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Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Egg Free And Now I Have To Cut Out Sugar. What Can I Eat?!
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I struggle to maintain weight, it has always been hard for me to keep enough weight on. I am stereotypical of the "wasting" part of celiac. I look heaelthier now one year gluten free but as soon as I went off the gluten I dropped weight fast. I struggled to eat enough whole foods to put it on and its just not physically possible for me. Even with three meals a day and snacks in between and eating things like lots of avacados I was still always thin. So, I did the not so great thing and started supplementing high sugar high calorie foods. It works, I have been able to maintain a good weight. Here's the problem - for one, packaged foods make me feel sluggish and not so great and I know they aren't healthy. But for two, my endometriosis has gotten compeltely out of control with my pain level and I keep hearing and reading that cutting out sugars will help this. I am also showing major warning signs of diabetes with blood sugar levels all over the charts. I know that it is time for a change.

What can I eat?! If I cut out the soda and candy that I supplement my diet with to keep my calories up I feel like I'll wither away. I have done the math and the amount of chicken breasts one has to eat to replace two sodas and some candy and snacks is astronomical. I'm so tiny I don't know how I could ever eat that much. But I cannot afford to lose weight, I barely tip the scale at 105 pounds. I am ony 5'1" so this is an acceptable although not ideal size for me but I cannot go any lower!

I need good ideas for upping my calories. I don't tolerate milk well and cannot stand the taste anyway but I am able to have cheese. I am allergic to peanuts and eggs as well.

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I always have tried to focus on getting healthy rather than an ideal weight. I make some great shakes with coconut milk and fruit. Coconut oil is very healthy and full of calories. You might also try pouring olive oil on things to up your calorie intake. I use it on veggie sticks and cooked vegetables. Salt makes it more palatable, I think.

I make carob bars with

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup roasted carob powder

1 can coconut milk

2 drops of natural peppermint essential oil

3 cups almond powdered.

Optional sweeter if you require it. I don't

I melt the coconut oil. I turn of the heat and stir in the other ingredients. I pat it into a pie pan and cool. I keep mine in the refrigerater. Eat small bites at a time to avoid the too full feeling for hours.

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Thank you for the recipe! Sounds yummy.

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    • hey! Wondering if I can get some good info/help from you guys! I just signed up for this website couple weeks ago. Whenever I would Google things this was always the first to pop up and I always found info on things I googled. I am pretty new to the gluten free thing. I had a hernia surgery back in Jan and after that I kept throwing up after eating, the DR. told me it was probably acid reflex caused from surgery but all the meds I tried nothing helped. I went back and was told to cut gluten out. I have been doing so since. When I first started I felt like I had it under control and didn't throw up for 3 weeks, now I find it happening more often. I do buy gluten-free things and read labels to the best I can. My frustration comes from not knowing what its from. How do you know if its from the day before or what you just ate? I hate not knowing. Especially when I haven't had gluten (or so I think) I have been keeping a journal but I just find it so hard. I get this feeling in my stomach and can feel it in my throat. Sometimes I puke once sometimes 5 times! Yesterday for lunch I made an omlet with chicken mushrooms and feta cheese. I threw up almost 20 min after. I have also tried the no dairy thing and it doesn't seem to make a difference so I don't think dairy is an issue as well.
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    • AdrienJ, thank you so much! I dream of traveling more one day. I have spondylitis too. I'm so glad that a gluten free and casein free diet is helping you feel your best!
    • Hi Lisa, I completely understand why you didn't do a biopsy on your daughter.  I went through the appendix thing myself...not fun!  I was diagnosed with just bloodwork and no biopsy, but did have the full panel.  I would go back to your PCP and ask for a full panel to include TTG, EMA and DGP tests.  Since she was already willing to test you, I'm sure she would be willing to order these.  Good luck!
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