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    Thank goodness for Dr. Osborne and this site! 

    I'm a 56-year-old female who has had weird health problems all my life.  Asthma was so bad in my teens, I had to drop out of high school, but was lucky enough to do well on the ACT and got my college degree anyway.  Since I graduated in '76, I've worked full-time and, man, has it been a challenge!  Have had sinus surgery 6 times, had cellulitis, “non-necrotizing granuloma,” IBS, migraine headaches, ADD/ADHD, depression, awful leg pain at night, and other fun stuff.  Had a blood test for celiac last year.  It came back negative, but when I avoid gluten, leg pain stops and I feel so much better, my M.D. said we should assume I have gluten sensitivity.

    Since my problems haven't totally cleared up with avoidance of wheat, rye, and barley, I've been digging around on the net and found the Gluten Free Society last Friday and am so glad!  I've been eating corn products and rice.  Now I'm going totally grain-free and look forward to better health.

    But I am so hungry!  I haven't gotten past the “withdrawal” stage and am craving tortillas and such.  I haven't figured out my food plan yet other than buying free-range beef and eating fruit.  I'll be ordering the cookbook, for sure.  I had two oranges for lunch and am ready to start chewing on the desk.


    Hi Andrea,


    You need to eat more than two oranges for lunch, I just had halve a chicken for dinner, I ate salad, after dinner I had some almond butter with Brazilian nuts and blueberries.  Before I go to bed I will have more fruits.

    I hear you about being hungry, you will get over this stage. Just don't let yourself be hungry, you need to plan your meals and know what are you going to eat days in advance.

    I am going to post my quick and easy baked chicken in the recipes forum. You need to learn 3-4 easy dishes that you can make without to much prep time.





    Keep snacks on hand.  I try to keep boiled eggs, nuts, fruits and raw veggies ready to eat.  I also like to make hummus to dip the veggies in. I found a good source for nuts and they are guaranteed gluten free it is a website .  Also, there are many cookbooks and websites for grainfree recipes.  Dr. O has a cookbook here and there is one by Elana Amsterdam called, “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour cookbook.  I love that book, I make recipes out of it all the time.  There is even a sandwich bread recipe, it is different than you are used to eating, but it is great to be able to make a sandwich! (or have a cupcake!)

    Good luck and come here for help when you need it!





    Can you please post how the grain free diet effects your medical conditions in the next couple weeks.

    Peter Osborne

    Welcome Andrea!  Try increasing your protein intake with each meal.  Let us know how you do!Smile


    Thanks for all the information, everyone.  I'm looking forward to this weekend's shopping trip.  I'll be trying your recipies and following your tips. 

    Several years ago I went on a 12-week transformation diet and workout plan.  At the end of 12 weeks, I had lost 30 pounds (all fat), put on a ton of muscle and felt wonderful.  I lived on protein, fruit, and vegetables.  As time went by and my work day became longer and more stressful, I let my gym membership lapse and went back to my old ways.  Guess what – I got fat and sick again.  Understanding that my body can't handle grain makes all of this fall into place!

    It won't happen again.  I'm going to win my health back and not let anything sabotage me.  This site is a treasure!  Can't wait to report that I'm headache-free, clear-thinking, and energetic again!


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