Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Thoughts On Food And Intolerances/sensitivities
0

4 posts in this topic

I've been thinking about all the various foods that are problematic for people...and also thinking about mother nature and the animal world....animals in nature, that is. If you think about it, each species tends towards certain limited foods. Panda bears almost exclusively eat bamboo leaves. Lions in the wild eat meat. Horses eat grasses. Each animal eats what its digestive system was developed to handle.

Only humans stuff themselves with an enormous variety of different foods. The question is always one of "what exactly is the human digestive system supposed to handle, which foods exactly?" That's hard to answer. Eskimo people used to eat mostly fatty meats. They didn't have vegetables or fruits or even bread for that matter. Yet they thrived. In the deserts of the Middle East, the Bedouin tribes of old ate mostly dates, camel milk, certain meats. Perhaps humans and their systems evolved a certain way in one area, a different way in another. But one thing seems certain: The human digestive system is unable to cope with an influx of a huge number of food substances. If you look at native diets, they are simple and limited.

I don't really think anyone gets away with having no problems. Look at what an enormous and lucrative business all those digestive drugs are....the heartburn meds, the gas meds, etc. So while someone with celiac disease may have problems more acutely, I really think everyone has their sensitivities. Most people don't pay attention to it, that's all, they just live with it and take their various meds to counter the effects of the food they ate. And people tend to think that if it's a food, if it's sold in a supermarket, well, it must be fine to eat it. Not so.

I'm actually amazed at the limited universe of foods I can eat and still feel well. The broader my variety of foods, the worse I feel. A lot of foods don't mix well in our system, either. I can get away with eating a small amount of corn. Or alternately a small amount of potato. If I put them together in corn chowder (potato + Corn) I suffer for DAYS. For me, potato and meat just doesn't mix. Mashed potatoes are the absolute worst, I just can't handle them.

I'm beginning to think for myself that I need to continually pare down my variety of foods. When I think back to when I was on the Atkins diet, I was totally surprised at how GOOD I felt....surprised because I was not normally a big eater of meats or cheese. The Atkins diet was very very limited in variety, and had no dairy, no grains of any kind, no fruit.

At this point in time, these are the foods that I'm fairly sure don't bother me: eggs, lean meats, apples, grapefruit, lettuce, avocado, carrot, celery, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, water (ha ha)

:lol:

So my particular journey is learning to successfully pare down my daily food list and just stay away from all the other things I love but which just don't go peacefully thru my system. This is hard, though. I feel like I essentially have to lose interest in food, just "eat to live" as they say.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I find your thinking very logical. There are times I'm standing in the kitchen wanting something to eat, I mean wanting, not needing, and I think about indigenous people and what they eat. They definitely eat to live.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with you all. I don't seem to be able to tolerate a lot of foods now. Oddly enough I got worse after getting off dairy. I think maybe because dairy tends to make me constipated, so it was balancing out the other stuff. :}

Finally my too frequent BM's have stopped! I'm hoping I am not going into a constipation bit now.

I'm following SCD now, which is basically meat, most veggies and certain fruits. No grains of any sort. It allows limited milk products, like yogurt that has been cultured for at least 24 hours. The only sugars allowed are mono-sacchrides, like in honey or fruit. I guess a lot of people with very severe intestinal issues have had some great luck with this diet. And, since I can't really eat any convience or restaurant foods, I'm in little danger of getting accidental exposure to things that make my gut go really hay-wire.

I need to lose weight, being one of those that didn't lose but gained instead, with my gluten intolerance.

Of course, if we were really eating like indigenous people... we're probably be eating some grubs too. :P

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What you are saying makes perfect sense to me. As the saying goes, "One person's food is another person's poison", and it's very true.

When I think of it, the foods I am now left with are basically the ones that have always been available in the part of the world I am from (Hamburg, Germany, which is near the northernmost part of Germany).

No grains used to be grown there, especially not corn (it's from South America) or rice (asia). I guess they have now adapted some grains to cold, wet weather (even though I don't remember seeing wheat fields, but I didn't grow up in the country side).

I can still eat meat, and the vegetables that don't seem to be causing any problems are brussel sprouts, celery, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, kohlrabi, rutabaga (and probably some I haven't tried yet). The only fruits I can eat now are peeled pears and peeled golden delicious apples. According to the salicylate list I should be able to eat bananas, but I can tolerate only one a week at most, or they cause oral allergy syndrome. So, I usually avoid bananas altogether, because I realize they aren't healthy for me.

Of course, if we were really eating like indigenous people... we're probably be eating some grubs too. :P

Ugh, gross!!!!!!!!! but of course, you're right.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      103,354
    • Total Posts
      917,443
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • celiac disease is psychosomatic
      If you don't get the diagnosis you are happy with go to another doc.  Try to find a Celiac Friendly doc.  OR you can do what i did and give up and just go gluten free.  I didn't need a doctor to confirm that if my gas, bloating, migraines, depression, joint pain, rash, dry skin and brittle nails went away when i went gluten free that i must have celiac.  AND 6 months after i went gluten free on my own i had some blood tests repeated that i had done when they were trying to figure out what was causing my severe rash, all the things that were "wrong" with me or abnormal in the the first blood tests, went to normal on the second test.  INCLUDING MY THYROID LEVELS! Oh, i didn't mention that during this time they diagnosed me with early hashimotos.. 6 months later i was miraculously cured from this progressive thyroid disorder according to the blood test results.  I didn't have hashimotos to put it bluntly.   I am almost 10 years gluten free with no positive Celiac diagnosis.  But let me tell you this,  My daughter's neurologist did a DNA test on her 1 year after she too went gluten free and it came back positive for Celiac.  so.  js.     That's my story..  in short.
    • celiac disease is psychosomatic
      Were you officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the time she wrote that?  And, if so, for how long were you diagnosed & gluten-free but still complaining of those symptoms?
    • Weird Reaction
      Hi Richie By the sounds of it you could have gluten sneaking in somewhere, or maybe blood sugar issues,  or just plain anxiety, but it would be good to know for sure so you know what to do next. I think maybe the best course of action would be to see your GP and  tell him/her all your symptoms.  Book a double appointment as we say in the UK (but that isn't always possible!)  I dread seeing my own GP because as lovely as she is she is very fond of sending me for blood tests (which always seem to include liver function, thyroid and full blood count) which for someone with health anxiety isn't the recipe for a peaceful night's sleep!  But she is right, those particular blood tests, and others, can hold important clues when one has a lot of vague symptoms.   Celiac testing is of course another set of tests, which Flowerqueen has described well above.    If you do have all these tests and anxiety continues to be a problem, whether caused by by celiac disease, another medical condition or just being a stand alone problem, one book that I would recommend that really helped me understand the condition is 'At Last a Life' by  Paul David. I found it an immensely helpful tool in my recovery.   There is also a website. http://anxietynomore.co.uk/   Keep us posted Cristiana      
    • celiac disease is psychosomatic
      Unfortunately I feel this may be common.  For 6 years I was told I was fine.  Lungs fine, chest fine, just anxiety.  It was not until I pressed the anemia issue that I got a blood test.  Now I am a bit of a squeaky wheel to my doctor.  She referred me to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN which has a celiac center.  I will meet with Dr. Murray (who is a leader in celiac research) next Friday.  If nothing else, you could always come to Mayo Clinic.
    • celiac disease is psychosomatic
      I read a summary report a doctor wrote about me. I thought doctors were more knowledgeable about celiac disease these days, but I guess not. The doctor diagnosed me with psychosomatic disorder when I told her the symptoms (including anxiety since the intestines regulate this) I had from years of undiagnosed celiac disease that affected my ablity to function. Please let me know if you had any disabling symptoms. I have heard stories of how others felt like they were dying. I felt the same way. I didn't mention that I felt like I was dying to my doctor, though. I just can't believe she thought my symptoms from celiac disease were all in my head like celiac disease isn't a real disease.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

    • ChiaChick  »  Peaceflower

      Hi Peaceflower, Just wanted to say thank you for the chat.
      · 0 replies
    • ukuleleerika

      Hello! I am new to this Celiac website... Is there anyone out there with Celiac AND extensive food allergies? My allergies include shellfish, dairy, eggs, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, nuts, oranges, red dye, and more I can't think of. I went to the allergist about a year ago to see why I wasn't feeling well, and once everything was eliminated, I still didn't feel well. We did more testing to find out I had celiac as well as allergies to cattle as well as rye grass (I live on a farm basically). This was back in January 2016. I recently had my endoscopy with the gastroenterologist a week ago. I have no idea what to do or what to eat... So fish and potatoes for me!
      · 2 replies
    • SLLRunner

      Week 4 of the gluten challenge- wheat cereal every morning, regular bread every day, and wheat tortillas for my lunch wraps. Right now, body aches that seem exercise related (weight lifting and running), even though I am doing the same intensity of weight lifting and running I've always done.  Just a few more weeks until my blood test. Counting down the days.
      · 0 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      60,486
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Trace66
    Joined