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    Old 02-28-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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    Hello everyone,

    for those of you who are on a gluten-free diet, what do you eat for breakfast? It seems like there aren't a whole lot of breakfast foods that are gluten-free..

    thanks!

     
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    Old 02-28-2004, 03:42 PM   #2
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    What is gluten anyway?

     
    Old 02-28-2004, 03:57 PM   #3
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    Fruit is gluten free, and very good for breakfast/morning food! You could try quinoa flakes (they are gluten and wheat free) if your looking for a hot cereal. Or....quinoa flakes with fresh fruit on top

     
    Old 02-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #4
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    I had to totally overhaul my diet, and in order to do that I had to get rid of mental constraints that prevented me from doing so. This included the "breakfast food" "lunch food" and "dinner food" categories...along with "comfort foods" and foods I "liked". I learned to like other foods. That's how I did it. I can't say that anyone else needs to do that, but that would be my advice instead of trying to make any one diet fit your constraints. It is always easier to change yourself.

     
    Old 02-28-2004, 06:58 PM   #5
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    Hello everyone,

    for those of you who are on a gluten-free diet, what do you eat for breakfast? It seems like there aren't a whole lot of breakfast foods that are gluten-free..

    thanks!

    Hey there newbie ;-)

    Actually I have no idea where you are looking because there are PLENTY of Gluten Free Foods..for breakfast. With at least 30% of the population being Gluten Intolerant or Celiac, not counting those allergic to Wheat, you better believe that they want plenty of options =) So, what do you like eating for breakfast? Look for those foods, only as gluten free products. Of course, you can always change yourself to fit the foods, or change the foods to fit the NEW you (I didn't just repeat myself, did I?).

    Um, somewhere on here, I have 2 or 3 lists of Foods that are Gluten Free products. There are dozens upon dozens of Gluten Free Brands. Some are bakeries, pizza shops, and can be found at a physical store, natural/health foods grocery stores, and Online.

    In terms of traditional breakfasts that are bread products, you can have Gluten-Free Bagels, English Muffins, Muffins, Donuts, Pastries, Waffles, Pancakes, Bread (cinnamon toast, banana bread, toast), Cereal, Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, or Crackers. Of course you can always eat Eggs, Bacon/Ham/Sausage/Chicken.., Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds for breakfast. Instead of using Butter or traditional syrups or preserves, you can use almond butter (or other nut butters) or pure maple syrup, or fruit butters. I personally prefer Almond milk over Soy, Rice or Grain Milks. There's other Nut milks as well such as Hazelnut, and there's also potato milk (gotten huge raves).

    I personally preferred the Waffles that were made with Rice, instead of Buckwheat. I adored the Cake Donuts (I don't like traditional cake donuts). I loved the Muffins. I still haven't found a satisfactory bread (dozens of brands and recipes to try though). The cereals are good, but cost more than traditional/commercial cereal. You can buy commercial (or Organic) Rice Crispies, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, but watch the ingredients. Malt is usually listed and this could very well be Barley malt. I found that consuming GF Refined Cereals with Organic Milk gave me earlobe acne. I haven't tried it with the Almond or Potato milks yet so I can't say for certain if it's due to them being refined (or containing barley malt) or if it was just the combo of the Milk.

    HTH =)

     
    Old 02-29-2004, 07:42 AM   #6
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    What is gluten anyway?
    A protein found in grain. A lot of people, mostly white folks, are intolerant to the kind that's in wheat. I've read estimates that as low as 2% and as high as 60% of people are intolerant. Gluten in other things like corn and soy aren't usually a problem.

    When I quit wheat I started out eating eggs and cheese for breakfast. I still eat corn though, and I got sick of eggs, so I mostly have cornflakes these days.
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    Old 02-29-2004, 10:13 AM   #7
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    There really is no REAL advice on what to avoid, people with pimples will tell you to avoid almost everything with dairy, etc, while people that aren't breaking out, well, you noticed how they can eat everything they want and not break out. Do i belive eating right can help, sure. In the end though, just look at what yor body tells you when you eat certain foods. Most people will say eating white rice is bad for you but i've been eating it since i was a kid and thats like 2x/3x a day and i've never had pimples up until my freshman year in college when i broke out and that had more to do with the whole stress and transition i went through from high school into college. I was really swamped that year so i blamed it more on stress. Also can't forget i am diagnosed with situational depressoin and my first time that it hit me really hard was my transition into college. My break out lasted a few months and went away (can't forget to mention how i continued to eat a WHOLE lot of junk food daily, chocolate, candy, cake, pizza, etc) and i cleared up months later. So what can i say, i believe my body isn't regulated by this whole dairy free, etc routine. I believe it cleared up when my depression was more under contorl and i got use to the transition into college. And about 3 years later which is now i got another break out and again I really believe it has to do with all this stress i'm going through my senior year in college and my depressoin rearing its ugly head again. This time though i tried changing my diet but gave up when i went insane trying to avoid almost EVERYTHING. . I realized its doing me more harm than good contemplating everday on what i should and shouldn't be eating. So yes, i'm still eating white rice (at least 2x a day), junk food, candy, dairy, and i can honestly say my face is clearing up really well (knock on wood). I only have 2-3 jaw line pimples, red blemishes (becoming a whole lot less noticeable now, after 4 months) and minor scars due to stupid retin-a. But, i do admit i'm incorporating more veggies and fruits (I try to eat this once or twice a day) into my meal more, but i've been doing this for a year or two now. What i'm getting at is what everyone will tell you, everyone is different, listen to the signals your body sends you. I mean come on, if white rice was so bad as people say, my face would be a war zone with acne, not to mention my families also, since we're Asian and incorporate white rice into our diet daily. Also, i am the only one in my family that actually had/has acne. On a side note, majority of my friends are Asian and eat white rice a lot and none of them even have pimples (as in more than a few, or even a break out before) ; lucky me, only one in the group. Whatever diet you choose though, good luck and have faith in your body.

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    Old 02-29-2004, 12:06 PM   #8
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    LOL, Orange, you bring up something that I've tried to get across to others. Advocates for the healthy approach and nutritionists will say no refined/white rice, etc. because it lacks nutrients and fiber (very important). However, that's usually what I eat and most refined grains are enriched so you aren't missing that many nutrients (and it's better than none). The only times I eat brown rice are if it's in pasta form, rice cakes, or a side dish at the resturant. That's not to say, that one shouldn't eat it, it's just that it's what my mother has always bought and I can't afford to buy everything myself. Which is why it's good if you can get your family to help you out or to change their diets as well (I'm gettin them there).

    Another thing you mentioned is that Asians eat rice, white, etc and no breakouts. Well that could be a genetic reason or because while rice is VERY high on the glycemic scale, especially compared to wheat, it actually produces less of an Insulin Resistance response. There was a study done at Cornell University comparing over 3000 women in China that eat diets of either Semi-Refined Wheat or Semi-Refined Rice. The women eating the wheat, had a much greater rise in Insulin Resistance, a decrease in SHBG (binds free testosterone) among other hormones. [url]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_u ids=8604665&dopt=Abstract[/url] (do search to get more specifics, this leaves stuff out)

    Therefore, I don't focus my diet on the Low Carb approach. While I've discovered that I am sensitive to sugars when my menstrual cycle arises, and I do think that certain types give me the small litle pimples (sugar pimples that go aways quickly), but otherwise, my diet focuses on eliminating foods due to what the do to our Hormones. Yes, coincidentally, it is still a Lower Carbohydrate diet (200g - 300g), but I don't run my life based on some sort of book or scale that tells me how to balance those carbs. I eat tons of sweet stuff, in the form of fruit and no problems. 90% of the time, I eat Corn, Rice, Potato (almost daily) and no problems. All "pure sugar" and starch as they say and yet....not a problem...for me. In fact, when I changed my diet to a GF diet, I increased consumption of these foods!

    This is the Gluten Free Lifestyle. They had to give up Gluten Proteins because of their Insulin Mimicking abilities (acne sufferers), their Autoimmune response abilities, their Intolerant inducing abilities, and what not. Wheat is a top allergen, wheat is a top intolerant food, wheat induces greater Insulin resistance response, so WHY do we eat it????

    Oh I know why, cuz it tastes good. Because Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat contain that sticky gliaden protein, that are the preferred choices over other grains. They make foods rise, soft, fluffy, pliable whether hot or cold. They could have easily overproduced other grains, but they aren't as easy to work with (must add ingredients to make it rise or fluff). When I think about a lot of things that have happened in life, in history, I'm more of an advocate for "just because it's easy, doesn't mean it's right" mentality.

    So the other grains aren't easy to work with, those grains also aren't allergens, except for corn. Since I mentioned corn, this is something that certain Celiacs (gluten interolerent) found that they ALSO had to eliminate to get clear skin. Corn has a Gluten protein also and therefore if follow that gluten is an Insulin Mimicker, then you want to eliminate corn to. That is harder for me, due to where I live, but if I found that correlation I would drop it. Prometheus consumes brown rice, but I don't know how often. Others eliminated grains entirely because they all contain Lectin Proteins, that also act as Insulin Mimickers.

    So, in that respect eliminate what you find neccessary (could take trial and error) to get you clear or 95% or 99%. I'm 99% and it's an amazing feeling, but I don't stress or feel guilty over the aspects that I can't control yet. I won't go broke trying to feed myself perfectly, nor will I starve. Therefore if you want to go gluten free you can do it, there's PLENTY of options and foods available. I may waiver on certain foods that contain H-Oils or some Dairy, but knowing and seeing the results (various changes) due to my diet, I always adhere to my Gluten Free diet 99.999% (resturants may have something in it that I'm unaware of).

    Best of luck

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    Old 02-29-2004, 03:50 PM   #9
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    I've been Gluten-Free for 8 months. It has made no difference in my skin. In fact, my skin has become slightly worse, possibly due to the reduction in fiber that goes along with cutting out wheat and oats. (I can't eat either one.)

    It might be important to also note that wheat problems are almost exclusively found in white people, supposedly because it's a more recent addition to the European diet than to the Asian and African diet. That's the theory, anyway. The point is, if you're not white, cutting out gluten isn't likely to affect you one way or the other. Of course, we're all so mixed now, I don't know how they can even say that definitively.

    Anyway ...

    Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance / Celiac disease: Constant gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, frequent diarrhea. If it goes on too long it can cause dangerous weight loss serious malnutrition. Children who have it frequently die of it once they are weaned - it used to be called "failure to thrive." I don't know what they call it now. It kills by malnutrition.

    Symptoms of wheat allergy: All of the above, plus respiratory problems, swelling, congestion, and all the usual food allergy problems. If it's going to kill you, it would be by anaphylactic shock. (sp?)
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    Old 02-29-2004, 04:10 PM   #10
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    Thats the thing which bugged me, the whole allergic reaction to food or intolerence. I suffer from lactose intolerence which developed I assume since I never really did like cheese, eat dairy (unless you count ice cream or stuff with bread mixed in it like pizza, etc). The first sigsn of me being lactose intolerence had to be around my freshman year in college which was also when i first had my acne breakout which cleared up in about 3-4 months. Not saying this caused my acne break out, just funny how a lot of things happened to me my freshman year in college. My first acne break out, my first real bad depression/stress (which i believe caused my first break out) and my lactose intolerence. Granted i can still eat dairy, etc, just my stomache goes beserk (understatement) on me if i tried to eat cheese or yogurt (guess i'm more sensitive to these). I also noticed my nose tends to get somewhat more stuffed up if i ate dairy (but this has more to do with my vasomotor rhinitis if its acting up or not, totally different story i guess), so i'm thinking my body doesn't agree with dairy to a certain extent. My real thought is on why i wonder if i should avoid dairy products, but from what i noticed, it haven't really been too much of an issue, unless i would have pulled some gluttony move and ate junk food days and weeks striaght, then i'm pretty sure i would have break outs.

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    Old 02-29-2004, 04:17 PM   #11
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    You are free to judge, Orange. I would be concerned since you know and believe you are lactose intolerant, not because of acne, but because this does aversily affect the condition of your bowels and can lead to bigger problems later in life.

     
    Old 02-29-2004, 04:30 PM   #12
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    While I suffer from lactose intolerance, it never did cross my mind as to whether or not i should be concerned. The only thing that bugged me was how it developed out of the blue and how i'm the only one in my family with it. Whether or not i believe certain foods, etc may or may not cause or perpetuate acne, is jsut htat my belief. Everyone is different, and i never have or would tell anyone what food/fruits, etc they should or shouldn't avoid. Nor have i ever judged anyones beliefs/liefstyle when it pertained to their diet.

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    Old 02-29-2004, 04:35 PM   #13
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    All I can say is that I am eternally grateful for those who told me what the problem was and exactly how to correct it.

     
    Old 02-29-2004, 04:41 PM   #14
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    Orange -

    It's your health, but lactose intolerance can be serious, since it can also cause malnourishment and calcium deficiency. It can also be caused BY guten intolerance. It's worth cutting out gluten for a month and seeing how you feel. My doctor said it takes about a month to notice the difference, but I think I was feeling better in less than 3 weeks.

    However, I really don't think this all affects your skin, other than that your overall health affects your skin. My brother is lactose intolerant - the only one in the family, like you - and even though he didn't realize that's what it was until he was almost 30, he never had any acne even when he was a teenager and drank milk all the time. (He didn't realize that his digestive symptoms weren't normal.)
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    Old 02-29-2004, 04:45 PM   #15
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    All I can say is that I am eternally grateful for those who told me what the problem was and exactly how to correct it.
    More power to you, since you found a method that worked. Thats the thing, it helped you and the people that suggested that method. I think its fair to say not eveyrone with acne problems that try that method will see the same result. Everyone is different. I tried that method for about two weeks and almost went insane, no joke . After that, I regressed bavck to my normal mixed food intake of eating anything that i feel like eating, whatever it maybe, all i konw is that daily it did include white rice and dairy, etc. I'm not really breaking out anymore (knock on wood). Heck, i can say i have an almost acne free face (3 tiny pimples by my jaw line) if i didn't have those annoying little red blemishes and litlte scars left behind due to retin-a.

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