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8/18/12 3:01 P

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Hi there! My name is Kacey and I have been gluten-free for over 15 years. Like most of you, living gluten free is not a choice. My symptoms include flaming headaches, sinus infections, asthma attacks, IBS, and severe arthritis pain and swollen joints when I am exposed to glutens. I always know when it happens because I don't generally have issues with breathing when I don't get "nuked."

I have only been part of SparkPeople since the end of July and am really grateful this site and its amazingly supportive people. About me, personally, I live in teh Pacific Northwest, am the widow of a very loved, incredibly miss husband of 19 years, step mother of 7, grandmother of 16, and great-grandmother of 7 (obviously all by marriage). I love to travel, read, swim, spend time at the beach, and a whole host of other things too copious to list.

Things for which I am grateful include the marked increase of gluten-free choices that are available for those of us who must live without, the kindness of strangers willing to help in times of need, and the blessing of a strong faith that helps get me through each day.

Feel free to leave me a note. I am always open to learning new things about living GFand more than willing to assist those who are new to the lifestyle.

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Hi my name is Maria,
I have been having medical problems since since 12/08 when I developed blood clot and pulmonary embolism after surgery, other symptoms have gotten worse since Oct. 2011, and so many doctors have passed the buck with me, saying I cannot help you, you need to go to this dr and that dr etc. The neurologist diagnosed me with POTS disease. I have been having problems with my throat since February of 2012. It was not until I went to my chiropractor (whom I trust and whom I played soccer with for many years) of all people believe it or not, she is not just chiropractor she runs a wellness center that found out that it was the gluten and diary in my diet causing so many of my problems. And go figure I went to her for my hip and got so much more out of the appointment!

As soon as I stopped eating gluten my throat cleared up and it was fine. I was shocked no other dr even asked me about my diet. She said that they are specailized only in their area, she is looking at the whole picture b/c it is all connected. She also gave me a book called Why do I still have Thytroid Symptoms when all my Lab tests are normal. Just into the first couple of pages I was that is me, that is me, that is me! Who knew!

I started to get my energy back, I started to feel better, even hubby notices it, I am back to jogging/walking 3 miles and I get stronger and stronger eacn and every day. I not gonna lie it was difficult for me at first b/c I love me my bread, pizza, pasta, etc. I don't even crave it anymore. I am trying to eat clean and healthy.

Thanks for listening. I look forward to being on this group and learning from you all.

Have a great day ya'll.
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8/9/12 9:31 P

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Hi!! My name is Lynn. I have been on Sparkpeople on and off for years. I found out a year and a half ago that I am allergic to wheat. I was on another crash diet, when after 2 weeks of no gluten, I ate some, and became violently ill. Now if it touches my tongue, my throat swells, and my cheeks start itching and burning. Corn puts bumps on my skin. But most rice, in small doses, seems to be alright.My 23 yr old daughter also had the same reaction to wheat that I did. We have found bean flours to be our alternative. I read every label, and hardly ever eat out. I have an adopted son with Autism, and I try to keep him on the Autism diet. Which is no gluten and dairy. He seems to do alright with a little, but he starts to regress if he gets to much.
Ok, that's my story....happy to meet you all!!

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Hi, I'm Kelli and new to SP. I'm gluten free in support of my darling daughter who was diagnosed with celiac last October after 13 yrs of sickness.

I just want to say to those struggling with gluten and dairy, after trial and error we learned that you can be just as sick from dairy as gluten until the small intestine heals. Try being wheat/gluten free for at least 3mo before reintroducing dairy to your diet. My daughter can now eat dairy without any issues. The proteins in dairy foods are very similar to those in gluten and the body can't tell the difference when the sm intestine is damaged.

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8/8/12 1:33 P

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Thanks for the info and it's awesome to hear you feel so great! I'm just not sure which thing is the culprit..gluten or dairy. I was thinking about it yesterday and realized that each time I eat one(well, most times) I have the other also. Like..pizza..spaghetti..lasagna... I thought that cheese caused me to bloat but maybe it's the wheat. I have a lot of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity. I don't believe I have Celiac disease though. Today is day one without either D or G and I am feeling pretty good. The gas type pain in my stomach has went away and my lower back isn't hurting now either. I have more energy than I have had in awhile..and that's with only 4 hours of sleep(stomach and back were hurting last night..I had gluten yesterday but not dairy). Most people would probably be hoping that this isn't the problem but i'm hoping it is. At least I would know. I enjoy cooking so I can survive. Been eating more freggies than I usually do because I know they're G free and are ready to eat..as is. lol. Discovered my favorite salad dressing is also G and D free..which is awesome.

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8/7/12 6:22 P

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Yes Jen, some people who are lactose intolerant can eat some dairy with no problem. Cheese, yogurt, and even chocolate milk are ok for some. Going gluten free is hard, but it helps a lot of people. I've been GF for just over two months and the change is unbelievable.

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8/7/12 5:59 P

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My name's Jen. I'm trying to go dairy free and gluten free to see if i'm really intolerant to both. With dairy I bloat almost immediately..sometimes..but other times it don't seem to effect me much. But, it could be some dairy is worse than others with the amount of lactose. I've started a journal to keep track of what I eat and how I feel afterwards. I have a lot of symptoms of gluten intolerance and am so tired (literally)of feeling this way. So, i'm hoping that with the eliminations I feel fantastic!

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8/5/12 10:48 P

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Hello, my name is Verneice. I currently live in Mesa, Arizona, but my goal is to move to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I joined this group because I am gluten intolerant and have food allergies to casein, soy, fish, peanuts, eggs, and many environmental allergens. I am also challenged with chronic bronchitis on top of life long asthma. I joined SP two years ago when I learned of the food allergies, but the gluten intolerance knocked me down to zero body fat without trying, and I was frustrated by having to enter all of my gluten and casein free foods into the tracker. After the rapid weight loss my thyroid did not withstand the shock very well, and I yo-yoed back up to needing to lose 60 pounds. Next I found myself frequently hospitalized, and struggling to fix food and eat it, let alone do any meaningful exercise. Add to all this having spinal injuries due to rear end collisions, and I found myself in a very deep depression. However, with the most recent diagnosis of COPD, my spirit rallied to stop this nonsense, if I can, and to get my life back.

I am fifty years old this past February, and I never imagined that health and survival would be my midlife crisis. All of my leisure activities dancing, gardening, making pottery, sewing, cooking, and more have become nearly impossible to do, and I have not been able to find accommodating and suitable employment in two years. I have become shut-in because of my challenges, but these lemons have been turned into juice. I became my own health advocate, turned to natural remedies as much as possible, am losing the extra weight, repairing damage to my skin, and have started my own business. I am back in SP because it is motivating to be able to keep track of my health works in this platform.

I am glad this group exists, and I am looking forward to being a contributing member. Peace, joy, health, and blessings.
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Wow this is a huge group :)
I'm a mom of two with gluten and lactose sensitivity.
My mil is also gluten sensitive. I have a neuro muscular disorder that seems to be tied to gluten. Ive been gluten free nearly 3weeks know and my myoclonus dropped from 15 a day on meds to two a day on meds.:) this is a life change for me. If I ever go back to eating Gluten I have to go on meds.( upside no more stomach pain and lost 5 lbs so far.

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Hello Everyone!

I've been a member of SP for a couple years now, though my presence here has been off and on. I have recently visited a doctor to investigate some chronic issues I was having. I've always been prone to headaches (ranging from mild tension headaches to moderate migraines), have struggled with digestive issues for a couple years, was having "girl problems" after a year of birth control shots, and despite not working a physically laborious job, was fatigued constantly with no energy. The doctor ran some tests and we discovered that I am in Stage 3 Adrenal Exhaustion. After a few years of chronic stress, my body just can't keep up with the demand for stress hormones and everything else. For the past month, I have been taking supplements to boost my levels, and I'm already feeling tons of progress.

With the supplements he also advised going on an elimination diet. So for the past month, my mom and I have been gluten/dairy/soy free. We have another month yet, before we begin to test the waters and see what our tolerances are, but so far we both have felt so much better, we probably won't make any changes from what we are doing now.

I'm excited to be involved in the community again and see what sort of information I can glean from you wonderful people. Cheers!

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7/22/12 11:28 A

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My name is Juli and I'm 46 yrs old, I have a 25 yr old daughter. Over a year ago, I started getting strange clusters of seemingly random symptoms - severe IBS, migraines, joint pain, rashes - because I have had them on and off over the years, I paid them little attention, until a new symptom developed - swollen, red, itchy hands. After waking up 2 mornings with hands so swollen I could not even make half a fist, I looked it up online and came across a thread that attributed it to a wheat allergy. After thinking about some of my recent "random" symptoms, I realized that most of them were triggered by sandwiches or pasta meals. The prior year, my daughter had self-diagnosed herself as gluten-sensitive after nearly being hospitalized with sever stomach cramps, but I had never made the connection to my experiences because they seemed so much milder than my daughters. After steering clear of certain products I did notice that nearly joint aches and congestion disappeared and I felt less sluggish overall.
Sometimes I slip deliberately and have a cookie or a sandwich, and sometimes accidentally by having something with caramel coloring - either way I pay dearly and resolve to be more attentive.
Having a co-sufferer in my daughter helps as I have someone to bounce meal ideas off of or discuss physical ailments with. My husband is coming around to GF pastas (but still insists on buying regular pastas and breads since he doesn't have to eat GF).

Looking forward to learning and sharing with this group.


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Hi! I am pretty new to SP. I personally don't have gluten issues, but my husband does. He has gone gluten free, and I am trying to make the kitchen more friendly for him. (He also has egg issues).

Right now, our biggest challenge is pulling together meals that everyone can enjoy. He is a big meat eater, and until just recently, a big bread eater.

I am personally trying to get more healthy, and lose about 100 pounds. I need to reduce my sugar, too. Carbs - especially from breads and pastas - have been my big problem, so I am hoping eating less/no gluten will help me in my challenges, too.

Looking forward to learning from this group!

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6/6/12 9:46 P

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Hi,
I've been on SP for about 1 1/2 months. About the time I started here I started haing severe stomach pain and such. Thought maybe I was adding too many fruits and veggies too fast. So I cut those out. Not a lot of help. After being in almost unbearable pain for three day I decided to try going gluten free. This is my second week and it seems to be helping. I still have trouble with my stomach off and on, like after eating raw carrots, but for the most part it seems to be better. I went gluten free for awhile a few years ago for less severe stomach issues, but gave up due to no support. Now I am wondering if maybe I do have celiac and my intestines need time to heal more before I can eat the fruits and especially veggies without pain. I wonder if anyone diagnosed with celiac had that type of problem in the beginning.

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Hi Everybody,

I've been gluten-free for about 3 weeks now. I've been taking steps to improve my health, I went sugar-free in Dec. and decided to add gluten-free to that. I have multiple lipomas and it was suggested to eat a gluten-free diet to help this condition. I have really taken to this diet. I had struggled with food addictions my whole life, and now that I'm gluten-free my food cravings have stopped. Amazing! I feel like I want to tell the world about this "secret"! My lifestyle has changed from eating foods to satisfy my cravings to eating foods that support a healthy body. I love it. Completely different mindset now.
Anyways, glad to be here!

Bella

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Hey there! My name is Lisa and I have been on Spark for 2-1/2 years. I am starting a gluten free diet by advice of my Dr after having stomach issues for quite a while now. Today was day 1 and for the most part, I am planning on staying with lean meat, fruits and veggies hoping to get this weight back off. I'm excited to see if this will truly make a difference and hopefully get some answers.

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Hi there!

I am having digestive issues. I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant over 2 years ago. I was in denial for over a year, though. I really just wanted the doctor to be wrong and be able to eat things I liked again. I really, really struggle with staying gluten free, even though I feel so much better when I do. I'm also overweight. I am going to try again to be gluten/dairy free. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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Hi everyone, my name is Katie. I am 34 and a single mom of two girls 11 & 8. My oldest was just diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. We have all decided to switch to a gluten free diet to make it easier, however, I think I too have had an intolerance all my life, just never did anything about it. It has been hard, we are only in our 4th week so far of eating gluten free. I would love some ideas of what to eat to lose weight. Since starting this gluten free i have gained 9 pounds... :-( All I have been doing is eating lots of fruits, veggies, proteins, and very few carbs. I have cut my carbs down so much since having to go gluten free. Why am I gaining weight, does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks! :-)

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Hi all, I'm Krissi and I have lived in Sarasota since 2008. I have two boys ages 5 and 11 and I homeschool them. I'm on here to basically build muscle tone as I'm not so experienced on the strength training as I am cardio work. My goal is to lose about 10-15 pounds. Right now my goal is to compete in a triathlon later this year. My favorite hobbies include knitting, reading, and riding my Fuji road bike on the Legacy Trail.

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hello all,

I am gluten/eheat, and lactose intloerence. I have was diag. in Feb. it sure was nice to know what the heck was going on, anyway I have cleared my cubbards of flour and other stuff, I have started to shop gluten/wheat free products. It is very hard, but if I eat anything coated i can tell right away. i also have adrenal fatigue, I don't what the doc is going to do about that. I would just like support, and ideas I also want to lose 30lbs.
LOL Cathy that is ironic.

thanks all
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Hi, I'm Cathy,
I'm not celiac, but have an allergy to wheat, gluten, soy, black pepper and cow's milk. I am also married to a Kansas wheat farmer. Kind of ironic, isn't it? I have known about my allergies for about the past 6 years. I have not always had these allergies. The symptoms did not show up until after I had had both mono and West Nile virus within less than three years of each other. My body decided it had had enough. It wasn't until a few years later, when I was finally tested for food allergies and came up with results. Within 2 days of changing my diet, I felt better than I had for years. I have been on SP since the middle of February and have been loving all the support. This group should be great. I am glad I found it.

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Hi there. I've been on SP for a couple of years but I'm thinking of trying to go GF. At least to test it out for a month or so and see if helps some symptoms I've been having for years. Years and years.

I've been tested for celiac and I don't have it, but I still think I may be sensitive to wheat: I've had intestinal issues since childhood, and in the last 5 years or so have been noticing skin rashes, headaches, and joint/body aches. It's so tricky to know what to attribute this kind of thing to!

Would appreciate any comments from others who didn't test positive for celiac disease but have benefited from a GF diet. It's quite a commitment...

Eating well and moving around feels great!
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Hi Everyone,

I was diagnosed with Celiac's Disease in January 2010 and the next day went Gluten Free. so it's been over two years now and I have not experienced the "wieght loss" some seem to credit to a GF diet. Lately although I am so diligent in not getting "gluttened" for lack of a better word, I have been feeling some really bad symptoms. A lot of soreness in the tummy area and lets not talk about how many times I've been to the washrrom, this is the worst I've ever experienced. I think I figured out where it may have come from but this has been going on for 3 days. Can anyone else share about how eating gluten by mistake has affected them and what you went through.

I look forwarded to jumping in on the forum.

Thanks
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I am 46 years old and have been gluten-free since Sept 2010. I was given an ALCAT test for allergies and when the results came back my doctor asked me if I wanted to know the good news or the bad news first. I deciced to hear the bad first... "Severe gluten allergy" she said. "Good grief" was my response, "what's the good news?" The Doctor replied, "the test was negative for an allergy to wine".

Always have to look on the bright side.

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Hi there!

My doctor suggested an elimination diet starting with gluten. Dairy and other items may be next! I was having digestive issues and I've had mild psoriasis since I was 3. I've been gluten free for 2 1/2 months and its getting easier as I go along.

Glad to be here!

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Hi, my name is Carolyn. I do not have Celiac but I have been told I might have a wheat sensitivity. I have also been told going gluten free would be a help to my fibromyalgia. I don't know how to go about starting gluten free eating. I just don't know where to begin. I am going to need lots of help.

I have bee a member of SP 2 times before but did not follow through. Now I come back 30 lbs heavier. I pray this time will be successful.

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I am Rebecca, 38, mother of two boys. My youngest has a horrible problem with eczema and I've been receiving a lot of suggestions about cutting out gluten to see if it is one of the reasons that he is having problems. Besides that, I really want to find a healthier way to make pastas and breads that won't be so detrimental to my family's health and waistline.

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HI im Rae I am mainly just allergic to wheat in all forms but find it easier to eat Gluten free since there are more products that are out there for me but still have to look on the lables for things like Sprouted Wheat I find it hard to loose waight and this way but hoping with some help i will be able too!

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Hello, all! I haven't had a chance to read everyone's introduction yet, but thought I'd go ahead and post mine. I'm Nicki, 33 yrs old, single full-time working mother and runner. In fall 2009 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; in September 2010, I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome (an autoimmune disorder) and about a month after that I started on oral chemotherapy. Twenty days ago (January 2012) I found out I am sensitive to gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast, peanuts and a few other things.
I wasn't surprised by the results of the blood test, but it's still been tough. As a runner (I train for half-marathons and plan to do my first triathlon this year), I need fuel and sometimes its hard for me to find it with my new diet restrictions. However, I know my body needs it. My doctor and I are hoping that with the change in my diet, I can reduce the inflammation throughout my body, negating the need for the chemotherapy I am currently on. I'm worried about the affect of long-term medications on my liver and kidneys.
So far, the changes I have noticed are being less mucusy (of course that's a word) and I don't seem to have the cravings I used to have regularly. But I've also found myself getting down and it can be difficult not to have a negative attitude when I have to turn down so many things. Sometimes I feel like I can no longer celebrate anything - no more birthday cake, no more having a drink with friends, etc.
I'm also tracking my journey with food through a blog - What's for Dinner?
Thanks for listening!
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Hello team! This month is a GF month for me as I'm trying to have a better/healthier lifestyle. I don't know if I'm sensitive to gluten and wheat (hence the month trial), but I do know that I'm tired of feeling bloated, lethargic and dealing with headaches. I'm not trying to "self-diagnose" myself, however, I know my body and something is just not right. I had a conversation with a friend that was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and her symptoms sounded like mine.

I travel a lot for my job and right now, I've been on the road since Sunday (head back home Saturday) so this is really a test for me. I failed when I was in N.O. and shortly thereafter, I had major cramping and "issues" (thankfully I had the rest of the day off to get myself right...LOL). Anyway, I'm wondering, as I strive to continue with the rest of the month on a GF diet, how can I incorporate this while on the road? GF bars have been pretty much my diet while in hotels and at the job site.

So far during this 8-day quest, I have noticed that my headaches; which are mainly migranes, have subsided, the bloating is going away and I'm having a bit more energy! I've even picked up my exercise habits by working out just about every day!

I look forward to being a part of this team whether short-term or long-term and I hope there's someone out there that can guide me in the right direction with tips while on the road!



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Hi everyone! I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant over 2 years ago. I was in denial for over a year, though. I really just wanted the doctor to be wrong and be able to eat things I liked again. I really, really struggle with staying gluten free, even though I feel so much better when I do. I'm also overweight. The doctor and I are still not sure how much of it is just bloating and swelling from the gluten and how much is really fat. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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Hello,

I'm Rachel and am new to GF. CD runs in my family, but I do not suspect that I myself may have CD. I've made this choice because I have been inspired by other people in my life who went GF and saw drastic improvements in their own health. As a pleasant "side effect" of going GF, I'm finding it much easier to say no to all the baked temptations that come my way. (though some days are easier than others) I can honestly say that here on Day 16, I'm not feeling deprived or restricted. I look forward to getting to know and learn from the people here.
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Thanks so much!

"Everything is material for the seed of happiness...look at Life with inquisitiveness. The future is completely open...we are writing it moment to moment with potential to create an environment of blame or one conducive to loving-kindness."
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1/13/12 2:59 P

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beanygirl, sent you a message!

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I'm curious Linda Sue how you were diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome...I think my sister has it but it mimics some other auto-immune illnesses...I found a great site which I will post a link to but any input you might have to share would be great...you can always Sparkmail me if you that is easiest...Thanks!

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Good morning! I'm Linda Sue currently in southwest Virginia. I also have an auto-immune illness Sjogren's Syndrome, and probably Hashimoto's like eclectic_me (still waiting the official dx), and have decided to try low-carb, gluten-free. Several members of my family have significant reactions, both physical and emotional, to gluten. I am amazed at how much energy I have when off the gluten.

It's not an easy diet, but so far in 2012, I have only had one slip up with a half of a hamburger bun, lol! It's difficult to eat one with all the fixings and no bun!

Best wishes to all!

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ETREY20, Nothing wrong with having chocolate as your main source of happiness, as long as it is in moderation. emoticon Welcome to the team.

Edited by: 1GRNTHMB at: 1/11/2012 (14:14)
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1/11/12 1:11 A

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Hey Team!
i have celiac but i am overweight because although i avoid certain foods, i am resorting to unhealthy ones instead. chocolate is my main source of happiness. thats pretty much it. glad to be apart of a group with similar needs i guess. thanks

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ECLECTIC_ME and Faith, Welcome to the team. I hope that both of you can find that the Gluten Free Diet has some benefits for you.

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1/7/12 11:43 A

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Hi.

I am, officially, declaring myself a fence-sitter.

I know that fence-sitting does not go over well with GF advocates. GF is often seen as an all-or-nothing kind of a diet.

My interest in considering GF comes from my experience with multiple sclerosis. It is one, of many, illnesses that some attribute to problems with gluten. I would like to do what I can to better manage my MS. My diet has changed, significantly, in the past 18 months as I've re-joined SP and pursued a healthier lifestyle. I've lost 60+ pounds (one from 180 lb to 117 lb), and have gone from a size 22 to a size 6 or 8.

One, of a number of strategies, included decreasing refined carbs and starchy carbs. So, by default, decreasing white flour products also resulted in decreasing gluten.

But, my reluctance to committing to going totally GF stems from experiencing no obvious symptoms of gluten intolerance or allergies. I don't feel bad when I eat gluten. I don't feel better when I avoid it. It just seems like a head game to me -- thinking about giving it up because there is a school of thought that says it is bad for me.

So -- here I sit. On the fence. I continue to eat low in refined carbs and, somewhat low in gluten. When I am at home, it is unusual that I eat gluten. However, I go out to eat frequently, and, although sometimes I order GF and choose mostly meat and vegetable items on the menu, at other times, I want a flour tortilla with my Mexican food, half a bun with my hamburger (I order hamburgers without bun at a local diner because they are so tasty, but, when I eat fast food burgers, I can only tolerate throwing half the bun out, and still eating half a bun because they are like cardboard without). Sometimes, when I eat Chinese food, I want an egg roll. Sometimes, when I eat at a special occasion or a carry-in dinner at church or something, I want a small portion of a yummy baked good.

However, my gluten consumption continues to fall under my own scrutiny, and, I believe that I am eating less and less.

Hoping that being a part of this SparkTeam will motivate me to continue moving in a healthy direction.

~ Faith

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1/6/12 4:01 P

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Hi there! I am new to this team, but I have spent several months researching all the negatives gluten causes. I was tested for allergies a few years ago, and there doesn't appear to be an actual allery to wheat products. But I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis many years back, and there seems to be a solid connection between HT and gluten. And because of having HT, I really have to be careful with my carbs/starch/sugar because it easily makes my triglycerides go off the charts. My endocrinologist recommended lower carb, and my further research has led me to explore a gluten-free diet.


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1/6/12 2:33 P

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I would like to welcome you all to our team. It is wonderful that you could join us here.

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1/5/12 5:00 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Alexis and I am new to both SparkPeople and a Gluten free lifestyle. My reason for choosing to go gluten free is that I have done a lot of reading and learned that by cutting the gluten out both myself and my husband will be healthier in the long run. It has been a very slow process of cutting the gluten out of our diet. We have a lot of foods already in our pantry and want to finish those items, but now when I go shopping my list is different from before. It's a hard transition but I am willing to stick with it. The recipes that I have found on this website look wonderful and can't wait to try them out.

I can't wait to get to know everyone in GF and Healthy.

Talk to everyone soon.

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1/3/12 3:21 P

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From my own experience, I would advise cutting one food at a time and waiting to see how you feel...Gluten is in wheat already...going gluten free means cutting out wheat, rye, barley and for some people oats as well...sometimes corn can cause issues too...For myself I have to avoid dairy, potatoes and am now trying the gluten free as well as sugar free...Dairy triggers IBS symptoms for me and the potatoes are horrible triggers for arthritis and headaches...everyone is different...Journaling your food and symptoms are a huge help...You think you will remember, lol but you don't...and it also helps to see patterns that might not be obvious at first...Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

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Hi there... Just joined today.

I suspect I have a wheat sensitivity or allergy just given the number of symptoms I have (I'm going to be investigating medically soon, but a trial run of cutting wheat from my diet made me feel healthier, if that makes sense). I'm thinking that until I know, I need to try and long-term avoid wheat. Gluten seems to be okay, though?

I'm really at a loss because not only do I suspect this, but I also have reflux and IBS and a lot of foods that are healthy and wheat-free are massive triggers for me. I'm pretty dependent on carbs to fuel myself because so many proteins and veggies/fruits cause me pain.

Looking for support and advice I guess with coping with a triple threat of fail, all while losing weight too!

"Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other course, no other way. No day but today..."

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1/2/12 9:42 A

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My name is Amy. I had allergy testing a few tears ago and found out I am allergic to wheat,along with a couple other things. I have tried to avoid it, but it is really hard. There is wheat in everything! I am also very overweight and recently divorced. I have alot of issues,but I am working on it, it's hard to find a weight loss program that does not want you to eat whole wheat everything. Well I am looking forward to this new journey and a few friends to go there with.


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1/1/12 7:53 P

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the group and very happy that I've found it. I don't have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease but my son does. It really has changed our lives because now I have to really watch what is in his diet. I also have to make sure things are cross contaminated, which is a nightmare at times and not always cost efficient or easy on the budget. Still, I'm very thankful to have found this group on SP. I've been a member for a long time and it's nice to see the place expanding to groups like this. Not only that but society. Before it was really hard to find gluten free products and now it's getting easier.

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Hi, All! I have a wheat sensitivity/allergy. Not sure which. Also to chocolate and peanuts. Wheat or spelt give me severely dry, cracked skin, especially on the joints of my hands, elbows, and knees. When I have wheat with chocolate and/or peanuts, I tend to get painful little blisters in those locations. Nobody could figure out for the longest time what the blisters were about, but a friend finally mentioned that it was food issues. Anyway, I've been wheat/spelt-free (for the most part) for a number of months, and I've either found substitutes (brown rice pasta), or just skipped it entirely and gone for rice, potatoes, or other vegetables instead. Spaghetti squash, anyone?

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Hi Everyone,
I am just entering the GF world - I'm working on nutritional/dietary ways to alleviate psoriasis and have seen some anecdotal evidence that a GF diet can help. I'm very interested to hear if anyone on this forum has some input about this. I'll be scanning the posts, of course, but if anyone has resources and/or experiences that would be helpful, thanks in advance!
About myself: I'm a history teacher in Washington State, love living in a rural area (ironically for this forum in one of the country's most intensive regions of wheat and lentil production!), and when I'm not reading or talking about history, I am enjoying becoming a semi-long-distance runner. So I'm trying to fashion a whole and consistent lifestyle of clean eating, avoiding artificial foods and medicines, and balancing exercise of the body, mind, and spirit.
I look forward to learning from you all and getting to know you better.

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Hi to all,

My daughter (18 y.o) and myself have just been told that we have to go Gluten-free. Or that we should try it for a few weeks to see if it makes any difference in our ails. We both have Fibro, and we each have our own grocery list of additional ailments to add on to the Fibro. But my daughter just got released from the e.r. for having kidney stones. And with the additional stomach problems that we both have, they feel that this will be a benefit for us.

I don't even know how to start. We both do not eat well. and when we do not feel good, we rely on crackers and breads. So, I am really anxious about how to do this, about how to start and how we will do on this.

I also have limited income to restock an entire pantry from regular basics to gluten-free ones.

I am going to start reading books from the library so I am hoping that with the information that I get from there and the support that I can get here, we will do alright.

Any help and assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Kris & Kaitlyn

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I forgot to mention I also have Fibromyalgia symptoms and got that first. I think there is a link here. I don't know what of course,but it all started after a fender bender car accident. Lots of stress too of course.

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