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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Hey everybody,

I have a question: I have all these funky food allergies and I'm wondering if eating foods that I'm allergic to will prevent my intestines from getting better. Any thoughts? Even better - any references to medical literature?

I just started this gluten-free thing and I'm having kind of a rough time figuring out what has *no* foods that I'm allergic to in it. I'm wondering if I eat a gluten free mix containing say... eggs (which I'm allergic to) if it will slow or stop the healing process.

What do you think?

Any insight is appreciated!

- Michelle :wub:

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I'm wondering the same thing. Anyone know any good links with info on how to heal the intestine faster? I'm tired of the bloating and of living on the toilet.

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I tested my egg allergy to see if it went away with healing, and the answer is "no". A great big emphatic NO!!! How depressing it was for me!

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I think that I am having trouble with starches, which is kind of scary. I'm hoping that this goes away soon b/c I don't want to starve. There aren't many options left at this point...even rice is bothering me. SIGH.

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Hi Michelle,

I have been wondering the same thing! If you find out, let me know please :)

I tested allergic to nearly every food I eat. I've eliminated some and restricted others, and ignored the rest. I figure, I gotta eat something, right? Even if it might slow healing, I need the nutrients in the food, and my tummy will just have to be somewhat annoyed at times.

I am hoping, that by eliminating gluten, my body will start to heal itself regardless of what else I eat. It would probably be better if I could avoid the things that I test allergic to, but I would be left with almost nothing. I am also hoping that if I retest in a year, some of the allergies will have disappeared - because my gut has healed somewhat and the offending molecules will no longer be able to penetrate into the rest of the body and cause the allergy in the first place.

Merika

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I agree with celiac3270... try the SCD ~ I have been on it for a month and 1/2, and already can tell I am healing well. :) It isn't easy, but the benefit is NO bloating... and HEALING!!!! Woohoo!! Give it a try ~ the book asks that you commit to it for a year. What is a year compared to a healthy intestine??!!?? :)

Buy the book ~ read it ~ and then start eating towards great health. :)

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Kimberly-

Glad to hear you're having success with the scd. How long were you gluten-free only before you decided to do the scd? And you chose to do it because of slow progress, correct??

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I was gluten-free for about 2 1/2 years before starting it. :)

YES ~ very slow progress. I was TIRED of feeling sick all the time... being glutened by accident, not being able to eat dairy... the list goes on and on!! I was just NOT getting better or feeling good. I was swollen all the time, bloated, etc.

Since starting and being on the SCD, I am not bloated or sick. I don't get "glutened" because of the strick "legal" list. I don't eat out or eat anything questionable. I have been eating mostly plain meat, fruit and legal veggies.

It isn't an easy diet, but it DOES work and has made me feel SO much better. I also like the weight loss!! My wardrobe has double!!! I am wearing pants I haven't worn in years!!! :) Bonus!!!

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Thanks for the info Kimberly--and glad to hear your hard work is paying off !! I haven't seen improvement for myself either, perhaps I need more time...could be. But I am also getting tested for other intolerances, and keeping scd in mind if things don't get better in a few more months. Gracias !

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I tested positive for so many foods, I didn't feel like I could eat. So I opted to cut out about half - the half giving me the most trouble - for six months. After that, I'll try to add them back into my diet. Then I'll cut out some of the others. Hopefully, I won't loose too many permanently. Worst case, at least I will work my way there and not have to suffer cold turkey. This works for me. Maybe others will benefit from the same strategy.

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Kimberly,

I ordered a copy of the book after reading your post and I was wondering does it recommend a lifelong commitment to this diet or are you actually "cured " after a year? I have given up most grains and the only thing I notice is that I feel bloated after eating potatoes. I'm not quite sure what i should be doing, I tested positive for 5 foods on the York test but potatoes wasn't one of them. :(

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