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I've been out of work. Welcome to America, right? I literally have no money in my bank and therefore, I can't afford the food I need to be healthy. I can't go grocery shopping for gluten-free foods anymore and haven't been eating the way I'm supposed to. And now every time I eat, I get sick. It's gotten worse. My headaches are horrible again. I'm irritable and I can't eat without feeling bloated, gassy and vomiting.

How can I get back to normal?

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I've been out of work. Welcome to America, right? I literally have no money in my bank and therefore, I can't afford the food I need to be healthy. I can't go grocery shopping for gluten-free foods anymore and haven't been eating the way I'm supposed to. And now every time I eat, I get sick. It's gotten worse. My headaches are horrible again. I'm irritable and I can't eat without feeling bloated, gassy and vomiting.

How can I get back to normal?

I suggest you make food from scratch, just basics: meat, squash, root vegetables, brown rice, green vegetables. You will feel way healthier for it and its incredibly cheap.

Bea

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There are food pantries and other help with groceries. They may give out gluteny stuff but you could take out the basics-rice, plain canned veg. and re-donate the rest that you can't have. Something's better than nothing. I did some checking here for someone who is frequently unemployed(not with celiac disease) and some places limit you to once or twice a month and you can just show up anytime you are in need and don't have to prove a need-call and ask. Some places require ID. Others you may need to sign up. Maybe they'll let you trade stuff you can't have for stuff you can. Call up the mayor's office-here they have a fund set up for heating/utilities assistance for those in need. It may be a one-time gift but it's worth asking about if there's something like that in your area.

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Plain meat, veggies and fruits are naturally gluten free. Stick with those to lower the cost. Beans are great to fill out your menu.

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I'm not sure what state you reside in but if you find a support group & are in need I'm quite sure a few members would help you .Also if you are umemployed you should be getting an unemplyment check. Also go to your assistance office for food vouchers...

Another thing would be contact a few vendors & ask for a donation until you get on your feet again.....

Eating gluten-free does not have to be pricey. Baking your own breads & goodies cuts cost way down. And the basics meats, veggies & fruits are all gluten-free if they are without coatings,marinades, & breading.....

mamaw

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www.angelfoodministries.com offers a gluten free pack that is very cheap. Also, check out the local food bank for lots of organic foods. Believe it or not, almost everything coming out of one of our banks is organic, because it doesn't sell quickly. Plan your meals, and focus on what you can have that will keep you healthy.

Food stamps are easy to get - bite the bullet and go apply for them. I used to be a welfare caseworker - trust me when I say, lots of people get them that don't deserve them, but there are those who truly need the system. Make it work the way it should.

Also, many churches offer food on Sundays - free food for the members to hand out in the community. Contact them, and see what they are offering.

Focus on what you can do and control. Keep applying and handing out your resume to those who can make it look better or take a better look at it. I was where you are a few months ago. Trust me, it DOES get better. It killed me to keep putting out effort, but now things are looking up, and I love my job.

Good luck

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Umm.. there is no reason you should need certain, more expensive foods to be healthy. Processed food is usually more expensive anyway so if you arent eating processed food, being gluten free should be just as cheap if not cheaper. I'm also unemployed and have been for ages. I eat everything 100% from scratch, and my basic foods are meat, rice, beans, garlic, vegetables, and fruit. Hope that helps, I totally understand what you're going through as far as being poor. I'm trying to start my own cleaning service business right now, I think in this economy sometimes we have to just go independent and find a need and fill it, vs waiting to find that perfect employer. Believe in whatever your skills are, go for it and make your life better! Good luck! <3

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