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11/21/14 10:19 A

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Hi everyone! Name is Brooksie. My family and I have been on the road to become gluten free for a few years. It took me a while to be convinced that we really need to be 100% gluten free. I thought a little here, a little there wouldn't hurt. But I see how my kids react when they do eat it and I feel the brain fog coming back. So we are starting again...slowly taking how the stuff that is left, which really isn't a lot, and adding more veggies and fruits to make up the difference.
I personally have been feeling a lot better. I have also noticed my kids listen better as well.
Glad to have found this team to get support from others and to also help support them to stay GF and healthy. ^_^

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9/28/14 7:11 P

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There is a bread I use most of the time and it is in the freezer section of your grocery store. It is called UDI'S. They have a multi grain and a white, but they are both gluten free. Now, to thaw them, I have found the best way is to set it on a plate and let it thaw to room temperature. If you thaw it in the microwave, the crust gets a bit hard.
Some foods that are gluten free require "re-training" your taste buds.
This bread is good, but sometimes it breaks apart.
There IS a bread I haven't tried and it comes from celiac specialties. (I have had their donuts and they are AMAZING!) They advertise it like this "remember when the bread you ate on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuck to the roof of your mouth". So, I just haven't gotten around to ordering it...mostly because my local store sells UDI's.
Have you always been intolerant of corn? Sometimes when someone is diagnosed with celiac they are intolerant of corn and sometimes milk, but after a year or so eating gluten free, they are able successfully to introduce it back into their diet.
I trust this helps.

Take care and God Bless you!
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9/27/14 2:15 P

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Hubby and I are interested in reducing gluten in our diet. We tried gluten free a few years ago for several weeks and felt great, no brain fog etc. but it was difficult. Now with so many trying it, I thought it would be easier.

Silly question: What do you make sandwiches with? We do all day activities a couple times a week and like taking pbj sandwiches. Also, I don't tolerate corn.



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8/26/14 5:44 P

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Hi my name is Angela and I just found out I have gluten sensitivity. After about a month of going gluten free I decided to eat gluten over the weekend and man was I sick yesterday and today! I need to learn a lot more about eating gluten free -what is okay and what is not.With support I know that I can get through this and make the lifestyle change I need to make to be well again.

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8/26/14 4:33 P

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Hi, I have been back and forth on sparkpeople over the past few years. I had great success when I stuck to the program. Now I am back 100%. I have been GF for about the past 3 years. It helps with my autoimmune, arthitis and gut issues. Just a few times a year, I give into cravings for White Castle burgers (I know yuck...) , fresh yeast doughnuts and take out pizza. Then I pay the price and wonder what I was thinking because it wasn't worth it LOL!

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7/20/14 4:21 P

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Hello. Nola here. I am new to the gluten Free Diet. Not officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but have been tested and also may have a wheat allergy. I am so overwhelmed. Can't seem to get menus written down so I know what to eat and when! Any ideas??

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6/17/14 3:13 P

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Thanks!

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6/17/14 3:07 P

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Hi Elaine and welcome. emoticon

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Hi, I am Elaine and have known I was allergic to wheat for many years. I thought I would join this group for recipes and encouragement!

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6/8/14 9:11 A

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Hi, my name is CarolAnn . I'm 60 since Jan. 2014. I've known that I'm gluten sensitive for a long time but keep going back and forth. I joined this team to perhaps get some new ideas to remain gluten free without feeling bad about it. emoticon

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Hi everyone! I just joined tonight. I used to do sparkpeople yrs ago and am back to tone muscle. I've started a gluten free diet because I can tell physical and emotional effects of the wheat. Happy to be here! :-)

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thought I'd never be able to do the SouthBeach Diet & give up my bread. Now I have a allergy. I get an itchy, dry mouth & look like i'm pregnant if I eat wheat or hard grains. I've gained 15 lbs trying oatmeal, quinoa & things with rice. I am going back to a paleo diet. boo getting old!

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3/18/14 4:43 P

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Hi --

I've been -- mostly -- gluten free since 2006 when I discovered my sensitivity by accident, as a kind of side effect of my Buddhist prayers. I only rarely use commercial gluten-free foods. Instead, I use rice and quiona instead of bread and pasta.

SO . . . what else is there to say? I have about 60 pounds to lose AND I am healing from an Achilles tendon injury. (That last piece is a bit of a challenge to exercise.)

AND . . . this is the start of my 2nd week on Spark.

My goal -- lose 60 pounds by mid-October, or at least make great strides toward that goal.

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2/15/14 7:52 P

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Hi my name is Pam. I have lots of digestive issues with bloating and pain. I am trying to go wheat and gluten free to see if it helps

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2/15/14 8:42 A

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Thanks for the tips, Coo_kie! I read "Wheat Belly" and Dr. Davis advises the same thing. I am trying to eat clean and it is amazing how much my stomach issues have improved. I only lost 2 lbs in the last month but have lost an inch on my waist. I think I am over-indulging on other things so time to re-group! This board is so helpful. emoticon

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2/15/14 8:36 A

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Thanks for the welcome , Cathy ! emoticon

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2/10/14 12:11 P

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Hi there! My name is Murlene and I just read "Wheat Belly Diet" and I'm going gluten/wheat free for 30 days. I've never tried this but after reading this book, I honestly think I have a wheat allergy. I'm overweight with all of my weight in my belly. I also have incredible aches and pains throughout my body, I'm always tired, and my belly hurts pretty much all of the time. The author of this book basically says, eat this way for 30 days then eat a bagel and see how you feel. So that's what I'm doing. Excited to join this group for friendship, ideas, advice, and support.

John 16:33 - In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.

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2/1/14 5:28 P

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I'm Margaret and I have a gluten intolerance. I have ignored the symptoms for years thinking it was worth it so I could eat bread and pasta. It is only recently that more gluten free items came on the market. I feel so much better but still tempted when going out,

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1/17/14 8:13 P

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Hi,

I did gluten free eating for about 3 months before Christmas and I felt great! I read where eating gluten free can lower my inflammation levels in my body. I also read that would be good for my arthritis, and my blood pressure … After only 14 days, I could start to feel the benefits from eating GF… But then CHristmas came and we had all our family home, hubby and I had to cook for about 9 adults and 3 little grand babies, so it was not easy to stay on GF eating….And also there are SO MANY goodies in the house over Christmas too, so I not only didn't eat GF, but I also ate my way through all the bake goods too…

When I go off my eating right programs, I kind of get depressed because I feel bad about over eating. Then it often takes me weeks to get back on track….

But now Christmas is over, and I want to get back on track.I have a few pounds to get back off, and I came back to Spark people to make myself more accountable to myself!!! Janet

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1/15/14 1:23 P

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emoticon Kimberly!

I have suffered with what appears to be gluten sensitivity migraines. I've tested negative for celiac disease, but we did the test after I'd stopped eating gluten for 3 weeks and that can affect the test. I'm not willing to eat gluten again just to have a lab test verify what I've seen to be true physically. Not eating gluten makes me feel better. It's taking weeks to get the migraines to a manageable level, but they are getting better. I hope yours do too!

Cathy emoticon

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People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
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Dara says "5 deep breaths to center yourself" ... I need the reminder.


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1/15/14 12:38 P

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Hi there

My name is Kimberley and I suffer from headaches and I have not been diagnosed with anything as of yet. I watched a show on TV about brain matters and the effects of gluten on our bodies and we are not made to consume gluten. It talked about dementia, and if I can prevent that, or memory loss or feel better then I am going to give it a try.

This is day 3 for me. I do not have symptoms in my tummy but I feel terrible after I eat bread.

I realize there is a blood test now and I may look into this further but right now I am trying this on my own.

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1/7/14 7:25 A

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Cindwood, good luck on your journey to fitness!
I have just a couple tips.

If weight loss is also a goal, do not substitute processed gluten free foods for processed regular foods....eliminate them. Use real foods, naturally gluten free...............fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, fish. rice quinoa. Then cook with real ingredients, not packaged sauces. (After you are familiar with the ingredients you are looking for, you can branch out a bit if you like.)

Gluten reaction is generally all or nothing. Cutting down is not enough. So, reading labels is a must. I have not found very many things that I have not been able to duplicate to be safe for me.

If this was your last day, how would you spend it?


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1/7/14 7:22 A

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emoticon Cynthia! I test negative also, but I feel so much better without the gluten!

Wishing you much success on your journey!

~ Cathy

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
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Dara says "5 deep breaths to center yourself" ... I need the reminder.


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1/7/14 7:08 A

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Hello all! My name is Cynthia. I am a High School Spanish teacher who is looking forward to retiring at the end of this year and spending time at our cabin in the mountains with my husband and two pugs. I am a 62 years old and have had stomach issues for several years. Last year I had 32 benign polyps removed from my stomach. My gastroenterologist suggested that I might be gluten intolerant even though I test negative for celiac disease. Soooo..... here I am. Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you! I also need to lose at least 50 pounds.


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emoticon What a testimony to good health!!

~ Cathy

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
~Author Unknown

Dara says "5 deep breaths to center yourself" ... I need the reminder.


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1/1/14 11:14 A

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I a 67 this month. I had symptoms of gluten intolerance for 42 years before a doctor suggested a GF diet to me. A week after starting, most of my symptoms were gone. I have not knowingly had gluten since June 26, 2009.

If this was your last day, how would you spend it?


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emoticon Pam! I'm so glad to see you here!

Cathy emoticon

~ Cathy

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
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Dara says "5 deep breaths to center yourself" ... I need the reminder.


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Hello, my name is Pam and I joined this team as I am starting a detox food plan for 10 days... one of the foods being eliminated is anything with gluten. I thought I would get some tips about gluten-free and healthy ways of living.

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Hi, I'm Cathy. I'm new to being gluten-free. I've had such bad migraines and we've determined that they are related to when I ingest gluten. So, gluten-free it is! I'm hoping to learn much from those of you who have already walked this path.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Cathy emoticon

~ Cathy

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
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Dara says "5 deep breaths to center yourself" ... I need the reminder.


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11/4/13 4:40 P

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My name is Bri. I actually joined the team a while back, and then didn't use SP for a while. I'm determined to get back on track and I'm hoping that by becoming active in the different teams I find more accountability. I went gluten free about a month ago. Originally I made the decision to support my dad, who went gluten free to hopefully control his diabetes. Since making that change, I can't believe how much better I feel! I'm looking forward to getting to know others who are also gluten free, as most of the people I interact with think I am crazy.

~Bri~

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My name is Sherry and I have been gluten free for about 3 years. I did not know how terrible my digestion was until my acupuncturist told me so and I got tested for wheat intolerance/celiac. Without going into detail my stomach came in about 3 inches and my life got a whole lot better. No more pain, bloating and numerous other issues. I have accepted this lifestyle although I do go into the bakery occasionally and smell all the stuff I can't have....sigh....but it is so not worth it. I now think of it as a tool to make better healthy choices.

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Awesome and thank you.

With Christ's love to all,

Dee

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Welcome to the team! There is a lot of great information here!

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


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Hi Everyone, I've been trying to go wheat/gluten-free for several months and did a sustained month a few months ago. I really felt better and completely enjoyed it until my daughter came to stay and took over the cooking. Oh Well. We are back by ourselves now and I can do this again.

I don't know if I have any problems with wheat or gluten, but I'm diabetic and when I did the month, my blood sugars were lower, I felt better and I was losing weight. So, here I am again. This is day 2 of my GF lifestyle and and I wanted to find others who are trying the same for added support.

Day 2 got me my first 120 blood sugar in months. I'm so happy.

Oh, my name is Dee and I'm 58. I'm married with a bunch of grown children and many grandchildren. Now I even have 1 great grand son. On top of all of this, I'm a grandparent whose adopted and raising as my own, a 5 year old. She's wonderful, but it's hard.



With Christ's love to all,

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Hi there,
I have a problem with wheat too. I have been leaving wheat alone for a couple weeks now, I guess it is, and for me it was creating skin problems, and they're clearing up nicely. It sure is hard to find restaurants that have gluten free, and/or that you can TRUST are gluten free if you just ask them to be for your meal. I'm not near you though, sorry.


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Hi everyone! I've recently been diagnosed as having a wheat allergy - only mild, but enough to affect my breathing when exercising, and make me have to keep within 15 metres of a tissue box! Been off of the evil stuff for about a month, and my tissue use, and 5km run times are both decreasing! woo-hoo! Anybody else here in Sth Aus? Would be good to trade good restaurants that cater to allergies :)

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Hi there,
I have been searching to find out what makes me break out on my arms, scalp and since those two started, other parts (my belly, for instance, is pretty itchy presently). I somehow came across a website that was about celiac disease and it showed a gal who was showing her arms, and they look just like mine have been for the last year or so. I read how you can get celiac disease if you have thyroid problems so, though I was not shown as allergic to wheat years ago, when tested for food allergies as a teen, after reading and relating to this article I believe I cannot have gluten. For one, I had started eating more properly, having my calories come from things other than bread, for instance, just to get the most yum and nutrition I could in for the day, lol, and I started noting when I would break out, because I was actually clearing up for a bit there. After seeing that site today, I went back and read where I was breaking out, and yep, it's after I've eaten gluten. Like this morning, before I saw that article, my daughter had made sugar free cookies, and I ate one and my tummy was not happy with it. I guess that's how it happened- me looking up erythritol and then my search just expanded from there.
So now I am going to go gluten free, and this gluten free group looked like the best one I could find on SP. :)

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Today starting again on wheat free.My stomach has been upset since i started eating wheat again.All i can think of is food today.But have stayed gluten free so far.Tonight for supper i am making spaghetti squash with tomatoes,onions,peppers,mushroom and beef.Also a baked apple.

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Hi, I'm Tina they suspect that I have celiac disease and I have been gluten free for a year and a half.

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Hey all! I'm Bri. I recently made the decision to go gluten-free. My dad needed to for health reasons and I wanted to support him as well as feel better. I have also tried to eliminate all processed/artificial sugars from my diet, making eating even more tricky! I'm already feeling myself start to struggle, so I turned to Spark to hopefully keep up my motivation.

~Bri~

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Hello!

I just found out that I have celiac sprue. Now I definitely have to make changes in what I eat. I am happy to find teams that are for those needing to eat gluten free.

Be well.

Wishing you the best!



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Hi There, I've been on sparkpeople for quite awhile. Love the site, but lack motivation it would seem to lose the weight. I recently read Wheat Belly and also know someone who started following a wheat free diet and they lost 13 pounds without even thinking about it.

I have been on this journey of gluten free for one week and already I notice that I have a lot less cravings and I have lost 2 pounds. I just find it a challenge to get enough variety in my meals. I am hoping to see suggestions with this Team that will help me out.

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Hi, I'm Mandi. I started looking into and trying to incorporate gluten-free as part of my nutrition when we thought my son had Celiac disease. He has been tested and, thank God, he is fine. However, researching the disease I found that I have a lot of the symptoms. I have not been tested, but rather started leaving gluten out of my diet and saw a lot of change right away.

I have a lot of stressors in my life, so changing my diet and being more active is important but I tend to cop out and just eat whatever, and this includes gluten filled foods. But I woke up this morning determined to eat healthier b/c I know what it means for me.

Gluten-free foods are more expensive, so I'm determined to just omit gluten and try to use gluten free when I feel I just have to have something. I'm aiming for mostly veggies/fruits/nuts/seeds.

Changes I've seen when I went gluten free were as simple as clear skin to less cravings... I know this is what's best for me... just need to stay motivated!

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New to gluten free.
Also new to group conversations.
Thank you for any support you may have.


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Recently went gluten free on my own. Just turned 52, was diagnosed lactose intolerant in 2004 after a life of drinking a gallon or more of milk per week. That was a total shock to the system and it was like someone quitting smoking for a few months. My daughter was sacred.

I began having stomach issues similar to 2004 and noticed I felt worse after eating carbs - pasta, bread, etc. My B-I-L is unable to eat gluten (medically diagnosed) and I've tried new recipes for him when we have a get together. So, I decided to go gluten free and find out if I felt better.

What I read online was it can take 2 to 3 weeks to get it out of your system. Also, one article said gluten can make you feel off balance. I have vertigo and no one has been able to find a cause. Scary!

I'm leaving on a cruise July 1st but in just 1 week, I'm feeling so much better. No bloating, gas, lack of energy, etc. I have energy and have lost 2 pounds (a bonus). Still working to find food options besides veggies and meat. Eating out will be an adventure too.

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Hey all! Long time sparker trying to get back into it :) First time around now that I'm gluten free. My 3 yr old son was diagnosed by our chiropractor as having a gluten intolerance (using TBM) and I gave it up to support him. NOW I find that I can't go back to it without making my stomach a giant knot. doh! Although I occasionally use an enzyme supplement with good results.

Nice to meet you!

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I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in March and have been struggling to change my diet. I can tell the difference when I eat gluten and when I don't, I feel much better when I don't. I have joint aches, fatigue and gastrointestinal problems (won't go into detail) when I eat gluten. I am newly motivated and am dedicated to being completely gluten free!!! Glad I have found a group where I can find support.

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I'm a returning spark member but never realized there were gluten free/wheat free teams on here because when last I used the site, I had no idea I was going to become interested in this topic. I have been wheat free for months. It was originally an experiment but has resolved some health issues and I love the lifestyle aspect of it and how I don't binge anymore. I am interested in becoming gluten free, although I really don't have a diagnosis of gluten intolerance or sensitivity, just interested. emoticon

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I'm a carb addict trying to rehab :) Actually, after reading up on this and learning from various resources that wheat may be the source of my problems (anxiety, binge eating, etc.), I am trying to live GF and have had many stumbles along the way. I'm getting there though - writing in my blog daily to reflect on what I need to do differently, and hoping to get a good GF streak going (longest so far is only 9 days).

Putting "healthy" grains on trial to see if there's any merit to the claims against them. Hoping to beat anxiety, binge eating disorder, and more. Follow me here:

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Hi i am new to the gluten free diet and the team. I am on day 6 . I have psoratic arthiritis which is all over my face and left arm ect. Also it is attacking my eyes i can only see images out of my left eye and the right is blurry like you got butter spead on your glasses . I am on methrotrexiate(chem pills) and for right now the attacks on my eyes are better but the RA doctor put me on predisone to for the psoriatic patches it worked but i gained 15 lbs in 6 weeks ! emoticon I also have a heart condition that i can't handle the weight and looking on the computer the gluten can cause all these problems if gluten bothers you so i am going on it for 1 month to see if some of the patches either lighten up or clear up. Wanted to say the gluten bread is great grilled like you would for grill cheese and the gluten pasta is good ! If anyone has a favorite recipe or hint please sparkmail me so i can learn about this diet ! THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME JOIN YOUR TEAM! emoticon

sunrise141 caption of the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER.My first name is Vickie. Just got off of predisone have gained weight and quite logging my food but am starting back today logging what i eat and cutting down on sugar !


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I'm beginning a GF diet as a way to take my body seriously, to stop fighting and cooperate by doing what works best. My sugar cravings, which are overwhelming, disappear. It's like bread -gluten products - are a trigger for sugar cravings. Not to mention feeling feeling bloated and having gas frequently, which goes completely away when I eat GF.

So I'm here to say goodbye to bloat and gas, ghastly sugar cravings, and the ugly fat cells they carry in their suitcases. I say, pack it up and go away. I'm on a new track and glad to have found a group of people to hang out with.


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Hi All... after years of gastro-intestinal issues and colonoscopies I was told I have celiac and a lactose intolerance about 6 years ago. I did nothing about it and continued to damaged my insides. I've decided it's time to respect myself and my body by making the appropriate and mature health decisions. So far so good. I have been gluten and dairy free for two months and feeling fine. I'm bordering on a raw diet right now though and am hoping this group can help me broaden my current eating habits.
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Hi there, my name is Cindy, I have celiac and I've been gluten free for just over 2 years. About 3 years ago, I was suffering from sever gi pain and intestinal bleeding. I was so sick that I could barely stand up on my own. I dropped 30 lbs in just weeks and was told my the hospital that I had cervical and colon cancer. Turned out they were partially right. I went to see a gi specialist and after the biopsy he said they removed cancerous a polyp and he thought I had celiac but he left me with no information....just told me to change my diet. I was clueless. I had never even heard of celiac and didn't have a clue what he was telling me to do. After another 6 months of pain and a lot of research, I finally went completely gluten free. I just had my second colonoscopy/endoscopy. and this dr confirmed the celiac (as if the severe bloating, blisters, etc didn't already have me convinced) however, now I'm waiting for the results of the other parts that were biopsied. My dr said that for someone who has been gluten free for as long as I have, my intestines shouldn't look like they do. I'll have the results in another week or so. She also confirmed another polyp as well.

My 6 year old son has just been diagnosed with wheat/cows milk allergies as well as low markers for celiac and I can't make his father follow the diet plan because apparently he knows more than the dr's do. I'm terrified that is he keeps being fed wheat when he sees his father, eventually he is going to end up with celiac as well. He will be going to see a specialist soon to have it in writing from a dr that actual problems do come with food allergies. They're not made up by me who, as he told me, just wants to interfere with his house.

I absolutely love to cook. For myself and my youngest, we only eat gluten free. Most of the household is already gluten free but they do eat some gluten from time to time: mostly if they take a sandwich to school or have a hamburger with a bun. Because my severity to wheat is so bad, I would prefer to not even have to touch it if at all possible. One day I came home and my kitchen was a wreck from all the kids. I was so mad to see bread crumbs all over the counter. I washed everything off and disinfected the counters but I distracted myself by jumping everyone for making a mess with wheat that I forgot to make sure I didn't use the same washcloth to wash out my cup. Within the hour or so, I had blisters all over my lips and my stomach had already started to swell.....just from the crumbs touching my cup.

I can't wait to get to know people in here and hopefully exchange some recipes. look forward to talking to you!

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Hi All,
I have been on spark for a while. I have lost 50 pounds, mainly from going very low carb, eating healthy and getting my energy back for exercise. Since last April I have had 12 pounds creep back up on me and I was still 5 pounds away from my goal weight and my health weight for being all of 5 foot.

I have suffered from GI issues most of my life, I notices when I was following a strict low carb diet I had no issues. Yet I wasn’t sure if it was the gluten or the sugar well after being my own test subject I have found that I have sensitivity to both.

After I read the Wheat-belly book I was amazed and in awe of the changes to our food and the risk involved that was not being truly watched over or scrutinized by anyone. I start really researching our food and was mortified at what I found. Not only have the overall food been changed but even the awful treatment of animals that provide us our daily nourishment.

My wonderful husband committed to go wheat free 100% as of January 1, and to really commit ourselves to what I call “ethical” eating.

My husband has been a wheat lover and since giving up wheat all of his aches and pains are gone, and his comment last week was we hadn't felt this good since his 20’s! emoticon

So if I sound like a bit of a nut job – well I just might be. I am dragging my poor hubby to seminar titled “What the Cluck?” emoticon all about chicken gardening! I recently learned about the de-beaking of chickens which is a standard practice in the US. Now I think I just should have 1 or 2 hens of my own so I know that they are treated well.

So with 17 pounds to go and truly adopting a gluten free healthy life style - I am looking forward hearing others insights.

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Hi all! Welcome to the group.
I wish you well on your gluten free, or gluten reduced diets and hope find what you're looking for on here. emoticon




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Hi!

I thought this group would be good encouragement and reminder for me regarding gluten-free eating. I occasionally avoid gluten on purpose, but am committing myself to going gluten-free 100% !! (with few exceptions) Today is Day 1. We'll see how it goes! I have to be careful at dinnertime when my boyfriend & I are home from work -- it's easy to get tempted by his snacks and what he prepares for dinner. This means I will have to start making myself prepare my own dinners....ugh!

I am at work now, but will explore the group later when I have free time.

Yay! Thank you to all of you for being here and making this group.

Julie
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Wow, there are six years of intros here!

I'm back at SP because I recently decided to go gluten free and I love the trackers here for keeping tabs on diet and nutrition.

I am self-diagnosed gluten intolerant. (When I mentioned the idea to my doctor, she just rolled her eyes.) I have had GERD for the past 4 years or so, and have been on PPIs for most of that time. Eating was becoming an awful experience. Every time I tried to eat pizza or a sandwich my throat would close up and I'd have to down lots of water just to swallow.

When I read The Wheat Belly Diet, I realized that wheat might be causing a lot of my troubles. Actually for a long time I've KNOWN that I feel better without wheat, but realizing a lot of the medical problems I was developing might get better after eliminating it was the final spur I needed for change.

I haven't (knowingly) had any gluten since Jan 2. And awesomely enough I haven't had any choking while eating!!! Still dealing with going off the PPIs though, but getting better all the time. emoticon

Looking forward to making some friends who are on the same journey,
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Hey everyone! I'm Sandy, new to the team. I am not allergic to gluten or anything but looking for creative ways to reduce the gluten in my diet and also my mother in law IS allergic to gluten, so it may help me when she's over for dinner.

Also, I work in fitness and nutrition, so looking to learn from others in general.

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily. A few months ago I found out I was allergic to wheat and oats. Once I took those things out of my diet all of my GI issues have disappeared! It has been easy leaving those out of my diet because of how great I feel now. But I'm finding it hard to eat a balanced diet now. I end up eating not enough or things that don't take much prep like fruit. I am excited to learn how others deal with this GF lifestyle!

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Hi, my name is Penny. I am not new to Sparkpeople but just recently stopping eating wheat! Not for any health reasons but I have heard a lot about wheat lately and it wasn't good. I have been wheat free since end of November. I feel so much better. It's amazing! Looking forward to reading what other people eat and how it effects their lives. My husband and son are still eating regular food which is a challenge sometimes!

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Hi and Welcome, NHCHEFFER. Hope you find the support and help needed here.




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Hi everyone. I'm new to this team, although not new to SP. I've been a member since '97, although have been very sporadic. My husband has had digestive issues for many years and still has not received a diagnosis. All tests came back negative, even for Celiac. I encouraged him to give GF a try this summer and it has helped him tremendously. Now, I'm headed GF as well, although not for any medical reasons. My midwife has suggested this to me to help me lose all of this baby weight that I've kept on for so many years.

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Hi All! My name is Debbie, and I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I truly believe this diagnosis saved my life. I am now returning to SparkPeople (after a brief absence) to lead a healthier life with my Gluten-Free SparkFriends.

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Hi everyone! Just found out I am gluten sensitive..... I probably have been for quite some time....good to know now though.I can't believe how great I feel !!!!!!

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Hi,
I'm just back on SP (used to be aimfor32) after a long year trying to regain my health.
I won't bore you with all the details, most can be read on my maystephens blog, but what isn't written on there yet is how an allergy to gluten was a major contributor to my Fibromyalgia. I've been GF for 12 weeks and 2 days now and will have to remain GF for life.
Looking forward to meeting you all, sharing our experiences and supporting each other.
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Hello everybody! My name is Angie and I'm working towards going wheat & gluten free. Any advice that you have for a newbie would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello, Team!

I am here to check out ideas and recipes. My husband is gluten "sensitive". Because it is not fully raged into celiac disease, there are some things he can do, but, of course, shouldn't.
We have discovered that he is OK with spelt products, though it has a small abount of gluten in it. It seems to be a less expensive flour than many of the others.

We live in rural PA and have 5 grandchildren.

Good day to ALL! WIll be checking in from time to time.

Thanks for this team!

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Hi team! I have been with Sparkpeople a while but have self regulated my diet by taking gluten out of it. I friend thought I should try it and I am not looking back. I saw a difference the first week and I look forward to learning more and more about being gluten free.

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Hi Team. Love to find ways to remake family favorite recipes gluten-free.






Edited by: CHERYL_ANNE at: 10/7/2012 (11:17)
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Good morning, everyone!! In 2007 I joined SPARKPEOPLE. I took a break last year as I had some personal challenges...BUT...now I am back!! Woo hoo!! This team will be a GREAT support for me on my Gluten-Free journey!! I am plan on incorporating this lifestyle with my Weight Watchers and Eating Clean plans. Looking forward to meeting all of you!!

Cheers!!

Michelle :o)

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Hi I'm Shelle. I am so desperate to lose weight and feel better. I eat gf because wheat causes me to blow up head to toe. I also end up with joint and muscle pain and stiffness, GI issues, etc...about a year ago I began to recover from 3 years of severe illness due to Lymes disease. I was so sick I could barely function. I spent 3 years in my recliner so I gained weight and lost muscle. I am working my way back but I am really having a hard time losing weight despite exercise and good food choices.

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I live in North Carolina
I am 72 years old
I am eating GF to improve my BP
I am working on day 44 GF.
(advise from my chiropractor whose passion is health)
I am working on day 274 Sugar Free
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Hello my name is Carla..i was adviced to go gluten free because i have pcos.

I am in culinary school studying to be a pastry chef. I married my soulmate 4 years ago.
I never really know what to say on these things lol..

later
carla

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Erin,
I used to be a cokeacholic, seriously I would have 15 REGULAR coke cans a day. Finally one day I said I have to stop and I stopped cold turkey one New Year's Eve 6 years ago and have not touched a drop since. My choice of drink is water water water nothing else. (Well maybe 1x a year I will have a pina colada or a glass of wine).

I do alot of salads, I add alot of color to it.like orange, green, red bell peppers, avacoado, celery there is something about making a colorful meal that you just enjoy it much. Then I cook chicken breats on my Georg Foreman grill I love that thing, with 3 new small potatoes, when I go out I ask for things w/o the bread of bun if it is like a sandwich type meal, I also eat turkey chili, but mainly alot of salads. Right now easy for me is Glucerna Choclate shakes (I have so many issues with blood sugar not full diabetic or anything) BUT I have to easy my way from not drinking those b/c they have dairy in them and I also have to be dairy free on top of being gluten free. I bought receipe book for gluten and dairy free receipes have yet to try them I so busy. :(

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Hi Maria,

I'm glad to hear that you improved pretty quickly after going GF. I'm hoping for the same thing. I'm hoping to find some sort of soft drink that is GF, I'd moved to caffeine free diet pepsi, but that's going to have to go as well since I think caramel color has gluten. It was a rough transition away from caffeine.

I'm still waiting for results, I was hoping it wouldn't take the full two weeks. But as I'm nearing a week and a half, it's certainly looking that way.

Since you're newer, what did you find to be easy meals? Some of our dinners won't be an issue, but lunch is harder if I don't have leftovers available.
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Good Luck with your test and results. Keep us posted. Like you I am new GF/nondairy person. I was worried myself at first thinking me give up my Italian, bread, pizza, cheese, etc. All the things that I love to eat. But believe it or not after a couple of days I didn't crave them anymore and I started feeling so much better that I was able to start doing the active things I used to do before.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
Have a great day.
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8/22/12 2:00 P

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Hello to the team,

I'm going to be a new GF. I've been having GI issues and am waiting for test results after medical tests. Celiac is one of the things they are testing. Though considering the symptoms and problems, I'm thinking a test to see whether gluten is a/one of the causes of my problems. So starting Monday (I need to line up some GF meals and snacks, I'll be out of town this weekend) I'm going GF for 2 weeks and see how I feel.

While it may not be celiacs, there could be an intolerance or sensitivity. I have plenty of those already, so it's worth looking into. I have to admit, I'm kind of sad about having to go this route, though I imagine if I feel better, I'll reconsider the sadness.

Erin

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8/21/12 1:12 P

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emoticon Tisha to the team,
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on losing 200 lbs!

I so totallty hear ya about not cheating, it's been hard on me since I am new to all of this.

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8/21/12 11:15 A

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Just joined this team today. I have been on Spark since 5/17/10. I have lost 200 lbs in the last two years. Am on maintenance for a year.
I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy 40 years ago. I was pretty good, still managed to cheat and eat some foods made with flour. the symptoms weren't too bad for a long time. But gradually got worst. Finally reaching the point the cramps, diarrhea, intense pain, aches, were too much. After more intensive tests to see if anything else was wrong, it was decided I had to avoid gluten at all times. Since then just a bite can cause sever medical problems.
So no more cheating. I am adapting to all gluten free meals. Since I had already cut out many items made with flour, it's not as hard as I thought it would be.
But I can still learn a lot from others who are also living the gluten free way.
Tisha

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I Believed , I Never Gave Up , I Lost 200 Pounds.


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8/20/12 10:33 A

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emoticon Kacey,
Good to meet you. I am recently new to GF and I also have to be dairy free as well. I am doing pretty good but some days I do either forget and then boy does my body remind me! I have bought books at the bookstore to help me learn and also for new receipes.

Sorry to hear about the loss of yourr husband. That is a big family.

God Bless you doll, have a great day.
Maria

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