Thursday, May 7, 2009


That's what I've become - obsessed.

Obsessed with food. Thoughts and thoughts and thoughts of food randomly spinning around in my head all day long. What can I eat? Is it really safe? Do I want to risk it?

I sort of have this conveyor belt in my mind with all of the "safe" things I've discovered since going gluten-free. They are all foods that I like and some are even good for me! Ah, but let me just say that when that conveyor belt has made lap after lap after lap in front of you, even the good things don't look so good any more.

I am the type of person who generally has an obsession or two going at any given time, but the difference is that this particular obsession wasn't my idea. And I'll be honest - I'm more partial to things that are my idea than things that weren't.

I believe the key to making this new way of life a positive thing instead of a drudgery is to begin to shift my focus. I need to find a way to channel my "food-thought" obsession into an obsession for cooking healthy meals that all of us can eat.

My next step after the Dexascan on Monday is to check with my insurance and see if the Registered Dietician that was recommended is on my plan. I already looked online and didn't see her there, but I'm just hoping it was wrong. And if she's not on there, then I'll go to the one (and only one) who was listed. I think if I can talk to a real live person who understands the diet then I'll feel a whole lot better.

This next part is sort of random, but I wanted to post the symptoms of Celiac Disease for those who have asked me. I didn't fit the profile on some of what doctors used to deem the "classic" symptoms, therefore I was never tested. You can find out more information at

Celiac Disease Symptoms


Celiac Disease may appear at any time in a person's life. The disease can be triggered for the first time after surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth. CD is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder. Celiac Disease symptoms are extremely varied, can often mimic other bowel disorders and are not always gastrointestinal.


Infants, toddlers, and young children often exhibit growth failure, vomiting, bloated abdomen and behavioral changes.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease May Include One or More of the Following:

  • Recurring bloating, gas, or abdominal pain
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation or both
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Pale, foul-smelling stool
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Behavior changes/depression/irritability
  • Vitamin K Deficiency
  • Fatigue, weakness or lack of energy
  • Delayed growth or onset of puberty
  • Failure to thrive (in infants)
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Infertility male & female
  • Spontaneous miscarriages
  • Canker sores inside the mouth
  • Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel

Have You or a Family Member Been Diagnosed With the Following?

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IBS
  • Eczema
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Osteoporosis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is skin manifestation of celiac disease characterized by blistering, intensely itchy skin. The rash has a symmetrical distribution and is most frequently found on the face, elbows, knees and buttocks. DH patients can have gastrointestinal damage without perceptible symptoms.


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