Happy Birthday, LizzM! I think you meant it was last Thursday, so hope it turned out great. I am brand new to this, too. This is my third week gluten free. I just wanted to congratulate you on your dedication!! When I got the confirmation from my biopsies, they called me on a Thursday after telling me they wouldn't have results until the next Monday. My whole family just decided we were going to "gluten it up" until Monday and we lived large that weekend! I think if I found out 3 days before my birthday, I would have just waited 3 more days to go gluten free! You're a strong woman! Hope the cake was delicious. Good luck going gluten free. Think how great you'll feel and how much more familiar you'll be on your next birthday!!
C-Cubed replied to Happy Holly's topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsHi, VeggieMomma. I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few weeks ago. I have been gluten free (I think!) for only three weeks. Today was my first shopping spree at Trader Joe's where I had hoped to find Gluten Free heaven. Alas, like you, I found myself stuck. My symptoms leading to diagnosis were more general (tiredness, joint pain, mild bloating, etc.. ) I really don't know if I would notice "being glutened" yet, or ever, but I know I have to be strict to get healed (my biopsies revealed no villi at all.) Like you, I don't want to unknowingly continue to damage my intestines and never know it because my symptoms are so general. But now I am wondering about all of the gluten free products I've been eating that might simply be choosing not to label that they are processed on a shared facility. I feel I have to get myself to a "healed" state before I can possibly notice what it's like to be "glutened". But I'm thinking the only sure way to do that is to totally simplify my eating for the next several months. But man, was I depressed when everything I wanted to buy (corn tortillas, cashews, potato crisps, whatever...) said "on a shared facility".