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I am new to this site and, although I am reading lhere ike a madwoman, I am still finding myself somewhat unsure what to do. I struggle with two conditions, celiac disease and insulin resistance. I have been diagnosed with both of them within the last three months, so my world has been totally and completely turned upside down! I have absolutely no idea what to eat anymore, and have found myself just not eating at all to avoid the problem. I was diagnosed with celiac after having a month of severe, severe, can't leave the house, missed a month of work, do I have to wear special underwear at my age, diarrhea and stomach upset (after having 28 years of a "sensitive stomach", as we all in my family called it; after all the blood tests, colonoscopies, upper GIs, biopsies, blah, blah, this is my diagnosis. I have gone as absolutely strictly gluten free as I can know, tackled this with more resolve than I think I have anything else in my life, and I am still stomach sick, not as often, but still pretty much most of the time instead of all of the time. I am trying to eat strictly organic foods, strictly gluten free foods, and low carb foods, and frankly feel like all I am left with to eat is boiled chicken and lettuce (while my fiance noshes on ice cream and pizza and egg rolls and everything else I can't eat anymore). I live in a small rural town with very limited food resources, so I can't buy a lot of the gluten free products available unless I do so over the Internet, which is very expensive. I thought Atkins or some other low carb diet that I am supposed to eat for the insulin problems would fit in really well with my celiac, and when I was first diagnosed I thought "oh good, this will force me to eat low carb". Instead, I'm finding that even the "safe" low carb foods that I thought I could buy and eat have gluten hiding in them, and the only "certified" gluten free foods besides meat and fruits/veggies are all pretty high carbohydrate foods. To top it all off, I'm getting married in a month and found myself weeping hysterically the other day because I cannot eat the food at my own reception and I cannot even have a piece of my own wedding cake (it's my first marriage and I always dreamed about the whole shebang!). My confusion/fear/frustration has gotten so bad that I am going to the dr. in two days to request antidepressants b/c I just don't feel like I can deal with all of this. Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to how to reconcile my two diets and not feel like a bunny rabbit nibbling on lettuce and celery for the rest of my life? I feel very "joyless" to say the least. I used to get a great deal of joy out of food and now I feel like food is my enemy no matter what I do, it's either wheat or carbs, and I loathe the thought of trying to find something to eat, so instead I just stop eating at all.
After reading a lot of the postings on this site, I am thinking this may be just what I need to get through this, and would welcome any thoughts/suggestions. Thank you all in advance!
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