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Does Anyone Else Crave Tortilla Chips?
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Hi everyone,

I have celiacs and crave tortilla chips like crazy. I can go through a half a bag of chips a day, like the big bag of plain corn tortilla ones. Im not allergic to corn, but Im allergic to dairy, eggs, gluten, blueberries, mustard, tomatoes, eggplant, peanuts, sunflower, sesame, pinto beans, brazil nuts... and more its a long list so Im really limited. Im thin so its not like Im trying to drop alot of weight, but I have soft areas I want to tone and I know if I cut out all the calories I eat from chips it would make a huge difference. Its also not healthy to eat that much chips and I cant stop! Its mostly when I eat veggies, oddly enough, that I crave chips. I make healthy garbanzo beans with avocado and steamed veggies and I have to have chips with it. Or a salad, or Daiya cheese on brussel sprouts (my favorite pre-non-gluten eating food is Kraft Mac n Cheese mmmmmmmmm)... I feel twice as hungry right after I have veggies and all I can think about is chips. And I cant stay away from them. Any ideas on why I crave chips, and why always with veggies? Anyone else have this problem?

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Do you think you're getting enough protein to feel fully satisfied?

Thats a really good point. For the most part I eat vegan, I've been having a cup of soy yogurt and 1/2 cup of raw nuts spread out every day, tofu, quinoa, soy milk, avocado, sushi 1-3 x's a week, yesterday and today each I ate a can of organic black beans (although Im allergic to most beans which makes it hard). I have red meat once a month or as often as I crave it (Im female so I need the iron, this month I had two burger patties and a steak in one week!) I dont do well with poultry or pork, I can do chicken once or twice a month. More than that I swear it slows everything down and I get c (sorry). I have a protein shake from my doctor I do a couple times a week. I think Im getting enough protein but Im not sure... My doctor tested my protein levels and they were low, but I dont have many options since Im allergic to everything and Im nervous about eating too much soy and getting allergic to that too. You might be on to something, maybe I should look into more protein options, any suggestions? Thank you.

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Could it be that you're craving salt rather than the chips?

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I know of a good protein drink, but with all of your allergies I doubt you could drink it.

I don't see what is wrong with eating corn chips,.....I eat a ton myself with organic salsa. I prefer the organic blue corn variety.

This is a good protein drink if anyone else is interested. Less calories and sugar than the Ensure type drinks. Tastes about half as sweet which makes me happy. The others are 'sickening' sweet to me anyway.

Also for anyone that does not want a load of iron,.....like me,.....this is a great product. I have no connection to the business at all, but I did order a mixed flavor case about a month ago and like it a lot. Time to re-order!

http://www.1sourcenutrition.com/

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I don't see what is wrong with it...but, have you seen the Beanitos? They aren't bad and they are made from beans. :rolleyes:

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Can you have chia seeds? They're high in protein. I just gel them in water and eat them as is. But you can add them to other foods such as a smoothie or yogurt.

When I crave things it is because I am lacking something. Maybe you need to take vitamins?

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Could it be that you're craving salt rather than the chips?

I think thats part of it. I have low blood pressure so sometimes I black out when standing, my doctor said its because I have adrenal fatigue. She gave me her blessings to eat as much salt as I want as long as I also have alot of water with it. I should get one of those salt licks they give to horses :)

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Thanks everyone for your replies!

I've always liked salty crunchy foods like trisuits, wheat thins and pretzels which are obviosly out now. The gluten free pretzels are good but theyre so expensive! Theyre $6 a bag where Ive found them, geez. Im trying to lower my carbs and do more of a higher protein and (good) fat and vegetable diet and see how that goes. I havent tried beanitos, what kind of beans are they made from? Im allergic to pinto and kidney beans according to my blood test, havent tried them since going gluten free. I want to wait till my skin clears up before guinea pigging on myself :)

Chia seeds sound tasty! Would I find them at Whole Foods? Do I eat them raw? Thanks!

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DON'T eat the chia seeds raw !!!!

They must be put in liquid first, because they swell up like crazy.

Re the cravings. If you can find a gluten free vitamin B complex, and a calcium, magnesium mineral(s) to take that would help. You body interprets low blood calcium as carbohydrate/sugar cravings. The B vitamins are needed to ensure your other systems function correctly and work to absorb the minerals. With your extensive allergies, and being gluten free and partially vegan, getting enough of everything is going to be difficult.

You could try dousing things with more olive oil. But you may also want to make sure you eat fish or meat once a day for the protein.

Re your grain consumption, if any, try to eat more than one kind to complete the number of amino acids so you get to use the proteins (except that quinoa is the only complete one, I think.)

If you can do garbanzo beans there is a lot of things you can do with chickpea flour. You can make great flatbreads out of chickpea, buckwheat, and potato starch. If you have trouble finding buckwheat flour you can buy the gluten free roasted kasha buckwheat, and grind it yourself using a coffee grinder or even a little hand mortar and pestle such as found in a kitchen supply store for grinding spices. One flatbread takes a heaping tablespoon of each, some baking powder, a pinch of cream of tartar, salt, NO EGGS, just water, a little vinegar and oil, and can be done pretty quick in a small skillet.

http://www.grainfreeliving.com/pancakes/83-buckwheat-qbreadq-for-one

You can also dedicate a blender to grinding your own special ingredient. I do almonds this way for almond meal.

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Are you using a table salt with iodine in it when you make veggies or other things that call for salt? I had cut out the iodine for a few months when I first went gltuen free because I read that it can irritate DH. I was using only sea salt and kosher salt. I love these salts more than table salt, but then I read that we really NEED iodine, and it doesn't bring back the DH once it's gone it just irritates it if you have an outbreak. I found I was craving more salty processed items even when I had salted my steamed veggies with sea salt. I put some table salt with iodine back in my salt shakers (although I still love my sea salt and use it for cooking a lot) and I have had fewer cravings for salty snack. I still love salty stuff but I don't feel like I have to eat the whole bag of chips. :)

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Thanks Takala and Glutenfreemanna!

I picked up a calcium magnesium and zinc supplement it's free of my allergens. I was taking a mineral supplement for my natural doctor, it says it's free of my allergens but I would feel odd after taking it, I don't know how to explain it. The new one I got is fine though. I've noticed since taking it I hardly crave grains as much, I did get into the chips today but not many :) Other grains I had no desire for like Bobs red mill cereal.

The iodine may be an issue too, I always use sea salt and I just put two and two together as to why some chips brands I can't put down and some I don't care for- the ones with sea salt maybe I don't crave? I actually craved meat today and was able to resist carbs until my meal- magic! Thanks for the suggestions!

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