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Schar pasta is the best. It's available at most Walmarts in the gluten-free section. Has the same texture as regular.
I am reminded of a comedian I saw on Comedy Central a few weeks ago who was Dx with celiac and told he must go gluten-free. When he described gluten-free pasta, he started chewing on the microphone cord!
Some are like that (I'm looking at you: corn pasta) but the Schar is really very good.
I'm just finishing writing an ebook with info on what to eat gluten-free at 60 chain restaurants and other local ones. I can email you a free e-copy so you know what to eat while you're traveling.
I travel a lot for business, and I noticed that I had a bunch of lists of stuff I could eat at various chain restaurants, so I compiled and added to it to make an ebook. It's not published yet, but I can run it thru the Meatgrinder to send you whatever file format you can use. If you have a kindle or a nook, I can send you that. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app for kindle or BN.com. If you have a laptop, I have a PDF.
Yes, the baked potatoes at Wendy's should be gluten-free. I've eaten a lot of potatoes there. The chili is gluten-free, too. Some good salads, too.
I do most of the cooking and, since my DH is from Southern India, I just told him that we'd need to eat a lot more South Indian (rice-based) food, like pilafs, and dosas, and uttappam. He thought it was a great idea.
Yes, the commercial gluten-free foods are darned expensive. We eat a lot of rice, potatoes, corn tortillas, and cornbread for carbs. Proteins and fruit and veg are the same as they ever were.
As a matter of course, we avoid the commercial gluten-free foods. A lot of them are based either on white rice flour or one of the starches (tapioca, potato, etc.) That's just like spooning white sugar into your body.
A rice cooker is an excellent investment. Cooks brown rice beautifully.
The biopsy results sound inconclusive and non-specific.
You can go gluten-free if you want to. It certainly won't hurt you. However, if your blood test comes back negative, you're not a celiac. Congratulations.
BTW, you may not lose weight on a gluten-free diet. I gained a couple pounds when I went gluten-free because my body suddenly started absorbing nutrients, but I lost 2 dress sizes because all that bloating when away.
I had my son 7.5 years ago, and I assure you, it didn't cure me.
If you wanted to take a risk, and it is a serious risk, you could eat gluten-y (at least = 2 slices of bread per day) for a month, then have the blood test again. If your antibody titer goes up, you're still having a significant antibody reaction and should not continue.
If it doesn't, well, I've never heard of anyone being "cured" of celiac disease before, but it could happen.