Crohn's and gluten free

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
A gluten free diet is not the easiest to follow, does anyone have any suggestions?

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 12/20/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, the only thing I can recommend is to keep anything you put into your mouth as natural as possible.  I too have a problem with gluten.  Did you know that gluten is even put on the envelopes when you lick them? Gross. 
Back to your point, be very careful for any sauces.  I don't really go out to eat, because alot of seasonings contain gluten.  I eat pretty much leaner meats and veggies.  Of course, rice, potatoes.  But it is a bit difficult.

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   Posted 12/20/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had a gluten free diet since 2005. You do have to change your eating habits some but its easier than dairy free which I also follow. Gluten is hidden in many processed foods. Since I don't have celiac disease, where even the tiniest amounts of gluten can cause problems, I don't worry so much about these sources. I avoid them if I can, but if one gets past me, I don't worry. The food I miss the most is pizza but Amy's makes a fairly decent gluten free, dairy free spinach pizza.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft

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   Posted 12/20/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Eat anything that God made!!! All natural foods, such as, fruits, veg, fish, etc.

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   Posted 12/20/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
go without grains and sugars for like 4 months. after that, the craving is gone. your blood sugar has adjusted and basically your body has reset so to speak. you can probably do it in 2-3 months but i abstained from grains, sugars and processed foods for 4 months due to the protocol i was on (yes, it was difficult but drastic times call for drastic measures). my sweet tooth is gone. dont care for chocolate much anymore. when i eat sweets now i get physically ill cos my body is not used to the sugar. i've also noticed that i do TONS better off grains/sugars or limiting them to very small quantities.

there are a lot of baked goods now that are gluten free. all grains have some gluten, to varying amounts, except i believe amarinth, buckwheat, millet, and quinoa (which is actually an herb). you can also make your baked goods (muffins, cakes, bread, cookies, etc) using nut and bean flours. they cook different though. i cant quite get them to rise and set like white flour. still working on this. but they taste great, other than aesthetics.

check out the specific carbohydrate diet (aka breaking the vicious cycle). lots of good ideas there and recipes and meal plans. should help get you started.
Crazy Harry

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

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