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  1. My name is Welda. I am 64 years old and have had Celiac symptoms since age 8. Mine manifested as severe Asthma, and at age 19, with two little babies, I was told that I would be bedridden by the age of 25 if I didn't take the scratch skin tests for allergies, and follow up with 3 years of shots. I did that, and still was so sick. By age 22 I had 3 babies, and was suffering terribly. I started eliminating foods--all grains, then all milk and dairy, then egg whites, yeast, casein, whey and modified food starch. Unfortunately, I would feel great when off those foods, and would think I could go back to eating them when I felt well. Wrong. Eventually in my fifties, I went for a colonoscopy and the nurse looked at my food intolerances and mentioned Celiac. I had heard that name before, and so I got on this website. It changed my life. I started stringently sticking to the Celiac diet, and have experienced a wonderful life change. I now eat mostly fruits and vegetables, and my weight has normalized. At five feet tall, I feel so much better now than I ever did before. I walk five miles almost every day, usually sleep great, and make sure that I eat every few hours to keep going strong. I thank God for the new direction my life has taken. I have an aunt in Texas who is 98 years young. Perhaps I'll live that long too. Every day gets better. Welda

  2. Hi,

    I'm 64 and have had Celiac symptoms since age 8 (mine manifested as asthma, and, later, depression, anxiety, spastic colon, ulcer, etc.). I conducted food elimination tests on myself, since scratch skin tests and 3 years of allergy shots didn't help. I stopped all grains and felt better. Then all milk & dairy, then egg whites and yeast, along with casein and whey. Modified food starch also bothers me. My life is so much better now. I'm usually upbeat and positive, and am able to say that I am now truly "happy," after many years spent suffering after every meal that contained those foods to which I proved to be intolerant.

    Now we are learning that family members have Celiac as well, and I am sometimes able to be of help in their quest for good health. I hope that you find success on this, YOUR journey to good health. Welda

  3. Hi,

    I had to chuckle when I got to the part where you said, "I'm preaching to the choir." Amen! We have probably all faced this situation with family members time and time again. Finally, I've come to the notion that it is easier for me to change, than to count on all my family members changing, though I hold out HOPE that one day we'll all be HEALTHY and happy. Here's how I have handled this dilemma. I've explored my boundaries to find out just how gluten really affects me, even going to the point of working in a bakery and an ice cream parlor (I'm intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein and whey) and seeing what happens when I smell or handle foods that I cannot ingest. Working in both places worked out fine, and I spend my time focusing on reading labels diligently, as well as eating only in restaurants I'm sure are safe for me.

    I've found that this is my disease, my challenge to face, and my opportunity to learn as much as I can about nutrition in general and how foods affect me in particular. I'm ecstatically happy to see how well I feel when I stick to the diet that I know works for me, and I hope that others visiting this site will find that same happiness.

    There is a certain happiness in learning that I can overcome these challenges that gluten intolerance has presented, and that I can even help others, including family members and friends, find out if they have food intolerances that are wreaking havoc with their lives. I wish you the best as you travel on this path of happiness and health. Welda

  4. Hi,

    I agree with GFinDC about silverware, utensils and cooking supplies. I've been on the Celiac diet for many years, and have never found those things to be a problem. I do know how you feel about cooking for yourself though. Almost everywhere I go, I take my own food. I always have good, tasty food that I really like, but this past weekend I got brave, put my pineapple and oranges in an ice chest, but thought about eating whatever was being served at the two parties I was attending. Halleleujah! I didn't eat anything at the first party, but at the second one I ate a lot of good stuff--refried beans, salsa, corn chips, and chicken. I have intolerances to all grains, all milk and dairy, egg whites and yeast, and sometimes meat and poultry bother me too, but that night I did great. Lots of days I just eat fruits and vegetables, and that works really well. Sometimes I can handle a Mexican restaurant, avoiding all cheese of course, and sometimes I'll go with friends to a restaurant and eat salad or chicken. The plus is that I feel so great when I eat well, that I am motivated to stick with the foods that work. I hope you find happiness in your new gluten-free life! Welda

  5. Hi Roda,

    I've just got to reply, because your post sounded so knowledgeable considering the short time you have been diagnosed. You sound like a patient, kind, loving, concerned person, and I do hope that you follow your heart when deciding what to do next as a career. I've had Celiac symptoms since age 8 and am now 64. The long story of learning how I determined that Celiac was the culprit is better saved for another day, but after exhausting all my funds for medical specialists, doctors, tests and hospitals, I finally realized that when I went without eating I could actually breathe (mine manifests as Asthma, digestive disturbances, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, etc.).

    So in my 30s I started fasting, then adding back one food at a time, or eliminating whole food groups. I learned that all grains gave me grief. Then I learned that all milk & dairy products caused me problems. Then I discovered that egg whites & yeast bothered me, then casein & whey. Sometimes even meats & poultry give me problems, so I eliminate them from my diet. When I went for a colonoscopy one year, a nurse looked at the list of foods to which I am intolerant and said, "Oh, you have Celiac." I had heard the name for it before, but her comment sparked me to get on the internet, to learn all I could, and to be even more diligent in my quest for good health.

    Reading labels became a large time-consumer. Cooking at home and eating out less followed. Learning to take my own food with me wherever I went helped me stay on track. I also learned that peoples' ridicule needn't affect me, though at first I felt devastated at the taunts and jeers that I experienced at work, with friends, or with family. Now that I'm healthy, fit, and excited about life, nobody says a word. I just take good care of myself and thank God that I now know what caused the illnesses in my life (and I include depression and anxiety in the category of illnesses).

    I am a retired school teacher, but am also a writer, so I have written a story about my grandson's journey with Celiac called, "Grandma, Can I Eat This?" as well as a cookbook/guide for those attempting to go gluten-free. It is a simple concept to stick with this diet once you begin feeling well, and your "brainfog" diminishes. I am wishing you so much favor as you join us on this journey. Best wishes to you Roda! Welda

  6. Hi,

    Just take a deep breath...breathe deeply. You've come to the right place for help. Checking in here when you can, you should be able to find answers to any questions you have. I'm 64 and have been strictly gluten-free for quite a long time, so please let me help if I can. My symptoms manifest as asthma when I get "glutened," so I have to be diligent in my diet. I eat mostly at home, as opposed to restaurants, but have found a few choices that work when eating out. About all your questions concerning utensils, etc.: I just do the best I can to be perseverant about cleaning pots, pans, etc. that are used for gluten-containing foods, and I've never had a problem at all. What I spend time with is reading labels endlessly, making sure that casein, whey, skim milk, etc. are not there, since I am also intolerant of milk, dairy, egg whites & yeast, along with all grains.

    I eat pretty much the same foods over and over, just rotating from time to time, and I'm always so excited when I find a new product that is allowable on this diet. Since I've been dealing with Celiac for years and years, I get excited these days, to see so many new people being diagnosed, because I know that you will not have to go through the torture so many of us went through, and, plus, you can get advice from those of us who have been through the mill with this disease.

    I've found that the more basic the food, the better, so I concentrate mostly on fresh fruits and vegetables. As you get started, maybe you could find a book of assorted fruits and vegetables, or get on the internet, because I'm amazed at how many fruits and vegetables we forget even exist. What I want to mainly say is, "Just enjoy what you do eat, because the more you relax, the better you will feel." Best wishes. Welda

  7. Hi,

    I'm always happy when someone asks a question of us oldtimers, because, somehow, it makes all that suffering seem worthwhile, being able to help someone else. I've had Celiac symptoms since age 8 and am now 64 and have been living with a very strict dietary regimen for several years. Asthma used to be how my disease would manifest, and it still would, except that I make every effort to remain gluten-free. Also, I have intolerances to all milk & dairy, egg whites and yeast.

    I am diligent in eating only allowed foods, but I think I can answer your question about future ramifications by mentioning that I am now dealing with extreme bouts of rheumatoid arthritis when I eat too much chicken or turkey. The pain is excruciating, so I return to fruits only for a week and a half or so, and that helps. I want to mention the demise of depression as well, on this Celiac diet. Depression and anxiety used to really get me, but now I'm on a mellow, even keel. What a difference this diet makes.

    Now let me tell you about my children and grandchildren, because they are so many of the reasons that I am happy that I have chosen to live on this diet. Thanks be to God for Enterolab.com because through them family members have been able to be tested and learn whether they have Celiac or not. My sister does have it, but doesn't follow the diet, and has dealt with thyroid cancer and colon polyps which were suspected of being cancerous, but, thankfully, proved to be benign. Since my dad died of colon cancer, that was a blessed relief. I have been able to help take care of my grandchildren, because I am basically healthy, alert and energetic. That is true, I believe, because I stick so diligently to my stringent diet. Also, I am able to help others who are now suffering with this disease the way I used to. It is a sweet blessing to be able to do that.

    ADHD, migraine headaches, diabetes, thyroid cancer and asthma--they are only a few of the many symptoms said to be signs of Celiac Disease. I hope that you are vigilant about sticking with your diet as well, and I wish you well as you travel this journey of life. Welda

  8. Hi,

    Though I've had Celiac for years and years, it took me a long time to realize that I am in control of this diet. No one else knows what I've gone through, and no one else is responsible for my food, just me. I have learned to carry an ice chest with me when I go places, and to throw in frozen blue ice to keep things fresh. It doesn't matter where I go, I always carry food with me. I have a plastic container in the trunk of the car that holds juice, drinks, allowable snacks, etc. Then I just have to put my salad, chicken, meat, fruits, etc. in my little ice chest as I get ready to leave, and, therefore, I'm always prepared. This becomes second nature after awhile. I've even gotten to the point that I don't break out into tears anymore when I order in a restaurant and they bring my food with cheese or croutons. I just expect that they probably will not get it right, and am pleasantly surprised when they do. I eat only meats, fruits and vegetables, so most of my food is fresh, not packaged, but life became much easier when I began to take responsibility for myself. I wish you well in your quests for good health. Welda

  9. Hi,

    It's so great that you've gotten onto the Celiac diet. I wish you the best! I am five feet tall and weigh 100 pounds, and I'm happy as a clam. I now eat all fruits first thing in the morning, and never eat any after starting starches, veggies or protein. It's made a world of difference in my digestive processes. I also walk 3-5 miles a day on the treadmill, and those endorphins pumping also make a world of difference. I eat only meats, fruits and vegetables, and make sure not to get glutened, which really helps, but I've had years and years of practice, so I hope that you find what works for you. It takes awhile to find out what works for you, so be patient with yourself. Best wishes. Welda

  10. Hi Harisa and Nicholas,

    I hope I can help. My name is Welda, and I am 63 years old, and have had Celiac symptoms since age 8, though of course none of the many doctors I went to for my severe asthma ever mentioned Celiac. In my 30s I was so sick that I started eliminating foods--first wheat and all other grains, then all milk & dairy, then egg whites, then yeast, and, finally, meat, fish and poultry.

    You say that you are ingesting milk and cheese. That could cause problems. Even casein and whey (milk derivatives) have caused problems for me, even when they were in "gluten free" foods. I want to tell you that as time goes by, you will become more and more sensitive to the foods which your body doesn't like. Our bodies are so gracious to always let us know what we need and don't need, even responding to anger, fear, and stress.

    As a vegan now, I eat all fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, corn, soy, and lots of salads with celery, red bell peppers, green onions, cucumber, etc. I eat corn tortillas and corn tamales with refried beans, a combination that I learned is a complete protein, and corn spaghetti with refried beans, green Ortega chiles, etc. I eat Stevia as a sweetener, which comes in a packet like Equal, but is made from a plant from Paraguay, so is all natural and has no calories. Lots of water usually rounds out my daily intake.

    One other thing--for me, food combining has become very important. I eat only fresh fruit for breakfast, and mix it with nothing else so that it digests properly. For lunch I have salad with the ingredients I mentioned above, then move to the starches, beans, tortillas, etc. Maybe this will give you a little more information. Welcome to the forum! Best wishes as you discover the foods that work well for you. Welda

  11. Hi,

    I've dealt with this for so many years. First of all, I would put together your own little picnic bag of favorite foods--things that the caterers could never make as excitingly delicious as you (you WILL get to the point of looking at others' offerings and realizing that your own creations are so much better). Make sure you put in some really great things! Calling to see what they offer is always a wise idea, and will give you some more information for making your choices. Soon you will be able to almost intuitively look at the table of food and see and experience what is good for you and what isn't. It just takes a little time and practice. Next, you can pick and choose from the table of offerings the things that you know are safe. Maybe you'll need to get into you own bag, maybe not. Nevertheless, you'll be totally prepared, and disappointment will not be a consideration all day (believe it or not, I have cried when things went wrong at times--no more--now I go prepared). Best wishes to you. I hope all goes well. Welda

  12. Dear Woobet,

    I am so sorry for what you have had to endure. I am 63 and have been challenged with Celiac symptoms since age 8. All those doctors that I visited, searching for help with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, depression, digestive upsets, etc. etc. etc. never mentioned Celiac or gluten intolerance. None of the specialists to whom I was referred ever mentioned Celiac or gluten intolerance. Sound familiar? In my 30s I finally began elimination tests on myself, and by my 50s had learned not to touch any grains or any milk and dairy. By my 60s I learned to stay away from all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast and all meats. I now eat vegan--fruits, vegetables, corn, beans, etc. I am here to say that if you continue putting your own health first, surely you will find the diet that works for you. I eat fruits only for breakfast, salads for lunch, and starches thereafter, as much of anything that I want, and my weight is healthy for me. I am wishing you good health and happiness. Keep on the path of your own well being. You will be glad you did. Welda

  13. Julie, hi again,

    I neglected to tell you that I started eating fresh pineapple only for breakfast about a year ago, and have found it to be a great digesting agent for whatever I ate the day before. I never mix anything with it, and it works wonders, probably because it is so high in Hydrochloric Acid, which is what someone suggested you take in tablet form. Later I move on to vegetables, starchy foods and legumes, never mixing these with fruits or proteins. This has helped my digestion greatly, so thought you might appreciate the suggestion. Welda

  14. Hi Lori,

    After retiring from teaching I worked in a bakery during the day and an ice cream parlor at night. I am intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, and yeast. However, I never had any bad reactions from handling the flour or milk products (my symptoms present as asthma, so I know within 15 minutes of ingesting certain foods that they are a problem). I am 63 now and have had food issues since age 8, and have been on this strict diet for the past few years, and on a vegan diet for the past year. I have always been able to handle the foods that I cannot eat, and to cook them as well. The great thing about working in the bakery and ice cream parlor was seeing so many happy people, and sometimes I was able to share with others about Celiac, which made me feel really good. After I left those places, I spent a lot of time developing gluten-free, yeast-free, egg-free, milk & dairy-free bakery products, and spent a lot of time devising labeling which showed the ingredients, etc., then presented my ideas to the bakery where I had worked. They didn't seem to be interested. I am going to search the web for your sites, and want to say that I wish you the best in your quest to be healthy. I have found that this challenging condition leads us to places we might never have imagined. If you'd like to email me, my address is welda@att.net. Welda

    Lori, I just checked out your websites! Whew! You are good. I loved your creations, and, truly, you will be able to do whatever you want to do. I wish you many more successes.

  15. Hi Lori,

    After retiring from teaching I worked in a bakery during the day and an ice cream parlor at night. I am intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, and yeast. However, I never had any bad reactions from handling the flour or milk products (my symptoms present as asthma, so I know within 15 minutes of ingesting certain foods that they are a problem). I am 63 now and have had food issues since age 8, and have been on this strict diet for the past few years, and on a vegan diet for the past year. I have always been able to handle the foods that I cannot eat, and to cook them as well. The great thing about working in the bakery and ice cream parlor was seeing so many happy people, and sometimes I was able to share with others about Celiac, which made me feel really good. After I left those places, I spent a lot of time developing gluten-free, yeast-free, egg-free, milk & dairy-free bakery products, and spent a lot of time devising labeling which showed the ingredients, etc., then presented my ideas to the bakery where I had worked. They didn't seem to be interested. I am going to search the web for your sites, and want to say that I wish you the best in your quest to be healthy. I have found that this challenging condition leads us to places we might never have imagined. If you'd like to email me, my address is welda@att.net. Welda

  16. Hi all,

    I really enjoyed reading this thread, because I've been dealing with food intolerances since the age of 8 and am now 63. I relived so many of my early days of trying to discover what was wrong, just by reading your comments, and I had to laugh along with you, because the general public is so in need of being educated. I can remember trying to convince my family members and friends of the importance of learning if one has Celiac, and then sticking with the diet if they do. Now, about 8 years into sticking strictly to the gluten free diet (I've gone vegan because I was having problems with everything except fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes) I seldom say anything to anyone in my circle about their own diets, since I'm so busy just trying to keep my own diet in check, and because it seems that whatever I say just seems to go by the wayside anyhow. After reading your comments, I can finally admit that I've done the best I can to educate others, and will certainly continue, but we live in a world where people like to eat what they like to eat, until they just can't eat it anymore. Welda

  17. Hi,

    I agree that enzymes are a key to the problem. A year ago I started eating fresh pineapple each morning, mixing it with nothing else. The enzymes digest anything eaten the day before. I read that eating fruit with any other food doesn't mix, and it seems to be true for me. So, I followed the instructions I read precisely, and this is what they said: 1. Eat one fruit only at a time, and first thing in the morning. 2. If you're eating vegetables, starches or legumes (beans, soy, etc.) next, stop the fruit and eat only the vegs, starches or legumes by themselves (because they won't digest properly with fruits or proteins). 3. If you're eating protein, eat it last, and don't mix with fruits or legumes. This supposedly eliminates the indigestion that is so typical of certain mixed meals. I haven't talked about milk products because I don't eat them. This has helped my digestion tremendously. Hope this helps. Welda

  18. Julie,

    I know how you feel! You are the first person (besides myself) that I have heard has problems with meat. A year ago I stopped all meats because I was having asthma attacks each time I ate them. I had already eliminated all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, and yeast, so that led into a vegan diet. For a year that has worked, since I replaced meat with soy protein powder, but recently a neighbor gave me a book that stressed that soy is not all that good for people either, regardless of what advertising tells us, so I am consciously thinking seriously about what I am eating each day. Anyway, I wish I had an answer, but I wanted to let you know that you're not alone in facing this dilemma. Maybe we can solve this together. Welda welda@att.net

  19. I hope this helps: I am 63 years old, five feet tall, used to have sparkling white teeth and long thick hair, have asthma, and started having breathing problems at age 8. Many hospitalizations, doctor visits, prescriptions and depressions later, I learned that I am gluten intolerant, and, really, allergic to all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, and grain-fed meats. I had 3 kids in 5 years, starting at age 16.

    In "the olden days" doctors didn't think of Celiac, I believe, and even today some are more up-to-date on what is happening than others, mostly because their patients are giving them feedback once we learn what the problem is. Celiac is considered a family disease. I bought test kits from Enterolab and gave them to my loved ones, but it is a challenge to convince them that they probably have it too, because we who deal with this know what motivation and dedication it takes to stick with this diet, and they have all watched the trials that I have gone through, and I'm sure they'd just like to avoid the whole thing.

    I hope you can convince your mother-in-law to find out what is happening. If she'd like any firsthand information from a longtime sufferer, now a reformed, happy, healthfood advocate, I'd be happy to give her input. Welda welda@att.net

  20. Hi,

    Hospital stays and doctors' visits were een more costly than the food I'm buying now, so I'm rejoicing. Today I bought 12 packages of corn spaghetti and 12 boxes of Stevia sweetener over the internet, and they're going to ship them to me, so I have avoided the $4.50 per gallon of gas and having to drive across town to the two health food stores in town. Thank You God! I get my daily ration of soy protein by mail as well (Genisoy), and it is so neat to have all these things delivered to my door. I eat a vegan diet, and live next door to Von's, so, all in all, I'm blessed, and am now healthy and happy as well. I hope all goes well for you in this, your new way of living. Welda

  21. Hi,

    No way! I've learned that I'm the only one who is really going to take care of my health, and after years and years of illness (asthma, spastic colon, ulcer, depression, mood swings, sleeplessness, overweight, fatigue, etc.) I decided to go for good health and go for it with all I've got. It's worth all the trouble it takes to stay gluten free (and for me I must also avoid all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, and meat, fish and poultry, all of which make me wheeze), so it takes up a good amount of my time just to provide for my nutritional needs.

    I walk five miles each day and am sleeping about 8 hours each night, and my weight is down to 103 pounds, so I know that this is working. I no longer take the 13 pills a day I used to for asthma--I'm down to an average of 3 pills a day. I hope you search out all the excellent gluten-free foods that are around, and that you will soon feel great. Best wishes! Welda

  22. Hi,

    Wow, it must have been a real challenge to face the risks associated with eating while in England. It's a real challenge just to keep things in order here in America. I spend quite a bit of time in grocery stores, reading labels and searching for new foods that might have become gluten-free since the previous time I shopped.

    Since I have severe asthma attacks when ingesting foods to which I'm intolerant (all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, and grain-fed meat products) I have learned to take responsibility for my own good health, and have gone vegan. When I'm traveling even a few blocks away to a restaurant, I always take some of my own food (in a small round styrofoam container, in Glad Ware, in a simple plastic container with a lid--whatever) and carry it in my special food bag (sometimes lined with plastic, sometimes not).

    I had a severe asthma attack from eating salad at a Sizzler that washed their lettuce in some toxic (to me) chemical wash, so I have gotten really careful since then, usually only eating in places where I'm certain that I can tolerate their offerings. Since I live in my hometown and rarely go further than 50 miles or so, I'm pretty familiar with the places which are safe. Mexican restaurants offer tostadas with corn tortillas and refried beans, as well as salsa, rice, green salad (hopefully safe), tamales, enchiladas without cheese, etc. Green salad seems to always be the old "standby," so you can see why the Sizzler scare was so upsetting.

    I can carry anything I want to in my "food bag." fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, mango, papaya, etc.), fresh vegetables, cooked corn pasta with spaghetti sauce in a plastic container, tortillas, beans, etc. etc. etc. The choices are almost endless. It really sparks one's imagination when working on these challenges! Anyway, once you get with the mindset that grocery stores are there offering all types of choices, then start stocking up on what you like best, then taking the initiative to take your own selections along with you, just in case, then I've found that we're on the road to success. And that's a good place to be. Best wishes! Welda

  23. Hi,

    I'm so glad to hear that you're on the path to good health. This diet is a great one once you get used to it. I suffered with severe asthma from the age of 8, and now at 63, on this diet, I'm healthier than I've ever been. I think the biggest shift is one of attitude, whereby we learn that we are responsible for our own well-being. Others will help us, of course, but I have seen my own self-pity take a back seat to working for my own good health.

    When I socialize I always take along my own food, and have been doing this for years. I have special styrofoam containers and special bags to contain my cooked food, and I carry utensils and napkins as well. My family and friends just kind of wait to see what I will come up with next I think. Sometimes I eat the restaurant's offerings, but if I don't feel comfortable with their food, then I reach into my bag and pull out my own treats (pineapple, refried beans, corn tortillas, my own created gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough, etc. etc. etc.). Sometimes someone I'm with will start to explain to the waitperson that I have food allergies, but I've pretty much gotten past that step, since most people don't really understand Celiac anyway, without great long discussions. In such a case, when they ask, "Are you ordering?" I simply say no. They've always been cordial and friendly no matter what.

    In April I went to Legoland with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson, and we celebrated my grandson's fifth birthday. I had salad without croutons or cheese, and Italian dressing, and did just fine. When they asked me to their house for pizza and cake from Costco, I went in too and bought corn tortillas, refried beans and Ortega chiles. In fact I bought 36 tortillas, 10 cans of beans, and 3 large Ortega chiles! That's Costco for you. However, because I am eating pretty much the same general foods most of the time, just rotating my menus, I knew that I would soon consume that food and need to buy more. Plus, I could offer part of my dinner to others at supper that night.

    Believe me, you WILL see that light at the end of the tunnel, once you begin to see the patterns that this diet involves. I am intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, and yeast, and have stopped eating meat, poultry and fish as well, since I seem to breathe better when on a vegan diet. Today I had 2 whole pineapples for breakfast and brunch, chocolate chip cookie dough made with soy protein powder, and a huge bowl of corn spaghetti with spaghetti sauce and a pretend parmesan cheese sprinkle-on-top (made of that same soy protein powder made by Genisoy, which I order on-line and have delivered to my door). I also eat green salads with Wishbone Italian Dressing, corn tortillas, Rosarita Refried Beans, Dennison's Chili Beans, yams, potatoes, corn pastas, soy ice cream, rice, etc. The ways of utilizing all the fruits, vegetables, corn, potatoes and soy products are seemingly endless, and I'm learning that rotating the foods really helps,.

    I hope this helps. Best wishes as you continue on this path! Welda

  24. Hi,

    I hope you're feeling better, now that you're on the gluten-free diet! I will be thinking of you and hoping that all goes well. I've dealt with symptoms since age 8 and am now 63, but after going gluten-free I felt so much better. Then I went milk & dairy free and felt even better. Then I eliminated egg whites, yeast and meat, and I feel great. Have you ever eliminated milk, dairy and eggs? Going to fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds might just be what you need, or you might learn that you can't tolerate other foods (corn, soy, casein, whey, etc. are often culprits) as well. This is such an opportunity to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.

    I was primary daycare provider for my newborn grandson and when he started having problems immediately with milk, I ordered a stool sample test from Enterolab.com and within six weeks we learned that he was intolerant of all grains and all milk & dairy. It took some thought to keep him free of those foods, and lots of reading of labels, but he is now a vibrant five year old. It is well worth the time and effort we invest in this search, in terms of finding health. Keep coming back and we will do all we can to help. Welda