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Suzanne M.

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My son has celiac, and was diagnosed by DNA cheek swab testing. There are now 15 of us in our family. He is vegetarian and celiac. Makes it more challenging.

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I was already not consuming meat when I went gluten-free, so I didn't notice any additional challenge. To me it is simply an exchange of one grain for many, so I gained more than I gave up.

I hope this point of view is helpful.

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I was already not consuming meat when I went gluten-free, so I didn't notice any additional challenge. To me it is simply an exchange of one grain for many, so I gained more than I gave up.

I hope this point of view is helpful.

My daughter is also a vegiac--she was already a vegetarian when she was diagnoses. the only real challnge she has noted (in additionn to the obvious) is eating out. Many celiacs will enjoy restaurant steak house type eating--steak salad potatoes--that sort of thing. Its much more difficult as a vegiac---not too many restarants have awesome beans!!!! But I did come to realize that this is her choice--she gets to choose what she eats within the confines of her gluten-free diet--if its veggies she wants then its veggies she gets!! Also need to keep an eye on things like anemia and other nutritional issues that are common in both vegetarians and celiacs!!

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Also need to keep an eye on things like anemia and other nutritional issues that are common in both vegetarians and celiacs!!

Its really worth noting that and other deficiencies because being a vegiac and celiac they will compound and what was marginally OK can easily drop below...

and as usual ... (my tired old warning) lots of celaics develop otrher intolerances... especially dairy and soy... so whereby I wouldn't say avoid them like gluten I think its at least sensible to try and not make them staples or main sources of protein...

In other words celiac and veggie is possible, just needs some work and knowledge to keep it balanced.... but hey gluten-free needs work too.... however celiac, veggie and dairy and soy intolerant is going to seriously limit your choices and make a balanced diet even harder (not impossible... just harder)

Im not veggie but I wouldn't mind.(Ive done it for a couple of years)... I'd really dread being celiac, diary/soy intolerannt AND veggie :D

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I'm a vegetarian and I also do not consume dairy and eggs. As long as you are well informed and knowledgable about how to eat balanced and healthy, there should be no problem. Produce, nuts/seeds, quinoa and amaranth and tofu make my diet - because none of that is prepacked, really, I never have to worry. :)

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I'm a vegetarian and I also do not consume dairy and eggs. As long as you are well informed and knowledgable about how to eat balanced and healthy, there should be no problem. Produce, nuts/seeds, quinoa and amaranth and tofu make my diet - because none of that is prepacked, really, I never have to worry. :)

You are right!!~ A diet limited to these very wholesome foods really reduces the chance for a gluten reaction--quinoa has become a trendy new item..we discovered lots of things to do with it. Good luck

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It can be done. For inspiration, look at Food Allergy Survival Guide (there is nutritional and mealplanning advice -- everything is vegan and there are plenty of recipes for those who have to avoid soy, etc.) and The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen.

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I am also vegetarian, and just diagnosed with celiac. It has been suggested that I eliminate dairy and soy as well for a time, but it does really narrow my choices ... Do any of you have suggestions for vitamins and suplements that would be especially good for a vegetarian/celiac? Also, do you know if we can have hemp hearts? Because that would be a good protein replacement for the soy and tofu I usually have. I'm just worried I am not going to get everything I need!

Also, is there something I can take to speed the healing process up? My boyfriend sister (who has had celiac for several years) suggested just drinking lots of water, but I wonder if there is anything else that would help de-toxify me.

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I can't recommend any vitamins right off hand. I found a nice combo at my local coop and it even says it is vegetarian & doesn't contain gluten, casein, soy, or yeast. But it turns my pee a bright yellow & I'm not so sure about that :huh:

Do NOT trust the labels to tell you if they contain something. Look for affirmative statements that they do NOT contain something. I was reacting to a new supplement a while ago that said it was "hypoallergenic." I emailed and found that soy was in the glaze.

The most important things seem to be B12 (need a source with vegan diets) and magnesium. I've just looked for things that don't contain what I can't have and which do contain enough magnesium. A good amount of antioxidants seems best, too.

Of course, probiotics are recommended for anyone with digestive issues.

I haven't heard about any problems with hemp. Of course, folks can be intolerant of anything. But I have hemp tortillas all the time.

If you are eating normal food, you don't have to worry about getting enough protein. People think we need more protein than we do. Plant sources, even putting soy to one side, have plenty. Here is a link with some articles that I hope will put your mind at rest:

http://www.drmcdougall.com/med_hot_protein.html

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Hey I've noticed a bunch of comments about supplements, I have a special forum on my message board specifically for supplements, where I've listed a few so far, if anyone has found any goof gluten free supplements for vegetarians it'd be great if you could contribute. My website is http://www.vegiac.com thanks a lot

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My son has celiac, and was diagnosed by DNA cheek swab testing. There are now 15 of us in our family. He is vegetarian and celiac. Makes it more challenging.

I am a pesce vegetarian (meaning I eat fish) and am also intolerant to dairy and soy. I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I had to elimiate gluten. I had to change my eating habits quite a bit because there is almost no comercially prepared or fast foods that are gluten, dairy, soy and meat free but that was a good thing because I wasn't eating fast or quick foods any more. I eat a lot of salads when I go out but don't really have a problem at home. I think I eat a more balanced diet now than before.

As for supplements I take Calcium, Magnesium, B Vitamins and Iron.

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I am a pesce vegetarian (meaning I eat fish) and am also intolerant to dairy and soy. I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I had to elimiate gluten. I had to change my eating habits quite a bit because there is almost no comercially prepared or fast foods that are gluten, dairy, soy and meat free but that was a good thing because I wasn't eating fast or quick foods any more. I eat a lot of salads when I go out but don't really have a problem at home. I think I eat a more balanced diet now than before.

As for supplements I take Calcium, Magnesium, B Vitamins and Iron.

There is a web site for vegiacs vegiac.com....My vegiac daughter swears that her diet is healthier than most--boring I think but really a whole and pure diet. I for one, think that bing part of the social scene of your family and friends is worth changing your point of view for. Cant cahnge gluten and other intolerances but the veggie thing should be negotiable. ...cant convince her though!!

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