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I was diagnosed about a week ago and have been gluten free since. Is it odd that I was happy to get the diagnosis? I mean it has been years of suffering, to finally have an answer and an answer that is something I can control, was such a relief I did not even think about what it would take to change my life (well not right away anyway).

So I am working on changing my life, went out immediately after my appointment and bought some Gluten free to get started. I started researching before getting my results, just in case. I ordered a couple of Gluten free cookbooks and a shopping guide (I should get them today!).

Here is the "Is it real?" part. I feel like a new person already, it is amazing! I addition to Gluten free, I have started taking Lactaid for my Lactose intolerance (I could not bear not having gluten or dairy, so I figure stop one and put up a defense for the other for now). I have also added a daily dose of DanActive.

I have not had an "episode" in 3 days. It is such an odd sensation to not feel dread when I eat that I keep waiting to feel awful and when I don't I am inclined to want to dance :). And since I am not totally exhausted all of the time, I just might dance.

Don't get me wrong, I am completely freaked out by the whole thing and found myself day dreaming about Perogies and Pizza. But when I eat something and that inevitable pain and discomfort does not follow, it is great.

That's all for now, I just had to get that out there. Thanks for listening, I am happy to have a place to come to talk about things and ask the questions that I am sure will come.

Beth

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Congratulations on feeling better already! It is an awesome feeling to finally figure out what helps. Be very careful eating "gluten free" processed foods at first. Sometimes it takes a while before your body is ready for anything processed. Try eating meat, vegetables and rice at first; foods that you prepare yourself. Try adding in new foods slowly - one at a time while checking for a reaction to each one. After a couple of months, it gets much easier and you start to feel like a "normal" person again. Keep on dancing!

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Yes, you can stop pinching yourself. It's real. :)

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;Oh you are not alone! I was diagnosed about a month ago. My switching to totally gluten-free has been slow (I went on a trip just a couple of days after my dx and I did not adhere to a strictly gluten-free diet). But, I have been gluten-free for about a week now, and I do notice a huge difference. I'm not running for the bathroom or the couch immediately after eating. Tonight I tried Tinkayada's (sp?) penne with mozzarella, tomato, and basil and it was amazing. I was prepared for it to taste different but I thought it tasted exactly the same (and I'm Italian and grew up with the homemade stuff so that's a pretty high review). A slightly different texture but It was way better than I ever thought it could be. In it's defense I used olive oil so it just made the pasta a little slippery and hard to get it to stay on the fork- flavor wise I thought it was spot on. With the exception of just a few items I found everything I needed/wanted at my local Safeway so that makes it even better. I did have some frustrating moments on my first major shopping trip and had to bypass some items to wait until I could come home and research if they were gluten-free but that's just part of the learning curve. My tip: take a printout of what isn't gluten-free AND what is. I had the "what isn't" sheet but then when something wasn't on it I got confused. Was it not on there because it is gluten-free or because the list was from a few years ago? Ex: soy lecithin wasn't on my 'do not eat list' but was on the gluten-free one. I wish I had both with me. Overall, like you, I am so happy to have a dx that is something I can control and that I am already feeling the results from!

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Oh man, why did someone say pierogies. I love pierogies. I am now having a major craving!

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Oh man, why did someone say pierogies. I love pierogies. I am now having a major craving!

Yeah, and my chance of pulling off that recipe is slim. I had enough trouble making stuff like that with gluten dough! I can just picture dough sticking to my rolling pin and the uneven dough and the tears and all the filling coming out in the pot while I boil them. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I am on day 7 of Gluten free and I haven't had ONE joint ache, almost zero nausea, or a headache in almost a week. I can hardly believe it. If i feel this decent already, I can't wait to see how I feel in a few months.

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