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Member Since 31 May 2010
Offline Last Active Sep 17 2014 05:25 PM

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In Topic: What The Heck Am I Eating That's Causing Problems?

12 September 2014 - 03:47 PM

Well...if it were me I would say the apples. I cannot eat them without getting indigestion. ugh. 


Here's my story if any of it might help you figure it out.


Diagnosed "probably celiac", based on blood work that was "suspicious". I didn't question her too much because by then I'd gone off gluten and felt 200% better. I didn't care to do the gluten challenge in order to have an endoscopy because I don't care that I don't have an "official" label. All I knew was that I felt better.


I went off gluten and ate everything else. Lots of corn, of course, because of corn chex and corn tortillas etc. Fast forward to about six months ago. Suddenly I realized that much of the time I had terrible indigestion and often bloating after eating. I was SURE there was no gluten in anything I'd eaten because when I've done the cooking and it's chicken and potatoes and green beans....well, there's no gluten. 


I began to wonder if it was the corn, or other grains. So, as an experiment I went off of all grains. And wow, felt 200% better again! My plan had been to add them back in one at a time so I could see which one it was. But almost before I could do that I had an appointment scheduled with my doctor for a regular checkup. And to my surprise my blood work showed an elevated a1c, which indicates what she called "pre-diabetes". Her prescription was to lose weight, exercise and cut down on carbs. NOT no-carb which she said is not healthy (in her opinion).


She recommended a nutritionist, and two books: "The Glycemic Load Diabetes Solution" by Rob Thompson, MD, and "The Insulin Resistance Diet" by Cheryle R. Hart, MD, and Mary Kay Grossman, RD. The nutritionist also said that both were good basic info about carb-protein "linking". Basically you have to not have a lot of carbs all at once, and what you do have you need to eat with protein. So my breakfast of coffee and two slices of Udis with butter and jelly, followed by Corn Chex with fruit and milk was just about the worst thing I could eat. That explained my sudden ravenous hunger and shakiness mid-morning. ugh


So now my breakfast might be one piece of toast with an egg, or cheese and sliced turkey, or cottage cheese with a small amount of fruit, and maybe some almonds. And no apples, because fruit is carbohydrates and for some reason apples upset my stomach. That breakfast holds me till lunchtime! And at lunch I'm just ordinary hungry, not ravenous must-eat-everything-in-sight-especially-bread-with-butter hungry. lol


My doctor said that indigestion can be a sign of pre-diabetes and that explains why I felt so much better when I cut out grains. Also I had been eating a lot of potatoes since I figured they're gluten free and bland for my stomach. Nope, they may be bland but they're carbs.


So basically I've given up all "white" and "processed" carbs. I still eat fruit, but not a HUGE smoothie worth of it first thing in the morning. I still put some sugar in my coffee -- I like the sweetened creamers and I'm not messing with my coffee.  :P Priorities you know. lol.


 So those are my experiences, and maybe something in there might strike a cord for your situation. I know how frustrating it is to still have uncomfortable symptoms and not know what's causing it!  :blink:



In Topic: Updated Information On Washington Dc Restaurants?

24 August 2014 - 11:37 AM

Never mind food for meals...if you're staying in Alexandria you must check out The Happy Tart bakery. 2307A Mt. Vernon Ave., 571-244-3662. They make the BEST Nutella strudel (and Nutella/banana) -- flaky crust like I rarely see in gluten-free stuff. omg. Although they make a good chocolate cake also, I always request the strudels for my birthday now. My dh buys a box and we stick candles in each one. lol. -- The lemon tartlets are really good too. Well, everything I've tried has been good. But the strudel and the lemon tartlet are my favorites.

In Topic: Pseudo Coeliacs

22 April 2014 - 04:48 AM

These kind of people annoy me because of what it might be "teaching" the servers in restaurants. If I go out and have a salad I ask to see the ingredients in the dressing. My friend who is gluten free "because I need to lose weight" (ugh) eats her croutons and whatever dressing she wants. But she's "gluten free" because she's given up pasta and bread. No, you are "low carb" maybe but you are not gluten free! 

In Topic: Starting To Realize Hurt Feelings Aren't As Important As Personal Health

22 April 2014 - 04:45 AM

This was, and still is to some extent, something I wondered about. I guess I don't come from a family that's tied up in food issues, because I can't imagine any one of them getting angry or hurt if I didn't eat something they'd prepared. I'm sorry for those of you who do have family (or friends) like this. :(

In Topic: Restaurant Eating Vs. Food Prepared By Family

22 April 2014 - 04:39 AM

That sounds safe. We say don't eat what others make because most of them haven't a clue. If you are sure the person knows what they are doing, eat away.

The restaurants I eat at are ones that know what they are doing. That makes them safer than a lot of people's cooking.


Yes to "most of them haven't a clue." lol. Or, not-lol. Like the woman who gave me all the ingredients of the chowder she brought to a church potluck. It was all basic -- potatoes, milk, etc. But since I've learned my lesson the hard way on this I persisted in questioning her and asked "and what about thickening, what did you use for that?" Oh flour, said she, but it was "only a little bit in such a large pot, that's okay isn't it?" ugh.  :ph34r: 


 I'm a skeptic though and don't trust most restaurants either.  :rolleyes: