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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Hmm, I guess I left out the part about being soy/cassein/yeast/egg and gluten intolerant. oops. But, I will say, i have been baking up a storm. It's not really about the food per se. it's about being in a restaurant and going to bars with friends, or going to a birthday celebration in a friends dorm room, and generally leading the life of a college student, and not being able to fully partake in what the people are enjoying around me. My friends know about my gluten intolerance but they forget. On my 22nd birthday, they brought me a cake, all decorated in green icing and everything (cuz it was also St Patrick's Day) I had to sadly remind them i couldn't have any of it. It's stuff like that. In my own kitchen--I do ok enough. Out in the world it's a totally different story.
  3. I am having the same dilemma you are about being gluten free and don't be fooled by the quote above--you will miss those foods, and you probably won't get the hang of it in a month. I know my username is beoptimistic, but I chose that more to remind myself to be optimistic--I'm more of a realist. I was gluten free for 2 months or so and had to hold back tears when my boyfriend and I went out to his favorite bar and I watched him eat Peirogies and order drink after dirnk from the 15 page beer list. The chips and salsa and glass of wine I ordered just weren't gonna cut it. In fact, I visited my family doctor recently and she gave me some advice that I basically interpreted as: "lead a balanced healthy life, don't smoke, don't abuse alcohol, exercise, and eat healthful foods, while avoiding consuming in excess those foods you know you're intolerant to, and you probably won't have to worry about the long term health problems and developing full blown celiac disease." She said I might try to slowly reintroduce some things that I consider important to my diet, like yogurt (i'm dairy intolerant). Well--I totally forgot that advice!!! I had pizza, a hot dog with a bun, etc etc. I regreted it! I felt awful! I had crazy mood swings and got very depressed. I felt better during the two months that i was gluten free (even though i was having a very hard time adjusting to the new life style) and i didn't realize it until I cheated. Keep in mind, I'm only 22. I don't even have intestinal damage yet. I have a long line of family members who have problems from it, and I've been diagnosed as gluten intolerant. If I think it's worth it to avoid the health problems--you certainly should since they're not that far from knocking on your door. You already have damage. Soo--this is a long round about way to saying--yes it's absolutely worth it!!! And I'm not gonna lie, it's damn hard! There are enough encouraging words here to tell you the alternative food options that are available to you, so I won't list them. I will say this though. I cut out all gluten cold turkey. Maybe you should cut it all out over a longer period in order to make it easier. Really, it's a matter of making yourself a priority. Without your health what do you have? I know it's corny but consider this: "When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied." Herophilus.
  4. Ugg! You sound like me before I went on the pill, except it wasn't every 35 days, it was whenever the hell it felt like coming (ex: every two weeks, then not again for 2 months, etc.) and lasting like u said, 7-9 days. Then again, I was running cross-country and track year round and probably had very low body fat. I could have just been on my way to amenoria. It could have had nothing to do with gluten! I wonder what it would be like now that I'm gluten free if I went off the pill. I guess I won't find out for years to come still. At any rate--I definitely hope it gets better for you!
  5. My Mom has also had endometriosis and had a hysterechtomy when she was 40. Now she also has MS and many other health problems. I definitely think she's gluten intolerant, but she isn't very receptive to getting tested just yet. I know I have both genes for it, that means she has one. So I wouldn't be surprised. Do you think there was a large connectioin b/t being gluten intolerant and the development of your endometriosis? What have your doctors said about it? As a 22 year old, I would like to avoid developing these conditions and am wondering if it's diet related or not.
  6. I am so glad I found this thread! I found out that I am gluten/cassein/soy/egg/yeast intolerant a couple of months ago from my Entero Lab results. I am not a full blown celiac. I have always had a very painful heavy and irregular menstral cycle and was put on birth control pills when I was 17. Now I'm 22. Given my age/goals in life, I know I will continue to be on the pill for at least another 5 years, but am still curious about gluten (and other foods) affect on the menstral cycle. When you all say that your symptoms are worse during your cycle--do you mean only before going gluten free?? What symptoms? Just pain? How about moodiness/anxiety and depression? I have had a hard time determining whether these symptoms are just normal PMS or if they are actually the result of my food intolerances. Since I have been on the pill for about 5 years, my cramps and bleeding aren't that bad any more, so it's difficult for me to tell if my gluten-free diet is helping. I find it much more difficult to track my moods. I try to be self-aware, but it's not always that easy. thoughts?? --kate
  7. Hi there! My results are similar to yours. I was tested by Entero Labs in February. My results: Fecal Antigliadin IgA 39 (Normal Range <10 Units) Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 55 Units (Normal Range <10 Units) Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score <300 Units (Normal Range <300 Units) Fecal anti-casein (cow
  8. All of this talk about candida is interesting. I don't know too much about it. Yeast is one of the things that my entero lab results said that I am intolerant to. Until now, I had been ignoring that. Having been newly diagnosed as gluten, cassein, egg soy and yeast intolerant I have been choosing my battles in order to maintain my sanity. I don't worry too much about the egg and yeast, but now that I learn all of this information about it, perhaps I should be paying more attention to the yeast factor. I am having trouble finding good info on it, and am wondering whether there is a connection between the yeast that I consume in bread and things like that, and yeast infections in my body. I am a bit worried, I have been prone in the last couple years to getting yeast infections, and now that I'm off dairy, I can't consume yogurt/live cultures in order to help prevent them. Any advice? Who should I talk to (doctor wise) or what should I read in order to evaluate what impact yeast might be having on me? I'm also wondering, since yeast intolerance can result in many or the same symptoms as gluten intolerance, is that why I'm not feeling any better? I've been gluten free now for a couple of months--but am not recgonizing any obvious benefits. (ps I don't have any leaky gut yet, i'm not celiac--I don't know if that makes any difference in the impact of the yeast)
  9. Thanks to everybody who responded! This is such an active website! Your words are very helpful and comforting. This is a difficult struggle and I know I will continue to have these low points, but it helps to know that I acheiving a more positive outlook is possible, and actually ver necessary. All of you choose to see your lives as changed for the better and enjoy discovering a new world of alternatives, as opposed to feeling stifled and horribly limited. It is an attitude that I hope I can adopt. Some of you expressed the desire to have known about celiac earlier, like at my age, and that you would have loved to have started the diet and felt better sooner. One of you even mentioned having dropped out of school as a result of some of your difficulties. Sharing those feelings and experiences was helpful to me. I am about to graduate from GW and am deciding among UVA, Georgetown, UMich and GW law schools for next fall. I know it will be a challenge (academically) and thought that going on this diet would make me feel so much better and that I would be able to focus and succeed in law school moreso than I would otherwise. Now that the diet itself is causing so much anxiety, I have been questioning whether I would feel better on the diet, or off of it, so that food is not such a stressor in my life. After hearing your feelings on the matter, I can see the benefit of sticking with it. Perhaps by August, I will have better adjusted to this new lifestyle and begin to recognize its benefits. I certainly hope so! Maybe this forum and finding a doctor can help me adjust along the way. so thanks again for your advice! I know I'll have to revisit this forum occaissionally to remind myself of some of your words of wisdom. By the way, I have been confused about what exactly I can drink as far as alcoholic beverages are concerned. I know I can have vodka, wine, tequila, and clear rum. I've heard Maker's Mark is safe--does that go for all bourbon?
  10. My Mom lives in Mason City; although, I have aunts and uncles in Ames, Des Moines and Iowa City as well. Thanks for that info, I will look into it!
  11. This is my first post on this site. (and after looking it over, I appologize for its length!) I was convinced to get tested for celiac by my Dad, who has had a lot of trouble, and so have many of my relatives, but now I'm regretting it. I'm 22 and don't have full blown celiac, but I am gluten-intolerant, cassein (cow's milk) intolerant, egg, soy and yeast intolerant! I cut all of them out of my diet in the last couple months (although I'm becoming more lenient about eggs and yeast) and am discovering that milk and soy seem to make me feel the worst (as I've found when I have a little bit by accident--or on purpose because I got so frustrated.) I suspect that I react to peanut butter/peanuts as well, which are related to soy. I haven't cheated on gluten at all yet, so we'll see what happens once I reintroduce it to check how I feel. The only thing is, I've been so depressed about being restricted that I haven't been able to observe any clear benefits. My symptoms were eczema, joint pain, moodiness, anxiety, painful and irregular menstral cycle, difficulty focusing--but since I don't have severe GI symptoms it's extremely hard to stay motivated. All of those other symptoms are tolerable and some can be cured with prescriptions (e.g. topical steroid for eczema, the pill for menstral problems) and so I can't help but wonder if giving up all these foods is really worth it. I know the long term effects, but on some level I think I'm young and I can wait and do this diet later. I know I shoudln't think that way, especially because my Mom now has MS, which some suspect may develop as a result of long term abuse to the body from food allergies, and my Dad is convinced she's gluten intolerant but she hasn't been tested--although I have both genes for it so I know she has one. Point is--I'm in a battle between knowing the long term effects, and having such a difficult time that I'm not sure it's all that worth it, at least right now. Food is/was my life! If I eat any more chips and salsa or rice cakes, I'm gonna flip out. And I'm constantly food shopping and in the kitching concocting cookie recipes and the like. I also have a lot of cravings for things I can't have, and so instead I eat things I can have, but it never satisfies me so I keep eating it thinking it eventually will, and I end up binging and feeling worse. My mind is consumed with thoughts of food. I also am in college, and it's so difficult not to be able to have beer anymore, or the kinds of liquor I like. And to not be able to eat out with friends, or celebrate with food! I don't like drawing attention to myself and I'm still not assertive enough at restaurants, so the idea of eating out causes a lot of anxiety for me. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to his favorite place for his birthday. He said it's ok that I can cook and we can stay in--but I insisted. I had already eaten before we left so I didn't order anything. I watched him order all different kinds of good foreign beer and eat peirogies (my fav!) a huge buttery steak and mashed potatoes. I had to hold back my tears--half way through the meal I caved and ordered some tortilla chips and pico de gallo, but it wasn't what I wanted and I wasn't even hungry. This has been so hard, and I get all kinds of advice from my dad and uncles. It's very overwhelming, especially since each one of them thinks they're some kind of expert on the subject. I love my Dad and all, but I really wish I could get the advice of a doctor, b/c I want some good objective scientific information about what I'm doing to my body if I give up on this diet. Does anyone know what kind of doctor I should seek out? Allergist? Gastroenterologist? Nutritionist? I go to school in DC, my Dad lives in the Philadelphia area, and my Mom lives in Iowa, so if anyone knows good doctors in those regions, let me know. But in the meantime, how do I cope with the depression? How do I get my mind from being obsessed with food? help! (sorry this is so long--haha, I doubt I'll get many replies!)
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