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naiiad

Member Since 01 Jun 2010
Offline Last Active May 06 2011 05:40 PM
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#680035 I Am Stupid

Posted by naiiad on 03 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

*hugs* trust me I'm going through the exact same thing. Adjusting to this diet is hard and its easy to feel overwhelmed and it's easy to make mistakes. You aren't stupid and you definitely aren't alone. It takes time, but you'll learn which foods are safe and which aren't.

Anything packaged or processed is usually a red-flag, unless it's labeled as gluten-free. Nature's Path sells some really good gluten-free corn flakes and other cereals. Also, there are yummy foods that you can get from corner stores and stuff if you're away from home. Smartfood popcorn, reeses peanut butter cups and nuts and dried fruit (read the label) are a tasty and safe choice.

Things will get better! Hang in there =)
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#656912 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by naiiad on 28 November 2010 - 07:42 PM

I skipped real food and went straight for dessert! Brownie in a mug!!!

4tbsp gluten free flour
4 tbsp sugar ( brown sugar makes it more chewy but you can use either)
2 tbsp cocoa
2tbsp oil
2 1/2 tbsp water
Splash vanilla
Tiny pinch baking soda and salt
Handful gluten-free chocolate chips

Mix in coffee mug
Microwave on high for 1 min.

Top with ice-cream for a wonderful supper :P


OMG this is sheer brilliance! I'm definitely trying this.
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#630031 Cysts Went Away!

Posted by naiiad on 07 August 2010 - 07:51 PM

I've had cyst problems for a year or so (got them ultrasounded and everything). They've gone away since I went gluten-free. I had no idea it could be related!
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#628265 Hair Loss

Posted by naiiad on 01 August 2010 - 03:36 PM

A year ago (and for the 19 years of my life before that) I had very long, very thick healthy hair. Around this time last summer it started falling out - in chunks. It was really dry and brittle and my roots where thin and white. Within a few months more then half had fallen out and I had to wear hats and different hair styles to cover the thinning patch at the top. I switched to washing my hair with 1 part baby shampoo and 1 part sage tea. After 6 months my hair stopped falling out and it grew back, but not to its original thickness and health.

Anyway, it was at this time that other symptoms started popping up, and doctors had no idea what was going on, but I eventually discovered celiacs. (*Note that I haven't been tested... cant see a specialist for 6 months, I'm also not sure that the hair loss is wheat-related, even though it seems highly likely).

Recently I've been noticing that my hair is thinning again. My roots are dry and brittle and I'm loosing way more hairs then I should be. I first noticed this when I switched to a Revlon shampoo for two weeks and my hair was falling out excessively. When I realized that wheat was a listed ingredient, I immediately threw out the bottle and started using baby shampoo. My hair seemed to improve a little bit, but since then it's been getting progressively worse. I'm so terrified, I don't want to go through the anxiety of losing my hair again.

I'm aware that I've been sneaking small amounts of wheat into my diet - a handful of non-gluten-free rice crackers here, a few potato chips there - foods that I know give me a small reaction but don't contain significant amounts of wheat gluten. Currently ive stopped "cheating" on my wheat-free diet. I hope that helps.

Does anyone have any experience with celiac related hair loss? Any suggestions as to what else I should be doing to preserve my hair?
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