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Debbie Downer
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My family and I are going on a gluten free diet. I've read some articles that suggest that this can be beneficial to people with auto immune disorders or joint pain, seizures, etc. Does anyone do this? If so, can I have some examples of what you eat?

PattyLatty
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   Posted 6/6/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Debbie,

You're right....it can be beneficial to many people who have food allergies that they are not aware of. Many people with glutTen allergies also have AI diseases. I've been on a gluten free diet and it has helped immensely. I'd suggest that you google gluten free diets, that you go to your local health food store and ask for the gluten-free section, and check out the book "Gluten-Free for Dummies." Your health food store will most likely have lots of recipe books for a gluten free diet. You'll be surprised at how many wonderful things you can eat without eating gluten. Rice pasta, tapioca bread, fruits, veggies, stir fries, and on and on. It will have the side benefit of forcing you to heat more fresh foods: fish, vegetables, fruits, etc.

Let us know how you do!

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, tri-est, cymbalta, tricor, acifex


FW
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on a gluten free diet for a couple of years and the improvement is great. I'm allergic to aspirin so I can't eat many fresh fruits/vegetables, and I can't tolerate nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers, eggplant). Also, no soy. So, I am quite restricted in my diet. It is doable - just read labels carefully. The improvement is worth it!
Take care,
Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR.
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.


5ballerinas
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   Posted 6/9/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I have given this a try recently and never felt better! I have more energy, and much less joint pain.
Systemic Lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome, Complicated Migraines, Insomnia, Acid Reflux


Debbie Downer
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   Posted 6/9/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I already gave up! lol

Actually, I took my son off it because he kept saying, "My tummy hurts" all day and would hardly eat anything. I wanted to make him understand that his tummy hurts because he is hungry, but he's 3. :-)

Anyway, I plan on going back on it after we test for celiacs. You have to continue eating gluten in order for the allergy to show up. So, I've heard.

FW
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea what I would eat if I didn't eat meat and chicken. I have severe allergies and there are very few foods I can eat, and chicken and meat are some of my main diet. I am gluten free, soy free, potato free, and many others. I am allergic to aspirin, and that occurs naturally in many foods that grow. So, life is a constant test. But if I am very careful with my diet, my symptoms are less severe.
And yes, I eat lots of meat and chicken. Hope that helps.
Take care,
Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR.
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.


lucysgd
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Fran, any advice on where to seek guidance for Gluten Free diets?  Seems there is so much on the web with differing viewpoints, and that wheat is the major culprit, but not the only one.  Do you eat dairy?  Rice?  Beans? Ezekiel bread?  Chocolate? I take it sugar is out also (my main problem).

I'd really like to hear from those of you who are actively and successfully eating gluten free.  Do you find special brands/products or simply eat whole (and unprocessed) foods without starch?

I do notice feeling less well and have a lot more bloating when consuming wheat foods, (much like dairy) so I'd like to give this a try and see if it might make a big difference. 

Thanks - Lucy 


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998;  UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn
 
 


FW
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   Posted 6/11/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy,
Hope this finds you feeling well. My diet was largely trial and error, as well as allergy testing.
I eat a lot of chicken and some beef. No spices except for a little salt. I can eat white rice. Also, corn noodles! Many people with gluten problems eat beans (kidney beans or green beans), but I am allergic to peanuts and legumes so I avoid them. I am lactose intolerant but can tolerate casein so there are some lactose free cheeses that I can eat. Again, a tolerance thing - just have to be careful.
Namaste brand makes some good foods - I buy them at a health food store.
Some Celiacs can tolerate oats.
Daily vitamins are important, but beware that they don't have wheat fillers!
It took several years for me to acclimate myself to this diet, but the improvement is worth it! And, if I cheat I get very sick!

Hope this helps!
Take care,
Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR.
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.


lucysgd
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   Posted 6/12/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Fran- it sounds like you have some big limitations to contend with!  I have never tolerated dairy - especially milk - very well.  But with recently dx'd osteoporosis - I've been looking to add calcium.  I'll look for the lactose free cheeses.  Am trying lactose free milk.  It's interesting you mentioned the wheat fillers in vitamins.  I have a terrible time taking vitamins and for some odd reason they usually make me gain weight, and I feel better when I stop them.   Makes me wonder if that isn't the reason. 

I am finding that things I once had no problem with, spicy foods for example, are now causing some big problems.  Sausage is another thing - doesn't matter whether it's pork or turkey, I pay a price, so it also makes me think it has to do with added ingredients.  

It's getting to the point where I just stay away from most processed foods and eat basic proteins and vegies.  Oh yeah, and that other staple - chocolate tongue  ( I try to just eat the dark Fair Trade stuff with no soy lecithin in it, but I cheat.... a lot!)

Thanks for the help - and I hope you are feeling well!

Lucy 


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998;  UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn
 
 

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