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  1. Hi there !

    Sounds like withdrawal to me. A lot of food that we eat these days (processed stuff that contains wheat, hf corn-syrup, etc) has drug like effects on our bodies-- drug like in that these foods sort of stimulate the pleasure centers of the brains and prompts dopamine (a neurotransmitter) to be produced (brain science isn't my forte, and it's still a strange field, so a lot of what I'm saying here is surmising and logic.) This makes us happy. So going off of these foods that we have been conditioned to eat since we could eat foods (breads etc...) has the same sort of effect as if we quit smoking, or doing drugs. Suddenly those happy centers of our brains aren't being stimulated by the constant consumption of our friendly drug gluten. So then we have withdrawals.

    Unfortunately there's not much we can do about it :(. Eventually the cravings will go away, but that might take time. It's like smoking... smokers crave nicotine long after they've quit.

    Hang in there.

  2. There are many things I miss eating (my dad's homemade pizza is currently top of the list) but I really think I miss having the option of eating something at a party or a dinner or what-have-you if I wanted. I'm use to taking my own stuff around with me in a cooler but now that there isn't even the option of having something if I wanted... I really miss the choice.

  3. I think I may write up a "stages of mourning" for the newly gluten-free. Stage one: Bursting into tears in a bakery. Stage two: Feeling a desire to starve rather than eat. Stage three: ?...

    I like your stages of mourning idea. ;)

    On the topic of your problem: I totally agree with the food journal idea. I've pretty much been eating the same things this month, adding in something new every now and again. I recently added in corn tortillas and though didn't feel bad immediately after eating one, did notice that I felt worse later on at my next meal where I was just eating things that didn't give me a problem. I know the tortillas are 100% guaranteed gluten free (a celiac friend of mine made them for me) but I think that they are too processed/have too much stuff in them for my digestion at the moment. Everything else I eat is very simple. It's stressful and depressing to not be able to eat some things right now, but I think it'll be worth it in the end.

    Baby steps.

  4. Hi Anna. I first want to offer my sympathy to you and your kids. Being Celiac/gluten intolerant is hard enough to go through as a single adult, and you have potentially two kids with it. Stay strong.

    I'm not an expert on DH by any means but I've had my fair share of eczema related problems and have known people with DH. From just my general observations on both and my research into gluten intolerance, I'd say it's likely that the rash could be either DH or eczema and that either/or is another indicator that your son might be Celiac. I've have had a few clients (I'm a CPT in a gym) who've had DH problems and sometimes their rashes do look like a bad case of eczema. They have told me it hurts rather than itches so perhaps it depends on the person. The only way to know is to get your son's rash tested, if it is DH they'll know and that will be positive confirmation of his having Celiac.

    I know that when I've had some CC over the last month (that's how long I've been gluten-free) my eczema flares up a bit and can look nasty like DH without the blisters. It sounds like your son has a lot of Celiac leaning symptoms and the only way to be certain would be to get him tested. Best of wishes to you.

  5. Hi everyone, I'm new here :). I guess this is the obligatory "about me and how I quit gluten" post. (this might be a little bit of a long post, hehe...)

    I'm self diagnosed gluten intolerant after having a horrible past year. I was starting to think I was a hypochondriac (which wouldn't surprise me because my grandmother is the queen of all hypochondriacs) but I was always seeming to be sick, tired, fog-brained, having sudden severe acne (at 24,c'mon!), joint pain, eczema, having migraines (I've always had them but they've been getting worse), sleeping excessively, lacking motivation, and losing weight (I'm not a person who should lose weight because I would cease to exist.)

    The reason for my self diagnosis: I've recently moved and my GP is in another state far far away. I went to the medical clinic, saw a doctor, explained, and was told basically that I was depressed and to get over myself (when I suggested maybe gluten intolerance) and start exercising and eating right. I don't get angry all that often but I said some pretty nasty things to the doctor and left the clinic. You don't say those sorts of things to a patient, I don't care if it's in the spirit of tough love. Fitness and health are part of my career, and up until about six months ago, I was very active. My appetite declined a great deal the past year as well, but I still eat healthy, take my vitamins, and all that jazz. So lacking a doctor I decided that I might as well try to fix my problem and see where that takes me.

    Pretty much the last couple of weeks (nearing month 1 of gluten-free) have been heaven in comparison to... well anything in recent memory. I've actually worked out when I've been to the gym, hurrah! And I'm eating more and am hungry, whereas before I just couldn't bring myself to eat very much because I knew I'd feel sick after and sleepy. I think my body knew that what I was eating was hurting me-- I haven't eaten bread since Thanksgiving, or pasta since my same grandmother's super lasagna around Christmas because bread type things sound extremely unappealing. Even now, when I'm feeling better, I still get nauseous walking through the bakery at the grocery store.

    This site has been heaven sent and I've learned so much from lurking around, but I decided it was high time I introduced myself. It's nice to know that there are people who are supportive and going through the same things out there. It's a comforting thought when I'm sure I'm going to get the "you don't know what you're talking about, have some cake" treatment when I finally make my way back home. Though, my family should be used to it, they've been getting the "I'm a fitness instructor and a nutritionist, leave me alone, I will eat what I want to eat," spiel for a few years now...

    And the end. Glad to be here, thanks for reading/listening/etc etc :D

  6. Pretty much, farnickle, you described some of my problems near exactly. Up until this past year I was a normal 8 hours a night person with drive and energy to do things. Then, about six months ago, I started sleeping longer and longer and longer. Around this same time (6mo) I stopped having energy to exercise or motivation to do things because I was/am always tired and needed a nap after every meal (or so it seemed.)

    I've only been gluten free for a couple of weeks (still get CC sometimes) but I can actually do my job and I wake up when my alarm goes off instead of turning it off and sleeping three more hours. I'm hoping I can slide past the setbacks that others have commented on having (fingers cross :D).