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Tummy Troubles? Could Be Gluten

Gluten is in everything. From bread, to pasta, to cookies, to crackers, and even soy sauce - it's hard to get away from it.

Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, oats, and barley. Some people are born with a genetic disorder called Celiac disease (CD), and eating anything with gluten in it can cause major bodily problems.

The thing about CD is that you won't necessarily have symptoms starting at birth. It can be triggered by emotional events, like going away to college, or physical changes like pregnancy or puberty.

Well, whatever sets it off, there is no cure. In order to avoid knife stabbing stomach cramps and other tummy troubles (use your imagination on this one), a person with CD has to steer clear of anything containing those offensive glutinous grains.

If you think you might have CD, talk to your doctor about getting screened for the condition.

Fit's Tips: If you or someone you know is looking for great info on CD, I learned so much from this book. The author's down-to-earth attitude and sense of humor make an otherwise traumatic disease, much easier to live with.

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Ashybaylor Ashybaylor 8 years
Daisy, it isn't about weight.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
I am glad I eat healthy. I have never had a weight problem.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
fintess girl that is too funny. speacial homemade cookies for him.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
Well he didn't know it was from me but he prob guessed...
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Damn fitnessgirl - that's harsh. Did he say anything?
DStirk DStirk 9 years
i dated someone once who had celiac and he turned out to be a jerk and just stopped calling me out of the blue so i sent him a goody basket full of wheaty food i know he loves but can't eat...
daltan daltan 9 years
I know some people with celiac disease and it's not easy, but new recipes are always great!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
There are some amazing gluten-free alternatives, so if you can't eat gluten, it doesn't mean you can't eat the foods you love. Check out this magazine called Living Without. It's got great gluten-free recipes, plus articles on how to eat out.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Yes Miss Matilda, my mom has Celiac's too. It emerged about 6 years ago, and at first she didn't want to give it up (she looooves pasta and breadstuff), but then when her asophagus closed up and she couldn't breathe, she decided to take it seriously! Luckily we live in a big city so she can go to tons of places that have food replacements like rice noodles, cookies, and pastas, tamari soy sauces, thai food, etc. Whole Foods has a great gluten-free section. But yeah, sometimes in restaurants they're not too accomodating, and she hates to seem really demanding and picky, but it's not her fault!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I thought I was allergic to gluten and stopped eating it for 7 years. It sucked. No pizza, no birthday cake, no fun. But now, I'm all good. Weird. I really feel for people who can't eat it...
miss-matilda miss-matilda 9 years
YEAH! finally a popular site features celiac! My husband has celiac and people look at him like he has three heads when he mentions it. They act like he is being weird or just being difficult. And if one more person says oh I'd kill myself if I couldn't have (insert food here) I'll shoot someone!!! it is only food people!! I am waiting for a celebrity to come out and admit they have it because you know there are some out there (supposibly emmy rossum and billy bob) and then finally people will accept it! Thank you fitsugar I am VERY proud of you for being on the ball!!!! *miss matilda
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