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Hi all , rejoined spark people after some lack of coming to the site , while I was terribly ill, then decided to cut back on starchy stuff and much less gluten since I do have some symptoms I finally learned what they were, and my mother died from celiacs that went undiagnosed til her last year of life and that last year was horrible. She was a diabetic but doctors couldn't also be honest and simply do a blood draw for gluten sensitivities? WEll, seems my own cant either, whether it is the VA or civilians. So I am trying to wrestle the bull by the horns all by myself on this matter. Since I dropped the majority of gluten based foods, I know I am doing better. I have also controlled my blood sugar much much better . I am definitely losing weight. In fact this week with a little walking thrown in just on errands , I lost a lot more than I should in one week. But I feel a lot better in general and I'm starting to look good in my thinner jeans I just got! LOL. Best wishes, this is a terrible disease if it gets out of hand and there is still so much ignorance about it and judgement calls. It's not something you can fake either.

By reducing it my chronic pain levels are down more than they have been in over 20 years. I also have a lot more pep in my step.

I am looking for gluten free recipes for muffins? Occasionally I can have them . Or half of one. ;)



Snowstorm is playing with power and internet connections so will get back to anyone who shares recipes via email or on comments on my page. Welcome anytime!

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10/27/14 1:55 P

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Hi all! I've been gluten free for almost a year. After reading some of the posts here, I am glad I just have a gluten intolerance and not celiac's! My heart goes out to those of you who do.

A year ago, I had been cramping for well over a year. Like I was going to start my period, but I have no female parts, so I knew that wasn't it. Then I felt like I was in labor. Nothing was helping. My friend said my symptoms were very similar to her daughter's, who is gluten intolerant. I resisted, as I felt these GF diets were the latest fad. I finally relented to try a GF diet after the holidays. Well, the day before our birthday (we share the same birthday in early December), I called my friend and said I was miserable and ready to try a GF diet, even though I didn't think it would work. The next day, she cooked us a GF birthday breakfast and talked to me about going GF and all the GF products out there. (Let me insert here that I also have fibromyalgia.) Well, I went GF immediately. Within three days the cramping stopped. Within six weeks I found I had more energy.

I found the best GF cookbook ever. It's the America's Test Kitchen (ATK) "How Can It Be Gluten Free?" In there they have a GF all-purpose flour mix. It is also extremely educational, giving you the science behind each recipe. It talks about all the different GF flours out there (brown rice, white rice, potato starch, etc.) and the additives like baking soda, xanthan gum, guar gum, etc. And the why's of each combination. The sandwich bread is one of the best I've tried, although it is very crumbly. And like other GF breads, tastes best toasted.

A side-affect of going GF is my fibro seems to be more manageable. I am in a flare right now that has gone on for almost two weeks, but overall it is milder than others I've had in the past. I had to retire early from a career I loved because I couldn't handle the 8-hour days (still can't, but that's okay).

I haven't been tested, but my doctor noted that I do feel better on a GF diet.

I was recently on a wine-tasting tour with the friend I mentioned above, and accidentally ingested gluten, and was up at 2 a.m. cramping again. Luckily, I realized it as soon as I had the first bite, and the cramping only lasted a few hours, but the sluggishness lasted a couple of days.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and sorry this is so long.

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Hello All,

My name is Tonya and I am 36 years old. I was newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease this year in June 2014. Growing up I always had mild digestive issues and as I got older my health issues progressively got worse. Specifically 2010 and onward, I was in a downward spiral and not getting any better. My problems consisted of digestive and skin issues, but many other symptoms as well. I went to a few gastro specialists, which they all seem to believe that people with digestive issues should just take Prilosec or Nexium and shut up. Otherwise it is all in our heads. Yes, I had a doctor tell me that my problems appeared to be in my head. I was persistent and kept on going to other doctors in order to get to the bottom of my issues. My own father (now 60) has had massive digestive issues for as long as I can remember growing up. He has had two esophagus surgeries, ulcers, etc. He still doesn't believe removing gluten will help him, even though I was diagnosed with Celiac and I told him it is genetic. He sleeps in an upright position and downs Tums like Candy and take Prilosec every day.

In order to get to my celiac diagnosis, I have done an elimination diet with a nutritionist where I learned that milk, eggs, and grains all do a number on me. I eliminated all of the major food allergies (wheat, whey, nuts, eggs, milk) for 12 weeks and then re-introduced them to my diet one at a time. Nuts were the only food that didn't affect me. I then went on and had the other diagnostics tests in order to reach my Celiac diagnosis.

I was experiencing other symptoms as well, which led me to believe there were problems with my Thyroid. I simply could not lose weight, I had ringing in my ears, I was severely fatigued, my hair was falling out, and more, etc. The regular thyroid tests my primary care doctor did over the past 6 years all came back normal. I started doing my own research and found that most doctors DO NOT do a FULL THYROID PANEL + ANTIBODIES. So, I took matters into my own hands and ordered my own Full Thyroid Panel test. What I found was interesting. My regular panels such as TSH, T3, and T4 all fell within the normal ranges (my thyroid is operating optimally), but at the upper end of the normal range. Also, the Thyroid Antibodies (TPO) was severely elevated with a reading of 247. I did not know what this meant so I started reading more about it. I found out that elevated antibodies means that your own immune system is attacking your thyroid gland. So, I scheduled a visit with the Endocrinologist Specialist. I had to wait nearly 4 months to see the specialist. During this time waiting, I followed my strict gluten free diet due to my newly diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Let me tell you, I was feeling FANTASTIC. I was no longer experiencing GERD, acid reflux, indigestion, or stomach ailments and pain. My skin was also improving!

In September 2014 I finally had my visit with the Endocrinologist. We spent about an hour together going over my medical records and history. We talked about my Celiac diagnosis and he started telling me that there is a major Gluten/Thyroid connection. Having an autoimmune disease can in fact open you up to being susceptible to other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto's (immune system attacking your thyroid gland until it is deemed inoperative). He advised me that I must remain strict with my gluten free diet in order to avoid damaging and killing my thyroid. Since I was already following a strict gluten free diet for the past few months, he re-tested my thyroid panel and antibodies. A few days later I got my results back. My TSH, T3 and T4 was still in the normal range, but now in the central normal range rather than the upper part of the normal range. The TPO Thyroid Antibodies are supposed to be between zero and 34 to be normal. My original reading was 247 but was now reading 86, which is a major improvement!!! I now have to re-test in January 2015. My doctor does not want to diagnose me with Hashimoto's just yet. Yay!

I have to remain Gluten-Free for the rest of my life for optimal health. It only took 36 years to find out I was Celiac, but now I can live the rest of my life feeling normal by keeping gluten out of my system. It is not the end of the world. Just a new way of living! :-)

Anyway, that is my story!
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Hi I just joined SP and I am looking fwd to the forum and teams to learn from people that have similar goals and concerns.

I have over 6-months gone gluton free on and off and now I am returning to start a future of no gluton in my diet. I look forward to being in this group to learn from others.

Thank you. Have a great week!

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Hi, I'm Heather. I'm new to the group, but not to SP...been with them off n on since 2006. I recently found out I have a gluten intolerance and have been trying to convert to g.f living 100%, but have been struggling a bit, since my family doesn't support me n thinks it's all in my head. But I am making the transition, making changes slowly n finding out ways to modify my favorite foods so that I can still enjoy them. Trying to get my daughter on board as well since she has eczema, and I have read that going g.f. could help relieve her symptoms n possibly eliminate it altogether. I am glad that I have found a group that I can relate to and find support along my healthy g.f. lifestyle journey. :-)

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Hello, I'm Stephanie. I went gluten free months ago at the suggestion of my chiropractor. He said my bloated belly was due to a Gluten sensitivity. I lost a few pounds initially, but not enough, and I seem to have stalled. I go up and down the same 5 pounds. I will remain gluten free because my body just feels better. No more gas, indigestion, or swollen joints. I need to lose a lot of weight, though. So I am hoping to find some folks here with a mutual experience to give me some guidance.

Thanks for reading.


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Hi all,
I'm back as well. I had joined this team several years ago because I thought we were going to go gluten-free but then my doctors and my daughter's docs said there was no reason to. Luckily I kept all my initial research because now 6 years later my daughter has been diagnosed as gluten intolerant. For the next two months we'll go on an elimination diet of 25 things she is sensitive to. Then we'll slowly add things back in to see how she reacts. However, she will never be able to have peanuts or gluten again.
I'm actually excited about it because I am doing it with her and I'm looking forward to seeing if the elimination of gluten will help my Lupus symptoms as well.

For now I need either a good bread recipe or a bread I can buy that is free of gluten, brown rice flour and egg. Any suggestions? I've looked up the Udi breads and they have egg or brown rice flour so those are out. I'll keep researching!

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Welcome back Terrie! You've done a wonderful job preparing for your journey. Kudos!!!
I think that being prepared and having things planned out is 3/4 of the battle. It's so much easier to have the meals or exercise planned than to try to fit things into a day that may have not gone as well or gone faster than we expected.

I've found it to be very helpful to have snacks pre-measured, so when I'm hungry and/or waiting for my meal to be ready, I can just grab a baggie. All measured and ready to enjoy! Otherwise, I'll just grab a handful and not really know how much I'm having. Which starts the guilt cycle, and boy, do I get on that cycle and pedal away! (Grin!!) I buy my gluten free crackers at BJ's wholesale club. So when I go shopping, that night I'll measure and bag my crackers while I'm watching tv. I do that will all of my "dry" snacks~ nuts, chips and the like. I also open up the boxes of my GF granola type bars. (I have severe RA in my hands and those boxes are very hard to open the first time.)

I started and restarted my "diets" to many times to count. Finally, when my health (and my life) was at stake, I became serious. Throwing out the word "diet" was the best thing I did for myself. Diets are at the most temporary. I made a life-style change.This is something I'm doing for myself, to make my life better. I CHOOSE to do this. I don't have to, I want to.

Most people, by now, have noticed I've lost weight (46 pounds since the beginning of the year). And so the word diet comes up a lot. So I reply ~ I'm not on a diet. I've made a few life style changes in my life. I find it funny (have to or I'll cry! ) when people ask me ~ Can you have (insert your favorite dessert, etc, here). Again, I'll gently say~ Yes, I can have that, but I choose not to. Maybe, tomorrow I might, but today I choose not to!. It's very empowering to have this be a choice that I make. Not a choice that a "diet" makes for me.

Good luck with your journal. I think it's a very good idea to chronicle your journey. Don't limit yourself to what you've eaten and the exercise you've done. (That's a very good thing to do, by the way) Also include how your outlook on life has changed, how this may or may not be affecting your relationships, etc. I think you might be amazed on how this affects many different areas of your life.

With clear and decisive goals, you've got a very good start. You know where you're going and how to get there! Remember, however, this starts with a single step. And later, sometimes, that step may stay in place or even step backwards. When that happens figure out why. Then think about what you may have done differently. And then LET IT GO! Don't punish yourself. You are only human, and humans aren't perfect. The "trick" is to treat yourself like you'd treat your best friend. You wouldn't yell at your best friend and call her worthless if she made a poor choice for lunch, would you? Then why yell at yourself??? ( BTW~ this is a sparkpeople video, well worth watching!)

Best Wishes and feel free to email me if you want to!

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Hello and happy Sunday all! My name is Terrie, I'm not really new to SparkPeople, but I've been gone for quite awhile. I hope I can make it work this time because starting over, and over, and over again is getting exhausting! For health and happiness reasons I need to make some serious changes in my life.

I've spent the weekend setting up my account and page, cleaning out my fridge and pantry, as well as planning my meals and workouts for this week. I'm looking forward to my workouts tomorrow and I'm definitely feeling prepared and ready to get started! Today I'm cleaning and prepping my workout room, as well, I really want to start a journal with some very clear and decisive goals.

I'm looking forward to the help and support of this team!

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Thanks Jolette for the pointers. I have started my own section in the fridge and cupboards as my hubby eats whatever he wants. Although he is supportive and encouraging, he doesn't go out of his way to stop eating all that junk in front of me. It's a good thing I have a will! :)

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emoticon Hi Welcome to the gf, it does have some challenges but it is so worth it. I have gotten yeast under control, which I have fought for years. I feel better. I buy a lot of groceries from Amazon and have a pantry just for me. I save quite a bit by shopping online.

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Hi. Nola here. I haven't really been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but have had some tests which I should get the results from soon. I either have Celiac Disease or I have an allergy to wheat. I have been having problems with diarrhea and occasionally constipation or both for quite some time. I have several of the symptoms Mike spoke of. Had the gallbladder removed about 3 years ago due to abdominal discomfort, but I'm still having the same problems. I am planning to start the GF diet and hopefully shed some pounds while I'm at it.

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Hello,

My name is Mike. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about two months ago. I think I have been suffering with it since I was a kid, just didn't know it. I remeber being taken to the ER several times as a small kid (5-6) with stomach pain that they could never find a cause for. Then for many years I didn't have signifcant issues, it wasn't until my mid 30's that I started having problems with constipation, stomach pain, tiredness, cloudy mind, sometimes diarrhea, terrible bloating, gas and very bad joint pain to the point that I had a hard time walking.

The diagnosis actually started when I went to the Dr. due to upper right quadrant pain. I went through an ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI, many blood tests and finally a HIDA scan to calculate gallbladder function. The HIDA Scan showed that my gallbladder was pretty much dead and needed to be taken out. It was thought that this was my problem, but I continued to have the abdominal pain well after the surgery.

So, when I saw the surgeon for my follow up he was thinking it was a GI issue unrelated to the surgery so he refered me to a GI specialist. The GI specialist wasn't sure what it was so he orded some additional blood work, including a tTG IgA which came back weak positive. The GI doc then performed a biopsy which showed Marsh Grade 3b damage which is consistant with Celiac Disease.

It took a total of about 4 months to diagnose it which seems quick for most people but I guess I just lived with they symptoms for years before they started to get much worse. Apparently celiac disease killed off my gallbladder.

Anyway, I was not one of the Celiacs that lost weight, I was the opposite. Toward the end of it I was just hungry all the time which my Dr. said is probably because I wasn't absorbing nutrients very well. So because I was eating so much I didn't actually lose any weight.

So, that's why I'm here, to lose weight while living gluten-free.

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Hi to all. I am Becky. I was told I had a non celiac gluten sensitivity from some tests and bloodwork I had done last year, and the Dr's instructions were to keep an eye on what I ate "in case something bothered me." Funny thing was already having some episodes of bloating, gas, diarrhea, vomiting,cramping, pain... somehow I feel I should have put 2 and 2 together, but there were some other issues we were looking at that kind of eclipsed those instructions. Things have gotten a lot lot worse in the past few months, and so it was recently recommended I go gluten free, and have been doing that for about 3 or 4 weeks.
The episodes have disappeared unless I unknowingly eat something that contains gluten, and then they come back stronger and worse than before. I am becoming a real label reader, lol, and every time something sets it off I am looking to discover what it is that caused it.(things like wheat in soy sauce; I seriously would have never thought it would be in there) I find I am having no problem giving up the gluten stuff because it totally isn't worth the consequence of eating it. Maybe after my body gets to feeling good all the time I might mourn it, but right now it's the enemy!
I have been on SP for a while, and it occurred to me that I should look for a gf team to jump in to for support and info. I have to say that reading a lot of the stories on this intro thread moved me to tears, because they were my story in a way. I am glad to have found this team, and looking forward to getting to know people better

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My name is Courtney and I've been gluten free now for over 3 years. My doctor had listened to all my symptoms and had me cut gluten out for a month to see if I improved. I've been avoiding gluten ever since.

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Hi all, my name is Melanie but you can call me Mel. I have recently learned I have a Wheat and Soy allergy. I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease and Endometriosis. I had the Gastric Sleeve procedure done over a year ago and have only lost 50 pounds so far (well lost 62 but gained some back). I am trying to adapt to the gluten free lifestyle and struggling with it. It's like idk where to begin. I know what to do but not sure how to get there. I hope this forum can help with that. I have so much to learn and can't wait to get to know and learn with each of you.

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Hi,

My name is Colleen and I have fibromyalgia and ibs. I have been tested for celiac which was negative, but I suspect that I may have an intolerance to gluten. I do have a number of other symptoms that could be more likely attributed to an intolerance, including numbness in feet, some skin issues. I have also seen mention of gluten intolerance in fibro and ibs as well. I am trying to cut out soda as I have a real problem with that but also want to explore the gluten issue. This group seemed to fit the best out of those listed for gluten issues.




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Hi group, my name is Jackie. I am a 52 year old with type 2 Diabetes. I noticed a while back that I quit being nauseous every day when I quit consuming gluten containing foods. I work full-time and have 13 grandkids, which causes some challenges with maintaining a healthy diet. I find that I am constantly surrounded by tempting foods that are bad for me.

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emoticon Hi Pam, I am getting used to no wheat and other stuff but still have problems eating out , Mexican restaurants are the easiest, because they have more gluten choices, I went to a small rest., and ordered an omelet and hashbrowns and the omelet must have some wheat, unpleasant surprise. Wasn't even able to make it through dinner. Not fun,

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Hi my name is Pam. I have irritable bowel gerd, and was having lots of stomach pain and bloating, have been gluten free for the last couple of weeks and am feeling much better.

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You know, I have found that the flour for gluten free flour has a number of flours that work, and they also have one for bread that isn't too bad, a little chewy but not bad tasting. Also the bigger stores have some, they are usually found in the freezers because the bread doesn't hold up unless it is used up pretty quick. Oh yes, and I found that bugles are made of corn and give me a little something that crunches, which helps me a lot.

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Hi everyone! So I'm in the process of citing out wheat. In doing so I've noticed an almost sentimental attachment to bread products. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions for transitioning?

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I have been living the gluten free lifestyle for almost 4 days. I am not officially celiac but I do have pcos probable fibromyalgia and probable ibs(which could actually be celiac idk). So i went researching on what could could make me feel better. It all came down to gluten. So far I feel alot less achy and my bowel arent always in termoil. I feel great! I also gave up soda at the same time. I'm actually sleeping! I hadn't had a good nights sleep in I dont know how long. I'm excited to see how this changes my life!!

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When I first stopped eating gluten my weight was where I wanted it, although I was sick frequently so don't take credit for it. Now, after 8 mos of eating gluten-free, I've put those unwanted pounds back on. Still can't eat gluten but want to take charge of all else I eat. Looking both to give and get support.

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emoticon emoticon emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS. by the way, I love to look at quilts/

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By the way, Jolette, I am also a quilter. Judy

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Good for you. Sometimes we fight doing the things that are the best things for ourselves, even though we feel better doing them. I feel better, too, being GF, but it is hard to break old habits.

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Hi JUdy, I so relate, I am 71 and just had to change something, gluten has helped so much and the side effects are so terrible, I have few problems staying away from wheat and flour LOL I have been gf for about 4 mo. and feel much better.

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Hi everyone, I am new to SP, but I have been trying to be GF for a couple of years. After a recent scary bout of severe stomach pain, diarrhea, and reflux during the night, I made the decision to cut gluten from my diet. This all happened during a week of heavy gluten consumption. I am finding that the resolve to do it and SP is making it relatively easy. I am excited about this process and hope to get the support I will need when the going gets tougher. I am 72 years old and a newlywed, and I intend to make these late years great years. - Judy

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HI I have not tested for celiac diease or gluten intolerance but I have autoimmune Hepatitis and decided to go on a gluten free diet before getting tested. My quality of life is suffering and I am in constant pain. I read online that Autoimmune liver disease and celiac disease goes hand in hand. I have nearly all the symptoms. I am hoping this will help improve my well being.

If anyone can recommend books or online sources that would be more than helpful.

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emoticon I am feeling oh so much better since I went gf, I ordered some soup at the restaurant and lo and behold, they thickened it with flour. Wow!! I really got zapped fast. I am so glad there is a remedy to feeling so rotten.

Oh yes, and the rashes are almost completely gone. Yahoo.

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I just found this team because of friend of mine had joined. I have been following a low carb diet for several months. I went off it for Thanksgiving & experienced many problems but the one problem I get that I hate is the joint pain. Back to low carb & gluten free.

BTW, still reading Wheat Belly & am blown away by the information!!

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Hello everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you all know, that even though I won't usually post, I plan on using this team for information. I will stalk. :)

I don't know if I officially need to eat a gluten-free diet, but after over a year of a variety of tests, I am going to try GF and see if it works. Joint pain, fatigue, foggy-mind, recent development of lactose intolerance, did I mention fatigue. I thought it was just busyness and getting older but friends (and now doctors) say it must be something else.

I have cleaned my cupboards and have spent a whopping 3-days eating differently. Is it usual to feel incredibly bloated and have a rumbling tummy after every meal? This may have occurred previously, but I have just noticed a pronounced difference in the last few days. I'm hoping it is the start of my body adjusting.

I have noticed an increase in energy, which could be the diet....but could also be the fact that I am on vacation :)





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emoticon I was so glad to hear your story. I am so happy for miracles. Best wishes on your travel to a more tranquil life now.

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Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with Celiac's in March of 2013 after 3 years of misery. I am also lactose intolerant and have a renal diet to follow. I am so excited about life and would like to share my miracle.
Christian all of my life experiencing some pretty tough things. I just experienced the most amazing miracle and am just "full of God" at this time. I had a kidney transplant on November 21st of 1990. The kidney failed on my birthday (July 31) this summer, was on dialysis the next day. I live in rural Wisconsin and was having to go to dialysis 120 miles round trip every other day. The cost was going to be at least $600 a month!! My small town of 740 people came together and had volunteers drive me for each appointment for 4-1/2 months. A man called me on the phone and said "I understand you need a kidney and I would like to give you one of mine"!! It turned out that one of my students was asking for a type "O" kidney for me at church, and this was the minister. We didn't know each other. Anyway, we had the transplant on Nov 14th and I am recuperating as I type. I am excited to get this last chapter of my life going and get involved with this group. God does answer prayers!!

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Hi Everyone, I am new to GF but am basking on the wonderful results so far. Rashes are better and ibs is gone. Welcome to all of you who have more experience.

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Hi everyone!
I have been GF for 2.5 years now, after having a rash that did not go away for about 2.5 years. My Dr & dermatologist could not figure out why it was there, and sent me on my way with creams and lotions.
Come to find out, it is DH, and controlled by being GF.

I didn't lose any weight by changing to the GF lifestyle, but Heaven knows I feel sooo much better. All of my aches and pains have more or less gone away, along with my DH.

I'm new(ish) to SparkPeople, and an old hand at GF, and look forward to being part of this group. :)

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Hi,
I have been gluten free for 10 years. I have not been on this web site for about a year, life is just crazy right now. I'm looking for new; easy recipes. I have pretty much just been eating the basic gf diet. ( grilled meats, steamed veggies, baked potatoes very boring), I love breads and that kind of thing, just does not turn out like I like so I don't make anymore.
You would think after 10 years I would have come up with something but I just never take the time or when I do, not good. :-(
I have about 15 lbs to lose, can not seem to get that off.
looking forward to meeting new people and learning what everyone else is doing.

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Hello! I am new to this group but not to Sparks! I have been gluten free for a year now due to a skin rash. I asked a friend who has celiac's disease if it could be gluten related, she said yes. I went off gluten and the rash was gone within a week! I haven't gone back to gluten since! I am also dairy free and have been for 2.5 years.

I have had the autoimmune thyroid disease Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism for 13 years. I never knew that having trouble with gluten and thyroid trouble coincided but they do!

Looking forward to gleaning wisdom and insight from this group! I do a lot of homemade cooking, make my own flour blend, etc. looking forward to some new recipes though ;)

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I was just put on a Gluten and Lactose Free diet in July after years of misdiagnoses and various "syndromes" I guess I'm happy to have a solution that sorta seems to work. I am a fitness instructor and a runner so I have struggled with finding satisfying replacements for the granola bars and bagels that have been my fitness staples for 20+ years. I'd like to finally feel healthy and feel good about me. I have tried other diets before with minimal success. I'm going for a lifestyle change here, not a diet.



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emoticon Hi Linda, as a person who has been gluten free for 5 weeks, I can tell you that there is a difference in how you feel. I have lost another 7 lbs. which makes me a very happy camper. I am trying to cut down on the sugars too, and wondering if people have had any experience with agave. My husband is helping me (he does the cooking because I am on oxygen 24/7 and we have a gas stove which I can't use) I am eager to hear from others tool.

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Hi! My name is Linda and I am a newcomer to the group. I have asthma and psoriasis which I have been told that both may contribute to glutten in my diet. So I thought I'd give it a try and change my diet and see what the results are. I look forward to sharing and listening in this group.

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emoticon I am so new to gluten free, only two weeks but feel so much better. I have lost about 15 lbs. in the last few months due to diarrhea. I felt terrible and couldn't even leave the house. I am finding wheat in the most unusual things. lol

I thought I could eat chile rellenos, wrong.

I am eager to find more information and what and what I cannot eat.

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Hello! I am glad this team is here.

Just today I got back a lab report that says my labs are consistent with celiac sprue.

Now, of course, as you know, we'll be making some major changes at our house in the foods that we eat.

Be well!

Wishing all the best!!



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My adult daughter has been diagnosed with CD. I did a little reading on the subject so I could be supportive. I also read Wheat Belly. I saw myself in the lists of symptoms and decided to go GF to see if it made a difference - with my doctor's approval. It did make quite a difference but I didn't realize how much until the last couple of weeks when I started eating gluten filled food again. What a mistake! It all came back - achy muscles, headaches, diarrhea, gas (north and south), foggy brain - SUPER foggy brain - sleep issues. So I'm back on the wagon. And I've also decided that it's time to take control of more than just the gluten in my life. So yesterday I joined SparkPeople. I know from experience that being part of a committed community can make a big difference.

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I was active on sparkpeople a couple of years ago, and now I am back. I am investigating celiac and gluten intolerance for myself, b/c I have dealt with associated symptoms for my entire life. I have a rheumatologist appointment next month and am wondering if it is likely I can get the antibody tests there or will I have to go to a gastro doc?

"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name . . . and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:1 – 5)

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Hi my name is Jocelyn. I was on Sparkpeople a couple years ago and lost 40pds but with life stress and health issues those pounds are slowly coming back, and I have decided to do something about it. However, this time around I am doing it gluten-free because I discovered that I have a gluten sensitivity and cutting it out has helped my stomach issues tremendously! So it will be a little trickier I think.. I also have Oral Allergy Syndrome so I can't tolerate raw fruits and vegetables, which will make it even more difficult. Anyway, I am hoping to find some support in this group. THanks!

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I added this team a while back but have been to busy to be connected to anyone. I went GF about a year ago. I had most of the symptoms plus a blistery rash on my arms. After several months of being GF and feeling better I was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer is all gone now and I will be starting a new job that will at some point require me to travel. I am worried about staying GF and sometimes I have these crazy cravings. I dream about doughnuts. somedays I feel out of control, lost and crazy. I think menopause may have something to do with that but I'm afraid there may be more to it. I have had some traumatic events in my life and sometimes I have nightmares, and i am right back there and it is happening again. Then I wake up and cant sleep the rest of the night,
I am a lot happier and healthier since I went GF. A few months after making this change my dad told me my uncle had celiac and it had nearly killed him. then I started reading about the link between celiac and autism, well my youngest kid is autistic, then my older daughter was tested and has been GF since.
I guess the last year has kind of been a "when it rains it pours" situation for me.

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I have dealt with pain, bloating, and nausea for over 10 years. After every test my doctor could think of he suggested trying gluten free dairy free for a few weeks. The difference is unbelievable. For the first time in as long as I can remember my stomach doesn't hurt. Being new to gluten free dairy I sometimes feel like a gluten free dairy free alien living in a gluten filled dairy filled world. I have struggled with my weight and have a lot to lose but my energy level is better so that helps. I was a huge dairy eater. I love cheese and milk but they do not love me. I am sleeping better too. I used to have terrible insomnia. I am so happy to have found at least part of the problem. It is frustrating when people say you are a hypochondriac or that it is all in your head. I have a lot of allergies to meds and believe now that i have many food sensitivities. I am excited to find this group and get back on track to losing weight!

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I guess I should have signed in here first. I am going gluten free to see if gluten that is my issue. How long will it be until I feel improve, if this is my problem? I am excited to think, I might have and answer to all that has been happening to me.

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Hi! I just joined the team. I started a wheat-free, gluten-free diet 2 weeks ago when a doctor friend of mine suggested I try it and that she thought I might have a wheat allergy. I have several food allergies and just have not done anything to correct it. I feel a whole lot better after just the 2 weeks! Last night I was reading a gluten-free blog and she shared a link about Celiac Disease and about some of the symptoms. To my surprise it described a skin rash and mouth sores identical to the ones I have had for years! (I am trying to clear up a rash breakout now). I have decided to have testing done for Celiac and have ordered the test kit. I asked the physician about having already been on the gluten-free diet for a while, if it will show a negative outcome. (Didn't want to waste my money!). The test I am having should show positive whether or not I have gone gluten free. Will be several weeks before I find out. I am interested to know, because I have several of the symptoms and doctors have not considered they could be due to Celiac Disease. I will re-post when I find out!

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Hi Guys,

I am so glad to have found this team. I found out that I am Gluten Sensitive and made the huge switch to be gluten free only to find that much of the food I was eating was packing on the pounds right about the time I retired and became a professional couch potato. Bad combo... at any rate I am low carbing and its beginning to work for me. I live in Virginia with my husband Fred and my dog Max. Starting to move the body and bought a pedometer. Hello to all, and if you have any low carb recipes you like..please share! Take great care of yourself!

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Hello everyone. Not really new to sparkpeople but giving it another go. Feel free to ask me anything.

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Welcome to the new members! We are gluten free at our house because my husband has celiac disease. While I can still eat things with gluten, I keep most of it out of the house. It's easier that way.

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Hi, I'm Jen!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 3 months ago. I was put on meds for it but nothing really to help with pain (or nothing that did help with pain). I started reading about people who had success with going gluten free and decided that is what I would try. I'm six weeks in and although it hasn't helped my pain, it has given me a tremendous amount of energy. I've decided to stick with it :)

My work held a "Know Your Numbers" campaign this week and mine were terrible...my cholesterol, glucose, everything was out of control. My BMI is 31, I'm 197 pounds at 5' 7"- I feel terrible and look worse. I just want to stop that madness!! I'm looking for help- I really need it.

I think it's a bit unusual that we find the strongest support from people we don't know...I'm in it and will be a support for whoever needs it :)

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Hey guys! I'm Nana!

I'm 25, going to be 26 in a few weeks. I've been trying to keep up with a gluten free diet for about six months now, stumbled a bit during vacation, but I'm back on the wagon! I've always had weird symptoms throughout my life that I always thought were alittle weird but never dealt with them(broken home with no insurance, asking to go to the doctor only happened if you broke something). Weird skin rashes, achy joints, weird sleep issues.

When I was 23, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I switched birth controls and things began to get better but I still had issues. Hitting some support forums, I read a couple different people going gluten free and their symptoms all but disappearing when kept up with medication. I never really considered it until a few months ago when my sister expressed concerns that she might be gluten intolerance. Doing some research, all those weird symptoms I had growing up seemed to suddenly make sense. No, I still haven't seen a doctor, but going gluten free, I see a world of difference. So here I am! Trying to lose some weight before summer time, this is my first diet being gluten free! Hope to get to know you guys and we can get healthy together!

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Don't self diagnose if at all possible. Please see a doctor and get a biopsy, which is the gold standard for Celiac, and some blood work. GF is not always the healthiest way to go. I do hope you start to feel better soon. You must know by now that gluten is not just bread. It's in soy sauce, salad dressings, spice mixes and all kinds of other things. It's very sneaky so you have to be careful. Not sure what you have eliminated so far but you may have another allergy too. Lot's of people have dairy and soy issues too.

The problem is if you go gluten free a doctor might ask you to start eating it or you won't get an accurate diagnosis, but I aways advocate for seeing a doctor and telling someone what you think is going on with your body. Good Luck!

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Hi all! My name is Laura and I'm finishing my Master of Public Health degree in May in New Mexico. In June, I'll be moving to the Dallas area. I've been gluten-free for about 6 weeks now. I was getting horrible headaches and digestive issues and I narrowed the food suspect down to wheat. I certainly feel better, although have had some tummy problems. Maybe I'm allergic to something else or it could be stress. I'm like a detective! I'm really excited to join the group and get tips/hints especially with healthy GF recipes and quick/easy food options. Thanks in advance!

~Laura

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Hi Momteach. Just want you to watch the carbs if you are substituting bread, crackers, cereal, pretzels and cookies. I went GF 18 month ago. I am Celiac. Once I finally started getting better, I gained weight, which they said would happen since my body was grabbing all the nutrients I had been losing being so sick.

But even though I was counting fat and calories, it never occured to me to check the carb count. I could not for the life of me figure out why I was gaining weight so rapidly when I wasn't eating that many calories. Turns out the carb count on the GF foods I had been substituting was almost double it's regular counterparts. So just be on the look out for that, especially if you have a hinky thyroid.

I have nodules on and my thyroid. I am 47 and soon to be 48. Everything is slowing down a little bit, if you know what I mean. That's what led me to Spark. I am new - I just joined a few weeks ago. So when I started putting in what I was eating, I was stunned at the carb count on the bottom of the page. So just be careful about the GF substitutes.

I am learning so much and it is so helpful to have this tool to tell me what is too much or too little. I am trying to lose 19 pounds. I have decided I want to carry around 10 pounds so that my face doesn't sink into my skull. I would rather have a little extra and have a fuller face. Plus I don't think I can the weight some chart says I should be. More than anything I just want to be healthy.

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Hi Everyone,

I am new to this group but have used SP on and off for years. I do not have Celiac Disease but have been on a gluten-free diet since January. I am doing this on the recommendation of my doctor to help with a thyroid disorder. My thyroid is fine but I have elevated levels of the anti-bodies that work to eventually destroy thyroid function. My doctor said to try going gluten free for 6 months and get retested as she has seen great success in other patients who are much worse off than I am. The other option is to start on thyroid meds now and I don't want to take those for the rest of my life!

So I think I pretty much have the basics of gluten free living down. I'm joining the group for support and for help in fine-tuning my diet. I also have those stubborn last 15 pounds I would like to lose and I feel like I'm finally ready to tackle weight loss and gluten free at the same time!

Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Laura

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Thanks so much for the suggestion Goldilox! I really appreciate it! I will get some Curel next time I am out!

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I had the rash too. It's so awful it literally feels like your skin is on fire. It burns so bad! Before I learned I was a Celiac I assumed that I had eczema. Curel makes an eczema formula and it does help. I always use it now, even though I have been gluten free for 18 months. You never know when you are going to get "glutenized" accidentally. After I get sick, I will get that rash on my legs, until whatever I ate leaves my system completely. Give it a try. I would recommend using it before you need it. It really helps and it's way better for you than cortisone creams. Good luck.

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Pretty weak from chemo but no nausea...will continue to check in more when I can.. On to final day! I am thinking of each of you!!! Wish I could be there! So far I have been able to keep all journals and info up and that includes exercise!!!

Thinking of you!

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To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can. (Walter D. Wintle)



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The emoticon is out for you! Let us know how we can help!!!!

Pretty weak from chemo...will check in more when I can.. On to 2nd day! But I am thinking of each of you!!! Wish I could be there!



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If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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Hi all! I am new to the group and somewhat new to gluten free living. I went GF after my GI doc recommended it. I have other auto immune and dysautonomia illnesses and the doc thought it would help with my IBS. I have suffered for 20 years with irritable bowel issues because I can't take the meds for it. They would aggravate my already racing heart. So I was tested twice (blood work) previously and both were negative for Celiac. Once I went GF I couldn't believe the difference with in weeks! I run and I realized that I didn't have to plan my runs around all the places I could stop and use the bathrooms emoticon ! Wow!! My weird rashes started to clear up after a few months, my hot flashes (yeah, yeah, I am in menopause but the flashes are a part of my other illnesses too) lessened, and I didn't feel like my gut was bloating out all the time! Yippee! However when my GI doc found out how my GF eating helped she insisted on doing a endoscopy biopsy! I had to go back to eating gluten for 8 weeks. HOLY COW...that was miserable! I asked her what the difference was...I was eating GF regardless. I was told that if I was positive Celiac that they had to monitor me more carefully and I could not cheat. If it was sensitive/intolerant then it wouldn't harm me to cheat once in a while. *sigh* So I sucked it up and ate Christmas cookies! I had the endoscopy and it was negative also! My doc was quite surprised. She was sure it would be Celiac, I am thankful. But I told her I would never go back to gluten again! She said I am "non Celiac gluten intolerant". Not sure if that is a real diagnosis or something she made up but we definitely know that I am intolerant. So I am happy to be here to learn more about this whole thing! I have been back to GF eating for almost a month now. Intestines are happy and so am I! Now waiting for the rashes that came back full force while waiting for the tests to get better.
Sorry for the long post!


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That's a great way of looking at it. Thanks!

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.


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Hi!

I completely understand about it being daunting. As it is only a one month trial, I recommend keeping it simple. There are a lot of foods that are naturally gluten free. Meat, eggs, potatoes, rice, fruits and vegetables, in their natural state, are gluten free. Stay away from sauces, marinades and processed food. If you're a cereal eater, several of the Chex family are gluten free. If you can just stay away from processed food and baked good for the month you should be mostly ok. You can start tackling the hard part later, if you find you need to stay gluten free.

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I was just told yesterday by my dr to eliminate gluten for a month as a trial. It may be temporary or permanent. We'l have to wait and see. It's a bit daunting to me as I look at the labels of the items I have in my home. She said I could wait until next time I need to go grocery shopping to get started. Unfortunately, I recently stocked up. But on the bright side, it gives me some time to research.
I'm introducing myself here hoping to get some inspiration and guidance on getting started.
I don't really have a lot of time to look through and read message boards for various teams, but I'd love any private messages with advice from you who have done this.
Thanks so much, and I hope to get to know some of you soon!

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast away.


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Hi,

My house has a GF hubby (CD) and a vegetarian wife!

We comprised but what Hubby is discovering, that his love of veggies and my makeover "meat" recipes are good. I can tell you that I do allow myself bread and some veggie burgers for a sandwich but that is the only gluten in this house. We can also share the kitchen as he cooks his own meat in his own assigned pan, although he is now eating vegetarian meals pretty much through the week. This comprise is based on the fact that we talked it through, gave each other time to make the adjustment needed, and the thinking outside the box to make sure that meals were healthy and satisfying. We rarely eat out because we cannot find dietary restaurants in our very rural area. When we do we go where Breakfast is served all day.

I wish you luck and that you will find your niche and stay GF.

Jean

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
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Hi, I am a newbie when it comes to cutting out gluten from my diet. I also need to go mostly dairy free and have been struggling with all the foods I miss. I do pretty good during the week when I can make my food ahead of time. My husband doesn't do gluten or dairy free so our household pantry and eating out is challenging. I feel a lot better not eating gluten/dairy and when I cheat I am miserable. I am hoping to learn a lot, stay motivated, lose weight, and learn to cook good GF/DF foods!!!

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My name is Jennifer and I am gluten intollerant and a pescatarian. I find that eating gluten free and pescatarian is not too difficult. I just stay away from anything gluten and choose to only eat whole foods, organic and/or local grown as much as possible and only eat wild caught fish. I keep my portion of fish to about 3 ounces per day and try to mix up my fish, so I get the benefits from all different types.

I do find that I slip up every so often, but I pay greatly for it. The gluten foods, well you know how that goes and if I eat any land meat, my body has a hard time processing it. I have found that grass fed, all natural lamb agrees with me well, but I have only eaten it once in the past year.

Look forward to talking with everyone.

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Hi Chelsey,

There might actually be a lot of gluten free foods that aren't labeled as such. I buy many of my ingredients in an Asian market.

What are your favorite types of food? What are you missing?

How can we help!? We are here for you!

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Hi everyone. My name is Chelsey. I have not had any sort of formal testing, but am 99% sure I am at least gluten sensitive. I stopped eating all gluten three weeks ago, and already feel SO much better. I think my biggest challenge will be the fact that I don't live in North America, and finding gluten free products is nearly impossible. Can always use some extra support in my new journey!

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sorry, I forgot to add the website. here it is

http://www.glutenfreely.com/



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Hi SUNSHINEONE,
The good news is that in the last few years food lableing has improved tremendously. Mainstream markets have discovered the demand for good gluten free products so you will be able to find a lot more shopping options. But the really good news is that nce you are gluten free you will feel so much better and in time you wil look back and realize how good is not to f eel sick and tired. When you are struggling just to function while feeling sick and in pain everyday you don't even realize what a toll it takes on you and how it changes you entire outlook. I can't tell you how many people who knew before, during, and after I was so sick with celiac d. told how I had changed and how happy they were to have the old me back again. Feeling good again is the best thing about being gluten free. Starting out keep it simple, fresh is best, read labels, read labels, did say read labels. Here is website with lots of recipes. Good Luck! let me know how you are doing and when you first start to notice you are feeling better.



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