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jnessa055

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hey ladies!! i have been a celiac since i could walk.. i was born with it and acutally almost died because my parents had no idea.. (no one in my family has celiac disease but me) ironic huh?? kind of sucks that i was picked out lol. but oh well. my problem is that i have tried to stay gluten free but i ALWAYS CHEAT! i do good for a little while and then i get unbelieveable cravings and i give in.. how do any of you deal with that?? i do soo well... i take my vitamins every morning i read lables like a freak lol and then one day i cheat.. and i pay for it.. and then i have to start all over again... any advice would be wonderful thanks!

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I think all of us have different ways of coping/dealing with the cravings and dealing with celiac. For me I see gluten as poison. If feels like it too! I have horrible reactions to small amounts so that alone helps curb the desire. I will be sick for about a month from just slight cc.

I also have kids that at some point in their lives may have this. I try very hard to be a good example. If I cheated that would not set the example I want.

Find what motivates you to sticking to this diet. Change how you perceive gluten. Keep asking questions and someday someone else's idea will work for you!

Hez

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Maybe you should pinpoint the foods that typically trigger a cheatfest and try to get some replacements, and ask for recipes here. Or start telling yourself, "I am giving my self cancer just like cigarette smokers" every time?


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

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Okay, here's my ????? -- to begin with you said you had celiacs since birth & have have trouble with cheating... At such a young age who was supplying your "posion Wheat"

I would also think others in the family may also have celiac or intolerant at least but maybe present no ill-effects from the illness.There are millions of silent-celiacs in the world today... it's like a train wreck waiting to happen in the US...

We all have to find a way to not cheat EVER..... AS some call it "Posion" others have gotten so sick they don't even want to mention the word Wheat.. My silly thing was at the beginning was to make believe that I was in a foreign country & there was no flour available that I normally would use in baking so I had to experiment with strange flours I really never thought about. It was excitng to see what I could come up with to make & after time I now can duplicate almost everything I was missing in my wheat world.

Use your willpower & please don't cheat, your health is so important..remember the old saying " CHEATERS NEVER WIN"

We have two kids & two adults now on the diet.

blessings & health to you

mamaw

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I just make sure I have safe alternates available to me all the time. If I get a craving for something, I try to find a substitute. 2 of the hardest things I have had to give up that are hard to replace is choc. chip cookie dough ice cream (and other flavors), and oreo cookies. I can make my own oreo cookies (there is a wonderful recipe on recipezaar.com). Pizza is a big one, too. I think what has helped me NOT cheat since I was diagnosed is my 3 kids who also have celiac. I know I probably would have cheated if it werent for them. But I also remind myself of how sick I would be when I eat gluten.

Just remind yourself of how sick you get when you get the urge, and then find a safe alternative to fill the craving.

Good Luck!


ptkds

Mom of 4 beautiful girls (the 2 youngest are only 10 months apart!)
Diagnosed with Celiac disease on November 8, 2006; gluten-free as of 12-1-06.

DD#2 13 years old; diagnosed on November 28, 2006. gluten-free as of 12-7-06.
DD#3 9 years old; diagnosed through blood work in October 2006. Gluten-free as of mid-November and doing GREAT!!
DD#4 8 years old; had a scope done on 6-22-07 (at 14 months old) and the dr saw stomach ulcers, but all test results were negative. GI dr told us to put her on the gluten free diet anyway. She is gluten free as of 6-22-07.

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I had a lot of problems with this, especially when I was first diagnosed. I was mad at the world, essentially, and everyone who ate gluten in front of me.

You know, the longer I stay gluten-free, the easier it is. But the second I get really, really hungry and there's nothing available to me is the time that I would cheat.

Now I've gotten really good about having foods with me. If I'm going out for the day, I take some homemade banana bread, cookies, potato chips, fruit, Larabars, so that whether I'm craving something sweet or having to watch someone eat something salty like french fries, I always have something available. That helps a lot.

And being more savvy has helped, too. The other day my hubby and I took a surprise trip away from home. I can walk in a convenience store and grab some potato chips, a banana and something to drink and I'm OK. It ain't the healthiest, but it still is healthier than eating at McDonald's!

Now that I can't have casein, I'm not craving pizza very much anymore at all. I just get so sick on it that it just isn't appealing anymore. But Amy's does make a very good rice pizza. Just add your own toppings because it only comes in cheese.


"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." - Art Williams

Currently gluten-, casein-, soy- and nightshade-free.

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Since you have had celiac disease for so long and knowingly cheat, it's time to take a hard look at why. When do you knowingly cheat? With family, friends, on a date, or just hungry and no other choices available? Do you cheat over a certain food? Pizza and beer? Pizza would be my downfall. But I get so sick it is not an option to cheat. I think many of us carry food with us at all times. Raisins, nuts, cookies, candy are all easy to fit in a small bag and don't take refridgeration. Start carrying something with you or leave it in the car. eat before you go out to eliminate the snacking problem.

The convenience store snacks are perfect. Most carry fresh whole fruit like apples, bananas, or fruit cup. Water, drinks, soda, chips, and candy. It's not the best for you, but it is food and it can be gluten-free.

I found out a log time ago that I need to have gluten-free snacks in the house at all times. I need to know that I have choices and options. Now I keep a few cookies in the pantry and I am happy.

Let us know if you need recipes or ideas for food to carry with you.

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I would also look at the times and situations that you cheat in and try to do something to change it.

The hardest times for me is when all my friends are eating delicious stuff and I can't have any of it. So I try to always have yummy dinners in my freezer so I can grab something on short notice. I bake a lot and bring things along to friend's houses to share. I've also trained them to buy gluten-free brands of food :)


Gluten-Free since September 15, 2005.

Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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hey ladies thanks for all your advice..

well my family has no signs of celiac disease at all.... except me. that makes me wonder now. and makes sense because not everytime that i eat wheat i will get sick from it.. so thats why i cave in all the time.. even tho i know its hurting me inside i dont feel anything so i continue to eat the poison. when i was younger i was devasted that i had celiac disease and i made myself think that i didnt have it and ate whatever i wanted whenever i wanted for a long time until i got really really sick and ever since then i have been trying really hard to stick to the diet, but like i said i always end up failing. your advice has helped and this forum has helped.. even though i was diagnosed when i was 3 i still didnt know very much about the disease. i found a gluten free bakery/cafe and they deliever.. so hopefully it'll be good..

yes i love Amys foods!! the mac and cheese gluten free is one of my favorites.

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