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In Topic: Good News And Bad News And Need Some Help

Yesterday, 06:30 PM

Aw hon, I feel for you. I was/am a dairy hound too. Seems like most of my comfort foods involve dairy. I had to give up dairy for over a year & I know what you're going through but hang in there. You can do it! 



In Topic: Possible Dh Rash (Pics)

03 May 2015 - 05:44 PM

You have to create an account with Photobucket & then import the photos from there to here.

In Topic: Newly Diagnosed & Scared

02 May 2015 - 05:16 PM

Yes, as to the continual hunger -- stark raving mad hunger 24/7! -- it is part of the gluten withdrawal for many of us. I was one. I was ravenous constantly. I will tell you what the good people on here told me & it really did help. Have some fat with protein at every meal -- in fact; at every snack. And be SURE to start off your morning with some protein with some healthy fat. Eggs fried in coconut oil. Bananas & peanut butter, apples & peanut butter, nuts like cashews, almonds, macadamia. Don't cut all the fat off the steak -- eat some of that fat! Don't be all concerned with gaining weight at this point. Your body needs the nourishment it has not been receiving due to malabsorption. EAT. 

In Topic: Finally, A Doc Who Is Willing To Test!

02 May 2015 - 10:23 AM

Do NOT stop eating gluten until ALL testing is done & you have the results in your hot little hands okay? That includes the dh biopsy. Find out if the GI will want to do an endoscopy -- if they will want to do that then you have to STAY ON gluten until that's done.

Just FYI, 60% of those with dh test negative on the blood panel & have fewer positives on the endoscopy. Make SURE the GI takes 6 biopsies on an endoscopy not just 2 or 3 or 4.

In Topic: Newly Diagnosed & Scared

02 May 2015 - 10:14 AM

To lessen the anxiety over grocery shopping while you get used to this whole new lifestyle then just eat whole foods. Shop the perimeter of the store. Fresh fruits & veggies are always gluten free, fresh meats, you can eat frozen fruits & veggies too as long as they don't have any sauces that contain gluten. You'll be doing a lot more cooking but like I say -- until you get the 'rules" down this will keep you safe as well as take some of the pressure off you -- it will also have the added benefit of helping your gut to heal as you won't be eating processed foods with all their chemical & additives - you'll just be eating wholesome goodness. 

If you make your house gluten free then the hubby & your child can eat gluten when they are NOT at home. That is assuming your daughter tests negative. You can allow her to have say pre-packaged gluten cookies or crackers & she can eat them outside since it's nice weather now. You'll need to make sure she's getting gluten every day until she gets tested otherwise her tests will come up false negative.

Take a magic marker & start going through every single foodstuff in your kitchen & fridge & read the label & if it's gluten free then use the marker to write gluten-free in big letters on it. That also helps to get you used to reading labels. Your motto for the rest of your life is going to be "Read Every Label EVERY time".


BTW, I don't think there's a one of us here who didn't have at least one meltdown (crying jag) in the grocery store in our first couple of months gluten free.


At this point in time don't try to immediately start replacing all the gluten breads, pastas & pastries with gluten free versions. They won't taste the same & you'll just frustrate yourself even more. There is time to get into all that later. You have enough on your plate right now (pun intended). We've all been there so if you want to scream, cry, pitch a fit, have a pity party -- we're listening. Likewise when you want to celebrate little victories -- we're here to share in your celebration.