1.01.2012

Pushing past my worries

I am probably one of the worlds biggest people pleasers. If I can't please, I avoid. It's an extremely bad habit, one I am trying my darndest to break. I haven't been blogging because I worry about what people think about what goes up on my page. So, of course, I have been avoiding the blogging scene for some time now.
I have come to the realization though, that this blog is mine and I can use it to help me get through life in general. Since I have been gone for awhile, let me catch you up on our life in little ol' Logan.
The husband found out that he has diabetes. If you know the husband, you know he loves him some soda. Especially the sugary kind:) When it was diagnosed his blood sugar was above 300 and his A1C was 11. In reality I don't really know what that means, but it's bad. We have done our best to cut back on sugar and find him a diet drink that he likes. He really likes Pepsi Max (I think it tastes gross!). I am proud to say that his sugar is now on average 120, which for a diabetic is good, and his A1C is 5, also really good. Snaps for the husband :)
And for those of you who don't know, 2011 was a rough year for my health. Back in April I was hospitalized due to abdominal pain. At the time the doctors told me that it was just an ovarian cyst. Well, eight months, a handful of tests, biopsies, CT scans, HIDA scans, lots of pain and low energy, and countless vials of blood later, the doctors have found a diagnosis! Hallelujah! Celiac Sprue.
Normally I wouldn't be so excited. I actually was afraid that this would be the diagnosis. And after my endoscopy the doctor was 97% sure that it was what I would end up having. Thankfully the doctor said he wouldn't require me to go gluten free until after the biopsies returned and after Christmas was over. December 27, I got the call saying I needed to change my diet and rid myself of the gluten diet that I so thoroughly enjoy. I was surprisingly okay with the diagnosis and even the fact that I would need to change the types of food I eat. Gluten is not an easy thing to avoid, especially in this world we live in. The gluten protein is found in wheat, barley, and rye. When people hear that they normally think, "What can you eat then? Pretty much nothing." But in the past few days I have tried to focus on the delicious things I can eat instead of what I can't eat and the discovery has been eye opening. I am amazed at what is out there, and also with the how the restaurant world is starting to accommodate for people like me. The husband and I went to Wendy's for a late night snack, which had me a little worried, but the results were awesome. They kept my salad separate from the husband's burger. They used all fresh ingredients for my food to ensure no cross contaminations. I was very impressed, and I was able to enjoy a really good salad. Mostly I have just been eating food that is naturally gluten free, but last night for my New Year's Eve party I wanted pizza, which is one of my favorite foods in the whole world. The husband and I picked up some gluten free pizza crust mix to try and it was phenomenal!
It was literally the best pizza I have ever had. The husband loved it, the guests loved it, and I will definitely be getting more of this mix. The mix made two 12" pizzas so the slices were small, but it was surprisingly filling. After two pieces everyone was satisfied. It was easy and quick to make and it is high on my recommendation list.
If you do end up trying this mix, know that it is a sticky dough and that it's normal. My other suggestion would be to use less water then it actually calls for to reduce the stickiness of the dough, but I haven't tried that yet so when I do I will let you know how it turns out.
It's only been six days, but gluten free hasn't been so bad and I am already starting to feel better. This feeling in my bones is telling me that 2012 is going to be a good year.

3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're back! (blogging, that is) Gosh, things sure have changed since we were there!! But I'm glad to see that things will get better from here. Love and miss you!

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  2. I'm so glad that this is all finally resolved!! And I'm also so happy that you are finding things that you can still eat and enjoy. So happy for you! Love ya big!

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  3. DUDE have you typed "gluten" into pinterest? you should. all kinds of gluten free recipes. yum. also check out http://www.roostblog.com/ . their diet has more restrictions than just gluten-free, but her recipes are uhh maz ing.

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