Are There Any Other Celiacs That Are Overweight?
Posted 15 January 2004 - 10:57 AM
I am very concerned about how to change my lifestyle to fit in gluten-free eating. It seems like a full time job. I live in a rural area, commute 1 hour each way to work at a fast paced law firm, eat lunch on the run, go to graduate school at night, am a newlywed of 6 months and am 3 months pregnant. How do you all find the time to shop for these special foods online or at health food stores, make bread from scratch, eat gluten-free lunches, dinners, etc.??? Obviously I want to be completely gluten-free as soon as possibly to help grown a healthy, happy baby in my belly. Help....
Posted 15 January 2004 - 12:01 PM
There are probably about the same number of people who are overweight Celiacs as there are underweight Celiacs!
I am one of them. I have has weight problems up and down all my life until I had kids and them it was just up. I am now about 60lbs overweight and a newly diagnosed Celiac. I have spent the last two years educating myself on celiac disease and the gluten free lifestlye. And I can tell you this, it is not easy, but it is worth it. First off, your symptoms are not uncommon. I also have constipation and diarrhea, some only have one or the other. It will be better for you to start the diet, but you need to educate yourself at the same time. I feel for you with your busy schedule, but you will need to find the time to get gluten-free foods and prepare them, since chances are that if you eat out you will not get enough choices to eat, and most likely they will be contaminated with gluten. There are lots of food lists available, and the most important thing is to print out as many lists as you can and take them with you. You do not need a health food store, but it would open up many food choices to you, or you could shop online, which might open up more choices to you given your busy schedule and the internet being 24 hours a day!
It is also important that you do this for your baby. If you are not getting enough food, then you baby won't either. It can be extremely overwhelming in the beginning and you have quite a bit going on right now. Have you considered cutting back your schedule? I know it would be a sacrifice, but your health (and your baby's) should come first. It is hard enough being a newlywed, and pregnant, but a full time job and graduate school is a lot to ask of your body right now. Will you be taking some time off when you have the baby?
You don't have to bake your own bread, and the best gluten-free meals are very simple, especially in the beginning. Check out the posts on lunch food ideas and maybe go back to the old board and print out some of the recipes there for meal ideas. We are starting to get a few more recipes here, but it will take a while to get enough for you. There are a lot of good gluten-free cookbooks available, and there are a few bad ones. Basically you should just try to modify the diet you normally eat, cutting all gluten containing foods and adding a few more non-gluten foods to fill in the calories. You don't want to short yourself right now.
Welcome to the site.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 15 January 2004 - 12:19 PM
Don't worry eating gluten free is not as hard as you might think. Yes I know it seems that way but it will get easier. I am slightly overweight and go through terrible constipation so don't worry your not alone. As for fitting gluten free eating into your already busy lifestyle, it's easier to just stick with items that are naturally found in nature. Fruits, veggies, meat, nuts. Watch out for dairy as some celiacs are sensitive to it at first. These are the easiest and safest way to avoid gluten and that is very important for the growth of the little one in your belly!!
Posted 15 January 2004 - 08:09 PM
find a nutritionist who knows about Celiac Disease. This will be the best money you have ever spent (and maybe it's free, if covered by your health insurance). He/she can help you plan out meal ideas, appropriate foods, etc. I am not sure where you live, but I can recommend someone in NY City if you are close to here.
find a support group in your area. there are many such groups across the country. Meeting with other celiac disease patients can be very helpful.
I, too, have been slightly overweight for most of my adult life (10-20 pounds). After going on the gluten-free diet, i dropped about 16 pounds. I have gained back 4 of those now, but am hoping to lose another 10-15 pounds total. I am part of an EMAIL weight-loss group for celiacs. If you want more info, let me know.
I know what it's like to be overwhelmed by all the things in your life. Just remember to make and take the time for yourself first - especially while you are pregnant. This is very important! Even if it means ordering groceries online and having them delivered or hiring someone to do your housecelaning, DO IT ! (Our local super store delivers for a $6.00 charge. It's a pretty good deal, considering the amount of time I would normally spend in the store. I haven't used their service yet, but am hitting that point now. I did hire housekeepers, however, and that has been the SMARTEST thing I have ever done!)
all the best,
Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:55 AM
Could you please give me the email weight loss info? I would like to get back to my pre-diagnosis weight.
Posted 16 January 2004 - 11:36 AM
Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:04 PM
Here is the good part--when you get all the gluten and other offending foods out of your diet, you will begin to notice a newfound sense of well-being, along with increased energy and stamina. Depression and foggy thinking lift, and your body will begin to be able to tell you when you accidentally ingest forbidden foods. An elimination diet is good for learning what bothers you. You go to a simple meat and vegetable diet, then add one food back at a time and see what reaction you have.
What I am concerned about is your new baby. My infant grandson slept 11 hours the night after being born, but as soon as he started formula he began showing allergic symptoms (diarrhea, stomach cramping, extreme diaper rash, spitting up his formula, irritability, etc.). It was dreadful. We changed him to soy, then I ordered Enterolab testing, and learned that he is gluten sensitive and allergic to milk and dairy. He is on the same diet we are!
I hope and pray that you will soon be feeling so much better. God bless! Welda
Posted 18 January 2004 - 06:39 AM
I have had constipation problems all my life and struggled with being overweight in my adult life. I am about 100 lbs overweight right now and just recently started getting the diarrhea. Apparently I've had this all my life, but had to turn 35 for them to figure it out. Actually, my nutritionist figured it out first and pointed me in the right direction to the dr. I had my 1st colonoscopy at age 12 because they just couldn't figure out why I was so constipated all the time. My thyroid doesn't work right because of the years of abuse of eating the gluten. I'm hoping once I regulate the diet and all my other bodily functions are operating properly that I"ll lose the weight and finally feel healthy for the 1st time in my life. My nutritionist says I should be noticing a markable improvement in 3-6 months, but that it can take up to 3 years to feel normal.
This forum is great isn't it? I felt really abnormal being overweight, it was also a factor that the doctor didn't want to admit I'm a Celiac.
Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:16 PM
Just very recently I have been battling constipation. That has NEVER been a problem before. I had some dental work done and was given some Vicodin for pain. I only took two doses, but BOY did that bind things up. And I have been having problems since. I thought it was just another insult from my aging body (53) Who knows?
Posted 04 February 2004 - 12:51 PM
and my husband. They were dx 2- 3 yrs ago. This really sucks. I guess I am feeling sorry for myself. Karen
Family that eats together has celiac together[/SIZE]
Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:02 AM
Just a quick note to tell you I have dropped 7 pounds in the past 15 days. I gave up gluten-free processed foods (bread, grains, beans) and have been eating a PALEO (caveman) diet. I feel so much better and I quit reacting to whatever was in the processed foods. I am not itching anymore and my stomach has calmed down.
I also bought a diet and exercise tracking program for my PALM, which is absolutely fabulous ! I use it to write down all foods and drinks every day. It keeps track of calories, carbs, protein, fat, saturated fat, and fiber. I also enter exercise and activities to track calories burned.
all the best - have a good week everyone -
Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:16 AM
Posted 09 February 2004 - 04:32 PM
Good luck all!
Posted 10 February 2004 - 05:24 AM
Not to drag the rest of you down, I know how great it feels to lose weight and congrats to you all.
Thanks for listening.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 10:05 PM
Positive bloodwork/Positive endoscopy
5 of 6 children Dx celiac disease 2002
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