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Cattknap

Member Since 06 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Aug 19 2013 01:40 PM
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In Topic: Anyone Tried A Ketogenic Or Modified Atkins Diet?

19 August 2013 - 01:40 PM

I was diagnosed with Celiac about 2 1/2 years ago (diagnosed via 3 different blood tests by 2 different doctors and biopsy).  About 18 months ago I began a vegan diet, lost 75 lbs., stopped eating any sugar other than what is in fruit/veggies naturally, began exercising regularly, started taking probiotics daily and now have normal digestion, dropped my cholesterol by 60 points, have perfect blood pressure, etc.  I am 5'9 and weight 130 lbs. and now eat a mostly plant based diet (I eat salmon once a week and nonfat Greek yogurt 3 times a week - other than that, I eat no animal products)...I did this for health reasons and feel and look better than I have for many years.  I eat 2 to 3 pieces of gluten free bread per week, no sugar, pasta once every 6 weeks or so, very little oil, no margarine - I sauté in broth or water.

 

This is the best thing I have ever done for my health, my digestion, my joints, etc.


In Topic: Severe Chronic Constipation

17 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

Both my kids had to use miralax as c was their main symptom. Mour gastro told us a double or triple dose for 3 days to get everything out, then follow the dosing on the bottle for adults. It's tasteless so justbmix it in with water. If the adult dose isn't enough use a dose and a half for awhile, you can't really overdose on miralax, it's plant based, if you take too much you just get the runs, then you know you need to take a little less.

But with probiotics you can create a healthy colon environment rather than taking laxatives which does not help you other than to go to the bathroom.  I can't believe no one here takes probiotics!


In Topic: Severe Chronic Constipation

15 July 2013 - 03:59 PM

Probiotics are the way to go.  I take Align once a day and my chronic constipation is cured - normal bms for the first time since I was in high school....I am 62 and was diagnosed (blood test and biopsy) with Celiac almost 2 1/2 years ago.  I buy Align  at Costco.  I am vegetarian - eating a plant-based diet other than salmon once a week and plain Greek yogurt every other day.  Much of my diet is raw.  Align has totally changed my life.


In Topic: 3 Months Into Gfd: Dehydrated And Constipated

25 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

I was diagnosed 2 years ago next month....I have suffered from constipation most of my adult life.  I have taken expensive digestive enzymes, different pro-biotics, fiber - tried so many things - nothing helped.   I was spending $100 a month on a natural probiotic and fiber capsules from my nearby apothocary store....with very mixed results.  I started taking Align probiotic - I saw an ad for it and bought it at Costco.   I had read that Align is the #1 gastroenterologist recommended probiotic for 4 years in a row.  I didn't know if it was hype or what but it is $45 for 3 months and I gave it a try.  I started taking Align 4 weeks ago and for the first time in many years I am not constipated and can absolutely count on normal bowel activity - it has changed my life.  Perhaps it might work for you too.  For $45 it is worth a try.


In Topic: Any Other Vegans With Celiac Out There?

01 November 2012 - 05:49 AM

My oldest son is *mostly vegan and grain-free. He is 5 years old, and never liked or consumed meat, even as a baby. Refused eggs. And reacted to dairy. I would sneak eggs into my baking, and used local organic honey for sweeteners. Finally, after years of frustration, I decided I would support him by joining him. Last year, I read the China Study, in an attempt to better understand where I was heading. Very interesting read. But, BBQ season started up again, and I caved. And then my son started eating BACON! Woo hoo! I have since read The Omnivore's Dilema, and we lean more towards a Paleo Menu nowadays. We source our meat and eggs from two biodynamic farms (each a stones throw away). One in particular, does not feed their animals corn in any form. They feed their chickens sprouted grains only. And ruminants are nurtured on a variety of grasses, the way they were intended to graze. I constantly worry about my *vegan getting ample nutrition, but I can't tube feed him. Meanwhile, I rejoice that he eats bacon, and enjoys my grainfree baking - with healthy eggs, and honey with plenty of enzymes.


Bacon is delish - no doubt about it! I think that it is great that you have found a diet that works for you - bottom line is not all of us with Celiac react the same to certain foods or even exposure to gluten...finding the path that makes us feel our best is what we all need to do - good luck with your Paleo diet!