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Nan2N

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I have lost soooo much weight lately and I look like a skeleton. I've never been this thin in my life and just keep losing and don't want to lose anymore. As I'm new to having celiac and reading these posts I'm wondering what I can eat to gain some weight back. My doctors don't give much information. Plus I have no appetite or desire for anything. It's terrible. Any suggestions on what I could eat that would add a few pounds while I start healing? How long does it take to recover from the malabsorption issues?

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I have lost soooo much weight lately and I look like a skeleton. I've never been this thin in my life and just keep losing and don't want to lose anymore. As I'm new to having celiac and reading these posts I'm wondering what I can eat to gain some weight back. My doctors don't give much information. Plus I have no appetite or desire for anything. It's terrible. Any suggestions on what I could eat that would add a few pounds while I start healing? How long does it take to recover from the malabsorption issues?

Hugs Nan2N

And welcome to the forums. You are in the right place for support; venting and just encouragement too. I'm not sure how long it will take you to start to regain weight. Each person is individualized. Going totally 100% gluten free does take time; it's hidden in so many unthought of places/foods. It's a learned knowledge. Its a shame your doctor has not given you some ideas in terms of diet to regain the weight. Has your doctor at least referred you to a good dietician? That would be a start. A good dietician can help you map out a plan that fits within your dietary limits.

Try to eat 6 meals a day, and by that I mean, 6 small meals. When you don't have much of an appetite its hard to go eating a big dinner. Generally speaking it is better to eat smaller meals and have more small meals a day. Try and load up on the protein foods, meats, peanuts (if you like them). Lean muscle mass weights more than fat. Bananas are good too, high in potasimuim (spelling) vitimans, protein. Eating a few bananas a day will help you gain weight. Perhaps even this forum and its links will offer you some choices like gluten-free protein drinks. I know this site has a # of food items they sell in their marketplace.

Keep in mind too the following; things like rice flour and potatoe flour/startch are higher in calories than whole wheat flour. Whole wheat flour has 407 calories per cup. There are something like 578 calories in one cup of white rice flour, 571 calories/ per cup in potatoe flour. A lot of gluten-free flour/ bread mixes are made up using at least one of those flours and a combination of flours. I personally am trying to avoid the potatoe flour. If anything I'd like to lose a few, but we are all different. I think of potatoes of being one of the most fatting foods :unsure: AT least thats what most diet books promote, avoid eating potatoes.. most likely because most people tend to eat them too much, potatoe chips so on.

Keep reading the forum; and keep in mind it will take your body time to heal. The weight will return, and who knows one day; you'll be asking the question. How do I lose it :D

hugs


44 yr old mom, SAHM (stay at home; aka a Retro Mama :D , 2 special needs kids dd 15yrs ds 4 yrs

Follows Compassion Rules "Treat others; they way you wish to be treated"

blood test negative: celiac However, doctor felt other factors in blood works warranted trying the gluten-free diet

April 7/08 Doctor confirms gluten intolerance/ remain gluten-free for 2 more months; and repeat tests

Gluten free since March 4/2008 (other than accidently, or unknown gluten used--- its a learning process, Gluten is everywhere!)

"People are like stained-glassed windows. Best viewed in the light!" unknown author

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I have a hard time with gaining weight because I really never feel hungry and have had years of negative conditioning to food. Something that has helped me a great deal in the last couple months has been using Royal Jelly. I started it as a pill less form of B and other vitamins but found that for some reason it really increases my appetite also. If you are not allergic to bee products you may want to give it a try.

Another thing that has helped me a lot is Wylde pretzels. The larger size bag has about a thousand calories. I was buying one a day and eating them continually all day in addition to my regular meals. For me they were ideal because they don't have soy and are low protein, both of which I have to watch out for. I have been able to put on about 8 lbs in the last 3 weeks or so.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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