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About skichikk18

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  1. I am just 6 weeks (almost 7 weeks pregnant). I have been gluten free since January and it has changed my life. I am currently stuggling with what to eat. I was probably not eating enough before i got pregnant but felt fine. I am struggling with breakfast and lunches. I am eating a lot of eggs, cheese and sugar snap peas, weird I know. I need suggestions for ways to eat more carbs. I can't stand most gluten free bread and used to like rice cakes but now since being pregnant they turn me off. Any suggestions would be great.
  2. Ok so I am a little frustrated and have questions. I have had every test under the sun. They did the genetic testing for Celiac, other blood testing, endoscopy with bioposy, colonoscopy, upper gi with small bowel follow through, ctscan....plus god knows what other blood test. Everything has come back negative, not that that is a horrible thing. So my doctor said just try a gluten free diet. I started January 1st gluten free and have been since. I almost immediatly felt better, going from 5-10 visits per day to the bathroom to about 1-2 with no more of the big D. I went back last week for a follow up and told him how I was doing. I believe I got labeled with IBS. I feel like that is such a catch all of stuff. Am I jsut supposed to be setteled with that diagnosis and continue gluten free or search for an asnwer to the pain and diaharria I was having before. I was to the point that I had lost about 20 lbs because I couldn't keep anything in my stomach and water was even upsetting it. this diet has been life changing so far but I just worry about not having any diagnosis. Another question I have is about how I shoudl feel if I eat gluten. I have had this happen twice and I can't figure out if I ate something bad or not. I get a constant, bad stomach pain that is not relieved by anything and takes a long time to go away. The pain before gluten free used to some what go away with a trip to the bathroom at least for a little while. That does not help at all now, is this what happens if you by mistake eat gluten after going gluten free? I just need some answers.
  3. Does anyone know if Lybrel has gluten in it? My doctor started me on it yesterday and I have been up all night with major stomach pain...that is the only thing I can think. someone let me know if this is the cause of my suffering! I have looked online and can't seem to find the info I need. I called the pharmacy and all they said is it would say wheat or something in the ingredient lists, but can't gluten be hidden in some of these other ingredients?
  4. I am new to the gluten free thing and miss eating out. I know about PF changs, outback, chili's and pizzaria uno. Anyone know of anything else in the Albany/Saratoga region that has gluten free choices or are familiar/helpful to the diet so I am not always eating lettuce!
  5. I have tried 3 different muffin mixes. I eat at work everyday so I needed something on the run. Gluten Free pantry isn't bad, I added some choc chips for some flavor. Namaste muffin mix is not bad also, again I added dried cranberries and choc chips to it. The gluten free pantry was a little better I think. The last one I tried was Authentic foods blueberry muffins. They are the closest to actual blueberry muffins, but for some reason I didn't like them as much. All 3 were very easy to make. Good luck!
  6. I know there have been a lot of posts about Royal Carribean cruises. I am going on one in April and have only been doing this diet for about 2 months so I am a little nervous. I have gone on 4 other cruises but dind't have to worry about what I ate. I have questions about the buffet. How do you know what is safe and what isn't? I am not a huge sitdown person for breakfast and obviously lunch, so I am worried about those 2 meals. Any suggestions or help would be great.
  7. I also have PCOS and have been having trouble getting pregnant. I am currently seeing a fertility doctor. I went gluten free without a solid diagnosis from my GI dr. He suggested I try it. I am hoping it also helps with the fertility issues. In my mind, if I feel this much better it has to help. I had similar symptoms of diaharria for years. So far I feel good though.
  8. I also was not officially diagnosed by the doctor. I had so many tests done becuase of over year straight of diaharria. My endoscopy came back negative as did my blood test. My mom has crohns disease and we thought maybe that but every test they did, and they did a lot, came back negative. He suggested trying a gluten free diet to see how I felt. After about 2 weeks on it I felt great and have been gluten free since Jan 1. I dont have the diaherria anymore and no more crazy bad stomach pain and cramping. My hair stopped falling out and i stopped losing weight. Before I went gluten free I was bairly eating because everything went straight through me (5-10 times a day in the bathroom). I go back to my dr in March to see what he has to say, but I feel so much better on this diet I wouldn't imagine he would have me stop. I finally have energy again also, it is great. I am also hoping this will help me get pregnant as I have been seeing a specialist for about 2 1/2 years for that also.
  9. Hey all, So the bread drama. I am also a bread adict and this diet is killing me. I can't find one I like either. The closest I have come is Pamela's Bread mix. I tried Kinnkinnick and HATE it. I feel like a freek saying taht because everyone else loves it. The texture, fact that it doesn't turn color when you toast it, ahh just everythign was all wrong for me. The other thing I am struggling with is pizza dough. I have tried gluten free pantry and Pamela's. I hated both. Both have either no texture or are a pain to make. Grr the frustration, I dont think I will ever feel happy again, like I did when I ate regular bread!
  10. To add into this breakfast thing since I to also believe it is a vital meal of the deal, I eat in the car or once at work everyday. This limits what I can take. I am new to being gluten free and have been making muffins. Not the healthiest choice but I am at a loss. A rice cake and peanut butter is just not enough and totally not appealing that early in the morning. I do like the envirokids cereals (again not healthy but yummy) and I will sometimes eat that at work but other suggestions would be great.
  11. Ok so I have a ton of hot chocolate in my house. Does any know if the packets of swiss miss are gluten free? Also swiss miss with marshmallows? I also have to purchase nestle for a project and have no idea if that is gluten free as well. That would also contain the mini marshmallows.
  12. Congrats on being pregnant. I am also in a similar situation. I went gluten free about a month ago because of GI issues. My gastro actually suggested it though. I also have been trying for 2 1/2 years to get pregnant with no luck. Maybe this month will be my lucky one! I am going through all those wonderful shots. I am hoping it works, I feel so much better after going gluten free it has to help. Or so I keep telling myself!!!
  13. That really stinks, that bread was good! I was curious about it but am so new to this diet that I am not sure if I would have noticed right away.
  14. That is a very good point that I never even thought about. I guess I will be avoiding it!
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