posted on Jun, 15 2012 @ 08:36 AM
First, I want to state that I haven't read ALL the posts on this thread so forgive me if what I state has been already said.
Secondly, I found out 10 years ago that I have celiac disease/gluten intolerance and have now recently have decided to go vegetarian (didn't eat much
meat to begin with). I still eat organic free range eggs and organic dairy. I doubt I will give those up (LOVE my cheese). So I think I'm pretty
in-line with what you are trying to do in your diet.
If you suspect that you are having issues with gluten, thus why you are now gluten free, as well, it could very well be that even though you are
eating what you need to, your body is not processing it properly. Gluten intolerance causes the stomach to not behave if you eat gluten. The vili in
the intestines are damaged and don't digest the food. I would suggest you take some dietary enzymes. Start slowly because too many too quickly can
cause stomach problems, too.
Make sure you are following a truly gluten free diet. No cross contamination, no tiny piece of a normal cookie...NOTHING. If you have gluten free
bread and want toast, make sure you have a dedicated toaster, etc. Even the slightest bit can make your stomach sick and it takes DAYS for it to
heal, maybe even weeks. I got into gluten accidently several times in a row a few years back and ended up losing 25 lbs and my hair started falling
Before I figured out my gluten problem I was a mess. If I get into it by accident I begin having problems again, some of which include my nails
having ridges (and hair falling out).
Try the enzymes and see if it helps. Otherwise you may want to go to a holistic practioner and get some tests run to see if you can figure out where
you are lacking and get it taken care of.
I APPLAUD your efforts to becoming healthy. Animal products are linked to cancer and all kinds of health problems. Yes, we are animals, and many
animals eat other animals. (someone made a ridiculous comment about if cows were superior they'd be eating US instead....cows don't eat meat!) But
we do NOT NEED to. You can get calcium from sesame seeds (1/4 cup has 35% of recommended calcium), figs, even some leafy greens. Spend some time
researching the vitamins and minerals that are in animal products and figure out non animal alternatives to get what you need. We can find it all in
plant based foods. It just takes some time to figure it out.