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    1. Cherry Tart added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pregnancy   

      C Issues - Help :(
      Hello Friends!

      I desperately need your suggestions...

      I have a 4 month old baby and I'm breastfeeding.........and I'm have major issues with the Big C. I had this problem toward the latter part of my pregnancy and right after delivery but, these issues usually resolved within a few hours of taking Senokot or drinking tea. This has been going on for 2 days and I'm freaking out! I don't feel well at all. I've read all of the old posts about C and they mention impaction - yikes, what if that happens to me? Sorry - TMI. Please share if you know of any remedies that are OK to take while breastfeeding. I've been gluten-free for several years and have not had any problems with the Big C other than when I was pregnant. Please help!

      Your advice is greatly appreciated
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    2. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Is Fondant Gluten Free   

      For safety sake, be sure to check with the manufacturer first before consuming fondant. I did alot of research for a friend who has a bakery regarding fondant. I did discover that the 2 following manufacturers are safe (the 3rd would not comment):

      Bakels Fondant
      We can confirm that the Modified Food Starch in Pettinice RTR Icing is derived from maize/corn so as such there are no gluten/gliadin problems.

      Kind regards
      NZ Bakels Ltd
      Wendy Sutherland

      Wilton Rolled Fondant
      There is no gluten in the fondant and none in the plant! Wilton Industries - Consumer Care Center, 800-794-5866

      Satin Ice
      Refused to confirm if their product was gluten free or not.

      Honestly, fondant is beautiful but not very tasty. I would opt for a basic whipped or butter cream frosting instead.

      Congrats to you and your fam!
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    3. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic How Many Gluten Free Stores Have Failed?   

      There's a tiny healthfood store by me, in Southern California, called Vitamin City (not affiliated w/ the chain) that caters to several different food issues (lactose, soy, nut-free, sugar-free), however, the emphasis is on vegetarian, organic, and gluten free products. They have two giant sections (one dry goods, the other frozen) dedicated to gluten free and the prices are great (usually 20 - 30% less than Whole Foods & Sprouts). They also carry small brands I can't get at main stream stores. An added plus is that they offer organic veggies/fruit twice a week from local growers. That way they don't have a lot of waste by maintaining a daily produce section. Most of the produce usually sells out in a couple of days. They offer special orders for Shelton Farms free range turkeys during the holidays. In addition, they carry a good variety of vitamins and small organic beauty section. It's a tiny store, but it packs quite a punch. I do the majority of my shopping there. V.C. has been around for years. They are a fine example that one can own a tiny store and still have a successful business.

      As for pros/cons from the consumer....

      * the cost is usually high for gluten-free products
      * most stores will often carry only one or two items from a gluten-free company that offers countless products
      * things often sell out and are not quickly replaced
      * most stores are afraid to venture out and try smaller brands or local gluten-free bakers

      * stores are slowly becoming more educated on gluten-free products
      * stores that stock products based on consumer opinion/request (Ask your customers for their favorite brands...some products are terrible and expensive - save yourself the hassle and money, poll the consumers)
      * having a selection of other products to choose from than just gluten-free (ie. organic, dairy free)

      Good luck to you!!!
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    4. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Cereal   

      When it comes to mainstream cereals there's Rice Chex (gluten-free label right on the box), Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles. My favorite is EREWHON Rice cereal w/ Berries (like rice krispies but better and healthier), you can find it at Whole Foods/Sprouts/Henry's markets. Just watch their packaging, not all flavors are gluten free
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    5. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic I Need Help   

      Hi Dawn,

      Not to worry, once you get the hang of it - the gluten-free lifestyle becomes second nature.

      Here are some quick breakfast ideas: Cereal (Rice Chex is my fav - Cocoa/Fruity Pebbles are great for a sugar fix), PB&J on rice cakes, hard boiled eggs and cheese slices, Trader Joe's frozen gluten-free banana waffles or rice pancakes (they also have a mix for both), BumbleBars (I like chocolate and almond chai), apple slices and peanut butter, Trader Joes organic yogurts, egg-cheese-salsa breakfast wraps in corn tortillas. I don't know where you live but, there are some very good markets when it comes to gluten-free: Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Henry's, Wild Oats, Whole Foods (most have gluten-free shopping lists online).

      As mentioned by another poster, check out the blog for the gal that does gluten-free crockpot recipes that are pretty simple and tasty:

      Things always seem dismal after being newly diagnosed, don't worry, things will get better
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    6. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Expired Baking Mixes   

      Thanks for the info Liz!
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    7. Cherry Tart added a topic in Gluten-Free Recipes - Baking & Cooking Tips   

      Expired Baking Mixes
      Hello All!

      I was recently going through my cupboard when I noticed that I had several baking mixes that had expired (remnants of my early gluten-free hoarding days). Is it OK to use mixes that have expired? I just assumed that since they were in sealed packaging that they would still be OK. I'm not a baking guru, so any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    8. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Maui / Oahu   

      Hi Amber,

      I'm going to Oahu/Maui in a couple of weeks. Ken kindly gave me some great suggestions too.
      I was inspired to do some more research. Here are some links that pertain to both islands:

      Oahu (gluten-free menu, they even serve RedBridge Beer!)

      Maui (on Oahu as well) (read at the bottom of the article - Old Lahaina Luau) (a new store in Lahaina - supposed to have lots of gluten-free stuff) (by Kahalui airport - has a deli and bakery - everything is clearly labeled) (this place makes giant flourless chocolate cookies!)

      Kauai Dedicated gluten-free bakery in Kauai - will ship to other islands. I have not ordered from her before but I may on this trip.

      This is my first trip to Oahu, so I can't really recommend lodging. However, for Maui, I suggest staying on the west side of the island - it has the best sunsets. We rent condos from Jan Hendrix: in the Kaanapali beach area. I recommend the condos at Papakea. We always rent the studio on the water. This property doesn't have the best beach (it's small, but kid friendly), but if you walk a couple of blocks in either direction there are good beaches. The grounds are amazing too - beautiful gardens, giant koi ponds, pools/spas, new BBQs. There's a Star Market just across the street. They had a decent selection of gluten-free products. A couple of miles up the road is an Outback and Roy's. The Lahaina steam train is a couple of miles down the road too - kids love it.

      Some other good places to hit on other parts of the island: Momma's Fish House - incredible food (pricey but delicious), Tommy Bahama Cafe in Wailea was very accommodating, the Gazebo Restaurant in Napili was great for breakfast, Maui Tacos in Napili (looks like a dive but the food was tasty), and the Old Lahaina Luau (will provide gluten-free meals if you call ahead - they book up fast). Most of the restaurants/shopping on the west side of the island is in Lahaina. It's touristy and fun to visit but, I don't think I would want to lodge there. If you can manage it, I would suggest renting a car (even just for a couple of days). There are so many things to see and good beaches to visit - the island is very easy to navigate.

      The US is definitely not as educated on gluten-free diets as I would like but, things are getting increasingly better.

      Anywho, I think I've talked long enough Have a great time!
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    9. Cherry Tart added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pregnancy   

      The Best Fertility Dr. Ever!
      Hi Friends,

      Just wanted to let you know about a great Dr. I've been seeing for our fertility issues. His name is Dr. Paul Magarelli. He has offices in Colorado and California (I went to the CA office). I've never been more pleased and pampered by a doctor's office in my life! His staff was kind, caring, and brilliant. Dr. Mag's knowledge and sensitivity was beyond my expectations. He blends a mix of Eastern and Western medicine (acupuncture), which I truly appreciate. His office is beautiful and state of the art. And, he had good knowledge of Celiac disease to boot!

      I just wanted to pass this info along - I know how hard it is to find a good Dr. in this field
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    10. Cherry Tart added a topic in Gluten-Free Travel   

      gluten-free Restaurants In Oahu & Maui
      Hello Friends!

      I'm traveling to Oahu and Maui in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any good gluten-free restaurants they would recommend? I know they have the 'ol reliables: PF Changs, Outback, and Roy's - I was just hoping to find some other suggestions.

      Many thanks in advance!!!
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    11. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic What Has Happened To The Forum Layout ?   


      I'm having the same problem. I wasn't sure if the issue was on my end or the forum. I can't even find the button to log out so I can refresh and re-enter!
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    12. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Ttc?   

      I suggest Nature Made pre-natals. They are labeled gluten-free on the back! You can get them at Target for a good price
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    13. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Male Infertility   


      It's really best to wait a year for his system to heal before trying to conceive. Usually, motility/count/morphology will improve once his system is operating properly.

      After being on the diet for a few months, I suggest going to a fertility specialist for an evaluation for both of you (that is, if you haven't done so already). It's easy to speculate or do your own investigation on the internet but, it will give you peace of mind to talk to an expert. My husband and I tried for 2 years without success. We just assumed that our infertility was due to my having Celiac (at that point, I was gluten-free for 3 years). After visiting a fertility specialist, we discovered that I was fine. Actually, my husband (non-celiac) has low motility/morphology. This reduced our chances of conceiving naturally to 1%. As I'm approaching the "magic age" we decided to forge ahead w/ IVF. You may not have to go to such extreme measures. It may be a simple vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, or simply allowing him time to heal on the gluten-free diet. Be patient, there isn't a set time for fertility to return - it's different for everyone. Some people have been able to conceive within 6 months of STRICT gluten-free foods. However, most doctors recommend a full year recovery. Hopefully, your husband will have a speedy recovery - Good luck to you!
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    14. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Southern California?   

      Hi MsMini14,
      I'm right by you, I'm in Ontario.

      Thanks for sharing the gluten-free registry site - I haven't seen that one before. Very good source of info!
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    15. Cherry Tart added a post in a topic Southern California?   

      Hi babinsky,

      I'm in Ontario/Upland. My friend just opened up a bakery in Montclair called Sweet Addictions about a year ago. She started baking gluten-free just for me but started making gluten-free goodies when interest grew. She offers gluten-free goods every Thursday (call for availability - she always sells out) or you can make special orders throughout the week (including B'day/wedding cakes). She's in a shared facility, however, she uses dedicated pans/utensils and the gluten-free ingredients are quarantined. She's very careful - we've never had a reaction. She makes THE best red velvet cream cheese frosted cupcakes ever! If you have any questions, talk to Annette (she's the owner) Maybe I'll see you at her shop one of these days Enjoy!
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