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)
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