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Hi, I have been over to Europe each of the last three years and when I ordered gluten-free food in Italy I ended up with salad and meat so I decided that eating in MacDonald's was way easier and their salads in Italy are wonderful with cherry tomatoes lots of different types of salad and parmesan an cheese. If you choose grilled Chicken check that it is still gluten-free. I am going back to Italy this Sept / October. Switzerland is an easy country as most of their National sausages are gluten-free and they are pre cooked and therefore can be kept in your day pack for snacking on. It is not easy travelling gluten-free that is for sure and especially with all the foods you can not eat.
Good luck as you will need it.
Yes it is hard when you have a family to cook for. But as time goes by you will find that you will be cooking gluten free and all the family eat it and they are none the wiser. Remember meat vegetables and dried herbs do not contain gluten. Sushi with avocado and salmon is a great food to take to work or keep in your handbag if you are out all day. The biggest thing is to always read labels each time you by a product because ingredients can change and if there is something that contains gluten you can find yourself on the loo, or in my case as I am an colostomite re bowel cancer I would have a bag of air then it would be like water, and all this can be within a half hour. All it is for most of us is eating way healthier as gluten products are often the additives or modified starch products all white looking and bleached............so not healthy for anybody in large amounts. AND that is right Google everything.
I got a feeling there are other issues going on here and maybe spend time understanding what she feels like 'cause until you have walked a mile in someones shoes you just don't know what its like saying good bye to gluten forever. But we Celiac's have to - there is no choice.
I to suffer from really painful calf / leg cramps and have to wake my husband to push my foot forward and rub my leg where it is hardening, its so painful. It is one of the sign that I have unknowingly eaten gluten. The Dr said drink Indian tonic water and that certainly helps keep away the slight pain that I used to have the next day after the bad cramp. It contains Quinine which you can also get in tablet form.
Hi from New Zealand, I to had no symptoms like bloating, stomach pains. My blood test was neg and this was done because my iron was very low even after the cancer was removed and they thought it would rise but it didn't. I would not have known that as I felt good and healthy BUT my biopsy in 2004 was positive. I went straigh gluten free and stayed gluten-free for three years.I did a gluten challenge while on holiday in Italy in 2007, only have a bit of past came home and had a biopsy again and it was positive again. I did this gluten challenge because I felt so well compared to some people I have read about. Since then I have stayed totally gluten free. You know you do not need any out ward symptoms to have Celiac Disease but it can be a silent killer. I had bowel / rectal cancer with radio therapy ever day for seven weeks and chemo therapy 24/7 for the same time to shrink the cancer which it did then for my 50th birthday, in April 2002, and four weeks after my last radiotherapy had an operation, re arranging my body, and am now an Ostomate, I have a colostomy bag FOR EVER not reversible. So please take being a Celiac very serious. Meat and vegetables and fruit and everything in as close to natural state as possible, it is so much easier to eat at home. Yes I know eating out is a big pain. I went back to Italy and Switzerland in 2008 and as a Celiac it was not easy. After ordering gluten-free in restaurants and ending up eating salad till it came out my ears I started to eat salads at MacDonalds, were they are so nice there in Italy, and did not have to go through all the special ordering hassles. I am heading back to Paris in two weeks and over to Switzerland, with my husband and youngest son,so I am not looking forward to eating out all the time. One time when I was wondering if it was worth all the hassle a good friend, a Prof in Immunology, asked me 'Do you want to relive the last five years of your life' WELL I DID NOT. so there was my answer.I got diagnosed at 52 years old. Yes there were heaps of symptoms for me if I really think about it, infertility the big one, seven year gaps between children, one child, our daughter, died at birth and our last child was born when I was 43 and half years old. How pleased we were to have him our third child. Most desert and cake recipes can easily be adapted. Sadly the body seems to add other things to the list of things you can not eat, like spicy foods, ice cream etc but they are not life threatening I don't think. All the best to you and you choices.