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Ugh. What a week!! And the worst part? I’ve been going through probably the best stretch I’ve had since my celiac diagnosis in 2007. So what happened? I have no idea but let’s go through my week. Saturday Ate a loaf of wonder bread and downed it with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Just […]

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The Hard Truth: This is the Life of a Celiac

Ugh. What a week!! And the worst part? I’ve been going through probably the best stretch I’ve had since my celiac diagnosis in 2007. So what happened? I have no idea but let’s go through my week.

Saturday
Ate a loaf of wonder bread and downed it with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Just kidding. Went out with my crew of friends to a restaurant I’ve been to a dozen times before. High-end food. They understand celiac. Have never gotten sick. The chef that is always there is not there tonight. Bummer.

For an appetizer I ordered fried calamari and mozzarella sticks. (Ok…I’ll stop doing that.) For appies, I order grilled scallops. Simple. Delish.

For dinner, a simple piece of halibut over pureed cauliflower. Amazing.

Dessert time. I NEVER order dessert when I’m out. One because I don’t like leaving a restaurant feeling stuffed and two because there is usually nothing close that I can have. But for some reason I order the bread pudding (sorry… really the last time I do that). Actually, I split a piece of flour-less chocolate cake with my sis-in-law. I’m 99% sure I’ve had this before and was fine. But my bad for not asking more questions. Just a rookie mistake. I ate it, was thankful for a fun evening and we departed.

Sunday
All good.

Monday
Exhausted. Absolutely exhausted. Couldn’t get anything done. No concern at this point (though I DETEST the days of no energy).

Tuesday
Since I lost so much work time on Monday, I woke up at 5 and had a good productive day. Not the best energy-wise. Still off. But not as bad as Monday.

Wednesday
Shoot me. Just put me out of my misery. Angry and tired all day and then around 6:00 my stomach started KILLING me. And I mean killing me. If you put a pin in me, I swear I would have popped. How bad was it? Take a look. You may want to hide the kids:

celiac stomach

celiac stomach

Pretty attractive, huh? No, I’m not pregnant. No, I normally don’t have that gut. And no, I’m not pushing anything out. That was me in all my glory. Went to bed unbelievably pissed about my disease, which I never do. It wasn’t “why me?”. It was simply “I’m sick of this shit.”

Thursday
Set my alarm for 5:00 again hoping I could make up again for lost time. Hell no. Did not make it out of bed until 9 and the day didn’t get any better from there. Barely ate all day, except a bowl of cheerios and a can of Old Milwaukee (last time I promise). I had a protein shake and some watermelon. Hit the sack by 7:30. Set my alarm for 5 again. Fun day!

Friday
Got up at 5 and had a bowl of Wheat Chex (I know I promised….couldn’t resist). It’s now 8:20 and I feel awesome. It’s gonna be a good day.

So what do I make of all of this?

1) I’m frustrated. I’m not sure if I got glutened at the restaurant or if it’s just the nature of having an autoimmune disease that rears its ugly head once in a while. Either way, it got to me like it hasn’t in a long time.

2) I’m not alone. On Wednesday night, I tweeted the following: I f***ing hate celiac disease. That is all. So far, the tweet has been liked 210 times and retweeted 32 times. So yeah…lots in the same boat. I got some saying “hang in there”. I got some offering helpful advice. And I got one that saying it could be worse. I replied that I am fine with celiac 99% of the time, but this time it just hit me hard for some reason. I’m allowed that.

3) I’m moving on. I had my tantrum. It’s done. I have celiac disease. I’ll always have celiac disease. And the cycle of feeling great to getting hit to feeling great (rinse, lather, repeat) is part of the deal.

This is the life of a celiac.

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Just how important is a mattress to a good night’s sleep?

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Tomorrow Sleep hybrid Mattress

It's that time of year again, the weather is getting cooler, the days are growing shorter, the leaves are falling and the fireplace is going strong. That means it's time to stay in and get cozy. I love nothing more than sleep and cuddle time, but I have a confession to make, I'm not great at relaxing and not a good sleeper. I've never been someone whose head just hits the pillow and bam, I'm out.

tomorrow sleep hybrid mattress and memory foam pillowNo, that would be my husband (so jealous). I lay there for awhile thinking. Sometimes I'm planning, thinking about what needs to get done, sometimes I'm replaying a conversation, sometimes I'm thinking about work, or stressing about a problem. You name it. And sometimes, I'm just uncomfortable, tossing and turning, trying to find just the right position.

I'm also a particular sleeper, I have to have a box fan on high and I wear an eyemask from Brookstone that I can't sleep without. I know this makes me sound high maintenance (not going to deny it!) but nobody likes me when I'm tired and cranky. And don't even get me started on snoring. Thank god my husband isn't a snorer, we would have never worked out ;-)

I know how important sleep is, I stress it all the time. Sleep is your time to rejuvenate and repair. Chronically not sleeping enough will lead to weight gain, and many health issues including a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Sleep isn't something to skimp on.

To help me sleep better and wake up more refreshed, instead of hitting my alarm 3 times, (so not a morning person, see above) my husband and I have been thinking about getting a new mattress for awhile. We've looked around and the cost always seemed so prohibitive. We also weren't sure which to get, there are so many options. I've had the same mattress since before college, and it was my parents before that, so fancy mattresses were not something we knew anything about.

That is, until Tomorrow Sleep contacted me. WOW. They sent me a king size hybrid mattress, medium firm, with organic cotton sheets and memory foam pillows. I'm obsessed. I get into bed every night and just sigh, "OMG this is so comfortable". I don't know how I've gone so long without a mattress like this.

And, it inspired us to redo our room. We not only got a new (king size vs queen) mattress but a new bed and headboard, a new rug and new comforter set (organic cotton and fair trade from West Elm). Our room is seriously nice now. I call this our cloud bed, the mattress, comforter, and pillows are like falling into a cloud. Tomorrow Sleep hybrid Mattress

Tomorrow Sleep Mattress: What You Should Know

What is a hybrid mattress?

According to US-Mattress.com "hybrid mattresses combine two or more support systems, usually memory foam layers along with an innerspring system. Hybrid mattresses are a great way to experience the pressure relieving benefits of memory foam while retaining the classic feel of an innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring system with memory foam (or latex) to deliver the benefits of both technologies. Hybrids allow sleepers to enjoy the perfect blend of sturdy support and contouring comfort."

Tomorrow Sleep's mattresses are American made (love that) and constructed by craftsman right in Charlotte, NC.

Tomorrow Sleep Holistic Sleep System

What I love so much about what Tomorrow Sleep offers, is that it's not just about their Tomorrow Sleep Mattress, it's about so much more. As you read above, sleeping is not easy for everyone, so they've taken into account many things that contribute to a better night's sleep. They offer:

  1. A Hybrid Mattress (got it, love it!)
  2. Memory Foam Pillows (got them, so comfy!)
  3. Plush (hypoallergenic) Pillows
  4. A Sleep Tracker Monitor (high-tech sleep support!)
  5. 500 Thread Count Sheet Set (got them, soooo soft!)
  6. Comforter
  7. Mattress Protector
  8. Drapes (want these!)

10 Tips to Help you Sleep Better

In addition to the wonderful things Tomorrow Sleep offers to help you sleep, I've found a few behaviors that really help me personally:

  • Turn off all your devices and TV at least a half hour before you go to sleep.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not check your email before sleep.
  • Journal your thoughts from the day, get it out so your mind doesn't keep you awake.
  • Focus on gratitude, either write down, or say 3 things you are grateful for right now - it puts things into perspective and lowers your stress levels so you can fall asleep easier.
  • Don't drink anything 1.5 hours before bed to avoid waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
  • Practice legs up the wall for 10 minutes (it's so relaxing and probably the single best yoga pose for you).
  • Pick a mantra to focus on, inhaling one thing, exhaling another - for example, inhale "I am relaxed", exhale "everything is as it should be".
  • Have an orgasm (or several), nothing else leaves you feeling quite so satisfied and relaxed.
  • If you're in a relationship, avoid waiting until you get into bed to start problem solving major life events, save that conversation for when you are rested.
  • Don't consume caffeinated beverages after 1pm (depending on how sensitive you are, you may want to cut out the caffeine or stop after your morning cup).
  • Bonus Tip: I've learned a mattress makes a BIG difference, so invest in a good one.

My Overall Review of Tomorrow Sleep's Hybrid MattressTomorrow Sleep Hybrid Mattress

Pros: This bed is heavenly. It's so comfortable and just the right balance of soft and firm. It's comfortable and supportive. I love the memory foam pillows and the sheets are so soft, they are the nicest I've ever owned, and keep me nice and cool. I've been waking up aches and pains free, and actually feeling rested. When one of us moves, the other doesn't get woken up because we don't feel it. It's awesome. Falling asleep has also gotten easier, and my husband loves the bed too. The first time he got in, he had the biggest smile on his face. We feel spoiled.

Cons: I've found myself kicking off the covers in the middle of the night. It could just be the duvet itself, we have had a heat wave in New York the last few weeks. I think we are going to purchase Tomorrow Sleep's mattress protector to keep our mattress nice and also because of its cooling technology. The memory foam pillow is awesome (see pic of Przemek above), but maybe a little bit high if you are a stomach sleeper (like me). I adjusted in about a week though. I have no cons for the sheets, they are perfect, 500 thread-count doesn't stink.

Special Offer to my Readers from Tomorrow Sleep

If you are looking for a mattress, I have $100 savings to offer my readers on any Tomorrow Sleep purchase over $500. The best part? The mattresses ship for free and there's a 100 day trial so you can make sure you choose the best mattress for you.

To take advantage of this offer, use the code: FOODIE100.

Offer expires 12.31.17.

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