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8/18/11 12:31 A

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8/17/11 11:59 P

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My experience is that the change to GF disrupted the healthy swaps that I had learned to make while I was losing weight, and everyone knows that you have to keep eating as well in maintenance as you did to lose the weight or you'll gain it back. When I was diagnosed out went all the whole grain pasta, bulgar tabouleh, low carb tortillas, kashi cereal, Irish oatmeal and kashi 7 grain pilaf. I replaced those foods with homemade breads, muffins, tortillas and cookies made with highly refined rice/tapioca/potato starch. I essentially swapped all my healthy new habits for GF versions of the foods that helped me gain weight in the first place. I had been ill and barely able to eat for months, so weight wasn't really my top concern at that point. However, with 20/20 hindsight I wish I could have skipped gaining back 25 of the 40 pounds I had lost.

Today I know that a better choice for my carbs would be fruit, veg, beans, yams, brown rice, quinoa, and corn (I am a little limited in the grains I can eat - others would probably add GF oats, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, teff and amaranth).

The tricky thing with GF eating and weight maintenance is that we have to take responsibility for so many of our choices if quality nutrition is a concern. Many of the GF products for sale are convenient but they don't do us any favors nutritionally - high in calories with lots of empty carbs. My solution is to make larger quantities of some staples to have in the fridge or freezer - yummy salads (carrot and cashew, beet and apple, black bean fiesta, and quinoa tabouleh), turkey meatballs for a quick pasta dinner, and big pots of soup in cooler months. I also make savory waffles from Cooking for Isaiah for speedy breakfasts during the week. When I have foods on hand each meal doesn't seem like such an ordeal. Being prepared with healthy homemade alternatives ensures I won't be tempted by GF packaged foods.

Edited by: HIKELUV at: 8/18/2011 (00:20)
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8/17/11 11:43 P

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I gained weight when I went gluten-free because I was trying to eat in the same way: sandwiches, buns with my soup, etc. Finally I realized that I just had to forget the bread component. Now I'm actually losing weight (finally)! Good luck to you on your new journey.
Cindy


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WITCHYWOMAN45 Posts: 165
8/17/11 11:29 P

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Ditto what CINDYTW said! My first month GF I knew nothing and stayed with fresh/frozen fruits, vegetables and meats only. I lost 14 pounds in 4 weeks. It felt amazing. Then as I learned more about the possibilities in the line of GF breads and grains I added those back into my diet so I could enjoy more variety. Although I did not gain the weight back, losing came to an abrupt halt. Since I am also diabetic (which requires limited carbs) and on a weight loss journey as well, I chose to limit carbs and calories from those items to only a few servings per week if at all. Now I choose to use lettuces as my "container" for sandwiches or occasionally rice tortillas for wraps instead of GF breads. I realize my diabetes affects my choices more than most Celiac patients, but I was certainly surprised when I began comparing same items, GF vs. non GF for calories and nutrition. I've learned to be more creative with my herbs and spices for variety instead. Good luck!

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8/17/11 11:00 P

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Welcome! The part that I think makes it hard is the GF substitute products and the other complications people can develop (like thyroid problems and other intolerances). The GF breads and things are very low on nutrition and fiber and high carb and calorie. It depends on what you eat, your other conditions and how active you are...

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8/17/11 10:57 P

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Welcome to the team. Sorry, I have no clue yet, still working down to maintenance.

Bo

Northern Arizona MDT

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

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 02/25/2011

Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

Former skinny person who never exercised and is now trying to make exercise a habit.


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8/17/11 10:06 P

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Hi Everyone,

So happy to find a GF corner at spark. I was just diagnosed with Celiac. I am 5 weeks into my new life long GF lifestyle. My question is once I heal and begin absorbing nutrients again, will it be harder to keep weight off?

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

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