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1/8/12 9:52 P

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Hi! I am new to this site. I have some chronic issues. One of them is adrenal fatigue and I am dragging around all the time. My Naturopath suggested that I may need to get on a gluten free diet. How exactly do you get tested for that? Through lab tests? I don't have stomach problems if that is one of the side effects...What kinds of food do you eat on this diet? Looking forward to getting to know all of you-
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emoticon Robin! The testing is notoriously innacurate. It only "sees" Celiacs with total destruction of the villi usually. That leaves out a whole range of othe people! Gluten and dairy are huge triggers for digestive and other problems! As can be grains and legumes. Check out some information on Paleo Diets and PrimalDiets online and see what you think...It is an adjustment but the easy thing is to stick to whole foods...and avoid processed and restaurant meals.

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1/8/12 5:16 P

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Hi am new to this team. I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia & IBS.I was tested for celiac disease & it came back neg ,but the dr did say I could still be sensitive.I not sure that matters, I just know a few months back I decided that I wasn't doing all I could to help with my health issues. I wasn't really sure where to start so I began with the to most common triggers for IBS wheat (gluten) & dairy. I also limit certain sugars & have totally cut out anything carbonated.It hasn't been easy trying to find tasty quick easy foods ,but I am learning.This is not a fad thing for weight loss for me it is a new lifestyle with the hopes to improve the quality of health. I am looking forward to learning & sharing with the group. emoticon

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emoticon Great to see you here!! Also feel free to message me if you have any questions! The old topics here are a goldmine of info so read away! The testing for Celiac is very unreliable, if you even had that. It is different than allergy testing.

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Hi there! I am new to this team, but I have spent several months researching all the negatives gluten causes. I was tested for allergies a few years ago, and there doesn't appear to be an actual allery to wheat products. But I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis many years back, and there seems to be a solid connection between HT and gluten. And because of having HT, I really have to be careful with my carbs/starch/sugar because it easily makes my triglycerides go off the charts. My endocrinologist recommended lower carb, and my further research has led me to explore a gluten-free diet, as well as a Paleo/primal diet.
I know I have a lot to learn, and hopefully this team can point me in the right direction. :)

"The things that we love tell us what we are."
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"Life itself is the proper binge." - Julia Child

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Thank you for the welcome Cindy. I have to change my eating habits because I do love bread and desserts! Beans aren't a favorite but will change to get better. emoticon Lucinda

I will do my best to meet and surpass my goal. Never stop learning or trying to achieve success. Never give up keep plugging away. If it is to be it's up to me. .


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emoticon If you want to be GF on a budget, stick to whole foods. Buy rice, potatoes, corn tortillas for bread, and see what the store has in bulk. A lot of expensive things like quinoa and millet can be found cheap there. For protein, do the best you can and supplement with beans. Buying the beans dry and soaking them overnight or longer before cooking will help digest them.

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Hi I'm Lucinda and I've been trying to live gluten free for about 2 months from a suggestion by my Doctor. He is conversed that it would give me relief from arthritis pain and help with my fatigue. I have fibro, tmj, arthritis, bad disc and depression to name a few of my health issues. My main problem with this diet is my budget I can't always a ford meat and fresh vegetables let a lone the box or frozen pre-made items. I have felt better on the days I was able to eat GF and for the most part it is working for me. I noticed right away I wasn't getting bloated or that stuffed but yet still hungry feeling. I've even been able to cut down the portion size using the food trackers on SP. I haven't lost any weight but my clothes are fitting better, must be a few inches lost. I would like to lose at least 10 lbs but my main issue is stabilizing my diet and being healthier into the coming year. I jumped ahead and looked at the recipes for bread and pizza crust and it is so exiting to find them! Our local Hy-vee has a once a month meeting for gluten free people which is nice to share in person too. I can use all the help and suggestions I can get to make it through the maze of GF eating and creating a new life journey. Thank you ahead of time Lucinda emoticon emoticon

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emoticon You are absolutely right! If the testing isn't correct nothing will be found and you need to just follow your body instincts. You are also right that the substitutes are often worse for you!

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12/6/11 2:10 A

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Hello everyone!
My name is Rosie and I've been GF (as best as I can be) for about 3 years now. I haven't been officially diagnosed as Celiac or Gluten Intolerant but there are a few reasons for that.
I've had stomach problems since I was about 10 years old. Over the years the problems got worse and worse. I was always active in sports until the age of 16/17. After that I led a sporatically active lifestyle, but by November 2008 I had reached 224 pounds. A family friend who is Celiac suggested I try a GF diet to see if it helped with my stomach. I tried it and found instant relief!!! I stuck with it, experimenting with various GF alternatives that were on the market and the time, and within 5 months had dropped almost 40 pounds. I saw a doctor (without health insurance) after I had lost the 40 pounds and they said I could do a Gluten intolerance test, but that it would probably come up negative since gluten hadn't been in my system consistently for at least 2 weeks. She told me, if you feel better eliminating gluten from your diet, don't eat it. You don't need a test on paper to tell you what your body is already telling you. So, over the next two years I dropped another 25 pounds. Now, I am working on reaching my goal weight of 150 pounds.

I moved to Shanghai, China in January this year. It's been incredibly difficult eating GF because of the Soy Sauce and all the delicious culturally influenced baked goodies here! I found it very tempting as well as unavoidable in some cases not to eat gluten, so my stomach aches came back in full force. Since medical care is cheaper here, I managed to see a stomach specialist and through testing found out I have chronic gastritis with erosion. The doctor said gluten can make it worse. I still maintain that it's gluten intolerance, as people here don't even know what Gluten is, let alone Celiac disease. Nobody "seems to" have it here. I have been trying to eat gluten free exclusively for the past 3 weeks. So far, combined with exercise, I am down from 167 pounds to 161.8. I want to be down to 150 by Feb 29th, the day I come home for a one month visit.

I am happy to "meet" all of you. GF is possible. Don't think about all the foods you can't have, but rather all the foods you CAN have. Besides, most GF alternatives are higher calorie, higher sugar and fat than the originals. Just learn to eat more healthy and without wheat. It's a lot about self control and planning ahead.

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Welcome! I actuall replied to this a few days ago and it didn't save! Glad you both are improving! Check out Paleo Diet and Primal Blueprint. They fit the way you are eating and may help you fine tune.

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11/19/11 8:52 P

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Hi, I'm new to GFCF diet. We are on day 6. So far, my son has stopped wetting the bed and all my allergy like symptoms have subsided. The one thing I'm having issues with is that I always feel bloated. I have purposely tried to avoid a lot of bread products (I heard they can make you actually gain weight because of all the sugar they use) and I've been eating mostly fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and drinking water. Today I did eat some Enjoy life chocolate chips. I'm wondering if its normal to feel bloated the first few weeks.

Anyway, we don't have Celiac, but I wanted to give this diet a try after having issues with Vitamin D deficiency, being diagnosed pre-diabetes, and because I have two children with special needs and they have problems with their bladder, ADHD symptoms, and the like. Anyway, so far I don't really miss our old diet and do feel healthier, I just wish I would stop belching and feeling bloated and hungry.







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Wherever you go, ASK about gluten free options. There are more and more places doing this now. Also Google "_________(restaurant) gluten free" and it should tell you if it has gluten free options or not, even if it is a Celiac support group that has posted about it.

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11/3/11 6:32 P

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Hello everyone!
I recently started seeing an acupuncturist for my migraines. She suggested I give up wheat as this was likely the cause. This has been very challenging for me as I love food but I think it is probably a good thing as it's in all the things I love but should limit anyway, like pasta, cookies & cake. I'm taking slow steps. I think the biggest challenge is how often we eat out, often at the Italian place my other half likes to have happy hour at. It's not easy to pass on the brucchetta but I'm trying. Glad I found a place where I can get tips to make the change.
I have been eating Udi's GF whole grain (I think) bread. It's good! I also like their oatmeal cookies.

Keep up the good work everyone! emoticon

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Welcome new members! Apparrently my notifications are not working for this thread anymore, please don't feel neglected!!

I feel the best way to start is to just stick to whole foods...meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, potatoes, etc. Specialty products are not always healthy and usually are expensive. It just means changing your mindset. I use Bibb lettuce to make wraps instead of sandwiches and just learned to make extra dinner for lunches if I got sick of salads. Homemade soups are great too! Crockpot meals are a lifesaver! crockpot365.blogspot.com/2007/12/alp
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Hi everyone,
I am not celiac but after reading an article by cardiologist Dr William Davis about "wheat belly" I decided to give a wheat-free diet a try to see if I could lose a little weight and impact my high blood pressure. Has anyone had experience with this? Supposedly you can also reverse diabetes. I don't miss the hweat that much but it is a challenge to figure out new things to eat that are not just gluten-free breads (which are high carb).

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10/10/11 10:48 A

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Hi, my name is Petra and after reading an article about gluten intolerance over the weekend I discovered that this might be the cause for the health problems I have been having. I have been doing research about adrenal gland fatigue and seeing that Gluten intolerance can be a cause for adrenal gland fatigue, really drove it home, esp. the part about being sore for days after exercise and the frequent headaches.

Thank God there is an eko shop near where I live, where they have a good selection in Gluten free products. Unfortunately there is not as much available as there is in the US. The Netherlands is a really small country, so there isn't a market for a lot of stuff. Even Splenda only arrived here about 3-4 years ago.

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Hi everyone. I'm glad to have found this group. I'm going to try to go gluten free in an effort to lose weight and feel better. Two years ago I joined sp, lost 14 pounds. Was not eaating gluten and I felt GOOD. Then, some changes in medications, hormones and I went off of the diet. Very quickly I gained back 17 lbs. I'm 57 years old, and for the past two years I have struggled with my weight. WW didn't work. Atkins hasn't worked. For the past month I rejoined SP and have been very careful with carbs and calories, and a great deal of exercise. But again I'n not losing one pound. Very frustrating. Steps toward health are great, but I know something isn't right. So, I'm going to try this approach. I appreciate your support.

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10/4/11 8:06 P

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Hi there, I am Theresa and new to this team and to GF living. I am just getting started in the GF life and I sometimes don't even know where to begin. As I am trying to cut things out, I am realizing just how much of a gluten/ wheat junkie I am and have been. I can not say for sure wether or not I am Celiac, as I have only had the blood work done and not the biopsy to confirm/ deny, however I believe that most likely I may just have a sensitivity to gluten. I first stumbled into the gluten free world a few months ago as I had to have some precancerous cells removed from the lining of my bladder. As I embarked down the path of figuring out the IC diet (interstitial cystitis) I found a huge online community that has found a link between IC and Gluten intolerance and/or Celiac disease. Many of the people on the forums I found stated that almost all, if not all of their bladder symptoms disappeared when they removed gluten from their diets. At this point I started looking into the gluten free diet. It was then that I realized that many of the symptoms and/or alliments I have been experiencing for several years both in my bladder and my body in general can be linked to gluten sensitivity including my hair loss. So at this point I have decided I have nothing to lose. My MD has recommended I go gluten free for a month and see how I feel as he does not want to but me through the biospy to get a definitive answer. Personally I feel the biopsy would be negative anyway, but if my bladder symptoms have any chance of being allieviated by going gluten free and if I can ward off more precancerous cells and/ or bladder cancer than I have to give it my best shot. My biggest challenge is going to bein combining GF with the IC diet as it makes my choice even more limited. Nevertheless I am ready to take on the challenge. If anyone else in the group has experience with IC anf Gluten intolerance I would love to hear from you...and as well if any of you with Celiac can give me any tips on getting started on the GF living journey, I welcome them as well.

Thanks and I look forward to interacting with everyone on this team emoticon

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Hi my name is Tiffany.

I am a non-celiac with gluten intolerance. I just say I test badly. I have been gluten free for over two years now. Anywhoo, I am a graduate student in archaeology and in the last year I have gained about 20lbs and I have been pretty inactive other than some stints where I walked because my car broke down. I want to nip this in the bud so I can feel better and be a better archaeologist.

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Hi Raine. I'm really new to this. May I ask what gf alternatives have led to your weight gain? I'm trying to lose a fair bit of weight and hoped that being gf would help. (my reason for gf is fir a health condition).

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8/31/11 8:43 P

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Hello everyone.. I am not a Celiac but was diagnosed with an autoimmune almost a year ago and was told that I will be to be GF for life to help manage it. I have been GF for nine months now and have become very comfortable with the adjustments. However I learned first hand that many GF alternatives have more calories!! So I have gained 10 pounds these last nine months. While typically that is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, I was not at a healthy weight to begin with. My new goal is to be healthy and live the GF life. I look forward to taking this journey with all of you and hope to learn a lot more about being GF and healthy. emoticon

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Hi Liane, from another nurse!

Since my diagnosis a couple of weeks ago, I've had to look for new snacks. Things with protein work best for me, to keep me fuller for longer. I like a hard boiled egg with some GF salad dressing, beef jerky and fruit, tuna with mayo, rice crackers with cheese. There are lots of options. Greek yogurt is another favorite. Dannon's Oikos brand is really good. The non-fat tastes rich and creamy.

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Hello. I've not been active on Spark in a long time, but recently discovered a pretty severe gluten-intolerance that caused endless migraines (literally, continuous from Sept to late May when my neurologist basically gave up trying to find out what was going on with me and I tested out a GF theory with positive results) and digestive troubles. I'm posting here to seek a little support and validation.

So, now I've adjusted to GF living and am still fat! I enjoy cooking and live in a place where GF restaurants are in abundance. Since the new diet is under control, I'm embarking on losing weight and finding that a bit more challenging than in the past when I could sustain on low-cal snacks throughout the day like granola bars, snackwells, WW brand stuff, etc.

Nice to meet y'all!

Liane

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Thanks HIKELUV




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Welcome SNOWMAIDEN!

Winners do daily what others do occasionally (Pete Thomas).


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Hello everyone.

I've been gluten intolerant for a while but have only just found this team! How I missed everyone I've no idea but I've found you now!

I'm really looking forward to joining in and meeting new friends




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The more I read, the more I'm amazed at what eliminating gluten can do, for those who are affected by it.

Last week, I bought a mix to make GF bread. The bread was delicious but it didn't agree with me at all. I thought that perhaps it was because I'd eaten two large slices at one sitting (greedy!) A few days later, I tried a thin slice but had the same results. I guess the grain that it's made with isn't for me.

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Hi Pam and PINGUINAPLATA -
glad to hear you are both feeling better. It's amazing how well the body can heal itself when we take away the gluten. When I was first diagnosed I was VERY limited in the grains I could eat. Even with gluten-free grains, I could only have very small servings (brown rice, quinoa). Some I couldn't eat at all (sorghum, teff, amaranth, oats). I discovered this summer, after 3 years GF, that I can eat sorghum without getting sick, and I've been able to eat regular servings of quinoa (which I LOVE). GF oats are still out, though. Such a bummer, because oatmeal was my favorite breakfast for decades...

I also noticed with time that problems that I wouldn't have associated with diet decreased or disappeared. My spring allergies are a thing of the past. I also used to get terrible bronchitis at least once a year (multiple courses of antibiotics, steroid inhalers, etc.). I haven't had bronchitis since my diagnosis.


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Hello everyone.

About two weeks ago, I was given a diagnosis of gluten intolerance along with the recommendation to change my way of eating. For the first month or so, I was asked to eliminate ALL grains, to allow the inflammation to subside. After that, I will re-introduce the non-gluten grains.

So far, so good. I'm starting to feel better. The chronic indigestion is much less of a problem.

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Hi, I am Pam, I was diagnosed in March 2011 with Celiac Disease. I have been gluten free since that time and I am amazed at the difference in how I feel. This is an adventure that I am glad to share with others who are also Gluten Free. Great to meet everyone! emoticon

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emoticon Cindy and Hikeluv! It is amazing how gluten can affect the body! Dairy too!

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Hi everyone!
My name is Julia and I was diagnosed 3+ years ago with celiac. My hubby discovered that eating my gf foods made all his gut issues go away, so he has been gf for almost as long. We also discovered this spring that by eliminating gluten and dairy, our daughter's asthma and allergies have gone from almost unmanageable to a medium-sized issue. Once I eliminated gluten I found my allergies improved very quickly (almost none after a year gf) and I could eat dairy again after a year on the gf diet (for over 20 years dairy had given me horrible asthma - and I had NO asthma without the dairy). I'm hoping that time to heal with give my daughter the same benefits (elimination of asthma and allergies) that I've experienced.

Nice to meet all of you! I'm looking forward to being part of this team!

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Hi everyone.

I have been eating gluten-free since this April, and have noticed positive changes. Just like CARRIBETH64, I went through a few weeks of craving simple carbs. It was like permanent PMS! Luckily those cravings have subsided.
Lately I have been trying to eat a more simple meal plan. How easy.

I look forward to reading more posts from this team, and connecting with other GF people.

Cindy


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emoticon You want to just get through it any way you can initially until you start to see some improvement. That will help you stick with it. There can be withdrawl for sure. For me it was more like mourning. The whole foods route I think is the best way to go! And cheapest!

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HI Everyone!

My name is Beth and I just found out I have celiac disease. Today is DAY 5 eating GF. I'm feeling a little strange the last few days - migraines, really sleepy and lethargic and brain-fog. Reminds me of how I felt when I tried to kick caffeine a few years ago. I'm thinking there's a gluten withdrawal of some kind, I'm sure it will pass.

I definitely need to watch what I am eating. I used to use sparkpeople to track and enjoyed it but got away from it a few months ago. Right now my energy level is really low so I keep catching myself shovelling in the sugary GF treats - this is not going to help in the long term. So, I'm trying to stay hydrated and concentrate on a "whole foods" approach to eating, along with getting enough rest.

Any tips from folks who have been doing this longer are welcome!!!

Thanks!!

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emoticon Kerrifair and Mary! We all have come to GF for different reasons, but the important thing is we are here and we feel better for it!

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Hi everyone, my name is Mary. I have never been formally diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but kind of by mistake through a low carb diet I discovered that without the wheat my sinuses which have caused me years of discomfort were finally clearer! I can smell, taste and breath so much easier!

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Hi! I am new to a GF diet, but not new to sparkpeople.. my son and husband are both gluten sensitive.. we are 2 weeks into a gluten free diet and are amazed at the results in both of them. They have yet to be diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac but the results of the dietary change are amazing. We have found it easier for the whole family to go gluten free than to make separate meals.. so here I am! I have found that my binges are gone.. (I tended to binge on white flour products);... I am so glad to find this group!

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6/6/11 10:50 P

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BTW Cindy I am Paleo too, Primal really. It is easiest, cheapest and I feel the best on it. Check out the teams here on SP.

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6/6/11 10:20 P

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Thanks so much. Have been reading my book from library may buy it to keep it. also trying to learn more. I found a GF bakery in the small town that we are near ( we are in the trailer again) so will try to find out more about it this week.
Right now just trying to get a handle on this sciatica pain wow it is wicked. Now going to bed to read for a bit.
thanks again for the greeting.

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6/4/11 8:47 P

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Welcome Cindy from a fellow Cindy! emoticon

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6/4/11 6:07 P

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Cindy, Welcome to the team!

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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.

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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HI
I am just starting this journey, not sure if I am gluten anything, but have some pretty clear symptoms. I have severe arthritis in my knees and now am having what my dr thinks is nerve issues ( my L calf and sometime thigh are paining really bad) but my sister in law and her hubby have had similar pain and said they found relief with going gluten free. She started cos of bloating My son has crohns disease and my hubby is off work cos of depression so other reasons. My son is married so I wouldnt be cooking for him but we learn from each other as he tries to do paleo diet most times.
So here to learn and find recipes. I also want to concentrate on the mediterranean diet too. I just have to get healthy it is affecting too many things in my life, right now my job. I am off work for 2 wks which is a nice reprieve but work was nasty about it.
anyway I just wanted to say hi and start learning!

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

If you want something bad enough, you will find a way, if you don't you will find an excuse.
ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!


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6/2/11 11:11 P

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The only advantage that I know of is for tax purposes. Or to have your family members believe you and get tested themselves. It is a genetic component to it...if you have neither tax or family issues then there really is no reason to put yourself through weeks and months of feeeling bad to get tested. Unless you are in denial and need that closure..


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I've had problems for years and because I was brought up to be proper (it's not lady like to talk about certain issues), I've never had the courage to tell anybody about my problems until it just seemed to get out of control. I started noticing problems with bread about 2 years ago when I started South Beach Diet. The first 2 weeks without any bread/pasta etc was so fantastic that I kept at the first level for an extra 10 days (my stomach problems had seemed to settle down) until I started re-introducing foods back into my diet. Since then it went down hill...Now after a (very embarassing) lenghty conversation with my doctor, IBS and a gluten intolerence has been my problem for years. I'm choosing NOT to get the biopsies done to determine celiac as I cannot go through more pain/aches/disturbed lifestyle just to get a biopsy done. My only problem so far is that I don't always know what has gluten in it, and surprise "episodes" are not fun...I'm lucky enough that I have a dietician now who I hope will help me decipher what I can and can't eat and avoid "episodes" (after all these years of being proud of never having seen a dietician to lose weight)

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Hello everyone! My name is Katie. I have not been officially diagnosed as gluten or dairy intolerant, but have been off both for three weeks now and feel better than I ever have in my life!

Looking back, I had problems (especially with dairy) since I was very young. I can remember desperately craving milk in the morning before school, but if I would drink it, I would get terrible stomach cramps and feel like I was going to throw up (and sometimes did!). I also never liked cereal/pancakes/donuts/toast for breakfast for the same reason. At home, my parents would let me have canned lentil soup or fruit, but when we started going to our babysitter's house, she wouldn't stand for it and breakfast was always cereal or toast and milk.

Eventually, all of it seemed to turn into cravings instead, which is why I could hardly believe that dairy and gluten could have been the cause of my problems all this time. I could gladly eat half a loaf of homemade bread or half a block of cheese on my own. My parents even called me "cheese woman" as a teenager.

Of course, I had terrible diarrhea, stomach aches, migraines, constant stuffiness for all this time. When I was pregnant with my first son, the diarrhea got so bad that the doctor signed me off work because I could not travel on public transportation without an accident. I was sent to have a colonoscopy and diagnosed with IBS, though no further information or guidance was provided.

Almost two years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. A year ago, I went vegetarian, which helped somewhat, but I was on some very heavy drugs until about two months ago when we had a health scare. My husband and I decided to stop the medications and I started researching the arthritis diet. I have now gone completely gluten-free and vegan and I'm seriously a completely new woman. I am having absolutely no arthritis pain, minimal swelling, and my digestive problems are gone, like magic!

Eventually I plan to go to my family doctor and talk to her about all of it, but as of now, I am quite satisfied that I have found the cause of my symptoms and that I know what to do. Is there any benefit to being formally diagnosed?

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That's super exciting- I'm much more worried about the "surprise gluten" that I don't think about (sauces, what's been in a fryer before, etc). Thanks for the advice!

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5/27/11 9:16 P

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Five Guys is one of my salvations! There is nothing they put in the fryers but potatoes so it is safe!! Just get no bun for your burger...they have GF info online as well. The easiest thing to do is to stick to basics and have meat/veg/potato or rice. There are good GF pastas. I really haven't had a bad one. If you Google GF.........(whatever restaurant) you will often come up with a GF menu or info on what you can have there. I have a gluten eating hubby and I just keep condiments like mayo, peanut butter and butter separate so there isn't a risk. I am fortunate DH eats whatever I make so usually I don't have to do 2 meals.

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I'm Lindsey and I just started the GF diet- in hopes to cure migraines and stomach issues a few days ago. I already notice a difference and can't wait to see what difference is made over the next few weeks as it fully kicks in. It's been pretty easy so far, but trying to find substitutes for recipes and to keep my food separate from my boyfriend's is proving pretty difficult. It doesn't help that our default meal was either pasta or Five Guy's. Any tips on living with people who eat Gluten?

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