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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. I haven't gone gluten free yet but I thought I would throw you some advice for getting your kids to eat better. I have a 5 and a 6 year old. To get them to eat healthy I talk to them about how eating the right foods helps us to stay healthy and strong. They are also taking gymnastics and getting into soccer so we explain to them if they want to be able to do well in gymnastics and soccer they need to eat right. We also will not keep any junk food in the house so if they are hungry they are going to eat something that is healthy. A kid will not let themselves starve. That is what the pediatrician said to us if they are hungry they will eat, you just have to make sure the foods they have to choose from are healthy. Since we consistently talk about how important healthy food choices are with our kids they make healthy choices at other people's houses too. It is amazing and it makes me so happy to know they will be healthy because they are now starting to make these decisions on their own. Which is something I did not have growing up, which I think makes things a lot harder for me. I think it is a lot easier for kids because they have not lived 20+ years eating wrong. My kids do get the occasional treat now and then, but sometimes they prefer to pick a healthy treat over the junk. It is important to offer choices so they feel like they have some control over what they are eating. I hope that helps.
  3. I'm glad you asked this question cuz I was curious what exactly fatty stool was too. I think this is the perfect forum for asking this question so I don't think you should be embarrassed for asking it. I'll be watching to see if anyone posts a reply cuz I'd like to know too. I just thought I'd let you know you weren't the only one wondering.
  4. I just wanted to update everyone on what was going on. I went to my old doctor yesterday and he is so much better at listening. He thinks I have Crohn's but he also tested me for Celiac. So after the bloodwork comes back on that he wants me to get a colonoscopy. Which I'm really not looking forward to doing. I'm finishing up my last semester in college so not sure where that will fit in my schedule to take the time to deal with a colonoscopy. I feel a lot better now that I have a doctor who will listen to me. I'm really hoping it is celiac and not crohn's though. At least I know a change in my diet will help celiac. Thanks for all of your great advice. This really is an awesome board and I'm glad I found it!!
  5. Thanks everyone for the great advice. I have an appointment Thursday with my old doctor so hopefully he will be more open to testing me for celiac. I'm really lucky that my husband is being really supportive and is willing to try the gluten free diet with me when I start it. Now I just need to figure out what to feed us. I'm having a problem figuring out what to eat besides chicken and turkey because I'm also watching my cholesterol. It's going to be a fun adventure.
  6. Hi I haven't been diagnosed celiac, but I am getting ready to try the gluten free diet if I don't get any answers soon. Luckily my husband is supportive and is going to try it with me. My problem is he packs his lunch and needs things he can just grab and eat while he is working. He also snacks all day so he packs a lot of stuff. Usually he packs two sandwiches but won't be able to do that cuz of the bread. We don't have good gluten free bread here and I'm not a baker. Also he usually eats granola bars, german chocolate cookies from little debbie, I think those are the only other things he won't be able to continue packing. His other snacks are string cheese and an apple. I'm sure the gluten free snacks won't be a problem. I just don't know what he should pack in place of the sandwich that would be easy to eat while he is driving or working. Thanks for any advice you can give!!
  7. I feel a lot better to hear from someone having the same issues. It makes sense with my thyroid too because I have had to raise my thyroid medicine twice over the 4 1/2 years that I have had issues with it. If my other doctor won't run tests on me I'm just going gluten free. Thanks so much everyone I know you guys will provide the support I need to go gluten free without a diagnosis.
  8. Thanks everybody for the great advice. I'm going to go back to my old doctor and see if he will help me. If that doesn't work then I'm just going to try the diet and see if I feel better. I don't want to cut out gluten yet though just in case he will run the tests. I really think it is a problem though. I had been eating gluten at every meal for the two days before I had gone to the doctor and I was so miserable the night before I saw the doctor I went to bed right after I put my kids to bed. I ate toast for breakfast yesterday, but that was all the gluten I had and I finally got rid of my headache at 6 last night. How much gluten do you think I need to eat to make sure it stays in my system? I really don't want to eat it at every meal because I felt so horrible. Thanks for all of your great advice I really appreciate it!!
  9. I don't know what to do. I just went to the doctor today because I have been miserable. I have been getting diarrhea at least once a day. I used to have problems with constipation. I'll get crampy first and then I have to go to the bathroom. I've also been gassy and bloated. I all of a sudden have eczema. I'm going to school right now and I am having problems concentrating and I just can't focus. I feel like I have a brain fog. I've also been having pain in my hips for almost a year and the doctor did x-rays and found nothing. I am tired all the time. I get up and feel exhausted. I eat breakfast and then half an hour later I've gotta go to the bathroom. After lunch I get a headache that gets worse throughout the day. Then after dinner I will get gassy and crampy and tired. I'm very irritable and not myself at all. I also have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I told my doctor everything and that I thought maybe I could have Celiac and he thinks it is irritable bowel syndrome and he doesn't like to run tests unless really necessary. I just had blood work done a couple weeks ago and I didn't have anemia so he thinks that I prob don't have Celiac, plus I'm overweight. The blood work also showed that my cholesterol was high which was annoying because a few months ago I started using ground turkey in place of hamburger, and turkey sausage in place of pork. He also suggested that I had mild depression and wanted to put me on an anti-depressant but I didn't feel like I really need that. I'm hesitant about taking anti-depressants. I just want to be able to think straight and get rid of the headaches. I'm supposed to go back in a couple of weeks to update him on how I feel. I'd like to go gluten free to see if that makes me feel better but I'm afraid if I do he'll end up wanting to test me for it and then it won't show up on any tests. Frustrated along with my irritability issues..it helps to vent on this board though. Sorry to go on about everything but I think you guys are probably the only ones who could understand.
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