any gluten free ladies out there?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Your symptoms sound very much like celiac’s, but you should probably get tested either way. Celiac’s causes nutrients not to be absorbed properly, so it can also lead to anemia, malnutrition and a host of other problems. It can also cause issues that seem unrelated (before I was diagnosed I had the classic bowel symptoms, but I also got skin rashes and canker sores that totally disappeared after I went gluten-free).

I find that the best way to eat gluten free is to find recipes that are naturally G-F, because most of the substitutes are expensive and not that good anyway. So we do lots of things like curries, stir-fries, etc where it doesn’t call for wheat in the first place.

Post # 4
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree.. you should probably get it checked before self diagnosing. 

Post # 5
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you want to find out from a doctor if it is definitely a gluten issue, don’t stop eating it yet. If you stop any abrasions (I think thats what it is, don’t quote me) will go away and they won’t be able to tell.


Your symptoms also sound similar to lactose intolerance, I think. Or possiibly some other food intolerance.


I am gluten free, but technically I have a wheat allergy. My biggest symptom was eczema, I don’t have a severe allergy though.

Post # 8
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@amandasouthcarolina:  Some people take a little longer to notice a difference, so you might need to try it for a few weeks. If you don’t want to go through the testing, it’s not 100% necessary anyway. As long as you feel good, that’s the important thing, so trying a G-F diet is definitely better than doing nothing.

Also, I don’t have any good website recommendations, but the Wheat Belly book has some pretty good recipes, and I just dug out my mom’s G-F granola recipe, because it’s the most delicious ever. 🙂

2 cups gluten-free oats (be careful to get the G-F certified ones)
1/2 cup raw nuts
1/4 cup raw seeds (we use sunflower)
1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)
2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
1 pinch of fine sea salt

 Preheat oven to 300F. Mix together all ingredients. Spread on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake until lightly browned.

Post # 10
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

If you don’t get tested first, but go gluten free, your intestines will begin repairing themselves and you will no longer have the immunoglobulin present in your blood that is part of diagnosis. If you want to be diagnosed for insurance, medication and tax purposes, you must go be diagnosed prior to going on a gluten free diet, because if you go gluten free now and get better, you will be forced to begin eating gluten again to be diagnosed, and it will not be pleasant.

Post # 12
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@amandasouthcarolina:  this sounds like H…I’ve always wondered if he could be gluten intolerant. He’s always in the bathroom.


@bunnymama:  How do you get tested? By an allergist?

Post # 13
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sometimes NOT eating gluten for a while is the only way to know if you have a sensitivity.  Most doctors, especially NDs will put you on an elimination diet to rule that out, so I would wait until you see someone.  Many of the testing used has a high chance of false negatives. 

Post # 15
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

@amandasouthcarolina:  sounds about right to me in the symptoms! 

Just eliminate gluten. It’s really hard for about 2 weeks, but then it’s like OMG, what the heck have I been doing all along.

Stop eating out for a bit, get some gluten-free alternatives to ease the transition. 

I’m not sure about your area, but there should be lots of stuff available.

  • Cut your biggest bloaters – bread, pasta, pastries
  • You can still have lots of ‘filling’ foods – rice, potatoes, quinoa, corn-products
  • I find that corn pasta is the best alternative (as opposed to rice) if you’re a pasta lover
  • Don’t try to eat the bread without toasting it… just trust me! 
  • Read your ingredients!!

I had so much more energy, NO stomach aches, clear mind, so many benefits!

Post # 16
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

@amandasouthcarolina:  also – just read your last comment…. quit eating it. I did without my doctor to see how I felt, when I went to see my doctor she asked how I felt, and I told her I felt way better, and she said she didn’t want to do the tests on me, because it was clear it was helping me. 

I also lost 10 pounds after I cut gluten 🙂

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