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Aug. 24, 2011 11:11 pm 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2011 8:12 pm
25yrs ago, I may have said "YES," but alas, I'm still here, despite the abuse I've put my body through, some of which at the hands of my doctor!  Toxic meds, dining on a "fair" diet - I feel that anything in moderation (but they do make pills for other issues!)  Last, but certainly not least, my LOVE AFFAIR with BEER!  Despite, my #'s have climbed toward "better" and beyond, for more than 20yrs.  Now, I'm not using this as an excuse to avoid certain issues... it just has seemed pointless as my doc(s) have all agreed, that it will make NO DIFFERENCE.  I may look like I need a diet and major exercise, but having been told that they are each pointless... again, the "moderation" theory arises.

Now, there are a couple reasons my head has brought me here, tonight...  First, a friend has gone gluten free due to a diagnosis of Lupus (not sure I understand that... but I will research!)  Second, was reading "YAGOTTAWANNA" posted by Mike Harvey, right here at AR!

Some years ago, when I had a "diabetes" scare, I worked with a dietician for months, and followed the "diabetic diet outline" she had provided me.  Yes, this did work... as long as LIFE didn't interfere with the regimen.  This only caused a major drop in "sugar" levels, causing uncontrollable shakes, which would prohibit me from funtioning, and were best treated by a "spoon of peanut butter!"  Once back on my "old" diet, these episodes all but vanished...

All of this so far is off my "mark."  I spent some time today searching for info regarding "GLUTEN."  Frankly, I had little to NO idea just what it was, or how to eliminate it from one's diet!  I'm certainly not "educated" now, but at least I have a basic idea.  J cautioned me, not to "obsess" over this, to which I explained that the "movement" (shall I call it?) is HUGE, so I feel there must be something to it!  I'm remembering kids from my youth, who were "allergic" to wheat...  Guess back then, it didn't really have a name!  So, this morning/afternoon, I searched a few sites, to try to understand why, and would it be good for me to go into the "moderation" mode?  I simply felt that as it is so prevelant at this time, that it might be worth looking into...

One thing that I did learn today, is that with my "new" culinary habits, I've got a pretty good head start, short of the "all purpose flour" aspect...  One site however, has claimed that many new(ish) products are available now to replace flour, some boxed mixes and prepared foods...  Just don't tell me in a month that it's all plain "poppycock" and that it's simply a waste of time and money!  There certainly seems to be enough evidence supporting the theory that I doubt it will ever be refuted... but then, one never knows, does one?  There also seems to be quite "the buzz" here at AR regarding the "gluten issue," so I certainly don't mean to belittle or disbelieve... I'm just wondering if one who (seems) to have no issues (like me,) will benefit by minimizing gluten, at least...

Well, I guess I've prattled on long enough about a topic I know little about, and have little idea as to whether I would benefit by reducing/eliminating gluten from my diet...

Meantime, be well, be healthy (don't obsess, Stevie,) be crazy!
Aug. 25, 2011 3:39 am
hey Stevie,i too have been reading a lot about gluten, i was thinking the same thing... wondering...but have not done anything about it yet, i just want to feel the best i can,so i usually jump on the band wagon to see if it makes a difference & if after two weeks i don't see an improvement i't hurt to try...but omg did you see all the stuff you won't be eating?i eat very little now...what would i eat? as you can see i am doing the crazy thing this well my friend.... Judy
Aug. 25, 2011 3:40 am
hey Stevie,i too have been reading a lot about gluten, i was thinking the same thing... wondering...but have not done anything about it yet, i just want to feel the best i can,so i usually jump on the band wagon to see if it makes a difference & if after two weeks i don't see an improvement i't hurt to try...but omg did you see all the stuff you won't be eating?i eat very little now...what would i eat? as you can see i am doing the crazy thing this well my friend.... Judy
Aug. 25, 2011 3:41 am
sorry bout the double post...i don't know how that happen...
Aug. 25, 2011 6:13 am
I'm not sure I can be of much help but I SO understand what you are saying and sympathize! I've been doing the research too due to RA being in my family and some other autoimmune diseases. For RA it seems gluten free is the best way to go. Plus eliminating just about everything that tastes good. For me right now upping the fresh veg at each meal, backing off on red meat and daily exercise seem to be working. I don't buy heat and serve foods and eat out rarely. I'd really hate to give up my homemade bread!
Aug. 25, 2011 10:31 am
Judy, and Cat, I guess I'd best do more "label reading" around the house... From what I've read so far, much of what I have on hand "should" be on the safe list... but maybe not! Keep in touch with any new findings... I'm certainly interested! Be well - and good luck!
Aug. 25, 2011 11:25 am
I'm relatively new to the GF lifestyle, having been diagnosed with intolerance to gluten just about 2 months ago. So I think I've got some insights that might help. Turns out this whole gluten-free thing isn't all that hard. I'll blog about it tonight, b/c I sure don't want to post a full-page comment!
Aug. 25, 2011 11:40 am
Here is some interesting information from the Lupus Foundation. ~~~ "Kerry asks: Nutrition -- I've read about and talked to several people with autoimmune disorders whose symptoms improved, sometimes dramatically, when they switched to a gluten-free diet. Several of these people said that their doctors (rheumatologists/primary care doctors) didn't think that the gluten-free diet played much of a role in the patients care. What are your feelings on this? I am considering trying to go gluten-free. It would be a very difficult thing to do, but worth it, I believe, if it improved my health. ~~~ Dr. Thomas responds: Kerry: There is no good medical evidence that a gluten free diet helps significantly for autoimmune diseases such as lupus. However, there is a possible link between celiac disease (gluten sensitive enteropathy) and lupus ... in other words some patients with lupus can also have this disease ... and their celiac disease definitely improves with gluten free diet. Of note, there is absolutely no diet proven to change the course or to help lupus. However, eating extra fish regularly may help due to antioxidant properties of fish oil. Stay away from bean sprouts as a mold that grows on them can flare up lupus." ~~~ My BFF was diagnosed with Lupus almost 20 years ago and has tried many diets that were suggested over the years. In her case, and you need to be clear that no two people react the same way to Lupus, she has learned that a well balanced diet, rich in fish and vegetables is her best bet. She eats anything she likes but, as you suggest, in moderation. I do know it is amazing some of the unexpected places gluten turns up.
Aug. 25, 2011 1:48 pm
Hiya! You can read my blog, if you'd like. I'm gluten free, cut it out of my diet about four month ago after a year of debilitating stomach pain and fatigue. Officially my diagnosis is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or, as I prefer- spastic colon! doesn't that sound great??... maybe just to me). But I find that the gluten free diet, coupled with avoiding greasy foods and lowering my stress, has been exceedingly helpful. Anyway, the story of gluten is relatively simple: gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Compared to other grains we eat- rice, corn, amaranth, buckwheat, etc, humans started cultivating and consuming wheat relatively recently. The theory is that our bodies cannot digest it as well- particularly in some people who are usually labeled gluten intolerant. Some people (as many as 1 in 133) have celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten consumption where your body attacks the lining of your small intestine causing digestive issues and eventually malabsorption because of the damage. The only cure for both celiac disease and gluten intolerance is a life-long gluten free diet. I haven't found the diet especially difficult to adhere to- mostly it makes eating outside of my house more complicated. I still bake and eat cookies, cakes, etc, using rice flour. Don't eat a lot of bread because it's expensive, but it does taste fine. My staple grain is (and actually was before this diet) rice. I have to say- gluten free diets are best embarked upon under the supervision of a doctor. I need to get some of my nutrient levels checked every so often to make sure I'm not iron, folate, etc deficient- most wheat products are enriched with these whereas their gluten free counterparts are not. The diet is challenging and expensive, for me it's worth it but I don't really see why, if you're feeling fine, you'd want to do it. It's not a trendy low-carb diet, it's a serious change in your life. My two cents- you can certainly try it and you may find you have a bit more energy.
Aug. 25, 2011 2:54 pm
I was dx with RA about 4 yrs ago and have had little luck controlling it with medications. I tried the GF diet but didn't seem to make any difference for me. But everyone is different, don't know till you try!
Aug. 25, 2011 3:57 pm
I know a lady with RA who had good results going gluten free. She couldn't keep it up, though- southern gal and loved her biscuits I guess.
Aug. 25, 2011 7:08 pm
Stevie, I would ask a doctor, dietician or any knowlegable professional about gluten free. Most hospitals have an on staff dietician or nutritionist who would give you good direction and you would probably not be charged for the advice.
Aug. 26, 2011 3:13 pm
Steve, I am like you in that I don't know much about a GF diet, but I have read that if you don't need it, it can do you harm b/c certain nutrients will be lacking that you need and some things that you don't need will develop. This article was not addressing moderation but complete abstinence.
Aug. 26, 2011 8:12 pm
Thanks, so much all of you!! I appreciate the insight of any who are, have been or are trying GF! I did read about the need for advice of a nutritionist. BSM, I'll certainly ck stuff in the house... out of curiosity if for no other reason! Lucy and Sarah, I'll certainly check out your blogs! As I said, Michelle, I really have NO reason to try this! Mike, I'm sure that medical advice is certainly called for... Coco, I was just wondering if "reducing" would make any difference... MAYBE I'd best leave it alone - other than out of interest! Thanks, again, and I'll keep reading blogs and labels!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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