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jasonD2

Help! I'm Starving To Death

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So im sitting in my dumpy hotel in France eating rice cakes and apples for dinner. I walked around for 2 hrs going in and out of restaurants and not one of them could accommodate my diet. the ones that had potential were either completely booked or too expensive. last night i found a place with a great manager who worked her ass off to make my meal gluten free and I still got a reaction from it after.

i have also been on a candida diet and am now forced to load up on the food that I brought with me in my luggage just to survive..protein bars rice cakes, corn chips...all high in carbs and sugar. im feeling like crap cause im not getting any protein and all the sugar is causing my candida to flare up. i have an important company meeting this week and dont know how im gonna get thru it. i feel helpless! i went to the market to pick up a few things but not enough; they are all closed on sunday so i wont have stuff for during the week. i passed so many amazing restaurants & the food looked so good and everyone was eating, drinking and enjoying life while I was walking around like a helpless loser.


Endoscopy & blood panel all negative 12/09 after being strict w/ gluten free diet

As of 8/09 - Candida Overgrowth, C.difficile overgrowth, elevated fecal anti-gliadin, elevated putrefactive SCFA's

Developed severe lactose intolerance, IBS and food sensitivities in 02 after contracting Giardia from a river in Oregon

Had negative celiac blood work in 02

Elevated stool anti-gliadin Ab (21 with 10 being cutoff for normal) - 2008

Positive for DQ8- 2008

Tested high positive for egg, dairy, soy, ginger, mustard - 2008

Lactulose/Mannitol (leaky gut) test indicated slight intestinal permeability

Improved with gluten free diet but still have spastic constipation

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Can you tolerate eggs? If so, can you gain access to some means to hard boil a bunch. I know when I am running a protein deficit and am too weak or tired to fix fish or burgers I just resort to eggs and it helps me to get to a point of functioning a bit better. Good luck. I hope you find something that works quickly and that you have plenty of strength for the upcoming meeting.

CS

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So im sitting in my dumpy hotel in France eating rice cakes and apples for dinner. I walked around for 2 hrs going in and out of restaurants and not one of them could accommodate my diet. the ones that had potential were either completely booked or too expensive. last night i found a place with a great manager who worked her ass off to make my meal gluten free and I still got a reaction from it after.

i have also been on a candida diet and am now forced to load up on the food that I brought with me in my luggage just to survive..protein bars rice cakes, corn chips...all high in carbs and sugar. im feeling like crap cause im not getting any protein and all the sugar is causing my candida to flare up. i have an important company meeting this week and dont know how im gonna get thru it. i feel helpless! i went to the market to pick up a few things but not enough; they are all closed on sunday so i wont have stuff for during the week. i passed so many amazing restaurants & the food looked so good and everyone was eating, drinking and enjoying life while I was walking around like a helpless loser.

Sounds like you are in a bad predicament. What about nuts? I have relied on nuts many times to get me through while traveling. You've got to get some meat though!! Just go somewhere and order plain chicken or fish with some steamed veggies & rice. Get yourself a good meal-it doesn't have to be anything fancy. You'll feel mentally better once you EAT!


~Jackie (Mom of a gluten & dairy-free home)

Myself: Neg blood tests despite myriad of life-long symptoms. Enterolab testing positive for gluten sensitivity: DQ5DQ5. Currently gluten, dairy, grain, & sugar free and on rotation diet.

5yo dd diagnosed celiac by blood test/biopsy Oct/Nov 2007: DQ2DQ5

7yo dd: neg blood tests, DQ5DQ6

3yo ds: neg blood tests, IgA deficient, DQ5DQ6

21mo dd: DQ2DQ5

DH: Neg blood tests, by deductive reasoning: DQ2DQ6.

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Europe is far ahead of the US in providing gluten free food. I'm surprised you are having such problems. Did you research for places to eat before going?


1960s-had symptoms-could have been before but don't remember

1970s-told had colitis or nervous stomach-was given phenobarbital, felt great but still had symptoms

Me, dd and ds diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance

2000-osteopenia

2001-had stroke because of medications I was given

June 2003-saw Chiropractor who specialized in nutrition: Celiac Disease not Lactose Intolerance, went gluten free with once in awhile cheating, off soy and dairy for about 6 months

June 2003-found excellent doctor for fibromyalgia (who has found out she has Celiac Disease)

May 2006-went gluten free with NO cheating-excellent! Made all the difference in the world

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Jason, I just googles Gluten Free Dining in Paris and I got lots and lots of hits. I don't know if you're in Paris or not, but give that a try.

Europe is so much more progressive that in the US. You should have no problem. Do you have dining cards. They are basic items to have when traveling.

There is no reason to starve to death.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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I agree with the poster that said Europeans are far ahead of us in their knowledge of people with Celiac Disease and having lots of places to accomodate folks like us. What about peanuts butter for protein? If you can tolerate the nuts. I eat all natural peanut butter with no added sugars.

I hope you find things that work for you Jason. I know how you feel buddy. You are already limited in what you can eat, then when you take out the foods for Candida its like you are really restricted. Good luck to you my friend. -Ted.

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Jason, I actually thought about you the other day and was wondering how you were making out over there. Is there no way one of the restaurants there can make you a piece of meat in a clean pan with nothing but a little oil and some salt and pepper? On a grill wrapped in foil or baked in parchment? A baked potato that you cut into yourself?

Nuts are a great idea--the protein would help offset some of those carbs.

I hope you get something substantial to eat soon :)


Patti

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

"Bloom where you are planted"--Bev

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I thought of something else-- try going to a pharmacy. They might keep the gluten free food there. Plus, they can give you a probiotic to help with the candida issues. Try explaining your dilemma and perhaps they can help.

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