Digestive distress, bloating, pain, endless rounds of Prylosec.....

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2011-12-28 22:50:53 -0600
Started 2011-12-24 15:11:57 -0600

Here's some information that may be of interest to any of you who are having digestive discomfort, bloating, gas, and other stomach or gastrointestinal symptoms.

It was a combination of these and an attack of acute gallbladder pain that led me to this information. Read it for the information and consider whether it may or may not be valid for yourself.


13 replies

GabbyPA 2011-12-26 07:48:37 -0600 Report

I don't have those symptoms, but going gluten free is a goal of mine. It causes inflammation in our bodies, even if it is not digestive. Many people with arthritis have learned they fare better without wheat and gluten products.

Now I did notice on the list of "Require a gluten free label" was french fries. Those have gluten?? I get the breaded ones, but in general, I didn't know there was an issue.

Caroltoo 2011-12-26 14:12:17 -0600 Report

Gabby: sometimes years of inflammation preceed the obvious gastric distress described in the title. That's one of the reasons this issue is even more severely underdiagnosed than Diabetes is. It's only when it really starts destroying the villi of the intestines that it gets noticed as a serious issue. It's my understanding that the distruction can be reversed anytime before it becomes actual Celia disease, but the person cannot go back to eating gluten without starting the damage again.

Caroltoo 2011-12-26 13:02:08 -0600 Report

Cooking as much as you do from fresh, natural foods from your own garden, you will do fine. Bette Hagman has several cookbooks you might check out for ideas. I got the one entitled "The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods" as a guide. If I were to do more baking, I would get one of her books that specialize in baking. She has some wonderful ideas and it really makes it easy to substitute.

I have a favorite cookbook from here in Hawaii (Terry Shintani's Hawaii Diet) and I literally sat here one afternoon and penciled in the gluten-free substitutions for about 1/2 of the book.

I'm not a French Fry person anymore, so I didn't catch that particular statement. However, it does apply to anything breaded unless you do your own breading and use an alternative flour.

bjvanicek 2011-12-26 12:40:39 -0600 Report

my mother is gluetin free and it is very expense do do this diet. she eats french fries from micdonalds and she will eat french fries if i cut up potatoes. we have found that if it has a breading on it then it most liekly to have wheat in it

Caroltoo 2011-12-26 12:53:55 -0600 Report

It doesn't have to be expensive. You just go back to cooking from natural sources (vegetables and meats) and don't buy prepackaged. Substitute a non-gluten based flour such as soy, rice, teff, or quinoa for thickeners in your gravies. Don't buy wheat, barley, rye, or oats in any form.

The only I purchase prepackaged is a loaf of bread, but I use very little because of issues I've had with it in the past. It is $7.00 a loaf, but I keep it frozen and use less than 1 loaf a month. If I used more, I would bake my own using alternative flours.

bjvanicek 2011-12-26 19:46:04 -0600 Report

my mother buys the box mix and we make it. the french bread mix is the best. take it out of the oven pull off a hunk and let the butter melt on it. mmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm good. now theres the problem for me way to many carbs and fat.

Caroltoo 2011-12-26 20:00:52 -0600 Report

mmmmmm good is right. I always loved the smell and taste of freshly baked bread. Who knows, maybe I ate too much of it as a child. My mom used my grandmother's recipe. It was delicious, but it was all white. After I was grown, mom began making whole grain, but I was on my own by then.

When I buy gluten-free, I like RUDY's Multi-Grain frozen bread. There is also a company called Udi's, but I don't like that as well. French bread is what usually draws me off my diet. In fact, thats' where my current stomach distress is coming from…a little glitch over the holidays.

granniesophie 2011-12-24 16:45:57 -0600 Report

Have had all these symtoms forever-my family calls it the "Eagleman stomach"!! It runs in the family so we gotta blame someone! Its not a gluten problem, as a matter of fact, bread actually helps settle the devil down!! And then I got Diabetes-go figure :)

Caroltoo 2011-12-24 17:02:43 -0600 Report

Glad you have found a solution for yours. Many on the site haven't been that lucky, so this is one more possibility for them to consider. Enjoy your Christmas!

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