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Depressed Over Celiac, Need Help!

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:21 PM

Wow, your expressions of how you are feeling sound a lot like my own. Like you, I found myself tempted to exist off almond milk and juice for a few days there. I'm bored stiff with my whole foods diet, but have grown scared to death of adding in any thing new - gluten free or, otherwise. Seems every time I do, I have some sort of reaction - even to the latest, greatest antidepressant my doctor had prescribed for me. Now, that was depressing!

However, that said, I strongly recommend you speak to your doctor about how you are feeling. Please, do not languish in depression without reaching for help. Any time your depression reaches the level you describe, it is best to speak to a professional about it.

I don't know what your situation is, if you are already on antidepressants or, not, but either way, please, use your resources in dealing with and getting through this period. Sometimes, we all need someone to point us in the direction of the sun again.

Good luck to you.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 12:38 PM

Hello everyone!
I would like to thank you all for the many new replies I
received. You've encouraged me so much. I could never express
in words how much this means to me. Just knowing that someone
would take time to send a reply, full of compassion is so
sweet. Thank you!

The food/recipe ideas are awesome! I really hadn't thought of
some of them. I would like to ask a couple questions please...
an add a few things about myself that might be helpful. Just
the thought that you all are willing to help me, gives me hope.

1. Chili-can you please be more specific on the ingredients.
I've used Chili starter. Does that contain gluten? What about
Bush's Chili Beans? please help.
2. Tacos-what seasoning do you put in your taco's? I used to
put Ole El Paso, but quit. need advice. Thank you.
3. Someone mentioned Lentils, is that a bean?
4. What do you season your meat with? I'm sensitive to alot
of spices. Does anyone marinate their meat? what is safe to
About me: As I already meantioned, many spices set my mouth on
fire. Ginger, Paprika. Green Peppers & Onions tear me up.

I love the ideas of cooking once and freezing, but my freezer
is very, very small. I guess I could make small batches.
Whoever mentioned the corn torillas w melted cheese, I love you!
That sounds so yummy! I love cheese!!!

You've all helped me so much with your suggestions. I hope my
questions aren't too much. It's not that I can't research it,
but I have a serious eye problem going on currently. My
opthalmologist doesn't know what the outcome will be.
So it's difficult to do searchs.
I have a magnifier on my computer, but for some reason
it doesn't work when going from site to site.
When I log in here, I'm able to magnify the
screen to read your replies.

Sorry if this reply is all over the place, I typed up one, then
lost it. So I'm trying to remember everything I wanted to share
with you. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all
your compassion and care. Your an awesome group of people.
I look forward to hearing from you again. Noni :)
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:14 PM

Hi! For my chili, my husband likes it a lot, I use chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, ground oregano, paprika, cilantro flakes, ground(cayenne)red pepper (just little of this), salt and pepper. I don't measure, just add small amounts and taste. I use the same seasonings for tacos except I add a little cornstarch for thickening. Alton Brown made tacos not to long ago, with a gluten free seasoning he made.
Bush's chili beans are not gluten free.
Salt and pepper, maybe garlic powder will do for seasoning meats.
Lentil's are beans. Make sure to rinse well like with any dried beans.
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Started on this journey w/ my 9 yr old son after a bout w/ the flu in the fall of 2009.
2 neg celiac blood tests, mine was also neg. No endo done. Son had x-ray, showing severe constipation. Son has latex allergy. KP for both of us.
Long family history of bowel problems, auto-immune and all sorts of cancers. My G-mother informed me that she was put on a gluten free diet after she had my mom (1950's), of course she stopped when she felt better. She has had problems ever since I can remember.
So here we are! I do have my son's Dr to thank for even bringing up celiac! Thank You Dr.B!
My adult daughter also has been helped by eating gluten-free.


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:39 PM

You poor thing! Your depression is "normal" because you're getting gluttened. That's really rough because it makes you not want to do anything, even what's necessary.

The only gluten-free processed foods I buy is corn/rice pasta at Wal-Mart. If you have a BJ's close by, I justify the annual membership price by the number of gluten-free Organic rotesserie chickens I buy. Purchase 2 or 3 at a time, have one for dinner and left overs and homemade chicken soup, and 1 or 2 to shred and freeze in packages.

You can use the leftovers or frozen packages to make chicken salad with chopped chicken, celery, onion and red grapes and mayo (Hellmans is gluten-free or Spectrum has a gluten-free/Soy Free or you can make your own. Throw curry powder in there for a change, if you can tolerate it. Or just tumeric powder and a bit of sea salt.

The same salad is good with a can of tuna. If you don't want to pay for gluten-free bread, you can use it as a dip with corn tortillias or corn chips.

Chicken tacos (defrosted chicken) are great. You can use chopped raw cabbage instead of lettuce, because it is more nutritious and far cheaper. Heat up a can of Bushes black beans (they are gluten-free) and some chopped up onions and serve with Corn tortillias, and sour cream or cheese if you can do dairy. If not, guacamole or avacado slices have that nice fat. You could have that same meal with ground sirloin or ground beef or turkey or chicken.

If you live in an area that has an Indian store or Oriental store, you can buy rice in bulk very cheaply there. Rice and beans or lentils combined result in a protein combo better than each food individually. Sauteed celery and onion and/or carrot and/or chopped cabbage always works as an addition to anything for flavor. You can buy dried mushrooms pretty cheap in an oriental store, soak them, and add them to stews or soups or beans and rice.

I find that purchasing fruit and vegetables at a fruit market saves so much money, and fresh is so much better if you can find the time/energy to deal with it. I spend about $20 a week at the vegetable stand, but use almost everything and compost most of what's left over. Since you have children, you can ask your child if they'll dig a hole and bury the scraps.

My chili mix is pretty simple. It's 2 T. of chili powder. If that doesn't taste right, I add a little cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce and taste again. Cinnamin (sp?) is a nice addition too.

I sure hope you start feeling better! My heart goes out to you. I don't know if this will be any comfort, but a mother wrote an editorial in our local rag about why she can't afford to follow the recommended USDA diet because produce is so expensive. She feeds her kids fast food all of the time. I haven't responded, but I do think that you can feed a family of 4 on rice, cabbaage, carrots, onions, beans, selected on sale proteins, basic spices, fresh fruit, canned goods for less than you can consistently eating at fast food joints. And your kids will be so much healthier and learn better habits, and of course you will feel so, so much better. Your time is coming...
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 11:35 PM

Hi Noni,

I am not a big all fired up cook myself. I tend to just make a bunch of food on the weekend and eat that all week. I guess I don't care a whole lot about variety in my diet is all. I look for hamburger on sale, or chicken breast quarters on sale (with the skin and bones, much cheaper). And I buy large family size packages even though it is just me and meow cat Muffin to eat it. I can usually cook enough food in a few hours on the weekend to last me a week easy. Sometimes I freeze some but not always. I make rice or quinoa sometimes with fried mushrooms and onions for flavor. Or sometimes make a pot roast with onions and sweet taters and lentils in the pressure cooker. Takes a lot less time that way.

I get Enjoy Life brown rice wraps in the Whole Foods, they are about $3 a package of 10. Usually keep them in the freezer and thaw when needed. They are stiff but you can run water over them from a faucet and then microwave for a 15 seconds to soften them. Or throw them in a pan with a lid while you are frying some eggs for breakfast. They soften right up and bend easily for a nice wrap. Much cheaper then gluten-free bread and they are 9 inches across so bigger than the Mission corn tortillas. If you fry up a bunch of hamburgers that are shaped like a sausage they fit in a wrap easily. I get Hellman's Canola oil cholesterol free mayo as it is soy free.

When I am done frying some hamburger sausages I throw in a package of sliced mushrooms ($2 bucks) and a cut up onion and fry them a little while. Then I keep them in a small container in the fridge and add them to my wraps.

I also use a lot of parsley in my food, good stuff and lasts longer than lettuce. I can cut it up with scissors or scrape the leaves off with a knife edge. Just takes a few seconds to add some greenery to your meals or wraps that way.

And I buy my wine in boxes so it is cheaper! :-)

It sounds like you may be eating too much processed foods. I react to food colorings and probably some preservatives too. So most processed foods don't like me any more than I like them. Of course that's a total 180 degrees change from my former life eating nothing but convenience foods and such nonsense.

Being glutened is a depressing feeling for me. So I try to avoid it as I lose energy and interest in doing much of anything really. Every day is a new chance to not make a mistake though.
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul



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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:05 AM

I find that when I am having a bad time, homemade soups are what my body craves. Lately it is borscht, boil the beets and save the stock. Same with veg and chicken, save the stock cause it has all the vitamins and good things in it.

The soup too is easy on your mouth and easy to chew even with some meat in it.

Good luck.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 10:40 PM

Hello All!
It's been a while since I made a post on here, but I've been
tuning in, reading and paying attention. I want you to know I
took the good advice, positive changes have taken place. :rolleyes:
I wish I knew how to send this to everyone that has written to
me, but I don't. All I can do is hope it gets read. :unsure:

If you recall, at my last post I was sad, hopeless and very
sick. Well, I've done something about it and have news to share.

First I made a doctors appointment. I couldn't take the pain &
running to the bathroom every 5 min. Dr. checked me out,
ran tests,(he's very good doctor I might add).
I'm not happy with the test results, but its nice to finally know why
I've been hurting so bad and know whats going on. He told me I have
"Crohn's Disease"!
My tests also showed abnormalities with my liver, pancreas, and more.

He wrote some scripts for me, scheduled an appt. with my GI specialist.
Will have more tests done by him. :o

Next I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards! Made my neighbor happy,
he took everything I didn't want. Then I did some healthy shopping.
Vegetables, tuna, chicken breast, all the good stuff.
Did get a 3 items from the Gluten-free coop. Had to have
something special.

My diet change has been 2 weeks, its only been a week since I
went to the doctor. However, I'm pleased to report that I'm
feeling better already. My mood has improved, :D . I know I've
got a long way to go...but I'm hopeful. Yes I'm concerned about
my medical situation, but, it will work out.

I want to thank you for reading my post and for all the help
you've given me so far. Your support is what got me to where
I am right now. I sincerely hope to hear from some of you and
that we will continue to communicate in the future.
God Bless You all! Noni B)
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:45 AM

1. Chili-can you please be more specific on the ingredients.
I've used Chili starter. Does that contain gluten? What about
Bush's Chili Beans? please help.
2. Tacos-what seasoning do you put in your taco's? I used to
put Ole El Paso, but quit. need advice. Thank you.
3. Someone mentioned Lentils, is that a bean?
4. What do you season your meat with? I'm sensitive to alot
of spices. Does anyone marinate their meat? what is safe to

1. Chili - stick to the basics. I use a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans (no seasonings!), a chopped onion (optional), ground beef (or turkey or buffalo), and two cans of diced tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt, as much chili powder as you like, and a pinch of cumin, and a dash of cayanne (optional!) and you're done.
2. Use what you like for taco seasoning. When I don't have "mexican seasoning" (Spice Hunter brand) in the pantry, I use italian spices, cumin, and a pinch of chili powder.
3. Lentils are a legume. You can cook them into soups, their own side dish, or use them in other things. Look up recipes online for a variety of things to choose from, but soup is the easiest thing to do.
4. We don't season our meat much. We'll use a little salt and pepper, and throw it on the grill.

IMHO, people do "too much" with their cooking. Use fresh ingredients and let those be the flavor. My spice rack is well stocked, but used sparingly. (And yes, everyone loves my food. :P)
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:31 AM


you poor thing im so sorry.

when i get depressed i crochet and knit i also draw, right poems based on my moods.


i got the celiac spru when i was 18 and they found out through a blood test that i had

it really badly ive been diabetic since i was 3.


my edvice to you is dont let this get you down you have too eat.

ill give you some of my tips

1: if you have a recipe that calls for flour use a gluten free flour in place of that.

2: if you have a recipe that calls for bread crumbs take gluten-free bread and prosses it in place of crumbs.


if you need my help with recipes i am more then happy to help you

i hope this message helps you out.:)
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