Monthly Archives: December 2014

Navigating birthdays from “the bubble”

When you look at the list below, you may be wondering why I’m detailing the dietary guidelines of my clients. But these are not my clients.

This is the list of attendees at my son, Gilbert’s, 14th birthday party this weekend.

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▪ one gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), mostly refined sugar-free (SF), peanut-free
▪ one GF, SF, salicylate-free (no peppers, almonds, berries. . . )
▪ one GF, potato allergy
▪ two pesca-vegetarian (one whom avoids kiwi)
▪ one GF, DF, SF, egg-free (EF)
▪ two anything goes
▪ one GAPs, low FODMAP (ie. only meats, eggs, certain vegetables and select fruits)

▪ and of course no GMOs, though whether or not to label GMOs was up for discussion around the breakfast table after talk of some other, perhaps more usual, teen boy conversations that I didn’t track or understand

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Welcome to my bubble!

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Me and my GI (gastroenterologist)

‘Tis the season of good cheer, indulgent food and frequent festivities. . .

Ho ho ho, so much fun!

Yet sometimes the jolly times come with a not-so merry belly.

It may be the amount of chow or the curious combination of cuisines in one sitting. It could be a tad bit more of the goodies that you usually leave for special occasions. (Those “special occasions” sure are coming one on top of another right now!)

Or, if you’re among the 60 to 70 million Americans that suffers from reported digestive distresses each year, this may, unfortunately, be a season not unlike any other.

Recently I had an open conversation with my dear friend Venu Julapalli M.D., a gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas.

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