Wheat/Milk Free Diet

Does anyone else live on this diet? I do not have celiac disease or am lactose and tolerant, but I avoid these foods because for some reason they dont get along with my body. For some reason wheat, milk, potatoes, corn, dont like me....and I cant figure it out...cant figure them out with a good insulin ratio, cant figure out why I wake up high after eating...any advice???

i eat a gluten free diet. while i'm not lactose intolerant, i'm careful about my dairy. ice cream, cottage cheese, and milk bother my stomach, but i can eat cheese and yogurt all day with no problems. so, i keep lactaid handy in my purse and in my apartment for the occasions i feel like consuming dairy. i have celiac disease, so a gluten free diet is the only way to treat that. i feel much better after having followed that diet for several years.

it is very possible to simply have a wheat and milk sensitivity without actually having allergies or celiac disease. if you are interested in experimenting, you can try lactaid with your dairy products to see if that helps. for some reason, some people also have better success eating lowfat dairy products as opposed to full fat (technically, the lactose content is the same, but the fat could be causing irritation as well).

wheat, potatoes, and corn are all fairly starchy foods while milk can be higher in fat content. all these factors will affect how the carbs are digested in your body, thus changing how your blood sugars react. sometimes, it just takes a little patience and experimentation with your insulin to adjust for these foods. when consuming meals higher in starch and fat, have you tried spreading out your insulin a little to compensate for the slower digestion? for example, taking a large chunk of your insulin up front to cover the initial spike in your BGs (like 75% of the total dose), then taking the rest of your insulin a little later (30-45-60 mins later) to cover the gradual rising in BGs that will occur over the next couple hours as the food is broken down. if you have an insulin pump, this is easy to do as the settings will allow the pump to automatically disperse the insulin. if you are on MDI, this is still possible, but you will have to set reminders somehow to take your next dose of insulin.

these foods are not "bad" foods, but they are sometimes a little more difficult for diabetics to figure out insulin coverage. are you having some tummy problems along with the high blood sugars or just the confusing high numbers after eating these foods? the reason i ask is that i don't recommend anyone to ever cut out entire food groups unless there is no other way to treat the stomach discomfort. every food group provides important nutrients for the body, and it can be difficult to get these nutrients in other places if we completely cut out the food group.

yikes! sorry i typed so much. let me know if this helps you or if i only confused you more :o) i'm happy to help you where i can!

I appreciate the feedback. I am actually going to see a specialist that tests for sensitivities (more of a holistic approach). I have actually already done these tests when I first got diagnosed, but I feel I need to do this again.

We do have a similar diet and I know that it is all about trial and error and paying to all details and reactions. I think I will try some lactaid when I eat certain cheese, and see what happens, I will carry it in my pocket though, since I lack the purse. Since you dont eat a lot of dairy foods, what do you do for calcium? Do you know of any other foods that are high in calcium?

I seem to always have tummy problems when I eat wheat, potatoes, but not cheeses. Like I said my diet does not involve eating these foods on a regular basis, but whenever I eat some pizza or some fries my stomach bothers me and I seem to loose all energy (even if my blood sugars are normal). It is interesting, but we shall see...

Do you recommend anything else I should be doing? Sorry for the questions and I know I jumped around a lot in this email, but I do appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

Here is the USDA nutrient database for the Ca content of foods. You can see, milk isn't #1 on the list. I <3 the USDA nutrient database. http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Data/SR22/nutrlist/sr22w301.pdf I actually eat a lot of cheese and yogurt, consume soymilk, and other Ca fortified foods. I also take 2 chewable multivitamins everyday. If I take Lactaid with foods that really bother my stomach like cow's milk or ice cream, I am just fine. I feel comfortable with my Ca intake. I don't feel like I am lacking at all. You can carry a murse (man-purse) if you want :o) ... or just store some Lactaid in convenient places like your car, office, kitchen, wallet, whatever. :o)

Pizza and fries are high in fat foods, which makes me wonder if you might be more sensitive to greasy/fatty foods. It's fairly common, but it's not an actual allergy or sensitivity. Some people just cannot consume a lot of foods higher in fat content. For whatever reason, it irritates their stomach and causes some upset. High fat foods can also make us feel full and sleepy (low in energy).

At this point, I can't think of any other recommendations. You are doing a lot on your own to try to "fix" the problem. If you were to throw potatoes out of your diet, you can get those same nutrients out of other foods. If you were to stop eating wheat, there are other grains you can consume to get those nutrients. Of course, like I mentioned before, I don't recommend cutting out entire food groups, but if you feel better when you don't eat them, I don't want you to walk around miserable either. If other questions come up, please let me know :o)

What kind of testing are you having done? Soon after one of my children was born, I suspected she might have some food sensitivities and followed some advice I received to see a chiropractor for some applied kinesthiology sensitivity testing. It was very helpful, revealing a senstivity to dairy (among other things).

Re calcium sources other than dairy -- my family has discovered the joys of goat and sheep cheeses instead of cow-milk cheeses -- they're delicious and non-aggravating. Post back if you need advice on where to find these kinds of cheeses. If you make your own pizza, you can use these cheeses instead of traditional mozzarella (the original Italian pizzas are actually usually made with cheese from the milk of water buffalos -- cool, eh?).

Re wheat sensitivity -- I'm learning it's surprisingly common, and not just among those with diagnosed celiac disease. For quick, easy snack foods that are high-protein (great for maintaining good blood sugar levels), high-fiber, and gluten-free, we really enjoy Kay's Naturals diabetic-friendly foods -- they make all sorts of chips, pretzels, cereals, and cookies that we enjoy. The people that founded this company (a food scientist husband and juvenile diabetic wife) are family friends of ours. They founded this company specifically to make foods that are good for diabetics. They've given me a code to use for 20% off everything: spring2010 (just use it when you go to the Kay's Naturals shopping cart).