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2/4/13 11:32 A

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"normal!" going to restaurants is challenging, to say the least. red lobster has a great allergy menu...they break it down in a chart. i wish every restaurant had that. it's definitely worth it to eat what your body likes, but it is soooooo hard! hope you find answers, and good foods. emoticon

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1/30/13 8:31 P

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Yeah. I've heard that about dairy. I'm hopeful. I'm giving it some time and also want to get allergy tested to see what comes back first. My relationship with food has changed so much- it's interesting to see how "normal people" relate to food. I can't imagine just eating whatever whenever anymore! Thanks for the warm welcome.

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1/25/13 9:49 A

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yay for discovering so much. emoticon

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1/24/13 11:48 P

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Welcome Heather! This is a great place to be. People here have been incredibly helpful and resourceful, especially when I have had questions. Enjoy the love and support you will find in these forums!

Refuse to be beaten by inanimate objects, inflexible minds, and incompetent practices.


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1/22/13 6:02 P

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Welcome to the group. It sounds like you are really listening to your body and making the proper adjustments. That is very good. I know when I first went gluten free my doctor told me to cut dairy also. After six months I started slowly adding it back in as my body healed. Maybe you will be able to add the Yogurt and Feta cheese back in later in small portions. Feta, Because it is usually made form Goat or Sheep milk, often has different enzymes and you might be able to eat it before regular milk products. Some of the Greek yogurts are also made with sheep milk.

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1/21/13 10:44 P

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Some of them have wheat in them and that will cause you problems too. You will need to start reading the lables to see what is in them. If you take meds they can have wheat in them too.

Dorothy

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.
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1/21/13 7:20 P

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I am new to spark people. My name is Heather. I am a 38, divorced (almost- separated for 2 years) mom of one living in the Atlanta area. I am hoping that one day I will feel awesome and energetic on a regular basis. I have struggled with some sort of chronic fatigue/ IBS symptoms my whole life it seems. I started going off gluten at the suggestion of my osteopathic doctor about 4 years ago. I have been strict about it for about 2 years. It took a while to really notice the effect gluten had on me til I was off of it for long enough and started being more strict about not cheating. Then it was like WOW! It cleared up symptoms like fatigue, nausea, bloating, anxiety, depression, rashes, shortness of breath. It was life changing. I had some lingering symptoms of fatigue and skin inflammation/ acne/ rosacea, so I decided to go off dairy a year ago. My symptoms dramatically improved within days. I was bummed. I really love yogurt and feta cheese and ice cream and... well I could go on all day.
I have been very strict about my diet, cutting out all sorts of stuff that doesn't agree with me- very rarely eating out at all b/c of cross contamination risk. Now I am fine tuning it even more, focusing on eating what makes me feel good- veggies, whole grains, cooking my own food more, and finally, trying to get on an exercise regimen.
I have had to become very disciplined, especially at the holidays, but I am telling you it is so worth it. Feeling good and focusing on people instead of cheating and feeling horrible is worth it. Feeling my body start to heal itself is worth it. We are all worth it!!
I am happy to support you guys. Let me know if you want to talk about anything. Later!


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