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freedomseek00

Member Since 09 Sep 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 19 2014 01:33 PM
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Looking For A Friend Who Understands

16 November 2012 - 11:32 AM

Hi,
I'm 23 years old and was recently diagnosed with celiac and a host of other food allergies and health conditions. I was wondering if there is anyone in the Bay Area, California who can relate and would like to be buddies (email, text, chat online, face-to-face). You don't even really have to be from the Bay Area, I just would like someone to talk to (that's what's so great about the internet). Right now I only have my dad (who is sensitive to gluten but no other food allergies) and my boyfriend (who has no food allergies) and they try to help as much as they can but it's not the same as having someone who can directly relate and who will understand my story. Otherwise, I have no other friends because I've been so sick for the past 5 years until they finally figured out it was food allergies a couple months ago. I'd love having more friends I can talk to and we could support each other Admittingly, I need a lot of support right now, I'm really struggling with accepting that this is my new life.

Angry, Frustrated, And Depressed About My Food Allergies

16 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

Hello everyone,
I'm 23 years old and I was diagnosed with celiac, adrenal fatigue, anemia, and an intestinal parasite back in September. I also found out that I have allergies to soy/legumes, dairy, eggs, corn and am very sensitive to sugar. I've been attempting to eat strict Paleo (except for the egg part as I'm allergic) as often as I can since those foods really do make me feel a little bit better or at least I don't react to them. My problem is that I can't stick with my allergen-free diet. I've seen a lot of posts on similar topics but I was hoping to get some input on my personal situation, or at least some support. Until last night I was 48 days gluten free, 48 days egg free, 13 days dairy free, 20 days soy free, 2 days corn free and 2 days sugar free. But last night I just cracked! I ate all the foods I'm not allowed to eat. I feel so deprived. I've tried substitutions but I end up reacting to those as well. When it really gets down to it I know I'm addicted to food. I've used food as an emotional crutch ever since my parents got divorced when I was 7 years old. Every since finding out about my food allergies in September, I've been crying every single day. My boyfriend doesn't know how to help me and I just cry whenever we are together. I honestly don't feel like I can live the rest of my life with these food allergies. Every day is a huge struggle and most days life doesn't seem worth living. I don't know what to do to anymore. There's practically nothing I can eat and as we all know a lot of social activities revolve around food, especially at this time of year with all the holiday parties. I'm so frustrated and tired (in addition to the chronic fatigue) with having to cook all of my meals and sit back and watch other people eat the foods I can no longer safely eat at dinner parties and such. My boyfriend is a blessing. He won't eat anything that I'm allergic to in front of me because he knows how much it hurts (and he also doesn't want to have to brush his teeth every five minutes just so he can kiss me :) ). But it's still not enough. I'm in so much emotional turmoil. How can I get the motivation to want to take care of myself no matter what situation I'm in? I know things are eventually supposed to get better and I know I was not free from my allergens for any significant amount of time, but I hadn't seen any improvement in my aches and pains, fatigue, sleep, or emotional issues, which really makes it hard to stick with the diet. I feel very left out and isolated. I just want to be normal again. Thank you in advance for reading and responding. I appreciate any and all help I can get.

Anyone Else Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, And Soy-Free?

09 September 2012 - 11:03 PM

Hi everyone,
I was recently diagnosed with celiac 3 weeks ago and also told by my doctor to completely avoid all dairy and soy for the next year or so until I can try reintroducing them again. The problem I'm having right now is that my cravings for the foods I used to eat before being diagnosed are getting stronger every day that I am on my new celiac diet. I tried looking through the supermarket in addition to the natural health food stores I have in my area (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Sunflower/Sprouts) and every gluten free product out there seems to still contain dairy and/or soy! I don't even have options for when I'm getting a craving to safely try to satisfy it nor have my boyfriend and I found any restaurants we can go on dates too. Everything has gotten so overwhelming since being diagnosed. As a side note, due to my new wheat/gluten/dairy/soy free diet I have been eating fruit when I get cravings, but I don't want to go overboard on sugar either since I already have a Candida overgrowth and am sugar sensitive. Does anyone know of any snack foods out there that are wheat/gluten/dairy/soy/sugar free? I'm sorry, I know that's a lot to ask for :(