Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free

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Irishmom4
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   Posted 1/12/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been flaring lately and having a lot of pain. I have tried all the different meds and had a resection, so now am trying to improve my situation through diet rescritions. I have read a lot of people discussing the benefits of t a gluten free diet, but I am scared to try it because I have never been good with eating a lot of veggies. I get a bowel obstruction whenever I try to eat healthier. Has anyone had any success with a wheat free diet? I think this would give me much more options.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Pred. 20, and off Pentesa and Asacol to see how it goes


EMom
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   Posted 1/12/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Irishmom! Welcome! I just want to say that the sources of gluten are wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats. Therefore, by eliminating wheat from your diet, you are practically gluten-free already! smilewinkgrin

Here in the states, at least, barley,rye and oats aren't nearly as common as food additives (hidden sources of gluten) as wheat. I see rye breads and wheat breads with oats added at the store, but again, wheat is the number 1 source out there!

Eliminating all gluten products would not necessarily mean you would have to eat more veggies! You can add other healthy foods to your diet like fruits, more protein, nuts, rice, etc., or you can try some of the gluten free breads and crackers on the market! If you decide to go wheat free or completely gluten free, just remember there are countless hidden sources in pre-packaged foods on the market. If you google "hidden sources of gluten" you can find lists of what to look for/how to spot it.

Good luck to you!:-)
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.


Roni
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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I would not add whole nuts or rice if you get alot of bowel obstructions. Big no no.

Cook all veggies very well and puree, or juice raw veggies (even better) and you will avoid the obstructions more.

Also try organic peanut or almond butter with natural jam or honey. Delicious.

Sourdough bread is much easier to digest and is even tolerable for some gluton intolerant ppl.

I also recently bought rice pasta which seemed to digest well.

A good multi probiotic and digestive enzymes helps too.

Best wishes.

ozonehole
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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Roni said...
I would not add whole nuts or rice if you get alot of bowel obstructions. Big no no.


At least for me, rice hasn't been a problem, especially white rice. Just be sure it's thoroughly cooked. When I was recovering from my 3 bowel resections, about the only thing I could eat was overcooked watery rice (what the Chinese call "congee").

Whole nuts can certainly be problematic if you're obstructing. Ditto for most high-fiber foods. Things that irritate the intestine (caffeine, the lactose in milk, alcohol, hot spices) are disastrous for me.

There are quite a few grains that do not contain gluten. If you like cooked cereal, gluten-free options include Cream of Rice, corn meal and steel-cut oats. In health food stores, look for quinoa.

However, I'm not totally convinced that gluten-free is of great benefit to most Crohnies. If you are sensitive to gluten, then definitely cut it out. People who have Celiac disease must eat gluten-free, but for Crohn's I've never really heard that gluten-free makes a difference. Nevertheless, feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

best regards,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


Roni
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes see a difference going gluten free, but other times it doesn't seem to matter. Weird. :0)

LMills
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   Posted 1/12/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
You can buy a lot of gluten free products :) So you don't have to rely on just fruits, vegetables, and meat(which sometimes has gluten added anyway...).

Going wheat and/or gluten free is not as difficult as it seems! There are many restaurants that have gluten free menus as well. I have a pizza place here that specializes in it every other Sunday just for people who are gluten intolerant...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


bektold
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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Gluten free hasn't been a magic cure for me, but I do feel a little better on it.  Once you know what to look out for, it's not even that hard to cook for yourself.  Eating out can be problematic, but that's true for Crohnies in general, I think.

Do you have a crockpot?  If so, check out this blog:  http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/  This woman decided to use her crockpot every day in 2008 and post the recipes, and since one of her daughters has Celiac, most everything is gluten free.  Next time I go to the grocery store I'm picking up some extra milk and trying her crockpot yogurt recipe.

There are lots of books available that go into detail about gluten free eating.  I picked up a few at the library, and the one I liked best was The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Eating.  It had the most calm, realistic attitude about what ingredients to look out for.  Some books come across as a little extreme and frightening.  I got a copy of a cookbook called Gluten Free Quick and Easy for Christmas, and that seems to be another good one.


LMills
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
bektold-Dear god THANK YOU for posting that crock pot website! I know what I'll be doing every weekend now...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Irishmom4
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I knew I would find a wealth of information on this site. I am going to the health food store today to see what they offer. Thanks for all of your suggestions.
 
Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Pred. 20, and off Pentesa and Asacol to see how it goes

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