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Hi Everyone, I Got Better, 20 Pages Of New Posts To Read

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Hi Matilda,

I'm glad to see you're still doing well. I remember you posting that all of a sudden after 9 months you were feeling pretty good. I figured since you stopped posting you must be past the "everything makes me sick" stage and enjoying life. :)

I totally agree with everything you've said about avoiding processed foods and preparing your own meals in the beginning. I learned the hard way by tying to eat all the processed gluten-free foods and then thinking I was constantly "glutened" by c.c. Maybe none of my reactions were gluten related but just my body telling me this stuff isnt doing me any good right now. Some people do fine switching to all the gluten-free foods but those still having problems should probably stick to naturally gluten-free whole foods for a good while.

I started to figure out that since most people do not get glutened from every gluten-free processed product and I doubt that I'm *that* ultra-sensitive....my body is clearly not ready for the processed stuff.

Thanks for the update. :)

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I agree, many of our health issues are caused by 'value added' "food", that the food industry conditions us to except as "healthy 'n' nutritious". And of course, doctors and the like also push this on us......... We cook most all our food, eat local eggs, buy [seasonal] veggies from local growers, even had our own garden 'til I got to sickly to make one. Everyone would benefit from eating as much 'real food' as possible... the food/drug/medical system depends on us doing the contrary.

GC

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Just wanted to say hello. The last time I checked in here I was left feeling very badly sexually educated, something about cough drops and oral sex, never did work that one out! Everyone seemed to have gone a bit loopy, but a quick look through the first few pages here suggests we're all back to normal.

Well, I'm much better, and not so obsessed with gluten-free issues, just go by reading the ingredients now, and stick to eating simple things that I know are OK, and maybe try something new not more than once every couple of weeks. I can judge how much better by how many pages there are since I last looked at Celiac.com. There was a time when there was never more than 1 or 2 pages of new posts to read.

It took a long time to really start feeling well, about 9 months gluten-free but still feeling like I was not getting on with something I was eating, thinking I'd been cross-contaminated or something. Then suddenly I started feeling better, and now I feel pretty much normal.

What strikes me reading here again is how much complicated, processed stuff people eat and then complain about being glutened by. You can't tell what you're reacting to if you eat anything with an ingredients list a mile long. Even if you eat processed food that claims to be gluten-free, you're probably eating stuff you aren't used to that may upset you. My advice is to eat simple food that you prepare yourself for a good long spell before trying anything processed or with new ingredients in it.

Ok, I know no one asked for my advice, but there it is. I don't believe that every "gluten reaction" posted here is really a gluten reaction, I think it takes a long time to get better for many people, and while you're eating anything complicated you have little chance of working out what you dont get on with.

Best wishes,

Matilda

I agree with you totally. I eat what I guess is called a paleo diet, meat and veggies and fruits. It took me a couple years to realize just what you are saying. I find the simpler the better and actually find it cheaper to eat just unprocessed stuff.

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Hi Matilda,

It's good to hear that you're feeling so good.

I think you're right about eating real food, although I don't completely put it into practice yet. I think it's one of those things that takes alot of discipline, so, for me, I'm not going to be able to stick to it until my body forces me. I'm not saying that's ideal, but it is what it is.

For me, giving up gluten was all I could handle at first...the processed food was a crutch so that I didn't feel that I was missing anything. Now that no gluten isn't such a big deal, I feel ready to tackle other things in my diet, like giving up processed foods and taking a break from dairy. Also, while my body reacted very well to going gluten-free at first, the problems are starting to creep back. And you're right...it may or may not be from actual gluten.

When I look around, I see that I eat alot less junk that most people around me, but still more than alot of people on these boards. I appreciate the influence of the people on the boards (like you) who are pulling me in the right direction.

Thanks for sharing your advice!

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Absolutely! I'm ... not a fan ... of much processed stuff. :-)

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Hi Matilda--nice to hear from you again! I have to agree that the more simple, whole diet is what works for me, too. If I veer off every now and again, sometimes it's fine--other times, my system complains. I hit the 9 month mark next month--wish me luck :D

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I'm a simple food eater too. I'm 4 months gluten-free, 1 month CF and its taking a lot to get this all under control. I try to make everything myself and avoid any grains or dairy. It is working! Every time I try to eat out I usually end up sick no matter how careful I am.

Simple is my solution!

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Hi Matilda- Welcome back! Glad you are feeling better too. I agree with the processed stuff. I'm leaning, with a few exceptions, towards, if I didn't make it from scratch, I ain't eatin' it! I've been feeling better too and when I do eat something processed (even if it's organic- like organic refried beans) my body rebels these days!

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Keeping food simple and real is the only way to go. Anymore if I eat something processed I just don't feel good afterwards.

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