gluten free but not sugar free

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oldcronny
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   Posted 9/2/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i am trying a gluten free diet, but find it really difficult to give up sugar.  has anybody had any results ( good or bad ) with just going gluten free.  Most of my sugars are gone but i do still need sugar in coffee etc.  Any help would be appreciated!

Keeper
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried honey? Not quite the same taste, but it is supposed to be OK.

patientspiders
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
"Stevia" is an alternative that some people use. My mom, actually, has used it for a sugar-substitute for baking for years, and it's tasty with the baked goods. I have to admit I've never tried it "head-on" in a coffee situation or anything though. I know a couple people that are trying to get me to try Agave nectar, too... it's supposed to be even sweeter than honey so you need less of it, but it's supposed to have a "better" kind of glucose...

Maybe someone will chime in that knows a bit more of the mechanics of all this, but those would be my two suggestions... I'm going gluten-free myself, so know that there is a kindred soul out there scouring labels and trying to piece it all together too! Good luck to ya.
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
from my experience: once i went off grains and sugars for a few months, my sweet tooth was gone. i do eat grains now, but sparingly. i was never a coffee fan, but now i like more bitter tasting things with no sweet tooth, so i like black coffee. the only thing i ever put in it is baileys and kaluha.

agave nectar and honey are great. those are sweeteners i use, along with real maple syrup.

if the only sugar you are using is in your coffee, i wouldnt sweat it. that is as long as it only like 1 cup per day and half the cup isnt sugar. if you are going to forgo quality, then be cognizant of the quantity.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


yogaprof
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I, for one, happily eat my sugar and no gluten, and I feel great!

oldcronny
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Crazy Harry---doesn't alcohol (Baileys or Kaluha ) do a number on your stomach? I find any alcohol makes me so ill the next day. Even a glass of wine will do it.
Anyway, thanks for info on sweetners & such. I will try to give up sugar altogether. I have heard that after a couple of weeks the craving for sweets does disapear. I hope so. By the way, can you tell me what the " makers diet " is? I gather it is similar to SCD but have never heard of it.

I am so happy to have found this website. I have pretty much done this thing solo for the past 22 years. It's really nice to know there are others who know how it feels. Thanks!

Margie11
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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have good luck using small amounts of raw sugar in coffee and tea.
Crohn's for life, just met first cousin who suffers from Reiters-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
 
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yogaprof
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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
glad you are here, oldcronny!
49 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.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
oldcronny -

nope, i can tolerate small amounts of alcohol no problem. but i dont drink very often and when i do i am very cognizant of the amount and keep it to a minimum. basically once in a blue moon social drinking. but i stay away from beer. that does bother my tummy now. but wine and liquor i'm good with.

yeah, it takes a few weeks to kick the sugar habit. it sucks going through it but i recommend it for every one, crohn's or not.

the makers diet is some ways similar to the scd, especially on their views of grains and sugars and refined/processed foods. makers does allow grains but sprouted grains and "alternative" grains like spelt and kamut and quinoa, etc etc. NO enriched bleached white flour and eschews whole wheat flour. makers diet is anti gmo and sugar alternatives/substitutes (ie aspartame, splenda, etc). it has you eating naturally. that is whole food. more fruits and vegetables and lean meats and everything organic. basically, if it wasnt around in biblical times then dont eat it. when you think about it, a good rule of thumb. i apply it with the caveat if it cant be made with ingredients that were around in biblical times then dont eat it.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


lightningbug
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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Oldcronny,

I went gluten-free about 4 months ago and have loved every minute of it. I'm not even 100% GF as I enjoy a little piece of cake here or french toast there, but being 90-95% GF has made an enourmous difference in the way I feel. I didn't have to give up sugar specifically, but cutting out gluten just kind of leads you to consume less sugar as it leads you to consume less junk/processed food. I still put sugar in my tea and enjoy a chocolate bar when I feel the need. smilewinkgrin

Do your best, then to hell with it.

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