I'm So Hungry!
Posted 06 January 2004 - 05:39 AM
Posted 06 January 2004 - 07:52 AM
I'm just the opposite though. I gained a massive amount and have lost 15 lbs over the last 2 months since being diagnosed and going gluten-free. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I haven't felt this good in 10 years.
Posted 06 January 2004 - 09:26 AM
I, too, know exactly what you mean! It has gotten somewhat better for me, though--now I just eat enough for two grown men instead of three! Still, my friends all gape uncomprehendingly as I stuff down more food than I should be able to hold!
Have you tried taking digestive enzymes? If your intestines are in bad shape, you won't obtain much nourishment from your food no matter how much you eat! You might want to check out www.enzymestuff.com to read up on enzyme supplements. It is an informational website, not a commercial one, and it even has some specific information pertaining to celiac disease! I have started taking enzymes (when I remember--I hate brain fog!), and I feel less bloated after meals. I MIGHT even be able to go a bit longer between meals/snacks, though it's hard to tell right now because I have gotten a lot of contamination recently and that can kill my appetite.
Another thing to try, if you aren't already, is eating protein at every meal and snack to keep your blood sugar more stable. I hope you discover a way to get your hunger satisfied in short order!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
Posted 06 January 2004 - 05:18 PM
Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:47 PM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 05:15 AM
Again.... Good to know that I am not alone.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 08:44 AM
Posted 09 January 2004 - 05:12 PM
system has been so depleted with Celiac that now it is just begging for more food in order to replace all those vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you were unable to absorb when you were in the "crisis" stage.
As a person who always gained weight really easily (five feet tall and small boned), I was always dieting, until I found the foods that worked for me, and those which were poison for my system.
Are you tolerating well the foods you're eating? I hope so.
I remember recess from school, and coffee break time from work--oh boy, we get to go have a snack. It sounds as though you're being presented the opportunity for a lengthy recess and/or coffee break each and every day (or hour, or half-hour, as the case may be). This may be the time to try all those exotic foods you're heard about but maybe never tried--papaya, kiwi, mangos, bread and pastries made with almond meal, potato flour, rice flour, garbanzo bean flour, gluten free custard mix, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and every other kind of nut, almond butter, peanut butter, marshmallows, rice krispies treats (oh wait, these are not all really exotic foods, are they? But they are all gluten free). I'm making myself hungry now, how about you?
For dinner I'm having what you might call "corn dogs" or "hot dogs on a stick," from a recipe I created using almond meal, gluten free cookie mix, and soy milk;
corn bread from a recipe I created, with Imperial Margarine and brown sugar/peanut butter and jelly; pineapple cocoanut juice; smokehouse almonds; a banana; an orange, and some very sugary cocoanut/date/walnut candy from a recipe that my dear mom passed on to us. I may find a few other things too.
I weigh 106 pounds today, and am learning that the more I eat during that hour I'm allowed to eat or drink anything I can tolerate (The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, by Drs. Richard and Rachel Heller) the more I burn up. Wait! Maybe you're evidence of what I have been hearing lately, that the more we eat, the more calories we burn. Experts say that dieting lowers our metabolism to where eating even a little bit is hard to burn up. Say, maybe we are on to something here. Let me know what you think! Best wishes. Welda
Posted 10 January 2004 - 04:46 AM
I appreciate the information that is posted here SOOOOOO much. So many things are making sense now. I am overweight too and getting starting the gluten-free diet in which I am hoping to lose weight NOT gain it, eek. I somehow always feel hungry too no matter if I've eaten a short time ago. Thank you all for the great info., it makes me feel less alone.
Posted 10 January 2004 - 08:50 AM
I was diagnosed a week ago. I have been gluten-free for 5 days!!
I am also hungry all the time which really makes little sense at this point because even eating gluten-free means that I have terrible cramps and diarrhea. I am trying to be optimistic that that will improve with time.
I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about celiac and credit that with part of my hunger. I have been reading about foods every waking moment. I know that will eventually take less of my time but we do have to think more about it than other people so maybe being so food consious triggers the constant hunger.
When I see a commercial and immediately start processing ingredients - if the food is rejected the next step is to start thinking of alternatives - either how could I modify that and make it acceptable or what could I have instead? That process, for me at least, is going on constantly. It is no wonder with our mind so wrapped around our diet that we are hungry all the time.
I definately agree with those who have mentioned that our bodies are still craving good nutrition too.
Have you found that small meals more frequently helps or do most of you eat three meals a day? I am thinking that smaller frequent meals might help keep the cravings under control and also help not to feel deprived or tempted to eat something that contains gluten. What do you think?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:20 AM
Maybe that doesn't make any sense, but this is a kind of learn as you go thing, since the Doctors don't seem to know a great deal.
Thanks for all the info.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 04:09 PM
To Suzn - Definately eating 4-5 or even 6 small meal/day could be the answer for most of us. I am a personal trainer and what I try to teach my clients is that they should schedule their meals so that they keep their blood sugar levels - level. This means they should have a small amount of protein(about 20% of the meal) and some complex or low glycemic index carbohydrate(about 80% of the meal)at each meal and they should spread these small meals out over 3 hour stretches. When you maintain your blood sugar in this way you should not get hungry. Of course, this must be done differently if you have chosen the Atkins diet but it is still very doable.
To Welda - weight gain occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake . However, you are right - if you keep your caloric intake low, your body sets itself up into "survival mode" and your caloric requirements, over time, actually decrease. This doesn't mean you can eat everything ALL the time !!! It just means that you need to have some days where you take in more calories than other days(just to keep your body guessing!). When you have a higher calorie day you should also have a higher exercise day .
To everybody - I really think that there is something to our "hunger- nourishment requirement" especially when we are still healing. I remember when my kids were young. When they hadn't had much in the way of vegetables for a day or two in one afternoon they would deplete a hugh tray of mixed raw veges - and then they might not touch these for another couple of days - no matter how well I would dress them up!! So if you are really hungry - try to eat a lot of nutrient rich foods and just picture your happy cells healing and rebuilding!!
I love everything I have read from "seeking wholeness" You seem to be on the fast track to great health!!
Feel Well and God Bless. Su
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