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Old 08-24-2010, 10:04 AM
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Hubby and I went to the Dr yesterday for a follow up on his blood pressure. First off we found out the specialist lied to us, as my hubby had an ECG done last year and the NP told us his results were normal....well the results they sent our Dr were NOT normal, he has an enlarged heart w/abnormal function in one ventricle. It's not anything to warrant medications or alarm as of yet. He thinks the heart grew to compensate for my hubby's size (he's a big guy probably 200# overweight due to lifelong steroids from asthma. Anyways hubby also asked about his water retention, he has about 10+ # in his left leg that he retains, it's pretty scary. He also has gas/belching all the time now, and irregular bm's, no matter what he eats. So Dr told us he think we need to cut out all grains out of the diet, go on a low carb or mediterranean diet, he said we could have brown rice on occasion but not super often. He thinks the inflammation caused by the grains could be contributing to his weight problem (he has lost 60# this year), he was talking about the grain sensitivity causing inflammation which holds on to the fat etc etc etc. So I have NO clue how to go about this, we just stocked up like last week on pastas, rice a roni's, instant potatoes etc, all things we are not supposed to have any more....doing lots of research on Celiac disease, oh this is going to be an adventure. Now we both love eating meat and veggies so that won't be a problem, just cutting out the grains is going to be hard. Today is my hubby's 40th birthday so this is just such wonderful news. They also took blood (last time they couldn't hit a vein) and we go back next week to discuss the results. He also put my hubby on some supplements Cod Liver Oil (liquid is nasty so we're going to find some pills), Evening Primrose Oil to balance the Omega's, then Alpha Lipoic Acid, Probiotics 2x a day, and chromium picolanate. Our Dr is a Naturopath which I love, he's the best Dr I think I have ever been too...he all but cured my GERD. Anyways does anyone have any suggestions?
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Happy Birthday to your husband!

I was looking to cut down on bread, pasta rice etc and did some research. I'll post a few links I was looking at.

I did find some sites with substitutes and substitute recipes. I know with a Mediterranean diet a big portion is bread, pasta, rice etc. but I guess you could try substituting with beans.

This is actually a really good site. Just found this one now:
http://www.csaceliacs.org/gluten_grains.php
http://www.csaceliacs.org/recipes.php
This one has examples for daily menus and also a section for substitutes- the one I was looking at before:
http://www.grainfreeliving.com/menu

http://www.squidoo.com/lose_weight-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/diets/gluten_free

I never ended up going for it. I love bread and rice so much! I do try to limit how much I eat though. Sorry I cant offer any suggestions.

My grandmother always takes Cod Liver Oil. When I was younger she would take it in liquid form from a spoon- wooo I still remember the smell!
Now she takes the capsules.

Congrats on having such a great doctor. Whenever I'm ill, my doctor just prescribes drugs! I almost never take them though.
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Thank-you! It is going to be hard we both love pasta (spaghetti's one of our staples), rice & potatoes, we do eat a little bread but I'm somewhat sensitive to it (gives me a belly ache) so I don't eat bread that often. Definitely going to be an adventure that's for sure.
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A low carb diet makes me think of the adkins or south beach diet. I have known people who were hugely successful on it and also those who weren't. It's more of a sink or swim diet as there are absolutely NO flour/grains at all. Meat and veggies only. You do add in seeds and nuts later and some berries. It's very hard to stick with, but it can work well for some people. You might do some reading on it and see if you could incorporate some of their strategies/recipes.
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I actually like to have nuts and berries such as blueberries as a snack, they really are very filling.

I do bloat when I have bread and pasta but its definitely a fave of mine too!

What I found interesting with a Mediterranean diet is that there is so little red meat (only a few times per month. I guess you'd have to get your iron and other vitamins from veggies and fish.
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Hi There... I have been having stomach issues the last few years or so and I always thought I was lactose intolerant, but it was suggested to me to go gluten-free and since I started about four weeks ago, things have significantly improved. I will be going to be tested for Celiac's soon, but regardless of whether or not the results are positive, I think I will continue to follow the gluten-free diet because I have felt much better over all since I started. I used to get so easily fatigued and always felt bloating and discomfort and all that has disappeared in the past couple weeks.

It does seem a little daunting at first, but it's really not that bad. I can still eat most of what I had previously and now that this condition is becoming more understood and talked about, a lot of gluten-free food is becoming available. I eat rice cereal for breakfast and/or eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage (most sausage is gluten free), fruit, etc. Lunch seems to be the hardest because I was so used to sandwiches, but now I go for a grilled chicken salad, chef salad, or if I bring left overs from dinner, it could be chicken/beef, rice, vegatables, potatoes, etc. If I am really craving pasta, they have a gluten-free section at my local grocery store that has pasta made from rice flour.. along with crackers and breads made from rice flour, tapioca starch and other wheat substitutes. A lot of products now list whether or not they contain wheat, so I avoid those. If your local grocer doesn't carry those items, a lot of it can be ordered online. It does tend to get a little expensive, so I just try to focus on what I can eat that is readily available.

I also check online before I go to chain restaurants because a lot of their websites will tell you which foods are gluten-free. If not, you can ask when you get there (although a lot of people still don't know much about it, there are some people that do.) Sometimes it's just trial and error. I can usually tell now whether I've accidentally eaten something with gluten in it now and I will try avoid such things in the future.

A kind of funny story is that I was taking an evening class at the local community college and I remember that my stomach would always growl and it was really embarrassing, so I would make a point of eating nothing but bread or pretzels before hand because I figured they were bland and would settle my stomach--little did I know I was making things worse! It's funny to eat a salad with meat and cheese now and be totally fine afterwards after cutting out the croutons and/or bread I always used to eat with it. It wasn't the cheese. Also, it wasn't the ice cream that would bother me, but the cone. It wasn't the milk in my Cheerios, it was the Cheerios, lol. Funny how all the pieces seemed to fit together after I started.

People tell me I look a lot healthier now and I have lost some weight because I can't eat a lot of the cookies, cakes, and breads that had a lot of bad carbs. Don't get me wrong, I do miss them... I just look for alternatives, like the occasional piece of cheesecake minus the crust.

Hope everything works out and you are able to find a diet that helps!
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This - the faq page, is a probably the better place to start -
http://www.healthyurbankitchen.com/FAQ.php

The main site URL
http://www.healthyurbankitchen.com/


I can't speak from experience, but someone I respect recommended this to me.
It's getting some attention, and is supposed to be backed up with a lot of research ( not always the case with such things ).

I'm probably going to buy this as I don't think you can have too much information when it comes to eating simple and clean.

You might read through this, and google some reviews.
I only became aware of it last night.

It seems to be in line with what Joey's Dad was saying.
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We went to the Dr today to talk about Rob's blood test results and the results were not so good....
1- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
2- Fatty Liver Disease
3- Microalbuminuria (early kidney disease/damage) Only showing up in urine right now his BUN/Crea levels were both low or low normal.
4- High Cholesterol not the 'regular kind' but the LDL & HDL are either high/low
5- High Triglycerides
6- Severely Vitamin D Deficient "Critically Low"
7- Heart Attack Risk Extremely High (C Reactive Protein)
8- High Hemoglobin ALC which means his Glucose has been consistently high over the past 3 months.
9- Chronic Inflammation (Elevated WBC but no other CBC levels were elevated)
10- Insulin Resistant

The Dr does think the Fatty Liver Disease, & Kidney Disease, Cholesterol are reversible with dietary changes (that we've already made), and supplements, and medications. Now mind you Rob had previously been going to a different PCP Dr who didn't give a rat's butt about his health, Dr. Jones (Alpine Clinic) has been wonderful....now all the supplements and stuff he wants Rob on are about $300 a month! Eeek! The good news is our insurance covered 100% a great glucose tester, the test strips, the lancets, so that was nice, and the 2 new prescriptions he was put on are on the Walmart $4.00. The Dr seemed most concerned with the EXTREMELY low Vit D (5 normal is 80-100) which puts him extremely high risk for lots of things like Rickets, Cancer and more. The Low Vitamin D explains several of his issues: poor wound healing, increased muscle, joint, back pain, depression, diabetes, allergies, inflammation, high blood pressure, it also puts him at 3x the risk of Multiple Sclerosis. If you haven't ever been tested for Vit D, I would strongly recommend it, I am deficient as well and feel much better since taking it.
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