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1/31/11 10:16 A

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Hi Angelika. Welcome to the group.

I definitely saw a huge improvement in joint pain when I started eating gluten free. And the few times I've eaten gluten, that is the first sign that alerts me...even before the intestinal issues. One time, the joint pain was so bad, I could hardly finish my grocery shopping.

And my son, who is only 34 and also has a gluten intolerance, used to have such pain in his hands that his wife would massage his hands before he went to work each day. Within a week of going gluten free, the pain completely disappeared.

Good luck. I hope you have the same results.

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1/28/11 3:56 A

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i stopped trying to find decent wraps and use lettuce. It has fewer calories anyway. Some things just don't work out very well gluten free IMO so rather than miss them I find a substitute that I often end up liking better.

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1/27/11 5:15 P

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I have not found a really good wrap yet. They tend to get hard or break apart when you try to roll them. I prefer just to do corn tortillas or Bibb lettuce instead. Udi's bread is the best I have had, but have not yet tried Rudi's. There is a GF tortilla recipe her on SparkRecipes but I have not made it yet.

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1/27/11 2:22 P

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Wow, thank you!!! for the amazing welcome! I have never gotten such a warm reception on any other team I have belonged to, save one...really appreciated.

I will check out all the links, I promise.

And whoever mentioned the Rudi's bread, the multigrain one was the 1st GF I tried and it really tastes quite good!

What about wraps? I eat those more than bread on a daily basis. I bought some La Tortilla factory Sonoma wraps - only so-so taste and kinda gummy texture, I thought.

I would be willing to try to make those if someone had a good recipe. Until recently I was eating the Bestlife Flatout flatbreads and I thought they were pretty good.

emoticon in advance for your help!!!

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1/27/11 2:14 P

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Hi,

I am new to SP and relatively newly diagnosed with CD (Aug 2010). My most troubling symptoms at the time of diagnosis were brain fog, exhaustion and joint pain. I was terrified of a fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue diagnosis. Discovered the gluten connection quite by accident just before going to the doctor. Needless to say - I was thrilled to find out that it was CD and that I could have control over my health.

Now the exhaustion is pretty much gone (with some help from iron supplements). I feel alive for the first time in years, and the overwhelming joint pain is gone. I occasionally have a little trouble with one knee, but that's from mild 'real' arthritis. Every gluten accident results in joint pain and exhaustion starting one or two days afterward.

GF baked goods are pretty high in carbs, even if you make them yourself, so I have had to really reduce my baking. (went a little crazy for the first few months) I have a recipe for a bean-flour based bread that I like, but limit myself to 1 slice/day, if that. Mostly try to stick with fruit, veg and simple proteins - like the Clean Eating concept, especially since I have to pack a lunch every day. Occasionally indulge in a GF pasta dish, or brown rice, but not every day.

My husband is also on SP, but does not have gluten issues. He is supportive however,and we generally keep a GF kitchen. His body does not get on that well with carbs, so it works out OK - he has bread when we go out or to friends.

I read a few people (don't know if it was on this post) talk about struggling with going to friends houses. We pastor a church so eat frequently at other people's homes. I have found that the best way it not to tell them what I cannot eat - but to tell them what I can eat. By asking people to stick with simple meat, veg and rice meals (I usually mention please no soy sauce and no pre-made seasoning mixes) it makes it easier for them. Sometimes I will bring my own bread/bun/biscuit or a couple of cookies for dessert. So far, no one has been offended. At our family Christmas dinner I even brought my own turkey because I couldn't get a straight answer as to whether the turkey was going to be stuffed or not. My health is too important, but neither do I want friends/family to be offended because they don't understand why I didn't eat their lovingly made lasagna and caesar salad with home-made croutons!

Expect to learn a lot and hope to stay on track!

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1/27/11 11:32 A

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emoticon emoticon to the Team! emoticon

You should check out the Gluten Free Goddess blog, unless you already know about it. She has a lot of Vegan recipes as well.
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1/27/11 10:35 A

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Angelika- I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 14+ years ago and started celiac diet 3+ years ago and have noticed that I have significantly less pain episodes and more energy and less autoimmune issues since going gluten free. There is a new bread out by Rudi's Bakery that is 90 calories per slice has some fiber and is delicious. If you go to the website you can see if it is available in your area. I tried the multigrain gluten free bread and it was delicious. It is dairy and gluten free. I heard that costco is suppose to carry it too...if you shop there. Remember that it can take a few months for gluten to leave your system and I have heard that some people have increased symptoms of pain during "withdrawal" though I did not experience this. I also became a reader of labels and cookbooks to find the best ways to convert my regular eating lifestyle to gluten free. Hope you see good results on this journey! Smiles Barb

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1/27/11 9:20 A

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Welcome! I definitely saw a big improvement in my joint pain after going GF. Huge energy boost, too.

I work with an arthritis support group designing exercise programs and exploring non-medical pain control methods. Most of them see an improvement in their symtoms after going GF, too.

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1/26/11 10:57 P

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Hi and welcome to the team.

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1/26/11 10:35 P

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Welcome to the team! I am still new at this too and still learning. emoticon

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1/26/11 8:21 P

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emoticon to the group,
I have Celiac Disease but I'll tell you the 1st thing I noticed going GF was I lost 14 lb's of inflammation in the 1st 2 weeks which in turn helped joint pain.
Good luck with your journey and we're here for support.


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1/26/11 6:24 P

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Welcome to this site. I have been gluten free for a little over a year now and feel so much better.

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1/26/11 5:54 P

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I wish you the best on your journey. Going GF helped me get some energy back!

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1/26/11 5:42 P

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I also get joint pain after eating gluten. It makes me wonder if anyone with arthritis should try going gluten free to see if it makes a difference.

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1/26/11 5:13 P

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emoticon I don't have fibro or anything but I did used to get joint pain in my knees and back that was specific to gluten I learned after going off and then having been accidentally "glutened". It is a particular stffness and inflammation that I no longer normally feel. Hope GF helps you! It has helped many!

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1/26/11 4:56 P

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oh by the way, a friend of mine on Cafe mom told us about this group, Angel food bags, or something where you can order www.angelfoodministries.com/menus/me
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you order bags of foods, and they have an entire gluten free bag of foods. It is really reasonably priced and is noted to be all over the country. I thought i would pass it on to you in case anyone needed the information.

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1/26/11 4:51 P

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Here are afew GF recipes I have collected on Spark...
The GF ANcient Grains Bread recipe is WONDERFUL! I only have a slice now and then... too much GF is still too many carbs. lol

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1/26/11 4:46 P

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It is just a whole lot simpler for me to plan my meals around lean protein and veggies. For dessert or snack we have sugar free jello. My husband is type two diabetic, so we are trying to keep carbs to a minimum. I do have the odd GF baked good for here and there. I keep whole grain rice bread in the freezer at work for lunch sanwiches. If i have gf goods, for the most part, i bake them myself. It is cheaper and i know i am using whole grains, such as quinoa and brown rice. Otherwise, i stick to veggies, fruits, fat free dairy and lean white meat. simpler and cheaper. but i am trying to find new ways to prepare old favorites, cause i am getting tired of the same things.

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I am gluten free since Jan.1st this year. I am not eating any store bought GF food. I basically clean eat & home cooked food only. I try to cut down grains too. My only grain is brown or white rice when i go to someone's house only. Every Sunday i cook my GF veggie burger, and brown rice. Mostly i eat veggies and fruits. If i am really hungry than i eat brown rice.




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1/26/11 3:46 P

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I amazed also. I keep my starches to one per day. (OK. SOMETIMES I have two. lol).
I feel that most people eat far too many starchy, bready carbs. Carbs should come from fruit & veggies primarily...
Anyhow, emoticon

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1/26/11 3:42 P

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Angelika,
I'm pretty new too and am getting WAY addicted to GF products...then I fall asleep. What types of things are you eating????

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1/26/11 3:38 P

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My name is Angelika. I have suffered with Fibromyalgia for 10 years and IBS as well. It came to my attention recently that maybe my symptoms are caused by gluten. So - I am going to try going GF for a while. I have been GF for 2 days so far.

I am vegetarian and there are many things I don't eat for health or ethical reasons so I am used to saying "no" to foods, so "so far so good." I am appalled by how many carbs are in some GF mixes and products, so I won't be eating many of them. Not a problem as I am trying not to overdose on carbs anyway.

I would be interested in hearing from any of you who experienced relief from joint pain and fatigue through going GF.

Peace, Angelika

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