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I may qualify actually, because I did in the past when I sprained my ankle...I'll have to check it out.
As for the skin products, I checked out what I use anyway, and I am pretty sure the stuff I use is gluten free--not sure about CC, but the ingredients themselves seem to check out just fine.
I tried some sort of rice pasta the other day with pesto, it was darn good! Didn't notice much of a difference besides the noodles seemed softer/flimsier, and I'm okay with that because I always overcooked noodles to get them mushy-soft. I have been eating a LOT of low-sodium/gluten free canned tuna and salmon on Udi's bread with that Smart Balance gluten free mayo spread...soo good.
I was laying in bed last night thinking, realizing that I wasn't going to bed with a gurgly, crampy, upset stomach--that alone is worth the gluten-free lifestyle to me. Whether or not I have a problem, I can already see I feel better...digest gluten-free foods much better.
Another question though...I read about teeth and gum problems if you're gluten intolerant/celiac-- when some of you switched to gluten-free did you notice your gums becoming more sensitive at first? The past couple days when I brush my gums bleed like crazy and they never did before? I've had gingivitis for quite some time but never had a big problem with it before.
And Melissa, I like your way of looking at it. Like I said the lack of stomach problems alone is worth it to me.
Sigh, $200? That's not something I can afford anytime soon unfortunately
So, I guess my next question is. If I were to take the safe route of just assuming I may have Celiac just to err on the safe side of things-- would it be required to switch all hair products, body soaps, laundry detergents, and other things that only make contact with the skin and are not ingested? Or is this suggested because there's the assumption you will put your hands in your mouth?
What seems the most overwhelming to me, isn't even what I can't have, it's the expense of the gluten-free alternatives to get the feeling that I'm still eating foods I enjoy/other products I enjoy. I guess that would be another question... what are some strategies for living gluten free on a budget? I've read about baking your own gluten-free breads and such. Breads aren't a huge concern to me, pasta is more likely to be a point of weakness for me. And as for the hair/skin products, are there more generic, name-brand products that are gluten free so that I don't have to spend a fortune? (links to other topics about similar things or websites are cool, since I'm sure all of this has been asked at some point)
Today I have to get some new foundation makeup (clumsy and broke my bottle of it this morning) and wondering if any of the cheaper big brands carry any that are gluten free? I was using Cover Girl, but I have no idea where to start in finding out what to watch out for. I have a list of ingredients that aren't safe... but is that all I need? It seems like there can be so many different complications with cross-contaminations or mislabeling. Bah.
I do pretty well with eating gluten-free because a lot of my favorite foods are relatively simple, and I'm used to restrictive diets from being vegan for 8 years, etc. I worry more about everything else that goes into it, the skin products, the worry about CC, etc.
Another thing is trying to help my boyfriend (I live with him) understand all of this. He's super supportive and trying to learn about it but because I don't even know the ins and outs of all of it, (and I'm sure even those who have been gluten-free for years still learn things) I don't totally know how to help him understand and he's not much of a reader
Thanks again everyone. Very much appreciate the replies! <3
thanks guys, for your help and ideas. I am seriously considering getting a quote on how much it would cost out of pocket to get the testing done-- has anyone without insurance done it?
I've read that in order for the test to be as accurate as it can be though, that you can't be eating gluten-free before the test?
The thing that works to my advantage I think is that I've always been sort of hyper-aware of physical sensations and the way my body reacts to things, so I shouldn't have too much trouble recording my observations. I have to say though, it's amazing to me that I haven't had really any tummy trouble for the week that I've been eating gluten free...I can't even remember a time (at least not before the age of 10) that I didn't have a stomach ache for even a day or two. I did go raw-vegan/fruitarian at one point a couple years ago and also noticed a huge difference, but I still struggled with stomach issues because I am pretty certain I also have trouble with nuts. I was eating a lot of raw cashews (making "raw sauces" and stuff out of them) and I found that nuts really screwed my gut up, but at the time it was my only source of protein. I found that on days, though, where I didn't consume nuts, my gut felt pretty darn close to a million bucks...and my hair grew like crazy, too! Raynauds was almost non-existent, and mentally I felt a lot clearer than I have in yeears. Raw-vegan was way too hard to keep up with though, and I ended up gorging on junk when I switched back to a more "normal" way of eating, and then all the other problems began again. Sigh.
Hey everyone. I'm new here, and new to gluten-free.
Right now, I am in the process of practicing a gluten-free lifestyle as to figure out whether or not I am gluten intolerant. I have no health insurance and no money outside of what I make to pay for bills and living expenses (I'm a broke 25 year old, ha) so I don't really have means to get a test done for Celiac disease. Gluten intolerance has been suggested to me in the past by doctors, but I blew it off because I was an ignorant kid and "didn't care". Recently, because I am in therapy for an ongoing eating disorder, it was suggested to me again, because we were discussing my body image. I explained to my therapist that my body image issues had much to do with how I physically felt, and I've been telling therapists and doctors this for YEARS--- you don't feel like you look that great, when you feel like hell-- and you especially don't feel good about eating when everytime you eat, you feel worse. We made the connection that the foods that seemed to make me feel even worse were foods that contained gluten.
Now, I don't know how probable this is. I really don't know a whole lot about the intolerance/disease and the differences between gluten intolerance and Celiac---I know that Celiac is an autoimmune disease...BUT, do the symptoms differ as well?
I took it upon myself to go gluten-free to see if I noticed any changes. I'm aware it can take a long time to notice differences, however in the past week, I have already noticed drastic changes in my gut. I don't feel weighted down and have irritable bowels as much. It's not perfect yet, as I suspect it's going to take a long time for me to feel "normal" if I am gluten intolerant, but it's a LOT better already.
I guess my main question though is if the symptoms for Celiac differ from those of an intolerance? I ask because I am not sure how far to take this. As far as eating goes I have been eating things that I know are gluten-free (well, to the best of anyone's knowledge, that is) but don't know how important it is to switch shampoos, etc?
I know that there are different levels of sensitivity for people. I live with a boyfriend who is far from gluten-free, and don't want to make him feel obligated to change his way of living, either.
Most of my symptoms are gastrointestinal, but I've also been struggling a lot with anxiety. I also have Raynaud's which sort of came out of nowhere when I was about 20 years old. I am considering whether or not this might be linked? And if so, can something like that be linked with a gluten intolerance, or is it more likely to be linked to Celiac because of the autoimmune aspect? I'm sort of lost. (I also struggle with a host of other symptoms that can be linked to a gluten intolerance/Celiac, much dealing with mental--i.e. foggy brain, fatigue, mood swings, etc.-- and hormonal, as well as skin rashes, the gastrointestinal stuff, etc.)
I'm meeting with a nutritionist on Friday to get things underway and some ideas (free of charge) so I'm hoping to get some answers then, too.
I am just wondering how all of you have determined how sensitive you are? Is it through testing or by observation? I know I should get the test done but simply don't have the money :/ Ideas???