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MARTHAJOY's Photo MARTHAJOY Posts: 913
7/7/07 2:51 P

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We all have some of the same difficulties (I have friends who call them CHALLENGES, and that makes me angry!) We're really lucky to have each other for support so we don't need to turn to the food to face these painful body problems! And I do mean PAIN. Together, we CAN do it, lose weight and stay alive!
God willing, and with each other's help, let's do it..

 
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7/3/07 12:05 P

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Hi Tammy,
Don't laugh, but however hard I try to remember what was said by a couple of people, I can't. That's why the separate post. LOL I'm glad you understand me...these fibro fogs are a pain. I'm the same with my daughter's life, too...well, all 3 of my kids lives. I do still forget sometimes but they've grown to accept me the way I am. :o)
Going through perimenopause at the same time...YIKES!! I went through the change almost 20 years ago. I had a partial hysterectomy (on, my...on some SP board, I posted about something that was after my neck surgery but typing this, I remembered that it was the hysterectomy I should have said. Oh, well...it was a surgery, anyway..LOL) At any rate, it was at that time that I must have gone through my change and didn't even know it. I do remember being so hot I couldn't stand it one minute and cold the next. I also remember th irritability. At the same time though, I was under a huge amount of stress, so I didn't realize what was happening to my body. My doctor pointed it out to me after the fact. At any rate, I'm so glad that that part of my life is over!
Best of luck to you....and goofy is good....welcome to the club!!!! LOL
Have a great afternoon.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen, or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."

Susan
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7/3/07 11:53 A

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Hi Victoria,
Thank you. Being a vegetarian when you were diagnosed with milk and egg yolk allergies must have REALLY been difficult!
How interesting about the French products and what a pleasant surprise for you!
I haven't tried actual milk yet because I don't want to have that much dairy at one time. I've tried cream in my coffee though, and that was alright even though the only time I use it is at my daughter's house because my sil uses it.
Now that you mentioned about the organic/natural products, I have to say that I started buying the organic eggs...from chickens fed only a vegan, all natural diet..none of those growth hormones or antibiotics and it was in the back of my mind that that could be the reason that I started tolerating them again. Your message has backed me up on that, thank you. :o)
European cheese....and organic dairy products makes a lot of sense. I'm one to read lables all the time with all my allergies, and do try to stay away from a lot of additives.
Every once in a while I want to just buy a can of soup but once I read the label, it's back to the produce aisle for fresh veggies. Between the additives and the sodium, I feel like they would kill me! I have high blood pressure, too.
Thank you so much for your thoughts...they're right on and reinforce my theories.
Have a great day.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen, or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."

Susan
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7/3/07 10:40 A

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Hi Susan and welcome. I also have CD and fibromyalgia so I know exactly the brain fog you describe. Unless I can relate one event to another one (relating events to my daughter's life is easiest), I have no clue most of the time. I'm also going through perimenopause so I'm just goofy most of the time anyway!

Tammy (Vermont)

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7/3/07 12:08 A

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Hi Susan and welcome.
I was diagnosed with allergies to milk and egg yolks about 15 years ago. I was a vegetarian at the time and I can tell you it reaaly cramped my style for about a year. We went to France the next year for a couple of weeks, and boy do they not understand a vegan diet. I was met with disbelief and veiled hostility. By the end of the first week I was shaky from lack of protien. I hoped the worst that would happen would be a rsh and upset stomach and my asthma would act up. I had my rescue inhaler and really good allergy pills so I dove into a cheese omelet. And waited....and waited.....nothing happened. NO reaction whatsoever. So I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out what was different about French dairy and egg products. Then I remembered reading an article about the fact that France will not allow the use of growth hormones or antibiotics in any animal products. Adding two and two together, I realized that my antibiotic allergies were coming through in our milk and egg products.
I can eat any European cheese(they all want to be able to sell to France) and all organic dairy products. I can eat some of the "natural" products, but I do check things out carefully. Just a thought......



Victoria

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Albert Einstein

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin


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7/2/07 8:35 P

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My name is Susan and I just joined the Spark Team. So far, I love every team I've been to! This is a wonderful place to get healthy and hopefully, I'll do just that by losing some of this weight.
I discovered my gluten allergy/Celiac Disease about 10 years ago, or so. I'm not good with time and dates because I have fibromyalgia and don't remember much unless I have it in front of me, but I've had this allergy for a long time. When I started having intestinal/stomach problems I was put through a multitude of tests but although the doctors found a lot of other problems, they still couldn't find the cause of my chronic diarrhea. It got so that I was afraid to go out anywhere unless I knew where there were bathrooms along the route. At one point, through all the testing, I had to have one of the discs replaced in my neck, so the doctor suggested that I try omitting dairy from my diet and see if that might be the problem. Lo and behold, it worked and I was doing great for about a year. Then it started all over again, so the doctor suggested that I might be allergic to eggs. Another bingo! So there I was...no eggs (I could have the whites, just not the yolks) or dairy. A year after that, yes...the problem resurfaced with a vengeance. By this time, I was so bad that I would go out for pizza 5 minutes from my daughter's house. Right after eating, I could barely make it to her house. I was doubled over in pain while at the same time, feeling like I was going to pass out. I'd run to the bathroom, back to lay on the couch, and go back and forth for about an hour until I finally felt well enough/safe enough to go back out.
At one point, some friends had invited my husband and me to go to a timeshare with them for a week. When one of them noticed how I was, she suggested that I try staying away from wheat and WOW!!! That was it!! A cure once again! I looked through the internet to find any info I could find on wheat allergies and discovered what else I should avoid. Life was wonderful again after all those years.
Well, I think I burned your ears enough for now. I have many allergies besides these, but will spare you the details. LOL
Take care.
Susan

I read somewhere that if I stayed away from gluten long enough, I may be able to tolerate dairy and eggs again. About 2 years after I stayed away from all of it, I gradually tried adding some dairy and eggs back and have been very successful as long as I don't over-do it. If I do, I end up very gassy and uncomfortable and back on the throne again.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen, or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."

Susan
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