Sunday, April 7, 2013

Gluten Free Intolerant

For the past 10 months I was experiencing lots of allergies like runny nose and red and burning eyes. I was also having a bloated tummy,cramps and massive joint pains, nausea, vomiting, unable to eat and getting very sick after I ate, unable to sleep, headaches, fatigue, exhaustion and gaining weight...a lot of weight.
This concerned me because I only eat a plant base diet, organic flours and organic drinks, seeds and nuts. To my surprise I was watching a show on the television that was about gluten products and how sick they can make the person feel who may be gluten intolerant.
Every symptom that they spoke of, I had them all except loose bowels.
So I began my research on the Internet and most of the food it told me to avoid if I had those symptoms I was eating them.
Twelve days ago I went on a 24 hour fast sipping only on vegetable broth, water and a colon cleanse. After that I stopped eating gluten products and guess what, all my symptoms disappeared and I have also lost 2 inches around my waist. No more pains, cramps and discomfort...everything disappeared. My swollen face, joints, belly and legs are now normal again. This discovery meant I needed to empty out my food storage and kitchen pantry of all gluten foods. I went this last week and stocked it up with all gluten free products...I spent close to $245.00 dollars but I am happy and not miserable any more.
So from now on all my recipes will be dairy free, gluten free, corn free and meat free.
Here is some facts on gluten everyone should read and take prevention if you are also experiencing the worse feeling in health. 
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat, barley and a few other grains. All the food items made out of wheat, barley and rye also contain the protein like the original products. It is allergic to certain people suffering from Celiac diseases. The protein is largely responsible for the taste of wheat and makes many people addictive to it. Hence, a gluten free foods list is given to all people thinking about eating less or dieting. 

The symtoms with stars on them were the symptoms I was experiencing.

Gastrointestinal symptoms: These are some of the “classic” — although not the most common — symptoms of celiac disease:
  • Abdominal pain and distension ***
  • Acid reflux ***
  • Bloating ***
  • Constipation ***
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and flatulence ***
  • Greasy, foul-smelling, floating stools
  • Nausea ***
  • Vomiting ***
  • Weight loss or weight gain ***
  • Nongastrointestinal symptoms: Interestingly, although gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affect the gut, most people’s symptoms are not gastrointestinal in nature. This partial list includes just some of the more than 250 symptoms not centered in the digestive tract.
    • Fatigue and weakness (due to iron-deficiency anemia) ***
    • Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies
    • Headaches (including migraines) ***
    • Joint/bone pain ***
    • Depression, irritability, listlessness, and mood disorders ***
    • “Fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate ***
    • Infertility
    • Abnormal menstrual cycles
    • Dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities ***
    • Seizures
    • Clumsiness (ataxia) ***
    • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) ***
    • Respiratory problems ***
    • Canker sores (apthus ulcers) ***
    • Lactose intolerance ***
    • Eczema/psoriasis
    • Rosacea (a skin disorder)
    • Acne
    • Hashimoto’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune disorders
    • Early onset osteoporosis***
    • Hair loss (alopecia) ***
    • Bruising easily ***
    • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) ***
    • Muscle cramping ***
    • Nosebleeds ***********!!!!!!...this was one of my horrible symptoms
    • Swelling and inflammation ***
    • Night blindness ***

  • List of foods that are gluten free

    Diet lovers need not worry. You can still eat plenty of food items you like without this addictive protein. Here is a small gluten free diet list of foods:
    • Syrups: Apple Cider vinegar, Honey, jelly, golden syrups
    • Oils: Vegetable oils, sunflower oil, olive oil
    • Nuts: Almonds, dried fruits, flax seed, quinoa, chestnuts
    • Vegetables: Cabbage, Onion, Spinach, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Broccoli and many more
    • Sweeteners: Sugar, Cream of tartar, yoghurt's, cottage cheese
    • Fruits: Fruit juices, fruit jams, all fruit squashes without barley water
    • Corn items: Corn tacos, Corn Tortillas, Corn flour obtained from the maize plant
    • Rice: Rice flour and rice cakes
    • Fruits: Melons, Grapes, Figs, Plums, Apricots and Cherries
    • Others: Elderberries, parsnips, marrows, Zucchini, Asparagus, Butternut Squash
    This gluten free foods list covers just the tip of an iceberg. There are many more items similar to them. A good dietitian can give you a list of all those items.
    It is simply not acceptable to gather the list of gluten free foods and carry on with your regular junk food diet. If you are really serious about dieting but is allergic towards gluten, these food products will help you a lot in maintaining a tasty yet healthy diet. Several books on how to prepare a full feast with the items given above are available online. You just have to search for gluten free recipes.

    Many dieticians suggest people suffering from severe obesity to use gluten free oatmeal. Several popular brands like Holly’s Oatmeal produce them at a very low cost. They are the best foods for the people suffering from celiac diseases, dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy.

    Top 5 foods to avoid:

    1. Grains

    Certain grains should be avoided to prevent reactions to gluten, according to guidelines provided by Rush University Medical Center. All foods containing the grains mentioned above including but not limited to bread, pasta, cereals, muffins, bagels, cookies, cakes, gravies, croutons, bread crumbs, biscuits, rolls, pita, batter-fried foods, noodles, wheat-based tortillas, ice cream cones, bran, wheat germ, dumplings, pancake mixes, pies, pumpernickel and rye breads, cornbread, vermicelli, doughnuts, buns, pretzels, spaghetti, waffles and pastries, should be avoided unless the label states clearly that they are gluten-free. Many of these foods can be substituted with similar gluten-free products available in most health food and grocery stores.

    2. Condiments and Seasonings

    Many common condiments and seasonings contain gluten and cause problems for those who are gluten-intolerant. The following foods should be eliminated from the diet unless they plainly state on the label that they are gluten-free: Worcestershire sauce, MSG, modified food starch, malt products, bouillon, barley malt, soy sauce and any salad dressings or gravies thickened with wheat or other gluten-based flour.

    3. Alcoholic Beverages

    Eliminate certain alcoholic drinks like beer, ale, light beer and hard liquors made with grains containing gluten. For anyone newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance,it's recommended that you proceed cautiously to determine if you can tolerate alcoholic drinks distilled from gluten grains, which include most gin, whiskey and some vodkas.

    4. Processed Meats

    The Celiac Sprue Association recommends eliminating all processed meats from the diet. Sprue is one form of debilitating arthritis accompanied by a wealth of digestive symptoms and is caused by eating gluten. Along with having cancer-causing chemicals in them, almost all processed meats including cold cuts, liverwurst, hot dogs, sausages, bologna, pepperoni, salami and pate are high in gluten because various grains are used in their manufacture.

    5. Sweets and Treats

    Being on a gluten-free diet includes eliminating sweets and treats that may be made with flours and other substances containing gluten. Foods to avoid include all products made with malt, all chocolate and chocolate candy containing malt, ice cream, candies containing cereal extract, sherbets, commercial cake frosting, and root beer. Check labels and look for products that are specifically labeled gluten-free.

    Learn more:

    One important item to avoid is MALT ingredients...this will make you very must read all the ingredients on everything you buy.

    Word of Caution:
    • The gluten free foods list does not contain items which do not have the protein completely. It just means the list contains items which have gluten in a very controlled level, so that it does not affect people allergic to it.
    • The level of that content is subjected to adverse debates among many health care technicians. Hence, people having celiac disease are usually asked to use their own electric millers to create flours with gluten content suitable for them.
    • Gluten free foods list varies according to the food products grown in various countries.
    • Consult a physician and make sure you take preferable supplements along with them to prevent any energy loss while consuming such diet food.
     From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

    1 comment:

    1. Glad you are feeling better, Millie. I have many of those symptoms myself, but have never been able to go gluten free long enough to determine if it is the cause. But very achy joints lately, so good motivation to do so. Good luck!


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