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11/27/11 10:14 A

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I have visited you before but could not stay due to overload of info and stress - now I am ready to get acquainted and begin to share my joy in the GF lifestyle and also the hard spots and the continued learning.

I am 62, been GF since 1/1/11 at recommendation of Dr for fibromyalgia and because of our daughter's Dx of celiac + severe airborne wheat allergy and i wanted a safe kitchen for her to "come home to" ---result - I am so much healthier, she is content and feels safe here which was especially needed for her when her home burned Oct 1 and she lost 90% of her possessions including all her GF supply and utensils and the needed safe secure feeling.

Looking forward to getting to know you, sharing my life and caring about those who are members here - Also am very encouraged by Mark's exercise journey written of on his spark page and pray that it will help me get further on my lack of abilities in physical activities

Linda F in WA state
*John 10:10b Jesus came to give me life,
an abundant life!

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11/26/11 4:51 P

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Hi, I don't have celiac disease but an allergy test told me I'm allergic to anything from the grass family. A naturopath is helping me to eliminate them from my diet, starting with sugar cane products, tamari, wheat, corn and oats, which I eat the most of. (Goodbye, Cheerios!) I also have to stop eating potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers. At least for now I can still eat wheat-free soy sauce, brown rice, polenta and cornmeal. :D

My husband and I now live in Panama, Central America and I was happy to find a few gluten-free foods in the grocery store.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learning how you all adjusted to this new way of eating.

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10/9/11 7:43 A

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Although I do not have to eat gluten free, I have been for about a month. What a great lifestyle. I wish I had found this a long time ago. Since changing, my appetite has gone down and I eat when I am hungry, as opposed to eating everything in site. I have lost seven pounds and my brain is clear from fog. I have more energy most days and that is a good thing too. This is not as hard as I though it would be and I hope and pray I can continue. Can you tell I am excited?

God bless those with Celiac disease. I hope that it has not been too difficult for you. I am so glad that there are more gluten free products on the market now to make your lives more easy.

Yes, my picture is sideways as I can't seem to fix it or get another in there. But please accept me to this team anyway!


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8/27/11 11:35 P

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Hello! I do not have to go gluten free, but I do have a wheat bran allergy (I can have white bread, but nothing with whole wheat flour or wheat bran). People have told me that the allergy might grown, so I'm looking for other ways to get fiber without eating whole wheat.

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7/18/11 10:28 P

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Hi and welcome to the team.


If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
Charles Stanley

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in

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7/18/11 6:56 P

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Welcome to the gluten free and healthy team. I have celiac and have been gluten free for almost 4 years. My family eats all main meals gluten free but they still eat regular bread with sandwiches, and eating out and snacks for them are often with gluten. Feel free to visit my spark page friend me and ask any questions you might have as you make this change. I live on the west coast of the US and have found many stores and products in my area that are gluten free and have learned to cook a whole new way. Take one day at a time and try new foods and you will do well on this new journey. Smiles Barb

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7/18/11 3:14 P

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Welcome, and God bless your family for agreeing to support you!
I am not celiac, but can't process wheat or rye either. I'm GF for two years now, and the advangages far outweigh the negatives.
I compromise with my guys and sometimes make them something they really like, and have something safe for me. I don't cheat and I make them happy. I also never insist they eat gluten free on outings. I keep regular whole grain bread for sandwiches, as I'm not so sensitive that I'll get sick if I touch wheat. I use a separate plate or cutting mat if they've used something for wheat. For years, I haven't been able to eat peanuts, but two of my guys love peanut butter/peanuts. Neither the youngest or I touch them. I refuse to even make a PB&J sandwich!
Do check your personal care products for wheat. I didn't and wondered why my scalp itched. Sally's has some safe and more natural options for shampoos and other hair products.
Ditch products which have lots of questionable ingredients. We used to eat some things from Schwan's foods, but don't now because I can't be sure if they're GF. Soy sauce is a big one, which is in a surprising amount of stuff.
I think my family is healthier than ever. We used to eat a pretty balanced diet, but I did rely more on convenience foods than now, and most things are now from scratch. It's more work for me, but better for everyone.
Don't be shy about posting. People here helped me, and I know I'm still learning. :):)

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7/18/11 10:49 A

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I just found out that my body does not process wheat and rye properly, so here I am. I have tried for over a decade to lose the weight I need to, not to look thin and glamorous, but just to be healthy. I am anxious to get to know my teammates and pick up some helpful hints. After the family talked it over, they have agreed to go gluten free also.

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