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        This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)Gluten-Free Alcoholic BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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    1. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Your One Best Money Saving Idea   

      Our grocery bill is higher but it is balanced out by not eating out very much at all. With our schedule now, it would be so much easier to swing by McD's or whatever 2-3 times a week (which would be between $40-$90 a week depending on which places we went). Now there are very few places that I feel safe eating (and honestly it angers me to pay $7 for a salad that I could make at home for $2). So we do go out to eat but not nearly as often.

      Another thing that helps is planning meals instead of waiting until you are hungry for that nights meal to do the shopping.

      I also don't buy junk food. No sodas, rarely chips, etc. I also cut out cereal because the kinds my kids could eat and wanted to eat were the nutritional equivalent of milk poured over sugar - and cost a fortune.

      Pizza & mac and cheese are only occasional meals, not weekly. Spaghetti sauce is sometimes served over polenta (grits) instead of pasta (first time I did it my family was very skeptical but they decided they liked it - I did do cheese grits so that helped).

      Oh, and those bread recipes that don't work are all saved in the freezer for bread crumbs. Sweet breads and cookies that crumble make great hot cereal toppings.

      I do think that starting out it is much more expensive just because you are still in the gluten-filled mindset where all the favorite foods are gluten-filled. As that gets to no longer be the default setting, it gets much easier. Not to mention the expense of the frantic "I just want a sandwich" search for bread slows down.
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    2. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Grain-Free "couscous" Salad   

      Yum! this sounds delicious!
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    3. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Controversial Facebook Post By Chef   

      It is still there his facebook post. I saw it in his wall pictures. The post was done on the 10th and he took a picture every 10 miles from Glenwood Springs to Denver airport. (ok, maybe not every 10 miles but there are a bunch of them) and that moved the post way way down on his wall.

      I do think someone ought to show his boss his Valentines day rant (which includes calling his boss a few choice names).
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    4. Christi1996 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)   

      I Just Got My Entero Lab Results And I Am Not Surprised But A Bit Confused
      While it is nice to get confirmation that it is not all in my head, I would like to be normal and not worry about the whole gluten-free and now dairy-free too.

      What has me completely confused is the gene testing. It says I have 2 copies of the DQB1-0201 and DBQ1-0302 so it that 4 genes (or maybe chromosomes) or 2 and then what is the HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8).

      I loved the genetics portion of biology but that was 20 years ago and it didn't go into this depth. Is there an Idiots Guide to Gene Testing?

      Oh and what is the Anti-tissue Trasglutaminase?

      Anyway, here are the actual results:
      Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 37 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units)

      Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA 10 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units)

      Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 549 Units (Normal Range is less than 300 Units)

      Fecal Anti-casein (cow
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    5. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Jicama   

      I've never seen it cooked but I haven't seen it often. I did see on a food network show ("Mexican Made Easy), she sliced them really thin and used them as tortillas on some kind of chicken veggie taco. I haven't tried that yet but I am curious.

      I usually just put it on a salad (the once a year that I buy it.)

      I would be interested in what other ideas people have.
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    6. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Cooking Help   

      I have tried a few different flours to make a roux but I haven't yet settled on my favorite. Tapioca works but can develop a snot-like texture. Cornmeal works for gravy and such but it does have a corn-y flavor. Lately I have just been using flour blends because those are at the front of the cabinet.

      As for the cream of soup I have used this recipe with great success

      That said, I don't cook that way as much anymore. Being forced out of eating gluten made me actually think about what I am eating more and I just get a much better variety.
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    7. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Gross Cookies!   

      I haven't used that mix but I did do the black bean brownies in Living Without using bean flour (garbonzo) and then another batch with sorghum. The bean flour batter smelled absolutely beyond awful. I was making a back to back batch and wouldn't have cleaned the food processor between but the bena flour batter smelled so bad, I didn't think we would be able to eat it.

      After it baked though, it smelled just fine and tasted great. My daughter and I couldn't taste much difference between the two batches, and my husband (who doesn't have to eat gluten-free) prefered the bean flour. He said it was a little sweeter.

      But the way the batter smelled I would have thought the bean flour batch would go in the trash.

      So your cookies may be great after baking.
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    8. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Healthy Pet P-Pod Clumping Cat Litter-- Anyone Know If It"s gluten-free?   

      We have been using the silica cat litter (Mimi which is available only at w@lma@rt apparently) and really prefer it to any of the clay ones because of the dust issue. Well, also the litter box is in our only bathroom and the clumping litter that is tracked out of the box turns to cement if it gets wet - which happens when anyone takes a shower.
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    9. Christi1996 added a post in a topic A Gluteny Food You've Craved But Definitely Not Worth It...   

      Wow, the egg noodle-y type sound great. That is the kind we like and I would love the recipe.
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    10. Christi1996 added a post in a topic A Gluteny Food You've Craved But Definitely Not Worth It...   

      Rowena, I have a good gluten free cornbread recipe (just cornmeal no other non-gluten flours) that I have made dairy free using a variety of nondairy milks. It is a very forgiving recipe too.

      My craving would have to be the chicken & daumplings I used to make. I have made other recipes and they are good, just a different style of dumplings. My recipe used 6 cups of AP flour and I just hate to use that much gluten-free flour on one dish.
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    11. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Trusted Hard Candy For Super Sens?- No Soy No HFCS   

      I am not super sensitive but you might try Yummy Earth, I first heard about Yummy Earth through this blog post Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom - Yummy Earth. She has a video on the blog post about how they make the lollipops and some other information.

      When I was at our local health food store, I saw some and thought I would try it (honestly not expecting them to be really good). Wow! I think I have a new favorite candy.

      Anyway you might want to check them out too.
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    12. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Does Anyone Have This Problem?   

      I do know that Hatch makes an enchilada sauce (I *think* it is the green sauce but it could be red) that has wheat listed in the ingredients. I don't know if they share equipment or not though.

      You could make your own roasted green chilies. Buy some anaheim chilies and blacken the skin on the grill or stove top, then remove the blackened skin. You can also freeze them with the blackened skin on and then slip the peel off right before using.
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    13. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Bruising   

      There is also the topical arnica which I prefer with smaller areas and with it being topical I would think it would be safer. We like the one sold by GNC that looks like hair gel (we didn't like the feel of the other one we tried but your milage may vary). It is great for sore muscles, bruising etc.

      Oh, and I have no affiliation with GNC other than occasionally shopping there.
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    14. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Enzymes?   

      I know in the autism community those are very popular; some parents will give their child and enzyme instead of doing the gluten-free casien-free diet.

      I tried them and for awhile we did use them to eat whatever we want - because we didn't have the reaction with the pills. HOWEVER I recently discovered that I am still having a reaction, it just isn't as bad (mainly joint inflammation but no stomach problems).

      Now we are back to eating gluten-free but we do take an enzyme when there might be a problem with cross-contamination.

      We don't have a diagnosis so not sure if we have gluten-intolerance or celiac. So it does help but it isn't a license to eat anything.
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    15. Christi1996 added a post in a topic Where Do I Go With This?   

      When I buy mushrooms I immediately put them in a paper bag (like a sack lunch paper bag) and then chunk them in the fridge. The paper lets the mushrooms breathe enough so that they don't get slimy. If you completely forget about them (not that I have ever done that ) they just become dehydrated but are still usable in soups and stuff.

      I would like to know what you are planning on doing though!
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