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TJ
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 8:24pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I figured it was time for another update, so...TA-DA!

I've been low-gluten since 2008 (except a brief time on the Gatherer diet! ).  About May 14, I clamped down to NO gluten to see if there was a difference.  There was!  I noticed improvements in less than 2 weeks.  I also noticed that when I messed up and ate gluten after being off of it for about 4 weeks that I felt horrible.

Doing more reading, I realized that casein could possibly be another problem for me, so I eliminated all dairy except butter/ghee and whey protein powder from my diet starting June 8.  About June 10 or 11 I decided I might as well do a candida cleanse while I was at it.  About that time I realized that spinach didn't sit well with me either.

Doing some more reading, this time about candida, I stumbled across some fascinating information about fructose which set me off on a whole new direction.  In a nutshell, it turns out that I don't have a high tolerance for fructose, so I've been eating only very small amounts of sweets (including sweet fruits).  Well go figure, a nonnie with a particular kind of carbohydrate intolerance.

Anyway, I figured after a couple days of no-carbs and die-off symptoms that I should be good enough for the candida for now as long as I wasn't eating stuff that I couldn't absorb or digest, so I went back on allowable carbs.  Currently, toenail fungus is gone, and tongue coating is almost gone too.

Along with the fructose, I learned about fructans, which aren't easily absorbed and which inhibit fructose absorption.  Onions in particular seem to be troublesome.

Next I found out that whey proteins are more allergenic/provocative than casein, so I quit whey protein on June 19.  However, I just wasn't convinced that dairy was causing trouble for me, so I started back maybe June 24 or 25? forgot to record that date.   I feel good eating cheese, so thank heavens for that!  I'm still not so sure about yogurt.

About June 25, I realized that I had a problem with certain preservatives, too.  This was due to reactions to a (unknown to me) marinated steak on June 22 and bottled lemon juice on June 25.  I'm not sure which preservatives are troublesome, but I strongly suspect sodium bisulphite and sodium benzoate.  (I wonder, between the onions and sulfite preservatives, if I'm just sensitive to certain kinds of sulfur compounds instead of fructans.)

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So now I'm avoiding any amount of gluten or sulfites.  I'm avoiding bottled, canned, and dried fruits.  I'm avoiding fresh fruits that are especially high in fructose, and limiting other fruits.  I'm staying away from spinach, onions, all sweeteners, and sugar alcohols.

It's paying off already.  This week I started a new schedule at work.  I'm now working 4 days per week instead of 3, and I foresee no trouble staying on top of it.  If this works out well I might even increase my shifts from 6 hours to 8 hours!  I've been eating more, I have more interest and energy for my workouts, my job, and handling household business.
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Wow, TJ, you are quite the dietary detective! Glad you are improving more and more! I am impressed with your committment and determination.

Lisa


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I'm another no gluten, no milk products person.  I'm glad you found some relief too.
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Great work TJ.  The only thing I may add is, when in these elimination or life restrictive type of diets, try to go for as wholesome as possible food items.  That bottled lemon juice?? and unknown marinated steak?  I know  you know that, you obviously picked it up!! but sometimes it registers better when we hearing it again from another source ... Tell me to shut up!!! that is OK too!!  

Keep up the good work ... I am sure that after a while, when your body good genes are back to normal and strong enough, you may be able to expand the food lists with some considered 'no-no'  now ...  

Keep us posted!!!




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It pays to be a good detective...  This is what personal responsibility for your health is all about.  Glad you dug deep enough to feel better.  Isn't it amazing that you can feel so good eating a limited diet?  I'm sure you will be able to expand it somewhat after some healing time...


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Before I started BTD years ago, when I would diet, stay away from sweets, if I had any fruit it would start a sugar craving that wouldn't quit.  

I was gluten free for 14 months. I felt great and noticed a great feeling of well-being, mentally.  I have been having small amounts of gluten almost everyday since Christmas.  You are inspiring me to get back to leaving off the gluten.

As another B, nomad, nonnie, I will be watching spinach (which I don't eat too much) and onions (which I love).  

Thanks for your informaton.
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unveg, I'm actually eating cheese and whey again with no problems so far!  (happy dance)

Cris, I should have known better about the bottled lemon juice.  It doesn't even taste right.  But the steak caught me off guard.  I thought I was just buying a plain piece of meat until after eating it and reacting.

Joe, I sure hope I can add more things back!  But if not, that's fine.  As have a fair assortment of foods that are still good even with the limitations of the GTD and my own sensitivities.

maukik, I think the onions are a personal oddity, but I read that it's not uncommon for gluten intolerant folks to also have problems with spinach.

Even though all these recent discoveries have nothing to do (AFAIK) with BTD or GTD, I still have to give Dr. D huge kudos for getting me to the point where I was even capable of doing this kind of detective work.  Without BTD/GTD, there would be so many more bad foods that I couldn't sort them all out!
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Great to hear!  


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"Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial..."  I Corinthians 6:12

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Ribbit, I wish you were headed getting there too!
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We'll see.


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Quoted from Ribbit
We'll see.


You will!  You just haven't found the right combination.  It'll happen as long as you continue the quest...  Prayer doesn't hurt either...


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TJ...well documented & great news on the results That could have been me I was reading about incidentally... & no you are not alone on the onion front...
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TJ - well done, you're an inspiration!  I'm doing much better on SWAMI than ever before, but I still have some issues.  I think I might just take a page out of your book and get the magnifying glass out!  Thanks again!

Ribbit, I hope you get there soon too!

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All this talk about onions has me asking: what symptoms arise from onion intolerance?


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It's hard to say.  I used to love onions, but I started losing interest in them 3 or 4 months ago.  Out of curiosity, I fried one up with some meat maybe a month ago.  I just felt "off" the next day, but I could smell the onion strongly in my urine that morning.  I've cleared up so many things now that I could eat it again and get a better idea now, but I'd rather not.

I'd like to know what forms of sulfur that are found in foods are provocative.  Obviously you can't be allergic to all sulfur since it's part of your DNA and protein.
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Rob thinks I should steer clear of sulfur compounds.  He says I complain about them, even though I don't necessarily know when I'm eating them.  


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Quoted from ABJoe


You will!  You just haven't found the right combination.  It'll happen as long as you continue the quest...  Prayer doesn't hurt either...


Of course.     Thank you.


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All this talk about onions has me asking: what symptoms arise from onion intolerance?
I only recently started putting two & two together a couple of months ago.. Onions are beneficial both for O Nonnies & also Gatherers & Explorers, yet each time I ate them, I would get breakouts...

B4 I knew that they were causing the recent breakouts, I had starting eating lots of cooked onions, after returning from Aus.. Then, as I started breaking out again I was trying to figure why my skin had cleared up while away but flared up on returning to NZ

As I already knew that dried apricots & any high glycemic fruit & vegs affect me & was avoiding them; I could narrow down to the one commonly eaten "new" thing:  onions...
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Obviously you can't be allergic to all sulfur since it's part of your DNA and protein.
You can be allergic to parts of your own body...  This is what auto-immune responses are...


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I have an allergy/sensitivity to onion. The allium family actually. I tested positive to a garlic allergy. Only in the last few years have I eaten onions, but all growing up I instinctively would pick them out of my food. It's strange how you can be socialized to eat foods that just aren't good for you. Anyways, I finally realized I would get a very distinct taste in my mouth anytime I ingested anything with the slightest bit of onion in it. So now I know to stay away. It's hidden, along with garlic in a lot of foods. I make almost all my own food though so it's rarely an issue.


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You can be allergic to parts of your own body...  This is what auto-immune responses are...
Wait, I totally forgot about that!

One of my brothers refuses to eat cooked onions, but I think raw are okay with him.  I sure hope garlic isn't a baddie for me too nodoubt!  I only use very small amounts of it typically (garlic powder).
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Nice read and congrats on your discoveries TJ.  Great testimonial!

It's amazing how quickly the body begins to heal itself when we pay attention to the effects we have from our body's fuel sources.  As my diet evolves and becomes more refined the better I feel daily.  
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I'm another no gluten, no milk products person.  I'm glad you found some relief too.


Every since I've cut them out I have been feeling a lot better too!

Great story Tj!
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You can be allergic to parts of your own body...  This is what auto-immune responses are...


Well.... doesn't it seem odd that we would be allergic to our own body? I don't agree. The best description of autoimmune disease that I have heard is this:

After an infection and suppressing it with antibiotics, the germs that do not die burrow into body tissues and live there. The immune system still wants to kill them, but in the process destroys the tissue that they are living in. That makes sense. Also, I believe it is proven true in my case. Here is how.

My first charming hubby gave me gonorrhea many years ago. Back then I had no means of "curing" it other than antibiotics. Fresh out of nursing school, I took that route. I spent all of my childbearing years suffering with urinary tract and female problems, no doubt as a result of the gonorrhea. In later years I began to have severe thyroid issues that created an arthritic condition that nearly put me in a wheelchair. Having learned a thing or two during those years, I began taking the gonorrhea miasm homeopathic remedy, Medorrhinum, which is in fact gonorrhea bacteria prepared homeopathically, and guess what! My rheumatoid arthritis disappeared and my thyroid shrunk and I quit choking on it. Proof of the above theory, if you ask me. And a good reason to avoid antibiotics and go with homeopathy.

Also, eating a beneficial food resulting in skin eruptions likely means that the food is causing you to cleanse. Not a pleasant symptom, but it means that toxins are leaving your body through the skin. The same thing happens sometimes with homeopathic treatment, but the doctor wants you to let it happen. I have seen things like depression and asthma clear up when the skin breaks out. Disease is literally leaving your body through the skin. Homeopaths ask you to never put topical medication on eruptions. It drives disease back in. As a matter of fact, they say that often diseases are caused by topically treating skin disorders.


You guys are great!

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kescah,
In your case, I would probably agree with you...

In the cases I've seen with myself (and several others), there isn't the same cause / effect relationship.


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