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Did You Find In Recovery That You Had To Eat Small Meals?

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I am noticing (gluten free 8 weeks now with a few accidental slips) that when I have a regular or large meal, I get lightheaded or dizzy. If I snack nutritionally all day I never get lightheaded. Could this have to do with celiac disease and recovering? If not then it may be related to my hypoglycemia.

Sarah


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Sarah, it probably is both. You've figured out the solution, keep eating small portions of nutritious foods all through the day, nothing wrong with that.


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Sarah, it probably is both. You've figured out the solution, keep eating small portions of nutritious foods all through the day, nothing wrong with that.

Yes, this seems to help, but I was hoping that it might be celiac related and thus temporary. Either way, I'm glad I have some way of controlling it. Thanks,

Sarah


Don't be afraid to reach for the moon. The worst that can happen is you'll miss and land among the stars.

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2 negative biopsies over 4 year period

Postive EnteroLab results

Lactose/Casein Intolerant

Gluten free since May 2006

Soy free since May 2007

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I had to eat small meals too. I pretty much lost my appetite, and eating too much made me nauseous. I just tried to keep it as nutritious as I could. Now, about 7 months after going gluten-free, I'm just STARTING to get my appetite back. My stepmom has hypoglycemia too though, and I know she has to eat every few hours or she gets lightheaded. So it could be a combination of the two conditions.

Nancy


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I am noticing (gluten free 8 weeks now with a few accidental slips) that when I have a regular or large meal, I get lightheaded or dizzy. If I snack nutritionally all day I never get lightheaded. Could this have to do with celiac disease and recovering? If not then it may be related to my hypoglycemia.

Sarah; you are on the right track!! :) I was having such bad diarrhea a few mon ths ago, was told by my Dr. I had dumping syndrome brought on by celiac and to eat smaller meals and more often. Within 2 months I was past that "D" problem but am still eating at least 5 times per day. I suppose eventually I will be able to eat more @ meals but this way is ok.

I have had the fingernail ridges for years too, glad to hear some reasons for it, not surprised they may be caused by B vitamin defiency. :angry: Also celiac caused. evie

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I find now I eat smaller meals because I feel full faster - but I get hungry faster too, so have to eat often. Maybe it's just because I'm paying so much attention to eating, that I notice I'm full, instead of plowing through a huge plate of Brussels sprouts (an uncommon weakness, I know).

I like it, but it does cause me to have to carry food around all the time. Who wants a purse full of sauteed asparagus spears and boiled eggs.

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Before being diagnosed, and not gluten free, I had to eat smaller meals, as when ever I overate, I seemed to get sick. But I was always hungry, so I did tend to eat too much, and get sick quite a bit. But I knew I had to eat smaller meals, but the hunger got the better of me at times.

Since diagnosis, and being gluten I have had more succes with eating smaller meals, as my appetite is not there like it was. I am still totally obssessed with food, like I was when I started being gluten free, luckily it is just a mind obssession, and not an eating obssession. I was worried that over winter, I would be cold and would never be able to find enough to eat to keep me warm and full. But that is not a problem, I just don't feel as hungry. I don't even crave the comfort food. Which suits me fine, as I have always been overweight, and still am a bit, but the best thing of all, is the 2 stone I lost the year before, has not even began to creep back on. I feel I am winning. And my diet is so much better, I feel wonderful.

I am just beginning to think, that because of coeliac, I was always hungry as my body had problems absorbing all the nutrients it needed. So what do you do when you are hungry? You eat, well I did. So I am guessing all my overeating was one way of getting the nutrients I needed, and I have never really been too low in iron, only mainly when pregnant did I need supplements.

So I did have a reason to be overweight, and I remember when I was about 16 wanting, naively, to have a reason to be overweight.

Cathy

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I had to eat small meals too. I pretty much lost my appetite, and eating too much made me nauseous. I just tried to keep it as nutritious as I could. Now, about 7 months after going gluten-free, I'm just STARTING to get my appetite back. My stepmom has hypoglycemia too though, and I know she has to eat every few hours or she gets lightheaded. So it could be a combination of the two conditions.

Nancy

Reading your post made me remember that I used to lose my appetite and get nauseous also. I had forgotten that because it was about a year ago and finally went away. It was probably one of my body's ways of hinting at celiac but I didn't know then. I wish celiac didn't take so long to figure out.

You and Ursula have both suggested that it could be the two combined. Maybe then when I heal the hypo will either get better or disappear. Thank you :)

Sarah

Sarah; you are on the right track!! :) I was having such bad diarrhea a few mon ths ago, was told by my Dr. I had dumping syndrome brought on by celiac and to eat smaller meals and more often. Within 2 months I was past that "D" problem but am still eating at least 5 times per day. I suppose eventually I will be able to eat more @ meals but this way is ok.

I have had the fingernail ridges for years too, glad to hear some reasons for it, not surprised they may be caused by B vitamin defiency. :angry: Also celiac caused. evie

Evie,

Sounds similar to me. I don't have D, but I go more often then I think I should. Sounds like you are making progress, that is great! Thank you for the encouragement. :)

Sarah

I find now I eat smaller meals because I feel full faster - but I get hungry faster too, so have to eat often. Maybe it's just because I'm paying so much attention to eating, that I notice I'm full, instead of plowing through a huge plate of Brussels sprouts (an uncommon weakness, I know).

I like it, but it does cause me to have to carry food around all the time. Who wants a purse full of sauteed asparagus spears and boiled eggs.

:D I can relate! I love brussel sprouts also. AND I always have little ziplock baggies in my purse or in the car so that when I am out I can eat. 2 hours after a meal I am hungry again.

Sarah

I am just beginning to think, that because of coeliac, I was always hungry as my body had problems absorbing all the nutrients it needed. So what do you do when you are hungry? You eat, well I did. So I am guessing all my overeating was one way of getting the nutrients I needed, and I have never really been too low in iron, only mainly when pregnant did I need supplements.

So I did have a reason to be overweight, and I remember when I was about 16 wanting, naively, to have a reason to be overweight.

Cathy

Cathy,

Yes, before going gluten free I had all these cravings for foods (especially ones that aren't healthy) and I am completely amazed that I don't have them anymore. I think celiac disease really throws your body out of wack in sooo many ways ( I've had many non-digestive symptoms). I'm happy to hear that you are having so much success with all of this. I had been anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds overweight before going gluten free. Now it is easy to maintain an optimum weight. Thanks for sharing. :)

Sarah


Don't be afraid to reach for the moon. The worst that can happen is you'll miss and land among the stars.

Positive blood work

2 negative biopsies over 4 year period

Postive EnteroLab results

Lactose/Casein Intolerant

Gluten free since May 2006

Soy free since May 2007

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