Gluten-Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza Crust

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Hi, it’s me and a gazillion letters of text!

You may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot more gluten-free recipes over the past couple of weeks and I thought I would talk about why I’ve been doing this.

It’s sort of a long story!

Luckily, I’m jacked up on caffeine right now.

I’ve been experiencing some strange health symptoms over the past 4-6 weeks. For example, I’ve had bad stomach bloating to the point where I look 6 months pregnant (I’m not). I’ve always had bloating on and off all my life, but this is much worse than the normal bloating I’ve experienced in the past. I’m also experiencing bad stomach pains in my abdomen area, round-the-clock lower back pain, fatigue, and pressure in my pelvic area, among other things. The pain in my abdomen and lower pelvic area gets much worse after eating and I often feel really full after eating a normal-sized meal. Lately, I’ve been waking up with mild stomach pain too.

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which I’ve mentioned on the blog a while back) and for most of my life I’ve struggled with stomach pain, headaches, and GI discomfort on and off. My stomach is very sensitive to certain foods like dairy, nuts, soy, and beans. I never really know how it is going to react. Sometimes a handful of raw almonds can set it off with pains, while other times it’s fine. IBS is also strongly associated with our emotions, so it’s not surprising that my anxiety manifests itself through my stomach and digestive system.

Since I’m divulging my life story, another thing I’ve struggled with health-wise is my reproductive system. Specifically, my ovaries.

In 2009, a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound revealed that I have multiple cysts on my ovaries as well as an enlarged (they called it ‘bulky’) right ovary. In addition to my regular yearly pap test and physical, I also go for a yearly ultrasound to monitor the cysts and make sure that they aren’t getting larger. Keepin’ an eye on things. Basically, I’m on watch for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

I had another ultrasound in March 2011 and it revealed that my right ovary decreased in size from 17.7 ml to 10 ml. My left ovary is also smaller in size. Apparently, this is encouraging news, but I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t really received a proper explanation. I’m thinking about asking for a referral to a specialist soon.

Fast forward to the symptoms I’m experiencing today. They could be the result of a mild or more severe illness, like most symptoms. And trust me when I say that I’ve Googled them all! I think Google has told me I’m going to die of a horrible illness about 654 times during my life, so I’m trying not to self-diagnose or draw any conclusions until I have the proper tests done. It could be something as minor as an ulcer or as major as Ovarian cancer. That’s why I always say it’s important to listen to your body and be your own health advocate if you think something is abnormal for you.

This brings me to tomorrow, my next ultrasound appointment. I pretty much had to beg my doctor for this ultrasound since my last one was only 6 months ago, but I’d rather ruffle a few feathers than to have a health issue go undetected for months. Bring on the 5 large glasses of water and bladder-bursting hour wait time!

The results of my ultrasound will determine my doctor’s next steps. I had blood work done in May which all came back normal, but I will probably have to get my blood checked again.

So, this brings me to the gluten-free recipes.

My doctor suggested that I try eating gluten-free for a while to see if I have any relief in my symptoms. I really do not think it’s gluten causing the issues, but I’m willing to try anything at this point. I’m also going to see a naturopath on Tuesday for a general consultation and food-sensitivity testing the following week. I’ve heard from many people who have had great relief from their digestive issues when seeing a naturopath, so I figure it’s worth trying out.

At this point, I just want to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible, but in all likelihood, it could take a while to figure out. I will try to post an update or two on the blog as I get more information.

PIZZA makes everything better.

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This crust turned out much better than I expected. The dough tasted amazing!

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I spread on a couple cloves of leftover roasted garlic before baking.

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After pre-baking, I spread on the mouth-watering pesto.

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Followed by Daiya cheese, chopped roasted tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

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Then I broiled it for 3 minutes over medium heat.

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Crispy, ultra-thin, packed with nutrients, and oh so good.

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This pizza did not last long!

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If you are a thin-crust fan, you will love this pizza.

The crust is one of the most flavourful crusts I have tasted and the toppings went really well with it, but of course you can top it with whatever you see fit.

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p.s.- See my new Fall header image? Hold down Control + F5 to refresh the page if you can’t see it.

p.p.s.-  I have an exciting mushroom challenge & recipe post coming up Monday! If you love pesto, you will go crazy for this recipe.

We’re off for a day of hiking on this gorgeous Fall day…have a good one!

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1 Christine September 25, 2011

Good Morning Angela! I have been wondering about all the gf recipes and am very happy for them – though not for the reasons… stomach pain and bloating are terrible to suffer through on a daily basis. I went through a lot of that, had an ultrasound for an entirely different matter and they ended up finding gallstones which they figured were causing all the pain. Fast forward to having my gallbladder removed which all worked out in the end. I know this sounds corny but the Dr. Oz show did a special on ovarian cancer a few weeks ago (my mom recently was diagnosed, had surgery and has been through chemo – which is the reason I watched the show) and has a fact sheet you can print out and monitor your own symptoms which you can take to your doctor. Something to think about looking at? You know your body and when something is wrong, it’s good you pushed for another ultrasound. Good luck with your tests and thank you for sharing something so personal. You are much loved and supported in your on-line community!

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2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 25, 2011

We’re going hiking today too, turned out to be gorgeous after calling for rain.
Sorry to hear about your stomach troubles. I hope it’s something as “simple” as gluten but more importantly, that you get some answers. That’s always the most frustrating part of medical issues for me, trying to figure out just what the heck is wrong and the time inbetween while you wait for results.

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3 Sweet and Savvy September 25, 2011

I hope your health issues turn out alright! :) I will be thinking about you!

I have IBS, and have VERY similar problems to you! I know how frustrating it is to never know what is really causing the stomach pain, etc. It is really weird how sometimes, our stomach can tolerate certain foods, but at other times, can make us miserable in every sense. I am also trying to cut out gluten. I have found that it helps some, but I do not think it is the root cause of the problem. I do think I am sensitive to gluten, but I am not going to worry about every small ingredient.

This pizza crust does look amazing! Pizza is one thing that my tummy definitely does not agree with very often, so I would love to try out this “safer” version. :)

Once again, best of luck with your ultra sound and getting everything figured out!

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4 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 25, 2011

Hope you feel better soon Angela! My digestion is always better when I reduce my gluten intake – it definitely helps me.

Pizza looks great! :)

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5 Susan September 25, 2011

Good for you being your own advocate! I too have learned recently that it’s REALLY important to bug healthcare workers for certain tests when you feel like something is off. It doesn’t take a degree in medicine to know when something isn’t right with your own body. I also think it’s important to experiment with your diet to see what works and what doesn’t. I have intolerances to certain fruits and vegetables that no test could reveal, it was only figured out through experimentation. Bread actually helps settle my stomach when it’s feeling off. I’d have starved on chemo if it wasn’t for toast and crackers! Hope you get it sorted out soon. Having stomach aches constantly is no way to live :(

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6 Geanna September 25, 2011

Last year, even though I was already following a gluten-free and vegan diet, I suffered from many of the same symptoms. After visiting a naturopath and having many tests done, the conclusion was that I had an overgrowth of bad bacteria (or dysbiosis). It took about a year for me to feel completely normal again, after I completely changed my diet and greatly lowered my carb intake. Good luck with your health – I hope it is a simple fix and one that doesn’t require surgery or major treatment.

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7 Dana September 25, 2011

Do you mind me asking what types of tests confirmed the dysbiosis? I feel like I’m in the same boat and would love to confirm it.

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8 Sarah September 25, 2011

I’m glad you pushed for another ultrasound to find out what’s going on. Hopefully this one will get you some answers. I would also go ahead and see a specialist. I say that because I was told after an ultrasound by my regular doctor that I had PCOS because I had multiple cysts on both ovaries. Several years later, I have had 3 other doctors, all specialists, tell me that there is no way at all that would be the case. Just something to think about, if you haven’t already. There are points in your cycle where you actually should have multiple cysts, and if you don’t, it’s a sign that something is wrong.

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9 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission September 25, 2011

I hope you find all the answers you’re looking for! Diagnoses like that seem to come with a fight… I’ve been trying to find answers too for internal problems just like that. I hope you feel better soon =)
And pizza is like The Price is Right — it just makes even the crappiest day better. This pizza looks so unique and delicious!

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10 Nikita September 25, 2011

I hope you find relief and explanation for your symptoms soon! i have also been having a lot of GI issues, which is one reason why I have sort of been neglecting my my food blog. I actually went to see a doctor and all my blood work was normal so all she could suggest was stress reduction. I would like to see a naturopath though because they may have different insight. It seems like such a common problem among women, too! Many of my female friends and family members suffer from similar issues.

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11 Max@flavortogofast September 25, 2011

im stoked that your into more gluten free foods recently because I think they are healthier for nearly everyone. this was quite interesting http://robbwolf.com/2011/08/30/the-paleo-solution-episode-95/

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12 Carolyn @ Eat.Live.Be Well September 25, 2011

Looks delicious. Can you tell me what you baked this on? I’ve seen it in many of your posts.

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13 Katrina September 25, 2011

This sounds lovely!

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14 Tamara September 25, 2011

Hi!
boy do I feel your pain. Personally no one could tell me my problem with the 6 months pregnant bloating, but after a ton of experimenting (on my poor self) I found that I’m really sensitive to things made with whole grain. YUP! crazy eh? I can eat white bread/pasta, but not whole grain… (I try to stick with spelt and stuff now) It’s tough, but good luck!

btw, pizza looks amazing!!

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15 Robyn September 25, 2011

AGAIN,,,,pictures to drool over! AWEsome looking pizza. Love the header.
Enjoy your beautiful Fall day,,,another great bike ride for me<3
Hope it doesn't take long to figure out your health issues,,,good to be proactive.

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16 Alyson September 25, 2011

Oh man, I feel you on IBS. I’ve had it for 13 years now, and it’s such a frustration when you’re not sure what’s going to set things off.

I hope your ultrasound goes well and you get the answers you’re looking for.

Also – I’m a huge convert to pizza crusts made with different flours. We, almost weekly, make one with a bean/quinoa/chickpea flour crust that’s insanely good. I’m super curious about trying one with almond meal!

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17 shari September 25, 2011

Please share your recipe? :)

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18 Alyson September 26, 2011

Here you go:

http://www.datesandquinces.com/2011/08/tex-mex-thrive-diet-inspired-pizza.html

I was in a Tex-Mex vibe that night, but you can go any which way with the herbs/spices in the crust and the toppings (heck, even the beans in the crust too).

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19 Coco September 25, 2011

Ange — your pizza looks awesome! I went gluten-free about four months ago, as a side-effect of meeting my boyfriend, who has Celiac Disease. I wanted to learn more about cooking for him, so I tried out the diet and started cooking all gluten-free meals, for him and myself. What happened after I did this was remarkable — all of a sudden, I didn’t get stomach aches anymore, my nails, which had always been weak, stopped pealing, and I felt all-around better. I had not realized that I was gluten-intolerant, and I just thought people normally dealt with the symptoms I was experiencing. I’m so glad this man came into my life, for a number of reasons, including my health! And just to make sure I wasn’t imagining things, I ate some gluten-y appetizers at a party last weekend . . . and felt six months pregnant and miserable the entire next day. Live and learn.

While you are not so sure that gluten is causing your problems, I hope you do get to the root cause of your issues and find a solution. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you. :-)

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20 Allison September 25, 2011

I so feel your pain! My bloating came from dairy and foods that were heavy. I have eliminated dairy and watch my intake of fats( even nuts or olive oil have to be used sparingly.) I also think my stomach tends to bloat more than othe people. I hope you figure out the problem and feel better!

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21 Jenny September 25, 2011

I recently discovered your blog and this post hit very close to home, together with your About and Before+After page. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was in my teens and I’ve been struggling with my body weight+image and eating behaviour most of the time since that. Being vegan has helped a lot, but as a pharmacy grad who firmly believes that hormones and neurotransmitters rule our life, I believe there might be a connection there between PCOS and eating – I’ve seen the pattern in other women too. Anyhow, your story has given me new courage to work on building a healthy relationship with my body and food, and I hope you get your answers regarding these latest symptoms soon. And this recipe looks amazing (I love ‘rustic’-looking pizzas btw!) so I’ll try to give it a try asap! Thanks! :)

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22 Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 25, 2011

I hope your ultrasound goes well tomorrow Ang! :)

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23 XtineBeanie @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld September 25, 2011

Hi Angela. I’m currently reading a book called The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf, which I would recommend you read. It talks a lot about how grains, legumes, and dairy cause inflammation and resulting disease, which was simply not found in our paleolithic ancestors. Only with agriculture and the consumption of cereal grains did humans start to develop mysterious illnesses, like what you are describing. Of course, the crux of paleo diet includes meat (well, protein). But the book is at least worth a read to understand the science of how food affects our bodies. He challenges people to give up grains, legumes, and dairy for 30 days, just to see what difference it may make. He asks, what do you have to lose? If you learn nothing, then you’ll have given up food you like for 30 days. If it changes your life, then you gain that.

Good luck with everything!

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24 jenny September 25, 2011

I love how honest you are with us! I am keeping you in my thoughts. I know what that lovely stomach ache is like. They removed my gallbladder over a year ago and that has helped, but the pain still exists. I sincerely hope you get to the bottom of this!!

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25 shari September 25, 2011

As I was reading your post, I realized it sounded exactly like me 6 years ago. I eventually caved and had a full hysterectomy due to PCOS pain and ovarian cancer scares. While it has helped me tremendously as far as cyst-burst-pain goes, I would have to say that unfortunately my IBS persists still.
My Naturopath says I need to eat in a calm environment and make sure to keep my stress levels at bay around eating times. Of course this is near impossible as stress is something we can’t always control. Doing things like breathing deeply, eating slowly, lighting candles, and chewing at least 40 times per bite does help, though. Also, water 30 minutes before and/or 30 minutes after eating, not during. One other thing I have noticed that helps me are charcoal caps (but they do make some med’s less effective, so ask your Doc. before taking them).
You may also want to ask about taking Black Walnut supplements for a month or so as it is an excellent anti-parasite (even fights cancer) supplement that can get rid icky things lurking in your intestines.
Anyway, I felt great while on them and then about a month later, my IBS returned- so I will be asking my ND about this correlation next visit.
It’s possible it could have just been the Jarrows pro-biotics I was taking, or possibly a combination of the 2.
It could have also been that I started eating more fermented foods as well.
(Curious, do you soak your oats the night before? This really helps with digestion and it tastes way better too-amazingly awesome, actually).
Since most health issues are usually related to the gut, you may also inquire about the GAPS Diet, which has effectively helped tons of people cure their IBS and other conditions as well.
Some people put their faith in the blood Type diet, and perhaps there is also something there.
I tend to lean toward the Mediterranean Diet as I am a type O (carnivorous) and if I do not have lean white meat/cold water fish at least once a week, it seriously wreaks havoc on my gut- whereas my husband is a type A and does much better on mostly veggies, so Mediterranean is a good fit for us.
Best of luck to you- keep us posted as I am interested in any other advice someone so similar to me might find as a benefit. I so enjoy your blog, one of the few I still choose to read anymore, so thanks for all your efforts, sincerely ;).

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26 Sierra September 25, 2011

Hey, girl! That totally sucks and I can totally commiserate! I’m not going to get into it here, but I can say I hope you feel better soon and that the reason behind your problems is simple and non-life threatening. :)

Oh and I LOVE the gluten free recipes! Keep em coming! You are a WIZARD in the kitchen! :)

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27 Jennifer September 25, 2011

Thank you so much for your post and your always delicious recipes, Angela! I’m so sorry about your stomach issues, and huzzah for you for advocating for yourself and the new ultrasound. I’ll definitely be thinking about you and hoping they’re able to figure out what it is and how to make it better! You’re too awesome to be feeling bad!

And I love love love your new autumnal header! Just gorgeous!

Take good care of yourself!

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28 Carolyn September 25, 2011

I am sorry to hear you have been experiencing such uncomfortable and painful stomach and back problems, but I am glad you are not freaking out about them (overtly, anyway). Stress can only make them worse! I doubt that it is ovarian cancer (reasons why I never use WebMD anymore, haha–it always tells me I am going to die or am pregnant), but it’s a really good idea to get another ultrasound, just to be on the safe side. And no matter what it is, we are all here for you!

We all love you, Ange! ^^ *hugs* Have a great hike!

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29 Kalli September 25, 2011

Angela, good for you for advocating for yourself! I have a feeling you will be fine and find out it is something not too bad. I see a naturpath as well. So worth the money! Hope you enjoy your fall hike and love your new header :)

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30 Lindsey @ SoundEats September 25, 2011

I totally feel you. I’ve been having a lot of reproductive/ endocrine issues for years, and last May was diagnosed with PCOS by my endocrinologist. That said, I’ve recently been experiencing a LOT of other issues…joint pain, random muscle pain fatigue (esp. in morning, I can nap in AM but can’t fall asleep at night), headaches/ migraines, extreme bloating, cramps, abdominal pain and a whole host of other issues. My doctor and dietitian think it’s all hormone related, but at this point I’m a little over the whole doctor thing, and the rountine cycle of blood work, doctor’s appointments, new meds, adjusting meds, new side effects, repeat.

Anyway, all that to say that I’m reading a book right now called “The Hormone Diet” by Dr. Natasha Turner (a naturopathic doctor) and I find it very enlightening. It’s not really a “diet” type book – the first whole part of the book is basically education on hormones and what happens in your body when they’re low/high. I am trying the detox suggested in the book now, so we’ll see what happens! (It’s not a crazy detox – basically, eliminating sugar, caffeine, gluten, alcohol, dairy, and anything else that may cause sensitives/ inflammatory reactions in your body.) Just thought I’d mention it as a resource I’m currently loving!

Hope all goes well at your appointment, but that you can get some answers!

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31 Emily September 25, 2011

Hey Angela- the pizza looks delish! I have been recently having bowel issues of my own, and I stumbled across this website http://www.colitis-crohns.com/. Even though it doesn’t sound like you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the author of this website believes his diet plan can help with any kind of bowel issues. Basically, he advocates for a fruit based diet (because fruits are easiest to digest) with some vegetables. He says nuts, beans, and grains are very hard to digest. Also, he says food combining is very important or else you may have bloating, stomachache, diarrhea, constipation, etc. For instance, he says you should always eat fruit on an empty stomach. ANYWAY, I’ve been trying to follow it for a week or two, and it’s been REALLY hard, but I think it’s going to pay off. I just thought you might enjoy checking out his website and maybe some of the info could be helpful to you. Hope your ultrasound goes ok!

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32 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet September 25, 2011

I’ve never been diagnosed with IBS, but I’ve definitely experienced stomach pain and digestion problems. I hope your tests give you some answers!

And that pizza reminds me of my toaster oven cracker-based mini pizzas :)

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33 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 25, 2011

Love the new header!! And this recipe! So cool :)

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34 Steph September 25, 2011

I really hope you are ok… Please let us know how you get on?

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35 Kelsey September 25, 2011

As a GF reader, I LOVE all the GF ideas!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I can’t wait to try the pizza crust :)

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36 veganlisa September 25, 2011

Ange,
I really hope that you’ll get some answers soon. I know digestive issues are really hard to sort-out but I have found naturopaths to be really helpful in the past. I just started seeing someone in Toronto who specializes in women’s reproductive health.

Keep us posted.
xo

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37 Nicole September 25, 2011

You can have polycystic ovaries without having PCOS, and you can also have PCOS without having polycystic ovaries. It’s like an ovary riddle. Anyway, the main driving factor of PCOS is insulin resistance (so there is definitely a correlation between food we eat and PCOS symptoms). In addition to PCOS, I have gluten intolerance and Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Fun times.

I’ve always heard that you aren’t supposed to reduce your gluten intake until after you take the tests, but that may be the medical tests rather than what the naturopathic tests. I had problems getting definite results from my MD’s tests because I had cut out the gluten on a hunch. I had to re-introduce it to get the results to come back accurately.

Good luck to you. Health problems are no fun.

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38 Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com September 25, 2011

I’m sorry you’re having such GI/GYN issues lately. I too suffer from ovarian cysts – although thankfully not PCOS – and they’re so horrible when they flare up.

And pizza DOES make everything better!!

*big hugs, but careful not to squeeze and hurt*

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39 Alex @ Raw Recovery September 25, 2011

I was diagnosed with IBS when I was about 8 years old and it is difficult to live with. I’m gluten sensitive but not gluten intolerant, so I’ve been told. Sometimes I’m ok with gluten, sometimes I feel like I’m going to die of abdominal pain. Best of luck with your ultrasound! Pizza looks great by the way!

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40 Marissa September 25, 2011

Angela, I love your fall header & all your photography for that matter! i’m so sorry to hear of your current health issues. to give you some hope – I went gluten free about 4 mos. ago and i was lying in bed this morning telling my husband how great i feel & that i don’t think i’ll ever eat gluten again. it has helped me SO much. i used to suffer from severe fatigue & many other symptoms (including some female) & it has relieved most of the symptoms. i’m a ball of energy now, like a 29 year old should be! i wish you luck on this journey & think the naturopath will help tremendously. p.s. eating gluten free requires a good bit of creativity with food, but you seem to have that down pat!

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41 Ashley September 25, 2011

I’ve been eyeing up that crust since it was posted. Love the addition of buckwheat, obviously. :) Wishing you the best with your stomach problems. Can’t wait til you get to the bottom of it! xo

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42 Vicky September 25, 2011

This looks lovely! Have you thought of trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Hope you feel better soon and that it’s nothing major!

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43 Beth @ 990 Square September 25, 2011

Angela, I hope they figure out what it is soon! I had the same problems (including the 6 month pregnant belly) and the sensitivity to nuts and beans! Turns out, I’m soy intolerant, and I have issues with other beans and nuts as well (things that are closely related to soy). It took me five years to figure this out, and I was also diagnosed with gluten intolerance at first (which was ultimately ruled out by an upper GI).

I find you so inspiring, and I hope feel better soon!

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44 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 25, 2011

I’ve had similar stomach problems for the past 2 years! I finally saw a specialist 6 months ago and now I’m going to a different doctor next week because I felt like the last one was just not listening to what I was trying to say – I’m in pain every day and last visit he said come back in 3 months and we’ll re-evaluate! WHAT??!!? Not going to wait that long. I’m also pretty sure gluten isn’t my problem but I’ve considered giving it up for a week or so to make sure. Hopefully my new doctor will be more helpful…

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45 Lisa September 25, 2011

Angela, this might sound like a commercial, but I swear it’s just a testimonial…Have you thought about doing a nutritional cleanse?

I had similar symptoms a year ago. After many doctor visits that yielded no diagnosis, I decided to do a 3-day cleanse (I ordered my from Blue Print Cleanse). It’s not a weight loss thing as the cleanses have tons of nutrients and a normal amount of calories. You basically just drink 6 juices a day – they total 1,200 calories a day, depending on the cleanse that you choose…they have 3 different levels. Basically drinking your food instead of eating it gives your body a break as it makes digestion and nutrient absorption easier. It’s highly recommended for people with IBS. I do a 3 day cleanse once a month and it has made a huge difference in my life. I sleep better, have tons of energy, and experience no IBS syptoms.

I’m not sure if Blue Print ships to Canada (I think they’re based in NYC), but they also have a book that has their recipes. There are other companies such as Cooler Cleanse, but I’ve never tried that one. I would guess that if you offered to write a review of their products on your site, they might send you a free 3 day cleanse…I’ve seen them do that for other sites.

Anyways, just a suggestion. I hope everything goes well and that you’re feeling better in no time! :)

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46 Danielle September 25, 2011

Best of luck figuring everything out! Sometimes the process is long, but I know it will come together piece by piece. I was diagnosed w/ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS a number of years ago. While medicine has certainly aided to some degree, I have found that diet has made the most difference in terms of controlling my symptoms. If you do discover you have an endocrine or autoimmune disease, I know that you probably will need to make changes in your diet! For PCOS in particular, you have to really carefully monitor your carb intake, and with thyroid problems there are certain foods that slow the thyroid down too much. Blood labs will give you lots of answers–ask your doctor to test you for EVERYTHING. I even saw several doctors before a definitive diagnosis of PCOS. The best way to test for this is through a 3-hour glucose tolerance test, to check for insulin resistance. You would likely have elevated male hormones, and possibly high fasting blood sugar (though I only had high glucose once!). I saw a naturopath for awhile, by a holistic endocrinologist has helped me the most, by far! I hope you’ll have some relief from the pain very soon!

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47 Danielle September 26, 2011

P.S. As strange as it sounds, that other reader was correct when she said cysts are actually sort of unrelated to PCOS. You don’t have to have any cysts at all to have the disorder. It’s more related to hormone levels and insulin resistance. I’ve actually never had visible cysts in any of my ultrasounds, so don’t worry yet that that’s what’s wrong!

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48 Lauren Marie September 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing your story. I have had several ovarian issues since I was 17, and had an ovarian cyst so big, I had to have surgery to have my right ovary had to be removed along with the cyst. Nothing something a 17 year old wants to go through, but it is always nice to hear that I am not alone with my stomach issues, and it can feel good sharing what I’ve been through. As many people commented before me, we all are thinking about you, and you have an amazing online support team! Will be thinking of you, and hopefully things will come back normal (or something that can easily be fixed).
And ps I found the coconut milk and made the soup- amazing!! I also added some homemade croutons and it complemented the soup perfectly! Thank you for all of your posts and recipes!

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49 Amber Lynn September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. I hope you figure out whatever is causing it and get better :(

I have serious issues with my stomach and have never been able to figure it out. I get sick pretty much every time I eat out almost no matter what I eat. I’ve suspected gluten for years now, but I’ve had a lot of trouble giving it up. The thing is, gluten intolerance doesn’t always manifest itself as abdominal pain. It can be as little as a bit of fatigue or a headache. There are so, so many symptoms associated with it.

If you’re trying a gluten-free diet, you really need to give at at least 2 or 3 months. If you do have trouble with gluten, it’s going to take a while after removing it before you see a difference. And if you decide to take the blood test, you have to go back to eating gluten regularly again for the test results to be accurate. My brother-in-law has another undiagnosed digestive problem which causes the celiacs test to show a false negative. I don’t understand the reasoning behind it, but if you get the test and it shows negative, discuss it with your doctor to make sure that’s really the case.

Do you ever get sick eating sugars? If so, I recommend reading up on ‘fructose malabsorption’
http://www.foodreactions.org/intolerance/fructose/malabsorption.html
The symptoms of it are similar to that of IBS and lactose intolerance. I’ve also suspected it for myself because I get really bad aches when I drink any of the fruit smoothies from Jugo Juice (the non-dairy, fruit-only ones).

Sugar is toxic anyway. It will feed all of the bad bacteria in your intestines and make them act up. An anti-fungal, sugar-free diet may help your IBS as well. Maybe talk to the naturopath about candida and yeast-intolerance. Regular doctors don’t know a lot about it.

I discovered that the only foods that don’t hurt me are: vegetables, small amounts of fruit and organic uncured meat (as well as organic free-range eggs). I don’t buy any meat from the supermarket. I get most of it from health food stores or I get elk from the farmer’s market. I know you’re vegan, but if you ever feel like it’s compromising your health, it’s not worth it. I used to be vegan, but I discovered I feel better on a paleo type diet. When I eat this way I feel like I have virtually no health problems at all.

I wasn’t trying to convince you of that, but there is something out there for you and I hope you figure it out. We’re all different and there is no universal diet for health.

Count your soy sensitivity as a blessing because that stuff is so estrogenic and unhealthy. Flax contains even more phytoestrogens than soy, so if you have hormonal issues, consider avoiding flax.

That pizza looks amazing :D

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50 Amber Lynn September 25, 2011

Also, consider the link between polyunsaturated oils and IBS. There’s a bit about it at this source:
http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/ibs.html

Plus, those types of oil go rancid easily. It’s possible to be eating rancid oil without knowing it. Polyunsaturated oils are way too high in omega 6 anyway. They’ll lower your omega 3.

Coconut oil is more stable to cook with. That’s what I use mostly :]

It’s good for digestion:
http://www.21stcenturynutrition.net/subPage.php?SP_Id=131

“Macaroons are made up mainly of desiccated (dried) coconut, which is 60-70% fat (coconut oil). Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium chain triglycerides, or fatty acids (MCTs). These smaller chain fatty acids have been shown to absorb easier and quicker in the digestive tract than longer chain fatty acids found in other fats, like vegetable oils. In fact, studies are now showing that longer chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated oils (soy, corn, and other vegetable oils) are the most harmful oils for those with intestinal problems like Crohn’s disease, as they increase inflamation.”

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51 gina September 25, 2011

Primal/paleo diet and lifestyle has been a godsend for me and my intestinal issues!

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52 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 25, 2011

Ah! I’m a possible PCOS-er, too. I’ve been “seeing” a holistic doc (email consultations) for the past few months to try and make sense of some hormonal imbalances. I wasn’t expecting anything as serious as PCOS at all, but it’s looking that way now. I had a blood test done this past week and now I’m waiting on results.

My holistic doc has highly suggested a gluten-free diet for me since I suffer a lot of bloating. I do better on a low-gluten, low-grain diet anyway.

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53 LEM September 25, 2011

1. Your pizza looks amazing
2. I love all of your recipes
3. All my life I have had a “sensistive stomach” with bloating, gas, and feeling uncomfortable. The past couple of months I have been eating soy free, dairy free, and gluten free. I feel a lot better, but am still trying to figure out exactly what food does not work for me. Thank you for sharing your stories and helping me make good food that my body likes!

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54 Jazzz September 25, 2011

Interesting! I wonder, if you have had thsee cysts for some time, why they didn’t remove them? I just had mine removed 2 weeks ago via laparoscopy and am hoping that this will relieve my bloating/ pain.. will let you know!

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55 Sana September 25, 2011

I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with eating, the same thing happened to me when I used to eat beans, and uncooked veggies. I would have terrible stomach cramps, I had trouble walking! Oh and gas. So I stick to carbs, meat and cheese and I feel a lot better. I am so glad you are seeing a doctor about this!

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56 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 25, 2011

I hope your appointments will help you find some answers to your stomach problems! Good luck! :)

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57 barefoot and frolicking September 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing your story Angela – it is great to hear you are trying out some different options to see what works best for you and your diet. I think you will find that a gluten-free diet will definitely minimize some of your digestive symptoms. I experience the same when I eat wheat, and have not had the same issues for years.

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58 Linda September 25, 2011

Take care Angela! Let us know how you are doing. It looks like many women have similar issues. Thanks for sharing.

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59 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 25, 2011

I feel for you, I’m pretty much in the same boat. I’ve had ongoing digestive issues for the past few years that have gotten progressively worse. It doesn’t seem to be one food or another, right now it seems to be EVERYTHING. I also have all of the symptoms of PCOS even though I have never been diagnosed with it. I have a long list of other hormonal issues, too.

I have tried gluten elimination and grain elimination, but probably not long enough. I have been doing research and experiments for several years now, and I have learned so much. Inflammation is normal, but chronic inflammation is not. A true elimination diet is strict and lengthy and requires complete dedication, and finally a reintroduction phase over several months.

I could go on. I suggest looking into these things:

1-) Inflammation
2-) Anti-inflammatory foods
3-) Gluten avoidance and probably preparing other foods
4-) Getting adequate omega-3’s. Nuts, seeds, grains are all very high in O6 and to reduce inflammation you need to ingest a good source of o-3. Fish oil and fish are best as plants are inferior sources.
5-) Seek medical care that doesn’t focus on conventional medicine (drugs and therapy). You want someone who is in tune with the endocrine system AND the right diet for you
6-) Avoid inflammatory foods, medicines, chemicals, and other environmental factors.
7-) Try to avoid heating nut and seed and their oils at high temps. This oxidation process is very bad. Avoid canola, safflower, sunflower, etc. oils — all oils high in PUFAs.
8) Get lots of probiotics, especially from fermented foods (avoid antibiotics)

Please email me if you have any questions that I can answer. I know of a lot of resources and avenues to go down. Like I said, I’ve been on the same journey

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60 Shayla @ The Good Life September 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing your story with us Angela, I hope you find some answers to what’s going on. Good luck and my thoughts will be with you :)

Btw, I love love you’re new header! The vibrant colors and images are gorgeous!

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61 lindsay September 25, 2011

oh angela, i’ve been and kinda still am in a situation very similar to yours. Praying that this next round of ultrasounds figures things out. On the upside, our GF creations are even more amazing!

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62 Vanessa September 25, 2011

I so appreciate this post as I feel that people who have IBS (like myself) don’t talk about it enough because they are embarassed by it. The reactions we have to food are often not dinner-table talk and when some people found out I have IBS they scrunched their noses up in disgust. It is very frustration not knowing from one day to the next what will set off your digestive system. You have inspired me to do more research on IBS so I can better educate myself and my family and friends.

Enjoy this beautiful fall day!!!

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63 JenATX September 25, 2011

yes people don’t like to talk about these things, which is quite interesting because in other cultures digestive issues do not raise embarrassment like they do in the United States (or Canada). Isn’t it funny how we can talk so openly about our nasal allergies, but we avoid the food allergies? Anyway, I hope your research goes well :)

Angela, love the new masthead- gorgeous!

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64 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 25, 2011

I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems :-( I hope the ultrasound delivers encouraging news!!

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65 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 25, 2011

I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems :-( I hope the ultrasound delivers encouraging news!!!

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66 Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 25, 2011

I hope you get your answers soon Angela! Luckily you’ll be eating wonderfully while waiting :). This looks delicious!

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67 Shay September 25, 2011

Oh no! I hope you feel better!

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68 loli September 25, 2011

So many nights of sleep I lost over pains in my abdominal over bloating so severely I would have to get up and walk until it went away.
For months I was going through medical tests that found nothing. As last resort to to try and get to the bottom of it I went gluten free and almost completely vegan. Life is good. It all went away like magic. Magic! no less. Its been almost a year now.
So I really wish you good luck I think you are in the right direction.

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69 Kim @ vegan mama-to-be September 25, 2011

When I skimmed your post, the first thing I saw was ‘I’m 6 months pregnant” – I was so excited! On a serious note, though, I really hope you get some answers, and that the GF diet helps you. I haven’t struggled w/ digestive issues, but I have had unexplained reproductive issues (I’m blaming mine on the pill) and it is very frustrating not to know what’s going on your bod. Best of luck to you!

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70 Stephanie September 25, 2011

Your post is so courageous and inspiring. I hope that you get to the bottom of this as soon as you can, and I sincerely hope that everything is alright! I’ve really been enjoiyng your GF recipes lately; keep up the amazing work.

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71 Hayley @ Oat Couture September 25, 2011

Agh thats crappy, really sorry to hear your struggling at the mo! Hope you get everything sorted soon! That pesto looks absolutely mouthwatering by the way!! :)

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72 Danielle September 25, 2011

Sorry that you’re going through all this, I know how scary it can be. I wanted to share with you that I had a very similar occurrence this summer that lasted about 2 months. My symptoms sound quite similar to yours – abdominal bloating, and I had really bad pains, which I think may have been gas. Also, my symptoms would get progressively worse over the course of the day – to the point where I would have them every single night and then wake up with no pains, but it would start all over again. I havent had any problems for about a month now and I have made 2 big changes – I cut out processed soy and I began weight lifting. I have no clue how the weight lifting has influenced my problem – but all I know is my stomach is feeling so much better, so I dont care, I must be doing something right. As for the soy – its so weird – I can have tofu, but I steer clear of things with soy in them – Especially soy milk! Sorry post is so long, just wanted to share with you that you are not alone, and I understand what you are going through. Hang in there and feel free to email me and I can talk to you more :)

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73 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco September 25, 2011

Oh Angela, I’m so sorry! You are in my thoughts. Good luck! The pizza looks delish! ;)

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74 Amber K September 25, 2011

While I have been pleasantly surprised with all of the gluten-free recipes lately, I wouldn’t wish your symptoms on even my worst enemy. Dealing with gluten issues is no fun, and I’m actually not surprised anymore when I hear that anyone is suffering from similar symptoms. It seems like so many people are starting to realize that they don’t have to feel bad all the time!

That being said, I hope they are able to diagnose you with something else. Something that is quick and easy that will solve all of your problems.

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75 Jen September 25, 2011

As a celiac, I say keep the gf recipes coming!
Also, as a celiac, I can sympathize with the tummy troubles (with no apparent “diagnosis” or treatment that works.) I hope you find something that helps you feel better!!

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76 Jackie hatch! September 25, 2011

Sorry to hear your not feeling well!!!! I hope they figure everything out!!!!

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77 Celena September 25, 2011

Wow, this is kind of like de-ja-vu for me. I was diagnosed with IBS about 10 years ago. After a really frustrating year I made some serious diet changes and realized lactose and refined sugar were some of the big factors. Making adjustments like that and eating a more balanced diet made a big difference for a lot of years, then I started having problems again recently and determined I was gluten intolerant. It took 3-4 weeks for me to really notice any change. Working with a naturopath has been the biggest help for me – 95% of the time I’m symptom free these days.

Excited to try this pizza, and hope you feel better!

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78 nuttmegs17 September 25, 2011

Wow you sound a lot like me – even down to the ultrasound (which for me resulted in showing bowel distension and a follow up CAT scan which was super pricey).

I had been part-time vegan at the time. I too am allergic to soy and bc of eating gluten too much, my intenstines were so damanged they were no longer even breaking down lactose so now i’m dairy free as well. I have gluten intolerance and since eliminating that an all those other allergins my “baby” belly is completely gone. I too had PAINFUL stomach distension and other iBS symtpons. I googled gluten free for recipes and stumbled upon paleo eating. You wont like that as vegan but for me, the only way to eat pain free and up my iron (i was borderline anemic despite supllements) vit-d etc was to eat primarily fats, meats veggies and fruits. There is a lot of info out there regarding grains and what they do to your belly. A lot of people eating paleo notice PCOS symptons and other autoimmune diseases greatly subsiding. As someone who ate vegetarian this was a tough pill to swallow but you owe it to your health to look into. To be fair I believe there are also paleo vegetarians – harder but again worth a look.

i’m very picky about what I eat – only humanely raised/treated/grass-fed/pasture raised etc. It’s expensive but much cheaper than all my med visits which were breaking me.I hope you find relief bc it certainly can be a downer!

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/
http://robbwolf.com/faq/

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79 nuttmegs17 September 25, 2011

Also – dont let someone tell you you have IBS – it’s BS…it means they are just too lazy to figure out what is REALLY going on with your belly. For me – it was what I was eating. Going on an elimation diet (not eating the 8 most common allergans and slowly re-introducing them one at time) was sooooo helpful and has really helped me a lot.

An MD who was specializing in allergies helped me more than my Gyno and primary doc ever did. He even helps me treat my hashimotos (thyroid disease). I was so sick of GI docs telling me to tax laxitives or anit-diarreals as “treatment”. Good luck! Keep us posted

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80 Jessica September 25, 2011

Aw Ange. I am so sorry to hear about this! So happy to hear though that you are looking on the bright side, and trying to solve the problem as best as you can! You go girl! Stay strong! :)

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81 Audrey September 25, 2011

I hope you find relief from your symptoms and an answer to the medical uncertainties. I know how frustrating it can be to try to figure something like this out. Best of luck. I’ll be praying for you.

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82 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 25, 2011

I hope your appointments go well and you get some more answers! The pizza looks fabulous, wonderful pictures as always!

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83 Jodie September 25, 2011

Wishing all the best on your appointment. The pizza looks really good and I think I will make this crust, it has no yeast. ( Yeast scares me). Love the Fall header, just gorgeous.

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84 Heather Elizabeth September 25, 2011

So sorry you’re not feeling well. I really hope they can figure it out!

I love your new fall header.

And I made the other pizza on your website, the one with the roasted tomatoes, onions and pesto as sauce.. Best vegan pizza I’ve ever had! It was more effort for sure, but it’s definitely going into the rotation. :)

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85 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 25, 2011

Wow Ange, thank you for being so open about all of this! I too experience bloating to no end, and especially over the past 2 or 3 months. I’ve been suspicious about gluten since many people say that even though they haven’t been formally tested, they still just feel better when they don’t eat it. The thing is, I don’t eat a whole lot of gluten anyway, so I’m not sure that’s the culprit. I do eat a ridiculous amount of produce, so usually I just attribute it to all the fiber. However, like you, I’ve decided to start investigating more closely. I’m planning to book an appointment with a Holistic Allergist that practices locally, and claims to be able to clear people of allergies and eliminate intolerances. Also, like you, I’ve been tested for PCOS a couple of times and results have come back negative – but still without explanation for other issues. I can definitely share in your frustrations because I just want to know what’s going on! I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow and that you’re able to get some answers. In the meantime, I think gluten-free pizza is an excellent choice. :)

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86 Karen W. September 25, 2011

Hi Angela! I’m short on time so I’m just gonna toss some things out there. I have no doubt it will be very unpopular on a vegan blog (no, it’s not advise to eat meat!) I am studying with a Chinese Medicine doctor who also specializes in immunology and molecular biology. Mark my words, within the next 10-15 years he will be revolutionizing not only TCM but western medical science.

Anywhoo…Ecoli. Raw leafy greens are packed with Ecoli. You can wash them till the Ecoli infested cow fertilizer comes home, but the bugs, they just hide in microscopic stomas in the plant. The Ecoli in the gut can penetrate throughout the abdomen, causing the symptoms and manifestations you are describing.

Advise, stop eating raw leafy greens (even from your own garden. The fertilizer you use is full of cow poo bugs from unhealthy feedlot cows). Cook your veggies. Even light steaming will do it. It’s just the day and age we live in now.

I hate it- I love salads. But even when I was eating “clean” (raw), I would get GI issues.

Probiotics are a wild card. Advise: Majorly decrease your sugar intake to starve the bacteria (sugar feeds bacteria and viruses- it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire), and keep fruit intake to two pieces a day. You already don’t eat dairy which is awesome (Most grocery store ice cream is loaded with klebsiella pneumonia). Eliminate raw ground growing veggies from your diet. See a trained herbalist who can give you herbs with anti-viral and anti-bacterial GI oriented properties. Keep up the green tea, and add Licorice Mint Yogi tea in the rotation.

IBS, Chron’s, diverticulitis…all bacteria caused disorders. Grains themselves are not usually the culprit, however the MOLD that grows on grains during storage BEFORE distribution is. Not to mention the grain is usually rancid from long term pre-distribution storage. However in your state, eating the “unpopular” grains (amaranth, buckwheat, kamut, etc) is the way to go as they are not harvested in such large quantities and have a lower incidence of opportunity to go rancid or become moldy. Incorporate Bhutanese red rice, Forbidden black rice, and keep up the lentils and quinoa.

I would love to not get heat from raw-foodists. I am writing this info for someone who is experiencing a problem. We are all different, and are susceptible and sensitive in our own unique ways.

This information is not my opinion. This is information from independent scientific studies, who don’t care about dietary labels.

Yes, there is bacteria everywhere in our environment. There is no reason to be paranoid, but there is absolutely reason to be prudent.

Take care Angela. Email me if you want to discuss anything.

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87 Georgina September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I hope your medical appointments go well. Keep your chin up. You are listening to your body, and you are doing the right thing by going to the doctor. Stay positive as much as you can!

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88 Heather September 25, 2011

Sorry to hear you are dealing with these issues Angela. Hoping for a speedy diagnosis and that you are feeling better soon.

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89 Kristin September 25, 2011

Medical stuff is always frustrating and YAY for checking out a naturopath. I have had great luck with naturopaths so far. I saw one for allergies originally and that developed into digestion as well. After doing months of food elimination and trying to figure out what my body liked I’m usually pretty good as long as I eat correctly. The naturopath actually helped me figure out that my body doesn’t like dairy products. I think naturopaths are great supplemental doctors for helping you stay in overall optimal health and try to treat things naturally and let your body do its thang before you add in the drugs and stuff. I was astonished at how knowledgeable my naturopath was, sometimes you expect them to be a little off. I can’t wait to hear about your experience, hopefully its a good one.

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90 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 25, 2011

I’m so sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope everything gets figured out soon!!

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91 Katrina September 25, 2011

Sorry to hear about your issues- they sound so similar to my daughter’s (minus the ‘female’ issues as she’s 3!). Because she has so many other true allergies, I often feel like people think we are crazy and are trying to over-control her diet. But, after IgG testing with a naturopath, we did go gluten-free and, after about 3 weeks, saw a complete elimination of her symptoms. She also really started to grow for the first time ever! After about 6 months being gluten-free, she did start to have stomach pains again every now and again but they don’t seem to be as severe nor are they accompanied by vomiting. I’m very interested in re-trying gluten again but also don’t want to subject her to the same pain. I’m curious though, if you know that nuts sometimes bother you, have you considered GF and nut-free alternatives? Since I adore all your recipes as it is, I’m very interested to continue following your journey!

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92 Caitlin September 25, 2011

Good luck with everything! I went to the doctor for hair loss and inability to lose weight. I thought it was going to be all hormonal. Turns out not only am I progesterone deficient, I am also intolerant to casein and wheat. I have been on a vegan/gluten-free diet for 4 days and have already lost 3 lbs. Although this was a goal of mine, I have high hopes that by taking care of my food allergies I will also stop losing hair and feel better overall. So tell your doctor to test your progesterone levels as well!!!

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93 Gail September 25, 2011

Have you ever looked into food combining (also known as Trophology or the Hay diet)? The basic premise is: don’t eat proteins and starches at the same meal, only eat fruit alone. See more info here: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/digestive-physiology-and-food-combining/food-combining-rules.html. The principle is modeled after the belief that different types of food digest at different rates, and the body can only work to digest one type at a time. I used to have frequent stomach problems, but noticed *immediate* results as soon as I started practicing food combining. Something to look into. I also just had the IgG Elisa food panel (blood test for food allergies) and the results were enlightening! Good luck figuring everything out.

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94 Jaclyn T September 25, 2011

I hope you find out what is ailing you soon and that it is nothing scary. –cyber hug–

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95 bitt of raw September 25, 2011

oh how awful! i have had cysts in the past and they were just SO painful. soy did aggravate it.

i hope you can find some sort of a solution soon. i’ve gone through so many health challenges and know that it can take awhile and rarely do you find the one solution quickly, but if it is indeed the gluten, you have to stay strictly off it to notice a result.

i also have blogged about my health issues and know you will get a million and one ideas and diagnoses. it can be overwhelming. and people are all different and have different perspectives. so do doctors! my best advice is if your doctor has run out of ideas, see another one. keep searching, it took me 8 years to find the right one.

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96 Malina September 25, 2011

I truly hope it is not endometriosis which is affecting you. I have suffered with that disease for years, it often causes stomach irritation, nausea, ovarian cysts and of course pelvic pain. If it is endometriosis, the only advice I have would be to try to limit soy based products (which is hard while being vegan) but soy has estrogen in it which can cause endometriosis to flare up. Also an important fact to note, endometriosis can not be detected with an ultra sound, the only way a doctor can diagnose it is with a laprascopic procedure, which is very invasive and painful. I suggest avoiding it if at all possible. You may consider looking into the facts of the disease though :”(

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97 Tracy September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
Thank you for sharing your story. I read your blog often and I am alwyas impressed by your brave, honest and thoughtful posts (as well as your absolutely delish recipes!! Never made one that I didn’t LOVE).
I was touched by what you shared. I have a similar story, digestive issues, possible ovary issues, inconsistent cycles..and the list goes on. They believed that I could have PCOS too, but it turns out I didnt..possibly I was well on my way though. Gluten and even more so, Sugar was the main culprit for me. It took some time but as soon as I changed my diet, what ever was happening began to reverse itself. I saw many MD’s but my Naturopath did the most for me. She helped my body heal itself, through supplements and diet change. One thing she told me that I repeated to myself often: “The body is made to rebuild and heal, remember that. ” And I did, even when I wasn’t feeling so well. Remember that too, and believe in your strong body.
Tracy

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98 bitt of raw September 25, 2011

just reading through your other suggestions, and having just read thebook chocolate and vicodin by this blogger who was ill, i thought you might find some humor in this post. the author has gotten a lot of ideas from her readers. keep it in perspective!

http://pastaqueen.com/blog/2009/02/the-great-big-headache-list/

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99 Cynthia September 25, 2011

Quick question: when you transfer the dough to a baking sheet, does the baking sheet need to be prepped with anything? Should it be spritzed with oil or can you bake it on parchment paper on the baking sheet? Thanks for the info. Love the new header!

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100 Cady September 25, 2011

So sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope you get answers soon.
The new header is a lovely way to welcome fall.

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101 Kristina September 25, 2011

Have you been tested for wheat allergy? I had similar painful stomach, bloating stomach for years and years. Many tests brought up no results. Last year my symptoms started getting worse and my Dr. tested my blood for wheat allergy and it came back that I was very, very allergic to wheat. The bloating has gone away. I still get stomach discomfort at times but found out intestinal cystitis , which feels a lot like a bladder infection can cause stomach, pelvic pain. Have you had any feelings of urine urgency that tested negative for an infection. If so, you may want to look at trying an intestinal cystitis diet. IC can also cause painful perineum area and make sex uncomfortable. I hope you find the answers you need!

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102 Layla September 25, 2011

Hey Angela! I’ve been enjoying the GF recipes because I just went gluten free as well, and I had similar symptoms to yours (I also have reproductive issues and terrible stomach bloating/pain). I’ve tried almost everything and read everything I could get my hands on, and I think (and my doctor thinks) that I have an overgrowth of yeast in my gut (Candida) due to two back to back surgeries for said reproductive issues and months of antibiotics and slow motility from the pain pills, and perhaps a gluten intolerance. I have been upping my probiotic intake, lowering my sugar and yeast (and fermented and moldy foods) intake, and eating gluten free – and I’ve seen a lot of improvement! Anyway, if you’re craving sweets and bread in addition to your other problems and/or you experience your worst bloating after consuming yeasty breads or sugary items (even natural sugars like fruit and honey), you might have a yeast issue. Good luck tomorrow!

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103 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 25, 2011

Angela your story makes me hope and pray for your sake that you get both answers and get relief!

I lived for my entire life til my early 20s with stomach/GI issues. Long, long story short after having no clue what was wrong (this was almost 10 yrs ago and food allergies/intolerances weren’t as widely discussed and i was much more in the dark about it all too) but a naturopath set me on the right track…of looking at what foods may be issues and then thru trial and error and lots of legwork spanning months and years..I have eliminated what doesn’t work.

No test, i.e.bloodwork, muscle, or using any other bodily fluid, is as reliable as elimination/reintroduction of that food in my opinion so even if you “test negative” for something; doesn’t meant that it still couldn’t be an issue there. Good for you for wanting to get to the bottom of it and being willing to tinker with gluten.

And i am wishing you the best with the ultrasound, your reproductive health, and the emotional aspect of just dealing with this all.

((HUGS))

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104 Raewyn September 25, 2011

Yikes! I can completely sympathize, Angela – I’ve been struggling with bloating too, for 2 years now. I know it’s so overwhelming and “AAHHAHHHHH, I WANT THIS TO GO AWAY!”, but keep going! I wish you the best with your appointment, girl. I’m praying for you and thinking of you! The pizza looks crispily scrumptious, and I love the new header! I have a craving for pumpkin right this minute. ;)

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105 Erika - The Teenage Taste September 25, 2011

LOVE the new header, Ang! Absolutely beautiful! :-D

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106 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 25, 2011

So sorry to hear about your health issues xxx Here’s hoping the naturopath and other doctors can work it all out for you soon!! :)

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107 LizAshlee September 25, 2011

What a delicious recipe…great for transitioning into the cooler temps!! <3

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108 Shanna September 25, 2011

I love your new fall header…it is beautiful!
Can’t wait to try that amazing pizza recipe.
Good luck with your ultrasound and finding out what is going on…hope it all works out for the best! :)

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109 Sara September 25, 2011

The header won’t come up yet, I’ll have to check back!

I hope your test goes well and that you get some relief from your IBS symptoms. I’ve been struggling with IBS for awhile now and I can not get the bloating under control. It’s very disturbing to feel so full from such a small amount of food, especially when I’m very early into my own recovery from an eating disorder. Like you said, it’s linked to anxiety and emotions so all we have to do is relax! It’s so simple! :)

At least there is pizza now.

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110 Robyn September 25, 2011

Angela, I felt like I was reading MY story when you were talking about your IBS symptoms. i have also been diagnosed with IBS and have experienced most days with bloating, abdominal and pelvic pain, urgency and frequency to go to the bathroom, etc, etc,. The exact same foods you described aggravate my IBS, but I have yet to find a diet that actually leaves me symptom-free… please keep blogging about this issue – I would love to hear what works for you. Good luck with everything! and keep us posted.

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111 Barry September 25, 2011

As I am potentially the token man, I am experiencing serious trouble here.

OK. I went through the comments to find something I could work with. I like your new header too.

After two marriages and bringing up daughters and having granddaughters, I believe there is little I have not encountered. So, no problem with me. What concerns me is that some young man might accidentally stumble in here looking for a healthy recipe and sustain serious, long-term emotional damage.

I suggest the following. Put the recipe first. Publish a warning and disclaimer prior to Part 2.

I am, of course, kidding. I hope you have those health issues resolved soon. In the near term, I suggest no-one stands directly behind you. Dear Lord! I can’t stop myself. Get well soon. Shut up, Barry.

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112 jenna September 25, 2011

I’m sending you healing and correct-diagnosis vibes. I think the naturopath is your best bet. I know from experience that having anxiety is just about the worst thing to combine with an unknown bodily condition. Good luck! Maybe more yoga could help while you wait.

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113 Emilia @ Namaste Gurl September 25, 2011

Yum! Thanks for creating a delicious and gluten- free pizza recipe. Gluten intolerance is very popular right now, so it’s nice to see recipes you love turned GF. I can’t eat wheat myself, so this comes in great timing as tomato season is coming to a close!
Hope you figure out your GI problems!

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114 Tichina September 25, 2011

I really hope you get answers soon I understand waiting can be frustrating but you’ll get through it! You’ll see my story on my blog, but I’ve been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis for ages. I’m in remission now but I’ve been testing the waters with various foods for as long as I can remember to see what works and what doesn’t. Although I’m in remission I still get the discomforts of IBD (bloating, pain etc.), but I can almost always appoint it to a type of food I ate. Coffee (this one’s a biggy), dairy, processed foods, sugary foods (not real sugar like fruit) and any white flour products are huge red flags for me…I know you are vegan and don’t touch most of that stuff but thought I’d share! :) Feel better soon!

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115 Vaughan September 25, 2011

Hey Angela,
The pizza looks AMAZING!! I’m sorry to hear about the health issues. You could also try evening primrose oil-its a really great supplement for the female reproductive system. Best of luck to you.

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116 Jess @ Forever Addicting September 25, 2011

Hey love,

Thanks for sharing your story. We’ve all been there, in some form or another. After three years of battling poor digestion I finally resolved my health issues, with the help and guidance of my naturopath. I had several food allergies that weren’t agreeing with my sensitive tummy. I’m off grains and sugar and feel a million times better. You’re on the right track in actively seeking answers :)

Hang in there beautiful!

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117 Lauren September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems. I recommend trying Gluten Free Girl’s GF all purpose flour (since nuts seem to bother you these are nut free) http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-holiday-baking-2010/

I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy in 1996 but was told I could eat small amounts of heavily processed white flour (wrong). After slowly eliminating my wheat exposure I foolishly ate white bread one night and was sick for a week. That was my wake up call and I have not had any wheat in a year and I feel great!
I really hope you find out what is making you ill soon,

Best of luck,
Lauren :)

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118 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 25, 2011

I had the same side effects as you and finally when I went to the doctor found out that I was allergic to wheat :( It’s no fun, but it’s SO worth it once you start accommodating your new eating habits

This looks awesome– kind of like a flat bread!

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119 Kait Hurley September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

You are in my thoughts these next few days! Fingers crossed you get to the bottom of this soon. You are amazing, and your recipes are brilliant. I love your blog and your commitment to wellness and self care is inspiring. Thank you, thank you, for all that you do!

I haven’t had the severe bloating and pains, but I’ve had digestive issues (related to dairy and gluten), and getting hydro-colon therapy was a near religious experience. I felt amazing, it took pressure off my low back. I literally felt like I could run a marathon afterwards. I had the best yoga classes immediately following my hydro colon cleanse session. Not sure if you’ve tried it, but you may want to give it a shot.

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120 Meagan September 25, 2011

Hi there Angela,

Thanks for all the great ideas…

After reading the symptoms you wrote about — I wonder if you could possibly have Celiac Disease? A lot of my clients have been diagnosed with celiacs – through diet change they have recovered! No soy, gluten, dairy, animal products of any kind, no sugar….. And adding in digestive enzymes, high doses of pro-biotics, large doses of vitamin c, 1 T raw coconut oil, 3T apple cider vinegar, etc.. Anyways, I’m happy to hear that your going to a ND doctor, this will help a lot, I’m sure! Keep us posted on how your feeling!

Ps. “Forks over Knives” is a great movie – a must see!

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121 Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart September 25, 2011

I am so sorry to hear about your health concerns..hoping all goes well tomorrow!

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122 Cassie September 25, 2011

I second the naturopath motion! I suffered from EXTREME (as in, crippling ) stomach pain for a year. My doctor told me I too had IBS and had to “deal with it”. I went to a naturopath, who diagnosed me with a dairy intolerance (as well as a mild refined sugar intolerance). With the help of some supplements she provided me with and cutting out dairy/refined sugars for a month or so, I was symptom free. Now I can even enjoy sugar with no problem, and dairy every so often in small amounts.

I wish you luck in finding the root of your problem! <3

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123 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 25, 2011

Love the header! And thin crust pizza, I love when I have all necessary ingredients on hand. I hope everything gets figured out with your GI and reproductive systems, keep us posted!

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124 Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) September 25, 2011

Wow, really interesting post Angela. I’m learning that food intolerances are a lot more common that we realize. Also, gluten sensitivity can be present with no symptoms at all! You’re wise to explore the issue but don’t let it overwhelm you. Most likely, the doctors will not be able to give you a clear answer so you’ll just have to experiment as see what works for you, which is sounds like you are doing. Good luck!

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125 mi-an dela cruz September 25, 2011

hey angela,
i have the same problem as you. i am lactose intolerant, however i’m usually ok with cheese and yogurt but it’s more with whole cow’s milk. but i do get stomach aches/gas/cramps etc every evening/night. it totally sucks. i’m not vegan but i do have 80% vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian diet and occasionally other meat stuff (usually during family gatherings). anyway, i’m going to go gluten free to see if it has something to do with gluten. just sucks having this stomach ache basically every night!

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126 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 25, 2011

wishing you the best and sending positive vibes your way xoxo

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127 Kasia September 25, 2011

I made your creamy roasted garlic and tomato soup! its one of the best soups I have ever made. Thank you! Its because of your delicious recipes I went from vegeterian to full fledged vegan. I feel terrific! thanks! I hope they figure out your stomach issues. STAY OFF google-lol.
Kasia (Chicago)

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128 Mary September 25, 2011

Love the new fall header!

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129 Nicole September 25, 2011

Sending healthy, healing vibes your way :)

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130 Morgan September 25, 2011

Hey! I read your blog all the time, and never comment :-( However, I do suffer from PCOS and I will be crossing my fingers for you. Not only is it physically painful, but mentally and emotionally as well. I hope you continue to share as to what WILL make you better :-)

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131 Jenny @ Simply Be...me September 25, 2011

Holy smokes! I hope you find some answers soon. The waiting is always the hardest part but we’ll all be thinking of you. It sounds as though you are staying positive through it all :)

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132 Janna September 25, 2011

Hello!
I hope you get to the bottom of this! I know its not fun… I notice you have been using Daiya cheeze in your recipes lately and for some time. I was having the same problem that you are and was considering getting tested for IBS and celiac (I have a casein allergy and my sister has a wheat allergy so this would not be far off). But, after some time and thought and elimination, it turned out to be DAIYA! I am not sure what it is, perhaps the tapioca flour or something, but I googled this and found several other people commenting about severe abdominal pain and swelling (similar symptoms) from this. I stopped eating it- at all and every bit of the problem went away within a short time! I just wanted to share this with you since I am sure you are exhausting every option, but for me it turned out to be a very unlikely culprit. Thanks for all the delicious vegan recipes and inspiration and I hope you feel better!

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133 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2011

Wow that is good to know. I aactually had a big salad the other night and threw in Daiya (which I normally don’t do) and I had really really bad bloating afterward and couldnt figure out why as it was ‘just’ a salad. Interesting. Thanks for passing that along.

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134 Meagan September 25, 2011

I wonder if its the xanthem gum. I know I put that stuff in a smoothie once and just about died from gas pain and had severe bloating. Elise from Hungry Hungry Hippie is doing a series on the low FODMAP diet, which if you have IBS could help.

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135 janna September 26, 2011

You’re welcome, I hope you feel better!

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136 Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 25, 2011

Good luck to you!! I also get crazy bloating like that!

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137 Kat September 25, 2011

Love the new fall header!

I have experienced bloating and tummy discomfort as well for many years. It got a little better when I first went vegetarian. But after awhile it actually got worse. I have been experimenting and decided to strictly avoid grains/legumes and I can confidently say I think I found them to be the culprit. Even my beloved oatmeal, I gave it up. The bloating has really gotten better and I wake up with so much more energy than I used to. However that meant I needed to reintroduce organic meats into my diet a couple of times a week. As much as I didn’t want to, my body feels incredibly more balanced.

I hope you find the solution! It can be very frustrating to not know where the problem lies.

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138 Katie September 25, 2011

If nothing else, it is SO COMFORTING to know that other extremely health conscious people sometimes experience health concerns. Sometimes I feel mad at my body for having issues (a flu that wouldn’t go away for 2 weeks, ovarian cysts, etc.) because I think it ought to be functioning perfectly. I feel embarrassed sometimes to tell people about my issues because it’s like a bad advertisement for healthy living. “She’s a whole-foods munching vegan who exercises and she’s still not in tip top shape!” But it’s really helpful to see you being open about this. Thank you!

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139 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2011

Thanks Katie! I can relate to how you feel. As my husband put it the other night, ‘Ange, everyone has health issues they struggle with…everyone.’ That really made me see it in a different light.

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140 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 25, 2011

That looks so good! I should try it but I am so bad at making anything with dough. But practice makes perfect!

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141 Mandi September 25, 2011

I am in love with your new header! It is so beautiful and makes me so happy that it’s fall.

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142 Danielle September 25, 2011

I hope you get to the bottom of your symptoms soon. I am glad to hear your are pushing to get to the bottom of it. I think you will also have luck with a naturopath. I saw one a couple years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. Good luck with everything!

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143 Lauren September 25, 2011

I hope you figure out what is making you feel so bad and that you get better soon. I know how frustrating it can be to deal with unknown stomach issues.

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144 gina September 25, 2011

Hey Ang! I also have IBS and had severe stomach bloating for many years even on a vegan diet. I know this is now what you probably want to hear but all my stomach issues/bloating vanished when I went primal. That means avoiding grains, beans, soy, dairy and processed foods (including fake/mock cheese and meat as well as sugar) I love to read your blog and adapt the recipes to my lifestyle but I’ve never felt sicker than when I was vegan and eating a carb-heavy diet… Now I’ve given up my morning oatmeals and bean salads in exchange for fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and pastured meats, wild fish, nuts and seeds, organic farm-fresh eggs and loads of healthy fats (coconut, evoo, avocado..etc) I dropped body fat and water weight instantly and I have so much more energy these days. I also can go longer without meals than when I ate grains…I was hungry every couple hours and breakfast never seemed to fill me up enough…now I can even skip breakfast some days and be perfectly satisfied for hours…I don’t crave sweets anymore either..which is a miracle.
Whatever lifestyle choices you make, I hope you find relief from your problems and quickly. Not everyone HAS to suffer from health maladies.

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145 Veggie V! @Veggie V's Vegan Adventure September 25, 2011

This sounds amazing! I love thin crust. I’m going to have to find some buckwheat groats somewhere, pronto!

The roasted tomato pesto keeps reminding me of refriend beans, which makes me think Mexican pizza. Now I seriously want Mexican pizza.

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146 Casi Leigh September 25, 2011

Ange, we are all with you through this! <3

Been going through something similar myself lately, in the form of bloating/abdominal and back pain plus eczema. Finally trying to cut gluten as a last ditch effort. It's hard to have something amiss with your health and not be able to figure it out. I hope it comes to light for you as soon as possible.

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147 Moni'sMeals September 25, 2011

Ang, you are my hero yet again for being so honest and real to us all. I think it is so important you speak up and this allows for so much more to come up for others to share. I want to tell you that I have had oviarian cysts too (and many friends and family members) and they have all gone away. I know you are going to be just fine and I wish you all the positivity in the world.

By the way I adore this recipe and the new header. ;)

Good for you to be so on top of your health, no one else will do it for us. :)

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148 Pure2raw twins September 25, 2011

Angela I hope you get answers! good luck tomorrow

my sister and I going through another bad health spurt, and we read a new book called Diet Wise, and it has opened our eyes to hidden food allergies. we have been trying our best to follow an elimination diet, but it has been hard. we are not sure where we stand on everything, as we have not seen major improvements. I feel like a failure, but trying to keep learning what works for my body. it can be tough.

thinking of you, HUGS
Michelle

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149 kathleen September 25, 2011

Please make sure you are comfortable with your physicians answers regarding what is going on. I highly recommend second / third opinions as necessary. I’m sure yours is probably nothing too serious but in the event it is you want to know sooner than later. My husband was told he had an ulcer and was treated for it for 1 year before we found a doctor / surgeon that was able to diagnose and operate in time. Not to scare you but his ultimate diagnosis was devastating and we only wished we received the right answers a year earlier. The GI system is mysterious and Dr. Google can be scary. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

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150 niki September 25, 2011

hi there – you might also want to have your pelvic floor checked out. i have had major bloating, abdominal pain, constipation/loose stools…finally saw a GI doc who specializes in motility and it turns out your pelvic floor can be so tight that it interferes with elimination and then you get all backed up with no where for food or gas to go. even if you are eliminating some every day, the symptoms can be severe. and then your digestion and colon can slow way down because your body becomes confused about the need to go. and ibs, crohns, fertility disorders, etc. can cause those muscles to become tight the the original problem and symptoms and the pelvic floor problems become intertwined. i am starting an intensive physical therapy program in a week to help treat it. but since i never would have figured my internal pelvic floor muscles could become uncoordinated and cause all of these seemingly unrelated issues, i thought i would share. i wish you the best, and hope your doctor is open to exploring the pelvic floor as a possibility of your trouble. a manual exam and a motility test will tell you what you need to know.

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151 Jeni September 27, 2011

Is there any way to resolve these issues without physical therapy or doctors medications/invasive techniques? This sounds like me. Is diet a problem? Im not vegetarian, but don’t really want to be. I feel extremely backed up with gas and elmination for me is fluctuating and frustrating. I’m low weight though, so I can’t intentionally eat less. So I feel pounding in food makes it worse…but I have to gain weight. Thoughts? Please email me or respond if you can. Thks.

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152 Christina September 25, 2011

Hope you feel better!! Given that your bloodwork came back normal, I think going to the naturopath will be really beneficial. Since they take a much more holistic perspective than do allopathic doctors, I find that they’re much more open-minded to possibilities of what might be out of balance instead of honing in only on their specialized area (though it sounds like the doctor you’re seeing is great and is offering you good options). In any case, sending you positive thoughts!

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153 Alyssa September 25, 2011

Love the new banner or anything fall for that matter:) I really understand what you are going through and I’m sorry to hear about it. Since April I have been through test after test for my abdominal pain. It can be so frustrating! Hang in there and I agree, listen to your body, you know it best!

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154 Terri September 25, 2011

I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic about it, but I had a lot of success with working with a naturopath when I was having digestive issues and unexplained hives. Gluten was the issue for me, and I feel so much better after cutting it out, but I don’t know that I would have had the knowledge or patience to figure it out on my own. Good luck!

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155 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 25, 2011

I am sorry you haven’t been feeling well!

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156 annemarie September 26, 2011

I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling off and can completely relate. I’ve had very similar issues to yours for the last couple of months and have found the most improvement when I cut out grains, dairy and raw foods. I’ve been to see a naturopath who prescribed probiotics and suggested cutting out the above food stuff. She said at this stage my body simply cannot digest salads and raw vegetables :(. My next step was having a food intolerance test but unfortunately this didnt help much: out of the 45 food items tested they all came back positive other than chicken. Normally a couple of items are supposed to be the culprit it is then pretty easy to cut those out. In my case I am focusing on cutting out the ones with the highest scores. Good luck with your tests!

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157 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts September 26, 2011

Oh Ange, I am so sorry to hear about your health challenges of late :( The stress and turmoil those sorts of experiences bring is massive. I really hope everything goes well tomorrow and that you can get some answers soon. Thinking of you!

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158 Nadine September 26, 2011

Hey- don’t usually comment but I’ve got both PCOS and IBS and recently i’ve been doing an elimination diet (with help of nutritionist) based around the FODMAPS school of foods which I’ve found really helpful dealing with the horrible IBS symptoms- its a weird bunch of different things including wheat, onions and garlic, legumes, high fructose (like apples and pears, mangoes and honey) and polyols (stone fruits, avocados, mushrooms). Slightly depressing to cut them all out then introduce them one at a time, but generally people who are fodmaps sensitive are worse with some stuff more than others (i’m sensitive to wheat, polyols and legumes, unfortunately for a vegan, but high fructose and onions/garlic were fine). Heres a link if you want to have a read:
http://ibs.about.com/od/ibsfood/a/The-FODMAP-Diet.htm
Good luck with the PCOS too :)

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159 Sabrina September 26, 2011

I see the fall header with Explorer but It doesnt come up on Google Chrome (even if I press Ctrl. F5). Have you tried taking a bit of pure unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar? It might help, you might want to look into it. I really hope you get better soon. I was in for my pap last month and after we left the doctors office my husband told me that he said my right ovary was enlarged!!! I live in Italy and although my Italian is pretty good for medical things I have a hard time following what is being said and my husband just casually mentioned this after we left the office. Now I know nothing more then that and of course its too late to ask questions so I have been a bit freaked out ever since and Google isnt helping! I am anxious to hear what you find out about yours (if anything).
Hugs,
Sabs.

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160 Christy September 26, 2011

Hi Angela!
I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and also ordered your bars a few times. This is my first time posting, I felt a strong urge to comment today! I suffer the same symptoms you do and thought maybe my story can help you? Actually I’ve been having stomach pains since college and wasn’t diagnosed with ibs until this past may. I’m a dentist myself but ended up going to a naturopath for help. It might be tmi for other bloggers, if you want, please email me and I can tell you more. So far everything is getting better! My email is christy.jen@gmail.com

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161 Heather September 26, 2011

Angela, I’m so sorry to hear about your discomfort. That must be so frustrating to deal with on a daily basis – especially because you simply don’t know when it will strike.

On a different note, my mouth is watering and that pizza looks to-die-for. On my list of things to make!

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162 suzanne September 26, 2011

Ooh – I hope you are feeling better and can get some answers – it is hard enough when you have all kinds of symptoms, but not knowing the cause is so frustrating. And yes – the internet can make us all nuts (and terminal!). The pizza looks great – can’t wait to try it on Friday – pizza night! Good luck today :-)

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163 Rebecca September 26, 2011

I’ve definitely noticed that many of your recipes are GF! I’m definitely trying this pizza crust recipe! But after reading the rest of your story, keep trying to eat gluten-free! I’ve been gluten free for about 10 years now. I’m sure you read up on the basics of celiac disease, but when you ingest gluten, it damages the little villi in your small intestine (they normally stand up straight, gluten ingestion flattens them out). The intestine can eventually heal itself with a gluten free diet but depending on how bad it’s damaged, it can take from 2 months to 2 years to heal up. This is also important because those villi are what absorbs the nutrients from your food. So don’t give up on the gluten free eating yet. Like I mentioned, I’ve been GF for 10 years now. Celiac disease can take on MANY different symptoms. Without going into too much detail, my doctor was convinced I had a brain tumor (great news to hear right?). But after talking to one of the many specialists I was going to, I starting doing some serious research. Also, like you, I have been diagnosed with PCOS and also rheumatoid arthritis. Celiac disease could have been a major contributor to both because my body wasn’t getting any of the nutrients it needed, so it started self destructing basically. As you can probably tell, I’m a major cheerleader for eating gluten free even of you don’t have issues with gluten. It’s actually a much healthier option (when you eat whole grains, not most of the GF products). Keep trying it for a few months and see what happens. It might take a while but it will be worth it if you start to feel a difference.

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164 Noelle (@singerinkitchen) September 26, 2011

So sorry to hear you are having issues Angela! Hope the doctor is able to pin point it soon!

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165 Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde September 26, 2011

I talk pretty openly in my real life about having PCOS because as my doctor said to me once “you don’t look like you have it”, well i do and i had to diagnose myself to find out what was wrong and yes i ruffled a few feathers on that search
Going to a naturopath and having acupuncture did a lot for my symptoms and i truly believe it shrank my cysts as i started getting regular cycles again
Until i’m ready to start trying for a baby i’m on strong birth control to shrink the cysts and the day i go off will be the day i call the naturopath again
I have several friends with PCOS and they all have lovely healthy babies :)

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166 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 26, 2011

1) I love the new header! It gets me so excited for the Fall!

2) I had stomach issues after college and last year I finally went to the dr to see what was wrong. My regular dr. did a blood test and it said I was allergic to dairy, eggs, meat, and peanuts. After a year of eating vegan I saw another allergist and got skin testing. That test says I’m allergic to eggs (unless they protein has been cooked away), plums, carrots, sweet potatoes and pollen. Go figure. I’m in the process of testing this all out but I know how annoying it is to keep removing food from your diet.

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167 Leslie September 26, 2011

I had a similar story – got diagnosed with IBS a few years after college.

It seemed that a vegetarian diet really bothered me. I now eat mostly paleo, and I’ve gained back a healthy amount of weight (was underweight) and the bloating has gone away. IBS attacks are down to once every few months. It’s great.

In the process of diagnosing the IBS I tried GF for a while too. Didn’t do anything for me, but meals that were GF and happened to be paleo (like crustless quiche for dinner) didn’t give me any problems. If Gluten Free doesn’t work, try Paleo. It’s worth a shot, and has done wonders for me.

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168 Sarah September 26, 2011

I have Simple Hyperplasia and I’m watched all the time for cysts and fibroid tumors. I’ve dealt with it since I was 10, and it never gets less annoying. I do what I have to because some day I want children. I hope your ultrasound goes well and that you can find relief from these symptoms.
The pizza looks delicious! And I love the new header

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169 Leslie Paquette September 26, 2011

I hope you get your health issues resolved soon. Have they checked your hormone levels for PCOS? I only ask because I’m an ultrasound tech and we are not great at diagnosing PCOS though we can certainly see if the ovaries are enlarged and have more than the normal amount of cysts on them. It’s frustrating to have vague symtoms and no answers. I definitely understand where you are coming from since I’ve been experiencing a similar problem. It’s very interesting how are bodies react to certain foods as well. I think abdominal pain and bloating is one of the worst symptoms to experience especially if you can’t pin point what’s causing it. Good luck with you ultrasound today, I’ll be thinking about you. Oh, and that pizza looks delicious and I may have to make that for dinner tonight :)

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170 Leslie Paquette September 26, 2011

One more thing, is it okay to broil the pizza on the silpat mat? I have the same mat as you and if I remember correctly the instructions said never to broil with it. Thanks!

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171 Janna September 26, 2011

Angela,
Your symptoms sound a lot like appendicitis, I had very similar bloating and pelvic pains, finally went to the ER after a few days when the pain became unbearable…just wanted to throw that out there, hope it’s not that though!!

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172 Callie September 26, 2011

Have you looked into the possibility that you might have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)? I have had this and it recurs from time to time and the symptoms sound a lot like yours.

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173 Lara September 26, 2011

I have the exact same symptoms that pop up on and off. IBS, ulcers, food allergies, migraines, insomnia, etc…I was recently in a health food store and someone suggested that I add L-Glutimine to my smoothies. It has worked amazingly well. Best wishes during your tests today.

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174 Dutchgirl Sam September 26, 2011

It sucks not knowing what’s wrong.
Good luck with your health issues and with all the testing you have to go through.

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175 Rhona September 26, 2011

Pizza looks good. I LOVE the new header. Very fallish and cute.
Since you told us about your female health issue I thought I would share mine with you. I was diagnosed with endometriosis when was 20. While in university, my cramps became unbearable and I would beg to go to the hospital monthly for morphine. I had to take at least one day off per month once I started to work and my cramps were at its worst when I was under stress (which was like every day). The dr’s told me I had to find a way to manage the pain as there is no cure. For years I suffered brutally. Interestingly enough, once I started to work out, a few months into it, the symptoms lessoned. Since I went vegan, I can’t remember having a crampy month. Of course I have slight pain but most months I don’t need any tylenol. In the past I used to pop tylenol like fiend to help me cope with the pain (which never helped and neither did any RX drugs). I could not walk, bend, eat, use the bathroom. It was a true nightmare. These days I find being vegan has helped the most and I attribute being almost healed, I gues,s to not eating meat or dairy or animal completely. Also, my periods are light and quick. In the past it lasted longer and was heavy. This is also a family thing and a few women in my family have suffered from infertility due to cyst issues. I don’t want kids so this is no worry for me but the pain of endo is a nightmare.
I am telling you this because I am sure your cysts reduced in size due to your vegan diet. The more I read on plant-based eating, the more scientists are realizing we can heal outselves via diet alone in a lot of cases. Good luck with the bloating and ovary issues. I know for sure a naturopath will be helpful for sure. I have many friends go to a naturopaths with only positive results.

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176 Whitney September 26, 2011

Oh wow, that pizza looks fab! I can’t wait to try the crust. I think I’ll need to whip up another batch of that roasted tomato pesto. Made it last weekend, and wow wow wow! To die! :)

Also, sorry to hear about the health issues you’ve been dealing with. I know I get bloating A LOT too, and it’s definitely painful and embarrassing at the same time. I agree with other comments here– it’s awesome you’re open about it. Nice to know other HEALTHY people still have issues occasionally too. You’re not alone!! Feel better! :)

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177 Laura September 26, 2011

Hope you get all that health business and bloaty tummy squared away soon! That pizza looks amaaazing! Me and flatbread-style thin crust go way back. Also, I’m pretty much powerless to the appeal of gourds. Once they appear in the fall, I buy them uncontrollably. I tell myself it’s okay because they’re all unique and special. That said, love your sweet new banner :)

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178 Stacie September 26, 2011

Will be thinking of you today! Hope you get some good news. Love the fall header BTW. :)

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179 FlowerChildYoga September 26, 2011

I recently learned of the ALCAT test. It is pricey, but gives great detailed info on food allergies and sensitivities. It is supposed to be much more sensitive and informative than traditional allergy testing.

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180 Callie {rawxy} September 26, 2011

First – Good luck with your Dr. appointment! Reading your story, was almost like reading my own… Well, in the stomach pain + PCOS sense. And, to be quite honest, giving up (or drastically decreasing) wheat helped beyond belief. Also, if you are seeing a naturopath, hopefully you’ll get a BioMeridian scan, as it’s one of the best ways to detect food allergies. For example, I started getting horrible stomach pain last spring and for the life of me, couldn’t figure out what was causing it – so, I booked an apt. with my naturopath and sure enough, it was an allergy to brown rice. Cut out the sun warrior protein and viola – pain no more!

Now, with that being said, I still experience stomach comfort when I eat foreign foods – and, I still am not 100% gluten free… Girl just can’t do it ;) My numero uno supplement though, to help with the stomach discomfort, is Source Naturals Essential Enzymes… I literally have 3 bottles – One in my car, one in my purse and one in my kitchen. Basically, with every meal, I open a capsule and pour it on my food. Stomach pain, no more. Amazing.

Good luck!

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181 erika September 26, 2011

I know almonds and almond milk give me cramps and can’t eat them. Soy in all forms bloats me and oats can sometimes cramp me up. Those are somethings you might want to elimnate in your diet and you might also want to take probiotics and enzymes to help with digestion. I know a vegan diet rich in fruit and veggies tends to bloat – I am always walking around with a bloated stomach so annoying. Good luck to you !!

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182 Kristi September 26, 2011

My jaw dropped when I read this post. I knew there was some reason I feel kinship!

I totally understand the stomach pain. I was diagnosed with IBS about 7.5 years ago. While I don’t have any food allergies/sensitivities, my daughter (2) is severely allergic to dairy, peanuts, and eggs. While I would like to throw both situations to the curb, I do realize that they are the reason I eat so healthy and feed my family the way that I do (and also the reason I found your blog!)

I’m curious what your journey with IBS treatment has been – if you have ever tried medication or probiotic treatments… I myself tried several medications, none of which really helped (and one seemed to have very negative effects on my anxiety levels, which was a listed side effect). I certainly can say “ditto” to the anxiety/stress comment – I feel like my stress/tiredness level can actually have more effect on my IBS than the food I eat. However, on that note, I was kind of surprised by the foods that you listed that set off your IBS. For me, fat, too much caffeine, and alcohol are my biggest triggers. I have certainly had periods of time in which I feel crappy often, and I have also had months in which I feel really good (during pregnancy, I had very little IBS, weird, huh?)

What kind of food allergy testing are you getting – skin or blood?

And just on a total whim, have you ever had your gallbladder checked out?

Anyways, enough for now!

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183 Valerie September 26, 2011

My hubs went through the same process of trying to figure out why he was getting celiac-type-symptoms ALL of the time, with no real common-denominator. It turns out he has a high sensitivity/intolerance to MSG and other preservatives! MSG is in everything and goes by tons of different names (ie. nutritional yeast is MSG)… so it can be hard to pinpoint. It may be worth looking into!

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184 AGS September 26, 2011

Sorry to hear this — and I do hope you can find a cause, and can then take action to mitigate your body’s reaction.

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185 Suzanne September 26, 2011

OMG!!!

As I was reading your post, I was thinking…is she writing MY medical history??

I was diagnosed with IBS a while ago, and have always had the exact symptoms you are describing. I also had weird pains in my ovaries….and have had to be subjected to the bladder-busting ultrasounds/transvaginal ultrasounds too! It was due to enlarge ovarian cysts that were left alone to go away on their own. And I had to monitor them yearly.

But I haven’t check on them in the past few years. And after reading your post, I feel like I should check on them, since i still sometimes get a familiar ache in that area. I hope everything goes smoothly for you with the tests.

Just thinking about the prep for the ultrasounds is making me cringe! Holding your pee is never a fun time. ;)

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186 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner September 26, 2011

I love the new header!

DO NOT Google your symptoms… although I think we are all guilty of it at times, it’s the worst thing to do. Good for you for advocating for yourself and pushing for the second ultra-sound. I STRONGLY believe that we must be our own advocates when it comes to healthcare, especially as young adults. I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble and not feeling so well. I hope you get the answers you want/need soon and start feeling better. Please keep us posted. In the meantime, I’ll be sending you positive and healthy vibes :)

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187 KellyK September 26, 2011

Like Kristi above, my jaw dropped when I read your post today. I have mild Crohn’s disease, and it is similar, but of course different. I am sorry that you are struggling, it is never fun to feel uncomfortable. I go to a GI doctor, and I find them extremely helpful, understanding about the changes in my system, and they are very pro-active to any change in symptoms that I have. Good luck with anything that is upcoming, and I hope you start to feel better soon!

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188 Beth September 26, 2011

I am also very familiar to the bladder bursting prep for the ultrasound. I’ve had the external & internal ultrasounds many times. The last time I had it done (4 years ago?) the technician also showed me my gallbladder. Very cool stuff.
Hope you get the answers to your discomfort soon.

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189 VeggieGirl September 26, 2011

Sorry to hear about the pain, at least you know how to make a wicked gluten free pizza!!

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190 shamima September 26, 2011

Hope you are able to determine what is causing your discomfort and get some relief!
Take care!

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191 Denise September 26, 2011

HI Angela. I had the very same issue and it just kept getting worse. I too went from blood tests and an exam. Blood tests came back negative for gluten intolerance. BUT my triglycerides were borderline high. My doc told me I might have inflammed bowel disorder and also had warning signs of Type 2 diabetes which was a SHOCKER. I am not overweight, I eat healthy and I exercise all the time. It can happen to anyone. This is different the IBS. My doctor told me to cut out sugar… I did cut out sugar and it has really helped. No processed foods really has helped as well. I have been drinking a ton of water to flush out my system, which really helps with keeping the bloatiness away. And I voluntarily stopped eating gluten. Which really improved my symptoms. I personally think the gluien and sugar combined, really made me sick. I hope it comes down to diet for you as well… Best wishes. I will be thinking about you

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192 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 26, 2011

im sorry to hear about what you’ve been through! I can imagine what a shocker that would be. I’m so glad your new diet is helping you.

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193 Get Skinny, Go Vegan. September 26, 2011

God. All us girls have some issue at some time like this! You might want to read “It’s my Ovaries, Stupid” because it has lots of information the doctors really don’t tell you! I also quit gluten, and I am not exactly sure why. It may not have been causing the issue, but it does help with the bloating. The PCOS thing is odd, because in someone really healthy like you, your bloodwork may all be fine, but if your testosterone is high or your estradiol is NOT twice that of your estrone, it could be something like PCOS. Other than the cysts, I think they kind of determine it being a metabolic disorder, and your cholesterol and sugars, etc…may be okay ONLY because you are eating so well……….I would pay attention to my estradiol.

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194 Sarah F. September 26, 2011

oh angela! this post came as such a relief! i literally just got home from the doctor who diagnosed me with IBS and i’m starting the “chicken & rice” diet tomorrow (basically rice since i don’t eat meat) to see if i have a gluten intolerance. my GI recommended i try a low dose of an anti-depressant to lessen my sensitivity to my GI issues. this doesn’t sound like a route i want to pursue – did you ever try prescription medications to treat your IBS? sorry i just unloaded on your comments section but i’m trying to get as much personal experience input as possible! thanks! ps: your recipes are delicious and my carnivorous, non-vegan friends have yet to catch on!

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195 Emily September 26, 2011

Hi Angela! I adore your blog and am always recommending it to everyone I know. Just recently I turned my coworker on to it and she said she spent all day reading through your recipes and stories, and had her first overnight oats this AM! I have had similar stomach issues–mine turned out to be uterine fibroid tumors, which an ultrasound revealed. I look about 6 months pregnant too–not so fun!! I hope that you get your health issues figured out, I thought my issue was gluten too! I notice I tend to digest gluten free things better anyway, so it’s fun to include them in your diet :) Sending positivity and well wishes your way!!

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196 Emily September 26, 2011

Hope all goes well; unresolved health issues are the worst. I just called my doctor about upper back pain that I’ve been having near constantly, along with pins and needles up and down my arms. I’ve been putting it off because I feel like a hypochondriac, but I’d rather get it checked out than just sit around and worry!

Hope your ultrasound helps to resolve some issues, and hope that it’s nothing serious. :)

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197 jamie @ cueyourlife September 26, 2011

Angela! Just the other week I posted the following on my own struggle with “IBS”. Would love if you would read it. I have struggled with this for 20 years…but I am almost completely symptom free these days. It’s taken a lot to get there but it’s like living a whole new life!

http://cueyourlife.com/2011/09/10/out-of-the-fog-part-one/
http://cueyourlife.com/2011/09/11/out-of-the-fog-part-two/

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198 Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner September 26, 2011

I just started having the very same symptoms in the last 4-6weeks! My doctor told me the same thing about gluten. It helped but I don’t think its the realy issue either. Please let me know what you find!

I also read in a glutenfree article that in order for the tests to reveal if there are antibodies in the blood from gluten, one must keep eating gluten to reveal it.

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199 Whitney September 26, 2011

Hi Angela,

My name is Whitney. I have a suggestion: You might want to cut out all nightshades (tomoatos, corn, eggplant, all peppers, and potatoes) then sugar as well. I don’t know if you have tried that, but it’s worth a shot.

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200 Jillian September 26, 2011

It is unbelievably comforting to hear that someone else has the same strange belly issues as I do. I have had a whole battery of tests but no conclusive results…just frustration and a bloated belly 24/7. I ultimately got tired of trying new things – but maybe it’s time to get back on the horse. It’s a rough way to live always feeling like you have an extra 5-10 pounds around your midsection no matter how healthy your lifestyle. I hope you are able to get to the bottom of what is going on with you as soon as possible!

Sending good vibes your way :)

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201 Jillian September 26, 2011

PS. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us readers.

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202 Kathy September 26, 2011

Awh T^T
Hwaiting, Mrs. Angela! ^^

[google hwaiting :)]

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203 Carmen September 26, 2011

I am a faithful reader and silent follower. Thanks for always being so open and honest about your life and health. Sometimes, reading glossy blogs with perfect pictures can make one feel less than perfect. However, I have learned that it is easy to post a picture perfect life, outfit, how-to, etc., but it doesn’t mean that the depiction is necessarily true. I appreciate the honesty and sincerity that you infuse into your writings–sharing things that are inspiring, relatable, very real and difficult, and perhaps at times, even embarrassing.

I’m sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. I recently had some digestive issues earlier this year and it was a frustrating time. I am sorry to admit that it all began when I started to make a few of your recipes–Tomato Barley Risotto was a fast favorite–and had similar bloating, digestive issues, and overall sense of fatigue. I couldn’t figure it out and racked my mind about it. In addition, whatever I was eating caused my skin to become extremely congested. This was all new to me since I have never had digestive or skin issues. I, too, was worried I had a gluten intolerance, but didn’t have any reactions to anything else. Long story short, I finally figured it out (well, my husband did!) — nutritional yeast. I have never been able to handle/process MSG and figured out the hard way that nutritional yeast has high levels of MSG. I am happy to report that said digestive and skin issues disappeared once I stopped eating it and I have also been drinking liver cleanse tea to encourage this process. I love your recipes and have incorporated many into my repertoire, however, nutritional yeast and I are not pals. Hope you find some answers and reprieve soon! Thinking of you.

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204 Tiina McKay September 26, 2011

Wow! You are SO lucky to have a doctor that not only knows that there’s a connection to food and heatlh but fully believes in it and actually shares that knowledge with his patients instead of just prescribing you some meds and telling you to get on your way. I actually believe you will find relief by going GF!

Remember all the symptoms your body sends out are just messages for you to take action and make changes in your diet and lifestyle, and they do get louder the more you ignore them (so it’s great that you’re not anymore!). They’re always connected to the same thing though. Just reduce toxins and inflammation in the body! It really is that simple. Find the food allergens that are bothering you and eliminate them (namely gluten, casein, soy, and nightshade veggies are often a problem). Take a good quality probiotic everyday. You will also need to take fish oil daily (DHA and EPA), but I know that may not be an option for you. These are just the main things, but there are many many other things you can do too.

I’ve healed my own and my son’s autoimmune disease, along with all my millions of other crazy symptoms, so I have a bit of experience with this! Also, my health coaching practice focuses on autoimmune diseases and digestive disorders, so I’m learning more and more every day. Will gladly share more info with you if interested! :) Good luck Angela!!

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205 Leslie@nuthingbeetskale.com September 26, 2011

Here I go with yet another comment on this post :) I made the pizza dough for dinner tonight and it was delicious. My husband and I are both thin crust fans and I was thrilled with how thin I could roll the dough and still have it hold together. I was a little nervous to make this after my last frustrating experience making pizza dough. I actually split the dough into 2 portions and cooked both on the silpat mat and then transferred to parchment to broil the toppings. This will definitely be made again soon! I keep thinking about all of the delicious toppings I can add next time. Thanks!!

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206 carri September 27, 2011

i am sure you have heard this
800 times, but def. get
tested for celiac – if for no
other reason, than to rule it out.
it’s just a blood test (though make sure
you are still ingesting gluten
before you get tested.)
celiac could be related to
all the symptoms you described.
i was diagnosed 4 years ago
after spending years feeling exhausted,
crampy and nauseas.
after several months gluten free,
i felt like a normal person again!
twas GRAND!
anyhoo…LOVE LOVING THE GLU_FRU)NESS!
of your blog.
big BIG fan.

FEEL BETTZ!

x

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207 nuttmegs17 October 1, 2011

Agree wtih getting tested but there are a ton of false negatives for celiac – blood tests and biopsy’s come back negative all the time and are wrong – the best cheapest thing to do is an elimination diet. Include nuts dairy eggs nightshades GLUTEN (of course) soy, etc and slowly reintroduce them one at a time. It has helped a TON

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208 Natasha Cook September 27, 2011

Angela:

I hope that you get some real answers concerning your illness soon. I suffer from PCOS, I’ve had it since 2004 (probably earlier). It’s livable but a heck of a struggle at times. If you ever wanted to chat about it, I’m open to that.
The pizza, like everything else you cook, looks sublime. Thanks for sharing your talents and your struggles with us.

Blessings!

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209 Nicole Monnin September 27, 2011

I can say i have been where you are right now. I was put through every test known to man about 2 years ago. I had all the same things happening to me but add the fact that i always felt like i had the flu. I dropped weight simply because everytime i ate I felt so sick. It got to the point where i would rather be starving then be in pain. After every test coming back normal (nothing is more madening) the Health system basically said ” well nothing we can say, it must just be IBS” I felt like they failed me, that i must be losing my mind because they say everything is normal, when every part of my body and mind were screaming that something was so very wrong. That is when I switched to eatting a Vegan diet. It helped so much. I was still having issues after eatting certin meals and started really watching for connections. Thats when i noticed everytime I got sick I had eatten onions and or garlic. I advoid both like the pleauge now. i have been med free for over a year now and although I still have minor issues sometimes ( around that time of the month) all is fairly “normal” . So i wish you all the best in your war. But try and see if it helps you to remove the sulfer foods from your diet.

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210 Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun September 27, 2011

Goodness girl, that is a lot to go through, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I had been experiencing extreme bloating and gas lately, so I recently made an appointment with a naturopath. He did a food allergy/intolerance test and it the results were that I’m severely intolerant to eggs and peanuts! I would have never thought those foods. I love them, and I eat them everyday. But since eliminating them from my diet, I feel much better. A lot less bloating and gas (which my family thanks me for!) I really hope you find some answers :)

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211 Stephanie September 27, 2011

Cysts, tumours, cancer, whatever – it’s all the same. Acids damage cells. Toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat create acids in the body. Hell, even some of the foods we eat (animal products, grains, beans, alcohol, smoking anything) are acidifying. Fruits and veggies are alkalizing. Fruits and herbs can heal this and literally any other “disease.” Google Dr. Morse if you don’t believe me and call his clinic. It’s free.

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212 Jen @ The Well Read Fish September 27, 2011

Oh my gosh – the timing of this post couldn’t have been more appropriate for me! I’ve spent the past month dealing with terrible abdominal pains and had nearly every scan, test, even a laporoscopic surgery. I’ve lost 10 pounds and can barely eat a thing without dealing with pain. At the moment, they think it might be IBS, but they just don’t know. I’ve never had digestion issues before and now I’m on the hunt for any and all information, food ideas, etc.
I’ve read your blog for a while now, and for whatever reason, I never caught on to those issues you had. I mostly used your recipes just to be healthy and interesting (I am slow cooking your Canadian Maple baked beans right now). . . but now I actually think I’ll NEED your recipes to deal! Thanks!

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213 kelli September 27, 2011

chickpeas/beans make me feel bloated sometimes…

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214 Sara N September 27, 2011

Another vote for primal/paleo eating offering relief for all of these symptoms. I have been doing it for less than a month and feel better than I have ever felt.

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215 Christine @ Merf In Progress September 27, 2011

Hi Angela, I’m a reader that doesn’t usually comment, but this post really struck me. I also have a cyst on one ovary, about 6 cm big. I have to get an ultrasound every 6 months. I’ve had it at least five years (it was discovered during my first pregnancy). It’s scary.

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216 Kristy September 27, 2011

I look forward to hearing about your naturopath visit as I have been thinking about visiting one for a few years now :)

Hope you are feeling better soon!

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217 kkmoose September 27, 2011

you should look into macrobiotics– life changing!

(i had very similar issues a few years ago, and macrobiotics seriously turned my health and my life around)

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218 Amy September 28, 2011

Hi Angela,
I’ve been a reader for years but never comment because I’m lazy and time pressed! I love your recipes although I personally haven’t been able to make most of them due to my own food intolerences. I too have had issues with PCOS since the age of 17, all the while experimenting with every diet and cleanse in the book! Fasting is a great way to eliminate anything weird that’s been hanging out in your body, but it is advised to work up to it by eating a super clean diet. A while back I ordered an online ebook from overiancystnomore.com. It was basically a recipe book to prevent cysts from forming in the first place by eating foods that don’t interfere with hormones. Since I’ve also been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease I thought it would be an ideal way to eat for both issues. It’s a mostly raw and gluten free diet that includes little bits of fish and poultry. ALSO, paleo diets can be great for these issues, but I think a lot of people over emphasize the need for meat. The true wonder is the elimination of grains so filling up on veggies and fruit is the most important tenet of the diet. I know you’re vegan so you might find more relief in a diet such as that of kimberlysnyder.net, or Natalia Rose. Both are well known raw foodists who are also vegan, but know how to do it right so they don’t cause a lot of the health issues people bring on themselves by over consuming nuts and fats. They also promote eating a little cooked veggies. I find them both to be the most influential health gurus out there because they walk their talk and the results show! Another more extreme vegan diet is 80/10/10 which is basically 80% fruit 10% greens, and 10% fats. A lot of people find it to be the most miraculous diet out there while others (like myself) find following it 100% to be a challenge (with benefits!). I hope some of these resources help!

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219 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2011

Thank you Amy! I will check out those sources :)

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220 Erica September 28, 2011

Have you considered tracking your fibre intake? You could be getting too much. This was the source of many GI problems for my husband and I and we aren’t even vegetarians. I would imagine when you eat a really healthy, vegan diet it may be quite easy to overdo the fibre. Too much can cause a variety of gastro issues and can inhibit nutrient absorption. Switching from snacking almost exclusively on fruits and veggies to things like almonds, yogurt and cheese has helped me a lot, even though I still eat tons of fruits and veggies, legumes and whole grains at meal times. I know you don’t eat dairy, but maybe you could find other ways to cut back on fibre a wee bit that may help you.

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221 Erin September 28, 2011

hi there! i’ve dealt with cysts a few times and have had a few rupture, which is pretty bad. i’ve also been dealing with a hateful gallbladder lately and my symptoms sound a lot like yours. an ultrasound did NOT show stones and a more advanced scan showed that my gallbladder only works at 50%. i’m vegetarian and eat vegan most of the time, but i still have the problem — it has nothing to do with fat intake. you may want to have yours tested to see what it’s function level is.

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222 Amy September 28, 2011

I also wanted to share this video that I just happened to watch today on Natashas reversal of PCOS.. amazing stuff. What synchronicity! http://youtu.be/vEpbrjksxFU

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223 Laura October 7, 2011

Hi Angela, I have also been going gluten free due to bloating, etc. I thought I would do a 30 day experiment to just see how I feel and I do feel better. I didn’t have severe symptoms, but annoyances. One thing I learned is that the standard gluten tests that exist now only test two components of gluten, but there are many more. I have attached a link that has some really good info. There is a paleo-diet influence, but I find this blog to be very informative.
http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-1-dont-eat-toxins
Good luck!
Thanks for all the great recipes – I really enjoy your blog.

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224 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2011

Thanks Laura, I will check this out!

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225 debra ford October 15, 2011

LaURA-thanks for the great link to this fabulous article! very helpful and I think so true. It excourages me to really crack down on sugar and GF grains-thanks again!

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226 debra ford October 15, 2011

I have all of these issues too. I do have celiac, and can’t eat gluten, soy, corn, or dairy. My problems came back after knee surgery in April. I believe I have Leaky Gut Syndrome. Look it up and it describes your symptoms. The world’s leading researcher for celiac, Dr. Fasano, believes it is real, although it is not mainstream yet. I am seeing my GI doc at the end of the month to discuss. It is a great thing you are getting another ultrasound as the symtpoms also mimic ovarian cancer, as you know. Follow your heart and gut to find out what is going on. I am so loving your blog and can’t wait to make many of these fabulous recipes. I love reading and looking at the pictures. Thanks for having it and good luck with your GI issues!

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227 Sera October 16, 2011

Hello,

I have been a rather longtime reader of your blog and love making your recipes which have all turned out really delicious.

Anyway, I just wanted to say all the best and hope you get your medical issues sorted soon. I had a giant cell tumour growing in my foot bone for 3 months + in 2006 and it took a lot of x-rays/bone scans/MRI before the orthopaedist finally figured out what was wrong with me and scheduled me for surgery. So I empathize with the waiting and the not knowing. That’s the bit that’s really annoying.. At least if you know something, you can try to do something about it!

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228 Nicole Rouillon May 29, 2012

Hi There,

I have just recently discovered your blog and love what I see so far! You have had SO many responses that I havent been able to read them all so if I am repeating something you have read many times than im sorry! But I feel you pain I really do! I have suffered from IBS my whole life and always thought that my CONSTANT symptoms (despite a healthy diet) was just the IBS but after extensive testing a a few trips to hospital I found out I have Fructose Malabsorption! I have found that both my IBS and my fructose has effected my liver function and my ovaries/uterus due to constant swelling of my bowels. In fact last week I went to hospital as a large cyst had twisted my ovary and than ruptured! So I have my fingers crossed for you that it is nothing serious and if your doctors cannot give you an answer I suggest having your Fructose tolerance tested!!! It is all connected.. Once I addressed this things finally started to improve!
All the best!

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229 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2012

Thank you Nicole, Im actually going to a new doctor today in hopes to get more answers. Thanks for sharing your story!

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230 Hannah June 4, 2012

This looks so yummy! I tried the other pizza recipe on here and it was SO good, can’t wait to try this! Is there any kind of flour to replace the buckwheat and almond meal ? My mum’s allergic to almonds and I can’t seem to find buckwheat anywhere! Thanks, hope you are feeling better! :)

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231 Lindsay July 4, 2012

I have seriously struggled with almost all the same issues as you. I saw a chinese herbalist in Chinatown in Chicago and for 8 months. He got rid of all of my issues and I no longer take any herbs, five years later. I eat gluten now all the time and do not experience any symptoms. He has gotten rid of ovarian cysts with the herbs. He is also a doctor and a nutritionist. Not to mention he is a 6th generation herbalist. The site is http://www.liferising.com and his name is Zhengang Guo. I highly recommend him and have sent a lot of friends an family to him with great results. He also has other herbalists all Over the country working with his herbal formulations do if you aren’t near Chicago. Good luck!!

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232 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Thank you for the referral!

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233 Aslan July 21, 2012

Hiya,
thanks for recipes.
Here is some info re IBS that may interest you.
Ignore his politics/belief in a supernatural being/and pro meat stance – and he is pretty good when it comes to just talking about health.
Best wishes.

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234 Aslan July 21, 2012
235 Kristen August 22, 2012

Made this for lunch. LOVE the crust. Really tasty. I topped the pizza with sundried tomatoes, green peppers and black olives and made a roasted red pepper tomato sauce for the base. I used the jalapeno garlic Daiya cheese, that was the only disappointment. I keep wanting to like Daiya, but it repeatedly disappoints. I’ve tried the cheddar, mozzarella and the jalapeno garlic havarti style wedge which is definitely the best, bust still not that good. Is there a better alternative out there? I think I may go back to just sprinkling nutritional yeast on my pizza again, the Daiya is weird, haha. Have you ever tried using a nut cheeze on your pizzas?

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236 Roxanne December 13, 2012

I don’t know why I do a Search for stuff, when I always end up with the tastiest version at your blog post. Love this Crust ( Topped with my favorites) Best and easiest Version I have come across to date. Thanks so much

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237 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2012

Aw thank you, so glad you enjoyed it!

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238 molly December 22, 2012

These are amazing. I loved them! I haven’t had a pizza in ages since I’ve cut back on processed foods, but this pizza base is a hundred times better then any other. You can feel the yummy, healthy goodness with every bite!

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239 Ellen Smyth July 16, 2013

I’ve experienced similar issues. I’ve had severe allergies to just about everything, which creates a lot of gastrointestinal issues. I’ve also had issues with ovarian cyst: I had a 4.4 pound cyst removed in December when it collapsed on top of my ovary, cutting off circulation to the cyst and the ovary. But I believe I have found the nearest thing to a cure for all of my many issues (these are just two) in the form of a juicing detox. By juice fasting, I have had a tremendous reduction in inflammation, weight, and female issues. I also feel like this is going to heal my intestinal issues, although I do expect that to be a slow process. This video kicked me off, although they don’t really recommend fasting as much as I am doing. But I don’t think many people are in as dire a need of detox as I am, either. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGyf27CocxM

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240 Simplehiccup September 12, 2013

This is the best pizza dough in all creation. I was trying to replicate the Amy’s frozen roasted veggie pizza and this was *perfect* as the base.

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241 Melissa March 2, 2014

Is the olive oil essential for the crust to work, or is it just for flavour? I tend to be quite determined to avoid oils as much as possible (I’d rather get my fat in avocados, seeds and nuts), but I don’t want my stubbornness to ruin what would be a delicious pizza, hehe.

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242 Lara March 10, 2014

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! Great photography too!

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243 Lara March 10, 2014

Thanks for this great post! Fantastic use of photography! I love all your HD shots!

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244 Steph April 3, 2014

Hello Angela…Ive just recently been introduced to your blog and I love your recipes^^
I wanted to share something with you for IBS… I can emphasize with the discomfort pain and bloating. I was also diagnosed with ibs over 7 years ago. But i found a miracle mineral that has helped so much. I take magnesium oxide everyday and it has changed my life. I rarely get bloated and i can eat almost twice as much as i could before.

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245 ellie February 19, 2015

I have made this twice it is my new go-to pizza base recipe!! SO DELICIOUS

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246 Iris May 2, 2015

Hi there!
I’m sorry to hear of your physical ailments. I used to suffer from just about all of the above you mentioned- until I started doing parasite cleansing and taking probiotics. I hope it is nothing too serious! Keep us posted!

For the recipe: I used spelt flour instead of almond flour because almond flour is harder to digest for me. It came out AMAZING. BEST vegan pizza I’ve had so far. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

Namaste

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