Jan 14, 2013

Goodbye Gluten

So I know it seems as though we are always trying new things with diet, keto (fail) low carb (fail) but this time the diet change has nothing to do with weight. It's known that I have an autoimmune disease that has yet to make itself clear. I don't have all the markers for Lupus, and I don't quite fit the fibro mold either. So what to do? I have been having horrible flare ups and my body aches and aches, I am beyond tired and just want to feel better. So on with the google search. I did not want to even think about giving up gluten. I LOVE MY BREAD and cookies and pasta and did I mention cookies. While researching I found out that I pretty much match up to gluten intolerance or celiac pretty darn close. I have NOT been diagnose or tested at this point with celiacs. I also found out that a family member has been dealing with the same issues as me and 6 months ago made the decision to cut gluten. She has noticed a marked improvement in symptoms and that was just the push I needed to give it a go. 

Tom is on board and so goes the kids. I would rather catch it early with them now anyhow. So we have gone on our first shopping excursion and although the price was high, we think we will manage. We are used to paying a bit more for organic options so this was just adding more on the things like pretzels and flour. ( I don't bake much so I think it will go far). We went through the pantry and are slowly phasing out all the gluten. We are trying to finish up the cereal and soups we have now as we just cant afford to be wasteful. I imagine my the next few weeks we will be 100% gluten free. 

I know its a challenge and it wont be easy. Sams hot lunch system at school does not offer GF meals (although they do offer vegan) and thus the grocery bill will increase with me packing his lunch every day. Thank goodness I have a fruit and veggie eater ;) 

So lets see where this takes us and if my gut (no pun intended....maybe) is right then I should start to feel better. If you are one of the 3 people who actually read this blog, let me know if you have any tips from either yourself or your friends and family. 

Until next time.

Jan 2, 2013

2012 year in review

Well it's been a busy year with loads of changes. I don't want to bore anyone so ill try and be swift. It was a big emotional year filled with ups and downs and lots if "moves".

Moved on from trying to have another baby.
Moved on from my internship.
Almost moved to Seattle
Sam moved up to the competitive gymnastics team.
Moved onto graduating this coming year.
Moved and changed and learned from the universe.
And finally moved into a new house which included moving to new school.

I feel like this year was the start of moving on. No more TTC, that ship has sailed and it's time to focus on my kids future which includes traveling for the start of Sams gymnastics career. Finding Delilah's passion (maybe ballet?) and focusing on their Academia. Sam is at one of the top schools in reno and I can't believe how smart he is.

I'll be finishing school this semester and will be graduating in May. So let the job hunt begin!

Some pretty big changes in my beliefs, which will have to be discussed at a later date when I'm ready to deal with the backlash and comments. For now though I'd like to let it be what it is. But rest assured I've never felt better or happier and "clearer" (is that a word?) and closer to the ones I love. I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings!