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5/29/11 1:21 A

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I too am having digestive issues. My internal medicine doc told me to take Prilosec for 2 weeks, but then I saw my chiropractor, who is adamant about natural methods of healing, and he told me to try aloe vera juice and liquid chlorophyll. Well the chlorophyll not so good, gave me really bad cramps, but the aloe vera juice was a success!

I still have to figure out which foods are my enemy, but meanwhile I will continue to drink 2 oz of aloe vera juice every morning. I'm pretty sure spicy foods are off limits b/c I have had 3 bad experiences and just realized the one common food was chile peppers in one form or another!

I have also just started a gluten free diet for a month to see how it affects me. After that if I still need to I will do the food elimination process. Good luck to you!

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5/19/11 11:45 A

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I have had bouts of hives my entire life but the most recent has lasted 14 months. Allergy testing showed I am allergic to almond, milk and wheat so have cut those out the last 2 weeks. The hives are better and I am amazed at how calm my digestive system in now! I am avoiding all wheat not just gluten free products.

My typical menu is:

Breakfast:

Cream of Rice cereal made with rice milk & 1/2c of fruit cooked in

Eggs, fresh salsa, corn tortillas

Fruit and soy yogurt

Diced potatoes cooked in olive oil, eggs in corn tortilla, fruit

Lunch:
Sauted veggies, chicken and herbs, corn on the cob

Diced chicken, fresh salsa, cooked in a little tomato sauce, guacamole and corn tortilla chips, fruit

Baked fish, veggies and corn on the cob, fruit

Find your favorite fresh fruits and veggies and splurg on them! Check the source of vinegars. Wheat must be included on the label if it is added in the form of wheat but not if it is an ingredient derived from wheat. Here is a site that lists foods/ingredients that contain wheat.
http://www.wheat-free.org/all.html

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2/11/11 2:14 P

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Thanks for sharing! Pretty common sense foods. I LOVE carbs...especially sweets....so this is a life change for me. but my body is SCREAMING for me to change. So here goes.....



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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
2/9/11 12:17 A

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Breakfast-usually eggs of some sort or GF toast with peanut butter. I am afraid to try oatmeal some react to that too. There are a lot of good GF cereals, but they only hold me like an hour before I am hungry again.

Lunch-homemade soups, salads, or a GF sandwich or wrap with fruit and veggies.

Dinner-basic meat/veg/rice or potato meals, stir frys, really most anything you want can be modified to GF.

Snacks-veggies and fruits usually, soemtimes GF crackers or nuts.

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2/9/11 12:06 A

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I don't have a lot of money, and I'm also sensitive to potatoes, so that rules out most GF breads and things. So, I stick to whole foods... non processed. Chicken, steak, pork, brown rice, Thai rice noodles, fruits and veggies.

Breakfast: eggs with veggies. Sometimes in a corn tortilla. If I'm on the go and get up too late for cooking eggs, I will grab a Trio bar (only nuts and dried fruits). I did find one kind of cereal that was GF that didn't have any sugar (rice chex has sugar and I'm too sensitive to that to have any in my cereal) at whole foods. You just have to look and read the labels. It's a granola that I can eat with my almond milk (as I'm also sensitive to dairy)

Lunch: salad with a variety of greens, carrots, chicken, sunflower seeds, snow peas, apples. or dinner leftovers. If you can eat peppers, you can add these as well. I can't.

Dinner: meat with veggies and brown rice or rice noodles or just meat with veggies. A salad on the side if I didn't have one for lunch.

- Vicki


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2/7/11 7:00 P

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It is very interesting to hear how we figure some of these health issues out! Listening to our bodies seems to be key! For all you wheat and/or gluten free people.....would you mind sharing what a typical day of eating would be? Nothing elaborate....just short and sweet. I'm doing Atkins now just to clean out my system a git and then would like to try wheat or GF, but am not sure what to start adding in.....oatmeal? brown rice? types of cereals...I know like Rice Chex, but that doesn't have a lot of fiber or other good stuff? etc....

Thanks for sharing! If someone tracks their food on the Spark tracker I can look there, too.

Karen

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2/7/11 12:48 P

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I was certain that foods were affecting my health. I went to an allergist and they did all the blood tests, but it came back fine for foods. Then, a couple of years of feeling like crap later, I went to a chiropractor that was also trained in kinesiology. She tested me for food sensitivities (not quite severe enough to show up as an allergy on an allergists test, but still enough to cause health issues), and I came back sensitive to gluten, dairy, sugar and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers - among others that I didn't eat so don't remember).

When I'm able to follow a clean diet, I have so much energy. My brain is clear. My joints don't hurt. Losing weight becomes easy. My guts don't hurt. My heart palpitations disappear. My insomnia goes away. I have no headaches. It's amazing how good I feel. You'd think that would make it easy, but according to the same doctor, these foods trigger an opiate response in my brain... yes.. I'm addicted to them... so it's a daily struggle. When I've been off of them for a while, it gets easier, but when I'm around them, it is so hard to say no. If I eat any of them, the cravings come back full force and it's all I can think about until it's been a few days off of them again.

- Vicki


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2/6/11 2:56 P

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I have had chronic asthma/allergies/sinus infections since I was little. Had allergy shots for 10 years as a child. I was in a bad car accident about three years ago. Broke my back. When I returned to work, I was having really bad back spasms. The back doctor thought it was my long commute and asked me to reduce my work week to 3 days. I asked if I could try 4 days. He recommended a Pilates class. So I was taking private Pilates lessons. One week, the instructor and I both had allergies. The next week, my nose was still running and she was fine. I asked what she did. She shared that she went to see an acupuncturist for constipation and when she left her nose was unclogged, too. Needless to say, I went to see the same acupuncturist. The first words out of his mouth was for me to avoid wheat and dairy. I was vegan at the time, so I stopped eating wheat. I was amazing how quickly my sinuses unclogged. I have been avoiding wheat now for about a year and haven't had a sinus infection or an asthma flair up in a whole year.
The allergist is still skeptical about the whole thing. I have been tested and don't officially have CD...But I can breathe through my nose for the first time in 40 years, so I am staying wheat free...


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2/5/11 4:11 P

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I probably have the oddest story on how I found out I have CD. One of my best friends that is a talented medium who wasn't much more of an acquaitence at the time was doing a reading for me. She stopped and said that my peeps were yelling at her peeps to tell me that I needed to get off gluten - NOW!
I didn't really believe it at the time and started researching gluten and thought there was no way I had CD but would believe that I ate too much gluten and tried to cut it down. I didn't have insurance and couldn't afford the tests anyway.
Then I developed this horrible rash that kept getting worse. Nothing worked. Then I ran across something with CD mentioning Dermatitis Herpeformitis. At the same time I found a great Dr that specializes in CD and works with people without ins. He biopsied the rash and it came back positive for DH. Went GF and the rash cleared up after a few months and I had waaay more symptoms than i realized but had too much of the brain fog to realize it.

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2/5/11 10:40 A

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I found out I had celiac when I became very ill with autoimmune problems. I had testing done through an allergy specialist. My blood work and allergy test and immune levels were all a mess. How did everyone else find out they had Celiac or needed to be gluten free? Barb

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
1/24/11 7:43 P

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Karen I thought I had a problem with carbs too, but after I healed from the gluten issues I found it wasn't so. It was just gluten carbs. I do still tend toward the low carbthinking but i can tolerate more than I thought if it is gluten free. I also had a problem with the fat digestion after the Celiac stuff got real bad...so I would be ware of that and add in GF carbs if you feel lethargic.

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1/24/11 6:52 P

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Thanks to everyone for their ideas! I am thinking I am allergic to wheat and something in carbs, in general, doesn't agree with me. I did research elimination diets....thanks for the suggestion. I am thinking of following my "hunch" and following an Atkins type diet (without all the added fat) to see. Years ago my husband and I did Atkins and although I HATE not eating sweets, I honestly never felt better in my life.

Thanks again!

Karen

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1/23/11 8:54 P

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I knew that something was wrong for a while but didn't know what. I didn't seem to be digesting things right but couldn't quite say what that felt like to the doctor. Then I changed my eating habits from low carb to eating clean and started a lot of whole grains that were not a large part of my diet before. I wound up so sick and in so much pain I couldn't go to work for 2 weeks! I had NO energy and I felt like broken glass was going through me. There were also a lot of symptoms that became clear after...like a mental fog and almost a depression...

I would look up elimination diets online and follow the instructions. I remember seeing one that was pretty specific and ruled out all the major allergens, including gluten.

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1/23/11 1:27 P

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After a long history of "not feeling well" (nausea, bloating, irregular BM, feeling ridiculously full after eating next too nothing) I went to a GI doc and had testing for gall bladder, celiacs and an endoscopy to "take a look". Findings indicated mild intestinal damage but not celiac so I went on an elimination diet (removed all major allergens for a week or 2 then had one day of eating a lot of gluten, wait a few days, then one day of eating a lot of dairy, etc). I felt drastically better within the first 2 days of removing all allergens and was immediately ill when adding them back so I now consider myself gluten and dairy intolerant and keep both out of my diet. I feel so much better and it is not worth it to me to cheat ever. Hope this helps. Provided you are relatively healthy as you said, it can not hurt to remove food groups for a few days to gauge your body's response. Just be sure you get any missing nutrients from other sources. Good luck to you.

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1/23/11 1:27 P

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I found out I had celiac after an endoscopy and blood tests confirmed it. Previously I had been seeing a nutrtionist as I was losing weight ands she did not pick up on this, my GI doctor who specializes in celiac is who follows me now.

I say 2nd opinions are the best when ruling out allergies and if still not feeling better - seek out more opinions.

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1/23/11 12:55 P

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I am not truly gluten but wheat intolerant. I went to a nutritionist who does do some funky testing, and he picked up the problem with wheat. I was pretty sure of the problem after having the stomach flu. What's the first things you eat? Crackers, pretzels, Ramen noodles, and dry toast. Well, I never got better.
So, I was religious about removing all wheat, which was very hard, but worth it. After six weeks, I ate a bowl of what had been my favorite cereal. I was reaping the lovely rewards of that for four days.
Did you do the blood test and were told you have no problem? Maybe you should keep a food diary. I can tell you that after more than a year and a half, I'll never go back to eating the way I used to. It's not worth it!
I mostly stay totally GF, as it's easier, but do munch a few spelt pretzels and have a bit of that bread.
Good luck, and I can tell you you should listen to your body and your instincts.
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1/23/11 12:27 P

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Hi! I am new to the team and am trying to glean information. I have digestive issues and after some back pain, and lots of gas (both ends) immediately after eating and lingering through the day, I went to the doctor. I am a pretty healthy person and rarely go to the doctor.

After an endoscopy and colonoscopy, I am happy to report that everything came out pretty much okay. I had some minor irritation at the base of my esophagus so the doctor said mild acid reflux and prescribed meds. I will say that I was bringing up sour fluid with burps sometimes...hence his thinking acid reflux. No problems laying down or sleeping at night.

Not only do I not want to take the meds longterm if I don't have to, but I have a little feeling that some of this may be allergy related. I do not necessarily think I need to be gluten free, but am wondering about wheat.

How did you discover your allergies? Is it best for me to eliminate....trail and error kind of thing? Or go in for food allergy testing?

Any other ideas would be very much welcomed!

Thanks,
Karen

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