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ANGELCOL6 Posts: 1,194
9/24/09 10:00 A

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First of all welcome Tellitforward, My husband and I have noticed since we have reduced or taken out alot of gluten products from our list my youngest son who does have food allergies and ADD/ADHD and sevral other conditions that he actually is doing alot better and it is a big adjustment for the whole family but we are still learning.

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9/23/09 10:58 P

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I'm learning things reading this thread. I've wondered if my adult son who has ADD might be gluten intollerant. But, you can't make a grown kid do this, even if he lives at home. Does it help to limit the gluten intake for some? Just wondering. I don't know his blood type, nor does he.
I stay away from corn and peanuts, and that helps as well. Gluten is in so many places where you don't expect it! Then, if you take out corn syrup, too, that cuts the list even more. Maybe we'll get back to a better eating habit in this country as more people get correctly diagnosed.
I sure don't want to eat wheat for six weeks in order to get retested! I was sick from one big dose. That was enough to prove it to me.
Corina, I home schooled four, too. The last one just began the local community college. I loved it, but after 20 years, I'm ready for a new path. Bless you.

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9/19/09 11:46 P

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I will admit I haven't read Elisabeths book but I've heard from people that have that there is some wrong info in it so read with a grain of salt.

The rest sound good. Also check out GF Gourmet by Bette Hagman(she wrote the 1st GF cookbook) make sure its the revised edition because she updated some of the recipes. Also I haven't had any problems with Carol Fenster's recipes.
I haven't read it but I've had many people highly recommend "Living gluten Free for Dummies"

When your son was tested was it just the blood work? There are lots of false negatives if the person hasn't eaten enough gluten.

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9/19/09 9:24 P

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thanks for the added suggestions... going to look at that website now.

Homeschooling mom of 4

Dec 2008-Dec 2009 I faithfully maintained a 107-109... Unfortantely after Dec 2009, I let myself get back to a 115.6 - I'm back on track and am going to get back to my maintaining range again!


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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,256
9/19/09 9:00 P

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Wow! You have a lot of reading material. Have fun with all of the ideas. I have made a few recipes that were flops (soy flour for a pizza crust for one)
but most have been good and many have been very good!
I really like my almond meal pancakes, that also double as wraps for sandwiches, and my whole extended family will eat rice pasta with their linguini and clam sauce or spaghetti. It really is a great adventure. I think I will check out a couple of the books you mentioned that I haven't seen before. Thanks for the great reading list. (There is also a book called "Special Diets for Special Kids" by Lisa Lewis that tells how to make gluten free chicken nuggets. And there are recipes on the web site www.gfcfdiet.com - I hope I got that right.

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9/19/09 8:29 P

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thanks for the welcome.

11 years ago my son was tested for Celiac - came back negative *whew* was such a relief (he was an infant at the time - 9 months) I'm pretty confident that none of the family has it.

I'm mainly waiting to try this just to see if it has any effect on the moods on the family.

What books did I order from the library:
250 GLUTEN-FREE FAVORITES : includes dairy-free, egg-free and white sugar-free recipes by Donna Washburn

HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY : 100 new recipes featuring whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free Ingredients by Jeff Hertzberg

The autism & ADHD diet : a step-by-step guide to hope and healing by living gluten free and casein free (GFCF) and other interventions by Barrie Silberberg

The G-free diet : a gluten-free survival guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Living gluten-free for dummies by Danna Korn

and today the following book came in and I picked it up this afternoon:
You won't believe it's gluten-free! : 500 delicious, foolproof recipes for healthy living by Roben Ryberg

I really was amazed at some of the recipes in the book... I'm rather excited.

My oldest son (almost 12) was NOT happy to hear about the changes that will be taking place - but daddy told him "you wont even realize it... these foods will be just as good if not BETTER" (he was looking at the book with me) and we already have been talking about trying to get away from as much processed foods as possible and making more things from scratch. What a great place to start!

I also just ordered the Eat Right For Your Type book as well as Cook right 4 your type and The ultimate metabolism diet : eat right for your metabolic type by Scott Rigden

Yup, over the next 3 months we'll be "cleaning house" - using up all the things that wont be included in our diet starting in January... and hopefully by January, we'll be ready to go 100%... I told the family we'll make a 3 month goal January through March... and then we'll decide whether we want to continue, see if we notice any differences in moods, feelings, health ect... and go from there... hey, we might actually be enjoying it so much by then, eating things all made by scratch, that none of us want to "go back".



Homeschooling mom of 4

Dec 2008-Dec 2009 I faithfully maintained a 107-109... Unfortantely after Dec 2009, I let myself get back to a 115.6 - I'm back on track and am going to get back to my maintaining range again!


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9/19/09 2:47 P

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I have the version of gluten intolerance which does nerve damage and weakens veins. No fancy name for it (at least not yet). I think it ought to be named for my mom who had the same thing.

I had HUGE mood swings on gluten, depression being one of them. Much better now.

If the whole family's going to be GF, that's a bit easier. Just clean house and get rid of the gluten products.

Elena


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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,256
9/19/09 9:32 A

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I went gluten free after reading the book - Eat Right For Your Type. That was when I figured out that the skin problems I was having were due to gluten. My mood is also much better when I am gf, but the biggest difference with mood comes from being dairy free. Now when I eat dairy I feel like there is nothing right with the world and I end up crying over any little thing. It is very rare that I allow any gluten or dairy in my diet now. (I avoid corn and peanuts also.) What do you think will be the most challenging adjustment? There is a substitute for almost anything. I like the Van's gluten free waffles for a quick breakfast, or a smoothie with rice protein powder. You can use rice pasta for lasagna or spaghetti. Do you have a Whole Foods near you? They are getting more gluten free foods all the time. The one by us just had a day where they had presentations on gluten free cooking.
Good luck! It is an adventure and is so great when you feel better!

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9/19/09 9:16 A

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Good Morning Corina,

All great advice given and I learned a lot myself.

I was in bed for a year and my family doctor attributed this to my ongoing depression label. I knew that it was something medical. After being hospitalized for my body giving out, I was diagnosed with celiac disease.


This is becoming a growing health concern, that should be monitored by a physician as it affects some many physical aspects of our bodies.

Hope you got some input.

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ANGELCOL6 Posts: 1,194
9/19/09 7:08 A

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Hi Corina sounds like you and I have alot in common for the most part I'm a stay at home mom of 4 and I have 1 child who is on meds for ADD/ADHD,asthma,allergies food and indoor/outdoor allerigies he is main reason I love this group because we as a family pretty much eat a glutenfree diet.

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9/19/09 2:36 A

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Hi Corina,

I have CD and depression is one of my many symptoms.
It is possible to have latent CD where there isn't any physical symptoms. So your daughter with depression might be CD but might just be teen angst. It seems to me that ADHD/ADD could be related but I won't swear to it. OK, looked it up it can be here is a complete list www.recognizingceliacdisease.com/21.
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Before going gluten free I'd suggest having your whole family tested for Celiac Disease. Once going GF to be tested later you'll need to eat gluten for about 6 weeks for your body to build up the anti-bodies to show in the blood work. Most people feel so much better GF that they won't go back on gluten to be tested.
Eating GF is hard to get used to simply because gluten is in more foods then you'd ever believe and there is additional costs. Personally I don't know if I'd do it except for medical reasons, I'm not saying depression an ADHD aren't medical just can't say GF would help.
Good luck on your journey!

P.S. which books did you order? There's some great books and some not so great.

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9/18/09 8:46 P

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My name is Corina - I'm a homeschooling mother of 4... Been on Spark for 14 months and have well surpassed all my original weight loss goals and then some - Since Oct I have been in maintainer mode which I have to say is truely harder to be in than weightloss mode.

I found your team after posting the following blog (just going to copy/paste the blog I wrote yesterday):

Just wondering if anyone is Gluten free and if so what are your reasons? (celiac? ADHD? ect)

Today on one of my teams someone asked about the gluten free diet - and another member mentioned she did it for depression reasons and said she notices a huge difference in her depression when she's gluten free...

So I started doing some research today on Gluten - I have a child that is on ADHD meds, another child (my soon to be 14 - tomorrow - daughter) that has been going through some depression... ect...

I'm thinking of trying my family on a gluten free diet - but wow, this is gonna be lots of changes... I thought we'd start off slow during the next few months and try January be a total Gluten free diet. I requested several books on gluten today from the library... including several books that have gluten free recipes ect...

I'd just like to get input on this subject from others.

Thank you

Homeschooling mom of 4

Dec 2008-Dec 2009 I faithfully maintained a 107-109... Unfortantely after Dec 2009, I let myself get back to a 115.6 - I'm back on track and am going to get back to my maintaining range again!


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