January 2, 2012 at 7:30 am #8189
I've actually joined on behalf of my 17 year old daughter, although after reading all of the posts and watching videos, etc…I'm beginning to wonder if the rest of my family wouldn't benefit from a gluten free lifestyle as well. My daughter began suffering from severe joint pain about 4 years ago. We visited orthopedists, rheumatologists, genetesists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, chiropractors…I think that MIGHT be it…basically they all but told me I needed to take her to a shrink, that it was all in her head. We found ONE Naturopath who told me not to give up, she had been diagnosed with RSD, Ehler's-Danlos Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, all erroniously, and he knew I was just so frustrated, and my daughter was so beyond the point of never wanting to see another doctor again. This guy tested some strands of hair and told us she was highly gluten sensitive; he also took her off of many other foods for a while. The pain really didn't go away fully but it did lessen for a bit. She has minor scoliosis, so we did continue to use chiropractic as well. Meanwhile, she has gotten older and has been able to tell me what feels good and what doesn't. We now know that most grains don't really agree with her. Even rice gives her a headache, and corn gives her exzema. She is so bummed and doesn't really want to face what she knows is the best thing she has to do. When I told her about this site and about Dr. Osborne she asked me how soon we would be flying to see him to make her well!! She's ready to put an end to this. It's been two years since we've seen anyone in the medical community regarding this particular issue. She did test negative for celiac 2+ years ago via blood test.
So I've agreed that the whole family–my husband, my 15 year old son and myself–will attempt to go grain free with her. I'm hoping that the Gluten Free Society will help us find recipes and support because this is not going to be easy. She is a Junior in High School and is visiting colleges now and I want her to feel confident that she can leave us and embark on her life knowing that she can eat healthy foods and socialize and not be a pariah because she can't eat party food.
If anyone out there has any suggestions we are happy to accept them!!January 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #9578
Welcome – you will have a lot of support here. There are a lot of recipes here. Also, you can search any paleo diet recipes because that is basically what we eat here. Some use sugar, milk (etc) and some don't but you can adjust most recipes you find on these sites to fit your food needs. I also visit http://www.spunkycoconut.com, both of these ladies have cookbooks. On facebook there is a lady that goes by grainfreemom, she has a cookbook and many good ideas. I also periodically google grainfree recipes and candida recipes, you will be surprised how many pop up. Your daughter will have to get used to fixing her own foods to take to these parties. I have learned to make my own crackers (recipe from elanaspantry) and hummus. I also take fruits and veggies to a lot of stuff. There are a lot of desserts she can have but, she will need to make them herself. She will feel so much better, not eating all of that processed stuff (even gluten free foods in the supermarket are processed so much, they are not healthy). If you can't figure out how to do something or have ANY questions, you have found the place for answers. Just post on the forum and within a couple of days someone usually will answer it. It will be so much easier for her if all of you follow the diet and I am sure you find you all start feeling better.January 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm #9615
I hope you can find all that you need here to get you and your family back on track.
All the best,
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