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1/29/09 3:26 P

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ELVITTA13
Welcome to the world of good wholesome food.
You will feel better in no time am sure.
Just do wot you body needs you to do.
My advice to you is go cold turkey, cut it ALL OUT
every single bit. dont mess about taking this out and putting it back in .
good luck
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1/29/09 3:18 P

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After allergist, gyn's, and gastro doctors, all I was told is that I am allergic to wheat. I never stopped eating until a week ago. My symptoms have become more often and harsher. Stomach stays bad longer, nasty rash on my arm and legs come more frequently, tired, spacey feeling, low energy, moody, weight gain, teeth all nasty, sometimes sores in mouth and tongue, number 2 issues, sensitive stomach....seem to always be "sick".

I am on the way to repairing my gut!



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1/28/09 12:09 P

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Well I know better after being sick for a week but I just had to eat meatballs yesterday. I can resist the cake and cookies, the bread, the pasta but I cannot say no to meatballs. And then today, even though I'm already in pain I went ahead and had coffee with Coffeemate in it. (I am dairy free also)
It is so cold in my office I just wanted a warm drink. Yes I know hot herbal tea is what I should have but I didn't have that available.


Grammy Pat
So what are you waiting for?
What do you have to lose. Your insecurities they try to alter you.
But you know you're made for more- so don't be afraid to move.
Your faith is all it takes and you can walk on the water to.





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1/26/09 2:05 P

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French fries are one of the hardest things to resist. I never order them but my wife does and I always seem to have to try them. Most the time I do not have a reaction but every know and then it gets me. I just can not resit if they are sitting in front of me even though I know that I am taking a chance, Thank goodness for In-and-Out because they only do fries in their fryers. I never really related it tell you mentioned it but the klutziness does seem to increase if I have been glutened.

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CL0V3R's Photo CL0V3R Posts: 581
1/25/09 3:51 P

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Mark, thank you so much for the info. When I stopped using my very healthy, no chemical shampoo, my hair stopped falling out - the cause - wheat germ in the shampoo and conditioner!

About the Fuzzy brain and Klutziness, That was me too! it's all gone now!! Yippeeee

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1/25/09 3:05 P

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I didn't take celiac seriously until I got DH. I know silly me, didn't care that I was screwing up my insides but heaven forbid there's something wrong with my skin.
Now if I get some minor(like cross-contamination) I get a spot or 2 on the back of my right hand(where my DH started).
Then about 2 weeks ago at bowling my friend didn't finish her fries that I know have gluten in them. Despite eating before heading out my stomach started growling and I thought "what damage can a few fries do" BIG MISTAKE. Within 1/2 hour I was fuzzy brained(like I had been up for 48 hours or hungover), no energy, I had to put my head down between frames, when I was trying to bowl I could feel my body swaying. The next day my tummy was really upset then my hiney joined the act before I started feeling better. I didn't beleive my klutziness was related but I was more klutzy and for a few days after.
That was my 1st and hopefully my last time of glutening myself. I had to see what would happen, I relate it to being a baby and being not to touch the oven because it's hot, the baby has to touch the oven to test. Once burned the baby know not to touch the hot oven,I now know not to gluten myself.

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1/25/09 12:16 P

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Clover. I just read an article a couple of days ago that connected Alopecia with Celiac Disease. My great aunt had alopecia and all her hair fell out and never grew back. We really thing she had a mild form of Celiac Disease. After my sister and I were diagnosed in 1994 we talked to our father who had been wheat free for years and he realized he also had Celiac Disease and then said the he suspected his mom and grandmother to both have it so it was almost a given that his aunt had it also. My brother, who refuse to go on a gluten free diet, has really then hear. While everyone else in the family has thick hair.
celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomso
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LIZBETHRYAN's Photo LIZBETHRYAN Posts: 1,309
1/25/09 10:01 A

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Good for you Lonewolf am impressed too.

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1/18/09 3:03 P

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Hi everyone,
I was just wondering - Is there anybody out there who has serious hair loss because of gluten / wheat?
please let me know.

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SUPERFIT5's Photo SUPERFIT5 Posts: 1,686
9/14/08 10:51 P

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Holy Moly!! I'm so glad that you regained your health. What a scary thing for you.

Sounds like you have a great diet now. Actually, that sounds like a diet ALL people should follow, regardless of allergies/sensitivities.

Um, 11 triathalons?????? I am seriously impressed. Wow.

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9/14/08 5:54 P

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I eat a LOT of salads, chicken, rice, sometimes fish, beans, nuts, eggs, lots of vegetables, fruits, and an occasional gluten free treat. I don't have a choice about sticking to the gluten free diet. I look at food filled with gluten as poison. I see regular ice cream and milk and other dairy products kind of the same way.

I was so sick and scared that I was going to die, that it's a simple trade for me - I have good health, but I can't eat most of what other people eat. It's a trade I'll take any day. Especially since I was told that I'd be in a wheelchair for most of the rest of my life when I was only 32 and I've run 11 triathlons since then!

As for sticking to my weight loss diet, I've found that letting myself have a yummy treat on the weekend and one non-diet meal helps me to have willpower during the week. Last weekend I made lemon meringue pie and had a pasta dish for dinner. Yesterday I had some store bought cookies (GF, of course) and made crepes for breakfast. Today, I'm perfectly happy to be back on my calorie counting, since I know that next weekend I'll have another yummy treat - maybe pineapple upsidedown cake!



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9/13/08 5:14 P

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Wow sounds like you are doing great. What sorts of things do you find that you eat regularly to keep yourself on your diet?

Lisa

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LONEWOLF24 Posts: 10
9/13/08 5:02 P

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Hi, I'm new, so I hope it's okay to jump in. Before I figured out that I had food allergies (or sensitivities or intolerances or whatever) I developed horrible arthritis in almost every joint in my body. I also had fatigue, weight gain, depression and brain fog. Eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, egss and a few other things cleared that all up.

I was told that I would get over the food allergies with time, so I started eating a bit of soy, a bit of dairy and some gluten (not wheat, but spelt and barley) and started getting achy joints and then developed kidney disease. It's a long story, but I actually figured out that going totally gluten free made my kidney problem completely go away.

Now, I'm gluten, dairy and soy free. I NEVER cheat with gluten. Sometimes I have a bit of dairy or soy and I'll react with a little mild joint pain in my fingers or toes (to the soy) and my psoriasis will flare up (with dairy). And if I eat too much sugar I just feel like crud. If I get glutened accidentally I'll have digestive distress for about 3 days and my psoriasis will flare up then too.

Edited by: LONEWOLF24 at: 9/13/2008 (17:01)
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9/8/08 5:16 P

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oh cool! thinking about that.... Peppers, Bananas and Avos made me itch.... now i can eat them!! never put the two together! (i never cut those out of my diet, but noticed the diffs a few weeks ago)

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HOFFDACHHOME Posts: 18
9/8/08 5:13 P

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I am the same way! When I ate bread I always would set a limit, and then eat twice as much. Now, GF, If I set a limit, when I am done I am done. I think part of it was my body knowing I wouldn't get any nutrients from the food.

Now that I am gluten free I can eat some foods that I couldn't before. Bell peppers used to make me sick, now it's no problem.

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9/8/08 4:43 P

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Lol. That was my experience exactly. I love Amy's gf df spinach pizza. And I don't eat the whole thing either. :)That's a new one for me when it comes to my beloved pizza.

On a side note, buying all that gf prepackaged food is super expensive. I try to remember to write the company if I really love their product to tell them so. They always send me some coupons for their products. I just got a handful of $1 off & $.55 off Amy's products because I told them how much I appreciate delicious their gf food!!

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9/8/08 4:31 P

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Oh no, definitely not just you! I remember way back, I could never understand why people can eat a couple of slices of pizza!! I could gulp down a large one all by myself within record time!!! All that lovey bready base and oh the cheeeeeese!!! Now, with GF DF pizza, i can stop with 2 slices! Weird, but true!

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9/8/08 4:18 P

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Oh, and another thing, I find that when I'm eating stuff I'm not supposed to the part of my brain that usually says "you're full, stop eating" is turned off. Like if I eat one piece of bread then I need to eat another and another and another. It's really crazy. When I'm on my allergy free diet, I can self regulate fairly easily (even when it's something fabulously wonderful). Does anyone else relate or is that one just me...? :)

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I was very lucky in that I had a neuropsychologist tell me waaaaay back in 1990 to go to a GP (who was very ahead of his time) and get checked for food sensitivities. I was seeing the neuropsychologist for learning disabilities (I was 17 and about to go to college and always had a devil of a time in school) and immediately starting feeling more "with it" after I cleaned up my diet. I feel so dull mentally and physically after I eat, say, pizza and it takes days for me to feel perky again. I've gone for years being off my diet and feeling cruddy and fat and generally awful but that compulsion to eat what I'm allergic to is very strong sometimes.

I'm so interested in what everyone else is saying on this thread! It's so gratifying to meet people who understand the trials of gf and food allergies in general. It is definitely not a one size fits all problem.

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9/8/08 4:14 P

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Gluten/Wheat/dairy..... the rebel maker!! I think all of us know that one! Its almost like you really hope the symptoms wont come up when you take a bite of.. whatever you shouldn't! Nicely said! i love it!

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New to the site...Just wanting to share my reaction spots for gluten/lactose. Starts around my lips and feels just like when you apply lip enhancer that's supposed to give you a puffier appearance?? If I continue to eat gluten at future times it moves to my eyelids and has an eczema appearance. Next time my inner elbows get a rash (during this time the other spots have healed) and finally my intestinal tract gives me grief. When I stop eating gluten it all goes away until the rebel in me tries again.

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9/8/08 3:08 P

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Oh Clover I can so relate! I felt just like that for years and years... gaining weight even though my food was passing right through so badly that I couldn't leave the house, no energy, etc.
I am lucky that I had a doctor that clued in to the gluten thing, but you are on that track with or without your doctor! Stick with it and be encouraged that you will feel better some day!

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

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9/8/08 2:58 P

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Lucky you. Some of us have to make do with our symptoms and try find answers ourselves. Never in 40 years did I think I had a problem with food, Until I gained 30kg's within 5 months when I moved to the UK. Sleepyness after certain meals was a "norm", until it became so bad that i slept days away! Now, I'm fine! have more energy than a 3year old, and with the help of all of the Sparkies, i've lost 10kg's already!!

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9/8/08 2:52 P

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Agreed Clover. But I have to give my do some credit. He recommended the GF diet BEFORE the test results confirmed anything. Rare maybe, but the good ones are out there!

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

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I agree JB, and the doctors are too quick to say... "your imagination" and "there's no proof" ha ha.

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All the women in my family have drippy noses and always have tissues handy. It wasn't until we all figured out that we were allergic to dairy that we had that a ha moment. We all have itchy, sensitive skin too that seems to be linked to food sensitivities. The more I go "natural" with my personal care items, the better I feel.

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Bump elbows and red eyes. Honestly, I hadn't even noticed the eyes until I quit gluten. Now, red, puffy, itchy eyes, is my first sign that I've been glutened. Funny what you just live with when you don't know any better,

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

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9/8/08 9:29 A

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And by we I meant my husband and I. He still gets it by the way, I keep telling him it's the white bread, but he won't try skipping it.

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The flushing for sure, migraines, sleep problems, digestive problems, stuffy nose, and what we call restaurant back. It's a particular pain across my mid to upper back, I used to think it was from sitting up straight in unusual chairs, but I haven't had it since I stopped eating gluten, and now I think it was the bread basket.

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Coughing and dry throat! Always, after eating or drinking something with dairy and or wheat! "another cold coming on" --- that's what i thought for years! It all stops within a week of staying away from those.

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Hi Everyone-
I was just reading through some of the older posts and I noticed that someone mentioned that after eating in a restaurant that her face got flushed. I hadn't really put that together for myself before--that my face gets red and hot after I eat certain foods. I have many of the "typical" symptoms of food allergies: excessive bloating, weight gain, achiness, stiff joints, low energy etc. but I also get a watery nose after eating dairy (sometimes) and a swollen tongue after eating fresh pineapple (always). I got to thinking and wondering about other people's symptoms. Do you have any odd ball symptoms that seem to disappear when you are not eating your food allergens?

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