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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I have recently found myself to be gluten intolerant and have since had to go gluten free. Lately I have just been feeling very scared about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying things that I have not had before. Like chicken I have no problem with but I am still very hesitant to have red meat or dairy and I am getting very frustrated because I feel like I am punishing myself and I really shouldn't be. I am so afraid to try something that half the time I won't eat it because I am so afraid of getting sick. I have found a lot of gluten free products that I like but at the same time I feel like I am just eating the same thing over and over again and I am getting frustrated because I want to branch out but at the same time I do not want to because I am afraid of getting sick. Any advice?

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I have recently found myself to be gluten intolerant and have since had to go gluten free. Lately I have just been feeling very scared about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying things that I have not had before. Like chicken I have no problem with but I am still very hesitant to have red meat or dairy and I am getting very frustrated because I feel like I am punishing myself and I really shouldn't be. I am so afraid to try something that half the time I won't eat it because I am so afraid of getting sick. I have found a lot of gluten free products that I like but at the same time I feel like I am just eating the same thing over and over again and I am getting frustrated because I want to branch out but at the same time I do not want to because I am afraid of getting sick. Any advice?

Why does red meat scare you? Is it because it is harder to digest? Why exactly are you afraid of dairy too? It will be easier for us to direct you if we know exactly what it is about those things that has worried you.

By fresh vegetables,meat and fruit, they are all naturally gluten free.

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Why does red meat scare you? Is it because it is harder to digest? Why exactly are you afraid of dairy too? It will be easier for us to direct you if we know exactly what it is about those things that has worried you.

By fresh vegetables,meat and fruit, they are all naturally gluten free.

I guess a lot of it is that because when I got really sick those were the things I was eating and back then nothing would stay down. Also my doctor keeps suggesting that red meat may not be the best thing. With dairy I almost always seem to get diarrhea or a stomach ache after eating it. Especially ice cream, although it doesn't usually happen for several hours after I have eaten it so I am not sure if there's something else that's going on. Over all I guess I am just afraid to step out of my comfort zone for no other reason than that I am afraid.

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Have you been tested for celiac? It's sounding more like you're celiac. And you could be gluten intolerant with the added bonus of lactose intolerant. So don't eat dairy. You can always try it again in 3 or 4 months.

And maybe you shouldn't eat those processed foods even though they are gluten free. They are still processed foods & the gluten-free snacks are still junk food --- just b/c they are gluten-free doesn't make them not junk.

Why don't you just go to a whole foods diet for about 3 months? Meats, fresh or frozen fruits & veggies, nuts. This way of eating would be the kindest to your system. How about pork? Have you been eating that? Why not try one new food per week? Pick one thing & try it, then add another next week, then another & so on. Baby steps.

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If red meat is too difficult for you to digest, try eating grass-fed red meats/steaks. Since they are not pumped full of antibiotics, steroids, and all that other crap, its much easier on the stomach. This was a recommendation from my nutritionist which I have been following and it's been working so far! Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but if it can expand your diet, it may be worth a shot...good luck!

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I guess a lot of it is that because when I got really sick those were the things I was eating and back then nothing would stay down. Also my doctor keeps suggesting that red meat may not be the best thing. With dairy I almost always seem to get diarrhea or a stomach ache after eating it. Especially ice cream, although it doesn't usually happen for several hours after I have eaten it so I am not sure if there's something else that's going on. Over all I guess I am just afraid to step out of my comfort zone for no other reason than that I am afraid.

If you are really dairy intolerant (milk proteins), it is not that strange to have problems with beef-proteins as well. I have that too and so have many others.

Just google "meat and dairy intolerance" and you'll see you are not alone in this.

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