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5/3/11 2:50 P

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reducing wheat before getting the test can give you a false negative so do not be surprised if it is negative.

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5/1/11 9:51 P

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Welcome to you who are new. Yes, feeling good is way better than gluten!
As Cindy says, you must be eating gluten to be properly diagnosed. It's the reason I didn't go off the poison sooner. I went to a naturopathic/nutritionist doctor. Oh, I can tell you that after almost two years, wheat doesn't even taste good anymore. I've had a few advertent cheats, and haven't enjoyed them. I've also not enjoyed the awful feelings when I get glutened!
Have you had your thyroid checked? I've found that going GF and to organic milk has made my thyroid work, and the weight is slowly, slowly coming off! I ate healthy food before, but it was full of whole wheat, which is what was making me so sick!
I agree about the Rudy's bread. It comes in a 2-pack, and is sliced, and yummy. You can even eat it without toasting it! I love the Bob's GF oats, as well as Gluten Free Pantry scone and muffin mix and lots of Kinnikinnick stuff.
We've come a long way from the days of only rice bread. There are many things out there, some way better.
Ask, ask, ask. And do your own testing. I know many who like the Pamela's bread mix but my daughter and I do not. So, Just because someone says it's great, it may not be so for you. You'll do great!

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5/1/11 9:02 P

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emoticon Please note if you are being tested for Celiac disease you have to be eating gluten for the tests to be accurate. Unless it is genetic testing. I place much more weight on how you feel after going GF!

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5/1/11 3:41 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

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Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

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5/1/11 12:19 P

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Welcome to the team!

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5/1/11 11:34 A

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Hi and Welcome to all the newbies! Just a couple of notes as you start out. You can buy premade gluten free bread at Costco and health food stores or Nature's Market in the frozen food section. It is called Rudi's Multigrain gluten free bread. My favorite cookbook is "1000 gluten free recipes" by Carol Fenster and is available at This cookbook will show you how to convert your current recipes to gluten free and give you some great new ones. My favorite Pasta's are Bionature Pasta which is made in Italy and Mrs. Leper's Corn Pasta. My favorite baking mixes are Pamela's and I buy the pancake mix, bread mix and brownie mix from her. Recipes for using these products at I buy oatmeal from Bob's Red Mill as well as most of my flours. Wish you the best as you start out on this path. Feel free to friend me and ask me any questions you may have on my sparkpage. Smiles Barb

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5/1/11 9:12 A

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Hi and welcome. I am new to Spark People and new to this team. I was not diagnosed with Celiac Disease either, but a friend suggested that I try to go gluten free because I have so many health problems. I have only been doing the GF diet for 2 days now.

So far, I haven't missed anything. If I do, that's when I'll need to remember how good I want to feel. Feeling good is a whole lot better than gluten.


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5/1/11 7:34 A

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Hi and welcome. Good luck on your journey, I was also recently diagnosed and have been making changes, would be glad to swap ideas.


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5/1/11 1:35 A

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Hi and welcome to the team.,


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5/1/11 12:15 A

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I love my dogs! Annie is a fearful dog and is doing great under careful management. I raw feed my dogs.

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5/1/11 12:12 A

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the site. Have not been diagnosed with Celiac but believe I have a wheat intolerance. I'm going for the blood tests next week but I'm pretty sure I know the answer. I have already started to cut out wheat due to the arthritic pain I encounter within 24hours accompanied by fatigue. I also wonder if this is the reason why I struggle to lose weight. Anyway i hope to find support from everyone and learn how to fully follow a gf diet.

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