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About lbeehenderson

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  1. Everyone has such great ideas! I'm a grad student and have been gluten free for almost 3 years but I still struggle with my food issues weekly, if not daily. My biggest symptom is my nausea, which really sucks when trying to do research/study. Most days, I'm at school for 12+ hours and run out of food... it's a constant battle between eating enough, not passing out (when I am low on food), drinking enough water (I'm also constantly thirsty) and not getting "secretly" glutened when I have to buy food on campus. I've been thinking about starting a Gluten-free group on my campus but haven't done it yet... maybe that is something we should all think about. I'm sure there are more students who would also love advise/help with their food problems.
  2. I've been gluten free for almost 3 years and still have bouts of discomfort and pain. I am a "borderline" Celiac, meaning my doctors wont classify me as "full blown" Celiac because of testing. Weird, since I have a dead spot in my stomach from gluten and am extremely sensitive... but, with that said, no tests (not even an colonoscopy/endoscopy) come back positive. How do other people handle their symptoms when they occur at school? I have a hard time managing my discomfort, lack of appetite, anxiety, foggy brain and depression once I have been exposed to gluten but, it's exhausting. How do you eat on campus? Most days I am at school 12-13hrs and even if I pack food, it isn't always enough. I'm scared to eat food that is prepackaged, even if it is labeled "Gluten-Free"; as I just recently found out that Amy's organic "gluten-free" burritos are still main on equipment that processes wheat! WTF? How is that even allowed? I'm frustrated and very tired of not feeling like I am able to concentrate on my research, when I am constantly fighting my symptoms. Even after all these years of being gluten free....
  3. I've been having a problem with "gluten free" processed foods too.... how can they be labeled "gluten-free" if people are still having reactions??! AGH! Yes, SO FED UP TOO
  4. I have been gluten free for almost 3 years now and still get symptoms occasionally. My boyfriend and I have a gluten free house hold but, as a grad student, I sometimes have to eat at school or pass out from lack of food. Today I have been feeling awful! Distended belly, anxiety, exhaustion, blurred vision, foggy, bloated, faint, sad, etc. I am always careful about the food I eat but, I guess I am more sensitive than I thought. How have people figured out their sensitivity level? I thought I was ok as long as I didn't eat it directly but, who knows now....