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Anyone still here? I just started back on WW to lose some weight - long overdue, had the baby a year and a half ago. I was wondering if anyone else was struggling with it?
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Well, I finally got around to re-joining WW (I had been a member about 5 years ago, before developing, and then being diagnosed with, CD). I've been tempted by the Core Plan, seeing as how a GF diet is largely based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and has almost no pre-prepared foods.

As I was talking to the leader, she told me that nearly all the grains I depend on are either not in the WW book at all, or are not allowed on the Core Plan. Great. Considering how high in fibre and low in fat most of these grains are, I can't understand how they're not allowed.

Also, nuts are not a part of the Core Plan. When I'm in a rush, that's what I grab for a quick snack. Because of the high protein content, it staves off hunger for a long time. However, because of the high calories, I agree that Core Planners shouldn't be able to eat an unlimited amount of nuts. But it could be limited to one meal a day, like whole-wheat pasta and potatoes, and then be included in the Plan.

And dried fruits aren't allowed. I have a lot of recipes, particularly salads and desserts, that use dried fruits. I don't know how dried fruits are different from fresh fruits (unless they have sugar added -- ours don't), and why they aren't allowed.

And the Core Plan doesn't allow vegetable cocktails. We drink the bought stuff, but we're not adverse to making our own in a blender, so there's no added salt or sugar, and no fibre is taken out. She said that's not allowed, even when I clarified that we wouldn't be using a juicer. How is vegetables put through the blender any different from fresh vegetables? Or, even better, how is it different from a vegetable soup, especially gazpacho?

I figure I'm either going to ignore her advice and eat the items that should be included on the Core Plan, or follow the Flex Plan instead. (I just didn't particularly want to count points again.)

I'm feeling very disenchanted with the whole thing, and quite frustrated with WW. Especially with this woman I was talking to.
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[Page: S9256]  GPO's PDF


   Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. NELSON of Nebraska) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

   S. Res. 563

   Whereas celiac disease affects 2,200,000 people in the United States, including 1 in 133 healthy people;

   Whereas celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat,rye, oats, and barley, as well as some medicines and vitamins;

   Whereas exposure to gluten damages the villi of the small intestine, interfering with the absorption of nutrients in food;

   Whereas celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and a malabsorption disease;

   Whereas celiac disease is a genetic disease, with 1 in 22 people having a first-degree relative with celiac disease;

   Whereas the average length of time it takes for a symptomatic person to be diagnosed with celiac disease is 11 years;

   Whereas celiac disease is often misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed due to the fact that symptoms can be attributed to other conditions and many doctors are not very knowledgeable about the disease;

   Whereas, according to a study, 60 percent of children and 41 percent of adults diagnosed with celiac disease were asymptomatic;

   Whereas celiac disease is diagnosed through tests measuring the blood for abnormally high levels of the antibodies of immunoglobulin A,anti-tissue transglutaminase, and IgA anti-endomysium antibodies;

   Whereas celiac disease is treated by following a gluten-free diet;

   Whereas damage to the small intestine leads to an increased risk for malnutrition, anemia, lymphoma and adenocarcinoma, osteoporosis, miscarriage and congenital malformation, and short stature;

   Whereas celiac disease is linked to many autoimmune disorders, including thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, liver disease, collagen vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome;

   Whereas the connection between celiac disease and diet was first established by Dr. Samuel Gee, who was born on September 13, 1839;

   Whereas the Senate is an institution that can raise awareness in the general public and the medical community of celiac disease: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the Senate--

    (1) designates September 13, 2006, as "National Celiac Disease Awareness Day'';

    (2) recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease;

    (3) calls upon the people of the United States to observe the date with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and

   (4) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Celiac Sprue Association, the American Celiac Society, the Celiac Disease Foundation, the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, and the Oklahoma Celiac Support Group.

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  • catgeek

Welcome to the Weight Watchers who are Gluten Free Community!

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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