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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. I was just dx a month ago and have started on a gluten-free diet... but I'm having a really hard time telling people. I don't want to make a big deal of it and I almost feel embarassed. Which I know is silly, I can't help being gluten intolerant... I just have a hard time talking about it. And how do you bring it up anyway? "Oh hey, by the way... I just discovered wheat is the devil?"
  2. Carb Cravings?

    I've been totally gluten-free for about a month now. I've just started finding myself with really bad carb cravings, particularly for salty, starchy carbs like potatoes. I get ridiculously cranky (seriously, like I'm a 2-year-old in need of a nap) until I get some carbs. I never really got cravings for carbs before going gluten-free so I'm wondering if it's just part of the adjustment. Unfortunately I keep reaching for potato chips, since those are easily accessible in our break room and admittedly I'm still really unsure of what carbs are ok and what carbs will make me sick. I'm trying to lose all the gluten weight I gained before my dx, so this isn't going to fly for long and I really want a healthier alternative. Can anyone recommend something that's low-fat/low-cal, gluten-free and can satisfy a carb craving?
  3. Wow, very helpful stuff... thanks!
  4. In '07 I gained 30lbs between Memorial day and Fourth of July and an additional 20 unexplained lbs since then... my docs were always puzzled, but finally as just over a week ago, thanks to the help of my own intuition and the internet and after tests galore, I was given the dx of non-celiac gluten intolerance. It's such a relief having a definitive explanation for all my seemingly non-related symptoms and even after just doing a trial elimination diet I feel a huge difference in how I feel. I was told that the gluten intolerance made my thyroid sluggish... I test at the very bottom of what constitutes being within a "normal" range, but my doc tells me that's essentially like getting a C- on a test and considering it a good grade because it isn't failing... in other words not sounding the hypothyroidism alarm, but still not good. And that is why I packed on the pounds and have since struggled to budge them. Sufficive to say, I'm anxious for the healing to begin and this gluten weight to go away. Did anyone have a similar experience? In general, how long do you feel it took you being on a gluten-free diet to be "healed"? My doc said 3-6 months of being diligently gluten-free and I would reverse the damage, but is this estimate accurate? I don't expect to drop those 30lbs as fast as I put them on, just curious. Also, any recommendations for vitamins or supplements? Or must-haves for a gluten-free diet? If it makes a difference, I'm 29, female, workout 3-4 times/week and eat mostly lean proteins and fresh fruits and veggies... was doing whole grains and whole wheat breads and pastas too, but now... not so much. Any advice you can provide this newbie is greatly appreciated!