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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsWhat Is The Best And Most High-Rising Gluten Free Bread Mix You Know Of?To me, the absolute worst thing about most gluten free breads is the pathetically small loaf size you get for the money or effort.
There are a few gems out there like Tom Van Deman's recipe, but what about store-bought mixes? Can anyone recommend a mix that will give me a gloriously giant loaf of bread? Size is my top priority, but great taste is a nice bonus, too. :-)
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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsWhere Is The Best Gluten Free Bread Selection In The Houston Area?Where can I find the largest gluten-free bread selection in the Houston area?
Better yet, are there any places that carry more than 1 or 2 brands closer to Katy/ west of Houston?
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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsUndereating = No Symptoms?I'm gluten intolerant and have noticed something peculiar: a wheat product will give me the nastiest gas pains and contribute to a toxic, snappy mood toward everyone I meet, but only when I have been eating sufficiently. I have a bad habit of undereating and, interestingly, I'm symptom free when I do so, no matter how much gluten is in the pathetic portions I consume during those times. But upon eating well, as stated, all hell breaks loose.
Just out of curiosity, does anyone else experience this?
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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Gluten Intolerance and BehaviorHas Anyone Experienced One Or Some Of These Mental Health Issues?I'm not too knowledgeable about all this, but I've read in a few places that the gut actually deals with a lot of the body's serotonin. If this is true, then could the damage caused by celiac disease also affect the body's serotonin levels/regulation? More importantly, is this intestinal serotonin the same kind that keeps the brain stable and happy?
So, for anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease or suspects having it: have you struggled with depression or anxiety in the past? Maybe obsessive-compulsive disorder or even an eating disorder? Or any aspies out there?
...I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist next week to figure out the source of severe gas cramping, and I was thinking that maybe I could pin down some chemical cause of my struggle with anorexia nervosa and obsessive behaviors, too.
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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsIs This "peripheral Neuropathy?"In the past few months, I've had an arm or leg fall asleep and wake me up with the tingling/heavy sand feeling EVERY night. I've found that this can be prevented only by sleeping flat on my back with no limbs overlapping...just kind of laying down straight (no more side sleeping allowed! ).
Is this a normal thing, or is it indicative of a nerve issue?
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L.O.C.T. added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsHelp! I Have Considered Getting Tested.Hello. I'm a 19 year-old college student with some background and a few questions.
Beginning around age 11 or 12, I began to experience severe gas cramps 2 or 3 nights per week. This persisted until about a year ago, when I was first advised by a no-nonsense old doctor to try removing wheat products from my diet. He told me from a blood test that my IgA was a bit high, but everything else was okay. I stopped eating wheat bagels in the mornings and switched from bread to corn tortillas, and now cramping is VERY rare
I'm afraid that my problem might go beyond intolerance, though. I avoid gluten products for the most part, but still snack on graham crackers and even enjoy certain breads and hot-pocket type items a few times per week without much issue. But my mental health in the past few years has spiraled all over the place. I am severely obsessive-compulsive and locked into a daily routine that I never needed as a young child. My days are dictated by racing thoughts and rituals that have taken the pleasure out of traveling or eating out, so much that I avoid a number of social activities. I think that there might be a biological reason that this is happening, because I grew up in and continue to live in the best of circumstances, with a steady, successful academic life and a wonderful family. But enough of the story; is it possible that an adverse reaction to something like gluten could harm my...brain? Has anyone experienced anything similar?
I was also interested in getting tested for celiac disease because of a few other typical symptoms I have experienced, including mouth sores as a child and a prominent, permanent yellow spot on my bottom front tooth that has baffled dentists over the years . Finally, my menstrual cycle is irregular and did not start until after age 15. Any thoughts?
One more thing: For fun, I was genotyped by 23andme a few months ago (I am a NERD for that stuff ). I do have a marker for an increased risk of celiac disease (HLA-DQ1, I think), but from what I've read it's certainly not an absolute and merely increases risk from 0.2 to 0.6 percent.
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