My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Doctors and Diets and Goaties

Did well with diet yesterday. Didn't have any gluten at all. Snacked on pecans. By the time we got done with the doctor (more about that later), I was too wiped to cook so we stopped by McDonald's. I had salt-free medium fries, orange juice, and some of my split-peas with bacon from my crockpot. Not bad, right? Had a dark chocolate bar for a snack.

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Anyway, first things first. I e-mailed with a Nigerian Dwarf goat farmer in Conifer, just a bit west of Denver so not far away. She won't have the number of milking goats that I need by May but might have one. So I found 2 more breeders not too far away (Kiowa and Colorado Springs) and am in contact with them. Perhaps between the three of them, we can get 4 milking does and in the Fall, 1 non-related buck to breed with them. The first woman is even willing to show us how she raises them, what she feeds them, cares for them, and, most importantly, how to milk them!

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Some research I did on infertility showed me not only how gluten sensitivity effects hormones (more on that below) but that I should completely cut out all cow's milk products. Ah man! I'm a cow's milk addict! I find a gallon of milk half-off, a day or two before the expiration date, and it's all gone by the next day. I love swiss cheese, provolone, and cream cheese. I love greek yogurt (you know, the really thick almost-sour-cream-texture yogurt).

But no more. Sigh.

We went to Vitamin Cottage today, for several reasons. One was to get some flavored goat yogurt for when I get the craving. I also got a big container of plain goat yogurt to use as sour cream. I'm making tacos tonight. Yum... lots of onions, gluten-free salsa (Wal-Mart brand - great job, guys!), and lettuce. Ooops. Forgot the lettuce.

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Which reminds me, when Hubby gets home, we need to take a load of toys and craft materials to the local children's hospital. Maybe we'll get some lettuce on the way home.

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I'm all over the place today! Anyhoo... while I was doing more research last night on how gluten sensitivity effects hormones, well... OMG! Every source I found online supports that almost every one of my symptoms and possibly most of my disabilities, can be attributed in some way to my gluten sensitivity. I don't have gluten-intolerance (that is mostly the stomach problems associated with gluten-products: wheat, rye, barley and uncertified oats). So... I made the right move taking gluten back out of my diet. It turns out that for most people, gluten-intolerance creates a mal-absorption of nutrients and fat globules which causes the person to lose weight. In other people, those with gluten sensitivity, the mal-absorption of nutrients and fat globules causes the person to GAIN weight. Is my research right? Could this explain why, even when I eat healthy but with gluten, that I still pack on the weight? And why, when I delete gluten, I seem to drop the weight with barely any effort?

I'll keep you informed.

Meanwhile, I've planned out my diet to make sure I don't eat one grain more than others. For example:

Breakfast will be either certified gluten-free oats or granola made from them, puffed millet cereal with rice milk, goat yogurt or quiche.

Lunch will be homemade flax crackers (I'll post the recipe when I get a chance) with tuna salad, peanut butter, egg salad, hummus, or perhaps (especially in the Summer) salad, or organic non-hormone hot dogs with gluten-free purchased hot dog buns.

Here's the dinner schedule for the grains/starches, not just for me but for the whole family. Of course, the main dish will depend on what I feel like cooking, whether the picky-eater Kid will eat what I fix, and whether I'm cranky or not!

Monday: quinoa
Tuesday: potato (not a grain but still...)
Wednesday: corn
Thursday: rice (in the form of pasta)
Friday: amaranth
Saturday: leftovers!
Sunday: rice

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Now to the doctor part. My cough has gotten worse, not better, so I called my provider yesterday and was requested to come in immediately to make sure I don't have pneumonia. I had no temp, blood pressure was average, but pulse was high. A chest x-ray showed I have congestion which might be just bronchitis or could be pneumonia, so they put me on a couple of medications and sent me home. Unfortunately the two new medications kept me awake all night so I sat in the living room with my heavy robe on and read the first 324 pages of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" - love it! After Hubby got up, I packed his lunchbox and he left, I took a Nyquil (yes, at 6:45 a.m.!) and my morning dose of meds, and slept off and on for about 2 hours. By then, the elephants in the apartment above were up and disruptive, as usual, so I woke up the kid, and headed out. I hadn't moved my car since the last snow so I scraped it off, with the help of 2 passing garbagemen (thanks, guys!) and went to Vitamin Cottage.

I needed more gluten-free bread for the Kid, got that goat yogurt for me (and more for the Kid), some raw goat milk cheese for me (tacos tonight, remember?) and some detox tea. Hoping the tea will help push out the remnants of gluten quicker. We'll see.

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I also scheduled a gyn appointment for Jan 6 ... follow up about a lump I found near by left breast. Seems to be reduced byt needs to be checked out again. Plus I want a hormone workup.

Ok... time to get something for lunch. It's about 12:41. Kid hasn't eaten anything since his goat-yogurt breakfast either. Hubby just called (as always, during lunch). I'm gonna eat then take a nap. Or, at least, try. Have a great day, all.



Happy Hermit ( said...

I attempt to live gluten free , I have celiac , Malabsorption from long term damage done by the gluten , and a third hemoglobin synthesis problem. I am always on the edge of nutrient starvation , and believe me you can be very FAT and be starving to death. I have near died a few times from it before i knew.

Really Rose said...

I just received my copy of "Under the Dome" but told myself I couldn't start it until I finished working my way through King's stories in "Just After Sunset". After reading your post, now I can't wait to get started . . . I can finished those short stories just about anytime, right?

By the way, have you considered baking your own gluten free breads? Seems like they'd be lots less inexpensive. I bake my own breads using the "Artisan Bread in Five-Minutes a Day" and the "Healthy Bread in Five-Minutes a Day" books. They're delicious and cost mere fractions of what I was purchasing them for at the market. Don't know about their gluten contents though . . .

Vikki said...

Hermit: Yes, thank you. Most people, and most of the gluten-intolerance info doesn't give a clue about the "fat" part!

Rose: I never did get that nap, but I'm now on pg 460 of "Dome" and love it. HUGE book tho! Yes, I do make some of my own breads, especially crackers and pancakes, but can't seem to get the gluten-free bread to rise like I want it too. The Kid has so many allergies that once I found a local baker who eliminates soy and corn from many of the products, I just decided to stick with it. For now.

Thanks! Vikki

hickchick said...

Hi Vikki- I just 'found' you through Rose's site. I sounds like we are in similar spots! I am going to follow along and cheerlead if you want me to! Keep up the great work-it is hard to change a lifetime of habits...

Melonie said...

Hi Vikki! I just found your blog because someone came over to my blog from your blogroll link. Thanks for linking to my Wandering Quail Road blog!

I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog posts in your archives. A friend of mine works very hard to do GFCF for her son who is on the autism spectrum. I can only imagine how hard it can be to try to find products that will work for your needs and your kiddo's allergies. Good luck!

As you know I'm pretty "into" the self-sufficiency journey myself. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from your blog and I hope I can pass on something that is of use to your family as well.

Best wishes for 2010. I hope you're all in good health soon and that you have a year full of blessings and fulfilled dreams. :-)