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My Diet Is Not Like Most Of Yours


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#1 coin-op

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 12:03 AM

I'm surprised many of you people are still alive, given the descriptions of what you are eating... I have been on a celiac diet since 14, so about 20 years. It has been refined to this:

Steamed or boiled rice and Lundberg ricecakes
Certain types of vegetables
Certain types of fruit
Certain types of raw fish (A few select Japanese restaurants in Vancouver)

Nichola Valley Honey & natural cane sugar
Certain types of St. Dalfour & Cascadian farms jams

Perrier water
Certain types of 100% natural juices
Green tea

Starbucks americano decaf cofee (first vice)
Cuban cigars (second vice) :)


That's been my entire diet for many years now. I have not been sick with even a cold in 5 years, and kept the same weight since 20.

I can't comprehend how some of you stay healthy eating all those starches, chemicals, and risk eating out at weird restaurants. And things like potatoes? Barley? rice flour? Beef , pork, chicken, eggs, milk?? That stuff would just destroy me :)

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 05:55 AM

different things work for different people. i think my quality of life would be much lower if i barely ate any variety in my diet (sorry but yours looks variety free!! heh) and if i never ate out with my friends/family or when travelling.

out of curiousity, what fruits and vegetables do you avoid?
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 06:42 AM

I can't comprehend how some of you stay healthy eating all those starches, chemicals, and risk eating out at weird restaurants. And things like potatoes? Barley? rice flour? Beef , pork, chicken, eggs, milk?? That stuff would just destroy me


I think that if celiacs are eating barley than there's a problem.......... :blink:
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#4 tarnalberry

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 06:50 AM

Why do you say that potatoes, beef, chicken, pork, and eggs would hurt you? rather, are you saying you think they would hurt everyone, or is this specific to what you've learned about your body?

btw, are you taking a multi, as - if that is your FULL diet - it appears to be vitamin deficient (particularly B's, and possibly iron depending on how much fish you're eating).
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 07:50 AM

Yea, we all are different.

I rather like rice flour and potatoes, though.
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 10:00 AM

I don't take vitamins - and my diet is not deficient in any respect. Go get edumacated :P

Here are Veggies I DON'T eat:

Onion family
Garlic
Radishes
Turnip
Broccoli
Chillies
Beets
Cabbages
Sprouts
Rhubarb
Anything canned or frozen/packaged (except nori & tomatoes)


Eat leafy greens and seaweed.

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 10:25 AM

Do you eat tomatoes?
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 10:27 AM

Oh, I don't eat lasagna.
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 11:07 AM

Did you react to most of the gluten-free starches on the market???
This is one problem I've been having-After a while I noticed small reactions to anything pre-made I bought that was labeled as gluten-free. Once I switched to a completely whole foods diet, I haven't had a problem (other than the fact that it's boring and inconvenient).

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 11:44 AM

coin-op, I don't think it's fair, or polite, so say I'm not "edumacated" based on that post. While my degree is not in nutrition (it is in the sciences, however, so I know how to read those studies relating to nutrition), I have done a lot of reading and learning on nutrition before and after going gluten-free, and it's a bit presumptuous of you to assume otherwise on such limited exchange.

The reason I mentioned it is because the diet you describe does appear to be low in some areas. Salmon (raw) has 0.8g of iron per 100g edible portion, and I'm guessing you eat spinach, which is a good iron source (2.7g per 100g edible portion), but that interferes with calcium absorbtion, and the green tea can interfere with iron absorbtion as well, so I would presume that you're not eating only spinach to get your iron requirement. (I'm certainly not going to argue the calcium route, as there is significant debate that the RDA of calcium is inflated due to protein consumption habits and that weight bearing exercise and other nutrients such as magnesium are more important.) As for B-12, raw tuna has 0.52ug per 100g edible portion, and it is found in only negligible quantities in vegetables, so it makes it difficult to get 2.4ug per day. (This is a vitamin that many people don't get enough of.) So I still think, that based only on the information that you presented, there is a distinct chance of that diet being nutrient deficient to a degree. If you're doing great on it, that's WONDERFUL! But because of it's limitations, anyone else who picks up that limited of a diet needs to be aware of the potential pitfalls.

I'm still curious about your particular issue with those foods you listed as always avoiding.
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 06:05 PM

This seems a little extreme, but I can understand if you've been on the diet for 20 years, that you might not have benefitted from new research. I was diagnosed recently, and am glad that I wasn't diagnosed 20 years ago, because Celiac's is becoming a better understood condition as doctors start to understand it better. As tarnalberry has pointed out, we still need to keep up the same nutrition as everyone else. This is actually not that much harder, except that we tend to miss out on the fiber. Which I'm sure we can all share stories about the "wonders" of realizing late one night that we haven't been careful about the amount of fiber in our diets...ugh! :P
Anyway, I would reccomend seeing a nutritionist who is familiar with the Celiac diet, and see what you are missing out on. My mom (who has Celiac's as well) has a great recipe for German Chocolate cake without all that dreaded gluten, Ok fattening as all get out, and probably not so good on the old ateries...but WOW GOOD!!!!!! :rolleyes:
Take care, and as the good book says (although I am taking it out of context) "eat, drink and be merry".
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 05:01 AM

Gosh I sure am sorry your body can't handle these things you list (BTW, I don;'t see where anybody on this list eats barley; that's an absolute no-no), but my body certainyl can. Give me a good ole' steak.

You have to eat what works for you, but just about anything (in moderation) works for me as long as it doesn't contain gluten. I have no other sensitivities at all. I don't really need a lecture.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:09 AM

I have been on a gluten-free diet for 13 years, and I have a lot of sensitivies that other celiacs do not (i.e. guar gum sets me off), but even I am not as limited as you. I really think you are limiting your diet to an extreme and I agree with the others that you are probably not getting the vitamins that you need. This forum is to help each other... not criticize or abuse... enjoy reading all the different topics and learn. Your diet will probably change for the better! :)
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:23 AM

coin-op
I am curious as to how you came to your present diet. Did you refine it over the years or did it start when you were diagnosed? Did a doctor or nutrionist help you?
Do you still see a doctor on a fairly regular basis to monitor your progress?
Alot of those vegetables you mentioned not eating are ones that cause gas problems with many people and if you stopped consuming them in the healing phase it may be that they were causing gluten intolerance type symptoms and brought on bad memories.
If you are happy with your diet, great. For me I am finding a whole new world of foods to enjoy. For breakfast I had quinoa flakes cooked like oatmeal with flaxseed, blueberries and raisins. Yum!
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 08:40 AM

Hi,
It is interesting to see what everybody is eating these days. Thanks for sharing with us. I have had Celiac since the age of 8 and I am about to celebrate my 60th birthday in a few weeks. Only since eliminating almost all processed foods have I felt really great. For years I ate only meats, fruits, and vegetables, and that worked well, until the craving for sugar or ice cream became so overwhelming that I would totally blow all the good I had done by eating healthily for such a long time.
Now I have learned that my body can handle only a certain amount of carbohydrates (my family has a history of diabetes) so I have to limit fruits and vegetables as well. However, 7 years ago I discovered "The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet," by Richard and Rachel Heller, and now limit some carbohydrates to one hour a day, which limits insulin output.
It seems there are so many complex parts of good health, that it takes awhile to find out what works for each of us. What works for one doesn't always work for another.
I am less that five feet tall, and maintain my weight at about 105 pounds, and I feel full of energy and have a positive attitude, as long as I eat periodically, so I feel that I am finding out what works for me.
Thanks to each of you who shared what is working for you and how you are feeling at this stage of your recovery. Welda
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