Gluten-Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza Crust

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Hi, it’s me and a gazillion letters of text!

You may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot more gluten-free recipes over the past couple of weeks and I thought I would talk about why I’ve been doing this.

It’s sort of a long story!

Luckily, I’m jacked up on caffeine right now.

I’ve been experiencing some strange health symptoms over the past 4-6 weeks. For example, I’ve had bad stomach bloating to the point where I look 6 months pregnant (I’m not). I’ve always had bloating on and off all my life, but this is much worse than the normal bloating I’ve experienced in the past. I’m also experiencing bad stomach pains in my abdomen area, round-the-clock lower back pain, fatigue, and pressure in my pelvic area, among other things. The pain in my abdomen and lower pelvic area gets much worse after eating and I often feel really full after eating a normal-sized meal. Lately, I’ve been waking up with mild stomach pain too.

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which I’ve mentioned on the blog a while back) and for most of my life I’ve struggled with stomach pain, headaches, and GI discomfort on and off. My stomach is very sensitive to certain foods like dairy, nuts, soy, and beans. I never really know how it is going to react. Sometimes a handful of raw almonds can set it off with pains, while other times it’s fine. IBS is also strongly associated with our emotions, so it’s not surprising that my anxiety manifests itself through my stomach and digestive system.

Since I’m divulging my life story, another thing I’ve struggled with health-wise is my reproductive system. Specifically, my ovaries.

In 2009, a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound revealed that I have multiple cysts on my ovaries as well as an enlarged (they called it ‘bulky’) right ovary. In addition to my regular yearly pap test and physical, I also go for a yearly ultrasound to monitor the cysts and make sure that they aren’t getting larger. Keepin’ an eye on things. Basically, I’m on watch for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

I had another ultrasound in March 2011 and it revealed that my right ovary decreased in size from 17.7 ml to 10 ml. My left ovary is also smaller in size. Apparently, this is encouraging news, but I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t really received a proper explanation. I’m thinking about asking for a referral to a specialist soon.

Fast forward to the symptoms I’m experiencing today. They could be the result of a mild or more severe illness, like most symptoms. And trust me when I say that I’ve Googled them all! I think Google has told me I’m going to die of a horrible illness about 654 times during my life, so I’m trying not to self-diagnose or draw any conclusions until I have the proper tests done. It could be something as minor as an ulcer or as major as Ovarian cancer. That’s why I always say it’s important to listen to your body and be your own health advocate if you think something is abnormal for you.

This brings me to tomorrow, my next ultrasound appointment. I pretty much had to beg my doctor for this ultrasound since my last one was only 6 months ago, but I’d rather ruffle a few feathers than to have a health issue go undetected for months. Bring on the 5 large glasses of water and bladder-bursting hour wait time!

The results of my ultrasound will determine my doctor’s next steps. I had blood work done in May which all came back normal, but I will probably have to get my blood checked again.

So, this brings me to the gluten-free recipes.

My doctor suggested that I try eating gluten-free for a while to see if I have any relief in my symptoms. I really do not think it’s gluten causing the issues, but I’m willing to try anything at this point. I’m also going to see a naturopath on Tuesday for a general consultation and food-sensitivity testing the following week. I’ve heard from many people who have had great relief from their digestive issues when seeing a naturopath, so I figure it’s worth trying out.

At this point, I just want to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible, but in all likelihood, it could take a while to figure out. I will try to post an update or two on the blog as I get more information.

PIZZA makes everything better.

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This crust turned out much better than I expected. The dough tasted amazing!

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I spread on a couple cloves of leftover roasted garlic before baking.

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After pre-baking, I spread on the mouth-watering pesto.

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Followed by Daiya cheese, chopped roasted tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

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Then I broiled it for 3 minutes over medium heat.

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Crispy, ultra-thin, packed with nutrients, and oh so good.

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This pizza did not last long!

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If you are a thin-crust fan, you will love this pizza.

The crust is one of the most flavourful crusts I have tasted and the toppings went really well with it, but of course you can top it with whatever you see fit.

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p.s.- See my new Fall header image? Hold down Control + F5 to refresh the page if you can’t see it.

p.p.s.-  I have an exciting mushroom challenge & recipe post coming up Monday! If you love pesto, you will go crazy for this recipe.

We’re off for a day of hiking on this gorgeous Fall day…have a good one!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 25, 2011

I’ve had similar stomach problems for the past 2 years! I finally saw a specialist 6 months ago and now I’m going to a different doctor next week because I felt like the last one was just not listening to what I was trying to say – I’m in pain every day and last visit he said come back in 3 months and we’ll re-evaluate! WHAT??!!? Not going to wait that long. I’m also pretty sure gluten isn’t my problem but I’ve considered giving it up for a week or so to make sure. Hopefully my new doctor will be more helpful…

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Lisa September 25, 2011

Angela, this might sound like a commercial, but I swear it’s just a testimonial…Have you thought about doing a nutritional cleanse?

I had similar symptoms a year ago. After many doctor visits that yielded no diagnosis, I decided to do a 3-day cleanse (I ordered my from Blue Print Cleanse). It’s not a weight loss thing as the cleanses have tons of nutrients and a normal amount of calories. You basically just drink 6 juices a day – they total 1,200 calories a day, depending on the cleanse that you choose…they have 3 different levels. Basically drinking your food instead of eating it gives your body a break as it makes digestion and nutrient absorption easier. It’s highly recommended for people with IBS. I do a 3 day cleanse once a month and it has made a huge difference in my life. I sleep better, have tons of energy, and experience no IBS syptoms.

I’m not sure if Blue Print ships to Canada (I think they’re based in NYC), but they also have a book that has their recipes. There are other companies such as Cooler Cleanse, but I’ve never tried that one. I would guess that if you offered to write a review of their products on your site, they might send you a free 3 day cleanse…I’ve seen them do that for other sites.

Anyways, just a suggestion. I hope everything goes well and that you’re feeling better in no time! :)

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Danielle September 25, 2011

Best of luck figuring everything out! Sometimes the process is long, but I know it will come together piece by piece. I was diagnosed w/ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and PCOS a number of years ago. While medicine has certainly aided to some degree, I have found that diet has made the most difference in terms of controlling my symptoms. If you do discover you have an endocrine or autoimmune disease, I know that you probably will need to make changes in your diet! For PCOS in particular, you have to really carefully monitor your carb intake, and with thyroid problems there are certain foods that slow the thyroid down too much. Blood labs will give you lots of answers–ask your doctor to test you for EVERYTHING. I even saw several doctors before a definitive diagnosis of PCOS. The best way to test for this is through a 3-hour glucose tolerance test, to check for insulin resistance. You would likely have elevated male hormones, and possibly high fasting blood sugar (though I only had high glucose once!). I saw a naturopath for awhile, by a holistic endocrinologist has helped me the most, by far! I hope you’ll have some relief from the pain very soon!

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Danielle September 26, 2011

P.S. As strange as it sounds, that other reader was correct when she said cysts are actually sort of unrelated to PCOS. You don’t have to have any cysts at all to have the disorder. It’s more related to hormone levels and insulin resistance. I’ve actually never had visible cysts in any of my ultrasounds, so don’t worry yet that that’s what’s wrong!

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Lauren Marie September 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing your story. I have had several ovarian issues since I was 17, and had an ovarian cyst so big, I had to have surgery to have my right ovary had to be removed along with the cyst. Nothing something a 17 year old wants to go through, but it is always nice to hear that I am not alone with my stomach issues, and it can feel good sharing what I’ve been through. As many people commented before me, we all are thinking about you, and you have an amazing online support team! Will be thinking of you, and hopefully things will come back normal (or something that can easily be fixed).
And ps I found the coconut milk and made the soup- amazing!! I also added some homemade croutons and it complemented the soup perfectly! Thank you for all of your posts and recipes!

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Amber Lynn September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. I hope you figure out whatever is causing it and get better :(

I have serious issues with my stomach and have never been able to figure it out. I get sick pretty much every time I eat out almost no matter what I eat. I’ve suspected gluten for years now, but I’ve had a lot of trouble giving it up. The thing is, gluten intolerance doesn’t always manifest itself as abdominal pain. It can be as little as a bit of fatigue or a headache. There are so, so many symptoms associated with it.

If you’re trying a gluten-free diet, you really need to give at at least 2 or 3 months. If you do have trouble with gluten, it’s going to take a while after removing it before you see a difference. And if you decide to take the blood test, you have to go back to eating gluten regularly again for the test results to be accurate. My brother-in-law has another undiagnosed digestive problem which causes the celiacs test to show a false negative. I don’t understand the reasoning behind it, but if you get the test and it shows negative, discuss it with your doctor to make sure that’s really the case.

Do you ever get sick eating sugars? If so, I recommend reading up on ‘fructose malabsorption’
http://www.foodreactions.org/intolerance/fructose/malabsorption.html
The symptoms of it are similar to that of IBS and lactose intolerance. I’ve also suspected it for myself because I get really bad aches when I drink any of the fruit smoothies from Jugo Juice (the non-dairy, fruit-only ones).

Sugar is toxic anyway. It will feed all of the bad bacteria in your intestines and make them act up. An anti-fungal, sugar-free diet may help your IBS as well. Maybe talk to the naturopath about candida and yeast-intolerance. Regular doctors don’t know a lot about it.

I discovered that the only foods that don’t hurt me are: vegetables, small amounts of fruit and organic uncured meat (as well as organic free-range eggs). I don’t buy any meat from the supermarket. I get most of it from health food stores or I get elk from the farmer’s market. I know you’re vegan, but if you ever feel like it’s compromising your health, it’s not worth it. I used to be vegan, but I discovered I feel better on a paleo type diet. When I eat this way I feel like I have virtually no health problems at all.

I wasn’t trying to convince you of that, but there is something out there for you and I hope you figure it out. We’re all different and there is no universal diet for health.

Count your soy sensitivity as a blessing because that stuff is so estrogenic and unhealthy. Flax contains even more phytoestrogens than soy, so if you have hormonal issues, consider avoiding flax.

That pizza looks amazing :D

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Amber Lynn September 25, 2011

Also, consider the link between polyunsaturated oils and IBS. There’s a bit about it at this source:
http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/ibs.html

Plus, those types of oil go rancid easily. It’s possible to be eating rancid oil without knowing it. Polyunsaturated oils are way too high in omega 6 anyway. They’ll lower your omega 3.

Coconut oil is more stable to cook with. That’s what I use mostly :]

It’s good for digestion:
http://www.21stcenturynutrition.net/subPage.php?SP_Id=131

“Macaroons are made up mainly of desiccated (dried) coconut, which is 60-70% fat (coconut oil). Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium chain triglycerides, or fatty acids (MCTs). These smaller chain fatty acids have been shown to absorb easier and quicker in the digestive tract than longer chain fatty acids found in other fats, like vegetable oils. In fact, studies are now showing that longer chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated oils (soy, corn, and other vegetable oils) are the most harmful oils for those with intestinal problems like Crohn’s disease, as they increase inflamation.”

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gina September 25, 2011

Primal/paleo diet and lifestyle has been a godsend for me and my intestinal issues!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 25, 2011

Ah! I’m a possible PCOS-er, too. I’ve been “seeing” a holistic doc (email consultations) for the past few months to try and make sense of some hormonal imbalances. I wasn’t expecting anything as serious as PCOS at all, but it’s looking that way now. I had a blood test done this past week and now I’m waiting on results.

My holistic doc has highly suggested a gluten-free diet for me since I suffer a lot of bloating. I do better on a low-gluten, low-grain diet anyway.

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LEM September 25, 2011

1. Your pizza looks amazing
2. I love all of your recipes
3. All my life I have had a “sensistive stomach” with bloating, gas, and feeling uncomfortable. The past couple of months I have been eating soy free, dairy free, and gluten free. I feel a lot better, but am still trying to figure out exactly what food does not work for me. Thank you for sharing your stories and helping me make good food that my body likes!

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Jazzz September 25, 2011

Interesting! I wonder, if you have had thsee cysts for some time, why they didn’t remove them? I just had mine removed 2 weeks ago via laparoscopy and am hoping that this will relieve my bloating/ pain.. will let you know!

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Sana September 25, 2011

I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with eating, the same thing happened to me when I used to eat beans, and uncooked veggies. I would have terrible stomach cramps, I had trouble walking! Oh and gas. So I stick to carbs, meat and cheese and I feel a lot better. I am so glad you are seeing a doctor about this!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 25, 2011

I hope your appointments will help you find some answers to your stomach problems! Good luck! :)

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barefoot and frolicking September 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing your story Angela – it is great to hear you are trying out some different options to see what works best for you and your diet. I think you will find that a gluten-free diet will definitely minimize some of your digestive symptoms. I experience the same when I eat wheat, and have not had the same issues for years.

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Linda September 25, 2011

Take care Angela! Let us know how you are doing. It looks like many women have similar issues. Thanks for sharing.

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 25, 2011

I feel for you, I’m pretty much in the same boat. I’ve had ongoing digestive issues for the past few years that have gotten progressively worse. It doesn’t seem to be one food or another, right now it seems to be EVERYTHING. I also have all of the symptoms of PCOS even though I have never been diagnosed with it. I have a long list of other hormonal issues, too.

I have tried gluten elimination and grain elimination, but probably not long enough. I have been doing research and experiments for several years now, and I have learned so much. Inflammation is normal, but chronic inflammation is not. A true elimination diet is strict and lengthy and requires complete dedication, and finally a reintroduction phase over several months.

I could go on. I suggest looking into these things:

1-) Inflammation
2-) Anti-inflammatory foods
3-) Gluten avoidance and probably preparing other foods
4-) Getting adequate omega-3′s. Nuts, seeds, grains are all very high in O6 and to reduce inflammation you need to ingest a good source of o-3. Fish oil and fish are best as plants are inferior sources.
5-) Seek medical care that doesn’t focus on conventional medicine (drugs and therapy). You want someone who is in tune with the endocrine system AND the right diet for you
6-) Avoid inflammatory foods, medicines, chemicals, and other environmental factors.
7-) Try to avoid heating nut and seed and their oils at high temps. This oxidation process is very bad. Avoid canola, safflower, sunflower, etc. oils — all oils high in PUFAs.
8) Get lots of probiotics, especially from fermented foods (avoid antibiotics)

Please email me if you have any questions that I can answer. I know of a lot of resources and avenues to go down. Like I said, I’ve been on the same journey

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Shayla @ The Good Life September 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing your story with us Angela, I hope you find some answers to what’s going on. Good luck and my thoughts will be with you :)

Btw, I love love you’re new header! The vibrant colors and images are gorgeous!

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lindsay September 25, 2011

oh angela, i’ve been and kinda still am in a situation very similar to yours. Praying that this next round of ultrasounds figures things out. On the upside, our GF creations are even more amazing!

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Vanessa September 25, 2011

I so appreciate this post as I feel that people who have IBS (like myself) don’t talk about it enough because they are embarassed by it. The reactions we have to food are often not dinner-table talk and when some people found out I have IBS they scrunched their noses up in disgust. It is very frustration not knowing from one day to the next what will set off your digestive system. You have inspired me to do more research on IBS so I can better educate myself and my family and friends.

Enjoy this beautiful fall day!!!

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JenATX September 25, 2011

yes people don’t like to talk about these things, which is quite interesting because in other cultures digestive issues do not raise embarrassment like they do in the United States (or Canada). Isn’t it funny how we can talk so openly about our nasal allergies, but we avoid the food allergies? Anyway, I hope your research goes well :)

Angela, love the new masthead- gorgeous!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 25, 2011

I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems :-( I hope the ultrasound delivers encouraging news!!

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 25, 2011

I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems :-( I hope the ultrasound delivers encouraging news!!!

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Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 25, 2011

I hope you get your answers soon Angela! Luckily you’ll be eating wonderfully while waiting :). This looks delicious!

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Shay September 25, 2011

Oh no! I hope you feel better!

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loli September 25, 2011

So many nights of sleep I lost over pains in my abdominal over bloating so severely I would have to get up and walk until it went away.
For months I was going through medical tests that found nothing. As last resort to to try and get to the bottom of it I went gluten free and almost completely vegan. Life is good. It all went away like magic. Magic! no less. Its been almost a year now.
So I really wish you good luck I think you are in the right direction.

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Kim @ vegan mama-to-be September 25, 2011

When I skimmed your post, the first thing I saw was ‘I’m 6 months pregnant” – I was so excited! On a serious note, though, I really hope you get some answers, and that the GF diet helps you. I haven’t struggled w/ digestive issues, but I have had unexplained reproductive issues (I’m blaming mine on the pill) and it is very frustrating not to know what’s going on your bod. Best of luck to you!

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Stephanie September 25, 2011

Your post is so courageous and inspiring. I hope that you get to the bottom of this as soon as you can, and I sincerely hope that everything is alright! I’ve really been enjoiyng your GF recipes lately; keep up the amazing work.

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Hayley @ Oat Couture September 25, 2011

Agh thats crappy, really sorry to hear your struggling at the mo! Hope you get everything sorted soon! That pesto looks absolutely mouthwatering by the way!! :)

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Danielle September 25, 2011

Sorry that you’re going through all this, I know how scary it can be. I wanted to share with you that I had a very similar occurrence this summer that lasted about 2 months. My symptoms sound quite similar to yours – abdominal bloating, and I had really bad pains, which I think may have been gas. Also, my symptoms would get progressively worse over the course of the day – to the point where I would have them every single night and then wake up with no pains, but it would start all over again. I havent had any problems for about a month now and I have made 2 big changes – I cut out processed soy and I began weight lifting. I have no clue how the weight lifting has influenced my problem – but all I know is my stomach is feeling so much better, so I dont care, I must be doing something right. As for the soy – its so weird – I can have tofu, but I steer clear of things with soy in them – Especially soy milk! Sorry post is so long, just wanted to share with you that you are not alone, and I understand what you are going through. Hang in there and feel free to email me and I can talk to you more :)

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco September 25, 2011

Oh Angela, I’m so sorry! You are in my thoughts. Good luck! The pizza looks delish! ;)

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Amber K September 25, 2011

While I have been pleasantly surprised with all of the gluten-free recipes lately, I wouldn’t wish your symptoms on even my worst enemy. Dealing with gluten issues is no fun, and I’m actually not surprised anymore when I hear that anyone is suffering from similar symptoms. It seems like so many people are starting to realize that they don’t have to feel bad all the time!

That being said, I hope they are able to diagnose you with something else. Something that is quick and easy that will solve all of your problems.

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Jen September 25, 2011

As a celiac, I say keep the gf recipes coming!
Also, as a celiac, I can sympathize with the tummy troubles (with no apparent “diagnosis” or treatment that works.) I hope you find something that helps you feel better!!

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Jackie hatch! September 25, 2011

Sorry to hear your not feeling well!!!! I hope they figure everything out!!!!

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Celena September 25, 2011

Wow, this is kind of like de-ja-vu for me. I was diagnosed with IBS about 10 years ago. After a really frustrating year I made some serious diet changes and realized lactose and refined sugar were some of the big factors. Making adjustments like that and eating a more balanced diet made a big difference for a lot of years, then I started having problems again recently and determined I was gluten intolerant. It took 3-4 weeks for me to really notice any change. Working with a naturopath has been the biggest help for me – 95% of the time I’m symptom free these days.

Excited to try this pizza, and hope you feel better!

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nuttmegs17 September 25, 2011

Wow you sound a lot like me – even down to the ultrasound (which for me resulted in showing bowel distension and a follow up CAT scan which was super pricey).

I had been part-time vegan at the time. I too am allergic to soy and bc of eating gluten too much, my intenstines were so damanged they were no longer even breaking down lactose so now i’m dairy free as well. I have gluten intolerance and since eliminating that an all those other allergins my “baby” belly is completely gone. I too had PAINFUL stomach distension and other iBS symtpons. I googled gluten free for recipes and stumbled upon paleo eating. You wont like that as vegan but for me, the only way to eat pain free and up my iron (i was borderline anemic despite supllements) vit-d etc was to eat primarily fats, meats veggies and fruits. There is a lot of info out there regarding grains and what they do to your belly. A lot of people eating paleo notice PCOS symptons and other autoimmune diseases greatly subsiding. As someone who ate vegetarian this was a tough pill to swallow but you owe it to your health to look into. To be fair I believe there are also paleo vegetarians – harder but again worth a look.

i’m very picky about what I eat – only humanely raised/treated/grass-fed/pasture raised etc. It’s expensive but much cheaper than all my med visits which were breaking me.I hope you find relief bc it certainly can be a downer!

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/
http://robbwolf.com/faq/

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nuttmegs17 September 25, 2011

Also – dont let someone tell you you have IBS – it’s BS…it means they are just too lazy to figure out what is REALLY going on with your belly. For me – it was what I was eating. Going on an elimation diet (not eating the 8 most common allergans and slowly re-introducing them one at time) was sooooo helpful and has really helped me a lot.

An MD who was specializing in allergies helped me more than my Gyno and primary doc ever did. He even helps me treat my hashimotos (thyroid disease). I was so sick of GI docs telling me to tax laxitives or anit-diarreals as “treatment”. Good luck! Keep us posted

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Jessica September 25, 2011

Aw Ange. I am so sorry to hear about this! So happy to hear though that you are looking on the bright side, and trying to solve the problem as best as you can! You go girl! Stay strong! :)

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Audrey September 25, 2011

I hope you find relief from your symptoms and an answer to the medical uncertainties. I know how frustrating it can be to try to figure something like this out. Best of luck. I’ll be praying for you.

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 25, 2011

I hope your appointments go well and you get some more answers! The pizza looks fabulous, wonderful pictures as always!

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Jodie September 25, 2011

Wishing all the best on your appointment. The pizza looks really good and I think I will make this crust, it has no yeast. ( Yeast scares me). Love the Fall header, just gorgeous.

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Heather Elizabeth September 25, 2011

So sorry you’re not feeling well. I really hope they can figure it out!

I love your new fall header.

And I made the other pizza on your website, the one with the roasted tomatoes, onions and pesto as sauce.. Best vegan pizza I’ve ever had! It was more effort for sure, but it’s definitely going into the rotation. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 25, 2011

Wow Ange, thank you for being so open about all of this! I too experience bloating to no end, and especially over the past 2 or 3 months. I’ve been suspicious about gluten since many people say that even though they haven’t been formally tested, they still just feel better when they don’t eat it. The thing is, I don’t eat a whole lot of gluten anyway, so I’m not sure that’s the culprit. I do eat a ridiculous amount of produce, so usually I just attribute it to all the fiber. However, like you, I’ve decided to start investigating more closely. I’m planning to book an appointment with a Holistic Allergist that practices locally, and claims to be able to clear people of allergies and eliminate intolerances. Also, like you, I’ve been tested for PCOS a couple of times and results have come back negative – but still without explanation for other issues. I can definitely share in your frustrations because I just want to know what’s going on! I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow and that you’re able to get some answers. In the meantime, I think gluten-free pizza is an excellent choice. :)

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Karen W. September 25, 2011

Hi Angela! I’m short on time so I’m just gonna toss some things out there. I have no doubt it will be very unpopular on a vegan blog (no, it’s not advise to eat meat!) I am studying with a Chinese Medicine doctor who also specializes in immunology and molecular biology. Mark my words, within the next 10-15 years he will be revolutionizing not only TCM but western medical science.

Anywhoo…Ecoli. Raw leafy greens are packed with Ecoli. You can wash them till the Ecoli infested cow fertilizer comes home, but the bugs, they just hide in microscopic stomas in the plant. The Ecoli in the gut can penetrate throughout the abdomen, causing the symptoms and manifestations you are describing.

Advise, stop eating raw leafy greens (even from your own garden. The fertilizer you use is full of cow poo bugs from unhealthy feedlot cows). Cook your veggies. Even light steaming will do it. It’s just the day and age we live in now.

I hate it- I love salads. But even when I was eating “clean” (raw), I would get GI issues.

Probiotics are a wild card. Advise: Majorly decrease your sugar intake to starve the bacteria (sugar feeds bacteria and viruses- it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire), and keep fruit intake to two pieces a day. You already don’t eat dairy which is awesome (Most grocery store ice cream is loaded with klebsiella pneumonia). Eliminate raw ground growing veggies from your diet. See a trained herbalist who can give you herbs with anti-viral and anti-bacterial GI oriented properties. Keep up the green tea, and add Licorice Mint Yogi tea in the rotation.

IBS, Chron’s, diverticulitis…all bacteria caused disorders. Grains themselves are not usually the culprit, however the MOLD that grows on grains during storage BEFORE distribution is. Not to mention the grain is usually rancid from long term pre-distribution storage. However in your state, eating the “unpopular” grains (amaranth, buckwheat, kamut, etc) is the way to go as they are not harvested in such large quantities and have a lower incidence of opportunity to go rancid or become moldy. Incorporate Bhutanese red rice, Forbidden black rice, and keep up the lentils and quinoa.

I would love to not get heat from raw-foodists. I am writing this info for someone who is experiencing a problem. We are all different, and are susceptible and sensitive in our own unique ways.

This information is not my opinion. This is information from independent scientific studies, who don’t care about dietary labels.

Yes, there is bacteria everywhere in our environment. There is no reason to be paranoid, but there is absolutely reason to be prudent.

Take care Angela. Email me if you want to discuss anything.

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Georgina September 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I hope your medical appointments go well. Keep your chin up. You are listening to your body, and you are doing the right thing by going to the doctor. Stay positive as much as you can!

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