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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Thanks, awesome advice! I've already experienced that a lot of your tips are true. Like "don't eat in restaurants". Period. I cook almost everything I eat now. I never tried probiotics, I am going to have to do that. You all have been so helpful, thanks everyone!
  2. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Don't worry, I for one am not going to get involved in a saturated vs. unsaturated fat debate. I studied Molecular Biology in college and I remember just enough physiology to be dangerous. I would warn you that the fundamental argument of the paleo diet also works against you. It says we are genetically programmed to deal with saturated fats, right? Two problems 1)You better be physically active. If you are out hauling rocks for a living I think you can eat whatever you want, you need dense calorie sources. But if you work at a computer you better be more careful about what you eat. 2)We don't all have the same genes when it comes to dealing with fat. Some people have high cholesterol and others don't even though they have the same diet, some get heart disease and some don't. Those tribes that have a high fat diet also have a particular set of genes, just like Northern Europeans can digest milk better than most other people groups. Any Inuit that wasn't genetically capable of living for a few months on whale blubber exited the gene pool quite a while ago. So what is healthy for you? I think what makes good nutrition for each person depends on a combination of genetics and lifestyle, in short it is at least a little different for everyone. So I'm not completely eliminating fat from my diet, I am just trying to maximize nutrition while minimizing calories. While I'm exercising or just going through my day my body is burning up some fat to provide a portion of the energy I need. Now from that perspective, every ounce of fat I eat is an ounce of fat that my body is going to burn from food intake instead of taking out of my fat reserve. I'd rather burn the saturated fat in my body than the saturated fat in the bacon I just ate. So if I don't eat too many carbs (which could be stored as fat) and I eat less fat than I burn, I am guaranteed to lose weight. At the same time I am trying to build muscle and some days I lift weights. My muscles are really hungry for protein (and also carbs and even some fat). Protein is a building block but not a good source of energy, so your body is unlikely to turn it into fat. So my basic diet is maximize protein, keep carbs at a reasonable level, and minimize fat. Add moderate weightlifting and some good cardio workouts like running, and I am going to be losing weight AND building muscle. That's been my gameplan since I quit gluten about 3 months ago and I have lost about 20 pounds and I am about 25% stronger, so it is working okay for me. There are other ways to lose weight, I see this as a safe way that works for me.
  3. What To Do For Breakfast?

    That's a great idea, I will let you know how it works out!
  4. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Wow, I have got to give that a try. Unfortunately, I'm also allergic to bananas, yay! So gluten, milk, bananas are all out for me, and I think there is something else that I haven't pinned down yet. Sometimes my lips itch a lot and take a few days to heal, and I think it might be some weird symptom of a food allergy. The last two times that it happened I had previously been eating edamame, and if it turns out I am even mildly allergic to soy I am going to a-splode! But your recipe sounds fun, so I am going to try it and feed it to someone else. If it works out maybe I'll be able to think of some sort of substitute for the banana.
  5. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Thanks, quinoa is a good idea, I've never cooked it before, but I should be able to cook it and eat it later right? It is a little expensive, but I think I've seen it cheap at some store around where I live. Yes, I was using lactose free milk for a while, but I kept feeling bad after I drank it, so I am trying to avoid all milk products including cheese, I do think I might have a milk protein issue. I react badly to Pamela's gluten free pancake mix, I discovered it has cultured buttermilk in it which should be low lactose but it still causes me problems. I guess you are right about almond milk. It certainly tastes better with cereal than soy milk. But it doesn't give me enough protein. I guess I should keep some around for occasional cereal. The best thing about nondairy milk is that it has such a long shelf life! I can drink it slowly and not worry about it going bad.
  6. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Ooooh, that's what I need! That recipe you gave me the link for. I can make that once or twice a week, and just nuke them in the morning. I'll substitute out the milk. I have generally been avoiding all types of breads, even gluten-free bread. It's like I had this really deep relationship, but then things changed, she wasn't who I thought she was. She would have wild mood swings, flirting with me then torturing me. She was so bad for me, but so beautiful. I couldn't live without her but I felt miserable when I was with her. Things got worse and worse, she was keeping secrets, using me, taking all my energy and giving nothing back. Finally I had to break it off. I will heal, and be ready to open up again, but I need time and space. Gluten, you broke my heart. So anyway, now I am learning to cook for myself, and I am eating mostly Asian food (there is NO metaphor here, the metaphor has ended), much of which is naturally gluten free if you use gluten-free soy sauce and avoid dumplings and wheat noodles. It's weird, you can't really eat anything from an Asian restaurant, but you can eat almost everything on the menu if you make it yourself. Anyway, it takes time to adapt to an Asian diet, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a genetic component. It's usually great, but I get sick of rice, and that is what they usually have for breakfast, some sort of rice product (or noodles).
  7. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Yea, there was a time when I was gravitating towards nuts, but they all have a ridiculous fat to protein ratio, like 2 grams of fat for every gram of protein. That's a lot. That paleo diet is interesting, seems like a really high fat diet though. I'll have to research it a little.
  8. What To Do For Breakfast?

    Thanks for the link! I am making my way through it. This morning I had leftover ground turkey and vegetable fried rice from yesterday, it was awesome for lunch but stir-fried rice for breakfast is just wrong, my stomach wasn't super happy with that. I think I am going to have to incorporate some meat, and do some planning and preparation the day before. This is the worst part for me, I am more of an eat to live person (instead of live to eat) and having to spend so much time, energy and thought on food bothers me. But it also means I am eating a lot healthier in many different ways, so it really is worth it anyway, even without the gluten issue.
  9. I have been gluten free for a few months and I feel a lot better. I have been so successful at adjusting my diet and lifestyle that I don't miss gluten foods very much anymore. However I am failing at breakfast, many mornings I just sit and try to think of something to eat then give up. What do you all do for breakfast? Here is my situation: - I don't have much money, so prepared gluten free foods seem to be out of reach because they are too expensive for me. Please don't tell me they aren't expensive unless you can feed yourself on less than $10 a day (but if you know some cheap stuff that I can get that would be awesome). - I don't have much time, meaning if it takes more than 10 minutes I will usually just skip breakfast. - I am getting in shape, so I need high protein and low fats. The second best thing about going gluten-free is I have been losing weight, but I have also been working out and I need a lot of protein and energy. - I am now also lactose intolerant - Food tasting great is preferred but not necessary. As long as it isn't gross and it meets my needs my mouth might not enjoy it but my mind and body will! - I am already eating too much rice and corn, and too many eggs which is not healthy. Before I would just have cereal with milk or sometimes oatmeal. Almond milk has a bad fat to protein ratio and Chex (or an gluten-free cereal) with soy milk is totally disgusting. Sometimes I just drink some soy milk, but I heard it isn't good for a guy to have too much soy because of some plant estrogen stuff in soy. Corn grits seem like empty calories. So far the best options have been BRM Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal and BRM gluten-free pancake mix but these are low in protein and do take a little time to prepare. Anybody found an easy, fast and cheap alternative to milk and cereal?
  10. Hey, I am totally new at this, and hopefully your symptoms are resolved by this time. It sounds like what is happening to you is what happened to me. When I went off gluten I felt so much better, but my digestive issues weren't all resolved. It turns out I had become intensely lactose intolerant, that was what was causing the bloating and more acute digestive symptoms. Once I cut out lactose everything was good and I felt like a new person. A very hungry, but much healthier new person. This is pure speculation, I don't have the expertise of others on this board, but I think that the damage to my intestines from gluten sensitivity caused the lactose intolerance. Both coming up at once made it a lot harder to figure out what was happening. I was trying to figure out what foods were associated with my problems, then eliminating things from my diet to try to specifically identify the culprit. I would cut out one and feel a little better, but then the other would still cause me problems and I thought I was wrong. Fortunately, eventually I noticed the difference in the two reactions and realized what was happening. Gluten was more insidious, I could feel it in my gut but it also made me feel bad all over. Lactose was really acute, I felt like I was going explode, but the rest of my body was fine.