Well, my “wish it were spring” spring cleaning in the kitchen earlier this week helped me realize that my house would be brighter and more “idea-inducing” if my walls were a little lighter.
Makes sense, right?
So in typical ADHD Hurricane Heidi fashion, the last three days have seen multiple trips to Lowe’s, two five-gallon buckets of delightfully refreshing paint, primer, rollers, brushes, trays, tape, drop cloths, an exhausted and very dirty husband, and a partridge in a pear tree!
Add to that, I had my “big” annual blood draw on Friday and 11 vials of blood later (after fasting for 16 hours mind you), I was a wee bit lightheaded, LOL!
Celiac Followup Blood Tests
If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s important to have yearly followup blood tests to monitor your compliance with the diet – even if you think you are following the perfect gluten free diet. Glutonium is kinda like Monsanto’s patented genetically modified seed, the crap just seems to blow in with the wind sometimes!
I also had to have my semi-annual thyroid tests (I no longer have a thyroid) to check how my current cattywompus hormone dosage is working out, I’ve been taking two different amounts of Levoxyl for the past 6 months, 150 mcg and 175 mcg (one every other day). I also asked my doctor to check my liver function as well as my A1C and fasting blood sugar. With 5 autoimmune disease under my belt already, I’m naturally concerned that I will develop more – Type 1 Diabetes and Autoimmune Liver Disease are the two that scare me most.
Here’s hoping that all the hard work I’ve put into my diet over the past year is working. I’ll be honest though, I’m really scared to see the results…call it “Silent Celiac Paranoia.”
So now you know why I haven’t been chatting away on my Facebook page and blogging over the past few days…and why my menu plan is not getting posted until 11:55 pm on Sunday night!
Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan
(This menu plan is also naturally free of: Dairy, Eggs, Grains, and Soy)
Monday: Slow Cooker Chili and Salad
*Note: I will use coconut sugar instead of the brown sugar.
Wednesday: Kale, Cabbage, Bean and Sausage Soup and Salad
Thursday: Shrimp Lo Mein and Fruit Salad
Note: I will use homemade Gluten-Free, Corn-Free Worcestershire Sauce
A Few “Just Gluten Free” Recipes You Might Enjoy
Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish Fry (my husband is jonesing for me to make this for him – he was a diehard Long John Silver’s fanatic back in his glutonium days. He’ll have to wait though because he’s been ordered back on the Modified Elimination Diet for a few weeks).
Have You Taken the Gluten in Medications Survey Yet?
Last November, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) announced that it would conduct a first-of-its-kind research study on gluten in medications, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). NFCA, partnering with St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, is conducting this research in two parts. The first part of the study is happening now: a survey of the celiac and gluten sensitive populations.
NFCA urges all people who are following a gluten-free diet to participate. Participants will be asked about their experiences taking medicine. They will also be asked to share information if they think they might have had a gluten-related reaction to an over-the-counter or prescription medicine. Results from the survey will guide the second phase of the study: our team will test some of the medicines identified in the survey to see if they contain gluten.
This critically needed preliminary research aims to validate or nullify the anecdotal adverse experiences associated with gluten in medications that have been reported by people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It is a first step to determine if more investigation is needed, which may lead to additional research, labeling, and safe use guideline initiatives. More information about the Safe Use Initiative can be found at www.fda.gov/safeuseinitiative.
To participate in the this survey, please go to www.CeliacCentral.org/Survey. The survey takes between 4-15 minutes to complete. It closes on February 28, 2012.
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