Check out this article at Psychology Today.com, “Gluten: The Secret Stalker“. It discusses the Emotional impact of Celiac Disease, an important issue for many of us.
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Posted by nepeht on November 7, 2009
Posted by nepeht on September 26, 2009
Way #43: Forgive that Depressing Depression to Find a Way toward Gluten-Free Simplicity
I have been doing really well with my gluten abstinence for the past couple of months. I have fought off several relapse temptations and some really cool and effective pro-activity has kept my belly pretty happy at the same time.
So….. why then am I soooooo depressed today?
Logically speaking: There have been a couple of things in my space for just the past few days that have been somewhat intimidating, ruthless and unforgiving of me for who I am.
Emotionally speaking:I whine because I figured that if I were Gluten-Free… like totally G-F>>>> then I would not have such troubles.
OK … So… wake up. Yes… being G-F is really super good for me. AND… there are likely to be occasional moments of depression, particularly when faced with certain super negative energies…. Sooooo I guess… I can make the Gluten go away…. But I cannot always make certain other things go away. Bummer?
Meanwhile… I can try to forgive my moments of depression for now. And I can dig my toe into the ground in order to push off and move on down the road again. And best of all… I can do so with the confidence that builds each time I go through such junkyards and still avoid a pity party which can lead to a Gluten-Relapse-Fest….
I forgive myself for feeling depressed this time.
Posted by nepeht on April 15, 2009
Go to: Some Days Half or Just Part
Posted by nepeht on March 5, 2009
Some Positive Affirmations
Over the years, I have found and shared many benefits of positive affirmations. I also like them with perhaps a slight accent of humor and even reality. I have often found that this sort of exercise can be really fun for friends, family and others who although they are just perfect, they might be feeling down today.
But first and foremost, I find them helpful for me…. because I deserve it!!!
Here are a few I can now share with you:
- Though I may be feeling fatigued and even seem lazy right now; I am a precious person of magnificent potential.
- I am a genuinely caring and considerate person even though my irritable moods have occasionally made me appear otherwise.
- My mind, body and reputation have all suffered the continuous assaults and pains of Celiac Disease, other related ailments, and the struggles of trying to go Gluten-Free. Nonetheless, I am a vibrant being with a nice body, a sound mind, and good character.
So, these are just a few positive affirmations that are good for me as I look in my mirror and sincerely convince myself of their validity.
I hope that if you try my affirmations, they can be good for you too. And if you have some affirmations to share, please feel free.
Posted by nepeht on January 28, 2009
Someone at Bob’s Red Mill is Going Gluten-Free for One Month! They wrote:
“Starting today, one of my cohorts (Chelsea) and I will take on a challenge to unwavering live life without gluten for four weeks.” The Mill Room Blog
I find this interesting. As a social worker,
I have witnessed such efforts over the years.
This is clearly on some levels, a wonderful thing to do. Surely, there can be great gains from such experiences.
On the other hand, it raises some questions. There might also arise some misconceptions.
I mean, according to this posting, the person who is going G-F for the next month is now perplexed because he now has to figure out what he can have for lunch today. In the meantime, I am getting really concerned about how I am going to have health insurance next year.
Check out the original posting at http://bobsredmill.blogspot.com/2009/01/gluten-free-like-me.html and tell me what you think. Yes, I know, one hates to seem critical. But take a look and tell me what you feel.
Again, I am grateful that someone is taking the time and energy to learn more about living Gluten-Free. At the same time, when considering the source, the circumstances and a lot of other factors, the questions for me become much more rich.
What do you think?
Posted by nepeht on December 27, 2008
XX Days now and no pizza. But then I ask, Why do I want that stuff so badly? It’s the cheese that I think of most. Then that sizzling pepperoni. I know… just like an addict. A Gluten Addict.
Food cravings have lots of alleged causes. According to one source, these can include shortages of various things from certain vitamins to even a shortage in friends or exercise. This article is very interesting in that it discusses cravings on several levels (i.e., physical, social, psychological, sensory etc…).
Perhaps it would be smart to try and better understand the connection between serotonin and Gluten-Sensitivity. What is serotonin? Serotonin is:
“Serotonin (pronounced [s to n n]) (5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter synthesized in serotonergic neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) and enterochromaffin cells in the gastrointestinal tract of animals including humans. Serotonin is also found in many mushrooms and plants, including fruits and vegetables.” From Dogpile Websource.
They go on to explain: “In the central nervous system, serotonin is believed to play an important role in the regulation of anger, aggression, body temperature, mood, sleep, vomiting, sexuality, and appetite. Low levels of serotonin may be associated with several disorders, namely increase in aggressive and angry behaviors, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and intense religious experiences.”
So perhaps I can hazard a guess here: People with Celiac Disease and Gluten-Sensitivity may experience diet-induced inconsistencies in their levels of Serotonin thus possibly effecting and/or exaggerating various symptoms of CD or Gluten-Sensitivity and this might also include cravings.
Wow!! That’s a head-full. It might not make any sense. But then again, perhaps it does. I just need to read more and perhaps I will be able to either confirm or dismantle this guess / hypothesis.
A WebMD author notes that there is particular sensitivity for those of us who are allergic to Gluten. Serotonin deficiency is discussed and accompanied with a list of recommendations which some of us are all too familiar:
- “Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid stimulants like caffeinated drinks, cigarettes, and amphetamines.
- Increase your exposure to bright light or sunlight to 1-2 hours a day.
- Get 60 minutes of moderate or moderately intense exercise every day.
- Make sure you get enough deep, restful sleep every night” from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/snack-attack-coping-with-cravings.
Naturally, some of these things are related to each other and problems with one might make another recommendation difficult. I would be dishonest if I said all of these things were a breeze for me.
If we look at cravings and snacking behaviors as being related as well as food addiction, then we can also possibly apply some of the information we find about food addiction and serotonin. For example, it seems that certain foods, like those with high carbohydrates can act like serotonin boosters in the blood stream and thus possibly influence the mood of the muncher. This blog goes on to state,
“The serotonin-boosting effects of carbohydrates may explain why addicts in recovery, as well as carbohydrate cravers and PMS sufferers, show a tendency to binge on sugar foods. Abstaining addicts apparently turned to the over consumption of carbohydrates as a means of attempting to redress the neurotransmitter imbalances at the heart of their disorder. Perhaps some addicts discover early in life that carbohydrate-rich foods are their drug of choice” http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com/2007/11/food-addiction.html.
According to GoAskAlice.Columbia.edu,
“Certain foods that increase serotonin levels aren’t the healthiest choices either. Believe it or not, candy and sweets, which are simple carbohydrates, have the greatest impact, but the effect will only last 1 – 2 hours. Complex carbohydrates (rice, potato, pasta) may increase serotonin levels, but not to the same extent because the protein content of these foods might actually inhibit serotonin production” http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0515.html.
It is not necessarily so that we are addicted to Gluten, or that I am craving that pizza dough. Moreso, I may be instead craving that mood altering feeling I get with a surge a sarotonin just after I binge-out on some heavy carbs after a good long while’s craving for it.
Perhaps this is why I recall hearing of some anti-depressents (aka Serotonin influencers) being prescribed for cravings of various types.
Way #32: Gracefully Accept the Shortcomings of Others Regarding Gluten Sensitivity and/or Celiac Disease on the Way to Gluten-Free Simplicity
Posted by nepeht on December 25, 2008
Way #32: Gracefully Accept the Shortcomings of Others Regarding Gluten Sensitivity and/or Celiac Disease on the Way to Gluten-Free Simplicity.
Going through life with any illness, much less one as unpopular as Gluten-Sensitivity or Celiac Disease can be difficult. One is bound to run into people who are either ignorant and mean no harm or are insensitive and mean no harm by the things they do (or do not do) and say regarding such maladies. Hopefully, one will only encounter very few who actually mean harm.
Unfortunately, with a disease such as Celiac or something else that includes Gluten-Sensitivity, people doing things that some consider “normal” can produce results that are simply unbearable. And this can come through 100% innocent intentions and effort.
Consider these examples of innocent, but unfortunate actions:
- The doctor prescribes a medication for you that contains gluten.
- A friend or family member surprises you with a wheat-filled birthday cake.
- The Boss orders pizza for the entire staff as a way of showing appreciation.
- A fast-food service person cannot figure out how one would possibly serve a hamburger without the bun.
- As guests at a friend’s house, the main dish and others are filled with gluten.
- Asking a bartender to give you a gluten-free beer, she/he laughs and poors freely regardless of gluten contents.
- An ultra religious person of the pre-enlightenment persuasion proclaims confidently that your Gluten-Allergy is God’s way of righting the wrongs you have done in your life but you thought would never be found out.
- The manager at your favorite store is either unable or unwilling to stock more Gluten-Free products.
- A well-meaning manufacturer of a Cross-Contaminated product takes considerable time to retool and the provide rice wihtout Gluten, but at a significantly higher price.
- A sibling proclaims that the Gluten allergy problem is a matter of choice for people who never grew up and are still choosy eaters.
- A stranger standing in line near you makes a seemingly disparaging and discriminatory remark about people with chronic health problems.
- A well-meaning friend outs you to others by telling them all about the Gluten-Issue.
- A progressive restaurant that everyone really loves has not even a clue of a Gluten-Free Menu.
- Your partner makes you a special Gluten-Free dish but unknowingly cross-contaminates it with Gluten.
- A busy cook in one of her/his moods at your favorite diner cannot do a special meal for you by simply leaving off Gluten-Containing items.
Any one of these situations could make a person with Gluten-Sensitivity frustrated. And I would be less than truthful if I said I had never (over)reacted to such. I cannot blame them for that.But in the long run from a larger perspective, it is clear that much of this type of behavior — while often harmful to self and/or others — comes from an innocent place.
Many of these things happen simply due to otherwise benevolent others simply NOT knowing.
In no way could I begin to agree with some of the false logic, the insensitivity, or the ignorance that underlies some of these items. But we are to some extent, a product of our environment . In many cases we can provide some information which might help enlighten them. In other cases, we have to just move on with Grace.