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MUSCATDBQ
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3/2/13 12:00 P

I am not personally guten free, but I have some friends who are. The biggest thing they've said is to not try to only find gluten free substitutes for your favorite non-gluten free foods. You need to find new gluten free foods that you like.

For example, they're not fond of gluten free chocolate cake when they're expecting it to taste like the wheat flour chocolate cake from a box (or homemade), however, gluten free chocolate cake is good in its own right. It is all about expectation. I was also told (and Ive eaten and made some gluten free stuff with/for them and agree) that it is often the texture that is hard to replicate, not so much the flavor.



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/2/13 5:30 A

Ii would strongly suggest that you talk with your Dr and ask to be tested for gluten intolerance. It is unfortunate that a lot of people cut certain things from their diet because they THINK that they have a problem with it, but in fact it might be something entirely different, or even not a problem at all except that their mind has decided there is. IF your test comes back positive, then ask for a referral to a Dietitian so that you can get the information you need to ensure that your nutrition is balanced.

It would be really helpful for diagnosis if you keep a diary of ALL food you eat and any symptoms you have, including how long after eating them. The SP Nutrition Tracker is great for that, and there is also the Nutrition Notes for you to enter symptoms etc. on that will show in the print-out of the daily report. I have food allergies and intolerances but only found what foods were responsible for the various symptoms by a very lengthy process which involved keeping a comprehensive diary.

I hope that you find a diagnosis for your issues.

Take care,
Kris



MICHELLEXXXX
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3/2/13 3:05 A

I saved a lot of money going gluten-free. I definitely benefited from having my own garden , financially, physically, and spiritually.



ANARIE
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3/1/13 2:04 A

Don't go gluten-free until AFTER you've been tested. The tests look for antibodies to the gluten response, so if you've cut out gluten, you will test negative regardless of whether you have celiac or not. Get the tests done while you're still eating gluten. If they come out positive, you'll know that you have to cut out the gluten. If they come out negative, you can either search for another cause for your symptoms, or cut out gluten anyway and see how you feel. Going truly gluten free is difficult and expensive, and a lot of healthy foods have gluten in them. Being gluten free means you can seldom eat out, especially at someone else's home. You don't want to put yourself in that situation if you don't have to. Gluten is just a plant protein. Like any protein, some people are allergic to it, but it's not unhealthy otherwise.

One approach, if you don't want to go through the testing, is to limit yourself to whole grains only and cut out refined sugar and processed food. If you still feel "inflamed" after 60-90 days of eating only whole foods with NO junk food, that would be the time to start exploring whether you have a sensitivity to a natural food.



JENG829
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3/1/13 1:04 A

I am gluten sensitive and have tested negative for celiac disease twice. Before I stopped eating gluten, I also felt constantly rotten - like my body was always fighting something. Health issues that have improved by removing gluten: IBS symptoms, frequent migraines, foggy brain, constant fatigue, anxiety, blood sugar issues, numbness, urticaria/dermatographism, and more. It is so worth it for me. And it's helped me lose weight, mostly because I finally feel "normal" instead of sick all the time.

I'm lucky that I don't have to be super strict (occasional piece of pie, etc). And I do sometimes buy gluten free bread or brown rice pasta, which is pretty good. We are lucky that there are many options now for people who avoid wheat. Good luck & if I can help in any way, just let me know.





DIDS70
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2/28/13 12:58 P

UDI's makes a whole line of gluten free items. I especially liked the cinnamon rolls.

To feel fuller, eat more greens. load up on those first and then fill in.



SUNSHINE6442
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2/28/13 9:44 A

Maybe try Van's Gluten Free Waffles...they are really good and are also filling. Possibly you could use those like bread to make a sandwich.

Brown Rice Pasta is gluten free...it's not a gummy mass, reheats nicely the next day.. cook a firm Al Dente texture. Hodgson Mills Brown Rice is available @ Walmart
2 ounces should do the trick to keep you full

Eating alkalizing foods including lots of green foods and fruits should help you...another thought is an apple that has good fiber, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits



LC20178
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2/28/13 5:43 A

I have Sjogren's syndrome an autoimmune disorder, I've read that following a gluten free diet can be helpful with my easing my symptoms. I also have a slight case of celiac disease, my mother has a worse case of it than I do. I have been, I would say, 85% gluten free for about 3 yeasrs. My stomach has never felt better. There is no more bloating or indigestion. As for my Sjogren's, I haven't seen much of a change, but it hasn't gotten any worse.

As an Italian, I thought I would miss my bread and macaroni. But, I really don't. I've swapped pasta for spaghetti squash It's filling because you can eat 2 cups of it for 84 calories! I eat rice crackers (Nut Thins are good - 17 crackers for 130 calories), rice cakes with peanut butter, KIND bars and granola. Be careful with "gluten free" breads and pastas. They're expensive and not really that good in my opinion.
Good Luck! Feel free to message me if you have any questions!



MICHELLEXXXX
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2/27/13 8:47 P

I would encourage learning about the Paleo way of eating.



BURNTHEB
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2/27/13 8:09 P

Who here has a gluten sensitivity? I need to hear of someone success story! I feel like there is something in my diet that is causing my bodies inflammatory response to be on constant guard! But I feel like bread is the only thing that makes my stomach feel full? Any advice or personal stories would be great! Just looking for some Sparkpeople motivation! :)



 
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