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I've been on a GF diet for 5 months now & it seems each week my stomach expands a bit!! I look pregnant now!! Seriously!!! I don't understand what's going on, I used to get a bit of a pooch if I ate too much or around the time AF but nothing this bad or this constant. It's embarassing (not to mention kind of difficult because we have been TTC #2 for well over a year with no luck so looking this way makes me feel even worse, you know?) Has anyone else had this happen when switching to a GF diet???


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I've gained weight and puffiness at my middle when my digestion has worsened--are there any foods you're eating more of now, or other dietary changes you've made in a similar timeframe?  Gluten doesn't mess with my digestion (and GF didn't improve my digestion) but other things have affected it. 

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Well I'm eating more rice, corn, etc. since going GF. I cut out most (but not all) soy when I went GF as well. My digestion seems basically the same or slightly better but my big huge stomach has different ideas.

 

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You're probably not digesting the other grains well.  I get this when I eat too much of any grain.


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Look at your sugar intake...  If you are eating lots of grains and sweet things your insulin may be working overtime, which tends to gather fat in the middle.  

SUCKS I know, I have to monitor this about myself all the time.  When I keep sugar {of ALL kinds} and grains to a minimum, I feel and look much better.

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I eat very little sugar but I do eat a lot of grains. I don't really ever feel 'full' unless I eat grains so I guess I need to choose between being hungry or being full & having a huge belly?? :(


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Are you eating processed GF foods?  I found when I learned of my gluten intolerance that I leaned on the GF processed garb and really... it is still a processed food = not healthy.  I also found that GF grains were a culprit.  I have been GF for 7 years now and find that I am still weeding foods out of my diet.  Got rid of soy 2 years ago and recently rid of corn. 

 

Have you supplemented with any probiotics, fermented foods for gut flora (ie: sauerkraut)?

 

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Hmm well I'm eating less processed than before I went GF but I do sometimes eat GF crackers/pasta/etc. My diet generally consists of lots of veggies, beans, nuts, brown rice, polenta, coconut milk... stuff like that. I will have to try adding more fermented foods or something & try soaking grains more often (don't often have time for that).


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Sounds like you are on the right track though.  I have a friend that has problems with coconut and had the same symptoms as you are describing....  it is all such a delicate dance.  Also, when eliminating foods... I have found others that didn't seem to be a problem tend to present themselves. 

 

Soaking your grains and legumes really does help though.  I am the queen of forgetting to do so when planning meals... I just put one out in the morning and that will be dinner the next night or the night after that.  It tends to work itself out. 

 



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I have been eating more coconut milk -- mostly because I was trying to get more fat into DS's diet (and so incorporated it into the family meals) and also because I cut out soy & felt the need to replace it with something. Maybe I could try cutting back on that for a bit. Ughhh why are these issues so complicated?? I wish someone would just tell me what I can eat & what will make me sick or tired or puffy. I'm quite good at sticking to 'rules' but apparently not so good at figuring out what the 'rules' are.


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Lastrid makes a great point.  I tend to OD on one grain then go to another.  When on track... I rotate grains weekly.  I tend to have issues with all rices and figuring out which legumes.

 

It is frustrating, no doubt.  Trust me.. I have been at this for a long time.  I found it important for me to remember that my body has changed so much that foods that worked a year ago may not now.  Rotating foods is tough but necessary for me.  I always stayed with what works to find it sometimes doesn't.  I find when seasons change, my body does as well (naturally) but I forget that!  Geez... 

 

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For us, we have to watch our fiber intake - too much and there's some bloating and poor digestion. I would feel bloated AND hungry. We generally don't take a lot of processed food in the first place, the boys love their vegs and fruits,  so we don't do too much whole grains. I have to ration the fruits as well or I'll see it in the toilet the next day. 

 

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eeks! Didn't know about the combination leading to the spare tyre! thanks for the heads up! I do know I always look better when I cut down on grains and up my protein. Time to stop baking GF bread for a while!  

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