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1/10/11 8:02 P

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Interesting...Mine is not really celiac disease, just a wheat intolerance. If I eat a lot of wheat, my head gets clogged and my asthma flairs. If I have a cookie, I sneeze, but am fine the following day. The allergist feels I have a wheat allergy. The chronic hives I was suffering from have disappeared...so that was probably related to the wheat as well. I am looking forward to learning from all of you!


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1/5/11 8:19 A

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I agree Kathy, I use brown rice and also Quinoa, GF oats (Bob's Red Mill), beans and my daily Metamucil. Prior to being diagnosed 2 yrs. ago, I had diarrhea for 4 months straight and luckily I had Drs. that suspected the real culprit rather than just saying, "Oh, you have IBS." as is often the case. As for cheating, I really can't. The pain, stomach cramping and resulting diarrhea are enough to deter me. I went to church on Christmas eve 2 yrs. ago and wasn't thinking and had a communion wafer. I was up 10 times that night running to the bathroom and lying in bed writhing in pain. As for treats, M&Ms are gluten free and I love them but of course they are loaded with fat and calories.

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1/5/11 12:28 A

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George, you are right. I think it is the upcoming disease because someone has finally taken notice. But you are also right. I would happily go back to my yummy whole wheat/non GF oats, barley, etc. foods if I could. But, I just don't want that constant stomach ache, plus a number of other wonderful things I am happy to do without. The ulcers in my mouth are gone.
As for foods, I hope, for you who are stressing about extra carbs, that you are not using white rice. It is just as bad as white pasta. Brown rice, quinoa, GF oats if you can handle them as most of us can, beans, if you can eat them, and maybe a fiber supplement if you must (make sure it's GF.)
The bottom line is that you learn to shift the things you eat, and use the grains as a smaller part of the diet. Flax is good; make sure you start with ground meal and keep it in the fridge. You might also up your water intake. I've needed to do that, and I hate water.
Good luck! I can tell you that after 18 months, wheat, when I've cheated just a tad, doesn't taste as good as it did! I reserve most of my treat allowance for VERY, VERY dark chocolate: 85% or so.
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1/4/11 11:37 P

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I was at the local food store a while back and I had some gluten free bread and some gluten free pasta in my shopping cart. The young cashier asked me if I had celiac disease to which I replied yes. He said, "I hear that is the up and coming disease." I told him that if I didn't have to have it, I wouldn't.

My point is, my Dr. who is a specialist in celiac and also has the disease along with her husband and 3 of her 4 kids, says that people jumping on the gluten free "fad" just because it seems popular is just wrong and foolish and can actually be harmful. She believes that people who don't have celiac (an auto-immune disease) or gluten intolerance (an allergy) should not go gluten free. Cutting out foods containing gluten cuts out large amounts of fiber gained from eating wheat, barley, rye and oat products. Eating the gluten free substitutes can increase your caloric intake because you have to eat more of them to equal the fiber you would get from eating foods containing gluten.

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1/4/11 9:45 P

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Are you using the food tracker? It helps to see exactly where your calories or carbs are coming from. GF food is definitely lower in fiber and often higher calorie so you do have to be careful...

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I'm beginning to think that in replacing wheat with rice, I've added too many carbs to my food plan. I'll have to watch what I eat and see what happens with my weight. sure hope I'm wrong. golly do I hope I'm wrong.

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