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9/3/10 9:48 P

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Dyerhurdon another thing to remember is to be careful of cross contamination. Even something as simple as lipstick or hand lotion can be a problem. Dairy can be a problem for awhile until your intestines heal enough to digest milk etc.

Mark I too gained weight on the gf diet. I learned to freeze treats so I don't get too many at a time.


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9/3/10 12:26 A

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Hi Dyerhurdon and welcome to this group. Well you got off to a good start and got some excellent information and advise.

What Mark said about making your own food can be alot cheaper. Also I tried not to get into the habit of eating alot of their sweets. I know in the beginning it was hard on me and was eating more sweets than I normally did in the past. Now I do not have them in the house. It is a change for you and we will be here to help you. So please if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask anything at all.

Welcome again.

See the link below my name as they have foods that you can or cannot have and also have recipes that may interest you.

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9/2/10 9:41 P

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Read, read, read! Learn everything you can, and read some more! I found out a while into it that my tea and vitamins were causing me a problem! Anything that goes in your mouth is suspect unfortunately...but you get used to it! emoticon

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9/2/10 10:25 A

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Reading labels is very important. Even for items that you buy over and over. Because they change things. Once you get over the overwhelming fact that wheat/gluten seems to in everything, you will start finding what you can eat. The days of prepackaged foods are limited to you and you will need to learn to make things from scratch. Do internet searches for Gluten Free Recipes to find good things to make. Most gluten free products are expensive, so making things from scratch is a lot cheaper. Even making your own flour mixes will cost less then buying prepackaged mixes. Find a good gluten free cook book. My favorites are those from Connie Sorres and Carol Fenster. Carol has one called 1000 Gluten-free Recipes that is really good. Then the next thing is to be involved in forums like this and ask all the question you need to to get your answer. Many of us have been gluten free for some time so there is a wealth of information available.

Follow the suggested portion amounts like you would with anything else. Remember that most gluten free baked goods are higher in carbs then regular wheat products. So what might seem like a small portion, it packs a large calorie amount. I would suggest that you use baked goods as a treat and not a regular thing. Other wise you will find, as I did, that your weight will be going up and not down.

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9/1/10 10:48 P

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Hi and welcome!! Just make sure that you read every label to make sure that there is no hidden gluten in them. The other thing is to learn the different names that they call them so that you will know it when you read the labels.


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9/1/10 5:11 P

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Get started w/ Spark People? Go to START and the start page has all sorts of info on it. Create a spark page, put in your goals, what you weigh now, what you want to weigh and by when and how many calories you are burning a week if you know.

Then SP will calculate a nutritional guideline for you to follow. Track your food and stay within your goal ranges.

I did this the first month and dropped 2# just by the nutrition tracker. When I started exercising, then I dropped 2# a week. Make sure when you start exercising that you update the SP with how many calories you are burning to get an accurate nutritional range.

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9/1/10 4:36 P

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Can anyone tell me how to get started? I have been buying gluten free food but not sure the amounts I should be eating if you can help I would appreciate it very much. dyerhurdon

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