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  1. Deborah Genovesi
    December 4, 2013 @

    Hi Kirin! Thank you so much for sharing this. I don’t know if I would’ve believed that your tiny frame could look this bloated just from gluten, if I hadn’t seen the photo-evidence. I also have issues with (and have to eliminate) gluten, eggs, soy, corn, dairy and oats…and it’s a challenge to deal with people who think the way I eat is just a fad diet. Thanks for proving this issue IS real for many of us! Btw, even with a little tummy you are still gorgeous! Enjoy the European vacation my dear.

    P.s. Good news is my naturopath says often those of us with gluten problems are actually reacting to the added levels of gluten in American wheat. Your reaction may not be as severe in Europe.

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    • Kirin
      December 5, 2013 @

      Yes, you are not alone Deborah! Hoping that you are right about the American gluten vs. European breads! I’ve heard the same thing but still wanted to prepare. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Tammy McCullagh
    December 5, 2013 @

    Hi Kirin,

    I can’t believe that gluten has that sort of effect on you (you still look amazing by the way).
    I just wanted to add a comment about the feeling frumpy, and when you feel that way you continue to eat all those snacks or foods that just don’t do us justice. Well, I just went through that. I was feeling down and frumpy and eating very unhealthy because, hey, I already feel gross, what’s another snack going to do? Wrong! I started hitting the gym harder this week and eating better and I feel a million times better than I did last week. It’s amazing how a little gym time and some healthy food can turn my mood around and make me look at myself differently.
    Thank you for sharing all your tips and wisdom with us. I really enjoy reading about what you find works and doesn’t work.
    Have fun in Paris! I would LOVE to see pics when you get back.
    Hugs!

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    • Kirin
      December 5, 2013 @

      So true Tammy! Gym time always makes you feel better long term. So glad you found a way to feel fabulous again. Hey, we all feel frumpy from time to time. You found the smart way to break out of your funk. You glow girl!

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  3. Tamika
    December 10, 2013 @

    Wow!!! This was a GREAT post! Thanks for sharing, Kirin!

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    • Kirin
      December 10, 2013 @

      Thank you Tamika! I was totally shocked by the results! Hope you are well! xoxo

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  4. Drea
    December 11, 2013 @

    Um, there’s LOTS of foods to eat gluten free in Paris. I know several people who have done it. All it takes is a little research. I don’t have the option of ingesting gluten, it makes me violently ill almost immediately. And eating gluten when you have a true intolerance can raise your risk of lymphoma, as well as cause all kinds of other health issues such as nutritional deficiencies It might be better to research where you CAN eat for two weeks, instead of trying to build up a tolerance to something that makes you sick. There are entire bakeries dedicated to gluten free items in Paris, and lots of the restaurants cook from scratch. The national Celiac society even has cards that you can guy to provide to waiters, which explain your intolerance in French. This suggestion of exposure is a very bad idea for people who encounter additional reactions, besides bloating and foul moods

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    • Kirin
      December 11, 2013 @

      Good to know Drea!

      And IF someone become violently ill due to gluten like you do, then YES, that would be bad advice. Thankfully I personally only have a sensitivity (not even a full blown allergy) to gluten.

      And thankfully most of Europe has strict laws that bread (for example) cannot have preservatives. In France, bread is legally allowed only 5 ingredients, or so I’ve heard. It’s very common to hear of individuals who have gluten allergies or sensitivities in the United States have no digestive troubles with gluten in Europe (not the full blown celiac you have…..gosh, that’s a whole other ball game!). Makes you wonder why some ingredients are legal in the USA are outlawed in Europe.

      With the children it will be more enjoyable of a trip for me for eat what is available (but still primarily gluten free) and close by where-ever we are, rather than planning the meals around specific places I can eat. Again, this would be a different conversation entirely IF an ingredient sends you to the hospital. Thankfully that’s not the case for me personally.

      Warmest thanks for sharing information on how to travel with celiacs Drea! Great info for the readers who do have that concern. And I’ll totally check out the gluten free bakeries because I’m dying to have some French pastries!! Thanks!

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    January 21, 2014 @

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