Posted 21 April 2004 - 10:34 AM
My whole family has been gluten-free for 6 years now, and now it is no problem
for me/us to shop in regular stores, eat out, go to parties, go on
trips, have a gluten-free hospital stay (we just had our 2nd little Silly
Yak!!),bring snacks for a group, and pack daily gluten-free snack bags for any of us!
So, to all you newbies out there, I just wanted to say that it does
get easier and easier--and better! Now-a-days there are sooo many
mainstream foods we can eat!
If you are still struggling, try to remember that soon you too will
be an old pro at this!! It won't take long...
If you are sad at the loss of your old life-style, know that you will now be far healthier than ever before.... Things will be different, but chin up, have courage, and look on the bright side!
gluten-free since 1-'98
--sitting with homemade pizza and beer, reflecting....
Posted 21 April 2004 - 10:45 AM
Posted 21 April 2004 - 05:32 PM
Thanks to both of you! Connie, you are right there are a lot of easy gluten-free foods out there!
After a year gluten-free (diagnosed April '03) I find ways to prepare for outings and I am way better at asking the right questions in restaurants. And I feel better! I had forgotten how bad it was and then two weeks ago I got Celiac-Whacked twice I think in two days (accidental gluten ingestion). I'm still in some pain, but healing. I know how nice it is to be healthy again!
I having been gaining weight consistantly since fall. No more ribs poking out! I have energy! And I have answers (to why I was sick for so long)!
When I/we cook at home it is easy to forget that our kitchen is any different from anyone elses.
Best Wishes All!
Posted 11 May 2004 - 04:49 PM
Posted 11 May 2004 - 08:27 PM
Posted 13 May 2004 - 01:33 PM
I just have a question. How long did it take you to feel better? I started feeling better immediately after going gluten-free, but I still am not where I need to be. My biggest problem has been chronic diarreah, and that has improved, but I still feel like sometimes I question if I have had gluten accident or not. I don't think so, but I will have diarreah or something. Is that common, to have good days and bad days even being completly gluten-free??? Just curious your opinion.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 07:37 AM
I wish I could be of help on this one, but I never felt bad... But, I do remember feeling much better (if that makes sense!)
Yes, you will have good and bad days. And, you will still learn a lot more about celiac and the diet. It takes some longer than others to undo the damage a life full of gluten has done. And, it will take a bit yet to understand where hidden glutens lie...
And, once you become better and truely gluten-free, you will discover secondary food allergies that you have!
But, soon, you will be over the D, and writing to others on this board with helpful hints and suggestions!
Were you doctor diagnosed? Were other causes of diarreh ruled out? Are you still eating dairy? Do you kiss a person who eats gluten? Have you checked all your makeups for gluten? Sooo many places for gluten to hide!! Trace amounts might give you D...
Well, you've already done the best thing you could do--you joined this board!!
Keep reading and trying to figure it out and you will!
Posted 24 May 2004 - 12:10 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 01:42 PM
I know it's a slow process. It's just odd, and I don't know how to fix it. Even when things were going great, I would have one day with really solid stools, and the next with D... and then back to solids again for a week, and then D... Im so confused
Posted 25 May 2004 - 03:16 PM
I have no idea whether this could be the case for you, but with my son the longer he has been on the gluten-free diet, the smaller the amount of gluten accidentally ingested it takes to have a reaction. Actually, not only does it take less in quantity (because now just trace amounts are enough) to cause a severe reaction, but his reactions are now worse with quite an acute initial phase, and generally last about a week. I have heard about this phenomenon from a number of people, so itès one more thing to keep in mind, especially if you do figure out that you got some accidental gluten.
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