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  1. You might ask your doctor if they have a standby/wait list Kal. Some do that and then they can fit in people if there are cancellations or no-shows.
  2. The way to fix food intolerance symptoms is to stop eating the food causing the symptoms. Dark Angel is right, there are very few tests for food intolerances. Mostly we have to test ourselves through diet experiments. Typically an elimination diet of some sort is used. Eliminating food groups is one way, or cutting back to just a few foods and building from there is another. Changing your diet is the way to go.
  3. Hi akohlman, It is quite an adjustment. But it isn't a bad change. While you have to give up some foods you may also end up finding other foods you really enjoy. And most likely you will be eating a more nutritious, healthier diet than many of your friends do. Try to stick to whole foods you cook at home for a while. If you want to eat out you can take food with you, or spend some time on the web searching out gluten-free restaurants on your area. But to get started learning, it is best to cook you own food. Meat, veggies, eggs, nuts and fruit should be the main foods you eat. Maybe dairy will work for you, maybe not. It can take months for the immune reaction to stop and your body to heal enough to absorb nutrients properly. It is good to get your vitamin and mineral levels checked so you know which might be low. Even a tiny crumb of gluten can make us sick. Cross contamination is a real problem. And since the immune reaction doesn't stop when the food leaves your body, you have to be careful what you eat/drink. But after you have been doing the gluten-free diet a while you get used to eating different and it becomes the new normal.
  4. A good diet for avoiding type 2 diabetes

    I hope you do well on your new diet cristiana, whatever it turns out to be. Another site with lots of paleo diet info is Marks Daily Apple. He also lists cooking oils that are good for you vs bad for you to eat. Try searching his site for topics of interest. I am not too interested in the paleo diet backstory as such. But it seems like a good diet for many people to try at least. The diabetes forum has good info also, from people with diabetes vs doctors. They used to have a chat for people to ask questions, but I don't know i that is still active. From memory, some of the people there limited themselves to 1 cracker a day's worth of carbs. And they were off their medication completely. Mostly against doctors advice about diet, but some doctors give bad advice about diabetes to people. Like telling people they have to eat carbs to be healthy, which is not true.
  5. A good diet for avoiding type 2 diabetes

    Hi cristiana, The paleo diet and the ketogenic diet would probably be helpful to read up on. Snack on protein, not sugar and carbs. You should have protein with every meal. Protein reduces the meal total glycemic index and lengthens the time before you feel hungry again. Sugar and carbs shorten the time to feeling hungry again. Or you could just ignore the whole thing and eat lots of sugary foods and carbs like my brother does. And go half blind and have joint pain and nerve pain. Those sugary snacks are a poor trade for your health.
  6. Hi Kam, If you are going to continue the celiac testing with an endoscopy, you need to keep eating gluten until it's done. It can be hard for vegetarians to keep their vitamin D levels up. This Vitamin D Council link has some good info on ways to boost your levels.
  7. I agree Katie, the gluten challenge isn't worthwhile for some people. Regardless of your test results, I think you know the answer is not to eat gluten anymore. I hope you recover quickly from the damage.
  8. Nothing left to eat

    Rice cakes and peanut butter. BRM Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal. Eggs fried over sardines.
  9. Hi Katie, You might want to wait a bit after the testing. Make sure the doctors got the results they ordered. Sometimes a lab will lose someones samples and they have to get re-tested. But when you do start the gluten-free diet, it's best to eat whole foods you make yourself. Meat and veggies with some nuts and fruit should be your primary diet. Try to avoid all the gluten-free baked goods for a while as they are really not that good for you nutrionally. You'll want to take a good quality multi-vitamin too. Some people take liquid B-12 also, as it is supposedly easier to absorb. Recovery from celiac involves changes in your gut biome, and that can cause some bloating and discomfort. Dairy and carbs and sugar will make that worse. So it's good to avoid those for a while also. I suggest peppermint tea for bloating. The first 6 months are sometimes kind of rough for people. That doesn't mean you aren't getting better, just that it takes time for things to improve and settle down. After you begin healing you may find yourself very hungry also. Proteins are a good way to go there. Your body needs to get nutrients to heal tissues properly. Best wishes Katie!
  10. Hi JMG, Your post was long but fun to read. For me anyway. So thanks for taking time to describe your situation! The forum used to have a signature line under each posters name. Often people would list their food intolerances in their signature. Which would be interesting to read for new people. Myself I have quite a few IMHO. I think soy is one of the most troublesome because I believe it leads to other intolerances. But many forum members have developed additional food intolerances beyond gluten. If I was you, I 'd give up soy now. Hint - hint. Have you been tested for vitamin/mineral levels? My vitamin D level is still pretty low after 9 years and taking 10,000 IU a week. Although I suspect my particular brand of vitamin D may be junk at this point. The reason I mention it is that since I have started working on building up my vitamin D levels I have felt better mentally and had some reduction of joint pain. So it might be good to get your levels checked. Believe it or not you are still early in the recovery process and may still experience quite a bit more improvement, including both health-wise and emotionally. I don't think there are very many people alive who don't have regrets over some past events in their lives. And the ones that may exist are probably insufferably irritating! I think people who go through stressful events in their lives are probably a little more rounded than people who are never sick a day in their life. Being just like other people (normal) is not all its cracked up to be IMHO. Yeah, that's the ticket, being normal is not normal! I just wonder if your doctor ever tested you for (DH) dermatitis herpetiformis? That's a skin rash associated with celiac disease. If you have DH, you have celiac disease. Now, where'd I leave that canoe...
  11. gluten free and celiac worsens

    Right, there aren't any quick fixes to celiac disease. It's really helpful theugh to eat a simple diet of home made food, and avoid eating out in restaurants for at least 6 months. Cooking all your own food is helpful because you control the ingredients. Recovery times vary a lot, but 2 weeks is not enough time by a long shot. 18 months to 24 months is probably more like it. But the recovery time depends on how well you avoid any trace of gluten in your diet. Even a crumb of gluten can slow down recovery.
  12. Protein

    Peanut butter on rice cakes is a good snack in the mornings. Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty gluten-free cereal is good with a few add-ins like peanut butter, banana, Enjoy Life Choc chips etc. There are several gluten-free wraps available, like Rudi's and Food For Life tortillas. Mission brand corn tortillas are gluten-free also. You can make salmon patties with corn meal instead of bread crumbs, and keep them for a protein snack. Canned salmon has vitamin D and calcium in it, so it's good to eat for those nutrients. Bacon and eggs, or canned sardines are good for you also.
  13. Hi Katie, I have bleeding and pain if I eat dairy. Some people react to dairy protein. I think they call it casein sensitive enteropathy. I also have celiac disease and that could explain your vitamin levels being low. I still have low vitamin D levels after years on the gluten-free diet. Another condition you might want to research is Crohn's Disease. Sometimes people have both Crohn's Disease and celiac disease. Ulcerative colitis is another digestive disease that can cause problems. For celiac disease you need to keep eating gluten as stated above, until all testing ids completed. The usual testing is a blood draw to check for anti-gliaden antibodies and then a follow-up endoscopy to take biopsy samples. The cureceliac disease site is a good reference for celiac questions.
  14. Right, if you have DH, you have celiac disease. An Endoscopy may not show anything conclusive because the immune attack is focused on the skin, not the gut. That can change over time though. ... Blood tests for other antibodies commonly found in people with celiac disease—antiendomysial and anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies—supplement the diagnostic process. If the antibody tests are positive and the skin biopsy has the typical findings of DH, patients do not need an intestinal biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease. Read more at ...
  15. Vitamin D supplement?

    There is some good info on the Vitamin D Council website. They say you can't get enough vitamin D from foods (usually), so sunshine or supplements are helpful.