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Ok, so I have been gluten-free for about nine months with accidents in the early months of course, but I know what I am doing now. I think :rolleyes: . Anyway, I still bloat. I started the Maker's Diet in hopes of regaining really good health and I think I started to detox really fast. I started allowing myself some things like Buckwheat waffles and gluten-free bread (just a little) and some dairy and started bloating again. Now I don't think it is the dairy, because I have had it without any bloating before...someone told me today that a friend of theirs who has celiac can't have citric acid because it is sometimes made from a gluten source! Now while I have tried to go "all natural" with stuff there are some things I have that are preserved with citric acid...like chopped garlic and some fruit.

Because I feel so much better than I did I wasn't even going to worry about it...but now that I think about it I am still tired a lot, and have bouts with low energy and occassional abdominal pains. I think sugar is involved in this too, and I have drastically cut back, and when I went off the wagon with the sugar this past week, the bloating returned.

Sorry this post is sort of all over the place, but I am hoping to get some insight from anyone who might have struggled with this too, and if anyone has found sugar to be a culprit in not feeling well. It is one of the few great things we get to eat....maybe some of us overdo it? :unsure:

One more question. Is it normal to have SOME bloating? I am really skinny. In the am my tummy is flat as a board, but even when I wasn't bloating...I was...a little bit. It wasn't uncomfortable or anything, and if I hadn't been checking for it, I wouldn't have noticed it--is that kind of "bloating" normal? I was thinking maybe it was b/c I am so skinny. Thoughts?

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I'm not sure if I can help you Karina, but I've found for myself, some combinations of foods cause bloating.

Yesterday I had two rice crisps with butter and cheese. Afterwards, I was in a bit of pain and looked like I was about six months pregnant.

Apparently it's fairly common to get bloated from other things which you may be a bit sensitive to ( I can't eat much cheese or rice products).

It was he wrong end of the pay fortnight, so there wasn't too much stuff left in the pantry.

I'm still in the process of working out what things I can eat and what make me sick.

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Hi Karina,

You sound just like me! My naturopath put me on Bentaine HCL, which really works! I take it at meal time, and my stomach and burping problems are gone. Here's a description:

"supplementing with betaine HCl (a compound that contains hydrochloric acid) often relieves the symptoms of heartburn and improves digestion, at least in people who have hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid). The amount of betaine HCl used varies with the size of the meal and with the amount of protein ingested. Typical amounts recommended by doctors range from 600 to 2,400 mg per meal."

You can get it a a health food store. Good luck!

PS- sounds like you are allergic to dairy and/or caesin (used a lot in soy cheese). I am, probably caused by celiac disease. I would get food allergy blood work for the top 100 foods. And you can see your gluten allergy levels now that you have been on the diet too!

Take care

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