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I am just so excited. I got on the scale this AM and have lost more weight. It is just falling off me without me counting calories at all.
I have the shake for breakfast (at noon). Then usually gazpacho soup for lunch around 2 PM. If I am very hungry I put some cooked brown rice into the soup. Then a normal dinner (fish, chicken, eggwhite omelet plus veggies), and nighttime snack of baked sweet potato, yogurt or fruit. And everyday I allow myself one gluten-free bun slathered with butter.
Basically, I have cut all sugar out of my diet, except the natural sugar in fruit. I also drink lots of water or herbal tea. Karen
I have a fruit and yogurt shake in the morning, usually a veggie soup for lunch, and a dinner of protein (fish, chicken, occasional beef) with veggies for dinner. Then a snack of either nuts, yogurt, or fruit shake.
This is the first time I have succeeded and I am so excited because I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cannot exercise.
I attribute my success to the VitaMix machine we just bought. Someone on another website was talking about how great it is. It costs $500 but makes the greatest smoothies, makes and heats soup (with friction) and generally makes it fun to eat healthy. (Disclaimer- I do not have anything to do with the VitaMix company). Karen
Saw my PCP yesterday and asked for Rast testing. He wanted to know why. I told him I probably have celiac and he said, "yes but you haven't been diagnosed". (I have been seen by a Celiac specialist in Boston who told me I probably did and shouldn't go back on gluten for a challenge). I told him to just write down gluten intolerance if he wasn't comfortable with celiac dx and that many people who are gluten intolerant have problems with other foods. After shrugging his shoulders like he doubted it, he did order it, but then wrote "patient requested" so I will probably end up paying instead of insurance. Why is it necessary to fight healthcare providers as well as one's disease? (rhetorical question). Karen
Oh boy, I guess that answers my question but not my problem.
I had IBS that got progressively worse over 10 years until I went gluten free, to the point where I became dehydrated and needed IV's. Three days after being gluten-free I had no IBS and have been fine since then. Unfortunately, I saw a Celiac specialist months after going gluten-free so it was too late to test for it. He agreed with me that I would have to remain gluten-free forever and that it didn't make sense to go back on gluten in order to be tested.
So I guess I will never really know. Thanks for your information!! Karen
Thanks, but I already know I have at least a wheat intolerance. What I want to know is if the Allergy test is negative (and I don't have a wheat allergy) does that make the likelihood of celiac greater?