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:o Hi

I started weight watchers in Jan. 04 and to the date I have lost 57 lbs. which was really hard for me since I was the cupcake queen. lol. I have learned to adjust to weight watchers (which I thought I would die the first month) but now I find out I have celiac sprue disease and have to be on this gluten free diet the rest of my life.

I'm thinking OH MY GOD what next. I have been reading these post where people are gaining weight and I'm thinking I want to cry. It took me so long to finally get this weight off and now I'm scared it will all come back.

I'm almost to the point of just giving up and going ahead and eating the way I use to. Someone please help me! I get so depressed when I go to the grocery store, I dont know what to buy, seems like EVERYTHING has at least one forbidden ingredient in it. WAAAAAAAAA.

If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it. Sorry for being so negative but I think I had a really bad day. I also have that bloated belly. I can't seem to get rid of it. The doctor first thought I had IBS and put me on Zelnorm which I quit taking cause it made me sick. When will I start feeling better and when will my belly finally blow up?

Am I just imaging all this?

Thanks for listening.

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terri ;) calm down--otay---weight watchers is probably the best diet to follow in all the diets you will ever find--you have lost 57# with weight watchers, you dont have to start eating differently, just eliminate the gluten--so much of the food out there is gluten-free, it just takes some detective work to find it all :ph34r: ---i have been gluten-free for over 3 yrs now and i lost over 60# after going gluten-free just by the change in my eating habits ;) --i was a sandwich freak and toast and peanut butter was my staple--going gluten-free freaked me out until i realized i could still have my peanut butter--to this day i still crave bread and i have not found a gluten-free bread that comes close ;) ---i am not skinny to say the least, but when i started gluten-free over 3 yrs ago i was wearing a very tight size 26 jean :angry: and now, i can sometimes wear 16's, but 18's are more comfy for me--as most celiacs will tell you, i cant stand tight fitting jeans--my tummy has always been too sensitive for that--i am only a size and 1/2 from my pre-marriage days, so i dont feel i will ever be skinny, but i feel so much better :D --if i could only get rid of the baby tummy from having 5 babies :P --so calm down and just watch what you eat as you have been doing--57# in 11 months is wonderful :D deb

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I've only been gluten free for 3 weeks but I've lost 4 lbs and my stomach is so flat because I'm not bloated or gassy.

As with anything it depends on your food choices.. if you eat potato chips and candy all day you'll gain weight. In my case I'm eating less processed foods and its working. I feel so much healthier. Chicken, fish, pork, occasional steak, lots of veggies, fruit, I have made some gluten-free Pantry Spice cake but I've only been having a small slice once a day as a treat. So far so good.

I think once you look into it you'll see you can diet and be gluten-free.

Susan :D

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I know how stressful it is. I have to travel at least 35 minutes, usually I go to the cities that are 2 1/2 hours away or 3 1/2 hours away because they are less expensive than the place 35 minutes from here.

I know a lot of times I say "screw it" and I eat something I shouldnt. Even when I know I'm gonna suffer. Because I'm only 20, I havent learned to not treat myself..So once a month I eat something I shouldnt..just to satisfy my cravings.

It will get easier, trust me :)

Oh, and not EVERYONE gains weight after going on the diet. I'm probably one of the few that have to eat extra fatty foods just to hold my weight, otherwise I would just keep dropping..

~lisa~

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Hi,

This is celiac3270's mother posting...I have been on WW for many years. Congratulations on your weight loss! :D You may want to consider the Core Plan where you eat vegetables, eggs, lean meats (you probably know the plan) and you can eat as much as you want (until satisfied) and it's fresh and natural. If you are looking for WW frozen foods replacements you may want to look for Amy's frozen foods. You have to read the container because they are not all gluten free. They are very good and most of them are vegetarian (pretty low in points). Good luck to you.

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I was just daignosed with Celiac about 4 days ago...I also was doing weight watchers. I had only started like 3 weeks earlier from my diagnoses but now i gave up cuz i thought im not gonna be able to eat anything on this gluten-free diet nevermind weight wacthers......am i wrong? I am only 20 years old...im not FAT but im chucky.......and I dont want to be chunky anymore though and just when I was starting to fix the problem a bigger one comes along :angry: .....do most people gain weight on this gluten-free diet? I DO NOT WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT!

~Liz~

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I was just daignosed with Celiac about 4 days ago...I also was doing weight watchers. I had only started like 3 weeks earlier from my diagnoses but now i gave up cuz i thought im not gonna be able to eat anything on this gluten-free diet nevermind weight wacthers......am i wrong? I am only 20 years old...im not FAT but im chucky.......and I dont want to be chunky anymore though and just when I was starting to fix the problem a bigger one comes along :angry: .....do most people gain weight on this gluten-free diet? I DO NOT WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT!

~Liz~

Maybe you will be blessed like me ;)

~lisa~

and yay for another 20 year old on the board :)

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Hi its miserable Terri again. Thank you for all your support. I think I was having a FEEL SORRY FOR ME DAY. I did alot of praying and soul searching and I gonna keep up my weight watchers and this gluten-free diet. I have a goal I want to reach and by gosh I'm gonna reach it. You guys are so great on here I look forward to here from you again. :) I have been on the core plan on ww so I think I'm going back to the point system, it seems to work better for me.

I also found a HAMBURGER BUN that I finally liked, (I thought I won the lottery)

so I think as days go by things will get alittle bit easier. Today I'm going to try to make a peach pie. I'll let you know how that turns out.

Also I don't know if anyone has ever tried this but I bought some gluten-free peanut butter cookies and Im going to crush them like graham crackers, make a crust like a grahm crax crust and make a peanut butter pie out of it. I hope it turns out cause thats my favorite for thanksgiving. :)

I am getting my chin up for know :D

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:D OK terri--keep that spirit going and i bet the peanut butter cookies will make a great pie crust--make sure you use a gluten-free peanut butter though and they are gluten-free cookies, right-----------and welcome liz and no--not everybody gains weight when they go gluten-free--i lost weight when i went gluten-free--over 60# and i was much more then chunky--one of my cutest stories is--the men need to not read this :P anyways, i had a group of friends, we had coffee or tea every morning and we would joke that 2 of us were members of the itty bitty titty club B) , me being one of them :( , but guess what--after losing weight, i found out, as my man calls them :lol: , his ladies were just hiding in all that fat, they were overcome by the rest of me--i'm not so bad anymore ;) --i know they didnt grow, just came out of hiding--after going gluten-free i found bones i didnt know i had--like my collarbone--all along that area--my sister tells me i am more defined now :rolleyes: cute huh--anyways, there is hope and i didnt even really diet--it was all the sandwiches i couldnt have anymore--my staple was bread--i want to lose at least 30# more, but have been sitting on one of those plateaus :angry: and also, you both need to remember--gluten-free is not a diet--it's your lifestyle, you cant go off of a lifestyle--weight watchers is the best diet there is and it has been around forever and has the satisfied customers to prove it--hehe, i was on weight watchers when i was 16 :lol: eons ago--deb :D
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Moring Deb, we must get on here at the same time lol. Yes they are gluten-free cookies. I have bought smuckers peanut butter from the safe food list but was wondering is Jiffy gluten-free?

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:D oh yeah--jif is gluten-free and the best peanut butter there is--if you have krogers where you are--the store brand is gluten-free and taste as close to jif as i have ever found--even my dad likes kroger brand and he is a diehard jif fan--you must be somewhere here in the east--where are you from--michigan here--deb :D
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Indiana here. My peach pie was wonderful. The crust was alittle crumbley but it was still good.

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:D wonderful--i think it is a job to get the right considency with flour other then wheat <_< but well worth the effort for us---i made my man some gluten-free and low sugar chocalate chip cookies and sent them to him--they fell apart in shipment :( --he had to eat them with a spoon, but he loved them--hehe :D--my sister is very good about fixing recipes to make them delicious--she is always experimenting--but she uses too much flax seed for me--my body cant tolerate that much fiber, so i have to adjust her recipes for me ;) --------indiana--hehe, just south of the border :D ---i just figured out how to set the time in here so my post are sent when i send them ;) ----deb
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Deep breath! Remember that a gluten-free diet is often easiest on natural, whole foods. These are nutritious as well, and since you're doing your own cooking (it doesn't have to take long or be hard at all), you control the calorie content of what you make. I find it far easier to keep my calories in control eating gluten-free.

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I have Celiac and was on Weight Watchers. It was the only plan that let me adjust the food to my needs. It is a very good one for Celiacs that need to lose weight.

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Hi all, you can know call me betty crocker (I've been making so much for from scratch I'm scaring myself) :D I'm feeling pretty good about this diet now, it doesn't really seem so bad. Last night I had spagetti and it was actually good.

I think what has really helped me is 1. this forum 2.being on weight watchers since Jan., I learned to deal with eating right months before I was diagnose so I had bascially gotten rid of most junk food I used to eat. I have been doing alot of baking from scratch which takes alittle longer but well worth it.

I have found out that gluten-free is alot higher in calories and fat than the regular stuff so I dont get to eat as much.

I weigh in today so I'm hoping I lose some. I'm 38 , 5'9 and weigh 205. My goal is to get down to 160 before October 2005. I've only gained twice since starting in Jan.07 2004 which amazes me because I never thought I could do it. I want to thank everyone for their encouraging and great advice on here. I look forward to chatting more with you.

i have found out one thing about going to these health food stores, DONT listen to the employees when buying gluten-free products, they will try to sell you anything. For instance I bought some baking powder for $6 and the store employee told me this is the only place to buy it, then I went to our local grocery store and they had the same exact same for under $2. :o

I guess you live and learn.

god bless

Terri :rolleyes:

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Congrats on getting the hang of the cooking, and good luck with your plan!

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I went to weight watchers wednesday and lost 1.6 lbs.YEAH :D

Thanks for all your encouraging words. It has helped me alot.

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hello,

I ahve been gluten free for about 2 1/2 years. A former wieght watcher for about 25 years never reaching my goal. It never worked for mel Despite my efforts. Now I know why. I am thinking of rejoing gluten free and I think this time it will work. I will keep you posted. I was allergic to wheat and oats. Who knew!!! Good luck to everyone!!!!

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Was there a group on yahoo or here that was WW only gluten free?

Need to get some weight off after stopping smoking.

Any ideas?

Judy

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I have been doing WW since Jan of this year and haven't lost 2 weeks in a row until now. The last 2 weeks I've lost more than I did from Jan till dx. I first joined in Jan of 2006 and did great! Mainly because I didn't eat bread or noodles because they were high in points. This last time I joined, we (hubby and me) have been eating whole grain breads and whole wheat pasta (the worst things in the world for me). I haven't lost the weight like before either. Now that I'm not making myself sick and eating all the gluten, I'm losing again! Loving that once again WW is the best eating way of life for losing weight. And side note: WW was voted the #1 weight loss program in the US!

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I have been doing WW since Jan of this year and haven't lost 2 weeks in a row until now. The last 2 weeks I've lost more than I did from Jan till dx. I first joined in Jan of 2006 and did great! Mainly because I didn't eat bread or noodles because they were high in points. This last time I joined, we (hubby and me) have been eating whole grain breads and whole wheat pasta (the worst things in the world for me). I haven't lost the weight like before either. Now that I'm not making myself sick and eating all the gluten, I'm losing again! Loving that once again WW is the best eating way of life for losing weight. And side note: WW was voted the #1 weight loss program in the US!

I've done WW in the past but not gluten-free.

I really hate the meeting parts right now.

Is there a site where i can go and see the program?

I know there were 'points' etc and they wanted you to join the program to make it work.

Any one know of a site i can use or if not

a site i can use on the internet to help me with a EASY fast calorie counter

think there was a sparks somehwere at one time.

hope there is someone who kiows the WW program as it is today that can help me get started.

thanks

Judy

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I do it currently. It's called points plus program. If you go to weightwatchers.com you can get information on joining. You don't have to go to meetings per se. You can do it all online if you choose to. I personally find the meetings very helpful. You can also find a meeting in your area and you should be able to sit in on a meeting for free before you decide if you want to join or not.

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:angry:

I do it currently. It's called points plus program. If you go to weightwatchers.com you can get information on joining. You don't have to go to meetings per se. You can do it all online if you choose to. I personally find the meetings very helpful. You can also find a meeting in your area and you should be able to sit in on a meeting for free before you decide if you want to join or not.

Thanks so much for responding so fast

i have been to so many meetings and seeing a chiro now where i can get weighed so it's just to focus of the points plus program guide i guess. I was gluten-free for almost 6 years so that part i get just need some meal ideas as i'm not looking foward to this effort after just stopping smoking and the weight came on without increasing calories .............

will look up the web sit which i should have done before but there isn't a gluten-free ww menue is there?

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There are some gluten-free items listed in the foods. There are also a lot of community recipes (recipes that members post) and posts in the message boards. If you do a search of the entire site for "gluten free" you'll find a lot. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I can look up stuff for you.

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