Sunday, April 06, 2008

Gluten-y on the Bounty: The Post Where I Shared More than You Ever Wanted to Know About Me

So I'm just finishing my second full day being gluten free.

That's 48 hours, people.

I know.

I'm amazing. I cannot believe I've survived this ordeal and lived to blog about it. Now I truly know how Tom Hanks felt on Castaway. I've about started calling the faces on cereal boxes, "Wilson."

Some of you have asked why I think I might at least be sensitive to gluten. First of all, it's the newest rage. Just kidding. It's just that more and more people are noticing an intolerance if not a full-blown allergy; I think I read that 15% or 1 in 7 have symptoms related to gluten sensitivity.

I don't normally have the gastro-intestinal symptoms that plague those with Celiac Disease, but the last two times I've had reactions to my weekly allergy shots, both included terrible, doubling-over cramping, which I never do in life, ever. Both times I was at my maximum serum dose, which is two steps lower than the average person's max level. (Translation: allergic to anything made of atoms, including atoms and shadows of atoms.)

Secondly, I have these issues to deal with:

Acute allergies
Canker Sores
History of Depression
Some strange arthritic symptoms

Ain't I adorable???

Anyway, I have an appointment with my allergist Monday afternoon to discuss this.

But there is one bright light, IF this turns out to be the thing I think it is, on the horizon of my life:

These cookies [chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal no-bakes] are gluten-free! Why, just my favorite food in the world, that's all!!


Susan said...

Hmmm...those cookies look....interesting! They sound good. I hope that it's not the gluten thing and that you're able to resolve it quickly.



Life In Progress said...

Oh, those cookies RIGHT THERE are my very favorites too (although sometimes I do mine with just PB). My husband doesn't like them & when he's traveling for work I've been know to make them & eat the whole batch by myself. They are THAT good.

I think if the gluten-free turns out to work for you, you'll need a daily dose of that cookie.

Mocha with Linda said...

Love those cookies!

And my blog life is taking over my real life: at the grocery store the other day I passed a special rack with a sign that said "Gluten-Free" and thought of you!

MoodyBlue said...

You had me at chocolate & peanut butter. LOL!

I hope your appointment goes well Linda. Good luck!

Linda Vujnov said...

Hey Linda, this is Linda visiting! I just had to make a note: I LOVE The Office. Did I say love? Good. (I read your profile)

So sorry about the alergies. Really sorry! But, the cookies do look delish. Peanut butter and anything gets my vote!

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

My greatest fear has become that I or one of my kids will develop some kind of intolerance to food. It is hard enough to plan meals and cook for my family without putting limits on me. Those cookies look pretty good though. God is so good!

Hope you aren't suffering too badly!


Susanne said...

Ya, for the gluten free favorites. One of these days I'm going to make them. I've never had them with peanut butter before.

Praying all this gets figured out for you, Linda. I can imagine how difficult all these reactions and unknowns are. {{{Hugs}}}

Darlene R. said...

Those are my husbands fav-o-rite cookies ever! I think their alright-- just kidding, I love them!

I hope your doctor's appointment goes well.

Melanie said...

The tree pollen is KILLING me right now. Please, whatever you are, go ahead and bloom already.

post idea- go for it!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Linda, I just want to mention that I have a dear friend who after exposure to mold, became completely debilitated and now has chemical allergies to LIFE. I mean, everything makes her sick. And she claims that taking a daily sauna has changed her life and just about cured her. And then someone else was just telling me how much saunas helped their allergies. You sweat out all the toxins. Have you ever tried it?

love mis

Cindy Swanson said...

Linda, I really do hope the gluten-free diet helps you! Since finding out I'm diabetic, I am SOOO aware of how what you eat affects every aspect of your health. I feel so much better now that I'm not loading up on tons of carbs.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I've been gluten and dairy (casein) free for two years this August. It has changed my life. BTW, the oatmeal in those cookies needs to be gf oatmeal. Bob's Red Mill has some. Oats grown and processed with wheat are a no-no for the gluten free.~~Dee

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Linda, I just want to give you a hug! And some gluten-free cookies. I suffer from seasonal allergies and I sneeze uncontrollably when I'm within ten yards of someone who smokes or wears perfume/cologne (both is the worst!), so I feel your pain in a way. I think those cookies just might be a miracle cure! And also, I second the sauna suggestion. It helps me a lot, too.

PJ said...

I needed those when chemo had me gluten intolerant for a time. I'd totally forgotten them. My sister loves them and makes them all the time....I'm calling her for the recipe!!! (Unless of course, you want to post yours.)

I'm not gluten intolerant now--just hungry for good cookies!!!

PRaying you get a handle on your allergies/intolerances!!!

samurai said...

Wow, this has been a busy 48 hours for you!

I am not sure what to comment on! LOL... I hope this diet works out well for you. I know such a diet can make a huge difference in your life (a friend's son is on this diet and the difference is amazing).

I am always humbled by God, especially when it comes to our second, third, etc. chance. His grace is awesome.

And before I sign off... I am a comma. ;-)

God bless.

Sarah said...

Hello from Georgia. I'm a new blogger andvI was just passing through the blog-o-sphere and found you!

I like the look of your blog.
You have just made "My Favorite" list.

Have a great day!

Ann said...

I hope you get it all sorted out and start feeling better soon, Linda! That cramp thing, though. It makes me worried about something cervical or ovarian. I hope it's not anything too serious!!

Erin said...

I'm currently on a candida cleanse (for high yeast) and I can't have any gluten's killer, isn't it? It's such a struggle to find things that taste good and don't have any gluten (or sugar, or yeast, or preservatives...etc, etc). Sigh.

Cayce's crazy life said...

You should check out I'm an organizing junkie's blog at She has on her Monday post a couple of sites for gluten free recipes, etc.....
Hope it helps!

annie's eyes said...

Linda, I'm glad you're trying this first. I've heard about it wanted to try it, but have no self discipline. My favorite but farthest grocery store has the best gluten free cookies I have ever had. But I don't make the trek across town that often. As I sit here, I realize your symptom list is familiar, so where do you get the details of what all contains gluten, and what is a good alternative? Doesn't just about everything starchy have it?
Keep us posted, and we expect a doctor report soon :) Hope you're feeling better. Annette

Jodie said...

I think I need that recipe. Anything no bake sounds good to me. Plus my kids will eat anything with pb or chocolate. So will I.

Cyndy said...

Okay...are you writing about you or me?
psoariasis - check (since I was 7)
depression - check
strange arthritic symptoms that my general doctor can't diagnose - check
allergies - check (as yet undiagnosed as well)
no canker sores but I still suffer from acne (it's not fair to have wrinkles and acne!)

When my daughter was a year old we went through a whole series of tests because the doctor was concerned that she wasn't growing as fast as she ought. We even went to a pediatric gastro-enterologist for an endoscopic biopsy (say that three times fast). They were concerned she might have Celiac. We did pray for her healing and the tests came back negative. But now I wonder about myself.

One of the things we learned through the whole ordeal was that if you are of either Irish descent or Northern Italian descent there is a higher incidence of both Celiac and diabetes, in those two European groups. Particularly if you are from County Cork in Ireland (er...check).

Ain't growing less young fun? said...

I just randomly came across your blog. I too just went gluten-free a month ago (I'm doing the blood type diet by Dr. Peter D'Adamo) and cut out wheat completely, and am restricting oats, barley, rye and other grains that also have gluten. (Oats do have gluten... I noticed the cookies in your post had oatmeal?...). I've been using spelt flour or rice for everything I bake with great results. If you're looking for a great gluten-free cookie there is a great one from Nunweiller Organic Flour Co. called "Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies" that are seriously the best choco chip cookies I've ever tasted. Hard to believe they are semi good for you! Good luck! Since going gluten free I've never felt better! Hope it works great for you too.