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8/27/10 11:46 A

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Hello Katy, Welcome to the team.

Don't be afraid of the change. It might be hard at first, but as you start feeling better you will find it easier to avoid glutens. Since you are cooking gluten free any way for your daughter you should challenge yourself to eat like here.

Don't be afraid to join in the discussions.

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8/25/10 12:03 P

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I actually lost weight going GF and that was because the sweets I had no control over, were no longer worth their sweetness vs the havoc they would cause on my body.

If you stay away from the cookies and breads (more so buns) that are GF and concentrate on whole foods, you should be fine.

There are some breads that are not high in calories, but some are. Especially the prepared rolls from bakeries, etc.





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8/25/10 11:59 A

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emoticon Katy! I have been gf for 1 1/2 years due to celiac and I feel SO much better than I did for the 27+ years I suffered. I, like BOBBIELEEJ, just try to keep it simple. I focus on the foods I CAN have and build around that. Mostly, I've been trying to eat one-ingredient foods. (Confession here) When I really feel the need for bread or a muffin or cookie treat, I visit the gf bakery.

The one thing that got me off gluten (and keeps me off), besides the fact that it makes me very sick now, is knowing the damage that one little crumb of bread/cake could do to my intestines. The last thing I want is stomach or intestinal cancer, so I stay on the straight and narrow!
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8/25/10 10:45 A

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Welcome, Katy. I am a stumbling newbie to message boards too, as well as limited online time, but I just want to say, 'Dive right in!' This community is helping me be mindful of what is good for me and what I want for me. If you are hesitant to go GF yourself, just do it for one day. Tell yourself you can go back the next day, if you want. Then do it for one more day. Pretty soon, you will look back and find you've been GF for weeks, and you feel so much better! I don't try to replace a lot of foods - too expensive and too much effort. I keep my diet simple, brown rice, grilled meats and vegetables, and fruit, with a GF shake for breakfast. Simplicity makes it easier for me. Going GF even helps my mood.You can do it, and you will be happier! Oh - and you can lose wt. on a GF diet! emoticon

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8/25/10 12:54 A

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Hi, Katie. I've been GF for 13 months now, and it's made all the difference. I don't have celiace, and can get away with some things you shouldn't. But for the most part, with the exception of my spelt pretzels, I'm GF.
I mostly feed my family GF, and they all like quinoa, brown rice and lots of fruit and veg. I think we're all eating healthier because of it. I eat a fair amount of GF oats and have been cooking teff as a cereal. I like the taste a lot, and just a dab of honey or something is great. It has all the amino acids your body can't manufacture, so it's high in protein like quinoa, and has a lot of fiber. Flax is another good one to get that fiber and all the other good stuff.
My guys get to have whatever they want on birthdays, etc. My son's is this weekend, and he wants ravioli and meatballs. Well, I'll fix it, but I bought a GF meal by Kettle Cuisine. They're pretty good. He also wants pumpkin pie of all things. Well, I'll make one with and one without the crust.
There are several GF groups on spark, and many of us belong to more than one. There are also special interest groups for those raising young kids, and for religious, hobbies or exercise interests. You'll get lots of support here.
You can do this, just like Charlene does. I think you'll soon find you feel so much better that you don't want to cheat.
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8/24/10 9:54 P

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Sorry I called you Kathy - Katy it will be ok. Just hang in there. Like I said it is easier said then done but know you can do it.

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We help each other a lot here. There is a wealth of info on here as you look around, if you don't see something you have a question on start a thread.

I'll 2nd what Charlene said, the sooner you go GF the sooner you'll feel better and the anxiety about going GF will go away. You're ahead of the game in going GF since you already do it for your daughter. I'm assuming you're making 2 meals, just do one for the whole family(don't know if it's just the 2 of you or if there's more but having everyone GF won't hurt anyone).

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8/24/10 9:47 P

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Thanks Dorothy!

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8/24/10 9:47 P

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Thanks Charlene,
I'm not sure why it's so hard to start, I'm already cooking GF for one. I am just going to never stop quitting and hopefully it will get easier. Thank you for your reply.

Katy

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8/24/10 9:39 P

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Hi and welcome to the team.

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8/24/10 9:29 P

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Hi Kathy and welcome to this group. If you do have celiac, please do go gf. We are here to help as much as we can. We all have to start from somewhere. I know that the gf food has alot of high carbs but what I do is watch what I eat and the number of carbs. It will help. I know that sounds easy but we will be here to help you every step of the way.

Hey, if you slip one day just go back on it the next day. It will work for you. I do not mean to not go gf as that would not be a good idea. They have some good recipes for gf that you may want to try.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

I have been gf for one year and feel so much better.

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8/24/10 8:45 P

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Hello,
My name is Katy, I am 32 and about 40 pounds overweight. My Daughter Olivia (Age 7) has Celiac Disease and I cook GF for her. I found out I had Celiac Disease about 18 months ago but do not eat GF as of yet. I am afraid of the change, I know that is stupid, but that's where I'm at. I need to start and I also am worried about GAINING more weight. I am not that message or Sparkpeople smart so any advice you have would be helpful.

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Katy Austin

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