I am gluten free and recently vegan. Not officially diagnosed with celiac, blood test came back negative, but I know I am at least gluten intolerant and am just going with it. I am also allergic to rice and lactose intolerant. The lactose issue was what made me finally give up my beloved cheese and follow my complaining stomach to go completely vegan. Never been a big meat eater so that was easy (used to be veggie for years).
Just looking for other gluten free vegans to chat and know I'm not alone. Gluten free is a frustrating world when you don't want to spend all your time in the kitchen and it becomes all the more frustrating when you can't eat rice or the flour made from it...
How do you cope? I get frustrated but remind myself everyday that it's either this or I suffer with pain.
shandangoMember Since 20 Apr 2009
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I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2000. Suffered for many years before I discovered Celiac disease and asked a doctor about it. My blood tests came back negative but I still acted like I had it because it made me feel better. At the time I was questioning celiac, I also found out I was allergic to rice all of a sudden. This complicated things to a great deal. After a year of being gluten free, I decided maybe I was torturing myself for nothing and started eating gluten again. My pain that was diagnosed as Fibro never really completely went away. At first eating gluten seemed to be fine so I went with it. Fast forward 2 years, my health depleted greatly. So I decided it was definitely the gluten. I also have a laundry list of other food issues, lactose intolerance, hemochromatosis. Now as of today I am pain free and have been for well over a year. My health is still not perfect but at least now I know what the majority of the problem is.
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