Two nights ago I made Vegetable pasta with tomato sauce and “meatballs” that are meatless of course. I was sooooo excited about finding these meatballs. The are veggie and meat free and tasted so good. I had read all the ingredient labels for everything I was purchasing, but I guess I hadn’t with the meatballs. For some reason, I thought that it said Vegan on the front as a lot of foods do these days. So at dinner as I was eating, I decided to read the package again and notice that it contain “milk and eggs”. Agh !!!! I was so disappointed. I have done so well at eliminating dairy, how did I miss this? I have to get better at my “on the spot, ultra fast grocery shopping label reading”. So, I decided not to eat the rest of the meatballs and just eat the veggie pasta (shaped like the alphabet, and so fun for Anson too) with the tomato sauce. Yum. For those of you that are Chef Boyarde fans, this meal reminded me of it, but so much more healthier !!
On another note, I had a Doctors appointment today, with a new Primary Care. I am so HAPPY that I switched Doctors. She is so much better than my last Doctor. Very thorough with her information and interested in her patients health. She has ordered new blood work for me with some new ideas in mind. Maybe something will show. Ironically she brought up a few issues that I have looked into. One, Celiac Disease. I was literally looking at the Celiac website an hour before I left for my appointment today. I had stumbled upon it by looking up information regarding Vegan dieting. Now, I have tried to avoid Gluten since all the new “Green” information has come out to the public. And really didn’t know much about Gluten Intolerance and such. Celiac Disease is a digestive disease that interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. There are little protrusions that line the wall of the intestines. Imagine tiny hairs, that are known as Villi. Normally they allow the nutrients from food to be absorbed into the intestinal walls into your bloodstream. Well, when a person is Gluten intolerant, the immune system responds by attacking the Villi leaving the body malnourished. The disease is triggered after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress. Wait !!! Did anyone catch that???? After pregnancy and childbirth ! If you remember, all my health issues started just after Anson turned one month old. Gee, we may be onto something here. Let’s check out the symptoms……
- unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
- bone or joint pain
- bone loss or osteoporosis
- depression or anxiety
- tingling numbness in the hands and feet
- missed menstrual periods
- infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- canker sores inside the mouth
- an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis
(information by National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
Of all of those symptoms I have experienced 6 of the 12, possibly 7. This is so crazy, how come no other doctor thought of this before? Since I have worked on a Gluten-free diet for sometime now, I have to wait a week before getting blood work done and during that time, I MUST eat Gluten….ick !! Otherwise my results could show a false negative !
This disease is Genetic !! So, if I do test positive for this and you are a member of my family, please talk to your doctor about this !! Even if you are NOT experiencing symptoms !!!!
Here is a link with more information……
The second significant topic that came up at my appointment today was about a mole the doc found on my leg. She is significantly concerned and I have an appt to return on Friday to have it removed and tested for Cancer. As horrifying as this may seem, I am not freaking out. Through my recent Vegan research, I have discovered that Cancer can in fact be reversed through diet and I strongly believe that. I am already experiencing a DRASTIC improvement in health and tomorrow marks one week since I have started. I am still not taking my Arthritis medication and my pain has been manageable. My emotional well-being is improving as well. I am no long irritated by every little thing. I am in good spirits and feeling much better already. I can’t wait to see what else this new lifestyle has to bring me !!!