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Has anyone been so frustrated with all the food restrictions and possible sensitivities that they stopped eating?

Last summer I went 18 days without food, drinking only juice that I juiced at home in my own juicer. Nothing added, ever.

That was before I was DH diagnosed and I had a feeling it was some sort of food allergy and figured I'd eliminate the most common culprits all at once, leaving me with.... Just fresh juice.

The result? I lost 15 pounds but did not lose my rash. Now I know it's DH and I've been gluten-free since October and I'm still rashy, I am considering another juice fast as oppose to the thyca diet. Avoiding iodine has been challenging for me and I haven't made it beyond a few days. I always break at a desperate time, like at work or school with a hungry tummy.

Has anyone had a positive or negative experience with juice only? It was mostly positive for me, even though it didn't help my skin.

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Has anyone been so frustrated with all the food restrictions and possible sensitivities that they stopped eating?

Last summer I went 18 days without food, drinking only juice that I juiced at home in my own juicer. Nothing added, ever.

That was before I was DH diagnosed and I had a feeling it was some sort of food allergy and figured I'd eliminate the most common culprits all at once, leaving me with.... Just fresh juice.

The result? I lost 15 pounds but did not lose my rash. Now I know it's DH and I've been gluten-free since October and I'm still rashy, I am considering another juice fast as oppose to the thyca diet. Avoiding iodine has been challenging for me and I haven't made it beyond a few days. I always break at a desperate time, like at work or school with a hungry tummy.

Has anyone had a positive or negative experience with juice only? It was mostly positive for me, even though it didn't help my skin.

Out of desperation thats what I did this morning. I haven't had problems with my rash, but because of my stomach and I am finding its dairy thats the problem. I dropped eggs due to my rash, and instead increased my dairy without really thinking about it and I have been having more stomach problems.

Do you have gluten in shampoos, soaps, moisturizers? I also have stopped touching gluten, I think it was affecting my hand. Then I stopped eating eggs, for the iodine connection.

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Out of desperation thats what I did this morning. I haven't had problems with my rash, but because of my stomach and I am finding its dairy thats the problem. I dropped eggs due to my rash, and instead increased my dairy without really thinking about it and I have been having more stomach problems.

Do you have gluten in shampoos, soaps, moisturizers? I also have stopped touching gluten, I think it was affecting my hand. Then I stopped eating eggs, for the iodine connection.

All my toiletries and meds are gluten-free. My house and girlfriend are gluten-free.

One cool thing.... As far as I know, the egg iodine is in the yolk. I've been eating scrambled egg whites, it's nice to have them. As far as being around gluten, I work at Starbucks. I don't ever touch the pastries, as it is against health code. . . But I know i must come into contact with a few stray crumbs. I don't eat anything (except fresh bananas) from work and always bring my own lunch so I dont think I could be accidentally CCing myself.

Fasting makes me cold, and it's winter in Portland, Or, so I don't want to be any colder than I already am, but come spring time I think I'll fast again. It makes me feel clean, knowing a get everything out of my system. It's nice to reset your body, maybe this time, Ill food journal as I reintroduce foods.

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During the height of my illness I became so depressed that I stopped eating altogether for 3 weeks. I only took vitamins, drank water and took collagen tablets. Miraculously and against all reason, I started to feel like I was getting well, I started to gain energy and to feel normal again and I lost all the excess swelling that was inflaming my whole body. Mentally I cleared up and my migraines went away. The depression lifted. I knew I was on to something but I didn't know what. Eventually I had to eat. Then I got sick again for many months, gained weight, got headaches, sunk into depression. Now I know it was Celiac but it took another year to figure that out.

Now I am Paleo and use Mark's Daily Apple.com as a resource. He describes using intermittent fasting to re-set your body metabolism and it makes perfect sense to me. Paleo is perfect for Celiacs. Nothing against juice fasting if it works for you. My DH is sensitive to salicylates so that will not work for me. But fasting in itself is good for the body and the mind I believe. Even though my initial "fast" was not really by choice, now I do fast occasionally for the benefit of it. My weight and moods have stabilized and I am gaining muscle rapidly...even without exercise. My sores are almost healed unless I get into trace gluten or preservatives or salicylates too much.Then I react.

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Scheduled food - type consumption Vs. listening to the body . . .

I think the above covers it. Regular scheduled meals is just part of the matrix we've been indoctrinated into. See, you don't listen to your body then, you watch the synthetic clock . . . The machine world has you . . . Your body knows what it needs, and tells you . . . IF, you listen . . .

The clock tells you when to eat, NOT your body. Not happy, out of balance, out of sync . . .

Fasting is a natural way to purge impurities, BUT, like all good things, too much of one usually ends up in harm . . . Allow the body to dictate and see.

Each of us MUST experiment and determine for ourselves and utilize shared data but NEVER make it gospel. This affliction is too individualized and requires astute observation in my view for one to heal oneself.

I've fasted for over 30 years, randomly and off-and-on, . . . ya, I'm an old fart at 54, however, we don't need to have our colons packed solid yet DH nailed me tail at this late year in my journey. No pun intended . . .

My bread / wheat programmed fetish was my nemesis . . . Imagine that ???

My advice ?: Utilize everything available as a tool, but let your BODY tell you what works and what doesn't !!!!!\

Listen to the body and find peace,

WF

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I plan on fasting once I get my biopsy done. I fasted for 4 days a month or so before dx with celiac out of desperation. Didn't help, but I broke it out of habit of snacking at night while watching tv, not from hunger. I read a ton of stuff about fasting before doing it.

Now that I know I'm a celiac, I think fasting might be even more helpful than I thought. Proponents of fasting specifically say it helps to heal your intestines. Also said to help out other auto-immune problems like arthritis a lot. My mom often fasts once a week and it helps her joint pain.

I'll be doing water only though, no juice unless my heart feels funny.

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I plan on fasting once I get my biopsy done. I fasted for 4 days a month or so before dx with celiac out of desperation. Didn't help, but I broke it out of habit of snacking at night while watching tv, not from hunger. I read a ton of stuff about fasting before doing it.

Now that I know I'm a celiac, I think fasting might be even more helpful than I thought. Proponents of fasting specifically say it helps to heal your intestines. Also said to help out other auto-immune problems like arthritis a lot. My mom often fasts once a week and it helps her joint pain.

I'll be doing water only though, no juice unless my heart feels funny.

Hey cavernio ,

When you wrote " I'll be doing water only though, no juice unless my heart feels funny. ", my first thought was; " If you deprive your body to the point of heart strain, what possible good could that serve ?" To deprive your physical vehicle of essential nutrients for too long, it could well lead to unintended self-extinction.

Just please consider my observation . . .

Peace,

WF

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