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3/12/13 6:55 P

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Yes, this is a great team! When you say Raisin bran, I hope you are referring to prior to your diagnosis or a gluten free version. The bran in raisin bran is from wheat. Dr Oz suggested a Tbsp of almond butter or something similar (100cal) to carry you overnight if you are hungry. almonds are good for you and the fat will make you feel satiated.
I agree about feeding ourselves because we feel deprived. I've been gf for 32 years and still do that. The best thing is to not have the treats in the house.

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3/12/13 6:08 P

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You guys are the best. I was feeling kind of alone but now I don't.

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3/12/13 6:00 P

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I think one of my problems is the opposite of yours. I live in Chicago and there are many Celiac in the neighborhood and more being diagnosed all the time it seems. Not only does my local grocer carry a alot of GF options, I am within a few miles of some GF specialty stores so if I feel like a GF treat, it's right at my fingertips. The thing is I wouldn't have ever done that before I was diagnosed. I ate A Donut once maybe twice a year. I was "treating myself" to feel normal. That was strange too since, once I gave it some thought and realized all the complications of Celiac, I was grateful to have a doctor who figured it all out. I was grateful. I guess I just hate the feeling of being deprived. I am a bedtime snacker who loved a bowl of raisin bran everynight. Didn't realize the carb situation was what it was.




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3/12/13 10:33 A

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Since I don't normally eat lots of bread, subsituting a home made pamela's baking mix biscut it all evens out. I don't think it should be a problem unless you eat lots of baked goods.

When I started I felt deprived of breads until I realized that I was subsituting. If you make homemade it's not too bad. I realized once I was on a gluten free diet, I craved bread all of a sudden which didn't make sense since I normally don't eat it. I think it was a psychological craving for something I couldn't eat anymore. Weird.

The added fortification in bread is to replace all the nutrients lost in processing. They can not replace all the nutrients lost. There is lots of research out there. If you feel you need more nutrition maybe add in a multivitamin.

Look at your diet as to how much baked goods you really eat before vs. now. Also add in more fresh fruits and vegetables. They will fill you up and not out.

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3/11/13 3:09 P

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I am a lot less hungry and I don't have cravings anymore. I always start the day with protein, usually an egg. I watch my suggested SP proteins, fats, calories and carbs, but I am not a slave to it. I always make treats from scratch, something simple like banana bread or a low calorie SP dessert which i eat at night, gf of course. Having that treat at night makes me not feel deprived which is a sure cheating trigger for me. I have steadily and slowly been loosing around 3-4 lbs a month. It's very livable for me and I am in no rush. I've lost 20 plus lbs so far. I am hoping to add exercise soon when the warm weather comes. I don't buy packaged gf products.

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3/11/13 11:35 A

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I agree with what's been said. I have definitely felt more hungry, but I sometimes feel like, it's more because I didn't prepare good snacks to take with me, or I can't get things as easily from the store or gas station to snack on. Like, I can't really go grab a convinence breakfast like a sandwich or burrito, so I feel deprived.

When I first started testing out the GF diet, I was not in an area where I could get GF substitutes, like bread, tortillas, etc. So I just ate things that were naturally gluten free and that cut me back on carb intake quite a bit. My main carbs were potatoes and rice, both minimally processed. I've gotten more into gluten free baking as time has gone on, but it dawned on me that the bread I'm making with sorghum, potato, and rice flour is probably as nutritious as if I were eating white bread. So I agree that you have to cut back on the processed foods in general. I'm trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet instead of relying on carbs to fill me up, but it's a learning process. I never finished reading Wheat Belly because the library wanted it back, but I'd be very interested to see the cookbook.

Another interesting thing, since I've gone GF, my boyfriend has been eating a lot less wheat (simply because we don't want to cook twice), and he has been a lot more healthy in the last year, than in the 4 years that I've known him. We stopped buying bread at all, and he only has wheat when he eats out for lunch, or makes a burrito at home. He has asthma and would usually get bronchitis or pneumonia a couple times a year, but it has now been a full year since he had pneumonia and I started my new diet about 13 months ago.

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3/9/13 9:11 P

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Thanks for all the great advice everyone. I was so determined that Celiacs was not going to change me, I just figured ways to make the gf version of what I like, not realizing the carb situation. I have lost 2 pounds just since last week and I'm not so hungry (except for bedtime)! I've gotten mixed advice on supplements, but I will give it a try. Also, I have read "Wheat Belly" and it is truly eye opening. He has written a cook book. Has anyone out there read it? If so I would love to know what you think of it. Thanks for taking the time to help me. I just thought gluten free meant healthy for some reason. As long as the calories were right, I wasn't really looking at the carbs. Lesson learned!

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3/9/13 12:41 P

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Substitutes will always be exactly that... substitutes... never the "real" thing.

Like others have suggested here, find whole foods that are unique and delicious in and of their own right.

Hey and congratulations on coming to the realization that your current diet isn't working for you and looking for answers! Way to go!

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3/9/13 11:25 A

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Echoing what everyone said, eating GF processed food is not better than eating non-GF processed food. So many people tell me that they don't know how I can go GF (I have to, I have gluten intolerance) because GF food is sooo expensive. I tell them I (usually) don't eat GF packaged foods, I eat naturally GF foods like eggs, dairy, meat, fruits and veggie. They don't cost any different than when I wasn't GF since they are the same foods. I have actually found since going GF that I'm less hungry, probably because I'm filling up on whole foods and not nutritionally empty processed foods.

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3/9/13 9:13 A

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I will chime in with everyone else and say that GF products are not suitable for anyone who wants to lose weight. You might find help from the book "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. There is an example of a diet plan in the appendix. It's basically a very low carb plan eliminating sugars and starches. Another book that's very helpful is "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis. Lots of information in there about why Celiac sufferers are not the only ones who should eliminate gluten and wheat products. But he strongly advises to steer very clear of GF products except for a once in a great while treat because they will cause weight gain and carbohydrate cravings/unreasonable hunger. You need to switch your body from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner and the key to that is to go very low on carbs. Fat is not your enemy either. If you eat it WITH starches and sugar you will gain weight, but if you are eating protein and low carb veggies with high fiber you can have a high ratio of fat and it will actually keep you sated longer and help you lose weight faster. It takes about a week or so of being low carb for your body to switch over and in the meanwhile those cravings continue, but once you get past that "poof" no maddening hunger. You'll be surprised how long you can comfortably go between meals and when hunger comes it's just a gentle reminder that it's time to eat. As for vitamins - you can get those from other foods besides grains and you don't need anything that says "fortified" anything. That just means they added back what they took out in processing. It's better to take a straight supplement than to look for supplements that have been added to processed foods.

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I completely agree with what has already been said. My experience has been similar and the result of eating the gf substitutes has been to become pre-diabetic. I am now sugar and carb free as well as gf and dairy free. I find that I am full and no longer crave sugar (unless I have had a glass of wine or two. :) i have also found the B12 supplements invaluable - I get sugar cravings if I don't take it even if my levels seem high to the medics...
Good ouck finding what works for you.

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Try going for the veggies (raw) and fruits along with nuts. You also need to add protein into your diet to help with your hunger. Just use those other products when you just want to have a snack once in a while. Like she said they are high in calories.

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We cannot substitute our previous diets with gf versions. Many of the commercial products are high glycemic foods which will cause you to be hungry soon after and gain weight. Generally they have 30% or more calories and fat as well. We need to alter what we are eating. Try adding protein and vegetables high in fibre such as squash, sweet potatoes, etc. some companies do use fortified flours but generally it is recommended that we take a B vitamin supplement.
Good Luck!
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Edited by: GFNOMAD at: 3/9/2013 (10:58)
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The GF breads, pretzel, cereals, etc. are so high in carbs and not at all filling. I am hungry an hour after I eat. No wonder I gained weight even watching my calorie count. The carbs are too much, but I never seem full. Plus I am a little concerned about my vitamin b-12. None of the gluten free foods are fortified with vitamin b like their regular counterparts. Does anyone have any suggestions on how keep my stomach from rumbling all the time?

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