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Gluten-free Testimony II - The Symptoms that have disappeared!

As a follow up to my thread titled, "Gluten-free Testimony" I would like to share those symptoms that have disappeared as a result of my now 49 days of being Gluten Free. These are all symptoms I have dealt with up until seven short weeks ago, of which most have completely vanished. I share this with you all to give hope and empowerment to those who are still on the fence with trying this dietary remedy for themselves.

The list below is in no particular order. The changes in prior symptoms, some of which were not my focus to treat by changing my dietary intake are as follows:

1) Skin elasticity and moisture have returned;

2) Fingers, especially fingertips no longer splitting and bleeding at random;

3) Eyes are 90% less irritated, dry, painful and with the sensation of swelling (something I've dealt with for almost 20 years);

4) No allergies so far as we enter the typical time of year when it is worst for me (pollination/spring);

5) Clarity of mind and thought;

6) Greater capacity for focus;

7) Complete alleviation of bowel distress and irritation;

8) Alleviation of bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort;

9) Throat clearing and persistent phlegm gone;

10) Sleeping harder - sleeping sounder;

11) ALL Joint pain 95% GONE;

12) I can bend my elbow almost completely straight (extend arm);

13) NO arthritic factors/inflammatory factors in my body;

14) Clearer breathing/opening up of nasal cavities;

15) Greater sense of hope and optimism;

16) Ringing in ears (Tinnitus) barely noticeable;

17) Increased libido and drive;

18) Greater confidence in speech and writing;

19) Less tired throughout day;

20) Lesser dependence on caffeine/coffee (reduction in use);

21) Chest pains/pressure GONE;

22) Greater ease/less restriction of breathing;

23) Opening of all facial sinuses/cavities;

There is so much more I want to say about this life-changing move I made seven weeks ago, but for now I hope that you all appreciate the health benefits that can be received by making any number of dietary changes. I hope this second thread gives you all a sense of hope for you own health or of someone you might know who can benefit from what I've shared.

Peace and Love always.

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What are you eating instead of gluten? Could it be the addition of new foods that helped rather than the lack of gluten?

The Pen...

were you vegan before you were gluten-free? Just wondering if you know which health improvements were from the vegan diet and which were from the gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, vegetarian does not work for me; I tried it off and on for over 10 years and I would always get serious protein deficiency issues after a month. I am also lactose-intolerant so I couldn't do dairy to get protein. I have a friend who is vegan but she is really a carbohydrate freak...seems like that is all she eats with a few vegies thrown in. Sounds like you are much more educated and more careful about what you eat. I only eat the "clean" poultry and meat with no antibiotics, hormones, etc. Also, only organic vegies if possible. Anyway, just wondering which improvements were from vegan and which from gluten-free. Thanks.

long answer, haha

When I became Vegan almost three years ago it was primarily due to watching a couple documentaries: Food Inc. and Earthlings. I was traumatized after watching Earthlings (narrated by Jaoquin Phoenix) and overnight went from Vegetarian to Vegan. My change was mainly centered around the cruelty of the industries that practice caged animal feeding operations (CAFO’s), force-feeding, abuse, separation of mother from child, etc. I was instantly changed and have never looked back. I think the impact of what I witnessed and then since have researched has cemented my belief in Veganism. I won’t lie and say it was always easy, in fact there were times when I didn’t feel as well as I wanted to. It took me some time to find the balance of what my body could adjust to in order to find benefit and peace and health. I take a few supplements daily, such as a Vitamin B-12 lozenge, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc supplement.

My choice to implement Veganism was also hinged on the immediate medical issue I was having with my right elbow (this has been ongoing for 3 years and I discuss it in more recent threads) being restricted from extension and causing me a great deal of pain due to inflammation. So all in all my dietary changes were due to two issues.

“I am also lactose-intolerant so I couldn't do dairy to get protein.” This is something I would like to address in its own light. Most people may not be aware that even though protein is pushed as something we must get mound of in order to operate and maintain health, the opposite it true. Protein requirements are complicated because the amount we need changes with age. As adult men or women, ideally we should be getting 46-56 grams/day. Infants typically require about 10 grams/day. Protein comes in so many different foods that it seems funny as a society we are told that and even based on the latest version of the food-groups that we should always look to dairy/eggs in order to get the best sourcing of protein. This of course is Big Ag and Big Dairy at work.

The fact of the matter is protein is in a vast array of foods that for some curious reason never get much mainstream attention, such as green peas, quinoa, nuts and nut butter, beans, chickpeas, tempeh and tofu, edamame, leafy greens, hemp, chia seeds, sesame/sunflower/poppy seeds, seitan, non-dairy milks and unsweetened cocoa powder. These foods will more than supply you with adequate and tasty alternatives.

Every improvement listed was primarily from going Gluten-free! Veganism offered me relief, but much more in the form of weight loss, reduction in cold/hot sweats and the feeling of being light from a lighter and less stressed digestive tract. The greatest benefit I received from Veganism was a more complete belief in being a compassionate eater and a compassionate being. Pro-life extends to all life, not just human life. This was a great gift and has allowed me to become a more compassionate and sympathetic person to life I would have otherwise cared not if they lived or died, whether for my sake or the sake of Industrialized society.

Let me know if you have any other concerns or questions. Peace to you all.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

For me...

plant protein just does not work. I mentioned the dairy because I thought if I could eat that vegetarianism might work. My body does not process plant protein sufficiently to work for me. I tried everything...no go. Nails splitting and shattering by end of one month; looked like a starving child from Biafra. Also, climate is a factor; my experience is that cold climates require more protein..anyway, I'm glad it works for you!! Best wishes.

I have Celiac and the best GF diet

in my opinion is the Paleo/Primal version. I've tried the subbing-what-you-like version and it only made me fat and was always hungry. Don't get me wrong it started out great but about 1 year in I started to feel like crap again. I'm glad you all are having good results. Just a couple of notes- Dominios pizza is not safe for those who actually have Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity they do nothing to make sure its safe. They do have GF beer, but I've been liking the Hard Apple Ciders more - of course the GF ones. "Grain Brain" is a wonderful book, as is "Digestive Health with Real Food". Cookbooks - "Make it Paleo", "The Real Food Diet" by Josh Axe and "Practical Paleo". Celiac also messed up my liver and adrenal glands. I am on the road to good health and can't say enough about a clean/non-inflammatory/paleo diet and how its changed my life. Good health to all of you.

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Maninis Gluten Free


I haven't tried the mixes or pastas, but Maninis buns are great quality. I just finished breakfast, organic free range scrambled eggs with a toasted & buttered Maninis bun. If you're able to locate Maninis buns, I recommend trying them.


I am going to try gluten free

I am going to try gluten free these coming weeks. I just need to get a game plan for making my own gluten free bread etc.

I am still drinking beer though, just to make that clear.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Gluten-free beer is available


My suggestion

for approaching issues like gluten-free bread is don't, at least not right away. If you get a cart full of gluten substitutes, you have a cart full of disappointment and frustration. Some substitutes are okay, but there are too many misses and it just makes you miss gluten more. It's better to eat the things you already like, then when you re-approach the other foods, you go slowly and don't get your hopes too high.

When you do ease back into it, I can give you a few ok options.

Domino's pizza
gluten-free brownies
gluten-free pretzels

Bread can't be the same, but Udi's would hold a sandwich together not too offensively if you wait about a year to forget how it's supposed to taste a little bit.

Defend Liberty!


"If you get a cart full of gluten substitutes, you have a cart full of disappointment and frustration. Some substitutes are okay, but there are too many misses and it just makes you miss gluten more."

This is absolutely untrue! When you feel as good as I do after 50 days of cutting out Gluten, everything you eat that is Gluten-free is delicious in its own difference.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

One problem with the gluten free breads

is that they are full of sugar. I've gone back to gluten-free and also sugar-free and the sugar added to the gluten free breads bumps the calories up dramatically and also the sugar content is very noticeable. I haven't decided what to do about that. The one bread I have found that is not too bad is the Glutino multi-grain which has only 1 gram of sugar and 80 calories per slice. So, beware of that sugar content....I guess the producers think that bread without wheat tastes so bad no one would eat it if it didn't have sugar in it. I find the opposite; once you cut out sugar, eating sugar is disgusting.

You are fortunate you are having so many positive experiences and relief from so many ailments. I haven't noticed much other than feeling lighter...hmmm...I am sleeping better, maybe that is one I hadn't thought about.

I didn't say beware of gluten-free food

I was talking about being careful expecting too much from gluten substitutes, foods that have developed to take advantage of the properties of gluten, but are attempting to replicate those properties with other substances. This includes sandwich bread, pizza crusts, cakes, pastry crusts, etc. I'm not talking about not swapping your spaghetti with zucchini if you already like zucchini, only if you hate zucchini but miss pasta that much because it'll make you miss pasta more. I'm not saying there aren't good substitutes, but it's too hit and miss not to run into enough disappointments to be frustrating so another strategy is to just eat other things you already eat that you like instead of just envisioning your diet as exactly the same, just with a few more expensive brands of cake mix in your cart.

What's with jumping straight to "disinfo..."? I thought you were cool.

Defend Liberty!

I wasn't meaning it personally...

I interpreted wrong apparently...sorry friend.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

I like reading the health stuff on here

My question though is what exactly are you eating? Is it a pain to shop for gluten-free food? In other words, do you have to shop online for everything? Or maybe drive to a health store that's inconvenient? Also, what do you eat when you want to have a treat? I think I've read Mike Nystrom mention that there are some very good gluten free cookies.

I eat...

everything free of Gluten and animal products with the exception of eggs. I recently started eating eggs again, maybe 2-3 times a week. The eggs we buy are uncaged, vegetarian diet, free roaming, free of antibiotics and hormones and cost about $5 for a dozen. I would not eat them any other way. I may quit eating them or I may choose to continue eating them. Either way, I doing what my body recognizes in order to eliminate pain and suffering. Peace to you friend.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Can you elaborate?

What foods are you eating? And are you avoiding certain types of meat (e.g. "Big Ag")? Do you eat fried food? Also where do you mainly get your food from? Do you shop at regular supermarkets? Or do you have a healthier food store near you? Or maybe you shop online?

Basically I'm trying to figure out what I'd need to do to make this a reality for me.

I've been gluten free for over two years

My stomach pains went away immediately.

I've been suffering from joint pains since my late teens. I just noticed this month that I rarely wake up with joint pain anymore, and I've been taking less of my medication.

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You can add

IBS to the group. I had it for years and it disappeared when i gave up grains.. I have also had many of the same results you are saying. I have to say, its pretty amazing.

Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

"When one gets in bed with government,
one must expect the diseases it spreads."
‎"It's not like I'm a powerful person. My ideas are."

the devil...

is in the ingredients they do not list.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Thank you Michael?

for front paging this...I really wanted to share the benefits I've received from this dietary change. I hope all the best for all of you in health, mind and spirit.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

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Thank you - The Pen

It makes me happy to hear about your success, and I'm sure that you are inspiring others.

When I first heard about wheat and gluten sensitivity, probably over a decade ago, I thought it was just a bunch of hooey! I'd been eating wheat my whole life, and I was "fine" - right?

Well, without any context for comparison, you don't know that you're not "fine!"

I have experienced many of the same things as you. I fell off the no-wheat wagon at the end of February, and it has been rocky since. In fact, for lunch today I had a burrito at Chipotle on a wheat tortilla.

Whenever I do that, I notice the phlegm - immediately. Every time I walk out of there after having a burrito, I'm coughing up phlegm. Samantha notices it as well. I suspect it is the wheat (though it could be the cheese).

So many people have so many health problems that they never to connect to their diets.

Congratulations on 49 days gluten free! Keep up the good work, and keep sharing your results. You have no idea how far your ripples will extend.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food

He's the man.

Was there cheese on the burrito?

Dairy is mucus-producing. That's why I originally stopped eating any dairy because I lived in a really cold climate and my nose ran all winter. Going off the dairy worked, but I decided one day to eat some and that's when I figured out I was lactose intolerant as I got an immediate intestinal reaction. Also, I used to get this weird patchy itchy skin thing on the side of my nose which went away with no dairy and comes back if I accidentally eat some. So, you might want to try the wheat without the cheese or just drink a glass of milk...that should give you a test.

Did 3 years ago...

I follow a Vegan diet...

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

get rid of all dairy too

get rid of all dairy too