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#1 suziq0805

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:15 PM

I'm a couple months into being completely gluten-free. The past week or so I've just felt awful; so tired, headaches and today a canker sore. I've been trying to think of foods I've eaten lately and here are some things I've been eating lately:

Orieda french fries
Yopliat strawberry/banana yogurt
Blueberry greek yogurt- either Chobani or Oikos (can't remember which brand though!)
Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light version
Heinz ketchup
Walmart natural chunky peanut butter
Skippy natural peanut butter
Glenny's cashew and almond whole fruit/nut bars
Aunt Jemima syrup
San-J gluten-free terayki sauce for stir fry
Lays baked chips
Target brand women's daily multi-vitamin
Trident gum

Everything else I've eaten lately is fresh meat/veggies/fruits, cinnamon chex, rice and Udi's bread.

All of these foods either said gluten-free on them or looked safe based on the ingredients. Anyone have problems with any of these? I did eat out one night, but the tiredness started a few days before then (but headache was 2 days later and canker sore 5 days later). Maybe the tiredness could be a result of possibly catching a bug going around my office, but the headache and canker sore make me wonder since those were issues I had on my gluten challenge.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

I'm a couple months into being completely gluten-free. The past week or so I've just felt awful; so tired, headaches and today a canker sore. I've been trying to think of foods I've eaten lately and here are some things I've been eating lately:

Orieda french fries
Yopliat strawberry/banana yogurt
Blueberry greek yogurt- either Chobani or Oikos (can't remember which brand though!)
Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light version
Heinz ketchup
Walmart natural chunky peanut butter
Skippy natural peanut butter
Glenny's cashew and almond whole fruit/nut bars
Aunt Jemima syrup
San-J gluten-free terayki sauce for stir fry
Lays baked chips
Target brand women's daily multi-vitamin
Trident gum

Everything else I've eaten lately is fresh meat/veggies/fruits, cinnamon chex, rice and Udi's bread.

All of these foods either said gluten-free on them or looked safe based on the ingredients. Anyone have problems with any of these? I did eat out one night, but the tiredness started a few days before then (but headache was 2 days later and canker sore 5 days later). Maybe the tiredness could be a result of possibly catching a bug going around my office, but the headache and canker sore make me wonder since those were issues I had on my gluten challenge.


I can tell you Chobani is gluten free, it says so right on the container, Oikos is also gluten free. I avoid ketchup unless it is organic as organic has simple to understand ingredients, I'm pretty sure Heinz is gluten free though. Right off the bat what stands out most to me is Lays chips and Orieda french fries. I know Lays does not state that their products are gluten free, so we avoid those. We buy Kettle brand or Cape Cod chips because they say they're gluten-free right on the package.

Be careful when it comes to buying peanut butter, some contain gluten. To be safe, I always research the products before I put them near my mouth... just to be safe! Hope you feel better soon.
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#3 suziq0805

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

The chips do say they are gluten-free. I called the french fry company and they said there are not gluten ingredients, but i wonder if they are produed on shared lines. Walmart seems pretty good about saying if a product may contain ingredients and it doesn't say that on the peanut butter so I thought it would be safe. Who knows. I just wish there was a way to know if I've been glutened or what. I guess I'm still not 100% sure gluten is an issue for me (GI diagnosed me with sensitivity, rheumatologist said GI has a reputation of overdiagnosing). But since no other doctor has been able to help me then I'll give this a try for 6-12 months and see what happens. Just frustrating not knowing why I'm feeling this way!
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:11 PM

Yes, Lay's potato chips are gluten free--their website clearly states this (and I've never been glutened by them). However, when it comes to french fries and hash browns, I've read that sometimes such products are packaged with flour to keep them from sticking during the freezing process. I don't know if Orida does this, though. Is there any chance that you might be sensitive to soy, as well? A number of the products you mentioned might contain soy....and, personally speaking, diarrhea is the first thing that occurs once I've eaten something that contains it. Many of us with celiac cannot tolerate soy. Just a thought....
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#5 ravenwoodglass

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:15 AM

My thought was soy also. It isn't uncommon for us to also have issues with soy come to the forfront after we have gone gluten free.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:14 AM

Ore-Ida is a Heinz company and they are very good about labeling. You can check the bag of fries (on the side) and may be surprised that it says gluten-free on it (almost hidden way down at the bottom). I don't know if all their potato products are gluten-free but I know their Sweet Potato Fries are...and they are good.

I just checked my bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup and it says gluten-free on the back.

The bottom line is that sometimes we just don't know or can't figure out what zaps us. I hope you're feeling better today!
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:39 AM

It is hard to tell when you are only a couple of months in. Maybe it would help to concentrate on eating more healthy meats, fruits and veggies.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:10 AM

A lot of those things make me ill. A lot of those things make a non celiac ill. It's mostly "junk" food. I would just try yo cut back on some of that stuff. Maybe make homemade fries in the oven with olive oil and cut up potatoes. Buy some real 100% maple syrup. Just little things like that can make a difference.

I hope you feel better soon.
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