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5/30/09 1:49 P

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There is a bakery here in Madison called the Silly Yak Bakery (silly yak = celiac). They have wonderful breads and other baked goods. We don't follow a gluten-free diet, but it is nice to know that there are resources for those that need to!

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5/24/09 12:14 P

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Gluten-free is trendy right now. That's great for people who really do have celiac disease, but it's just a fad for everybody else. Get tested by a medical doctor to see if you have gluten intolerance. If you don't (and the vast majority of humans don't), then there's no point in a gluten-free diet. It's just additional inconvenience and expense with no particular benefit. (A lot of times, when you give up a bunch of supposed "allergens," you do feel better-- because you replace those foods with fruit and veggies. What you DO eat is usually more important than what you avoid eating.)

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5/23/09 8:40 P

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I eat gluten-free, low-sugar, dairy-free and soy-free! It has made all the difference in the world. I have celiac disease and I am sensitive to dairy and soy ... enough so that by leaving them out of my diet I feel healthier, have more energy, and I was finally able to lose weight.

I eat low-sugar or at least go with evaporated cane juice rather than refined sugar or sugar substitutes. Evaporated cane juice doesn't have the same effect on the system that refined sugar does. If I have something with corn syrup in it during the day, I know for a fact that I will have night sweats. As long as I avoid those types of foods, I don't have night sweats.

Going gluten-free is beneficial if you have non-celiac gluten intolerance or celiac disease (which is gluten intolerance that causes damage to your intestines or other organs). For me, gluten intolerance ultimately caused hypothyroidism, depression, acid-reflux, bloating, constipation, fatigue, and the inability to lose weight regardless of the diet. It also showed up as brain fog, irritability, and mood swings. (I actually like myself better now that I live a GF lifestyle ... I can control my anger).

You can be tested for gluten intolerance. Its an easy blood test and I'd recommend that you have the blood test before attempting a GF lifestyle. However, if you must, remove gluten from your diet for two-weeks to a month and see how you feel. Look for hidden gluten in foods ... many canned and packaged foods have gluten as an additive or thickener. You will see it show up as modified food starch, maltodextrin, carmel color, or natural flavorings. With the change in 2006 to labeling, most foods declare if they contain gluten ... it will show up as wheat, but could also be barley, rye, and in this country oats.

You should be able to tell if a GF diet is beneficial within 2-weeks to a month. However, if your system suffered in the way mine did, it may take supplments and time for you to finally get really healthy.

If you need more information, feel free to ask. If you are sensitive to gluten, going to a gluten-free lifestyle can make all of the difference in the world!


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5/22/09 2:27 P

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I have never tried it and don't know anything about it but would be interested in learning more.


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Just curious. Anyone on a gluten-free diet?

Years ago, my Oriental Medical Doctor put me on a "detox" diet to help with some health issues at the time. I gave up gluten, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy, and peanuts. Additionally, I took herbs and fiber supplements.

The diet worked wonders, but I fell off the bandwagon when I changed careers about 9 years ago.

Lately, I've been reading about GF diets. My yoga instructor also mentioned it in class last week. Any thoughts?

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