1. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts
    March 14, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    JJ, thank you so much for this post and for linking to my 20+ Reasons to Get Tested printable tip sheet! I am really grateful for you doing that because if you had not, I likely would not have seen this post and “met” you, and that would have been a shame. I just shared it on my gfe Facebook page. We are all tired of celebrities and others who have the media’s attention spouting off on celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity when they have no expertise to justify doing so. I am glad that you are getting better from living gluten free and will continue to do so! If we could just get these idiots to be quiet. They do so much harm to gluten-free awareness in so many, many ways. Thank you again for speaking up!



    • JJ
      March 14, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

      It’s great to “meet” you also. Obviously I thought your tip sheet rocks! Thanks for linking back to me.


  2. Shannon Smith
    March 14, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    AMEN!!!!! Thank you for standing up for all the Gluten Intolerant people in this world!!!!


    • JJ
      March 14, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

      Thanks for your support and for visiting my blog!


  3. Beth
    March 14, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Those “gluten free is just a fad” or “gluten free is just for Celiacs” are more than welcome to take on the near-daily migraines and gastro-intestinal issues I had before removing gluten from my diet. I admire your restraint in not damaging your tv!


    • JJ
      March 14, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

      Lol! Yes, it took a lot of restraint! I’m glad you’re feeling better, too. I used to have a lot more headaches before I went gluten free. I’d only get a true migraine 1-2 times per year. But come to think of it, I haven’t had one since going GF about 17 months ago 🙂


  4. Heather M.
    March 14, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Thanks for this post. I so feel your pain….literally! I spent a couples weekend away with our best friends last year and didn’t eat much all weekend. By the last day, I was starving and ready to chop someone’s head off. On our way home, they chose to eat at a Japanese restaurant and my husband didn’t speak up for me. I was too damn tired and upset to say anything. The server promised my food would be GF. “Yeah, right” was what I wanted to say, but couldn’t. My soup was brought out, I didn’t want to eat it, everyone at the table “encouraged” me to eat it (since it was promised to be GF) and I finally gave in. I watched my food being prepared on the same grill as theirs, using the same utensils all the while knowing I was going to be sick. Sure enough, 20 minutes later my first symptoms began to appear. I just wanted to scream and cry at them to listen and try to understand more. I was so sick of all the teasing I’d received (not in a mean way from them, but hard for me.) I spent the rest of that day and the next in a gluten-induced “funk” all the while having to still be a mom to my 4 and pack for our family vacation. I also have problems with sleeping, fatigue, joint pain, body aches, brain fog, etc. I just wish all my symptoms would go away since I’m GF, but alas, it’s not meant to be.


    • JJ
      March 15, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

      Oh no! That is not a fun way to end the weekend!

      Travel can be tricky. Most of the time I lose weight when I’m on vacation, just because I’m not sure what is really safe to eat. And last year I went to a life purpose training seminar and lived for most of the week on fruit and salad with lemon juice squeezed on it. Like you, I was starving! I always pack snacks, but I hadn’t packed nearly enough on that trip.

      Sorry to hear that you still have some symptoms. It sounds like gluten-free eating helps a lot, but I hope you can get to the root of your issues and get back to health. It’s hard to parent when we feel like garbage …



  5. AmandaonMaui
    March 15, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Fantastic post. My ex has adrenal fatigue (undiagnosed…no doctor here would use the words), and not eating gluten really helped her out. Though, she still had to eat every two hours. Since she was also doing heavy farm labor each time she ate she had to eat a full meal. It grew so tiring on her. She grew to hate eating. I wish I could have helped more, but I did help her discover that gluten was only making her worse. Every time she ate a handful of goldfish crackers, or a big bunch of pasta or bread she’d just get more sluggish and have her mood drop. Hopefully, she is getting the help she needs in a bigger city with better doctors.

    Jillian Michaels obviously missed the mark with talking about celiac and gluten intolerance in this book. She didn’t do her research, that’s clear, and ended up making a blanket statement opinion. If she had done even a bare minimum of research she would have found plenty of material to cite about the existence of gluten intolerance. I’m not a huge fan of her’s, but she does make a good workout video. Except her yoga videos in which she bashes yoga the whole time, basically calling it hokey, only to call it her “practice” at the end of the video.


    • JJ
      March 15, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      Wow – I can’t imagine doing farm labor with adrenal fatigue! At my worst I was taking two naps every day, and any form of exercise or manual labor would send me back to bed. My doctor was telling me it was perimenopause. It took a naturopath to find out what was really happening.

      I just took a quick look at your website and can’t wait to read more of your posts. I was also a perfectionist — it’s what led me to life coaching, because I didn’t want to model that for my daughter. Life really is better when we let that go, isn’t it?

      Love and light to you and thanks for the support.


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