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My opinion on dealing with eating gluten-free in a restaurant is that you need to be very specific without being nasty. Most people are quite willing to accommodate our needs if they understand what you want clearly. For instance, when you're out to breakfast and yes you want the hash browns but not the toast, if the dish shows up with toast, either they forgot or you didn't make yourself clear. I won't eat from a dish with toast crumbs.
If you're been up front and said that you have celiac disease not let them think you're on the Atkins diet, your meal can progress smoothly. Family and friends learn your eating habits quickly and are your best supporters. Mine often chime in while I'm ordering to be certain about "no croutons" for instance. If in doubt about a salad dressing, stick to olive oil. Becoming a regular at a "safe" place makes eating out very easy. If your hamburger arrives on roll even when you asked for it on a dish, don't just eat it to be nice. If they bring it back in 30 seconds, the chances are certain that they dumped it onto another dish. Gotta be specific as to why. I still get glutened once in awhile eating out, but not nearly as often after I learned to be my own advocate!
There are unavoidable times when eating out is a necessity, like vacation or travel. I think it's worth the trouble to learn how to navigate a restaurant. There is a book listing gluten-free restaurants by state that is helpful too. I'd say be smart.
ps. I never eat in fast food places, soda or bottled water only.
I have the same issues that the rest of you are noting and the fatigue is overwhelming at times. I can’t seem to tell if taking extra calcium with D helps or not, but I do seem to feel better in the summer when it’s warmer. The joints in my hips are so sore sometimes it is hard to go to sleep so I've been taking a lot of Motrin. Now that the weather is better, it’s a lot easier to get outside and exercise; I keep telling myself that will help. Part of it too is that I am rapidly approaching menopause; starting it? With periods getting erratic after decades of timeliness, that is taking its toll on me physically. Wish there was a way around it. Any ideas?
The important thing to remember is that you're worth it! I look at these items as staples that are necessary items. Personally I do not care for Rice Crispies or corn flakes. They get too soggy and taste like mush. This may sound crazy, but I keep a box of baby rice cereal for mornings that I need to get out extra early. It's not bad with milk, a shake of cinnamon, and a squeeze of honey.
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, their prices are about the best that I've found for gluten-free cereal; these are the cereals that I like best: Enviro Kids Peanut Butter Panda Puffs and Enviro Kids Koala Krisp, Puffins-the plain and cinnamon-these come in a larger box and are great. Don't let the kid names fool you. These cereals are all good. My 6'2" son watches to see them on sale and will buy them for me at his super size grocery store. since some of the larger chain stores do carry more gluten-free products. You may want to try Red Mill products. They make a hot ceral mix called "Mighty Tasty gluten-free Hot Cereal". Yes that is really the name! And it's not bad, but it takes 10 minutes to cook. If you think it's expensive, remember that one bag lasts a long time (much longer than a box of cereal), and it's very nourishing. Also, Mr. Ritts Bakery in Philadelphia makes a pancake and waffle mix that is a pleasant change from cereal in the morning. They also have bags of a variety of flavored gluten-free cereals that are good and priced sensibly.
The ideas presented on carrying lists are great, but I tend to double-check, so I like to read the labels on everything. Someone posted here about a year ago to look for single-ingredient foods especially when eating out. That's really helped me alot!
In the ongoing attempt to try to stay healthy, I started eating Stoneyfield yogurt. It seemed like a good thing to do to eat the 5 active yogurt cultures, but what happened was that for some reason it made me very bloated, uncomfortably. It took a while for this reaction to happen, but as soon as I stopped eating yogurt, I felt much better. Any ideas???? Yogurt is such a quick and healthy food I'd like to re-add back to my "diet" to keep the weight on.
Wow, I guess we are all gluten-free normal!!! THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS DON'T ANY OF YOU HAVE BABY WIPES????!!!??? At my house, we never stopped buying them even after the children were old enough to deal with the bathroom alone. Believe me, they are a lifesaver even for adults. My doctor recommends using them during a colonoscopy prep. When I tell friends this before their procedure, they are grateful afterwards. Baby wipes make you feel sssssooooo much cleaner with less effort or rubbing with the nasty, rough stuff. They also carry well in little zip-lock baggies.
I still think lunch at work is the toughest gluten-free meal to plan. My favorite lunches are leftovers...I try to make enough of whatever we are having for dinner and just pop some into a microwave save container to reheat. Also, I like to make a batch of gluten-free soup and freeze individual containers. Annie's makes a good gluten-free mac and cheese that is micowaveable if you're in a hurry. gluten-free pasta reheats well and makes a good lunch too.
There has been ongoing controversy regarding caffeine vs. the de-caffination process as to which is worse. Personally, I choose to stick with herbal teas that are caffeine-free. Once you choose a flavor you like or enjoy a variety as I do, they are lots of choices. I find tea to be very soothing and it's wonderful with honey. My doctor prescribed Prevacid for me and coffee is on the list of foods to avoid, so I do.
Three nutritionists have told me that skin care products do not cross-over (will not make you sick). But I just can't bring myself to buy anything with wheat in it for myself. I would not even consider any lipstick with wheat as an ingredient. Try Estee Lauder's Intense Lip Creme. I like the Amour Rose. It has long lasting color wihout dyeing or drying out your lips. Even though it seems more expensive than the drug store variety, it lasts longer since you use less. As a school teacher, I do not find much time to re-apply lipstick during the day, so give this one a try.
73. Force fluids, and then force more fluids. My new favorite is Twining's lemon and ginger tea. Its' caffeine free too so it won't keep you awake. The lemon is perky and the ginger's good for the stomach.
Last Saturday, I dragged my family with me to Mr. Ritts Bakery in Philadelphia. At first they did not plan on being very excited, but they were when I was! Mr. Ritts Bakey ONLY bakes gluten-free and I am thrilled with everything that I bought which included lemom poppyseed muffins, orange almond biscotti, and blueberry waffles. That means that all of the tempting treats there we can eat safely! What an amazing find. There were so many choices it was hard to narrow my selections to what would fit in the cooler that I brough along. This great little bakery just a block from South Street in Philadelphia if you're close enough to visit and if not, they'll ship to you. Visit their website, it's well worth it! Mr. Ritt's Bakery • 709 E. Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147• 215-627-3034 • firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.mrritts.comps. They are very friendly and helpful too! Next visit, I'm bringing home a cake!
Does anyone else have good shopping/buying tips?