a friend of mine pointed out this website after I came back from my first appointment with the digestive health specialist.
I have a lot of health concerns,
but recently haven't been able to shake anemia or bowel problems
. The digestive specialist feels that I probably have celiac disease
and lactose intolerance.
I will find out for sure when the labs come back from tests done September 17th.
I've always been meaning to learn how to cook
and now it looks like its going to be crucial that I cook and prepare my own foods. I live on a very limited budget. I room with someone and only have $746 to spend each month for rent and all housing and medical and discretionary needs.
My friend suggested
that I start with baked potatoes and toppings
and beans or lentils because those foods have vary little cost or prep time and have a lot of opportunity for variation. I won't be able to totally eat gluten-free until after the test because if I cut it out before I will test negative even if I actually have the condition.
I found this out a few days after my appointment. I felt better when I was trying to not eat any gluten or dairy though right after the appointment. The doctor didn't say to start the gluten-free part yet, I was just over-eager.
I came across
a health food store's website displaying an ad for a
Celiac support group
a little to the north of me. I'm not sure if I want to go even after the test or not though, because I don't like to be out at night and the group ends at 9pm.