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8/15/08 10:40 A

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I lose weight when I use the nutrition tracker and it helps me keep in balance. Without it, it is very easy to 'forget' several 100 calorie items and those will add up to extra pounds.
Many of us have shared our food entries - you can search by food or by user. I've posted this several times. The links are on the nutrition tracker. Sorry I don't have time to document it again.

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Hi,
I'll be 54 this month and I have been living gluten free for 21 years. It took a while to learn how to do manage. Here's what works for me, I always read labels, however, for me to it also means that I need to do most of my own cooking and also to seriously limit any processed food in my diet. A great book that I read this summer is called The Spectrum A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, Gain Health. It was written by Dean Ornish, M.D. and the recipies in it are from a top chef Art Smith. I also try to eat six small meals a day. Breakfast, a snack (1 fresh fruit or some raw veggies), lunch, a snack, dinner and again a snack. I use the nutrition tracker on the spark page, but I have lised many foods that I eat under Favorites so I don't have to keep searching for foods. This seems to work well. My local health food store has many gluten free items. Instead of wheat bread, I make a pancake (Amaranth & Buckwheat) that I use as a flat bread. It is really nutritious or if I am short of time, I have a slice of rice bread. I have a binder of gluten free recipies that I started 20 years ago as I looked for gluten free recipies. It helped me learn how to make substitutes for wheat in family favorites. I am now keeping the new recipies I find in my on line recipie box here in the Spark People website.
Every now and then, I read a book (as current as possible) on nutrition and it gets me back on track for healthy living.

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Hi, everyone. I've been living with Celiac for more than 6 years, so I'm pretty good at knowing what I can and can't eat. I've found that after being GF for so long, I'm more sensitive than ever to gluten. Was wondering if anyone else has found this to be true.

My real issue, however, is maintaining a healthy weight on a GF diet. Before my diagnosis, I was visibly malnourished. Since being on the diet, I have done nothing but gain. It was great at first, but now I don't know how to put on the breaks. I never expected this to be a problem.

While I know how to eat gluten-free, I must say I have no clue how to eat gluten-free and healthy. I've become a real emotional eater because, well, I feel denied so often. So when I have some really yummy GF treat, I completely overindulge.

I want to start doing the 6 small meals a day thing, but I really don't know what I should eat. Peanut butter is my most turned to snack, but I really think I rely on it so much that it is a major source of my weight gain.

I could use a few really good examples of what a 6-meal menu might look like. Also, do any of you use the SP meal tracker? I would love to, but it seems so hard with a GF diet. Its not like I can just punch in Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup. If you use it, I'd love to know how.

I've been a 'silent' member of SP for a few months now. Since joining, I've actually gained about 4 pounds. Clearly, its time for me to step up my level of involvement. Obviously, I've been saving up a lot of questions.

Thanks for your help.

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I always keep a gf protein bar or something similar in my purse or the car (depending on the heat. These are easy to pickup on the road too.
There are 3 kinds of gluten free beer to you beer lovers!


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7/12/08 10:41 P

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Jenndl,

Some foods I keep handy (and even in my car) for when I need to eat something quick.

Betty Lou's Peanut Butter Balls
Bakery on Main granola
Dried Mango or other fruits
Organic fruit leathers from target

All of these keep very well and are enough to keep the grumblies away. I get the first 2 items from amazon.com at a good price. Enough protein to really keep you full.
Enjoy!

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Hello all,

I have been gluten free since last October. Since then my chronic digestive upsets have ended. My gums are the heathiest they have been in 17 years ( according to my dentist), and most amazingly to me, my food cravings are GONE! I am satisfied with a normal portion and am no longer a sugar whore (would do anything for more sugar)!

My 2 boys went GF in January. The older son doesn't show any change until he accidently gets gluten -- then you don't want to ride in a car with him!
My younger son has grown tremendously since going GF. At 5 and a half, he was the size of a 3 year old, weighing only 30 pounds. I haven't measured him lately, but he's grown at least 3 inches since Jan.

My mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer 3 times. In June 07 they told her it was back and was terminal since she had used up all the treatments available the other 2 times. She went gluten free and this past June, all biopsies were clear. They cannot find any cancer now.

All told, you could not pay us to eat wheat!

If you are bored, you're not trying hard enough. There is just too much in this world to do, be, read, try, learn or enjoy to ever be bored.


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USTIJ,

I notice your signature line mentions beer. Beer is forbidden on the gluten free diet -- just a friendly reminder! Wouldn't want you to harm your digestive system accidently!

If you are bored, you're not trying hard enough. There is just too much in this world to do, be, read, try, learn or enjoy to ever be bored.


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Hi all! After struggling with being sick all the time, my doctor and I finally discovered that I'm gluten intolerant, but do not suffer from Celiacs. I'm struggling with keeping on a clean diet, but when I do, I feel amazing! Its great to see other people who are going through the same issue as I am, and would appreciate any advise, as I am often on the run and need to eat quickly, which is difficult to do when you need a GF diet.

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I have just tried the Kinnckinnick NY Style Bagels. It was sooo good. I very rarely have any bread items obviously, but it is nice to find something actually edible. I was very depressed at first too. But most of the pasta's are great, you can't tell the difference. It is a constant struggle to eat well and not miss the old stuff. But I feel so much better. It has changed my life in a great way.

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The Weightloss Diaries-by Courtney Rubin, for anyone with binging issues, this is a great book.


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That post is great. I was just recently diagnosed and have been depressed ever since. I am a huge pasta and bread lover. But now I look at it in a different light and feel much better. Thank you.

Also I get to look forward to losing some of this weight now that I am going gluten free.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy - Ben Franklin.


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Super link! I had worked with my sons school last fall and they even told me they HAD to accomadate him.. so this is great to see even more about it!
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www.celiaccentral.org/Resourc
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It has been a little while since I've visited Celiaccentral.org, and I just noticed this link regarding school children's rights at school for lunches. This is helpful.
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I buy a natural probiotic yogurt (no additives like starches or gelatin) and add a tsp of any jam I like that is hfcs free. The total calories are less than the pre-flavored yogurts. Buying only this one kind of yogurt means I always have yogurt available for dressings, sauces, tzaziki(sp?) or a topping on fruit. Yogurt will keep 3 - 4 weeks after its sell by date so you can buy several on sale and keep them in the fridge.
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Thanks for the great article. I printed it out and will attempt to follow it (and pray that I'll never need it).

On another note did anyone take note of the nutritian article on High Fructose Corn Syrup? www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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The fact that it doesn't signal your body when you are full probably explains why I'm still starving after eating my Yoplait Yogurt. HFCS is the second listed ingredient. I'm going to have to find a brand without HFCS and see if I still feel hungry after eating it.



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Ever thought about what you'd do in an emergency?

I came across this link, and thought it deserved consideration.

www.glutenfreesuccess.com/resources/
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I made a typo. I've been doing this for 2 months, not 20.

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I eat clean 90% of the time. I'm having a hard time liking quinoa, though. I started this about 20 months ago and I've lost 15 pounds. This seems to be a great way to eat and I have to do it long term.

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i try to eat clean. it means six small meals a day combining lean protein with complex carbs at each meal, and the carbs recommended the most (other than lots and lots of fruit and veggies) happen to be brown rice and quinoa, both gf foods! doing this has cut a lot of sugar out of my diet, and i can't even think about eating at the food court anymore, junk food just grosses me out now! i'd much rather eat an apple over french fries, and i NEVER thought i'd say that.

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thanks for the great info!!!! it's a blessing to have so many choices,because of so many doing there homework, thanks to everyone!!!!

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Thank you so much for your comment. It means so much to me to be able to get on here, and have so many people who care about how my journey to health is going. Out in the PCOS world it is very common to just say "low carb" diets work for PCOS'ers to loose...But, people also always say if you have PCOS you will never be thin. My DR. I am so thankful for letting me know that it is actually Toxic to my body...No way around that. And I am thankful for groups like this that let people know that you can have a life this way.
I have been shopping GF for a while now. I do try to avoid eating the replacement foods though...Because I have learned I usually don't loose weight if I am eating them either. The good part is knowing they are there for when you really want some cornbread or cookies...And that my weight doesn't sky rocket on them.
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Welcom to the team. I didn't know what PCOS was so I did a search on Google. I was surprised to learn that 85% of the women with PCOS were gluten intolerant. So going GF may be the ticket to getting your body back in sync. There are many GF products out there, but the GF bakery products are higher in calories. My GF bread is 120 calories a slice as compared to regular bread which is 70-90 calories a slice. So you need to keep that in mind.

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Just wanted to post. I just joined the group. I go to a chiropractor/applied kynesiologyst (spelling!?). He told me that grains/gluten is toxic to my body. I stopped eating them for about two months when he said that and instantly lost 30 lbs. But, then wavered...You all know how hard it can be to eat gluten free when you are traveling, or visiting with friends...I gave up, and gained 20 lbs back. However, I stopped eating wheat again Feb. 1st, and have been going strong!
I would love to make other friends on here who know what a life style change it has to be to stay gluten free. I am working on telling myself this is for the long run, and to figure out how to have a full life without the grain.
Since Feb. 1st I have lost 10 lbs. Hope to hear from you all soon.

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Just wanted to give some of you a heads-up on arthritis and the ingredient you need to cut out to help illeviate the pain. I am reading a book called, "The Gluten Connection", by Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN. In this book it states that people with arthritis need to cut out "night shades". These are tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco. These are a class of plants that have lectin, which is similar to gluten and which has been associated with celiac disease. When a certain doctor named Dr. Norman Childers was diagnosed in his 50's with diverticulitis, he stopped eating foods in the nightshade family, all his colon problems as well as his arthritic problems, disappeared.(pg. 138-139)

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wow! thank you so much for all of this info, this is the best iv'e read so far.

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Bette Hagman has a basic flour mix that is a nice substitute for wheat flour: 6 cups rice flour, 2 cups potato starch flour, and 1 cup tapioca flour. This works in most non-gf recipes, although you also need to add one teaspoon of xanthan gum to substitute the gluten. If you forget that last, most of your baked goods will fall apart--Once I did it with a batch of brownies, and ended up eating it like cereal in a bowl of milk! Another really good mix company is the Gluten-Free Pantry. Their muffin and scone mix is to die for!



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thanx Dot!

Why nor sharing our own private GF recipes.

Asian food (except when soy sauce is used) is mostly GF BTW. They don't use corn either, nor (a lot of) milk ... rather safe for those who have more then one allergy. Problem: they use a lot of soy and peanut(oil) and those are major allergens as well. TG not one of mine.

Edited by: POEKSTER at: 2/18/2008 (15:34)
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Sechriss, there are lots of ideas already posted in other topics - you'll find more information than you ever imagined.
Start with the Recipes Forum - topic 'Lunches & Dinners (even for Breakfast)'. They are many there that we all use.

Edited by: GFNOMAD at: 2/3/2008 (13:18)
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10 Tests that could save your life www.50plus.com/health/10-tests-that-
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Hi! I'm new to the GF diet and to SparkPeople. I love this discussion as it's given me great ideas. Can I ask what people eat for breakfast and how do you make sure you get enough fiber? I love the sweet potato idea. I hadn't thought of that so thanks!

 
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Hi! I'm new to the GF diet and to SparkPeople. I love this discussion as it's given me great ideas. Can I ask what people eat for breakfast and how do you make sure you get enough fiber? I love the sweet potato idea. I hadn't thought of that so thanks!

 
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I found that before being diagnosed with Celiac disease I was incredibly tired and warn out, my body ached and my mood was very low. However within 2-3 month being on a gluten free diet all of that was gone and I was able to start walking a lot.

while I was 100K when diagnosed I put weight on because I ate to many sweet things. I found it easier to find GF sweets and cakes rather than savoury

Like the previous person said it's really important to keep up the fibre in vegetables and fruit.

And it does take 1-2 years to get used to a gluten free diet.

Take heart your well being will improve greatly over the next wee while.
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Buckwheat is not related to wheat. Go to Celiac.com or another celiac site to learn of the various gf and non-gf grains. Here is a link to explain buckwheat.
www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=fo
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A medium sweet potato is only 100 calories, very nutritious and adds fibre.

Try brown rice. Soak it a few hours before cooking in the soaked water. It makes it easier to digest which is most people's complaints or use parboiled rice, or basmati. All are more nutritous than white rice.

I gain weight when I eat processed corn products so I limit it. it's good to increas your fruits and vegetables. Get the best nutrition and don't worry about a few more calories if the nutrition is high.

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10 Tests that could save your life www.50plus.com/health/10-tests-that-
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Dr. Alejandro Junger - 'Healing the gut' (from Dr. Oz) www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-day-jumpst
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Thanks for your responses.
Wouldn't Buckwheat pasta be a food that a Gluten and wheat intolerant person would not be able to eat?
I went to Henry's, the local market that has the best selection of GF items but everything seems so fattening.
I just don't know what to eat, am living on alot of salads and corn tortillas with pizza sauce.

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You will also gain weight because after 3-6 months on a G F diet your body beginnings to obsorb minuals and vitiums again.
Here in Aotearoa New Zealand we can buy a good variety of G F breads and they have seeds, and flax meal in them to make them higher in fibre etc. They are no high in calories than normal bread.

I find the best way to balance the pasta is to buy brown rice or buckwheat pasta rather than pasta made with corn.
Watching the pie chart and tracking your food also helps to get an understanding of how carbs work for G F food. and paste is much better than cakes, cholocate etc.
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I think the key to losing weight is to emphasize protein and vegetables and minimize any grains or potatoes. I plan only one or two meals per week that include rice pasta or other grain substitutes, or potatoes. I don't eat white potatoes at all but occasionally have sweet potatoes. I like making a big pan of lasagna with lots of meat and vegetables and only a few layers of rice lasagna noodles. It is easy to gain weight with too many goodies like the gluten free cookies or brownies or even the pasta.

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I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease after a long battle of suffering. I am now used to not eating the breads, etc but the potato and rice flours are fattening and I'm gaining weight.
Are there lower cal recipes?

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My husband is celiac and DH & I have IBD. Our biggest challenge is not relying on rice and potatoes too much. We have had great luck with making things from scratch! I am posting recipes as I can.

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Sharing the ingredients is a good idea. We have been asked to do so at our school carry-ins so I guess it would be a good idea for church also. At school I am usually asked to bring deviled eggs and my tangy broccoli salad (a slight variation on the recipe from the Kraft Foods version) We have many people with nut allergies at our school.

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I love the Pamela's mixes too. Just a word about taking them to parties and such, let people know that they are rice and nut based! So many people are sensitive to those items! They will be too happily telling you how good it tastes to notice that it isn't the wheat item they expect.

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I make pancakes with almond meal and gingersnap cookies with rice flour but those are the only recipes I have tried from scratch (that I remember).
I did try making pizza crust with soy flour once but it was a disaster! Maybe I should try it with rice flour. I guess I have also made lasagna with rice noodles and soy or rice cheese. It isn't too bad. (I am the only one eating it though.) I guess I have tried some things but mostly just eat plain meats and vegetables. I'm sure there is a way to alter your favorite recipes. Do you have a gluten free group that meets anywhere near you? We have one that meets monthly at Children's Hospital. The people there have lots of good ideas.

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Pamela's mixes have been such a relief to me, too. Sometimes you just want a PB & J sandwich, or brownies. They're a little pricey, but I don't buy them often. They are so good. I just hope I can alter my recipes and get results that are just as good.

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HI! Yes, being pain free and being able to lose weight are big motivators to staying away from gluten. I rarely eat cookies or cake any more but when I do I usually use Pamela's brand mixes. There are mixes for chocolate chumk cookies, cake and brownies (also pancake mix I think but I can't have it as I am also avoiding casein/dairy) I have made the mixes and taken them to carry-ins and have had complements on them. No one seems to notice that they are made with rice flour. Protein foods, fruit and vegetables are the main part of my diet. I too like to have a smoothie in the morning with rice and egg protein in it along with my blueberries and banana for the day. I think it is a good jump start for my metabolism.

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I'm pretty new to a GF diet, I basically diagnosed myself after suffering most of my life. I've had upper GI's done and blood work and several other stuff that never resulted in anything. They didn't have an answer for my pain. I stumbled on Celiac Disease on accident, I'm not even sure what I was looking for. A co-worker saw me reading about and said he had recently been diagnosed. After talking to him I decided to try going GF and see how I felt. I felt so much better, but w/out a diagnosis I didn't know if that was really the problem. Over the holidays I got off track baking for my family. I was in so much pain. I decided my new year's resolution would be to go GF permanently. I figured this will give me a year to get used to the diet and give me more will power to stay away from all the sweets. And, time to learn GF ways to make my favorite recipes.

So far the diet has been pretty easy for me. I read all labels before buying. I've decided to make this my opportunity to change other eating habits, too. Each meal has lean protein, veggies, and a starch which is usually rice or potato based. I sometimes have GF pasta, but tend to stick to foods that are as natural as possible. I snack on yogurt, cheese, nuts or popcorn and have a fruit smoothie every morning.

Now I no longer feel the pain and nausea from eating gluten and I've finally started losing weight!

All I need is help converting my recipes for special occasions! (Christmas Cookies and Birthday Cakes)

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Dotslady,
Thanks for the useful information. I have DH (dianosed 3 1/2 yrs ago). Still find it very frustrating that I have to explain "why" I can't eat something.
I just joined Sparkpeople, and I am hopeful that the many tools available on the website will be helpful for me.

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Dotslady,

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May I directly quote this post on my site?

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thanks for all the useful information. I have printed it all out...
Its also good to know that I can type a 'hell of a lot' on these message boards... lol, have a good day.

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Thank you for the useful information.
I am newly diagnosed, so I need all the useful information I can find.
I have started my own cookbook, including information such as the guidelines you have given so that I can easily "teach" myself how to live GF.

Thanks again.

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Great information! - Thanks for posting it.

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A practical and positive guide from Gluten-Free Living Magazine (www.glutenfreeliving.com):

25 WAYS TO EAT WELL & STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY ON A GF DIET

1. Be Patient.

Give yourself time to adjust. Almost everyone is overwhelmed by the challenge of eating gluten-free. Initially it might seem like the diet eliminates all the food you love to eat. Or you might feel surrounded by gluten and unsure if itís safe to eat anything. It could take up to six months to begin to feel comfortable with the diet and confident about your food choices. So donít expect to get it all straight overnight.

You may experience some grief over having to give up foods you have eaten all your life! Donít worry, itís normal. You will almost certainly make mistakes at first and eat food that contains gluten. This is also normal. Time is on your side and the lifestyle will get easier as you learn more and gain more confidence in your choices.

2. Be Positive.

Donít think about what you canít eat: concentrate on what you CAN eat. Remember that there are many nutritious, tasty foods that are gluten free: plain meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, rice, nuts, legumes, and beans are all gluten free and can be fancied up with gluten free adornments like plain spices and herbs. Plain fruit juices, milk, coffee, tea, wine and distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free. Later, when the insecurity fades away, you can go beyond plain. On the other hand, just because something is gluten free, does not mean itís good for you. Cool Whip, for example, is gluten free. Junk food is still junk food whether itís gluten free or not.

3. Donít Cheat.

Make a vow right now not to cheat. You WILL be tempted. At some point, you might start thinking the diet just isnít worth it, especially if you werenít very sick when you were diagnosed. You might decide there is simply too much gluten around to avoid, so you might as well go ahead and eat it. You might not want to stand out or make a fuss when youíre eating with others.

Letís look closer at these excuses. The diet is most certainly worth it. Not only will it make you feel better than you ever have before, it will also protect you from the risks you face if you continue to eat gluten Ė osteoporosis, GI cancers, lymphoma, for example.

There IS a lot of gluten around. But once you develop some perspective on the diet and acquire knowledge about ingredients, youíll discover that you can successfully avoid gluten and stay happy and healthy.

In terms of sticking out in a crowd, maybe the gluten-free diet is not quite as conspicuous to others as it is to you. While youíre consulting with the server or the host to make sure your meal is gluten free, your companions might be worrying about what they are going to eat. Maybe they want to lose weight. Maybe they donít want to spend a lot of money. Maybe they are vegetarians or have diabetes or follow the current craze diet. Just maybe we celiacs and our demanding diet are not as special as we think!

4. Make connections.

Get in contact with a support group. There are over 100 local support groups across the country, all loosely connected. Most are wonderful sources of information, understanding, and practical details. If your doctor canít put you in touch with a local support group, visit www.csaceliacs.org or email gfliving@aol.com and theyíll try to help you.

Once youíve hooked up with a support group, go to meetings, get to know other celiacs and volunteer to help. Virtually all support groups need more help than they get. And virtually all offer a great deal more to individuals than each celiac can possibly put back in.

Some people feel they are not the support group ďtype.Ē That may be, but if there is a group near you, go to at least one meeting. Youíll find out where you can shop and eat out, and youíll have a chance to speak to people who will understand exactly what you are going through. Most celiac support groups focus on sharing information, not personal details.

Others have found support groups to be overly scary because they concentrate on all the downsides of the diet and the ominous implications of making mistakes. If this happens and it upsets you, collect all the practical help you can and move on to whatever support helps you feel comfortable and confident. This might even mean starting your own support group.

5. Gather information.

Learn everything you can about the diet. This will involve time and effort, and eventually it will mean sifting through conflicting information to try to separate the accurate from inaccurate or unfounded information. The information here and in our Basic Diet guide has been approved by the Gluten-Free Living Editorial Board.

Your doctor may give you some literature or sources of information. Follow up. There are now several books about celiac disease and a number of newsletters. Naturally, we recommend GF Living Magazine! It is a reliable source of information and if you subscribe, don't find that to be true, we will refund your money ($32/1 yr, $54/2).

6. Buy a Cookbook.

Buy at least one gf cookbook. A cookbook is important because it will also provide some basic information about the diet and about the peculiarities of gf cooking and baking. There are several to choose from, and you will find them informative and helpful if you have no plans to become a gf Julia Child. For starters, Bette Hagman, Carol Fenster (savorypalate.com) and Connie Sarros have authored multiple gf cookbooks, and there are more.

7. Eat GF Bread.

Bread should remain a staple in your daily diet. You can purchase a variety of ready-made gf breads. Usually you'll find them in health food or specialty shops or you can use mail order or go through the internet. The available selection gets better and more nutritious every year. Initially the taste and consistency might seem odd, but don't make any snap decisions. Try all gf food at least twice. You will be amazed how quickly you adapt.

The best loaf of gf bread might be the one you bake yourself. To make this job easier, consider buying a bread machine. With a bread machine and some ready-made bread mixes or gf baking supplies, you will always be able to eat your daily bread. Although bread machines may seem expensive, they can be especially helpful in the gf kitchen. Just as there is nothing like a freshly baked loaf of wheat bread, there is nothing like a freshly baked loaf of gf bread!

8. Shop Around.

Visit all the health food stores; get to know the owners. Give them information about CD and put them in touch with gluten-free food processing companies. Tell them about the growing numbers of celiacs being diagnosed in the U.S. A prevalence study conducted by Alessio Fasano, MD, and other celiac experts, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2003), suggests one out of every 133 people has CD. Dr. Fasano has pointed out that this makes CD more common than Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.

There are now several shops across the country that are completely gf, and they are prospering! Others have sections of gf food. The days of searching endlessly for ready-made gf products are just about gone. In fact, you may even find some in your local supermarket.

9. Develop Supermarket Savvy.

Learn to navigate the supermarket. At first, you will probably spend double or triple the time you used to spend on each shopping trip. That's because you will have to read every label, every time you shop, and at first, you won't be familiar with many of the ingredients. (see next tip).

Don't try to figure out everything at once. Select one or two items you would like to be able to eat and check them out. Almost all food processors have 800 numbers and if you bring your cell phone to the supermarket, you can make the call on the spot. Then, next time you shop, you can select one or two more items to check up on.

Be practical. Plan on doing a lot of shopping in the produce and meat departments. Concentrate on plain rice and potatoes, which are naturally gf, rather than on pasta, which is mostly likely made from wheat. (You will find rice- and corn-based pasta in some grocery stores, at the health food store or by special order.) Look through the frozen food cases for gf items, including desserts. Avoid aisles like those that contain bread, cake, cereal and cookies. You can be pretty sure that just about everything in these areas contain gluten.

Be smart. Try not to start with junk foods. Yes, there are still plenty of junk foods that are gf. But that's really not the best place to start coping with the diet, especially if you've been very sick. One hidden advantage to following the gf diet is that it forces you to adopt healthy eating habits.

10. Become a Label Expert.

Rise to the challenge of reading labels to determine if a food is safe for you. Start with ones that list only a few ingredients and work your way up to those that rival a legal document in terms of complexity. Like anything else, reading labels gets easier each time you do it. It would be impossible to go through an extensive list of ingredients here. These are the ones you will most likely question at first:

CARAMEL COLOR:
FDA regulations indicate caramel color can be made from malt syrup. But processors in North America say they use corn because it makes a better product.

CITRIC ACID:
FDA regulations indicate citric acid can be fermented from wheat. But processors in the US say they use corn. Scientists say even if wheat is used, the ingredient is so highly purified, no harmful proteins would remain.

DEXTRIN:
Can be made from wheat. To find out, you would need to call the food processor.

MALT:
Almost always made from barley. You can call the processor to check, but odds are very good that the source is barley.

MALTODEXTRIN:
Gluten free unless a gluten-containing ingredient appears right before or after the word in parenthesis, for example, "maltodextrin (wheat)" or "wheat maltodextrin." Don't confuse this with dextrin.

NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORINGS:
May or may not be gluten free, and it may be impossible to find out for sure. You can call the processor, but even then, you might not find out. We will probably never know what is in all flavorings. But according to the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association, they are highly likely to be gluten free unless they are found in a meat product or a product that contains meat.

SPICES & SEASONINGS:
Pure spices are gluten free. Bottled spices may contain silicon dioxide, which is gluten free, to keep the spice free flowing. If a pure spice container does not have a list of ingredients on the label, the only thing it contains is the spice indicated. Seasonings have not been defined by the FDA and therefore could contain anything. Sometimes the contents of a seasoning are included on the label in parenthesis.

STARCH:
On a food label, "starch" always indicates cornstarch. Modified food starch, however, could be made from wheat, although most processors use cornstarch. In pharmaceuticals, starch and modified food starch could be made from wheat, although cornstarch is a more likely choice.

11. Don't Believe Everything.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU MAY READ ELSEWHERE, VINEGAR IS GF. The only vinegar celiacs need to avoid is malt vinegar (send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to GF Living, PO Box 105, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 for our detailed explanation of why vinegar is gf.) Regardless of what you read on the package, spelt and kamut are forms of wheat so they contain gluten. On the other hand, canola oil, pure vanilla extract and oat gum are gf.

12. Customize Your Kitchen.

Develop a plan for your kitchen that will protect "your" food from contamination. Although celiac disease does tend to run in families (see tip 21), most celiacs live with gluten-eating relatives.

If you can, buy two containers of spreadable staples like butter, mayo, peanut butter, jellies, and cream cheese and designate one of them for gf use. This will prevent gluten-containing crumbs from getting mixed in and then spread on gf bread. Another way to prevent contamination is by using a spoon to remove spreads from a container, and then spreading with a knife.

Some families buy bright neon stickers or tape (readily available and inexpensive) and stick them on everything that is or should remain gf. You might also want to keep all the gf foods in one place in the refrigerator or cupboard and even designate a portion of the kitchen counter for preparing gf foods.

Buy a personal toaster and make sure no one else uses it to toast gluten bread. You might even want to treat yourself to a deluxe model. Most gf bread tastes better toasted, so it will get a lot of use.

There are many solutions to this challenge as there are families coping with the needs of a gf family member. Whatever works for you is the right way to go.

13. Plan Appropriately.

Modify the way you plant menus. When purchasing, storing and cooking food, think in terms of making the job as easy, adaptable and comfortable for everyone as possible. Keep a stock of gf food on hand. Store carefully. Cook in large quantities and freeze leftovers.

Some meals are naturally gf. For example, broiled fish or meat, plain vegetables, and plain potatoes or rice are all gf. If you want to serve pasta, use separate pots, or boil the gf pasta first and make sure the sauce is save (it almost always is, but you should still be in the habit of checking). Then be careful with utensils.

14. Vary Your Diet.

It's very tempting, especially when first diagnosed, to start eating the same things over and over. This usually happens when early paranoia sets in and gluten begins to seem like it's everywhere. Some celiacs never lose their fears and it's at least open to debate as to whether this kind of paranoia is helpful or not. While new restrictions are a normal part of adjusting to gf living, you still need to consume a variety of foods in order to get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. You have to think gf. But you also need to think in terms of packing as many nutrients as possible into your nutrient-starved body.

15. Emphasize Calcium.

Be sure to eat plenty of calcium-rich food, especially when you are newly diagnosed and making the transition to the gf diet. The rigors of learning the diet might make you forget how important this mineral is, especially to celiacs. Calcium is one of the main nutrients robbed from the body by undetected gluten sensitivity, and inadequate calcium can lead to long-term problems, such as osteoporosis.

Dairy foods are the best sources of calcium (see next tip). In addition, the following foods are among the best non-dairy sources of calcium and they are all naturally gf (but be sure to read all labels): canned sardines and salmon with bones, canned shrimp, bok choy, collard greens, turnip greens, and broccoli.

Celiacs should consider taking a calcium supplement daily. Calcium carbonate is usually recommended as the best, most bioavailable (meaning it dissolves so the body can absorb it) form to take. The suggested general dose is 1,000mg a day. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women over 51 should take 1200mg of calcium.*

Health care professional suggest not taking your recommended dose all at once, but spreading it out over two or three doses throughout the day, with each partial dose taken at or near mealtimes.

(*I've read otherwise: that calcium citrate is more bioavailable. My doc recommended Posture D, which has a balanced ratio of magnesium and Vit D for max absorption. My Vit D levels were checked and I also needed an Rx for Vit D. Ask your doc to check your fat soluble vitamin levels. Do your research and talk with your doc.)

16. Don't Skip Dairy Foods.

Dairy foods are important even if you are lactose intolerant. But they can be a problem (sometimes it's a temporary problem) for newly diagnosed celiacs who are often lactose intolerant. That's because untreated gluten sensitivity tends to destroy the tips of the villi where lactase is produced. Lactase is the enzyme which helps digest lactose.

Some celiacs find lactose intolerance goes away as their small intestine heals. Others discover it doesn't go away because they are genetically predisposed to be intolerant of lactose. These celiacs will have to continue to cope with the problem, but they still need to eat dairy products.

If you are lactose intolerant, use one of the products currently available that helps people digest lactose, but remember to call the manufacturer to check the gluten status. The Calcium Information Center suggests that lactose intolerant people consume food at the same time as lactose containing beverages to help delay gastric emptying and decrease symptoms.

17. Deal with DH.

Pay attention to all these tips if you have dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). DH has been called CD of the skin. It is an extremely itchy, red rash that tends to appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp and back. The rash is caused by IgA deposits just under the skin that result because the individual is sensitive to gluten.

Dermatologists often treat DH with dapsone, a drug that relieves the itch and slowly clears the rash. Affected individuals also should follow a gf diet or the rash returns as soon as the dapsone is discontinued.

A gluten-free diet will gradually decrease the need for continued dapsone use. Approximately 70% of DH patients will be able to discontinue dapsone therapy completely after 18 months on the diet, but they, too, must continue the diet for life.

Unfortunately not all dermatologists recognize the gluten connection to DH. Some simply prescribe dapsone, which can have very serious side effects including damage to the red blood cells (and liver), and don't mention the importance of the gf diet. So the educaton component suggested in tip 22 is particularly important where dermatologists are concerned.


18. Don't Stay Home.

You can travel and eat out, but be cautious. When you travel, plan ahead. Try to bring as many food items as you can without making yourself uncomfortable during the trip. If you're traveling in this country, you can contact a local support group at your destination. The members should be able to give you tips on eating out safely in their locale.

(Think ahead in terms of emergency preparedness as well. I live in tornado country now - our shelter is stocked with water and gf food. I'm moving to hurricane country and will learn how to prepare for that. ~Dots.)

If you're traveling abroad, make sure to bring a translation that explains your dietary needs. We have translations in Spanish, French, Hungarian, and Koren. For copies, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to GF Living, PO Box 105, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706.*

Eating out takes on a new twist when you lead a gf lifestyle. Think in terms of small, ethnic (since many ethnic cuisines are corn- or rice-based) or standard American, which can be good choices. If you develop a relationship with a restaurant (tipping well doesn't hurt), your confidence level will rise. When dining out, patiently and clearly explain your needs to the staff (sometimes the manager or chef is a better contact than the server). Then relax and enjoy yourself.

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19. Don't Complain.

Try not to think of the added expense of gf food as a burden. Remember it is the only "medicine" that will assure your good health. Compared to the cost of prescription drugs and minus the negative side effects they often cause, you can even convince yourself that gf food is quite a bargain.

Don't get mad at companies that specialize in gf food. Their products are more expensive because of the limited numbers of customers, the necessity for carefully investigating all ingredients, some difficulties reaching the gf market and the rigorous processing requirements. Vendors of gf foods are knowledgeable and well informed. They are working for YOU.

Another reason not to blame vendors for the cost of gf food is their overall graciousness toward the gf community. You'll find dealing with gf specialty companies a pleasure. Most companies now have 800 numbers and all are knowledgeable, sometimes more knowledgeable than their customers. These companies are in business because they understand your problems (an amazing number were started by people who were diagnosed themselves). They know what you can eat and what you can't eat. They are well aware of the contamination problem and have adopted processing standards that make their products safe for you to eat.

Most importantly, think about the monetary and lifestyle costs of the long-term problems a strict gf diet could save you from - osteoporosis and lymphoma to name two of the most important. If you look at the gf diet as a critical preventive health measure, then it will seem cheap, indeed.


20. Stock Up.

During the spring Passover season, Jewish law forbids eating any food that contains "chametz," which refers to wheat, rye, barley, oats or spelt, the exact grains forbidden on the gf diet. So it's a good time to stock up on foods labeled "Kosher for Passover," which are certified to be gf with one very important exception. The exception is any Passover food that contains any form of matzo. Matzo is a special unleavened bread made with wheat flour and water. It is eaten as is in the large square crackers that substitute for bread during Passover. It is also ground into matzo meal or processed further into matzo flour.

The assess Passover foods, first make sure the label clearly identifies the product as "Kosher for Passover" (must include all three words). Then read the ingredient list. If you don't see matzo or any form of matzo (matzo meal, matzo flour, matzo anything or cake flour), the item is guaranteed to be gf. While no individual entrepeneur can be guaranteed, kosher bakeries follow strict directives and are knowledgeable about their ingredients and mixing and baking processes.

Once you understand the bottom line, you're in for some treats, many of which can be frozen. During Passover you will find certifiably gf condiments, many prepared cakes and cookies as well as mixes (read labels carefully), and candies, including Passover chocolate - as pure and as good as it gets!

21. Test the Family.

Encourage your relatives to be tested, especially your first-degree relatives. The prevalence of celiac disease in first-degree relatives (parents, children and siblings) is much higher than it is in the general population. According to a prevalence study published in the Annals of Medicine in 2003, one in 22 first-degree relatives of biopsy-proven celiacs has CD. But be prepared for resistance from your relatives whether they have symptoms or not. Sometimes, family members refuse to be tested. Don't feel guilty if they make that decision.

22. Educate Doctors.

Give information about celiac disease and blood testing to your current doctor and all the doctors you consulted before you were diagnosed. While more and more doctors are becoming aware of CD and its many symptoms, far too many still do not know about the growing prevalence of the disease. Every effort you make to inform the medical community will help doctors cultivate a higher suspicion for CD, which in turn will help others get diagnosed more quickly than you did. Two labs that are experienced in testing for CD are Immco Diagnostics in Buffalo, NY (800-537-8378 or www.immcodiagnostics.com ) and Prometheus Labs in San Diego, CA (888-423-5227 or www.prometheuslabs.com .


23. Stay Sane.

It's easy to lose perspective, especially when you are new at gf living. Keep your sanity by remembering that each and every gastrointestinal upset or twinge may not be because you have inadvertantly consumed some gluten you weren't aware of. Gluten-sensitive individuals are still human and they can get sick just like those who are not gluten sensitive. Some of the problems people can have that might be misinterpreted as a gluten "reaction" are: microscopic colitis, pancreatic insufficiency, refractory sprue, or lactose, fructose, maltose or sucrose intolerance.

Certain ingredients cause gastrointestinal problems in lots of people, not just those who are gluten sensitive. Sorbitol is a good example. Sorbitol, a chemical used to prevent caking, promote flow and sweeten food is found in a variety of products that are ingested by humans. It is on the FDA's GRAS list which includes those foods "generally accepted as safe" for human consumption. And it is gf. However, excessive consumption of sorbitol may have a laxative affect.

24. Teach Your Children Well.

If you are the parent of a celiac child, you have a challenging and very important job. You are in charge of your child's gf diet, but even more importantly, your positive attitude can steer him or her toward a happy, healthy gf life.

Yes, you have to make sure your child's food is as gf as possible so he/she will feel well and grow properly. But making your child feel as normal as possible within the confines of the diet is just as important. Generally, that means never letting the diet stop him from participating in an activity, going to a party, joining in with friends.

Plan for food in advance. Bake and freeze gf cupcakes and pizza so you are always ready for a b-day or school celebration. Send gf snacks your child can have when an unexpected treat turns up in the classroom. Offer to bring food, which happens to be gf to scout meetings, soccer games and other activities so your child can enjoy it along with everyone else. Many of the foods children typically like are now available in gf versions that you can keep in stock for your child. You can police every food to make sure it does not contain gluten, but your child still won't grow normally if he/she is made to feel that CD limits or defines who he/she is. Celiac kids adjust amazingly well with the right kinds of support from family and friends and a "can do" outlook on their diet from you.

25. Get on With Life!

CD may seem like the worst thing that ever happened to you. But you will soon see that it may be the best thing that ever happened to you! The diet is manageable. It prevents more serious health problems.

Most of all, the diet is doable and the lifestyle is rewarding. You can (and you will!) get to a point where you follow a strict, unwavering gf diet as if it were the most normal thing in the world.



Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 2/4/2008 (23:20)
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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