Dietary requirements: Who knows best? #glutenfree #nutrition

My ‘paleo’ lifestyle is on hold for the moment.  I am trying to follow my nutritionist’s directions and they are more primal than paleo.  I am a bit relieved to have more options, but it’s confusing nonetheless.  On the one hand, I can imagine how the Paleo diet is healing for anybody with human DNA.  All the blogs and Pinterest say so, right?! (Ha ha!). Seriously, though, I have to respect that my nutritionist is qualified and understands how to negotiate to various issues that affect my dietary requirements. 
I am aware that I am not starting with a blank slate but, rather, with a lot of intestinal damage from Celiac disease that went undiagnosed for so long. Not everything is black and white and I have to remain as flexible and optimistic so that I can heal. I am keeping a dietary log and communicating with her so we can figure it all out.
This morning’s breakfast, for example, was a Stonyfield yogurt with raspberries.


My stomach is already making sounds as if there is a whale trapped inside me.  Yikes! I was told Celiac should stay away from dairy the first 6-12 months after going gluten free… we’ll see how this goes!
What has your process been going gluten free? Do you have many options or feel limited? Did you seek advice from a nutritionist?

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3 Replies to “Dietary requirements: Who knows best? #glutenfree #nutrition”

  1. My son was diagnosed with failure to thrive shortly after his 1st birthday. I nursed him until he was 8 months old – within a few months of feeding formula and giving teether biscuits, etc. he stopped gaining weight like he should have. By his second birthday I was desperate to find something he would eat. He had constant alternating constipation and diarrhea, gas, acid reflux, and extreme feeding difficulties, (not to mention seizure disorder, blindness, autism, and hearing impairment.) . Despite constant visits to specialists no one suggested a diet change. I did a google search just trying to decide which baby foods would be best for alternating constipation and diarrhea (search words diet, constipation, diarrhea) and came up with gluten free. Implementing was rather easy at that point since he only ate pediasure (gluten free) and stage 1 & 2 baby food (puree.)
    This reply is getting long so I’ll probably follow up with a post on my blog… but to make a long story short it took several years to confirm my suspicions. My son has genetic markers for IBD and a half-sister recently diagnosed (5 years later) and his father is also suspected of having Celiac – but refused to stay off the gluten free diet long enough to confirm diagnosis because he “felt sick” when he didn’t eat gluten free.) The adults were hardest to adapt to the new diet. It took about 4 years before I found enough gluten free foods and mastered enough gluten free recipes – so not to feel limited. Yes, each family member saw a nutritionist. I wish you the best of luck with your pregnancy and diet! Congratulations 🙂

    1. Good for you for advocating for your son and getting him the nutrition he needs! And way to go for getting everyone to the nutritionist! I look forward to mastering gluten-free recipes and not feeling so limited, myself. Thanks so much!!

      1. I think the key to mastering gluten free recipes is to find the things you like most, crave, and ate often before going gluten free. At first I altered recipes (that doesn’t work as well with baked goods – but works great for soups and most dinner recipes.) Then I bought cook books (only partially helpful because I was focusing on gluten free instead of things my family likes most.) Finally I found a few blogs and cookbooks that suit my taste and now we don’t feel so limited! I sincerely hope it doesn’t take you as long as it took me 🙂

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