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Treen Bean

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About Treen Bean

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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Hi! I just recently spent a weekend in Baltimore. I had a wonderful meal at a Pub called Lucy's on Eutaw. It is across from the Hippodrome Theater. Other safe options include: PF Changs, Outback, Uno's (for pizza), Fogo de Chao, Roy's. The website Urban Spoon just added a Gluten Free Friendly restaurant search option. I recommend trying that as well.
  3. No, though I have put those smoothie drinks back for that same reason, too! It was a "greens" powder called Amazing Grass.
  4. I had problems with nut butters for about 1 year after going gluten free. I ate Soy Nut Butter instead. Now, I am completely fine with all nut butters (except Cashew... allergic). I guess it just took my body some time to heal and be able to digest the fats, etc....
  5. Okay... I always avoided them too. I would also imagine the risk of cross contamination would be quite high. How can a company print "Gluten Free" on their label if the product is not truly gluten free?! We need stricter labeling laws here in the US!
  6. I, too, love Samis millet and flax chips and bread. But, I have had periodic trouble with CC issues from the bread. I try to stay away from it now.
  7. I recently read a product label claiming to be gluten free yet it contained wheat grass and barley grass. The website claimed that most people who are allergic to wheat are allergic to the gluten. The Gluten is not found in the plant/grass part of wheat grass and barley grass. Is this true?
  8. Bread: I would recommend baking your own in a breadmaker or using a mix. The Gluten Free Pantry mix and Pamela's Mix are both good. For a premade bread, Kinnikinnick is the best. I also like Sami's Bakery Millet and Flax bread, but it is NOT made in a dedicated facility. I have only gotten sick once though. Crackers: I like Mary's Gone Crackers and Nature Valley Rice Thins Pasta: Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta and Quinoa Pasta Cereal: Rice Chex, Gorilla Munch, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, Mesa Sunrise Baked Goods: I would recommend baking your own. Gluten Free Pantry, Namaste, and Pamela's mixes are all excellent. For Premade: Kinnikinnick, Foods by George Pizza Crust: For premade, Kinnikinnick is pretty good. Personally, I like to use the Chebe mix and make my own. It is very easy and DELICIOUS!
  9. They are still kind of hard to find. You might have to request that your local health food/grocery store stock them for you. If not, you can order them from The shipping rate is a flat fee. So, I would recommend ordering a bunch of things and stocking up. Good luck and happy hunting!
  10. I'm going to have to look for this mix! I definitely prefer making stuff at home vs. buying it. Thanks for the tip!
  11. I didn't find them as dense as the Josef crackers. I don't know if I would call them "flaky", but they were pretty darn close!
  12. I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!! Yesterday, I stumbled upon a little health food store in the middle of nowhere Michigan that carried Kinnikinnick Graham Crackers. They're called Smorables. I use to have two Graham Crackers dipped in milk every night for my dessert, pre-Gluten Free. I tried the Josef brand Graham Crackers, but they left a funny aftertaste, and just weren't quite right. I cautiously nibbled the corner of one of the Kinnikinnick crackers and wonder upon wonders it tastes like a REAL Graham Cracker!!!!!!!! (happy dance). I had Graham Crackers dipped in milk for dessert tonight! I highly recommend everyone try these. They are casein free, too!
  13. I have an update on my sisters. My older sister and her husband have gone completely gluten free and have maintained the diet for 2 months now! They are both feeling great. My sister has started gaining some much needed weight and her husband has lost 15 pounds! I am so proud of them for finally taking a proactive approach to their health! Now, if my little sister would get on board the gluten free train! Thanks again for all of your comments and advice.
  14. I know that my problems started after I contracted Cellulitis, and it started attacking my immune system. After that, I started having severe problems with gluten, dropped a ton of weight, etc.... But, other than developing a cashew allergy and becoming increasingly sensitive to cross contamination, I haven't developed any more problems. I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
  15. OOHHHHH!!!! That lasagna sounds fabulous! Would you mind posting the recipe?