Holiday Cheer(?) with Waffle



A waffle iron that makes toaster-waffle size waffles would be brilliant.

Celiac kitchen cleanse require ditch waffle maker. Then, in complicated exchange w. Dualit toaster aficionado, acquire brand new waffle maker. Old waffle maker = thick (Belgian?) type. New waffle maker = regular type. Old waffle maker, waffles too thick fit in toaster w/o fraying. Waffles in new waffle maker = a hit! Plan freeze extra, enable Bigfoot behave like normal morning-time American person w. cheap convenience food.

Toaster Waffles

1c almond flour + pinch salt + 1 tsp. baking powder + 2T melted coconut oil + 2 eggs + 1/4c water. Blend. Cook on hot waffle iron as directed. Makes 2 normal (non-Belgian) waffles. We call this 0g CHO, because we don’t count fiber g’s as carbs.

T1 celiac questions Bigfoot currently Googling around:

1. If a T1 person has celiac disease, are they in a new category of likelihood to have lots of the other autoimmune things? If someone has multiple autoimmune diseases, are they a shoe-in for the rarer ones like alopecia and MS as well? What if you are ten and already have four autoimmune things?

2. Seems like since giving up gluten, I am crazy sensitive to everything. Maybe the irritation of gluten was keeping my digestive tube’s mucus lining thick and luscious, and now–without the irritant–it is disappearing, leaving me with mouth sores after drinking Keurig pod coffee and a swollen tongue after eating artificially smoked cheese? I think I am being painted into a corner.

3. Saw a few things about celiac T1 kids usually not presenting digestive symptoms before diagnosis. What’s that about? Why would celiac be different in a T1 person? Non-T1 celiac kids usually present with bodacious diarrhea or vomiting. I read. T1 kids usually present with low mood or not growing. Why? What is going in in there?

4. And I’ve been reading about idiosyncratic behaviors (in our case, wearing only a very specific brand/length of sock) disappearing once the celiac person is on a GF diet (novelty knee socks made of artificial fibers, featuring a pattern of roasted turkeys worn on Thanksgiving, like it was NBD). Why? Is it like…the child was just so uncomfortable before in their guts that they felt sort of anxious in general and that made them only want to wear one kind of sock (or whatever idiosyncratic thing)? Or is it a more subtle, behind-the-scenes, neurotransmitter-ish, gluten brain-warp thing?

Crazy delicious.

Crazy delicious.

Happy December!

Holiday season = generous relatives send giant Harry and David gift set. Delicious pears plus million weird junk foods + cheddar cheese brick.

Children decipher labels. Jack/Joe squirrel all gluten-yes foods into school bags. Happy see go—relief not deal with. Celiac = blessing for PWD food gift recipient. Simplifies.

IMG_8316Only crazy H&D food stay home: Moose Munch. Experience this delicacy? Moose Munch ostensibly popcorn, but swathed w. chocolate/caramel, but not gooey caramel–more like cracker jack (shellac) but more thickly coated. 30g CHO 1/2 cup. (Pretty sure plain popcorn = mere 3g CHO per 1/2c.) (Bigfoot know = Grinch! But wow, sugar.) 7 servings/Harry & David’s gift bag. Merry merry: divide into 14 dime bags, label 15g.

Not sure point, except: that is such sugary popcorn! I should definitely not eat it. Or: look at me! I’m hard to shop for!



  1. Emily Barnett · December 1, 2013

    1. I think if you’re in a category of having multiple AI diseases, that you are more likely to have more. C has three. All diagnosed in the last four years. We didn’t have his thyroid test done this year, couldn’t risk telling him there’s another issue yet.

    2. can’t help.

    3. C had issues with digestion, growth and mood for a long time before being diagnosed with anything. I first started taking him to the doctor for these issues at 16 months (2 months after he stopped nursing) and he wasn’t diagnosed with diabetes until he was 10. His endo suspected celiac disease at his second visit with her. I’m certain it was there all along and *I believe* it was the stress to his system that pushed him into getting diabetes. Since then, ZERO symptoms if he ingests gluten. Makes it tough to convince him why he needs to remain gluten free…

    4. Weird, had no idea it was related, but C has been pretty adamant about the same socks since he was like 4… Hanes, ankle length. That hasn’t gone away with the diet in our case though.

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    • Anonymous · December 1, 2013

      Lately my vibe is… if we never had wheat, we’d never have stepped into any of this. It seems like that’s where the experts are headed. Not just the celebrity diet book experts–the quiet Harvard ones too.


  2. Mary Margaret · December 1, 2013

    Hi, welcome back from your epic Thanksgiving trip. I hope it was great.

    I saw a great Ven diagram showing the clusters of autoimmune diseases. T1 and psoriasis were in the center of the two circles. Celiac and thyroid were on the right. Can’t remember what else. Lupus, RA, scleroderma were among the diseases on the left. It was the best illustration, but now I can’t find it. Here is a study you may not have found:
    Cotsapa, et al., pervasive sharing of genetic effects in autoimmune disease, PLOSGenetics, August 2011.

    One of my major gluten symptoms is to become a complete witch. My world focuses on what I feel MUST BE DONE NOW (even if I know normally it isn’t a big deal). And anything that is in my way is a huge irritant. Even to the point of a purse strap that won’t stay up. Maybe an explanation on the socks?

    Final comment, our endo had some theory that T1 kids who have positive blood tests are more likely to be negative in the biopsy. So I have heard odd comparisons with the two diseases before. All I know is, celiac presents 100 different ways depending on what nutrient you aren’t getting. And the drs are carching many more atypical presentations with ncreased awareness. I don’t think it’s T1 vs not T 1.

    Sorry for typos!


    • Katy · December 1, 2013

      The complete witch you describe sounds just like me, all of the time pretty much! Maybe I do have celiac…

      You always have such good and interesting information. I love Venn diagrams. I’m going to hunt that thing down.


      • Mary Margaret · December 4, 2013

        Thanks for the compliment!

        Here is the study re silent presentation of celiac in T1.

        If you find the diagram let me know, I would love to look at it again!

        I am partial to box and whisker plots myself.


      • Katy · December 7, 2013



  3. Robin Jingjit · December 2, 2013

    I can attest to the general malaise beforehand making you picky/particular. I don’t know why though, it’s just true. I was also a bad whiner, and I became much more pleasant when I went gf.

    Here’s a weird thing- When I went off gluten I was immediately shocked by two things- plucking my eyebrows was suddenly slightly painful (beforehand I had never sensed anything) and the second thing was when I sat with my feet (soles) touching either I was oddly aware of the feeling of the other foot on the soles of my feet, which I also had never been able to feel before.

    So I think it was like in response to the constant stomach discomfort my body reset the “zero” on the scale and some things that were less uncomfortable were impersceptible.

    I always wondered if that happened to other celiacs, too.


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