Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#21 Jan 10, 2013
applecake wrote:
Hi Mary,
Thank you for the information. I bought some bread yesterday and had a sandwich and toast last night as well as a cheese roll during the day. Today I woke up and feel like I swallowed a basketball again. Totally stopped up. But I had risotto for dinner last night too. Anyway, nothing is moving.
Not really looking forward to two weeks of this to tell you the truth.
I'm not sure I'll go through with it all if it puts me at risk for constipation and another intestinal blockage. Those things are so miserable.
I'm on the fence now...
A.C. check out this site
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs...

Hope this helps

Larry

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#22 Jan 10, 2013
Betsy,

Goodness gracious! I would never tell you to shut up! lol Actually, I think you made the right decision to just pay it, though, because it would most likely cost you a lot more to fight it in tax court.

Speaking of the IRS, I'm very upset that the US Congress sat on their butts until New Year's Day before they finally passed a bill to extend most of the Bush tax cuts -- and make up their minds about tax increases and whom the increases will affect. The IRS had originally scheduled e-filing to begin on January 22nd, which was about five days later than normal. This week, they announced they will process no returns until January 30th, so I can't e-file any returns until that date. That means I'll have to tell lots of people they're gonna have to wait to file, and then I'll have to listen to their complaints, while keeping my mouth shut at the same time (so I won't tell them how I really feel about the present administration and Congress).

Yes, I remember posting in mid-December that I watched both seasons of Downton Abbey and really liked it. It's now on my growing list of TV series that I have to watch each year. Sure wish this forum had a thread called "General Chat, Movies & TV, With No Shitty Talk Allowed".
Betsy

Rüsselsheim, Germany

#23 Jan 12, 2013
Hey Deb, I'm sorry, I did not see this until just now (because I did not see you posted on the next page!)- I did not mean you would say in a mean way "shut up" (Germans probably would use the German while not being mean)- I probably meant it more like talking to myself, like telling myself to shut up and pay up (she gave me a kind of break in the way it will be billed, making it a kind of tax that I can make tax-deductible when I do my taxes next year, so she was not mean at all, that helped me understand other things better, too). Sorry I mis-phrased that, because you were so helpful with comments on my tax situation (and I am still going to make use of your email address some day, but that will have to do with American taxes). Sounds like the January 22 versus 30 thing will be a major p.i.t.b. for tax advisors. And I also did not notice you loved Downton Abbey - great stuff. Really great stuff. Am going to stock up on the CDs via Amazon, we don't have things like Netflix over here, and if you sign up for any of the video stuff on the internet it would sixteen years to watch the complete Downton Abbey series.----

Hey Larry, old Warrior, how's it going? I see you posting in other threads, then I forget to click the thread, glad to hear from you. I hope you are doing well! Great to hear from you. Happy New Year.

And Applecake, hope you are okay? When we don't hear from you I worry, I bet everyone else does. Hope there was not carb-backlash on the sandwiches. That is why I "recommended" the oat bran, because I thought it might be gentler on your system? At any rate, hope you are okay.

take care guys, have great weekends.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#24 Jan 12, 2013
Betsy,

I knew exactly how you meant it, and I was just kidding ("goodness gracious" is not a phrase I ever use, but I believe my grandma did). Thought you were funny!

I didn't mention that some tax returns will have to wait until late Feb or March before they can be efiled. One of those situations will be any tax returns with depreciation deductions, so that will be the real PITB for me, because I have a lot of clients who have small businesses or farms (with depreciation).

Here's the IRS news release about this for anyone who is interested:

http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-P...

Sorry to hear you don't have Netflix over there. I've been wondering about that and meant to ask you. I've also recently discovered (several months ago) that YouTube has a lot of movies and TV series available to watch. They can also be downloaded using the Free YouTube software that's available on the web, plus you can use another software to download music videos and convert them to MP3 files. Many of those movie uploads at YouTube eventually get deleted due to copyright infringements. Do you have access to YouTube?

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#25 Jan 12, 2013
The link below has the answer to how to get a flat stomach. I've pretty much known this for a long time, but it's not easy to give up your favorite foods. I wish I had more willpower to give up some of the foods I haven't given up yet (in the last year), mainly dressings and that once or twice a week favorite meal. It seems I'll never be able to lose the 10 lbs around my waist!

http://www.healthierpost.com/5-foods-to-never...

What's left if you give up these five foods?

Fruits, vegetables, green leafy plants, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water
Betsy

Rüsselsheim, Germany

#26 Jan 12, 2013
Hi Deb, yes, we have You Tube, but we can't get half the stuff on hit because Germany has some weird copyright law and closed certain stuff down (lots of music). Very restricted. The internet is funny that way - we cannot access US TV stations like ABC, NBC, etc. from over here, either - when it shows it is Germany, it closes down (not that way in France). Really too bad.---- AC, I clicked the link Larry provided and read all sorts of stuff, really recommendably. Sounds like solid info. I hope you are okay. Anne, too. See ya.---- 2946
Anne

Mississauga, Canada

#27 Jan 12, 2013
Deb from Mich wrote:
The link below has the answer to how to get a flat stomach. I've pretty much known this for a long time, but it's not easy to give up your favorite foods. I wish I had more willpower to give up some of the foods I haven't given up yet (in the last year), mainly dressings and that once or twice a week favorite meal. It seems I'll never be able to lose the 10 lbs around my waist!
http://www.healthierpost.com/5-foods-to-never...
What's left if you give up these five foods?
Fruits, vegetables, green leafy plants, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water
Checked out the 5 foods and lo and behold..I already don't eat or drink any of them. Since the diver, I have been afraid to eat them so I guess it helped in some ways..lol. They were all some of my favorites too! You are right Deb..what's left?? On your list I also don't eat green leafy plants, legumes, nuts or seeds so that leaves fruits, vegetables and water and for me chicken. How depressing is that!! It's amazing though what you will give up to be healthy and pain free. The flat stomach is just a bonus :-) Right now though I would love to dig into a burger and fries!!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#28 Jan 12, 2013
Hi all,

Thanks for asking after me, Betsy and thanks for the link, Larry. I called the GI clinic again and asked again about continuing to eat gluten before the labs and was told yet again not to worry about it; just eat whatever I want. I'm still a bit on the fence, but I think the most I'll continue to eat it will be for another week, if that. It makes me feel pretty awful and look worse. I get dark circles under my eyes.

Tonight I had roast chicken the Mark Bittman way:(Preheat cast iron skillet in 500 degree oven while oven heats up. Rub chicken with olive oil; 1 T salt and plenty of pepper while pan is heating. I put about 4 cloves of smashed garlic in the cavity along with some fresh thyme. This time I also rubbed the bird with herbs de provence. Once the chicken is prepped and oven has reached 500 degrees, remove pan and place chicken in pan, then return to 500 degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and roast for another 45 minutes at 350 or until breast measures 155-160 degrees. Let bird sit before serving). It came out great. When the bird isn't overcooked, the chicken makes better leftovers and better chicken salad.

Also had very well-cooked broccoli rabe and some roasted fennel. None of this gave me grief, but the fennel seems too fiberous for anyone having an attack. The well-cooked broccoli rabe wouldn't be good attack food either, I think, but mine was fairly mushy.

Hope everyone is eating well. I'm still craving those gluten-free peanut butter cookies and still haven't had them.
Betsy

Rüsselsheim, Germany

#29 Jan 13, 2013
Hi AC, glad you are feeling better, but sure am bewildered about that info you got from the clinic. I read that link Larry posted (and lots more on that site), and they are sure clear about celiac. You never know.-- I followed my own advice and made oat bran muffins and got such bad cramps from flatulence/bloating/wind that I almost fell off the sofa. The muffins had some sugar in them and dried fruit - somehow anything sugar-like, including honey, does that to me. Even the honey during my SCD phase, just that it was not so bad. Also it makes me itch. No fun. Otherwise my food has included raw fennel as vegetable and pears as fruit, both are divine, I think. And bread made of einkorn. Never knew that einkorn was an English word, too, but Larry's government site had that word. Greatest bread in the world. A company called Demeter makes it here, they are followers of Rudolf Steiner. Their bread is out of this world, and other stuff of theirs is too. No flat stomach in site for me with that attitude .....--- AC, why not have those gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cookies, did they give you the willies too?----

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#30 Jan 13, 2013
Betsy,

The main reason I haven't made those cookies is because I loaned my KitchenAid to a friend and I don't have a mixer now. I realize that's a little silly to think I need a KitchenAid to make cookies, but I'm fixated on that for some reason. The other reason is because sugar sort of scares me. Last night I was having a craving for something sweet so I made some almond/rice flour pancakes with some of that sugarless french jam on top. That worked. I don't understand why they're telling me it doesn't matter if I eat gluten. I really don't. Maybe they know something I don't. I guess if I test negative I'll never really know the answer about Celiac and feel assured that it's right or wrong. But I think I still need to be more careful about gluten because when I started eating it again, I could tell the difference right away -- in a bad way.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#31 Jan 13, 2013
Anne wrote:
<quoted text>
Checked out the 5 foods and lo and behold..I already don't eat or drink any of them. Since the diver, I have been afraid to eat them so I guess it helped in some ways..lol. They were all some of my favorites too! You are right Deb..what's left?? On your list I also don't eat green leafy plants, legumes, nuts or seeds so that leaves fruits, vegetables and water and for me chicken. How depressing is that!! It's amazing though what you will give up to be healthy and pain free. The flat stomach is just a bonus :-) Right now though I would love to dig into a burger and fries!!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
I know what you mean about the burger and fries (my favorite meal). I believe that's why I wasn't able to maintain the 16-lb weight loss I had from Jan to June last year -- because I gave in and ate a burger and fries almost once each week all year (or ate at a buffet some weeks). It's not easy to avoid all those "bad" foods.

I got so tired of romaine lettuce salads (with about 6 or 7 veggie/fruit toppings) that I can hardly eat them now. I have a feeling I'll get real tired of the cole slaw (with almonds) that I've been eating every day since early summer.

My hangup right now is those dang bean burritos (still eating one a day), and in the last few months, I've felt hungry most of the time. All I can do is try to remember how much healthier I've felt in the last year and continue on with raw foods and juices -- and keep trying to avoid those foods that caused my health problems. If I remember correctly, Anne, you were one of the few (if not the only one) who was receptive and agreeable to the fruit and vegetable diet (last year, when a few people disagreed with my diet change)-- and I appreciated your comments back then, too.

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Last night, I might have gotten hooked on watching Upstairs, Downstairs (the TV series from 1971-1975 that's similar to Downton Abbey). I'm on episode five and think it might turn out to be a 5 rating on Netflix. Watched four episodes while downloading over 60 movies from YouTube, after doing a search there for: eng subs, long (the comma and 'long' tells YouTube to only list videos that are over 20 minutes).
nat

Montréal, Canada

#32 Jan 13, 2013
Betsy wrote:
Hi AC, glad you are feeling better, but sure am bewildered about that info you got from the clinic. I read that link Larry posted (and lots more on that site), and they are sure clear about celiac. You never know.-- I followed my own advice and made oat bran muffins and got such bad cramps from flatulence/bloating/wind that I almost fell off the sofa. The muffins had some sugar in them and dried fruit - somehow anything sugar-like, including honey, does that to me. Even the honey during my SCD phase, just that it was not so bad. Also it makes me itch. No fun. Otherwise my food has included raw fennel as vegetable and pears as fruit, both are divine, I think. And bread made of einkorn. Never knew that einkorn was an English word, too, but Larry's government site had that word. Greatest bread in the world. A company called Demeter makes it here, they are followers of Rudolf Steiner. Their bread is out of this world, and other stuff of theirs is too. No flat stomach in site for me with that attitude .....--- AC, why not have those gluten-free chocolate peanut butter cookies, did they give you the willies too?----
Betsy, I laughed out loud..I cannot eat oatmeal, it also "blows me right off the sofa". If you like fennel, try this: thinly slice fennel, peel an orange with a knife to have just the flesh, absolutely no skin and slice thin, mix with oil, pepper and red wine vinegar (if allowed???). they go so well together!
Nat

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#33 Jan 13, 2013
Speaking of fennel, my green juice this last week has included fennel, and today, it tastes delicious. It's something I've put together and not from any recipe I found.

Here are the ingredients to make about 32 ounces o juice:

1/3 of a fennel
2 bok choy stalks
6 kale leaves
2 large Granny Smith apples
1/2 medium lemon
1/2 medium or small lime
1 inch ginger root
Mom

Leavenworth, KS

#34 Jan 13, 2013
Hi everyone. It's been a while since I have posted. This is a great thread. I had to have my gall bladder out in December because all the infections, surgeries and antibiotics did it in. ( my GI doc says that is fairly common in bad diver cases with complications) the end result of the combination of the resection and gall bladder removal is that I feel tons better but I get queasy easily and eating is a balancing act. I do not tolerate anything that is even a little bit greasy. Too many carbs aren't great either. So I look forward to lots of ideas on this thread.
Betsy

Rüsselsheim, Germany

#35 Jan 13, 2013
Hi Mom - would you believe I was thinking of you the other day and wondering how you were? Great to hear from you! Not so great about the gall bladder (but having it taken out is a huge relief to many, I am told). My German gastro doc told me the same thing about diver & gall bladders (apparently my gall bladder wall is thick indicating I've had attacked).How about potatoes? I will rummage around in my mind to see if I can remember anything (my whole family is stricken with gall bladder problems), and a piano teacher of mine was, too. I remember her saying she could not eat greasy things either, but could eat cold butter. Also, she chewed like a maniac, that helped immensely. I will try to remember things. I have gall bladder friends who eat everything after the surgery, one friend however eats mainly cooked things, and not seasoned a lot. So glad to hear from you.--- Nat, that salad sounds totally divine and I am making it tomorrow.(I can see you imagined me going off that sofa like a rocket, and you were not that far from wrong - as benign as it is, it sure is an awful feeling though, isn't it?)----- Hey AC, do you know what I honestly thought spontaneously when I read what you said about the CuisinArt and making cookies? I thought - what the heck is she loaning out a Cuisin Art to someone when she needs all the (cooking) support she can get while she is going through post-surgery and pre-celiac testing recovery! I hope that CuisinArt makes it back to you soon. Sounds tough what you are going through, and the fact that those almond flour pancakes sat so well with you is proof of your gluten sensitivity, as far as I can see. Because I am afraid I will not be able to eat almond flour EVER EVER AGAIN. The thought of it makes me shiver. And unfortunately flour tastes just delish. On that note, girls, off to TV land on the sofa (without the wind because I had corn muffins today and were they ever good) with Germany's favorite crime series "Tatort". Good one. Take care.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#36 Jan 13, 2013
My laugh of the day:

"and got such bad cramps from flatulence/bloating/wind that I almost fell off the sofa."

(But the laugh wasn't from your bad cramps...sorry you went through that.)
Anne

Mississauga, Canada

#37 Jan 13, 2013
Betsy...you are too funny! You certainly have a way with words. You can tell you are a writer. Speaking of fennel..I drink the tea to counteract the wind so if you are feeling like you are going to be blown off the sofa..try a cup of fennel tea..lol.

Mom..welcome back. Good to hear from you but sorry you had so many problems and had to have surgery. I know that queasy feeling as I get nauseous quite regularly but no one knows why so I can empathize with you on that as it makes eating a real challenge.

AC..I tried the peanut butter cookies from the SCD book and they turned out great. They were a bit different from the other recipe I tried and these were not dry at all. Totally gluten free too and only use a cup of almond flour. I will definitely make them again as they satisfied my sweet tooth.
Also tried to make some frozen yogurt today. I pureed some peaches and mango and mixed them into some of the thick greek yogurt I made and stuck it in the freezer. I'm not sure I am going to like the mango in it but will give it a try and next time maybe try a different fruit. At least it will feel like eating ice cream! Also, what type of milk do you make your yogurt from? I started with the homo and half and half cream but now think I need to cut out the fat so wondered if you have made it with Skim milk? I am down to 2% milk but haven't tried skim yet.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Getting ready for Downton Abbey tonight or maybe the Golden Globes. Will probably end up channel surfing as also have to watch Revenge! Take care all.

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#38 Jan 13, 2013
Hi Mom

I also had my Gallbladder removed Dec. 28th 2012 and they let me come home on Jan 1st 2013 so I spent 1 year in the VAMC hehehehehe (Just Kidding) they did mine open so it is going to take some time to heal Dr. says around 6 weeks but things in side are starting to feel better then they did before also I was asking for you and Glenda on the Recovery after colon resection form really nice to see you on here well Mom hope you are feeling a lot better and God Bless and may he help me give you the best Teddy Bear Hug ever

Larry

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#39 Jan 13, 2013
Hi everyone & Mom, too!

Gosh, I haven't heard that about the gall bladder before. My mom had gallstones and my brother has had gallstones. It's good to know that gall bladder issues can happen as a side effect from diver complications. At least I know it could be an issue...

Betsy - I have my Cuisinart (I use it all the time.) But I don't have my (formerly my Mom's) KitchenAid since I lent it out to my friend who used to like to bake a lot. But I've come across some gluten-free baking things that I'd like to try, so I'm going to ask for it back. Actually I asked for it back but I need to ask again. I've been watching "The Bridge" (Another Swedish/Danish crime series. This one is pretty dark.)

Ann-I use 2% milk in my yogurt. I made yogurt this week for the first time since surgery and I ate 12 oz during a class and immediately starting having really uncomfortable gas pain. Totally awkward. I kept shifting around in my seat. My eyes were probably bugging out of my head. I'm scared to try more. I don't know why it was so hard for me to digest. I ate some store bought greek yogurt and it went down fine. But this was fermented 24 hrs and all that....go figure. I just don't know.

Incidentally today after a workshop I took, I walked across the street to this really posh chocolate shop and bought a couple of chocolates and gobbled them down as I was driving home. Before I even got home my back starting hurting. It was weird. Maybe I shouldn't be connecting the two events, but it seemed to me to be a very fast inflammatory reaction. Just sayin'.
Mary

Lubbock, TX

#40 Jan 13, 2013
Mom - thanks for posting, I have been worried about you. I think you have had your quota of surgeries for a while now, huh?

Applecake, if you think people in the medical community are ignorant about diverticulitis, they look like geniuses compared to when they have to deal with celiac disease! When is your blood test? I would say if you are within a few days, it is safe to stop the gluten. When I accidentally get gluten now, I feel it for 10 to 15 days - not sure if that correlates to the antibodies being high, but it would make sense that it would.

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