wheat and dairy free diet..... anyone hear about this?

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   Posted 7/29/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all... I have been away from here for ages, am back at work full time - although home today with a migraine hangover. I was just down to Women's College, met with a new Dr I love, who is recommending a wheat, dairy and yeast free diet. Has anyone tried this? The foods are yucky and since I am already not eating roperly - I am struggling with making the changes she has asked. I am taking all of the vitamin sulements she recommended and will continue to do so..
She also requested I wean myself off the Lyrica, because it was causing too much swelling in my feet... next away went the baclofen which I have been taking for ages. I am a liitle weirded out, and while I am hanging in with this horrible diet change, I wonder if there is any validity to it?
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Jan mad

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   Posted 7/29/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jan I think this is what they call a gluten free diet. I have heard alot of people talk about it and they say it works for them. I dont have the desire to try it myself. lol. If you have a natural foods section in your grocery store they have alot of gluten free foods to choose from. I wish you lots of luck and I hope it helps you.
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   Posted 7/29/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Jan, and welcome.
I wish I could help you, but I am a mess myself as far as diets go. I went gluten free for a few weeks (I realize this isn't identical to what you did) and all it did was constipate me, big time! Now I'm sort of following an irritable bowel syndrome diet. It's gotten to the point where I don't know what the heck to eat! So, if you find that this works well for you, I'd love to hear about it.

Years ago, I was going to a Chinese Medicine doctor. For 8 weeks, I ate: steamed brown rice, steamed veggies (any,) hard-boiled eggs, bananas, and canned pineapple. Oh, and baked chicken breasts (not much because I'm generally a veggetarian.) As much of these as I wanted. And only water to drink...

My digestive system felt better, but the fibro pain was unaffected. And I lost about 15 lbs. which I didn't really want to do. So that was the end of that.

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   Posted 7/29/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are going to change your diet, do it completely or you will never know if it works. Many people just cut back or cheat daily so they never really give up the gluten, dairy, and/or yeast. You may feel worse for the first week or two, then you should either go back to normal or, hopefully, start to feel better. Gluten and dairy are supposed to increase inflammation so some believe that cutting them out should decrease inflammation, pain, and fatigue.

It's a hard diet to stick to but it does help some people. See if there are any celiac support groups in your area, they would be able to help you with recipes and shopping. Dietary changes of this magnitude are easier with support.

Good luck.

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   Posted 7/29/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jan,

I am gluten free, but not yeast or dairy free. By nature, a gluten free diet will usually be low in yeast, unless you are substituting a lot of breads. I don't, so yeast is pretty scarce in my diet. Dairy free would be a bit more of a challenge, but (at least here in the states) there are some dairy substitutes that aren't too bad. I'm not dairy free, but I don't consume a huge amount either. I am not gluten free because of the fibro. It was tough at first, but I felt so much better that it was worth the sacrifice. Since foods in their natural state are so much better for us than all that pre-packaged chemical laden junk anyway, what I quickly discovered was that most of the foods that I was forced to abandon were terrible for me to start with. All in all, I would say I am far healthier off of gluten than I was when I was eating it. Yes, I miss it sometimes, but I don't miss how I felt when I was eating it so it is worth it. I still stay away from most packaged foods. The GF mixes and pre-packaged foods are pretty pricey, so I don't use them on a daily basis. As a plus, I also dropped 35 pounds with no effort. I know that isn't an issue for everyone, but it was a welcome side effect for me!

One of my favorite companies is in Alberta, called kinnikkinnick, so I'm sure you would have access to their products and mixes. My kids, who are not GF actually like the pancakes better than non-GF pancakes. So not everything has to taste terrible. And most of their mixes can also be made dairy free.

Personally, I think anything that could help you feel better is worth a try. And since they are discovering that as many as 1 in 133 people may have celiac, and as many as 1 in 7 could have undiagnosed intolerance to gluten, it certainly can't hurt to try.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

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