Mommy, why does my Tummy Hurt?

It was the winter of 2008, when I started noticing that my younger daughter was just not herself after she ate her daily protein shake. She also was very irritable and had a terrible time going to sleep AND she suffered from terrible rashes and itching on her arms, legs, back and torso, to the point where she would make herself bleed. I was able to get some lab tests done through a certified laboratory on the Internet at EnteroLab is a registered and fully accredited clinical laboratory specializing in the analysis of intestinal specimens for food sensitivities (reactions by the immune system to common proteins in the diet) that cause a variety of symptoms and diseases. We had her tested for gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and yeast products. She tested ‘highly sensitive’ to both gluten and soy and was fine for the other three items. I was shocked when the results came back! How could my little girl be allergic to the one food group she lives on….BREAD!!! Well, three and half years later and we have all survived…not only my younger daughter’s prognosis but my older daughter’s and mine! Wow! I wish I had known about what to look for to determine gluten sensitivity. I had been plagued with stomach pain my whole life, sometimes even landing me in the hospital or undergoing agonizing lab tests to figure out the problem. Furthermore, it turns out that my youngest would often suffer from tummy aches herself but she just thought they were ‘normal.’ However, some patients, like my older daughter remain asymptomatic for years, which explains the fact that, as I said earlier, only 3% of the population of celiacs are diagnosed. Here is a list of symptoms from The G Free Diet: A Gluten Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck that I would highly recommend purchasing if you are interested in a Gluten Free Lifestyle. Although the presence of any of these symptoms could have multiple implications, it is easy enough to check out with your doctor.

*Abdominal pain and discomfort
*Anemia and Vitamin K deficiencies
*Constipation or Diarrhea
*Delayed puberty
*Loss of menstrual periods
*Reproductive problems, including infertility or multiple miscarriages
*Discolored teeth or loss of dental enamel
*Distension or Gas
*Excessive weight loss or weight gain
*Muscle cramps or fatigue
*Headaches or Migraines
*Joint or bone pain
*Skin rashes and itchiness
*Sores inside the mouth
*Stunted growth in children
*Tingling or numbness in leg
Before Gluten Free (BGF) we only ate pancakes from a box. I then discovered that there were not any pancakes or waffles ‘in a box’ that our family could eat, so I was desperate to find one that could please the picky pallets in my house. This one is a hit, not only with my family, but with anyone who finds themselves at our house for breakfast.

Gluten Free Pancakes
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
2/3 cup brown rice flour
2 T buttermilk powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 T honey
2 T grapeseed oil
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup warm water
1 egg

Wisk together dry ingredients.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
Pour 4 inch circles of batter onto a heated griddle that has been sprayed with olive oil.
Or pour ¼ cup batter into a waffle iron.
Cook until golden brown.
Makes about 20 pancakes or 6 ½ round waffles.

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