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11/19/12 8:52 A

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Hello all! I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season. Canít believe thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is next month!!
I wanted to touch base with you all to see if you had one more idea for me. I am still struggling with being hungry 24/7 even though I drink protein drinks, eat grilled chicken, rice, steamed veggies, etc. Nothing is helping me feel full. I am gaining weight again and struggling to get it off. I just want to beat this Celiac Disease and start losing weight. I know I will have the disease for the rest of my life but I also know I need to figure out how to live with it. I canít tackle being hungry all the time. The cravings are still uncontrollable as well. Does anyone have this problem? Or is it just me? I have listened to my doctor and my nutritionist but nothing is working. Thanks for your help.


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10/13/12 3:04 P

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I love to cook and have found that shopping on the outside edges of the store...meat, veggies, fruit, eggs,dairy and then just buying the things I need to make my main meals for the week that are the most natural and whole food related helps the most. I do still make things like pizza and bake my own cookies or donuts for treats but try to limit them. I also buy rudi's or udi's multigrain breads for sandwiches and toast. Watching my calorie intake in relationship to my exercise is my priority. It takes burning 3500 calories more than we take in to lose one pound...I try to treat it like math and look at the facts. To much fat and carbs and not enough moving seem to be my downfall!! Eating right and exercise and the body responds!!!

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10/12/12 10:58 A

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So glad that things are going well for you! I will have to remember that trick about freezing the rice! I love eating veggies and rice. When I'm organized to cook, we essentially eat a form of stir fried veggies/meat with rice every night.

Best of luck!

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10/6/12 10:36 A

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So glad to find tips and encouragement here! I also miss the corn tortilla chips so I will have to get the Tostitos today - thanks! Still, I will stick to the serving size and limit the calories and carbs, but you can do so much with those chips! You can crush them and add your own seasoning and sprinkle on top of broiled or baked fish for a nice topping instead of bread crumbs. A couple of broken chips in a tossed salad add a crunch and I don't miss the carbs so much then. I have really found that "less" is better than none sometimes...such as in this case. I have thin friends who already have some of these habits and it works for them! I am really learning to love veggies and finding new ways to cook with them. I found a low-carb cookbook at Half Price Books and there are many! Not a big fan of kale yet, but I mix in with other greens and I feel good about it! There are so many good recipe sites online and especially here at SP. A few adjustments to your individual taste and you can find some staples that will get you through. One of my favorite things is a Quaker Rice Cake (plain) with chopped boiled egg instead of a breakfast sandwich. I melt a little cheese and salsa...awesome! I also started preparing a week's worth of brown rice and wrapping individual servings in plastic wrap then stored in the freezer in a large zip bag. I take these to work and add frozen veggies and add to leftover chicken or fish from the night before. Works for me! I've gotten more organized and if I can do it....anyone can do it. Cravings for carbs have subsided and my recent labs were amazing! I've lost 16 pounds in 2 months which for me is like a miracle! Best to all! We can do it!

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10/5/12 8:55 P

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Congratulations, that's the best you can do, even is true everybody can feel the need to eat a slice of pizza or make a sandwich, you really try to control the substitute they are so reach in calories, instead, try to look for healthy recipes that help you not to get bored, maybe try one per week.

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10/3/12 3:40 P

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Thank you to everyone who has posted on here! This is just what I needed to read/see/hear!

I am not diagnosed with any type of gluten allergy/intolerance etc. However, I have been diagnosed with IBS by a GI doctor and a Naturopath once suggested I try a GF diet for a while just to see if it makes a difference. I have tried before (twice) and to be honest, it has been nothing but painful and uncomfortable for me. Painful in that I really struggle with what I can eat and what I can't eat and uncomfortable because my tummy doesn't always accept change.

I can say that most products that are GF (like the breads and the cookies etc that have GF substitutes in them) have made me feel even sicker than the glutenous products do. So this time around I have been trying to avoid just substituting, but that honestly makes it so hard!

I also seem to have a severe sensitivity to either fatty foods or dairy. Cheese, specifically, and things that are very rich in oils seem to not stay with me long.

I also don't really enjoy cooking and don't take alot of time to do so. So this makes it even MORE difficult. I know there are changes that I will have to make (whether I like them or not) in order for me to make this work, but it is SO FRUSTRATING!

So - thank you - I think I will find a great source of support and information with all of you. I will definitely keep checking back and be more active within this SparkTeam :o)

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10/2/12 5:04 P

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I try avoid foods that are marketed towards being gluten free. There is a ton of sugar and junk added. I can do better making it myself. I am very close to losing 30 pounds.

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9/30/12 3:27 P

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Thank you! You inspired me to look at the bag again. AND, indeed, it does have GF on it!!! Hooray Hooray!! Thank you

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9/30/12 2:53 P

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I would say if it is 100% corn and does not list any wheat, barley or rye on the label they are safe to eat! If they are the same ones I am thinking they are, I eat them with no issues.

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9/30/12 2:14 P

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Are Tostitos 100% corn restaurant style corn chips gluten free? The ingredients don't appear to have anything glutenful but it isn't labeled GF.

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9/10/12 6:27 P

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I know this is not the place to intro myself but I saw this team from reading a GF article so I decided to join because .......a month ago I found out I was allergic to wheat, nuts, white potatoes, onions, oranges, apples, pears and lettice! There's more but not worth mentioning.....these are quite enough! I have been experiencing sinus infections and asthmatic bronchitis for years, which only worsened once we moved to TN 2 years ago. I finally went to an allergist and though it's costing me a ton of money (insurance does not cover anything to do with allergies/asthmas) I have begun receiving allergy shots/treatment. I am also allergic to a lot of environmental things as well as my dogs:( Anyway, I have been a Spark Person for a few years....but not consistently. Now I am determined, though it is much harder to lose weight once you are "older." I do not have celiac disease. And I LOVE bread, cakes, donuts, etc. etc. I became depressed because the shots do not cover food so I've had to abstain for the most part. I'm hoping I can find some encouragement and advice with this team. Thanks for the good review on the Wheat Belly book - I may try it! emoticon

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BRITTSHANKS You will get over this hunger if you persevere! It is because of the disease. I agree with homemade popcorn, not the bag type with all the junk in it. Be aware that with yor severe disease this might hurt your insides with all the roughag from the popcorn hulls.

Your doc is right you want to cook things at this time as they do hurt your insides when you eat a lot raw. Roasted veggies are my favorite! I also used a lot of frozen bagged veggies and made my lunches from leftovers (turkey burger with broccoli and a baked potato for example). I also go EVERYWHERE still with a large lunchbag with reusable ice blocks and enough food to last me as long as I expect to be out, plus some extra. You can never plan to be able to eat somewhere out. There may be nothing available, and if there is it may be cross-contaminated. I would say for you, some hard boiled eggs, canned fruit cups without sugar added, V8 or Tomato juice if you like those (or some type of veggie juice you can tolerate), rolled up lunch meat or tuna and some soft Bibb lettuce leaves, a cooked meal from dinner leftovers that you can reheat, homemade soups (I make ahead and freeze in containers which also helps keep the bag cold), kale chips (recipes here on SP), and some no sugar added applesauce. I would stick to rice for carbs and some potatoes if you feel you need it. They are easily digestible and some people like me even have issues with GF grains. It would be wise I think to let your gut heal and THEN try the substitute grains. Try to eat a fat or proteinwith your carbs too it helps them not go right through and leave you hungry again. SImple carbs like the Rice Krispies treats and cereals will leave you hungry very quickly.

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Hi all - was going to check in with updates on my GF quest to better health and yes, weight loss. The book you mention, Wheat Belly, is very enlightening, and I find that it does go along with Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, and Belly Fat Cure diets (and others along those same lines which will instruct you to lay off the carbs). I agree with the WB book, which says our American diets are off-balance with wheat products in general. The food pyramid is out of whack. You gotta read this book! I recently stayed at hotel which included a continental breakfast. I went down for coffee and breakfast to find sweetened cereals, biscuits and gravy, mini-muffins, bagels, waffles, and toast. No protein whatsoever. I looked around the dining room and people were stuffing themselves with this stuff. And I would have happily joined them (without even batting an eyelash) had I not just started my GF journey. There were some sad looking bananas and rough looking apples and some orange juice. I got a cup of coffee and a couple pieces of fruit. Ok, here's the message I really wanted to share today, somehow: I have been GF (as much as I can - though I have made a few minor mistakes by not reading labels) for just five weeks. I have not tried to make a serious effort to lose weight because I've had ice cream, real Coke (on occasion) potatoes, beans, rice, corn, avocado, nuts (200 calorie packs) rice cakes, peanut butter, popcorn, cheese, and even wine. I've lost 13 pounds and the pain in my knees from arthritis and inflammation. I went to my doctor and told her about this and she did a blood test for gluten antibodies, although I've heard that these tests aren't accurate unless you are currently eating food with gluten. She called me a week later with results and reported that out of 3 panels (tests) for Gluten sensitivity, 2 were normal ranges, but a third test was positive. She told me to continue to stay away from wheat products as I seem to be headed in the right direction. So, now...I feel ready to take on another challenge: to eliminate sugar. I don't know if I can really do that, so I'm starting slowing. I want to lose about 45 pounds more. Yes, this is a health issue, certainly, but my weight is also a health issue. So for me it's about being healthy first. And I also realize that part of being healthy is having peace of mind and understanding what's happened to my body over the years. I have so many health issues, that I have been discussing with my doctor about the possibility of going on disability
retirement at age 57. But that was before I tried this GF way of life. I feel hope now. I feel this could answer so many questions, and I am optimistic that I can overcome some of the damage done to my body. Perhaps not all, but I don't feel helpless anymore. Now, I love more than anything to have a slice of whole wheat toast in the morning with my coffee, but I will never again do that. I'm not even tempted. Every person's journey is unique because we all have a different bodies and realities to deal with. But we can help each other and share information and I really appreciate that about SP. I wish everyone here the best! Thanks for sharing and reading! - Terry

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8/31/12 9:37 A

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To BRITTSHANKS--
Have you considered starting a Spark Page? We would love to get to know you even better. I would like to 'add you as a friend.'

I'm glad you are calming down and settling into your new life. I am doing better also--I am pretty new to it myself. It's been 5.5 weeks since I went gf. Haven't felt this good---ever. emoticon

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8/26/12 1:14 A

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Another sweet attack idea is to take some fresh blueberries or grapes and freeze them in Ziploc bag... once they are frozen for some reason they taste really sweet and refreshing, this works well for most berries. I have some blueberry bushes growing in my yard now, but until they are established and producing well, I am get them from a friend that has a blueberry farm and self pick is substantially cheaper than if they pick for you. I also find having veggies chopped ready to go in the fridge is a great reach to snack idea... or peanut butter and apples.

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I love grilled veggies. Use a little bit of olive oil and you are good to go. Or if you don't have a grill, try roasting them in your oven. Toss with a bit of olive oil and toss in some seasonings if you'd like. (I'm big on fresh rosemary and thyme). Or saute zucchini with basil. The options are endless and you can easily pick the ones you like or what's in season. Roasted/grilled asparagus is pretty fabulous as well.

As for portable snacks, I tend to keep small boxes of raisins around. There are GF granola bars, though I have nut allergies, so there are fewer options out there.

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8/24/12 12:08 P

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I just sent you a couple recipes through messaging. How do we add you as a friend, I don't see the link to your page?

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8/24/12 11:37 A

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Brittshanks, all boars head products are gluten free. Not sure whether they do jerky but they other hams and prosciutto (? spelling)
I also do a lot in the crock pot things like black bean and veg chilli or butternut squash and carrot stew. A lot of normal recipes do well in the crock pot, you just don't need quite so much liquid as it doesn't evaporate like when you cook on the stove or in the oven.
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8/24/12 11:17 A

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AROOSTOOK, I am so sorry. Haha. For some reason I thought you talking to me. I was just making sure that people knew that I have a severe case of the disease and not doing it as a diet. I agree with you in the fact that it has definitely become the new fad diet. I never paid attention to it till about 2 weeks ago, but since doing my research there have been 100ís of articles about how to lose weight going gf. So many celebrities are doing and itís all over CNN. (I have no idea why people want to go gf just for the heck of it, I wish I didnít have to pay such close attention to the diet for fear of being in major pain. I would trade bodies with them in a heartbeat. I understand people going gf if itís a medical issue, even if it isnít celiac disease.) I see how it can be healthier, but then again now that companies are making tons of gf pasta, cookies, crackers, chips, etc. itís not really healthy anymore.
I didnít know that Jell-O was gluten free! Iíll need to look into that. I looked into jerky but never found gf product.
I would LOVE to pick your brain on some healthy gf meal ideas that I can freeze. I live alone so making huge recipes only ends in wasting it. I grill a ton of chicken and freeze it. I also keep turkey burgers in the freeze for a quick meal. Any other ideas?
How about ways to fix veggies? I used to eat them raw, like carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. and dip them in low fat ranch but my Dr. said that I need to stay away from raw fruits and veggies till my intestines heals more. I will be in pain just because it is slow to digest and my intestines is very raw.


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8/24/12 10:59 A

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Britt I didn't address the weight loss comment to you and I am sorry I did not make that clear. I was addressing it at FAYE000. It erks me that too many books are out there now toting the weight loss idea of being gf. They have turned it into the latest fad diet and it is not. It is a health issue. Anytime you need some recipe ideas I have a whole lot of stuff i make in the crock pot. A small crock pot could be a salvation for a single individual who is trying to be gf and working. Another thing I found good for snacks is beef jerky but read the ingredients because there is many out there with gluten. And don't count on it being gf when you find one cause they constantly change the formula. I also found fruit jello cups work well if you are at a desk. Even gf cereal in a sandwich bag with some nuts mixed in is a great snack too! I love fruit rings (like fruit loops!)

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8/24/12 10:42 A

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I completely understand that the gf diet is not a weight loss plan but I am really praying that it helps me lose weight only because before I was diagnosed I was gaining weight like crazy. It made no sense to me until my doctor explained that I was malnourished and that my body was starving for nutrients and no matter how much I ate or what I ate my intestines was not working properly. As you can imagine, I was panicking trying to figure out why I was gaining weight. So, I am not saying that I want to lose 10lbs by next week just because I am gluten free, haha, but I am hoping that in the near future my body will adjust and get back to normalÖ.Thanks for the tips. I am going to try the popcorn because not only do I love popcorn but it is also low in Calorie and fat. Great idea on the portable snacks. I usually donít bring fruit with me because of it going bad while not refrigerated but bananas should be fine. Thanks again!

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8/24/12 10:35 A

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I have found that popcorn at night will take care of your cravings very nicely. If I absolutely need a sweet I will make a small batch of carmel and drizzle over my popcorn. One thing for sure, gf is not a weight loss program. It is a health issue program. If you think you will automaticly loose weight on a gf diet you are dreaming. But it is a healthier life style that is necessary for many of us. The main thing is to read labels. There is hidden gluten in so many things. On my website you will also see that it is in many medications you take, so you will want to always check your meds on the list to be sure you are not getting glutened. I carry fruit (cherries or banana) for snacks or cheese sticks. Also, those rice krispie squares that are single serve are 90 calories and make a nice take along snack.

Also if you have a health food store or Whole foods - you can get snack bars and granola bars there that are gf and actually very good! www.IHaveCeliacs.com

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FAYE000- WOW! I am very impressed. Did you like the book? Did it help you any? I have been contemplating buying the book. I am trying to learn all I can during this process of being diagnosed. I used to have an extremely strong will when it came to not eating sweets or not eating at all, but in the past year I have been starving nearly 24/7 and I have been having severe cravings. My doctor thinks most of it is coming from the disease. If I can stay off gluten and tame my hunger with healthy options, hopefully the cravings and weight will go awayÖThanks for your encouragement! I am excited to start this journey and start feeling better.

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Working on day 43 GF.
I just finished reading "Wheat Belly, Lose The Wheat, Lose the Weight" By William Davis, MD
No Way I could retain it all. I will have to read it again. He says getting the wheat out of the diet will reduce the need to snack.
I have have counting calories,eating no sugar and not eating after dinner for 273 Days.
I have not had any issues with not eating wheat. Got me some Udi's bread and some GF Soy Sauce and here I am 43 Days later. I do not have Celiac disease; but I do have high Blood Pressure, joint pains, skin problems, excessive mucus and weight issues. My chiropractor, whose passion is nutrition, suggested I go off wheat for 30 days and see if I could tell a difference.
I can see a difference and I am not ready to go back on wheat!!
I will be back on this thread and read all the post soon.
I want to learn all I can about gluten intolerance.
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Good morning All,
Thank you so so so much for all the insight and tips. I am still struggling but determined to get a handle on it. I scheduled my mandatory visit with the Dietitian/Nutritionist but it is not until Sept. 5th. The doctor said that since I have a very severe case I have to go see them. I am trying to mange till then for now.

I would have to say my biggest struggle is at night. I get the munchies and veggies just arenít curbing that craving. I guess Iím just going to have to buckle down, suck it up, and wait for the cravings to subside. I am eating a lot of fruit, is that ok? I am eating a lot of berries, apples, pears, peaches, etc. I figure they are ok considering they are fresh. I am also trying to eat more veggies. I eat a lot of plain chicken as well. I am only struggling at night when I want something sweet or salty. Any more suggestions for the munchies?

Last question, what do you all do for portable snacks? I am on the road a lot and I always kept healthy granola bars, wheat crackers, 100 calorie packs, etc. in my car or at my desk at work, but now I cannot eat any of those things and I canít stop at a convenient store for 2 reasons. One I canít eat anything they have, and two it is normally way to fattening and unhealthy. So, Iím stumped. Any suggestions on that area or healthy portable snacks? Iím trying to stay away from nuts because they are so high in calorie and I struggle at only eating 5 nuts and it leaves me still hungry.

I am SO sorry to bother you all with so many questions but I figure you all are very knowledgeable considering you all have celiac disease and have for quite some time. Thanks everyone! 


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The simplest plan you can get is to just eat whole foods. Nothing processed. Therefore you take away all risk of contamination, and most of the weight gain risks. Meat/veg/fruit/nuts/potatoes/sweet potatoes/and some healthy oils like olive oil. Easy, cost effective and healthy. Use recipe sites for inspiration...and then make things GF For example: stir frys. You don't have to use soy sauce, there is coconut aminos, GF soy sauce and Bragg aminos that are all good subsitiutes. ANd you are still eating healthy foods with all those veggies and meat.

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I know what you mean about getting sick of the same thing...I just try to get to websites to get new inspiration. I have also craved more sweets since being GF. I never got excited about sweets before. I usually avoid eating them by eating veggies from my garden and sometimes dipping them in my homemade ranch! I also just take one day at a time. You'll get the hang of it. Just give yourself time to adjust. Try not to stress out -that will also make you gain weight. Keep me posted! It's really nice talking to someone about this. Thanks for reaching out!

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I have Celiac's it is an interesting illness. I have a web site that may help you understand some of what is going on and steer you toward some good foods. www.IHaveCeliacs.com I have tried losts of pastas, but corn pasta is the bestsubstitute. We eat a whole lot of tacos, love them!! I have found when I crave a sweat I have a small dish of ice cream or a yoplait yogurt. Love the black forest cake or apple turnovers. One thing I really missed was pizza. I found Against the Grain Pizza and it is just like the real thing!! I eat tons of fruit and veggies. Love baked potatoes but usually only eat the skins... Eat lots of protein. I try to eat my carbs in the a.m. so I burn them off and eat my protein mid day for energy boost.. Snacks are only fruits. Good luck! Contact me if I can be of help!

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Emphasize protein and healthy fats to help curb cravings. Simple meals with a protein and a big salad and other veggies are easy. I like to have half of a hard boiled egg (or half of a deviled egg, if I have time to get them made) for a snack or a trail mix of mostly nuts and seeds with a few pieces of dried fruit. Chicken salad or tuna salad can be a quick lunch. A protein smoothie is a quick breakfast or almond meal pancakes that I have made previously and frozen. Veggie omelets are good on the weekend.
Have fun with your meals. There really is still a LOT you can eat that is healthy.

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HISSPRING2012-
Thank you SO much for all the tips and help. This is exactly what I need. I scheduled my appointment with the nutritionist and I am hoping to get things worked out before long. I HATE the thought of gaining weight with this disease. I am already gaining so much and I absolutely hate it. Your meal plan was very helpful. I too am trying to stay away from gluten free chips, cookies, crackers, and pasta. I feel I will only gain more weight. The bad thing is, is that I am getting sick of the same things I am eating. The change is pretty difficult. I am also craving sweets like crazy!!! I donít know why.  I hate that too. Did you have a lot of cravings? Anything work to curb that?

Thanks for the websites. I will check them out right now! I really appreciate your help!


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8/23/12 10:52 A

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Hi, I'm Katie. I don't have a weight loss meal plan, but I can give you some 'rules to live by.'
I wasn't diagnosed with Celiac, but did remove gluten from my diet and feel a million times better. I have struggled with food issues for 10-15 years and have been gluten free for 4 weeks now and feel great!

Note: This is what works for me.

What you need to keep in mind is that you can still eat a lot of different foods! You need to check EVERY LABEL EVERY TIME to make sure you arenít getting Ďglutened.í Going out to eat is pretty stressful for me and I donít care to do it that much anymore-but B.D.ís Mongolian BBQ is a new favorite as I can pick all fresh stuff to go in and they honor the GF diet there.

Some of my favorites are:

Corn tortillas have totally replaced flour tortillas which used to be one of my all-time favorite foods
Rice cakes-cheddar (sometimes I top it with a little mayo with cheese or basil and tomato)
Yoplaitís Greek Yogurt-honey vanilla
Bell peppers with canned corn, black beans, cilantro and lime-this is a great salad that keeps me full
Cooked rice with spaghetti sauce is cheap-kind of like Ďpoor pastaí or Spanish rice
Grilled veggies with homemade lemon hummus-so good!
Omelets are a great thing because you can put any veggie in them. As long as you donít have a dairy allergy-you can put cheese on them.

1.) VEGGIES AND FRUITS are your new best friends! I eat them at practically every meal now.

2.) After reading many articles about this, I have decided not to replace all of what I was eating before. Sometimes the GF flours/mixes/pasta can have higher calories/etc. than the regular, so watch how much you eat of them. I used to eat a fair amount of pasta and a lot of pizza (my old favorite food-I've decided to find a new one :)). After pretty much eliminating these foods-and replacing them with NEW GF foods like quinoa and rice-I am losing weight, just as I wanted.

3.) Because beer contains barley, malt, and/or rye, I, of course donít drink it anymore. :( Iím sure Iím losing weight because of this, too! Now I drink a little more wine. BE CAREFUL WITH LIQUORS (gin, vodka, rum, and others)óthere are different ones you can and cannot have. If you do like beer, there are places that sell GF beer that actually taste quite good. I am going to be buying the Redbridge beer by Anheuser-Busch made with sorghum.

4.) This change was very hard for me. I loved food and was very sad to let go of some favorite dishes. I did internet searches and found some websites that I check nearly every day to give me ideas on what to make. I hope they help you find what you like to eat!

www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

www.glutenfreegirl.com

www.glutenfreechecklist.com

Try to look at this change as a very positive thing. It took me awhile to get there, but after eating for a week without getting a stomach acheóthat was so amazing!!!! I then realized that this was going to be fun and exciting to find NEW FOODS AND NEW WAYS TO EAT!!!

If you have any other questions, donít hesitate to ask! Iím glad for you that you will start feeling better!


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I am looking for a simple weight loss meal plan that is gluten free. I am need of ideas for snacks, packed lunches, and quick dinners. I am 24 and live by myself. I was diagnosed with a severe case of celiac two weeks ago and I am gaining weight like crazy. Can someone PLEASE help me come up with a daily meal plan that wonít cost me hundreds of dollars and wonít take hours to make? Thanks for your help!

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