Giveaway: Cooking with Fibromyalgia | the gluten free chef

Giveaway: Cooking with Fibromyalgia | the gluten free chef.

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Brother’s Dying Wish Turns Into Family Business | My Family Business – Yahoo! Finance

Brother’s Dying Wish Turns Into Family Business | My Family Business – Yahoo! Finance.

This story made me think how even in tragedy one can find joy…after death comes birth, rebirth and life, at the end of every storm is rainbow…#if you believe you will achieve

#isn’t it funny how life works

just finished meeting the most amazing group of people and now I am part of the group..today began as one of those days…(see my morning post here) but has ended with me feeling aglow with inspiration and my spirits lifted…I don’t get out of the house much anymore..and when I do it is rarely to socialize, but mainly to take care of necessary errands that I can’t put off any longer or appointments that leave me no choice but to drive…unfortunately, I am home bound the majority of the time….however, this journey of mine never ceases to amaze me…life works in strange ways sometimes and each experience informs and shapes the next…sometimes putting you right where you need to be…when you need to be there…we don’t always know why things happen the way they do…but sometimes it is prudent to just go with the flow.. tonight I became part of Nashville Celiacs, a chapter of the Celiac Spruce Association or CSA…

The Celiac Spruce Association provides support and information to those dealing with celiac disease and gluten intolerance…like Fibromyalgia, this chronic illness is insidious and often goes undiagnosed…once a person tests positive their world can seemingly be turned upside down overnight….sometimes an individual’s blood work never presents a positive diagnosis, yet they find their symptoms disappear on a gluten free diet….just like fibromyalgia, our group aims to provide a safe haven as well as a guide to navigating this strange wheat and grain free world….our chapter is home to some amazing people who I look forward to bonding with….I have to send specific shout outs to Anne, Cheryl, and Shannon for welcoming me with open arms…I now have a safe haven and place to have a meal, be comfortable, and not be worried about contamination…tonight was the best feeling I have had all year….as it turns out, Shannon happens to run a wonderful blog called Enjoying Gluten Free Life…and I look forward to following and learning from a fellow blogger….be sure to check her blog out…hoping for less pain and fatigue tomorrow…thankful to have left the house today…and praying for everyone who feels alone or who for whatever reason is alone, despondent, or unable to move at all…with God’s love you will survive….have a good night…and #stay triumphant

anyway, I am now part of Nashville Celiacs

#on my Ipod: Insomnia

so, I thought of this new feature during my long plane ride back to Nashville (read more on that here). So, I will begin to post about songs that I listen to and for whatever reason really move my soul, speak to me, and help me cope with my pain..music like writing and reading, is my release and my therapy….and more often than not, it is a song that touches emotions I never realized still existed and hadn’t become deadened by constant inflammation….I am an all music genre lover….rather than the genre, it is the feeling, the movement, the lyric, melody, key, or passion that make me take to a song regardless of the genre…I have been in a R&B kinda mood for months now and the song on this first #on my Ipod feature is called Insomnia by the artist Sammie… you can read more about Sammie here ….he gained notoriety in the early 2000’s…but took time off to finish school, live life, and find his voice…he was MIA for a minute and is back on his musical journey and grind releasing a superb free mixtape….his song Insomnia really speaks for it self for me in terms of my battle with sleep and being up all night, unable to fall asleep…his emotion, passion, and self penned lyrics literally had me up all night replaying the song repeatedly, because I just could not believe another soul experiences what I experience…the song puts the experience of insomnia and sleeplessness to words and music in a way I could never do justice to….catch up with Sammie and download his free mixtape…you won’t be disappointed (and if you were wondering…I was in no way paid to endorse this artist or song)…#happy listening

#physician insensitivity

click the word video to be taken to the video…for some reason WP won’t let me embed video from HLN.

I found this video over at Elana’s Pantry in her post about leaky gut, celiac disease and the ignorance and insensitivity that doctors have regarding the disease. I cringed upon watching this video as Jennifer’s televised experience mirrors that of many I myself and others have on a  daily basis when talking to their specialists about invisible illnesses…often doctors are insensitive, disrespectful, condescending, mean spirited, and just plain rude…this is not ok? televised interviews like this held by Dr. Drew only add to the perpetuation of misinformation and ignorance that most people have against those battling with such illnesses…doctors like Dr. Drew need to do a better job at  getting educated and having compassion, especially those with the visibility and platform that he has…doctors do not know everything and it is ok to admit that…what is not OK,  is to degrade and minimize the experience of a patient because you lack knowledge..that is called discrimination ….where can I sign up to start a petition to complain about this interview?…

#hunger in Nashville

The holiday season is a time of hope and giving. For many people throughout Middle and West Tennessee, this time of year finds them in dire need of food—many for the first time in their lives. the gluten free chef is proud to announce our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank this winter to help raise 10 million meals for hungry people in our community. As the Food Bank and their Partner Agencies face unprecedented demand for food assistance, they need your support now more than ever. You can help.

Click here to learn how to donate while saving 50% on select baked goods!

Donation bins will be located at 1242 Ardee Ave, Nashville 37216

Most needed items include: canned vegetables, soups, stews and fruit, canned meats (tuna and chicken), peanut butter, cereal and pasta.

You can also make an online donation at secondharvestmidtn.org. Every $1 donated provides 4 meals to hungry children, families and seniors.

Furthermore, 96 cents of every dollar goes directly to feeding hungry people when you make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.