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Hi everyone,

I have been gluten free for the last three weeks and I have noticed that my cravings have changed since going gluten free. Before, I would always crave potatoes and fats and oils and could never be satisified by them. Since going gluten free I'm starting to crave things my body needs. For example, the other day I was cravings beans, and nuts, and tomatoes. Today I was craving avocado, coconut, and watermelon.

I think gluten has been the cause of my weight gain and being overweight. I noticed that since going gluten free my appetite has increased but I also have been dropping weight as well. My question is has anyone else's cravings changed since going gluten free to more healthier cravings? Has their appetite increased but also their weight is dropping?

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I am craving things,too. I'm between jobs and on food stamps,so I'm not eating very healthy-----can't really afford a lot of groceries, so I'm pretty much living off Fruity Pebbles or Chex for breakfast; baked beans and a slice or two of ham for lunch and dinner is similiar to lunch. Lots of snacks in between such as ice cream or chips.

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I am craving things,too. I'm between jobs and on food stamps,so I'm not eating very healthy-----can't really afford a lot of groceries, so I'm pretty much living off Fruity Pebbles or Chex for breakfast; baked beans and a slice or two of ham for lunch and dinner is similiar to lunch. Lots of snacks in between such as ice cream or chips.

Sorry to hear that you are financially hurting, but I honestly think you can do better than just those things you are now eating. First of all...do you cook? It's almost essential if you're on a strict budget and you can make it so much better than anything you can buy. Watch the store specials...I recently bought canned veggies 3/$1.00 to donate to a food drive, rice cakes and peanut butter, eggs are very nutritional and can be prepared many ways. Potatoes go on sale frequently...I just saw a local grocery ad for 5 lb for $1.99. Rice is cheap and can be used many different ways, chicken is usually a good bargain. Mission tortillas can be used for wraps. Chili is easy to make and can stretch a pound of ground beef. Think whole foods, not just depending on prepackaged stuff.

There have been several threads here on eating cheaply and having budget friendly and healthy meals. You might want to search for "cheap" and "budget" using the search button on the top right corner.

http://www.celiac.co...-free-and-cost/

http://www.celiac.co...ey-saving-idea/

http://www.celiac.co...me-gluten-free/

http://www.celiac.co...ee-on-a-budget/

http://glutenfreegod...dget-brown.html

Hope this helps! I'm sure others will chime in, too. Good luck!

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Sorry to hear that you are financially hurting, but I honestly think you can do better than just those things you are now eating. First of all...do you cook? It's almost essential if you're on a strict budget and you can make it so much better than anything you can buy. Watch the store specials...I recently bought canned veggies 3/$1.00 to donate to a food drive, rice cakes and peanut butter, eggs are very nutritional and can be prepared many ways. Potatoes go on sale frequently...I just saw a local grocery ad for 5 lb for $1.99. Rice is cheap and can be used many different ways, chicken is usually a good bargain. Mission tortillas can be used for wraps. Chili is easy to make and can stretch a pound of ground beef. Think whole foods, not just depending on prepackaged stuff.

There have been several threads here on eating cheaply and having budget friendly and healthy meals. You might want to search for "cheap" and "budget" using the search button on the top right corner.

http://www.celiac.co...-free-and-cost/

http://www.celiac.co...ey-saving-idea/

http://www.celiac.co...me-gluten-free/

http://www.celiac.co...ee-on-a-budget/

http://glutenfreegod...dget-brown.html

Hope this helps! I'm sure others will chime in, too. Good luck!

Thanks for all these threads! I'm also gluten-free on a budget. Frozen/canned veggies, potatoes, rice, cooking in bulk (chili freezes very well). Also, instead of getting canned beans, I get dried ones. More work but much cheaper! I cook them on the weekends and add some butter and garlic. Eggs are also super cheap and delicious!

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Don't forget all natural and organic frozen foods. Nearly every retailer or club format has them at a great price weekly.

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I have noticed at least one big change. Before I went through menopause, I HATED sweets. Someone could give me a "fun size" candy bar and it would last weeks. I'd take a little nibble and go "Yuck!" and it would leave a bad taste in my mouth. Then a week later I'd try another nibble.

After menopause I developed a raging sweet tooth. Cookies and ice cream were constant companions. I gained a lot of weight.

Now, after a couple of weeks being gluten free, my sweet tooth is gone again. I don't even care for most fruit because it is too sweet. I know I need to eat it for my health, but I wait until late at night so my sugar doesn't spike, then drop quickly, making me sleepy.

Now, once the psoriasis on my feet is completely gone (it is getting better already) so it doesn't hurt to walk, I'll get some exercise and loose some of that weight (I hope).

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My cravings changed since going gluten free. I now love lima beans and sometimes I even get excited to eat broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, brussel sprouts, and sauerkraut. I swear my taste buds changed.

My appetite has increased I did not drop weight though till I was on the gut repair diet that was grain,sugar, and lectin free.

I still crave sugar, but usually I get it from fruit. I have blood sugar instability and hypoglycemia, so it might be tied more to that than gluten/gluten-free diet.

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