Problems While G-free

Hey Everyone,

So I have been gluten-free well over a month. I have been really good with it, but in the end I realize that for me it seems to have been nothing but a burden. I am now constipated all the time. I feel lethargic and I don't have energy. When I ate gluten, especially when I was a swimmer, I felt good all the time but I always had a bit of a bloated stomach with anything I ate and diarhea. I assumed I was gluten-intolerant. Now I don't feel good, no energy, I feel like I am gaining weight no matter how healthy (vegan- veggies, fruit, brown rice, almonds, etc) I eat or how little or how much I eat. I feel terrible. I am really considering eating all whole grains/whole wheat again because I at least had energy and wasn't constipated.

Any suggestions at all would really help me. I am frustrated with how I feel and look.
paws444 paws444
18-21
5 Responses May 20, 2012

My daughter has been gluten free for over a year and I recently became gluten free. The symptoms you describe are common while transitioning. Here's what you can do to fix it.
1) AVOID white rice based products. Many "gluten-free" products are made with white rice which is constipating. Look for brown rice (i.e. whole grain rice) alternatives.
2) EAT gluten-free oatmeal every day. Have a serving for breakfast and you will be become regular.
3) EXPLORE other gluten-free grains. The whole world doesn't eat wheat, barley, or rye. Try pastas and breads made with grains like quinoa.
4) DRINK more water.

Interesting response to the GF diet - goes to show that it isn't for everyone! I remember one time I tried vegetarianism for a month - I am low-energy to begin with, but when I finally gave it up, I barely had enough energy to get out of bed. I guess I need more protein than the average person, and I didn't seem to process plant proteins very well.
Each of us is different - good luck on your new path!

hey thanks for the comment, loveisdeadly! I am actually no longer gluten-free because i don't think gluten is my problem anymore. But i am still vegan and really enjoying it. I do take supplements, but I also get a lot of nutrients from the things I eat, such as my protein. I guess I am not a big believer that we need to eat animals for protein, but of course that is just my theory. thanks for the advice though, and i do love whole foods ;)

I'm a little confused as to why you mentioned eating "vegan" when you're gluten-intolerant. It can be dangerous for gluten-free people to have a vegan lifestyle because you already can't eat half of what their diets consist of, and to top it all off, you're taking away protein as well? I mean you can only get soo much protein from soy products and soy products are hard on our body's ability to process it.<br />
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There are many gluten-free options offered at markets like Whole Foods, & even through online gluten-free companies who ship their products.<br />
I can't exactly give thorough suggestions ba<x>sed on the given info but if you clarify, perhaps I can offer additional info.

I'm a little confused as to why you mentioned eating "vegan" when you're gluten-intolerant. It can be dangerous for gluten-free people to have a vegan lifestyle because you already can't eat half of what their diets consist of, and to top it all off, you're taking away protein as well? I mean you can only get soo much protein from soy products and soy products are hard on our body's ability to process it.<br />
<br />
There are many gluten-free options offered at markets like Whole Foods, & even through online gluten-free companies who ship their products.<br />
I can't exactly give thorough suggestions ba<x>sed on the given info but if you clarify, perhaps I can offer additional info.