Saturday, January 7, 2012

Taking a break

I need a break. I need to rest.

I was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease (a genetic disease) and cannot have wheat, barley, rye or oats. Yes, that not only means no bread, but all the products that contain any wheat, such as Campbells soup. I am overwhelmed with the changes I must make to my diet -- but I am so glad to know why I have been plagued with numerous illnesses all my life. They are all rooted in Celiac Disease -- from my asthma to the osteoporosis to the chronic fatigue to the debilitating stomach problems, and perhaps the fibromyalgia, too.

I never realized how many packaged products have gluten in them -- from Campbell Soup to ketchup to tuna. Often it is the added "flavorings" and the msg. Sometimes it is hidden -- and I have not yet learned the many, many names it is hidden under. It took forever to learn to recognize all things derived from corn. Now I must learn the names of gluten derivatives, too.

Everything gluten-free offered in the stores is high in calories (like I really need to gain more weight), full of soy or corn (terrible allergy to both), or full of salt (instant blood pressure rise). So, I am having to learn to bake gluten-free bread and re-learn how to shop. So far, every gluten-free bread recipe has been a flop.

Anyway, as I said above, I am overwhelmed with it all. I already have had a plate overflowing with life's difficulties. 

I will probably be back blogging by summer when I have hopefully resolved my own situation and the political season is in full swing. Until then:

‘Happy trails to you, until we meet again.’