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9/26/13 12:19 P

I have been gluten free for about 10 yrs due to an allergy - not celiac, but it has made my life better. A lot of the gluten free products have a lot of salt and sugar so if you think that will help you lose weight - no, unless you are good about portion control. I think in the past couple years, going gluten free is seen as a way to lose weight... It all boils down to what you CHOOSE to eat and how much you are eating. Just like there are obese/over weight vegetarians... there are obese/overweight gluten free people. Calories in have to be less than calories out to lose weight. Gluten free is not a magic bullet to lose weight.

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9/26/13 12:16 P

I find myself feeling better when avoiding yes for me.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (566,701)
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9/26/13 12:11 P

I love being gluten free...easier to maintain weight loss

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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9/26/13 11:55 A

Everybody is different. For me, giving up dairy made me feel tons better. My mom also is trying to give it up because her doctor said it might help with fatigue and muscle aches. She's been tested for Lyme disease and celiac and a host of things and she doesn't have fibromyalgia, either. Maybe it's placebo, but after a week she said she feels 100% better.

I guess it all depends on what your body prefers. I have a friend who swears that eating too many carbs drags her down, so she is all about high protein. It's whatever works for you, save any serious medical issues/sensitivities with certain food.

Personally, I hope my system never changes to gluten intolerance. I love seitan so much! Not to mention pasta and bread. :D

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9/26/13 7:35 A

I agree with what AlbertJon said, 100%
"Fewer than 10% of the population has adverse affects from consuming gluten. Yet many people do their usual fad-jumping onto some dietary trend that has absolutely no unbiased proven scientific basis. Definitely people should NOT consume gluten if they (1) have Celiac Disease (2) Wheat Allergry or 3) Gluten Sensitivity"

I grew up believinng whole grain wheat products are good for you and I still believe it (for those without special conditions). So many people do so many things then report "feeling better" as evidence this is a good idea (even if they don't lose any extra weight). I believe that is the placebo effect; if you want to believe something will make you feel better, it will probably make you feel better. I feel fine and I eat plenty of wheat and oat products. Some would be shocked with horror over the pecentage of my diet that is carbs....oh, and diet coke and coffee too! I think being at a healthy weight trumps most of those other healthy consumption ideas out there. Of course I believe in getting a variety in my diet including veggies, fruits, dairy products, a little meat, and of course plenty of bread products, sometimes I even eat WHITE bread! I cannot believe I am still alive at age 54, and not even on any medications! Of course I don't smoke and rarely drink and I think those habits trump most of those other things regarding avoiding this or that in your diet, too.

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9/26/13 7:16 A

Typically, going gluten-free/wheat-free also comes with other health conscience food choices/exercise and weight loss which accounts for the "feel better" feelings. It is a logical fallacy to assume correlation equals causation. I have never been easily convinced by anecdotal stories and prefer to follow scientific evidence/research. This sort of diet is far too pricey and far too complicated for me to ever be interested in.

Personally, it's balanced nutrition (limited processed foods, nutrient dense foods etc.), daily exercise, avoiding the "sitting"-disease and all the weight I lost that keeps me feeling like a 16 year old.

Here's my testimonial; since I've lost weight and changed my lifestyle to a very active and food conscience one I feel like a whole different person. I have 10x the energy I did when I was overweight (to the point, I can't sit for more than 20 mins at a time), my blood pressure is in the range of a professional athlete (as is my RHR), my blood work always comes back cleaner than a baby's bottom after a fresh change, I don't suffer from any kind of medical conditions and *ahem* I've become very regular (TMI) and I eat gluten and wheat.

Anyways, it never hurts to give something a try if you're interested. Just take it with a healthy dose of skepticism to keep the placebo effect at bay.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/26/2013 (07:19)
FERNCREST Posts: 1,027
9/26/13 7:08 A

Gluten and dairy free for me. My ibs is much better this way and I don't spend all day in the bathroom

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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9/26/13 7:04 A

I don't have a problem with foods with gluten. So, I eat them! emoticon

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
9/26/13 6:16 A

Interesting comments

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
9/26/13 6:09 A

I love being gluten free, just feel better. Lost my mind a few weeks ago and went back to eating wheat and health declined further.

To be honest, I don't know why it is necessary to discuss the issue lol because even in the absence of celiac or gluten intolerance, choosing to eat gluten or not eat gluten is a personal preference and lifestyle and doesn't impact anyone else. My doctor approves of it.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
9/25/13 11:40 P

I also have fibro and it's gotten really bad this past year and have also been thinking of a gluten free diet.... I don't know if you are aware of this but Aspartame is really bad for a person with fibro... So if your drinking some flavored waters have it and try to pass it off as natural flavoring till you read the small print and diet soda's also have it...
I was drinking the walmart brand orange mandarin naturally flavored water and omg I felt like jumping the bridge it made my fibro sooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!!!!!!!!!! so check for aspartame in your food and drinks.
I'd like to get a good cook book that has gluten free recipes

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9/25/13 11:27 P

This is a "hot-button" topic for many people. There are those who swear gluten free is the way to be and those who don't.

The best thing to do is discuss with your doctor and follow her recommendations.

Personally, I believe that all of us feel better when we eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight.

I think that paying attention to how we feel after eating certain foods is important, and something we as a society do not do very well. It took me years to figure out that the high carb breakfasts I was eating made me really sleepy a few hours later. I feel better since I have started eating more protein, eliminating fast food and eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

You could try keeping a food journal and document what you ate and how you feel after eating and the next day. Using a journal can help you make connections that you might miss. Who knows, you might notice your pain is worse after ice cream or broccoli, lol.

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9/25/13 6:56 P

Fewer than 10% of the population has adverse affects from consuming gluten. Yet many people do their usual fad-jumping onto some dietary trend that has absolutely no unbiased proven scientific basis. Definitely people should NOT consume gluten if they (1) have Celiac Disease (2) Wheat Allergry or 3) Gluten Sensitivity

"If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of these three conditions, there’s no sound scientific reason for you to avoid gluten. None." --

I'll go with the list of foods as presented by Worlds' Healthiest Foods (which includes whole wheat, rye, and oats). --

"And we would like to make this point for our fellow bakers and bread lovers. Those who do not have gluten intolerance should not fear gluten....Gluten is perfectly healthy and foods containing it can have a lot of nutritional value." -->

Most of the people I know who are going "gluten-free" are self-diagnosing themselves, changing their diet drastically, and then declaring that going gluten-free was what made a healthy change. What made the healthy change was they switched to eating many healthier things and started exercising. As with most of the "trends" in the dietary world, it sure is interesting how many people are selling books to prove this diet or that fad or some health marvel.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,461
9/25/13 6:34 P

A lot of Asian cultures do fine without "Meeting Our dietary guidelines"
instead of wheat they eat brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, etc
We subsidize wheat ... so our food pyramid is more likely to push it as a dietary guideline
just sayin

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 9/25/2013 (18:35)
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9/25/13 6:28 P

I eat whole wheat and multi-grain products daily. I believe that such products should be part of my daily dietary plan, so I will continue to use whole wheat flour in my baking, and consume multi-grain and whole wheat muffins, breads, wraps, etc. There is nothing about consuming gluten that I feel, for me personally, is in any way unhealthy.

from WebMD: "Meeting the dietary guidelines goal is very tough if you have to eliminate wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and other gluten-containing whole grains."

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9/25/13 6:20 P


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SHERYLDS Posts: 17,461
9/25/13 6:15 P

I don't 'have' a gluten allergy.
But someone recommended I read WHEAT BELLY by Dr. William Davis
and I tried to give up wheat products.
After a few months my BP was normal...without any big drop in weight.
so that was wheat's effect on me.

Along with giving up wheat ...I also tried to cut back on a lot of starches.
I tried to eat more non-starchy veggies to fill the gap
and I satisfied my starch cravings with my bean soups and stews.
It has made a huge difference in my appetite and how I feel.
Cutting out wheat ...resulted in a big difference in the calorie count,
And my blood sugar readings as well

HLTHAPPINESS4C Posts: 27,677
9/25/13 6:01 P

I understand that if a person has an intolerance or has celiac then gluten free is what is necessary, but I have questions regarding other health issues. I'll give you a lil back ground.

I have been dealing with Chronic Pain (Fibromyalgia) for 3 and a half years and IBS for several...(since I was a teen and I am now 36). My fibro has gotten much worse this past year and I have had a few people tell me to try going gluten/wheat free....that it has helped them with their symptoms. I am starting to give it serious thought yet I have questions.

~ How healthy is is to be gluten/wheat free for a person that does not have celiac? Are there nutritional problems involved?

~ How does one go about going gluten/free. I am aware there are many products on market, but I have found them pricey. What is the best way to get started and how do I do it on a shoe string budget. (I am on disability).

I would love to hear any and all valid ideas and opinions or testimonies!

Thank you so much, emoticon

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