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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. gluten-free Restaurants In Washington Dc

    Legal Seafood. Legal Seafood. Legal Seafood. I travel to DC every other month and can not wait to eat at the Legal Seafood Restaurant in the Heart of DC ( I think on 7th street). Fabulous gluten-free menu. Breaded calamari with chick pea flour, Rice Rolls, breaded chick pea flour fish, etc. etc. etc. THe staff at the bar are fabulous.
  3. Garlic Jim's

    Make sure you call ahead. My first call to place an order was at the Garlick Jim's in Tacoma, WA. THey informed me that they were all out of Gluten Free Pizza. They could not keep it in fast enough - as soon as it arrived to their facility, it disappeared. He recommended Federal Way. I called ahead and ordered 3 different types of pizza. I quizzed him on CC and I received intellegent and satisfactory answers. When I got home I froze a 2-slice variety pack for lunches. I just got rid of the last lunch and now have an enormous craving for more Garlick Jim's.
  4. Garlic Jim's Gluten Free Pizza

    I also saw the article in the Tacoma paper about Garlic Jim's while visiting my brother and I immediately called in an order to the Tacoma store. The kid on the other end informed me - they were out and couldn't stock the gluten free pizza crust fast enough. He suggested Federal Way. I went out of my way on my trip home and order 3 different kinds to go. On my trip back to Eastern Washington, I ate one of each kind (the pepperoni and mushroom - canadian bacon and pineapple - and the basil pesto). All were good (not fabulous, but good). When I got home, I wrapped about two pieces in tin foil and froze it for future lunches. It works out great: unwrap, but on a dish, zap it for 3 minutes - viola, lunch. I recommend calling ahead to make sure they are not out - seems like a pretty popular request.
  5. Legal Seafood Rocks!

    I travel to DC frequently and decided to do a quick local google search on good gluten free restaurants. Legal Seafood came out front and center! I sat at the bar with another celiac stranger (the word is getting out) and asked for a gluten free menu. It was four pages! I flipped out when it listed Clam chowder and chick pea flour breaded calamari. I didn't go even further. THe bartender was so thrilled to watch me flip out with excitment about all the choices. As a special treat and surprise, with my bowl of soup he brought out fresh baked rice rolls and butter. Unbelievable! They tasted too good to be true. THe staff was so nice I tipped them 50% and vowed to come back over and over again for lunch and dinner everytime I am in DC. I will now even plan my hotel stay to be nearby. The restaurant is on 7th street NW across from the Verizon Center. Stop by. I know it is a chain so keep your eyes peeled for a Legal Seafood near you.
  6. Prior to going gluten free, my biggest symptoms were not GI related but included: migraines, hand and feet numbing, dizziness, eyes blurring, and a feeling as if someone was pouring hot water on my legs. Almost immediately after going gluten free, my migraines went away, numbing reduced, eyes no longer blur, I am no longer dizzy, and there is no feeling someone pouring hotwater on my legs. I was so amazed how quickly everything disappeared.
  7. Help!

    I too had such severe damage by the time I was diagnosed and was in a great deal of pain. Not to be discouraging, but it took me nearly 9 months to start feeling better when eating a salad or raw veggies. The best thing I did for myself was buy a Giant Soup Recipe Book from the sale rack of a local book store. Every Sunday I make a large pot of soup (replace flour with a safe substitute) and then date and freeze the extra. Soup is an easy to digest option - just be careful with how much cream or milk you use. I also have found Cocunut Milk (used in Thai soups) is much easier for me to digest than cow's milk (but everyone is different).
  8. Extreme nausea. And my very first symptom. In fact, throwing up became daily habit. Sadly, when I was a college student I was accused of being bulimic by my roommates and worse by the campus doctor. I was a very broke college student and one who never went to the doctor, but I was so tired of getting sick all the time and finally made an appointment. I really had no other symptoms at that time to share with the doctor, so the doctor told me I must be bulimic. I was so discouraged by a doctor accusing me of being bulimic it took me years and years to go back to a doctor with all the other symptoms I began having. Nearly 20 years after that horrible experience with the Campus Doctor, I was diagnosed with Celiacs.
  9. I am sure this topic has been addressed over and over but I may have missed it. I read that Blue Cheese and Rouqfort are not gluten free. However, when I read ingredients labels I often do not see gluten listed? Does it depend on the brand? If someone has some knowledge of whether some household brands are gluten free, I'd be so very grateful.
  10. I did a little more checking and found a pretty cool website listed below. It details some very interesting information on all types of alcohol (including vodka) and I learned some concerning things on one of my favorite hobbies, wine. I included the list of Potato vodkas that are recommended on this website ( Blue Ice, Teton Glacier, and Zodiac all distilled down the road from where I live by my good friends). Hope you find the website helpful, I sure did. Vodka made from potatoes, tends to have a smoother taste, than vodka made from grains. Always check with the manufacturer, most vodkas are made with grain. The ones listed below are made with potatoes. Adamba Blue Ice Chopin Cold River Vodka Ciroc - Made from French Grapes Jankill Jinro Soju - Not really vodka, but very similar. This company has other G.F. Items also Kamachatka Luksusowa Monopolowa Nisskosher Polish Peconika Teton Glacier Victory Zodiac
  11. Alcohol, specifically vodka and gin, was one of the first things I looked into after finding out I had Celiacs. Both are gluten free (compliments of the distilling process). I then confirmed it with our very good friends who so happen to partially own and operate Distilled Resources, Inc. (Drinc), a vodka distillery in S.E Idaho. They assured me alcohol is gluten free. I still see mixed information on Scotch, so just to be safe I stay away for now. By the way DRInc distills some incredible Vodkas: Glacier Vodka, Purple Haze (the Jimmy Hendricks Label), Blue Ice (my absolute favorite potato vodka), Hideous, Ecstasy, to name a few. Cheers.....
  12. I went back to the store last night where I read the label on the Candy Hearts. The company is Mayfair. They do not list wheat as ingredients but they do clearly state that the candy is made in a facility that manufactures products containing wheat. Mayfair does not have a website that I could find, but I did find a list of other candy it produces which is quite extensive, so I can see where cross contamination must be an issue.
  13. I am experiencing my first Valentine's day after being diagnoses nealy 6 months ago, so I learn some things the hard way. A couple weeks ago, I treated myself to a Valentine's day mix of candy. I filled the candy dishes and nibbled on a few of my favorits. Those Candy Hearts with those cute little sayings are truly one of my favorites. Not more than three hours after my last nibble, I found myself rushing to the bathroom. I went back to the store and did a careful label read and to my surprise those Candy Hearts contain wheat. Are there other holiday candies that have gluten - jelly beans? gummy bears? jelly hearts? heart shaped gum drops? I am hopeful a few of them are safe so I can refill the candy dishes... Thanks for your insight/
  14. Elevated Ana?

    This is a very helpful post - Thank you. I went 15 years thinking I had Lupus. The diagnosis came because I had so many autoimmunie whacky things going on and a positve ANA (some years high some years low). I kind of felt like I had a death sentence, because with Lupus there is not much you can do. About one year ago, I decided to change doctors. My new doctor questioned my Lupus diagnosis and started the detective work. After about two months of tests, the evidence came in- Celiac. Now after 6 months of being glutenfree= all those other quirky symptoms that were Lupus-like went away. My doctor said Lupus is still possible but highly suspect. We are still watching for Lupus and we will rerun some test this spring and see what happens. But for now I have never felt so good in my entire life.
  15. Ruby Tuesday

    BLAECKY. My staff took me to Ruby's for Boss's Day. It was so sweet - they took me to lunch and wanted to buy, I felt obligated to go. Even thought I couldn't stand the place before diagnosis. I ordered what one of the previous responders mentioned, a very plain chicken breast with cheese and steamed veggies on the side. No flavor what so ever. And you guessed it, I got crapped up. God knows from what! Next time for Boss's day, I will buy and I will choose. -