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Evangeline

Member Since 13 Feb 2010
Offline Last Active May 06 2011 07:38 AM
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In Topic: Allergy Testing This Week. What Should I Ask For?

27 April 2011 - 12:41 PM

Interesting - I'll have to follow up on that. Thanks for the info.


Actually I JUST read that absent antibodies is a one of the many symptoms of Celiac Disease, LOL.

"IgA Deficiency"
http://glutenfreewor.../symptom-guide/

In Topic: Overwhelmed By Health Problems

27 April 2011 - 12:37 PM

Sounds like my health problems. I'll get all the symptoms for a problem and then have a test and it will turn out negative which is VERY frustrating. Meanwhile, my health just kept going down hill. It was only when I began this completely grain-free diet that things began turning around. I am now following the Gluten Free Society's advice -- stay away from all grains because 45% of Celiacs cannot tolerate corn, etc. Also, there were two studies that found that corn caused just as much damage to the intestines of Celiacs as did wheat. Anyway, I feel much better being grain-free. :)

In Topic: Going Grain Free Today

25 April 2011 - 09:14 AM

Today I'm making the leap to grain free. I'm going to at least give it a try for the next 5 weeks. I still have some inflammation in my joints, and sinuses and a little rosacea that shows me I'm still eating things that are causing too much inflammation in my body. I've been a little nervous to do this because I'm still underweight and I'm hoping I can get enough calories. But my biggest concern is the cravings. When I gave up gluten and dairy I did have cravings. I remember shaking as I would scoop my daughter some ice cream, but it wasn't really that hard to avoid these things because I really did feel very sick when I ate them. Now I feel pretty good, I'm just trying to take this to a higher level to see if I can improve my health even more.
So...how many weeks of craving? How long until I see benefits? I'd love to hear positive stories...although I've been reading a lot your positive grain free stories for weeks which has helped this decision along.

Okay...now to go make my salmon and green beans.


I went grain-free 3 weeks ago. If you have joint inflammation, I also suggest you give up nightshades which is another common Celiac intolerance. Nightshades are well known to cause joint inflammation. Nightshades are tomatoes, potatoes, all peppers (except for black pepper and white pepper) and eggplant. I gave these up 2 months ago. As for cravings, you should see if the Whole Foods near you sells Fat Cat's Plantain chips. They are a great substitute for potato chips if you give up nightshades.

As for grain-free cravings: I make french fries at home out of sweet potatoes. I also make a strawberry "milkshake" (no dairy!) in the blender (1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 ripe frozen banana, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup cashews, pinch of sea salt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 cup frozen ice cubes. Put in blender and voila. If you are a Celiac who can eat chocolate, I suggest you get raw cacao from a health food store (its raw chocolate) and use one tablespoon of cacao instead of 1 cup strawberries for a chocolate smoothie. It hits the spot :).

I have been eating salads with creamy cashew dressing (just like dairy) so I am not missing dairy or craving grains. :) I make the creamy dressing in my blender (cashews, garlic, black pepper, sea salt, water).

I am on day 20 and am noticing improvements. I would say I am 70-80% better. I have heard it can take up to 2 months to completely heal.



REMEMBER: If you go grain-free you need to stop taking ALL supplements that are not labeled corn-free and rice-free. I forgot about that part :P.

In Topic: Rice Sensitivity

25 April 2011 - 07:14 AM

Oh, I experienced fatigue after eating rice, too. The doctors had tested my glucose levels and found that "all was normal." Yet, I would be too tired to do anything but sit on the couch all day. I've stopped eating rice and corn and all grains now and my health has definitely improved.

In Topic: Where Are These Food Sensitivities Coming From?

25 April 2011 - 05:18 AM

UPDATE:
I stopped eating ALL TRACES of rice and corn and grains 20 days ago.

I can now eat:
Avocados (without getting diarrhea)
Hemp seeds
Spinach

The reaction to these foods is 80% better. These are the only 3 foods I have tested (I'm too afraid to try others, LOL, because my reaction used to be so severe). Each day I notice a little more improvement. Also, I have always lost about 100 hairs when showering. Now I'm losing 6.

So there has been a HUGE improvement. I have read it can take up to 2 months to be able eat the harmless foods again once eliminating grains.