419.Gluten Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes part 49

Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Jeremy on 2008-12-20

Just an update. Have went No/Low gluten for 14 days now and swear this has lessoned symptoms by at least half. If not more. Only possible gluten I cn think of that I have had is Maybe if there is any in "carmel color" or heinken beer. Seems there is some debate about heineken beer. It seems to be better than the bud lite though. Not taste wise but my gut wise. As for carmel color.... I haven't had that but once in 14 days. Really think this is working. And am really glad I found this site

Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Jeremy on 2008-12-29

Another update.... Have been living No/low gluten for 20 days now. Everything is going well. ALso been Living spinach/sunflower seed diet for 4 days and things are going great.... down to two BM's today. And last one was actually formed. Let me back up.... I found this site 20 days ago and gave it a try, After 14 days, My symptoms lessoned by half on this gluten free diet. I also found another board, and alot of people on there were tryin this spinach/sunflower seed thing. I figured since neither of those interefered with the gluten free I was trying that I would try both. And I'm not tryin to Highjack this thread or Promote another site. I just am happy that all seems to be working and want to share. I will keep giving updates as I go in case some one else can be helped.

THe spinach/sunflower seed part comes in as.... When flaring you must eat one can of spinach ( about 13 oz ) a day and 4 to 7 handfulls of de-shelled sunflower seeds a day. Am not going to get all technical because its alll out of my league. It has to do with the magniesum and betocaraten in the diet. It all made some sense to me because I used to suffer with severe gout attacks and one of the natural anti inflamitory foods I had heard of was sunflower seeds. I used to eat those exclusively with cherries or cherry juice when having a gout attack. and since they both are inflamitory diseases. it made sense to try it. The spinach has to do with mag and cell to cell communication or some such, this is where I get out of my realm.

All I can say is that this added diet meshes well with the no gluten part I was already doing and it seems to be working wonders. The one thing they did say about the seeds was to make sure you chewed them up REALLY well, that way as to not irritate you colon.

Like I said I'm only on day 4 of the added, no gluten got me half way or better there, this might be what takes me the rest of the way. I will post more as time goes on.

Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from on 2008-12-31

Imagine if you were allergic to poison ivy or poison oak and you rolled around in it daily for most of your life. What would your skin look like? What kind of skin would you have? Bleeding? Extreme pain?

Wheat is a grass. Many of us have allergies to grasses, all kinds of grasses.

Celiac Disease is not the same thing as an allergy to wheat.

I have UC it is actually pan colitis. This means my entire colon is, when in a "flare", inflamed. I lost 75 pounds over the course of 5 months and ended up in a hospital and was there diagnosed.

I was put on asacol 400mg 12 pills a day divided in 3 equal doses. The max allowed per day for this med.

I disliked some of the effects of asacol and eventually developed tinnitus, ringing in the ears. This is common with chemicals derived from salicylic acid like asacol and aspirin. I also thought there could be a "natural" way or a way with less side effects to control this "disease". After extensive research I figured out I was allergic to wheat.

I must point out here that when presented with the idea that this is a chronic, "life long", condition I refused to believe that and wanted to find out all I could about the condition and what I could do to get rid of it.

I have read here in previous posts that "dramatic changes in diet are dangerous" and that "it is a pain to alter ones diet". I know that people are lazy and if you do not have or can tolerate the symptoms , the pain, bloating, bleeding, associated with colitis then I guess you can afford to become complacent.

I have found out that long term exposure to any allergen and continued inflammation, even if it is minor, can lead to other conditions that may be fatal or at the very least disruptive, kind of like colitis.

I think that to eliminate the inflammation in the body, especially if it is caused by an allergen in your food, is extremely important.

I am now pill free. I have not had a flare for about a year. The last flare I had was while I was still on the medication and still eating products of wheat. I know that it is not uncommon for people to have "flare free" times of up to a year or several years. I have medicine ready if I need it.

I think it is important that everyone know that you need to take a controlling and educated roll in your health. Get facts instead of opinions about things. Everyone is different and your dietary needs are not the same as mine or anyone else.

I eat pretty much everything I used to eat minus the wheat. I eat breads and pastas and pancakes and pizzas. I have hamburgers and cookies every once in a while. All without the wheat.

and I seem to be doing fine

Re: 5 month old baby(gluten free: from Maria on 2009-01-03

Hello, I'm going to start feeding my baby solids when he turns 6 month. I've found Gluten free Rice Cereal but I was told to alternate rice cereal and oatmeal. Does anyone know of a gluten free infant oatmeal? Also, baby food jars?? I would like to have him gluten free

Re UK Gluten Free Beer: from Matt on 2009-01-12

You can buy it at many regular liqour stores in the US ask for Redbridge which is actually made by Budweiser and even if they do not carry it in stock they can often order it for you

Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Erica Shecter on 2009-01-17

You guys might try looking into the once-a-day drug Lialda. It's FDA approved in Amierica as of 2007 or 2008 but I don't think it's out in Europe yet. if it works, it improves quality of life a lot. Also consider thorough testing for food allergies

Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Jeremy on 2009-01-23

My doctor just switched me to lialda about a week ago. So far so good. Not sure what is putting me into remission, the drugs or the gluten free or the spinach. Maybe a combo of all three. I am on day 6 of lialda, day 47 of gluten free, and day 33 of added spinach/sunflower. But I am getting better daily and loving it

eating gluten by accident: from Gail on 2009-01-26

I take probiotics to stop a gluten or gluten-like reaction. I get them from any pharmacy here in the U.S., in the vitamin aisle.

I recently discovered that I am having a reaction to soy flour. Taking 1 or 2 probiotics stops the gas formation in short order!

Good luck!

Gluten-free Dairy-free and Soya-free recipes: from Peter on 2009-01-29

Sweet Chestnut Sponge Cake
Gluten-free Dairy-free and Soya-free


1/2 tin of sweet chestnut puree (about 200g)
2 eggs
60ml olive oil
4 oz sugar
2 oz crystallised ginger
6 oz cornflour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat all the ingredients together.
use a deep cake tin.
Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes

Gluten-free Dairy-free and Soya-free recipes: from Peter on 2009-01-29

Almond Sponge Cake
Gluten-free Dairy-free and Soya-free

200 g packet of ground almonds
4 eggs
60 ml olive oil
4 oz sugar
2 oz cornflour
juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat all the ingredients together.
use a deep cake tin.
Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes