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zentex

Member Since 27 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Aug 18 2011 04:56 PM
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Topics I've Started

Wheat Intolerance Vs Gluten Intolerance

18 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

I am beginning to suspect that my intolerance/allergy is to wheat only and not gluten. How would I go about fleshing this out?

I've been gluten free (or so I thought) since April 2011. Now I find out from another thread that I've been regularly consuming malt with zero ill effects.

I know for sure that wheat is a problem. When I went gluten-free many, many symptoms "magically" went away and I felt much better. Then I accidentally ate something with breading on it and I got sick. The breading was wheat, corn meal, salt and pepper only.

Where do I go from here? How do I go about experimenting with barley and rye? Or should I just keep on keepin' on as I am now?

I surely do miss real beer (hint, hint)!

Is Gin A (Gluten) Sin?

27 July 2011 - 11:29 AM

Is gin gluten free? My own research remains inconclusive.

3 Months Gluten Free

27 July 2011 - 09:20 AM

I'm new to the forum and new to the gluten free lifestyle. Making the transition was easier than I thought. I did love my bread and beer...

A bit o' background info: I'm in my late 40's, female and have been fairly healthy and active all my life. For the past several years I've suffered stomach upset and bloat after almost every meal. Sometimes it was severe, but mostly it was a minor annoyance. A friend casually mentioned that I should try going gluten free. I thought about it for a few days and did a bit of research and gave it a go. I'm not diagnosed as being a Celiac sufferer nor have I been diagnosed as gluten intolerant.

I have IBS that I have historically treated with diet (double fiber breads, whole grains, etc.).

Here come the questions: (They are buried in the story--sorry I'm long winded)

#1
I went 100% gluten free and right away the stomach aches went away within 24 hours. Yay! For a month or so the IBS was fine...and then I got constipated. No go for over a week. I added psyillum; lots of it (tid). I tried mineral oil--nothing. I tried laxatives--nothing. I was ready for urgent care when I finally started going.

Now I've been alternating between bouts of constipation and diarrhea--typical IBS for me. What do you all do for fiber??? Does anyone else have IBS? Any advice/insight?

#2
I've been careful but casual about my diet. I haven't intentionally eaten any gluten, and I've been nearly 3 months into this before I got glutened. Either I had been lucky and not been glutened before this or this was something different. I ate a piece of fried okra that I thought had corn meal only batter--but it also had flour. The next day I was really feeling ill: cramps, watery stools, general malaise. It has lasted off and on for about a week. Is this a normal reaction? Yikes! If so, I've got to be more careful.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from y'all soon!