Showing posts from February, 2017

[ PRODUCT REVIEW ] Really Big. Gluten-Free Bread. Canyon Bakehouse

When you look for a gluten-free bread, it has to measure up to 3 criteria: size, taste/texture, and structural integrity.

Does it fall apart? Out.

Does it taste like sawdust? Toss-it.

Is it thumbnail-sized? (Or at least...maybe a quarter of the size of regular bread?) Fare thee well.

Multiple loaves now hold up in all 3 levels. But in all honesty, most gluten-free breads are, as far as size, good enough. I don't trip along an aisle in the grocery, pulling out multiple large-loaves. I have celiac, and I get good taste, and good texture...and somewhat small slices, and I haven't much minded because I can make two sandwiches...

...but I can't make oneone of those mad-brilliant stacks that can fit a very large burger. Or anything like a tomato slice and lettuce and falafel, without it all falling out.

But yesterday, there was a sandwich on my plate as I said good-bye to a 5 year old I work with on managing gluten-freedom between his mum's and dad's separate homes.


Gluten Free, and The Repeat Endoscopy

Why is an endoscopy necessary in celiac disease? That's simple. Diagnostically, an intestinal biopsy is the current and only standard for positive identification of CD. (Except for the rare dermatitis herpetiformis diagnoxis with a skin nioody).

So a better question is: why in the world repeat it?

And the answer to that is two-fold:

1] To confirm and guarantee the body has healed and responded to the "GFD".
2] If symptoms persist, to discover WHY.

Both options demonstrate why a follow up endoscopy is important self care for the celiac.

Celiac Disease is a medical condition. Nor only that, celiac is still a baby on the block in terms of treatment, research, and professional understanding. The "Gluten Free Diet",, despite grab-bag assumptions isn't a cure. The  gluten free diet is a treatment. For celiacs,  celiac disease persists whatever diet they follow. Symptoms and damage are controlled by going gluten free. But maintaining a gluten-free plate,  while ne…

Is It Breakfast Though? Crunchy-Fluffy French Toast Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

“Well you can’t have both chewy--fluffy, and crunchy, at the same time.”
Yes,” I said, “I can.” "Is it breakfast though?"

My friend – not gluten-free and very dubious – just shook his head.
But I can tell you one thing: Life gives me tons of things I can’t have both ways, especially living with celiac disease. But crunchy-fluffy breakfast is not one of them. I’ve proved it.
I’ve been waking up in Boston to cold that’s bone-brittle; and bone-seeping. I turn the oven on to warm things. But somehow, the frost on the window isn’t just outside – it’s Winter, and a body knows Winter from the inside as much as out. Winter is dangerous, and Winter is old, and Winter means – to the deep-down old places in our minds and bodies – go deep, stay warm, nourish well.
Perhaps not so long ago, and even still, those messages help us survive. Better than that, I think those messages help me thrive -- if I listen.

I wake, and I’m hungry, and I wouldn’t touch a cold bowl of gluten-free cereal …