Hello everyone! my name is Sacha and this is my blog for everyone who has to cope with debilitating diseases. As a young child I suffered from debilitating and chronic auto immune disorders – mainly Infantile Batten disease. When I became an adult I discovered I also was gluten intolerant, which meant that I had celiac disease as well. If you have ever been diagnosed with an illness you know how difficult your life can become, especially if you are very young like I was. I had to cope with many dietary and lifestyle changes at a young age and this has inspired me to pursue a career in the health field so that I can help others cope with their conditions and live a better life.

In this blog i mainly write about my day to day life and the treatments i have used to help my celiac disease and diabetes. I am a strong supporter of alternative medicine and yoga because these have helped me a great deal with my conditions over the years. I also practice a mostly raw, gluten free diet. I still eat a little cooked meat every now and then. I feel that with the right diet and choosing to consume only wholesome and organic foods that almost any disease can be cured. Due to my strict diet and regular supplementation I have greatly reduced the amount of flare ups that occur from my Celiac/Batten disease.

Since this is my first post, I thought I would give a brief explanation of what celiac disease is and its causes and symptoms. Basically, celiac disease is a auto immune disease where the tissue of the small intestine is attacked by the body. This causes the intestinal villi to shorten, which results in reduced or no nutrient digestion. Ceilaic disease occurs in a small number for people with certain genetic predispositions. It is caused by gluten, which is a grain protein found mostly in wheat, barley, and rye. The are very few early warning signs, however the major symptoms can include: constant and chronic fatique, anemia, chronic constipation, and inflammation of the intestinal tract, which can be quite painful. These symptoms are mostly due to the fact that when your small intestine is damaged it is much harder for the body to breakdown nutrients and vitamins. If you become deficient is certain vitamins this can lead to even further complications. Many celiac disease sufferers often come down with osteoporosis and hyperthyroidism due to malabsorption of vitamin D.

Unfortunately there is no known treatment fro celiac disease except for abstaining from gluten consumption. This means avoid all wheat/barley/rye products and sometimes even other grains as well. If you believe you may be gluten intolerant there are several tests that can be done to determine if you do in fact have celiac disease. The least invasive test is a quick blood test. A blood test will show abnormal antibody activity if your small intestine is inflamed or fighting an infection. The doctor will be able to tell you if you have this condition but only if you are not on a grain free diet already. So if you are planning on getting tested it would be wise to wait until after the test to start your gluten free lifestyle.

I have discovered that i can eat -some- grains, but this may not be the case for everyone. There has been very little research in this area but it is generally considered that less than 10 mg a day of gluten is tolerable and will not cause complications. If you are extremely sensitive than it is better to avoid all gluten completely. There are many gluten free products available in stores today but although they say gluten free most still contain trace amounts of gluten. Its is better to cook all your meals yourself  to prevent flare ups. If you are someone who doesn’t like to cook than you best bet is to avoid all wheat products completely to be one the safe side.

I do enjoy cooking and have come across many delicious gluten free recipes over the years. Here are a few easy recipes that anyone can make:

Stuffed Zuchini

8 medium zucchinis
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper
3 tomatoes
1 tsp parsley
1 glove garlic
red leaf lettuce
4-6 tbsp dressing

Start by baking the zucchini on very low heat until about halfway cooked. Slice both ends of them lengthwise and remove the seeds from the interior. Add in some dressing and chopped onions. You can put this to the side to marinate and start on preparing the stuffing. Chop the pepper, tomatoes, and parsley and mix it together with the crushed garlic. Mix this in with the chopped zucchini from earlier. Add to the hollowed out zucchini and serve on red leaf lettuce.

Fruit Salad

3 red apples
lemon juice
1 medium cabbage
1 large carrot
2 bell peppers
2 sticks of celery
1 red onion
cottage cheese

Chop apples and remove cores. Pour lemon juice over apple bits and leave to the side for 10 minutes. Mince cabbage to a fine shred. Grate/peel carrot. Slice red pepper into thin slices and do the same with the celery. Ensure cottage cheese is room temperature and add to large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Garnish with the watercress.

Apple Fennel Soup

1 lb potatoes
2 bulbs of fennel
2 leeks
2 granny smith apples
1 tsp sugar
1 green apple

Ensure potatoes are peeled and finely diced. Chop fennel, dice the leeks, and core/slice the apples into fine bits. Place into large pot and cover just slightly with water. Bring water to boil, turn down and simmer until ingredients are well cooked. Place in blender and add chopped apples to the mix. Can be served hot or cold.

So there you have it. I hope this post was somewhat informative and useful. Next time I hope to write about more diet choices and maybe even some home remedies! Thanks for reading!