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I was vegetarian (lacto/ovo) before I had to cut out gluten. Now I find myself eating more nuts because it helps kill my now increased hunger. Anyone else out there follow this type of diet? I need a little help feeling satisfied with my meals without adding so much fat. I certainly don't need to put on weight.

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I am a vegan and gluten-free. I eat a lot of fruits, veggies, tofu, and bake my own bread and pizza crust. I work out, too. Http://www.vegiac.com is a good site for veggie/vegan Celiacs. Good luck!

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I'm a vegetarian too and I know what you mean, I felt the exact same way. I couldn't eat enough nuts or beans during my nut phase. I found that eating more beans, and adding corn pasta, rice and rice bread into my diet helped fill the gap that was missing. For a while all I ate was soy milk, fruits and veggies, and I never really felt full. I think that my body was trying to tell me to up my protien intake, I don't think there is anything wrong with following those sorts of cravings. Things are back to normal for me, except for some really bad sugar cravings. I think I might need a sugar detox to break the addiction.

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I'm a gluten-free vegetarian too. It can be a challenge at times but it works.

My "go to" snacks are chips and fresh salsa or baby carrots with hummus.

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I am vegan and gluten-free, and eat a primarily raw foods diet. I do eat a lot of nuts and seeds, but because it's good fat, and I eat all whole foods, I am not concerned. If I was getting fat elsewhere in large amounts (dairy/eggs, oils), I would just watch the amounts.

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Another gluten-free veggie here! =)

Though, admittedly... I'm a new veggie. I've been vegetarian for a month now, I gave up eating meat for a variety of reasons.

Anyhow, I've already found two cookbooks that I LOVE - The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen by Donna Klein and The Gluten-Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien.

I am not vegan, (yet anyhow) but my children are allergic to milk and eggs... so these recipes help me a TON!!!

My new favorite thing is the Mountain Mambo Trail Mix by Enjoy Life. It's allergen free....and totally tasty! I can't have nuts, as my kiddos are allergic to peanuts/tree nuts as well. *Sigh*

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Hi, my 17 yr old DD has been a gluten-free/vegan for 3 weeks. I am the cook. Its very hard to cook for her but I am adapting. This blog has been very helpful:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Try her Breakfast Brownies (taste like gingerbread cookies, not choc.) and use chopped nuts and seeds, then cut/wrap like a granola bar and freeze for a fast snack. We ALL love them, a new favorite.

I have some other web sites I can post if interested, I have that one memorized ;)

We/I put nuts in her stir frys, beans in most everything, peanut butter here and there.

I am switching my gluten-free baking to gluten-free/vegan...challenging! I make muffins and brownies (I love to bake).

Chili without meat is great. My dh had it twice and didn't say anything about the missing meat. I can give you a recipe if you need one. I even made vegan tortillas. Soon I will be converting a great minestrone soup to be meatless and its low calorie.

I never cared much for waffles but here are the best ones I ever ate-plain with nothing on them. I used Bob's Red Mill gluten-free Flour, it has beans. Also posted under baking/cooking. Banana Nut Waffles (vegan/gluten-free):

recipezaar#312803

Have a craving for cookies? Try these (I posted it under baking also): Awesome Choc. Chip Cookies

http://www.recipezaar.com279485

They are made with almond flour (I just ground the almonds in the blender)

She likes fresh salsa and guacamole with chips. Smoothies with frozen fruit/juice ( I want to get some rice protein powder to put in them).

And refried beans with a can of black beans(drained) mixed in.

I am looking out for soup recipes now b/c winter is coming (31 at our house this morning). I found some recipes last night so I can make a variety of bean/veg soups.

I even made vegan/gluten-free lasagna last night but next time I will grind some beans to put in the sauce.

The first and only time, I made pizza with sauce and 1/2 hashbrowns/ 1/2 pineapple. Next time I will make it with chili or baked beans. Bean enchiladas too.

I posted a recipe for a beans and rice casserole under "cooking and baking" its tastey and easy, just leave off the cheese. Works in the crock pot or oven. Beans, rice, corn, tomatoes and water...thats all!

Soon to make a lentil and rice "meat" loaf when I buy some lentils.

Even made "ice cream", it was bananas, peaches and almond milk I think (made it during mid summer when dd was vegan for 2 weeks)

Home popped popcorn in coconut oil is a healthy snack, full of protein and fiber (the organic I buy has 6 grams of each in 1/4 cup), use plenty of oil and you don't need any butter (baggie it up to take with you).

Need any more ideas or got any?? :rolleyes::) Hope this helps with some.

MySuicidalTurtle: thanks for the web site...I will check it out!

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I also had a ravenous appetite at first, and simply could not cram enough food into my stomach to quench the hunger. I believe this was due to malabsorption, which thankfully has greatly improved. One thing I found along the way, was that proteins weren't being digested properly. Cutting back on high protein foods helped quite a lot, especially to reduce fluid collecting in the feet and ankles. At least it did for me.

Though I don't eat meat, I get more than enough of all nutrients including protein. The real trick is absorbing them! The damaged gut tends to leave your body wanting something no matter what you eat, so nutritional supplements become very important. You basically need to take in more nutrients than your body needs, so that the amount being absorbed will hopefully be enough. That's my experience anyway.

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I also had a ravenous appetite at first, and simply could not cram enough food into my stomach to quench the hunger. I believe this was due to malabsorption, which thankfully has greatly improved. One thing I found along the way, was that proteins weren't being digested properly. Cutting back on high protein foods helped quite a lot, especially to reduce fluid collecting in the feet and ankles. At least it did for me.

Though I don't eat meat, I get more than enough of all nutrients including protein. The real trick is absorbing them! The damaged gut tends to leave your body wanting something no matter what you eat, so nutritional supplements become very important. You basically need to take in more nutrients than your body needs, so that the amount being absorbed will hopefully be enough. That's my experience anyway.

What about dairy free and getting enough calcium?

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What about dairy free and getting enough calcium?

Actually, it has been found that being dairy-free does NOT necessarily leave you deficient in calcium. One of the reasons is that the proteins in milk are difficult to digest, and the gut basically ends up using a lot of calcium to deal with them. Up to three times the calcium is lost in the digestion of animal proteins than for plant proteins. There are a number of decent vegetable sources of calcium, just as for protein.

You can look up sources of various nutrients here.

Other great resources include:

http://www.ivu.org/faq/vitamins-minerals.html

http://www.vegansworldnetwork.org/

http://www.whfoods.com/index.html

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

Here's an interesting article:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/01/6...a_Study_II.html

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Leafy greens are high in calcium!!

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Leafy greens are high in calcium!!

Dark Leafy Greens

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We are 'flexitarians' around this house. My husband only eats veggie because I am the cook, but he would never refuse a hamburger. Our youngest daughter eats almost anything, but our oldest is strictly vegan.

I was going to recommend http://www.vegiac.com/forums/ and http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/ which were already stated here. They are both great for recipes, but vegiac has a nice (up and coming) forum there.

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Besides dark green leafies (dd only likes lettuce and broccoli for dark green veggies) what other veggies have lots of calcium? She is a picky vegan when it comes to veggies :(<_<:blink:

She's worried about getting enuff calcium so she takes supplements when she remembers. Thanks for the tips!

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Dark Leafy Greens

Thank you! Yes... I forgot that all important word!!! Iceburg lettuce would count as a leafy green, but surely not a healthy one!!

Sorry about that! =)

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Actually, it has been found that being dairy-free does NOT necessarily leave you deficient in calcium. One of the reasons is that the proteins in milk are difficult to digest, and the gut basically ends up using a lot of calcium to deal with them. Up to three times the calcium is lost in the digestion of animal proteins than for plant proteins. There are a number of decent vegetable sources of calcium, just as for protein.

You can look up sources of various nutrients here.

Other great resources include:

http://www.ivu.org/faq/vitamins-minerals.html

http://www.vegansworldnetwork.org/

http://www.whfoods.com/index.html

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

Here's an interesting article:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/01/6...a_Study_II.html

WOW! Thanks so much for the info!! :)

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We are 'flexitarians' around this house. My husband only eats veggie because I am the cook, but he would never refuse a hamburger. Our youngest daughter eats almost anything, but our oldest is strictly vegan.

I was going to recommend http://www.vegiac.com/forums/ and http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/ which were already stated here. They are both great for recipes, but vegiac has a nice (up and coming) forum there.

Karina has great recipes! My whole family loves her Breakfast Brownies. I put nuts and seeds in them with those healthy flours. I keep a stack in the freezer. Then send them in lunches as "granola bars". I checked out the vegiac site and found a cinnamon roll recipe that I want to try. I haven't made those in years. Thanks for the web site :)

I guess I am a flexitarian too. DH and I eat whatever I cook. One DD is gluten-free and the other DD is vegan/almost gluten-free. She is starting to tell a difference in how she feels and is learning how much junk is listed on those food labels. This new "diet" will help all of us. Hubby has a few minor health issues that should clear up, migraines-1 per month, mild allergies to pets/dust, needs immune system boosted, skin issues-not DH though, etc.

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Hey! Wow so cool to see there are other gluten free veggies here! And oh my there is a forum and everything (I'm joining as we speak). It's funny, whenever I tell people about my gluten sensitivity they are like ohh that must be hard, you must totally live off of meat then right? And I just am like.. :rolleyes: "Nope! I'm vegetarian" and am met with with something like this: :huh:

People are just amazed by it. It's actually not that hard. It's not a problem at all because I cook everything at home, but I can't really eat out. The trouble with this is that I'm backpacking europe and asia next year and am a bit worried. Asia should be cool, lots of rice and what not, but Im more worried about finding Gluten-Free options at airport snackbars and what not.

The thing about eating meat is it doesn't even seem any easier. I know when I have gone to restaurants and stuff the meat is always breaded or covered in some spice mix with "natural flavorings" and stuff. I sometimes think about adding some meat back into my diet but it would make me very sad to do so, so I haven't yet.

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Yeah most people freak out a little when they hear about my diet. My selections have gotten better, especially now that I'm trying to cook a little more. I'd say my meals have actually become healthier now that I've cut out a lot of the processed stuff. I will miss my morning star "chicken" burgers though...

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This is not a complaint! Learning to cook gluten-free was hard but now adding vegan to that is 100 times harder. The good thing besides eating healthier and trying new foods is I am learning how to cook things I have never made before and eat them (I am picky). Today I made West African Chicken(minus the chicken) and Groundnut Stew. I found out groundnuts are peanuts. I don't like sweet potatoes but they didn't really even taste in the stew. I don't like broccoli but I found out it tastes better in stir fry plus I am eating the other veggies I don't usually eat...YAY! They are good for me! I made gluten-free/vegan waffles today that are so good and I never really liked waffles, just pancakes. I am glad my dd has chosen to be a gluten-free/vegan, without being tested. The ingredients I cook with now are so much better for you than what we were eating.

I never liked cooked spinach(and never will) but I saw a recipe for fresh spinach salad with berries I need to try, I found out raw spinach leaves make a good salad.

Then tonight I was reading how there is aluminum in dairy products. Aluminum may cause Alzheimers and other diseases.

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My husband and I are low fat vegans and I'm also gluten free. We have been eating this way since May. We feel so good eating this way. I have more energy then I did when I was a low carb meat eater. I just found it hard to eat meat after about 3 years of eating that way, and wasn't feeling right. I started to figure out I must have a gall bladder problem and started to look into it.

Another thing I started to worry about is heart disease since I turned 50. I was eating beef or red meat 2 to 3 times a week easily. I was eating cheese because I tolerated it better then milk and thought at the time it was a great calcium source and again low carb.

I ended up reading at McDougalls website. He's a doctor wrote the book The McDougall program Twelve Days to Dynamic Health. I had the book sitting in my bookself, I bought it about 8 years ago. On his website I learned of two other authors T. Colin Campbell who wrote The China Study, and Caldwell B. Esselstyn who wrote Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Two of the best books I've read in a long time. The China Study will blow you away. Cheese is diffenetly out of my diet.

So I've been on several different types of diets in the last 3 years and this is the one I feel the best on. I don't eat soy eigher so I have very limited protein sources. Mostly beans, rice, Quinoa, amaranth, teff. they're all good protein sources. I'll have a shake with hemp protein every now and then. I really don't think I'm lacking protein at all eating this way.

I make alot of soups and eat many mexican dishes and italian dishes, I just don't add meat, :) with lots and lots of veggies. Easy to do so far with the farmers market. I don't know if winter will be more challanging.

Since I started eating this way I sleep better and longer then I ever have. I'm calmer and like I said I have more energy then I ever had.

I usually google recipes or get recipes from the books I've talked about. There is alot of good web sites and check out McDougalls you'll lov it.

Gail :)

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My husband and I are low fat vegans and I'm also gluten free. We have been eating this way since May. We feel so good eating this way. I have more energy then I did when I was a low carb meat eater. I just found it hard to eat meat after about 3 years of eating that way, and wasn't feeling right. I started to figure out I must have a gall bladder problem and started to look into it.

Another thing I started to worry about is heart disease since I turned 50. I was eating beef or red meat 2 to 3 times a week easily. I was eating cheese because I tolerated it better then milk and thought at the time it was a great calcium source and again low carb.

I ended up reading at McDougalls website. He's a doctor wrote the book The McDougall program Twelve Days to Dynamic Health. I had the book sitting in my bookself, I bought it about 8 years ago. On his website I learned of two other authors T. Colin Campbell who wrote The China Study, and Caldwell B. Esselstyn who wrote Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Two of the best books I've read in a long time. The China Study will blow you away. Cheese is diffenetly out of my diet.

So I've been on several different types of diets in the last 3 years and this is the one I feel the best on. I don't eat soy eigher so I have very limited protein sources. Mostly beans, rice, Quinoa, amaranth, teff. they're all good protein sources. I'll have a shake with hemp protein every now and then. I really don't think I'm lacking protein at all eating this way.

I make alot of soups and eat many mexican dishes and italian dishes, I just don't add meat, :) with lots and lots of veggies. Easy to do so far with the farmers market. I don't know if winter will be more challanging.

Since I started eating this way I sleep better and longer then I ever have. I'm calmer and like I said I have more energy then I ever had.

I usually google recipes or get recipes from the books I've talked about. There is alot of good web sites and check out McDougalls you'll lov it.

Gail :)

Sounds good!

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bluejeangirl,

It's great that you feel better eating the way you do. Do you not eat any soy products at all? Just curious. I never cook it myself but I'll eat it if served to me. I also drink soy milk.

I've finally begun to get a little more versatility in my diet. I didn't realize how big wheat products were in my diet but now I'm not sure why I was so dependent on them! Quinoa is the only grain I like to cook now, even though it is still rare for me to cook it. I usually add black beans, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and a little extra virgin olive oil to mine. I got the recipe from Clean Eating Magazine.

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    • I am really glad you found something to help your child. It is hard to see them not feeling well.  For me, what helped keep me regular was taking a magnesium supplement, just 250 mgs a day at dinner time helps me.  When I run out, if I didn't buy more yet, I feel the difference within a few days.   I was wondering to try magnesium citrate, wasn't sure what the difference was between that and plain magnesium supplements. I am bummed because the magnesium I liked the best was in a liquid gel cap, but it has soy lecithin in it, so not sure if it bothers me.  Soy lecithin seems to be that iffy ingredient so I probably won't know if it bothers me until my stomach heals. Then I will try it sometime again to see.  
    • Has anyone had trouble with any prescriptions they take that you then found out had gluten in them, or corn or soy products (or any other ingredient) that bothers you?   Just when I was working on lifting my mood up (after starting to feel overwhelmed with all this), I now am realizing I could be having problems with some prescriptions I have been taking.  I need to stay positive and not sink into frustration, but wow ,this is getting hard.  It seems every time I think I am getting there, it's another step backwards. I am on four prescriptions and so far only one has been said to have no gluten, soy, or corn in it.  One has pregelatinized starch, which I guess is made from corn.  The other two have corn ingredients.  One that has no gluten though will not claim to be gluten-free, they will only say they have no wheat, rye, barley, or oats in it, but will not give an actual gluten-free claim. But it has two corn ingredients anyway, corn starch and polysorbate 80. The other RX's would say no gluten, no soy, etc (but some have corn).   Has anyone had issues like this?  I was taking some of these many months ago when my stomach actually was starting to get back to normal and starting to feel better (when I first stopped eating gluten, took a few months but I was starting to feel better).  Slowly it started having issues again (although not as severe as when I was eating gluten). I then started a new RX, and I felt it made my stomach worse, told my dr, but she just seemed to think it "should not" bother me.  I wonder if that one is the culprit?  In other words, could the other 3 I am on not be enough of the corn ingredients to have been bothering me?  I am wondering if it's possible to have small traces of some corn ingredients (or whatever ingredients bother you, no counting gluten) without it bothering you?  Has anyone noticed a prescription they are on that does have an ingredient that tends to bother them (other than gluten), but in such a small pill, it does not seem to be enough to bother you?  I suppose it could be different for different people.  I am ready to start an elimination diet, but it feels like I still won't be able to know what bothers me or not until I am off any RX's that bother me.  This could take some time and research though.  I doubt I can just immediately stop all the RX's suddenly since some are for blood pressure.  Has anyone been through this?  I take my RX's every night at dinner so it would make sense that for a while now (especially since starting the newest RX) I feel like I am constantly having issues every night.  So far a pharmacist said that sometimes they can find different versions of a pill that won't contain the ingredients that bother you, but it does not sound like a guarantee, of course, and takes them some time to look into.  I guess I might have to start with that.  The newest pill though, the one I did suspect was causing me some stomach problems, I'll call my dr tomorrow (they are not in today) and see if I can stop taking that one.  Hopefully so, asap, and then continue to look into the other RX's.   I am trying to feel like once I get this straightened out it will get easier, but the pharmacist also said that companies can change their ingredients all the time, and even they sometimes change manufacturers they use.  I was just curious how many people deal with this, and does it get easier? Does your dr work with you and are understanding or do they get an attitude?  Because it almost feels to me like sometimes they get frustrated. And that just is aggravating. They think it's frustrating for them? It's no picnic for us either. They are quick to tell you what foods not to eat, but when it comes to a prescription they act like, oh, it shouldn't bother you.  I wish it were that easy.  I would think they would know better though??     
    • Good doctor   I had a similar experience but opposite.  My lab tests were negative (we figure now that I was too sick to eat much at the time) and my biopsy they were not able to get in far enough they said... so with symptoms and the appearance of my small intestine along with genetic testing I was diagnosed with Celiac.    Gluten free for almost 8 yrs now and doing much much better. 
    • Was it a different lab?  A lot of labs just stop "counting" at 100.  Mine just said ">100".     She probably has symptoms, you just don't realize they are from Celiac.
    • Second daughter got blood test with outrageously high Transglutaminase igA 734 and she is not symptomatic.    Anyone know what the average range is for those with celiac disease?    Our other daugher was 99 and symptomatic.  Wondering if this is a lab error.   Don't think this is physiologically possible.   Thanks.  Mayumi
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