Post # 17
@Creiddylad: Quinoa flour!! I bought some chick pea flour once and because its just ground dried chickpeas, some kind of soakin has to occur.. I don’t kow exactly how because I didn’t read that until after I tried making chick pea bread. I suspect it made your tummy hurt because it was not really in a digestable state.
Quinoa flour really is the bomb though. I can make normal bread and pizza recipes with it, just add some chia slurry, and it turns out good! Good flour is the key to gfree bread products!
Post # 18
@HappySky7: Maybe another food sensitivty? I would consider it.. a lot of internal issue manifest as skin issues because those toxins have to come out somewhere!
Make sure you’re drinking enough water too, it can help a surprising amount with flushing toxins and preventing such flare ups!
Post # 19
I get headaches and bloating/cramps. Acne and joint pain sometimes. I don’t even miss gluten anymore.
For bread, I know some people who make their own sourdough with a starter culture and it’s supposed to digest most, or all, of the gluten. You could look into it.
Post # 20
@lalalyanne: OOHHH! OOOH! YAY, thank you so much for the tip. Quinoa flour, here I come! I love quinoa and it is so healthy, it’s fabulous to know that with some chia goo, it works well. I’ll have to order some at my coop since they don’t stock it yet.
It should have occurred to me about the chickpea flour when I looked at the ingredients when I bought the stuff. Alas, I have a lot of it now. I guess I will only be using it for breads I let rise in the fridge overnight from now on. :/
Post # 21
@BlondeMissMolly: Interesting about the sourdough– I have noticed that when I eat high-quality sourdough bread I buy, it doesn’t seem to cause problems, or at least not ultra-dramatic and noticeable ones.
Post # 22
Not me, but my former co-worker who had serious celiac’s would get bloating, headaches, confusion, wooziness, and severe nausea and vomiting to the point where before she was diagnosed, she had had to be hospitalized repeatedly and nearly died of malnutrition. So… yeah. Bad news.
Post # 23
@Creiddylad: yeah, fermented foods are like a whole new crazy world. I’m not sure about all the details, but I know someone who makes fermented sourdough on the regular and she doesn’t eat other gluten. She loves it.
I personally don’t do much gf bread/substitutions because I don’t like to eat too many carbs.
Post # 24
I find there is a definite cut off for me. I can eat maybe a slice of pizza or a piece of bread, anything after that is when the intolerance effects start. They are as follows:
Horrible smelling gas
General wooziness, kind of like being drunk
It does suck to cut gluten out, as it’s pretty much in EVERYTHING, but I feel so much better and healthier now that I don’t eat it… much. Gotta have a cupcake every now and again 😀
Post # 25
How many of you have Celiac’s Disease?
Post # 26
@lalalyanne: oh I did the eliminatin diet and the blood testing and the stool testing. I drink buttloads of water. I use fantastic skin care. My hormones are all shitty though and I’m very stressed in general. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s doing it. :/ can’t fix that.
Post # 27
@Creiddylad: Okay, I will sound absolutely pathetic with this story, but I have been told it helps. Your body finds gluten like a drug. Going off it is very hard. I got cravings for 2 years and broke down crying over pizza for about a year (like literally, in the bathroom at work full body crying because I wanted pizza, not a salad. People thought my bf and I broke up by how bad I was crying– nope, it was a pity party). As you go on, the cravings stop. I have zero cravings for gluten and can see a pizza without having any urge to eat it. It helps to know how to cook and know what Girlfriend food tastes the same. However, the best advice I got was to treat gluten like a drug and go cold turkey until the cravings go away)
Post # 28
@Minae: Bleh, that is how I feel today. I posted this late last night, and this morning I woke up so very sick. Much sicker than I’ve gotten from gluten before– I have heard that once you go off aomething you are intolerant of, and you try it again, you react much more severely. That must have been what happened to me.
I wasn’t even craving wheat– I was just super hungry last night, exhausted, and there was nothing ready-made in the store that was gluten-free that appealed to me. But now that I’m realizing that it really is what makes me feel awful sometimes, I’m kind of upset.
It is easy to live without it, as I discovered the past couple weeks, but I HATE knowing that there is something that I cannot eat. Oh well.
What should I do with my several pounds of Girlfriend flour that has a high chickpea flour content, since that gives me vile gas and stomachache as well? It was a bulk purchase from a health food store, and I’m not sure I have the receipt still. :/
Post # 29
A bit Too Much Information…
Farting. As a kid I was the gassiest person and I was so self conscious. My parents used to constantly tell me I should hold it or leave the room, but I was exasperated because it was so frequent I’d have to run back and forth, or be in a lot of pain from holding it in. eww. I didn’t understand what other people did. I tried cutting out milk for a while with no luck. THEN I TRIED GLUTEN FREE. It was absolutely magical. I feel like if I’m really really good, I fart way less than the average person. (once a day maybe. more only if I slip up)I also have a flatter stomach from reduced bloating. yay! And generally feeling better around that area, and having more energy, and handling food better (helped a lot with my IBS).
If you’re not sure, I recommend going on the strictest possible gluten free diet for 2-3 weeks (think celiac-level avoidance) then reintroduce and see what happens. Keep a diary. It should be pretty obvious at that point.
As for diet, yeah it’s super lame when everyone else orders a pizza and you have to get your own tiny one… and it costs 3x more… but you figure out lots of yummy things you can have, you learn what gf breads are delicious, and that gf waffles make awesome hamburger buns, and switch to other carbs when making meals. (potatoes, rice, polenta). Also, quinoa-corn pasta is the best substitute I’ve found so far, better than rice. Think of this as an excuse to get super adventurous with unusual exotic foods and awesome recipes, to try harder and get great results. If you want tips and recipes and ideas … and moral support… PM me!
Post # 30
@Creiddylad: I’ve known that I have been gluten intolerant for about 5 years now. I was incredibly sick all the time in my teenage years so I try to avoid gluten when possible!
If I eat gluten I bloat HEAPS, usually have a lot of trouble going to the toilet (my stomach won’t digest my food so it just stays as a blockage), usually I get hot flushes and pain in my stomach and back.
Post # 31
@Creiddylad: I am having similar symptoms! I started having bloating/constipation about 9 months ago. It gets much worse the week before my period, so I assumed it was a hormonal issue and tried a couple of different birth control pills to no avail. I also experience sudden drops in blood sugar (I’ll feel shaky/nauseous/sweaty if I don’t eat soon enough after waking up) and have also noticed aches in my hands and knees (which worries me as I’m only 25 and am very active!). I also have been getting these tiny little skin-colored bumps on my hands/arms that are very itchy and then disappear after a few days. I had celiac bloodwork done last week and it came back normal. Does this sound like gluten intolerance, bees? I think it does, but I’m interested to hear what you guys think.