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  1. Hi, We're going to Playa Del Carmen in a few weeks and I'm wondering if anyone who has been there has any gluten-free advice? We're staying in a condo, so I plan to do some shopping and cooking. But, I'd also like to try some local cuisine. I'm going to print out a Spanish version of my gluten free dining card, but I'm hoping a few of you have scoped out the territory before me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know if I can bring food into Mexico? I'd really like to at least bring a couple of loaves of bread. Thanks! S
  2. Thanks for posting. I really need a new conditioner. Is it definitely gluten free? S
  3. One doc told me that teeth grinding is associated with food allergies. I don't know if that's true or not, but it certainly could be in my case. S
  4. Ask your doc to do some tests for your thyroid. My neck felt very weird, which prompted me to go to the doctor. She felt my neck and said my thyroid felt swollen, so she ordered the tests. Yep, it was a problem. Turns out I have Hashimoto's, a thyroid condition that is associated with Celiac. Lots of the symptoms are the same. I don't think you'll be able to tell which thing causes the symptoms, so definitely get your thyroid tested! S
  5. I was just in this situation a few weeks ago. I was at a conference in Vegas and my boss set up a dinner for our team. I didn't know what it was going to be until right before we left. Needless to say, it was a sucky situation because I was out of town and didn't have any food to bring for dinner. I didn't want to eat at the buffet, so, I ended up walking around the casino trying to find a restaurant that would do a take out order for me that would be safe. It took about an hour to find something, so when I got back to the buffet, the dinner was pretty much over. But, at least I didn't get sick. It was one of those frustrating Celiac moments when you feel alone and like a freak. It sucked, but I don't have those moments nearly as often as I used to. S
  6. I get redness too. It's mostly my nose and on my cheaks near my nose. People have asked me if I have a sunburn. I can't remember where I read this, but somewhere I read that this is a symptom of digestive problems. S
  7. I think they are worth it, especially for cuisines other than typical American. S
  8. Hi Carole, I definitely get eye aches when eating gluten. It hits my sinuses pretty badly and I would describe this as pain and pressure around my eyes. Maybe your son has a food allergy (gluten or otherwise) that is causing his pain. S
  9. You could also try Melatonin (available at any health food store). I've been taking a time released version of it that really helps me stay asleep all night. I tried Ambien and that was a little heavy duty. S
  10. My boyfriend and I have been to Hawaii (Kona, Maui, Kauai) several times and rented condos with a kitchen. It's great because you save a lot of money on breakfast and lunch (because you don't have to go to a restaurant) and you can cook a few dinners. There are many good restaurants on the islands that can accomodate gluten-free meals (however, the best ones are a little expensive). S
  11. I've traveled with blue ice many times and never had an issue (with no doctor's note). No one has ever questioned me about it. As others have said, solid food is fine. S
  12. I hear ya! I have the same problem and it's making me crazy. I hate feeling bloated. I may have gained 5 lbs or so, but I'm pretty sure it isn't fat. It doesn't seem fat on the rare days when I am not bloated. I think it is all diet related, as others have said. My stomach is a lot less bloated when I eat fewer carbs. The weird thing for me is that I don't usually get gas, just a big stomach. I hate it! S
  13. A few weeks ago I heard that canola is often grown in the same fields as wheat and that Celiacs react due to the cross contamination. I have no idea whether this is true or not, a Celiac-aware chef told me. Anyone know if this is really the case? S
  14. I've been taking time released melatonin for a few months. My problem wasn't falling asleep, it was staying asleep and the time released melatonin really helps! S
  15. I had Classico sauce last night and got bloated and had a stomach ache, however, I don't think it's due to gluten. I'm also trying to figure out if there's something else that is bothering me, maybe the soy. I've had the Classico Organic Herbs and Tomato a few times and didn't seem to have a problem. I don't know if that one has soy or not (can't seem to find the ingredients online). But, I've also reacted to Amy's sauces. Did you ever figure out what the issue was? S