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  1. CaliGirl

    When Did You Start To Show?

    I'm at 23 weeks right now, and I just lost the view of my feet! It took a while, though. I was wearing an old pair of pre-maternity jeans just two weeks ago, but those days have passed. The first time a stranger asked if I was pregnant, I was at 19 weeks. This is my first, and because of people's comments, I was worried because I wasn't showing for such a long time. My doctor told me, basically, that people are rude and not to worry! From what I hear, every pregnancy is different.
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    Bf Question

    Congratulations on your new little baby! I'm four months pregnant, and I'm already starting to worry about potential problems with breastfeeding. I've been reading about it, and I read in a natural foods cookbook that quinao is supposed to increase milk production. Supposedly, South American Indians have been giving this to lactating women for centuries. Of course, I have no experience with this, but it could help. Besides, quinoa is (of course) gluten free, easy to cook, and very nutritious. here are some links: Quinoa pudding Quinoa milk, already prepared General info about quinoa This could be an old wives' tale, but it certainly can't hurt. If anything, this can just be a nice break from all that rice we eat ... Rachel
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    Hi, everyone. I have an update on my little birth control crisis. I felt terrible on the nuva-ring--it was like I was always having cramps, which I guess is unusual. It kept on moving, so I thought, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I gave up after 6 days and took it out entirely. I made an appointment with my gyno, and I guess it was just a screw-up at CVS, so she wrote me another prescription. She said she felt completely comfortable prescribing it, because I don't smoke, not everweight, no risks for excessive blood clots, etc. She also said that every BC on the market has much less estrogen than the older BC pills from the 1950's. It makes me wonder how much of this is truly safety related, and how much of this is liability protection. So anyway, I got my patch back, and I'm happy. Thanks for the advice, everyone. Rachel PS Kailynsmom--I usually put it somewhere on my back, and it's much more comfortable. I've found the key is to stick it to skin that doesn't have to move or flex very much.
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    I can't use my patch anymore!!! I guess my pharmacy, CVS, got scared from the health risks on the news and they cancelled all prescriptions for the patch. No letter, no warning, nothing. It completely messed up my cycle, which of course, destroys the effectiveness of birth control. A week passed before I figured out why their computerized system had no record of my prescription for the patch. So, then I switched to Nuva ring and I don't like it. I've had it for a week now, and I feel like I'm constantly cramping. It keeps on moving. I'm so aggrivated! I just want my patch back! Here's my question: does it get better after a while? Are they all "one size fits all"? I really don't want to take the pill, but this isn't working for me. Thanks for your help, ladies!
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    What's Your Comfort Food?

    I have ginger tea to soothe the nausea, and then I try to get the biggest, healthiest salad I can. I figure the extra fiber helps get the gluten out of my system, and I try to be nice to my body and give it extra-nutritious food. Maybe it's just psycological, though, but I do feel better.
  6. I had been avoiding it, thinking that the carmel coloring had gluten. Yay! I'm so excited it's okay. I know what I'm having tonight....
  7. It's easy to miss what we can't have anymore, but personally I think I am eating a higher quality of food since going gluten free. What meals are you eating right now that you absolutely love? I used to order cheap pastas and chicken at restaurants, but not anymore. Today, I went to a local restaurant with coworkers, and I had: a baked potato steamed broccoli garden salad, oil and vinegar on the side a ribeye steak, rare! OMG, so good. I never would have ordered a rare steak two years ago, but I loved it. Let's get some inspiration--what are you eating that's to die for?
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    Olive Garden

    My mom and brother (both celiac) had a TERRIBLE experience at Olive Garden. The waitress wasn't just rude, she was mean. I wouldn't recommend Olive Garden, either. You would think that the company would have some sort of training that it's not okay to make fun of people's food intolerances.
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    Aaahhhhh ? Problems With Dairy

    Dark chocolate is packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy minerals. Researchers are now considering it to be a "superfood", like spinach or salmon. BUT, if you eat it with dairy products, the dairy completely blocks the anti-oxidants and healthy effects of the cocao. Something to think about. I try to avoid dairy, but I have been caving lately. It's so stupid of me--when I eat dairy, my nose runs so much my coworkers ask if I have a cold. Who knows what it's doing to the rest of my body. When I'm not cheating by eating cheese, though, I stay dairy-free by having almond milk on my cereal in the morning. I think it's richer than rice milk, and it has more nutrients. I used to be a big latte person, too, but now I buy high-quality coffee and put it in a french press, and it is soooooo good! I found that I was using milk to mask the bitterness of poor-quality coffees. Hope these hints help you! Stay strong, and don't cheat like me!
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    Does It Get Better?

    I don't know if this works for everyone, but it worked for me, so it's worth a try. I was having chest pains, anxiety, depression, etc. to the point that I was toying with the idea of taking anit-depressents. My reactions weren't as severe as jknnej, but they were getting increasingly difficult to live with. My dad sent me some very high-quality vitamins, and I noticed a big difference. In my un-informed, uneducated opinion, I think I was vitamin B deficient, which was causing alot of my symptoms. Try taking some good vitamins--at worst, it certainly won't hurt, and at best, it could help your anxiety like it did for me.
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    I went through all the phases of grief when I realized I couldn't eat wheat anymore. Denail, anger, sadness, acceptence, and then repeat. I've been gluten free for about a year and half now. And now, at this stage in my life, I miss wheat the way I would imagine drug addict misses crack. It's really good and it makes life so much easier and everyone else does it... but there are faster ways to kill yourself. I'm just so thankful that I was shown how to be healthy, and take charge of my health. Please take this with a grain of salt, and realize that my attitude could completely change tomorrow morning, but the fact is that we all are so much better off not eating wheat. Emotionally it can be hard, but physically, it's the best thing to ever happen to you, next to being born. Okay, I'm done now.
  12. I went to a health food store before before Thanksgiving, and I was hunting around, trying to find some gluten free desert I could eat while everyone else ate their "wheaty goodness" as my husband says. I asked a clerk, and she pointed me to the front of the store. Since it was before Thanksgiving, there were all kinds of samples and displays out, but of course I ignored all the food. It turns out.... ...there was an entire table full of fresh-baked gluten free products!!! Just ready to be snacked on!!! I couldn't believe it. I kept asking the baker, is this REALLY gluten free? all of it? no wheat? It was wonderful. I bought all kinds of stuff, just out of the sheer joy of it. I'm still happy, just thinking about it!
  13. I just finished reading "Dangerous Grains" which is an excellent book. I have been gluten-free for over a year, but I still found it very informative. Something I didn't know before what that gluten has mild opiate qualities, and health problems of recovering drug addicts and newly gluten-free celiacs are very similar. Basically, your body is still longing for something very dangerous, much like any opiate drug addiction. Don't be surprised if you have very powerful cravings--just know what body is doing, and don't give in! It's the only way to break the cycle. Stay strong! Your body recovers, and you personally will move on from your grieving period. Life is so much better gluten free! My only regret is that I didn't know about this my entire life. No cheating!
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    Americans With Disabilities Act

    I don't know enough about the ADA to add to what has already been said, but I have an opinion anyway! You could look at this from a "good citizen of the earth" persepctive instead of a legal perspective. First of all, your employer is not paying you gluten, and you are not being discriminated against for not eating gluten, and you are not being denied a legal benefit like health insurance, 401(k), whatever. It sounds like this lunch is being offered as a motivational tool, and a way for your boss to say "thank you" to his employees. And if he has the mentality of wanting to give you a gift, it's rude to say the gift isn't good enough. This is an exagerated example, but if your aunt knits you a wool sweater for Christmas, and you get itchy from wool, you wouldn't make her take it back and knit you something in cashmere, would you? You would say "thank you very much" and quietly pass on the sweater to someone else who would appreciate it. If you are going to be working with these people every day, I think you are much better off to bring your own food than to accuse your boss of discrimination. It may not seem "fair", but sometimes, that's life.
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    What Books?

    This weekend, I bought "Nourishing Traditions: the cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats" by Sally Fallon. Here's a link: Nourishing Traditions If you're just diagnosed, you're really going to have to be gentle to your GI tract--it's been damaged so much, it will take some time to heal. This book just uses simple foods that will be easy to digest and extra-nutritious. (Of course, ignore everything in the "Grains" section except for teff, corn, buckwheat, rice, and quinoa.) Also, try googling "caveman diet"--it's really simple food that will help your body get back on track. To tell you the truth, I would rather eat food like this than try to make gluten free breads and cookies and all that. I guess I'm too lazy. When I'm feeling energetic, I do like Bette Hagman's books, though.
  16. Be careful about vitamins--even if they are gluten free, they might be more "neutral" than "positive." Consumer Reports investigated vitamins, and found that many don't have all the nutrients they claim on their labels. Even more of those had undigestible elements--even if they were in the vitamin, your body could only absorb a certain percentage of them. I probably sound like a broken record, but I highly recommend Usana vitamins. I was on a run-of-the-mill gluten-free vitamin, and I was still having lots of wierd symptoms. My dad bought me a months' supply, and I had a night-and-day difference. If I forget to take my vitamins for a few days, the weird stuff comes back: anxiety, tingling fingers and toes, chest pains, dizziness, all that. They're pricey, but it is completely worth it to feel healthy!
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    Is Anyone Lonely

    This is my experience: When I was about two years old, I met my best friend. I grew up with her, and I don't think I ever went a single day without being with her. She had lots of names, but most people just called her "Wheat." Then one day, something life changing happened: I was told I had to move far, far away and never see my freind Wheat again. So I did. At first I didn't really understand what was going on. And then as I slowly began to realize what life would be like to not ever be with her again, I got mad. Then I complained. Then, I was just so sad. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that she wasn't a very good friend after all--I just didn't know any better. She would make me feel bad about myself, but it would always be my fault. She would hurt me, but everyone around me would explain it away. And then I saw people I loved who were also friends with Wheat, and I clearly saw the damage she was causing that they would never acknowledge to themselves. And then I didn't miss Wheat as much anymore. Now I have new friends, friends with names like "Let's join a sport together", "Margaritas with Friends", and "Meet Me at the Coffee Shop". I enjoy life so much more than I ever thought I could, and now I don't miss Wheat at all! The End.
  18. A good, rich, yeasty beer is the only thing I truly miss from my gluten days... I might make try to make this dough just for the smell! Rachel
  19. Yuyp, I'm taking them. My dad got them for after hearing how yucky I was feeling. He just ordered from their website, I think. I was getting all kinds of weird things going on with my body, and after taking them three weeks, I feel alot better. I think I'm taking the "essentials blend". Since these were just kind of passed along to me, I don't think I've been influenced by expectations or marketing, but I really do feel better. My dad has been taking them, and he said he's noticed an improvement in his workouts. Honestly, the least you can do is give it a shot. I've heard you are supposed to notice a difference in your health in two weeks, but I would try it a month before you switch to something else. Rachel
  20. My dad got me taking Usana vitamins (www.Lame Advertisement) after I told him how terrible I was feeling. I have been taking them for three weeks, I think, and I feel better already. Less anxiety, lethargy, chest pains, headaches, fatigue, etc. I don't know if I am experiencing a placebo effect or not, but as long as it works, I'll take them! I eat such strange food in strange amounts at strange times of the day, I'm sure my body isn't getting everything I need from my food, so it just makes sense for me to take vitamins. They are gluten free, of course! Vitamins are usually pretty good about labelling all sources. Usana is supposedly very easily absorbed (which most vitamins are not--check out Consumer Reports' analysis of vitamins). Hope this helps.
  21. I have a strict "no bathroom activities in front of my husband" policy, and here I am, posting about poop.... I've been gluten free long enough to make a huge difference in my health, but not everything is back to normal. (But then again, I probably wouldn't know normal if it slapped me!) But, here is some completely strange advice: I was watching some daytime TV show once, and this woman was talking about the benifits of baby massage, especially for colicky babies. I just put it in the "That's Weird" mental file, and forgot about it. Well, sometime later, when I was going through constipation and all that unpleasantness, I remembered it and tried it on myself. It works! It's so much better than just sitting on the toilet and straining, which isn't supposed to be good for you. Here's a link that describes what I do: It... consolidates... my trips to the bathroom, so I spend less time in there. It's funny--sometimes I get squishing or gurgling sounds when I rub my belly. I did it to my husband once, and he ended up using the bathroom 15 minutes later, so I took that as proof the sucess of my theory. Anyway, I hope it works for everyone! We gluten-free people sure are an odd bunch......
  22. CaliGirl


    I recommend the patch, personally. I tried the pill before I knew about celiac disease, and the hormones completely whacked me out. The patch didn't do that to me. Also, I like how the chemicals are absorbed through my bloodstream instead of going through my GI tract--much more reliable delivery! Rachel
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    Glutened Again?

    Maybe it was your coke? Carmel-colored beverages usually get their color from malt. After I got glutened from root beer, I haven't had any dark colored colas since. Also, I just got the 24 hour flu a few days ago, but at first I thought it was from ingesting gluten (I've been eating out alot lately). After other people at work started getting sick, too, I felt so much better! I may have been hugging the toilet for a day, but at least it wasn't because I was damaging my body with gluten--I was damaging my body with a stomach virus! What a relief! (This is what happens to my thinking after being gluten-free for a year!) Anyway, I would wait to see if anyone else around you gets sick before you start eliminating foods. Rachel
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    Who's In Their 20's?

    I'm in my twenties, too. I think people our age are more open to the idea of food causing illness, compared to my grandparents' generation. I think it's because there's more awareness now that not everything can be solved with a "suck it up, get over it, and move on" --type attitude. You know, the mentality that says, "if I don't see gushing blood, you're just fine." Has anyone else noticed this? In my experience, when I tell someone 30 years older than me what celiac disease is, I'm much more likely to get a skeptical reaction than if I tell someone my own age. Just conjecture here. Rachel
  25. I once read somewhere (I know, that's not very specific) that your body craves things that cause it to react badly. Like, lactose-interolant people crave milk. I thought that was interesting. As a result, when I am having a overpowering desire to have ice cream, it makes me wonder why I really want it. Is it me, or some chemical reaction going on that I don't even know about? This is totally anecdotal, but I would steer clear of corn for a while if I were you. Rachel