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Victor, get yourself some disposable baking pans. You can cook things like chicken and fish in the oven in big batches. Then cook up a huge pot of rice. Then mix the meat with the rice. Chop up the vegetables really fine and throw them in raw. Now put individual servings into ziplock bags and throw them in the freezer. Then at mealtime (or a little before so it thaws a little), put it in a bowl and microwave it. Add a little butter or cheese or whatever you want, and you've got a quick, easy meal. I am not a good cook and I don't particularly like to cook either. So I do it this way. I only cook once a week and it makes life so much easier. Once you've done this a few times with different foods you'll have a variety in your freezer to choose from.
A number of people here who went untreated for years can tell you. Some have MS, some have diabetes, some have lupus, many have thyroid conditions, some have cancer. Would we have gone on to develop these conditions if we had gone gluten-free right away? Maybe, maybe not. But why take a chance? Especially with the prevalence of good tasting gluten-free foods available now. And not only will you prevent health complications down the road but you will likely discover that you DO have symptoms - symptoms that you never would associate with celiac, or my not even notice now, considering them normal for you. In other words, even if you think you feel good now, going gluten-free will make you feel better.
When I cook Against the Grain pizza I just use a disposable pizza pan (2 for a dollar) and it never comes out doughy in the middle. Maybe the pan being so thin makes the difference. They suggest you put a cookie sheet underneath but I don't. Instead I just slide it out of the oven onto a cookie sheet.
No Quaker oats. If you really want oats you need to go to a health food store and find some that say certified gluten-free. But really, it would be best at first if you didn't eat oats at all. Keep you diet simple at first.
Oats, unless they are certified gluten-free, are not good. Go back to that Newbie thread and read it again. Take notes. Seriously, we remember and process information much better when we write it down.
Um, no. It doesn't have to say gluten-free. You have to read the ingredients. If you buy a package of pork chops it doesn't say gluten-free, but it is. If you buy a head of cauliflower it doesn't say gluten-free, but it is. If you buy products that have more than one ingredient, just read the label. If you don't see wheat, rye, or barley, or malt, it is most likely gluten-free. You may want to avoid oats too because they are usually contaminated. Other than that, it's good to avoid things made on the same line as gluten containing products. Some companies will always tell you if they are. Kraft, Con Agra, Nestle, Campbells, Unilever - those are great companies. Not everything they sell is gluten-free, but they are clearly labeled so all you have to do is read the ingredients.
Soy doesn't have gluten and many folks here can eat it with no problems. If you are in the US or Canada, if an item has wheat in it it MUST be labeled as such. Rye, well, that's pretty much only in rye bread or crackers. Barley is the only one you have to worry about being "hidden", although since barley is expensive most companies like to let folks know they use it. Malt is usually from barley so if you're not sure, just avoid malt. Read every label, every time you buy something and you should be OK.
But you ARE eating gluten! Oreos, doughnuts, whole wheat buns. You need to go COMPLETELY gluten-free, not just halfheartedly. You can't cheat at all. As I said before, get us the test results so we can help you figure out what they mean, and read that Newby 101 thread in the coping section. Whether you have celiac or gluten intolerance, you can do so much damage to your body that you will ruin your life and your health if you don't take it seriously. I mean it. A few cramps and feeling "icky" are just the tip of the iceberg.
I AM lucky that I get symptoms. It would be terrible to never have any indications I had been glutened. Now THAT could lead to extreme paranoia! I also wonder if my hyperactive immune system is why I never catch colds. Between the celiac, the psoriasis, and the lupus it seems my immune system is in constant attack mode. Too bad it is my own body it's attacking.
I know people touch their faces mindlessly. I saw the same study. But I also know that while I am eating I do not touch my face mindlessly because I'm paranoid. That's why I wash my hands every single time I plan on eating anything. You see, I've only been glutened twice in the past four-plus years. The last time (in June), it was from some ice cream I had been eating safely for years. Someone didn't clean the line well enough after making cookies and cream I presume. As much as I loved that ice cream I will never eat it again. But the first time was very early in my gluten-free life. Someone brought cookies into my shop and I must have touched some crumbs on the table. THAT'S when I promised myself I would never put anything in my mouth unless I washed my hands first. (I also banned outside food from the shop unless it is gluten-free.) I don't eat in restaurants, and my home is completely gluten-free. Believe me, I am CAREFUL. And to tell the truth, I've always been a hand washer. I used to work in restaurants where I would be touching money and dirty plates and used napkins. Even if my eye or nose itched like crazy I never touched my face until I washed my hands. As a result I very very seldom even catch a cold. I mean I've probably only had a cold five or six times in the past 20 years! And some of those came from thoughtless people who had colds, would walk up to the counter, and when I said, "Hi, how are you?", they responded with a big sigh - right in my face.
For me it's a matter of cost and availability, not to mention I LIKE the makeup I use. There is only one store in my town that sells makeup. They happen to have a relatively (around $6) inexpensive brand that I really really like. If I wanted gluten-free makeup I would have to do a 120 mile round trip to get it or else borrow someone's credit card (I've never had one) and get it online. And as I said, if a person ALWAYS washes their hands before they put anything in their mouth, it won't matter if they touched their face OR a gluteny doorknob. They won't get glutened. I'm living proof of that.
The skin? Not sure what that means. I am a dinosaur. But I did just notice that even though there is a star on threads I have posted to, all of them are grey instead of a different color indicating there were new posts I hadn't read yet on those threads.
There really is no way to test for gluten intolerance. If your Mom says your tests came back positive it is likely that those tests were for celiac. See if you can get copies of your test results and post them here. We can help you sort it out. If you DO have celiac you need to be really strict with your diet. Even if it is not celiac but gluten intolerance you need to be really strict. There have been some new studies published that indicate non-celiac gluten intolerant people have an even higher risk of neurological problems from gluten than those of us with celiac. So go over to the coping section and read the Newbie 101 thread that is pinned to the top. It will help you so much with the diet. And about the kidney stones and ovarian cyst? They both hurt like crazy.
I know the foundation I use has gluten. I am just very careful not to get it on my lips. If I DO get it on them I wipe with a tissue, then put a little soap and water on another tissue and carefully clean my lips. Hardly ever happens though. I have a magnifying mirror and just slow down and be extra careful when I'm around my mouth. And then for the most important part - I may during the day touch my face, scratch my nose, rub my eye. That's why I ALWAYS wash my hands, every single time, before putting anything in my mouth.