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Natasha H.

Member Since 27 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2010 11:04 AM

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In Topic: Anybody Out There A Morbidly Obese Celiac?

08 February 2010 - 06:37 AM

There is a myth out there: that celiacs are skinny. The truth is, about 60% of celiacs are overweight or obese.

My sister and I are both celiacs, an inheritance from both sides of the family. We both had bizarre weight issues. Either gaining weight furiously even though we would both be living extremely active lives (biking or jogging to work, weight lifting, training for the Ironman etc etc - and eating very heathfully) or losing weight suddenly for absolutely no explanable reason. I have gained and lost 20lbs within 2 months, been over 200 lbs and under 120 lbs. We were very very VERY frustrated.

However, once on a gluten-free diet, our bodies seemed to settle down. I am now consistently 150 lbs. It never varies.

I think what happens is, when you are sick from eating gluten, and your stomach can no longer process nutrients or break down food, your body begins to starve. When some bodies are starving, the survival response is to hold on to any fat/sugar/energy it can, and store it. I used to have insane hunger cravings that would cause me to eat entire boxes of cookies so that I would be able to simply be able to function. I never ever ever have these cravings anymore. My body has settled down, the metabolism has balanced, I am not a werewolf anymore.

Welcome to your new life. :)


In Topic: Anger, Quick Temper, Depression

14 July 2009 - 07:23 AM

From all of the reading that I have done the past month on this subject, there is an amino acid, L-Glutamate, that can get into your blood stream from the intestines and then cross the blood-brain barrier and cause the anger and depression issues. I use to think it was just who I was and part of my personality. I have always wanted to be a person who did not have emotional, mood issues. I definitely think I have Celiac disease and an intolerance to Glutenated food. I am not a doctor nor biologist, I am just speaking from personal experience.

Being angry is normal, but being angry all of the time is not.

oh yeah, this is a really frustrating part of celiac disease... your body gets so deprived, your brain can't function. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, though since i have been diagnosed with celiac, i am now thinking that this is really my problem. I find that when i supplement with sublingual b12 vitamins (has to be sublingual) that I no longer have that uber-irritable, skin-peeled off so don't touch me, can't control what i am saying, please move faster and get me my coffee, barrista before I turn into a witch feeling that caused me to lose jobs and friends and family

but taking those b12's.....ALL THOSE FEELINGS GO AWAY. I take tons, and then taper off. The exhaustion goes away too.

In Topic: Bloated Belly

14 July 2009 - 07:13 AM

I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with Celiac's disease (again! I was initially diagnosed about 7 years ago and followed a gluten-free diet until I started having children and my improved immune system masked my symptoms until my body returned to normal). With that being said - I have a bloated belly every evening and sometimes into the morning. When does this dissipate? I am a personal trainer/yoga instructor, so I am becoming self-conscious about my balloned abdomen! The doc did mention that I had some severe damage - so I have no frame of reference as to when I should see some improvement!

I try to eat very small meals, every two hours. I also do not drink any liquid while eating. I stay away from greasy foods, and air filled foods like popcorn and pop. chew your food thoroughly. and eat slowly. dairy seems to be hard on me too. Take some digestive enzymes.

you may be constipated. that will cause bloating. When this happens to me, I eat ground flax seed (lots) on kefir or yogurt. I will also try to eat some of Bob's Red Mill gluten free grain products or some brown rice with the husks on them - for some reason eating this kind of bulk makes me go. Coffee will help you too. Don't take over the counter meds for constipation as they are generally glutened and are really hard on the stomach.

all the best. I know it is hard to be pregnant looking when you're not, and in great shape.

In Topic: Frequent Urination

14 July 2009 - 07:06 AM

I could just drink in the morning but still have to pee that often. Other times I just wake up in the middle of the night with a mouth so dry it's sticky.

Yes, I too have to urinate 1-2 times a night and have extraordinary thirst. I have also lost some control over my urinating, though this seems to be better when I take my sublingual b12's.

In Topic: Lazy

14 July 2009 - 07:02 AM


When you go to the doctor it wouldn't be bad idea to ask for thyroid level tests (T3, T4, TSH) and thyroid antibodies tests also. Celiacs sometimes get Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and the low thyroid symptoms can cause tiredness and brain fog too. I have the same kind of symptoms, tiredness, and brain fog etc, along with sore joints etc.. It's really hard to get things done when I feel like that, which is most of the time this year. It is also hard to keep a positive attitude towards things when you feel blah all the time. I have some thyroid issues and am pretty sure that's whats dragging me down.

The Green's beer is pretty good, but a little pricey. It's a Belgian brand. It's $6 a bottle at one local store. At least I don't smoke, whew! That would be bad. LOL Kidding Raven!

There's also New Grist and Redbridge.


Another really great gluten free beer is Messagare from Quebec. This is $2.80 Canadian a bottle, but you can only buy in a six pack right now. Non-celiacs even like this beer!

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