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New Tea Product Trial: Yogi Detox

I'm not one who likes to try new medications and such. I read all the pharmacist's paperwork, perform extensive research, and read every last active and inactive ingredient before I even consider taking something. Sometimes, I choose to take a medication a doctor gives me, and sometimes I don't. Had I taken the prednisolone I was given a long time ago, I may have improved sooner because it would have slowed down my immune system. Maybe I would have gotten a little better in one month instead of six months or fully recovered in six months instead of three years, lol. But I was scared to take it because some people had complained about weight gain. I was already 30 pounds past my weight with crushing chest pain from severe edema. I wasn't sure if taking a new medication would make things better or worse. I couldn't afford to get any worse at that time. I still don't know if that would have helped because I've never taken it. Still got the original scrip right here, as a matter of fact. I keep it as a part of my "lifetime box" documentation.  

I still wouldn't have figured out that gluten was the problem for a long time, though, and maybe doctors wouldn't have figured it out, either. It's not something that's obvious to people unless they know they have issues with foods or food ingredients (I didn't). Then they might think, "Oh, I wonder if I'm reacting to something I'm eating." It's not obvious to doctors either, especially when the patient doesn't see them much. It's not likely that a doctor will figure out that you have a problem with gluten the first time you see him or her. So I don't fault anyone for not knowing what caused the problem I was having back then. I fault some people for the way they handled the situation, though. 

I fault dishonesty and greed. I fault lack of empathy. I fault carelessness and laziness. I fault ignoring test results. I fault failure to properly assess and diagnose. I fault making up stuff (anxiety, impossible pregnancy, etc.) just for the hell of it. I fault throwing someone out of a medical institution when they clearly need lifesaving medical services. Temporary dialysis would have been nice, guys. 

That was the most frightening and lonely experience I've ever had in my life, and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about how cold that was and how close I was to signing off. My trust is shot. But I also thank the Lord for pulling me through and giving me "signs" about how I could help myself. Thank goodness HE has the final say about how long I stay on this Earth and not another human being. I'd be screwed otherwise. 

I looked at my old videos and just noticed that I said  "I ate a bowl of oatmeal" one morning. In that video, I was complaining about the pitting edema and how I "didn't have it when I first woke up but had it then." When I looked back at the video, I said to myself, "Oh! I guess it was the oatmeal!" Some gluten-sensitive people have issues with oats. I'm one of those people. I even have issues with the "gluten-free" oats, so I avoid those too now. 

A New Tea Product Trial: Yogi Detox

I'll give a food or drink product a chance if it doesn't have any gluten or known allergens in it. Right now, I'm still in the stage of figuring out what I can and can't eat or drink. I'm looking at how my stomach responds as well as what my energy level looks like about 20 to 30 minutes after I eat or drink. I'm still judging which intolerances I still have as well. The lactose intolerance seems to be getting much better, but I still have some issues if I don't use my digestive enzymes before I have it. My stomach still doesn't care for too much fructose. I still get a little bit of bloat from that, but my energy doesn't zap out or anything. 

I tried this new tea to see if I could maximize my kidney/liver/pancreas health. I switch between probiotics, digestive enzymes, and having this tea from time to time. The tea has a lot of elements in it that boost bile production and things like that. It's a cleansing tea, meaning that anyone who drinks it will probably spend some time in the little girl's or boy's room. There's no caffeine in it, no gluten, and no other harmful ingredients. As long as you're not allergic to any of the herbs, you're good! 

It tastes pretty good. I put a little bit of gluten-free and lactose-free cream in it just for a bit of a sugar taste. I usually have one cup, but not every day. It's good for bloating and getting things moving. I give it a thumbs up. 

I am still 121 pounds, and I still feel very energetic, though I'm stressed over some recent worldly developments. Anyone in my situation would be. 

Larry's Giant Subs in Springfield (#179) Gave me a Dangburger!


*Disclaimer: This text may contain substitute words that differ from what the author actually said.*

Larry's is one of the only places around here where I can get a sub on gluten-free bread. Subway hasn't had it lately, and I already said my peace about Firehouse's relish situation. So Larry's was the only place I could get it, and the one in my town was closed. I had to drive up to Springfield and get one from them because I need it for work on Sunday. I ordered the biggest one they had and ate half of it just now for a little break from my usual diet of meat and fish with no bread, greens, fruits, smoothies, water, etc. 

I told them to put everything on it: mushrooms, olives, onions, spinach (they were out), and some CHEESE! I miss my cheese. Cheese and I have a long history. I used to crave cheese so much because I was missing the calcium, I guess. I'd order all this cheese from Walmart and come home and eat the entire quarter-pound of it. I didn't know what was wrong with me then. I NEEDED to eat it so badly at that time, but I couldn't process it at all. Every time I ate it, I had bad symptoms, but I didn't put two and two together until later when I drank a cup of milk. 

Anyway, I'd been avoiding it because I'm still lactose intolerant. However, my digestive enzyme supplement includes LACTASE. I figured this would be a great time to test the lactase. So I told girlfriend to go ahead and slap some cheese on that mofo.

Well, I bit into that thing, and it tasted so good I thought they made some kind of mistake! It was mouthwateringly delicious. It was so tasty it threw me off for a minute. First, I fondled, smelled, and tasted the bread again to ensure it was the GLUTEN-FREE bread. Then I stared at the tuna and wondered if they'd switched the type. The other store used albacore. Albacore tastes different from yellowfin and skipjack. It's kinda dry and has a weaker taste. So I wondered if they switched things up a little. 

Then I looked at the sub and just said, "Dang!" and continued to devour it. I even ate that long pickle, and I don't even like pickles.

That's the definition of dangburger, folks. It's any sandwich, sub, or burger that tastes so good you look at it sideways and go... "Dang!"

I'm just fine, BTW. I don't look three or six months pregnant. I'm not having any pain or issues. I haven't fallen asleep against my will or run to the ladies' room. That thing was good. I need to write that the customer service was also excellent there. I've had nothing but pleasant customer service experiences at these establishments. 

The Avocado Is King

I was hungry as crap by the time I came back from the procedure yesterday. I basically had to fast for 14 hours. Today I'm okay, but I experienced a little bit of heartburn, which I haven't experienced much. I also had a little episode of blurry vision, but I think that was from all the fructose I took in. My smoothie was packed with lots of fruit, and I still have to watch the fructose. When I started getting that eye thing, I just went to bed and rested my eyes. I'm fine now.

I needed the calories I ate. As I said before, I'm looking to get into a strenuous job, so I will have to learn how to get 2,200 calories a day and 100 grams of protein a day so that I don't lose any more weight. I'm currently 119.80. So as you can see, the weight loss has tapered off, but it's still trickling a little. 

I thoroughly enjoyed two whole beef patties with garlic salt and a huge smoothie loaded with calories. The smoothie had: an avocado, spinach, a banana, peanut butter, protein, coconut water, almond milk, and some raw honey. Man, that thing was freaking dreamy. The avocado smooths out when I put it into a smoothie, and it gives the drink a silky texture that is just out of this world. I've been into avocado smoothies lately. I remember babbling and trying to talk my driver into trying avocado smoothies yesterday, but she wasn't interested because of their mushy texture. Yes, that's why I prefer putting them into smoothies to eating them whole and raw. 

I'm the type of person who will make little stuff for other people like cookies and smoothies and such. I remember doing that a long time ago when I was living in SC. I bought a blender and made green smoothies for folks. Some of them enjoyed them, and some of them didn't want to be bothered with me, but I tried. I made cookies at one of my jobs a few times, too. I'm a friendly person once I remove my shell. But it's tough for me because many people have harmed me immediately after they got me to remove it. Meanies! Yup, I have a shell. I have an exterior that seems rough, but it's really not... at all. In no way am I a narcissist, but I have known quite a few in my lifetime.  

Let's get back to the rough exterior of the avocado, though. It looks wrinkly and ugly, but it's so very healthy. One avocado has about 250 calories, 13 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 30 grams of healthy fat. Peanut butter is a high-calorie item, as well. That one smoothie I made probably had about 700 calories with all the ingredients I put in it. The two lean beef patties (GF label, no hormones, etc.) were about  320 calories. See what I did there? That was just about half of the daily requirements I need to fulfill. It was all damn delicious, too. 

I took my digestive enzymes before I ate, and I was okay for the most part. They still give me that regularity, and I don't have too many side effects from the foods I eat. The blurry vision may have just been from fatigue, the procedure, or a fructose overload. I don't know, but I'm okay. 

As far as gluten goes, I'm going to avoid it like the plague for the rest of my life, no matter what the doctor or report says (which we don't know yet). My body deteriorated, and I came pretty close to death when I was eating it every day when I lived in "substandard" housing. I know how horrible I felt over the last few years when I was eating it, too. And I know how much better I feel now. I'm done with it. Yeah, it's much more expensive to buy gluten-free foods, but it's healthy for me. I don't LIKE gluten-free foods at all, and I'm not interested in participating in any fad diets. I do it because it makes my body feel normal. 

These UDI's gluten-free bagels are not good, by the way. Not good at all. I used to love me some bagels, so I tried these for about five or six bucks. Yeah, no. Not hittin' at all. 

Gluten-Free Goodies to Eat

For a long time, I was really scared to eat. Now my appetite is coming back, so I've been looking for goodies. I had this yogurt this morning when I first woke up. It's gluten-free and "lactose-free," meaning that it has lactose in it, but it also has the lactase enzyme in it (it says so on the back). My body doesn't make enough of the lactase enzyme right now, so the enzyme helps me to digest milk items better. I had no bad side effects after eating it, and it was quite good, too. 

This was for dinner. Someone in the celiac group told me about it, and I had to get it. I used to LOVE me some pot pies. OMG, and it looked so good. The only thing that concerned me was that it has a lot of sodium in it. But, I haven't been putting any salt on my foods, so the 900+ mg of sodium is okay if it's the only sodium-filled item I have for the day. It was pretty good. I just got finished eating it. We'll see how I feel in a little while. 

I will be eating this here tomorrow morning for breakfast, LOL! To hell with those riceandbeanios cereals! I want some damn pancakes! We'll see if they taste like cardboard or not come tomorrow. 

Gluten-Free Subs: Firehouse Subs vs. Larry's Giant Subs vs. Subway

tuna sub

First, let me say that you must always lower your expectations before eating gluten-free restaurant foods. You have to go into it knowing that the gluten-free bread will probably taste like $%^. You must also prepare yourself to spend extra for the lack of gluten. Yes, you will pay more just to have a sandwich that tastes like #$% overall. That being said, here's what I thought about the gluten-free tuna subs at Firehouse Subs, Larry's Giant Subs, and Subway.

Firehouse Subs

I had no choice but to shop at Firehouse Subs the other day because I had to ingest something at that moment in time. It was the only place around that offered gluten-free options. The gluten-free tuna sub only came in medium size, and I wasn't too happy about that because I knew I'd throw half of it away. 

The customer service was friendly, and the dining area was open. The service person crafted my sub rather quickly, and I sat down at a table to eat it. I took my first bite and discovered that the tuna had relish in it. Done! The only reason I didn't throw it out was that I was starving, and I had paid damn near $10 for it. But the relish ruined the entire sub. I hate that crap with a passion, and I think it's rude when people put relish in tuna fish. How do they just assume that people want chunks of sweet pickle vomit mixed in with their tuna? Gross! On the other hand, the gluten-free bread tasted pretty good, but it didn't redeem the relish infiltration. I will not eat a tuna sub from there again. 

Rating: Bleh

Larry's Giant Subs

Larry's Giant Subs' tuna sub cost about the same as the sub from Firehouse. Their customer service was excellent. They were extremely friendly, and that definitely counted for something. They did not put relish in the tuna, but they did mix mayo into it. Fortunately, I'm a mayo fan. However, I still had to ensure that the mayo didn't have gluten in it before I ate it. 

The tuna tasted like white albacore, which isn't bad, but I prefer other types. Overall, it was a good sub, but it wasn't fantastic. The bread wasn't as good as Firehouse's bread, but the tuna definitely tasted better. I would eat another sandwich from there.

Rating: Meh


Subway's customer service is iffy because it depends on which franchise you visit. I've seen stellar service people, and I've seen rude sons of guns. They didn't have any gluten-free rolls today, so I'm going off a tuna sub I ate there a long time ago. 

Subway has always had the best-tasting tuna fish of all the sub joints. Their veggies are always nice and fresh, as well. Their gluten-free roll is not good, but we won't hold that against them. Overall, it's a great sub. It's the kind of sub that makes my mouth water on the way to the store. Unfortunately, some reports claim that Subway's tuna fish isn't actual tuna. That's a disturbing tidbit of information, but the "tuna" still tastes damn good. Subway denies such allegations.

Rating: Mmmm


Subway will always be my main choice, but Larry's comes in at a strong second. Firehouse might be great for you if you like relish, but I don't. 

Advice for Gluten-Sensitive Individuals

Make sure you ask the restaurant about all the condiments and other ingredients they put in the sub. Your sandwich is not automatically gluten-free just because you order gluten-free bread. Inquire about everything that's going in the sandwich if you want to avoid the painful experience of getting glutened. Alternatively, you can buy the fixins at the grocery store and make the sub your damnself. 

Garden of Life? The Most Horrific Drink I've Ever Tasted


A few days ago was the first time in my entire life I spit out a drink because of its horrible taste. This "drink" was thick, lumpy, and horrifically pungent. I hope it was spoiled and wasn't supposed to taste like that because it was absolutely horrible. The expiration date was for some time in 2022, so I don't know. I was expecting a silky chocolate dream, and I got a... woo... I don't even have a word for it!

I still get a tinge of nausea when I think about how this drink tasted in my mouth. I tried it in the car and immediately opened the door and hack-spit it on the ground. I was so disgusted that I didn't even go back into the store to get my money back. I wanted to go home and wash my mouth out right away! 

There is no rating low enough for this "drink." I do not recommend it at all. As I said, it may have been spoiled. If it was spoiled, it still gets a negative rating for being spoiled. If it wasn't spoiled, the manufacturer needs to go back to the lab ASAP. They couldn't have taste-tested this. -1,000,000 stars.

Vitacost.com users had this to say about the product:

"This drink is only comparable to the lingering taste in your mouth after you have thrown up." - Mossy

"It tasted so horrible it was undrinkable. My roommate tasted it as well and spit it out." - Miranda

" I have no idea how this can taste so bad. There is no chocolate flavor. It is salty and acidic. Vomit and rotten fish smell come to mind." - Veggie

" I never knew there was a vomit flavoring out there but Garden of Life somehow found it and added it to this drink. " - lagray86

Now I know it wasn't spoiled. It was just horrible. 

First Experience With Gluten-Free Kale Crackers

Somebody went shopping the other day for an arsenal of gluten-free foods after she got sick from eating a gluten-free pizza that wasn't actually free of gluten. She's not sure whether the restaurant gave her the wrong pizza this time or if it was cross-contaminated with only a trace amount. That fact didn't matter much as the symptoms were the same. She won't be playing around with iffy restaurant foods anymore. 

She purchased the above-pictured crackers to settle her stomach. Everyone eats crackers and drinks ginger ale when they're sick, right? Well, unfortunately, regular crackers were out of the question. They had to be gluten-free. 

Why she grabbed kale crackers, she'll never know. It's not like she eats kale regularly. In fact, she hardly ever eats kale unless it comes in some kind of mixed-veggie smoothie or some such. Still, something made her grab the expensive kale crackers even after finding several other gluten-free options. Who eats kale crackers? 

She ended up getting those kale crackers and some green tea mixed with ginger to flush the gluten out, deflate the belly, calm the intestines, etc. 

She bit the first cracker slowly.

"Ew! Gross!"

She tasted nothing but kale. 


That should have been the end of it, but something made her try again and eat another cracker. 

"I guess I'll get used to it." 

Then another cracker...

"These aren't too bad."

Then another cracker...

"These are kinda good."

Then several other crackers...

"The whole box is gone?"

She rated the kale crackers with five out of five stars. 

"It takes a minute to get used to the strong kale taste, but after that, you start to appreciate the saltiness and the overall texture of the cracker. As for settling the stomach, they're not too bad for that. They don't cause any additional problems, even though they're jam-packed with a green veggie. My nausea went away." 

The consumer will purchase another box of those crackers ASAP. Her symptoms are much better today, though she has a long way to go before everything heals completely. 

Silk Has the Tastiest Gluten-Free Protein Drinks Around

Silk protein drink

The Silk Ultra chocolate gluten-free and plant-based protein drink is KING. This drink is very tasty. I'm the chick who buys them all up, drinks them, goes back to the store, and then says:

"Awe man! 'They' bought all the protein drinks!"

Store associates be like, "But... you're 'they.'"

Gluten free protein drink

These are definitely a good choice if you want to avoid gluten. They taste very silky and will give you a nice chocolate fix while you're getting part of your daily protein intake. Can't do much about the sugar content, though. Oh well. 

Canyon Bakehouse: The Best Tasting Gluten-Free Bread EVER!

This stuff here is delicious. It's the best gluten-free loaf bread I have ever tasted in my life. It's expensive, but it's worth it. Try it if you can't eat gluten. They have other options for people who don't like white bread. I give it five stars because I can't stop eating it once I get started. I'll eat it as a sandwich, toast, or just rawdog bread with no butter or peanut butter or nuthin'. This loaf gets gone with a quickness!   

Domino's Gluten-Free Pizza (Crust) Review


I finally got up the nerve to try the Gluten-Free Crust at Domino's. As someone who experiences major abdominal swelling, weight gain, fatigue, and other issues immediately after ingesting gluten, I was a bit leery. No, I was very leery. The first thing that made me nervous was the warning they put on the website:

"Domino's pizza made with a Gluten-Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. Therefore, Domino's DOES NOT recommend this pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza.

Please note that our Alfredo Sauce is the only topping that contains gluten."

Translation: "The crust doesn't have any gluten, but your pizza still might have gluten in it if we don't clean our oven, or you order the wrong sauce. We can't stop you from playing Russian Roulette with your intestines if you're a celiac, though. Have at it if you like, but we're not responsible." 

I canceled my order last week after reading that, but I was dying to have some regular everyday junk food, dammit. So I took a chance and ordered the pizza with the garlic and parmesan sauce and some mushrooms on top.

So far, so good. No belly swelling. No immediate naptime, and I'm not suddenly 30 pounds heavier. Hallelujah.

I think it's safe to say that this particular pizza didn't have any gluten in it. It was good as hell, too. That thing was so good I ate two slices in my car on the way home. The gluten-free crust actually tasted much better than their regular crust. I'll give it a thumbs up for its quality as a gluten-free item. Most gluten-free foods taste pretty nasty. 

I can't really give it an official "seal of approval" for celiacs and other gluten-sensitive individuals, though. But that's only because Domino's didn't give a seal of approval either. My pizza didn't have any gluten in it, but yours might. Like Domino's basically says in their warning statement, eat it at your own risk. 

*The picture above is from a random website. It is not my pizza. I don't eat pepperoni.*