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Where has the time gone? It has been almost two weeks since I last posted, thanks to a busy work schedule. I am working on something exciting for the blog right now, and that should be up soon. In the meantime, I thought I would update you how gluten free is going. I very much enjoyed learning more about living gluten free, and learning new recipes to support this is a fun challenge. That said, the gluten free lifestyle did not make a difference on my health. Additionally, it made things even more difficult when socializing than they already are for me, so I will be including some gluten in my diet.  I plan on cycling it out of my diet from time to time the way I do most protein.  I will continue to explore and develop gluten recipes, which are taking me more time to get right than those restrictions I am more familiar with. Not every recipe here will be gluten free, but then, not all my recipes are allergy free to begin with, so that is in line with what I am doing here. I told you that I am working on something special. It is gluten free! I hope to have it up in the near future, and I think many people will enjoy it!

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Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal posted an article in its Health section about food allergy tests. It gives a good take on what I feel is an important and misunderstood issue. I have had doctors tell me I am allergic to much more than I am. I have had doctors tell me I am allergic to no foods. While I am not a doctor, and do not have the benefit of their education, I know that both these cannot be true. I have found that I had to educate myself, and then find doctors that were right for me. This means finding doctors who treated me as an unique person, not trying to fit me into their preconception of what a person should be. It also means finding doctors that will use tests as an aid, while not depending on them for everything. For anyone who is dealing with food allergies, I encourage you to educate yourself and make sure you understand what your doctor is doing. If you are unsure where to start, I recommend reading the article: Your Kid Truly Allergic? Tests Add to Food Confusion

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Instead of a list or resolutions, each New Year, I look over my diet, and try to “reset” my body. I guess you can call it my version of a cleansing diet. However, what I do is based on my allergies, how the last year has been for me, and how good I am during Christmas. This year, I will be removing gluten from my diet to test out a gluten-free/casein-free diet.

Several things have happened to lead up to this.

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Chicken and Rice, PlainThere was this one point in time, a pin point really, were someone who knew me would not have recognized me. I love cooking, have been doing it for all my life. I was probably 5 years old when I made my first complete meal for my family. Yet, at that moment, I was crying, curled up on my couch, because I could not answer a question I get allot. “What can you eat?” (more…)

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