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11/15/07 8:44 P

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Somehow I missed seeing this reply until just now! I will definitely take your advice about trying the greens mixed in. I've had luck so far adding carrots to my potato soup, so maybe I could sneak some greens into that! I did the elimination diet for all of 2 days and felt so horrible that I quit. I'm going to head back to my doctor and see what he says. I will be going to school in the spring but they don't have an allergist or nutritionist :( But they can refer me, here's hoping I have insurance by then!

About the trichotillomania, I still pull daily, but have managed to let go of a lot of the guilt about it. I agree about the connection to cutting, I definitely feel more driven to pull when I'm down on myself, but I also tend to do it right when I get home from work and I am trying to decompress. I tried to stop for a long time, but fighting it caused so much stress for me, and since it doesn't really cause any other problems for me, I just decided to live with it for the time being.

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10/21/07 12:45 P

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Welcome Scatterbolt - a bit tardy here, but I read your post early on and didn't have time to post, so here it comes!

Food pickiness and gluten issues - not surprising. When I was young I'd gag when mom tried to get me to eat eggs (later found out I'm a bit allergic to yolks). I hated the fat in meats and would tuck pork chops in the waist of my pants and flush it after my plate was clean! lol I still am not a big meat eater. I grew up on canned peas and iceberg lettuce salads - ew. But as you age, your tastes MAY change, so keep that in mind. I didn't like onions until I was 32ish. So keep trying! Also keep in mind the Top 8 allergens: wheat, dairy, CORN, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, treenuts.

That's funny Nomad - when I read Scatterbolt's aversion to veggies, I thought of the same Oprah episode! I was at Barnes & Noble the other day and saw A LOT of people had Seinfeld's book on hold behind the desk. Oprah sure knows how to sell a book! lol What about sneaking cabbage and other green leafy veggies into a fruit/protein smoothie? You can't taste it and the texture is s-m-o-o-t-h-i-e! emoticon I've been trying to find a good gf protein/green smoothie powder ... some of them SAY gf, but also so many have glutenous grasses, esp barley grass in them that I still don't trust. I've emailed several companies to get their products tested by the GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization) through GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) ... and NO REPLY OF COURSE.

You have GOT to find some kind of gf veggie that works because you'll STILL be malnourished without well-rounded diet. Veggies and water (then fruit and wild Alaskan salmon, or mercury-free fishes for omega-3s) are the staff of life (IMHO). This might be why you're still not feeling up to par? Other than your suspecting other food allergies. If you're overeating one particular food that could likely be a culprit right there. If you do the elimination diet like Nomad suggested, don't repeat a food for 4 days - it could take that long for subsequent symptoms to show up.

When my daughter did an elim. diet she was told to have a fruit for breakfast, veggie for lunch, protein for dinner by the allergist. Any ONE fruit, veggie, protein (egg is a protein) - as much as you wanted to feel full. And to write down every belch, burp, sniffle, cough, runny nose, itch, and the time it happened, etc. I don't have a good website to suggest, but google. (here's one actually: http://tinyurl.com/2xxonw )
There are different approaches, I just shared one. Talk to an allergist for help if you can. Are you going to school and can get one through school insurance? Can't remember your bio at the moment.

And you had trichotillomania?! Wow! You're the first I've met. emoticon Did you find it helped ease anxiety to pull hair? Are you done with it? You know who I think of when I think of how I felt? People who cut themselves. It's a hunch I have. I wrote a doctor about my hunches about connection to food allergies/nutrient deficiencies and trichotillomania also -- never heard from her OF COURSE.

Keep us posted on your goings and doings. We want for you to feel better.

Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 10/21/2007 (12:51)
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10/14/07 11:40 P

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Welcome, Scatterbolt. Check out a Gluten - Free cookbook from the library. There are lots of interesting recipes you can find, and some include hidden vegetables, so you can make a bit batch and eat from it for a long time. Let us know how it's going!

 
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SCATTERBOLT's Photo SCATTERBOLT Posts: 456
10/13/07 8:08 A

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Thank you for the advice!

Unfortunately I doubt at this point I'll learn to enjoy vegetables, I've been trying since I was a kid. I like the idea of veggies, but the taste and texture of everything but corn makes me gag. For some reason corn got by. But I love the idea of hiding vegetables in other things, I think that's going to be the only way for me to get that nutrition. Thank you for posting that link!

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10/12/07 12:51 P

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Welcome Scatterbolt.
I understand how you tend to eat the same thing all day. I do the same. So I need to make nutritious food and not grabbing for the carb, suagar and salt laden foods.
I would definitely recommend going on an elimination diet and keeping a food journal to track down your food sensitivities.
Sorry but you need to learn to love your vegetables. They are your best source of nutrition and much cheaper than anything manufactured. It always amazes me that I can leave the store with an bagfull of nutritious food for $10 because they are mostly vegetables.
There was a segment on Oprah the other day featuring Jessica Seinfield and her method of cooking - hiding vegetables in traditional foods. They are more nutritious, flavourful and add moistness to baked goods. Here's the link - http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml
There are recipes too but not gf. You can adapt or use the ideas.
I am recovering from a migraine and a back muscle spasm so I can't think straight today. So all I can say further, is to read past posts. They are a wealth of information and ideas.
Keep working at getting better. Think health, not illness. You are already on the right track.
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SCATTERBOLT's Photo SCATTERBOLT Posts: 456
10/12/07 8:10 A

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I just signed up last night! I'm 23 years old, I was diagnosed with celiac disease 3 and a half years ago. However, my symptoms started when I was about 12.

At first they were purely gastrointestinal. Shortly after eating breakfast, I would feel gassy. Within a few hours, I would have a bout of diarrhea. Except that at that age I was too embarassed to admit it and actually go to the bathroom, so I would sit there in class in horrible pain while my intestines churned. Somehow I thought this was normal. My friends would say something about how they had to stay home from school because they had diarrhea, and I'd just think, what's wrong with them? Who stays home for that? For some reason it never occurred to me to tell anyone.

So that continued. Over the years, other symptoms set in, shin splints and hairline fractures from running track, extreme exhaustion and depression, the classic brain fog, vitamin deficiencies, eczema etc etc. I also began exhibiting characteristics of OCD and trichotillomania. By the end of my second year of college, I was collapsing. I was at a visit with my physician to get a prescription for antidepressants, and mentioned in passing that I had diarrhea a lot. My doctor freaked out and started running blood tests, I even had to remind him that I still needed my prescription. He called me a week later and sat me down and explained the disease. He said that my antibody levels were so elevated that he didn't see the point of putting me through an endoscopy (although now I wish I had done it, just for the confirmation). So I've been gluten free since then. I'm still not well, I would say that I feel good about 40 percent of the time, as compared to maybe 5% before. I suspect another sensitivity and will probably have to do an exclusion diet eventually to root it out.

I joined this page because my diet has been really screwed up since going gluten free. It doesn't help that I'm poor, I usually end up eating a lot of one thing over the course of a day. I also hate all vegetables. So I'm trying to find ways to get more nutrition. I also need some motivation to exercise. I'm not unhappy with my weight but I'm not fit.

I'd love to hear how you guys use this site, I'm still baffled by how to make the meal plans work for a GF diet. Any help is appreciated!

"Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely." - Chinese proverb

We must rebel if we are to excel!

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