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After my grocery store raid for canned pumpkin, you knew this was coming!


I was so looking forward to Pumpkin Pancakes.  One of my favorite things to eat during the Fall and Winter!  This morning, I tried this 1-2-3 Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancake mix.  I’ve only tried one other GF pancake mix and it was horrible – so I was very impressed at how tasty this brand was!  Wahoo!


I figure this is a good time to address my forays into going gluten-free, since many people have asked in the comments section if I’m still trying to eat a GF diet.


If you missed the original post on why I went GF (or tried to), here it is.  Basically, back in June, I took an Adrenal Stress Index test to see if my adrenal glands were functioning properly (they weren’t, as evidenced by my crushing fatigue) and one of the surprising results of the ASI test was that I was also gluten sensitive.  I would’ve NEVER guessed that I was gluten sensitive, as I had no physical symptoms.  Although I never blogged about it, I followed up with a stool analysis that revealed massive inflammation (like, IBS IBD levels – thanks for the correction, guys!) in my gut and reconfirmed my gluten sensitivity.  I could also do a blood test but that seems a little pointless now.


(Side note:  Sorry that the word ‘stool’ was just included in my breakfast post.  Heh.)


Anyway – I’ve really, really tried hard to avoid gluten in my diet since then, but let me tell you – it’s challenging, especially when you don’t have significant symptoms to ‘motivate’ you to stay on track.  It’s pretty easy to be GF when I eat at home.  All the bread you see on the blog is GF (I love Udi’s brand) and I’ve been filling up on millet and quinoa.  Knowing how much inflammation I have in my system really scares me and generally helps me stay on the straight and narrow; if I fall off the wagon even once a week, I realize that I’m doing damage to my body on the inside.   Eating GF at home really isn’t hard and is actually quite yummy and tasty – I never feel deprived at home – but eating out is a whole other story.  It’s hard to stick with it when I travel, go on vacation, or eat out.  I make an effort… but sometimes I just feel frustrated and eat that bread, wedding cake, or tortilla.  Basically, I’m trying but I could (and should) be trying harder. 


On a side note, the Husband (a Chinese medical doctor) gave me all sorts of adrenal support supplements – I’m not going to link to them because these are medications and need to be prescribed by a physician – and, as far as my fatigue goes, I feel better than EVER!  No more crushing fatigue.


Okay – back to breakfast.


I added a big scoop of canned pumpkin to the pancake mix and then topped the pancakes with grilled banana, canned pumpkin, agave nectar, and cashews.  So delicious.  I am so full. 


Time to get my work on!



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 14, 2011, 9:48 am

    These look so great! Did you use pumpkin in place of eggs or other liquid, or were they the just-add-water kind?

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:00 am

      Just added it in!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 14, 2011, 9:49 am

    The pancakes look really good Caitlin! And thanks for sharing your gluten-free story. Just out of curiosity, was bloating one of the symptoms you were suffering prior to switching to gluten-free products? If so, what sort of supplements did The Husband prescribe for it and have you found them effective?

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:00 am

      Medications were for the adrenal glands, no meds were given to me for gluten sensitivity.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 14, 2011, 9:51 am

    Pancakes sound so good right now. Unfortunately, I’m in a hotel that has limited breakfast options and I’m sure their pancakes won’t be nearly as good as yours 🙁

  • Lindsey @ SoundEats October 14, 2011, 9:52 am

    Is the ASI test something that can be done at home? Like can you buy one somewhere and read the results yourself, or do you have to go see a specialist? Also – do you know if there’s anything like that out there for testing your cortisol levels?

    I’m just curious…I’m thinking those are both whacked in my body, but I’d like to confirm it somehow.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:03 am

      You have to go through a physician. I used the http://diagnostechs.com/ tests. If you’re interested, Kristien can send them to you and read your results. Also, I’m not sure about the cortisol but you can email K or Diagnostechs and ask, Lindsey! His email is Kboyle at holisticcharlotte dot com. Hope all is well with you and Ross!

      • Ollie October 14, 2011, 12:07 pm

        The ASI is actually testing your cortisol levels. I’m really curious how these results would give any indication of a gluten sensitivity.

        • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 12:09 pm

          Oh good! Obviously, I just take the test, I don’t know the deets except the results.

          I think it has something to do with the saliva (re: the gluten sensitivity)?

  • Christina @ Just Running October 14, 2011, 9:55 am

    You added pumpkin to pancake mix? Shouldn’t you credit Kath for that recipe? She had is published in Oprah’s magazine.

    Yes, that’s sarcasm.

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    • Angie October 14, 2011, 10:11 am

      LOL! You must be on GOMI. Love this comment.

      • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:13 am

        What is there to love about someone being negative and mean to someone else behind their back?

      • Christina @ Just Running October 14, 2011, 10:21 am

        Yep, I’m on GOMI. 🙂 I actually like Kath’s blog, and I’m sorry Caitlin thinks I’m a meanie.

        • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:31 am

          I don’t think you’re a ‘meanie.’ I’m more mature than that; this isn’t a playground. Maybe you didn’t intend your comment to come off as rude to Kath, but it certainly appeared that way when I read it and obviously other people took it that way, too. Kath is a nice person who works hard, and she is my friend in real life. Obviously a comment that appears to slam her will raise my eyebrows. Perhaps I am misreading your comment entirely. I hope I am.

        • Christina @ Just Running October 14, 2011, 10:48 am

          Seeing as how I have a toddler, I’d be very at home on a playground.

          If you’re overly defensive and looking for rude comments, I’m sure you’ll find many. My comment was poking at recipe credit and originality. I can’t see how my comment would be read as offending Kath.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 14, 2011, 9:55 am

    yummy pancakes!

    a very interesting discussion on gluten. i am sure it is very difficult to avoid gluten completely when out, traveling, etc., but it seems like you are making the best choices that you can. i find the biggest motivator is having a body that feels good and feels healthy. hopefully that will keep you going!

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream October 14, 2011, 9:57 am

    Those look amazing! I think you just decided what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!!

  • Lee October 14, 2011, 10:03 am

    Have you tried Udi’s Chocolate Chip cookies? I’m not gluten-free, but they happened to be on sale so I tried them. So good!

  • Amanda October 14, 2011, 10:04 am

    I’ve been gluten-free for two months now. I have celiac disease so I really have no choice as I could do some serious damage. It is hard! But like you, I have so much more energy now. Glad it’s working!

    I get depressed about not being able to drink beer! Seriously depressed. Gluten-free beer is NOT the same.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 14, 2011, 10:12 am

    “big scoop of canned pumpkin to the pancake mix and then topped the pancakes with grilled banana, canned pumpkin, agave nectar” <— that is perfection, right there.

    I have had similar tests done by a naturopath and what my inflammation levels were 7 yrs ago, fast forward to today…night.and.day.

    I wish you the best on this journey, Caitlin. And no, it's not always easy. Hang in there!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 14, 2011, 10:13 am

    I was such a NON believer in TCM until I married a Chinese guy and couldn’t get pregnant, then my gram in law sent me to this old chinese doctor dude who stuck pins in my eyebrows and made me tea that tasted like it was made from tree bark and dog crap and 2 months later, BOOM! Did it again for the next one and two months in BOOM! Now, Elijah gets aligned on the regular and treated to calm his crazy behind down.

  • Jessica October 14, 2011, 10:14 am

    Hi! Try the Pamela’s gluten free pancake and baking mix- http://www.pamelasproducts.com/category/Baking_Mixes/170.aspx
    So good! I add bananas into the mix and chocolate chips for the bf.
    xo, Jess

  • Em October 14, 2011, 10:16 am

    YUM! That looks like a very tasty breakfast.

    Glad you’re figuring out how to adapt to the gluten sensitivity.

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 14, 2011, 10:17 am

    I’m loving your choice go to G-free! 🙂 And loving these pumpkin pankers, nom nom nom. 🙂

  • Johanna B October 14, 2011, 10:18 am

    I’ve been gluten-free for two years due to Celiac Disease. I love pumpkin pancakes but have been afraid to add the pumpkin to the mix I use. After hearing about yours I think I’ll break down and try it this weekend. Your blog is so good for me. Thanks again.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:19 am

      You’re welcome, Johanna 🙂

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) October 14, 2011, 10:19 am

    Thanks for addressing your GF diet! I myself was wondering how you were doing with that, and I think it’s good for your readers to get an update so that they don’t jump to their own conclusions from pictures alone 🙂
    As a side note, I feel like you are one of the few bloggers who are ACTIVELY involved in the causes they believe in, one of them being empowering women. Thought you might find this trailer for the documentary MissRepresentation interesting: http://vimeo.com/28066212
    It’s something I just blogged & feel very strongly about and thought you might enjoy too 🙂

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:35 am

      WOW. I just watched this. Thank you so much for sending me this! I will definitely blog about this.

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 14, 2011, 10:20 am

    I agree pumpkin pancakes are one of my favorite things to eat in the fall! These look great!

  • Stephanie October 14, 2011, 10:22 am

    One of my bff’s doesn’t eat gluten and I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill gf pancake mix in the past. It’s really good too!

  • Nena October 14, 2011, 10:26 am

    I have gallstones and have to maintain a low-fat diet. Someone I knew was doing the GF diet and suggested it to me. Her doc said that people with gallstones may have a sensitivity to gallstones also. I thought about trying it but waaay to hard. I need to though. It’s hard enough maintaining a low-fat diet. I lost 30lbs in two years! yay me! 🙂 the hard part is maintaining because I live with a super skinny sister who bakes all the time!!! she’s killing me! lol. The pancakes look yum! Sis make pumpkin bread last night 🙁 lol

  • Khushboo October 14, 2011, 10:34 am

    That looks like an amazing breakfast- way to start the weekend with a bang! I don’t have any intolerances that I am aware of (touchwood) but I give those who do so much credit- it takes a lot of resolve saying no to foods that you love, so don’t feel bad if you don’t always find the will to say ‘no’, my friend!

  • A October 14, 2011, 10:38 am

    Thanks for being so candid and open on your blog! I was wondering if you saw a change in your weight or size of your pooch (my word for the round part of one’s stomach) when you stopped eating so much gluten and reduced internal inflammation? I always wondered if my pooch was just my body or does it mean I’m doing something that doesn’t sit well with me. Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 10:39 am

      🙂 Poochies!

      I have not noticed a difference in bloating/poochyness but perhaps this is because I have no quite cold turkey. Do you have bloating, too? There are many other potential causes (like other food allergies).

  • katie @ KatieDid October 14, 2011, 10:41 am

    That’s really interesting to read about your gluten sensitivities. It can manifest is SO many different ways in people. I have pretty bad side affects within a half hour usually of consuming it so its a bit easier for me to avoid it at all costs. But I can only imagine how tough it would be to avoid it for ‘long term’ reasons. Good for you for putting your health first though, and I bet the relief of fatigue has been amazing for you.

  • Sarah October 14, 2011, 10:49 am

    My work neighbor has Celiac, and I know gluten free for him is hard sometimes (no morning breakfast burrito runs with the men from the office), but he’s found great replacments and new foods over the years. The Enjoy Life (n’joy life?) brand is one of his faves – granola, cookies, crackers, even chocolate chips that are dairy/soy/gluten free and have really clear labels so you don’t “have” to read every ingredient to triple check.

  • LKH October 14, 2011, 11:06 am

    Today’s Charlotte Groupon deal is for TrySports, I was wondering if you have any experience there? I’m visiting Charlotte soon and was considering picking it up

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 11:14 am

      Trysports is great! I didn’t see the Groupon so I’m not sure what it’s for. Their clothing is $$ of course, but I got my trisuit there and love it. They have a wide selection of gear.

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey October 14, 2011, 11:06 am

    I’ve often wondered if my boyfriend has a gluten sensitivity. He was tested for Celiac a few years ago, and it came back negative. He never did the more invasive test for it.
    However, he often feels “crummy”… particularly after eating a lot of gluten-heavy foods… (and his Mom has Celiac).
    I might be interested in doing the ASI test for him… thanks for the info. 🙂


  • Kari @ human, MD October 14, 2011, 11:11 am

    Hey caitlin! I read your blog often and occasionally comment. I feel bad throwing this out there (not meant to be mean at all!), but you mentioned you inflammation levels were high like in IBS. IBS actually generally isn’t associated with inflammation, it’s more of a functional disease and not inflammatory. I think what you means was IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), things like Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. Not a big deal, they just get mixed up a lot (more just the abbreviations that the actual diseases) and I wanted to clarify what you meant so people who have been told they have IBS don’t think they necessarily have something causing inflammation!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 11:15 am

      Oh thanks so much for this clarification! Now I know! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 14, 2011, 11:17 am

    Interesting….Best of luck to ya!!

    Your breakfast looks super yummy –GF or not 🙂

  • Heather October 14, 2011, 11:20 am

    I’ve been eating gluten free for about 3 years (4 years maybe??) since discovering I have celiac disease. When I got diagnosed, I read a book “Celiac Disease: A hidden Epidemic” by Peter Green, which pretty much scared me into EVER “cheating” and eating gluten on purpose. (I will note that I realize the book is a little one sided and I’m sure a lot of the studies could be skewed, but really it didn’t matter to me… the possibility of the things stated being true was enough for me.) Granted, you don’t HAVE celiac disease, so some of the information might not scare you as much as it did me, but for some of the other commenters who have celiac and are frustrated and feel a little helpless and just want to give in, I would really suggest reading it. It links a lot of different ailments, future diseases, and body issues (reproductive issues, many types of cancer, osteoperosis, diabetes to name a few) to diagnosed celiacs who don’t go off gluten. Whenever I think “Man I REALLY want a beer and piece of red licorice!!” I ask myself if it will have been worth it if I have colon cancer in 10 years. The cancer threat wins every time.

    Also, my mum has been tested multiple times for celiac disease and has very clear and obvious symptoms just like I had, and her tests have come back negative anyway. She has just decided that she has “un noticeable celiac disease” (which she made up in her head) in order for her to stay firm on the diet and not “give in”. And for her to not eat red licorice, that is a major feat!!!

    You might find the book beneficial Caitlin, and anyone else who might need a little more motivation!

  • Leea October 14, 2011, 11:26 am

    Hey Caitlin! Sorry to hear that its tough to be GF outside of your home and the pumpkin pancakes look delish… I must try it! Another thing is… I don’t feel comfortable that you say your husband is a chinese medical doctor. I have a wonderful acupuncturist myself but 2-3 years of acupuncture training doesn’t earn them a medical license or anything close to it. They’re more a licensed specialist. I hope you take it into consideration.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 11:29 am

      Understandable! He is a Chinese medicine doctor (just realized I wrote ‘medical’ which I see can be confusing). That’s what his degree and certification is in. In Florida, where he received his education, he is actually viewed as a primary care physician. I think there are different types of licenses and it varies by state but what he does is well beyond a normal acupuncturist. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other Q’s.

      • Kate October 15, 2011, 4:40 pm

        Are you going to correct your phrasing in the post? Maybe it seems nitpicky, but referring to him as a “medical doctor” is misleading and the information you provide on the blog about treatments he recommends could be perceived inaccurately.

        In Florida, he is considered a primary care provider, not physician as he is not a licensed medical doctor/physician. Again, maybe that seems nitpicky, but he has not gone through the training the term “physician” denotes. Also, I think it’s important to note that while Florida may consider him a primary care provider, it is certainly not the case in most states.

  • deva @ deva by definition October 14, 2011, 11:48 am

    When you had the test that confirmed the gluten/IBS issues, was that conducted at the Holistic Center or with a Western Medicine doctor? I am very new to Holistic and Chinese medicine and wasn’t sure how that would work, tbh 🙂

  • Amanda (modernation) October 14, 2011, 11:58 am

    Last weekend we made waffles with GF Bisquick and they were delicious. Couldn’t tell a difference. And I found the mix at Target! Also – Trader Joes has GF brownie mix. I bought it on accident a couple years ago, followed the directions and they were horrible. A couple months ago, an employee at Trader Joes told us the ingredient measurements on the package are wrong (the oil and water amounts should be flip flopped). We made them the way she told us and they were SUPER yummy!

  • Moni'sMeals October 14, 2011, 12:12 pm

    can you please send me over this breakfast..asap! YUMMMMM! 🙂

    Glad no more fatigue for you.

  • Sarah @smshum October 14, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I’m glad to see other GF commenters here!

    I used to read your blog sporadically, but since you’ve made the change to mostly-GF, I’ve become a regular reader. I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease, after visiting doctors and specialists for fourteen years with no solid answers.

    I know exactly how difficult it can be to eat food from anywhere but your own kitchen. It’s frustrating and I’ll freely admit to crying in restaurants after searching the menu for something safe. It’s a tough lifestyle- but it’s just that: a lifestyle. Not a diet that you can eventually go off of or have an occasional cheat. That’s what keeps me from falling off the wagon. My health is at risk; not just my figure.

    I wish you the best of luck with your GF endeavors! There’s a good amount of support here in Charlotte, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

  • Susan October 14, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Those pancakes look like the bomb diggity. It is hard to be 100% gluten-free, but I think it’s a lot easier than it was 10 or 15 years ago. When I was younger, “just add water” baking mixes were hard to find! I think you and your blog are awesome! I also think you get picked on in the comments sections more than any other blogger…you handle them well 🙂

  • Amber K October 14, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Those pancakes look sooo good! I definitely think it can be hard to be gluten-free outside of the home. Especially if you don’t have major symptoms to kick your butt.

    I actually noticed I wasn’t that sensitive at first. But once I went completely gluten-free, it became impossible to “cheat” without major pain. Now that my body has pretty much healed it REBELS if I eat gluten. Not fun. Thankfully there are awesome yummy gluten-free things too. I just tried gluten-free vegan cupcakes yesterday that my best friend made and they were better than any “normal” cupcake I’ve ever had!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 14, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Going GF is hard and pretty frustrating – with my reactions when I eat it, I want to say away as they are GI effects, which is never fun!

  • lauren October 14, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Pancakes are one of the few things I enjoy pumpkin in. Every time you post something with grilled bananas I remind myself I need to try that asap. Did you post the method you use to make them someplace on your blog? I’m putting bananas on my shopping list right now.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 14, 2011, 1:33 pm

    those pancakes look delicious! I’ve been having stomach problems over the past couple of years and haven’t yet found a doctor that’s been able to help me. I don’t think I’m gluten intolerant because I still have stomach issues even when I don’t consume gluten, but hopefully I’ll find out!

  • Meggie October 14, 2011, 1:37 pm

    You should try Picky Bars http://www.pickybars.com/ – they’re gluten free and made by professional athletes. I love them and I don’t have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

  • Fran October 14, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Hi, Do you have general good tips on how to reduce inflammation and bloating in the body. I do not have resources/time/money for extra tests or supplements or anything that costs more than 2 cents! Just general good tips on what a person can do when knowing something isn’t quite right and not wanting to be anal or obsessive about it?

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 14, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Glad to hear you’re not as fatigued anymore! Don’t be too hard on yourself not eating GF perfectly…I can’t even imagine how hard that must be at times, so remember that just TRYING is an accomplishment in itself!

    Anywho, those pumpkin pancakes? Yah, those look ridiculous. As in ridiculously good…and fluffy…and I want them right now. That’s all 🙂

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness October 14, 2011, 2:22 pm

    I always forget about grilled bananas until I visit your site, they are so good, I love them on just about everything!

  • Tmartin October 14, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I’m really glad that you did this update and filled everyone in, as I was wondering like many where you were with that.

    However, I really would like to encourage you to go 100% gluten free. I know it is “hard” especially when you travel alot and have alot going on, but “hard” does not mean impossible. Going gluten free is silly if you don’t really have to, but it sounds like all fingers point to a gluten problem for you- in which case I don’t understand why you wouldn’t do so for your body! I always admire how clean/unprocessed the yummy meals are that you put together for yourself at home- I feel like you do such good for your body. But then why not go all the way? It is SO worth it. I’m really not trying to be preachy but I just want the best for you and I think you really cannot tell how good you could feel or what healing could take place inside your body before you give it a shot for real.

    PS. Pancakes = yum-tastic, your breakfast totally trumps my apple+ string cheese combo! *jealous* 🙂

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:00 pm

      You are SOOOO right. I am going to challenge the positive energy of this comment when dining out!

  • Jill October 14, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Those pancakes and grilled banana looks so delicious. Last night I tried “oh she glows” pumpkin mac and cheeze sauce and it was terrific. Might be a good use for some of your pumpkin. thanks for the update on your gf status. So much easier to enjoy healthy food at home that feels good to our bodies than going out.

  • Vanessa (@IsleStyleLiving) October 14, 2011, 3:00 pm

    droooooool…. LOVE pumpking ANYTHING!

    I’m going to have to try this!

    PS- I’m curious to the medications your husband subscribed. I’ve been able to pick up Chinese herbal supplements w/o a prescription, no problem. Just confused since one sentence mentions supplements and the next says medications. In my head, those are different things. When I think of medications and prescriptions, I think of Western medicine, not Chinese. But then again, the extent of my Chinese medicinal knowledge is second hand.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:02 pm

      What I meant was, people always ask me “What supplements is the husband putting you on?” but I don’t feel comfortable just linking to them because people should NOT self-diagnosis stuff like adrenal fatigue… They should see a doc (whether western or alternative) and get their meds through them. Does that make sense?

  • julie October 14, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I’m not sure you have all your info re: gluten correct. IBS does not produce inflammation in your bowels and intestines; that is IBD or inflammatory bowel disease. IBS is a functional disorder with no real internal damage. If you don’t have celiac, gluten will not produce internal damage to your body. I know this is controversial – I am intolerant to gluten and get incredibly sick for several days if I eat it, but I do not have celiac (i.e. actual damage in my intestines, so no inflammation). It’s frustrating b/c some doctors don’t believe or understand the affects of gluten when someone is “just” intolerant. I’m not knocking your symptoms, but just want to let you know that gluten isn’t causing damage to your body (unless you have celiac)…and celiac cannot be diagnosed by stool. Right now, there is no test that is valid and reputable to diagnose gluten intolerance/sensitivity.

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free October 14, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I’m wondering do you have celiac disease then? Because I was tested and don’t have it, but I was confirmed as intolerant. My understanding was that if I’m intolerant I am not doing damage to my body if I do “cheat” every once in a while.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:02 pm

      Honestly, I am not sure of the answer to this question. I don’t think so; I think I’m just labeled sensitive.

  • Amanda@BlueDrishti October 14, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I need to try a grilled banana! That breakfast looks amazing. I don’t think I could ever get sick of pumpkin!

  • Carolyn October 14, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Thanks for your post today. I have Celiac’s Disease with no symptoms and have been on the diet for 2 months and have the same frustrations. I go out and travel a lot and although I try to be prepared there is nothing more frustrating then walking to “grab food” for a half hour because you can’t find anything gluten free and delicious. Only eating salads with chicken and larabars sucks on those days!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Good luck – I know it’s hard but hopefully it will continue to get easier for both of us!

  • Therese October 14, 2011, 4:41 pm

    That’s definitely my favorite GF pancake mix as well! It’s easy to adapt and sometimes I even add a handful of GF oats and a little more liquid to the mix.

    Also, I think at one time you linked to a website that your husband recommended for supplements. I had been prescribed a few different things from a Chinese Medicine doc, but the cost was through the roof so I stopped refilling them but I’d love to start again if I could find a more affordable source.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Our supplement website is theholisticdoctorisin.com. Hope your supplements are on it 🙂

  • Kari @ Human, MD October 14, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Just another two cents to respond to a few people’s questions, Celiac Disease requires a biopsy of the small intestine for diagnosis… Wheat sensitivity does not, and frequently people who have a wheat allergy or sensitivity do not have problems with oats, barley, and some of the other grains that folks with celiac can’t have.

    • Caitlin October 15, 2011, 5:40 am


  • Mandi October 14, 2011, 10:53 pm

    It’s almost 11 pm and now I can’t wait to wake-up so I can have that for breakfast! Yum!

  • Laura October 14, 2011, 11:34 pm

    Your blog is the only “Healthy Living” blog that I still read, since to be honest, I’m just not that interested in other people’s eats anymore. 🙂 What I do like about yours is the positivity and the pro-body image messages etc. Which I’m stating lest this comment come across as Mean Girl, which it’s not intended to be.

    I have a severe intestinal/bowel disease, which literally dominates every aspect of my life, and – BELIEVE me – I understand what it means to have inflammation in your gut. (Although having gone gluten-free for two years and finding that in the end it made little difference to me, my problem not being Celiac Disease, I freely eat a lot of gluten – as long as it’s white bread and nothing grainy or seedy, I’m generally okay in that regard). I’ve had almost every test and procedure related to GI health under the sun (and after three years of being bed-ridden half the time, I’m still only partially diagnosed and experimenting with a treatment programme, diet restrictions and pain management), and I’m just a bit puzzled as to why you think you have inflammation and a gluten intolerance if you, quote, “had no physical symptoms”. If you have no physical symptoms of GI inflammation, to be honest it seems like you probably don’t have any, and if you’re not experiencing ANYTHING along the lines of vomiting, diarrhea, blood in your stools, or pain that it literally worse than labour, you probably don’t have a problem with gluten. I really wouldn’t eliminate so many common foodstuffs from your diet if you don’t have to. Gluten isn’t like excess salt or saturated fat, there’s no need to limit it if you don’t have any physical adverse response to it.

    Anyway, again, apologies if that comes across as rude, it’s honestly not meant to be! I just find it a bit puzzling.

    • Caitlin October 15, 2011, 5:40 am

      I KNOW! I also find it to be very puzzling (i.e. inflammation without significant symptoms) and, of course, I am definitely not minimizing the experiences of other people. But seriously – the inflammation is there… the tests SHOW it. It’s a little confusing to me, too! I don’t want to reduce anything in my diet but am doing so based on the advice of a medical person (not just my husband but another doc, too). I am so sorry you have not been able to figure out the cause of your discomfort. I am sure it is very frustrating and painful and I really wish you the best of luck!

      • Ollie October 15, 2011, 8:08 am

        Exactly what tests show inflammation – the stool analysis? Even if it showed the presence of a large amount of white blood cells it should have been followed up with blood work, an endoscopy and perhaps imaging studies to confirm the diagnosis and location of inflammation.

  • Robyne October 15, 2011, 9:46 am

    in response to Kara@HumanMD
    You are right. I found out that I had a wheat sensitivity. Since I have removed wheat from my diet and soy. I have never felt better. I no longer have seasonal allergy issues and I have not had a sinus infection in two years. I was having them at least 2x a year. I learned all these things through a doctor who also specializes in homeopathic medicine.

  • Bobbie October 15, 2011, 11:40 am

    From what I’ve read and spoken to doctors about is that you can NOT have celiac disease but still suffer from gluten intolerance. Also, most people who suffer from celiac or intolerance are symptom free until they give it up and really see how it was affecting them. We have been told to do a 10 day gluten free diet to see if it makes a difference in my daughters different issues including food allergies and extremely severe excema. She has been tested for celiac and the test was negative. I think you are doing the right thing Caitlin…especially considering the fact that your husband IS a doctor and this is what he recommends.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 15, 2011, 9:04 pm

    These pancakes look awesome. I love how you incorporate cashews into so many of your meals. I LOVE cashews but forget to add them on as a compliment to meals.

  • Sam J October 15, 2011, 10:31 pm

    well, I laughed Christina, totally understood your intention with that one–didn’t read it as a downplay towards Kath at all (whom I love!).

  • Laura October 16, 2011, 1:18 am


    and pumpkin pancakes?? i’m sold!

  • bitt October 16, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I see a lot of bloggers say they are going off gluten but are very inconsistent. It takes a consistent effort to notice a difference with gluten. You can’t cheat or it just won’t work. I suggest not eating out for awhile and bringing food with you when you go on day long events instead of getting tempted by what’s around. It’s a hard change, but one that you have to really embrace fully to notice a different in my experience.

    • CaitlinHTP October 16, 2011, 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the tough love 🙂 You are so right. I just need to commit.

  • Dori October 18, 2011, 9:20 am

    As a four-year GI-illness sufferer, I’d like to add my two cents!

    The thing with IBS is that it is not exactly a ”
    “thing.” What I mean by that is IBS is a blanket term that physicians use when they can’t find anything wrong in your body and therefore can’t explain why people are feeling their symptoms.

    So as other commenters mentioned, IBS does not produce inflammation, because then it would be an easily-diagnosable thing rather than the “we don’t know why you feel shitty since everything looks normal in your tests, so you have IBS” that it is.

    IBD, which covers Crohn’s and Colitis, is a thing in that it is marked by inflammation along with other clear-cut symptoms. If you misunderstood your husband and whoever else interpreted your results, that’s of course totally fine but I think it is important to add a note to your post explaining that you had IBD levels of inflammation (if that is what they meant, of course).

    There is so much confusion about IBS as it is and you have such a large readership that I worry about the many people suffering who might read this and be misinformed.

    • CaitlinHTP October 18, 2011, 12:06 pm

      Thanks for clarifying Dori! I was definitely wrong to say IBS. 🙂 I appreciate you sharing your wisdom!

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