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

Sugar Is Out
0

19 posts in this topic

I have been on a gluten-free diet for about 6 months. I am doing much better on it. The diarreah (sp) is much better. I can go places again and not have a major problem, except when my head/mind gets me in trouble.

I use to really love sweets and I know there are a lot of things out there to cook gluten-free that have sugar (ie Pecan Pie). But i really get sick when I eat sugar.

Is this normal? Does this go away once the intestines heal? Is anyone else having this struggle?

Thanks

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Never been a problem for me.

richard

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you say sugar and talk about sweets .. .do you mean powdered sugar or regular cooking kind? I know that I have seen powdered sugar which was not glutenfree.

The only time sugar bothers me is if I eat too much or on an empty stomach.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been gluten-free for 7 months.. and I've recently noticed that sweets make me sick. I've decided to go on the SC diet.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my original post I was talking about granulated sugar. I do not eat much if any powdered sugar. I have tried gluten-free pecan pie, gluten-free brownies and some other stuff with granulated sugar in it and it upsets my whole system.

I guess I should not be complaining, I don't have the craving any more. At times though I would like to have something sweet. I have substituted honey on gluten-free bread and that seems to help.

Well maybe it is just my system and it is a blessing to keep the weight off.

Thanks for any and all input.

JEAP ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I'm trying to cut my sugar intake down. I need to loose some weight :o for a start, and I also get a lot of pain and gas if I eat too much sugar. Particularly if it's in sweets such as jelly beans and such.

I love white chocolate buddies. (Little chocolate drops made for cooking etc) , but I've found that I feel like I've been run over by a steam roller the next day if I have too much sugar in anything. It causes my brain to take a holiday for the day after too. :blink:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been gluten-free for over a year with a few mishaps but absolutely no relief. Recently I have decided to cut out sugar. Refined and in candy. I used to have a huge candy addiction, still do but it is under control. Needless to say, I feel tremendously better in my stomach and intestines. The only thing that seems to really bother me now are vegetables in large quantities but that would bother any one I would think. :) However, I did notice, I intentionally ate gluten a week ago. No bad reactions whatso ever and I had the first solid BM in about 10 years, seriously. I still do not have them to this day even when I follow the diet strictly. It just makes me wonder . . .

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've found sugar to be a problem for me now, and i too hope it lessens as the villi heal.

The only sweet products i eat now are some gluten-free cookies which use one of the many 'natural' sweeteners, e.g. dehydrated unfiltered cane juice.

Seems a little strange that making actual table sugar (from sugar cane anyway) might start by dehydrating some cane juice. So .. . i dunno why, but the 'natural' sweeteners don't cause the problems that sugar/sucrose/HFCS etc cause.

.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been told that fructose (the sugar in fruit ) is safer, and doesn't cause weigth gain like regular cane sugar does. I'm a bit over-weight by the way. :o

I haven't used it since being gluten-free, but I'm thinking I'll be going back to it, as I did loose some weight while on it.

I have had the opposite problem with my bowel for years, pturse. Only just begining to get better, with the help of going gluten-free, and a natural laxative tablet every day.

I just wish I couild stop the cravings for sweets altogether. I think they have been my way of coping with now being gluten-free. :(

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wondered if anyone has tried stevia? It's a natural sugar substitute, made from herbs native to Paraguay, much sweeter than sugar. It's commonly used as a sweetener in Japan, for soft drinks, confectionary etc. Fairly expensive in Oz, about 10$ for 50 sachets, but I use it in tea and a little really does go a long way. The brand I buy is gluten-free, not sure if all brands would be, but if eating sugar causes stomach upsets, it might be worth trying.

Sophie :o)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is the SC diet? And if you go off sugar, does that mean you can't have fruit? Don't we need fruit?

I would love to go off sugar but I'm not sure how..it's in almost everything. Add that to gluten-free diet and what do you eat? Meat, veggies, that's it? Beans, maybe. What else? I know dairy isn't great for you and I don't eat much dairy, anyway, although I will have occasional cheese and I put skim milk in my cereal. I've heard soy causes problems, too so I don't know which is best: soy milk or regular skim.

Is there a milk substitute that isn't soy?

This disease is so friggin' confusing!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just wondered if anyone has tried stevia? It's a natural sugar substitute, made from herbs native to Paraguay, much sweeter than sugar. It's commonly used as a sweetener in Japan, for soft drinks, confectionary etc. Fairly expensive in Oz, about 10$ for 50 sachets, but I use it in tea and a little really does go a long way. The brand I buy is gluten-free, not sure if all brands would be, but if eating sugar causes stomach upsets, it might be worth trying.

Sophie :o)

Hi Sophie,

I haven't used sevia myself, but my best friend (a diabetic) has used it and said that it was ok, but a bit different in taste.

It's been recommended by a guy here in Queensland, Australia who runs a gym, and does health seminars too.

Yes, it's true that you only need a very small amount. This man was saying that to dip the handle in the sevia and then stir it into a cup of tea/coffee is enough.

Even though it tastes a bit different to cane sugar, I don't think I wouldn't mind that so much.

It sounds like a good idea to try it. Thanks for reminding me about it. ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What is the SC diet? And if you go off sugar, does that mean you can't have fruit? Don't we need fruit?

I would love to go off sugar but I'm not sure how..it's in almost everything. Add that to gluten-free diet and what do you eat? Meat, veggies, that's it? Beans, maybe. What else? I know dairy isn't great for you and I don't eat much dairy, anyway, although I will have occasional cheese and I put skim milk in my cereal. I've heard soy causes problems, too so I don't know which is best: soy milk or regular skim.

Is there a milk substitute that isn't soy?

This disease is so friggin' confusing!

The Selective Carb Diet doesn't allow you to have any actual sugar. You can still have fruit. You sweeten things with saccharin and honey. Those are the only kinds of sweeteners allowed. No soy. No lactose (because it's a sugar). No grains (No rice, corn, etc.) No gluten. No starch (potatoes). Lots of nuts. I just got done eating pancakes made out of almonds, eggs, and honey. They were really good... and good for you. :) You should pick up Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love Stevia and it takes like three minutes to get used to it. I only use the liquid kind and use a dropper. I eat no starch or sugar because celiac started messing with my pancreas (pancreatic insuffieciency and whacked out insulin). I have since found out that i am allergic to many things.

The diets that have really help me are:

The no-grain diet (similar to south beach but more holistic not fad)

Th metabolic typing diet (similar to south beach if you are protein or mixed type)

The metabolic typing diet has opened up my eyes and saved my life cuz all my allergies had me down to 3 "healthy" choices of food.

Check it out you''ll love it

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mballerina. :) You said that you love sevia? What does it taste like? is it similar to sugar in taste, or really different? :huh:

I really have trouble when I eat potato and stuff like it...the group of food includes tomato, chilli peppers, eggplant....but i can't think of the word for it.

I get cramps from potato now, which I never got before, so I'm wondering if I am allergic to starch or just sensitive for a while.

Are there tests available to find this out, or do we just assume it is a food intolance and not have the food involved anymore?

Sorry for all the questions, :unsure: I'm still trying to work this out.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is this normal? Does this go away once the intestines heal? Is anyone else having this struggle?

Once your intestines completely heal, you should be able to digest sucrose. The enzyme sucrase, which is needed to digest sucrose, is located in the center of the villi in the small intestine. When your villi are damaged because of injesting gluten, then you may have a problem digesting sucrose. Without the enyme sucrase, sucrose goes through the digestive tract, undigested, and causes gas, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, and pain. (Not all celiacs will have this problem, it just depends on the extent of villi damage).

If you had extensive villi damage (meaning the villi may have been completely flattened), then it may be a few more months until you can digest sucrose again.

I read this info in Wheat-Free Worry-Free The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living by Danna Korn pgs, 309-310.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Medaka. At least it explains why I am having trouble with sugar and potatoes. Starch turns to sugar. I have really bad acid reflux and burning when I do any sugar. It gives me hope that when I stick to this very difficult thing of no gluten, that the villi will heal and maybe I can start eating some good things again. I am a vegetarian, so no meat, too. It's really hard to find foods to eat that are diary free, sugar free, soy free, wheat free ...................................!!!!!!!!!!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't get stomache problems when I eat sweets but I noticed that the muscle and joint pains would get worse and would stick around longer. I tried cutting down on the sugar but didn't notice any change. It wasn't until I gave up corn and corn related products that I noticed a significant difference. It's difficult if you crave sweets because it seems like everything contains corn syrup but it can be done. I like Trader Joe's chocolate covered raisins, soy nuts or almonds (that is of course if you can eat soy and nuts).

Someone else suggested watching potatoes because your body uses them as a sugar. That's true, also the same for carrots, peas and corn. :rolleyes:

Try the corn thing, see if it helps, hope you feel better , Wendy

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hm, that's quite interesting. Lately I discovered, I have problems with sugar, too. But not all kinds of sugar though. I'm still experimenting. I can eat potatoes though, without any problems.

Hugs, Stef

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
      104,641
    • Total Posts
      921,558
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • They are big on selling books -. They try to spam a lot forums and FB groups. why can't you eat nuts, nut flours, quinoa, hummus and beans? I think I missed that. Those are a good source of protein.  If you can't digest lactose look for a lactose free cheese - like one made from yogurt. at first,I thought life was over.  But with a few years of experience, I have found it isn't that big of a deal. It helps to have an attitude of "I am not here for the food.  I am here for the wine ( or the company . ). Also helps to not care what people think - "I don't care if you think it's odd that I brought my own lunch to the funeral luncheon. "( And it helps that my lunch looks better than theirs lol.)
    • Gracey, It am a mother and I am going to give you some  valuable advice.  You need to keep and document everything related to your health.  Every lab test result, notes from your doctor's visits, etc.  Why?  Because only you are your best health advocate (except for your mom).  Doctors come and go, but it is up to you to manage your health.   When I changed insurance and doctors, I had copies of all my medical records in hand.  My new PCP was impressed.  There was no doubt that I had celiac disease, fractures, Hashimoto's and diabetes, anemia, etc.  I had physical proof.  As an result, she was quick to refer me to a new GI  and order tests to measure my progress  (e.g bone scans).  My family health history chart helped not just me, but other family members.   So, find out if biopsies were taken during your endoscopy.  Get the pathologist's report.  See if your doctor checked for other issues besides celiac disease.   Hugs!  
    • I don't do grieving, bad enough for something that's been taken away in the past but to know my future is pretty much gone now just feels too much. The only time I've forgot about the unfolding nightmare was during my hour or so of sport so need to cling onto that at the moment or I fear going to a very dark place indeed. Yup that SCD site is terrifying, still can't make up my mind if they're giving out useful information to genuinely help people or using scare tactics to sell their books etc. 
    • I agree with all the advice you have been given.  It is excellent!   I just want to add that things will get better.  There is a huge grieving process to go through.  Do not fight it.  You have a right to grieve as your health and lifestyle will change, but you will adapt!  Exercise gently until you feel a bit better.  There is plenty of time to exercise hard later.  Taken this advice from a gal who just rode 40 miles (no biggie you say) this morning  on her bike through the Santa Ana winds (better known as the Devil's winds!).  But I am three years into my recovery.  I took it easy the first six months because I was anemic.  I teach few exercise classes, bike, swim and run and I am in my 50's.   The SCD website?  It can scare the (bleep) out of you.  There was one point that I took from the site and that was to stick to whole nourishing foods.  No rocket science -- just common sense.    
    • Thanks for the replies so far everyone, much appreciated Great, another doctor gets it wrong, how many more times can they make a mess of this diagnosis process?! Bloating had gone down a bit in these first few days of cutting the gluten so I guess expect that to come back. It's one way to have a farewell tour of the gluten foods I guess - if a little or a lot makes no difference may as well go all-in... The doctors didn't diagnose this at all, Google did. If I trusted in the health professionals I'd be blaming the symptoms all on stress and having counselling for it whilst the fire raged on inside me due to a clinical condition they'd missed. Just glad one of doctors agreed to run the test on second time of asking to keep me quiet as much as anything. Believe me I've read that newbie thread multiple times, as well as numerous others around the web. Been doing nothing but since Tuesday when the blood test results came back and each time I go into the comments sections a little bit more of me gives up inside. Seems so many don't ever heal and so many associated complications too. The reality looks bleak apart from a lucky few it seems. In the nicest possible way the vegetarian choice is non-negotiable, it's a core part of what I believe and the thought of eating any form of animal \ fish flesh would make me physically sick (sorry meat eaters) so will have to find some way around it, how I don't know yet. Perhaps lots of this... http://www.pulsin.co.uk/pea-protein-isolate.html The cooking bit is a concern as it's something none of us do well at home, adds to the feeling of being completely lost right now. I kick myself for the decision that lead to the stress as I could've avoided all this. The only thing I can cling onto there is that I was having some pains in the side before that time which I blamed on a muscle strain... maybe that was the early stages, in which case I could feel a bit better knowing it had just come on gradually. With the biopsy and gluten from what I read the villi take a long time to heal up so they'd still see that. With the blood test result as definitive as it was surely the disease is pretty much confirmed? How can it heal enough for non eating gluten to throw a biopsy result yet on the flip side take over a year to heal (that sounds like the best case scenario time-wise from what I've read). Not suggesting anyone is wrong for one second but need to understand how that works with what's going on inside to make any sense of this situation.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,644
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Jross69
    Joined