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Old 10-12-2013, 08:40 AM
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Enlighten me please?? I am currently trying Gluten free (was told it would take 3months-1year to get it all out of my system and see results) because I have many different symptoms that could be (and probably are) caused by wheat and/or gluten. Difficulty to lose weight despite diet and exercise, sore joints and feet, tired all the time, anemia, anxiety, migraines and constant headaches, constant sinus issues, and I could go on.

I've gone on a lot of low carb diets (which I am currently on and have been for about a couple months now) and I always tend to feel better when I eat low carb. I'm hoping that eating completely wheat and gluten free will help me even more. Even on this low carb diet I have a cheat day on Saturdays where I can eat whatever I want (without going overboard) and I always wake up sick and with headaches the next day. So the plan is to eat gluten free and low carb mon-fri and just eat gluten free on the weekends. (So I can have some limited sugar, potatoes, etc for the weekend).

So what are some tips? Recipes? Snack ideas? Encouragements? Discouragements? I know a lot of good low carb meals that are also gluten free, and would LOVE to know more, but also what are some things I can have on my cheat days that may not be low carb but are gluten free? We bought some gluten free cookie mix last weekend and they were AWESOME! A friend who has celiacs also let me try a gluten free fudge pie that was out of this world! Any other secrets?

And can I use this thread to ask questions along the way? We have close family friends who are gluten free and we get tips from them, but I would like to know more! I even have a few recipes of my own that I could share!
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:54 AM
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Don't eat gluten free replacements you buy in a store. For that matter don't go eating a lot of gluten free replacements you make yourself. It won't do you any favours. Most of those are loaded with so much other crap. I would almost place money on the first ingredient of that gluten free cookie mix you bought being sugar, because if you take the wheat out, they don't taste very good. I make paleo "desserts" maybe once a month. Otherwise I eat food, not snacks and desserts - cookies are not a thing in my diet. I made gluten free pizza last night... for the first time since June. It's just not something I do very often, and also, all that packaged "GLUTEN FREE!!" stuff is rather expensive.

It's actually really easy to eat gluten free if you aren't eating packaged, processed foods - but if you are, it's really hard, because gluten is in SO MUCH STUFF and you have to be really careful. Luckily it sounds like you aren't having celiac issues so you can probably eat stuff that is potentially cross-contaminated and be okay. One thing you do need to be aware of: if you cut out gluten, it's kind of similar to going vegetarian. If you decide to stop being gluten free later, your body will not be very happy about it. It won't be used to digesting it and it will more than likely make you sick to try and add it back in, even if you aren't having stomach issues with gluten right now.

Be aware of how difficult it will be to go out to eat. Gluten is in EVERYTHING, it hides, and sometimes waiters and waitresses will be sucky and unhelpful when you're trying to figure out what you can eat that won't make you sick. I have to research stuff online before I go out to eat anywhere. No lie, if you look at how you might eat gluten free at Bucca di Beppo they tell you to order such-and-such meal with no pasta and MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM NOT TO DUST IT WITH FLOUR. I picture the entire kitchen at Bucca to be full of cooks throwing flour on everything around like they think it's pixie dust.
The good news is, if you know you're going somewhere, there's a lot of resources online now to help you decide what to eat. Bad news, if you're out and people are like "let's go get such-and-such!" you're going to have to panic a bit trying to figure out what you might be able to eat unless you already vetted it.


I've been gluten free for over a year now and all my stomach issues that I struggled with since I was 13 are gone. I also have far fewer migraines, I haven't been sick since I went gluten free and I used to get a sinus infection that became bronchitis at least once every year, most often twice, I just feel better all the time now. It's amazing and I love it.
But I still miss gluten-y things. I miss bread.
I miss Oreo cookies.
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We did gluten and dairy free for a whike with Katie. It's SO hard. When people say it hides, OMG are they right. Even a ham you buy at the grocery store can and probably will have gluten in it. I tried the diet with her because it wasn't fair not to. Yuck! There was so few things I liked. Even gluten free flour to bake. A regular bag of flour here costs $15 ish for the big bag. Rice flour and the other non wheat based are $60-$110 for the same size.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:33 AM
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Even a ham you buy at the grocery store can and probably will have gluten in it.
Yep - most often it's in the caramel color they add to ham.

It can be a real PITA to be gluten free!
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:55 AM
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Yeah Beanie that's one thing I didn't know. Gluten is almost always in food colouring.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:26 AM
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You have to really really REALLY want to be gluten free, or it is sort of like torture.

You have to change your WHOLE relationship with food.

It's a huuuuuuuge commitment.

I can say this, as I've been gluten free for 8 days now. And I can't lie, my brain is counting down the days till I can eat other stuff again, even though some ibs symptoms have decreased (bloat and gas, niiiiice), but not all I might add. And I don't feel like I could do this forever more. I really really miss some stuff..... I could probably do so many days a week though, but I'd have to have a blow out day!!!

So unless you have will power of concrete, then I'd say try to just reduce your gluten intake as much as you can rather than going cold turkey.

Words of encouragement sorry, it's not hard to make gluten free meals if you cook everything and plan everywhere you go, and make sure you're pre prepared with snacks and foods if you know you will be out all day... But for me, who is a busy working person, who is often out the house here there and everywhere, and often in the car driving place to place, I struggle to be that on the ball ALL the time. I get in from work, eat, sit and then it's nearly bedtime, never mind playing with the dogs, doing stuff I enjoy. Add preparing all your weekly meals on top of that, breakfasts, lunches, evening meals... It's full on!

You can't just grab a snack from a local shop as you pass, or forget your lunch and replace it. Well you can, but if you are truly uninspired by what's on offer like I am, you will struggle!

I have no idea if it gets easier.....

Oh and I forgot the pressure of being surrounded by people who don't get it and will offer you things, and eat things in front of you.... Just to make it that bit more fun.
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