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General Discussion / LCHF if you don't have a gallbladder?
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:21:27 AM »
I'm now on week 5 of gluten free eating. After much reading and research and recommendations here, I'm also working on lowering carbs and increasing fat. I have discovered the joy of bullet proof coffee (I was never a regular coffee drinker before but using freshly ground beans, coconut oil, and cream just does something to it). I now eat bacon and eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. Lunch and supper are usually salads, meat, and vegetables instead of sandwiches and pasta. I'm still eating a few carbs (and still need to make myself count nutrients), but much fewer than previously. For example, I'll eat a GF coconut bar only if I'm in a pinch, instead of having a couple a day. Despite all these changes, I still have good days and bad days. Still alot of bad days with GI upset and severe fatigue. I'm trying to be meticulously GF- read labels religiously, don't go out to eat anymore, found GF lip balm, etc. I did start probiotics almost 3 weeks ago, which helped temporarily. So, I'm wondering if I have other issues going on. I had my gallbladder removed about 9 years ago; that was supposed to help with the constant nausea I was suffering, but it did nothing (I'm sure it was the gluten back then, too). Anyway, are there restrictions on a higher fat diet if you don't have a gallbladder? How do you know the ratio of carbs/fat/protein that's right for you- is it just trial and error?

Wheat Free Tips / Favorite app?
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:30:09 PM »
So, now that I'm learning how to eat GF, I need to take the next step and track my carb/fat/protein intake. Does anyone have a favorite app to track your meals? I've used a couple before when calorie-counting that could also do nutrient breakdowns, but I want to find something really easy to use.

General Discussion / Re-exposure vs. detox
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:05:33 AM »
Two weeks ago, my naturopath dr. told me I had to go completely gluten-free. I haven't had intestinal biopsies or specific bloodwork done, but she based the decision on a high C- reactive protein level (21) in the absence of other causes of inflammation. I have a history of fatigue and weight gain (and inability to lose) since I was 14. Anyway, I went off of gluten cold turkey that very day. I actually felt great immediately, which I didn't expect. However, a few days later, I'm pretty sure I was glutened by eating out (silly me, I didn't order GF specifically, just got something I thought would be ok). The next day was terrible- abdominal cramps, fatigue, headache, the works. I haven't felt completely better since then, have been horribly fatigued, and have still had bouts of abdominal pain and the dreaded "bowel urgency." I've tried to be more and more strict- I've even given up make-up and lip balm that contain tocopherol of unspecified origin. But, I do have to prepare non-GF food for my daughter. So, I'm wondering if I'm still inadvertently re-exposing myself, if just touching my daughter's regular bread is enough to cause this, or am I going through a gluten detox phase? I thought surely I wasn't THAT sensitive, since I had been eating gluten before. I don't understand why I felt better at first when I didn't know to be careful, but now am not improving even though I'm super careful. This has been really discouraging, because I am trying to be really good on the diet. Oh, and I've gained 1.5 lbs  :(

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