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Toni Spencer
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Gluten-free/Wheat-free recipes. IBS.
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Why I go Wheat and Gluten-free...

I'd just started my second year at uni, when I began to feel very unwell after eating. The first time I really paid attention to it was after having Bran Flakes for breakfast. I put it down to maybe a milk/lactose allergy or intolerance and made an appointment with my doctor. She ran various tests only them all to come back negative for milk. I then suggested (half-heartedly, not expecting anything to come of it) that it might be wheat and/or gluten. The worst time came when after a very bad night of being so sick (I don't remember a time in my life when I'd been so ill) I found myself taken to hospital - only to be told, "Oh, it's just a stomach bug, it'll pass."

Again, tests were done but once again, these came back negative. She suggested cutting out wheat and gluten altogether and see if it made a difference to my health. Immediately I felt much better and by the end of that first day of excluding wheat I had almost all of my energy back and I was rejoicing and praising God for it being the first day in over 5 months of not being sick! A weird thing to be praising God for...!

The doctor then said that she'd run further tests just to make sure, but it meant having to reintroduce wheat and gluten into my diet again. Immediately I felt very ill, and missed a lot of time from my studies. The doctor tested for everything she could think of almost - cheese, wheat, gluten, milk... but also checked my iron levels, thyroid, sugar, etc. All that came back was that my iron was VERY low and so was my haemoglobin... which explains a lack of energy and constant tiredness.

The doctor the suggested cutting wheat and gluten out again, as it had obviously had some benefit. It was then I was told that intolernaces almost never show up in blood tests, and that it was probably Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have since discovered I have a series of intolerances: wheat/wheat gluten/anything derived from wheat, artifical sweeteners (such as aspartame and sorbitol) and anything spicy.

I've been wheat-free for almost a month now, and am feeling much better. Still a way to go, though but I'm on the mend and that's the most important thing! On the downside I miss real food, bread, cakes and biscuits...! Hence why I am on a mission to create amazing food with wheat-free products! I love to cook and bake! No doubt you'll have already seen my many additions to the recipe sections in the forum!

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At 10:24am on October 17, 2011, Joyce Paige said…
Happy Birthday Toni! Hope it is full of deliciously decadent gluten-free goodies! :D
At 11:52am on October 17, 2010, Joyce Paige said…
Happy Birthday Toni! Hope it is full of gluten-free goodies! :)
At 7:24am on November 3, 2009, patrick said…
thank you, i'm looking forward to indulge, GF Free of
At 8:27pm on October 18, 2009, David O'Brien said…
Happy Birthday!
At 10:59am on October 17, 2009, Joyce Paige said…
Hope you have a fabulous birthday with lots of wonderful gluten-free treats!
At 12:51pm on May 13, 2009, Leslie McLinden said…
Hey Toni,
Thanks for the welcome! Going off to college seems to sometimes really bring out this intolerance. So glad you are feeling better!
At 10:09pm on April 20, 2009, Angela Shim said…
Thanks for visiting, Toni. Let me know if I can assist.
At 6:44pm on April 17, 2009, patrick said…
Thanks for the welcome
At 9:06pm on April 8, 2009, Angela Shim said…
Hi Toni,

Glad to hear you love to cook and bake. I look forward to exchanging gluten-free recipes with you in the future!

Regarding IBS, I am really pleased XoBiotic Squares, a high antioxidant, healthy raw dark chocolate with 1B probiotics microorganisms and which tastes absolutely heavenly has recently been launched! I am recommending this healthy chocolate to clients who have digestive challenges including IBS since probiotics are so important to one's diet. The best news is research has shown dark chocolate to be a more stable source for delivering probiotics to the body than dairy. This chocolate is now available in the UK. To find out more information or to place your order, visit You will be asked to entire your email and phone #. Rest assured this information only goes to me for follow up.

Warm Regards,

Angela Shim
Core Vitality Coach, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
At 10:31am on April 8, 2009, Joyce Paige said…
Dang girl! You have been a busy little bee! Thanks for all the posts! :)


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