To Answer All Your Burning Questions…
***Alrighty people, I’m finally putting the Answers post back up but unfortunately it is a highly edited version of the one that was up before. I have to say I am still really saddened by what went on last time I put it up. The fighting in the comments, the nasty emails, and the hack that happened at the same time. I wish that I could re-publish what I originally wrote, but I just don’t feel like playing playground attendant in the comments section so for now this will have to do. For all of you who have already seen this post, in order to supplement everything I removed I added a few more answers to questions that I did not get to last time.***
As you know I opened up the floor to reader questions and offered to answer the questions that have been burning on your mind, and I have to say that the amount of questions that came in was intense! Not only did way more come in than I was expecting, but I was really surprised to see how many of you wanted to know the same exact things; things I would have never guessed you would want to know.
Eden, why are you and your kids on that strange diet? Shouldn’t you just be grateful for any food people donate to you, regardless of whether it fits your fad diet? Do you know that being gluten free really isn’t any healthier? Why do you drink alcohol if you go out of your way to live a healthy lifestyle?
Hands down, diet questions dominated my email inbox as well as the comment threads, so hopefully I can give you a little insight. The kids and I all have a rare genetic disorder and by rare, I mean rare as in like RARE. I’m choosing to keep the name of it private for two reasons; the first being that I don’t feel it’s my place to share medical information that my kids may choose to keep private when they are older, and the second being that because of the rarity of the disorder my kids and I are participating in a clinical research paper that may be published online. That means that if any of you google the disorder we have. you may find my medical records and I’m not cool with that.
What I will tell you though is that the symptoms are kind of a cross between Celiac Disease and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. In fact for a long time those were the two diagnoses I held, but eventually due to some issues my daughter had when she was born, a large genetics panel was run on our blood and I was surprised to learn that we those diagnoses were wrong and we have a much rarer disorder.
Actually to this day if someone asks a relatively non important question about our health, I will still claim either of those diagnoses not in an effort to deceive, but because they are the closest disorders to what we have and the only disorders that people seem to be able to understand. It was actually my doctor’s idea; “just tell them you have celiac or EDS” was the answer I was given when I asked how I was supposed to explain this to anyone. “At least they can google those and land somewhere near the mark.”. Judge me all you want for that, but until you’ve been in my shoes you can’t possibly imagine what it’s like being one of maybe 2 other people (besides my kids) on the planet with this disorder.
But back to the original question, yes, the gluten free diet that we are on is the treatment for our disorder. Also, as I’ve learned over the last year and a half, The Boy Child can’t process the casein (dairy) protein either.
But what happens if you or the kids eat gluten (or dairy) Eden?
In the most basic of explanations, for us eating gluten causes widespread organ damage, damage to our connective tissues, cancer, hormonal imbalances, brain function issues, cardiac problems, etc. Surprisingly none of us get sick digestive wise, but it’s the other more serious problems that are obviously a concern. Because we know that the kids and I have a genetic disorder that affects the way we process and filter food on a molecular level, I’ve chosen (with a doctors recommendation) to keep the kids food as clean/simple as possible which is why I feed them organically as well. We just don’t know enough about the disorder and it seems ridiculous to take unnecessary risks. Yes, even organics contain some level of pesticide, but overall organic foods tend to be less processed and less modified from their original version.
And how are we doing with our health? We are doing great! I mean come on, this blog is where I do my venting, if we were all sickly and falling apart over here, you would probably know about it. The Girl Child and I have some pretty painful joint issues that does pose it’s limitations, but now that “immediate death” is off the table, I can’t really complain!
“But Eden, if you are such a healthy food freak, then why do you drink?”
Hum. Can I just be honest with you here? I spend my life living clean. I only use organic cleaners, organic soaps, I cook with clean ingredients in a clean kitchen (no Teflon, plastic cookware, or saran wrap in this house!), I don’t take any medications, I abstain from caffeine, hit the gym four times a week, and you know what?
Sometimes momma just wants a drink with her girls on a Friday night.
Sorry, she just does.
You have to remember that this blog is such a narrow glimpse of my life. I was telling Mr. Attorney Man the other day, “I think I look a lot more fun online. Online Eden is partying it up with her friends but in reality last night I worked until 1am, ate an entire box of (gluten free) crackers, and then went to bed in my clothes.” So while it looks like I’m drinking all.the.time, in reality it’s a drink or two with a friend on the weekend and probably a glass of wine a week. It’s pretty rare that I’ll even have more than two drinks on a weekend night. Sure, it’s happened not doubt, but it’s definitely not the norm. Like the time I got totally drunk, at home, alone. I’ll claim that one and that was definitely abnormal.
Creatively, that’s how. As I said before I’ve been really blessed with friends that will watch my kids on a weekend night and a neighbor who won’t let me pay her daughter more than $4 an hour to babysit. Still though, it’s the actual date that can get expensive, isn’t it!?
I just try and plan ahead.
Typically the guy will say “where should we go?” and then I’ll throw out a few options that I know I can afford. For example the bowling alley near my house has $1 bowling from 8-10pm (“hey, want to go bowling at 8:00?”). A fairly nice restaurant down the street from me has baked potatoes the size of my head for $1.99, so I’ll order that as a meal and it honestly doesn’t look that crazy because the thing is huge. The comedy club that I’m a regular at has free entry with an email code and only requires a two drink minimum ($1 fountain drinks included). There’s local festivals, local attractions, and tons of things to do around here that are free so in reality cheap dating isn’t that hard.. The bar across the street from me even has karaoke night that is absolutely a riot to watch.
I’m fairly upfront with my financial situation so as not to mislead anyone and in my experience, while I never expect it (and always feel uncomfortable), if I tell my date that somewhere he wants to go is out of my budget, he is usually willing and eager to pick up the tab if it’s some place he really wants to go.
I think some of you might be under the mistaken impression that I pull in quite a bit of money from this blog, but that is not the case. I started with BlogHer over the summer and did alright the first month, but they changed a few things and I felt like it was no longer the right fit for this blog. They are a great company, have a great staff, I have nothing negative to say about them, it just wasn’t the right fit for the blog. In December I switched to Google Adsense and have made to date a whopping $6.21. Go me! (seriously does anyone know how to improve on this because HELP). Adsense ads only pay you if they are clicked on and this isn’t really the kind of blog where people would be interested in ads, you know?
Why do I run ads? Because I would be stupid not to. The ads don’t interfere with my content and this blog does take up quite a bit of my time. In the financial situation I’m in I can’t afford not to make a few dollars by placing a few ads on the side of the page. I’ve chosen not to place them within the posts and I’ve decided not to participate in vibrant ad campaigns because the blog content is more important to me than making a dollar. Yet if there can be a happy medium then I don’t see a problem with that.
Eden are your eyes real?
I probably get that question at least 5 times a week and while I know that people are asking if I’m wearing contacts, it’s funnier to reply to them with “you realize that you can’t actually see out of prosthetic eyes, right?” and watch their face. I’ve had crazy blue eyes since I was born, my mother always told me that people called me “baby blue eyes” while I was an infant.
Have you ever had an IQ test done? (Where do you guys come up with this stuff?) Yes, I have had several IQ tests done. When I was in 1st grade I think the school thought I must be mentally challenged (probably because I did not say ONE word until third grade) so they made my parents take me somewhere to get my IQ tested. Ugh, I remember sitting at a table for several hours on several different days answering a never ending series of questions, listening to a bunch of situations that I had to dissect, decipher, and interpret, solve puzzles, do math, and it was really boring.
My score came back in the 130 range, so yay, I didn’t need to be moved to special ed. My IQ was tested again in middle school, high school, and once again in college for a scholarship. I consistently scored quite a bit higher on every test after the initial one in first grade (probably because in 1st grade I remember not even caring enough to really try), so technically I think I’m some kind of genius or something, but in all reality your IQ is only a measure of the capacity in which your brain can function, not how smart you are.
I’m not posting my IQ test scores on here, so you will have to make do with some kind of school testing I participated in.
|“Your student scored 401. The school average was 278 and the district average was 269. The state average was 227. Your students score is represented by the diamond symbol.”|
So what have we learned here people?
Because smart is only smart if you use it right.
On toning home workout days I do five different kinds of crunchies to target different ab muscles (45 of each kind in sets of 15), then 45 sit-ups, 45 squats, 45 inner leg lifts (each side), 50 bridges for my ass, and 100 rear leg lifts, also for my bootie. I finish it off with a belly dance routine to two songs (don’t laugh at me!) and that’s it!
You just put a scoop in 8oz of water (use a blender bottle) and drink! I get it dirt cheap as part of a work-trade I have with my chiropractors office so I can’t suggest a place to buy it from or even give you a price, but that should at least get you started!
The kids and I also eat a tablespoon of raw honey morning and night along with putting cinnamon on our breakfast’s to bolster our immune systems.