Robin Gitchel 
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Re: “Living a Gluten-Free Life-style

I was diagnosed with CD in October of 2012. I eventually had my entire family (all five children and hubby) go gluten free in our home. Gluten free was not enough. My Gastro suggested the Specific Carbohydrate diet. I rejected the idea and tried just gluten free and stayed sick even though my markers said I was gluten free. Read the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. It is eye opening and life changing. The foods we make are absolutely wonderful but it does require a lot of my time. I still cannot eat certain foods as people with CD often has reactions to foods that appear similar to gluten. (Corn, high starch foods, certain legumes, etc.) I felt and often feel as you do. Our family gatherings for birthdays and holidays center around food and I feel like an alien. I have to make my own "plate" at home and bring it with me while I watch them eat all of my old favorites. I am thankful that I didn't have colon cancer (that is what they were checking for). My Hubby and Children are very supportive but the extended family has no understanding of my new way of eating and offer me mac-n-cheese or potatoes and gravy. They have no concept of what I can or should eat. It has become a mission in my life to help others. I believe God gave me CD to be able to help others. If you need someone who understands and can help you walk through this difficult time I am willing. Let me know and we will figure out a way to connect.
My mom decided to go on the specific carbohydrate diet with me. She lost a bunch of weight and was the healthiest she had ever been. After 3 months she caved and went back to eating the SAD (standard American diet). She gained back her weight and doesn't feel nearly as well as she was while eating healthy. It was too hard for her to give up the comfort of food! Good luck and God bless.

Posted by Robin Gitchel on 09/09/2014 at 7:35 PM
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