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Amanda Appell

Condition: Gluten Intolerance, Psoriatic Arthritis and Long QT Syndrome

Diagnosed Year: 2013

Foods I Love:

Tomatoes
Eggplant
Quinoa
Chickpeas
Kale

Foods I Avoid:

Dairy
Gluten

My Story

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda, and I am a 23-year-old college student at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. I have always had a very interesting relationship with food. I have been a vegetarian, by choice, since age 7. At 12 years old I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, which made me very aware of the products I was consuming. I learned how to read labels and identify items listed on those labels. A gluten allergy was common though, and easy to deal with. I was blessed with the fact that we always had a garden and I knew the difference in taste between home grown and store bought produce.

 

At age 15, I found out I had a rare heart condition called Long QT Syndrome, forcing me to get a defibrillator/pacemaker. This caused me to learn about staying hydrated and balancing electrolytes. Then about a year ago, I woke up one February morning with one knee about three times its normal size, which led me right to the doctor’s office, and then sent for blood work. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. This diagnosis led me on my journey to recovery, and the condition that has changed my life the most. I researched what I could do naturally to reduce the inflammation I had. I realized that when I ate dairy I could feel it in my joints, it became harder for me to walk, and increased my inflammation. Some people with arthritis also find that nightshade plants, such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant (ironically all the things I love), are irritants to their joints, though I do not find them overly irritating to me.

 

I’ve been studying Nutrition and Dietetics, in the hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Food is so much more than something delicious, it is medicine if we know how to use it! Hope you all like my recipe!

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