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  1. Paleo Diet

    Yes. After just eliminating my food allergies (gluten, dairy, and eggs) didn't cure my symptoms entirely, I started doing the Paleo diet. After reading several books on the subject, I really feel that this is the healthiest way to live. My indigestion has gone away, I'm off asthma meds, and even my acne has cleared up. It'll probably be a while before my gut is completely healed, but overall I'm healthy. My vitals were normal before but now even better (blood pressure is 100/60 and resting heartrate 60). I can play hours of tennis without getting tired, and I'm never out of breath after a long rally like my opponents are. As for maintaining weight, nuts and seeds make it pretty easy. Fruits also, if you're not dealing with Candida or something. I'm a fitness junky, and I am lean, but not weirdly so.
  2. I do a lot of grilling, stir frying, and making of big stews in the slow cooker. Slow cookers are cheap and probably okay in dorm rooms. If a hot plate is allowed, get one. Just remember your very distant ancestors made this diet work in a cave over a cook fire, so you can probably do it in college. The Grain-free Gourmet is a decent cookbook (love the apple harvest stew) and there are also some recipes in the Paleo Diet and the Paleo Diet for Athletes. Go easy on the nuts if weight loss is a goal.
  3. Well, in your other thread I recommended Elaine Gottschall's book, so in this one, I'll recommend Loren Cordain's "Paleo Diet." It goes into how so many of our health issues today are "diseases of civilization" (i.e. your friendly neighborhood caveman didn't have heart disease, diabetes, indigestion, IBS, mental illness, asthma, or any of the other crap killing us today) and may convince you that your whole family should be grain, dairy, and sugar-free. It's a lot easier cooking the same meal for everyone, and it'll be a lot healthier for them in the long run too. This is also the diet that fixed my issues (including my asthma and acne, which I originally had no idea were food-related) when just eliminating gluten and other food allergies didn't do anything noticeable. The paleo diet is obviously stricter than just going gluten free, but it's easier and cheaper because you're not hunting down and buying all this exotic gluten-free stuff. You're just buying fresh meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, and herbs, which you can get at any grocery store. It's also the most uber-healthy diet you can get on. I can't help but cringe when I see people at Whole Foods buying all these gluten free breads and cookies, which are loaded with salt, sugar, and unnatural preservatives... How exactly is that any better for your body than whatever you were eating before? Ugh. Anyway, excuse my rant. The point of my post was to suggest your whole family would be better off not eating grains, dairy, and sugar on a regular basis.
  4. I'm not sure if I can add anything to what's already been said, but I'd strongly suggest reading Elaine Gottschall's "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" if you haven't yet. It's not quite as strict as the Paleo diet and it takes into account the need to add probiotics (homemade yogurt done long enough to remove lactose) if you're dealing with leaky gut issues (which you probably are and which is probably how you've developed all these allergies--it was the same with me). It also gives you the hope that a couple years down the line, you may be able to eat some of your favorite foods again (once your gut heals fully), in moderation of course.
  5. One of the first things I did when I found out I couldn't have gluten was to Google Jamba Juice (I love that place, and I was going to be seriously irked if I couldn't have my smoothies any more). Just about all their drinks and smoothies are listed as gluten-free, but they specifically say the wheatgrass isn't gluten-free.
  6. Spokane, Wa And Blanchard, Id

    I wasn't gluten free when I was there, so I didn't pay much attention, but you might have some luck at Huckleberry's, which is an organic food store, kind of like Trader Joe's: (This is in Spokane)
  7. Autumn, my gluten (and dairy) intolerance showed up on a regular food allergy test (the kind where they take blood and test you for like 95 different foods). It doesn't cost a whole lot (about $100), and it might be beneficial if only so you know what you can and can't eat. You might not need to be quite as strict as the hunter-gatherer diet.
  8. Despite having noticable symptoms of malabsorption (i.e. vertical ridges on my fingernails), I was never sickly looking. I'm a gym bunny, and I even won a local power lifting competition. Ultimately, it was GI problems that drove me to a doctor (first a lame-O one who said take drugs and you'll be fine and finally one who thought to have my tested for food allergies), otherwise I might never have known.