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Aside from the much needed energy boost after I was diagnosed (I was falling asleep at work at 2 pm - after 3 Red Bulls), I also found that I had a much more positive attitude to working out. I have always been an athlete, but my moods went from negative/shakey/lathargic to actually feeling the need to get in shape. I still have days where I could take a pass on hitting the gym, but it's been over a year and I almost feel bad if I don't go.
Agreed on the coating part. That is why I avoid places that have a serving line or prep line. People dip their hands/spoons/knives into multiple things and once it is done - you are out. Frankly, that has been the hardest part. Places may have gluten free menues, but they may grab something or cut something in an area that has gluten. I stick to grilled meats that are uncut and steamed veggies as best as possible. Stuff that gets stirred tends to have a higher risk of "spoon switching".
Aside from that, hot dogs are a 50/50 in my book. I bought Hebrew National (great taste by the way) and Omaha Steak hot dogs and both were ok. However, I ran into 2 brands that used wheat as a filler. You just have to read to find out.
Though it seems you got a good mix of answers, my take is a little different. I was diagnosed 3 months ago and went 100% gluten free right away (didn't wait, just jumped in - the pain was way too strong). When I get glutened, it usually takes about 6 hours and I feel heavy pressure in my gut and needle like pain for about 3-4 days. I think we all have it differently. Frankly, I have been stabbed twice and didn't go the hostipital on the second one - so I really don't get bothered by pain. However, I notice the gluten reaction and I would rather take a knife!
From what I hear, it is different for everybody. It took me about 1 week to get to normal when I ate some soup that had it. I have read that the longer you are off gluten, the longer it takes to recover. I have been gluten free for 3 months. Hope that helps.
Yeah, I saw that sour cream too. It was the one that is usually in those packets. And add this to the WTF file for wheat - peanuts and mixed nuts. What? Planters is fine, but the off brands all say they contain milk and wheat products. I thought for sure that peanuts and salt would be as far as I would need to read on a can of roasted nuts. Jerks!
One thing I would check is your pantry. I did even further research on some common things and found out my continued pain was due to a few random items. Land O Lakes butter spread has modified food starch (but not the stick version), and it was in my fruit snacks and mixed nuts (really? why add wheat to mixed nuts?). I was in pain for about 2 weeks and thought I was going crazy (didn't even tell my wife). I cut those out and felt a lot better.
Honestly, it took about 2 months to really get into the swing of things. You will be AMAZED at what you actually can eat if you just check it first. I can still go to Chinese (Pei Wei, their spicy chicken is awesome!), and do Pizza (make your own or Waldo Pizza in KC is better than most pizza places anyway) and all the other things. I just usually have to make sure I check online or go with the simple things when I order. Eating at home was a change, but most everything I normally ate has a gluten free alternative that is about the same - and most of the time better. I lost 26 pounds during these last few months, but I am in shape and have a ton of energy. Sadly, I actually am not too upset about finding out so late in life (age 30, March of this year I found out).
Well, I just wanted to share this because this is the first time in 2 weeks that I have not felt like I want to punch someone or hide in a corner over this stuff:
I have tried to venture to 2 restaurants and fully expected to just give up when ordering and stick with a salad. My experience, however, was well more than I expected -
The first (Waldo Pizza in Kansas City) was my primary attempt to get something out of the house. They were advertised to have a gluten free menu. I ordered what I thought was a good pizza (half sliced steak, half meatball) on the gluten free crust. The lady seemed to be a bit snotty and just wrote it down. I figured "hey, it's a pizza place, not the Ritz" and waited to see what concoction they came up with. After about 2 minutes the waitress comes back and says "I wasn't quite sure, so I asked the cook about what you ordered. He agreed that the meatballs are a wildcard for you, so you should just do hamburger - not the meatballs". Wow! someone actually thought far enough down the line to make sure the order itself was good for me. She got a big tip!
The second (Pei Wei) is a chain chinese/thia place. They also had a gluten free menu, though it wasn't posted. When I went to the counter to ask, the guy had it on a magnet by the ordering desk and handed it to me. I had 5 choices with no descriptions, so I picked the name that sounded decent (Pei Wei Spicy). They guy at the desk (not the guy I ordered it from) hand delivered it to me and it looked like generals chicken. Before I could open my mouth, he said "I wanted to make sure you knew the breading was potato flour, so you are OK". Way cool.
So that is my long winded attempt at being excited. Finally some normacy and better service than I have had in years.
Good option - toaster oven. What I do is just put foil over the tray each time I use it and it is like having a fresh toaster. They cook and toast, so it works for most things. Buying a new toaster obviously works, but if you have a family - someone may be using regular bread in it. If you just cover the tray, you won't have to lose the crispness that the toasting gives (vs covering the roll itself with foil).
Without creating a flame here, I just want to comment on how odd this is to even be an issue. I understand your concern (as it is very well founded), but I would have to believe that god would forgive you for not eating a cracker and wine if you cannot physically do it. Though the suggestions are very well thought out, I think the core of your answer comes from understanding that god won't shun you for refraining from this one little symbolic act. You can "make up for it" by just being a good person. If you actually understand what you are doing (it is meant to represent your acceptance to the faith and to Jesus himself), you don't need to act it out to have the same result. Though I am sure this will anger a few devouts out there, I believe that there has been some understanding lost in the process of trying to play things by the book (is that an unintended pun?).
Actually, it didn't say anything other than "Allegen Warning: Wheat, egg, peanut". Other than that, it was just information about the product and how to cook it. I have seen the other warnings, but I see just the allergen warning more than the one about the manufacturing process.