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CHIGIRL410 SparkPoints: (8,784)
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7/30/13 9:55 A

Good for you for making a positive change! I have been gluten-free for 15 years. Just an FYI: if you go gluten-free before getting a celiac test, doctors will be asking you for the rest of your life if you really have celiac. If you think that you have celiac, I advise resuming your normal diet and getting a celiac test so that you know whether you have it.

I never got tested because back in 1998 when I stopped eating wheat it was just for weight-loss. I substituted rye because of its lower glycemic index. I then discovered through trial and error --- a year of horrible D, months of blood in stool, and a bout of pneumonia --- that rye and barley and oats and spelt were also no good. More than a year later I found out there was a test for celiac, but it was too late for me unless I returned to eating wheat for a month. I couldn't make it through more than a few days. I was just too sick. After 15 years, doctors still correct me and say that I don't have celiac and I am "gluten sensitive." It's a real pain, and I wish that I had a test.

Now that I'm a medical school professor, I can talk some sense into some of them and remind them that missing information isn't the same thing as lack of disease, but it's a needless distraction every time a doctor decides to take this issue on as their pet cause of debunking a fad.

SHYFEMMEKAT Posts: 1,778
7/29/13 12:37 P

I went through something similar for a week. My stomach was truly jacked up. My body was used to McDonald's and Wendy's, not salad (my biggest culprit) and fruits. The first two days were AWFUL, then I decided to start with a little smaller portions of them and work my way up. That worked much better. And as a fellow Sparker on here said, check the ingredients on every label if you're food sensitive. Never assume.

Best wishes!

Edited by: SHYFEMMEKAT at: 7/29/2013 (12:38)
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7/29/13 12:11 P

Another thing I'd suggest is to check the ingredients of any new food you are eating. My digestive system works that way whenever I consume sugar alcohols. I try to avoid sorbitol or mannitol.

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7/29/13 12:01 P


When I started eating more fruits and veggies, I too noticed some cramping as well as gassy symptoms. So, what you're experiencing isn't unusual.

However, as another person noted, instead of doing everything at once, why not slowly ease into a healthier eating routine ? Spark People has always encouraged its members to start with some simple changes first. Simple changes done over the course of several weeks and months help a person to adapt to the new routine. Because, ultimately, that's what we really want. We want the changes we make today to become a habit.

I've found (and many others will concurr) that making small changes really can help you in the longterm. What I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting is that no one ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible. that's why it's important to make those small changes so that your body and brain have time to adapt.

My advice ? If you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, don't try to eat that many. Instead, start by eating 2-3 servings each day for one week. Each week, you add a serving until your body is comfortable eating 6-9 each day. You may find that less taxing on your tummy.

This is what I encourage all new members to do. I encourage them to slowly ease into a routine.

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7/29/13 9:39 A

I make my own smoothies, all natural, just fruits, veggies, protein powder, nuts/seeds, water or almond milk. I enjoy my smoothies and they fill me up. I actually use a Nutribullet my mom convinced me to buy. Its a great way for me to get fruit in my diet b/c I'm not a big fruit person.

I've gone gluten free b/c I have seen what a difference it makes in me... not b/c of what some website said, and as far as gluten-sensitive, I haven't been diagnosed but I haven't been told I'm not either. It came up when we thought my son had Celiac, and by looking at the symptoms, I saw I had almost all of them. When I go gluten free, my skin clears up, I have (usually) way less abdominal pain associated with a bowel movement, less gas, and my gall bladder leaves me alone. I also found that I had less cravings and just ate healthier. However, I can't afford to consume a lot of the gluten-free products, but there are plenty of food items that we already eat that are gluten free and I've omitted a lot of bread/pasta out of my diet anyway. So the choice is personal, not a gimmick I've fallen into.

I prefer smaller meals. Again, not doing it b/c someone else told me to. Its just the way I feel I am being proactive toward weight loss, and I have a lot to lose (tracker is only for first 50 lbs). Smaller meals means I see smaller amounts of calories on my nutrition tracker, I get to eat "more" and save a lot of calories for the evening hours when I am prone to "snack-attacking" as I call it.

I don't feel I've add much more healthy stuff to my diet as much as it is that I took out the bad stuff, like greasy foods, fried foods, processed foods, etc. I haven't changed a lot of what I eat, just how much of it I eat. I'm a binger and the small meals help me discipline myself.

As you can tell, I'm more positive today about my choices and changes and so far I feel good today. I really think its just my body adjusting and I was super overwhelmed yesterday. It was definitely a detox sensation, flushing all the processed foods and gluten out of my symptom.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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7/29/13 9:03 A

You don't have to do smaller meals to lose weight... there's no evidence that it will be more beneficial for weight loss. There are a lot of conflicting studies that go both ways between meal frequency. Just eat in a way *you* are comfortable with.

I personally hated the 5-6 meals a day. I never felt **full** and would just obsess over food from the time I finished my first meal and waiting the 2-3 hours until my next. I'm finding I do best on 4 meals a day (3 main meals and snack).

If you are introducing more fiber into your diet than what you're use to (which usually happens when you start eating "healthier"), it can contribute digestive issues. It's easier on your body to gradually increase fiber.

There is no scientific evidence that eating "gluten-free" when you're not gluten-intolerant is any more healthy than eating "nut-free" when you don't have a peanut allergy. Food companies have just capitalized and contributed to the fad by advertising their products as gluten free to make them appear like a healthy option (just like the "fat-free" craze of the 80's). I take no more heed of these products than I do of "peanut-free" products. I don't know how eating gluten-free would affect your digestion, however. The most typical culprit is the increase in fiber.

Smoothies are not synonymous with "healthy". You don't have to drink smoothies to be healthy... personally, I'd rather eat a balanced meal of whole foods. Smoothies typically contain far too many carbs for one sitting and they don't fill me up for long. I'd much rather chew my food and have a bowl of yogurt with whole fruit and some natural peanut butter on top. But if you like them, that's up to you but they are in no way healthier than eating whole food.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/29/2013 (09:07)
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7/29/13 8:24 A

I've always been a big veggie eater and over the course of this year I have on again off again been eating healthier. I actually think a lot of it comes from two things: omitting gluten and smaller meals.... I think that my stomach is filling with gas rather than food and once my stomach starts to shrink it will get better.

On being gradual -- not going to work. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal. I haven't been eating just fruits and veggies, I've had some gluten free grains, lean protein, etc.

Yesterday was a long day and I had a lot of pain, it made me feel helpless and hopeless. But now that it is a new day, I'm going to do my best to have patience and eat healthy, making little tweaks.

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7/29/13 3:54 A

IF you didn't eat much in the way of fruit and veges prior to this, then yes, what you have experienced IS normal, however, having said that, it isn't the best way to go about getting extra. You are best to make gradual changes to diet as well as exercise. Allow your mind/body to get used to those changes before adding something else to the mix.

Fibre really IS best increased slowly!!!


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7/28/13 7:49 P

Too much of a good thing too quickly can cause havoc. I have had two similar experiences. The first was during a cleansing and my gosh that was not pretty. It definitely was good in the end but I had all kinds of weird stomach etc issues. You could be getting this detox type of reaction from the mass fruit and veggies. The other time that I really hurt myself was from eating more fiber than I was use to. If you are eating more healthy, it is likely that you jumped up your fiber intake and that has to be done in steps. If your pain could stem from this, drink lots of extra water to help move the fiber through your system and you will feel instantly better. Some of the discomfort could just be you are really hungry because you are use to eating more and processed foods can seem more satisfying. Your strategy of eating often is good, but are you getting enough protein to feel satisfied? Don't give up because whatever it is, this will be temporary and while I am really new there are so many wonderful SPs out there to help you so hang in there!

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7/28/13 7:24 P

I went from eating whatever I wanted to yesterday morning, making breakfast smoothies of fruits/veggies/seeds, eating mostly veggies/fruits, and watching calories with the occasional whole grain (gluten-free choices). And I have had the most unbelievable stomach cramps and gas pains. Is this normal??? Is it just like a detox thing. Will it get better??? I have been eating smaller portions and having more meals/snacks through the day. Its like, if I dont eat the second I feel hunger I end up in pain! Its wearing me out and stressing me out!

I'm afraid I'll quit b/c its too much!!

Is this NORMAL???

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