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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I have always been overweight, although I am not a big eater. I thought I had a slow metabolism or hypothyroid, although it checked out OK. After three months of going gluten free (non celiac gluten sensitivity), suddenly I have the appetite of my teenage son! I Also, my normal intolerance to cold is disappearing, and I am getting occasional hot flashes! Kind of like him-he never wears a coat! I am worried about gaining more weight so I have to keep the calories in check and watch what I eat. Is there a recognised medical reason for this? I dont think I was ever undernourished. Is it possible my metabolism, thanks to my thyroid and other organs healing, is returning to normal?
  2. I have just gone from an awesome week, to feeling crappy. Its like I have a hangover or even the flu, but a voracious appetite. Have I caught the gluten flu-or am having withdrawel symptoms? After four months it seems late to be happenings, but I did have a couple minor accidental glutenings, so have really only been 100% glten free foe a couple weeks now.
  3. Its been almost four months now gluten free. Didnt see much improvement until the third month, then almost overnight I felt so much better. Now, for the last week, I have been having these flu like symptoms, almost like a hangover. Mild headache, nausea, but an INCREASED appetite. Is this gluten withdrawel? If so, is it not kind of late for it too be happening? Mind you, I did have a few minor 'reglutenings' along the way, but last two weeks 100% gluten free. Thanks!
  4. I am so glad I dont have full blown celiac and have to suffer what you people do. Being glutened sucks, but I get over it fairly quickly. Positive things I have noticed in the last few weeks: * Better mental attitude and no more fuzzy thinking * No more sore joints * No more cravings *No more digestive problems *Best thing is am loosing weight! God Bless you all, its so good to have friends!
  5. I was mostly symptom free after three months no gluten. I believe it takes that long for the gluten anti-bodies to leave your system? I have been reglutened twice since then, and all the symptoms returned with a vengeance, but after a few days they resolved. I am no expert, but I think the longer you are off gluten, if you are reglutened it hits you harder because you have less antibodies. If someone could set me straight it would be appreciated.
  6. Has anybody noticed that gluten affected the function of their thyroid gland, resulting in a slowed metabolism and weight gain or inability to lose weight, and/or their pancreas, affecting insulin levels, which also make it hard to lose weight? If so, were these glands able to recover and get back to normal after being gluten free, and how long did this take? Thanks
  7. I mean what other books about gluten/celiac are out there besides Wheat belly-which got the whole ball rolling for me until recently
  8. Thanks lady. I suspect I may actually be celiac since I recently discovered it is in my family, but I am going gluten free instead of getting tested. I am just starting to grapple with the truth that I cant have ANY gluten, even low gluten. BTW beans, etc. don't bloat me at all. Speaking of credible sources, I am starting to think that wheat belly doctor William Davis is NOT ONE! Any other sources you guys can recommend are appreciated!
  9. I love beer and its the only gluten containing food I cant eliminate. What guy can give up beer on a hot summer night? I switched to Miller Lite, which supposedly has been tested to have a very low level of gluten. After three months gluten free except for that, I still have a beer belly and trouble losing weight. Just got back from a winery tour vacation and for a full week not one beer. Low and behold, even after pigging out every day, no exercise, and lots of wine, only gained two pounds, pants still fit. Two questions: 1. Is very low gluten beer OK, or is it best to switch to actual gluten free like Bard's? 2. You don't see many wine drinkers with beer bellies. Since I am very active and dont eat much, can a beer belly be from the gluten as well as the calories and carbs?
  10. I am not full blown celiac, although it is in my family, but definately gluten intolerant. Every once in a while I have to remind myself. Like Sunday night when I had spaghetti. Just getting over the 'brain fog' and nausea now! I read Wheat Belly Total Health and now I am really confused. He seems to have veered off track, and has morphed into a low carb advocate. He says ALL grains are bad, and to lose weight eliminate carbs and eat more fat. Isn't fat intolerance one of the digestive side effects of Celiac, caused by the gluten damage to the intestines? I tried a low fat (gluten free of course) diet for six months, and didnt lose much weight, but felt real good digestion wise. I switched to the Total Health approach, GAINED WEIGHT, had to quit-all that fat is too hard to stomach, and no carbs except potatoes? The other grains that he villifies, like rice and couscous, have never given me any problems. Now I am back to a gluten free low calorie approach, and making progress. Any thoughts appreciated!
  11. Dr Davis, in his new book, seems to have veered off course, and is now advocating the elimination of ALL grains, and eating more fats. It is essentially a low carb diet. The only problem I see here is that thanks to the gluten, I suffer from fat malabsorption, as many gluten intolerants do, and I think a lot of full blown celiacs do as well. So what to make of this? Personally, I have had success following a low fat diet, which in essence is a low calorie diet as well, since fats have twice as many calories as carbs. My digestion was better too. Recently, in an attempt to lose more weight, I went low carb (gluten free of course). It was pretty hard to stick to, since I couldnt stomach all that meat and fat. I am now on a lowered calorie gluten free diet and making progress and feeling good. Thanks for your thoughts!
  12. I tried going totally off dairy the last few days to see the effect. I am aware that lactose intolerance is a side effect, but I have a cheese tooth. Swiss is cocaine to me. My belly feels better, but best of all is making happy gurgling noises and going down a bit. I guess I was in denial before, but its dairy free for me. Fat intolerance may also be an issue. I always try to eat low fat meats, but I guess I thought dairy fat was different or healthier than milk fat. Maybe its worse.
  13. As I understand, gluten attacks the thyroid gland, reducing metabolism. Has anyone felt that their metabolism picked improved after being gluten free. Can the thyroid even heal itself, like the liver can? Also, I believe the pancreas is affected, reducing digestive enzyme output. Maybe it just the absence of gluten, but my digestion has improved after three months of being gluten free.
  14. I am a guy with a huge bloated belly, looks like I am 9 months pregnant. What annoys me is that there is no fat and I actually have a sixpack. Everyone probably assumes I am a heavy drinker.
  15. Since being totally gluten free for almost a month, I have a reduction in most of the other side effects except for the bloating. As I understand it, the compromised digestive system will have a hard time digesting either fats or carbs, maybe both, until the villi grow back (very simplified). I tried eating low fat for a week and felt no difference. This week I went low carb, except for some gluten free bread for my lunch sandwhich. I noticed I had much less bloating. I am a light eater, with the usual day being a bowl of cereal for breakfast, sandwhich for lunch, and meat and potato for supper. I would start getting gas buildup in the morning, which would increase after lunch until it was almost unbearable. Then I had To lay down after supper.Cutting back the carbs, especially early in the day, sure helped me. Anyone else notice this effect?