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2/21/12 8:38 A

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I noticed my hair loss slowed WAY down within a week too! :) Yaaaayyyyy

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2/21/12 1:05 A

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I've only been gluten free for about a week but so far I've noticed that I have less bloating and my hair shedding has been reduced.

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Not sure how it is for everyone else, but I didn't really notice much change right at first, but later my stomach did feel better, a bit. But I do have damage which may be from reactions to gluten for so many years. We don't know.

Now, if I get "glutened" I have terrible cramps. Even a small amount can set it off, so I just don't bother eating out hardly ever, anymore. I just cook at home.

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2/2/12 9:33 A

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MOM23CUTIES357 ... from what I understand in all my research and what the doc told me - just a tiny little bit (one cheez-it, one bite of pancake, etc) throws you off completely just like you haven't been GF at all. In order to really see anything, there can't be slip ups. I know that sounds harsh but when doing an elimination diet, one small ingredient can make a huge impact, so one small bite of a main ingredient can do lots of damage. (((Other more experienced people can confirm or deny this for me!!!)))

I'm no stranger to food allergies and intolerances ... of our 8 children, 5 have some form of food allergy or intolerance. Needless to say meal time is interesting and still bothers DH even though he's been exposed to this for years. I know for a fact he has at least one food intolerance and perhaps two, but he refuses to change his diet at all and it's literally killing him. All I can be is the change I wish to see.

Back to meal time .... last night I made two soups using two crockpots. It would have been just one soup but the veggies I had been saving up had soy sauce in them and so I couldn't eat them. Sure it wasn't as easy as making one soup pot but it worked. Instead of making bread like I normally do for our soups, I made rice to put our soups over. It was different ... I liked it but the kids and DH weren't thrilled with it... but they lived!
We had hamburgers the other night ... I ate mine without the bun. Yes, it took a little getting used to eating it with a fork but at least I was GF!

I'm researching recipes to make ahead of time (and will be making some this weekend). For example ... I already know I'm going to make a large eggplant lazagna - bake it, cut it up into individual portions, and freeze them. That way when I pop a lazagna in for the family, I can get my portion-sized piece out and heat it up and eat lazagna with them. Sure it's technically two meals BUT because I did it ahead of time, it's way easy!
I'm looking at how to do pasta ahead and heat up but for now it's not so bad to get two pots of water boiling (one obviously smaller!) and one pot for the sauce. It's just a pain to use two collanders ....

Sorry this got so long ... I probably should have posted it somewhere else!!!

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I've been GF for a week (as of supper yesterday). I've noticed three things already.

1) Way less pain with my plantar fasciitis!!! I honestly wish I could describe the decrease because if you've never had it you just won't get it .... instead of when I wake up having to stretch my feet by really pulling the toes backwards and *still* be in excruciating pain when I stand up and have to stand there for a few minutes before I can hobble around (due to pain and stiffness) a few more minutes before my feet warmed up and had no pain - I just point and flex ONCE and am able to get up and start walking with minimal *stiffness* and discomfort... no more hobbling around a bit or standing around a bit before I can even walk!

I'm also noticing my joint pain in general has slightly decreased.

2) I can tell a difference in my abdomen ... I guess it's less bloated is how I'd describe it. It's squishier lol .... I'm also not constipated. I've tried for years to get unconstipated but I liken it to my baby girl who is dairy-intolerant - if she has just a **smidge** of dairy she is instantly constipated from one end to entrance of the stomach! (It's painful to look at her x-rays!) I know that was me as well because when she would describe the way she felt I felt like that as well. Ummm, yeah, no more of that as of the last couple of days!

3) I can actually lose weight!!!! I usually lose about 3 pounds right off the bat when I start a healthy program but then stall out right there at 3 pounds less than I started - *the* *entire* *time* ... needless to say I literally just gave up all the time. Well, I lost my 3 pounds and stalled .......... within a week of being GF I have lost just over 3 pounds! I know it wasn't unhealthy weight loss as it was just the gunk I've had in my intestines just clearing out and a decrease in inflammation. I'm not looking for that kind of weight loss from here on out or anything as I'm only striving for losing 1/2 a pound a week.

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1/23/12 5:22 P

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My younger (adult) son and I went off it because my husband suspected he had celiac disease or at least was very gluten-intolerant and we were supporting him, but we are sticking with it for some of the same reasons others describe: more energy, better digestion, etc. I also noticed fairly soon after stopping the gluten that I just didn't have a craving for bread, and I always LOVED bread, especially whole wheat. But I don't miss it at all. Being GF is inconvenient sometimes when you're out, but we seek out Thai restaurants and also look things up online beforehand, if possible.

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1/23/12 4:11 P

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I noticed so many things when I went GF. One thing I like because others could notice too was the shape of my face. I wasn't so swollen and puffy and people would comment as they thought I was losing weight. I was pretty sick by the time I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease so I also noticed feeling better, gaining energy, and scouting a bathroom wasn't necessarily the first thing I did whenever I went anywhere.

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1/22/12 1:17 P

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when i found out that i was allergic to certain foods-i was heartbroken. i love food to the core of my soul. especially chocolate. well, it wasn't easy finding things to substitute . for a good month and a half i was struggling to eat healthy. i was still getting diharrea, headaches, bloating, and even shaking. i finally started watching the food i was eating, making sure it was gluten-free, reading labels and such and such. but then i fell into a rut of eating just garbage junk food. i literally would wake up, eat peanutbutter, have some eggs, a bar of chocolate, a bag or two of potato chips, and then at night , gorge myself with anything left that is edible in the fridge. i did this for a while, and it sure didnt help when christmas came along. i am sort of doing this to this day but with spark people's daily intake tracker, i can see what i could be eating, what i should be eating less of, and the things im not.

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1/22/12 11:49 A

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The first thing I noticed when I went off gluten was that the pain in the pit of my stomach was gone along with bloating and explosive diarrhea. Then I noticed that I was no longer hungry all the time and I could lose weight easier. I regained part of my singing voice, and my feet no longer swell. Then for the first time in years my cholestrol has started down instead of going up, and I have lost inches off my waist. No way will I go back on that poison to my body. I made a list of all the wonderful foods that I can still eat...just takes longer to plan a meal.

God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

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I am so excited to hear these positive outcomes. I have been wf/gf for about 1.5wk and I have not noticed a change. I am still waking tired and staying tired all day. I know I need to get back into exercising. I stopped after being dx with gallstones and now I am afraid of doing something to set a stone free into my system.

While waiting for an appt with the gi dr I have made the choice to be wf&gf. I have done pretty good this time around. With a few minor set backs. Like a nibble of dd2 pancake or a slip and popped in a cheez-it cracker last night. Bad habits are hard to break over night.

I am hoping this will be the answer for me. I had a colonoscopy in Dec and they found nothing. I know is good but no answers at this time. The last time I saw the nurse she wanted to dx me with motility issues not so much IBS-C but I do not know. I have also decided to avoid whole nuts because they do not seem to agreeing with my gi tract lately.

I am a mom of three kids and very busy. I am always in the kitchen and tired of cooking separate meals. I would like to get my kids glutenless and wheatless as much as possible. I figured as I learn and find what is good to my palate they will learn to like as well.

Best of luck and many blessing to y'all

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1/17/12 12:41 P

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After going gluten-free I found I was finally able to maintain my weight loss. Losing weight became much easier.

My blood pressure dropped to a healthy 110/70.

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1/16/12 1:32 P

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Cutting out the gluten was the last piece in my puzzle of hair loss and I'm so thankful to the Lord for that! I had some other things that I had to do too that helped slow it down, but it didn't stop until I cut out the gluten. One of the biggest causes of hair loss is low iron, so you have to make sure you have good ferritin levels. You have to make sure your thyroid is functioning properly. Many things that you take can cause hair loss like bio-identical hormones/supplements/medications. It is usually a puzzle, so I hope you get your figured out :)

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1/16/12 11:20 A

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Way more energy. I usually like to sleep about 10 hours, but now I'm feeling great after 6 or 7. (I'll have to pay more attention to my hair..I hope it stops falling out.)
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1/15/12 2:46 P

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My hair stopped falling out! Yaaaaayyyyy emoticon

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ah, that makes a little more since. lol.

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hi maybe not attacks it as much as it is affected by gluten.

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Morningwalker. That is really interesting that the gluten is attacking your system. I have not really researched it's activity with the other diseases I have. I know that they all are related to gluten though.

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KJsupermom......hi my issue is hashimotos thyroid which means gluten attacks my immune system so even on meds I have alot of thyroid symptoms and now it is better emoticon

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MORNINGWALKER -


Im just curious as to your diagnosis,since your symptoms sound like mine. Could you tell me please?

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The first thing I noticed was that when I woke up after 8 or 9 hours of sleep, I did not have burning, fatigued eyes, or the desire to sleep for 8 more hours. Then the cramping and gas that I had always thought were totally normal went away. Then the IBS, dermatitis, and acne all went away and the joint pain decreased dramatically. It was (is) amazing!

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I have been gluten-free 2 months now and not being constipated or fatigued in the afternoon are the first things I noticed the first week. emoticon

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I dropped about 7 lbs of water weight and have more energy. emoticon

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New to Sparks but not new to Gluten Free dieting. Diagnosed Celiac in 2008. The first thing I noticed after going gluten free was a severe reduction in the number of migraine headaches I would get. I would get up to 2-3 a week before removing the gluten. Now that it's gone, I -may- have one migraine a month.

The other thing I noticed: a marked increase in energy levels, but that seems to be common for most folks whether Celiac, Gluten Intolerant or just going GF for the health benefits.

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1/6/12 2:17 P

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That is great that going Gluten Free has helped with your pain.

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I'm new to this group ,not Sparks. I've been GF for about 1 year. I did it because I was in alot of pain and did not know why. I have not had a painful attack since I went GF. So less pain is what I noticed. Less IBS symptoms,less bloating,full all day feeling, less aches and pains all over. I still have no offical diagnosis but, the proof is pain free.

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Linda, You will find it easier when you go out to ask for gluten free / wheat free options. A lot of restaurants are now offering items on their menus that we can eat.

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Decrease in gas, gradual decrease in foggy brain, and after three weeks began to notice a decline in cravings - I found going Gluten free fairly easy for me to do at home but really have trouble when I go out in public at all!! The last month has gotteneasier in that area too - just learning to somply say no and bring my own with me wherever I go!!
Plain fruit in pealing and boiled eggs are good escape routes when all else fails!!

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less trips to the toilet... less gas...
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I think I noticed the same as Dorothy did. The less gas and no bloating was the first thing I noticed.

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Less pain, gas and was going to restroom regularly and not going every two to three days. Now I go every day. No more explosive diarrhea either

Dorothy

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The first thing I noticed was how much I was peeing and this is kind of gross but funny. I come from a long line of bathroom readers, I would actually get PO'd when I could barely find my place on the page and I would be done. In the 1st 2 weeks I figured I expelled about 15lbs of inflammation. As the 2 weeks passed I was in less and less joint pain. That was in October.
Through November I was feeling better but nothing specific. Till the snow storm in December. I was snowed in my place for 2 weeks. One day during the 2 weeks I realized my DH stopped itching, although the sores were healing they were visible till about March.
In January, I got CC glutened at the bowling alley. I knew I was feeling better but it had been so gradual I didn't realized how much till then. I just wanted to sleep and when I got up to bowl I could feel myself swaying, and my klutziness came back. Luckily I got home before my tummy kicked in. The next day I could tell the anxiety, depression and panic attacks had returned and were around about 2 weeks.

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Everybody's different, so what's the first thing you noticed when you went gluten-free?

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