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Way #10: Being Alert to How Ones Culture Promotes Gluten Use Might Help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on October 20, 2008

10. Being Alert to How Ones Culture Promotes Gluten Use Might Help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  Does your culture promote the use of gluten?  If so, how?

My culture (Southeastern U.S.A., Umpteenth generation, of Scottish/Irish/English descent origin) promotes gluten in a big way.  For my people, what is a dinner table without bread?  And surely, cornbread is sometimes there, but they put wheat flour into that also.  Realizing this, then it is no wonder that when I turn down the bread on my plate, the person on the serving end commonly looks bewildered. 

Quoting from a related article:

“Celiac Disease tends to be most common among people of Irish, English, Scottish, Scandanavian, and Eastern European decent. However, gluten-sensitivities can affect us all.  http://denver.yourhub.com/Littleton/Stories/Health-Fitness/Diet/Story~390017.aspx.

If it were not for my culture’s recent fascination with carbohydrate related diets I might really appear to be an oddball.  Unfortunately though, the Atkins diet is NOT a gluten-free diet and was in no way developed for people with Celiac Sprue.  However, one can if need be fuse the two diets together when health conditions require such a venture.  See this link for related ideas: http://www.atkins.com/Home.aspx.

If I grew up in a Latina/o culture, I might have frequently had a choice between wheat or corn totillas with any meal.  In fact, with such a high prevalence of diabetes in Latin American cultures, corn totillas are becoming more and more common as they are thought to be healthier.  If I grew up in some Asian countries, rice would be my grain of choice.

But going back to the topic of this essay about how understanding how ones culture promotes gluten can facilitate gluten-free simplicity:  One of the most common feelings I have had in my decade with Celiac Sprue has been the frustration of being unable to readily find edible foods.  And one of the most horrible ways to complicate such a life has been to form undue resentments and anger about related situations. 

I was finally starting to feel a welcome release from these painful emotions at the moment that I began to accept and even appreciate and value that eating wheat is a really big part of my culture as well as it is in some other cultures.  And that while it would be perfectly fine to advocate for menu mutations for the sake of those who have gluten intolerance; one could hardly expect that the common menus in such cultures would already be changed accordingly.

Sure, cultures can be changed.  And influencing my culture to change its diet to include less gluten would probably be a good thing.  But such change is very slow and that is ok.

Meanwhile, we have a choice: (1) We can resent the various evolution/devolution – related bounties of our culture; or (2) We can nudge a little at a time until our G-F needs become part of the mainstream http://www.slashfood.com/2008/09/20/gluten-free-is-going-mainstream.

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Gluten Intolerance by Any Other Name

Posted by nepeht on October 19, 2008

Gluten Intolerance is also known as:

  • Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy,
  • Nontropical Sprue,
  • Celiac Disease,
  • Celiac Sprue

Gluten Intolerance is also found sometimes in people diagnosed with:

  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Yeast / Candida Infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Hepatitis
  • Depression
  • Lymphoma
  • Schizophrenia

Information about this and other helpful information can be found at: http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C341265.html

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Forgiving Might Help one Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on October 15, 2008

6. Humility, Forgiveness, and Grace Might Help one Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  On my journey toward Gluten-Free Simplicity I have frequently hesitated — if not downright sabotaged myself — during periods while recovering from a gluten relapse.  I have blamed myself, my family, anonymous waiters, waitresses, snack-food manufacturers …  you name it.

  It helps me though to remember that long before my Celiac Sprue diagnosis, I had already learned that ultimately, I am responsible for what I do to me whether it is good or bad AND whether it is knowingly or unknowingly.

  It is no secret that when a person relapses (i.e., engages in a behavior harmful to her/his self) anger can follow.  On blogs, people with Celiac Sprue have written about angry reactions to gluten intake also (see: http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34917).  There is apparently also some research about how gluten intake for some people can promote release of a certain hormone or neurotransmitter that leads to brain stimulation related to anger.  These are all possible physical effects of ingesting gluten.

  But what about the possibility of anger related to the person who has relapsed and their psychosocial makeup?  I know that I often feel guilty about relapse.

  My proposal for this “way to attain G-F Simplicity” is that forgiveness for the self as well as anyone else involved might help one more readily move beyond the anger and closer to a level of acceptance where getting back onto the Gluten-Free Wagon might be easier.

  I am talking about a self-proclaimed state of grace.  By “grace” I mean that one has the humility to accept ones own responsibility as well as the forgiveness to accept that of others, and finally the wholesome acceptance that no human is perfect.  There are many ideas about the word “grace”.  Just look at this one link: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grace.  My proposition is that grace regarding harm to self probably helps everyone involved.  Especially when the harmful act is already done.  Why make it worse with a bunch of anger, guilt and shame? 

  I like Grace better.  But admittedly, it is not always easy.

  Try it anyway.

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Doctor-to-patient: “Here’s what’s up!”

Posted by nepeht on October 8, 2008

“You have Celiac Sprue.”  stated my doctor of many years in whom I had great confidence.

This was about 8 years ago.

I had already survived decades of pretty severe Crohn’s disease and now he says my life is gonna change.  Fear engulfed me.

Looking for the light at the other end.

Looking for the light at the other end. (c.2007, wtb)

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Celiac Disease by Any Other Name

Posted by nepeht on July 26, 2008

Celiac Sprue is also known as Celiac sprue, Gluten-sensitive enteropathy, or Nontropical sprue. 

For more information, follow the links to the right.

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