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3/22/13 3:03 P

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My DH thinks that I have a corn sensitivity too. He pointed this out long before I ever went totally grain free. I don't swell up or get hives or any true histamine reaction, but it triggers compulsive eating like no other food can. I used to make microwave pop corn and not only would I eat the whole bag myself in a heartbeat, but I would go on a non stop eating binge afterwards. I've read that any food that triggers you like that is probably an allergen.
In any case it's tough to avoid it, especially here in the US - the number one growers of this grain. It is in EVERYTHING - corn sugar, corn starch, corn syrup, corn meal, corn everything. Just another reason to stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

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3/22/13 1:45 P

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Thanks. I will look into some of the other teams as well. Corn is really the thing I am having the toughest time with.

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3/22/13 10:32 A

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Hi & Welcome to Grain Free - This team isn't very active, but I hope you'll pop in often and help to change that.

I would also like to recommend some other teams I've found helpful that may have more activity on the topic of problems with grains.
There's the Wheat Belly Team
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which centers around a book of the same name by Dr. William Davis. I highly recommend the book as well, and I just got the Wheat Belly Cookbook. The later does have a lot of recipes in it, but it also includes a lot of the basic information from the book - sort of a condensed version if you will.

Any Paleo diet team or book would be helpful for you as well because Paleo is healthy grain free eating.

The Celia teams are good too, except for the fact that so many Celiac patients seem to get hung up on "gluten free" foods. That is to say all those processed items in the health food isle that are made with high carbohydrate substitute flours. That stuff is expensive and totally unnecessary for healthy grain free living.

Less of an occasional bit of rice I have been grain free for 18 months. The improvement in my overall health has been phenomenal! I started out with strict adherence to the Duke University Medical Center's No Sugar No Starch diet (say that three times fast) but after about six months I loosened the reins a little and added some starchier veggies and some fruit. I guess I lean more towards Primal than Paleo since I'm not afraid of fat at all, but I don't like to be pigeon holed because I make exceptions to every rule to suit myself. The one rule that is hard and fast for me is NO WHEAT. It quite literally makes me ill and I'd like to continue to avoid that.

Hope to hear more from you. Happy Spring!

Marti
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3/22/13 8:15 A

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I'm technically allergic, as in have to carry an epi-pen because I've reactions I've had, to the a lot in the cereal family. Not rice or sugar. Corn is the worst, wheat is next. That said, I still eat things that I shouldn't. Benedryl and the close proximity to the epi-pen a constant. I didn't develop food allergies until I was in my 30's. Well, that probably isn't true, we just didn't have a reaction bad enough to warrent actual testing until I was about 32. So I'm checking this out. Seeing what others do to avoid things that are so prevelentt in so many things in the American diet. Maybe I'll actually stop eating things I'm allegic too then. ;)

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