Kid2 Speaks on Celiac Cross-Contamination

Kid2 at the KBOO Youth Collective

Our son, Kid2, has been part of our local public access radio station’s youth collective for a couple years now. Every month, the kids pick a theme and do a show. This month, the theme was “The Letter C.” My son decided to do his piece on celiac disease and cross contamination. He came up with it and recorded it himself! Listen Now at KBOO!

This was a big deal, as he likes to be one of the guys, not the kid with celiac disease. Most of the other folks at the collective didn’t … Continue reading Kid2 Speaks on Celiac Cross-Contamination

Gluten-Free Travel Essentials

Hit The Road! Image from Poetic Home

Hit The Road! Image from Poetic Home

Since we’re striving to be 100% gluten-free, we have to plan ahead to make sure safe food will be available wherever we go. It’s also critical to make sure our gluten-free food doesn’t get contaminated when we prepare it.

Grocery stores are usually available on the way and at our destination. Not being able to find “gluten-free” packaged products or restaurants isn’t a problem if you are prepared to cook meats and vegetables. If we are going somewhere where we won’t be able to get organic produce and pasture-fed, organic meat, we pack … Continue reading Gluten-Free Travel Essentials

Celiac Testing Myth #6 - Negative Results = No Problems

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So you got your celiac test results and they are negative. Can you trust the results?

False negatives for celiac are especially common in children, but can happen to adults as well. Many false negatives happen because the doctor doesn’t know how to get a valid result. Other times the tests just don’t reveal the damage that is being done, or the people examining the biopsy aren’t properly trained. Here are some of the common reasons for false negatives:

Not enough detectable damage has been done yet (very common in children, even with severe symptoms) The doctor did not make … Continue reading Celiac Testing Myth #6 – Negative Results = No Problems

Wheat Allergy and Non-celiac Gluten Intolerance

Mama at The Liberated Kitchen

Mama with some home-canned goodness

In our Celiac Testing Myths series we exposed the fact that celiac disease is rampant. But not everyone who has a problem with gluten has celiac disease. Wheat is one of the top 8 allergens, and non-celiac gluten intolerance is on the rise as well. If you get negative test results for celiac disease, it’ll make sense to cut gluten out to make sure you don’t have an allergy or intolerance to it. If you feel better without gluten then react when you reintroduce it, you can be sure it’s a problem for you.

Wheat … Continue reading Wheat Allergy and Non-celiac Gluten Intolerance

Glutening My Kid, the Dangers of a Mixed Household

No tree climbing when you're glutened :(

No tree climbing when you're glutened 🙁

When I started my gluten challenge I wasn’t worried about hurting anyone but myself. We had made our home 100% gluten-free last year, so I had the basics down and knew I’d need to be very careful not to cross-contaminate anything with gluten.

Our son, Kid2, is very sensitive to cross-contamination, but most people who are gluten-free actually live in mixed households. If they could do it, I reasoned, so could we.

Gluten is Poison!

Things started off on the right foot. Since I wasn’t going to have much gluten in the kitchen, … Continue reading Glutening My Kid, the Dangers of a Mixed Household

I Fought the Gluten and the Gluten Won

My Mind on Gluten

My Mind on Gluten

The day after Thanksgiving, I started a gluten challenge so that I could get tested for celiac disease. I’d been gluten-free and then on the GAPS diet throughout the previous year. I wasn’t perfectly healed off gluten and on GAPS, but everything has gone downhill since reintroducing gluten.

My mind on gluten is a trap on a hair trigger. Yesterday, I got caught.

The day started off fine. Sure, I had my bad tummy and stiff hands in the morning, but I got up anyway and got on with things. Our office is in desperate … Continue reading I Fought the Gluten and the Gluten Won

Gluten Challenge Recovery

Mama at The Liberated Kitchen

Mama with some home-canned goodness

I chronicled my downward spiral into ill health while on a gluten challenge… and now I’ll do the same on my way back out! Watch this page for updates!

So… A bit over a week ago I had a mental breakdown. Even though it had just been two months, I decided my challenge would be over as soon as I could get in to the lab for a blood draw.

This meant I had to keep eating gluten 🙁 I kept it to the minimum. On Tuesday night I was offered some gluten-free treats … Continue reading Gluten Challenge Recovery

Introducing: Real Food and Gluten Free Ryan Gosling

Gluten Free Ryan Gosling

We’ve been enjoying the “Hey girl.” meme for quite a while. Ryan is just so dreamy when he talks library cards, feminism, homebirth, and homeschooling to us. But something was missing. Say hello to Real Food Ryan Gosling and Gluten Free Ryan Gosling.

Here’s a sample – click the images to the tumblr feeds! If you have ideas for more, let us know and we’ll try and work them in 🙂

This post is part of Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, Sunday School, Seasonal Celebration Sunday, Monday Mania, , Make Your Own Monday, Make Ahead Monday, Made From … Continue reading Introducing: Real Food and Gluten Free Ryan Gosling

Mama’s Celiac Test Results

Mama with some home-canned goodness

Last week I finally got my long-awaited celiac test results. Those results were hard-won. After a year gluten-free, I had undergone a gluten challenge, in which I tried to eat 20 grams of gluten every day for 3 months. Unfortunately my symptoms got so extreme that I had to quit early.

Despite my symptoms, my blood tests came back clearly negative. I have no health insurance and actually believe these results, so I will not be undergoing a biopsy.

Test Result Reference Range Tissue Transglutaminase IgA 3 … Continue reading Mama’s Celiac Test Results

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grains

Mama with some home-canned goodness

Lately people in the GAPS/Paleo/Real Food/WAPF world have been buzzing about how nearly everyone should eat grains. They say that once you “heal and seal” your gut, “properly prepared” grains will be worth eating.

People whose intolerances continue or who simply don’t want to take the risk of eating foods that have hurt them in the past are told over and over that they didn’t do their healing protocols correctly or give it enough time. Even more alarming, on the basis of a couple very small, short term studies and anecdotal evidence, celiacs are being told that if you just … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Eat Grains

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