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    1. WinterSong added a post in a topic Nyc Restaurant In Times Square   

      I'm from New York, and I never eat in Times Square when I got to the theatre. It's more than worth it to travel a few minutes to an amazing restaurant. I recommend:
      Senza Gluten
      Friendman's Lunch (near 34th St so not too far away)
      There is also another Bistango on 55th St I think, at the Kimberly Hotel. I've only been there for brunch, but I've heard great things. 
      Have fun!
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    2. WinterSong added a post in a topic gluten-free Cat Food For Constipated Cats   

      Thank you, everyone, for the advice. I may ask my vet for an alternative, but if she doesn't have one I'll just continue doing what I'm doing and work to decrease my anxiety about it. Thank you for sharing your experiences. 
      And bartfull - very sorry for your loss. I'm sure that you had given her a wonderful home and that she lived a very happy life. 
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    3. WinterSong added a post in a topic gluten-free Cat Food For Constipated Cats   

      Thank you so much for the advice.
      I don't think I've gotten outwardly sick from handling my cat's food. My last blood test came back negative, but she lives at my boyfriend's apartment (we're planning on moving in together), and I wasn't seeing her on a daily basis. But emotionally it has been stressing me out a lot, and I'm worried about long term effects of having gluteny cat hair everywhere.
      In the past, my cat rairly drank water, but recently has been drinking a lot more. She didn't like the moving water. Our favorite trick was placing a mug of water in the bedroom. She thinks that it is my mug and that she's being sneaky and stealing it
      When she was with her foster family, she ate dry cat food full of carbs and gluten. When we took her home we put her on a very good quality wet food because we wanted her to be healthier, but that was when she first started getting constipated. The vet had us try mixing pumpkin in with it which only helped a little. Then she went on the medicated food and her poops looked like dinosaur poops. We couldn't believe that she had all of that in her little body! Her energy and overall happiness increased. So the tricky thing is that all of the advice to put her on high quality, high protein, low carb food does not work for her.  I think I need to find a gluten-free brand of specially made food for constipated cats.
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    4. WinterSong added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      gluten-free Cat Food For Constipated Cats
      I've posted about this briefly in other topics, but I think I really need to make a switch and need help.

      My cat has been to the hospital twice for severe constipation. The vet put her on a special prescription food to help her go to the bathroom, and now she's healthy and very happy. But it has gluten in it. I'm struggling. My boyfriend mostly feeds her but sometimes he gets stuck at work or goes out of town. I hold my breath when I feed her because of particles that are released in the air when I open the bag, and I wash my hands constantly. But then of course she licks herself after she eats. And she sheds. And her hair is everywhere. And I also want to kiss her because I love her so much.

      I'm going to talk with our vet, but my boyfriend is very reluctant to try anything new for fear of endangering our cat's life.

      Does anyone know of gluten free cat food for constipation?

      Also, any advice? I feel like I need a hug.
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    5. WinterSong added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      gluten-free Giveaways For Celiac Awareness Month
      Hi everyone!
      Just a heads up that there are a bunch of bloggers doing great product giveaways to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month. If you search instagram/twitter/facebook for hashtags like #glutenfreegiveaways, ect you should find a bunch. 
      Sharing the love!     
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    6. WinterSong added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      New Food Steamer?
      Even though I've been gluten-free for several years, I have the occasional "Oh no, I never thought about _____!" moment. This time it's about my food steamer.
      I have one of those plastic food steamers that has an extra steaming bowl for rice.I had it before going gluten-free and at one point cooked gluteny flavored rice in the steaming bowl. I ordered a new steaming bowl. BUT should I have also replaced the lid and any other parts of it since it's all plastic? 
      And dear Lord, when does the questioning end!?!?!
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    7. WinterSong added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      Mid-Week Funny!
      Thought I would share! What I love about this is that it states at the beginning that they are clearly making fun of the fad diet, not the medical condition. Enjoy!
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    8. WinterSong added a post in a topic Trader Joe's White Corn Chips/trader Joe's In General   

      From my understanding, Trader Joe's is testing their gluten-free items now to comply with the FDA ruling. However, they have only tested a few products, which are listed on their website. Most of the ones they have tested are gluten-free baked products. They are working on testing more. But you can call their corporate number and ask if a certain product is made in the same facility/equipment as wheat. Just have the number under the bar code handy. I did that for a few products that didn't list any allergen information. 
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    9. WinterSong added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Ice Cream Made From Cashews? gluten-free?
      I've been talking with a local ice cream company about their gluten free status. It all looks good in terms of their actual ice cream making process. They are very good about avoiding cross contamination. My last question was about their ice cream base. It's a vegan ice cream, so they make it from cashews. I asked them if the cashews themselves are free from cross contamination. I got this response back. What do you think? Does anyone know about the allergen policies for raw materials from other countries? 
      "Regarding be honest, we have not looked into the process by which the nuts are harvested. We use a specific cashew nut from a specific country but we are not sure how to inquire into whether or not these cashews have been contaminated through processing. Cashew is a global raw material commodity and we purchase it in quantities numbering in the tons, so it would be highly unlikely that the nuts have gone anywhere near equipment or even processing plants that also handle gluten-containing materials."
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    10. WinterSong added a post in a topic Dry Cat Food   

      That is too funny. That is exactly what my cat does. She's so greedy. Once I opened her small food container, and she stuffed her face in it before I could do anything. She picked up half a dozen pieces, ran to the other room, dropped them, and then proceeded to swallow them whole one by one, lol.
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    11. WinterSong added a post in a topic Dry Cat Food   

      That's a nice thought too. Unfortunately she needs to be fed five times a day (otherwise she gets too excited, eats too fast, then throws up). My boyfriend and I do not live together yet. Our cat is staying at my place for a period of time while he is busy traveling. What I have done to minimize the dust problem is to transfer some of her food into a smaller container. When I open it I can tell that there isn't as strong of the smell as with the larger bag. So I'm hoping that the smaller container is decreasing the airborn risk. I still do not hold it close to me and will hold my breath. I only touch the little scoop in the container then wash my hands. That's the best I've come up with so far.
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    12. WinterSong added a post in a topic Dry Cat Food   

      Thank you for the advice. I wish we could switch. She has been on three different diets.
      1. Unhealthy mainstream cat food with lots of starches and fillers (this was before we adopted her).
      2. A highly recommended diet of wet food only that has no grains/fillers. Very high in protein.
      3. Her current diet of special medicated dry food containing gluten.
      Oddly enough, on her wet food/diet #2 she had to go to the hospital three times for severe constipation. Thank goodness we had pet insurance, otherwise the bills would have been monstrous. Her current diet is the only thing that has been keeping her regular. It was awful on #2 because we now realize she had been trying for weeks to tell us that something was wrong (she was pooping, just not enough), but because she obviously doesn't speak English we didn't get it. My boyfriend (the technical owner) is not willing to risk compromising her health again to try a new food. We'll just end up with another ER visit. 
      I'm trying to be as careful as I can feeding her. I don't think it's much different than having a shared kitchen with gluten eaters. Everything is separate. Luckily I don't have a skin sensitivity to gluten. 
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    13. WinterSong added a post in a topic Do Your Pets Eat Gluten Free?   

      My cat eats a special medicated food that unfortunately has gluten in it. I was my hands a lot - after feeding and before cooking anything. Wish she could go gluten-free.
      I laughed reading the earlier comments because I hold my breath when I feed her, lol. 
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    14. WinterSong added a post in a topic Glutened By My Lipstick   

      I use Red Apple Lipstick primarily.
      Channel has said that their lipsticks and glosses do not contain gluten. However, they give the disclaimer that they don't test for gluten and there is gluten in the facility, so they cannot guarantee anything. I haven't had a problem with their products, though. 
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    15. WinterSong added a post in a topic Dry Cat Food   

      I wish I could give my kitty gluten-free food. She (like her mommy) has stomach issues, and she needs to be on a specific medicated brand that happens to contain gluten. I keep her food in the hall closet away from anything cooking related, and I wash my hands after each feeding. It would be so much easier if it was gluten-free. Sigh. 
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