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  1. Would be great to help out however I seem to have some posting restrictions on my account despite it being 3 years old now. I guess I did not post enough in the past... If you can deal with that then I can PM people if you wish.
  2. Happy to help out and moderate/answer questions if you wish, especially from a Canadian aspect, which is where I live! Diagnosed in 1983, and I have followed this website since its inception, I currently moderate several Facebook pages and have run a Chapter of a Celiac Association, along with putting on lots of seminars and events through the years. I have also travelled extensively mostly with work however some on vacation, through Canada, Europe, USA, Central America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. I have several auto immune related medical conditions (along with unrelated medical conditions now), Celiac being diagnosed 5 years after Graves Disease - although they did not know about the auto immune connection back in the 70's and 80's as Celiac was still listed as a rare disease. The best learning experience I had within the last year was attending the bi-annual Symposium for Celiac Disease in Chicago this past September, where all the top Celiac doctors and researchers met and discussed the current and future for Celiac Disease and Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance around the world based on current research taking place. It truly was an eye opening experience, especially to hear how a group of these experts are helping get people diagnosed in Third World countries, such as parts of Africa, where their primarily meal is also couscous (which is wheat based) and how to cope with their new diet. I never thought I had it bad 30 years ago when I was diagnosed as I was so happy to get better and just eat really plain food, however when you have little money and only one affordable type of food that is a big issue. No longer is celiac disease a Northern European descent disease - it truly is affecting people around the world. I look forward to chatting with all of you!
  3. I have taken frozen water and yogurt on flights many times now with no issues. Been through Canadian, American, EU, NZ, AU, and Japanese security and not had any problems either. In 1994 I worked with UAL and Air Canada to provide safe gluten-free meals on their flights especially the international ones as they were receiving more requests and I, as a traveler for business, flying 100k a year, was having problems getting consistant meals. I was the top consumer of gluten-free meals for both airlines. Meals at that time were also served domestically for travel. In the USA and Canada they take allergen meal prep very seriously in flight kitchens and it is all done in a sterile area where no cross contamination can happen. I cannot speak for the overseas kitchens, however the ones I toured in both counties here were better than any restaurant environment. In fact, UAL, took it one step farther, primarily due to all the issues I had with meals and substitutions, they had a central commissary in Chicago, under sterile and allergen control conditions, prepare all their GFML's and ship them frozen to their flight kitchens to put on planes so each kitchen would no longer make mistakes such as subsitute rice with orzo pasta... Happy travels!
  4. When I was in Germany there were health food stores named Reformhaus-or something close to that spelling. Do they still exist? I found them everywhere it seemed-in small towns and larger ones plus there was one in the Frankfurt International airport where I was able to pick up snacks for my trip home.
  5. Awesome! You know where I am off to tomorrow! Nanaimo bars from nanaimo-cannot get better than that! Sorry if this is a repeat. New to this phone...
  6. In vancouver but very familiar with victoria from working there. Off to van isl tomorrow actually! Feel free to contact me by email and will give you names of others in victoria also that I know from the cca victoria chapter which covers vancouver island. Cannot post email addresses as they are business ones. Lynda