ua mama bear – Gluten Free – with PANDAS

Family Health and Happiness Beating PANDAS and Being Gluten-Free

DATE CHANGE for Sept Support Group!!! September 18, 2012

So sorry to change the date on such short notice but we need to reschedule the PANDAS support group meeting due to a scheduling conflict to next Thursday, Septemeber 27 at 7:00pm at Colin’s Coffee (3714 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43221)j

Topic is still about Gluten-free ideas, suggestions and dealing with reoccurring PANDAS symptoms and what are some ideas to help the child and the parents.




PANDAS Support Group – Sept. Meeting September 12, 2012

Hello! Hope everyone has had a smooth transition back to school! Our next PANDAS support group meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7pm at Colin’s Coffee (3714 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43221)

We will talk about recurring PANDAS symptoms and remedies that have helped, and gluten-free ideas – bring your favorite cookbooks, recipes, websites…to share!

Hope everyone can make it!


Better Eyesight August 10, 2012

In my last post I mentioned Dr. Rodney Ford’s new book: Gluten: Zero Global, and how our health has improved since going gluten free.  Well you are not going to believe this…my sons just went to the eye doctor and they no longer need to wear glasses!  My middle son has been wearing glasses all the time since he was five years old – for the past eight years – and they were no joke glasses – I could not see out of his prescription.

When the optometrist told me this I was elated and ran home and did research – some researchers believe that gluten can cause inflammation in the muscles and that includes even the muscles around your eyes – so if you remove the gluten, you decrease the inflammation and correcting your eyesight. Now this might not be the case for everyone if they go gluten free or it might take longer than it did for our children. But here is more proof that we don’t need gluten in our bodies or our diets.


Gluten: Zero Global Preview August 8, 2012

Dr. Rodney Ford is releasing a book Gluten: Zero Global here is a preview of  the book – you might need to register on Smashword – but it is worth it to see what he has to say about Gluten.  He feels, as I do also, that everyone should stop eating gluten – the Standard American Diet (SAD) – very funny acronym by the way, is making everyone sick, it is truly a sad way to eat. The majority of processed foods contain some form of gluten. People are becoming extremely overweight, diseases that were rare are increasing steadily, people are dying at younger ages, cancer rates are increasing…the list is endless, unfortunately.

I have proof with my family that gluten is evil. We did not think we had any issues and then when my middle son got sick with PANDAS and we found out he had a high level of gluten antibodies also in his system – we all became gluten-free. Since this we have discovered that my youngest has one of the genes that is known to cause Celiac.  My middle son has always been a great eater – eating tons of fruits and vegetables but we also have had bread in the house and according to the food pyramid – you should eat healthy grains and the more they pack into a loaf of bread the better!  We have now been gluten-free for five months and the drastic difference in all our health is unbelievable – Both my husband and I feel more energetic, happier, no bloated or upset stomachs, we have  lost weight. With the boys – they are more energetic, my middle son has a twinkle in his eye again, and my youngest has commented that his chest is not tight – he feels his asthma has gone away and we have not used an inhaler in the past 5 months. He has been battling with asthma since he was one! I truly believe these results are because we removed gluten from our diet!

I encourage everyone to read his book and go gluten-free for a healthier life and future!


Gluten Free – WOW! That must be hard! July 18, 2012

Filed under: Gluten-Free Information,Health — uamamabear @ 7:45 pm
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This is pretty much the comment I get from someone when I say we are gluten-free. Or the other comment I get is: “I could never do that” When it comes to the wellness of your child, I think anybody could – I hope they would.

Was it hard? Yes, at first it was hard to grasp the idea that we had to become a gluten-free house and what does that actually mean to be a gluten-free house? I knew that gluten meant wheat, then I learned that it was also barley and rye, sometimes maltodextrin, but not all the time! My husband and I read numerous websites and books about what is good and what is bad. Our son was even interested in learning what he needed to look for on the labels to make sure all foods were safe. Then talking to a friend I did not even think about the toaster we had been using for how many years laden with gluten and to read the labels body lotions, shampoo, body wash, sunscreen…gluten is everywhere!

As we began our gluten-free journey and we started reading labels at the grocery store, I was appalled at what actually is in some of our foods – I think everyone should take the time to read the labels of the foods you purchase, if you can not pronounce the words on the label, do you actually want that in your body? I do not! The other thing that helped me change and do it quickly was reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, he writes about the scientific reasons why gluten is bad, what is happening in your body and what type of problems it can cause.

The other thing that helped us transition our family over to a gluten-free household is the internet! When the boys want a certain type of treat they have been missing I just Google for Gluten-free or Paleo recipes. Just this week we had Paleo Banana Bread I found the recipe at PaleOMG, it was amazing Banana Bread and so easy with a food processor. This week we have been drinking smoothies for breakfast and are trying some of the smoothie recipes from Everyday Paleo. I think when people hear “gluten-free” they think what will they eat! We are doing just fine eating items that do not have a label that we have to read, majority of the time, we are eating natural – fruits, vegetables, meats, fish…

It does take some time to get over the initial shock that food is making your child sick and the frustration of why no one mentioned it sooner! It does take some time to adjust your house to become gluten-free, but to see my child feeling so much better, laughing, playing, joking around,  it was not a sacrifice to have gluten leave our house, it was an eye opening experience that gluten is bad and my thought is no one should be eating it!


Back from Vacation! July 9, 2012

Filed under: Gluten-Free Information — uamamabear @ 9:00 am

We had a great vacation traveling by car across the United States but it is nice to be back home – even though storms just came through last week and took out our power for a few days! We went through 16 different states, drove 6,125 miles and saw many great wonders of the United States such as: west part of the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, Redwood Groves, Pacific Ocean, Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mt. Rushmore, and the Badlands. As I had mentioned in a past post, I was apprehensive about going on vacation with my middle son, who has the gluten issues, because we would be eating out so much, but most lunch and breakfast times we prepared our own food. We made it through with only 3 cross-contamination episodes, while I would have liked to have had none I think on a 14 day trip we did fairly well, and we learned along the way. One thing we learned was, we need to ask for the manager if the server does not suggest it.

In my last post I mentioned the Find Me Gluten-Free app that was great and helped us on our journey,  I had also mentioned the restaurants that we had visited part way through our vacation that were amazing! The second part of our journey:  in Venice Beach, CA – Fresh Brothers – they have a gluten-free menu and their kitchen is a GREAT kitchen in accordance with a training program of the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness, their salad and pizza were amazing! In San Francisco we ate at PF Changs, the waitress was very knowledgeable and they have a gluten-free menu. Next we headed to West Yellowstone, MT – a very small, quaint town on the west entrance of Yellowstone. Our app showed nothing gluten-free available in West Yellowstone, but thankfully someone posted on TripAdvisor (another great app) that they had been to a local cafe that knew about Celiac and gluten-free options, this amazing place is called SmokeJumper Cafe the owner is also the chef and server! He made us gluten-free waffles for breakfast and we went back for dinner for his gluten-free fish and chips – they were exceptional!


Gluten-free App June 18, 2012

My biggest concern about going on vacation was making sure my son was going to be safely eating gluten-free while we travelled.  Thanks to an app my husband put on our phones we have been able to accomplish this. You can find this app on their website:   Every restaurant we have selected from this app has been amazing! The restaurants that we have eaten at so far that have been knowledgable and aware of the need to be gluten-free and have had great dishes so far: BJs Brewhouse-Colorado Springs,CO; City O’City-Denver, CO;  Hugo’s – West Hollywood, CA; The Interim Cafe-Santa Monica, CA; Newport Rib Company – Costa Mesa, CA

I will follow-up with other additional restaurants throughout our journey 🙂

Happy Dining!


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