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About westie

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  1. Hi Yes to the lovely weather, I hope summer is on the way, 1st for us can't wait!! The labelling in the UK was great, really easy, as from late last year every product had to be labelled as containing gluten, or gluten free, so no more searching on each product! I guess I am just getting used to the labelling here, and yes things like m&m's were gluten-free in england, along with much more that is not gluten-free here, but I'm getting there slowly!
  2. Hi there I am in Auckland, are you NZ guys aware of, I found it really useful when we first arrived here from the UK as the products are so different!!! well the ingredients are anyway!
  3. Hi there, I was diagnosed following a gluten challenge, ie I had to start eating large amounts of gluten products again for 3 weeks prior to gastroscopy and biopsy (this is the only definitive guide to diagnosis of coeliac disease), so that was pretty awful particularly as I had just begun to feel better, I react to the slightest trace, and people really don't understand, if in doubt obviously I don't bother. I used to enjoy drinking the alco pops, but had to stop as like beer they are infact brewed, including malt products. I have just managed to get a special authority card so am in the process of obtaining much cheaper gluten free essentials, fortunatley my local pharmacist has a daughter with coeliac disease and so is reaaly clued up , will let you know how I get on!!!!
  4. Hi I am in NZ (Auckland), new to this forum also, we have only been in NZ for 6 months, so am still struggling with finding what's gluten-free and what's not, previously from UK where I had no problems, any useful tips would be appreciated!!!
  5. Hi there, I never knew this site existed, well I'm from NZ only just though, arrived from UK in March. I was diagnosed last year and whilst in the UK I was fine product labelling was fantastic, and lots of variety. Since being here I have gone back to square 1, it really is a challenge, 1 I could do without, alot of the products here which are the same as UK actually have wheat in them and ingredients are different when manufactured in Austrailia (which alot of products tend to be). I have found eating out a real effort, and often feel it's just not worth it, I have finally received my special authority card so that will hope with the cost of gluten-free food, but overall am feeling fed up! On a more positive side I am experimenting all the time with new recepies and we all eat gluten-free meals, I have found a gluten-free bakery where I do a big shop once a month or so, and the supermarket selections are slowly getting larger. Hopefully things can only get better!!!