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Very Hungry

21 December 2012 - 09:11 AM

Hey everyone!

I’ve been gluten free for 4 months now( soy and dairy free for 2.5 months), and though I struggled a lot at first, things finally seem to be settling down. I do have a quick question for everyone: now that I have been gluten free for 4 months, I am hungry all of the time! I never used to eat much before going gluten free, and even for the first few months gluten free I didn’t have much of an appetite. I lost about 10 pounds. Now, if I don’t eat a lot of calories and a lot of carbs, I get dizzy, irritable, weak, and exhausted. My legs also cramp up, which is weird. It tends to get worse if I consistently eat fewer than 2500 calories per day; if that happens I get really sick and have to spend the whole day eating to correct it.

I have a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks, but if this has happened to any other celiacs, I would love to know.


Archer Farms Corn Chips

12 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Has anyone else experienced problems with Archer Farms (Target brand) corn chips? I picked up some white corn chips by them from Target a few weeks ago. The first time I ate them, I felt sick to my stomach for a few days but didn’t make the conection. When I ate them again a few days ago, I got sick again, and am still feeling “off". Since I’m pretty new to this, I was wondering if this is a gluten reaction? Has anyone else had issues with this brand? The packaging does not list any gluten ingredients, but it doesn’t say Gluten Free either.

Exhausted And Venting

01 November 2012 - 05:04 AM

I’ve been gluten free for almost 12 weeks now and I’ve been on a rollercoaster for every single one of them! First it was the stomach problems, then it was the weird shaking episodes, then it was the weight loss. Now it is the exhaustion.

I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on what I can and cannot eat, but I’m so frustrated that I’m still having problems! I thought that when I went gluten free I would maybe feel crappy for a few days and then I’d be a brand new, healthier me. I didn’t anticipate 3 months of struggling to figure out what is wrong, with each week bringing new symptoms! I’m on all types of supplements and a whole foods diet-- I’m taking probiotics, digestive enzymes, and a multivitamin.

Right now I am having problems with weight loss, as my nutritionist has me on a high protein diet. My BMI is in the underweight range. New this week as well is extreme fatigue. I’m a student, so I am constantly running around and fulfilling commitments, and I really do not have time to be sick. I don’t know what is causing the fatigue-- I was just home for the weekend and even though I slept a ton I am still tired. I definitely do not have mono. I want to go to the doctor, but I’m not going to be able to until Christmas break! Even if I do go, he does not think I have Celiac since my blood test was inconclusive, and he does not believe in gluten intolerance. I really don’t know what to do.

I’m really scared that something is wrong and I’m tired of feeling sick. Does anyone have any ideas or reassurance?

Losing Weight, Help!

25 October 2012 - 03:40 PM

Hey everyone,

Iíve been gluten free for 9 weeks and on the Paleo diet for the last month (intolerance to soy, dairy, and eggs--hoping it is temporary). Anyways Iíve been getting a lot better, slowly but surely, and my gut seems to be improving on the Paleo diet. However, Iím losing weight fast! This is problematic because I was already very thin to begin with (5í6Ē and 123 pounds normally) and now Iíve lost 10 pounds in the last month and officially crossed into underweight territory. I initially lost weight after going gluten-free, then regained it, and now Iíve lost it again. My weight has always been very stable until now.

What do I do? Since my diet is so restricted I am having a hard time maintaining my weight. Can anyone help? I want to gain about 5-10lbs. Once I do gain weight again, I need help maintaining it. My parents and my doctor are concerned, and my friends think I have an eating disorder.


2 Months In And Frustrated!

20 October 2012 - 02:38 PM

Hey everyone,

I recently posted something like this in the college students forum, but I figured that posting in one of the other forums would reacher a broader audience. Iíve been gluten-free for 2 months (Celiac diagnosis was inconclusive, no endoscopy-- however I am positive I have a problem with gluten) and soy/dairy/egg free for 3 weeks. It has been SO up and down, it is driving me crazy! For the first month, I felt great-- I had no issues with stomach cramping and nausea after eating for the first time in 7 years! My energy and moods improved, my appetite returned, my hair stopped falling out. About a month in, my stomach problems came back, which is around when I cut out soy/dairy/eggs. I felt better for a few weeks after that and I began to feel hopeful.

Then, I went home last week for break and I started feeling sick after eating again. All of this week I have been feeling nauseous after eating, no matter what I eat! Before I cut out soy/dairy/eggs, I had burning in my stomach and cramps. Now, its nausea. Iím just so frustrated, because my diet it so limited and this process is so slow! As a college student, I have a hard time getting the rest and control over my diet that I need. Even though my friends are understanding, my life is just so crazy and Iím tired of feeling sick even after working so hard to control my diet. I am positive there is no CC while I am at school, and I keep a food journal. I also take enzymes, L-glutamine, and probiotics. These ups and downs are driving me crazy!

Does anyone have any advice, personal experience, or reassurance to share? Is this normal?? I just needed to vent-- being a celiac/ gluten intolerant, especially as a young adult, is so hard.

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