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Member Since 09 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 30 2009 07:33 PM

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In Topic: Sooo Confused About This Rash....

27 December 2009 - 03:36 PM

Anyone care to reply? :)

In Topic: It's Decided, I Don't Need A Dx To Go Gluten Free

14 October 2009 - 04:47 AM

It was spurred on by the fact that I had been eating 'healthily', going to the gym 3 times a week and doing proper training, cycling and all in all looking after myself, but all the excess weight and generally feeling rubbish had not changed in a year.

Kristy, I could have written your post! For the past two years I have exercised daily, eaten "clean" with tons of whole grains, fruits, veggies, etc. without ANY improvement in how I feel and shedding this 10 pounds of squishy bloat. In fact, the healthier I ate (lots of whole wheat, sprouted grains, spelt, barley, etc.) the sicker and more bloated I became! I am amazed that after only a few days on the gluten-free diet I have lost almost 5 pounds; all of it is water and intracellular fluid. Almost overnight my belly has lost inches, cellulite is disappearing, I no longer have deep indentations in my ankles from my socks, and my wedding ring slides on and off easily.

I simply cannot believe how much better I feel. Like I'm walking around on air instead of dragging a sluggish carcass around! My husband asked me if I would miss things like pizza, bagels and fresh bread, but the thought of eating that makes me almost ill. I would NEVER go back to feeling the way I felt before.

In Topic: For Everyone Who Is A "self-diagnosed" Celiac...

26 August 2009 - 08:08 AM

Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful replies to my post so far. I always learn so much on this board! I can see that many people are already thinking about this issue. I am not diagnosed with celiac (nor do I think I actually have it based on most of my labwork) but I can tell you that I feel absolutely horrible when I eat gluten. Bloating, gas, edema, mental fog, loss of balance, etc. Fortunately for me (I think!) I don't get immediate symptoms when I've been glutened, so if I slip or accidentally ingest a small amount it's no big deal. However, if I eat normal amounts over a period of a day or two, all of the symptoms begin to build up to a point where I start to feel lousy again. I wish these boards had a section for non-celiac gluten intolerants, but then considering this is celiac.com I suppose they don't want to branch out into other areas. Celiac or not, this board is by far the most helpful place on the web.


In Topic: Positive Blood Tests/neg Biopsies - What Now?

22 August 2009 - 07:31 AM

I don't mean to sound harsh, but my feeling is who really cares if it's an "official" diagnosis? Your blood work has clearly indicated that you cannot tolerate gluten. Clearly it makes you feel sick when you ingest it, so the simple solution is to give it up. While it is important to know whether or not you have celiac disease (and in my opinion you do based on your blood work) you can spend years chasing down an official diagnosis which is very subjective anyway -- one doctor's "yes" is another doctor's "no." Why keep torturing yourself with eating gluten just so another lab tech can possibly misread your slide? The most foolproof way to tell is to go on a strict elimination diet. When the symptoms return after ingesting gluten (and they will), then BINGO! There's your answer! Whether or not it's "official" celiac or just gluten intolerance doesn't matter -- either way you can't tolerate it.

I really don't mean to sound flip. Hope that helps. :)

In Topic: What I Predicted Is Happening

09 August 2009 - 05:20 AM

It's really not that difficult. Just order a salad with absolutely no added toppings -- croutons, imitation bacon bits, crumbled cheese of unknown origin. candied or caramelized nuts, dried fruit, etc. Ask for vegetables only and oil and vinegar and maybe some fresh lemon for your dressing. Then just tell your guests that you're having a light dinner because you ate a late lunch. Always have some protein available (that you prepare yourself) so you can eat that before you go into the restaurant. I always keep a mini cooler filled with something like grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, string cheese, cold shrimp, unsalted nuts, etc. That way, I can scarf down the protein in the car before I get to the restaurant and then the salad really is enough to fill me up.

Just be creative!

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