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Old 01-03-2012, 11:46 AM   #31
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Coconut flour is another great option.
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Maura, do you have a preferred sweetner for baking?
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I tend to use either splenda or erythritol. I won't keep xylitol in the house because it's poisonous to animals and I can't stand stevia - it tastes bitter to me no matter what.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:49 PM   #35
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Okay, after a day of browsing low carb, gluten free almond flour recipes online, I went ahead and picked up some almond flour last night. I made the "one minute muffin" with it, and it was really good.

There are lots of variations of this, but the one I used was:

1 egg
1 TBSP coconut oil
3 TBSP almond flour
pinch of baking powder

I mixed it all together and put it in a cup and microwaved for one minute. Then I put cream cheese on it, and it was really good. And I was happy to eat one. Didn't go all crazy and make one after another.

(I didn't feel like something sweet...just wanted something bread-like, but you can add flavors and sweeteners to that basic recipe.)

Dr. Davis at the Wheat Belly blog says that it's GOOD to eat more nuts. I'll see if they affect my weight loss or not.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #37
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Hi all,
Had another good day. It was a week ago that I was furiously reading Wheat Belly and decided to go LC, GF for sure.

Had a great eating day and am enjoying my big salads at lunch again!

My boyfriend got it tonight...made a stir fry with steak, veggies, and only 1/2 cup of rice. He sent me a picture, and it looked really good!
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:08 PM   #38
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Yay - sounds like a great day and a good experiment with the muffins.

I've been stuck in work meetings all day with catered lunches (which I couldn't have - no info) but we were luckily upstairs from a cafeteria so I was able to have a salad from there.
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I get stuck in meetings sometimes, too. Catered food is hard because I never know what's actually in it.

I am going to Philadelphia for a convention in April. I've heard that they are going to accomodate dietary requests for employees. I wonder if they will be able to provide me with meals that are gluten free and low carb? I'm sure going to ask.

Today marks a week of eating low carb and gluten free! I am enjoying it and happy to keep moving forward.
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Yay...into the second week of eating this way. I haven't weighed myself yet...still in denial...but my energy levels are definitely better. And I feel like my face is less bloated.

I had steak, asparagus, and about 1/4 of a potato last night for dinner. Plus an almond flour muffin with cream cheese.

Today's planned menu:

breakfast: coffee with cream
snack: greek yogurt
lunch: salad with chicken, carrots, homemade dressing, and an apple
snack: piece of cheese, raw almonds
dinner: ? We will probably go out for steak, and I will get a salad with no croutons and eat half of a baked potato
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Rachel, I think one of the most noticeable effects of my getting off gluten was a HUGE reduction in edema (swelling). Ankles, fingers, face, etc. all got much less bloated and swollen. My joints didn't feel as still and swollen.

The one or two times I got accidentally glutened, I was throwing up for 3 days but swollen for about a week.

You're doing great! I don't eat potatoes but will often get caesar salad with no croutons and a steak with mixed veggies. Wish my Outback would get asparagus in... Yumm..
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I've been gluten free for about a year, but I'm feeling a big improvement giving up rice flour treats, rice flour pasta, sugar, and gluten free junk food. All the items that were effecting my blood sugar.

I love to roast vegetables. Just a little bit of olive oil and sea salt, a 400 for about 20 minutes. YUM!
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Rachel,

That's what I need to do, is to get rid of the gluten free junk food...

I have a question thro...has anyone had/have problem with muscle spams? at all time of the day and night?

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Old 01-06-2012, 09:32 PM   #44
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I've not had a lot of issues recently, Ali.

I did have some before I upped my Vitamin D. None since, though.
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Ali, get rid of the gluten foods and that may help the spasms. Also, if you can add magnesium, that may help.

I'm feeling pretty good doing LC this time. I'm glad I went G-free and I know it will make a difference in the long run. I have RA and my joints are pretty achy right now. I really should have formal food sensitivity soon.

Gluten can cause so many health problems. It's just incredible to me how many mainstream docs are still clueless about it. We have to educate ourselves it seems. I wonder what other foods I have problems with

Dairy, probably. MSG, yes. I'm kinda scared to know what else
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #46
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So my boyfriend bought me gluten free cupcakes from my favorite place. I said, "thanks for thinking of me...but those aren't low carb." And he said, "but we can still eat them once in a while, right?" Uh, no. Not going to reintroduce gluten free junk food after just 9 days.

He wound up making me bacon and eggs instead. And he had bacon, eggs, and a gluten free cupcake for breakfast.

Ali, I haven't had muscle spasms.

I stepped on the scale yesterday. Denial time is over. I've gained about 10 pounds in the last year from eating normal sized portions of gluten free processed foods. I need to lose about 15 pounds to be where I was a couple of years ago.
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Thanks ladies...

Maura, How much Vit. D do you take? I am already taking 2000 a day, should I up it?

Star how much magnesium should I take?

Do you think I should take both?

I been off gluten for 8 mo. and still get muscle spasms almost daily.... I am starting to wonder if there is something eles also going on....


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ali, I really don't know the exact dose. I've just heard to take magnesium for muscle spasms. I was looking at the vitamins tonight at Wal-Mart and they had some homeopathic meds there mixed in and one was for restless legs. are you have muscle spasms in your legs?

Rachel, your boyfriend sounds so sweet. I think it might be time for him to read Dr. Atkins book or visit Gary Taubes blog
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I take 10,000 iu a day but I am under a dr's order for that much. I had my levels tested and I was below the measurable level so we're trying to get it up to somewhere in a normal range. Not too unusual for someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, has rosacea so never goes in the sun, works indoors and has celiac (there are a lot of issues with malabsorbtion in celiac).

You certainly CAN take both.

It might bear some medical investigation though. What spasm are you having?
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I take 10,000 iu a day but I am under a dr's order for that much. I had my levels tested and I was below the measurable level so we're trying to get it up to somewhere in a normal range. Not too unusual for someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, has rosacea so never goes in the sun, works indoors and has celiac (there are a lot of issues with malabsorbtion in celiac).

You certainly CAN take both.

It might bear some medical investigation though. What spasm are you having?
^This. Also, in people who are not true celiac, but have leaky gut and intolerances to gluten (those with negative celiac panel but problems with gluten). My vit D was low too. I was on 50,000 a week for a month and now I take over the counter vit D 4,000 daily. I need my level checked again to see where I'm at. Probably still on the lower end of normal (sigh).

I have rosacea too, but that has gotten better since giving up gluten. i still have some firey red-faced moments though.

I had a slightly low potassium and calcium and very low vit D all before finding out I'm intolerant to gluten.

All my labs have been normal now, except vit d needs to be up some. I'm debating on laying in the tanning bed about 5 minutes a day. one doc told me to do that. I haven't yet.

I can't remember, do any of you take digestive enzymes?
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I take both probiotics and digestive enzymes. They help
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Maura, do you take betaine hcl? I take probiotics, but I'm out and need to get more. I have some betaine here, but haven't taken it yet.
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Star, that's a great idea. I saw a copy of an Atkin's book on his bookshelf this weekend! He's probably had it there for years! He had good intentions, and it's a good thing I'm stubborn, or I would have given in and eaten a cupcake!

I am ALSO Vitamin D deficient. I was on 50,000 for 4 weeks, and now I supplement with 5,000 over the counter because my levels were still low.

I have digestive enzymes and probiotics, but I don't take them on a regular basis. I should.
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Maura, do you take betaine hcl? I take probiotics, but I'm out and need to get more. I have some betaine here, but haven't taken it yet.
Yes - I take probiotics, a betaine hcl before each meal and a digestive enzyme capsule before each meal. It does seem to help.
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Wow... I do take probiotics, vit d, 2000 and calcum... I was really low on them and dr. had me on 50,000 for a month and then she told me to go 2000 every day.. I am going to dr. tomorrow to have blood work done again..so we will see.

I am having spasm all over (not at the same time..lol) but I thought they were gone but....they came back, not as bad but they can wake me up.

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I think I need to find some one that know and can teach me what I need, about probiotics, vit. ect....
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Rachael--I don't have a cookbook but love the healthy indulgences blog. I simplify the recipes alot. For instance, the pancake recipe calls for both cream & water so I sub whole milk. Also, Iuse a half splenda/half xylitol mix to sweeten all gf low carb recipes. It's what my taste buds like and I don't have to keep so many different sweeteners on hand.


You're not alone gaining weight going gf. I attended a Columbia University Celiac Symposium several years ago and one of the sessions was on this topic.
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...oops the site removed my link to the Healthy Indulgences blog. It's healthy indulgences . net ...no spaces
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Oh yes, I used to follow her blog! I will go back and check it out!

I'm going to start weighing myself once a week and reporting my losses here. My goal is to lose a pound a week until I hit my goal weight of 136 or my body fat percentage goal of 25%.

I must confess: I think I am addicted to almond flour. The treats are going to have to go for now. I have eaten a pound of almond flour this week by myself. My scale isn't going down, and I'm pretty sure that it's the almond flour treats. So, for now, the treats are on hold, and I'm going back to a simplified version of gluten free low carb.

I'll save almond flour treats for special occasions like birthdays and holidays!
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Good morning, all! Had hamburger and a salad for dinner last night. Breakfast this morning was a little bit of leftover hamburger and a greek yogurt (not mixed together, lol!) Brought some quiche for lunch, along with an apple, raw almonds, babybel cheese, etc.

I am down a teeny bit on the scale. I'll take whatever I can get.

And, the almond flour goodies are all gone. I finished them up last night!
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