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I'm 26 Years Old And I Was Diagnosed A Month Ago...

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I'm 26 years old and I was diagnosed a month ago. I went gluten free the minute I fould out I had Celiac Disease and have been very careful what I eat and I read every label (I have been accidentally been glutened 2 times since diagnosis). What I am struggling with is when I will see and feel results from my diet change.  I am the Celiac who has suffered from gradual weight gain over the years, itchy scalp and body, debilitating stomach cramps and joint pain, extreme fatigue, and many other quentessential Celiac symptoms. I have struggled over the last couple years trying to figure out why I have been gaining weight with the inability to lose it and it has been emotionally and physically draining.


With all that said, my older sister has been gluten/lactose free for a year now and has dropped close to 30lbs by just going gluten/lactose free. I see her results and I am excited to have the same for myself in a year. I have seen small changes in myself such as less brain fog (I always thought I was just scatter-brained!), reduced swelling in my abdomen and face, and a slight change in energy levels.  For those of you who are the overweight Celiacs, when did you notice your weight began to decrease? I have lost 5lbs, but I'm guessing that is just water weight and reduced swelling.  When my digestive system begins to repair, will it start to work more efficiently to help me lose weight?  Since my energy levels are still low, it's hard to do workouts without completely draining myself of my sacred energy reserves.


I would love to hear your stories and when you all began to see your weight loss results as well as when you started to feel better! Also I would love to hear some remedies incase I accidentally get "glutened", and how to speed up my results to be a healthier me.


Thank you in advance!


Katie  :D


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If all the other stuff that got better with me,( since I had such bad ataxia and neuropathy,) post switching to a gluten free diet, meant that I still ended up gaining weight, I'll still take the trade, any day, because I can do so much more now, even if I've gone up a few sizes.   Of course, I'm over twice your age, and at this stage, I don't really care that much anymore, I'd rather be happy, because my happiness does not depend on having a certain appearance. I have all this auto-immune crap, but I'm not medicated to the gills, at all.  I just worked out for over an hour, finally cracked my old time record on the bike for the distance I went, and now I have to go out and do evening chores late (had to take a gap in the weather to do something, because I really don't like the risk of lightning strikes w/ thunderstorms and this has been hit and miss here all afternoon) because my spouse called earlier and said he's going to be really tired by the time he gets home, but this beats the heck out of being nearly confined to the house and having to use a cane for balance.  We are all different, there is no way with my bone structure that I'm going to be "thin," may as well be setting other goals.  B)


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Unfortunately, which my pituitary tumor and possible hypothyroidism, I haven't been one of the many lucky people to lose weight after going gluten-free. Crossing my fingers I will start losing weight if all of this hormone therapy starts to work. I'm 26 as well, and I was diagnosed last April, and have been gluten-free as soon as I got the diagnosis. Hope all goes well with the weight loss and feeling better soon :)


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