Gluten Free Life

DELETE THE WHEAT

There’s so much to talk about when it comes to Celiac Disease, I don’t even know where to begin!  Wait a sec!  Where are my manners?  Hi, I’m Lis Morgan and I’m glad you found my little planet of the blogosphere.  At the moment, I’m sipping on a cup of Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea. (Honestly, I’m gulping it, is more accurate, but I do use a variety of dainty cups and saucers to enjoy it.) Here in South Carolina, you’re practically betraying your heritage if you’re not addicted to sweet tea.  I despise homemade iced tea, sweet or not, but, I will take a bottle of that Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea if there’s no coffee, hot tea or my soft drink of choice, Coke Zero in the house.

So, anyways, Delete the Wheat is what I would call my Celiac Restaurant or mail order baking mix if I had one or the other.  But, since that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, I decided to do the next best thing and set up shop here in cyberspace and I’d love to have you join me any time!

I want to re-emphasize that I’m just getting the hang of photo-bucket, I know, sad, right?  But, I love to talk and I love to write and I love to share what I know with everybody else.  My Chipper, husband of almost twenty nine years will agree that I’m definitely the typical A type personality…. “know it all”.  Maybe you have some yummy recipes or fun stuff you’d like me to post on my blog so by all means, send it on over!

Here’s to Health, Hope &  Happiness, Lis:-)

MY STORY

I’m not a doctor, nurse, or a dietitian.  I’m a writer, worship leader, pastor’s wife, mother of two adult children and several foster children, who happens to know a whole lot about Celiac Disease.  Since childhood, I have suffered from constipation, stomach and low back pain, headaches, mood swings and irritability, chronic fatigue, a weak immune system, hemorrhoids, brittle nails, thinning hair, aching joints, fluctuating weight, and asthma, upgraded to COPD,  although I’ve never smoked.

Eleven years ago, I was 38, and going through another severe episode of nausea, diarrhea, and feeling so tired I could barely function.   My doctor suspected H-Pylori and ran a blood test to verify her initial diagnosis.  While she was at it, she decided to test for wheat and gluten intolerance.   An endoscope confirmed the H-pylori, but, more importantly, indicated that I’d suffered from Celiac Disease, a long time.   As I began my  G-free adventure, some of the symptoms resolved faster than others, but, my health significantly improved.  There was no doubt that the years of consuming wheat and gluten had been slowly but surely poisoning my body.

How rigorously do I follow the gluten free diet?  VERY RIGOROUSLY.  Listen, I’ve experimented with eating a little of this or a little of that.  I’ve tested every theory there is about introducing wheat or gluten back into your diet once it’s been eliminated for x amount of time and it doesn’t work!  Celiac Disease isn’t a food allergy, it’s an immune disorder.   You can cheat but, there will come a time when you’re bent over…or sitting on…a toilet, clutching your stomach in agony,  that you’ll realize NOTHING tastes good enough to put your body through such horrendous, torment!

I still struggle with one issue, severe abdominal distention.  I’m just 5 feet tall and weigh 112 pounds, but my waist can expand from 26″ to more than 35″ in moments.   Nobody has been able to figure out what causes this, but doctors say it’s probably a combination of Celiac Disease and abdominal adhesions.  When it doesn’t resolve on its own, I have to be hospitalized for an intermittent bowel obstruction.  The routine is terrible,  nothing by mouth, not even ice chips, tpn ( intravenous feeding tube) and my worst nightmare,  an NG tube.  I hate those things!

My twenty five year old, daughter was diagnosed with CD this year, but, her journey has been a piece of cake! (I love puns, I’m a writer, remember.)  Jena, has me, a walking, talking, encyclopedia packed with knowledge about all things gluten free!  I’ve spent eleven years researching this condition, sniffing out  restaurants, pouring over websites, trying out recipes and sampling a variety of the g-free foods on the market.  Do NOT buy bread until you read my next post!  And remember that while I’ve been working so hard at becoming a Celiac Brainiac, I’ve fallen behind with those fancy blog do-dads like widgets and flashes and all that other stuff I don’t understand.   But, if you’re okay with my simple, straightforward information, you’ll soon have what it takes to be a celiac brainiac yourself!

Here’s to Health, Hope and Happiness, Lis:-)

GLUTEN FREE DESSERT PIZZA

Just made a quick dessert tonight and thought you should try it too! It smelled so divine while it baked, the non-celiacs in my house were biting at the bit for a taste too! FANTASTIC and very easy!

1 Gluten Free Pie Crust mix..add 2tsps of cinnamon to the dry ingredients

Mix up 1/2 stick of butter, 1/2 chopped nuts, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1tsp vanilla
1Tbsp water

Roll your crust out like a pizza crust and spread this topping on it..Pop it in your oven and wait until the topping is bubbly
and gooey looking…20-25 minutes! Top it with vanilla ice cream if you want to really go all out! It was YUMMY!

BISQUICK GLUTEN FREE MIX

So yeah, it’s pricey..$3.99 for about two cups. But, it’s good, really, really good. My son got married three weeks ago and I made the classic Bisquick and Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls with it and I’m telling you, nobody there knew that it was gluten free! Remember to use the EXTRA sharp cheese when you mix it up and enjoy!

And, I made pancakes according to the package directions and froze them. I’m telling you, when you pop them in your toaster, they come out tasting as fresh as if you’d just taken them off of your griddle.
I’m hoping more and more companies will follow the leader! YAY for BISQUICK!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. izzie
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 14:16:48

    Are you still doing this website

    Reply

  2. Melinda Beth
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 23:11:56

    So glad you’re posting on here!! 🙂 My Celiac has been flaring up this week!! So many troubles with restaurants! Love to see your advice about restaurants.

    Reply

  3. Laurelie
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 19:22:47

    Hey, have you ever looked up Spelt? I have used it for a while now, makes great buttermilk bisquits! The recipe is on the Spelt recipe page on Google. Sorry I cant remember which one, but I typed in Spelt recipes and a good Buttermilk bisquit one showed up.
    Also, here in California, we have some great health food stores that sell spelt tortillas….yum, but you need to use them fast, because they dont stay soft as long.
    Thanks for the information. Laurelie

    Reply

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