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LLAMMINAR's Photo LLAMMINAR Posts: 48
9/5/07 8:55 P

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Thanks for the ideas! that is why I like this team! I do try, but do not pull away much---I have always used food for comfort and since I just broke my engagement it will be a total battle to not put on more weight---my record 225 was after my divorce!--I battle food and depression--both are always a battle--but I no longer used meds for the depression, but sometimes I wonder if it would be easier!

 
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9/4/07 5:57 P

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I do hope you'll stick with it as best you can! I think for some people, consuming gluten has the side effect of killing your motivation to stay away from it. I know one way I can tell I've "been glutened" without my knowledge is if I start craving it uncontrollably. I just have to remind myself that for my body, it's like rat poison, even if it looks and smells good. Ride out the craving and it DOES go away.

I have a relative in and out of intensive care because of a severe gluten sensitivity -- she's in such denial that it'll probably kill her eventually, and that's such a waste! While you shouldn't beat yourself up for slipping, you also shouldn't let yourself off the hook for self-destructive behavior. Give yourself the tough love you deserve, okay? You can do it! :)

P.S. -- Please check the rice krispies ingredients... some contain gluten in the form of malt flavoring. There are some that are totally GF, though!

It works if you do it. It doesn't if you don't. It's that simple.


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8/31/07 9:49 A

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It is hard to budget for our diet as it is very expensive! Is there anyone who can help you out with the fresh stuff, like fruit? Any grandparents near by who you can ask to pick up a couple extra apples, grapes etc for your kids? Can you buy a bit extra when your favorite fruits are on sale? I shop at my local "discount" store, who is affiliated with one of our largest grocery stores here. It is a smaller store, carries the store "brands", but what a savings on everything! I can pick up $70 worth of groceries at my discount store, mostly when I need to stock up on fruits and veggies, and the regular store it would have cost me well over $100. A huge savings for me as money is very short here also. I buy myself 6 bagels each week, cut them in half and that is what I use for breakfast each day and as a hamburger bun. I eat fruits, raw veggies and left overs for lunch from the night before. Can you buy in bulk with a neighbor? Anything to help out you need to try and just think of it as your family and friends giving you a hand, not a hand out!!

All the best,

Pyeway

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LLAMMINAR's Photo LLAMMINAR Posts: 48
8/30/07 9:41 P

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Thanks--I am still trying, but I guess my sick was not horrible so I see it as an inconvience--i forget what I complained about for over 3 years before I got a diagnosis--but I know that cold turkey is not going to happen---

 
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8/30/07 9:32 P

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Leigh Ann,
As you can tell by the last few posts we wish you the best and please stay with us. Going gf was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life and one of the easiest. I had been so sick for so long, not knowing that I was poisoning myself. I was a gluten-a-holic. I loved bread products, pastas, and desserts. It seems that we tend to crave the very things that can hurt us. To this day, I hate walking down the bread aisle, because it smells so good to me, but I know just how sick it can make me, so I just walk away from it. I'm not even really tempted to eat any thing with gluten in it any more. I'm like a child who was fascinated with fire until I got really burned by it. I mostly avoided products that remind me of what I've given up and lets face it gf foods aren't cheap. But you can go a long way on rice and potatoes and lettuce sandwiches are a lot of fun(and a lot lower in calories).
But in the long run, its your choice, and you know yourself better than we do. Just don't sell your self short, we have all learned to change here and it hasn't been easy for a lot of us.
Take care and keep us posted, we care what happens to you....

Victoria

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LLAMMINAR's Photo LLAMMINAR Posts: 48
8/30/07 9:28 P

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THANK YOU ALL!---my decision does not mean I am going to eat all gluten, just that I am going to stop beating myself up about it--i can not afford the substitues, I try the best I can--dinner tonight was rice, chicken and broccoli--I want to succeed, but it is so hard-feeling deprived--I eat a lot of fruit now to take away the munchies, but with winter coming that too goes out of budget!

Thanks again you guys are great!

 
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8/30/07 3:43 P

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I am emoticon shocked and emoticon dismayed and emoticon sad.

Because of you (and a few other posts) I am going to type up a pamphlet from my subscription of GF Living magazine in the hopes it will help you and others debating this challenging time. All I can say, is STAY and be encouraged that one day at a time you can be free from your anguish. I hope something in that booklet will SPARK you to continue with a gf lifestyle. It is life.

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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8/30/07 12:53 P

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It is hard to do.

Everywhere you turn, you are told that whole wheat is good for you and that you should eat it to be healthy. Every bit of fast food is loaded with it. Most prepackaged food has it. Everyone you know eats it every day.

But for you and me, gluten is poison.

There are hundreds of gluten free products out there. Some are good, some are bad, all are expensive. They don't fit into my budget, so mostly, I do without. I make do with everyday things that are naturally gluten free. Tortillas or lettuce has become my choice for sandwiches. Instead of bread at meals, I make rice, potatoes or beans. Once a month, I buy a loaf of gf bread to share with my kids. My entire family is healthier for these changes.

Until I went gluten free for a few months, I didn't see drastic differences when I ate gluten. Three months later, I had a contaminated food item and the reaction was violent.

Eating small amounts each day had deadened me to the reactions that were taking place in my body. The small pains and bloating had become natural to me. The damage was hidden, but it was progressive. I started to become sensitive to other foods. I had to avoid my cheese... I love cheese. Soy gave me horrible rashes. Lets not talk about beer. Something was making me develop flaky patches. I was tired all the time and thought it was all due to my thyroid. I was falling apart because of food! Gluten had crept into my life and was taking over. It was getting so bad that I couldn't ignore it.

Today, you may be able to handle that bagel. In two years, will you? Will you find you have become so malnourished that you feel too weak to function, to take care of your kids? Will you find that you cry for weeks at a time because you are B deficient? Will you become anxious and become afraid to open your door? Will your teeth begin to crumble? Will your hair turn grey and begin to fall out? Will you have mystery pains in your joints that keep you from climbing the stairs? Will you develop a skin condition that makes strangers stare?

These are the things I am dealing with at 41. What will that progressive damage do to you? When will it hit?

Don't quit. Don't give up.

You don't have to go through all those horrible things. All you have to do is take care of yourself. No drugs are necessary, no doctors. No special products are necessary except a few good supplements. (Especially a sublingual B complex for me.) All you need is will power and a clear path. You might eat gluten one day, but you should start anew the next. Eventually you will find your groove. It will become a habit in time.

It is your choice today, but down the road you might not have any choices left.

Stay with us in the forum. Learn everything you can. You might find the tips here that make it a livable lifestyle. The group here is awesome and I have found their stories and experiences to be invaluable.

Health and happiness to you and yours.

Ere long I bare fruit, and throve full well,
I grew and waxed in wisdom;
word following word, I found me words,
deed following deed, I wrought deeds. - The Havamal


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8/30/07 12:28 P

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Leigh Ann I hear you! Being GF is very challenging especially if you are buying GF substitutes for breads and other bakery goods. But there are sooooooooooooooooooooooooo many foods that a naturally GF!! Try to focus on those foods instead of what you have to give up. Try to focus on one GF meal at a time. We all eat the same dinners at our home. Last night we had baked chicken, fresh corn on the cob and salad! All delicious and all GF! Breakfast is usually cottage cheese and fresh fruit. All delicious and all GF!! Lunch is leftover from dinner or a salad or a GF frozen dinner. Snack is popcorn or potato chips or baby carrots or even a piece of candy!

I want to encourage you to keep trying, make that commitment to yourself to be GF! Itís not just a matter of feeling bad when you eat gluten. Gluten is a poison that affects your entire body. In these 5 months I have been GF I have experienced many wonderful changes in my life:
No more blotted abdomen
No more carpel tunnel
No more fatigue
Mentally sharper
No more joint pain
No more feeling of hopelessness
Weight loss
More enjoyable sex
Greatly increased energy Ė now I can enjoy my bike rides and play all day with my granddaughter!
No more constipation
My nails and hair are growing faster and stronger
I can see better Ė donít need the readers so much

Iím sure there are more benefits, but I just canít think of them right now.

You can do!! Keep trying!! We're all here for you!!

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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8/30/07 10:12 A

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leigh ann, you can find a gluten free product for every non-gluten item! For example, bagels. You can find GF bagels, english muffins, desserts, breads, pizza etc. So get searching in your area for those items. The bagels and english muffins are awesome! I use the english muffins as hamburger buns, toasted of course. They are thinner than GF burger buns and taste so much better.

Good luck.

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8/29/07 10:36 P

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It can definitely be a challenge to be gluten free but you already know that it can help so I would suggest staying on this team to get any suggestions or recipes and support, even if you can't give it up totally right now. Take baby steps that work for you and ask for any suggestions in areas that would help. It doesn't have to be expensive - rice based cereal is a good start.

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LLAMMINAR's Photo LLAMMINAR Posts: 48
8/29/07 9:57 P

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None of you will like this, but I can not go gluten fee---I have tried multiple times in the last year and a half and fail everytime--I can however control my gluten--This will not cure me, but I do feel better when I do that much--my life is too up in the air to do much else--I can not afford the real gf food--I will have to make do with the mainstream stuff like Rice Crispies---I have to give into the bagel crave every so often---I know how each gluten effects me (strange that each concentration has a differnt effect)--some of which I can deal with--when I start feeling realy bad I cut way back--so far it has worked and will have to continue too---I appriciate the help and suggestions--I can stay with the team for motivation and good gf reciepts (if there are such things) or if you would rather I will withdraw from the Celiac team---
Thanks for the help!
All the advice made me realize I just can't do this right now or maybe ever

leigh ann (llamminar)

 
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