Thank You for stopping by and Welcome to My Vegan Gluten-Free Life

     I come from German heritage. I grew up eating breakfasts with hash brown potatoes topped with sour cream or home made bread, toasted, smeared with real butter then topped with sour cream! Home made pastries like Kuchen…apricots or prunes spread on top of sweet dough with a sour cream, sugar & egg mixture poured on top and baked til just set were a weekly favorite. Our dinners included entrees covered with rich cream sauces, (oh I loved those cheese buttons baked in sour cream) vegetables covered with butter, bread (served at every meal) topped with butter and what ever else we wanted which was usually home made jam. Dinner always ended with some sort of homemade cookies, pie or cake topped with ice cream.

Time took its toll…and I began having belly pains and worse.   I had switched to vegetarian fare for many many years prior but that still included all the dairy I loved.  My Vegan journey began after many visits to the ER with belly pains finding pre cancerous polyps.   WHY VEGAN you ask? Dairy had really done a number on my GI system and I had to remove dairy.   But oh how hard it was for me!

I am a medical professional and should know better!  That’s what I would tell myself every time I fell off the wagon.    I had gone on Dr McDougall’s Vegan Adventures to learn more about vegan cooking and living.   I had taken Vegan Cooking Classes at Bob’s Red Mill in Oregon and taken personal Vegan cooking classes from Heather Leno, author of Vital Vittles.   I had taken CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) classes from Dr Hans Diehl and even teach them here in Alaska.       I had sat in on lectures from Dr Neal Barnard who heads the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Most recently, I took a 10 day Intensive VEGAN cooking class with chef (Blossoming Lotus) and author Mark Reinfeld, the coauthor of The 30-Minute Vegan, The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw, and Vegan Fusion World Cuisine.   So I should have known better than to fall off the wagon.   Each time I fell off the wagon I’d have more pain and felt yucky in general.   But  I fell off less often and now I rarely do.

In January of 2012, I continued having abdominal pains and overall fatigue that no one could seem to get a handle on so I thought I’d see a Naturopathic Doctor.  She did many tests and one confirmed Gluten Intolerance!    Gluten Intolerant…almost to the point of adrenal fatigue!  I was told I must eliminate gluten/wheat from my diet now!   That was a shock!  All the physicians I had seen never even mentioned the possibility of a gluten problem.

I forgot to mention that my Vit D levels were low….10 when first checked 8 years ago and with daily supplement of 5,000 D3 and every few months mega doses it had only come up to 22..over 8 years.    After only 1 month of being off gluten my Vit D levels had climbed to 42!!   I was told it was because my gut was FINALLY beginning to absorb nutrients correctly.     Blood tests came back negative for Crohn’s Disease but other food testing showed continued evidence of Gluten Intolerance and Dairy Product Intolerance.

My energy levels have increased and I have no abdominal pains unless I eat something with gluten!   So I am basically starting over learning how to cook!

I welcome you to come along on my vegan gluten-free  journey and share anything that has helped you!   I’d also love to have you leave comments and I will reply as quickly as I can.

To HEALTH!  Colleen