July 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm #8164
Im curious what the thoughts are on this conditon. My mother had it back when it was not a common thing. It took forever for the drs to figure out what was wrong with her. By the time they did she was a skeleton and it only helped minimally until her body finally gave up.
I have been having SOME similar sympotms that she had, I have bad digestion, its seems like almost everything I eat from a resturaunt causes me to have bad stomach cramps and diarrhea. Most of the time at home Im ok. But I havent been able to make any connections about what specific food it is thats bothering me.
I have NOT lost weight though, I have gained a lot, which is the opposite of her.July 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm #8239Matt StoneKeymaster
Getting sick at restaurants could be to any number of factors. Bacteria counts are extremely high at restaurants compared to at home. Food sits out for hours, cooks touch hundreds of food items, food is often prepared ahead of time and sits around for days, fryer oil can be a month old…
Calorie consumption, from what I understand, averages about 30% higher at restaurants than at home as well, which is probably another factor in the gastrointestinal distress that many people who don’t frequently eat at restaurants experience.
This doesn’t have a whole lot to do with a conversation about Celiac disease, but it seemed you were a little stumped as to why that is. Could be some gluten contamination, but it’s not just gluten contamination that makes restaurant food a little problematic.July 11, 2013 at 9:41 am #8331
Thanks! That makes a lot of sense. I think what makes me worry is that I never used to have a problem eating out, and now all the sudden it happens almost every time. I could be just making the assumption because of the family history. Maybe I’m just getting old! I suppose I should go to the Dr, but I probably wouldn’t believe what they told me anyway! :)July 11, 2013 at 9:46 am #8335Matt StoneKeymaster
Digestive secretions and overall digestive prowess tends to get weaker and weaker with age (as metabolic rate slowly slips downward). That may have something to do with it. In my experience, it’s about conditioning and acclimation. I never have problems with restaurant food if I eat it every day. The only time I get digestive upsets from restaurant food is when I’ve been eating exclusively homemade food for several weeks at a time!July 11, 2013 at 9:56 am #8337
Getting old sucks!
I don’t eat out every day, but once or twice a week is common…but the more it makes me sick, the less I want to eat itJuly 16, 2013 at 1:56 am #9112lounieParticipant
All my life I’ve been constipated and then about 7 years ago, shortly after my second child was born, I started having diarrhea and severe abdominal pain for a few weeks before trying to eliminate wheat – my brother had issues with wheat, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have thought of it. Anyway, the pain and diarrhea immediately went away when I didn’t eat gluten from wheat, but then my son had his birthday about a week after going off wheat. I served pizza and cake and decide to eat some – the symptoms came back. Ever since then, I have mostly been off wheat. There have been accidents – always followed by diarrhea, pain and lately hair loss and severe rashes.
Since going gluten-free, I have always eaten other grains widely accepted as gluten-free except for about 5 months of going nearly paleo. Other than that and a brief stint with mostly being a vegan (still ate animal products once a week) for about 3 months, I have not really restricted my diet. People ask me if going gluten free has really changed how I physically feel – my answer is no. Other than the few weeks I had severe pain and diarrhea, I feel no better or worse now eating gluten-free than when I freely ate wheat and barley (never liked rye).
My current health is ok. Things I suffer from usually are low energy, brain fog and mild to moderate depression. I’m 47 and weigh about 110, height 5’3″. According to your definition – I have chronic constipation which most of the time it doesn’t seem to bother me, but when severe it does – wakes me up and hurts. When I was younger, I was slightly over-weight and until recently, acne and insomnia were big problems. For the past year I haven’t exercised much but for the last 3 months I have been lifting 3 times a week for about 30 minutes at a time. I feel it has benefited my physique and endurance when hiking for pleasure. My history with exercise has ranged between nothing to moderate to somewhat extreme (for about 2 years I did 90 minutes of cardio a day with weight training 3 times a week).
I am very new to this site and have not read any of the books – even though they don’t cost much, I can’t afford them till next month…. But from what I’ve read here, I’m confused if there really are people who absolutely can not have wheat (and also rye and barley). Or if diet is improved upon via refeeding, and raising one’s metabolism etc.. is it possible for anyone who has had bad symptoms from eating wheat to be able to eat it again?
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