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ElenaDragon

Member Since 17 Jul 2007
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Gluten Isn't The Culprit

13 September 2007 - 09:42 AM

The results from my celiac panel blood test came back negative, but I decided to try the gluten free diet anyway. I went completely gluten free for 2 months, and I did feel better. However, at the end of those two months (a week ago), I started eating gluten again to test whether or not it was the lack of gluten that was helping me. I have been eating cream of wheat, wheat crackers, whole wheat english muffins, and french bread... at least 2 items per day.

For the first two days I felt fine, no changes. Then I ate a small sub sandwich with only turkey, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a little vinegar, followed by a slice of boysenberry pie a little later. A short while after eating the pie, the gas symptoms began (gurgling in my intestines, and later gas and mucus instead of stool coming out). I don't think it was the gluten that started this... is there usually dairy in fresh bread or in pie crusts? I have been dairy free for many months, but I wonder if maybe I was being more diligent about it when I was avoiding gluten as well (since I had to read all the labels anyway). I am also mostly off of soy and haven't had any in the past week. I had some symptoms that day and the next, and then for the past few days I've been fine again (still eating wheat). So it seems that gluten is not giving me problems.

I know before I started the gluten free diet, I would react after eating foods that did not have dairy in them. Maybe my intestines were just irritated in general? Also, just before starting the gluten free diet I also started taking some probiotics. I suspect that they may have something to do with feeling better.

One thing I would like to do is test whether it is the lactose or casein that may be causing me problems. I have been avoiding both. From what I understand, hard cheeses like cheddar have little or no lactose in them? Also, yogurt is generally easier to digest than some other dairy sources like milk? Can anyone suggest a plan for testing lactose/casein intolerance?

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

05 September 2007 - 12:09 PM

I think this is my first real success at baking gluten free. I used a mix, so it was very easy to do. It was the Gluten Free Pantry muffin mix. I followed the directions on the box except for the following substitutions:
-Replaced butter with 2 mashed bananas
-Used egg beaters instead of eggs
-Used unsweetened almond milk instead of milk
-Added 1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips just before pouring into muffin tins

I came out with 16 muffins. Could have been a little less if I had made them bigger, but the size is fine.

These are really yummy! The banana/chocolate chip combo is delicious, and without the butter they are much healthier. The banana keeps them moist, and the chocolate chips are nice and gooey when the muffins are warm (fresh out of the oven or heated a little in the microwave).

Soy Sensitive

04 September 2007 - 10:16 AM

For those of you who are sensitive to soy, are there any forms of soy which are more tolerable than others? Tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, etc? I know I react to concentrated soy protein, but seem to do okay with items with soy lecithin in them. I'm wondering if maybe I can tolerate any other forms of soy as well.

gluten-free Breath Mints

04 September 2007 - 09:35 AM

Does anyone know of any gluten free breath mints? Peppermint please. :) I used to like peppermint Altoids - are they gluten free?

Peanuts

31 August 2007 - 08:20 AM

On Wednesday I had some peanut butter (all natural, just peanuts and salt) while I was making a chocolate peanut butter pudding recipe. Shortly afterward, my stomach started to quite a bit. On Thursday I had the chocolate peanut butter pudding at lunch, and again my stomach started to hurt again right afterwards. I tested it again later that evening and had the same reaction, and I haven't had problems with the other ingredients in the recipe. I have not had a reaction like this to peanut butter or to other foods that I can recall (usually I get constipation/diarrhea and gas). Could this be an allergy or intolerance to peanuts? I already know I have problems with soy (gas, fatigue, and headaches right after eating). I have also been avoiding beans since they were problematic the last time I had them. Maybe it is a problem with legumes?