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  1. If you know anyone with a Costco membership - I have found almond butter there in a bigger jar for the cost of a jar half that size.


    Also, a crockpot is about $17-20 at Walmart or Target.  And I got my son a good microwave for about $60 at Walmart.  So, something to save up for or ask for for Christmas?  These 2 items would open up a whole lot of super easy cooking options for you.


    I think seeing the doctor sounds like a good idea.  


    I can afford a microwave, I just have nowhere to put it, space-wise. I had to choose between a microwave or a toaster oven, and I like the toaster oven better...

  2. if I can make it another two weeks, I have a psychiatrist appointment, and seeing as I've had this same problem on and off since 2008, it's probably time to try medication.


    good idea about the mini bell peppers, I like peppers, and there's gluten free hummus everywhere around here.


    I was avoiding peanuts but I can get my butt to whole foods and get some sunflower seed and almond butter eventually. I eat that stuff on the, what is it, the lundberg brand rice cakes.


    @SMRI -- I do have a toaster oven I bake chicken in, I didn't think to add veg with the chicken at the same time. I can totally do that. if you cook chicken from frozen how much longer do you put it in for?

  3. eggs are pretty cheap. nuts, not so much. I have trouble with fats but I'll keep buying them for snacking on in the office.


    crock pot, don't have it but have been meaning to get one. I guess if I get the little potatoes I don't have to chop them up even.


    I do have some frozen veg I could just cook in a pot I guess. I'm having trouble with the motivation to eat in general but I do like peas. peas are good for you, right?

  4. hi,


    I am gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.


    I have severe depression and most days do not have the energy nor inclination to cook from scratch like I usually do. Eating at or ordering from restaurants gives me too much anxiety about CC that it's not worth it, unless the entire place is gluten-free.


    I've been eating crap like rice cakes, bologna, sausage, chips, sometimes store-bought guacomole. sometimes I bake chicken or splurge on coconut-milk ice cream.


    I don't own a microwave.


    I'm taking a food-based multi to try and address any problems with malnutrition. sometimes I don't eat vegetables in days.


    food budget is a maximum of $350/month, less if my depression keeps affecting my ability to work.


    I'm just trying to hold on until a series of appointments where I can begin getting treatment.

  5. Hi Strawberry!  It's been awhile since we have heard from you.  I hope things are going well but for this eye problem.......


    Do your eyes feel overly dry?  Do you have mouth dryness?  I ask because Sjogren's Syndrome is common with Celiac and it can cause vision problems and eye pain.  I have Sjogren's myself so thought I would start there.  I don't mean a little dryness......Sjogren's will give you extreme dryness.  Do you have more dental problems than usual?  That's another symptom of Sjogren's, as it applies to your mouth.


    Things are actually going really well, otherwise!


    My mouth and eyes don't feel *dry* really. And my mouth is fine, other than the occasional canker sore (which I cure with probiotics, and sensitive teeth.


    How is your thyroid? Feeling hot, muscle fatigue? Wacky vision, muscles aching around eyes, were an indication that I was running hyper. Then I would run hypo and the vision issues would go away and hypo symptoms would emerge.


    I've had my thyroid tested in the past, and it was always normal, altho' I couldn't tell you any more than that. I do have muscle fatigue but my general fatigue levels have gone way, way down since I got my diagnosis of dysthymia (chronic, low-grade depression) and have been treating that. I will have muscle fatigue and pain on occasion, however. It seems a little random. It used to be daily. 


    I didn't know you could go back and forth between hyper- and hypothyroid. I should look into that.

  6. So, I've been gluten free for many years and I am very strict about it.


    Recently--for the past month I'm guessing--I've been having trouble with blurry vision, eye pain, and strain headaches.


    This was a pre-celiac symptom every single night that went away slowly when my diet changed. I used to have this problem every night, but now I only have it like once a month or so.


    My last known glutening was a minor exposure about two weeks ago. We aren't sure what it was exactly, but I had, about 12-24 hrs later, crushing depression that lasted a single day, and then vision troubles, headaches, and acid reflux that's still lingering.


    Does anyone else have this eye problem? Yesterday I was fine; day before yesterday I had to leave work early because I couldn't read anymore. I don't want to have to leave work early today by losing my vision!!


    Is this a symptom of glutening for anyone else? is it a sign of another sensitivity? vitamin deficiency? why would it happen some days and not others? my computer usage, amount of time spent on my cell phone, and amount of time spent reading small print & books remains unchanged between days where I have blurry vision and days where I don't.

  7. Unfortunately, my boyfriend of almost 6 years (living together for 5) seems to be like this. He gets angry when I don't go out or do things with him after getting sick (gluten or dairy ingestion) and complains that "everything" sets me off. Just yesterday while walking the dog he suggested that perhaps it wasn't the food that was causing my symptoms and that's just the way I am. Despite the physical evidence (which I photograph for future documentation), he still questions the validity of it all! Just today he got upset that I didn't go to the gym with him, as I sit here typing with a hot water bottle on my abdomen.

    In addition, I have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and he even gives me a hard time about that. He doesn't understand why I just can't understand social situations and cracks "retard" jokes all the time. Note: I have two older siblings with autism which he jokes about all the time as well. Unfortunately, his brother and mother are no better. Only the father seems to be sensitive to these types of "invisible disabilities," probably because he has food intolerances himself. Unfortunately, the family criticizes him for being a "hypochondriac."

    I remember years ago my grandfather mentioned he had troubles digesting cilantro and to disprove this my mother switched the parsley one night with cilantro and didn't bother telling him. She said the fact that he didn't react means he was full of B.S. I worry that one day someone will "test" my gluten and dairy sensitivities the same way.

    move. out.

  8. Depending on how long you were poisoning yourself, it could take years for the villi to heal. There's also the possibility that something else flattens villi--isn't there? Doesn't casein do it for some people? (just looked it up--seems rare, but it's a thing that can happen)

    Obviously being as strict as possible can only help you.

    If you don't mind my asking, what were your symptoms like, if you were able to keep a not-so-strict diet without getting sick enough to make you stop that?

  9. my thoughts:

    1. Celiac disease was first described in ancient Rome by a physician named Galen in like 250 AD. WAY before the advent of genetically modified/specially bred wheat varieties.

    2. Spelt is also considered a "heritage" cereal and is just as toxic to celiacs as regular wheat, barley, and rye.

    There is definitely something about our modern environment that is causing the incidence of autoimmune diseases to rise. However, reality resists simplification, and I think this theory is basically hogwash.

  10. p.s. one thing that helped me to get rid of some massive ones that came with a flu was putting acidophilus on them. I bought the acidophilus pills in the store, broke open the powder into my mouth and left it there overnight each night. they were much smaller over about three days and mostly gone by four or five.

    that stuff did taste pretty weird tho :/

  11. current symptoms: intense fatigue, bleeding/sore gums, headache, blurred vision, stiff neck, muscle pains, emotional.

    I've been sleeping or otherwise in bed on my laptop for three days now. I have no idea what "got" me but i think it was the gluten-free soup and bread at the little crumby cafe I risked eating at in Oxford. I didn't trust them with CC to save my life but was hungry and with company so took the risk since the ingredients themselves were all fine. . .

    I want to cycle for 30 days straight in about eight days. (been planning for months.) haven't trained properly at all and this is cutting in to my preparation time. I also have to clean up this flat and get ready for the trip (if I don't postpone it, which I might)

    ... plus I have art I promised to make for people, writing to do, but my head hurts at an unable to think kind of level

    every day I spend in bed without exercising or accomplishing anything makes me feel like a fattening lazy slob worthless human being and I'm lonely and want to shout and scream that gluten is poison and the world is dying.

    luckily, no reflux, which was usually my major symptom?? in fact, nothing gastrointestinal at all except mild constipation and gas at first which is gone now. bit weird. but I know I'm not sick with a virus or something because no flu symptoms, no fever. congestion at levels it's been at for weeks.

    seems like my autoimmune symptoms change every week (well every time i get sick it's different)

    how do you ever know what's going on, what got you, how paranoid you have to be and when you can relax and when will i ever stop wanting to throw up when i think of food? when will i stop wanting to scream and kick donut stands over in the grocery store? throw bread down the aisles in rage? (actually did this once when they put gluten bread in the gluten free section, I threw it at the regular bread and stormed off)

    HOW LONG DOES IT LAST. oh man I'm not going to have D for a week again like i did last time am i? that reaction was delayed by like 7 days it seemed. this reaction started after 1 day if my calculations are correct (imcac). guess i will know over the weekend

    god this poetry is vile is it not

  12. That soy thing is really interesting to me, I feel totally sick right now even though I'm nearing the end of my period, in fact I feel sick most of the time, in my gut I mean, and I can never figure out what I've done wrong or what I've eaten that's bad. I felt okay for a while til I started eating this tuna again, and I noticed that it contains soy.

    I'm worried cos it seems like everything makes me feel bad in some way, fruit makes my upper abdomen hurt, fatty food or spicy food makes me 'evacuate rapidly', lactose has all the gross effects associated with intolerance, I just ate celery with peanut butter and now feel I could throw up.

    How can I be allergic to everything?!

    I've been gluten free since february, so the worst symptoms are gone, like dragging abdominal pain, but I still just feel gross and tired nearly all the time.

    man, that sucks. i would suggest an elimination diet for that kind of problem.

    but whatever you do, give up the soy for a few months. soy is evil.

  13. Opposite for me. i used to have pains so bad i couldn't walk, and they'd start 3 days before my period did and stop 3 days after. so i was super irregular, but i always knew before my period came when it was due because my back would hurt like crazy for 3 days beforehand. now i'm super irregular still but i just start bleeding and i don't even notice until it starts. my periods are also a lot shorter, it seems.

    although i'm pretty sure my period always gives me D. every time.


    try eliminating soy if you haven't already. soy has estrogen-like compounds in it which mess with hormones etc. whenever I eat soy, I become self-harmingly depressed within hours. I can't imagine what it would do for things like PMS or period-related symptoms.

  14. if I were you and had taken a sip of it mistakenly I might have walked out the door telling them I felt sick and goodbye.

    I've had lots of cider in my day though, can definitely tell the difference from beer, which I never liked even before celiac . . . like the guy above me said, it shouldn't have any foam to it at all. and usually it's more orange.

  15. yes Strawberry jam. i can handle fish fine with no problem. Just would have to watch how much amount i do eat tuna and other kind of fresh catch fish for mecury leve

    if I were you, I'd eat the max recommended amount of fish per week, and mix it up between big fresh-catch predator fish like tuna and salmon and farmed fish like mackerel etc. they both have chemical problems but the problems are different, idk.

    plain eggs tend to give me heartburn, but if they don't for you, eggs are great protein, especially the yolks. don't listen to anyone yammer about cholesterol because eggs are good for you, end of story. :angry:

    also, using digestive enzymes with meat might help. fat can be a heartburn trigger so eating lean meats that are baked or stewed rather than fried in oil might help. chicken is probably easier to digest than other kinds of meat. Making fresh meat stock from bones and joints is super-packed with nutrients and absorbed into the gut pretty much immediately so shouldn't cause digestion problems. I get meaty marrow beef bones from the butcher for free to make stock with (they would just throw them away otherwise).

    if you do go veg, don't count on soy for protein. it's a poor substitute and comes with too many problems of its own...