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#16 hafadai43

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 12:56 PM

I'm with Clanning and Cmom. I just turned 19 and have been trying to be gluten-free since 17. I'm 5'1" and lost almost 20 lbs prior to going gluten-free. Since then I slowly started to gain some of it back...but recently have been packing on the lbs and I am none to happy about it. It really upsets me and gets me very depressed about everything in life. Now that I'm in college, I'm walking a lot and don't even eat as much as I used to (even though I'm hungry ALL the time!). I mostly eat healthy too, so I really don't understand why I still seem to be gaining weight. I'm also still bloated a lot, even though I've been gluten-free for almost 2 years. I, too, look like I'm pregnant sometimes. I"m still really tired all the time too, and have lots of troubles getting up in the mornings even though I get plenty of sleep. It almost makes me feel like being gluten-free is not worth it. It's almost worse than how I felt before I went gluten-free. Wish I was one of the lucky celiacs that couldn't gain weight...but no...I'm packing on the pounds like it's no one's business...which is not very fun when you already have issues about the way you look and are insecure. I do pilates whenever I have time and energy and sometimes go on hour long walks....I usually watch what I eat....is there any words of wisdom anyone could offer me?
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Posted 23 September 2004 - 01:30 PM

Hi Rachel: I also starting gaining weight when I first started avoiding gluten. Prior to that I had controlled my weight by only eating when I was hungry, whatever I wanted and stopping when I was satisfied (BEFORE stuffed). However, I was in soooo much pain when I first when gluten-free that I comforted myself with new gluten-free foods, so I didn't always stop when satisfied. I also felt sorry for myself because of all those restrictions (I also can't tolerate dairy and soy) and overindulged in the foods I COULD eat (lotsa gluten-free cookies). ;) I rationalized that weight gain didn't matter as long as I was healing from celiac damage. However almost 4 months later, when I was NOT experiencing excruciating pain or other uncomfortable symptoms, I was STILL overeating. I had to honestly admit I was not always eating when hungry or stopping when satisfied. Celiac disease didn't excuse my gluttony. Also overloading my stomach with unnecessary foods certainly couldn't help me recover. So I returned to my tried and true weight control 'hunger and satisfaction' eating which works no matter WHAT I'm eating. I also found more effective ways to cope with frustration, stress and emotional pain. I'm back to my preGF weight now and 5 months gluten-free yesterday! :D
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Posted 23 September 2004 - 08:36 PM

I'm back to my preGF weight now and 5 months gluten-free yesterday! :D
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Congradulations Burdee!!!
I wish I could say the same!! I was doing fine in the weight dept. till I stopped smoking in March '04 and started to eat candy in place of cigs. Now I've packed on 25 lbs. I also rationalized the candy ie, " at least I'm not smoking", but now it's time "get it off". I had lost 30 lbs prior to going gluten-free but I had to work at it and now it's time to do it again. Thanks for the reminder that "it can be done"!!
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#19 burdee

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 08:57 AM

Hi Granny: Thanks for your honesty about packing on the pounds because you substituted candy for cigarettes. So many people want to 'blame the food' (higher calories, more fat grams, more carbs, etc.) rather than their own negligent eating habits. Although some of the gluten-free foods (such as breads) are higher in calories, others are not. I feel satisfied with less of the higher calorie gluten-free products, so I should obey my body cues and eat less. If counting fat grams, calories, carbs, etc. really helped people control their weight, 67% of Americans wouldn't be overweight. <_<

So many undiagnosed celiacs were not absorbing nutrients well or were so sick they didn't like eating before their celiac disease diagnosis. When they go gluten-free and their intestines start healing, some gain too much weight. To prevent excess weight gain they must learn (maybe for the first time in their lives) to eat for physical hunger, rather than all those other reasons, like boredom, social conformity, to cope with emotional stress, frustration, sadness, etc. Then there's all those gluten-free restrictions ... feeling deprived (on any diet) can make people want to binge when life gets tough (and resume the diet TOMORROW). :o I never binged on my 'intolerant' foods (gluten/dairy/soy), but I sure overate my gluten-free/DF/SF cookies and rice milk when I got scared, angry or stuck in self-pity. :( Reassuring myself that there are LOTS of gluten-free/DF/SF foods which I LOVE and finding better ways to cope with negative feelings got me back to hunger/satisfaction eating (even those cookies). ;)

We live in a nation with conflicting messages that we 'deserve a break' to eat when stressed and that certain foods make us 'fat'. Most celiacs know they must choose foods according to their specific intolerances--they must choose safe, beneficial foods which will heal, rather than harm their bodies. We can also choose styles of eating--eat only when hungry, foods which satisfy hunger, stop when satisfied (before stuffed)--which can give our bodies just enough foods, rather than taxing our already challenged digestive systems with too much food at one time. Obeying our hunger and satisfaction cues can help us heal as well as reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
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Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, cane sugar, vanilla and nutmeg free. Enterolab diagnosed gluten/casein intolerant 7/04; soy intolerant 8/07. ELISA test diagnosed egg/cane sugar IgG allergies 8/06; vanilla/nutmeg 8/06. 2006-10 diagnosed by DNA Microbial stool tests and successfully treated: Klebsiella, Enterobacter Cloaecae, Cryptosporidia, Candida, C-diff, Achromobacter, H. Pylori and Dientamoeba Fragilis. 6/10 Heidelberg capsule test diagnosed hypochloridia. Vitamin D deficiency, hypothyroiditis, hypochloridia and low white blood cells caused vulnerability to infections. I now take Betaine HCl, probiotics, Vitamin D and T3 thyroid supplement to maintain immunity.


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Posted 27 September 2004 - 02:32 AM

:D hi all--when i first went gluten-free, i was eating cottage cheese and applesauce everyday for lunch--good thing i enjoy it--sometimes with pineapple or peaches--a fruit of some kind and i still to this day have to have my quaker caramel corn cakes with my jif--i cant eat any other rice cake--ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww--i did lose lots of weight in the beginning and i have noticed lately that i have gained a little back and it is frustrating--i would love to lose at least 30# more---my sister is a dietician---she says that your body does get used to eating and surviving on less--it learns to adapt to what you feed it, so if you start eating more, then you have to exercise that much more to keep the weight off---constant battle--i can eat almost anything with my cottage cheese--my daughter always says she doesnt like looking at my food :lol: oh well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-----i guess the bottom line is--just keep at it and do the best we can---i tell people--i feel so much better then i used to--i can go places now--as i have read in here, i always knew where the bathroom was in any place i went--if i didnt then i didnt go there--my life has changed so much because of the celiacs--the biggest plus is--i have a disease and its not all in my head--i swear people used to think i made things up as i went--i used to tell them they dont know how lucky they are to beable to do anything they want anytime they want--i didnt have that luxury for years---keep your chins up all
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Posted 28 September 2004 - 02:49 PM

I guess that I am looking for is some easy way to lose weight. I was overweight to begin with when I was diagnosed in 5-03. I lost about 30 # when I went gluten-free but after 4 months, the weight started to come back on. I am really frustrated. I have started exercising but can't seem to lose weight. I am gluten-free, eat lots of veggies and fruit and have given up the gluten-free flours and pasta due to high calorie content. I am also a diabetic and have found it difficult to find foods that are ok for both diabetics and celiacs. Diet foods seem to contain gluten of some sort. Is there anyone else who battles both diabetis and gluten? I could use some help....... pam
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 02:47 PM

I dont know about you guys, but I am having trouble regaining weight. I went from 162(size 12 waist) to 118(size 5 waist)...back to 141, and now I'm down to about 130. The only way I gained was by getting fed up with the diet and eating little bits of stuff I wasnt supposed to. I started dropping weight again, even following my dieticians suggestion to eat more fatty foods--using more butter, more mayo-'-it doesnt help. I'm even trying to eat MORE. Even when I put on those 20 lbs, I stuck at the size 5 waist.
So I guess you should all be glad you can gain it back lol
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 04:04 PM

I'm not diabetic, but hypoglycemic, so have to watch my carb/sugar intake. I haven't really found it to be too big of a problem, but I cook my own foods, eat naturally gluten-free, whole foods, and don't eat packaged foods. (A box of gluten-free cookies will last me... well, I've been gluten-free a year and I haven't gone through a whole box yet... ;-) ) I do spent 10 mintues a day or so, however, planning out what I'll have the following day, using FitDay to see if I'm getting enough calories, but not too many, and distributing my food over the fat/carb/protein breakdown well enough (I am for somewhere between 25/50/25 and 30/40/30).

At the end of the day, putting into your body more than it spends, energy wise, is the only way to lose weight. Counting calories/fat grams/carb grams/whatever isn't the key - it's controlling them.
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Posted 02 January 2005 - 04:35 PM

HELP PLEASE!! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease by biopsy in April 2002~ a month to the day after my wedding ~God Bless my husband... I have since gone from a size 6 to a 16!!! My stomach feels better since going on the gluten-free diet but I am extremely uncomfortable with my weight gain. I admit in the beginning I ate a lot of rice and potatoes because those were safe, but soon learned how to adjust to gluten-free ways and eat very little of them, as well as bread (I'm a bit lazy when it comes to making it. I can't handle the store's gluten-free selection-I find it to be gross).
My GI Doctor has been no help as he just says I look healthy now. Easy for him to say, I'M the one with no waist now and weigh what I did when I was 8 months pregnant with my son 21 years ago!! I also exercise at a gym 3 days a week, for 1 1/2 hours a day, and have been for the past 2 years. I continue to GAIN not LOSE. I am so frustrated that I am ready to go back to eating gluten and deal with the consequences! I am so overtired all the time and have no energy. I had more before I was diagnosed. What can I do??? I need to lose weight. I had a physical recently for work and the Dr. told me according to my BMI, I am overweight and on the edge of obesity. My Dr. has checked my thyroid, glucose, hormones, etc. Can't find anything. Why is my watching what I eat (I've cut down on sugar and carbs) and exercising regualrly doing exactly the opposite of what it should be doing? Does anyone else have this problem? :(
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Posted 05 January 2005 - 11:23 AM

I was diagnosed so quickly that I didn't have the unexplained weight loss problems that are so common. Then I substituted rice and potatoes for all the stuff I couldn't have anymore and have packed on weight. AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!
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Posted 07 January 2005 - 04:37 AM

Since the holidays I regained a little (5 lbs) I'd lost (I also never had the weight loss though my intestines were a mess <_< ) Now I'm back on the South Beach Diet, Phase 1 (no white crap, whole natural foods, no sugar, no alcohol...) It's a very easy diet for Celiacs. Seems written for us! :D Anyway, if you're serious about losing weight and changing you way of eating, take a look at http://www.southbeac...forum/index.php. It's a great site for recipes (naturally gluten-free) and support. (Phase one is just a "get rid of cravings, big weight loss" boost to the diet that only lasts two weeks. You can skip it and go to Phase two where you eat whole grains :blink: and fruit and a little wine and other good foods.)

Good luck and send a pm if you want to chat! :)
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