(Closed) Health Question

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hey! I found out that I also have it a few months ago. It’s tough, not going to lie. Yesterday I had two teddy grahams because I wasn’t thinking and I LOVE teddy grahams, and I’ve had severe stomache cramps and major major bloating ever since.. I legitimately get a 4 mo. pregnant belly if I am exposed to any gluten at all. My reaction has become more severe since I cut gluten out of my diet entirely- my body completely freaks out within 20-30 minutes of eating it. I’m also lactose intolerant, so it’s really tough. I’m actually vegan 90% of the time (it’s not an animal rights thing, it’s because I feel like hell if I eat any kind of meat/poultry/dairy)

With that said, tons of restaurants are getting Girlfriend menus now, and beginning to understand how critical it is that the food is prepared away from anything containing gluten/on newly cleaned cutting boards/pans/etc. At my wedding we are offering a beef, chicken, fish and veggie dish, and I will probably have the Filet (no sauce, since most sauces have gluten), plan steamed veggies (no butter or oil, because I also can’t digest them well), and I’ll ask them to make me a sweet potato or roasted red bliss potatoes or something. The meat won’t feel great, but I know it won’t make me bloat and I need food that is more substantial than a salad because I’m sure I’ll be drinking more wine than I realize!! Venues have heard it all before- I’m sure they will work with you. If you want to talk more feel free to PM me 😉

Post # 4
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5405 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t have celiac but a gluten intolerance so I understand how hard it is to cut out. If I do have some gluten, I don’t have major reactions so that’s obviously different than most people with true celiac but I feel much better without it. It is a difficult adjustment but honestly there are a lot of great foods out there when you are forced to get more creative. 

There are a lot of gluten free prepared items in stores, but many of them have a lot of other crap in them thats not particularly health so I stay away from most processed gf items, except for rare occasions! But you can do a lot of cooking with alternative flours, which takes some experimentation and practice (gf blogs are great sources of info!). 

Many restaurants are getting their shit together and offering gf options also. You can still eat a lot of your favorite things with gf substitutes. For example, rice pasta can sub for wheat pasta and I have found a few brands I really like–you just have to try them and see what you like best. You can still have Mexican food with corn tortillas instead of flour. You will get used to these substitutions and not feel deprived in time!

If you’re interested, I recommend the book wheat belly. It explains why really nobody should eat gluten and what it does to your body, and it made me feel a lot better about having to give it up!

Post # 6
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241 posts
Helper bee

I’m terribly sorry that you’re dealing with celiac disease. I have IBS which isn’t the same thing, but it does produce somewhat similar symptoms so I can relate at least a little. A diagnosis like that does change your life, and it is an adjustment so don’t feel bad at all for mildly freaking out about it! Any kind of medical problem should be taken seriously, and it’s good thing that you’re reaching out for advice and support.

That said, I just wanted to point out that while it’s totally awesome that your Fiance is willing to go gluten free to make it easier on you, he might want to ask a medical professional for advice before doing so. I’ve read several books and heard from various sources that people going gluten free without having celiac disease can be depriving themselves of much needed vitamins and minerals.

I’m certainly not telling you or your Fiance what either of you should or should not be doing, I just wanted to throw my thoughts into the hat.   🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t have experience with Celiac’s disease, but I can make a suggestion on finding recipes. Try looking for paleo or primal recipes, since those avoid grain and therefore gluten.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@yellowismyfavoritecolor:  I don’t want to be argumentative but there are no nutrients in gluten containing foods that can’t be obtained from other foods. Going gluten free will not deprive anyone of anything besides blood sugar spikes!

Post # 9
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

A VERY important note that I want you to be aware of… I was told that if you have celiac/gluten intolerance, a lot of times your body has a really difficult time absorbing vitamin D. After all of this came out and I changed my diet around, I was so tired I was like a zombie. I am a work out 6x per week, only need 6-7 hrs of sleep to power through my day kind of person, and I was sleeping like 10 hrs at night and still dozing off all day. I had to start taking tons of Vitamin D supplements, and after a week or two felt back to normal. If I stop taking them, I go back to the same lack of energy. Not saying it’ll happen to you, but you should definitely research it and ask your doctor.

Post # 11
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112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@abbyful:  The majority of grains are gluten-free, not vice-versa. 

Post # 12
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That’s awful… so you already know exactly what I’m talking about 🙁 I take 10,000 mg per day, it’s two little capsules, and I haven’t been able to lower the dosage yet. They said it can take months to a year to be able to build up the Vitamin D again.

Post # 13
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5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Absolute – I’m not sure what your point is, I never said all grains had gluten.

I was saying is that paleo/primal recipes will be gluten free because I figure those will be easy recipes to find, perhaps easier and more variety than looking up food blogs & cookbooks about gluten-free. Just trying to give another resource for recipe options.

(Wheat typically considered one of the “worst” grains in paleo/primal circles. Some paleo/primal people eat rice & quinoa because those are considered “safe cheats”, wheat is always an “avoid” on paleo/primal diets.)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My SO’s mom has Celiac’s, and while it isn’t the easiest thing in the world, there are tons of foods out there now that are gluten free!  Right now gluten free is pretty trendy (which is GREAT!), so companies are jumping on the bandwagon and advertising their foods being gluten free.

Make sure you check online/call ahead to restaurants to see what they have in terms of a gluten free menu.  For home cooking, there are tons of substitutes that taste the same as the gluten version (like pasta).  Just play around and see what works best.  The internet is, of course, a great resource.  There are tons of gluten free recipes and blogs and even magazines.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Future Mother-In-Law has celiac’s and I’m pretty sure Fiance does as well.  Please PM me with any particular questions you may have.  I’ve cooked gluten free meals plenty of times.  =)

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