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koolsharkz

Member Since 02 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Apr 09 2011 08:02 PM
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In Topic: Self Diagnosed Denial

18 March 2011 - 08:00 AM

First of all, congratulations! It's great that you are feeling so much better :)

I'm the same exact way, the second I discontinue eating gluten things get so much better, gastrointestinally and neurologically. But I still wonder if my brain is tricking me sometimes. Do I feel better not eating gluten because I expect to feel better? I don't know, but it bothers me all the time. I've been trying to reframe it a bit in my mind... instead of looking at it as a medical problem (although I acknowledge that it most certainly is one), I look at it as something my body just doesn't like. Just like I hate the taste of capers, my body hates the "taste" of gluten. And since I don't eat food I don't like, it would be unfair to force my body to eat the foods it doesn't like... so I have to focus on finding foods we both like! Thinking of it like that helped me feel a lot better about the impossibility of any diagnosis (because it would be impossible for any blood test to tell me what my body really likes, right?). Maybe it could help you too :)

Best of luck, I hope you continue to feel wonderful!
-Emily

In Topic: Considering Getting A Copper IUD

14 March 2011 - 09:07 AM

I have a copper IUD, and I love it! I've had it for 3 months, and my cramps did return again at the beginning, but they've disappeared. It's possible that it'll make your cramping worse, but a lot of people find that after the first few months it levels off to where you were at before. It affects everyone differently, so the only way to know for sure is to try it... if the cramps are awful, you can easily get it removed, which was a great reassurance for me! As someone who doesn't tolerate hormones, the copper IUD is so so so fabulous, and I highly recommend it :)

In Topic: Getting Started! Couple Questions...

14 March 2011 - 09:02 AM

Hello! I might be able to help out with a few of your questions :)

As far as meals go, I highly recommend quinoa dishes... lots of protein and fiber! It can be used in just about any dish that calls for rice (which is a great option too). Have you tried any gluten-free pasta? Those make a very easy meal, when accompanied by sauce and vegetables!

Baking gluten-free is pretty complicated, but it can also be so fun! The thing is that there are a ton of different flours, and they all have different tastes and textures. It might be a good idea to find a recipe to start with (I like this one: http://glutenfreegod...ip-cookies.html), and get the flours you need for that. That way you can start to slowly get a feel for what you like and don't like. When you're getting flours, it's important to get ones that are certified gluten-free, since all others are likely to contain a small amount of gluten. Bob's Red Mill offers a bunch that are certified gluten-free!

Good luck with the transition :)

In Topic: Anxiety Relief From Going Gluten Free?

07 March 2011 - 12:46 PM

I agree, this is all incredibly comforting to read! I went gluten-free for a month, and toward the end noticed a decrease in my depression for the first time in quite a while... it was so exciting! Now I'm glutening myself again so that I can be tested, and within a week, depression is back in full-force. Sometimes I'm in a good mood, then I eat a piece of bread, and an hour later I'm crying for no apparent reason. I'm looking forward to the tests being done so that I can fell better permanently!

In Topic: Elisa Test Experiences?

03 March 2011 - 08:47 PM

Thank you so much for the information, that's very helpful!