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My journal of my battle with Crohns disease. I have had Crohn's diagnosed since September 2007. In that time I've been through two surgeries, two colonoscopies, and tons of good and bad times. I want to share my experiences with this disorder and hope to hear some feedback from time to time.

Diet and Crohn's Disease - Gluten Free

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I hear stories online about gluten free diets and how they help crohn's disease sufferers. But I also hear stories about the food tasting like cardboard. That's why I want to try some meals for myself.

For those who don't know, a gluten-free diet completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. Thanks Wikipedia for that definition. The problem with going Gluten free is finding food. Gluten is in virtually every processed food.

This is usually a diet for Celiac disease sufferers. When people have Celiac disease they are intolerant to gluten. Eating food with gluten causes the villi in their intestine to flatten. When this happens, they do not absorb food or nutrients.

I've learned that GI symptoms of Celiac disease are very similar to Crohns. This diet could help minimize the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. I'm all for that.

I'm sure Jen from A Life of Sugar and Spice can make some great suggestions of meals to start with. If anyone knows any easy, tasty gluten free recipes, send them to me.
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