How many of you have tried a gluten free diet or all organic diet?

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   Posted 12/22/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
How many of you have tried a gluten free diet or all organic diet?
I am attemping to do this, but it is very hard.

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   Posted 12/22/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Tried an almost all organic diet for about a year, didn't help much at all. I ate organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains. I rarely ate meat because I couldn't afford organic. Most of my friends ate organic so that made it easier and cheaper because we bought in bulk but it was still expensive and I didn't notice a change in my health. I still buy organic when I can but I'm not exclusively organic.

I went gluten free for a while and found that cutting out wheat helps with my pain a bit. I found that gluten doesn't matter much for me but wheat does. I have less pain when I skip wheat but, to be honest, it doesn't make enough of a difference for me to stick with it. I lose weight when I stop eating grains so that is a bigger benefit.

I found that the first two weeks without wheat were awful, I felt a lot worse, more pain and brain fog, and I craved it. It got a bit easier after a few weeks because I felt better but I still craved wheat even after 6 months without it.

Dietary changes help some people but not everyone. You won't know which side you are on unless you try. Personally, I'd try gluten free first. There are some great books, websites, and support groups to help you change your eating habits. You can slowly switch to organic as your budget allows.

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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on a gluten free-sugar free-dairy free diet along with also not eating a few other foods I am allergic to for 5 months. What it did for me was stop my acid reflux, also my severe indigestion went away but overall it did not seem to affect my fibromyalgia one way or another. I still got sick even eating only foods I was not allergic to. I am glad I did it, but it was almost impossible to not eat wheat. I did it though. I got very sick of rice products. I am not a creative cook at all so that did not help. I think people who love to cook from scratch would do better than I did. I ended up caving in although I was supposed to do it for 6 months. 5 was all I could stand. For me that was pretty good.

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   Posted 12/23/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I found out I had celiac the end of July and have pretty much been gluten free since, a little cheating but not much. It has helped the digestive problems a lot and I seem to have more energy but the pain has only increased with the added energy and doing more. No win situation. smilewinkgrin
I wouldn't be gluten free just for fibro.
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   Posted 12/24/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have arthritis you may notice a drop in pain from that when carbs are removed from your food plan. (I have also noticed the lessened GERD pain from this.) My doctor told me that carbs can really ramp up the inflammation response which can in turn increase pain from existing inflammatory processes. Although fibro is not associated with an inflammation response it does seem to magnify the pain level from everything, surgery to teeth cleaning! It makes sense that a high carb intake would increase arthritic pain which would in turn increase the fibro pain response. It therefor follows that less carbs would be associated with less pain.

I know that when I follow my low carb food plan for my diabetes my pain level is lower and that when I eat cookies (my bad!) I hurt lots more. DUH!
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to share this as it is a huge topic lately.

I have a sister-in-law that has celiac disease. She, not anyone else in the family is on the gluten free diet. The doctors told her that unless you have celiacs, there is no reason to be on this diet and actually would be harmful to be on this diet. When you go on this diet you take away foods and nutrients that your body needs. You can have deficiencies in many areas including:folate, iron, and fiber.

He also stated the standard gluten-free diet does not meet the recommended intake for fiber, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, or calcium. There is a ton of issues that can happen being on this diet if you do not need it.
Please check with your doctor before going on a gluten free diet, because one thing I do know.. if you are coming to this forum.. you don't need more health problems!
Hahahaha :P I am not trying to be negative on this subject at all.. I just want people to be informed.

Thanks everyone.. soft hugs to you!
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   Posted 12/28/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for your great insights/ thoughts & opinions. You all are so helpful and I appreciate it.


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