• Ep 49 Six Positive Aspects of a Celiac Diagnosis

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke about an article I wrote for the Winter 2018 Issue of Gluten-free Canada.  I chat about the article, read some excerpts and add some extra thoughts.  This magazine can be read online at –

    Magazine Issues

    Enjoy a free electronic copy of Gluten-Free Canada by selecting the issue you’d like to read below: Winter 2018 Issue

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    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    We often hear that stress is dangerous for our health.  Sometimes we can’t avoid stress, and yes, sometimes it does take over our lives in a negative manner.  There are times when stress can be avoided or diminished by a positive attitude.  I admit that at first when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I didn’t have a good attitude.  Most of us go through a period of mourning for the food experiences we can no longer have.  I felt very alone, and in some way didn’t feel I deserved the extra effort it took to make healthy flavourful gluten free foods.

    That all changed when my daughter was diagnosed 5 months later.  For her, I would go to any length to make the best tasting, most nutritious gluten free foods.  I was on a mission.

    I don’t think my story is uncommon, and I only tell it now, in light of the soul searching I did when I challenged myself to write an article on the positive aspects of a celiac diagnosis.  Most of us, at the time, don’t think of that moment as a high point in our lives, but on reflection, for me, that’s just what it was.  I cope pretty well on my diet, amongst my friends and family, and with the stresses of life.  I rely on my gluten free diet to keep me healthy and nourished.  I work with my diet, not against it.  We do pretty well together – my positive attitude at work.

  • Ep 48 GFreeWifey Talks About Food Banks

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke with Jessica Danford whose online presence as GFREEWIFEY is well known at least amongst those from the Toronto area.  Over this past year, she has begun a program to donate gluten free food to public food banks.  This may sound simple, but it involves education of both management and volunteers at each food bank as well as mounting campaigns to have safe gluten free food donated to the food banks willing to handle it.

    To this end, Jess has set up a GoFundMe page for donations at www.gofundme.com/gfreewifeyfoodbank

    She can be found online at – www.gfreewifey.com

    To be kept up to date on her projects, including the Community Cook Book sign up for her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/dsgyor

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Gfreewifey/

    Instagram – GFREEWIFEY

    YouTubehttp://bit.ly/GFWifeyYOUTUBE

    You can also email Jess at –

    jess@gfreewifey.com

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    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    I suspect, like me, you receive many letters and personalized “asks” for money and assistance from numerous charitable organizations.  For the most part these organizations are well meaning and use the donated funds in responsible ways to better the cause they are set up for.  Many of us can look on these charities as worthwhile, and at the same time do not donate time or money to them.

    There are many reasons for this, but the simple one is – I haven’t been affected by this situation or condition, so it’s not personal with me.  This is nothing to be ashamed of, all charitable organizations acknowledge that their public “asks” are only successful with those who have been touched by the cause in one way or another.

    Celiac disease is my cause, and I suspect that of most of my listenership.  That’s the easy part.  The harder part is to look at the “forgotten” celiacs.  Those who cannot afford membership in the CCA, or to attend a conference, or who don’t have transportation to attend chapter meetings, or restaurant meetups.  These celiacs are essentially invisible.  We spend a great deal of time investigating new foods that we all hope will “improve our lives” or finding that next favourite restaurant, or that perfect GF picture for Instagram.  It’s very difficult to imagine requiring a gluten free diet, but being in survival mode, not having enough money to buy the basics.  Individuals, families and most heartbreaking of all, children, whose only treatment for a serious autoimmune condition is financially out of reach.

    This is the beginning of the holiday season for many of us.  It’s a season of sharing and giving.  Both the Canadian Celiac Association and the GoFundMe page for GFreeWifey are excellent ways to do something special for our own this year.  If we don’t, who will?  Let’s make it Personal!

  • Ep 47 Kitchen Tips Gluten Free

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    I often get asked about how to manage a gluten free home kitchen.  Having had a commercial gluten free bakery, I have some tips that I was able to apply to my home kitchen.  During the episode I also reference a YouTube video called 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Gluten Free – you can find it at

    http://bit.ly/5ThingsAboutGlutenFree

    The website for my gluten free baking show can be found at https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

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    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

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    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    Again, this is one of those episodes where I talked through my thoughts on the podcast, so I don’t have very much to add.

    It does make me remember how difficult it was to both switch my kitchen over to a safe gluten free environment and then to educate my family to help me keep it safe.  So much to learn, and in such a short time.  If you are in that situation, just make one change at a time, involve your family as you switch over to a safe gluten free space.  Maybe you have kids, who can help you decide on what colour container to use for gluten free and where to store things.  Getting my family on board from the beginning was a huge help for me.

    It is hard to look back on those early days, partly because they were not easy, and partly because I can truly appreciate how much my family has rallied behind me and changed everything they do in the kitchen to meet the needs of the gluten free family members.  Way to go folks – couldn’t have done it without you!

  • Ep 46 Food Blogger Cinde Little

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    During the summer I had a very interesting chat with Cinde Little of Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet.  Cinde is first a foodie, and she brings that love of food and curiosity of new flavours and combinations to the gluten free experience.  I made some of her recipes and thoroughly enjoyed them.  You can find Cinde’s blog at https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca

    Twitter – @LittleCinde

    Instagram – everyday.gf.gourmet.ca

    Facebook – Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet

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    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    It’s hard for me to remember back before gluten free – it’s been more than 20 years, but one thing I do remember was a curiosity surrounding new foods and new recipes.  I am an accomplished gluten free baker, but as I’ve said before on the podcast, I’m not a great cook – good enough for my family and to tackle the odd dinner party, but nothing extraordinary.

    Before gluten free, I tried everything, not only to eat, but to make.  I remember once having a Japanese dinner party, inviting friends and even buying a sake set to enjoy the authentic wine.  Once I required a gluten free diet, that all changed.  Like you, I struggled just to get nutritious meals on the table that were safe for me and my family.  The fancy stuff and extra effort got left behind.

    It’s refreshing to speak with Cinde, to see her approach to gluten free, maybe it’s because she doesn’t have to eat gluten free, or maybe she’s just a true foodie.  Regardless, the recipes and perspective she brings to bolstering our day to day eating the same old thing is like a breath of fresh air.

    Thanks Cinde for taking the time and putting in the effort that many of us on a gluten free diet, can’t seem to achieve – approaching the diet with a curiosity and wonder that can expand horizons.  I’ll still make my same old recipes, tried and true, but now with some new recipes, I can sprinkle a little bit of new taste and magic into my meals and my diet.

  • Ep 45 Ellen’s Gluten Free Favourites

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This episode is a conversation with Ellen Bayens of The Celiac Scene about our favourite Gluten Free things.  Here’s our list –

    Ellen – Duinkerken Multi-Grain Bread Mix, Little Northern Bakehouse Bread, Schar Chocolate Covered Graham Wafers, Cloud 9 Pancake/Waffle Mix, Red Robin Restaurant, 6 Mile Pub in Victoria, Floating Fish Store in Victoria, Rizopia Pasta, Tinkyada Pasta, Royal Spice Restaurant, Rawthentic Eatery, Real Food Corn Thins, Wendel’s True Foods Gluten Free in Langley BC, Wild Poppy Bakery in Ladysmith BC, chocolate mousse, M&M Meats Too Tall Chocolate Cake GF, salted licorice

    Sue – Tutti Biscotti Orange & Dark Chocolate, Pamela’s Pancake & Baking Mix, New York Fries, salads at MacDonalds, Boston Pizza chicken wings, The Junction Restaurant in Seeley’s Bay Ontario, Go-Go Quinoa pasta, Wow Desserts cheesecakes as restaurant desserts, grilled cheese sandwich, Chapman’s Ice Cream and PaneRiso ice cream cones, M&M’s, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups

    You can find Ellen at www.theceliacscene.com.

    You can find Cinde Little at – https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    Funny thing, if someone heard a couple of celiacs chatting, they would assume they were both “foodies” as the conversation will inevitably turn to food and restaurant choices and favourites.  Sharing our finds, our successes and our creations is the best way to help others who may be struggling.

    I can remember back to a time when everything gluten free was new and I didn’t know where to turn just to feed myself, let alone enjoy it, or appreciate it.  Even though gluten free is more known now and every grocery store has something to feed us, there are still many at the beginning of this journey, and yes, they still struggle.

    Do you ever see someone in the gluten free section at your local supermarket pondering over the choices like they were reading Greek?  I have, and if it’s not too intrusive, I’ll introduce myself as a celiac and help them make some choices, maybe not for them, but for a loved one.

    We all have our favourite foods, the list is honed from the many times we have tried and been disappointed, as well as those times we have been pleasantly surprised.  I encourage you to share your lists, as Ellen and I have done.  Who knows, your favourites are likely shared by others.  I think I’ll have an ice cream cone now.

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  • Ep 44 – 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Gluten Free Diet

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week was a bit different – I spoke about a video I felt compelled to make about the

    5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Gluten Free Diet.  Here’s the link –

    http://bit.ly/5ThingsAboutGlutenFree

    I was quizzed so many times while I had the bakery about the diet and questions surrounding those on it, I felt that maybe a video might answer those top 5 questions as follows:

    Who needs to eat a gluten free diet?

    How much gluten is too much? – A tiny bit of gluten makes a huge difference.

    What happens when someone who shouldn’t eat gluten eats some?

    How can anyone be sure they’re eating gluten free?

    How can I prepare a meal for someone eating gluten free?

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    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    Not too much to add to about my thoughts on the 5 questions – I did that in the podcast.  What I can share was the difficulty in translating the answers to simple video segments.

    I love M&M’s (almost too much) and I remember sitting around the kitchen table with my girls when they were young playing simple math games with a small bag of M&M’s. How many of each colour, add colours together and the ever-popular subtraction (in our mouths).  I thought this might work, so after counting out 94 M&M’s without red or yellow, I added 1 red and 5 yellow.  I dropped them a few times onto the white surface before I got all of them to stay together.  Afterwards – you guessed it, I played subtraction.

    Parts per million as a concept is tricky to illustrate in video.  I didn’t even want to estimate a million of anything.  Crumbs were the answer, and everyone has them in their toasters.  In our house we have two matching toasters one black for wheat products and one white for only gluten free.  It wasn’t hard to find or show crumbs on a white background.

    Even more difficult than parts per million was to show what happens when someone eats gluten.  I didn’t want to get graphic, and everyone’s pain and discomfort is different.  My main goal with this segment was to show the effects lasted for days and that ingesting gluten is nothing one gets over quickly.

    How can anyone eat gluten free – this one was easy – Labels, Labels and Labels.  We all, over time, get used to it.  Odd to watch others in a grocery store, never reading a label.  It’s second nature to me now.

    Lastly, I wanted to illustrate eating simply.  I normally have a big salad or some homemade soup for lunch.  Often on a restaurant menu the only thing we can eat is a salad (to be safe), but the truth is most of us (celiacs) love salads.  I noticed this when feeding a summer camp of celiac kids – I could never make enough salad.  That’s a good thing.

    The challenge I’m left with after uploading the video is to have people watch it.  You can help me by sharing it, especially with those around you who either need some education on the subject or just some reinforcement of what you’ve already told them.  Then my job will be done!

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  • Ep 43 Baking Gluten Free Cookies

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    This week I spoke to Cinde Little who writes a food blog and recipes as the Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet.  Cinde wrote a blog post devoted to baking gluten free cookies, some of the basics, and some suggest

    ions for flours and techniques.  I also mentioned a reference page comparing cups and grams for different flours to help in weighing out flours for recipes (see link below).  You can read Cinde’s entire blog post at –

    Blog Post – https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca/tips-for-making-gluten-free-cookies/

    Cinde’s Website – https://www.everydayglutenfreegourmet.ca

    Twitter – @LittleCinde

    Instagram – everyday.gf.gourmet.ca

    Facebook – Everyday Gluten Free Gourmet

    My flours weights page – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com/dry-ingredient-weight-amounts

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    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

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    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts

    Baking cookies is something that we often miss and maybe even mourn when we first get diagnosed, or when someone in our family gets diagnosed.  Many of us have a recipe box of family favourites that just won’t be the same without wheat flour.  Admittedly, it takes time to come to terms with the gluten free diet, to feel comfortable enough to not panic and take it day to day.  The thought of baking, even after a couple of initial attempts is often daunting and not very encouraging.

    My best advice is try, just try, and then try again.  You might want to start with a mix, just to get something edible with minimal fuss.  Then try looking online or in books for some simple recipes and work with one that isn’t complicated.  As you get better and gain confidence, you can tackle different flours and techniques.  It won’t work every time, even your favourite recipe will have different degrees of success – gluten free baking is just like that.  But it’s worth it.

    We all have family favourites and likely recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  There’s a reason our grandmothers and great-grandmothers made cookies – because they were made with love, cost less than buying them, and most times tasted better than pre-made.  These are all the reasons that should draw you to your kitchen today.  We all complain about the cost of gluten free prepared foods – with good reason, they are expensive to make.  Not so much if you make them yourself.  Then we know as we practice, that our fresh cookies will taste better than anything that comes from a package.  Lastly, we have the opportunity to add that most special ingredient – Love – can’t get that from a package.  Go forward – bake cookies!

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  • Ep 42 Pregnancy Gluten Free

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    My conversation this week is with American Certified Nutritionist Aimee Aristotelous who has recently published a book looking at pregnancy from the perspective of a healthy gluten free diet.  The book is called – The Whole Pregnancy: A Complete Nutrition Plan for Gluten-Free Moms-to-Be.  Aimee looks at all aspects of nutrition required for pregnancy and relates it to a healthy gluten free diet.  She includes meal plans and recipes to suit the different needs of each trimester.

    The book is available through most book sellers as well as from Amazon.

    Aimee can be found online at www.thewholepregnancy.com and on Instagram at thewholepregnancy.

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    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

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    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    Pregnancy is often a time of excitement, mixed with fear of the unknown.  It’s a time when you and everyone around you want to do the right thing.  This is where our understanding of the gluten free diet might be letting us down.  We try and educate ourselves to make our diet as healthy as it can be, but then the unknown enters the picture.

    How much should a Mom-to-be increase her food, what nutrients should she be looking to increase and how will she know that she is choosing the best sources?  All these questions are common to every pregnant woman, but adding the complexity of the gluten free diet, may be enough to cause someone to second guess how they are feeding themselves.  To say nothing of the comments from all those around her, who ask, speak and give advice out of love and concern.

    Today, the pregnant woman who is eating gluten free because of celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or simply because she feels more in control of her health issues, is challenged to incorporate everything she is being told about eating healthy, eating for two, and getting all the right nutrition gluten free.

    A book that brings information and perspective to these issues is very welcome – Thank you Aimee!

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  • Ep 41 Nutrient Deficiencies

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    I have a returning guest for this episode. I’m speaking again with Registered Dietitian Amy Horrock, who specializes in Celiac Disease in her online practice. I spoke with Amy on Ep 20 about Persistent Gut Issues after diagnosis of celiac disease. On this episode, she focuses on why celiacs are often vitamin deficient and which vitamins and nutrients may be low and should be addressed. The link to the resource page from the Canadian Celiac Association website is –

     

    http://www.celiac.ca/b/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Celiac_Follow_Up_Care_Resource.pdf

    Amy can be consulted through her website at clearfocusnutrition.ca.  She is also on –

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clearfocusnutrition/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gluten_free_dietitian/

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    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com
    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com
    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast
    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA
    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com
    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com
    Instagram – @suesgfbaking
    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL
    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)
    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com
    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

    My Thoughts
    Starting a gluten free diet is hard. The sole thing that keeps us pushing forward with it, is the fact that this is our medicine, our treatment, for a condition that has likely taken years to diagnose and effected many aspects of our daily lives.
    To learn that healing on a gluten free diet is slow, is not the message a newly diagnosed celiac wants to hear. When I was diagnosed, I was told I would likely feel “healed” months before my gut was actually healed. A one-year time frame was suggested, but fortunately, I began to feel better quickly and at one year, when my gut was likely rejoicing in feeling well again, I had become very comfortable on my new difficult diet-for-life.
    It took a few more years to realize, through blood testing, that my diet, was still deficient in some important vitamins and minerals. Tweeking these is not easy, and often requires the help of a dietitian experienced in celiac disease. My bones were strong, but I still needed calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin B12 was another identified requirement. Often at our local CCA chapter meetings this subject comes up, and it’s very interesting to see who has been told to take what. There will inevitably be someone in attendance who has never asked their doctor or dietitian about deficiencies.
    We all need to advocate for ourselves. The gluten free diet is the major step we need to take, but it doesn’t stop there. In order for us to be our healthiest, our diet needs to be customized to what each of our bodies needs. We are all different, we all eat, sleep and exercise to different levels of health, supplementing our vitamins and nutrients is an essential part of that.

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  • Ep 40 Girl Talk – Dating Gluten Free

    Let’s start the blog with the Show Notes for this episode:

    My guest this week is Lisa, who is a co-host on my Gluten Free Weigh In podcast.  Lisa is celiac and following a gluten free ketogenic diet.  The episode focuses on an article posted online by The Celiac Scene from Gluten-Free News entitled – “Followers of a Gluten-Free Diet Considered High-Maintenance, Selfish and Arrogant.  What Gives?”  Lisa and I discuss the premise of the article and how it relates to her real life dating experiences.  Lisa is funny and genuine and a joy to listen to.  Have fun with this one.

    You can view the article on The Celiac Scene website at –

    https://theceliacscene.com/gluten-free-diet-followers-high-maintenance-selfish-arrogant/

    You can follow Lisa on Instagram at gf_ketogirl.

    Sue’s Websites and Social Media

    Podcast https://acanadianceliacpodcast.libsyn.com

    Podcast Blog – https://www.acanadianceliacblog.com

    Facebook – @acanadianceliacpodcast

    Twitter – CeliacPodcastCA

    Email – acdnceliacpodcast@gmail.com

    Baking Website – https://www.suesglutenfreebaking.com

    Instagram – @suesgfbaking

    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVGfpD4eJwwSc_YjkGagza06yYe3ApzL

    (search Sues Gluten Free Baking)

    Email – sue@suesglutenfreebaking.com

    New Podcast – Gluten Free Weigh In – https://glutenfreeweighin.libsyn.com

     

    My Thoughts

    It’s been a long time since I dated – I’ve been happily married for many, many years.  But I do remember dating before my diagnosis.  It was a time when I never knew how I would “react” to eating a meal out.  It would be years before I knew it was celiac disease, so for me it was hit or miss.

    I often avoided going out, especially if it was with someone I didn’t know very well.  I distinctly remember trying to plan a fancy New Year’s Eve – you know, the kind young singles splurge on, only to realize that I might very well “react” badly to the food, and then the entire expensive night would be shot – no fancy New Year’s Eve for me.

    I remember dating an Italian guy.  He introduced me to his big family way too soon.  I was not in the habit of eating large meals in front of strangers – how would I “react”?  I don’t think his family thought much of me, which was fine at the time and now.

    After I started dating my husband, it didn’t take long for him to realize that my stomach issues became our issues and any date involving food was hit or miss.  I also remember that my stomach issues were not consistent and that I couldn’t forecast when I might “react” or how severe it might be.

    I do remember though, that eating at home, was usually safer.  Yes, I still got sick at home, but less often, and was able to comfort myself better.  As far as being “damaged” or less of a person because of my complaints, my guy was right there with me, doing without as long as it made me feel better.

    In retrospect, my eventual diagnosis not only answered questions at the time, but shed a different light on years of on-and-off stomach complaints and discomforts.  I now knew what caused my “reactions” and could do something about it.

    Looking back, and looking forward, dating guys who didn’t get it was frustrating, till I met the guy who didn’t understand it, but was willing to stick with me till we figured it out.  Lisa is right – dating weeds out the guys who don’t want to stand with you and a diet for your health – best weed them out early.

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