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Gluten-Free Treatment Worse Than the Disease? Celiac Chat on Life

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I didn’t think Celiac Disease was a disability when I lived as a freelancer, consulting with families and individuals on nutrition. My day necessarily dealt with my, and others’, meals and thoughts about food. I didn't want to think of it as a disability when I was first diagnosed either, because too much grief lay in that; and after all, eating gluten free is a straightforward prescription. Prior to my freelancing, I was a student, working part-time, in a gluten-free bubble, traveling carefully or never at all.
Isn’t it easy as anything to swim in and out of all the gluten-free gregariousness online, and live in a bubble of FOOD, SAFE FOOD, HOW DO YOU MAKE FOOD
...and yet, does the ordinary individual with celiac have the bubble of time to live like that -- like people blog and pin and tweet and post?
BLOODY NO. No.
I recently finished my graduate studies in philosophy, put my nutrition business on stand-by (I’ve kept clients but am not soliciting more), and transitioned into a full…

Gut Healing Tips: Fall Food, Warm Colours, Eat the Rainbow of the Foliage

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When the dark sets in, especially in the North, the cold comes too. In Boston, the sky begins to slump in like Atlas's shoulders -- broad and bowed; and the air and sounds of the city become muffled. Cold creates a physical foreboding. After all, cold like you get in Winter is deadly.

Even with the modern shelter and heating we have, the cold closes in like predator.

O smacking and wackings on the poor tender head! or gut, though Gurgi (in Prydain Chronicles) doesn't mention it; but then, the poor blighter didn't have celiac.

This reading celiac kid-cum-nutritionist has celiac, and I have enough smackings and wackings on my poor tender gut without the additional distress of plunging cold, and sunlessness, to batter it more.

As I paged through a book at lunch last week, celiac thoughts and experience intermingling with the narrative, I read the words rest, & stew, & warm waft of something golden and simmering. The characters were exhausted, and had come to rest. Hung…

When Celiac Could Be Cured -- Or Not?

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a celiac cure in the offing? 
"I'm holding out for when I can eat a big gluten-ful muffin."

I wasn't. Am not.

My friend has celiac too, but he was thinking cure and rage rage against the dying of the light. I wasn't.

What a ton of unpleasant bricks, I thought: because I had unconsciously stuck myself square into the idea that my disease was normal.
How comfortable should I be with a disease? Where is the line between acceptance and ingenuity -- and bleak resignation?

"There are lots of things just as good gluten-free," he said after that, "But somethings just were meant to a have gluten. And so was I."

Logically, he's right. No one's body, functioning in health, tries to murder its small intestine when it detects gluten -- that's madness. We were meant to be able to eat gluten without an autoimmune response (regardless of what you think about its other qualities).

The exchange left me with many questions, and a lot of anger, and fr…