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Any Celiacs Who Decided To Be Completely Grain-Free?


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#1 Evangeline

 
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:40 AM

I am wondering why many Celiacs are not healing on a STRICT gluten-free diet. I read medical studies that shows many biopsies show the intestines still remained inflamed 15 years later. Obviously, something is wrong with this gluten-free diet if many people aren't healing.

I just read a blog of someone with Crone's Disease who has basically completely healed Crone's Disease by eliminating all grains completely and making a few other minor changes to his diet.

I am wondering if there are any Celiacs who have eliminated all grain completely? Are you out there? Did you find your other food allergies disappeared? I have become "allergic" to almost all foods - you name it, I can't eat it. Something is causing the intestinal permeability.

Is there anyone out there who does not eat grains and how improved their leaky gut syndrome?
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:03 PM

There are threads here about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SBC)which essentially eliminates all grains.

I am trying to eliminate all grains but once in a while I eat a bit of rice, lentils, or corn chips. And every single time I do it...I vow to eliminate all grains. I did do it for 5 years once long ago before I ever knew about gluten. I realized after a year that nothing was bothering me mentally or physically and I was healthier than I had ever been in my life. I am trying to get back there. I thought it was the carbs that got me then, but actually it was gluten. Now that gluten is totally out, I know I would feel better totally grain free.

I know there are people here who are totally grain free.

I hope I will be too. It is just really really hard to do. I'm working on my self-discipline.
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:06 PM

I have done so by adhering to a paleo diet. It makes gluten free very easy for me. No grains. I still have a ways to go with healing but have never felt better.. relatively speaking.
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:12 PM

I'm relatively grain free. I have some leftover rice products that I'm trying to space out, and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to totally give up chips and margaritas, but I've cut way back on them. When I eat no grains I can sleep all the way through the night (for the first time in my life, that I can remember). It's pretty awesome.
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 08:53 PM

oh i know- its very difficult.. i am STILL eating things that mess me up.. hard to give up enjoying my food.
years ago- i was completely grain free & sugar free- but havent gotten back there yet. i am ok with moderate amounts of rice & gluten-free oat products. i can also do quinoa & some millet. all the other grains mess me up- especially corn flour products. i try to avoid them, but i DO have gluten-free bread in the fridge (with potato & tapioca starch, etc).

its hard to give it all up... on top of the gluten-> i avoid most legumes, beans, corn, and excess fructose because of the pain. and soy because of the thyroid.

dairy is a huge addiction for me- and its hard to give up- because it gives me so much pleasure- and maybe 40% of the time- i can eat it and feel no consequence-> but other times it's pretty painful-> and im afraid that secondary glutenization might very well be real.

i know i need to get more strict- cause i still sometimes have some pain, and those horizontal cracks on my fingerprints have not improved- and they should as your gut is healing.
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no biopsy (insurance denied)
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#6 Evangeline

 
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:20 AM

I am trying to go grain-free. The thought of eliminating all grains including rice is not daunting to me because I know how bad all traces of gluten affect a Celiac's body -- the brain damage, the intestinal damage, the organ damage.

The daunting part is trying to get ALL GRAINS OUT OF PRODUCTS LIKE SALT AND VITAMINS, LOL.

I just noticed my "all natural" sea salt is "iodized" which means they probably added dextrose (corn) to stabilize the iodine. So I need to call that company.

And of course all vitamins and supplements will use traces of rice and corn and not mention it on the label.

And of course all animal products are out because they are fed diets of corn and soy (which causes them to be sick too since nature didn't intend that!).

I removed the last grain from my diet a few days ago and already the inflammation is down. I hope it stays this way.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:23 AM

oh i know- its very difficult.. i am STILL eating things that mess me up.. hard to give up enjoying my food.
years ago- i was completely grain free & sugar free- but havent gotten back there yet. i am ok with moderate amounts of rice & gluten-free oat products. i can also do quinoa & some millet. all the other grains mess me up- especially corn flour products. i try to avoid them, but i DO have gluten-free bread in the fridge (with potato & tapioca starch, etc).

its hard to give it all up... on top of the gluten-> i avoid most legumes, beans, corn, and excess fructose because of the pain. and soy because of the thyroid.

dairy is a huge addiction for me- and its hard to give up- because it gives me so much pleasure- and maybe 40% of the time- i can eat it and feel no consequence-> but other times it's pretty painful-> and im afraid that secondary glutenization might very well be real.

i know i need to get more strict- cause i still sometimes have some pain, and those horizontal cracks on my fingerprints have not improved- and they should as your gut is healing.



Do you mean cracks in the finger prints or the nails? My nails have ridges that aren't going away, but I am getting my moons back (in the nail bed) which is supposed to be good.

After a year gluten/dairy/corn free I know I my next step is the SCD. I am back to having some fatigue and I have some inflammation that just isn't going away. It's just so much to give up after my family has already made a huge paradigm shift. I have a book about the SCD. I just need to read it and give it a try. I'm hoping that it will be easier to manage in the summer. It is encouraging that other people here have had such great success on it.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:31 AM

I am trying to go grain-free. The thought of eliminating all grains including rice is not daunting to me because I know how bad all traces of gluten affect a Celiac's body -- the brain damage, the intestinal damage, the organ damage.

The daunting part is trying to get ALL GRAINS OUT OF PRODUCTS LIKE SALT AND VITAMINS, LOL.

I just noticed my "all natural" sea salt is "iodized" which means they probably added dextrose (corn) to stabilize the iodine. So I need to call that company.

And of course all vitamins and supplements will use traces of rice and corn and not mention it on the label.

And of course all animal products are out because they are fed diets of corn and soy (which causes them to be sick too since nature didn't intend that!).

I removed the last grain from my diet a few days ago and already the inflammation is down. I hope it stays this way.

omg!!!! exactly how frustrated i feel with all the corn crap they put in EVERYTHING and soy & soy lecithin thats in EVERYTHING... it's like the government and their subsidies are poisoning us and we cant do s about it :(

AND YES- all the grains they feed the animals :( sucks cause i eat a more paleo diet... i try to get grass fed beef & dairy products- but its not always possible. and im sure all the eggs i get are from chickens fed grains. but honestly- im not as concerned with the grains making it into the meat- BUT- it could most definitely be in the dairy- as gluten has been found in breast milk. AND i read this the other day:

http://www.nps.gov/a..._snakeroot3.htm

so, obviously what they eat COULD possibly pass into their milk .... sucks cause i have not conquered my dairy addiction
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2008- AntiGliadin IGA/IGg~ Negative,TTG IGA/IGg~ Weak Positive, Endomysial Antibody~ Positive, IGA Deficient.
no biopsy (insurance denied)
6/2010- Enterolab Gene Test:
HLA-DQB1 Allele 1 0302
HLA-DQB1 Allele 2 0302
HLADQ 3,3 (subtype 8,8)
7/2010- 100% Gluten Free
8/2010- DH
10/2010-Hypothyroid dx-> 12/2010 Hashimoto's dx + 1/11- Graves dx :(

#9 Evangeline

 
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:58 AM

I have two friends who are Celiac and corn intolerant (they are problably GRAIN intolerant and don't know it yet!). They cannot eat EGGS that come from hens that are fed corn because all their gluten-like symtpoms return and their inflammation becomes VERY painful within hours. One of them keeps their own hens and feeds them their daily grain-free leftovers.

I have found this Corn Allergy List very helpful: http://www.cornaller...lergen-list.php
I did not realize corn was in over 1000 items.

Next I shall try to find a "Rice Allergy List."

Also, I switched all my cats to "grain-free cat food" (it is turkey and peas now) because a Celiac veterinarian noticed that when he put his animal patients on grain-free diets, their seizures went away and their health problems completely improved. Researchers have now discovered the "Celiac" Irish Setter and now believe many, many other animals are intolerant to grains. When we put one of our cat on a grain-free diet, her very grouchy personality has improved and she now lets us hold her.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:29 AM

I have been browsing over information on the grain-free diet by Dr. Osmonde and Elaine Gottschall. Elaine Gottschall treated Celiacs, ulcerative collitis, Crone's Disease and other intestinal diseases with a grain-free diet. Interestingly, she was unhappy that the medical community started saying that Celiacs only needed to avoid wheat, barley and rye. After that, she began treating hundreds of Celiacs who were not thriving on the "modern gluten-free diet" with her grain-free diet. Now, it appears Dr. Osmonde is following a similar path by creating the Gluten Free Society with a "truly" gluten-free diet and advises no grains, only grass-fed animal products and supplements which are VERY carefully selected.

I found this video of Elaine Gottschall's lecture very interesting. Part Two shows slides of a colon with a mucus overlay because of a potato/soy intolerance:



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Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

oh i know- its very difficult.. i am STILL eating things that mess me up.. hard to give up enjoying my food.
years ago- i was completely grain free & sugar free- but havent gotten back there yet. i am ok with moderate amounts of rice & gluten-free oat products. i can also do quinoa & some millet. all the other grains mess me up- especially corn flour products. i try to avoid them, but i DO have gluten-free bread in the fridge (with potato & tapioca starch, etc).

its hard to give it all up... on top of the gluten-> i avoid most legumes, beans, corn, and excess fructose because of the pain. and soy because of the thyroid.

dairy is a huge addiction for me- and its hard to give up- because it gives me so much pleasure- and maybe 40% of the time- i can eat it and feel no consequence-> but other times it's pretty painful-> and im afraid that secondary glutenization might very well be real.i know i need to get more strict- cause i still sometimes have some pain, and those horizontal cracks on my fingerprints have not improved- and they should as your gut is healing.


Certain forms of dairy have more casein than others (as well as lactose I believe) and that could be why you are more sensitive with certain dairy items. I tested pretty high for cottage cheese, mozzarella and parmesean were a little lower and casein was even lower than that. I just aviod all dairy now.

I am seriously going to try out the paleo diet. I have barely eaten anything the last few days due to the stress of my phlebotomy class and I felt fine. Today I ate a bowl of gluten free pasta and about an hour later my heart started having abnormal beats again. I just don't think my body likes any kind of carbs.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 01:14 PM

AND YES- all the grains they feed the animals :( sucks cause i eat a more paleo diet... i try to get grass fed beef & dairy products- but its not always possible. and im sure all the eggs i get are from chickens fed grains. but honestly- im not as concerned with the grains making it into the meat- BUT- it could most definitely be in the dairy- as gluten has been found in breast milk.


Our supermarkets have just started touting the wonders of corn-fed chicken!!! as if it were some sort of delectable delicacy. :lol: Gads, there's enough contamination in chickens already without adding corn to the mix. I worry about the lectins in the dairy, because cows' stomachs were not designed to digest grains and that is why I HAVE to eat grass-fed beef - the lectins can be found in the meat (and presumably in the milk too) :unsure: Y'all are going to laugh when I tell you this, but I bring my powdered yogurt mix for homemade yogurt with me when I come over to U.S., enough to last my entire visit, because I am afraid (because of the amount of dairy I eat) of having reactions to dairy and having to eliminate that too!!! And I eat goat and sheep cheeses a lot :D And just altogether try to stay away from dairy lectins as much as possible.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 01:42 PM

Our supermarkets have just started touting the wonders of corn-fed chicken!!! as if it were some sort of delectable delicacy.

:o :o
The chicken instructions tell you to minimize corn since it isn't very good for them.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:14 PM

I have been completely grain free in the past. I was grain free for about 3 years....I was and am still developing more food intolerances though. I use some buckwheat flour now (if you consider buckwheat a grain. Some people consider it more of a seed).
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 05:08 PM

I have been grain free (and LOTS of other "frees") for 8 months now, gluten free for 14 months... if anything my sensitivities have gotten WORSE. I was so hopeful that things would improve for me but they just haven't. If I stick to my 7 safe unprocessed foods I feel pretty awesome. But if I make [grain free] cookies with my kids, what I inhale makes me sick. If I walk through a bakery I get sick. If I trial a new food (in the past 3 months, I've only had the guts (ha!) to trial strawberries and asparagus), I get sick. I pray that maybe I just need more time to heal. We'll see!
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