Hmm... Perhaps a gluten-free diet?

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Celey
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   Posted 5/26/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just been looking up a bunch of stuff regarding food and diet... I thought I remember seeing someone on this message board trying out a gluten-free diet...

I know a gluten-free diet is important for people with celiac disease.... I get occasional bits saying that it COULD (but they don't really know) be helpful for people with other autoimmune diseases...

The diet doesn't look horribly restrictive... I think I may be able to follow it... *I can't do corn stuff... and I'm going to forego soy stuff in favor of rice stuff because of what I've been reading regarding soy... but it looks like there's a lot of options available... Potato... potatoes are good... I like potato bread...*

In addition, I'll be cutting back on my sugar intake... so... maybe a combination of this will help me.... I sure hope so, anyway....

I won't be able to do much in terms of diet right now because I've already been grocery shopping recently.... And I don't believe in wasting food.... But.... next time... I really think I'm going to try it... It's worth a shot, anyway. If anyone can give me anymore information, I'd very much appreciate it.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 5/27/2008 9:17:04 PM (GMT-6)


yogaprof
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   Posted 5/27/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
as you have probably read, I have been G-F for 4 months and it has changed my symptoms dramatically; I am feeling great.

as for diet, it is pretty tough at first. you couldn't do potato bread, it still has flour. for things that are bread-like you can have rice bread and corn tortillas. there are lots of specially made foods and mixes, but they are pretty expensive. however, unless you have other allergies you can do meat, fish, potatoes, veggies, rice, quinoa, nuts, salad. It makes you eat better because you have to think about everything you eat. that's not a bad thing for anyone!

my advice is when you are ready to do it, give it a few weeks and be as perfect about it as you possibly can. when I started I committed to a month with absolutely no gluten; after that month I can't imagine why I would eat it again since I feel so much better.
let me know what else you want to know. I say try it, as it can't hurt you, you get to be in control, and it isn't a drug! yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


rootsmith
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   Posted 5/27/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with yogaprof! I've been gluten (as well as casein, egg, and corn syrup) free since the Spring of 2005, so that's 3 years. Sometimes I cheat a little with casein because I love dairy products but I don't do it often. I also cheap a little with corn syrup. Like YP said, it becomes second nature. Definitely worth a try

Not that I don't miss it- I looooooovvvvve bagels and I dream of the day, hopefully in the not too distant future, that I am on an immunosuppressant and can eat some of these foods.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
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Celey
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   Posted 5/27/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Well... as I said.... I can't eat corn products... the corn meal and everything.... it irritates my system.... :(...

I thought it said something about breads made from potato flour and everything being okay, though... Are there any specific sites you go to regarding the restrictions and whatnot???

*Oh... and can't do nuts...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 5/27/2008 9:17:20 PM (GMT-6)


miguelblanco
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   Posted 5/27/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had Celiac and been gluten free prior to being diagnosed with chrohn's.
I also have a plethora of food allergies including, of all things, soy, nuts, and recently, corn.

I've been very blessed to have a health foods store nearby that carries a lot of gluten free products. I'd be sunk without them, as I just can't see myself baking bread and whatnot.

A lot of being gluten free is about being a diligent label reader and avoiding the "hidden" glutens in foods. It's easy to understand that wheat bread has gluten in it, but many things have fillers made from gluten (like salad dressings, sour creams, etc.) Those can be the tricky ones to avoid.

Just be aware: gluten free definitely doesn't mean "allergy-free." I can't tell you how many gluten free products have nuts, soy, corn, etc. It can be difficult to undertake if you already have a restricted diet. I'd want to be diagnosed personally before I went through the effort of cutting out gluten.

Eating healthy (no preservatives, fresh fruits and veggies, and low sugar/fat) might be a good place for many to start. Gluten is in darn near everything, so its not easy.

The symptoms of gluten intolerance (constant diarrhea) are very much like Crohn's though. I agree, it is a worthwhile thing to consider. Just be prepared and committed to it if you're going to try it.
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
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Celey
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   Posted 5/27/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Lot of salad dressings (and sour cream) can't eat anyway because of my lactose intolerance.... And I read labels, anyway...

I'm not diagnosed with celiac disease (just Crohn's)... and I don't think I have an allergy to gluten (anymore than I think I have an allergy to sugar)... I just want to see if it'll make me feel better if I no longer have it in my diet, though (like with the sugar)....

.... Hmm.... Diarrhea? *I don't usually have that symptom with my Crohn's...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

Post Edited (Celey) : 5/27/2008 9:17:41 PM (GMT-6)


yogaprof
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   Posted 5/27/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
send me an email and I will send you links to some good sites. I checked out a lot of books from the library when I stopped gluten, which helped learn what to eat. there is a lot of research that shows a good chunk of people have an intolerance to gluten, and like miguel said, there is a lot of overlapping with crohns symptoms. I have never had diarrhea, (I lean the C direction) but pain and gut issues are common with those who have problems with gluten.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Celey
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   Posted 5/27/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm way in the C direction.... so... if that diet is helping you with that... then, I'm definitely interested in trying it... Umm... How do I send you an email?
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


yogaprof
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   Posted 5/27/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
click on my name and I think it takes you to a page with the address.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


rootsmith
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
It may be the case that people who are intolerant of gluten can get by with a little, its probably an individual thing how much you can tolerate. People with Celiac disease are not supposed to have any gluten at all so they really have to read labels.

The reason I avoided all gluten is because I thought it would be easier to stay with it.
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Roni
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm cutting out gluten too, except for soaked/fermented grains in the Maker's Diet. It's so hard though.
So, there is no gluten in corn flour like corn tortilla chips?

yogaprof
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
rootsmith said...
The reason I avoided all gluten is because I thought it would be easier to stay with it.
me, too, it just seems easier to not do it at all.
 
Roni asked about corn products. corn tortillas are fine (I learned to make my own!) and I eat corn chips, too.

Celey
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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
The diet really doesn't look as restrictive as... say.... the SCD diet... *I looked into that diet, but it looks like a lot of the foods that I can eat are eliminated... and the foods that I can't eat are allowed... It just looks like I wouldn't be able to eat hardly anything if I was on the SCD diet...* It doesn't look that way with the gluten-free diet... I'll still be pretty limited, but it looks like my options are open...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


teaspoon
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   Posted 5/28/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
michuelblanco,
could you please tell me how you're doing on your gluten free diet?

Razzle
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   Posted 5/29/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -7)   
A suggestion: Since wasting food isn't a good idea anymore with the high cost of gas, etc., how 'bout next time you're at the store, replace items on your shopping list that would normally contain gluten with gluten-free versions of the same things. That way, you'll make the transition more gradually and it will be easier on your body. I did a version of this when I went gluten-free and found that I lost my desire to eat foods that contained gluten after a few weeks of a "lower gluten" diet because of how much better I felt when I ate the gluten-free version of breads/etc.
Also, there are some great resources for recipes - put "gluten free recipe" in a search engine (Yahoo, Google, etc.) and see what comes up.
Good luck,
-Razzle
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