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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 SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan 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-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs 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 BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere 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. cougie23 added a post in a topic How Bad Is Cheating On The Gluten Free Diet Periodically   

      Yes!...Well said! I think MOST of us agree...DON'T CHEAT! Plain and simple!
      Really you need to be hit by a learn NOT to play in the street...espesially after several people you've met ALLREADY got run over playing in the street! REALLY!...can't you just take our word for it!
      Its allright if you don't beleive...stick your hand in the fire and burn it good! it hurts...doesn't it...see Thats why we told you not to eat gluten...because the end result can be VERY bad....sure you don't have any bad signs right away when you smoke...but many many years later...when your lungs are black(and it will happen) you get Copd...then empaseama...then maybe cancer! but its better just to take a lung cancer victoms word for it...this is the same thing! It might take YEARS before you know the REAL damage your that one krispy kreame worth it...because if you get away with might be a slice of pizza next...maybe occassional might get away with it..once your gut healed might not even feel it...but its there, nawing away at you!The people with severe reactions are actually kind of lucky, because the reaction is SO bad they don't WANT to put they're hand in the fire! its the people who think they can get away with it...because the reaction is not so bad....your the ones who end up with a blown out intestine..or worse! you should take heed to those who have been there...some of these stories scare the crap out of me!
      yeah its not easy...most things worth doing..(especially health wise) arn't!
      Were not perfect..I cheated yesterday...and I'm itching like a lot of pain...and it hasn't hit my lower intestines yet...that will be fun!(I tend to get hives)so I know its not easy, but after reading some ofthese stories...I'm thinking...what the I DOING! IT WASN'T/ISN'T worth it in the long run...because they're matter what kind of pain I'm tollarating now (my thinking was as I put that little bit of heavenly chocolate B-Day cake in my mouth) was what the heck...I'm only hurting one else! but thats not true...when your family watches you suffer...when your in the hospital with severe gut damage...when you have cancer...or SEVERAL autoimune diseses...the list goes on and EVERYONE who knows you is affected in some way...a ripple effect! People...we don't want to steal your donuts...we just don't want to see you get us...or people we know!
      But you know the can lead a donkey to the river.....(I know its horse...but horses have more sense!)
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    2. cougie23 added a post in a topic You Might Be Celiac If.......   

      OMG...It's ALL TRUE!!! BUT ITS SOOOO FUNNY AT THE SAME TIME>>>BUT Its NOT!!!! I don't know whether to laugh or cry!!! this stuff is GREAT...YOUR GUENUSES!!! HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!Sniff!!!
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    3. cougie23 added a post in a topic Anyone Else Getting Obsessed With Instagram?   

      Loved your pics!!! cute pic of you...and your bunny bun bun!
      I like the turttle too at the park! very artistic...interesting contrast of color the rust in the middle gives to the overall blues and greens...intresting feel! almost looks cross like in a meloncoly way...used...loved...cast aside! many ways to look at it...very rustic! LIKE
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    4. cougie23 added a post in a topic What's For Dessert Tonight?   

      Pineapple...fresh , sweet....pecfect...pineapple!Call me a purist...but this perticular pineapple was perfection on its own!couldn't have improved it even if I wanted to...would have been over kill! LOL!
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    5. cougie23 added a post in a topic The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat   

      Counts as a vegtable in my book!!!LOL! Something sweet sounds sooooo good right now! yummy!
      Tonight its Cosco Rotisorie Chicken...greenbeans w/garlic and shitaki mushrooms!
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    6. cougie23 added a post in a topic On The Subject Of Memory Problems   

      Its just that it got to a point that EVERYTIME I ate Marinara..Stuffed peppers...potatoes..or eggplant , I'd Get a reaction like I did when I was gluttened! Horrilbe stomache pain..instant bloating and nausia...usreally ending in me throwing up 5 minutes to 1/2 an hour later!It wasn't allways like that...but started gradualy mostly with tomatoe products at first...but when I became really sensetive right before DX and definatly became more obvious! though I first thought I was being GLUTENED somehow! Then I read about night shades...even posted a thread asking about it!Thats when I REALLY understood the conection!I USED to eat this stuff ALL the time...but my Celiacs hit that saturation point....and now I'm sensitive to ALL kinds of things I wasn't before! Don't get me wrong...there were signs...Sometimes these things would make me sick...sometimes not...but I never put 2&2 together and allways thought it was SOMETHING ELSE! NowI know better!thanks to my fellow Celiacs!

      And yeah...I've set a few fires in my new stove..(using the broiler)...I had 6 inch flames 3 different occasoins setting my tortillas on fire...I like making my own chips using mission yellow corn tortillas/olive oil/hemylaian sea salt...then eating them with Hummas(good way to get your beans/protien!)...but I've forgotten them while waiting and reading the forum...and yes They made a lovely flame as I pulled them out and extinguished them in the sink!LOL! I've left my keys in the freezer...sometimes can't remember the name of things (alot)...but its getting better,It just takes time! I don't know how many times I boiled my tea water away and burned the pot! LOL...finally we got a teapot that whistles when it boils...yeah its loud and annoying...but I don't burn the pot! If only they made one for frying pans!LOL!
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    7. cougie23 added a post in a topic On The Subject Of Memory Problems   

      OMG...That is SOOOO true....My hubby just couldn't understand why I couldn't remember what I did earlier in the day...he was convinced I didn't do ANYTHING while he was at work! The truth was ...I just couldn't remember! Heck I couldn't remember what I had for breakfast...I couldn't remember if I HAD breakfast! I'd go all day without eating...then realize I hadn't EATEN by 5:00pm, when I was getting dinner ready! and that was years before everything got REAL obvious! right before I was DX! I so relate to the not remembering what a fork know ...That THINGY!...With the sharp points!
      Or I'd stop and have a food related question for the boys while making dinner...and it would sound like this..."Ddddddd...ddddd....ddddo....ddddd...ddd...dddd...DO yyyyyu.....dddddoo....yyyyyu......wwwwwwant?DDDDDDo yyyyyu....wwwwwant? uuuuuummmmm....IIIII forggggot!"My God! I thought I was having a stroke!(It didn't help at the time I was light sensetive, my extremities kept going numb, and I was having chest pains and had had a migraine for 2 months straight!)...REALLY SAD AND PATHETIC....then my arm or cheek would start twitching or I would feel like passing out!(turned out to be celiacs/and caesin...the dairy was causing migraines, muscle seisures and hot flashes...go figure!)
      I am SOOOO glad THAT is in the past! THINGS are SOOOO much better now! Still have a little trouble remembering how to spell words, and I have ALOT of trouble still with GLUTEN hands,calves and forearms especially! but MAN....things are SO much better by a long shot! you totally brought back some memories there!
      One time I was walking and compleatly lost the feeling in my toes on my right foot and 2 toes on my left...gone was like they compleatly disapeared...not tingly(that happens alot too), but disapeared like they wern't there! Trust me when I say THAT is rather unnerving!
      But a Glutenfree/caesinfree/nightshade/soy free diet ( well mostly soy free...still rooting out the soy, it rears its ugly head in unlikely places...LOL!)...has made a WORLD of difference! and it will get even better when I can beat this malabsorbtion issue I'm sure!Still have along way to go....its only been since sept. 2011. My Doc says it takes a while especially since I have at least 40 years worth of undiagnosed Celiacs damage to heal(I can trace it back to age 6... when I had stomache issues/ fainting spells and severe migraines!....6 yr.olds shouldn't have chronic migraines or fainting spells! with all the bloodwork and catscans, they NEVER thought to test for FOOD allergies!) ....But that is a story very often told among us Celiacs! ...Better LATE than NEVER!
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    8. cougie23 added a post in a topic On The Subject Of Memory Problems   

      You have just have to explore new ways of getting it!...check out our FOOD thread...lots of healthy ideas there..lots of ALTERNITIVES! LOL! You can still have sweets just less refined! your body will get used to it after a while...the cravings will die down! may not have problems with alot of these things...but it is just a sugestion of what OTHERS have problems with! might not affect you..but it does give you an Idea if glutenfree doesn't seem to be enough!start by checking out the threads on NIGHTSHADES..our most commonfood sensitivity next to gluten!
      Try eliminating one at a time...see what happens how you feel! Or like I attention to how you feel after you ate potatoes...or Tomatoes(marinara,tomatoesauce)...Peppers,eggplant(makes me vomit now...didn't use to!)I'd get a horrible stomacheache and now Idon't eat it and feelbetter! I substitute sweet potatoes( in stirfry, frenchfrys..ect.)and it worksfine...I actually like them better,sweeter less dry!Now that I'm more healed I seem to bedoing better with salsa and raw tomatoes...still havn't worked the nerve up to try marinara...I had extreamly paifull experience last time! But you get the Idea!Checkout the "other" food sensitivities thread...good place to start! Don't worry...besides Gluten...alot of sensetivities change as we heal...some don't...but Everyone is different...different symptoms...different sensetivities!Just Hang in there and get better!LOL! One day at a time!
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    9. cougie23 added a post in a topic On The Subject Of Memory Problems   

      Wow...can definatly relate to all of the above! was so bad...I was stuttering! couldn't recognise streets in the town I've lived in all my life!...forget what I was saying or what was said as it was spoken! yikes!...but Most of its better...still finding OTHER culprets guys know the deal!(for you newbies...beware Dairy,soy,nightshades...not everyone mind you...but alot of us have problems with those..for others its corn..sugar..frutose.) LOL! but it is getting better! I agree you have to get passed the malnoutrishon part though! I'm still severely calcium defeicent and vitemen D as well...causing joint and mucsle spasms muscle ticks,bone pain.but things are allways getting better!(the problem with malabsorption is you can take truck loads of vitemens but only absorb alittle...I think my gluten/dairy/soy free vitemen D's are making me ITCH!...just can't win!LOL!) But I don't lose my keys HALF as much...and I can compleate my sentences...LOL!THE FOG IS LIFTING! Hang in there NEWBIES!IT DOES GET BETTER!
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    10. cougie23 added a post in a topic The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat   

      So have some strawberries with a little honey (if they're tart) ...or some lightly sauted apples with honey and cinnimon( maybe a few golden raisins and/or Dates as well) over non fat all organic yogurt! Or saute apples,strawberries,black berries and honey and eat as is!(the honey makes a warm sauce). Make your Dessert...and eat it too! LOL! ...just make it healthy and light! (thats how I conquer the old sweet tooth!)LOL!
      The honey is great for healing the digestive track (google health benifits ofhoney) soothes as well! can be a little fattening...but its an antioxident and a lot healther than other choices!(I consider it MEDICINAL) LOL!...I'll take my chances with HONEY any day!....the key is just don't go overboard! HaHaHa! but dessert is suposed to be a treat by its very nature!
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    11. cougie23 added a post in a topic Almond Butter Vs Peanut Butter   

      Sometimes I do...sometimes I don't! LOL!
      But like I said before...I just think when the TumTums sensetive...oils n' stuff is gonna iretate it! LOL!
      HaHaHa ...Most Celiacs I know...don't have ANY problem with COFFEE...LOL!!!
      You GUYS are a bunch of COFFEEholics..LOL!!!!
      ....My self included...of course!
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    12. cougie23 added a post in a topic Almond Butter Vs Peanut Butter   

      All right...but thats what I read! The site was pretty reputable too! but if thats the
      stand this site wants, thats fine with me...but I was just saying what I saw!
      And your right...sorry...God knows I don't want to start that COFFEE thing AGAIN! LOL! Hadn't thought of that! LOL!That was a disaster! ...funny...but a disaster!
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    13. cougie23 added a post in a topic Almond Butter Vs Peanut Butter   

      I read somewhere that some celiacs...(not everyone...SOME), have trouble with peanuts and some other foods because the chemical make up of peanuts...(and suposedly coffee) are simular to gluten and when the body is all up in arms about gluten ( as in a flare up....Or when your trying to DETOX for the first time)it has trouble telling the difference bettween THAT and GLUTEN! (and will attack everything in sight LOL!)
      Personally...sometimes peanuts set great...other times they give me a wicked stomacheache! But I allways thought it was the OIL in them that irritated my tumtum!
      Same with coffee! most times no problem...other times wicked stomacheache...but then I tend to abuse my soy based creamer, and am developing an aversion to SOY!
      I find almond butter to allways sticks in my throat and makes me choke!
      I love almondmilk though...use it in Everything! Blue diamond sweetened vanilla (tastes like vanilla icecream and waffle cones) makes a great creamer substitude for my coffee!...its no hazelnut...but its not bad!LOL
      Oh...and ALMONDS/almondmilk...has more calcium than dairy milk and more potassium! so its REALLY good for Celiacs...since most of us have to cut out dairy!
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    14. cougie23 added a post in a topic The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat   

      Saute it with some earthbalence (or your favorite gluten-free margerine) garlic,golden raisins,pecans and baby portibellas,sliced or halved (also at Cosco in a large 24oz pkg.for $4.49)!Of couse you can Also go over to the freezer section at Cosco and get there Wickedly deishous Kirkland signiture Raw/tailon SHRIMP...For$11.95(40 count) and throw those in as well!!! YUMMY YUMMMY!!! If you don't over cook the shrimp...the Kirkland cosco shrimp are actually very MEATY with wonderful flavor!...I allso sugest "21saulute all purpose seasoning" from TraderJoes...incredable for stir frys...pasta...meat...everything!LOL!
      What can I say...I love shopping at Cosco and Trader joes!LOL!
      You can also warm some corn tortillas (also at Cosco for a 2 lb bag for $3)..and make tacos out of this...I put a little Hummus($5.95..SABRA..2 lbs.)on good...makes my mouth water just thinking of it!and ALL glutenfree! HaHaHa! Who SAYS we can't eat well and still savemoney?! sometimes if I don't want shrimp/don't have any...I take my hilshire farm turkey Ham/or Turkey lunchmeat and panfry it...saute the spinich, garlic,mushrooms throw it in the tortillas with some humus and sometimes a little Avacodo(Also gotten at cosco/or T.J's)and make my Tacos that way...Udis beagle work to if you want to make it a sandwich.
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    15. cougie23 added a post in a topic Another Does This Look Like Dh Post   

      LOL! :lol:
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