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Going Gluten Free

I am in the process of going gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free in order to reduce inflammation in my body. It has always seemed like a herculean task reaching the goal of going gluten free. I have read a number of books and I just finished one of the best and easiest to implement. The book is called, "Serve to Win" by Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic. Why do I like the book?

1) It is the inspirational story of a young boy who grew up in war torn Serbia. The country had no tennis program and he became one of the great tennis players.

2) It contains one of the best and simplest 14 day gluten dairy, and sugar free plan that I have seen.

3) Novak talks about positive thinking, meditation, yoga, jove, joy, happiness, and health. He gives conditioning tips and ways to be mentally and physically strong.

4) Novak quotes Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Novak states, "So as much as you give to people around you, that's how much your soul grows, and how much you grow as a human being".

Peace and health to all my new friends!

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I’ve started going low oxalate in my diet after realizing I was eating what I thought was healthy. High oxalate foods can cause pain and inflammation. No more spinach or nuts for me! It was very interesting to read and learn all about this. Maybe it will help someone else.

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Hi Andilynn,

Thank you for the reply. I will have to look into low oxalate foods. Have you tried doing a gluten free, dairy free, sugar free diet for 3 weeks? I just started this type of diet a little over a week ago and I can really notice the difference. I believe I am thinking more clearly and I don't wake up with the aches and pains I usually have. It is still early and I don't want to declare victory, but I really feel better. I think you should try this low inflammatory diet and if you don't feel better then I would eliminate the high oxalate foods to see if that helps. Please let me know how you make out. Also I am almost finished reading the book "Autoimmune Fix" by DR Tom O'Bryan. Get it from the library. It really make sense.

Good luck!

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Maltipoo, thanks so much for your reply. I have tried going gluten free, dairy and sugar free for months without much success. I do watch my sugar and gluten intake, but have increased my almost non-existent dairy consumption. I did that because calcium is important on a low oxalate diet. I’m not eliminating oxalate, I just took out the major ones I was eating daily. I don’t feel better yet, but I’m still hopeful. It’s only been a week and a half.

I hope you continue to improve. That’s very good news!

Best,

Andrea

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Hi Andrea,

Did you follow any particular book or plan when you went gluten free? Dr O'Bryans book goes into great detail how gluten is hidden in so many things in our life. Foods, medicines, supplements, cleaning products, etc. Even a tiny amount of gluten can trigger inflammation in those people who are sensitive to wheat. Phase 1 of his plan eliminates gluten, dairy, and sugar. For those people who do not get better, he has them go on phase 2 which eliminates all grains, soy, and nightshade vegetables (such as eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes).

If you don't feel better within 2 more weeks, please get O'Bryans book "The Autoimmune Fix" out of the library. Good luck. Please let me know how you make out.

Peace and good health!

Jim

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Interesting- I love spinach and nuts and have been eating more of them thinking these were healthy choices. Your post may make me rethink this decision as I have experienced more pain and swelling of late. Thanks!

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That book sounds interesting - I will have a look for it at the library.

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Hi SharOn,

As I mentioned to Andilynn, please also checkout from the library ( I get ebooks downloaded from the library) " The Autoimmune Fix", (how to stop the hidden autoimmune damage that keeps you sick, fat, and tired before it turns into disease)by Dr Tom O'Bryan. It really spells out how to follow a gluten free, dairy free, sugar free diet for 3 weeks. At the end of 3 weeks you should know if gluten, dairy, or sugar was causing inflammation. He also talks a lot about "leaky gut" and how to heal it. Dr O'Bryan is very well known in the field of functional medicine and he is an expert on gluten. As I stated to Andilynn, I really feel good just being on it a little over 1 week. Please let me know if you read it. Thank you!

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Yes I will try and get hold of it and report back. I have Hashimoto's but it is behaving at the moment. However, it seems to get worse under stress so any info on autoimmune nutrition is welcome. Thanks for the good reading suggestions, Maltipoo

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Hi SharOn,

In January 2017, my daughter was suffering from terrible stomach pain, neck pain, and chronic fatigue. Over the course of 6 months she saw eight doctors at one of the best hospitals in the country here in Boston. They could not find out the cause of her symptoms. It seemed like she was suffering from Hashimoto's, chronic fatigue, lyme, and sjogrens! Thank God we found Dr Terry Wahl's book "The Wahl's Protocol" ( A radical new way to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions using Paleo Principles). Dr Wahl's is a traditionally trained Dr who used functional medicine principles to fight her MS. Please get this book from the library also. If my daughter has any wheat or dairy her thyroid starts to hurt and it takes days to get better. She is doing so much better eliminating wheat (gluten) and dairy. Good luck and God Bless.

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Please let me add to my reply. I would read Dr O'Bryans book first . He had some interesting items on Hashimoto's.

1) People who have sensitivity to gluten who are still eating it are 10 times more likely to have other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto's.

2) 43% of people diagnosed with Hashimoto's also have gluten sensitivity.

3) Dairy consumption is liked to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto's.

4) A sensitivity to chlorine (drinking water, showering, swimming chlorine water) impacts thyroid function dramatically after years of chlorine accumulation.

5) Oats do not contain toxic gluten but there is very likely gluten in them due to cross contamination. Either the fields where they grow are contaminated, the trucks where they are transported are contaminated, or the manufacturing facility are contaminated. He said even some oats marked gluten free were contaminated. He advises Bob's Red Mill, GF Harvest, and Trader Joe's whole grain gluten free rolled oats.

Good luck!

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Have ordered Dr. Wahls and Dr. O'Bryan's books from the library. Glad your daughter is doing better now. Many thanks for the tips.

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Excellent. Please let me know what you think about them when you finish.

Peace and good health!

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