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Pain relief? Gluten free for 1 year, not helping with Celiac Disease?

Question by Julie B: Pain relief? Gluten free for 1 year, not helping with Celiac Disease?
I am having stomach pain, upper abdomal pain and stomach stabbing pain, almost 85% of the time. I have Celiac Disease and have benn gluten-free for 1 year and lactose free for 2 months. Help! Any ideas other than cross-contaimination?

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Answer by sailor
If it is celiac disease related, then check the foods you are eating for hidden gluten. Is there soy sauce listed in the ingredients- some labels list soy sauce but don’t break out that there is wheat or gluten in it. Try eating things with only a few ingredients in them so that you are only dealing with as few variables as possible. Keep a food and drink log for a month with a section for symptoms and see if you have worse problems after consuming particular things.
It is possible that you are having a problem with some other food or that you have another condition on top of the celiac.
Sorry I can’t be of more help and I suppose your doctors haven’t got any suggestions either.
Good luck and I wish I could be of more assistance.

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I just read a little more in a book called Celiac Disease – A Hidden Epidemic by Dr Green and discovered something I hadn’t seen before. He says that in some patients, the inflammation in the intestines may be so great that steroids may be required to reduce the inflammation and give the new gluten free diet a chance to work. So you may want to discuss the possibility of taking prednisone or medrol for a month or two with your doctor and see if that helps.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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Why do I feel tired after eating Wheat/Gluten foods?

Question by =): Why do I feel tired after eating Wheat/Gluten foods?
I have been tested for celiac, and the results were negative. So I was still wondering why I feel tired after consuming gluten foods. My fatique kicks in at around 5 mins after consumption of wheat. I also get symptoms like abdominal swelling and gas.

Could Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance possibly make you feel tired, after consuming wheat? Or is this all psychological?

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Answer by Alex
It doesn’t have to be a celiac problem. If you complain of gas and abdominal swelling and FATIGUE after eating a bread or high carb food product, then it sounds like it could be a yeast overgrowth in your body.

Or it could be all in your head, regardless, you should try some Probiotics, they helped me loads with your issues.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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Where can I buy best gluten free flour?

Question by sam: Where can I buy best gluten free flour?
Where can I buy best gluten free flour and flour mixes. I heard that gluten free recipes and products are the best solution for autism and gluten intolerance. Also I like to know about the price details of the gluten free flour of different companies. Many companies advertise themselves saying they sell good flour, but I could not find the quality in those gluten free flour. The reply is deeply appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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Answer by Dani

Hodgson Mill sells lots of gluten-free flours online. You can either buy a few different flours and combine them, or buy all-purpose gluten-free flour (Arrowhead Mill sells it). With both you need to use xanthum gum, to make it rise, which you should be able to get at Bob’s Red Mill (I order online). The amount of xanthum gum you need depends on the specific recipe, but you can just google it.

Here are two combinations of flours (can be substituted cup-for-cup):

1/4 cup soy flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour

OR

6 cups white rice flour
2 cups potato starch
1 cup tapioca flour

I’ve used the first one more, and the all-purpose. They’re pretty good, but usually pretty dry. Using 1 packet of “flavorless” gelatin helps retain moisture.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

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Late Night Snack Cravings

Even after eating like a horse all day, there are instance when you just can’t control yourself and just crave some snacks. This only indicates that there is less protein in your diet than what is recommended. Before devouring what you just found in your fridge, drink a tall glass of water first. Research has it that cold beverages trick our minds into thinking we are full.

Late night eating is not so bad, contrary to popular belief. However, you have to be picky with the food you munch on. If possible, opt for protein.

Sugary and salty foods are the usual foods we crave, along with fatty ones. They’re so easy to crave since they’re so easy to sneak in as well. Chips, French fries, name it.

People with an active lifestyle require protein to fuel them up. However, loading up on unhealthy food before bedtime isn’t going to do your metabolism any good. It’s just going to confuse it. If you really have to eat sugary and fatty, do so before 6pm. That way, you’re sure your metabolism is at its best.

Go for gluten-free snacks if you can. These include nuts like walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts that contain healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids. Such snacks can lower bad cholesterol levels because of their high fiber content. Also, they can satisfy your cravings.

Eggs are also a good choice, but don’t have too much of the egg yolks because they are high in fat content. Gluten-free protein shakes are also great, not only for athletes. Salads also satisfy practically anyone. Just see to it that you’re going for gluten-free dressings and those that are low in fat. Why certainly, dry and crunchy vegetables like carrots and broccoli which are very low in calorie are also perfect.

As much as you possibly can, have healthy foods as staples in your daily diet. By doing so, you get to maintain your ideal weight and your tiptop health condition, and dodging late night cravings.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - March 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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What do you think about gluten free foods?

Question by tillyhokie: What do you think about gluten free foods?
Hi, I work for a magazine specializing in food allergies. I’m looking to gather quotes from people on their opinions on gluten free foods, how they handle going to restaurants, and the ups/downs of life with with Celiac. Feel free to speak up, I’d love your opinion! Thanks!!

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Answer by tiggsy
Until recently gluten free products have mostly been overpriced and seem never to have been taste-tested. That’s improving, thankfully, as more competition comes onstream, and there are even a few gluten free loaves on sale that are worth eating, for example Genius brand (in the UK), currently only on sale in Tesco.

As I live in Scotland, gluten free eating out is very difficult, though it is improving slowly. As an example of the ignorance most of us encounter, I went out for a meal recently, and when I said that I was gluten free, and ordered a steak (the only thing on the menu that looked safe), with no onion rings (they are always served in batter), the girl serving said “but surely you can’t eat the potatoes”! They were chips (french fries), real potato, not the reconstituted things you get in Macdonalds, so they were safe enough. Ah well, at least it showed she cared…

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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Where can I find gluten free/egg free mayo?

Question by Sarah P: Where can I find gluten free/egg free mayo?
I am looking for gluten free/egg free mayo. And before you say they don’t make it, they do cause I’ve bought it before but the store stopped carrying it so now I’m trying to find it online but can’t. Or even if anyone knows a recipe so that I can make it.

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Answer by Kriis

Have you considered making your own? This recipe should help:

Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

3-5 (~3/4 c.) free range whole eggs or equivalent egg substitute (tofu)
2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. mustard powder
1 t. sea salt
garlic powder, to taste
3 T. lemon juice

Optional Add-Ins (Any combo):

tarragon
rosemary
parsley
curry
cayenne pepper

Combine everything except the olive oil. Blend until smooth on medium speed (about 1 minute).

Carefully and slowly pour the olive oil into the running blender, a little at a time. Blend for an additional 30 seconds to mix the flavors.

Serve or refrigerate.

Hope this helps!

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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Is It Unhealthy To Eat Gluten During Pregnancy?

Question by nobody: Is It Unhealthy To Eat Gluten During Pregnancy?
I was wondering if its unhealthy for me to eat gluten during pregnancy? I have a gluten intolerance. 3 generations of women on my moms side have Celiacs. Although tests come back inconclusive for me, I know I have it. So I know its unhealthy by myself to eat it. But being pregnant is it unhealthy for my baby to eat it or to not eat it? And if its unhealthy what are the consequences for me or the baby if I eat gluten???

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Answer by Strength Coach Guy
If you are gluten intolerant than you likely have reduced nutrient absorption when you consume it. Therefore, during pregnancy, when nutrient requirements are enhanced, I would suggest you do everything within your power to provide the highest possible nutrient levels and that would include avoiding gluten and taking gluten free nutritional products.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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I have Celiac disease and CAN’T LOSE ANY WEIGHT?

Question by waitingmissy: I have Celiac disease and CAN’T LOSE ANY WEIGHT?
I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and since going on a gluten free diet I can’t seem to lose an ounce of weight!! Does anyone have any suggestions/diet plans that worked for them??

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Answer by tiggsy
A little known fact – which manufacturers of diet foods rely on for their continued existence – is that reducing food intake always results in weight gain in the longer term. This is because it causes a drop in your metabolic rate (the rate at which food is used up), as the body fights what it sees as the threat of starvation.

To raise your metabolic rate (so that you burn food faster), you need to do 45 minutes exercise which raises the heart rate every 72 hours. Once your metabolic rate is back to normal, you will most likely see a resulting loss of weight – or at least fat (though you may gain muscle, which also weighs something),

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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How does eating gluten-free affect your weight?

Question by Hannah Banana: How does eating gluten-free affect your weight?
I’m trying to go gluten-free. I’ve heard it makes you lose weight, and I’ve also heard that it makes you gain weight. What exactly does it do and WHY?

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Answer by Apathy
It does to some extent, but at the end, it all depends on calories. Gluten free products doesn’t spike your blood as much as sugar. When your blood gets spiked, you tend to gain more fat, only if you are on a calorie surplus though, if no calorie surplus, then gluten free or not, it doesn’t matter.

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Posted by GlutenFree - March 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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How can I make gluten free products if I have Raw wheat?

Question by cherish your Rafting: How can I make gluten free products if I have Raw wheat?
any domestic way to produce gluten free product for the self?

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Answer by ckngbbbls
not with wheat.
Gluten free products are made with rice and other grains, NOT wheat.
In fact the best textured gluten free breads, etc are often a mixture of a couple of different flours. A friend of mine had a job developing different gluten free mixtures and baking techniques.
I would think by the time you bought the equipment to grind different grains into flour, messed around mixing and developing your own mix, it would be much cheaper to simply buy a good quality gluten free flour at your local health food store.

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