Gluten free diet??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hermitlady, May 19, 2012.

  1. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    Curious if anyone has tried this. My sister recently started GF diet due to IBS and some other mystery symptoms she had. She was tested and did not have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but she's still giving it a try. No big changes for her yet, but it's only been a couple of wks.

    Anyway, she was telling me I should try it too since many symptoms of Gluten intolerance follow FM symptoms. I haven't really researched much yet, so I thought I'd start here.

    Thanks for sharing any info you might have.
  2. MicheleK

    MicheleK Member

    Leading specialists in FM & ME do recommend that patients try a gluten free diet to see if it will improve symptoms. Very few people are actually "allergic" to gluten as in the case of true Celiac Disease; however in illnesses where the brain, gut and immune system are dysfunctional, it is possible that one can become gluten sensitive. The only way to find out if you are one of them is to try the gluten free diet for a bit and see if your symptoms change or improve. It is a very healthy way to eat.
  3. deepak

    deepak Member

    I read its very difficult to get an accurate test to diagnose celiac ?

    I have started a no-grain diet ( though I have some rice ) since 4 days. I can say my bloating is much better and pain-wise too some improvement

  4. joanierav

    joanierav Member

    i started a gluten free diet 3 mos ago for my ibs , after reading it would help. and it did help immensely. but sadly my fatigue and pain are still very much there. but im happy for the tummy to have calmed down.

    when i first tried the diet i couldnt keep on it. but then 6 mos later tried again, this time i went to health food stores to buy my stuff. and saw that i could buy delicious bread and crackers and cookies. didnt have to do without them, so i havent really felt deprived. i do miss pizza tho. the gluten free is just not the same. grrrr.

    hugs, joanie
  5. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    My husband's neice was having lots of fm type symptoms. So someone suggested she go gluten free.....everything cleared up right away. So I tried it for about 6 weeks with no success. My daughter has gone gluten free for about 4 months, also dropping all milk products and watching her wheat intake.

    My daughter's friend has celiac disease as does her 5 year old daughter. That sucks for her little girl....especially when she sees her little friends eating things like pizza and ice cream. But this little girl is learning about things that will make her ill and she seems to be accepting of it all. Her mom has been celiac for about 2 years along with being diabetic.

    Everyone seems to have some type of troubles.
  6. SherylS

    SherylS Member

    It is Dominos that has the new gluten-free pizza. I just had one and I thought it was really tasty!
  7. MicheleK

    MicheleK Member

    That is great to hear Domino's is making pizza for those on a gluten free diet. Going gluten free is a growing trend for a few reasons.

    A gluten free diet reduces inflammation in the body. Any of us who have auto-immune diseases, FM or ME/CFS etc., do have inflammation problems even if you can't see it. Try a gluten free diet for a short time and you will be able to tell if it improves your symptoms or not.

    The wheat we eat now is genetically modified. It has even more gluten and starches in it than ever before. This can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain if you are regularly consuming things made from "short wheat" which is what is on the market. So diabetics and those prone to insulin resistance really would do well to try a gluten free diet.

    Even if a package says "organic" or "natural" you need to be careful because many things are "organic" and "natural" but that does not necessarily mean they are good for you. For example: gluten free cookies, pies etc.

    A gluten free diet doesn't have to be complicated. Your meals would contain a meat/fish/poultry, a starch such as potatoes and rice and veggies. It is much easier and faster cooking this way than making gluten and carb loaded casseroles etc..

    For me I saw no obvious difference on a gluten free diet. Many others have had tremendous success eliminating gluten from their diets. I try to shop the outer walls of a market where the fresh food is and avoid packaged food. Gluten is in seemingly everything once you start reading labels.

    Even though I do not do a strict gluten free diet, I have benefited from the research as well as my trial of gluten free eating. I watch how much of it I consume;whereas before I had no clue!

    I would love to hear others experiences going gluten free. All the best to you.
  8. hermitlady

    hermitlady Member

    Thanks for all the info...I haven't had the mental energy to read much lately. I know trying this type of diet could help, I just have to be in the right frame of mind to start it. And to have the energy to go to the grocery store for the right types of food.

    I have a picky family, so we basically eat a simple dinner...some type of meat/chick/fish rice or pasta and veggies. I know the regular pasta is bad, so I'll have to look for some alternatives.

    I love bread and cereal type foods, so that will be the toughest...

    What about Dairy?? That can be another problem for some. I have been on a yeast/sugar free diet before and it did help w keeping my blood sugar levels more stable. I tend to eat small amts more frequently to avoid the low blood sugar shakes etc.

    I admit I don't eat as healthy as I should, my lack of energy doesn't help cuz I just want to eat what's easy to put in my mouth!

    Don't care for cooking and kitchen clean up, it just wipes me out. I'm famous for a messy kitchen unfortunately, after I cook I don't have it in me to clean up until the next day usually. The days of a tidy clean house are gone thanks to these dreadful dds!
  9. SherylS

    SherylS Member

    I have been gluten free for 2 years. There are a lot of choices now--new foods coming out every day. Most of the gluten free pasta is very good. We always eat brown rice instead of white (I think it tastes much better). The Chex cereals are gluten free, also Rice Krispies. I use rice milk on my cereal. Betty Crocker has gluten free cake and cookies. Pamela's Products has a good pancake and muffin mix. All these things can be purchased online, I usually order on Amazon. But I can get most of these items in my grocery store now.
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  10. FaithHopeCure

    FaithHopeCure New Member

    I just bought this cookbook on Amazon. My friend highly recommended it to me. I have been hearing great things about it but like hermitlady I have not had the energy to plan for such a different way of shopping and eating. Although, after starting on my supplements I now feel ready to take this on.

    My husband suffers from CFS and I have the classic fibro so I have two very good reasons to give this a try. It certainly can't hurt! He is desperate too and wants to help out as much as he can to get us both feeling better. We have always noticed that he snores more and has sleep apnea when he eats too much bread and pasta. I get really bloated and have IBS when I eat my favorite Mexican and lasagna dinners.

    Also, I have read that quinoa is a good alternative to wheat. It has high amounts of magnesium, iron, amino acids and a great source of protien. Also, it is a good food for migraines. I am looking forward to trying this new way of eating. I am convinced that all the processed and pre made foods are causing us to be more sicker. The convienance foods are a short cut but in the long run they are causing us to have less and less energy. I will let you all know how it goes!
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