Growing up I always had a hard time eating. I never knew why. I would choke on things and wonder why I couldn't eat like everyone else. Little did I know that things would get worse. This was only the beginning.
My first experience was choking on a hotdog. We had to call 911 and everything. I was, oddly enough, still breathing but I couldn't swallow my spit and every time I would try to drink water or swallow my spit I would gag and my body would try to throw up. The food felt stuck very deep down my esophagus, in my chest. The paramedics arrived just after I was able to get the hotdog down. I didn't think there was anything wrong with me, maybe it was just a fluke. I think I was in high school at this point in my life.
Years later things got worse. I was in my 20's and started choking on everything. I went to a gastroenterologist near me and they tried to do an endoscopy. They were not able to complete the procedure because the camera wouldn't fit down my esophagus. That's when I knew something was not right. They recommended I get my esophagus stretched. Yes, you read right, they can actually do that. I can't say I recommend it though unless you do other testing first. For me, it was just a waste of time and money. The day after I had that procedure I thought it was amazing how easy I could eat things. Just a few days later I started struggling again trying to get food down. I wasn't choking everyday like before but it was still an issue.
At some point I had an allergy test, just the simple blood test. The results said I had allergies to wheat, dairy, and other things as well. I didn't really believe it at first, I was in denial for a long time. I remember the moment when things changed.
Years later, I was at a week long event and was eating bagels and cream cheese every morning, one of my favorite breakfasts. I started choking on a very small piece of bagel. I asked my wife to get my chewable allergy medication I had in my bag. The children's chewable type medicine was the only type that can dissolve in my mouth without me having to swallow anything. The instant it started to dissolve in my mouth and squeeze down my esophagus, I felt my throat open. The food went down. At that moment I knew that, yes, it was an allergy.
I started cutting out different things in my life according to the allergy test results. Starting with gluten and wheat I started modifying my diet. I noticed a difference very quickly. Once I removed gluten/wheat and dairy I finally started to not choke on things. Sometimes I would let small things slide like some cheese in my mashed potatoes or something like that. However, later in the night I would normally regret it because I would wake up choking on my spit and need to take allergy medication.
Eventually, I was able to follow my new diet more closely and it has been like night and day. What a relief!
I wanted to write this blog post because I know other people suffer from the same thing and don't understand what it is either. I just wanted to share my story to help others. You are not alone, there is help out there. I am not completely sure if it is just the processed food and non-organic food out here in Southern California, or if it is truly just an allergy. I do remember drinking organic whole milk and noticing a difference. I just have not been brave enough to try a bunch of organic food to see if I choke or not. It is not a feeling that I want to repeat.
So, I want to share some things that I have learned that help me not feel so deprived:
My allergies are wheat and gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and legumes.
Some things that I eat that make me not feel so deprived are...
Eggs - scrambled, over easy, poached or hard boiled for a quick breakfast (Use bacon grease instead of butter, it comes in a jar now)
Toast - Costco has the best gluten-free bread that when toasted actually doesn't taste so bad.
Bacon - I buy bacon in bulk from Costco and microwave 4 slices for 1 minute
Taco - I can eat a taco from Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill since at the location near my work they use non-gmo corn tortillas, organic steak and cilantro and onions. I add some of their salsa along with their free chips and have an awesome lunch for just over five bucks.
Daiya Pizza (https://daiyafoods.com) and other meals with my own additional toppings.
Gluten free chicken nuggets
Potatoes - make my own fries, baked potatoes or other ways of making a potato.
Salad with Daiya Ranch Dressing
In-n-Out meat patties with grilled onions on top with french fries and a drink (Their fries are fresh so I don't have a problem eating them like I do at McDonald's or other places)
There are other things that I can eat too, what do you eat? Share your comments below so others have ideas of what they can eat. Or if you have any questions leave a comment. :)
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So here are some highlights for today's events.
They said there are monster updates. So let's see what happens.
Apple Watch Update - Airstrip app helps doctors and mothers with their unborn babies. More choices Hermes helps create new straps for Apple Watch. Also new models and new bands. Gold and rose gold and anodized aluminum. Sept 16 is release date for OS 2 for Apple Watch.
iPad Update - iPad Pro. Huge screen. Split view on 12.9" on diagonal. 2732 x 2048. 5.6 million pixels. A9X Chip and flash storage. 1.8x faster than 8x that it replaces. 10hrs battery life. Four speaker audio system. The smart keyboard accessorie added. Three new circles that connects magnetically to keyboard. Apple Pencil now new stylus that works on iPad Pro. Detects position, force, and stroke. Recharges by charging in iPad Pro lightning connector. Starts @ $799 32GB to more than $1,000 for the 128GB. iPad Mini 2 now just starts @ $269.
Apple TV Update - Apps is the future of TV. Powerful set top box and a controller with touch and voice interface. Will tell you what app has the show you want to watch. App Store, photos, and your music now. Say "What did she say?" Siri will skip back 15 sec and turn on captions temporarily. tvOS new operating system for the Apple TV. Multiplayer games on the TV. $149 33GB - $199 64GB. Released in October.
iPhone Update - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Rose Gold aluminum. New stronger glass. Multi-Touch now updated and called 3D Touch. Force Touch. New hardware makes it much more powerful. Updated Touch ID also. Camera update to 12MP. Now can take 4K videos. Live Photos feature. Take a normal photo and it becomes a live photo. Still photos and not real videos. Extends the capture moment before and after the photo. LTE Advanced update and WIFI. move from Android app to help transfer to Apple Products. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus $199 and $299 on wireless plans. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is now $100 less. $23/month to $31/month for an iPhone. iPhone upgrade program starts at $32/month for 24 months but every year get a new iPhone. Pre-order Sept. 12 available on the 25th of September. Sept 16th iOS 9 becomes available. iCloud 50 GB for 99 cents a month or 5 GB for free. Half the price on the iCloud storage.
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Here are a few things to expect with the upcoming September 9th, 2015 Apple Keynote Event.
We will keep you posted on the update of the actual event after Sept. 9th, 2015.
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I always searched for the best shared groceries app where my wife and I can both add to the list and see the current list when going to the grocery store. So I stumbled across this and thought that I would share it with all of you. It's the native Reminders app on the iPhone/iPad.
First go to the Reminders app and create a new list that you want to share.
Click edit on the top right.
Click Add Person
Then type in who you want to share the list with. There you go. Have fun and now you can delete all those other To Do List apps that take up space on your iDevice. Keeping it Simple. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks. Don't forget to follow us to get more great ideas.
Here is the best drawing app for artists hands down. It just had a great update and my wife was telling me also that it is now free. It used to cost money and it was worth the price then. Now being free, everyone can benefit from it.
The intuitive design of the gestures to navigate the app is amazing. Like undo is a two finger circle rotation that makes me feel like I'm rewinding a tape. Pinching to close the book and also multi-touch functions so I can rip out a page in one book, close the book, and add it into another book without taking my fingers off the screen.
The different tools that it comes with makes for a great art app. The pen is my favorite. It makes anything I draw look amazing.
If you notice in this picture you will see some of the new tools in the update. These are very handy indeed. Check it out! Only on the iPad. It really wouldn't be useful on the phone anyways. :)
This app is great for taking notes, writing on PDFs and signing documents. It also backs-up directly to Box, Dropbox or iCloud. This is worth the couple of dollars to spend on it. I don't normally buy apps and I actually got this one when it was free too. But with Family Share I was able to share it with my wife too. We both have benefited from it so much already.
One of the new features it has now is palm recognition. So when you rest your palm on your iPad it should mess things up. I am still used to the old way and just turned the function off. The app continues to improve itself and allows me to write/draw up outlines for my public speaking discourses too. Prints to PDF and then allows me to swipe the pages in iBooks instead of turn a page while I'm up on stage.
Check it out. It's worth it especially if you are in any type of school or taking classes.
Write at the bottom of the screen and once you reach the end of it then it automatically skips to the next section. At the end it even acts like an old type writer and skips down to the left side again. Very good for writing more text in the space on each page.
You have different tools to choose from. Typing, writing with your finger or stylus, highlighter, eraser and the select tool. The finger just allows you to move the page without messing something up.
You can easily draw something, resize it, and move it around to where ever you want.
Click the camera button (or plus sign on the iPad) to add a picture into your document. Snap the picture right then or take it from your camera roll. Great when a presenter shows an illustration that you can quickly snap a picture and add it into your notes. Pictures are worth thousands of words. Or you can even quickly surf the Internet to find the picture they are showing and copy it from there.
Hope you enjoy my tips for the day. Keep Your Life Simple. Go Paperless! :)