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1/11/13 10:58 A

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Welcome! and Congratulations on your weight loss so far! I always admire those that lose 30, or 50 lbs or whatever because if I lost even 15 - 20 I would be at my goal weight (don't look at my ticker, it needs to be reset).
Since many of the gf flours are higher in fat, they will go rancid sooner so some should be kept in the fridge or freezer. I'm not a fan of Udi's but it all depends on what kind of bread you like, just like wheat eaters, there are lots of different tastes. I look for the most nutrition and each bread has it's own use, like Franz's for a sandwich, a light bread for French toast, etc.
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1/10/13 8:00 P

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Welcome! I agree to stick with basic foods. My "rash" cleared up within a few months and I was able to wear shorts and sleeveless tops again for the first time in many years, after going gluten free.

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1/10/13 7:05 P

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Welcome, don't overwhelm your self with using all those flours to make your breads and stuff to begin with. Udi's has a multi-grain bread that works well in the toaster as toast or for sandwhiches. GF bisquick makes good pancakes if you need a little more protein in them add a little ground flax seed. I usually use egg whites to lower the calories. Top them off with a some blueberries, strawberries, raspberries what ever you like. I usually drizzle them with a little avagar instead of syrup. Quiona noodles are the least starchy of what I've tried otherwise I use spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Stick with more basic foods meats, veggies, potatoe, rice or quiona. Then start slowly trying new products or recipes. Just watch because a lot of the mixes you buy will be high calorie, Hormel has a gluten free lunch meat that is lean and tastes good. Good luck and if you have questions post and others will help to answer them for you!

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1/10/13 5:26 P

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Ok, I'm being silly, but sometimes when I'm telling people I feel like it is something to feel guilty about...

I'm 42 and was just diagnosed last month and started gluten-free on 1/1. I, like so many others I've read about here, self-diagnosed and actually requested the test from my doctor. After years of anemia and 5 year rash on my leg that wouldn't go away with a dozen treatments, and taking Wellbutrin and tired all the time no matter what and not being able to remember anything, I finally have some hope.

While my symptoms have been around for a long time, I never once attributed them to anything in particular. "I'm tired because I'm over weight." "I can't remember anything because I'm getting old." I'm depressed because it runs in the family."

The final straw was getting very sick from iron infusions, only to have my iron bottom out again 3 months later. My doctor just wanted me to have more treatments, but I hated them, and they are expensive! I started researching and found that Celiac was the mostly likely cause of the issue. I was a little surprised as wheat has never caused "tummy troubles" for me. But I asked the doctor to test me (several times before she agreed) and sure enough... Later, she admitted she wouldn't have tested me if I hadn't insisted.

So here I am with a brand new toaster and breadmaker, a pantry with 9 types of flour I don't know what to do with, and a very supportive DH who is tired of hearing about.

I used Spark People in the past when I was trying to lose weight (did I mention I'm 300 #s?) but had stopped in favor of other sites. For Christmas I got a FitBit and found out it is compatible with SparkPeople, so I'm back. I was at my highest weight of 365, three years ago. I've lost 35 pounds in the past two months and I'm determined to make it below 200 this time. I actually weigh 298, and it is the first time I've been under 300 in at least 5 years.

I've done a ton of research and I *think* I have a handle on this whole gluten-free" thing, but as I've only been practicing it for 9 days, I'm guessing a lot more issues will pop up.

So there is my story.

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