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  1. Hi,have you ever heard of The Beverly Hills Diet, from the 1980s? The premise is that fruits will only digest with certain enzymes, veggies take different enzymes, and proteins take altogether different enzymes. Therefore, eating one fruit at a time, as much as you want, then waiting two hours to switch to another fruit or food, will speed up your digestion. Once you quit fruits, don't go back until the next day.

    Low starch veggies will digest well with rice, beans, soy, etc. and with proteins, but the rice, beans & soy and high starch veggies take different enzymes than the protein, so mixing them will probably cause problems.

    It is quite an easy combination to remember once you use this system awhile, and it means that your food digests easily and moves through your system more quickly. Weight loss, of course, could be a result, so if you're trying to GAIN weight, do just the opposite. Here is the concept:

    1. Eat fruit first thing in the morning, and wait 2 hours before switching to another fruit. Pineapples, strawberries, papaya, mangoes, kiwi, etc. are great for digestion. You can eat fruit all day if you want.

    2. Once you switch to veggies or other foods, don't go back to fruits. You can eat a variety of veggies together, but don't mix high starch veggies (corn, potatoes, rice, beans, lentils, etc.) with protein. Green salads & low starch veggies mix with protein and allow the foods to digest more quickly.

    I now eat fruit until noon, then have a day of veggies (both low & high starch, along with beans, rice, lentils, etc.). Another day I will eat fruit, then have a day of low starch veggies with protein. Alternating gives me variety and it becomes easy to do, especially when the food digests and you feel better. Hope this helps. Welda

  2. Thanks again everyone. I have taken many suggestions, cut out everything except for meat, vegies and fruit. Don't even miss my yummy food. The fruit I am eating is apples and pears baked in the oven. Vegies which include celery, carrots, peas, onions so far and I am cooking before I eat except for salad...that I am cutting up fine. I also am eating apple sauce with flax seed. This is a very boring diet but when you are so bloated it doesn't matter. I started some enzymes yesterday and just got a probiotic today. I am still bloated and have a lumpy belly today after eating but I see a nice improvement, actually this morning my belly was looking somewhat normal before I ate (go figure I should have eaten before seeing the doctor this morning!). I feel very hopeful even though I am still uncomfortable. Anyway, OB doctor wants me to do an ultrasound soon, see a GI and Rheumatologist. He suggested my problems could be celiac among other things and when I told him it was to late for me to get tested he said there are blood tests the GI can do that wont be affected by my giving up gluten. Is that correct? Because I am not about to put gluten back in my body and go through all of this again. I also fear the cost factor involved with all of this just to have everyone tell me nothing is wrong.

  3. Dear Whyme,

    Before reading your post and the others below it, I hadn't realized that so many people with Celiac needed to gain weight. Since I am under five feet, I have always striven to eat less, because any added pounds are hard to carry around. So, in thinking of how to gain weight, I would think that all the hints I've learned about how to lose weight should be valuable for you if you just try the opposite.

    Let's see, I eat lots of small meals every two hours or so and I think that speeds up my metabolism, so perhaps you could eat a couple of really large, concentrated meals and see what happens. I never mix fruits, vegetables or proteins (which is all I'm able to eat by the way), so maybe mixing all kinds of foods would do just the opposite for you, by slowing down the digestion of your foods. The theory is that fruits take one kind of digestive enzyme, while other foods take other kinds.

    I stay away from really high starch foods if I am eating protein, so why don't you try lots of high starch foods mixed with a variety of other foods, including proteins? I stop eating at 5:30 p.m. so why not try eating late into the night?

    I'm glad you posted, because those of us who have spent a lifetime limiting our food intake need to be reminded that you and others are working so hard to gain weight. We are all in this together, after all, so I hope that these suggestions will help. Please let us know how you do in your quest for good health, and know that we are here for you, wishing you well. Welda

  4. I go vegan for long periods of time, sometimes for several years. Then when I crave protein I eat chicken, fish or turkey. Since 2000 I've strictly eaten only fruits & vegetables & sometimes meats. I also must avoid casein, whey, egg whites, yeast, msg, and maltodextrin & modified food starch from foods other than corn.

    I eat Mrs. Leeper's corn pasta and it is great, but would love to know how you make your zucchini lasagna and the other foods you mentioned. Welcome to the board! I am so glad you are here. Welda

  5. Oh my gosh, I want to read more of your writings! You are tremendous. As a retired teacher & a writer for many years, I must say that your story is of the A+ goldseal standard. And to think that you got a date with this girl! Give yourself a pat on the back. She is definitely blessed too, being invited to a dinner that you have prepared yourself. Maybe thinking about your favorite foods would help, if you have no idea about what her food preferences are, because you've probably made your favorite foods many times, and that would cut down on the thinking, and the preparation and cooking time.

    Are you having candles, flowers & music, and what are you serving to drink? For women, the setting that we experience as we walk in is so important. Soft lighting also helps, and anything that helps you both relax. All these extras, apart from the delicious meal you will be serving, help to create a magical evening.

    I must say, you are, indeed, a special man to be doing this. I'm sure we are all waiting to read about any questions you have, any help or suggestions you need, or anything we can do to help. I will check back again to see if you've posted. Best wishes! Welda

  6. For those of you who have only been on this diet for a couple of weeks, I want to let you know that you WILL feel better as you stick diligently to the Celiac Diet, and as you learn other foods to which you may be intolerant. I eat only meats, fruits & vegetables, and sometimes only fruits & vegetables. Improving your health is a one day at a time commitment to being the best that you can be.

    I've had severe Celiac problems since age 8 and am now 65. Only since 2000 have I stuck strictly to eating only meats, fruits & vegetables, and to avoiding egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, maltodextrin & modified food starch derived from foods other than corn. It takes a lot of thought and consideration of yourself to find out all the foods & ingredients which may be causing your problems, but once you know what to avoid, life does get better.

    Along with your dietary changes, miraculously, come changes in your perceptions and thinking about yourself and the world around you. I would always return to eating those foods that bothered me, once I felt good again. Oops! That doesn't work! Next, I was so shy about telling anyone that I had food intolerances, and to think of asking for special treatment in a restaurant seemed almost out of the question.

    Now, if I need to take my own food ANYWHERE, I take it along. I've learned to speak up when eating out, and have always found the servers to be most pleasant and helpful. They want the people in their care to be well taken care of. Even family get-togethers are a lot easier since I take good care of bringing what I can eat, and don't make an issue of anything. I've learned to laugh off being called weird, or being told I have a weird diet. That took a lot of work on my own self-concept, but it was work well spent. This diet may seem weird to some, but, thank the Lord, it's saving our lives!

    I went to the Farmer's Market Tuesday, and checked out some gluten bread. Upon learning that I had Celiac, the man expressed his sorrow at my "plight." I was able to say that I am now grateful to have Celiac, because I am healthier than a lot of other people I know. I have found a way of eating that I love and can live with. I tell anyone who seems interested about Celiac. I'm grateful to know firsthand what it is. Welda

  7. I want to encourage you to continue your explorations about your food tolerances, as you seem to be doing. If I had known what the results would be from the allergy testing, I would NOT have done it. I learned so much more doing the eliminations on my own, and eventually became very sensitive to what I could and could not eat. I started with all grains, then moved on to all milk & dairy, then focused on the food additives that were causing me problems. Sometimes the food additives can cause just as much trouble as the actual foods. Reading labels becomes so important.

    I agree with you about some foods from the markets--I used to love to eat beef, but then I started having breathing problems after eating it. I found that Mexican restaurants, and places like El Pollo Loco, Red Robin, Sizzler, and other large restaurants have a pretty wide selection of foods that I can tolerate on my meats, fruits & vegetables diet (chicken & salad or vegetables are pretty easy to find, it just comes down to being bold enough to make sure they are grilled or cooked without butter because of my milk intolerance, and I usually take along my own salad dressing and spices in a small bag). I realize I am getting more trusting, because I used to always take along a large bag of whatever I thought might not be available, or what might be safe, and I sometimes felt hesitant to let my wants be known. Today I just speak up and tell them what I need, and they are always more than eager to please. It's good to see how our personalities change with this condition, as well as our bodies. Always, Welda

  8. Goodness, you just described the problems with breathing that I went through from age 8 until I began to diligently stick with the Celiac Diet. I'm now 65, so I understand what you are talking about. I went through all the food allergy tests at age 19, when the doctor said I would be bedridden by the age of 25 if I didn't. I already had 2 babies, so you can understand why I would have the tests, even though it was a financial sacrifice. Three years later I still had the same asthma and recurrent bronchial infections, eventually progressing to severe bouts of pneumonia that would put me into the hospital (by then I had 3 children). I spent all my time & money on respiratory "specialists," but in the beginning a vaporizer was about all the medical community had to offer, then, finally, they came up will pills, and in 1984, as I was in the UCSD Medical Center hospital, they advised that if I got a Pulmoaide Breathing Machine, I would never be in the hospital again. It has worked. By then I had started eliminating grains & milk products and could see vast improvement, but then I would go back to eating them again, not realizing that I had to avoid them FOREVER. In 2000 or so when I went for a colonoscopy (my father died of colon cancer) the nurse looked at the list of foods I avoid and said, "Oh, that's called Celiac Disease!" so I got on this site and learned all I could, and even discovered later that casein, whey, yeast, msg, and maltodextrin and modified food starches from foods other than corn had a profound effect on my breathing.

    I often eat vegan for long stretches of time, then add in protein (chicken, fish or turkey usually) as I crave them. I take medications daily for breathing & use the Pulmoaide machine 2-3 times each day (it is a mist that you inhale). Summers I do great, and winters are a challenge. I wish you the best! Welda

  9. Welcome friend,

    I think you are more than halfway to success, starting this diet as a vegetarian. You are already used to eliminating certain foods from your menu, and that is half the battle for newcomers. Meats, fruits & vegetables are the only foods I can tolerate, and I've been on this diet for many years. Believe me, it does get easier, and you will feel so much better and be so much happier with life. There are so many foods that you can enjoy as a vegetarian (I often go vegan for years at a time, then add chicken or turkey when I crave them). I sometimes go to my favorite restaurants and stock up for a few weeks at a time, breaking the food down one by one into 8 ounce styrofoam cups that I label & put into the freezer. Refried beans, rice, salsa & tamales are some favorites, along with the chicken, fish & turkey. I make fresh pineapple smoothies and freeze them, then blend them a second time to make them into ice cream. Oranges, kiwi, pineapple, acorn & banana squashes, potatoes--I stock up on them so they're always in my kitchen--it makes life so much easier. I think you'll find yourself eating pretty much the same foods over & over as you progress, so it's good to have them around when that overwhelming hunger hits. I usually eat every two hours, and I always eat all I want. I weigh 94 ounds and am under five feet, so I am now GRATEFUL to be on this diet. I've seen on tv recently that this is the diet a lot of health-conscious experts are now recommending, so, thankfully, we are ahead of the game. I wish you all the best as you travel this road to great health. Best wishes, Welda

  10. I feel for you. That anxiety feels like it's going to get the best of you sometimes. I have a theory that the gluten is what causes the anxiety, because, thank God, I seldom have anxiety attacks now, and I used to have them frequently. My ulcers are also gone. I know it's hard to take this in when you're in the midst of recovery, but whoever posted that you are in the midst of the "grief process," I think was right on.

    Sometimes, I just take a couple of hours and go to Jimbo's to read labels and see what is new. I can remember standing in the aisle of a foodstore once, with tears just running down my face. Everything seemed so overwhelming. When you schedule the time, you know you can leave whenever you want, and whatever you find is an added bonus. Fortunately, there are lots of new products coming out now, as compared with when I first started a healthy diet (I'm 65 and have had symptoms since age 8, but, of course, no doctors or specialists ever mentioned Celiac--I took all those food allergy shots and nothing worked, so finally, years later, I started eliminating foods, and, eventually, a nurse mentioned Celiac when she saw my list of food allergies--that was like a new beginning for me).

    I've been on this diet strictly for about 8 years, and it does get easier. Our eyes & senses become sharper about watching for any ingredient that might be harmful, and we become more aware of what our bodies are telling us. No grains, milk or dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, etc. for me! I'm the one responsible for staying well and keeping my body in good enough shape to be here, and to help care for others, so now I have a new purpose in life. Creating new recipes becomes important, because each day someone else learns they have Celiac. We are the pioneers. I wish you many blessings as you travel your new road. Let me know if I can help in any way. Welda@att.net

  11. I hope you're feeling better. I'm 65 and have had Celiac symptoms since age 8, including severe and chronic asthma, so I can identify with your post. I've been totally gluten-free for 8 years now and am feeling so much better. I also must avoid all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, and maltodextrin and modified food starches made from foods other than corn, so I am always being careful and reading labels endlessly. I hope that you feel better each day, and please know that we will be thinking of you and hoping for your full recovery. Welda

  12. Boy, you've gotten some good advice here. Your health is your number one concern. I'm sure your friends would miss you greatly if you were unable to be there because you were sick. At age 65 I've lost a lot of friends who didn't take such good care of themselves, and now I realize the importance of taking care of myself. I hope you find your value and self-worth, and are able to put that above any other concerns. My family & friends are now so used to me bringing my own food, that on Christmas Eve one of them explained to a newcomer who asked me what I was eating, since it was different than the other guests, "Oh she always brings her own food." Those words were music to my ears, because it has been 8 years of education to get to that point. Maybe you could transfer your focus to the wonderful news that you can eat and enjoy the foods you can, since many of us have other food intolerances as well as to grains. I, personally, can eat only meat, fruits & vegetables. All grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, and maltodextrin and modified food starches from sources other than corn are off-limits. Yet I am still grateful that I can eat salads, beans, corn tortillas, rice, tamales, chicken, turkey, beef, fish, and have even recently found a salad dressing from Walden Farms that has no grains, no milk or dairy, or anything else that is harmful. I'll be hoping that you will find happiness in your new lifestyle. I'll bet your family and friends will LOVE the new, more independent, determined and HEALTHY you! Please email me at welda@att.net if I can help in any way. Welda

  13. Vans makes good gluten-free waffles. I thought of Mrs. Leeper's corn spaghetti with Prego Sauce and Vegan Gourmet Soy Cheese as a topping, or maybe rice or corn lasagna along with it, green salad with tomatoes, green onions, celery, cilantro, etc. Walden Farms now makes a great salad dressing that is gluten free, milk free, no sugar, carbs or calories. It tastes really good, and comes in Ranch, Thousand Island, Blue Cheese and Honey Dijon. Guess that would be an Italian dinner, so maybe some gluten-free bread or rolls along with them. Good luck as you plan your meal. Welda

  14. I LOVE Enterolab! My youngest grandson started projectile vomiting his formula shortly after birth, and had 14 diarrhea diapers in one night. The pediatrician said he just had a "healthy system". Eeks. Then it dawned on me that he probably had allergies to milk, as I do (and grains of course). I spent $350 on a full spectrum test kit from Enterolab, and, sure enough, he was intolerant of all grains, and all milk & dairy. Next I got the sensitivity to grains test for my 3 grown children, and my brother & sister, at $100 per test kit. My 3 kids never used the tests, but my sister & brother did. My sister has it, my brother doesn't. I am intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, and maltodextrin & modified food starches that are not derived from corn. Being on the diet is the difference between good health and illness. I highly recommend the Enterolab test kits. Best wishes to you. Let us know if you need any more information on Celiac or any other topic. By the way, my grandson would have crying meltdowns and severe rashes when he would accidentally get glutened or have milk products. It was the difference between a sweet blessing of a child, and someone who was suffering drastically. It's up to all of us to take care of these precious gifts. Good luck. Welda

  15. Oh, I am so sorry about your diagnosis, but I am here to tell you that you will, someday, feel blessed that you learned at this point in your life what was going on. I'm 65 and doctors never had a clue what was going with me, since symptoms started at age 8, but now that I have been on this diet for many years, I feel so much better. It still requires diligence and self-love to stick to the diet, but those are small prices to pay to feel better. Once again, I wish you the best in your quest for good health. I'm so glad you're here, and let us know what you need so we can share with you. Your new life has just begun! Welda

  16. I'm sorry that you're experiencing so much discomfort. It seems to go along with learning you have food intolerances. If you've learned at age 27, I think you are blessed, because I am 65 and had it since age 8, but doctors didn't even think of Celiac years ago. Eliminating certain foods & seeing how you feel really works to give you some new insights about foods to which you may be intolerant. Casein is often coupled with whey, and I just read yesterday that when the villi are flattened, they may cause an intolerance to milk. I've learned to eat only meats, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, which is a pretty limited diet but is tolerable. Reading ingredient labels is a must. Even then you come up against hidden ingredients sometimes, such as you did. I've learned the hard way that I am intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, maltodextrin derived from grains other than corn, and modified food starch from grains other than corn. It may take awhile, but if you're diligent you'll learn that your body loves you and will share with you the foods to stay away from. It's incredible, isn't it, that we have all gone through many of the same symptoms and frustrations, thus making US the experts, rather than the trained medical professionals? I wish you well, and would be happy to offer any input you may find helpful. Just email me at welda@att.net Oh yes, I have had an insatiable appetite for years, and I always thought it was just me, so thank you for waking me up to the thought that it may be due to my food intolerances! Good luck.

  17. I am in awe of you! I truly do think you have already developed your super powers, and they are the ability to find humor no matter what, the strength to put one foot in front of the other during the most trying of times (please don't trip on that supergirl cape), the courage to reach out for help, the stamina to just keep going, the determination to accept whatever comes your way with grace and dignity (a third set of wisdom teeth--golly gee, I've never heard of that happening), the articulation to share your story with others, the humility to accept what is happening with clarity and force, and, most of all, the good nature to open OUR eyes so we can be grateful that we are here to acknowledge your journey, and to accept that what we thought were our own challenges, were really somewhat miniscule in comparison to that with which you have been dealing. I hope you find your way successfully through the pain, the fog, and the uncertainty, to your path of good health. I feel privileged to read your story! Welda

  18. I can understand your grieving process. There are a lot of losses related to Celiac, but, fortunately, down the road when you feel better, you'll realize that good health has entered your life. I'm currently on a quest to find as many restaurants as I can in which to eat, in my hometown of 130,000 people. I've spent a lot of years cooking at home and avoiding restaurants, just because it's been easier, but recently I googled all the eateries in town and am dedicated to finding ones that offer foods without grains, milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, msg, casein, whey, and other additives to which I am sensitive. I hope that you, too, will be able to find some good places to eat, so you can continue to socialize and enjoy the eating out experience. Best wishes! Welda

  19. Hi Horsegirl, I'm not sure of all the things you must avoid, but since I have to avoid all grains, all milk & diary, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg, and a couple of other additives, I will tell you what I eat. I have learned to always eat an enzymatic fruit such as pineapple for breakfast (papaya, strawberries, mango, kiwis, etc. would also work), which digests any foods from the day before. If I move then to carbs or starches, I eat those the rest of the day, not mixing with proteins of any kind. If I go from fruits to proteins then I can only eat the easily-digestible starches such as asparagus, salad, etc. with any proteins for the remainder of the day. It is amazing how these simple combining rules help digest the foods.

    Enzymatic fruit breakfasts: pineapple, mango, papaya, strawberries, kiwi: eat only one fruit, as much as

    you want, for as many hours as you want--wait 2 hours before eating a different fruit or moving to other


    Starch & carbs days = salads, any vegetables, beans, rice, corn, potatoes, corn pasta, tamales, and

    anything made of these (cookies of corn flour w/Stevia, vanilla, etc.).

    Protein days = chicken, fish, steak, meats + green salads with low starch veggies (not to include

    potatoes, corn pasta, or any other high-carb vegetables).

    Walden Farms salad dressings are no calorie, no carbs, no sugar, no anything, and taste GREAT.

    Any of these foods are pretty easy to find at most restaurants or grocery stores. Best wishes & good

    luck. Welda

  20. When my youngest grandson started projectile vomiting his formula, then had 14 diarrhea diapers in one night (his female pediatrician said he just had a healthy system)it dawned on me that perhaps he had what I had--gluten sensitivity. I ordered the full spectrum test from Enterolab online, and within a short period of time it was confirmed that he was intolerant of all grains and all milk & dairy. The test utilizes a stool sample, returned through the mail, with results and even the ordering of the tests done via email. He was a newborn when this was taking place, but later, when he would get gluten or dairy he would react with a severe diaper rash, serious crankiness and crying, and apparent abdominal distress. He, too, was in the 90th percentile of growth. I remember reading that children with Celiac often have extraordinarily long, dark eyelashes, and that is also true of my grandson. I wish you the best in finding out what is going on. Welda

  21. Hi, I, too am intolerant of all grains & milk and dairy, so I choose Vegan Gourmet cheese, made of soy, and it melts almost instantly in the microwave. Food For Life now makes a large brown rice tortilla that you would think was made of flour, that you could cut up for nachos. Hope this helps. Welda

  22. I am so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful Christmas. So did I, and that means that we are making progress in our quests to live healthful lives, and to help others discover whether they also have Celiac. I think it is extraordinary that so many people worked together to make such a wonderful day. I like your writing style. Perhaps you should think about writing more about your experiences and sharing with others regularly. You sound like such a positive soul. Thank you for sharing. Welda

  23. Hi! Congratulations for sticking with your gluten-free diet. Your being diligent with your own food means you are well on the way to good health. I've been on a diet of meats, fruits & vegetables for years no grains, milk or dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, msg etc., and long ago gave up on the thought that someone else would create foods that I could eat. Instead, I've worked hard to create recipes that I CAN eat, and take them with me wherever I go. For Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day get-togethers with family, I look forward to eating the turkey or ham, along with a salad or vegetables that I've brought. By now everyone knows that I'm usually better off to stick with just fruits & vegetables, so it really is an occasion when I indulge even in the protein.

    Last weekend one of my best friends learned that her grandson has Celiac. I've been able to share recipes and information to make their lives easier, and that feels SO GOOD! It makes all the suffereing worthwhile, to be able to help one other person.

    I think that as time goes by, you'll feel more and more confident that you can deal with being gluten-free no matter what the occasion or get-together. We're really here to help educate others. That's how I look at it, as I enjoy my newfound freedom from illness. Merry Christmas. I hope the day is wonderful for you & your family. Welda

  24. I'm so sorry for what you and your husband have been going through, and will hope & pray that he is now on the road to recovery. I want to encourage you to be hopeful, because I am 65 and have had Celiac symptoms since age 8, however, as with your husband, it took many years to find out what the real problem was. I've been on a meats, fruits and vegetables diet for years, and often eat just fruit and vegetables. Such additives as casein, whey, yeast, msg, etc. can also cause problems. it seems that the simpler the diet, the better. I will remember to pray for you both, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at welda@att.net

  25. Here's hoping you have an easy time with your endoscopy and with staying gluten free. I've been on this diet for years, and it gets easier and easier. Eating the same groups of foods certainly helps us be more creative with our menus. Meats, fruits & vegetables comprise my diet, and I have to agree with Tarnalberry that it's all about reading labels, endlessly. It takes time, but it's worth it. Food additives cause some people more problems than they realize, so be careful of things like casein, whey, egg whites, yeast, etc. Being intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, etc. means being diligent about every food I eat, but that's okay, because I'm healthier than ever before. Best wishes to you on this journey. Welda