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10/13/12 8:47 P

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I've only been gluten free for less than a week, but I had horrible headaches the last couple days. Today is my first headache free day. I'm happy to see that's it's common though.

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6/15/12 2:06 P

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Great information. I am going gluten free. (Thought I was but obviously not based on test results.) So trying to get my ducks in a row and make this happen. The sharing of info is great for us newbies and what to expect. I really appreciate it.

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6/15/12 9:00 A

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Thank you all for the advice and words of encouragement!!

I feel MUCH better today! No headache at all....although I've gained back all the weight that I initially lost, despite staying within my calories and exercising. Oh well...I'll give it time.

I'm just happy that I woke up with energy today and am looking forward to getting on my treadmill and working up a good sweat!

I have a feeling yesterday was due to the pasta. I'm going to go a couple more days without having it to see how I feel...and then eat it again and see if the same thing happens. I love experiments! :o)

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6/15/12 5:37 A

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Transition to gluten free and all the changes that take place in our body and resulting healing takes time. Log your food daily and your reaction to it and give your body time to adjust. You will have days where you feel good and others...not so much...perfectly normal. I had to give up eggs, milk and all gluten at the same time as my immune system was really messed up when I started and have been able to add back in eggs and some milk products. I started this whole process 5 years ago and remember the 1st year was a learning experience. Hang in there and stay committed to your get healthier goals. You can do this! Smiles Barb

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6/15/12 12:32 A

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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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6/14/12 3:34 P

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With the pasta it could have been that it was white rice which is more processed than the brown rice you've been eating. It could also be from the corn, some people do better completely grain free but since you've been GF for such a short time it takes a while for your body to detox and will fluctuate for a while. Everybody is different, some people feel great after a few days, others after months.
With the early menopause, I'd suggest looking up and reading Dr Rodney Ford's E-book(s) on the subject. He is a pediatrician specializing in gluten issues in New Zealand. If you're on Facebook he has a group - Gluten Free Planet. He's doing a tour of the US this summer/fall talking about the gluten spectrum issues and how he wants the whole world to be GF.
Give your body some time to detox and get out of shock. Good Luck!

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6/14/12 11:37 A

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Yes, there is gluten is way too many things that it has no business being in (gluten in vegetable broth? Really? And in ice cream?) Lots of things. But, I will say that in the past year, I have cut out sooooo many processed foods from my diet, that going GF has not been that big of a transition for me. And, so far at least, I haven't even been tempted. I did try some gluten free pasta last night. That was the only "new" thing that I tried. It was made with rice flour and originally I thought maybe that was why I'm feeling so bad today but...I've had brown rice at every evening meal this week and it didn't seem to bother me.

Unless there's something else in the pasta? I don't know. It's all very confusing.

**I just went and checked and the pasta has corn flour in it, too. Could that be it?

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6/14/12 11:30 A

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I heard that going GF takes at least several weeks for your body to recover. I went GF June 1 as an experiment to see if it made any difference to how I felt, having several symptoms of gluten intolerance. I'm going to wait until September to see if I feel different and then go from there. I might even wait a little longer since going GF was much more complicated than I thought, EVERYTHING seems to have gluten in it and I have to feed my family something!

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6/14/12 11:11 A

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Thanks Donna!

For the past 8 years I've had a struggle with my health. I suddenly went through very early menopause (at age 38) and gained about 70 pounds in 5 years (never had a weight issue before that). Was finally diagnosed last year with hypo and put on Synthroid.

In the past year I have tried EVERYTHING to lose the weight. I'm up to about 90 minutes of aerobic exercise a day (5 x a week) and strength training 3 days a week. My diet has changed dramatically over the past year! Nothing has worked. But, for this week...since going GF, that is the only thing I've changed. I eat lots of vegetables and some fruit. I have eaten every meal at home and have stayed well within my calories for the day every day.

The first 3 days I felt great! Tons of energy and just ready and raring to go. Today...I feel completely lethargic and just wanting to go back to bed. :o( I'll keep going, since my stomach feels better already...but I was really liking how I felt the first 3 days. Not so much today.

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6/14/12 10:39 A

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Good morning, I have heard of a few people getting headaches for several weeks after going GF. All of a sudden your body is being shocked by no more gluten. Are you giving up other things too. Don't forget your weight will fluctuate. I am 3 lbs less than yesterday and know I didn't lose 3 lbs over night. I have thyroid issues also and most of us find it harder to lose weight, but again than depends on age and other factors.



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6/14/12 8:17 A

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Hello everyone!! I'm new to GF, just started on Monday of this week so this is Day 4 for me. I have hypothyroidism and Synthroid, Diet and Exercise were not enough to help me lose the weight. I've read about the connection between Hypo and Gluten and decided to try going GF after Sunday. I don't normally eat a ton of breads and pastas anyway (maybe a few times a week) but on Sunday my family went to visit my sister's family on the beach and I ended up eating bread at every meal. And even though I was UNDER my calories for the day, by the time I went to bed, I felt like a balloon and just not happy.

So after the first two days GF I lost 3 pounds, but gained one back yesterday. Which was a little discouraging but the worst part for me, is that now I have these terrible sinus headaches. I never got headaches before and I've had one now for the past two days. Today is much worse than yesterday . It's right behind my eyes and between my eyes. Is this just detoxing? Any idea how long this will last?

And, does anyone else know about the weight loss issue? I really need to get this weight off me and nothing is working. This has to work.

It's never too late to become what you might have been. - George Eliot

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