I recently put two and two together and came up with...I can't tolerate gluten. I know...it SUCKS! All my life I have had trouble but have never been able to pin point the problem until just recently. My system just does not like wheat, rye, barley or oats, all the grains I grew up on and loved but never knew they didn't love me back.
It wasn't until last fall when my daughter put me on a Paleo eating plan that takes those things out of the diet that I started feeling better and started loosing weight. My skin on my legs was itching like a mad woman, so much so that I was actually clawing it raw, never knew why. Now I do. Such a relief.
I also found out that corn, any kind of corn, which I love, causes my arthritis in my hands to flair up. Who knew it was an inflammatory food and with it being a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) now, it is not a pure food. Could it be that because it is a GMO, that being so has made it an inflammatory food.
It wasn't until I recently had some New York dogs, you know hot dogs with sauerkraut and spicy mustard and a bun, oh my it tasted sooo good but I had a horrible attack that left me debilitated for about 4 hours. A week later I had lunch with a friend and ordered a homemade Chicken Pot Pie from a local eatery and before I could get home, had to find a restroom and once home, for the next four hours suffered.
I can take medicine, but the best course is for me just to not eat/avoid those items that will harm me.
The tough thing is the FDA does not require food companies to put on their labels fillers and binders that contain wheat, rye, barley or oat products whereas Europe does, interesting...
The only thing I can think of to do, is to eat fresh food every day. That I can do. I already eat meat that is grass fed and antibiotic free, free range chickens and shop the farmers market. Where the problem lies is with packaged/processed foods.
I will be developing recipes with my Tastefully Simple products that I sell to see what will fit my lifestyle. I know we carry Gluten Free products. I know that this is not going to be easy but I will find a way to be able to enjoy foods I love.
I know there are a lot of good websites already out there such as The Paleo Mom. I have already found a bread recipe that looks good and if her kids will eat it, I might too.
There is so much to learn, but learn I will. I will start posting recipes to my miafoodies site once I perfect them or share recipes that I try from other sites that are awesome and know you will like.
I will also be reviewing new kitchen gadgets from time to time and letting you know what I think. Is it worth it or not to have in my kitchen at the miafoodies site.
Oh but I wish to have a nice juicy hamburger with a bun...I will just have to wait until I can figure out how to make a gluten free one that tastes good and not like cardboard!
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