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7/26/13 6:35 P

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Hi, thanks. Yeah, I am allergic to dairy by skin testing. I "get away with it" to a certain degree and it is better since going GF. It has paid off to do the GF and medical control of the polymyalgia. Epson Salts are my friend when having a flare or when I've overdone it. (In fact, I should probably get some). I get really bad muscle cramps and found a product called Calm (a fast acting magnesium supplement). Although my son told me potassium helps his muscle cramps and I have had very few since adding it to my regimen. The thyroidism is such a problem, but even though I've been stable clinically for years the weight just stays and stays. That's why I am really hoping this program will help me as much as it has my son. I'm done with fad diets, I can't afford the weight gain. emoticon

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7/26/13 4:38 P

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I lost weight when I first went gluten free but slowly regained and having trouble losing it again. Giving it the "old college try" though.

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7/26/13 4:09 P

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Of all the problems you've listed, prolly the toughest one is Hashimoto's Thyroid.

Your thyroid controls your metabolism... some people do just fine once they are on thyroid medications... others don't. A good many of them don't if the headcount on my Thyroid Community Team is any indication.

As for dairy, you "should" be able to go back to that once your Celiac disease damaged intestines have healed. Lactase... the enzyme that breaks down lactose(milk sugar), is made at the tips of the micro-villi that line your intestines. Additionally, bacteria in your gut can help you break down the lactose, probiotics are good for that. Or you can take lactase with your meal. Lactaid is one such product.

If your problem is the casein portion of dairy, then you're kinda out of luck. Casein is one of two proteins in milk... the other is Whey.

How you can tell if you are Casein or Lactose intolerant?
1. if you don't have any reaction to well aged cheeses like Gouda, then you're fine with casein. The bacterial ferment in aged cheese eats up the lactose in the milk its made from.

2.Conversely, if you can't have a glass of milk, then your main problem is lactose... milk sugar.

Healing one's intestines after going gluten free can also result in weight gain, bc your micro-villi are better able to absorb more of your food.

As for your polymyalgia... have you tracked your magnesium in the Spark Nutritional Tracker and seen how much magnesium you are getting? Another thing to get tested is your Vitamin D levels. If you're already taking vitamin D, and your levels of magnesium are low, it won't be properly utilized. If you decide to supplement with magnesium, avoid magnesium oxide as its poorly absorbed and can cause loose bowels. Peeps with autoimmune diseases generally need to take far more D than the general healthy populus. I take 2000 IUs just to maintain healthy levels.

Epson salt baths can be heavenly for aches and pains. I add glycerin(prevents skin dryness), lavender oil (reduces cortisol, smells great) and vitamin C(as the water is filling the tub, it takes out the chlorine) to mine. A food grade organic oil afterwards, or Cerave lotion for my skin to seal in moisture. Epson salts are magnesium sulfate, its thought that the magnesium can get into your muscles transdermally.

Protein and grains can be acidifying, which promotes inflammation which irritates polymyalgia. So you want to make sure you're getting plenty of veggies to counteract this.
A good neutral protein is Whey... but you'll have to figure out your dairy sensitivity first.

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7/26/13 3:05 P

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I don't really have any answers, I just wanted to say I think it's great the both of you (& many others) are making the effort. Luckily, my issues are pretty minor-some food sensitivities that give me discomfort, but nothing really bad. I have a good friend with fibromyalgia & some pretty bad food intolerances, but she refuses to make any changes or do anything to help herself, yet she complains all the time about feeling sick, tired, & being overweight. Out of curiosity, what exercises are you able to do that dont' cause flare-ups? She may not be ready to help herself now, but there's always tomorrow!

Good luck & I applaud you! emoticon

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7/26/13 2:57 P

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Hi SMATCH, it seems we unfortunately? have a lot in common. When I first discovered all my "favorite" foods in GF versions I went a little crazy buying them. But then I realized that I need to control empty calories in GF just as much as the original versions. I am dreading and excited about the food tracker at the same time (LOL). I feel that will be a big key; it is already clear that I am not eating enough fruit and veggies right now. (I am normalizing from a very restrictive diet.) I am curious though if my fear of breads making me gain (even GF) is reasonable or just that I'm not eating enough of the other good carbs. Time will tell. I don't know if that is your experience. I would love to hear more about your journey. Feel free to message me. I am encouraged that I am so far doing okay with the exercise. I have had the same experience as yourself, in that I usually flare up. The frustrating part is that I have to go slower than I want to; but I have to stop wishing for my old body and deal with this one. I am working on finding my own pace and balance...apparently more difficult than I anticipated. :P By being more at peace with myself I am beginning to resist the tension to push past my ability. I claim to have that balance yet, which is why I find myself here of course. I am encouraged to find there are other people like me. :) Curious to know if you have tried the coaching yet? I am going to start that today. Good luck to you too.

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7/26/13 2:25 P

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Hi,

I feel like I have a lot of problems too. I have been gluten free since June 2010. I gained a lot of weight when I went gf, and I don't know how much of it was that I started absorbing the calories, or at first I didn't feel as full from the gf diet. I also have hashimoto's, and I think that affects it too. I also will try to exercise, but it seems like I often will then either come down with an illness or injury that causes me to stop, and then I have hard time starting again. I had to recently get my tonsils out, so that put me out of commission for about a month. I'm getting ready to start again, and hopefully that will help. I know I need to start eating much better too. So, I haven't really found any solutions, although I think if we start exercising slowly (10-15 minutes a day), and then work on increasing it maybe that will help to avoid causing a major flare or medical problems. Good luck!

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7/26/13 12:27 P

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Hi, I am wondering how folks are finding gf and autoimmune problems are affecting their weight. At first, I lost weight, then I stabilized and gained it all back. (Of course I did go back to some dairy; just felt too deprived) I also have Hashimoto's which makes it all the harder to lose weight and keep it off. My metabolism seems to just cling to being a certain weight. Also, the polymyalgia makes it hard to exercise at a level that really works my body. I have learned how to eat for the wheat allergy/celiac, and I've somewhat learned how to exercise without causing a major flare. I want to know what has helped the most, and how you "bump it up" without flaring and going backwards.

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