What to avoid - apart from the obvious ;)

Being new to this game... Has anyone got suggestions for what to avoid while our poor guts (hopefully) heal?

Lactose I know about (tips of villi damage etc). Does anyone know if high fat is difficult for us? I had a (tho I say it myself) glorious chicken stew yesterday but didn't remove any of the fat and feel I'm paying the price this morning (or am I just looking for answers where there are none? 😄)

Any tips gratefully received.


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  • Are you sure it wasn't the stock cubes or gravy?

  • Hi RB. Pretty sure - Kallo cubes (gf) and just cornflour for gravy (assume that's safe -are there CC issues with cornflour?) X

  • Cornflour is high Gi that will spike insulin/IGF-1 causing inflammation.

    You have to find what your triggers are. Lean protein needs to be eaten with natural fat for instance, because when the liver processes lean protein it is the fastest way to deplete it of vitamin A, which then leads to sickness, vomiting and other health issues. Try this gapsdiet.com/gaps-introduct... and phcuk.org/

  • Hi Tilly

    Coeliacs can have problems digesting fat, but I wouldn't consider chicken to be a high fat food(?). It can take a while to work out what your body can and can't cope with.

    If your digestion has been damaged by gluten over several years you may need to go back to very plain 'basic' foods for a while. Chicken soup/ stew is a great food, but perhaps try it without stock cubes or cornflour. There may be no problem with CC, but they are something you could do without. Perhaps have a look at 'mirepoix' which can be the basis of a lot of dishes.

    If you feel that animal fat is a real problem, make sure you are having something like olive oil, or take some Omega 3 capsules. Essential fatty acids are vital for health. You could also have a look at probiotic and prebiotic foods to help re-establish some healthy gut flora.

    Unfortunately it can take a while to sort things out!

  • thanks both - I did boil the carcass with the skin etc for the stock, so there looked like a lot of fat on the top of the stew (i would agree with you tho Penel, i don't think of it has high fat normally). And did I mention the GF dumplings laden with butter? No, thought not. :D

    I will take the advice and go very plain for a few days - thanks again.

  • Avoid too much fat but look at high protein foods and drinks, nuts,guiness,orange juice as high iron supplements as often the aneamenia creeps in too. Red meats and fish are good also spinach and rocket. I found that my sugars and chloestrol shot up so watch fats. Memory problems can alao be low calcium levels so again look at foods with calcium benefits or look at calcicium supplements get you levels checked as defo affect the brain functioning.

  • Guiness is brewed from barley, so not gluten free just wheat free.

  • Well my gastroentroentrolohist told me to drink guiness so thats a worry then as shes head of thr dept where i go formy ceoliacs disease thanks for letting me no

  • Perhaps she knows something we don't?

  • Well im goin to ask that as its a worry i bought some guiness as she advised it not good thinking

  • I'd be intrigued to hear what she has to say (eternal optimist and all that...)

  • I've had no problems with fat but I guess it depends on the extent of the damage. I've never had heartburn in my life but now lots of things set my tummy off 😁

  • Daisymay06 Guiness??? Really??? You have raised my hopes here, please don't cruelly dash them anyone :D And really useful to know about calcium (i have a vague memory that that needs to be taken at a different time to thyroxine which I'm on)

    Tomo22 Me neither with heartburn, hope i haven't that joy to come - poor you.

  • Bad luck on the Guiness, it's brewed from barley.

  • Sob 😢

  • What a shame hey

  • Highly unlikely to be animal fat, but I am no dietician. The chicken may have been fed on something reactive, which is stored in the fat.

    Each of us has a unique diet.

    Also the chicken may have been basted (coated) in something. Be aware GF does not mean completely free, but tiny barely measurable amounts. So GF dumplings are a cause for concern.

    Two to watch out for. Caramel and cooking oil. What was the caramel derived from? Does Caramel have an E number to hide it?

    Cooking oil is a blend of oils. Often recycled. Test which are safe for you.

    Some people react to cornflour, many do not.

    Too many foodstuffs in that meal to say which is causing problems. Could be indigestion only.

  • trust me it's not indigestion :D (you don't want the details...). But useful info thanks - cooking oil should be fine (olive oil) and pretty sure no caramel - the dumplings were home made but admittedly with GF flour (3 sorts of flour and x gum). But you are right - the stock and the dumplings make this a less than simple one to analyse. But damn it was good (tho not worth the result). I am sticking to plainer cooking now...

  • X gum can be a problem for some. It can act as a laxative.

  • the British Dietetic Association have some really good and useful pdf leaflets on calcium and other elements. They explain how much we need, what each food contains and useful dietary sources.

    very helpful advice for us none dairy eaters/drinkers :)

  • Are you avoiding lactose because you are intolerant? The reason adults still consume milk is because it is an easily protein. Lactose intolerance symptoms are belching, smelly wind and smelly stools.

    Do you need to avoid fats? I lost so much weight as a coeliac that my consultant suggested I up the fat. If you have problems with fat digestion, fatty stools then consider a gall bladder disorder (common in coeliacs).

    How to get through? - consider breaking meals up into smaller ones so you don't put a strain on your digestion. It's why they tell us to have snacks (unlike the remainder of the population).

  • hi Jacks, Thanks for this. I've been avoiding lactose only because my guts are still fairly rough (mainly D) as I'm in the early stages of hopefully healing post-coeliac diagnosis, and had read that damaged villi made for lactose intolerance. It's not hard for me (as don't each much dairy anyway), so thought I might as well. I definitely don't want to avoid fats, was just trying to work out (foolishly probably given that particular meal :D) what was causing the problem.

    However, things do seem to be slowly, slowly, slightly improving (don't want to tempt fate...). Cutting out anything at all that isn't an individual ingredient (stock cubes, GF flour) seems to be doing the trick.

    But a really good reminder about the snacks rather than large meal - i had completely forgotten that, but definitely think it makes a difference for me and I've rather slipped on it again.

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