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Hi everyone,<br>
I've been vegetarian for almost 2 years, I'm transitioning to vegan, and I'm about 50% raw. On top of that, I've now decided to go totally gluten-free. My Mom has celiac disease and even though I don't show any symptoms, I know that it is hereditary. As I look more and more into it, I am becoming more convinced that no one should eat wheat gluten. I have heart issues and was just taken off of Lipitor because it really screwed up my liver. I have a terrible time getting my triglycerides under control and I was just told by my nurse that going gluten-free would help with that. Also, I'm diabetic and I struggle to lose weight every day. I know that I will lose easier w/o gluten in my diet.<br><br>
So, is anyone else living like this? Do you have any ideas or advice for me? I've decided that 2012 is my year to finally get my health issues under control and to get rid of this excess weight once-and-for-all.<br><br>
Thanks, Laura <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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I'm not, but I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK GIRL! You can do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> Nothing is so important as the skin you live in, and I love that you're working on making yours healthier. Let us know your progress!
 

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I'm not gluten-free but I heard from other gluten-free vegans that this is a nice website for recipes and info: <a href="http://xgfx.org/" target="_blank">http://xgfx.org/</a>
 

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Thank you so much, Rhys. That is exactly the type of thing I'm looking for. I can't wait to check it out.<br><br>
Laura <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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I'm vegan and gluten free. I have not been diagnosed as a celiac but wheat just gives me terrible bloating (like I've swallowed a beach ball) and tummy trouble. I've been GF for about a year and it is going very well. I still like baked things so I do all my baking with a combination of 2/3 healthy GF whole grain flours (buckwheat, teff and quinoa) plus 1/3 starch (I prefer tapioca but am out so have been using cornstarch) and they come out fine. Last night we had pizza with a homemade crust and it was really tasty. I make awesome GF vegan brownies that are low fat, low sugar, high fibre as they contain dates and black beans(which make them fudgy and you'd never know they were in there.) If you want the recipe just PM me.<br><br>
Ah...I see you are 50% raw---which works well for GF if you have a sweet tooth as raw desserts are good for that as they are often fruit based. As you are diabetic obviously don't go overboard but learning to incorperate other GF grains into your diet (in small doses) is good. You don't want to cut out all carbs as we need them but try out some GF grains like quinoa or millet or buckwheat groats as side dishes to veg and protein.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Yes! *waves*<br>
I'm a raw foodist, though, so it's cake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks, guys. I'm already very familiar with gluten-free cooking and baking as my Mom has been celiac for many years. I'm amazed and joyful how the choices have improved over the years for GF diets. I actually made my Mom GF Twinkies for Christmas and everyone said they tasted exactly like the real thing (not sure how great that is). I also made GF brownies (Bob's Red Mill) which were excellent.<br><br>
Thanks, SG, I do love quinoa and BW groats. My favorite breakfast is Chia Pudding. Have you ever had it? I like to eat different kinds of fruit in it. I just use the chia seeds, almond milk, fruit, and sometimes a small amount of nuts. Delish!<br><br>
Laura<br><br>
BTW, I just ordered the book "Gluten Free Vegan" from Amazon. I can't wait to get it. I'll let you know if it's good. I got it used for only $8.00.
 
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