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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 16, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Let's hope so... I'm pretty miserable now but I think the gains are worth the suffering. I almost caved in to a red velvet cake but I held off! Refined carbs are evil suckers...

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:18 AM

we went grain-free low carb about 10 days ago and my son started coming down with the cold/flu thing. He's a mess! I wonder if it's just a body's way of getting rid of built-up toxins...

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I started out just with gluten. and I also cut out sugar, at least cut it way back. then I cut out all the gluten-free starchy foods, then grains all together, plus potatoes. It's been about 9 months since I cut out gluten, and there's been ups and downs, but the worst was the gluten withdrawal. It's only been a couple of weeks since no grains/potatoes, and that wasn't a big deal at all - in fact that's when I finally started feeling 100% better.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 15, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Are you low carb too? I've got nasty flu-like symptoms since cutting out starchy veggies and honey...

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:04 AM

Yes indeed it did, I spend a couple of hours every day cooking now and consider myself a pretty decent chef. Saturday I made a steak of lamb. Slow cooked it for 4 hours. The meat was so tender it rendered the knife useless :)

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on January 23, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Many, if not all, allopathic (regular) doctors do not recognize adrenal problems, Scott. That is why I am seeing a Naturopath about my issues. Dr Lam has a quiz that MAY indicate if one has adrenal problems - you might check it out.

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on January 23, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Hmm, interesting. I had my blood work done a month or so ago and the doctor said everything was fine. I've had no previous history to suggest adrenal problems, I'm still pretty young (25). I do have a constant tiredness, but it's only now that I'm quitting wheat. I normally feel pretty energetic when wheat is in the diet, except for the couple hours after eating it where I feel worse. I'll keep the hypothesis in mind though.

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on January 22, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Adrenal disease or more likely hyper-cortisol, excess stress. Mental and Physical.

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Sugar and gluten are hard, because they are in EVERYTHING.You pretty much have to stay away from 90% of boxed/bagged/canned stuff, and forget having a nice meal out.Did it push you to learn to cook?

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on January 21, 2011
at 04:02 AM

Opiates. ..

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:45 AM

It was hard but, in retrospect, not hard. In other words, I had a relapse or two but the results were like a Pavlovian smack in the face. Incidentally, both my boss and my ex-wife tell me that my personality has changed DRAMATICALLY since eliminating gluten. Others tell me this too. DON'T GIVE UP!

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on January 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Giving up gluten was extremely difficult for me. It took about three weeks-ish for me to finish going through withdrawals, and my body was so starved for nourishment that I found myself in front of jars of nutbutter (including coconut), cramming fat down my throat by the cupful. I wish I had been an omnivore at the time, because that would have made the transition so much easier.

Good luck! :)

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on January 21, 2011
at 11:24 PM

Count me in the addicted crowd--I don't know how many times I've tried and failed to eliminate it. It is extremely frustrating to fail so many times, but I'm not giving up!

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:56 PM

It took me almost two weeks when I stopped eating "stuff" with gluten. I have been seriously addicted to sugar as well but that passes in a couple of days every time I let go of eating refined sugar. Now I am back to fish, chicken irregular red meat and loads of salad and fruit.

I'm not going back to eating gluten, if I have say a pizza in the evening I would wake up in the morning with a terrible pain in my neck that would stay for days. When I quit gluten it was the hardest thing I've ever done. Quitting tobacco/nicotine was NOTHING in comparison.

C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:04 AM

Yes indeed it did, I spend a couple of hours every day cooking now and consider myself a pretty decent chef. Saturday I made a steak of lamb. Slow cooked it for 4 hours. The meat was so tender it rendered the knife useless :)

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on January 21, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Sugar and gluten are hard, because they are in EVERYTHING.You pretty much have to stay away from 90% of boxed/bagged/canned stuff, and forget having a nice meal out.Did it push you to learn to cook?

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1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

on January 21, 2011
at 04:00 AM

I tapered for a few months at first,because I wasn't 100% sure that anything other than corn and soy were my problem.After connecting the Goldfish crackers I ate every night on third shift to my passing out at the desk a few hours later,it was gone.If you focus on the positive,like how much better you feel, and you don't backslide(withdrawal starts all over every time you give in)it gets a lot easier.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 15, 2011
at 06:18 PM

I haven't eaten wheat in months, but just last week I decided to go high fat+protein and very low carb, and I've developed some kind of sniffle/sinus sickness. I haven't been this sick in years! Last night I couldn't sleep because of insomnia which I attribute to ridiculously strong carb cravings. It felt like my stomach and mind were yelling at me to eat the sweet potatoes! Just this morning I made myself a great breakfast of butter, eggs, sauteed onions and bacon, yet I still wanted to eat more. This meal usually fills me up but it seems like I'm in carb withdrawal mode for now.

Ac36c0ce4b6e73d3ab1062f6ea5953ea

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:18 AM

we went grain-free low carb about 10 days ago and my son started coming down with the cold/flu thing. He's a mess! I wonder if it's just a body's way of getting rid of built-up toxins...

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on October 16, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Let's hope so... I'm pretty miserable now but I think the gains are worth the suffering. I almost caved in to a red velvet cake but I held off! Refined carbs are evil suckers...

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Ac36c0ce4b6e73d3ab1062f6ea5953ea

on October 15, 2011
at 04:32 PM

once you get past the withdrawal from wheat, it's SO much better. It took me about a week of headaches, sinus issues and feeling like I'd been hit by a bus - flu feeling. And if I get exposed to wheat (restaurant, etc.) then I almost immediately get a headache again and the hit by a bus feeling comes and lasts for a couple of days. It gets worse the more you avoid wheat, the bigger you feel it the next time you eat it by mistake. The longer you've been without it, the more you feel it - in my family's experience.

I love living wheat free - it's like I have my life back - and going completely grain free in the past couple of weeks has made an even bigger difference. It's worth going through the detox, really!

Ac36c0ce4b6e73d3ab1062f6ea5953ea

(0)

on October 16, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I started out just with gluten. and I also cut out sugar, at least cut it way back. then I cut out all the gluten-free starchy foods, then grains all together, plus potatoes. It's been about 9 months since I cut out gluten, and there's been ups and downs, but the worst was the gluten withdrawal. It's only been a couple of weeks since no grains/potatoes, and that wasn't a big deal at all - in fact that's when I finally started feeling 100% better.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Are you low carb too? I've got nasty flu-like symptoms since cutting out starchy veggies and honey...

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1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on January 22, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I tried the Robb Wolf 30 Day Challenge and filed it – I could not go that long without wheat. I also have an adrenal problem that I am getting fixed with a Naturopath Doctor. I expect my adrenal issue messed up the 30 Day Challenge.

Anyways, here is quote from Dr Lam’s web site “Weaning off wheat takes time for most who have been on a lifelong diet high in wheat products. If you have adrenal fatigue, try to reduce wheat consumption to once every three days to start if you find total elimination too difficult. As you feel better, reduce intake to once a week. Finally, wheat can be eliminated from the diet altogether.”

You might check out the article at the link, Scott, and the rest of the web site. http://www.drlam.com/private%5Cadrenal_fatgue_and_wheat.asp?print=yes&page=1

How are your adrenals? Constant tiredness is a usual symptom of adrenal fatigue.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 22, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Adrenal disease or more likely hyper-cortisol, excess stress. Mental and Physical.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on January 23, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Many, if not all, allopathic (regular) doctors do not recognize adrenal problems, Scott. That is why I am seeing a Naturopath about my issues. Dr Lam has a quiz that MAY indicate if one has adrenal problems - you might check it out.

A76c547c210dad7dcd4da8fc199abed2

(30)

on January 23, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Hmm, interesting. I had my blood work done a month or so ago and the doctor said everything was fine. I've had no previous history to suggest adrenal problems, I'm still pretty young (25). I do have a constant tiredness, but it's only now that I'm quitting wheat. I normally feel pretty energetic when wheat is in the diet, except for the couple hours after eating it where I feel worse. I'll keep the hypothesis in mind though.

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