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Welcome to the Weight Watchers who are Gluten Free Community! [Sep. 7th, 2006|12:29 pm]
Weight Watchers who are Gluten Free

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Welcome! This is my first attempt at creating and maintaining a community. I've been trying to find resources for those of us who need to follow a gluten-free diet and are on Weight Watchers--and it's hard.I thought I'd start this community and see what happens with it. Do you have the points figured out on a favorite recipe? Have you cross-referenced the gluten-free items on restaurant menus with WW points? Both diets are hard to follow, but trying to do both at once generally makes me feel even more deprived. Let's share tips and ideas and help each other along our ways.
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[User Picture]From: simsabalim
2006-09-12 06:28 am (UTC)
I have recently been diagnosed with celiac disease (positive blood test in March, and positive biopsy in August), and am still discovering the gluten-free diet.

I am one of those unlucky celiacs who actually gain weight when on a gluten diet. I'm hoping that, once my guts recover, I'll lose some pounds. I'm also going to join Weight Watchers in the near future.

I'm hoping to exchange recipes and tips, and finally get healthy.
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[User Picture]From: catgeek
2006-09-12 10:56 am (UTC)
Welcome! Glad you found us (me :-)). I've known I've been celiac for 5 years now, and yes, that first year was especially tough. Please don't beat yourself yourself up about gaining weight--many of us do. Our bodies are finally able to extract all the nutrition from the foods we eat and our weight goes up. Besides, perhaps you've already noticed that the most specialty products out there for us are baked goods with little, if any, fiber. I certainly loved to eat those Kinnikinnick doughnuts for breakfast (or snacks), and I recently checked points on them and found they had 6 (cinnamon sugar) and 4 (maple glazed) points each, and I was eating 2 (or 3 or 4) at a time.

I reached my highest weight ever this past year and knew I needed to do something. My partner and I joined WW in March and have been losing ever since. The hardest part for me is feeling I'm being deprived of something. I already have a hard time in the grocery store because of the celiac, and now there are tons of other things I shouldn't eat because they're too high in points. Some days it's all I can do to drag myself through the store and buy good-for-me foods.

But I've lost about 45 pounds so far and feel healthier than I have in years. It's definitely worth it, and it definitely works.

I don't know how many specific questions I can answer, but I hope more people will find us and join in. The only other resource I've found for celiac WW has been a Yahoo group, but it's pretty quiet lately. Otherwise, everything else is either WW -or- GF with only accidental intersection.

But two of us can make a community. :-) So I guess we'll just talk between us until more people show up.

BTW, I like your icon. :-)
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[User Picture]From: simsabalim
2006-09-12 06:42 pm (UTC)
Well, actually, I was gaining weight on the gluten diet before I was diagnosed. Most undiagnosed celiacs are underweight, but a smaller percentage have no change, or are overweight. So I'm hoping that I'll lose weight now that I'm on a gluten-free diet.

Here Joseph Murray MD, PhD (summarised by Jim Lyles) describes the widening spectrum of celiac disease. He talks about some of the more atypical symptoms that may not be recognised as celiac.

If you look at the last paragraph in the Clinical Presentation section, Dr. Murray says that "the presence of obesity... does not discount the possibility of celiac disease".

The real kicker is that I had joined Weight Watchers, lost a lot of weight (I felt great!), then immediately started gaining again. A couple years later I was diagnosed. I'm pretty sure that a gluten diet and weight gain are connected for me.

Changing to the GF diet hasn't actually been that bad. We never ate much pre-prepared food to begin with, and I have never liked baked goods (bread, cakes, cookies, what-have-you). I think I was unconsciously avoiding gluten foods. I've actually been having fun with new flours, grains, and recipes!

I was hoping to find some group for both WW and GF, so even if it's just two of us, it's still better than nothing! Good idea to start a community.

I like your icon too. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: jellzz
2006-09-19 02:10 am (UTC)
Can we make it 3? I am gluten intolerant (for about a year) and whilst I am not sticking to Weight Watchers, I am a weight watcher :D
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[User Picture]From: catgeek
2006-09-19 12:30 pm (UTC)
Of course, you're welcome here! I'm afraid I'm doing a lousy job at promoting this community, but I figure, sooner or later, those who want to be here will find us. :-) In the meantime, we can try to get something going here.


BTW, I love your icon! May I steal it?
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[User Picture]From: jellzz
2006-09-20 05:01 am (UTC)
I found it! I do a half regular search for gluten in the interests of communities. It is always interesting to hear how other people cope etc.

As for the icon.. go for it!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-23 04:09 pm (UTC)

gluten free and ww

i have been struggling trying to lose weight on ww although i have lost 24 lbs years ago before gluten free. every other week i gain .2 or .6 then lose .2. i have no idea what to eat anymore and i keep eating the same things. i need help!!
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[User Picture]From: jellzz
2010-05-24 12:36 am (UTC)

Re: gluten free and ww

What sort of things have you been eating?

I've found cutting out most carbs has helped me a lot but everyone is different.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-24 01:56 am (UTC)

Re: gluten free and ww

i eat cereal for breakfast baby bel cheese for snack yogurt and some peanut butter and meat and veggies for dinner or cereal. oh and an orange and weight watcher fudgicle
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-25 12:01 am (UTC)

Re: gluten free and ww

i dont even go over my points
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[User Picture]From: jellzz
2010-05-25 11:16 am (UTC)

Re: gluten free and ww

You might be eating the wrong combo of carbs/fats/proteins for your body. I've had to change mine and eat more good fats, less carbs and more proteins. Also make sure you are eating enough and you didn't say anything about eating lunch?

I found this an interesting read and learning about blood sugar and how carbs affect them.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1240357/The-metabolism-miracle-The-revolutionary-diet-help-stay-slim-forever.html
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