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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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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Ever since my celiac disease diagnosis, my body has gone right down the toilet after removing all meal replacement formulas and protein powders that were part of my

body-building program. I lost muscle while gaining a whole boatload of fat! :( (and I have the horrifying before and after pics to prove it!!) :angry:

Question is: are there any other bodybuilders out there with celiac disease who have some tips on supplements and how to get back in shape? I really feel like I'm on the downward spiral here without hope of ever getting back into the shape I once was [so much so, I'm seriously considering saying "f*** it" to the whole gluten-free diet and going back to my former ways].

Many thanks in advance to anyone with info to offer...

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You might try checking out GNC (General Nutrition Center) if you have one in your area. They list on their labels if the product is gluten free. I am not a bodybuilder or anything ;) but I checked out their website and you can read the ingredient labels right on the site. I looked at their creatine, the unflavored seems to be gluten free. Check out the site and see what you think seeing as I really know nothing about it !! haha

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-Jessica :D

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