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12/23/06 4:24 P

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I know! It's it wonderful. I haven't checked my weight lately, but hopefully I have lost another couple. Considering how my pants are fitting, I hope I've lost another couple pounds. I feels good, and so far ahead of the original wedding plans! I feel good about that. I hope to go swimming a few times over the holidays and get into a routine with that.
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12/23/06 12:01 P

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Pyeway - you don't have far to go!!!

KNOWLEDGE = POWER. BODY = TEMPLE. FOOD = MEDICINE. PREVENTION IS THE CURE. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB!
One person's food is another person's poison.
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12/23/06 11:50 A

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OMG - where'd all the newbies come from?! I'm glad to see ya! I don't know why I'm not getting notices from ya'lls threads.

Well, I GAINED 20 LBS. I was doing it through a nutritionist too! She couldn't understand it. I paid her $800 worth of visits and she didn't understand celiac is all. I posted a similar question a while back cause I thought this would be "usual" since we starting absorbing.

However, I am obese. Previous to dx the end of Jan., I wasn't a big meat eater (just didn't like it except for burgers) and tried to eat whole grains (Kashi) for breakfast and whole grain turkey sandwiches for lunch or whole grain & peanut butter for complete amino acids and a salad/with whatever for dinner. Couldn't understand why I was fat as I thought I was pretty moderate (though I could binge on sunflower seeds - which, in hindsight, was my body's way of getting iodine for my hypo-thyroid).

Anyway, I leveled off at 20 lb gain. I've worked my butt off (I wish literally, but I'm still working on it) and have lost about 18 of the 20 now. Most of my absorption/weight gain happened in the 3rd-4th month. By the 9th month my lifelong depression lifted. I suspect Vit D had a role to play.

Did any of your doctors ever check your fat soluble vitamin or iron levels after dx?

You are so fortunate to have been diagnosed early in life as you'll be way ahead of the game preventing cancer. That's the way I look at it. Not to mention feel good! What a concept. I just wasn't a happy camper (though I was a jokester and fun person more when I was young) for much of my life. NOW I am reborn and building a new life. It's weird, but I'm grateful. I did not have gut pains - celiac manifested in me neurolically as memory problems - (dementia/Alzheimers which was unbelievable to the doctors when I'd complain, cause they thought I was too young), depression, brain fog, difficulty processing info - and worsened as I aged. That's why many celiacs are undiagnosed I think. I was a constipated celiac until the last 2 years (Kashi helped - ha!). The last 5 years I had a couple bouts of diarrhea associated with those sunflower seeds or ice cream (fat malabsorption) - which, in hindsight, was a sign. I never brought it up to my doctor, cause who doesn't get diarrhea once in a while?

BUT, here's what I did bring to my doctor: memory problems, depression, bone pain, edema, hypothyroidism, anxiety, insomnia. At least that's what I can remember without digging through my medical files!

I'm glad to hear you gained (well, not really, but you know what I mean). I did not pig out on those often high-glycemic index alternate grained food sources to gain my weight. I was pretty paranoid to eat for about 6 months.

I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! I'm finally able to exercise without my hair falling out and I feel good instead of lousy!

And Meg, I'm looking forward to trying Natures' oats in February, after the year mark, like they suggest.

Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 12/23/2006 (11:53)
KNOWLEDGE = POWER. BODY = TEMPLE. FOOD = MEDICINE. PREVENTION IS THE CURE. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB!
One person's food is another person's poison.
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CD stories: bit.ly/cdstories
Nutrition/Cancer: bit.ly/Quillinnutrition


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12/20/06 9:22 P

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good for you

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12/20/06 6:45 P

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Nope, still wouldn't chance it. I value my health as it is.
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12/20/06 6:10 P

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Celiacs often react to oats because of the high risk of wheat contamination. Oats do not actually contain gluten themselves.

Gifts of Nature, Inc. (giftsofnature.net) sells Certified Gluten Free Oats that I first learned about at the Celiac Conference in Columbus. They're safe and healthy. I am incredibly sensitive to gluten, but have been enjoying oatmeal almost every day.

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12/20/06 3:12 P

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JRGRACEY1 - you eat oatmeal?? I don't and haven't since I was diagnosed. They do say that being able to consume oatmeal is individual, but I would never take the chance it would affect me. The stomach pains I had are still very vivid in my mind and I just wouldn't put myself thru that just to find out that no, I can't eat oats! You're very lucky if you can though.
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12/20/06 1:02 P

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I have to agree. Health Valley makes a delightful oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie that is gluten and dairy free, but it's $5.00 for nine cookies that are high in calories. I just stay away.


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12/20/06 5:08 A

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Hi everyone. Although I also enjoy the desserts that are available to us, I don't tend to consume them. To me, they just aren't worth it due to the high calories! Ive purchased a few pies, cookies over the years, but since I"m the only one consuming, it would mean I'm the only one getting all those lovely calories! They are just too high. If I'm buying ice cream for the family, I"ll buy flavours I don't like, therefore I don't eat them.
Good luck everyone.
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12/19/06 9:17 P

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I'd been pretty sick off-and-on for about a year before I was diagnosed this summer -- I'm also 23; the doctors I've seen have all said this is an unusual age to be diagnosed!

Anyhow, looking back, I was probably a bit too thin at the time of diagnosis, but I gained weight quite rapidly and was borderline overweight by October -- 30 lbs. in 4 months... yikes...

However, my doctors weren't concerned and said my metabolism had slowed due to malnutrition and it would all even out. I really haven't restricted my diet at all -- eating is SO much more enjoyable now that I don't feel horrible after every meal and I still savor my daily ice cream and chocolate, but the extra weight HAS started coming off and balancing back out...

It certainly is a slow, frustrating process though.

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12/19/06 2:42 P

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Hi, I have been reading the posts for awhile, so decided to say hello. I really relate to so much said about being gluten-free. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and weighed 93 lbs. at time of diagnosis.
I have been GF since that time, and since my body is now receiving much needed nutrients, I've gained about 15 pounds which was needed, but seem to going up even more. My problem is I love all the G-F bread, and all the many dessert type foods that are so high in calories. I'm hoping that by tracking my food, reading and posting on this team, I'll take a more healthy approach to my diet and also meet new folks who are also celiac.

 
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12/12/06 11:24 A

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Ill attempt to look at this positivly then.. maybe it means my body healed quickley if Im already gaining ( absobing)...I dont eat that much bread, once a week I usually get a loaf or hamburger buns or somthing liek that from this bakery that does GF and makes it taste normal, other then that its cereal, rice or corn pasta and rice for carbs.

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Hi KP02WL and welcome! I have been gluten free for almost 24 years. I didn't gain any weight until just the last couple years. I knew once middle age set in, I might start to gain. Apparently it is normal for us to gain weight in mid life as we are now absorbing what we couldn't before and our breads are very high in calories, so watch those! I have really cut back on my breads recently. Not that I consumed a lot before, but they are just too high in calories. Good luck to you on your goals.
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Hey everyone, I was diagnosed about 6 months ago and although I was at a healthy weight then I have since gained 25 pounds.. stupid absorbption.. so Im attempting to go back to my old weight while maintaining the celiac diet.. I have beening doing this calorie counting and working out thing for about 4 weeks now, I think i see an improvment although the scale doesn't seem to think so.. crossed fingers its just turning into muscle.

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