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1/11/11 12:37 P

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Oh yes, Medications is something that needs to be watch. www.glutenfreedrugs.com/ I have a notification at the pharmacy that I can not have anything with gluten in it. They have been really good at making sure my medications are safe.

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1/10/11 12:07 P

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Medications that you take can have gluten in them and if they are prescription your pharmacists should be able to check for you and help you find and option that is gluten free. It is amazing to see the difference that going off gluten makes. Don't forget to journal for the first few weeks what you see as the benefits of being off of gluten. It will help you when you are tempted to just have one bite of something to keep yourself committed. High Five to you for starting out strong! Smiles Barb emoticon

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1/10/11 10:09 A

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Thanks for the warm welcome and advice! I have been GF for just a few days and I am shocked at the differences already - within just 24 hours of going GF nearly all of my digestive symptoms disappeared!
I wonder if one of the meds I'm on has gluten in the capsule cause after I take it, my tummy hurts :(
It has actually been pretty easy so far. I am really surprised at how easy it's been.

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1/8/11 6:05 P

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I agree that people with CD can be heavy. I think what I said before came out wrong. It just seems some doctors would take one look at me and not even consider that I had CD because I am not underweight. That was a classic sign of CD(underweight, malnourished or considered to have failure to thrive) across the world. All the other people I know with CD (besides those I have met here) are all really skinny. It is comforting finding others in the same boat with similar struggles. Makes one realize you are not the only one. Maybe I am weird but that does make me feel better.

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1/8/11 11:36 A

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emoticon Welcome to the world of Gluten Free. As you spend 30 days on trying out this lifestyle I wish to encourage you to enjoy the new foods available to you and look at this as an adventure. Foods/stuff I love that you might like to try: Bob's red mill gluten free oats, Mrs.Lepers Corn Pasta, McCormick seasonings, All fruit smoothies from Jamba Juice, Garlic Jims Gluten Free Pizza(they deliver- hope you have one near you!), Pamela's Bread Mix(make the rolls and use for sandwiches), Baking mix (makes great muffins and pancakes) and Brownie mix (nummy treat) = easy way to make some baked goods without buying a bunch of flours since you are just doing a month trial. Pamela's website gives easy recipes too! I have been gluten free a long time but I remember my 1st month and best advise was when someone told me to just make a weekly plan and eat similar foods to what I ate before just substituting gluten free items as needed. It was less overwhelming when I took it in small chunks. I also packed myself a gluten free bag of snacks to take whenever I went out. Snacks that are Spark friendly and gluten free: Little cups of fruit, Orange, Apple, Banana, Little baggies with almonds or walnuts, Nature Valley "nut crunch" granola bars, Mrs. Mays Trio Bars(at Costco), Crunchmaster Crackers(at Costco), Corn Tortillas and Corn Chips, String Cheese and little bag of carrots. Stores we have that are helpful are Trader Joes, Fred Meyer, Nature's Market and Uwajimaya. Wish you good eating and health as you start on this road! Smiles Barb

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1/8/11 8:59 A

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TROLA2, Welcome to the team and to being gluten free. People with Celiac Disease can be heavy, I was heavy my whole childhood and the when I turned 18 I went to the other extreme and stayed that way until I went gluten free at the age of 45. But I did not become heavy again until I became to sick to be able to work and had to go on disability.

The blood tests for celiac disease is only 85% accurate so many people have a false negative. The only true test is an endoscope and a biopsy to see if the villi are damaged.

Your Endocrinologist sounds like a very good doctor. Stick with him/her.

Mark
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1/8/11 12:05 A

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Hi and welcome to the team. emoticon emoticon

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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1/7/11 10:51 P

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emoticon I am just learning, also. I was diagnosed with celiac disease Nov. 4, 2010. emoticon emoticon Ester

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1/7/11 10:33 P

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emoticon to the group. Don't have anything to add to what others have said. emoticon

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1/7/11 9:02 P

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emoticon A lot of us are overweight even if we have Celiac. My body makes me crave things when it is lacking something and I overeat. Since it thinks it isn't getting enough food/nutrients it always wants more. I have borderline thyroid numbers myself and may be going on meds soon...that is also common. Going dairy free as well may help if you find you are still not feeling quite right. I had to go totally dairy free (there is a lot of casein added to foods these days!) to really feel right.

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1/7/11 5:36 P

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Welcome to the team!

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1/7/11 1:38 P

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TROLA2 welcome. Don't be afraid to ask questions or go back and look through old threads. It is easier to start simlpy with the GF diet. Example-whole foods that you make yourself. Don't forget about cross contamination. If your family is used to using the butter (condiments, anything) on gluten items and getting more or putting some back it will be contaminated even though it isn't supposed to contain gluten. Some people reccomend having your own gluten free everything. Good luck- I hope you feel better really soon. My sister has Hashimoto and Celiac. Another thing-you may want to avoid dairy too. That usually goes with Celiac until your intestines heal.

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1/7/11 11:09 A

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1/7/11 10:31 A

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Congratulations for taking this step and welcome to the team. I was diagnosed the opposite of you. Celiac over 5 years ago and this fall Hashimoto's. So I am also one of the few that gain weight even though I am not absorbing the vitamins. I see a Naturpath or ND once a month to make sure my vitamins are in check and I also get acupuncture. I feel so much better. Until my blood test for thyroid came back and my levels were too low(tsh) so now my MD decided to lower my synthroid and I am back to square one with energy now and feel like I am a walking zombie. It will get better and I hope the gf diet helps you to get healthy. It really made a difference in my life and the people here are amazing and always willing to help!

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1/7/11 10:27 A

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1/7/11 10:02 A

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Well, today is my day one of a gf 30 day trial.
I have not been well for a while now. Finally after really pushing my doc she tested for Hashimoto's thyroiditis (positive!) and then we tested for celiac (negative).
But this week I saw a new endocrinologist and she said she thinks with all of my symptoms I am gluten intolerant and she asked me to try a 30 day GF diet.
I have been so sick for so long, of course I'm willing to try anything!!
I did some research and I think she's right on -with the exception of weight loss, I have all the symptoms (how unfair is that!?! not absorbing the nutrients, but I am absorbing enough calories to make me gain weight??)
So, I'm eager to learn as much as I can.
I'm looking forward to getting to you know you all.

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