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Is this meal plan sufficient enough?

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I took these foods from the elimination diet food list. I’m pretty sure I have food intolerances at the very least since I have many symptoms and food allergies and celiac disease run in my family.

Breakfast- kale, banana, coconut milk, blueberry smoothie

Lunch- avocado and black beans

Dinner- organic chicken breasts, brown rice, cauliflower, asparagus

Snacks- quinoa

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I think I would potentially be hungry on this - do you have any other snacks or side dish ideas, for if this doesn't quite fill you?

What intolerance diet are you following?

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

Well it adds up to over 1800 calories so it should be filling enough. I just took a list of foods from the elimination diet list.

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to healthiskey

That doesn't sound too bad :) I would definitely recommend keeping snacks available (frozen berries, carrot sticks, nakd bars/energy balls, olives) just in case, but it depends what meets your food list.

Is it the low FODMAP foods you're aiming for? I have previously done an autoimmune protocol/whole 30 intolerance diet, and can dig out some of my trusty favourites from that, if it might help you?

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to Cooper27

I've also just noticed you mention coeliac disease runs in your family - please make sure you're tested for this before you remove gluten from your diet, as once you cut it out, it becomes impossible to reintroduce to get tested at a later date.

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

Why does it become impossible to reintroduce? I will get tested before I start the diet. What all tests should I ask for from my doctor? My symptoms are anemic-like symptoms (my skin gets very pale and greyish looking), dizziness, brain fog, joint issues, weak immune system, restless leg syndrome, puffiness, bloatedness, fatigue, gassy, etc

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My partner has coeliac disease, and your list of symptoms - even down to the restless leg syndrome - are mirror for his, so you should definitely be tested. Doctors seem to expect textbook IBS and weight loss, but that means they often miss diagnosing people early enough.

Once a coeliac removes gluten, they tend to get a really strong reaction when they eat any again - far worse than before they removed it. If you remove gluten now, and wish to be tested in the future, you'd have to reintroduce gluten for at least 6 weeks before you could be tested. Most find the symptoms too painful, and give up (for many it would be like deliberately giving yourself the worst food poisoning , for 6 weeks).

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

My dad has celiac and his main symptoms are throwing up or diareha which i dont get after eating gluten so thats why i always thought i don't have celiac disease but maybe just a gluten intolerance.

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to healthiskey

People don't react as strongly to gluten before they cut it out, as they would if they ate some after cutting it out. Your dad might have had quite mild symptoms before he was diagnosed. Do still get tested, as it's better to know. Because your dad has it, you have a 1:10 chance of also having it.

It's just a blood test you need, your doctor should know which one when you go in. You may need a biopsy following the result of the blood test, but blood test comes first.

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

I also get sick a lot too. I’ve been sick like 7 times in the last several months. I’m currently feeling slightly feverish now as well and have a slightly sore throat and sinus problems. This is a common occurrence with me also.

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

I just talked to my doctor and it’s a bit complicated because I also suffer from mental health issues and I’m under the care of the mental health team. She also stated that I had been tested for celiac before which was like 4 years ago but I don’t think I was eating much gluten around that time when I was tested. It’s all very frustrating and I feel like I won’t get to the bottom of it. She said she will do bloods next week though.

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to healthiskey

I'm glad she's going to test :)

Worst case scenario, it comes back negative and you go ahead with your intolerance diet anyway, but this way you won't be left wondering (if you do turn out to react to gluten).

Unfortunately it's hard, because so many of your symptoms can be related to so many conditions - diabetes, thyroid, coeliac etc. It's worth having a think about family history to see if it narrows down anything else.

Do give us an update when your results come back,I'm happy to dig out some tasty intolerance-diet friendly recipes, but wouldn't want to send them too soon if you're getting tested.

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

I have a feeling it’s going to come back negative even though I am experiencing intense debilitating symptoms and my face changes on a weekly basis due to whatever is going on. One minute my face looks like a moon and the next it looks normal.

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to healthiskey

That must be really frustrating. You maybe are coeliac, but with an IGG deficiency, which means you wouldn't ever have high antibodies. Your doctor can also test for that too, if you wanted to check.

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

Yes I’m getting my bloods done on Tuesday so should I write down a list of tests I want done and bring it to the nurses on Tuesday?

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Cooper27Administrator in reply to healthiskey

You could possibly take this one along with you, it explains all the tests you'd need:

coeliac.org.uk/healthcare-p...

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healthiskey in reply to Cooper27

I could find other snacks to add if it doesn’t fill me though or just increase the portion size.

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