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These hypothetical questions are always hard to answer, but a similar thing happened to me once. I was at a gym when my workout partner offered me $10,000 to dive off the olympic high diving board - 90 feet high. I agonized about it but said no. I agonized about it because I knew he was serious and I saw him put the cash into his locker when we changed to work out (relax, he was no druggie - he owned a used car lot and found he could always get a deal if he flashed cash).
Having been there I can say: yes, I would eat a slice of bread for $10,000. For a million I'd eat a loaf every day for a month.
I had nosebleeds come upon me suddenly. It was the last straw that sent me to another doctor and to a diagnosis of celiac. Since then i've been supplimenting my gluten free diet with copious sprinkling of parsley (vit k). The nose bleeds went away within a month and haven't come back. Hope yours are as easily resolved.
I used to take Costco's brand "Kirkland", it's actually a pretty complete formula and very cost effecitve - even says gluten free on the bottle.
Right now my naturopath has me on something stronger, a powder form multivitamin called AOR Essential Mix, Blackberry Flavour. This should be available in any vitamin or good health food store. When I went on it I called the company and they confirmed its gluten-free. I'm not gonna lie, it tastes pretty bad. I'm seriously thinking about going back to the Kirkland vitamins.
The P.C. basmati rice is the best rice I've ever had. It always comes out perfect (unlike any of the box types I've tried - uncle bens, minute ...) and for an "aromatic" rice the smell is actually agreeable - smells a bit like popcorn. Also, the big bag (I think it's 5 kilo) is dirt cheap too. Only downside is the zipper on the bag never works so we just use a twist tie.
As for the rest of the P.C. stuff, I'm afraid I haven't found any I like - even the meat tastes funny to me. P.S. Beware the potato chips - super cheap but they are NOT gluten-free
I've heard the "vaccine" needs to be taken in weekly injections. That might be useful when eating out on vacation in a new city, but other than that, I agree - too many risks with new meds these days. I would even wait 2 or 3 years to see what recalls there are before trying it on vacation.
Last week i was grocery shopping and in my usual label checking routine i was shocked to see the refill bag of coffeemate now says "may contain soy and wheat". I checked the web page and it said coffeemate is gluten-free but after seeing this post and that the FDA has yet to set standards, now I'm not convinced coffeemate is gluten-free anymore.
My little piece of advice is to start with walking. I understand you've tried it and it raised your heart rate but consider this: you can walk at whatever pace works for you and you can "pull over" and take a rest whenever - as many times as you want. It requires no equipment, no training and you don't have to spend any money joining a gym or a club or buy instructions or anything. I started really out of shape a few years ago - couldn't go more than 30 seconds without having to stop, gasping for air. Took a while but slowly I was able to do more, faster, and my heart rate slowed and breathing eased, and it got kind of addicting.
Take your favorite music and take your time - with you by you and for you.
I tried it raw and my verdict is - I think a coffee with double cream would provide more calories, nutrition and taste better. Lots of calories per tablespoon but its hard to take more than a couple tablespoons with all the little nut bits getting caught in every little cranny in your mouth. The taste is bland in spite of the cinamon and the only good tasting bit is the rasins. If you use it as a sprinkle on something else then maybe it would work for you, but all it's doing for me is giving me a chuckle when I open the pantry.
Perhaps you have a problem with the sugar substitutes in the diet foods. Apparently its a very common and very unknown problem. Check out the information in this link - you might be very surprised how things like sorbitol can cause bloating and bathroom issues that mimick Celiac gastric symptoms. http://www.cspinet.org/foodsafety/labeling_sorbitol.html
I'm afraid I can't offer much advice on how long it takes to feel better, I've only been gluten-free for about a month myself and I'm still having my own challenges. What I can offer is some help with your graduation, having crossed the stage a few times myself. First, congratulations! Welcome to the post-grad world. Now some advice:
1) Yes, you will feel excited, anxious, nervous, scared and perhaps a little overwhelmed, dizzy and weak... just like everyone else receiving their diploma. Celiac might make things a little harder for you but when the moment comes pure adrenalin will carry you across the stage no matter how weak you feel.
2) As far as wobbly or shaky knees goes (if that happens), you'll be wearing a robe and no-one will ever see or ever know about it.
Try to enjoy the day. You've certainly worked hard enough already for it!
I have 2 Keurig machines - one at home and one at work. The little black "cup" that you drop the K-cup into comes out for cleaning. To get it out you have to stick one finger up where the coffee drips out and give a little push - the black "cup" will pop up and you can take it over to a sink and give it a rinse.
If you need to really wash it I suggest putting it in a dishwasher. If you have to really get into the nooks and crannies manually you can twist the "cup" apart into its bottom and top halves but you risk breaking it (oh yeah, been there) which would not make you popular at the office.