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Do You Need A Gluten-Free Diet?

Do You Need A Gluten-Free Diet?

Gluten is defined as a protein composite found in foods processed out of wheat and related grain species like rye and barley. When those who are intolerant of gluten or those sensitive to it eat foodstuff that have gluten, damage is incurred to the intestines.

Are you one of the people who suffers from such illness? Or are you interested because of the hype? Watch this video.

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Q&A: What are some meal ideas for a gluten free diet?

Question by Ello: What are some meal ideas for a gluten free diet?
Hi,

I have talked to a lot of people and researched, that a gluten free diet can be beneficiary in many ways and shed fat. I am a little hesitant, but I think it is at least worth a try. If I were to try being gluten free for a week, can you give me a meal plan or just some really good gluten free meals to give me energy but give me those health benefits. Thanks

Max

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Answer by Mr. Feeny
potatoes, eggs, chicken, fish, beef, lots of green vegetables, olive oil, coconut oil, bacon, white rice, nuts (in moderation), fruit (in moderation)…put olive oil on everything..it makes veggies taste so much better.

Warning—You may feel like crap after a few days..this is your body withdrawing from its dependence on sugar (carbs)…this can last weeks and it can get worse before it gets better. Your body has to adjust to burning fat for energy. After your body becomes efficient at burning fat you’ll feel 100 times better.

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

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Son is autistic and wanting to put him on Gluten-Free diet?

Question by margiesue_84: Son is autistic and wanting to put him on Gluten-Free diet?
So far looking into it, it seems pretty simple, except for the bread, does anyone know if Wal-Mart sells a gluten-free bread. And when looking for ingredients, on packages i need to avoid wheat, rye or barley for sure, is this correct. Any thing else that might be helpful would be appreciated. We are just now looking into it so help from gluten-free dieters would be awesome.

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Answer by cayci_3
I’ve done some research on it because I have unknown food allergies. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a book called “Everything Gluten-Free” and it’s amazing, I think around $ 10-15. That is where you need to start, read up on it as much as you can, and it has recipes in there too.

Wal-Mart doesn’t sell one specific brand of bread that is gluten free. You can buy the mix of the bread and bake it yourself, which is relatively easy. You can buy the mix in the organic section in Wal-Mart. Honestly, for bread and stuff it’s best to go to an organic store and find a reasonably priced bread if baking it is too much.

Gluten also can hide in dressings and sauces as well. Besides breads, dressings and sauces are the next culprit. Again, check the labels. You can still use flour, rice flour for example if you want to fry things or just use flour in something. Again, the Gluten-Free book I mentioned had tons of alternatives in there.

Hope it helps! Good luck!

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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Q&A: What are some salads, dishes, and/or dressings for a person with a gluten-free diet?

Question by Ly: What are some salads, dishes, and/or dressings for a person with a gluten-free diet?
I’m going to be having a gathering, and one of the guests is on a strict gluten-free diet. It’s going to be a BBQ (steak and chicken), but that guest can’t eat red meats, fruits, rice, etc. So what can I make besides the chicken that can be eaten by a person on a gluten-free diet, that takes good (has a flavor) so the other guests will eat some too?

I searched online for some recipes, but there’s so many, and I don’t know if they actually taste good. I was going to make a salad that’s “Cantina Bowl” style like from taco bell, but with natural fresh ingredients so that’s the kind of flavor I’m going for like the combination of those ingredients (beans, avocado, tomato, lime, spinach, corn, chicken, rice) but in something different?

Something that won’t take too long in the kitchen, or I can just do outside on the grill.

And maybe a recipe of a salad dressing that you think is really good or flavorful? I would really like it to be something all or at least most of my guests can enjoy, so the person doesn’t feel bad that I had to make something especially for them and no one else is eating it.
I meant *tastes good, not “takes good”.
Yea it’s Celiac, I couldn’t remmeber the name.
Sorry! It was *Candida. If sounded so familiar I thought that was it. But I asked the guest.

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Answer by Shauna

The first thing I would do is to ask her if she/he would be comfortable with you making her any food. While your desire to do so will most definitely be appreciated, a large number of celiacs would rather bring their own food and come for the company alone. Because people often don’t understand and can become offended, a number of celiacs I’ve met feel reluctant to say anything and simply bring their food, smile, and don’t eat the gluten free dish provided because they actually can’t.

The ingredients are just a small piece of the puzzle, and even that you would have to buy new ones, depending on the dish. As an example,you can’t use any spices that have ever been open on the counter when you were using flour – they’re likely contaminated.

You will have to cook in a very different way. The celiac will react to gluten in amounts small enough that is is similar to a peanut allergic person avoiding peanuts. The dishes you use can’t have touched gluten after washing. Even second contact like a hand holding a roll and then touching the plate could be a problem for some celiacs.

The pots you use have to have the ability to have every inch scoured out (not just washed), with no cracks or crevices that you can’t reach (so no collanders, pots with bolts on the inside, no wood, no cast iron). YOU can’t touch her plates, her food, or her silverware if you have touched ANYTHING with gluten and not washed your hands yet. You have to scour out an area of the counter if her food touches it, too, or if you have something like a stirring spoon or spatula that needs to be set down.

You can’t use the grill at all, unless you wish to scour it down to gleaming metal to make sure any residue of gluten is eliminated. Gluten is very heat resistant, so it takes about 15-30 minutes at 600 degrees to destroy the molecule, which is why even the grill isn’t safe.

And if this celiac gets just a little gluten contamination, it can take up to 2 weeks before the celiac’s body heals back up.

It’s for the above reasons that so many celiacs will just make their own food, from safe pots and pans. They don’t get sick, and they know they didn’t put their host out by having to follow all these stringent rules to keep them safe.

Your best bet for food, if the celiac has no problem, would be to find some pre-packaged GF food, IMO. As an example, some corn and potato chips, guacamole, dips, and salsas for sale are Gluten Free, so that would be an easy one to provide that others could enjoy as well. They’ll say gluten free on the bag or bottle. Although your celiac would have to have access to either some chips and salsa set aside so they aren’t contaminated by others’ hands that have touched gluten, or they need access to the chips and salsa first, before anyone else touches it.

Wishing you good luck, and I hope your celiac appreciates the kindness of your hospitality.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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How much weight will I lose if I stay on a gluten-free diet?

Question by Julia: How much weight will I lose if I stay on a gluten-free diet?
i just found out that i am allergic to gluten. I also have celiac disease. am i going to be skinny if i stay on a all gluten-free diet? or am i going to get fatter? ALSO…..***how much weight will i lose by June?*** that really doesnt matter but i was just wondering if this is going to affect my weight and how i look.

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Answer by mim
Depends what gluten free things you eat.
You could put on weight as a lot of the things are higher in calories, or you could lose, it really depends on your food CHOICES. (and how many calories you are consuming) And of course how much exercise you are doing. gluten free is better for one’s gut I think anyway – obviously is for you as you are allergic.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

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what is a good gluten free and soy free diet?

Question by mnm: what is a good gluten free and soy free diet?
I’ve been gluten free and soy free for a year now. and people say that if I still to the farmers diet, only fresh foods, I will not get gluten poisoning, and I will lose weight. Well I have only gained weight. What is going on? and how do I stay healthy?

p.s. Gluten free food, like bread tends to have more calories than normal bread.

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Answer by Skeptic
The following is an excellent whole plant based diet and I’ve heard it has great recipes:

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great by Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb (Paperback – Jun 8, 2010)

Other excellent books are “Eat More, Weigh Less” by Dr. Dean Ornish and “Eat to Live.”

I lost 90 pounds without counting calories, without going hungry, and without limiting serving sizes. It’s simply changing the choice of foods. Instead of drinking milk, I drink a non-dairy green smoothie (many recipes on the web). Leafy greens have a tremendous quantity of calcium, iron, and protein per calorie. I try to eat a bunch of kale, collards or chard each day in the smoothie. For additional protein components, I also eat about a cup of brown rice or quinoa each day (these are gluten free). I’ve found breads to be loaded with sugar, oils, and sometimes even wood fiber ( to increase fiber content ). Eat about a cup of legumes (peas, beans, lentis) each day to fulfill other protein requirements. Eat as much fruit and colorful vegetables as you want. If you are a pure vegetarian, take B12 (if you need it). Get out in the sun for Vitamin D. Finally take one tablespoon of ground flax see each day for essential fatty acids.

Food allergies are common, especially in new genetically modified forms of soy, wheat, and corn that are pervasive in processed foods in America. Severe reaction to these new GM foods are common in a small percentage of people. My hunch is that many more people are reacting but not to a degree that can be recognized.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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How do people with celiac disease feel when they start a gluten free diet?

Question by XoXoX: How do people with celiac disease feel when they start a gluten free diet?
What I mean is how quickly do symptoms improve? What are the changes they experience?

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Answer by Anama
The gut pain should calm rather quickly, usually weeks. It took me almost a year to feel better..but then you have to consider accidental ingestion of gluten from time to time that throws you back/ off track…Every ingestion of gluten takes a few days to react and get over your initial symptoms and then around 2 weeks to heal after that. The diet is tricky and it takes a while to learn, so assume it is going to be a few steps up, and then a few back for a while.
The safest way to start the diet is to eat whole foods and then slowly add in/try new things. Avoid lactose in the beginning as well (no villi tips= decreased lactase production).
Good luck, Happy Healing! and welcome to the club!

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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Weightlifting diet for a vegetarian with celiac. Help please!?

Question by Genghis_Khanii: Weightlifting diet for a vegetarian with celiac. Help please!?
I need help finding protein sources. I am a vegetarian (no fish, yes eggs) and I have celiac disease which means no wheat, oats, barley, rye, msg, or gluten. I am planning on starting weightlifting, but am worried about protein sources. If anyone has suggestions (foodwise, no powders, my dad is being a little weird) on how to get protein, I would appreciate it.

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Answer by Eat Healthy
Get your protein from eggwhites and beans.

Here goes an article I wrote on proteins.

Protein:
Proteins are complex organic compounds whose basic structure is a chain of amino acids.

Proteins are found in every living cell in the body. Our bodies need protein from the foods we eat to build and maintain bones, muscles and skin. Protein is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs, and glands and is found in all body fluids, except bile and urine.

We get proteins in our diet from meat, dairy products, nuts, certain grains and beans. Proteins from meat and other animal products are complete proteins. Complete proteins contain all nine essential amino acids. This means they supply all of the amino acids the body can’t make on its own. Complete proteins are found in animal foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese and soybeans. Plant proteins are incomplete. Incomplete proteins lack one or more of the essential amino acids. Sources of incomplete protein include beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and grain. A small amount of incomplete protein is also found in vegetables. You must combine them to get all of the amino acids your body need. Plant proteins can be combined to provide all of the essential amino acids and form a complete protein. Examples of combined, complete plant proteins are rice and beans, milk and wheat cereal, and corn and beans.

Protein is important because it repairs muscles, repairs cells and makes new ones.

For dieters, protein helps to speed up the metabolism more so than fat or carbohydrate.

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Posted by GlutenFree - December 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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I am suspicious that I have Celiac Disease. What is an affordable diet to avoid gluten foods?

Question by Eccentric Dad: I am suspicious that I have Celiac Disease. What is an affordable diet to avoid gluten foods?
Give me a breakdown of each meal. I am also lactose intolerant and my wife has shellfish and iodine allergies.

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Answer by Shauna

A couple things you should know – if you think you have celiac disease, if you can, I would highly recommend getting tested before you try the gluten free diet. The test only tests for damage, so if you have healed up, it becomes negative unless you eat gluten again, get all messed up again, and THEN it tests positive.

Now, you may not need this test for yourself, but if you ever need medication, many insurance companies won’t be willing to pay for the brand of medication that is gluten free unless you have a diagnosis. So, it’s something to think about.

Also, many celiacs find that if they DO try to eat gluten again to get the tests, their reactions are much, much worse. So, something to consider.

Okay, that said:
An affordable diet to avoid gluten is pretty simple, but challenging.

1. Make everything from scratch. Everything. Condiments, broth, salad dressings, everything – because otherwise, you will have to hunt down gluten free versions of this, and finding something that is lactose free and gluten free is extremely challenging – frequently, companies add extra dairy to make up for the lack of gluten.

2. Drop any semblance of your diet before you went gluten free. You simply cannot re-create your diet when you had gluten without a fairly significant cost increase. The easiest way I’ve seen to go gluten free without massive cost increase is to start looking at ethnic foods, from places where they were naturally gluten free. Many places in Asia and Africa have a lot of naturally gluten free foods that you can approximate with local ingredients. But, again, it’s going to take work.

3. If you think it is celiac disease, the idet has to be as strict as that for a severe allergy. Gluten cannot touch your food, it cannot come into contact with your utensils that are touching your food (unless you wash them in between. Some cooking utensils, like a collander, cannot be washed thoroughly enough to prevent contamination from gluten, so you should purchase a new one or don’t use.

As an example of a day’s menu:
breakfast – fried potatoes, homemade orange juice (yes, you even have to check your juice), ground meat wraps with lettuce.

lunch – Thai spring roll with rice wraps and chicken, cucumber, cilantro, and GF soy sauce to dip it in (this I usually purchase as it’s rarely more expensive that regular soy sauce, or not much).

Dinner – spaghetti squash and homemade pasta sauce. green beans with lemon.

Snacks – apples with homemade peanut butter to dip it in, carrot sticks, cucumber and tomatoes with salt and pepper.

It can be much more elaborate, but basically, it’s either time or money that you will have to spend to eat truly gluten free.

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Posted by GlutenFree - December 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

Question by Summer Lover: Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

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Answer by Shauna
Yup, because the term ‘borderline celiac’ is only used by extremely ignorant doctors. Saying borderline celiac is like saying borderline pregnant – there is only one direction this is heading.

Basically, it means that your damage isn’t too bad now. And you don’t WANT the damage to get bad, because a lot of that damage? It’s irreversible. The gut may heal if it becomes more damaged – may, I say, because some people’s guts never fully heal – but it’s the problems done to your body by the nutritional deficiencies that you can’t always recover from.

My father, for example, ended up having his joints destroyed because of this, as well as his spine. he was forced to use a cane in his thirties and is in constant pain now.

I had two issues because of this. First, the constant lower level of nutrients aged my skin prematurely. In my thirties I was being asked if I wanted a Senior discount because I looked so much older. Second, for me, was my lowered immune system. Without enough nutrients, my immune system made me essentially immuno-compromised. I caught a disease that is usually not a huge deal, but because I didn’t have enough nutrients my immune system couldn’t fight it off properly. It invaded other systems of my body so that I had trouble walking for 9 months. There is no cure, so even though I finally got it into remission, the symptoms of this the disease can recur at any time for the rest of my life, especially during stress or if I have a severe enough illness to require antibiotics.

So borderline celiac disease is fine as a diagnosis, but all it means is that you have a chance, now, to save your body from pain, suffering, and permanent damage, if you go gluten free. Any doctor who says that you can stay on gluten needs to re-educate themselves about Celiac Disease, ASAP.

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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