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  1. Last week I made a recipe out of "The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Gluten-Free Eating Made Easy: The Essential Guide to the Glycemic Index and Gluten-Free Living" book, and the recipe had Amaranth in it. I had never used Amaranth before, but this recipe in particular made me pretty sick and I was unable to digest the amaranth at all :(

    Any ideas why?

    I am trying to experiment with alternative grains, and with cooking, but haven't been having a whole lot of luck.

  2. I picked up a "Natural Awakenings" magazine yesterday when I was out and about, and to my pleasant surprise I saw an ad for a place called "Pizza Fusion" - on the ad it said "Celiac Friendly Options" and listed Gluten Free Pizza, Beer, and Brownies :P

    If you live in Houston, you can probably empathize with the poor selection of "dining out" options that such a large city as this, has.

    Has anyone been to Pizza Fusion? How is it?

    It's a specialty pizza shop that caters towards organic, vegan, and gluten free lifestyles!

  3. I just found out I have a gluten intolerance.I have a had tons of strange symptoms throughout life and I still ddont know for sure if all of them were because of a gluten problem.However, one of the main symptoms repeatedly throughout life was swollen lymph nodes all over my neck and sometimes in my chest.When I would get this I would have a headache a feel chills sometimes.I would sometimes have a slight stuffy nose ( or should I say it just felt like something in there) but nothing was.This would occur sometimes 2 times a month.Anyone else have symptoms like that?

    I have perpetually swollen lymph nodes, mostly the ones in my neck and under my arms. I too get really bad headaches, sinus drainage, drippy nose, coldness, and sometimes a fever. Although this happens intermittently, I have noticed that my lymph nodes get especially swollen and sensitive when I am grinding my teeth (I have TMJ.) I get a very dry scratchy throat, stiff neck, etc. I am not sure why this happens though. I would be interested in learning!

  4. I do do that with the dreadmill in the winter. I bike in the summer (and tow my son in a trailer behind my bike). I eat very little grains and don't really buy any of the gluten-free products out there. I've stared doing yoga and I have quite the disparity between upper and lower body strength. I've been making green smoothies too with spinich and various veggies. I even bought a body fat scale and egads I'm 35% fat according to this thing.

    (( Hugs ))

    Getting accustomed to gluten free living is difficult! At diagnosis my weight was 211 (I am just over 5'7) and after diagnosis my weight seemed to go up overnight. Within four months my weight was at 240! I am now balancing out and trying to pay closer attention to how eating gluten free fits into healthy and balanced nutritional intake. I have started practicing mindful eating, and am also focusing on eating more fresh foods. I have just begun this journey, and it's been a challenge, but gratefully I have lost some weight and am now at 233-ish; My goal is to be around 165-170, which is a good weight for my build.

    I have decided to make meal plans, as I am finding that being gluten free and "flying by the seat of my pants" is just not working out very well for me :o

    It's certainly a different way of being, but I think looking at it as "different" or an opportunity to learn new things/be creative is a plus in getting away from the blues (it has been for me.)

    Hang in there!

  5. Here is my odd situation and since my Doctor sucks, I come to you.

    I usually have cold hands and cold feet. I can really notice it with my hands more than my feet since they are always exposed.

    The only time they get warm is if I eat. Every time I eat they regulate and then a couple of hours later they get cold again.

    I have no clue what it is at this point or what is causing this.

    I did the standard blood work and they Doc said nothing about my Thyroid being out of whack. Is there a specific thyroid test or can we rule out that it is not my thyroid?

    I'm at a loss. x_x

    Thank you.

    Hi there, I wanted to respond to your thread because this may be of help. I was diagnosed with having Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Interestingly enough, my thyroid tests didn't come back "that bad" and my doctor said that I didn't have much of a thyroid problem and to just "keep an eye on it."

    Several months later I was physically a mess, one of the more annoying symptoms was freezing hands & feet (to the point of it being painful.) Through specific blood work to check for antibodies (that is not usually done for routine thyroid tests) and then later through an ultrasound, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease. Hashimotos is an autoimmune thyroid condition that often runs hand in hand with Celiac. With Hashimotos, the thyroid still works (therefore not necessarily showing hypothyroid on bloodwork) but since the body is attacking the thyroid, a slew of problems errupt. Here's a link you might be interested in. Best of luck!


  6. You have a wonderful idea brewing here. There are NO restaurants in my area that have dedicated gluten free options, so if and when I eat out, i have to be very specific and it gets met with resistance and people think I am just being finicky.

    as one other poster said - converting traditional recipes to gluten free is really more simple than some might think. One issue that I have run into personally is low-fat, low-sugar and low sodium contents while maintaining good taste and texture. In order to launch such a project, I would say that variety is key. I really try to mix up our menu here at home. For example, every week I try to fix different things than I did the previous week on at least 4 of the 7 days, kind of a rotating menu. Stir fry is very easy to make gluten free and have excellent flavor and texture while keeping sodium and fats to a minimum. Spaghetti is another easy gluten free meal you may consider. I am still trying to find a good tasting, good textured pizza crust that is low sodium, but still working on it. Another idea may be things such as pot roast, "Irish Casserole" (Ring bologna or polish sausage with potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage cooked all in a slow cooker or oven), steamed fish with veggies, broasted or fried chicken with gluten free breading, tuna casserole, hot beef sandwiches, wow, this list goes on.

    i wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted on how you turn out

    That really IS a great idea (and a very, very cool project!)

    My best ideas would say to make it versatile for populations of gluten and gluten free folks. Maybe in the project set aside a small space for food prep to where it's separate from food prep around gluten, as cross contamination is a huge issue. Another cool idea is to have a bi-annual gluten free workshop that is run by sponsorships (interactive and informative would be fun)

    Good luck with your project!

  7. Another blogger user. I have several blogs there and just started a new one devoted to living life gluten-free (view my profile to see it).

    I agree with the others - easy easy easy to set up and super easy to use. And I've personally *never* had an issue of any kind with the system. Of course, now that I've said that... lol.

    I'm happy to help if you need some assistance!

    I have a website/domain and am going to be adding a blog through http://www.websitepalace.com

    I am very happy with them. It's pretty inexpensive, you get great freebie add ons, and they offer 24/7 technical support :)

  8. I went to a sleep therapy specialist MD who is very well known in the area here and very good. I went back in January. Just found out that I have Celiac as of a week ago. I think this may change the whole treatment plan. With my intestines being as damaged as they are, I am not properly absorbing medicine, along with the vitamin deficiencies. As they heal, I have a feeling my sleep problems may correct themselves. Which would be a miracle, because I have had these sleep disorders since I was 14. Also, I have had anorexia since I was 14. I bet there is some relation there too. I have tried every sleeping pill and restless leg syndrome pill that I know of, and they all help for maybe a night and then there is no more affect.

    I feel like they are ready to give up on me since we did the whole 24 hour sleep/nap study in January and weren't getting anywhere. I haven't talked to the doctor there yet about Celiac, but I will on Monday. I have been doing other things related to health, like telling my other doctors, nutritionist, therapist... I never knew why I wasn't absorbing medications and had to be on superhigh doses to even get a small affect. I'm sure that Celiac is why. As I heal, possibly I might be able to change some of the dosages of my drugs.

    Right now though I am reading this section and seeing that a lot of Celiacs have problems with sleep. I didn't know I was Celiac, so could not have known there was a connection. It makes sense though.

    Anyone have really SEVERE sleep problems who has noticed a huge change in their ability to sleep? I would love to hear some view points. Thanks!

    I too have very severe sleep problems and have since childhood. I struggled with Anorexia and Bulimia for 12 years (I have been recovered for 3 years) My sleep problems have continued to various degrees over the years. Today, I still have to take sleep medication most nights to sleep. I have major restless leg syndrome, TMJ, and a slew of other sleep disturbances. As an infant I had sleep apnea (I was premature) but I grew out of it.

    The sleep medication I have been on is the only one that has worked and not stopped working. It enables me to sleep, and sometimes even wake up feeling rested (although most of the time I do not, so that gets frustrating.) Without the sleep medication, I do not sleep well at all (I can fall asleep, but I am a violent sleeper and very restless. Sometimes I have severe insomnia) I was DX with celiac late last year. I have been considering requesting a sleep study, but have not yet.

    I do not know what the coorelation is (if any) but I have come across other people who have (or had) eating disorders that have been diagnosed with autoimmune conditions including Celiac. Coincidence or link, I do not know.

    Best of luck!

  9. Hello Everyone! I was Dx late last year and I am still struggling to find balance with the diagnosis. At the beginning I went through a brief phase to where I was completely clueless and depressed. I went through a rather long period to where I felt very motivated and optimistic about things improving and being gluten free. For the last two months or so, I have been really really struggling to cope. I am finding myself getting frustrated. I am no Betty Crocker, and although I like to cook I don't like cooking often (LOL!)

    I am finding it easier to just skip meals all together than to deal with the anxieties and questions and frustrations with what to eat that will be fulfilling and not just "fill the hole" so to speak.

    I am stressed anyway, and going through some difficult personal problems, and I know that I am not getting proper balanced nutrition. I know that this is something I have to tackle, and something that I have to learn to balance since logically I can't (and don't want to) feel like this for my entire life.

    I am also needing to lose weight, as I am overweight. I was in weight watchers (or am in weight watchers) but I am struggling with the motivation to keep up with that because I'm not really following any type of "program" or nutritional balanced way of eating.

    Anyone have any advice, suggestions, or personal feedback? Thanks in advance :)

  10. I didn't want to hijack Ashley's thread, so I'm starting a new one. I'm experiencing some extreme weirdness with my cycle this month, and I'm wondering if any of you ladies can relate at all.

    Since going gluten free, all the signs that say "Aunt Flo is coming" (irritability, breast tenderness, lower backache) seem to have gone away. Not necessarily a bad thing, but Aunt Flo has snuck up on me a couple of times, so I started keeping track on a calendar. She was visiting pretty regularly every 28-30 days.

    I should have started my most recent cycle on or around January 5th. Aunt Flo finally came a callin' on January 17th - 12 days late. I was more than a little relieved to have her visit, as I was ready to go buy a pg test.

    After a couple of days of nothing more than spotting (typically how my period starts out, and then progresses to 'feel like I'm bleeding to death' for about 4 days, then back to spotting til the 9th or 10th day, then done til the next month) - NOTHING. For a day and a half. Then more spotting for a couple of days. Then NOTHING for a couple more days. Then what seemed to be fairly normal bleeding, and slowing/stopping - or so I thought. Then one more day later, it's like a tidal wave almost. With more clotting than I've ever experienced.

    (Sorry this is so graphic!)

    And here I am - DAY 23 of bleeding (to include the few days of nothing early on).

    This has been the strangest period I have EVER experienced, and I'm a little freaked out that something serious is going on. I'm feeling fatigued (moreso than usual) and have been a little light headed a few times over the past couple of days. I'm concerned I might be becoming anemic.

    I've had no cramping or back aches, and only slight breast tenderness that started last weekend (2 weeks in). Historically, my periods have always been on the heavier side, and almost always last right around 10 days.

    I have an appt with a gyn on Monday, but I just thought I'd see if anyone has had this happen - if maybe it could be related to my body still trying to regulate itself on this diet?

    I'm praying that there's nothing seriously wrong, and that this isn't how it's going to be from here on out........

    If you've read all this - thank you! I would appreciate any thoughts you might have.

    Good luck at the Gyn (( Hugs ))

    I don't know if your problems could be related to going gluten free, I would think it could be the opposite (maybe you had the problems, but having the proper nutrition finally by going gluten free has now enabled them to reveal themselves?)

    I have a friend who had endometriosis, and had a lot of problems with her cycle, including pain and very very long periods (15+days)

    I just had a Transvaginal Ultrasound - not fun.. I am waiting for the results (I was feeling better for a while but some problems started coming back recently, so they are trying to figure out what is going on.)

    Talk with you soon hon :)

  11. I was Dx with Hashimotos a year ago (give or take.) It's been a LONG healing process, and I have come to understand that treating autoimmune thyroid and healing is nothing like treating/healing hypothyroidism even though the medication is the same. It's been a complicated process. Hang in there!

    I am on 100mcg of Synthroid and recently dignosed Celiac. I am having to make a total lifestyle change, but my health is slowly improving.

    I am learning my triggers, which I still have autoimmune triggers (thyroid) despite medication.

    Take care of you!

  12. I am also pre-diabetic, and the carbohydrates are a major issue especially considering that many speciality celiac foods are loaded with carbs. I limit my carb intake as much as possible, because carbohydrates are worse than actual sugar when it comes to diabetes. Also following the glycemic index. It's best to stay with foods that are below 70-75ish on the glycemic index. If you google glycemic index foods, you should be able to come up with something. I got a list from my doc. Best of luck!

  13. So I chose PF changs the other night, haven't been for their gluten free stuff yet... and I was VERY happy with everything. The food was excellent, I felt great, and I even got to have a Redbridge to boot (Gluten free beer!)

    It was funny because when I ordered the Redbridge, the waitress had no idea what I was talking about, and I had to point out that they had gluten free beer. She was tickled pink at the new information :P

  14. So, I recently saw a naturopath, and have begun doing natural/alternative type medicine to wean away from traditional medicine. Well, everything I got was (or so I assumed) gluten free, but I began breaking out with DH (what I know now, is from being glutened).

    So I re-read all my labels, and there is one product that had wheat grass and barley grass; and that is the only place I could have gotten a reaction from (I have been very cautious about being gluten free, and every other product except this one said guarented to be free of allergens including gluten...)

    So, does wheat grass and barley grass contain gluten?

    I did not take them today, and I am already noticing an improvement in my DH.


  15. Shopping DOES get easier. The first time I went shopping, I totally wasn't aware of what I was in for. I got there, all excited about my new adventure - and intstead, I wanted to burst out crying becuase the store was crowded, I was completly unsure, and people were giving me the evil eye for holding them up. Yea, it was no exciting adventure, it was more like a nightmare.

    But ... it's much easier now, and I am even starting to build some confidence in trying different stores :D

    Hang in there! One thing I have learned so far is gluten free meal planning is truly planning (so far, anyway... I am pretty new to it though.) It's not so easy to just "whip together a meal" anymore!

    But who knows, maybe it gets easier!

    Take care!

  16. Awe, I totally understand what you are saying. It's always hard when one person in a relationship is sick,when the other isn't. I have been with my partner for over two and a half years, the majority of our relationship I haven't been very healthy - and after two years, I was diagnosed with Diabetes,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Celiac Disease... The celiac threw us for a loop, as she is a non celiac, and I felt bad because everything was so up in the air and this was one more thing.

    Ya know what? If anything she finds it interesting, and she is SO SO SO supportive. She actually enjoys exploring new gluten free items with me (although she doesn't always enjoy the foods, LoL) but that's okay. She's really open to it all, and I have to brag I make a killer gluten free pizza - that she loves !!

    No need to feel guilty. Your boyfriend sounds really supportive!