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Member Since 10 Oct 2008
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In Topic: Abnormal Gallbladder- Symptom Of Celiacs?

22 May 2009 - 05:47 AM

I don't have much of anything to add, but I'm sort of having similar problems. I've been gluten-free since December, and in April, I began having nausea, cramping and early fullness with every single meal. I also had occasional diarrhea, usually the next day. I was exhausted, and my insides just felt raw. I felt that way for about a month. In that time, I had two really severe attacks, where I was laying on the floor next to the bathroom with severe nausea and stomach pain. I was shaky, short of breath, and felt out-of it. I would lay on the floor until I felt like I could go to bed and sleep it off.

I gave stool samples and was tested for a variety of bacteria and parasites, these tests came back normal. I also had an ultrasound, which revealed no gallstones. The doctor seems to think it's my gallbladder, and from the sounds of it (based on the testimony of others who have had gallbladder disease) I agree that he's right. At the moment, I'm feeling good, and I've felt pretty good for a couple of weeks. I'm waiting it out right now, hoping maybe it was some wierd virus (wishful thinking!) or something of that nature. If my symptoms return I'll be making an appointment with a gastroenterologist, to get a HIDA scan. If it is my gallbladder, I don't know what I'll do...I really don't want to have surgery...

In Topic: Wheat And Corn Allergy!

21 May 2009 - 06:42 AM

Slight thread-jack here, but I've just got to clarify...

Atkins isn't high-protein, it's high-fat. Only 30% of your daily calories come from protein, though optimum intake might be closer to 25% (for best weight loss.)

In Topic: Is This A Symptom?

20 May 2009 - 10:24 AM

Sounds like stretch marks to me. I do not know if there is a correlation between celiac and stretch marks.

You don't have to have had children, or even be overweight to get them. It has a lot to do with genetics and skin elasticity. I first got stretch marks on my breasts during puberty--I guess they grew too quickly for my skin to "stretch" safely? I also have a ton of stretch marks from losing a massive amount of weight (roughly 100 pounds.) I've never had a baby.

You don't notice stretch marks when you gain weight, you notice them when you lose it. It's just like worn-out elastic; you can't tell that it isn't stretchy anymore until it's held slack. Stretch marks first appear red or pink, and generally will fade to a whitish/translucent/opalescent color. If you have pale skin, they appear more red, if you tan, they appear more white.

I know that there are a few things that supposedly help decrease the visibility of stretch marks. Try rubbing cocoa butter on them. A technique called dry brushing also is reputed to work; even if it doesn't make stretch marks less visible it has many other benefits. Also, stay hydrated, and consume good fats.

In Topic: Went To A Wedding....and I Was So Green With Envy...

13 May 2009 - 01:14 PM

Bit of a threadjack here, but...

gfpagan--if it's your wedding, YOU have control! Why serve foods to others that you can't have? Why not make the entire meal gluten-free so you have no envy, no stress, and no worries!? I made sure the entire meal was gluten-free for my wedding. The food was fantastic, and nobody missed the gluten! I'm sure that had I not told people the meal was gluten-free they never would have known. Are you absolutely set on having a cake? There are many other options! We didn't serve cake, but had gluten-free blondies and brownies instead, as well as a fruit and yogurt platter.

In Topic: What Can I Eat For Lunch?

11 May 2009 - 06:38 AM

I would suggest making vegetables the focus of each meal, or at least, adding them to each meal if you've not done so already. They are full of vitamins and nutrients, fiber, and they are low in carbs and calories. I'm not sure if you are a meat-eater, but eat protein with each meal/snack. This will keep you fuller longer, and if you work out/lift weights, you will need adequate amounts of protein to build and maintain muscle.

Do you eat eggs? There are many egg-based dishes, like quiche, that can be made to your liking with a variety of vegetables and meats. Also, tuna/chicken salad on lettuce or with veggies is delicious. (I scoop up the chicken salad with pieces of bell pepper.) You can also stuff a bell pepper with the salad mix and cook in the oven. Top this with a slice of cheese.

When I cook dinner, I make lots of extras, so I always have something to eat for lunch. A grilled chicken breast with veggies is usually my favorite lunch.

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