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  1. I ended up with an upper GI because of symptoms without any blood tests done. I had severe nausea, stomach pain, D, migraines, fatigue and throat pain, I think from the acid reflux. I have had many tests done over the last couple of years but nothing helped.

    The GI wouldn't diagnose C, even though there was mild villa flattening, so at that point I asked my doc to do the blood tests. My doc also called the lab and disagreed with the GI. He said he was sure it was C but waited until the blood tests came back.

    So I did the scope first and should have been diagnosed then....


  2. I have no idea why a doctor would prescribe omega-3 supplements unless he was trying to give you some sort of placebo effect. 

    A much better way to get the nutrients would be to eat fish, nuts, flax seeds, and leafy vegetables and to use vegetable oils. 

    Recent studies of omega-3 have disputed the heart-health benefits that previous studies had purported. Omega-3 has zero effect on heart attack risk, or arterial plaque and does not lower blood pressure. 

    But some of the side effects of too much omega-3 supplements include your body not being able to regulate blood sugar, high blood pressure, and depression. Not to mention that fish-based supplements are destroying fish populations on the East coast due to overfishing of small-fish species. 

    I'd start questioning your doctor's advice and do some more research into anything that you've been taking.

     

    My inflammation from the blood tests that were run were off the scale high and 50% higher than 2 years ago (I had surgery 2 years ago and they were expected to be high then). It's higher now with no explanation (except Celiac, but I'm sure I had it then too) It's an OTC, not prescription. I talked to my mom about it - she has Rheumatoid arthritis and her meds are stripping it from her body and she is taking 8 or 9 times the amount I am by prescription. But she is monitored.

     

    I normally eat lots of green leafy veggies, and nuts like almonds, but dislike fish. I'll eat tuna once in a while. If you know of a source of Omega 3 supplement that's nonfish let me know, that would be great. But I am not getting enough in diet.

     

    You don't take it for blood pressure or heart risk, but for inflammation and joints. and because mine was measured low, along with vit d, b and something else I forgot right now....

     

    My doc doesn't recommend placebo medication. My iron and ferritin levels are also a little low. He said do not start taking anything yet. Let wait til you heal some and test it again in 6 months. Thanks for the concern though.

     

    thanks

     

    edited to show - He did say if it drops anymore, I'll need prescription. Some of the inflammation is coming from damage in esophagus shown in biopsy.


  3. Hi! And thanks for all the great advice!! I'm going to get a mandolin. I've decided to give it a try. I've watched the videos on Utube and it really looks like it can do great stuff with lots of different types of veggies!

     

    And as soon as it's in the budget - a cuisinart food processor! There is not way my little one will make peanut/almond butter. It did the hummus ok, but didn't really get creamy.

     

    It's been fun reading what everyone has to say, and doing the shopping online, dreaming about all the new and exciting dishes I am going to make!

    The processor I picked out shows a top loading opening that I can add food while it is running  and says it will slice. The little one I have has the motor on the top and tends to blend, not slice.

     

    I had a set back with unintentional G... really stupid. I opened a new bottle of Omega3/ fish oil. I thought I had read all the labels of everything 3 times... 4 days I took them before I figured out why I kept feeling worse... Anyway, I am still recovering so shopping will have to wait a while. I'll give an update about all the fancy food when I do get to the store and get my new toy!

     

    Thanks again!!


  4. Thanks for all the advice. I found one source of soy I thought I had already rooted out! I checked the supplements I have - But doc told me to double the omega 3. So I opened the other bottle I had in back of cabinet. I didn't realize it was a different brand... Duh!! :(   It has soy. And it doesn't say gluten-free. Just when I thought I was so careful and had things figured out. I am my own source of poison. Last 3 of 4 days have been getting worse. I was ready to try and give up food! And it took me 4 days to find this. How could I be so stupid! I was taking 2 per day. I feel like back at day 1. I thought I was reading every label 3 times. guess I missed one :(

     

     

    I did keep a food diary the first 2 weeks. Guess I'll go back to what I was eating. Banana for breakfast. Carrot, celery, or peapods and hummus for lunch, chicken and zucchini for dinner.  And popcorn or apple for snack....

     

    Thanks for the good information from everyone - I appreciate your thoughts. This started out easy and got harder. Not sure why. Maybe because I got too confident.... or because I only started with just a few foods for the first couple weeks.


  5. That's a good question. I've never bought it before. But I'm pretty sure it's just a lot stronger than I thought it would be.  It looked like peanut butter, so I put a big finger full in my mouth! lol I know... but it did smell good!

     

    On the other hand, my hummus turned out fair. Going to have to play with the recipe. I think I'll roast the garlic next time. And use more lemon juice. On another post, I was asking for advice for food processors so I am looking forward to making peanut and almond butter! That sounds really good.

     

    Thanks!


  6. I have to admit I don't remember now - it might have been maltodextrin. I know that may or may not be wheat or can be corn or potato.... Or the ever present natural flavoring.... the tomato paste can says: tomato. The tomato sauce can had 5 or 6 ingredients. At some point in this new journey,  I just got burned out checking all the labels. I took soy and gluten out at the same time... I just got tired of looking everything up!! :wub:


  7. I had no idea now powerful tahini paste was. I found a paste today to make hummus tomorrow. Opened it tonight. Yucked!! There is a reason the recipe says 2 cans chick peas 2 tbs  tahini.... just saying...

     

    if you have good recipe, love to hear it. I have been eating every day. Don't have info - no oil!!

     

    welcome all recipes.... no soybean oil though.... no dairy.. TY


  8. I was in the store yesterday - the clothes were 50% off! I asked about it... She said summer was over they were bringing in fall clothes... WHAT????

    It's still MAY!!!

    wow - it just stopped raining here!!!

     

    Beautiful sunny warm day here! My lettuces are peaking up!


  9. I've always had it about a week before. Sometimes it hurts just to have my own arm brush against them. No idea how long I've had C, but my C symptoms started maybe 3 or 4 years ago.  I just got dx. The tenderness lasts a couple days so I don't think it has to do with gluten, but the tenderness has been worse in the last couple years. I don't know if it is related or not.


  10. I'm so glad you have more information! My brother told me pre- diagnosis, if something is bothering you, don't eat it... I didn't tell him it wasn't that easy... I think more information is a good place to start. If you're taking out soy - it's hidden in everything from salad dressing to several tuna brands, to mayo and even dips. If you need some ideas, you can PM me. I've been finding subs for last few weeks.... I'm glad you are feeling a little better!


  11. Thanks for all the great info! I was just at the store - got an apple corer/slicer and they had a potato smoosher (is that right term) for 4.99!!!

     

    You guys are convincing me to give the mandolin slicer another try.... I can make do with my food processor for a while.

     

    I found the ingredients to make hummus! And going to try and make egg free, dairy and soy free ranch dressing  too!

     

     

    Now - is the mission going to be a nice food processor for the dips and sauces and salsas?? OR a slicer for all the nice veggies!!?? :)


  12. I may not be the right one to answer - still new at this...

    But after just over 3 weeks of gluten-free, I was feeling better. Stomach problems were clearing up, more energy, head felt clearer. I even didn't feel so hungry all the time and not sleeping during the day every day. I went for a 30 minute hike with a friend of mine. Was suppose to just be a little walk. It had hills and was more than I had done in months.... I ended up sleeping on and off for the next 2 days. Felt like I used all the new energy I had from going gluten-free.....

     

    I hope you feel better and can get some rest.


  13. Thank you for the advice!

    Good advice for the ricer. I guess I just thought it was kind of cool... ^_^   I won't be canning. I will probably make enough to freeze several servings at a time. I am sure the food processor will be better - can do peanut butter and hummus with it too!!

     

    I bought a $20 mandolin slicer. It was a piece of junk. The onion fell apart, the zucchini wouldn't stay on it, and I couldn't get anything to slice or do anything at all. I took it back. What it claims to do it what i want. It was a serious waste of time for me. I was very disappointed. It looked like a great tool - slice dice, etc. I do carrot sticks, celery, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, daikon and apples almost daily. By hand.

     

    Now I am going to be dehydrating stuff too. Although mostly meet and some fruits. Can you recommend a good slicer?

     

    Thanks!! :D


  14. I guess I should have started by saying I don't have any gadgets anymore.... lots of pots and pans. Lots and lots of tupperware and glass dishes...cooking stuff  But somehow have sold or given away all my kitchen gadgets, during several moves over the years. Not even a blender (or a toaster oven anymore!).

     

    I do have a dehydrator that was a gift I am starting to have lots of fun with! I only have a little 2 cup food processor I've had forever that I use for everything!

     

    A ricer is just a square metal bucket like thing maybe 4' x 4' with holes in the bottom and long handles. You fill it with what ever, and squeeze - makes really smooth mashed potatoes or apple sauce. Cheaper than a mill. Easy to clean. Probably more thorough than a smoosher, but not sure.

     

    A cuisinart would proly do it all!


  15. It is a lot to do with finances. And some because I want to.... The only jar of PB I found without soy was almost $7 and smaller than the regular $4 jar of skippy.... and I can't find a single tomato sauce I can eat. The tomato paste is just tomato and salt, but not the sauce. Weird. I don't like tomatoes. But I will blend them and put in lots of things like chili, soup, salsa, etc. I guess I have found products - even dairy, soy, gluten-free mayo. It's even good. But it is so expensive relatively. So I would like to make some of it.

     

    My intention is to make big batches of things like chili, soup, stew, chicken salad, and freeze, so I don't have to cook every day. My freezer is full right now - but I can't figure out anything to eat!! I can't figure out what is in there!! LMAO

     

    My brother and SIL gave me a huge allergy free cook book and I can't wait to start!!


  16. Thanks. I'm sure it was the combination of things of a few days. I wasn't careless. But I did want to know if the list was real... It is a big change to make otherwise. I even threw out the soup I had in the freezer. I don't remember when i made it and what broth I used. Hate to waste the veggies, but it is what it is.

     

    I can tell already my tastes are changing... no desire for bread - but that may just be fear (shh don't tell)!


  17. I have been looking at a few gadgets to do some cooking outside my comfort level. But I can't get more than one or 2... Have you used any of these? How do they work? Do they do what they say they will do?

     

    1- I am looking at a food mill to make mashed potatoes, tomato sauce, apple sauce, veggie purees for soups.

    I get mixed reviews online for how good it is at potatoes.

     

    2 - I also like the potato ricer for many of the same things including mashed cauliflower like mashed potatoes and all of the above

    http://www.amazon.com/Potato-Ricer-Large-Professional-Stainless/dp/B00HBA1V82/ref=sr_1_8?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1401489550&sr=1-8&keywords=potato+ricer

     

    3-  I think this would be great for veggies - I am chopping, cutting, dicing every day! soups, carrot sticks, etc, make veggie chips, veggie noodles, all kinds of things. Besides it is soo cool.

    Does anyone have something like this? Does it WORK??

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-Cuisine-A4982799-Tri-Blade/dp/B0007Y9WHQ/ref=sr_1_164?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1401491343&sr=1-164&keywords=slicer+shredder

     

    4-And I have a little food processor. But I am also looking at a cuisenart 4 cup little bit larger one. I use it almost every day too. And I want to make peanut/almond butter, etc. Mine won't handle it.

     

    I am leaning more toward the ricer than the food mill, but does anyone have experience??

     

    Thank you so much! Do you have a favorite recipe or food that you make with said item??

     

    I am going to make apple butter - core and cook apples, use ricer/mill to make apple sauce, put in crock pot and cook down and then add cinnamon. yummmm! And home made Hummus too!


  18. Hi everyone

     

    Just a little one - and mostly my fault! I'm gluten-free, soy, dairy, and egg free.... I had been feeling so much better after 3 weeks. Got a positive diagnosis and came to terms with it. Finally had some new recipes to try! Frig full of food.... Much less nausea and feeling a little clearer. Was even getting some studying done again (woohoo)!!

     

    Then I went to store.... hmm. Guess I am going to have to avoid that for a while longer!!! I was very careful about the gluten... but I bought some frozen dinners, some dips, some mixed salads. I tried some cheese. Felt ok, put some creamer (soy) in my coffee- just a little, and had something with soy... I know I know.... too much too fast. No sympathy needed - but wow. I guess I didn't really believe I could be eating one day just fine and the next day get sick. I thought the tests show it is gluten. How can all this other stuff be so bad too??!! I just can't wrap my head around the long list. I'm trying not to complain - I know so many people have longer lists!!

     

    Anyway... I guess my reactions are a little delayed and probably cumulative. I guess that is something worth knowing. Worst stomach cramps - that's new! nausea and fatigue back, slept for hours.  And headache....raw throat from acid reflux.... back to bananas, carrots celery, hummus and chicken. Maybe rice. Not the worst thing in the world.

    It's been about maybe a week, and I'm feeling better again except for fatigue....

     

    I certainly don't deserve it I guess, but if you have any sympathy, or words of wisdom, thoughts about not eating the same 6 foods from now on, I'll listen <BG>.

     

    I have also changed 2 meds. Checked on them - no gluten, but maybe they upset me anyway...doc changed the BP med for a 3rd time...sigh

     

    Hope you are doing well and still getting answers!!


  19. I went into whole foods for the first time a while back, and asked someone for help. I said I was newly diagnosed with Celiac and was looking for what ever I was looking for (I don't remember now). But it had to be gluten and soy free. The nice gentleman said - I'm a Celiac too! I know just what you need.... I talked to him for 5 minutes! I remember thinking when I left, I just found my new place to hang out <BG>! It is exciting to meet someone who gets it!