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Starting a new job

Tomorrow I start a new job. Like any new situation, I know in time a discussion of food will come into play. I briefly dropped the C word (Celiac) during my interview but know for others, it isn’t an important thing to remember. I’ve been gluten free long enough to know how to appropriately maneuver around the office potluck (bring my own potluck dish to share) or how to handle the group lunch outings (take the lead on suggesting places to go and remind folks that it is a must I eat somewhere safe). But there will always be new people to educate on why I eat gluten free, why it’s not a fad for me, why I don’t lose weight eating gluten free (my body is healthy now and absorbs nutrients)  and biting my tongue when I get told “Oh I’d die if I couldn’t drink beer” or the ever popular favorite amongst Celiacs of “You can go and just get a salad, right?”

So tomorrow begins a new chapter for me of which I am really looking forward to. The company, people and culture all seem great. 

I’d love to know how you handle new situations and assessing your dietary needs. What do you do?

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Cricket Flour – gluten free and high in protein

But would you eat it? I’ve been hearing about cricket flour for almost a year now. I still can’t wrap my head around it as another option for us Celiacs and those living gluten free. Coffee flour – I have no qualms about trying that someday (just need to get some!). But flour made from insects? Surely I’m not the only one that gets the heebie jeebies thinking about it? Maybe if I didn’t know it was cricket flour I’d like it? There definitely are some barriers to get through.

Anyhow, this post was all stemmed from an article I read in Oregon Business. You can find the article here.

Has anyone tried cricket flour? Share your experiences, please!

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Rant: It’s not “Celiacs Disease”, it’s Celiac Disease

I don’t expect those living with Celiac (like myself) to know everything about the disease. I don’t expect those living with Celiac (like myself) to know everything about which genes play a critical role in the immune system. (I sure don’t and I admit it).

But if you live with Celiac, please, please, PLEASE stop calling it “Celiacs Disease”. Or saying, “I have Celiacs”. Because you don’t have either. You have Celiac. Or Celiac Disease. (And the word disease, I hate that is the official term as disease just conjures up bad images. But alas…I digress).  It does not help educate the public when you call it the wrong name. It does not help you become aware of how to live and take control of your diet.

Google “Celiacs Disease” and what comes up? Celiac Disease.

Sorry, it just irks me that those who post online about what is safe for them and other as “I have Celiacs” really does not help others if you don’t know the name of your disease.

Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

It’s all about education. So I can only hope I am educating others.

 

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Men who have Celiac can also have Osteoporosis or Osteopenia

I should know. When I was diagnosed with Celiac, I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was in my mid-30s and was never a person who drank a lot of milk or ate a lot of dairy growing up.

But here I was with a new autoimmune disease diagnosis AND a diagnosis of osteoporosis.

I realized then that it’s not just a woman’s health issue. Too often, you see and hear about women (and more mature women) having osteoporosis.

I came across an article recently in Webmd.Com magazine which talks about men having osteoporosis. I’m glad they’re bringing this information out so more men are aware of this potential risk. You can view the article in PDF form here -> Men and Osteoporosis

They diagnosed me by doing a bone density scan – something super easy,

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Easy peasy bone density scan!

painless and quick. Basically, I layed on a table, they had a scanner pass over me and back again and that’s it.

After a few years on calcium supplements and vitamin D pills, I’ve moved into the osteopenia stage and my bones are much stronger. That plus weight bearing exercise has helped. I still take a calcium supplement daily as I don’t love dairy.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about this potential risk. And just as important, be sure to spread the word to others about the risk of males with Celiac potentially having osteoporosis or osteopenia. It’s important to be checked for these diseases.