I have been going to a blood oncologist for several years, and did not actually know why I was referred to him. About two years ago, I discovered that I have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance. My daughter had been told by a Natural Dr. to eat gluten free as this food was causing her to be bloated. I went on the diet before going to my glastro doc, which was a mistake. He did an endoscope on me, about a week or so after I had changed my diet. This is a tube down the mouth, into the stomach and slightly lower. I did not have the indicators for Celiac in my stomach, which the doc explained that changing my diet for a week would change the blood chemistry in the stomach, but I did test positive for Celiac when he went beyond the stomach. This is not a hard diet to follow. Much label reading is required, to keep out flour and wheat products, even corn meal must be checked, as corn meal mix has flour and most restaurant corn bread or "hush puppies." Corn chips and potato chips are usually OK. I can eat oats, which I use in meatloaf and salmon patties and as a cereal, some people cannot eat oats. My favorite bread is called Corn Bread, from corn flour, from Canada at organic and specality food stores. More stores are starting to handle some products, Publix has some and Ingles is advertizing gluten free products. I get most from Greenlife, which is in Chattanooga and I think, Knoxville. Food Fare, new to Chattanooga area has a lot of gluten free foods. I do not recommend the gluten free frozen pizza, and have not tried to make from the mix yet. It is more expensive for bread, crackers, , cookies and pasta. Pasta noodles are available from corn, rice and quinoa, we think the last is best. Other wise, eat fruits (fresh or canned), veggies with no noodles, and unbreaded meats unless breaded at home. Label reading makes most soups a "NO" item, except most Progresso soups pass the test. Ice creams need to be monitored, we now eat a lot of sherbert. Not being a beer drinker is no problem for me, but it does not past the test, as do some other alcohol drinks, except maybe in limited amounts. I am 5 ft 2 inches tall, small boned, and adult weight was about 102 to 105 until I hit 30, then I added about five pounds each year until I had gone from size 6 to size 16 slacks were getting too small and I weighed 162 pounds and could not get it off. Two weeks on a gluten free diet, eating all I care to eat except no gluten caused a 13 pound weight loss. I am now down to about 132 pounds and my doctor wants me to not get below 125 or so lbs., and size 6 to 12 clothing, depending on brand and cut. I am age 70.
The BIG NEWS a year ago, was when my doctor came in after blood work very excited saying, my white count was down, my red cell count was up, and my platlets were good, and HE NO LONGER CONSIDERED ME TO BE PRE-LEUKEMIA!!! This was when I realized why I was seeing him!! He said, come annually, if I wanted him to continue following me, which I do. My recent check-up was great, my platlet count was about 435, I think, which I understand is great, and my white and red cell counts were in the norm limits. This is absolutely and completely due to not eating gluten products, period. I have contacted several fast food restaurants, requesting more gluten free foods, and putting some they had back on the menu, to no avail, one, Krystal did have a plain chicken on a stick, which I loved, but it is no longer available. My daughter has to watch fast foods due to MSG in foods, which causes headaches, naseau, and other problems. Last year, at Disney World, I asked about gluten free foods and the mgr on duty came with a loose leaf notebook, telling me what was available. When the food arrived, he informed me that he fried my frenchfries in fresh oil, to make sure they were not contaminated, which I considered most considerate. Many restaurants have gluten free food items or will prepare your foods to order gluten free, also NCL cruise line (probably others, also) prepare gluten free food on request, as I was sitting next to a young lady who told NCL when booking that she was gluten intolerant, of course, this meant eating all meals in the same restaurant. I was just careful of what I ate, and did fine. I hope this is helpful to some of you.