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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. Gluten-Free Flours In India

    Thanks for the info Ken! This is very helpful.
  2. Traveling To Africa For Two Weeks

    I lived in Central Africa for two years and traveled around quite a bit, although I never went to Zambia. In Zambia there will be a lot of food imported from South Africa which may have gluten-free labeling, but the quality and standards for such labeling are pretty much non-existent. There may be well-labeled European imports, but they'll be very expensive. Do not necessarily stick to what the locals eat without asking first, as some breads and porridges will be made with wheat flour, but you should find plenty made with teff, sorghum, buckwheat, millet, cassava, plantains, bananas, and rice. You may even find banana beer and sorghum beer (made in some questionable conditions, but I've given them both a try!). There will also be lots of grilled meats and vegetables. If you're eating at nice restaurants, food will be Europeanized and probably be breaded or served with bread. If you're eating at local snack shops, you'll most likely be getting beans, rice, and meat on a stick. Most American and European airlines have a gluten-free option, so check with your airline. You'll have to request it in advance and be prepared for the meal to kind of suck. I've checked bags full of gluten-free goodies with no problem. As long as you don't have fresh produce in your bags, you shouldn't have a problem getting them through customs. Have fun! I love Africa! Stephanie
  3. Gluten-Free Flours In India

    Hello! I posted this in the international forum with no response so far, so I thought I'd try here as well. We moved to Hyderabad, India, a few months ago. I'm finally starting to feel settled but I'm having trouble with the names of some of the flours and figuring out which ones are wheat flour and which aren't. I know that besan is a lentil flour and jowar is sorghum. I've also found corn flour and rice flour. I've heard that millet and buckwheat flours are available but I don't know the local names for them. Can anyone tell me? And are there any other flours I should be looking for? Thank you! Stephanie
  4. Hello! We moved to Hyderabad, India, a few months ago. I'm finally starting to feel settled but I'm having trouble with the names of some of the flours and figuring out which ones are wheat flour and which aren't. I know that besan is a lentil flour and jowar is sorghum. I've also found corn flour and rice flour. I've heard that millet and buckwheat flours are available but I don't know the local names for them. Can anyone tell me? And are there any other flours I should be looking for? Thank you! Stephanie
  5. Sometimes for parties we do a spring roll bar. Just put out dishes of fillings, a plate of the wrappers and a pan full of warm water and everyone makes their own. It's pretty easy to prepare and a unique treat that people don't even think about it being "special diet" food. I like mango in mine and dipped in a sweet chili sauce.
  6. I'm just curious, were you a vegetarian before, and then wanted more food choices so turned to meat? I was not a vegetarian but didn't eat a lot of meat. After my diagnosis I started craving it like crazy. I'm guessing since I was cutting out one major food source my body needed fulfillment from something else. I still eat small portions of meat, but my meat repertoire has greatly expanded. Anyway, dinner tonight is quinoa tabouli from Bob's Red Mill: Looking forward to seeing everyone else's meal ideas!
  7. I know that about the test, but she won't be getting tested for quite a while so I'm not introducing gluten until closer to test time. We don't live in the United States and they don't do the test where we are. We won't be back in the States for at least a year.
  8. Hello, We have a little muffin who's starting on finger foods. I have celiac disease and we're keeping the baby gluten-free until we can get her tested. What are some good gluten-free, no- or low-sugar cereals that can be snacked on like Cheerios? (Something we'll both find tasty.) Thanks! Stephanie
  9. Can Celiac Cause Extreme Morning Sickness

    I tend to think that these are fairly common pregnancy issues and we notice them more because we're more in-tuned with our bodies due to the celiac disease. Of all my friends with kids, I'm the only celiac and I'm so far having one of the easiest pregnancies out of them all. The celiacs on some level may exacerbate some problems, but there may be a whole bunch of other environmental factors at play. For example, I had high blood pressure pre-pregnancy. But after two weeks of no caffeine and no alcohol, my blood pressure went down to normal. The HBP had nothing to do with celiacs, but could have caused complications later on. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is going to be different. That seems to be the only thing that experts agree on. For optimal health I think we have to focus on more than just the celiacs.
  10. What Chains Are Offering Gluten-Free Meals Nowadays?

    Uno's Chicago Grill (what I grew up knowing as Pizzeria Uno's) has a gluten-free menu. Mary's Pizza Shack and Pizza Fusion also have gluten-free menus, but I'm not sure where their locations are outside of California. I didn't really love Uno's gluten-free pizza, but I appreciated that their gluten-free menu extracted parts from the "regular" menu that were gluten-free, like chicken and fish dishes, not just a list of the gluten-free pizza toppings. And when the waiter saw me ordering off the gluten-free menu, he knew not to bring my salad with croutons. (I was testing him and didn't ask about them when ordering!) Stephanie
  11. Chicken Feed Help

    Would wearing gloves and a mask help? Then making sure you wash up thoroughly when you're finished. Unless you have skin reactions, the only real danger is if you get particles on your lips or hands that get ingested from there. Otherwise, getting gluten on your skin shouldn't be an issue.
  12. Help Me Before I Litterally Waste Away.

    If you're eating healthy, gluten-free meals, then it's not the celiac disease. You really should talk to another doctor and another nutritionist, ones who understand gluten intolerance.
  13. The gluten is in wheat, rye, and barley. Lots of soy products have gluten in them, though, like most soy sauces. So the doctor may have misspoke, but it's a reminder to check those ingredients lists on everything. It's probably worth a phone call to confirm if soy was tested for separately for some reason.
  14. We weren't trying at all! There was a screw up with my pill prescription and I was off it for about 3 months. We knew it was a possibility but didn't think it would actually happen in that short amount of time. I've been gluten-free for several years. This is our first. I'm at 13 weeks and so far everything is going along very healthily.
  15. Will I Hurt My Baby If I Cheat?

    Regardless of antibodies or anything else that may or may not directly cause harm to the baby, if your intestines are damaged because you're eating foods you're intolerant of they won't be able to absorb all the nutrients and vitamins that you and the baby need. And the only way to know for sure that your digestive problems are from the pregnancy is to completely cut out the foods you know you're not supposed to be eating. I know it's hard to resist those cravings, but you have to find substitutes. One way to decrease pregnancy nausea is to constantly eat throughout the day rather than have three big meals. Find foods that you like and you can tolerate and eat nothing but them if you have to. I spent two weeks eating nothing but fruit, vegetables, beans, and rice because it was all I could stomach. Now, at 7 weeks, I've been able to reintroduce meat and dairy in small amounts. (I'm not dairy intolerant.) From what I've read, this early on, the nutritional needs of the baby are actually quite low. It's taking everything from you, so you may feel depleted, but the baby is not. You need to worry about your own health and nutrition to keep your strength up and have a good foundation for when the baby starts to grow more and needs more from you. I try to think positively. I like to think we have an edge on all those "regular-eating" mothers who don't know their bodies as well as we know ours.