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SLHALSTEAD
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4/1/09 8:14 P

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Best thing I did was spend a little bit of money to buy the Clan Thompson lists. They have lists of grocery items that are confirmed GF (with details like bar codes so you know you are getting the right item). It saved me lots of time at the commissary early on. Now I know our favs and the brands that are safe. I can scan a "new" product pretty quick. The Clan Thompson lists are downloadable to Palm and other devices besides your PC.

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BIZZYBEE_1
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4/1/09 12:04 P

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Yes, we're about 35-40 miles south of DC. I know I expected to lose weight just going on the GF diet but I think the pre-made GF foods have more calories or something cause I gained. Definately doesn't help eating the high starchy stuff. The best way I'm seeing is stick to naturally gf things like fresh fruits and veggies and low fat meats and dairy. Having to think so much about what I eat is depressing some times though. I used to love to grocery shop but now its a chore reading all the labels and giving up old favorites. Now I gravitate to the fruits and veggies too because I don't have to read any labels. I'll post some of my favorite sites and tips in the other forums soon.

"In the depth of winter
I finally learned
there was in me
an invincible summer."
~Albert Camus~

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That's why it's called the Present"
~Unknown~

"I'm not 50, I'm 25 with twice the knowledge and experience!"
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SLHALSTEAD
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3/31/09 7:15 P

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Hi! I am assuming you are near DC since you mention WRAMC. We go there for care too. My husband is celiac and has DH. We have found some great GF restaurants in the area. Would love to swap ideas. He has gained some weight (and so have I) being on a GF diet. We have started eating more veggies and less GF alternative grains. I think all the rice based products probably contributed to our weight gain. I have Ulcerative Colitis so the low fiber and no wheat diet works great for me too! If you have any tips on the weight loss, please share. Aside from more exercise and portion control, I am not changing much.

SHalstead

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ILLINITEACHER52
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3/31/09 6:07 P

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Welcome to the team! There is a lot of support here and good ideas and links for GF meals.


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BIZZYBEE_1
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3/31/09 6:00 P

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emoticonHi, I'm Linda and I've been on the Gluten Free diet since 2004 (approx. 5 yrs.) I had two doctors insinuate I couldn't have celiac because I was over-weight even though I had many symptoms, my older brother was diagnosed with it first, and my blood test was positive. Even my GI initially said I didn't have it after he did my colonoscopy and endoscopy. He called a week later when he got the full lab report back from Walter Reed Medical Center that said all my tests, family history, symptoms, etc were indicative of Celiac and I needed to be on the GF diet.

I am very happily married with four children and two dogs. Two of the four kids have positive gene tests for celiac and none of their blood labs were positive (about 4 yrs. ago.) Now we believe one is active even though she has not been formally diagnosed. My second oldest (22 yr. old) started having symptoms, went on the diet, and has good results from it. She and I are now dieting together both for celiac and weight loss.

My struggles are being about 70lbs over-weight (hating that word- Obese), having Celiac Disease, Thyroid problems, Allergies (seasonal, animal, and all melons), High Cholesterol, and menopause.
I really hope to meet some online buddies who have similar struggles so we can help motivate & support each other in our weight loss.

"In the depth of winter
I finally learned
there was in me
an invincible summer."
~Albert Camus~

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That's why it's called the Present"
~Unknown~

"I'm not 50, I'm 25 with twice the knowledge and experience!"
Linda:-)


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