My Cure, and Yours

This is a photo of crystalized honey.  Chemically speaking, honey is made up of a naturally-occuring sugar called fructose.  2012 marks the year that my digestive health did an about-face when I learned that, for me, fructose is evil. Last fall, on the advice of a doctor, I tried following a gluten-free diet.  And I got much, much worse.  I dropped nearly ten pounds in a month.  My stomach pains became more frequent and debilitating.  I developed an H Pylori infection.  Clearly, gluten was not the evil culprit. I noticed a pattern to my stomach pains.  Usually they happened in … Continue reading My Cure, and Yours

Lessons and Reflections

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned This Fall 10. Ask clients to remove their glasses. I secured my first major photo shoot — at Southfork Ranch, of all places — and learned all sorts of things about setting up soft boxes and staging a scene for portraits.  All went well — my husband and daughter attended with me and assisted in taking candid photographs. However, when I got home I realized that the birthday girl’s glasses had some sort of coating on them that reflected the soft box lights GREEN!  I stayed up past 2am editing out the alien eyes, and … Continue reading Lessons and Reflections

The Good, the Bad, and the Glutens

My gluten free experience has been far from typical.  Today marks Day 33 of this lifestyle, and these are things I have learned: 1. Farewell to the Drive Thru Queen.  I did not fully realize my addiction to the ease of fast food until I went gluten free and suddenly stopped eating it. I began planning to cook extra food at dinner so I would have leftovers for lunches. 2. Gluten is OmniPresent.  It really is in most products on supermarket shelves — except, of course, in fresh produce and meats, which quickly became my new cuisine. 3. Gluten Free … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Glutens

Give Us This Day Our Daily (gluten-free) Bread…

Today I almost heard the angels sing. Yesterday I started a two week experiment with a gluten-free diet.  The timing was not the greatest since I also traveled to deep East Texas in the middle of nowhere for a few days.  I figured I’d just endure a few days with no bread or cereals or sweets or anything else worth living for while I visited my parents.  This diet is particularly troublesome for me because I am a snacker.  I eat small amounts several times a day — yes, like a bird.  Who wants to snack on meat? :0) I … Continue reading Give Us This Day Our Daily (gluten-free) Bread…