Monthly Archives: May 2008

Stupid Sunscreen

The pool opened today. We got there the minute it was open. We applied the sunscreen we have used for YEARS to the child and turned her loose to swim to her hearts content.

Then my lip went numb. What? I realised that I was having a reaction. To what? I haven’t eaten anything!!!! So I went to watch my kid and think about what was happening.. was it my imagination that my lower lip was numb. And at that moment the lightbulb went on.

I was watching her, resting my chin on my hand. The same hand that had just smeared all the sunscreen. Hmmm. Hand. Lip. Sunscreen? maybe that was it since I haven’t had it out since last summer… maybe I was just reacting to the fragrance or something.

Went to wash my hands really well. Twice.

Then I read the ingredients listed on the back of the SPF 50.  Yep. Soy. Vitamin E big as life listed right there. Along with some other disturbing things, like “aluminum starch” ….ewwwwwwwwwwww

We need a new sunscreen. Or we swim in the dark all summer.



Oats are out!

Oh. my. goodness. No. Not ever.

I can’t eat oats ever again… or wheat apparently… or whatever else it is on “the” list.

Yikes. “Challenge wheat for 7 days” says the doctor for the upcoming test on Monday. My first reaction was”are you crazy? it makes me sick!” then I thought about it.. sure, okay fine… screw up my intestines one more time for old times sakes… let them find all the stupid damage they want to find and *poof*, I’ll be a certified celiac. Gimmeeeeeee a break. I already know all gluten makes me feel totally out of whack – so lets prove it on a test. fine. whatever.

I tried to sneak some gluten into my day at home and actually… there isn’t any here. I have cleaned out the cupboards so well that we only had a loaf of wheat bread. Not noodles, not cookies, not anything recognizable as “test wheat”. So I went out.

Yes. so I went out for a gluten laden lunch yesterday. Ate the whole extra large sandwich. Immediately felt unwell.

Scarfed down a handful of those yummy new Cheetos crackers. Wow are they good with all their yummy MSG, dairy, wheaty goodness. Actually, I can’t believe I used to eat this stuff.

As I TRIED to fall asleep last night, I could feel the burning -actually painful- intestines churning away at the garbage that I had eaten. ::::sigh:::: yeah, I need a test to tell me this is bad for me.

 And then, to further punish myself….I had oatmeal for breakfast- and I felt like I needed to throw up.  (Note: UPDATE: the “gluten free” oats also made me violently ill when attempted in July. At least I tried the alternative oats too. :::::::::sigh::::::: good thing WF is nice about returns!)

Really disturbing couple of days actually. I finally ate some vegetables this afternoon to chase out the other gluten laced things. I hope I feel better tonight.

Bleah. I hope they find a billion flattened villi on Monday. My luck, though, it will be “questionable results”.

I don’t think I can stand the excitement.

Stupid, stupid wheat

Yeah, so like the Keebler elves trying to kill me wasn’t enough. Oh no. I totally caved in and tried some of the new Cheetoes crackers. The list of ingredients is longer than my arm and completely includes things I can’t have. Wheat, soy, dairy, MSG, everythingelse.

Why, then, am I so surprised by a nasty reaction this morning? I am just in denial. This stuff is toxic, and I can’t eat it. I just wish there was an alternative food. Cheetos are not probably even an actual food product, maybe they are an entire food group all by themselves. Doesn’t matter. I just have to think “POISON” when I see them. Drat.


Stupid Wheat

Why are the Keebler Elves trying to kill me?

I go for months not caring (really) whether I ate any crackers or not… but open a fresh box of salted garlic and herb crackers near me? and, well, I ate one. ONE! for pete’s sakes, and you’d think by the amount of itching that I am going through now that I had eaten the whole box.

Stupid wheat allergy. Tolerence levels have definately changed. Or maybe it’s just that I know the reason for the itching now.

Whatever. I am sick of it.

Cross contamination of my kitchen has to stop. At this point, because I don’t know what else to do about it really, I make “my food” and package it away in the freezer- whole batches of food all sorted out into 1/2 cup containers. Then if they want tacos,  I know that the tortillas aren’t mixed up in dusting my dinner with flour for that night. The trouble now comes from that I am doing the cooking of their wheat laced foods, and I think I am reacting to that sometimes too.


Pancake Heaven

Okay, it’s true, I have always been a pancake fan. From way back, pancakes for dinner are my favorite thing. I’ll even eat them for breakfast. Really!

It’s been a year of gluten free trial and error to find a pancake that was close to the bisquick standard of old and, a) delicious and b) fluffy.

Finally this morning I found the right balance of no gluten, no egg pancakes. Mostly corn free- just the xanthum gum is based on corn. I have searched every grocery store within 50 miles for guar gum… no one sells it. I give up. Xanthum gum is my one corn item in my kitchen, I’ll just have to limit how I use it)

We ate them with actual real maple syrup and they were good. The remainder of the batch went into the freezer for future breakfasts… probably lunches too.

Pancakes worth mentioning:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C sunflower oil
  • 1/4 C unflavored gelatin + water = “egg”
  • 1 1/2 C rice flour
  • 1 C potato starch
  • 1/2 C tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthum gum (this is actually a source of corn, but until I ever find a substitute it has to stay in all my baking)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free, corn free)
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C GF rice milk
  • 1 C coconut milk

Mix. Fry. Eat. Simple. It’s possible that chilling the batter will help it be the fluffy batter that is desirable. Next time I will probably add more coconut milk and thin it out just a bit for crepes.