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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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1 Wk. Gluten-Free: Lack Of Appetite Normal?
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I'm one week off gluten (again) after my brief gluten challenge, and I am just NOT hungry. I've been forcing myself to eat a couple of small meals each day because my stomach rumbles and I can tell my body is hungry, but the thought of food usually makes me feel slightly gross. I'm making delicious homemade mostly whole-foods meals, but nothing really tastes amazing, and after I eat I feel like I could have just as happily NOT eaten. Also, it's been a week, and the bloating is just now abating. Is this normal; my gi tract just trying to heal? Or does the loss of appetite stay?

I'm not complaining too much... after all, I have 15 pounds of gluten weight to lose, and a closet full of clothes that I miss wearing... (also miss having cheekbones and one chin)

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I'm one week off gluten (again) after my brief gluten challenge, and I am just NOT hungry. I've been forcing myself to eat a couple of small meals each day because my stomach rumbles and I can tell my body is hungry, but the thought of food usually makes me feel slightly gross. I'm making delicious homemade mostly whole-foods meals, but nothing really tastes amazing, and after I eat I feel like I could have just as happily NOT eaten. Also, it's been a week, and the bloating is just now abating. Is this normal; my gi tract just trying to heal? Or does the loss of appetite stay?

I'm not complaining too much... after all, I have 15 pounds of gluten weight to lose, and a closet full of clothes that I miss wearing... (also miss having cheekbones and one chin)

It sounds like your body might be trying to heal again, but as you know its important to get nutrients. I've been drinking homemade beef and chicken broth and my nutritionist says that its a great way to heal the GI tract while still getting some nutrients. Its really helped me with my bloating too. Maybe this could be helpful to you?

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That sounds like something I can handle! I have to stop waiting until I get shaky before I eat something...

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I should stop lying. I never had cheekbones.

:P:lol: LOL

My appetite is less off gluten that it was prior to diagnosis. I have been mostly gluten-free for for a month (with a few accidents) and I find I'm not nearly a hungry as I was before. I used to get the shakes evry couple of hours if I didn't eat and it was hard to feel full. Now I actually forget to eat for 4 or so hours and I still feel fine.

I'm going with it! LOL I'm down about 6-8 lbs this month and without that bloating, I feel almost slim... almost next to slim... well, I look better. LOL

I think it can't be too unusal to lose your appetite... hope it's not anyways.

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I should stop lying. I never had cheekbones.

Lmbo... LOVE this! Made me smile... :)

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Btw, I don't have the same appetite, either. I attribute it, mostly, to the healthier, whole foods that comprise my diet.

I do want to ask, though...what's your state of mind? Emotions? Are you grappling with melancholy, depression, etc?

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Nope. Feel great. Just waiting for that increased energy that I had last time I went gluten-free.

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I'm one week off gluten (again) after my brief gluten challenge, and I am just NOT hungry. I've been forcing myself to eat a couple of small meals each day because my stomach rumbles and I can tell my body is hungry, but the thought of food usually makes me feel slightly gross. I'm making delicious homemade mostly whole-foods meals, but nothing really tastes amazing, and after I eat I feel like I could have just as happily NOT eaten. Also, it's been a week, and the bloating is just now abating. Is this normal; my gi tract just trying to heal? Or does the loss of appetite stay?

I'm not complaining too much... after all, I have 15 pounds of gluten weight to lose, and a closet full of clothes that I miss wearing... (also miss having cheekbones and one chin)

I would just trust my body and maybe even juice fast for a bit. Healing takes lots of enegry and digesting food takes so much, that not eating actually helps, and juices(freshly made, not from the bottle)nourish you pretty well in terms of micronutrients.

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Nope. Feel great. Just waiting for that increased energy that I had last time I went gluten-free.

That's good to hear! Then, perhaps just some time gluten-free will do the trick... :)

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I'm one week off gluten (again) after my brief gluten challenge, and I am just NOT hungry. I've been forcing myself to eat a couple of small meals each day because my stomach rumbles and I can tell my body is hungry, but the thought of food usually makes me feel slightly gross. I'm making delicious homemade mostly whole-foods meals, but nothing really tastes amazing, and after I eat I feel like I could have just as happily NOT eaten. Also, it's been a week, and the bloating is just now abating. Is this normal; my gi tract just trying to heal? Or does the loss of appetite stay?

I'm not complaining too much... after all, I have 15 pounds of gluten weight to lose, and a closet full of clothes that I miss wearing... (also miss having cheekbones and one chin)

 

I am not jungry at all either, and I have the exact same thing. I'm allergic to wheat, an 10 days ago, I removed it from my diet. Ever since,... I force myself to eat, but I really don't have an appetite. I guess this is pretty normal then. I have no idea if we'll ever be hungry again though! Only time will tell.

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You'll get hungry.

Yes, it's normal to through stages like this when withdrawing a food your body doesn't like.

Equally normal to be ravenous.

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Sometimes when I know I need to down something but really don't have an appetite, I will throw a vanilla yogurt, a banana, some frozen pineapple, and frozen strawberries in the blender with a little milk for a smoothie.  The probiotic is helpful with staying regular, the calcium from the milk is helpful, and the fruit just tastes amazing.  

 

It took me awhile to get my appetite up.  A long time...  Finally did though...  Now, there are some varying theories regarding dairy products early on in your diagnosis.  I still used them.  Couldn't tell you if it helped or hindered but as long as I wasn't reacting adversely it was one more food group I could eat.  Additionally, my nutritionist at Mayo Clinic was fine with my consumption of dairy.  Have a smoothie!

 

Good luck.

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iv been gluten free for about 8 years and i found my appetite to increase significantly when i went gluten-free, weird

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I completely lost my appetite about 3 months before I was diagnosed. Now I've been gluten free for 2 months and it has yet to return. I'm 17 and this whole thing is making me loose a tone of weight and i dont need too. I used to eat all day everyday and now I force myself to eat, and I try to make myself eat a lot so I can gain some weight back. I'm just never hungry.

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I am 10 days into a gluten free diet and I have noticed that I don't feel like munching constantly. 2 good healthy portions of a meal, 1 around 11am and the other around 5pm and i'm full. Have lost 75% of the bloated belly and 5 lbs. I'm not sure what this means but I'm not near as hungry as I was 10 days ago.  Good luck and let us know.

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I too don't have much of an appetite and am less than 2 weeks into my gluten-free diet. When I do eat, I'm full with a lesser amount of food and for a longer duration. I eat at about 11:00am and then again at 6:00pm. No munches anymore either. Not sure if this will continue or balance out. I have about 5 lbs to lose so this should be a good thing?

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