Hello everyone! I have been a member of SP for over a year but just recently hubby and I have decided that gluten just may be the basis of most of our symptoms. Hubby came across his "answer" while talking with a nurse as he waited for a double scope procedure. She had recommended going GF for a couple weeks and seeing how he felt. Well, the bloodwork came back negative for celiac but his doctor said that doesn't always mean you don't have it. A biopsy also may not be conclusive because the samples are taken at random spots and they just may not have sampled the right area.
To make a long story short - hubby went gf and got immediate results. Of course, being the one in charge of feeding him I also (out of simplicity) joined his new regimine. And guess what, my own mysterious stomach ailments and digestive ailments have also begun to get better. So, while not being officially diagnosed the doctors have said if it is working for you go for it. We have been gf now for a couple of months and he is especially feeling much better.
Me, I still cheat but am seeing that I will probably need to go full bore in this. I have found a great place to get bread mixes made with alternative flours - Bob's Red Mill (yes they have a web site) and I am able to find their products at our local Top Foods, and we have a health food store locally as well. I have even started to find these products at the Military Base Commissarys (hubby is retired military). There is also a great place to go for help - Celiac.com And guess what! We even found a local celiac support group that has just begun right in our own little town of 2300 people. We are finding lots of answers and help to the question - what can I eat?
One of my favorite books is the "Gluten Free Cooking for Dummies" which has lots of tasty things and ideas. You don't have to go hungry and you can even have your favorite things - you just need to learn about substituting. Good luck to everyone, there are many, many of us out there who don't even realize that humans were not made to digest gluten and we continue to eat ourselves sick.
Glad to have another source for reference and support!
Final goal - 135
And a slinky black dress!
| current weight: 179.0