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05-11-2008
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I cannot believe this thread exists!

I've been struggling with assorted symptoms that I realize have come in spurts throughout my life. Unlike my friends, I always have bad reactions when I didn't eat well, which made me really health conscious and almost too aware of my own body. Everyone would be laughing and eating junk and I'd just feel miserable after eating carby foods.

I haven't been tested for celiac, but I have proven to myself that I cannot handle yeast and wheat! For example, I went on a diet of primarily chicken and brown rice for a week once before a big party I was trying to slim down for, and the effects on my body were amazing. This brain fog I didn't even realize was there completely lifted, I had energy and felt motivated, etc.

I can remember my freshman year of college, eating junk late at night and not wanting to wake up in the morning because I felt like a zombie. The "spaced out" feeling was my major symptom if you can't tell.. but I've had digestion issues as well.

So lately I've been trying my best to go gluten free. The bread I discovered is amazing, and I've been buying alternative "flours" and such in case I want something baked-goodsy

What are everyone's symptoms who've experienced this intolerance?

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Gluten intolerance is a big thing, i also can't have flavour enhancers but they are in EVERYTHING i love. your skin and your body feels so much better when yo avoid these products, but it's so hard to find every single alternative product and pay expensive prices for them. like veggie chips are gluten free but they then have flavour enhancers in them which makes my skin inflamed.

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the best snack in the world for anyone avoiding gluten (imo) are: Baked Brown Rice Snaps in "black sesame" flavor. MMM!

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http://www.deerfieldsglutenfree.com/home.aspx
For those once-in-awhile indulgences. I found their lemon buttons in Whole Foods. Delicious.

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One of my good friends has wheat/gluten intolerance and it was like a dream coming to Canada and going to the big box grocery stores that literally have a couple of aisles devoted to that sort of food. I just find that eating a lot of wheat makes me tired and so i've tried to cut back naturally. I eat a lot less pasta than before and I was never a huge eater of bread so i've cut back on that as well and I notice a difference in thinking and being able to wake up.

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So, ever since I've been trying to cut out all wheat, my symptoms have lightened up, until last night when I had some beef jerky which (I didn't know until afterward) contained wheat in the soy sauce flavoring. I woke up this morning feeling foggy and dizzy.. it was really difficult for me to even drive!

Anyone had this experience with only a little wheat? Maybe it wasn't that which caused this, but it scared me. Feeling better this evening though.

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when you go trader joes, you can ask for them a 4 page list of gluten free products. ive shopped for a friend there.

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haute femme, I personally have not had that symptom that severely, but it is definitely normal. I do get dizzy sometimes (I saw stars when i got up after eating a piece of cereal with gluten but that went away after a few minutes), and I often felt foggy before I went gluten-free. If I've ingested gluten, I notice it immediately. The longer I've been gluten-free, the smaller amounts I react to. Has anyone ever had problems with people because of this? I try to explain that avoiding it hasn't made me more allergic (and Celiac Disease is not even an allergy) and that whether or not I react, even microscopic amounts will do damage to my villi and cause health problems (for example, because the villli is flattened I won't absorb nutrients and it can also cause other autoimmune diseases). Does that not sound like I know what I'm talking about ?!?! I do my reaserach! I mean afterall, I do have it! So why can't they either a) stop being ignorant or b) do do a google search if they are too stupid to believe me! Then again if they're too stupid to believe me then maybe they're to stupid to do a google search. And then people get annoyed with me becuase of the cross contamination issue. It's no different than having to be careful about cross contamination if you have a peanut allergy. The person with a peanut allergy may react, and my villi will be flattened. Not to mention that it's not just like they're going to be flattend. Like I said before, you can't absorb nutrients if they are damaged. Oh, and I will get sick. Goodness gracious! Anyway, sorry about my rant. Anyone else want to share their annoyances?


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By the way, I've never been tested either, but I don't think I could handle the agony of having to eat gluten again after being gluten-free this long. My doctor said that it doesn't matter, because it's very obvious that I'm not having health problmes when I'm gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free cookie dough ice cream. Yes, it exists. Oh, and it is dairy free too.
http://www.turtlemountain.com/produc...okieDough.html
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I should also note that this company makes a myraid of gluten-free ice creams. Some are gluten and dairy-free. Some are dairy and soy-free, but not gluten free....some are free of all the above, some are...Anyway..
You figure out all the possible permutations. Enjoy.
http://www.turtlemountain.com/produc...GlutenFree.pdf

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I ate a ton of bulgur wheat on accident yesterday and had no noticeable side-effects. I'm guessing I must not be celiac like I thought... because it has gluten, right? Is it possible to only be sensitive to bleached flours and such, or no?

I really want to find out what was causing my symptoms..

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Thank goodness for this thread! I don't have celiac, but I am supposed to avoid wheat and gluten now. I had a very severe allergy experience which prompted lots of testing and such. I am apparently allergic to many molds and weeds and yeasts, and in addition to avoiding the foods I am allergic to (mango, celery, carrots, lima beans, etc.) I am also supposed to avoid foods that promote yeast or candida growth. Somehow my allergic reactions are related to this according to my doctor, but I don't understand completely all of it. My symptoms range from headaches and stomach cramps to persistent rashes, hives, and itching and swelling (usually my lips swell first).

If yeast/fungi/mold bothers you, you are supposed to avoid things like sugars (including fruits), alcohol, starchy veggies and beans, mushrooms, cheese, fermented things (like vinegar), etc. in addition to wheat and gluten. It is honestly pretty difficult for me to stick to it, but when I don't I am sorry. Do any of you have this problem too? Or is it mostly just when you eat wheat and gluten that you get symptoms?

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^ I'm surprised your doctor even talked about such possibilities as candida! Was it a natural/homeopath or just your regular GP? Either way, I think mold has been bothering me as well. I live in a very old house.. and I'll be moving soon so I can see if it makes an impact.

I've done the gluten-free thing for a while but still get flare-ups, so I'm going to try and slowly eliminate other things like rice and corn eventually.. It's just hard to find things to eat! Has this diet been helping you?

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^ He isn't my GP but an allergy specialist I was referred to by my GP. He does only allergy-related medicine though and is kinda an old man so probably has a lot of years of experience under his belt. Also he says he likes to read lots of medical journals from Europe to get more ideas on treatments that haven't picked up in the US so much. Maybe that explains it?

Hopefully your move does help with symptoms. I think a lot of times allergies develop after you've lived in a place a few years so change is probably good.

I don't know how much the diet is helping, I mean I haven't had major stomach aches or severe reactions, but occasionally I've felt itching and hives come on or my lips start to swell, but I have been able to stop it by taking a few benadryl strips right away (the strips absorb faster than pills I think). I honestly don't follow it 100% though, it's too difficult I think. I do my best though. Maybe 80-90% of what I eat follows it. There are too many things to avoid though, I think I'd be malnourished if I did it 100%!

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