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#1 Old 08-26-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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Newbie Non-Cook:Gluten and Lactose Free

Hi! a friend of mine pointed out this website after I came back from my first appointment with the digestive health specialist.

I have a lot of health concerns, but recently haven't been able to shake anemia or bowel problems . The digestive specialist feels that I probably have celiac disease and lactose intolerance. I will find out for sure when the labs come back from tests done September 17th.

I've always been meaning to learn how to cook and now it looks like its going to be crucial that I cook and prepare my own foods. I live on a very limited budget. I room with someone and only have $746 to spend each month for rent and all housing and medical and discretionary needs.

My friend suggested that I start with baked potatoes and toppings and beans or lentils because those foods have vary little cost or prep time and have a lot of opportunity for variation. I won't be able to totally eat gluten-free until after the test because if I cut it out before I will test negative even if I actually have the condition. I found this out a few days after my appointment. I felt better when I was trying to not eat any gluten or dairy though right after the appointment. The doctor didn't say to start the gluten-free part yet, I was just over-eager.

I came across a health food store's website displaying an ad for a Celiac support group a little to the north of me. I'm not sure if I want to go even after the test or not though, because I don't like to be out at night and the group ends at 9pm.


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Welcome Istra! I hope you get all your health issues sorted out soon! Sounds awful. There are a few gluten free vegan sites that might be of interest to you for cooking:

http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/
http://www.gluten-free-vegan-girl.com/
http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.co...egetarian.html (this one isn't totally vegetarian but has a vegan/vegetarian section)
http://ohsheglows.com/categories/rec...s/gluten-free/ (not all her recipes are gluten free but many are)

And of course there are some people on this board who are gluten free. I did it for a while to see if it would improve my thyroid function but it made no difference. I was tested for Celiac in 2006 (upper endoscopy with duodenal biopsy) but all was negative. Still, a lot of my favorite dishes are gluten free, such as black bean sweet potato kale curry, or crockpot millet, apples, and cinnamon.

Hope you find lots of support here!

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#3 Old 08-26-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all the support and the links! It will help out greatly! I could tell this was a great site to be part of just from the potato thread my friend sent me!
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