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Gluten-Free Update...

I started the GF journey on April 1. As of today, I've lost just over 8 pounds (I waver between 8 and 9 pounds lost, depending on the day). I've had five cycles, and the migraine pattern seems to be every other month is migraine-free -- which is good.

Of course, I'm hoping to get that migraine tally down to NO migraines. I also still have sleep issues (but I suppose gluten can't solve everything). One nice sleep difference is that I seem to need less sleep to still have energy.

Another issue is finding easy food to snack on, especially foods with protein. Many protein bars are either gluten-filled or have peanuts (which I'm also avoiding because they're on the hypo-thyroid avoid list). Expense continues to provide problems, as well; it's ridiculous how much GF foods cost!

All in all, it's a journey I will continue. I'm thinking I'll go at least a year before I make any decisions about long term commitment. That should give my old body time to completely detoxify and rid itself of gluten. When E was on her GF diet, the doctors told us it took babies 4-6 months to completely detox; adults took longer (according to them). I don't know if that's still the common belief, but it'll be good for my thyroid issues anyway, I'm guessing. Plus, then I'll see if the migraines return once my body adjusts (which I'm so hoping doesn't happen)...

Anyone else trying something new?

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beachdog
Aug. 21st, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
I eat a fistful of almonds each day and have mug of green tea ... the antioxidants are supposed to be beneficial for my ailment.

For my hypothyroid, I just pop a pill ... does the trick ;O)

Other than that, I shove pretty much shove anything and everything into my pie hole.

Here's hoping the migraines fade away!
robinellen
Aug. 21st, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed a change with the almonds and green tea? Coconut oil is also supposed to help with your ailment (in case you hadn't heard that before). I still have between 2 and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil a day.
beachdog
Aug. 22nd, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Change is hard to detect... the best outcome is a slowing down of the progression of the ailment ...which is also hard to detect ... lol

I'll check with the nutritionist on the coconut oil ... hadn't heard about that one.
spiritworld25
Aug. 21st, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
I've heard of gluten-free recently regarding diabetes, is this like not using sugar in food? I'm going to look into this, thanks for the post.

I hope that you're able to continue to see progress.
robinellen
Aug. 21st, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Gluten is found in wheat (and is often used in non-wheat foods for thickening). There are many different diseases/illnesses which can be lessened and even completely avoided by going gluten-free. It's challenging, at first, but once you're used to finding the GF foods, it's just like any other diet. I think it could not only help with diabetes but also with any muscle and joint aches (it tends to collect in joints and make them stiff).
stephaniejblake
Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Hi Robin,

I have migraines, too. Not nearly as many as you do, but they are of the seizure aura kind. I have deja vu, heart racing, faint-feeling, car sick, numb arms and face, can't speak, then, BAM the pain in the back of my head.

I finally went to a neurologist. He's got me starting Topamax as a preventative. I was resistent, but gave in because I just hate losing 3-4 days a month to head pain and all that goes with it.

He also prescribed Blowfish (an OTC hangover remedy), Reglan and Sumitriptan for the onset of a migraine.

I just started, so I'll keep you posted.
Stephanie
robinellen
Aug. 22nd, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Wow -- that's a lot to deal with on top of pain! I've considered getting a prescription, but I wanted to try as many other methods as I could first...but if I had to deal with what you've seen, I think I would've gone straight to prescription. Definitely keep me posted -- I really hope it helps!
stephaniejblake
Aug. 22nd, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I had an MRI of my head last week...and have actual white matter lesions/damage and he thinks it is from migraine. I am still undergoing tests though...hyperthyroid and EKG was abnormal...have a stress test on Fri. Might have blood pressure issues. Who knows. It is all connected. I think you are smart to give up gluten to see how it is affecting you. I love bread and pasta so much. That has to be hard.
robinellen
Aug. 22nd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes...it's kind of scary to realize how much stuff goes on with migraines. I do know that the thyroid can be very involved -- in fact, the specialist I've seen (who is not a doctor but an acupuncturist specializing in various neurological issues) told me that my migraines were almost certainly because of thyroid problems. I have hypo-thyroidism (which I knew before seeing her), and that's definitely improved with GF, though we still have a ways to go, I think.

Interestingly, there are tons of GF pastas out there -- so many different kinds that it would take a while to go through and try them all. I have already found two that I especially like (corn pasta and quinoa pasta). Breads are harder to find, of course (but since I didn't eat much bread, it's not an issue for me). I hope you figure out what's going on! *sends good thoughts*
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robinellen
Aug. 22nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
I agree -- 6 is much better than 12! :)
lorrainemt
Aug. 23rd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's quite the journey to bring your body into balance, isn't it? As you know, I've been GF for a long time now, and for me, it's been great for eliminating intestinal irritation, and I feel better all over. But there is so much more to explore--sugar has been a bad trigger for me, even fruit sugar. So even the GF carby things can be a problem.

Looks like you're slowly discovering what works for you. Best of luck with it.
robinellen
Aug. 23rd, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm kind of dreading the next step (though I'll probably wait a while before taking it), as I'm guessing it will have to involve sugar/carbs (sob). I'm hoping to put it off as long as I can ;)
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