Sisters, Events & A Symptomatic Quest!

So, I’ve got a lot to catch up on!

1st of all, I have got to give a “shout-out” to Luna Bars! The other day, I was making my way home from Target, stopped at a light, and there was a homeless man with a sign that read, “Please Help- Hungry!” I just bought a PB Cookie flavor Luna (99 cents! I had to!) and know miserable it is to be hungry, so I rolled down my window and gave him the bar. I realize Luna’s are geared toward women, but this man had no idea! All he knew was he liked peanut butter and he was hungry! And, he was very appreciative, which was nice. So, thank you to Luna! I felt good about this deed.

Soo, Sister 2 is home from working volleyball camps, with a friend. She’s been talking about dying her hair dark for a while now. Also, getting a tattoo. My parents are supportive of doing what you want to do, but they can’t get past thinking a tattoo is, in any way, classy. I say, do what you want to do. She’s paying for it, both with her money, and her life-long decision with her body! One day, while I was away from the house, dog-sitting (and watched one of my favorite movies, Love Actually…even though it’s a Christmas-sy movie and it’s the end of July!), her and her friend scheduled an appointment at an Aveda salon. I get home, she gets home, and she’s DARK! We’re both naturally blonde, and she’s tried to go strawberry-blonde before, but that didn’t turn out so well (another ORANGE POP, in a different sense!). She did that by herself, with a dye-kit, so she wanted it professionally done. Fair enough. Here she is, still beautiful and dark-haired. Her scalp is even dark. It looked reddish-brownish-purplish, but I know it will die (dye!) down!
db hair

The lighting is okay on this, but she likes it, and I like it. So glad it’s off her mind. Seriously, she collected many, many magazine cutouts of colors she was debating with, which were all the same to me!

Here’s her beautiful friend and former volleyball teammate, giving Tucker some love:

higgi

The next day, while I’m at work, my uncle biked over to have lunch with me on my break! So nice! I used my discount, but he paid… fair?! Well, I get a text-message from Sister 2 saying, “Guess what?!” (what?) “I got a tattoo!” Niiiice. Here is her “Peace Dove“:
tattoo

It’s brown, if you can’t tell. Tattoo #1, and she gets it on her ribsow!

In other news, I’ve been having terrible stomach pains, so I’ve done a lot of research about it and paid attention to possible culprits, and you know, I’m not so excited about what I believe it is: Gluten Intolerance (aka Celiac Disease). I have many of the symptoms, which are:

  • weight loss
  • decreased appetite
  • bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, pale + foul-smelling stool
  • fatigue, weakness, lack of energy
  • bruise easily
  • vitamin/mineral deficiencies (vit. K) –> don’t know for sure about this one!
  • hypoglycemia –> I’ve sort of felt this way, but unsure
  • hair loss
  • lactose intolerance
  • tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
  • canker sores inside mouth
  • unexplained anemia –> don’t know
  • bone or joint pain
  • missed periods, infertility, miscarriages (well, I’m missing periods)
  • behavior changes, depression, irritability

(Sorry for TMI on some of these) It’s a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder and symptoms really vary! It’s kind of unknown how it starts, but it can happen anytime in one’s life and be triggered by things like stress, surgery, viral infection… Ah, very mysterious to me!

I’ve been eating a lot of just fruits, veggies, soy products, etc, but I have been feeling fatigued, so I added more grains to my diet. Remember when I made those Chickpea Cutlets that I raved about so much?! I used whole wheat flour and my appetite was shot, and my tummy hurt. Then, that night, I had whole wheat pasta and even my new Annie’s Woodstock dressing contains wheat! I felt myself “skimping” on solid calories and added more grains. 2 nights ago, I had some awesomely delicious Thai dumplings. Oh, I love Thai! Grains + whole wheat flour. Ouch.

 dumplings

Then, I looked at my day’s worth of food from yesterday and noted my intense stomach pains, and I contribute these guys to my discomfort:

-Breakfast: toast 

fruit and PB&J on some whole grain + oatmeal bread

-Lunch was out (with Sister 1), and I had a sandwich on whole wheat bread and coleslaw.

kb

-Dinner included some bean balls, which I made with whole wheat flour to bind them.

I was in dire pain for the rest of the night, and even when I woke up this morning. I wasn’t hungry, but by the time I was, I didn’t know what to make that would feel good to me. I’ve done a lot of reading and researching about gluten-free diets, and noted quinoa is okay. This morning, I went on a bike ride with my aunt and we got rained on, so afterward, I wanted something warm and comforting. I was hungry, but didn’t know what to eat!!! I’d picked up some soup the other day at work, after hearing a customer through my line rave about it, so I bought it. I went on the company’s website and it is, in fact gluten-free, but contained rice starch… rice is, indeed, gluten-free, but I’m learning. “Starch” is a word to look out for on labels. I know that foods are wheat-free if they’re gluten-free, but not always gluten-free if they say they’re wheat-free. Wow. I’m going to be holding around a list of “yes” and “no” foods/ingredients for a while until I feel comfortable. When I went into the meal, I was hungry, but my tummy was hurting. Afterward, my stomach pains disappeared! Magic! I had some Cashew-Carrot-Ginger soup over quinoa, topped with carrots, cashews and pumpkin spice (which has ginger + cinnamon!). Very good!
soup

Well, well. I have a lot of photos for you in this post, and a lot of news. If anyone has any tips or anything like that, regarding Celiac Disease, I’d love to hear about it! I’ll be doing some more research and hopefully I’ll see the doctor soon! Is there a test he can do to tell me whether or not I am, in fact, gluten intolerant? I’ve read to not get rid of gluten in my diet before I’m diagnosed, but how long can I go on in intestinal pain?! I’m going to stay positive about this, because I can hurt or help myself on this one, and I’ve got to get educated and in-tune with myself if I want to help!

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5 responses to “Sisters, Events & A Symptomatic Quest!

  1. That’s so wonderful that you purchased that Luna bar for that man – I commend you for your good will!!

    Great tattoo!!

    Aww, Tucker :0)

    If you’ve seen my blog lately, you’ll know already then that I just recently discovered that I have a gluten/wheat allergy. There is an official test, so be sure that your doctor orders one for you, to check. Hope you feel better soon!!!

  2. Sorry to hear about your new allergy. In fact, gluten intolerance is strangely common in the vegan community (or maybe I just hear about it a lot because I frequent so many vegan blogs), so you should find a lots of support and tips. I’m a vegan but not gluten-free, but my sister has Celiac PLUS is allergic to soy and dairy, yet we find many dishes to eat together. Good luck!

  3. What are bean balls?

    And that soup looks oh-so-tasty!
    So, starch = gluten? I am interested in learning about reducing the amount of gluten I consume, I’ve noticed when I eat less flour items, my stomach isn’t making murmur noises like it usually does… =)

  4. VeggieGirl- hm, I did read your blog, but somehow MISSED that you were gluten-free… please do cook some gluten-free goodies!

    Maureen- Thanks for the tip! That’s got to be hard to cook a vegan meal without soy or gluten, but manageable with, I assume, a lot of thought and planning! What are some of your favorite vegan gluten-free meals and tips?

    Sharon- Bean balls… I just sort of threw a bunch of stuff together: black beans, spinach, mushrooms, onion, Bragg’s and WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR (grr, gluten!). I mashed it all together, rolled them into balls, and cooked them up on the stove with some olive oil! Starch is a gluten, but so is wheat, rye, barley, and everything derived from those, and many times oats… *curses!*

  5. Leigh

    1. This is my first time reading your blog and you’re precious.
    2. Giving that LUNA bar to a homeless man was so nice. Seriously, I get posessive about my granola bars because they’re expensive. One time my friend Kevin came into my room and ate one of my Lara bars WITHOUT ASKING. Big mistake. I hit him and made him listen to me read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” aloud as his punishment. I’m such a good friend.

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