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Username Post: It's Been Interesting        (Topic#327704)
scrappinmamma 
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07-27-13 11:35 PM - Post#4073010    

Hi Everyone,

This has been an interesting summer. My youngest has been throwing up for several months and his ped kept saying it was his ADHD meds. So we changed them and he still threw up. I took him to a ped gastroenterologist and after several lab tests, upper and lower U/S and then Endoscopy and Colonscopy; we found out the he has Eosinophillic Esophogitis. He now needs to get allergy tests on Tuesday and the dr put him on Nexium and Flovent.

We are doing an Elimination diet and we are on Gluten -free, Dairy-free for the whole family.

Guess what... I must have a gluten allergy. Because after being gluten-free for 2 days, I feel better than I have in years. I thought I was going deaf and I can now hear clear as a bell.

I am not having any digestive issues. I tried Paleo; but was still using milk and products with some gluten in them; so I wasn't feeling the full effects of a gluten-free, dairy -free diet.

So onward and upward.

 
Beth Ann 
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07-28-13 06:01 AM - Post#4073018    
    In response to scrappinmamma

Wow!

I am so glad you were persistent and found the issue!

Good luck to all of you. It is so hard to change your diet, but the feeling better makes such a difference.

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-28-13 07:28 AM - Post#4073028    
    In response to Beth Ann

Good for you, and I'm so glad you've found the way to feeling better when you didn't realise you felt bad! I need to get more strict about my diet too. It's been slipping and slipping, and I can feel the difference. We can eliminate wheat and dairy together!

 
scrapanda 
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07-28-13 07:35 AM - Post#4073036    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Glad you found some answers for your son and even better you realized something for you along the way!

 
gingersfavorite 
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07-28-13 08:18 AM - Post#4073050    
    In response to scrapanda

wow - that's crazy! Hope he feels better quick

 
scaredycat 
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07-28-13 08:26 AM - Post#4073058    
    In response to gingersfavorite

Oh wow! I am so glad you were able to find some answers for your son!! and hooray for your feeling better too

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-28-13 09:25 AM - Post#4073066    
    In response to scaredycat

That's great that you are both feeling better. If you have any questions about eating gluten free or lactose free just ask. I've been eating gluten free and lactose free for 6 years now. Eating lactose free is a little easier then gluten free because it's a little more obvious what contains lactose.

 
Nora 
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07-28-13 10:04 AM - Post#4073068    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Wow!! I am glad that you are feeling better and that you found out what was going on with your son. That is scary!!

 
scrappinmamma 
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07-28-13 01:02 PM - Post#4073138    
    In response to Nora

Thanks Everyone!

It has been so strange. Jen, I bought Glutino, Pam's and Kinninkinnick products for snacks and pizza, pancakes. We can't tell the difference.

What I'm having problems with all of the sauces and condiments. I don't understand what to look for in salad dressings. I bought Annie's catsup. I also have coconut a minos for soy sauce.

I am also going to do more baking. I bought a book called "Go Dairy Free".

So any suggestions would be great!

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-28-13 02:27 PM - Post#4073154    
    In response to scrappinmamma

Look for Tamari, that is gluten free soy sauce.

Make your own mayonnaise in a blender with olive oil, egg and mustard. I can give you the recipe if you're interested.

 
scrappinmamma 
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07-28-13 03:29 PM - Post#4073180    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Ooooooh I would love the recipe Rosey. And I'll look for the Tamari. Thanks!

 
rottiefan 
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07-28-13 03:47 PM - Post#4073186    
    In response to scrappinmamma

Glad you guys are better!

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-28-13 04:33 PM - Post#4073206    
    In response to rottiefan

I use San J (Tamari) soy sauce, but not very often. Soy bothers me. I've read that is common with food allergies.

Watch for 'modified food starch.' If it says 'modified corn starch' it should be gluten free. When in doubt, I look the product up online.

I use organic catsup. Hellman's mayo is gluten free, but Miracle Whip is not. I use Hellman's canola oil mayo.

I would look salad dressings up online. I have an organic Italian dressing I buy, but it's a store brand. I also use Brianna's Poppyseed dressing. Other then that I make my own.

Also, if you drink alcohol make sure it's gluten free. Be careful with candy.

 
scrappinmamma 
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07-28-13 09:06 PM - Post#4073242    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Wow, thanks Jen!

See, it's all of these little innuendoes that I need to figure out. So "corn starch" has gluten in it? Also does Xanthum gum, that is a binder in foods, considered gluten-free?

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-29-13 02:35 AM - Post#4073256    
    In response to scrappinmamma

Here's the mayonnaise recipe. It keeps for a good week in the fridge, but ours never lasts that long 'cos it's so good! You can add whatever you want to it after you make it, like crushed garlic, or fresh herbs or chopped dill pickle. Try replacing a table-spoon of the oil with chilli oil for a kick. Mix with a little tomato concentrate to make "Marie Rose sauce" for prawn cocktails.
http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/recipedepic tor7x.c...

Corn starch is gluten free. It can be processed on the same equipment used by wheat products, but that amount shouldn't cause you problems.

Xanthan gum allergies, taken from Wiki:
"Xanthan gum may be derived from a variety of source products that are themselves common allergens, such as corn, wheat, dairy, or soy. As such, persons with known sensitivities or allergies to food products are advised to avoid foods including generic xanthan gum or first determine the source for the xanthan gum before consuming the food.

Specifically, an allergic response may be triggered in people sensitive to the growth medium, usually corn, soy, or wheat.[5][11] For example, residual wheat gluten has been detected on xanthan gum made using wheat.[11] This may trigger a response in people highly sensitive to gluten. Some consider this to be a separate allergy to xanthan gum with similar symptoms to gluten allergy. Xanthan gum is a "highly efficient laxative," according to a study that fed 15g/day for 10 days to 18 normal volunteers.[12] Some people react to much smaller amounts of xanthan gum with symptoms of intestinal bloating and diarrhea.[5] There are many substitutes for xanthan gum when used for baking such as guar gum and locust bean gum."

Malto-dextrin is also often wheat-derived.

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-29-13 02:38 AM - Post#4073258    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Oh and look out for wheat in prepared mustard as well - we've even found wheat flour added to mustard powder.

Baking powder often has wheat flour in too. Look for the rice flour alternatives.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-29-13 09:35 AM - Post#4073304    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Modified food starch has gluten. Modified corn starch is gluten free. Sorry I confused you.

A lot of products are being labeled gluten free now, which makes it a little easier.

Cross contamination bothers me, but I'm allergic to gluten not gluten intolerant.

This week I made the girls chocolate chip cookies with wheat flour. I wash my hands like a crazy person so I don't get flour near my face. Well, this time the flour container was empty so I refilled it. The dust made my eyes and nose itchy and swell a bit. I told the girls from now on if it's not gluten free they are going to make it. I'll teach them.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-29-13 09:38 AM - Post#4073306    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/Gluten-Free-Cond...

Gluten free mustard list. I use French's and Koops.

 
scrappinmamma 
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07-29-13 12:48 PM - Post#4073372    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Thank you so much Rosey and Jen!

Jen, you are brave keeping wheat in the house. I have all of us on the same diet. And the boys like what I am serving them. So I am so happy.

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-29-13 01:52 PM - Post#4073404    
    In response to scrappinmamma

I make flaxseed (linseed) focaccia bread for sandwiches and toast. It tastes different from wheat bread, but it's useful for when you have to take food out of the house, and for something quick. Luckily we both love it.
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasi...

 
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