Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I Needed Those for That

So it turns out that hands are pretty darn important for blogging. I'm sure there is adaptive equipment available to circumnavigate needing my hands/wrists/arms to type, but you guys will just have to do without me until I recover. 

Brief shout-out to Dr. Kathleen!

I wish you Love, Peace, and Treats while I'm away!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ease the Pain of Being Glutened

I just saw this post about ways to minimize the misery if you get glutened and thought I'd pass it along: Five Things You Can Do To Reduce Gluten Side Effects.

I am fond of this article for 2 reasons: (1) They use the word 'glutened,' which I've been using for ages because apparently 'poisoned' sounds overly dramatic to non-glutards, and (2) There are some simple, practical tips. Stick to a mild diet and drink lots of water/electrolyte beverages to help flush out the toxins. 

I hope you don't get glutened (but you probably will at some point if you don't always prep your own food), and that these tips ease the suffering if you do.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One Identity to Rule Them All

Today's post is brought to you by my lunch break. Usually I just work through my lunch, but today inspiration hit right as I was about to microwave my leftovers. 

Body Image Warrior Week, which coincided with National Eating Disorders Awareness week and emphasized learning to love your body and your whole self, sparked some recent ruminations about my identity. I don't normally think a lot about who I am. Normally, I'm too busy to worry about such things. Alternatively, I could take a more zen approach and say that I am so engrossed in the flow of my life that I just 'be.' It isn't a bad, I think I just take for granted that I am me. 

But I started thinking about my identity. If you ask me to describe myself, I'd probably tell you that I am a tall glutard (...actually, I'm Dr. Tall Glutard!). I currently live somewhere where I am taller than the typical local ladies, hence the tall. However, more saliently to myself, I am someone who is gluten-intolerant. This identity is often primed because (1) I have to feed myself (duh) and (2) so much of my social interaction revolves around food (snacks at meetings, dinner with friends). This sets me apart from most people I know and gives me an instant bond with others with my food sensitivity. It is the identity that comes up most often when I am interacting with the world. 

However, I realized that my glutard identity has overwhelmed my other identities. I don't think of myself as smart of funny or pretty or a hard worker or a novice painter and photographer or anything else.* Instead, my identity revolves around this one arbitrary biological fact about me. While there's nothing wrong with that, I realized that if I want people to enjoy the whole of me, I need to start attending to and presenting the rest of me as well. 

I'm not sure that this makes sense yet. I am, after all, cramming a deep philosophical blog post into a 25-min break. But what I am trying to say is that it is easy to get wrapped up in one identity to the exclusion of others. Be it gluten intolerance, a perceived flaw, a perceived strength, or anything else. Identity is complex and multifaceted, and often can interact with health in many ways. I think it is important, especially when your primary identity is something that is easily primed, to take time to nurture and share your other identities, too. Be the multidimensional person you are and don't let one thing define you to yourself or to others. I'm not just a glutard, after all. I'm Dr. Girlfriend Glutenless Goddess. :P

*I'm all of those things, and then some. And I am kick-ass at all of them, too. In short, I rule. But you already know that because you read my blog. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Gluten-Free Cupcakes Win the War!

Kyra Bussanich's gluten-free Closer-themed cupcakes won first place on Food Network's Cupcake Wars! I don't know who she is, what the Closer is, or anything about any Food Network show, but this Celiac.com article says so, so I'm gonna go ahead and believe it.  

This is obviously great new for Kyra, since her bakery, Crave, gets some press and a wad of cash. This is also great news for the great people who make The Closer possible, since they get tasty cop-themed cupcakes. But this is great news for me and everyone else adhering to the gluten-free diet, too, since her cupcakes beat out traditional glutenous cupcakes in the competition. Now people can't just assume that I've lost my ability to distinguish between better and lesser foods because I haven't had gluten in years -- judges from the Food Network also agree that g-free options can be awesome.  

Congrats, Kyra!