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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      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 Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can 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-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is 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 Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where 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. Oh For The Love Of Mike

    Newbie here too! My mistakes have been (in chronological order) Rice Krispies (malt!), Fried Green Tomatoes (breading--DUH!), Modified Food Starch (tricky). The learning curve is steep--but I'm getting there. Reading a little bit every night to educate myself. Conclusion? Gluten is in about 95% of processed foods.
  2. Exactly. And since here in the States we don't have anything like that, I decided to forgo testing because once I got off gluten, I couldn't see any reason to do testing that would require me to eat food that's basically toxic to me just to come up with a life-long prescription to do what I've already decided to do! If there were tax breaks or insurance would partially cover my food expense increases, I might consider it. But since not--not way! Oh and if you decide to change primary care providers, you might want to consider a DO (same level of education as an MD, but with a wholistic-health approach instead of just diagnostics) or a Nurse Practitioner also trained in whole-person wellness. Good luck figuring everything out.
  3. Irritable And Overwhelmed

    I'll second the food journaling suggestion. After much foot-dragging, I finally bit the bullet and did it--it's the only thing that's helped me pinpoint my food intolerances; including the gluten thing.
  4. Chocolate, Alcohol

    Weird. Chocolate bothers me too and not sure why. Let us know if you figure anything out.
  5. How Do I Stop Being So Generous?

    Found it!! (The LaraBar recipe) Tried 2 other recipe versions and found I like this one best. I added some semisweet chocolate chips (slightly melted in the microwave first) and some unsweetened coconut flakes. Yummy! Oh and be sure you use whole dates in your food processor. The prechopped ones aren't necessarily gluten-free and besides, they're too dry to whiz up sticky enough for the bar to hold together. I wrap each bar in wax paper--cause I like old fashioned stuff and then put them inside a zip loc bag and keep in my fridge. Yummy! Next I'm going to try the gingerbread variation. =)
  6. How Do I Stop Being So Generous?

    YES!! found a great recipe and it's infinitely modifiable. Lemme see if I can rustle it up, I remember putting it someplace "safe."
  7. 3 weeks in and down 7 pounds without even trying. My appetite has stabilized; before going gluten-free I always felt this weird mix of bloating/nausea/hunger all the time. I still need to lose a few pounds too--so I'm happy about the weight loss. =)
  8. Brand-new here too. I discovered that along with gluten, I was also intolerant to soy (at least for the time being anyway). I'd definitely double-check for the gluten, but keep in mind there may be another intolerance or two that's bugging you. Hope your tummy gets happy as quickly as possible!
  9. How Do Be Safe In A Non-gluten-free House

    Ok--will definitely do the separate toaster thing! And the spaghetti thing was just a dumb-blonde moment, it's amazing what you can do on autopilot and multitasking! (Oh and tummy really unhappy now. Took some activated charcoal as soon as I realized what I'd done, but it doesn't seem to be mitigating my reaction.) Lesson Learned!! Anybody have any luck with cleaning their bread maker thoroughly? I have a Zojirushi and want to dedicate it just to being gluten free. Maybe I need to replace the O-rings and just really deep clean it and then make it off-limits for the rest of the family. Thanks again for the help and suggestions. =) There's so much to learn about making a safe eating environment for myself.
  10. I was thinking about this the other day. I'm a Seventh-day Adventist and we usually have communion 4 times a year. I think I'll let my pastor know (small church) and see if I can just bring my own and see if he'll "prayer" it in when they bless the emblems (what we call the bread and grape juice). I usually sit near the front so my cracker should be close enough to count when being blessed! Seriously though, I do want to be included as this is a really beautiful service and a big part of my belief system Fortunately, our Pastor has food intolerences of his own (and a good sense of humor) so I think he'll accomodate my needs with no problem.
  11. How Do Be Safe In A Non-gluten-free House

    Great ideas and I totally need some right now. Just made some regular spaghetti for the kids for dinner (first time since I went gluten-free) and whoops--had bitten and swallowed a tiny little piece (how I use to test for al dente. *&^%! I can already feel my tummy rebelling. Going to have to come up with some better ideas? Hadn't thought about the toaster. Anybody here do okay with using the same one as the rest of the family or is cross contamination a big problem for pretty much everybody?
  12. Did You Have Hair Loss From Celiac?

    YES! Started thinning 8 years ago after the birth of my daughter. Fortunately it was pretty thick to begin with, but I could tell a big difference. Hoping that some of it will come back now that I'm gluten-free.
  13. Only on gluten-free week 3 here so I'm soaking up the good info in this thread (and on the rest of the forum) too. All I can say is that I'm feeling so much better that I don't care how restricted/difficult this diet may be; I can't imagine ever eating gluten again on purpose! I could happily live on applesauce, Larabars, and almonds if that's what it took. Seriously, I can't believe how sick I was and how it had become my "normal." My new body feels like it's being recreated from the inside out.
  14. Only 3 weeks gluten-free (except for a couple oopsies/ouchies as I learn what's safe for me to eat) and I feel like a miracle is occurring in my body! I have ENERGY for the first time in over a decade Severe night sweats are GONE My abdomen is "quiet" and pain-free, finally Brain fog is gone My appetite has normalized (not hungry all the time) Did I mention that my pain is GONE! Diarrhea and Constipation gone! Depression is lifting (on meds for years, but going gluten-free is really turning things around