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7/20/11 12:09 P

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Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.

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Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.

This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.

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GFREERUNNER's Photo GFREERUNNER Posts: 97
7/16/11 11:46 A

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That looks like an interesting book. I will see if my library has it!

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7/16/11 11:05 A

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Try reading Restoring your Digestive Health by Jordan Rubin and Joseph Brasco. After one month of following their Guts and Glory program, I could add back into my diet rice, quinoa, and corn. I think it help jump start my healing.

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7/15/11 2:45 P

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If I could make my whole family g-free I would do it (for my sake mostly). I have my own toaster, jar of PB, etc, and my family is AWESOME about being careful about these we still have the crumb & dish towel issues. Or I'll make them sandwiches and then wash my hands - or DID I wash my hands? I wash my hands so much these days that I can't even remember when I have and haven't! It would be just so much easier...

If you find a good g-free bread recipe in your search, please let me know. I have tried a bunch and while some are "okay" as toast, none are great. Or even good. (And I also have high altitude to contend with...) Godd luck!

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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GFREERUNNER's Photo GFREERUNNER Posts: 97
7/15/11 2:10 P

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I do not use wooden spoons, but I have thought about the whole pan issue. I probably need to go buy a few small pans to use for my food. I have actually really been thinking about just making our whole home g free. I have been super paranoid about our counter surfaces and dish towels lately. My boys will just start making a sandwich on the counter w/o a plate or anything and then using the dish towel to wipe up the crumbs :) I am having both of my boys tested for Celiac this year at their physical. But, even if the are ok to eat gluten, I may still do it. Financially our grocery bill would go up a bit. I would really have to learn how to make a good tasting g free bread for them if that is the case :) Thank you!!

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7/15/11 12:50 P

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You might also want to check out your cooking utensils... Are you using a wooden spoon to stir that quinoa that may have been used on something else with gluten previously? Any cookware with a porous surface or scratches is questionable. I HATED giving up my cast iron skillet - that is now dedicated to the rest of my family's grilled cheese sandwiches while I got different cookware for my non-gluten foods.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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7/15/11 10:37 A

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Hello, I'm new to Spark too! Just want you to know I too was diagnosed with IBS and Gluten intolerance later. You know you could be both, right? I also battled with a bacteria in my gut that was diagnosed by a breath test. That took two rounds of anti-biotics to get rid of. My advice is to review what foods to avoid with IBS and see if things improve. For me I had to give up soda and gum. Best wishes!

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7/15/11 6:22 A

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Thanks for all the ideas :) I do not eat dairy or soy. And by grains... well, can I still eat quinoa?! That will be a tough one, but well worth it if it works. I do have to cook most veggies still also. So, if I go off all grains, I guess that leaves meat and cooked veggies/ fruit? I can tolerate most fruits at this time though, thankfully!!

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7/14/11 11:53 P

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Hi!

I had to eliminate dairy till I started to heal, no problems now though. My dad, who has Celiac as well, was told by his doctor that it took 2 years for wheat to leave your system.

Bo

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I love my dogs! Annie is a fearful dog and is doing great under careful management. I raw feed my dogs.

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 02/25/2011

Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

Former skinny person who never exercised and is now trying to make exercise a habit.


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7/14/11 11:15 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. I agree that you may need to eliminate all grains until your body heals and that may take awhile but it is worth it.

Dorothy

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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7/14/11 9:32 P

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I agree with the suggestions to try eliminating all grains (corn and rice included) and legumes, cook all veggies, and maybe use canned or cooked fruits too. Paleo diet has worked best for me. I don't have to cook all my veggies anymore but I did go through a time where I had to.

If you haven't already eliminate dairy. At least for a while to see if it is an issue. Once you heal you may be able to have it again if you find it does make a difference. I can have small amounts now and goat products, but initially I reacted very strongly to it once I eliminated it and tested it.




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7/14/11 8:31 P

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Can you handle eating eggs? One of my 3 yo daughters favorite packed lunch is just eating egg salad from a bowl with a side of fruit and veggies and maybe gluten free crackers or pretzels.

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emoticon Along with Teddybeardonna's suggestions, I would add eliminating any grain products for the next two weeks and see how you make out. Also many folks in our Celiac group who have issues with gluten also cannot tolerate dairy products. Try sticking to protein, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and see how you do. If this helps, you may find the book, "Stop the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall, helpful. Also the Paleo Diet is easier to find and to use when you are first starting out. Let us know how you make out. We are cheering for you.

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7/14/11 5:24 P

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I was diagnosed at the age of 51 and was told 3-6 months for most healing to take affect. A lot depended on the age of a person. Not sure why they gave you that long. I did a google search and the most was 9 -18 months. No suggests other than cooked veggies, salads or fruit.



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7/14/11 5:18 P

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Hi! I am new to Spark and this team, but I do have a question. I was not diagnosed with Celiac until this year at age 34. I have been told since I was 16 that it was just IBS and I had to learn to live with it. UGH! Anyway, I am still having issues with lunch. From what I have read, when you are diagnosed after the age of 30 it takes up to 7 years for your body to heal, maybe longer. For some reason, lunch is my HARDEST meal to digest. I get bloated and crampy after almost every lunch. I have not been able to find a lunch idea that will not hurt me in the afternoon. I have tried sandwiches on Udi's bread, quinoa and veggies, baked chicken and rice, hummus and veggies. Any other ideas... or does anyone else deal with these symptoms after lunch?! Thanks for all of your help!!

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