I'm Pam, relatively new to Sparkpeople, but have been eating gluten-free since 2000. My MIL and her family started cropping up with positive celiac diagnoses, and so DH decided to give gf eating a shot (w/o diagnosis -- he's reckless like that!) and felt SO much better. Later that year, the in-laws had a big family reunion (MIL is one of 14 kids) -- and the U. of Maryland was also studying the genetic tendencies with celiac -- and looking for a big family to test. So, we were all tested; the in-laws were the control subjects. Turns out DH does indeed have celiac, and surprisingly, I have genetic markers for it (HLA DQ2.5, if anyone's counting). Given my family history (lots of diabetes, colon cancer, weight issues, etc.) I figured going gluten-free wasn't going to hurt anything.
Anymore, if I do eat gluten, I regret it! Cold sores, migraines, stomach aches -- I don't miss donuts THAT much!
As to being here on Sparkpeople, I really do need to get more fit. I've got about fifteen pounds I've been hauling around long enough and am ready to get rid of -- or at least reshape.
| current weight: 149.0