I was diagnosed with Celiac when I was about 2 and half years old. Was born with it and my mother didnt know. When I was old enough for solids, she started me on all food types including food containing Gluten. I didn't grow at all - mentally or physically. Once diagnosed and after having my diet changed my mother told me the turn around was miraculous. I however have no child hood memories form before I was 8 years of age. After that, I do remember always being the healthiest in the family and I have always been slim. My mom kept my diet about 80% strict - she allowed me to eat Kellog's Rice Crispies and Corn Flakes, Wafer biscuits, Kentucky Fried Chicken - she justified it by saying "there's so little gluten in it!" Since I have been old enough to understand more about celiac I have become a lot stricter with my diet myself - I am about 99% strict - I still use Knorr Gravy powders when making supper. I have successfully had 3 beautifull boys (19years , 9 years, and 5 years old) - all have been tested and cleared of celiac. However, after my 3rd child, I have not been able to maintain a healthy weight. About a year and a half ago I started picking up weight - about 8 kgs in the year - no changes to eating habits or lifestyle. It is all around my stomach. Everytime I eat or drink anything, my stomach bloats. I am battling to find time to exercise (I am a financial manager for an IT company) but I have tried drinking 2 litres of water daily, multi vitamins, CLA, Omega 3, eating 5 small meals a day, protein shakes, and I just can't shake the excess weight. If anyone can explain the distended stomach or give advise, I would be truly grateful.