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  1. Hi Mike,

    I only take liquid vitamins, taking the regular tablets is pointless for me because I just don't absorb them. How long have you been gluten free? I remained the same weight for the first six months or so, but then gained about 7kg (a lot for someone who is 5ft1) over the next six months. I have been gluten-free for about a year and a half and am now finally at a normal weight for my height...I guess what I'm saying is that it takes different people varying amounts of time to get back to being healthy. Good luck.

  2. I'm one of those people who has never deliberately cheated with the diet, the only reason for this is that honestly every time I see regular bread or pizza or anything containing gluten, I immediately picture diarrhea, stomach pain etc. I know it sounds kind of twisted, but I think what might help you stick to the diet is to sort of train your brain to find those foods disgusting by remembering how sick you get when you eat them.

  3. Has anyone else found that anxiety has actually gotten worse since going gluten-free?

    I have always had a mild anxiety problem, perhaps the stress of going being diagnosed and the difficulties in going gluten-free have made me stresses, paranoid about food and exacerbated the anxiety?

    FYI re St Johns Wart - it reacts to a lot of different medications, so anybody considering it should really check with a Dr first.

  4. I was at the supermarket and I found a new gluten free snack, which was so exciting. I bought a pack and quickly chomped down half before realizing the label on the front said 'guilt free' which I had mistaken for 'gluten free' mostly because they were sitting amongst all the other gluten free snacks in the health food section in the supermarket...they were not gluten free, the first ingredient on the back was 'wheat gluten'... Over a year of being so careful about being STRICTLY gluten free (I never eat out, I only eat fresh fruits and veg and packaged food that is specifically labeled as gluten-free) and I have thrown it all away on a stupid stupid mistake. I made myself throw up so hopefully I won't get too sick. I feel like such an idiot. :(

  5. I was a vegetarian for many years before I went gluten free. After being gluten free and vegetarian for a while I decided to start eating meat again because I felt like my diet was too limited. However, there are a lot a meals that you can do that are both vegan and gluten free. Vegetable curries are yummy and versatile, you can add cannellini beans to salads or gluten-free pasta, or you could do lentil and rice salad. If you want to bake without butter you can use olive oil as a replacement. You have plenty of options, you just need to think outside the box a little.

  6. Can you see my avatar? Its a cartoon I drew of a dream I had about gluten, essentially I am being chased down a dark alley by giant animated donuts, hot dogs etc with limbs and fangs...lol! This is only one of the many crazy gluten related dreams I have had. Others include dreaming about eating bread and waking up yelling 'Nooooo! Don't eat that!', and dreaming about biting into a pastry and all my teeth falling out. You are most definitely NOT the only one who has had these dreams. I have been gluten free for just over a year and the dreams have mostly settled down, I occasionally have a crazy dream when I am stressed because I think I may have glutened myself, or if I'm travelling or something and not certain I will be able to find gluten free food. HTH

  7. I agree with just being nice and polite about it. In my experience catering companies are usually well aware of most dietary requirements. They usually have a standard meal for each specific diet eg. if you are vegetarian they will give you pasta, if you are gluten intolerant they will usually give you a steak and vegies. But if you are vegetarian and have celiac disease they will get confused and have no idea what to do with you...Grrr...anyway, that's just my little rant. I'm sure they have experience with celiac disease and you will get a suitable meal. You may come across problems with the waiters on the day so its best to tell the host (if there is one) when you arrive and confirm each course is gluten free before you touch it. Good luck!

  8. I think this a problem for a lot of people who have gone gluten-free because the foods that replace gluten foods are usually much lower in fiber than the regular stuff...Try eating lots of fruit and vegetables as well as drinking lots of water, if this doesn't work then there are other options to try like taking magnesium supplements or eliminating other foods that could be causing the problem.

  9. Yep I would have to agree with that. It varies from person to person but it took me a few months to recover and stop getting sick for no reason. Keeping your hands away from your mouth is a tough habit to break but I think its wise to avoid contamination. I doubt the problem is gluten contamination of fresh produce, but you could be having a reaction to something other than gluten, what sort of symptoms are you having??? Oh and also you should check any products that come in contact with your lips/mouth. eg. Lipstick, gloss, toothpaste, mouthwash etc

  10. Thanks for replying!

    I'm definitely enjoying the flatter stomach, but I have gained so much weight! I look fine, but the numbers freak me out. I have gained 10kg! Its also very strange shopping for clothes with an entirely new shape. I'm used to having to buy bigger tshirts (to cover the tummy) but could get away with tight jeans because my limbs were always so thin...that's all changed. How much weight did you guys gain after going gluten-free (if any)?

  11. Ok so I have been strictly gluten free for about a year now and I have never felt better. I was looking at some old photos of myself from before diagnosis and I was actually quite stunned by how much by body shape has changed. I had always been quite thin, I weighed around 50kg but always had a bit of a bloated tummy and if I managed to put on any weight it would all go on my stomach. But now my body shape has totally changed. I currently weigh about 60kg which is about right for my height, I have a flat-ish stomach (much smaller than before gluten-free despite the fact that I have GAINED weight) but my hips and thighs have spread out. So I have gone from an 'apple' shape to a 'pear' shape which seems a little odd. Have any of you experienced something similar?

  12. In people with celiac disease, the immune system is compromised when you ingest gluten, so its not unusual to get enlarged lymph nodes until the immune system is back to normal. I found that it took about a year for me not to be susceptible to every little virus/infection going around. I think this also has something to do with the villi healing because being able to absorb vitamins etc is important to the immune system.

  13. I'm not sure if this is going to be any help, your problems seem to have started after you went gluten free. For me the opposite has been true. I had extremely painful periods (occasionally vomiting or passing out). I went to the doctor after having a miscarriage and was told that I had endometriosis. I basically put this out of my mind because I was not trying to conceive. However when I was diagnoses as celiac disease and went gluten-free I noticed that my periods gradually became more frequent, less heavy, less painful and I did not have any of the hot flashes, vomiting etc that usually occurred ie no signs of endo. It will probably be a couple of years before my husband and I try for children, but I think that menstrual health is a pretty good indication of fertility and can't see myself having problems. Anyway, I'm not sure if any of this is what you are after, but from browsing this site I've seen that many people find that their fertility actually improves after going gluten free. I'm certainly no doctor, but it may be worth exploring other causes.

  14. Hi,

    I agree with what was said about your BMs and would definitely look at the water/fiber suggestions.

    Also I would try sit ups, they are hard work but they work, and anything that twists your waist,like stretches or maybe some aerobic. Its always good to mix up your exercise otherwise you end up with one part of your body (if your cycling it will be your legs/thighs) but other muscles remain unworked.

  15. Hi,

    I just wanted to write a quick word about how well I've been doing recently in the aim of encouraging anyone who is new to this, or is having a hard time in general.

    I have been gluten free since march, and have been in pretty bad shape with the usual run of symptoms for about two years.

    Anyway, since march my energy levels have gradually been getting better.

    Last week I had a really really long week with work and starting back at university, as well as having loads of wedding planning to do and having the flu. Halfway through the week, I was walking into university in the rain with a giant backpack full of book and feeling pretty sorry for myself when it dawned on me that only 6 months ago I barely had the energy to get off the couch and was sure that I was dying!!!

    I am so grateful for my diagnosis - there were times that I found it really difficult finding anything I could eat and sometimes I thought I would never get better, but finally I am feeling like my old self again :D

  16. Where are you from?

    My partner worked for Mars (masterfoods) for a while and even if they come under the one brand, the chocolate is made in different countries and the ingredients are often slightly different. You should be able to find a website for cadbury that is specific to the country you are in.

    here is the Australian site:


    there are a couple of things that you should watch out for with chocolat, such as any 'flavor' and sometimes soy lethcin isn't gluten free, really its always best to either buy something labeled as gluten free or to call the company to check.

    good luck

  17. Your body can react to certain foods in the same way it reacts to nicotine, or other drugs - you get addicted.

    This is certainly the case with gluten foods. But once you break the habit, you realize that whatever you were craving was not actually that good in the first place. I found after diagnosis, it took me about six weeks before I stopped craving bread etc.

    If I were you, I would throw out any gluten foods that you have in your house and do a big shop, making sure you have plenty of gluten free meals and snacks around so that you have no excuse to eat gluten.

    Good luck :)