a family.  

Our weekend is a fun filled weekend - so, there is a chance I may not do any blog post -but, I will certainly try my best!  

Wished you all a blessed weekend full of lots of GF goodness, and fun! 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day 2: Time for Change



Well, I'm going to be honest...I've been debating now doing this blog post thinking "what's it matter, no one reads in anyway">  But, then that tiny, tiny voice in my head tells me to keep pushing forward in case there is that slight chance some one is going through the same thing.  So...here it goes! 
 
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Yesterday (day 1) my body fought me hard at the end of the day so bad that I had to put my husband in charge of dinner, 
and lay down to rest.  Listening to my body for those 15 minutes of rest did wonders for me.  That is my biggest challenge...listening to my body and not overdoing.  And I know I'm certainly not alone in that, right?!?!  





For the first time in a long time, I ate all 3 meals, too!!  Yippee!!  



Ok, back to Day 2!

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Thursdays are my crazy day.  I help at an after school program with Miss J, and you'd think by now I'd be used to it and have dinner in the crockpot ready for us -but, I always forget.  Then, I'm always struggling to think on my feet quickly to get a healthy meal on the table.  Uggh.






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Today since I did a lot of running around all day, I didn't do my best at hydrating.  However, I still did better than I "used" to!  In addition, I need to push through each day and set aside time to do yoga or go for a walk.
As you can tell, I'm slow to making this change to my wellness.  But, determined to do it...so, slow is better than not doing it!  

Overall, I'm proud of my first 2 days, and keep reminding myself that that is always room for improvement especially since change is a challenge of it's own.

Here's to a great day 3 tomorrow...and days to come!  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time for Change: Day 1

Supposedly, there is no time like the present -so, I'm jumping right in to make some of the changes to get my healthy me back!  

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My plan is to make gradual changes to not overwhelm myself, and avoid failing this change miserably.  Especially since these changes HAVE to happen!  

Day 1 Changes:

  • Start taking a few of my supplements again.  Today, I started taking my Vitamin D (typically my vitamin D is in single digits and am anticipating the same results with my blood work), Woman's Mutli Vitamin, and B 12 (who can't use a little more energy?!?!)
  • Eat Breakfast.  Yes, I just said eat breakfast!  I'm great at making sure everyone else eats breakfast...the most important meal of the day...but, horrible at doing it myself.  Time to make this change for sure.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  I'll be taking my good ole pink Hydro Flask every where I go!  
  • Before bed, my hopes are to either Meditate or do yoga or at least take some me time.
Yesterday, I realized I also suck at taking me time, and really need to add that into my plan of change too.  To start the change yesterday,  I took a nice long walk with our puppy, and before Miss J got home from school, I sat on our porch swing and read my book for a few minutes.  After all, yesterday was an absolute gorgeous day in the Burgh, and had to enjoy it to the fullest!  Now today, since It's rainy, I'll have to get a little more creative with my me time!  

I'm raising my Hydro Flash to cheers to more changes to come.  I'd love to hear what changes you plan to make for yourself, too!  




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Time to make some Changes

It's that time of year for me to have my yearly Gastro appointment, and seems like it's time for me to make some changes on my life. I've recently discovered that I have a small kidney stone, and arthritis in my hip. This may all be random and not related -but, as we know with auto immune diseases, it's most likely my body attacking itself thanks to my having 2 auto immune diseases (Crohn's & Celiac Disease). So...it's time to make some changes in my life and get strict with taking care of myself. Don't get me wrong I'm extremely strict with eating Gluten Free -however, I'm not so strict at eating healthy all the time, and taking care of myself. I'm the care taker type who puts everyones needs first then mine, and it's time to correct that. And as far as fitness...well, does cleaning, and cooking count?!?! It doesn't help either that my stress levels are high...and I've a very anxious person. With all that said, it's time for me to make some changes because I HAVE to!






So...I'm making this blog post to help keep me accountable in making changes in my life...because in order to get my health back. It's time to meditating (I typically use Meditation Oasis on my Podcast), journalling, yoga, and eating real foods. It doesn't mean I have to do that all the above daily -but, I'd sure like to try. I need to commit to eating real food daily and at least yoga, meditating, or journaling daily at least. Now is the time because if I don't take care of myself then no one will, right?!?!



Now the question is..who would like to take this journey with me?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Frustration ahead....again!

In light of the Jimmy Kimmel's Emmy, if you'll call it a joke, about Gluten Free & Peanut Allergies being annoying, I had to put my thoughts out there.  Trust me, I get that he is comedian, and is just joking -however, he shouldn't joke about something that is so seriously, and especially since the vast majority of allergies are life threatening.  He so could have knocked the FAD gluten free diet instead, and called that one annoying -but, for those of us that HAVE to be gluten free or allergic to other foods, it's not a joke by any means. Jokes like this one make it SO much more for those of us who HAVE to live the allergy lifestyle seriously.
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When I was diagnosed with Celiac 13 years ago, it was a challenge because the GF market was slim and not many options.  You'd think now, 13 years later it would be much easier -however, it is oh so much more challenging.  Don't get me wrong, there are many more food options -however, SAFE gluten free options, being taken serious, and being respected are so much more challenging. 

Going out to eat, or for that fact eating anywhere, brings me so much anxiety.  So, my apologies to anyone who has to deal with me for being, as Jimmy Kimmel says being "annoying".  When I get contaminated, I am down for the count for a good 2 weeks...and takes even longer for the damage done to my guts to heal.  Simply a crumb of gluten and my guts freak...yes, a crumb...one pesky crumb.  Within hours of the contamination, my stomach with blow up and I look like I'm 6 month pregnant -so, imagine how much damage that causes.  In addition to the huge belly bloat, I typically get a headache that often turns in to a migraine, extreme nausea, and a major case of brain fog...that last for days!  Needless to say, when I get contaminated, I am no fun to be around.  Not only do I suffer when I get contaminated, so does my family.  I'm literally a bear to be around for days...especially because of the brain fog, and being so frustrated that I can't remember anything.   
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So...I'm ANNOYING about the food I put onto my body for a very good reason.  

One piece of advice I that I can pass onto anyone who loves someone with Celiac, an allergy, or any food restriction...please respect them fully.  If you kindly made something gluten free or free of any allergen, and we politely decline -but, please don't get offended.  We appreciate the gesture, trust me -but, we have A LOT of fear with food, and all the precautions needed being done correctly.  We know it can be annoying, frustrating, and everything in between -but, its our health that is at risk, and our health trumps upsetting you...sorry.  Lastly, if your  loved one is anything like me, and they feel like an annoying inconvenience, they may pull away.  So, please respect your love ones, and remember, we didn't choose this life.  And...its not funny, and far from a joke.