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About alfinkel

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  1. For ethical reasons, I've been vegetarian for 18 years and vegan for 2 years. I found out (blood tests positive, endoscopy/biopsy 100% conclusive) i was a celiac around 4 months ago. My symptoms were mainly terrible heartburn, arthritis, and depression. i've had my ups and downs on the diet, and the downs have come after specific instances where i can figure out where i wasn't careful enough (eating out, at relative's house). Overall, though, I've been doing better. i spoke with a nutrionist and a GI specialist and am doing very well nutrion-wise with Tofu, brown rice, many beans (especially chick peas-- my fave), blackstrap molasses taken daily as a supplement, and more nutbutters. I've had lots of bloodwork done at the hospital and all of the nutritional markers they can measure (folate, vitamins, etc.) show up very well for me. I also take a good quality gluten-free vegan multi-vitamin, Cosamin Ds, and Calcium Citrate. i am a 26 year old male athlete, and have had zero problems getting enough and varied enough protein... you just need to be educated and fastidious about what you're eating. I do, however, miss my veggie burgers and seitan stir-fry!!! As many of those on this board experienced, my downs have been much worse than prior to me starting the gluten-free diet, since my body is no longer so used to it. But, I'm working hard to eliminate that damn gluten as completely as possible. if i do develop problems with soy, i would do my best to stay vegan, and in a worse-case scenario eat low-level bivalve invertebrates, which to me is better ethically (and probably health-wise) than dairy. I'm very much hoping to avoid that, i do love my tofu and edamame. Of course, everyone's body is different and I don't mean to imply that those that struggle with the dietary limitations wrong or weak... This is just my take on things... Best of luck to you.
  2. here's the publisher. http://www.newtrendspublishing.com/ they also talk about how great milk and cholesterol are. seems like a marketing plan... ech.
  3. Thanks for all the feedback! I'll continue eating soy and see how I feel my body recouperates from the years of gluten!
  4. Hi, I am a 26 year old vegan, recently diagnosed with Celiac's. I've been on the diet for just under a week. I'm having difficult searching the board for some reason, so will make my own post. How do I find out if I have soy issues? Is there a test for that? Also, is it possible/likely that I will develop problems with soy in the future if I don't now? Being a celiac vegan, soy intolerance would be a major problem for me. Thanks!