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4/11/16 7:44 A

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Hello,

My name is Jeannie. Some have called me Anna or Anna Jean emoticon

I was sick to my stomach my *entire* life and at age 45 was finally correctly diagnosed with Celiac Disease... but it came after much damage to my GI, as well as my entire immune system to be diagnosed that late. So I have IBS, RA, ulcerative colitis, Lupus, on and on and on.... Nine months since the diagnosis, and I'm still collecting diagnoses emoticon

So... it is ROUGH.

Support would be GREAT!

--Anna

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3/28/16 10:57 P

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Hello...I have IBS which I think is a sensitivity to Gluten and Dairy. My Uncle( now deceased) and brother both have Celiac and we believe my Grandma did too. My Uncle and brother also have Ulcerative Colitis. I have RA. I have read that going GF and DF will help with my symptoms but a friend of mine who has RA and is GF, hasn't seen a difference. With it being so persistent in my family I thought I would try.

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3/14/16 11:08 A

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Hi, I'm violet and I am new to sp and being gluten free. I have never been diagnosed but read a book on gluten sensitivity and saw all the symptoms and realized I have the majority of those symptoms so I decided to give this lifestyle a chance. Figured couldn't make my symptoms any worse.

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3/13/16 3:05 A

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I am glad you feel better, too!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!


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3/12/16 9:41 P

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Hi,
I am new here. I started being gluten free when I read the book "grain brain".
I realized that I started feeling so much better. I had terrible arthritis. Horrible pain in my right shoulder and I was afraid that I needed surgery. Headaches every day.
Well I don't have that shoulder pain anymore. I don't have to take advil anymore for headaches!!! I didn't have stomach problems but I know now that gluten was causing all the inflammation.
So happy to be here.

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Staying away from wheat and sugar.



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3/2/16 5:26 P

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That's wonderful! I was just told that genetic testing will confirm if one is gluten free...that the blood tests don't work. I say as long as it helps you then keep doing it. I lost weight too without trying and I have kept it off.

I take flaxseed oil for my pain. It helps me.

Glad to know you feel better!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!


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3/1/16 1:05 P

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My doctor suggested I try gf about 3 or so years ago. I read Wheat Belly (or listened to it actually). But I could never make it past 2 weeks. So, I opted to eat gluten just once per day and I did that for about a year. I was having some success in my weight loss and had decided I was ok at the weight I was at. I felt somewhat better.
Then in September last year (9/2015); I had a binge on gluten when my youngest son wanted Italian for his birthday. So, I indulged in all the glutinous foods that Italian offers plus birthday cake. I felt pretty bad before I even got to the cake. Then felt really bad for about 3 days. This was my wake up call.
I don't have celiac, but I definitely have some kind of gluten sensitivity. SO, I made the plunge to again attempt to be gluten free. I had a few mishaps as I learned what all has gluten in it. But for the most part, I have been gluten free since September. The benefits have been that I started losing weight without really trying to lose weight (approximately 20 pounds); I have more energy (although I also have thyroid issues so that isn't 100% all the time); and my headaches and pain have decreased. I am allergic to anti-inflammatories, so I am very thankful that I have less pain. It isn't completely gone but less is way better. I also wanted to mention that this time around, I still had a really weak spot at about 2 weeks where I was so tempted and was ready to talk myself back into eating gluten. My husband made a comment that he could see a difference and that was enough to help me push on. Now that I have several months gluten free, I am so glad I have done this. It has been great for me!

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1/24/16 6:45 P

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It is hard to go gluten free especially if you live with someone who brings it in the house. However, it is so worth it. I get severe indigestion when a slip and eat a little gluten. I also had ibs which doesn't bother me now. I also had an inflammatory itchy rash on my back which drove me nuts. I am so happy to stay away from gluten. I regret it if I don't stay away from it.

I had ibs since I was 11 years old and the rash since I was 14 years old. I've only been gluten free for a few years now and am in my early 50s. That's a lot of years to be sick!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!


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1/11/16 4:34 P

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Hi! I joined because I take an interest in the effect of gluten on health. I read 'Wheat Belly' a few years ago and tried that program but (also because I am a vegetarian) I didn't find it doable. I'm trying to figure out if gluten have an impact on my physical complaints.

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11/26/15 11:08 P

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Hi my name is Carrie. I have been with sparkpeople for awhile but just recently had it suggested to me that my medical ailments could be a gluten. My internal organs were swollen 3 time the size they should be and painful to even wear pants. I had so much pain in my hips right down to my feet, I could hardly walk. I was diagnosed with IBS, changed my diet to accommodate it but it didn't help I was still in pain. Now after 4 weeks of no gluten my hip pain is virtual gone. My internal organs don't hurt as much but they are going to take a lot more time to heal. So I am here to learn all I can about the gluten free lifestyle.

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11/14/15 8:20 P

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Hi My name is Elizabeth. I found out about three years ago I have a gluten sensitivity.
For years I did not realize why I felt sick after eating, got headaches,had stomach issues and so on. I saw one of Dr. OZ's shows with a guest and that is how I started my journey.
At first I was all gun ho on buying hundreds of dollars worth of gluten free foods, keeping things separate from the kitchen and so on. Over time I reverted back and I pay for it big time with stomach aches, headaches, irritability, being tired and other symptoms.
I do try to avoid what I know I should not eat for my own good but I give in to temptation or just being lazy to make a better choice.
A few days ago I started another food diary. I am doing ok so far.
I did have one piece of pie last night and the crust gave me indigestion. I was glad I ate only one piece. This was a big for me.
Losing weight is hard for me I am an emotional eater and tend to migrate to junk, cookies, cake, bread yes all the gluten junk.... go figure....
Today is a new day.

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11/4/15 12:16 A

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I joined some time ago and then stopped coming on to sparkpeople. I am back to give this another try. I have a hard time going glutten free for several reasons. One everyone else brings in bread into the house, Two my kitchen is not easy to cook in for numerous reasons. Three I just dont feel like trying to fight the whole kitchen issues to try to cook grain free breads. But I am again working on getting closer to that goal of finding grain free breads to try out and bake in my own home.

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10/9/15 4:24 P

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I'm recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I've been researching on-line, reading books on the topic and have joined the Celiac Association. There is so much to learn and I was happy to find this Team.

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9/24/15 2:23 A

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Hi. Just joined this team. My nutritionist recommended I try going GF again. I'd tried transitioning to it a couple years ago, but then quit when I added a roommate to my apartment. It was hard to buy & cook separate foods. But I'm ready to commit to trying again.
My nutritionist believes going GF will help with a lot of my health issues, but most of all my mood swings / brain chemistry from having bipolar disorder. When I had tried previously I did feel a lot more stable, and I finally had some energy.
I've been using SP for about 3 months, and changing to healthier habits. Going GF will add some additional challenges.

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9/16/15 10:17 P

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Hi! I joined this team a while ago. Still struggling with going gluten free. I know I will feel better if I do stay away from gluten. I have interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and my Dr told me I am gluten intolerant. So it is imperative that I stick to the gluten free diet.

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8/31/15 12:24 P

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Hi Everyone! I have had IBS and digestive problems for years. Dr had tested for celiac years ago, but was told I was okay. I have put on about 60 lbs over the years and had failing health. Most recently, I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia and have started B12 injections. After listening to a podcast with Dr. Tom O'Bryan on Saturday I decided to give the gluten-free lifestyle a try. In just one day I lost 1/2" off my waist. Very encouraging! My step-daughter has been gluten-free for a year now and looks and feels fabulous. I know this is going to be tough. I am hoping joining this group and reading about the successes everyone is having will keep me going.

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8/16/15 10:37 A

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HI everyone!
My name is Kristen, I am 27, mom of two beautiful children and wife to my best friend emoticon
About a month ago I was told that some blood work I had done came back positive for Celiac's disease and I have since been referred to a specialist to do some internal scopes, or something of that nature, to confirm this. I have been told to not go gluten free just yet so that the scope will be accurate, but I am devoting myself to learning as much as I can about this disease and how to read labels (which I think is going to be my hardest hurdle) and how to manage Celiac's and diabetes together. It's going to be a bot of a learning curve but I am ready!
I am happy to be here and look forward to meeting everyone!

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-the body with healthy food
-the heart with joy, compassion, and love
-the mind with knowledge
-the spirit with equanimity and self-awareness"
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7/26/15 7:56 A

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Hi Pam. I'm new to the group too and I have a husband who does not eating gluten free. It is definitely an added challenge, but the benefits are worth it.

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7/25/15 12:39 P

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Hi my name is Pam, I have been following a wheat free gluten free diet for about a year. I resently went off it and tried eatting wheat again. I felt so much better eatting wheat free. My bloated stomach, irritable bowel problems and feeling tired are all back. I am determined to go back to eatting wheat free. Husband doesn't eat this way so it makes it tough. Today is day one , starting again!

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7/21/15 6:58 P

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Hi, I'm Angela from CT. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 15 years ago and recently sought the treatment of a homeopathic physician. I have been taking natural vitamins, supplements and thyroid meds for 10 days and already feel much better. After food sensitivity testing I learned I have issues with many different foods/food groups.. As of yesterday, I am gluten free, dairy free and egg free -- just for starters (!). There are other things I need to avoid/limit, but these are the primary things. I am also on a journey to lose 45 pounds. I am looking forward to connecting with this group to meet others on a quest to eat better and live healthier.


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6/16/15 9:40 A

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Hi, my name is Joyce and we have just started eating gluten free mainly for health reason. Hubby has rheumatoid arthritis and I just want to have more energy. It is late in life to start something new, but we are willing to give it a try. My daughter finds this way of eating brought her great benefits. Now sleeping all night, no more hot flashes, stomach problems gone and has never felt better in her life. Those are her words and a good recommendation to us to give it a try. We are still feeling our way around this way of eating and I am afraid I have slipped up on numerous occasions.
I thought joining a group such as this would lend some encouragement to stay on track. I have to say what I have read so far has pique my interest and I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes I have seen.

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6/12/15 12:53 P

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Hello!

I am Marci, 56 years old, mom to 4 wonderful young adults (one still living with me), owned by a cat, knitter, quilter, beginning gardener and starting anew on SP with a fresh profile and more appropriate user name. I have just over 100 lbs to lose and I know I can do it! Some of the keys to my success will be faithful use of the nutrition and fitness trackers. I'm also working with a nutritionist and the accountability of regular weigh-ins will help keep me focused. I'm looking forward to being part of this group as we encourage each other toward Wellness!

I've been GF for about 4 years. I have a wheat allergy and get hay fever like symptoms as well as digestive issues. I feel SO MUCH better when I eat GF.

Please feel free to add me as a friend. I plan to update my Spark Page this weekend and to blog regularly.

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5/11/15 7:13 P

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Hello All,

I was recommended a gluten free diet several years ago after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as it is believed to help with inflammation. I've never been sensitive, and mostly cut back without going completely free. I fell off the wagon around the holidays, and never hopped back on. Now I am experiencing symptoms that lead me to believe that I may be sensitive and my arthritis is beginning to flare up again.
I can attest that it worked wonders when I cut back. It's time to be diligent once more.

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5/8/15 7:33 P

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I've been gluten free for 1.5 years by choice but I have type one diabetes, thyroid problems which includes graves disease and Friedrich's Ataxia which is a neurological disease that leaves me wheelchair bound. All of these are red flags for celiac disease so I decided to go gluten free regardless of test results. I've been doing a good job being gluten free plus I am no longer faced with the temptation to eat gluten containing baked goods.


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5/7/15 10:38 A

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I'm new to this group . I have been on gluten free plan for almost 5yrs now . It seems to be difficult now with me being a diabetic . so with group I'm looking a healthier me .for me to be a healthier mom to my son !!!
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Hello All~

I am new here, and have recently found out that I have a gluten sensitivity. OK, I pretty much knew this, but it is official now. I also have some other issues with sugar, so I am finding that I crave sugar and most things with gluten. This will be a challenge for me, but I am going to do it!! Between the gluten issue and a thyroid issue, I am ALWAYS tired. This is a huge issue when trying to get exercise in. I am open to all suggestions!!

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4/28/15 12:13 A

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Hey Everyone!

I just joined SparkPeople a few days ago and I'm looking forward to getting super healthy! I'm 24. Im a nanny for two families, the kids range in age from 18 months to 11 years. I live with my wonderful boyfriend in Pasadena, CA.

I realized I was allergic to gluten in November 2014. By the time I tried an elimination diet, I was severely depressed and chronically exhausted. I was sick on my stomach all the time and I had headaches.

Now that I'm gluten free, I feel so much better. Sometimes when I eat gluten on accident, I get really bad headaches, stomach pains, and I feel super miserable for a few days. It gets hard to function.

I joined Spark People because I thought an online community would really help me lose the last 10-15 lbs and maintain my weight once I get there. I can't wait to meet people :)

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3/14/15 5:09 P

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Hi All: My name is Joanne and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 1 1/2 years ago. My sister had it first so when I started having symptoms, I hunch what was going on but it still took me about 4 years to get diagnosed. It has taken me awhile to finally feel better and I think that is because my immune system was poor and I had a lot of vitamin deficiencies. Following the diet hasn't been too hard, especially since my gut feels so much better! I accidently ate some barley in some soup a few months ago and I got very sick very quickly! It happened to be a soup that my daughter's boyfriend had made and he didn't know that I couldn't eat barley. We'll have some good family laughs about the time he tried to poison his girlfriend's mother!! I put weight back on when I went gluten free and I've had trouble taking it off, now that everything I eat isn't going right through me. It's still worth feeling better, but I would like to get down to the lower weight again!

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2/23/15 4:48 P

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Hello everyone. My name is Racheal. We've been gluten free for 5 years. My celiac tests were inconclusive and I'm not willing to try them again. Our youngest was diagnoised celiac due to Dermatitis Herpetiformis as well as other symptoms. We don't ever cheat on our diet. I prepare every meal we eat, haven't eaten out in 4 years. Recently diagnosed with migraine, fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and sciatica issues...I'm 36. I'm 5'5" 159lbs. size 10. For the last 5 months I have been following a sugar free, corn free, grain free-(other than quinoa), and dairy free diet. I mostly eat veggies, fruit, meat, and beans. I don't eat all the specialty "gluten free" "paleo" foods. My diet would probably be closest to the Whole 30 diet. I've only lost 5lbs and I still don't feel very well. Trying to exercise 5-6 times a week for at least 20 min. Looking to feel better and be the best example I can be to our boys.

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2/20/15 5:36 P

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Hi all, am new to the team, have been gluten free for around 5 months, what a change! I sleep like I did when I was a teenager, and my brain is awake even before I've had my coffee now.

I made Bob's Red Mill GF pizza crust last week and loved it. I had accidentally added some sugar to the yeast in the water (two recipes on the back of the package is NOT a good idea Bob.) but gosh was it heavenly and rose very nicely.

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2/13/15 2:21 P

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Hi All. I just joined SparkPeople this week and am finding my way around the site. My partner is gluten- and dairy- free, so none of our shared meals include these ingredients. I'm hoping this team will give me some ideas for meeting my spark goals within those dietary restrictions.

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2/6/15 10:27 P

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I have been gluten free for 2 years and my daughter has refused to eat any of the gluten free breads because she says they taste like saw dust! We tried Aldi's G Free multi gran bread last week after some girls my daughters age said they love it - my daughter tried it and LOVED it!!

Now we can go back to having a sandwich and grilled cheese every once in a while for a treat. I am not a huge fan of bread - even before I found out I have CD. So, having bread is a special treat in our home - but glad we found G Free bread.

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2/6/15 10:15 P

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I just turned 46 this week and am determined to live healthier. I have been gluten free for almost 2 years - though I find I am still learning every day.

I am a single mom and I am finishing my senior year of undergrad. I am doing my internship this semester an hour away from home and putting in 13 hour days 3 days a week - in addition to working my campus job 15 hours a week - and mentoring a few girls in my community 10 hours a week. Not to mention my teenage daughter who requires her fair share of mom time. So to say I am busy is an understatement.

Staying healthy is essential right now for so many reasons. Being so busy can cause me to get sick - I don't have time for that!

I am getting older - procrastinating on getting healthier is no longer an option.

I need to be an example to my daughter and others.

I just plan feel better when I take care of my body and my health! Staying gluten free is a top priority along with eating the right nutrients and exercising regularly.

Here is to a new year!

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1/6/15 8:24 A

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Hi all! I'm your newbie and I am going to need all of your advice and support. My boyfriend has gone gluten free and it is kicked up a notch with a FODMAP diet limiting us as well. This comes after being tested for Celiac and Crohn's but both were negative. He has massive digestive issues and no gall bladder. The dr says just because he doesn't have celiac's doesn't mean he isn't sensitive. So we are going hardcore w/ FODMAP and after a few weeks hope to add in dairy and see where that stands. Then onions, etc. I will be reading like crazy the next couple weeks! Great to be here! Michele (with OneL)

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Greetings to all. I'm Helen, 53, and I live in Kentucky. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last year and have not done very well in following a gluten-free diet. As a result my weight has ballooned from 360 to 390, and I'm having lots of other problems too. I'm trying SP again, hoping that I'll be able to hang in there this time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks!

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks for the welcome , Cathy ! emoticon

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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

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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,
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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.

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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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This year my goal is to have Gastric Sleeve Surgery. It's the best and last thing I intend to try. I'm sorry for trying and never losing more than 10 pounds that I always gain back.


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