Archive for April, 2010

Fire Bowl Cafe has Gluten Free Items

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

I decided to be daring today and try something new.

Now Fire Bowl Cafe is nowhere new to me but the dish I tried is. I tried their gluten free Ginger White Wine sauce with their Spring Veggie Mix on Flat Rice Chow Fun noodles (that’s a mouthfull, no pun intended).

The guy at the counter was nice enough to let me try the sauce before I decided whether to purchase it which I thought was cool.

The meal was very good and I am happy to have found another place and dish that I can add to my menu :-) .

Eating Gluten Free at Chik-fil-A

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

Today I tried eating gluten free at Chik-fil-A for the first time. I can sum it up in one word – Yum! After a week of nothing but Chipotle, Freebirds, and Chili’s Chik-fil-A was a welcome relief.

This is what I had:

  • Chargrilled Chicken Club – no bun, lettuce, or tomato with cheese and bacon (no lettuce/tomato is personal preference)
  • Waffle Fries
  • Ice Tea
  • Sauces – Ranch, BBQ, and Buffalo

My Gluten Free Meal at Chik-fil-A

The chicken, cheese, and bacon combination was so good together that I didn’t even use the sauce for it. I did use the sauce for the fires though. The chicken was nice and tender and much more flavorful then the chicken breast in the Margarita Chicken at Chili’s.

The thing that I really like about here other then the chicken is the fact that the sauces are gluten free. There are so many places out there who’s sauces aren’t and it is really a bummer.

I have found a new regular spot to eat :-) . They have definitely been added to My Menu.

Also, here is a link to the gluten free section of their website – Chik-fil-A Gluten Free.

My First Post on The Gluten Free Journey Website

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

So here I am making my first post on a website that I never thought that I would create – I website about eating gluten free. I have never been the type of person that would put any real emphasis on what I ate. That all changed the day that I was told that I have celiac disease.

Celiac disease, if you don’t know, is an autoimmune disorder that basically tells your body to attack and kill parts of your small intestine because you ate some wheat (which contains the gluten protein). It is not curable but it is treatable. The treatment is to not eat anything that contains gluten for the rest of your life. Now that sounds pretty dramatic but in some ways it is.

So what has gluten in it?

Gluten is in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale.

So what types of things have gluten in them?

Pretty much all breads, cakes, crackers, and cereals. Wheat itself or its byproducts are also used in a lot of sauces and as a binding agent in medications (pills) and whatnot. It is pretty much everywhere.

When treating celiac disease with a gluten free diet the idea is not to eat any gluten whatsoever. Some people say that after your intestines heal that you can eat some but that does not work for everyone. We will see if that works for me someday.

The idea behind this website is so that I can share my experience in trying to live the gluten free life. At the time of writing this I have been on the gluten free diet for a little over a week and it has been hard. I am still in the discovery mode of trying to figure out what I can eat. I know it will get easier as time goes on (I keep telling myself that) but at the moment it is not too fun.

This is going to be an interesting journey. I am only 34 years old and have many years of gluten free-ness to go. We will see how it works out .

If you want to know more about me and what got me to the point of being gluten free you can head over to my About page and read some more.

If you are just starting out in the gluten free diet and are starving you can check out My Menu for a place to grab a quick bite to eat.

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Bing’s Top 100 Songs by Year iPhone App

April 21st, 2010 Comments off

I just stumbled upon a fairly new app by Microsoft under their Bing label.

What you do is select the year that you want to listen to and the app serves up the top 100 songs according to Billboard that year. It plays them in a Pandora type shuffle to where you can only skip to the next song. You can click a button and see all the songs from that year but you cannot select a specific song to play.

The other downside to the app is that it puts up an ad for the main Bing iPhone app every 3 or so songs where you have to manually click next to continue with the music. I downloaded the app that they were advertising but the ads still come up.

They are advertising that this app is going to be $1.99 but is free right now. I would hope that they would remove the ads in you actually pay for the app. I guess we will just need to see.

Currently I am groovin’ like it’s 1993. Hip Hop Hooray! Ho. Hay. Ho.

Here’s a link to the app in the iTunes App Store – Top 100s by Year by Bing

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Restoring iPhoto from a Time Machine Backup

April 20th, 2010 Comments off
I am doing my first even restore from a Time Machine backup. The reason for the restore is that I messed up my MacBook iPhoto library trying to merge it with the one from my Mac Mini. I was using iPhoto Library Manager and instead of it following my instructions of “Do Not Duplicate” it [...]
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More Changes – Ciliac Disease and a Gluten Free Diet

April 19th, 2010 Comments off

As mentioned in my post on Friday it has been confirmed that I have celiac disease. The weird part about celiac disease is that it is more of an allergy then anything else. I guess they may call it a disease because there is no cure for it. There is a treatment though and that is a gluten free diet.

When I was at my appointment with my GI doctor on Friday I asked him if my esophageal cancer could have been related to my celiac disease. At the time he said no. But, later that afternoon he called me to say that he could be wrong. After I had left my appointment he was so perplexed about my case that he started doing research. In his research he found a study in Europe that did link Celiac disease to possible esophageal cancer.

Needless to say that motivated me to look into this gluten free diet a little more.

My First Day as Gluten Free

My first day of my gluten free world was the next day – Saturday. It started out terrible.

I went downstairs to eat breakfast and realized that I could not have any of the 5 different types of cereal when had in the house since they all had wheat in them. I proceeded to cook (let’s say try) some hash browns and sausage – they were terrible because I am not the best cook.

From there we were out all day doing things with the kids. The only things I found during the day that I could eat was some popcorn and Cool Ranch Doritos. By 5pm I was hungry and hating life. This gluten free thing sucked!

I decided that there had to be food out there somewhere for me to eat so I turned to Google. A few short searches later and a visit to some of my favorite restaurant’s websites my sanity was restored. Chili’s, Pei Wei, Chipotle, and Freebirds all had gluten free menus. I opted for Chili’s and gorged my self with a strawberry lemonade and their Margarita Chicken (without the tortilla strips). The best thing about this is that I usually got the Margarita Chicken at Chili’s anyway.

After I ate I went to the grocery store and spent some time reading labels and ended up with: Read more...

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My Visit with My New GI Doctor

April 16th, 2010 Comments off

I just got done with my visit with my new GI doctor. I felt that the visit went really well.

This is what he said about:

Cancer Stuff

  • He is perplexed how someone my age could get the cancer that I got. At first he thought I was 43 and was blown away even more when I said I was 34.
  • He really doesn’t know if it was GERD that caused it or not.
  • He said cancer can spring up anywhere anytime in anyone.
  • It is normal to assume that GERD is a precureser to cancer but maybe not in my case.
  • He thought it was a bold move not to do surgery.
  • Her agreed that surgery was major and that I would permanent side effects from it.
  • Other then the two points above about surgery we didn’t talk too much about it.

GERD Medication

  • He thought it was really weird that I had the side effects from Prilosec and the other medications in that class.
  • I asked if I should be taking the current medication I am taking and he said sure but he does not know if it will help.
  • He is not even sure that I need to take anything but try it and we will see the results
  • I told him about what DR Godel said about the current medication and my body getting used to it where it would be ineffective. He said that does happen some times but we would have to see in my case.

Ciliac Disease

  • Yep, I have silent Ciliac (not latent like I thought)
  • Should I go on a Gluten Free Diet? Yes, it would be a good idea.
  • He said it is a good idea because you generally do not want parts of your body to be irritated on a regular basis the way that my upper bowl is.
  • Could I not go a Gluten Free diet? Yes, but there are the risks associated with that. He too said that while cancer in the bowl is a risk that he has never seen it before.
  • I asked him about how strict you have to be – in another words if I accidentally have something with Gluten is it going to set me back to square one – He said no – the gluten irritation would be in proportion to the amount of gluten I have – it is not an all or nothing thing. If I wanted to have something with Gluten here and there that would be OK.
  • He said that he would like to see me go on the Gluten free diet to so we can see what a healthy upper bowl looks like at my next EDG.

Another EDG

  • He thought having one in August was a good idea and every 6 months from there in out
  • I asked if he thought we should have on sooner. He said no. There are no symptoms or any reason to warrant that.

My Take

I like the doctor. Honestly I am not sure if he told me anything different but he did communicate it differently. He said that he could NOT put me in a box and say “this” happened because of “that”. I really liked that because I felt my previous doctor was putting me in that box. He did not have answers for me which in a weird way comforted me. To me that means that he is really looking at all my stuff and seeing that it really does not add up like it does for most people.

I told him about my dry throat and what the ENT doctor said – treatment related. He said that when a person has cancer and then treatment that the natural DR response to anything after the treatment is that it is “Cancer or Treatment” related. He said that he couldn’t do that in my case because everything else was so weird in my case (cancer at my age, no GERD, my recovery, etc). He said my case is so unique that we just have to see what works for me and what doesn’t.

I feel better about going Gluten free after talking with him. I am interested now about seeing how things look at the next EDG in August. Starting now I will stay away from bread products and when I get the chance I will try to look at so books about Gluten free. For whatever reason it does not seem as hard now as before. I think that may be in part because you do not have to be so strict. If you happen to have some Gluten then it is not the end of the world.

I will take the acid reflux medication I have now everyday.

From here I think I just need to do what I know is right – take my medication, eat at regular times, try the best I can to Gluten free, and don’t get stressed out. In August I will get the EDG and the PET and see where we are at. My prayer and expectation is that things look even better then compared to my last tests. If anything comes up between now I will go to the doctor if it is necessary.

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I’m Leaving Mozy for Jungle Disk

April 15th, 2010 Comments off
I have finally come to my wits end with Mozy. This time it was me logging into my account and seeing that my Mac Mini only had 80GB backed up as opposed to the 500GB it was supposed to. After some digging it seemed that it wasn’t backing up my external hard drive – again. [...]
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