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benj

Member Since 11 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 05 2012 01:11 PM
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#764413 Gluten Free For 2 Weeks And Feel Great - Do I Need To Get Tested?

Posted by benj on 12 January 2012 - 04:24 PM

I found out about gluten when searching for canker sore solutions. I've had significant problems with them all my life of 42 years. At the time I didn't consider a gluten free diet because it seemed more trouble than the sores. 6 months ago I started having leg ache pain while driving and then about 8 weeks ago I developed a constant sharp pain in my knee. My doctor brushed it off as arthritis and sent me home with instructions to take advil. Trying to self diagnose at home, I discovered a link between gluten and joint pain. I was planning on going on a low carb diet for the new year so I started researching gluten free as well and decided to try it.

This is amazing! My knee pain completely vanished in 2 days.... but even more amazing, and what I wasn't expecting, was how I feel about food now. After 6 days gluten free I woke up Saturday morning and cried. I was not hungry! I didn't care about food... I had NO CRAVINGS! Every morning for as long as I can remember I HAD to eat breakfast as soon as I got up, usually a quick bowl of cereal. I've been overweight all my life and in a constant struggle over food. I'd been on the starvation diet, atkins diet, cereal only diet, weight watcher's, south beach..... I'd never felt so free as I do now. Food no longer had a hold on me! The emotions of 25 years just flood through me. I'm tearing up now just writing about it.

I feel like I was in food hell my entire life and didn't know it.

This week I noticed food is tasting better, especially fruit. I've had kiwis before but I never said WOW after eating one before.

I've also had a problem with acne all my life. (I can remember my mother picking painfully at my face when I was 8) At 42 it's not terrible anymore but in the last few years I started developing painful acne like spots on my legs also. It hasn't even been 2 weeks yet but it certainly seems like my skin is clearing up. I can't wait to try a glass of orange juice and see if a canker soar doesn't show up.

I know most people are upset to discover they can't eat gluten any more. I happen to be a pizza fanatic myself.... But I couldn't be happier! I would gladly give up gluten forever just to rid myself of the cravings. Being able to walk and drive without pain is nice too.

I've lost almost 10 pounds. I have been trying to loose weight too but this is so easy! I could skip a meal more easily now than I could skip the snacks and candy after a meal just 2 weeks ago.

So, I'm thinking this is proof positive I am at least gluten sensitive. Am I wrong? Should I still get tested?

I was looking at DNA testing. Does anyone have recommendations?
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