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Yes, not getting enough food can make you tired.

You may also want to be tested for vitamin deficiencies, particularly iron and B-12.

Talk to your doctor about your fatigue (in terms of impact to your life).

Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

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Bellevue, WA

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Hello Brooke:

  • Your GI doctor is most likely going to suggest that you stay on gluten until after he/she completes the tests for Celiac. They will most likely want to do a blood test and endoscopy.
    Note: false negatives are possible with these tests, and also note that Celiac is just one form on gluten-intolerance.

  • If you do have Celiac, it will take time for your body to heal and fully recover. Hense, it will take time for all of your symptoms to go away. Once you are 100% gluten-free, you can expect a 6-month minimum for healing time, depending on how extensive the intestinal damage is.

  • Fatigue is a very common symptom of Celiac. Yes, it can be lack of caloric consumption but more than likely it is because your body is not able to use the nutrients you are feeding it, if you have Celiac (remember the healing time I mentioned above?). However, I think everyone should pay attention to what they eat, so I would suggest tracking to see what your calorie intake is, and if it is contributing (i.e. your not getting enough of the right foods). Try the Livestrong web site. Their "daily plate" feature lets you track your food and suggests daily caloric intake for you. It also provides a pie chart to show you if you need more protein, complex carbs, or healthy fats.

  • You can up your fiber by eating raw fruits and veggies. I would suggest adding a snack between breakfast and lunch. An apple and 11 pecans halves, for example. Always combine complex carbs (the apple) with protein (the nuts) and a bit of healthy fat (the nuts). Having a small healthy salad (try using balsamic vinegar for dressing) as your carb at lunch and diner, versus fries - which are seldom gluten-free anyway - potato, or rice, will also help.

  • Fiber will help you feel more full, but for energy you want to focus on complex carbs (which contain fiber) and lean protein. Both are used by our bodies for energy. If you are working out with weights (even light weights) you really need to be sure you are getting enough protein.

  • After going gluten-free (gluten-free) I found that following the Eat Clean principles works perfectly for staying gluten-free, energized and healthy.

  • You will find master lists in loads of places. Here is the one that Celiac.com published

  • Check out my web site www.iamgf.com as a great starting point. In the resources tab we have a list of very helpful websites.

Best of luck and if you need help again just holler.

Happy gluten-free Eating!



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