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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
1/5/11 11:48 P

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Thyroid and adrenal problems, other allergies, other autoimmune diseases ARE part of the Celiac package...especially if it isn't treated soon enough. I am also borderline hypothyroid and soon to be on meds myself...and have horrible issues with menstrual cycles leading me to go on the pill, which I didn't want to do but it was unbearable! Most of us have other related issues as well.

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1/5/11 8:06 P

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1/5/11 1:46 P

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I turned off the meal planners as I found it too much of a pain to keep changing. I use a lot of food groupings as some of my meals are the same.

Whole foods seem to be the best things for us as we know what is in an apple right?

Hopefully you enjoy cooking? There are a lot of GF bloggers out there that also post w/ many other allergy issues too.

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1/5/11 1:04 P

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WOW, Okay Thank you all very much. I hadn't mentioned it before, but I have Adrenal Fatigue issues and a Thyroid imbalance the my doctor hasn't put me on meds for that yet. He had me read two books. Adrenal Fatigue and the Gluten Free Bible. I loved the Adrenal Fatigue book and maybe those of you that mentioned this might find it VERY helpful.

Is this stuff common with Celiac?

I feel very lucky because in my area we have two health food stores and Hy-Vee (a local grocery store) that has a health market with lots of Gluten Free options, but I find the prices keep me away from most of it and a lot of it really doesn't fit a healthy diet. I guess because they think we only miss cookies and cake.
If you would like to try something from my area a local Pizza maker who is not Celiac at all took a few year to come up with a Gluten Free Pizza at his restaurant then it led producing a flour that you can use cup for cup to replace regular flour it work amazing. Everything I have made with it turns out the way I remember it and I don't have to use all my storage for flour. You can look it up and order his pizza frozen and the flour at http://www.stashusfoodservice.com/products
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It is by far the best GF flour I have ever used.

I'm at work, but I will try to post some more stuff I know might help some.

Blessings to all of you and Thank you for the very warm welcome.

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1/5/11 11:59 A

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Hi LovingMom- I started out learning to cook soy free for my daughter who is allergic and then added in gluten free and dairy free for me later. I spent a lot of time reading labels since their seemed to be soy in everything and adjusting all of my recipes to make them all free of our allergies. This was quite time consuming but I have slowly changed and adjusted. We have had to throw out some food along the way that just didn't taste good but such is life. I have found that Carol Fenster's Cook books have been very helpful. In addition to being gluten free she has information of what to substitute for other allergies...I have her "1000 Gluten Free Recipe" cookbook and "Cooking Free". Both have been very helpful and have sections on how to convert your own recipes as well. I initially checked cookbooks out of the library and found a large selection available by ordering them online from our library system. I was surprised at the number of cookbooks and information available for free about allergies, gluten free and lifestyle change at the library. After I looked through a bunch I chose the ones I liked and bought them. As far as the weight gain goes you are not alone. I added in some digestive enzymes to help with breaking down food since healing your gut from celiac takes a long time and better digestion is helpful. I think that adding in exercise, more fruits and vegetables and increasing my fiber were the areas that have seemed to make the most difference in my starting to lose weight and not gain. Gluten free can be really low in fiber if you are not careful so count fiber too. Smiles Barb

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
1/5/11 9:16 A

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emoticon So far I am just gluten and dairy intolerant, but my Mom had tons of allergies so I may find out more! There are tons of milk substitutes, So Delicious Coconut is pretty popular, and there is oat, cashew, hazelnut, hemp...

I eat 90% organic myself because I just don't want to take health risks I can avoid now that I have an autoimmune disease! I am sure so many people would not have so many allergies if there wasn't so much done to our food!

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1/5/11 8:38 A

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I agree with Kathy about the adulterated food. My theory is the processing and growing of foods with all the added stuff to make it grow that we truly have a problem with but since we can't get the FDA to get it's head out of it's ***, organic or non gluten is the way many sufferers have to go! I can't have even the hint of gluten or it will bother my stomach and add 5 pounds of water for 2 weeks. But I wonder if it were natural if I would be ok. (I refuse to try!)

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1/5/11 1:54 A

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Hi, Anna. I know what you mean. I thought I'd found a good protein bar, and right near the bottom was peanut flour. Lovely! Were you tested for all those things? I was told I was allergic to cantaloupe, but am not. Yet, I was not giv en the info about grapefruit, which was a bad one. I can now handle some once in a while.
Also, I thought I couldn't eat corn, but found out that the problem was with the average junk which passes for corn these days. If I eat organic stuff, I am okay. Interesting, eh? I wonder if we are really allergic to all these things, or if our adulterated food is the main problem.
I'm not saying that you aren't, just making some observations from my own situation. But, peanuts are a true no-no. If peanuts are a real problem, be careful of lentils. They are a close cousin. I wondered why I always got sick from them, and I like them, too.
I hope all of you newbies will post, as this team has gotten a bit tired, due to nobody's fault. Good luck, and God bless.
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1/5/11 12:28 A

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I am new on the team and new at the wheat gluten thing too. I found out that I am allergic to Almonds, cashews, peanuts, barley, cow's milk and wheat, wheat gluten and yeast. I am still learning what I can eat. I read every label and I will make it almost to the bottom of the list of ingredients and something I can't have will pop up at the last thing. I hope to learn some new recipes and some products that I can get to help me.
I have been on Spark People for 3 years. this month is my anniversary but I only found out about the allergies a few months ago.

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1/4/11 11:33 P

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Welcome to both of you. I am lucky that I don't have a problem with dairy, as I can't stand rice and almond milk. I'm not allergic to soy, but don't eat much due to my messed up thyroid.
If you aren't celiac, but have just the wheat allergy, you may be okay with oat milk. Most folks I know use coconut milk. The So Delicious brand seems to be quite nice. I know some who use it exclusively.
It sure makes you an avid label reader, eh? Good luck to both of you, and may you be blessed by the support. I've only been doing this for about 18 months, and my adult daughter for 5, but we're learning. Hang in there, and good luck! I can't eat peanuts, lentils and most other beans, so I have great sympathy for you. Most of the spark recipes which they send out are useless to me!
Kate

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1/4/11 10:13 P

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Hi! I just got here myself. I feel silly playing the hostess and welcoming you, but what they hey...WELCOME! I was interested in your soy allergy. I am not allergic to soy but my doctors often mention giving it up to help me with fatigue issues I have from fibro and apnea. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to rice and almond milk. So, I'm rather in the same boat as you...unsure what I could/should eat.

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I've been living a Gluten Free lifestyle for years, due to celiac, but I'm also allergic to Soy, and Phenylalanine aka: Splenda, NutraSweet, Equal. I find meal plans all the time, but I never no what is best to sub for things and I've gained about 40 pounds in a year and half. I love to ride my bike, but it's winter so I'm using the gym, but weight is just not coming off at all....I talked to a Nutritionist and she recommended I try here...So here I am.

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