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Hi there, my now 4 year old was diagnosed at 18 months with Celiac Disease via blood test and vast improvement on a gluten-free diet. He was so sick and malnourished that his doctor advised us not to wait a moment and take him off gluten immediately. Fast forward 3 years and we are now testing our other children as well. My 3 year old has been tiny since birth (she was 34 weeks gestation), she was small but grew just fine. She was still in the 5th percentile for weight until about 2-2/12 years old. She is still thin but closer to average weight. She's has had problems with constipation since starting solid foods. Our whole family eats gluten-free at home, and she has only been eating gluten on a regular basis 1-2 times per week for about 6 months or so. I have now been giving her gluten about everyday for almost 1 month. Over the last couple weeks we have noticed that she is more tired, cranky and has really dark circles around her eyes. She also has had some diarrhea, with lighter stools and really strong chemically smell that we had with her brother. We thought that since she has been getting some gluten and then gluten everyday that she would have enough for an accurate blood test. Most of her tests are within a normal range but I'm still having a hard time making sense of it all. The doctor that one test was high but not sure which one she is referring to. Her doctor wants us to put her on full gluten-free diet and then reevaluate in a month. A part of me wants to keep her on gluten for a few more weeks and retest. Just like any parent, I just want what's best for her. Thank you!
True! Simple combos like that taste amazing and never hurt. Sweet potato is incredible... Glad to hear avoiding soy is working for you. Although actually as I read 'who needs the hormone effect?' I realised I think maybe for the moment I do! My skin is clearer and my cycles continue when I drink soy. Everytime I stop they stop... Which probably isn't good and is the result of a low weight so hopefully that's not the case forever and the slightly negative aspects of soy (it does make my stomach feel a bit weird if I have too much etc.) can be avoided... Different strokes for different folks! And I love that this forum is bringing home how we all have similar but different experiences.
Hooray for your ability to eat dairy! And you're right about the options. I actually like Bio (or Vio in some countries) cheese more than I like ACTUAL cheese so definitely don't mind using that instead. I don't miss dairy or even like it so much, it's more the pain of avoiding something else that seems to replace gluten in a lot of convenient (social) meals. And a good source of nutrition. But that's ok. And maybe I'll get it back.
I'm glad to hear someone else has gone through the diet obsession and emerged with their brain in tact. I'm starting to think I will too ! THANKYOU!
The first and third tests are specific for celiac disease. They appear to be negative, but I can not tell for sure without the lab ranges (lab ranges vary). The second test is to see if you are IgA deficient which would impact the results of the tests. Again, it appears that you are not deficient (no ranges), so tests 1and 3 would be valid. What are your symptoms? Any autoimmune disorders? Why did you ask for celiac disease testing? You did not get the full panel. You could ask your doctor for: -Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and (DGP) IgG This was was the only celiac test that was positve for me yet I had moderate to severe intestinal damage. I have Hasgimoto's Thyroiditis, but that does not explain my weird results. Typically, small children can test this way. I hope this helps!
Oh Colleen, What a message! Thankyou! THANKYOU. Another really helpful, heartening response. Even just hearing from people who DO understand perfectly how complicated it is when nourishment feels like the enemy and too hard. I'm sorry to hear about your cancer experience. That would have been so...overwhelming. You are amazing and so is life. I'm glad we're both still here. Thankyou for putting everything into perspective and simplifying the approach that does feel right in my guts (no pun intended): not sweating the small stuff, letting things happen as they do, clean eating and living my life. Thankyou THANKYOU. (Also keep hearing about these crock pots. I'm going to get one today...)
True. Mixing it up is an option I always forget about. My mind is a little too black or white about food these days. Thanks for the advice and reminder!
And oh! Short grain brown! That's a kinda compromise, in fact. We have long grain brown or sushi (sticky short) white. Time to acquire a third option !
Do have to note though that the last few nights of white have been really good. Easier to fit in and easy digestion. Zero blood sugar spikes I expected as the child of a doctor who raised me to think that stuff was the devil...