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Week 2 has been pretty good. My energy levels are still higher than they have been in years. Yesterday I started walking with my pup again. REALLY paid for it last night leg pain wise. I started taking pro-biotics, Omega 3 and a multi-vitamin (Up & Up gummies) and about a day or two after that, I started having side pains again. I think its the multi-vitamin but doing the process of elimination should better help me with figuring out that. Since I was only a week or so in, I decided not to give up dairy and see if it would work itself out, and it has. And Im so glad cause I love my cheese! Im baking my first loaf of gluten-free bread in my new machine, and Im scared to death what my end product will be. Ive heard that its a tricky thing to make it come out right. On that note, anyone have a place where I can buy a bigger bag of brown rice flour for a decent price? The small bags I can buy in the store aren't going to last long and the for the price, I can near about just buy bread in the stores. Im doing great sticking with the diet as I bought a bunch of stuff to keep me happy. I have a huge sweet tooth and have plenty of snacks. The excessive hunger is starting to slow down some, though I have days where I think I could eat a couch! Ive had only one serious craving for bread this week and I put myself to work doing something and forgot about it. I should add that the toaster oven I bought just for myself, has been used everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. But there is a learning curve for me and I have several burns on my fingers to prove it. <_<

My hubby asked me last night, how do I know if this is working or if this is the diet I need to be on. And I honestly didn't know how to answer that question. Since I have no diagnosis, I really don't know. I am planning on going to my alergist for food testing since I refuse to do another endo and do not want to do the gluten challenge for blood work. The only thing I could tell him is that I have had more energy than I have had in years and thats the only thing I can definitely tell an improvement on. Should I gluten myself to see if I have a reaction, or am I not far enough in to elicit a bad reaction? BTW, I don't want to gluten myself, but I would like to know. Now, off to make me some lunch......corn tortilla (lightly buttered and toasted in the toaster oven for a few), roasted turkey, romaine lettuce, colby jack cheese and some honey dijon. Makes for an awesome wrap! So awesome that my hubby begs me to make them for him for a snack. :)

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Your energy levels are higher than they have been in years in just two short weeks! You will likely have other improvements as your time gluten free increases - keep a list of symptom improvement - digestive, energy, skin, hair, nails. There is no reason to trial gluten - especially at only a few weeks in. If you aren't convinced by symptom improvement at six months - then you might want to do a gluten challenge and get a full celiac blood panel.

Until then enjoy your new energy level - but be careful not to overdo if you haven't been very active prior to going gluten-free.

Take care :)

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LOL Ive been wearing myself out every day. Im overly excited about my energy levels and do all kinds of stuff. I just found a place to order a good amount of brown rice flour and many many other things.....momma's got a lot of baking to do! My load didn't turn out that bad in my machine. The recipe I used was bland and blah, but it came out good. I find myself doing the happy dance all the time (much to the kids dismay), so I know Im feeling some better. :D

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If your energy picks up that is a very good thing! I also think it is a good thing when one feels absolutely worse. I say, any reaction is a good reaction. I sure hope yours stays to the good.

Diana

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The last half of this week has been terrible. I am plumb exhausted! Yesterday when I went to go pick my son up from school, I got hit with a wave of exhaustion and I didn't think I was going to make it home safely. It was insane! On a cool note, I have made myself a blog and given myself a cutesy name. Its a blog about all sorts of things but it will be heavily aimed toward the gluten free lifestyle. I call myself The Squeaky Peach and my blog's name is Glutenus Minimus :D If any newbies (pfft like Im a pro) want some ideas on how to make some awesome meals, even have a shopping list posted, check out the Facebook page. You should be able to find it with those 2 names.

On a side note, I just made a batch of gluten filled bread and I pray that I didn't gluten myself in any way. If I did, it will be the last time I make the hubby a loaf of bread.

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Yep, I did it, dangit and now Im sick as a dog. :( Well, never again will I cook them bread. No more evidence needed to sustain myself on this diet.

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