On the Road in May

May The Road to Domestication

Less than 7 months until Christmas, y’all.

I’m sorry – I couldn’t resist.

Can you believe that today is JUNE 1?! (It’s also the beginning of hurricane season, which is a big deal for us in Florida. And since the painters literally finished painting the outside of our house on Friday, I’m not sure whether we’re totally smart – since everything is nicely sealed now – or totally gonna have an insurance claim on our hands – and have to pay for new paint all over again! I guess we’ll find out…)

Anyway…today is the day we find out the top five posts here on the blog for the month of May! Let’s see…

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My Celiac Story – Part 4: Recipes

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If you’ve been around the blog here for any amount of time, you know that I cook a LOT. Sometimes I cook “regular” food, and sometimes I cook gluten-free, and sometimes I turn regular food INTO gluten-free food! Here is a list of gluten-free recipes I have shared here on the blog:

I will update this page often, as I’m always experimenting with new things!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY MAIN CELIAC PAGE FOR ENCOURAGEMENT, RESOURCES AND RECIPES!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

My Celiac Story – Part 3: Resources

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Over the years, I’ve built quite a large collection of favorite links relating to Celiac Disease and the healthy lifestyle that goes with it. Here are some of my faves!

Are YOU showing signs of gluten intolerance? 

Check yourself! CLICK HERE!

General Information:

http://celiac.org/
http://www.celiaccentral.org/
http://www.csaceliacs.org/
http://americanceliac.org/
http://www.celiac.com/

Recipes:

http://glutenfreerecipebox.com/
https://simplygluten-free.com/
http://www.delightglutenfree.com/
http://glutenfreemom.com/
http://www.wheat-free.org/

Blogs:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/
http://elanaspantry.com/
http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/
http://glutendude.com/
http://glutenfreefun.blogspot.com/

Brands:

http://www.vansfoods.com/
http://udisglutenfree.com/
http://www.glutino.com/
http://enjoylifefoods.com/
http://www.pamelasproducts.com/

This page will continue to grow, for sure! If you would like to submit a website, recipe site, blog or brand site for inclusion here, please do so in the comments below, and I will add it!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY MAIN CELIAC PAGE FOR ENCOURAGEMENT, RESOURCES AND RECIPES!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

My Celiac Story – Part 2: Day-to-Day with Celiac Disease

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“It’s not so bad.”

That’s what I tell people now. NOW it really isn’t. Because I remember how awful I felt before knowing what was wrong with me, and how much better I felt after changing my lifestyle to accommodate this disease.

On a daily basis, these are the things that someone with Celiac Disease must keep in mind:

1. Stay away from sickness at all costs!

Because Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder, the common cold easily turns into bronchitis or pneumonia. The normal stomach bug can last for weeks at a time. And anything more than “the norm” could literally be deadly. Immune systems with Celiac’s must be treated very gingerly.

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My Celiac Story – Part I: What IS Celiac Disease?

Celiac’s Disease is a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten. (It is basically a severe allergy to wheat gluten.) It is a member of the autoimmune disorder family (which means that when your body realizes that something – such as a cold or a tummy bug – is attacking, your body attacks itself instead of attacking the bad germs). 

General symptoms of Celiac’s Disease include diarrhea, bloating, gas, swollen ankles, anemia, fatigue, Vitamin K deficiency and excessive bruising and bleeding. Sounds lovely, eh? And there are SO many more things that can be related to the disease – each person can react differently. And since Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder, persons with the disease are very susceptible to developing additional autoimmune disorders.

For me?

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This is my story. It’s a story that most people don’t know, and that has always been very difficult to recount, until just recently. There is so much pain (physical and emotional) associated with this story for me, but I see it like this: if I can help just one person by telling this story…then I’ve been able to take a step in the right direction. Hopefully, I’ll just keep on taking those steps!

I was 18 years old, and had just finished my first semester away at college. Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, to be exact. I was flat out exhausted from the exams I had just gone through, not to mention the tour I had been on with the Ladies of Lee Choir. I hadn’t been home since I left in August, and I was thrilled to be back for Christmas break!

But about halfway through my break, I realized that I should have felt at least a LITTLE more rested. And I didn’t. And I couldn’t chalk up the constant sick-to-my-stomach feeling to the cafeteria food anymore. I was home, eating mom’s cooking  and sleeping in my own bed – I should have been fine.

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