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#2374236 How To Make Your Diet Gluten Free

Posted by SweetJade1980 on 08 August 2008 - 11:24 PM

How to Make Your Diet Gluten Free
by MIHealthCoach

What gluten is, why people should avoid it, and how to avoid it.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need
  • a list of gluten containing foods
  • a list of non-gluten foods
  • this article

  1. Step One - Gluten is the protein part of wheat, spelt, rye, barley, most oats, and other related grains. Gluten intolerance is the inability to digest or break down gluten. This condition can range from a mild sensitivity to full blown celiac disease. The skin disorder called dermatitis herpetiformis, which causes a chronic itchy rash of bumps and blisters, is also linked to gluten allergies. The gluten-free diet must be strictly followed by sufferers of celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.
  2. Step Two - Around ½% of the world's population is Celiac. This means ~1 in 200 people. Some people are not celiac, but have intolerance to gluten. Some studies show gluten intolerance to be around 30 times more prevalent than celiac disease. Up to 15% of people or 1 in 7 are gluten sensitive and suffer the same symptoms. These are people who test negative or inconclusive for celiac disease. They are known as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS). Symptoms include gastro-intestinal issues, headaches, mouth ulcers, weight gain or weight loss, poor immunity to disease, and skin problems like dermatitis and eczema.
  3. Step Three - According to some celiac specialist researchers, everyone has some reaction to gluten, but non-celiacs recover quickly. Many people report feeling better on a gluten free diet. Many studies have found that a gluten free diet significantly decreases allergy symptoms among children. Some medical practitioners believe that gluten-free diets benefit other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ADD/ADHD, autism, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, thyroid disease and other autoimmune disorders.
  4. Step Four - Sticking to a gluten-free diet is not easy. Grains are used in many foods, especially processed foods, which everyone should avoid despite gluten intolerances. It is often difficult to determine by an ingredient’s name what may be in it, so it is easy to eat gluten despite the best of intentions. Gluten is used in unexpected ways, so be wary of the following:
  5. Step Five - Stabilizing agents or thickeners in foods
  6. Step Six - Over-the-counter or prescription medications
  7. Step Seven - Vitamins
  8. 8Step Eight - Cosmetics such as lipstick
  9. 9Step NineLip balm, and chapsticks may contain gluten.

Overall Tips & Warnings
  • Be cautious of shredded cheese as well, it's often tossed with a little flour to keep the cheese from sticking together.
  • A diagnosis of celiac disease, or even gluten intolerance, requires careful changes in your routine, but you can still live your life.
  • Many of the diet guidelines are ones that everyone should adhere to for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Sticking to a diet of whole, fresh, unprocessed foods eliminates any worry about confusing and hidden ingredients and offers a healthy way of life.


#1143743 read this: Overeating causes acne

Posted by SweetJade1980 on 24 May 2006 - 01:00 AM

QUOTE(T∑PLØ @ May 24 2006, 12:13 AM) View Post

here's how I came up with this theory in the first place:

I started taking lots of psyllium fiber, thinking that it's good for lowering blood sugar. Then I started getting terrible breakouts, while I didn't change my healthy diet at all, besides adding the fiber. So I thought that it was really strange that fiber broke me out. Then I found an article which made the case that eating too much of anything will break you out - it doesn't have to necessarily be carbs, or protein, but even too much fiber can break you out. It's the only answer I coud come up with.

What if you were allergic to that type of psyllium?  Was it pure psyllium or mixed with sugar?  Could it possibly have pesticides?  Or maybe your body just doesn't don't like psyllium.

Also....perhaps it was causing a slight detox reaction since it can be used in intestinal cleansings (by brushing off sticky gunk attached to instestinal wall).     wink.gif

Now, to clarify myself a bit more, for those interested.....I do not consider overeating the same as eating past your "sensitivity threshold" point.

Meaning, some of us are more or less sensitive to certain foods.  Some of us are capable of eating added sugar....up to a certain amount.  Others of us can't have ANY added sugar.

I don't consider this to be called overeating, though I guess some may think so.  

I consider this to be a form of eating more than your body can tolerate....this would have nothing to do with energy, or calories rather.

Now to continue, the difference between underweight and overweight (both can get acne) has once again to do with genetics. Unfortunately, I'm in a bit of a rush so here's some food for thought:

Insulin resistance is the new buzz term in diabetes and obesity, it is also becoming very common in fertility circles too. But the name is a bit of a problem because the issue with insulin resistance has little to do with
Let me explain.

When you eat, food is converted to glucose or blood sugar. This is the fuel for the muscle cells and the brain. It can be dangerous if levels of glucose get too high thus an intricate system exists to ensure that any excess can quickly be sent to the muscles cells. But here is where things can go wrong. Insulin signals to the muscle cell that there is glucose ready for delivery. A glucose transporter, Glut4, moves from the centre of the muscle cell to pick up the glucose for transport across the cell membrane. The real problem is that Glut4 can be destroyed by a product of inflammation, TNF alpha. If TNF alpha destroys the Glut4, the glucose remains in the bloodstream. This cannot be tolerated so the glucose is sent to the fat cells. By the way, the TNF alpha also destroys the mechanism that allows insulin to signal the Glut4 as well. Having failed in its primary task, more insulin will be created to try to alleviate the situation but without Glut4 this is impossible.

Without access to glucose, the muscle cell will try to call on fat, converted to free fatty acids, as an alternative fuel. Free fatty acids are transported to to the muscles cells using LPL (lipo protein lipase) but this too is destroyed by TNFalpha. Now the muscle cell is in a really bad way. You will notice the difference because you will feel constantly hungry but have virtually no energy. (This, by the way, is the real cause of excess weight - eating too much and exercising too little are the results of excess weight, not the cause).

Just to add a twist to the tail, TNF alpha is not only generated by inflammation but by fat cells, too. As a consequence, things go from bad to worse. Cutting back on food does not really help because it cannot stop the inflammation thus the Glut4 is still inactive.

A New Dawn will show you exactly how to get rid of insulin resistance once and for all by attacking the cause of the inflammation. Once inflammation is controlled, TNF alpha levels fall and Glut4 returns to life (as does the LPL).

Metformin is totally unnecessary - leave aside the small possibility of lactic acidosis an a string of lesser side effects - insulin resistance is merely the result of inflammation. A New Dawn explains precisely how you can be free of this problem in a few short weeks.

When you order A New Dawn, you will receive a copy of The Insulin Time-bomb. The second title deals with excess weight and insulin resistance in great detail. At last. the mystery of excess weight is dispelled once and for all. Losing weight has nothing to do with calorie consumption, sugar, carbohydrates or protein - it has everything to do with chronic inflammation.

So this is a summary of what's in his book, The Insulin Time Bomb...backed by over a hundered journal abstracts.  Bascially what I got out of the above is that if you have Metabolic Dysregulation or at least Insulin Resistance, than you are suffering from chronic inflammation.  This form of chronic inflammation is PREVENTING us from using our energy sources effectively!  So we can eat a lot or a little, it doesn't matter because as long as the inflammation exists we will suffer from poor glucose metabolism.  Along with this, we will suffer other metabolic defects as well.  These defects will vary based on our genetic propensities for a given disease.

Furthermore, regarding the desire or action to eat lots and lots of food for some people that are overweight or underweight.....Leptin is a hormone that is in charge of feeling satieted after consuming a meal and yet....it's presence is also decreased in Insulin Resistant states.  In fact, there's a book out talking all about Leptin Resistance and how this is the cause for..Diabesity  (think that's the name of the book), Diabetes + Obesity!  http://www.ncbi.nlm....4&dopt=Abstract  (or you could be Leptin Resistant in the way that you are Insulin Resistant....producing lots of it, but the body isn't responding to it)

What if some people overeat because their bodies aren't fully utilizing the energy that it's giving it and since it's also not able to fully realize that it's been given all the nutritonal building blocks it needs, the body keeps saying to feed it more???

So, perhaps what makes the underweight different from the overweight when they both suffer from the same disease...acne, diabetes, insulin resistance etc...is that those that are overweight have lower Leptin levels and lower LPL as mentioned above (along with some other regulatory hormones)???

Oh and for those of us with a "fast metabolism" instead of letting our fat sit around and accumulate....we turned this fat into cholesterol to produce hormones and also into more inflammatory products... a perfect state to initiate the development of acne...an inflammatory skin disease eusa_think.gif

Another thing....There are several forms of Insulin Resistance....but:

Type A Insulin Resistance - known for having trouble building muscle (guess this can also apply to gaining weight), inducing hyperandrogenism, and acanthosis nigricans and yet...can also have a muscular build (probably due to the excess androgens).  This form is said to be more common in females...but perhaps those statistics have changed.

Oh this seems to support that:


Type A Insulin Resistance describes a group of patients with severe insulin resistance.  It was originally described in women presenting with hirsutism and oligomenorrhoea, but it is also found in men who remain asymptomatic until they develop impaired glucose tolerance. http://www.projects....types/typea.htm

Type A syndrome
Patients are usually tall and have features of hirsutism and abnormalities of the female reproductive tract related to hyperandrogenism (eg, PCOD).

The patient may have either a thin or a muscular body build.

Acral enlargement, a form of pseudoacromegaly, is not uncommon.

Please note, the author of the above article and books leads to the cause of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases, such as Insulin Resistance, Diabetes Type II, Obesity etc as...having a Intestinal Hyperpermeability (Leaky Gut) and Chronic Immune System Activation, induced by foreign particles entering the blood stream....specific foods.  Once again....these foods will vary depending on the individual.

Anyway those are some things to think about.

Hope I didn't offend anyone.  eusa_pray.gif

#1143678 read this: Overeating causes acne

Posted by SweetJade1980 on 23 May 2006 - 11:47 PM

QUOTE(T∑PLØ @ May 23 2006, 08:37 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Elephant Max @ May 23 2006, 03:32 PM) View Post

this whole thread truly is hilarious, please continue.

what's also hilarious is that after a few days of eating correctly, my acne disappears, but if I eat a few slices of pizza or some rice, I get cysts.

I luv you guys I truly do.  We are this semi-dysfunctional family thanks to a few black sheep, but for the most part we are all here with the best of intentions and for the same reason and that's what counts!  That being said, while I believe that we should "never say never" about treatments on this board.....I've sorta gotta call this one.

First of all, Fat contains more than double the amount of energy as does Protein or Carbohydrates.  So if it was all up to energy, than fat would be a major issue.   Then again, we, in the United States, are a society that is more heavily carbohydrate based, with a greater emphasis on refined grain consumption, in which case the sheer amount of carbohydrates in the form of energy would surpass what amount of energy we obtain from fats.

Yet if you look at the studies, it implicates ALL of these building blocks!  There is no "safe" category here because there are unfavorable fats, unfavorable carbohydrates, and not some much unfavorable proteins, but these proteins are good at producing allergic/intolerant reactions, anabolic reactions (among other things) that also yield the same result.  

You must go beyond the surface of how this seems and look at specific properties of a certain protein, fat or carbohydrate. You can not lump them all together because each type of building block contains a variety of different proteins or carboydrates or fats with different compositions and resulting physiological effects.   Therefore, just as the clinical studies have done with certain foods, you should be focusing on specific ones, and that is what you will see some members of this board doing (when following elimination or avoidance diets).

I don't really exercise, as much as I hate to admit that, but I KNOW what the studies have shown (for daily vigorous exercise) and I know the results of members on this board that do exercise immediately (w/in 8 hours) after consuming something sweet and they are quite favorable in reducing acne or in more clincial terms, inflammation, insulin spikes, insulin resistance. So YES exercising is always a good thing.  Exercise and the right Diet are the BEST things you can do and studies have shown they can even outway prescription drugs!   For some people with certain persistant symptoms Exercise, Diet, and the Right Supplement(s) (Or Detoxing/Cleansings) could very well be THE perfect regimen.

Yet....Exercising alone....I have my doubts about....when you are as far gone as some of us are.

Again, I've read the studies. Regarding Metabolic/Hormonal Disorders (directly or indirectly) leading to acne....

Exercise alone is NOT more effective than Diet.

Exercise alone is NOT more effective than Prescription Drugs.

Now, that is not to say that we ALL shouldn't exercise moderately to vigorously a minimum of 30 minutes - 1 hour 3x a week!  Gotta plug what I'm learning in school, but also, because that is what the studies have SHOWN to reduce signs & symptoms of Insulin Resistance.   On top of that, at least whenver I do so, I feel stronger, happier, more energetic, and while I haven't done so enough to note how it affects my last 1% of acne, it does give me more glowing skin!  So while I definately think that exercising may be enough to help people eliminate that last 1% - 10% of the acne they have.... if they have already crossed the threshold into Insulin Resistance or some other hormonal disorder....I do not think that exercise will be enough based on what myself and others have experienced, along with what the studies are currently showing.


Before you all start jumping on me like I'm a set of monkey bars.....I did not say that there wasn't some sort of issue with energy.  Based on what I've read along with others including my own anecdotal evidence, I just don't think it has to do with simply.....overeating.

Now think about....Insulin Resistance is a part of the Metabolic Syndrome.  These both play a HUGE role in how we utilize the energy sources in our body.  Another word for this problem might be....Metabolic Dysregulation, meaning a malfunction or poor regulation of the body's metabolic processes.  In other words...an imbalance, disorder, etc etc.  Well, that would certainly lead us to our current conundrum:

overweight vs. underweight

what's the difference if we are both (over)eating the same foods???

Hmm...first question....is everyone that is underweight or overweight...overeating?

If they are, is it really due to them overeating.....or overeating the wrong foods?

Of course, is everyone really eating the same foods?

I can kinda sum the above up by saying that not everyone overweight overeats.  Some people eat very little and do exercise and still nothing (more on this later).  Just because there are people with...."fast metabolisms" and "can eat whatever they want", it does NOT mean that they are doing so "whenever they want!"  Whether I overeat or under-eat, it does not matter.

This form of thinking is a major step back, especially if you were to look at all the recent studies.

I can eat quite a bit of gluten-free grain carbohydrates even refined (per my diet below) and not get acne.  I can eat 1 - 3 meals a day or 4 - 5 (if trying to gain weight) with or w/o exercising and there's no difference, but let me put one wrong piece of food in my mouth....no matter how little, and that is all that matters.  Sure, some people can get by following a generalized basic diet....but for others....It IS about what you eat.

In fact both Teplo and Donsball pointed out this very fact!

Specifically, Donsball what type of weight building protein were you consuming in larger than normal quantities (is it the quantity or the protein type?).  

Teplo, I’d hardly call a few slices of pizza overeating, but I guess it depends on how big they are.  biggrin.gif  Yet, what about it simply being the pizza with it’s cheese (milk product), wheat flour, etc on it?  While not acne triggers for everyone, those ingredients definitely are for some of us...including you (dairy and iodine right?).

(more in a bit)