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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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