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    Dairy Sensitivity Question

    Sort of a guess, but I'm thinking that if you avoiding it right now and it gives you a mild reaction, if you were to add it into your diet again completely you'd probably have a worse reaction. Since it's not a true allergy and just a sensitivity, you will probably be able to add it in eventually after letting your gut heal. I ate dairy all my life and now my body hates it, but I think it's just because my gut is so damaged it can't process it. After avoiding it for about a year, I was able to have it once every couple months without a reaction, but when I tried eating dairy regularly again I started having major reactions immediately after consuming it (extreme bloating, pain, sometimes even vomiting).
  2. I'm sorry this is so discouraging for you. I know how frustrating it is when you're trying so hard to stick to a healthy diet and you still hit setbacks. Have you ever heard of Cyrex labs? They do a lot of different tests for food sensitivities and gut permeability and I'd really highly recommend getting some tests done. I was in the same boat as your husband last year. I had been gluten-free for a year but still felt like crap, in fact I felt even worse than I did before going off of gluten. Constant digestive issues, extreme fatigue, hormonal problems, you name it. I got a few Cyrex tests done and I found out that being gluten-free wasn't cutting it. I'm also sensitive to dairy, corn, amaranth, teff, and tapioca. I was SO overwhelmed by this, but I actually felt better after going off of those foods, so it was worth it. I think that sometimes you can go on an elimination diet where you cut out all foods that can cause sensitivities such as grains, dairy, eggs, nightshade vegetables, etc., and then add them in one by one to see if you have a reaction. To me, it was worth it just to get the lab work done, but you might want to think about that as well. Gut healing is a weird thing because it really does seem to get worse before it gets better. Hang in there.
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    Does Gluten Affect The Thyroid?

    Hi Barry, sometimes the TSH levels appear to be in the "normal" range, but you could still have a problem with your thyroid. This is a really helpful website you should check out, and you'll probably find this article interesting: It's very common for people with celiac to have autoimmune thyroid issues. I would recommend getting a full thyroid panel lab test done, as well as getting your antibodies tested.
  4. Hi Laurie, one very nourishing food that is easy to eat (drink, actually) is bone broth. It's extremely healing for your gut because it's high in gelatin and will probably taste good to you, too. To make your own, just take a carcass from a chicken you made (or you can use bones leftover from chicken legs, sometimes that's easier), stick it in a crock pot with water and about a tablespoon of vinegar and let it cook for about 5-12 hours. If you're too sick to cook, Pacific brand makes a bone broth that you can buy (it's definitely cheaper to make it yourself, though). Also, you might want to look into the GAPS diet. It not only eliminates gluten but also other foods that can be irritating to your gut, and that way you have a chance to heal.
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    Pregnant, Eating Lots, Can't Gain Weight...

    Thanks, cyclinglady! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who had this issue. I definitely like eating fat, so that should help. I had a lot of trouble digesting fat after the morning sickness and stomach virus went away (I think I had thrown up all my bile...gross, I know) but now I think my stomach has been able to catch up and actually process the food I put into it. Sometimes I take ox bile with meals if I'm eating a lot of meat or a lot of fat, which seems to help. Thanks for the reminder to eat sardines...I love sardines and a lot of people think I'm crazy for it!
  6. I'm 18 weeks pregnant (19 weeks tomorrow). I've been on a gluten-free diet for nearly 2 years, and last year I found out I was also sensitive to dairy, corn, and several grains (tapioca, teff, millet). I also have Hashimoto's but I'm on medication and my antibodies have gone way down since going off of the foods I'm sensitive to. I'm 5'1" and right now I weigh 103.5 lbs. I weighed 100 before I got pregnant and I gained 3 pounds in the first few weeks of pregnancy, but then had horrible morning sickness for about 3 months straight, causing me to drop down to about 95 lbs. Then I got hit with a stomach virus about a month ago which caused me to drop again down to 92 lbs. So I'm glad I've finally passed 100 again, but I am just not gaining much weight at all--maybe 1 pound every two weeks. The thing is, I have been eating like CRAZY. According to a calculator I used, I need to be eating at least 2500 calories a day to gain a pound a week. I'm eating over 3000, literally stuffing my face all day, and I hardly notice a difference. The baby is healthy and growing quickly, but I'm not! Any advice for me? If anyone's wondering, my typical diet consists mostly of meat, fish, seafood, eggs, quinoa, rice, lots of fruit and veggies, nuts (I have to be careful with nuts because they cause sinus congestion if I eat too many--I've already been tested for nut allergies and have none), seeds, smoothies, and occasional snacky foods like chips and chocolate. I've also been adding powdered gelatin to smoothies and soups for extra protein. My midwife told me I really needed to gain 5 pounds in the next 2 weeks. Help! I've seriously never eaten this much before in my life!