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wclemens

Member Since 01 Jan 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 04 2005 11:41 AM
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In Topic: Common Food Allergies

04 July 2005 - 11:41 AM

Hi,
Good luck to you as you go through these changes in diet. You are so lucky to be finding out young what your problems are--the average time for diagnosis of Celiac Disease used to be 10 years! I am 60 and have had symptoms since age 8. You can have allergy testing done, but I did that and it didn't really help. Food elimination experiments on your own would probably work fine. You know better than anyone how you react to certain foods.

My symptoms present themselves as asthma and the inability to breathe when I eat something to which I am intolerant, within 20 minutes of eating it.

Here are some food intolerances I deal with:
all grains
all milk & dairy products (watch labels for casein and whey, milk
derivatives)
egg whites
yeast
maltodextrin
monosodium glutamate

Hope this helps! Welda Lou

In Topic: Celiac Plus No Dairy

02 July 2005 - 12:50 PM

Hi,
I've been gluten free, milk & dairy free, and no egg whites or yeast for MANY years. Amazingly, I am finally okay with it all, especially since recently learning that my toddler grandson, my sister, and my cousin also have Celiac. I am the only one sticking rigidly to this diet, and I am always healthy.

Try turning your world upside down to include chicken, hamburgers, steak, tuna salad, green salads, etc. for breakfast, and getting up in the morning seems to take on a new excitement.

Currently I am eating all my high carb foods in the morning: strawberries, bananas, peaches, celery with peanut butter, hot dogs wrapped in fried corn tortillas, Soy Delicious ice cream and the new Soy Delicious chocolate covered ice cream bars (no milk or dairy whatsoever), Fiddle Faddles, Poppycock popcorn treat, etc. Sometimes I eat dessert first, just to treat myself.

The rest of the day I eat only high protein, low carb foods (this is The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, which I have been on for many years since my family has a history of Diabetes--eating all your high carbs within 1 hour is the plan--that keeps your body from producing too much insulin).

High protein, low carb foods I eat all day include: solid white albacore with Kraft mayonnaise & pickle relish, tuna, salmon, other types of fish, steak, chicken, turkey wrapped with pickles, Kraft mayonnaise & mustard, homemade meat loaf (no bread crumbs or eggs included), salami, etc.

It's Easy! It just takes taking the time to take care of yourself and those in your family who have Celiac or other food intolerances, something that is well worth the effort and pays off in increased well-being and good health. Good luck. Welda Lou

In Topic: Help For Newly Diagnosed Toddler

02 July 2005 - 12:19 PM

Hi,
Just want to alert those of you with little ones who need to remain gluten free that milk and dairy allergies sometimes go hand-in-hand with Celiac. My grandson Dakota and I are both intolerant of all grains, as well as all milk and dairy products, and I am allergic to egg whites and yeast as well.

Dakota started having problems at 3 weeks of age and I had him tested at home by Enterolab (the full spectrum--$378 cost). He immediately improved after removing milk and dairy, and as his primary daycare provider I never introduced forbidden foods at all. His family had Kaiser doctors do a blood test at one year which didn't show Celiac, so they now feed him all foods.

Has anyone else dealt with the blood test, endoscopy, biopsy route?

Anyway, I am now keeping him again (he is two years old) and so I'm feeding him the same foods I eat. He likes fresh fruits, peanut butter, hot dogs, gluten free cookies and cupcakes that we bake together, juice drinks, etc. I am still shuffling around getting organized with his diet again, so I am glad to read your posts. Thanks for your input! Welda Lou

In Topic: Grandparents And Celiacs

02 July 2005 - 12:05 PM

Okay guys, listen to this...I am Dakota's 60 year old grandma, and it was I who sent away for the $378 spectrum of tests which identified that Dakota has gluten intolerance and allergies to milk and dairy. It was I who spent his first 11 months of life as his primary daycare provider, watching like a guard-dog to make sure he stayed on his diet. Then at 1 year of age his parents put him into preschool and stopped his special diet after a Kaiser doctor gave him a blood test and said he didn't have Celiac. Now I'm keeping him again 1-2 days a week, and can't help but feed him gluten-free, milk and dairy-free foods (I have had the same intolerances since the age of 8).

I am once again creating special foods for Dakota and even leaving them in special containers in the refrigerator at his family's home. I know that no one else in the family realizes that Dakota's eating forbidden foods can have truly drastic effects, but since my symptoms are asthma and wheezing when I eat those foods, they realize that I must stick to my special diet.

It is a day-by-day journey. We must do what we can, no matter how big or small, and these family members are looking ultimately to us for patience, steadfastness, understanding and TOLERANCE. Lord help us to be the examples we can be! I am so glad you are all there. Welda Lou

In Topic: Grieving For Food

17 June 2005 - 02:41 PM

Hi,
I know it's hard at first to realize that your whole life is changing, but as a person who apparently started having celiac symptoms at age 8, and now I'm 60, I've had a bit of time to get used to the idea.

It seems that more and more people are being diagnosed, and that is good! Hopefully you will never have to experience the years and years of uncertain health that went with not knowing where those symptoms of illness came from for those of us who had it long ago. Doctors didn't have a clue, and trial and error was about the only way to figure out that what we put into our bodies was what caused our distress.

The diet does get easier, and the cravings just seem to go away once you stick to this way of eating religiously. Did you know that the longer you ingest grains, the more intolerances you develop to other foods.? My intolerances include all grains, all milk and dairy products, egg whites, and yeast, as well as maltodextrin, casein, etc. All the soy substitutes I've found seem to contain at least one of these, except, last week I found a soy ice cream bar covered in chocolate and almonds with no milk or anything in the list above added. I was so elated!

The best part of having this disease for so long is that now, my grandson and sister have been diagnosed, and last night I heard my cousin may have it. With all the practice I've done creating recipes and searching health food stores, I can save them a lot of time as they work toward good health. Oh, and I remember that severe asthma, depression, and "brain fog" I used to experience so frequently, along with a tiredness which just never seemed to end. Life will get better for you. Keep posting, and know that you are never alone as you work to find solutions in your quest to feel better. Best wishes. Welda Lou