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jen3175

Help - I've Gained 10 Lbs. In Less Than 2 Wks.!

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:( I was misdx. for a yr. before I talked my Dr into doing tests. I've been gluten-free for 6 wks. I did really good at first as far as starting to be able to eat again and getting everything calmed down. There are still alot of food that I can't eat and I know that it's gonna take awhile for my intestines to heal. However, about 2 wks. ago I discovered Lundbergs BBQ Rice chips and Pamela's chunky choc chip cookies. In less than a wk., I ate the box of cookies and 2 bags of chips!! First, I'm trying to figure out why I am eating so much and how to get a handle on it. Second, I lost 30lbs. through all of this and frankly I don't want it back. Now, I see where everyone is talking about how many calories are in the "goodies" and that there are alot of people who have done this. The overeating part , (only late afternoon and night) I think is coming from when before I would eat, get sick and couldn't eat or drink for at least 48 hrs. sometimes more, because of the vomiting and pain. It's like eat it while you can, because you won't get anything else to stay down for a few days. That was my life for a yr. and now that I'm FINALLY feeling better, it's hard to break that cycle. Has anyone else had this problem? I didn't start doing this until about week 3, which I guess is when I started to be able to eat more food at one sitting. I eat ALOT of eggs & ck. as I can't tolerate beef yet. Carrots, green beans, white rice, gluten-free van's waffles, gluten-free crispy rice, strawberries, canned peaches, raisins, canned pears. I'll occassionally have gluten-free rice pasta with a little olive oil, because I'm still so sensitive and am afraid that tomato sauce would probably kill me! The only milk that I can tolerate is Almond milk, so I have choc. & vanilla. I think that that's pretty much it. I tried baked beans and lentils and that did not go well! :lol:

I'm also trying to get back into a exercise routine. It's kinda of hard because I have a heart condition and am also hypothyroid. So my heart meds don't allow cardio. This is all harder than I thought it would be. I'm trying to wrap my mind around it all . Any advice what to eat or stay away from? Oh by the way, I'm a chocaholic! :ph34r: I don't think that's helping B)

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Many people start eating large amounts when their bodies start healing because you're craving all the nutrients you weren't getting. I had been so ill that my doctor urged me to eat and eat, including lots of meat. At one point I had gained 80 pounds (that's from my lowest weight, which was way too low). Gaining 35-40 on my frame would have been fine, but not 80.

I have no great advice except the usual -- watch what you eat, stay away from those fattening gluten-free items, and do whatever exercise you can. Even lifting small weights will build muscle that will burn calories.

richard

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I'd say that on one hand, you probably need to eat, and on the other, you need to eat high quality food now. Your body is craving nutrients that it has been missing, so eat as many veggies and meat and fish and fruit as you can and keep the gluten free goodies just for occasional treats. But don't try to force yourself to eat too little, your body does need the nutrition right now!

Pauliina

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I stick as close to eating meat, fish, veggies, fruits a few nuts or nut butters and try to keep the starchy/sugary junk to a minimum. I feel healthier when I do and it keeps the weight gain away. :D

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I personally am staying away from gluten substitutes. Most of them have a lot of calories and fat in them, so I'd rather just not eat them. I'm eating fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, egg whites, protein shakes (not exactly whole, but close) and fat-free turkey and chicken breasts and I've been losing weight.

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