Showing posts from March, 2009

List of Celiac Symptoms Gluten Free Works Symptom Guide How can I tell if I have a problem with gluten? This is a common question people ask in the face of a bewildering array of possible symptoms. We have developed a Symptom Guide below to help you identify possible symptoms and health problems that you can present to your doctor. Here is the list of over 300 Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders and Complications directly or indirectly resulting from celiac disease. We were the first to present this information in our comprehensive book, "Recognizing Celiac Disease." This list is now being used by celiac disease centers, national celiac organizations and health organizations worldwide. 1. BLOOD SYSTEM PROBLEMS Abnormal levels of blood components and quality of blood cells and plasma, detected by blood studies ordered by a doctor. Anemia, Folic acid deficiency Anemia, Iron deficiency Anemia, Vitamin B12 deficiency Anti-endomysium (EMA) antibodi

Bunny Sugar Cookies

Ingredients Makes about 1 dozen 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. With machine running, gradually add flour mixture; mix until combined. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes (or up to 3 days). Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch-tall bunny-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire rac

Easter Dinner Menu

Roasted Spiral-Sliced Ham with Maple and Orange Marmalade Glaze Serves 18 to 20 This holiday table centerpiece, sweet on the outside and savory on the inside, makes a memorable main course. Encourage guests to eat the sliced oranges along with the ham since the roasting makes their peels tender and sweet. Ingredients 1 (8- to 9-pound) nitrite-free, boneless, pre-cooked spiral-sliced ham 1 cup grade B maple syrup 1/2 cup orange marmalade 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 oranges, sliced (optional) 6 cinnamon sticks (optional) Method Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a sharp paring knife, make shallow crosshatch cuts all over the outside of the ham. Arrange ham in a large roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine syrup, marmalade, juice, ground cinnamon, pepper and cloves in a small bowl to make a glaze. After ham has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven; increase oven temperatur

Its Easter Time- Egg Dying & Gift Basket

Here are ways to help you get ready for Easter: Color Eggs: Coloring eggs was always my favorite thing to do with my mom. Once Easter was over we ate them. Most of the dye kits use vinegar, so as long as they are distilled vinegar you should be fine. Here is Paas website. Here is directions on how to make natural dye for coloring eggs: Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes: 1- Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered. 2- Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar. 3- Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color. 4- Bring water to a boil. 5- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 6- If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid. 7- If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). 8- Cover the eggs with the filter

Back Surgery

I had a lower lumbar surgery on Dec 17th 2008. I have been meaning to tell you all about it, but kept forgetting to. It was amazing on how they went through the side instead of making a opening in the back. The procedure is called the Xlif. If you live in Grand Rapids Michigan, Dr. Timothy Spencer is an amazing doctor. The reason why I had to have the surgery was because I was losing cartilage inbetween my disks. Also he straightened a little of my scoliosis. I was only in the hospital for one night, but was walking that same night after the surgery. Everything was going ok, but my second day home I caught the stomach flu. That made everything worse. I am on my third month and am done with physical therapy and am working out at the gym. I believe that surgery was not to bad was because I was physically fit before having the surgery. My surgeon told me that my back problems most likely came from the Celiac. This surgery has been a painful one and sometimes wish I didn't do

Pituitary Issues

It has been a year and three months since I had the "time of month". It took me a whole year to get to an endocrinologist. The symptoms I went through was early menopause(I'm only 23 years old), weight gain, tired, sensitivity to heat and cold, sweating, headaches and depression. My primary doctor kept telling me that it was up to my OBGYN, but my OBGYN told me that it was normal to not have the "time of the month". I am so frustrated because I feel so horrid. I went back to my primary doctor's office to see the nurse practitioner who told me that it isn't normal. I finally was refereed to see an endocrinologist. I have done a number of tests. My blood test came out that I am having pituitary issues, but now we have to figure out what is causing the pituitary to not work. It feels like it is taking for ever. In the mean time I have to be very careful on what I eat because I will gain weight pretty quick. I am waiting to see the nurse practitioner at t

Gluten Free Food Fair in Grand Rapids

The annual Grand Rapids Michigan Gluten Free Food Fair is on May 2nd at Kuyper College on the Beltline.

Celiac Coach

If you are trying to go on a Gluten Free diet and are having a hard time and feeling like all you can have is fruit and vegetables then you might what to think about having a Celiac Coach. Here things a coach can do: Walk you through a grocery store Help you go through your food and other items in your home. Answer your questions. Help you understand how to eat at resturants. And so much more!! If you are interested please email me at Tell me what are you needing help with. Make you life easier with a coach. **There is some charges with certain things**