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Member Since 28 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 11 2008 06:00 PM

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In Topic: Newly Diagnosed & Vegetarian

11 June 2008 - 06:00 PM

There are so many great foods that you'll be able to eat while gluten-free! Like others said, quinoa is a fantastic grain, very high in protein, and complete protein at that. Millet, amaranth and teff are also gluten-free grains that are high in protein and vitamins. Beans and legumes of course are good choices, all foods soy-based. All the great fruits and veggies of course. If you eat dairy you have that source of protein and calcium, otherwise tons of dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens. Nuts are also good if you can tolerate them well. Good luck with everything. Even though it's challenging, it's also kind of a fun time to explore some new foods.

In Topic: Starving

05 June 2008 - 06:58 PM

Meline -

I didn't read through all of the responses, so sorry if I'm repeating anyone, but I really think you might benefit from going to see a nutritionist. You have quite a list of foods that you cannot eat there, and I think it might be of benefit to you to see a nutritionist because they can help give you ideas for meals, and also make sure that you're eating habits are balanced, and that you're eating everything that you need. I fully agree with the idea of getting some digestive enzymes, they have made a big difference for me personally in the past, but I would make sure that you know that you're eating properly as well. Just because something worked well me does not always mean that it's what you need. Just be sure that you're exploring all the possibilities so that you find what will be best for you. GL figuring this out!

In Topic: Dietician

05 June 2008 - 06:44 PM

You don't necessarily need to see one before you start your diet, but I would strongly recommend seeing one at some point. I know a lot of people here won't agree with me, and I can see where they are coming from, a lot of health professionals are not really as familiar with Celiac and the gluten-free diet as they should be, but it will most definitely be of value to you. A dietician, if they are familiar with the diet, can help you with ideas for what to eat. If they're not familiar with the gluten-free diet, they can still help you to balance your diet to be sure to get the optimal nutrients from what you are eating. That knowledge will help you to eat the best you can so that you can recover as quickly as possible and also will help you to feel your best. A nutritionist can also help you to be sure that you get good vitamins/supplements, and that you get enough of the right ones. Good luck with your transition onto the diet!

In Topic: In Denial Of My Celiac Diagnosis

02 June 2008 - 11:23 AM

How wonderful that you have found someone that you want to share your life with! That is probably your biggest reason to follow the diet. My mother died back in November of CLL, not at all related to Celiac disease, I think the Celiac comes from my dad's side, but it was absolutely excruciating to watch her get sicker and sicker and eventually die. That experience alone would give me enough motivation to follow the diet if I didn't get sick every time I eat anything that has even a speck of gluten in it. Now of course there was nothing that we know of that my mother could have done to prevent the cancer, but knowing that I can do something to reduce the risk of getting some form of cancer and putting my loved ones through that awful experience is reason enough for me. If you've ever read Stephen Covey's books, he says that in order to say no, you need to have a bigger inner yes. For me that's saying yes to being healthy and around for my hubby and sweet little baby. I hope that you find what will drive you to follow the diet, because no matter what any of us may say as far as statistics/reasons to follow it, it has to come from you if it's going to be effective. Best of luck!

In Topic: Does Dh Always Equal Celiac?

31 May 2008 - 08:27 PM

DH does equal Celiac, the ONLY thing (other than pregnancy :huh: ) that helped my DH was going gluten-free. Once I was gluten-free, my rash disappeared in less than a week. I have had a few minor flare-ups since then, but nothing crazy like before.

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