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MARIEKEKNITS's Photo MARIEKEKNITS Posts: 129
7/30/09 8:43 P

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Thanks for that info!

I haven't suffered from digestive issues from wheat (or dairy for that matter), but I've noticed a difference in my level of nasal/sinus congestion since I've drastically limited my intake of dairy products.

Over the past couple weeks I've been gradually limiting my wheat intake to help with the same issues of congestion and my body's ability to fight off illnesses (I used to get a sinus infection every few months, sometimes as often as every couple months). However, my body doesn't seem to be liking this change very much.

I've been getting stomachaches and feeling slightly nauseous. I'm not sure what it could be, since I haven't completely cut wheat out yet, but it was the worst yesterday when I didn't have any wheat at all (did have some rye crackers, but they don't have any wheat in them).

Should I be more gradual?

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7/30/09 7:26 P

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Hi all, Wheat allergies can be just as hard on people as Celiac Disease and can cause some of the same digestive symptoms but it does not cause damage to the Villi which is one of the Hallmarks of being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Treatment of both is a strict remove of wheat (Rye, barley and sometimes oats) from the diet. One advantage with a food allergy is that you have a possibility of being able to, someday, go back to eating the allergen.

Terje made a real good point that going cold turkey in stopping the foods can sometimes have a negative result at first. Just like people who go on a low carb diet can have very bad negative symptoms when they first start the diet, people who go wheat and gluten free can also have the bodily revolt of not getting the foods it is used to.

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease and went on the gluten free diet, I was also told to go lactose free. Lactose can cause very similar feeling problems (bloating, gas, nausea and Diarrhea. The reason why is that she said that if I had damage to the intestines then I would be more susceptible to problems form the Lactose. She said to stay lactose free for 6 month and then I could start adding the dairy back in. I was able to add everything except the regular milk, which is the only dairy that still gives me problems. I can eat cheese without a problem, but milk still gives me the runs.

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7/18/09 4:35 P

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Welcome! I've been wheat-free, dairy-free, corn-free and soy-free for a couple of months now and it has really helped with a lot of the digestion issues and tertiary dysphagia I've been dealing with. Week 2 was the worst for me because it seemed everything I put in my body was making it go haywire! But I think it may have been some sort of detox. Glad I stuck through it because now I don't worry about painful bloating and coughing for hours after eating. I actually tried some yogurt and a little corn this week and was fine with it ... so maybe I am one of those lucky ducks that can start putting things back in after a while. Good luck with it all - this forum is great!

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7/17/09 8:36 A

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I am gluten, dairy and corn free. Even butter seems to affect me, so if you are still having symptoms, consider giving up the butter for a while too. (Coconut oil or a little olive oil works as a spread on gluten free bread or on vegetables as a butter replacement.)

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BECKYF3 Posts: 37
7/17/09 6:46 A

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Hi! I went gluten, dairy, and soy free about a year ago. I'm not sure if its related, but my nasal allergies have gotten much better. I'm taking a probiotic so I think that helps. I take Jigsaw's Essential Blend Probiotics. I've tried others and this one seems to work well for me.

My daughter used to have terrible nasal allergies. I've been giving my daughter Danactive every day for a year. Now she is mostly clear. Of course, Danactive is dairy, but it does show that probiotics might be helpful for allergies.

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MARIEKEKNITS's Photo MARIEKEKNITS Posts: 129
7/17/09 3:37 A

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Hello! I've been on SP for about a year, but I am just now starting to getting rid of wheat in my diet. I don't have celiac disease, but my acupuncturist recommended limiting or completely getting rid of wheat in my diet due to congestion in my system (I've suffered from chronic allergies and sinus infections for years). I don't need to be 100% gluten-free, but most wheat-free recipes and foods I've found are gluten-free already, except for rye bread.

I'm already *mostly* dairy free (the only dairy I use is butter for baking and on toast), and eating a more plants-based diet.

I'm starting to experiment with different options for baking, since I love to cook!

I'm looking forward to getting advice and insight from those who have BTDT.

~Marieke

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