As someone who's experienced the debiiltating health issues with Celiac and gluten sensitivity I can certainly relate to Jennifer's position. There were times when I would go to the grocery store and came out so exhausted and barely able to push my cart back to the car. There was one occasion where I remember almost passing out and had to have one of the young men working there at the store who was walking by, help me with my groceries into the trunk that day.
Another important reason to listen to what Dr. Thomas O'Bryan has to say about putting out the fire and healing the gut even when we're on a GFD!
When I read Jennifer's story I thought I was reading about myself! Her story is so similar to my own and may be to yours too so I'm passing her information on to help spread the word about Celiac to others who may not understand and for those who do!
“These cookies are delicious, even more delicious for me, for many reasons, let me explain.
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I was depressed beyond belief. I know many of you understand having an Autoimmune Disease sucks, yes but was the thought of giving up so much of what I loved – cakes, cookies, bread, and pasta. After realizing my fate and healing from the devastating damage this disease had already done to my body I got in the kitchen again. If course this time all was new and confusing. I managed to start to create recipes. Yummy recipes of things I loved. About 75 of them to be exact, at the time I was using dairy and regular sugar. Months after that I was happily baking away but still feeling great, I was told dairy was no longer my friend either. I discovered on my own research that white sugar was an enemy as well, which also meant corn was their evil cousin. At that time if that wasn’t enough after doing some research on Soy, I opted to keep that out as well. Now what do I bake with though? Air? Knowing me now from my posts, I got back in the kitchen Again. I REDID all recipes – All 75 of them and then some. So recently when my eyelashes and hair decided to start falling out, as explained in the last post, I thought, oh no, not another allergy. Yes, even more allergies thanks to a leaky gut. Almonds now were a big problem as well as chocolate – CHOCOLATE! Really – I’m really being tested here I thought. What was I to do? Give up, cry, scream? Not going to say I didn’t do all of that, because I did have a day that I was so pissed, maybe even two days. After I realized that it wasn’t going to the be end of the world. I got back in that kitchen and I made myself a cookie. A Gluten- Free, Dairy-Free, Corn-free, Refined Sugar -Free, Nut-Free, and Soy- Free Oatmeal Cookie. YUM to the E!!!!! Take that allergies, what a victory I thought. Again, a dance of joy came upon me as the first batch came out of the oven – Healthy, Beautiful, Deliciouscookies that not only gave me some sort, however little it is, control back from this ever changing autoimmune disease. I share them with you. Make them, enjoy them, and do a little dance for you. Today you won!” Jennifer Esposito http://www.jennifersway.org
Keep The Faith ~ Sue