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1/28/09 2:36 A

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emoticon You can get a kind of oatmeal that has on the package the words 'Certified Gluten Free'. However, for the other kinds of oatmeal you may need to be careful. There is cross contamination which is always a concern if you have celiac disease and not just gluten intolerance. Also, the findings are mixed regarding oatmeal - so if you are really sensitive avoid it completely or use the certified gluten free variety only. Hope this helps.

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1/27/09 10:49 P

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What is the verdict on oatmeal...is it gluten free or not??

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1/26/09 7:25 P

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emoticon Hi Dotslady, I am just posting to thank you for introducing me to The Schwarzbein Principle. I took the books out of the library, read them, and have been using them for about 2 weeks. The first week I gained 1/2 pound, and this week I sneaked a peak and noticed that not only did I lose the 1/2 pound but and additional 2 and my official weigh-in isn't until Wednesday! On top of that, I feel great! I have lost my craving for sugar and her portion recommendations make it so easy I don't have to guess what the correct portions are to balance my meals. I think we need to ensure that everyone knows about this amazing program. On first reading, I thought the nutritional component on the plan would be too high in fat, but my weight dropped, I have more energy, my moods have stabilized, and even my thinking has speeded up! To say I am delighted is to put it mildly. This puts some of what my medical practitioner suggested into a usable form and adds to it so that it is part of a whole wellness program that works well with folks suffering from Celiac or Gluten Intolerant conditions. Some of the other diets I tried also worked but I lacked the ability to translate it into a program with our non-gluten flours so packed on the pounds. I am just starting this program so we will have to see if I can stick to it for the long haul. At the moment, I feel that I can, and I am really encouraged.

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1/12/09 10:39 A

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emoticon Looking forward to hearing what you think Yvonne! Bestest wishes that 2009 is your HEALTHiest year! Health is wealth and all that good stuff.
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1/11/09 11:15 P

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emoticon Hi Dotslady, Thank you for the information. I took a look at her website and put in a request for her books. This looks interesting.

Yvonne
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1/11/09 2:24 P

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My experience, pre CD-dx is that I gained weight eating unbalanced: I didn't like meat, so ate whole grained bread and peanut butter or beans and rice for my protein along with nomimal other meats. I was also low-fat. I ate lots of salads and fruit, not necessarily together.

After gf diet I tried a bunch of gf food stuff and gained 22 lbs before realizing I was a stuffed sausage in my pants (*split*)! I bought a blood glucose meter and started watching my blood sugars. I found some good sites where I learned I didn't want to kill pancreatic beta cells by having bg over 140 (healthy people's bg stays within 80-100). I then found www.schwarzbeinprinciple.com/pgs/hom
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She advocates endocrine/metabolism health with healthy balance: protein, carb, fat at every meal. This was a new concept to me (adding more protein and fat). I TRY to eat more veggies than anything, don't always do it, but trying has been successful. I also have lowered, not deleted carbs and I've deleted grains unless I have a hankering (I don't deny them, nor the potato chips I love; I don't necessarily lose when I eat them either). I probably eat 50% or more of my diet as fat, too. Against the norm, but it's working for me. Most of the fat comes from nuts, seeds, omega-3s. Some saturated like butter and meat.

I'm also able to exercise more and THAT really helps, too. I tried low-carb for a while, but found I didn't feel well on it + I REALLY have a mental block giving up fruit, even for induction. Sugar withdrawal? :P

Try checking her books at the library - she's gluten saavy.
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Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 1/11/2009 (14:40)
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One person's food is another person's poison.
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CD stories: bit.ly/cdstories
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1/11/09 12:27 A

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In a word: No. There is no website that tells you how to lose weight while being on a gluten free diet. And trust me, I've looked. It's sad, but for the most part, the medical community hasn't figured out that celiac patients can also be overweight.
So, basically, you just have the find a diet that works for you and modify it to fit a gluten-free diet. I'm doing atkins. If you fix the foods at home, it's inherently gluten free (you just have to watch meats that have additives like sausage or bacon). It's very hard to eat out, there's so much cross contamination and it seems like restaurants use marinades that have gluten in them on everything. Also, I just found out that slim-fast has variety that is gluten free. I hope this helps!

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I used to eat oatmeal with wheat germ before diagnosis. Now, for hot cereal, I have found two good choices. Bob's Red Mill "Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal" (silly name, but good product) and buckwheat hot cereal. Both are delicious cooked with milk or water in the microwave and topped with flax meal.

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12/18/08 7:54 P

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I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 1 year ago. I actually gained about 10 lbs. because I felt sorry for myself because I could not eat a lot of foods I liked so I bought gluten free flour and made and ate cakes and brownies for awhile and also ate too much ice cream. I have since gotten accustomed to the celiac diet and just 5 weeks ago, I joined Weight Watchers and have so far lost 15 lbs. It is very easy to adjust the Weight Watchers diet to a gluten free diet. There is an abundance of information on dieting and gluten free living on the web.

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12/18/08 5:38 P

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If you want cereal in the morning you can fix rice bran like you would fix oatmeal and put nuts and berries in it, or eat Perky's Nutty Flax. Both are gluten free and high fiber. I usually prefer a protein smoothie that keeps me going easily until lunch time. This morning I had Flax waffles with almond butter. That was a treat that I don't have very often (but I had a coupon to use :-)

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Hi, the big change for me was going from eating high fiber cereals, and breads to eating low fiber rice bread,or tapicoa bread, which don't seem to keep me full as long and are smaller slices and more calories then what i was use to. the only "normal" cereal i've found that you can eat is Rice Chexs only the brand name though.Rice has a higher glycemic index so you blood sugar drops faster and you become hunger sooner. For example, I'm a certified Exercise instructor, I use to eat Kashi Go Lean cereal with frozen blueberries,raspberries&blackberries on it with lactose free skim milk, I would eat that at 7:30am and teach an aeorbic class, a water therapy class, and then a weight lifting class get home at 11:30am and wait until 12 to eat lunch. Now I still use the same milk and berries, but i eat the Rice Chex with a small amount of flax cereal added to it, and when i get home at 11;30am I'm starving. The flax cereal does have some fiber and is higher in protein but very high in calories. So if you were use to eating high fiber complex carbs and now switch to the gluten free flours/products your adding more calories and less fiber. Also, I use to eat fat free pretzels as a snack, but the gluten free kind that my store carrys is over $6 a bag plus they have more calories in them so i haven't even tried them yet. I have a large family 9kids,(part of who've been adopted and i'm the only person eating gluten free)after having to pass up all my old favorites i find at night after the younger ones go to bed that i just crave choc. or something sweet, because i feel so depribed and to many times durning this holiday season i've been giving in. it's very hard passing up all the holiday cookies and even thanksgiving was hard, all i ate was raw veggies, turkey, and corn. and of course my favorites that were served at dinner, was stuffing,dinner rolls, and brocolli noodle caserole. If you were eating mainly simple carbs and are now eating more fruits and veggies then you'll be less likely to notice a weight gain. You just have to watch out for gluten free mixes, and cookies and cakes a lot are higher in calorie and just empty calories. Another thing is that because of the expense of GF products some people tend to eat more white rice and potatoes to fill in and that can add up. Just my thoughts, i'm still newer here i'm sure anothers can jump in and give you their thoughts too!

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12/18/08 5:19 P

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OOH i've done Atkins and was pretty good at it...I have been off Atkins for awhile however I NEVER added white starch back..i'm scared of potatoes, corn, white rice etc...I never thought about it..but I guess low carb which mostly consists of meat and veggies WOULD be essentially Gluten free....

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emoticon Hi Kenna, When I first started on the Gluten Free Diet I felt so much better that my appetite seemed to increase! (In our Celiac support group, this is very common for our members.) Coupled with that, the bread I was able to purchase was much smaller than what I was used to eating with double the calories. Because I knew I needed fibre and vitamin B - I went to town baking using gluten free cookbooks that did not give calorie levels and Sparks did not have the calorie levels of some of the flours and different ingredients I needed to use. I would add Hemp seed or Flax seeds to up the fibre which are also rich in essential oils - but I lacked the know how then to know how to balance everything. Because I am probably one of the oldest members on site (in my early sixties) I need to eat in a healthy manner since my body is not so forgiving for poor eating habits. Also, being older means that my metobolism has slowed down and I find it easier to put on weight and more difficult to take it off than when I was younger. Finally, when I was starting out, I really craved sweets. Since I couldn't go out and purchase cookies (I now know I can and where to find them) I found chocolate that was gluten free and used that in place of cookies. I now bake my own cookies so the chocolate is only used if I am out and then I limit it to two squares. It has taken time to realize I need to eat slower and for my body to adjust and be satisfied with lesser amounts of food. For those who follow a carbohydrate restricted diet such as Atkins to lose weight, a gluten free diet is easy. For those of us with health challenges that makes such an extreme diet dangerous, it takes a bit more time and effort to master.

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12/18/08 4:12 P

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I'm curious..what is it that made you gain weight at first? Seems like it would help you lose since its technically more healthy...

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emoticon Hi KENNA3962, If you type in Celiac Diet in Google you will find a number of excellent sites with the information you want.

I found, to my horror, that when I started the gluten free diet I gain almost 12 pounds! Now that I have the flours and baking under control, I am working on losing weight. One book that you can purchase from Amazon or you may be able to borrow from your library is: Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Reduced Calorie Cookbook by Connie Sarros. The best part about this book is that entire meals are put together along with the calorie count. I found this very helpful when I was starting to take my weight reduction seriously and not merely to get the 'hang' of the diet. Also, you can enter the food you prepare in the meal tracker on Sparks since the nutritional info is provided. Jus record then add the recipies to your favorites. Sarros' recommendation is a healthy balanced diet, rather than any particular diet oddity, which means that once you lose your weight you will still be able to maintain your weight by using the same plan but either increasing portion size or addings an occasional treats more often. Also, remember to add some form of fibre and Vitamin B (the whole spectrum) as they are difficult to find when you eliminate whole grain wheat products. Let us know how you make out.

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Is there a website showing foods or programs on how to lose weight being Gluten free? I have had bloating for a time now and always look a little pregnant...I just got thru with Celiac Disease testing and the test was negative... however i'm thinking of trying the Gluten free diet anyhow and see if it helps....HOW do I find out this info? I have NO IDEA where to start!

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