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Therapeutic Diets for Celiac & WIAW

February 24, 2016
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When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I thought eating gluten-free was my ticket to feeling better. Turns out, it was a bit more complicated.

Tina, of Carrots ‘N’ Cake, has shared what she tried in dealing with her chronic condition, IBD, here and here. I thought I’d do the same as a resource for someone with celiac.

Here are the therapeutic diets I’ve tried in an effort to recover from years of undiagnosed celiac disease. I’ll also tell you what I thought of them and show you what I eat now for today’s WIAW.

Therapeutic Diets I’ve Tried

Gluten-Free: Duh! Can’t have any gluten with celiac. GF for almost 12 years now.

Vegan : Didn’t work for me. I felt cold and weak, but I liked the philosophy.

Vegetarian: Felt better than when I was vegan. If I could still eat grains and all legumes, I’d go back to being a vegetarian for ethical and environmental reasons. But this time, I’d eat more high quality animal protein like organic yogurt and pasture raised eggs.

Grain-free: Totally works for me. I do have grains very occasionally now. After 6 months of being grain-free, my eyes literally filled with tears when I reintroduced my beloved white rice.

Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A lot of this works for me and the science behind being not able to digest dissacharides makes sense to me.

Low Fodmaps/ Specific Carbohydrate hybrid: I was so hungry I spent hours on pinterest looking at photos of mac n cheese. I lost 10 lbs and had a flat butt (not cute). I felt like a crazy, very sad and hungry baby bird. In other words, I don’t recommend this extreme of an approach 😆

Paleo:  A fish & vegetable-centric approach works best for me. Fellow pegans I’m looking at you!

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP): I tried this but couldn’t follow through. I don’t do well with onion or garlic, which are in almost every AIP recipe. Also, I’m not ready to give up coffee. I might give this another “real” try, but until then I do love to incorporate AIP meals into my non- AIP compliant diet.

Takeaway Message:

At times (ok, a lot of the time) I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that I have so much empathy for my nutrition clients. I also have a lot of first-hand experience dealing with therapeutic diets, so when I recommend something, I usually know the ins and outs firsthand.

Through all this trial and error I was able to design my own personalized way of eating: The ever evolving “Anna Diet.”

Ok, so what the heck do I eat now?

Here’s what it looked like on Monday of this week:

Breakfast @ 9 am: My new favorite green juice recipe: frozen pineapple, kale, lots of grated ginger, fresh squeezed OJ & water with 1 tbs coconut oil.

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Lunch @ 12:30 pm: Unsweetened banana chips with fresh basil, aioli and smoked salmon

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Snack @ 3:00 pm:  Apple with sunflower seed butter

Apple and sunflower seed butter snack for celiac image

Dinner @ 6 pm:  Shrimp salad: arugula, avocado, grapefruit, grilled shrimp & basil in an extra-virgin olive oil and lemon dressing. Salt & pepper.

shrimp salad dinner for celiac image

Dessert: @ 8pm: Dark chocolate & raspberry bar

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Join the conversation!

Have you tried a therapeutic or special diet? Do you go on pinterest when you feel deprived?

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  • Reply Emily February 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Wow, I love smoked salmon. It looks like you’ve tried almost every kind of therapeutic diet. I love that you find the ones that work the best for you, and it’s such a tremendous blessing that you can eat rice again. That Low Fodmap diet sounds like it might be really hard. And I love that you took away more empathy and compassion for your clients. The ‘Anna’ diet sounds like the best diet for you, and I’m so glad that you didn’t give up on tweaking until you found what best suited your body.

    • Reply Anna February 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Thanks, Emily! I really appreciate your kind comment. Have a wonderful day ?

  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood February 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    That shrimp salad sounds unbelievable! Diets to cure things are so interesting to me. After this baby is out I think it’ll try one to see if I can help my eczema (again)

    • Reply Anna February 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      You should totally make the shrimp salad… it was SO good! Let me know when you try a new diet for the eczema… I’m happy to help. My first thought is to eliminate gluten and dairy for a month and see what happens.

  • Reply Stephanie @ Wholesome Paradise February 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Everything you ate looks delicious! I’m really eyeing that shrimp and that chocolate bar. I’ve tried all those therapeutic diets an (vegan was the worst for me too!). I’m currently looking into following a ketogenic approach for blood sugar and insulin control.

    • Reply Anna February 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Very cool, Stephanie! Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply Joanne February 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    That shrimp looks soooooo good. After 3 months here in Argentina where a meat appetizer is served before a beef asado, I’m really looking forward to seeing seafood and fish again when we land in Florida ! PS. Your very sad, hungry baby bird comment made me laugh ! So glad you’ve found what works for you….

    • Reply Anna February 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      I bet you are! I’m jealous- I want to go to Florida ?

  • Reply Faith VanderMolen February 26, 2016 at 7:09 am

    That dark chocolate raspberry bar sounds like perfection!

    • Reply Anna February 26, 2016 at 9:43 am

      It totally was! Thanks for reading, Faith!

  • Reply GiGi Eats February 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I am a HIGH PROTEIN HIGH FAT minimal fiber (of all kinds) type of celiac. It’s the only way I can function. It stinks though cause I love vegetables so much – so every so often I might eat a FEW too many, ha, whoops – but mostly, it’s just lots of protein! SALMON <3

    • Reply Anna February 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      I’m obsessed with salmon, too. So good! ?

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