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    1. CathyO added a post in a topic Barbecue Sauce Ingredients And Worcestershire Sauce   

      Maull's is another brand that had gluten free. It's my favorite.
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    2. CathyO added a post in a topic People....   

      Lucky was supposed to be read in a sarcastic font.

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    3. CathyO added a post in a topic People....   

      Kaleab, it could be a science project.

      One person was really stubborn, insisting it wasn't that big a deal.
      I asked them if I poured an ounce of gasoline in their bowl of soup, would that be something they'd want to eat.

      No! It would make me sick. That's dangerous.

      Same with gluten for a celiac. While I might not look sick on the outside, on the inside my intestines are being damaged and my other organs are being affected. Just like drinking a poison. It's just that gluten isn't a poison to everyone, just us lucky few.
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    4. CathyO added a post in a topic My Celiac Disease Is Causing Stressful Family Conflict   

      Julissa, I get eyerolls. "There she goes again." Comments if I bring my own food. Comments if I don't eat "a little bit won't kill you."

      The latest was kind of a trap. Family dinner for a birthday party. There was a pizza/Italian place that plainly stated "none of our products are gluten-free, and we don't guarantee anything." I was asked by family if that was ok, and I said not really, but don't base a decision around me.
      Protests of "we really want you to be able to eat, so you pick something!"

      So I gave 3 options. (I was travelling to the west coast for this event.)
      Nope. None were acceptable!
      Ok. That's fine we'll go with your option and I'll call asked to bring my own food.

      Then someone said they'd cook at home, big loaves of French bread, pasta, pizza, cake ... And they'd put together something gluten-free for me.

      I told them that I sincerely appreciated the offer, but rather than have them learn gluten-free cooking in one day for one meal, I'd bring my own.

      What a miserable evening. There was bread and bread crumbs on every surface of this tiny house. Pasta, flour, and more bread.
      Constant snide remarks about me and my "picky eating".

      I ate my frozen meal, and an orange I brought. My own bottled water.

      And that was family ... Stepson, his wife, brother in law, etc.
      Last time I'll subject myself to that.

      People can't seem to comprehend that this is a disease. Last year I spent time in the cardiac unit at our hospital after a severe gluten exposure and a seizure.

      None of us WANT to have to spend hundreds of extra dollars on food to get gluten-free. Not be able to walk into any restaurant or home and just enjoy a meal.this isn't fun.
      It isn't easy, and were not doing it to be an inconvenience.

      Sorry for the rant, but sometimes people infuriate me.
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    5. CathyO added a post in a topic Eating Out In Washington Dc - Need Suggestions   

      I just saw this, late to the game.

      Ted Turner's Montana Grill has a gluten-free menu.
      We do burgers at Five Guys. The only thing they fry are potatoes.
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    6. CathyO added a post in a topic My Celiac Disease Is Causing Stressful Family Conflict   

      I'm so sorry this is a struggle.
      It's hard to change, and it sounds like your dad likes his bread.

      I'm the mom/grandmom in the family, and I'm the only celiac. The nightmares that causes. Daughters in laws and sons in law acting like I do it for attention. Family members planning big gatherings at pizza places and Italian restaurants and getting angry that I don't attend.

      Asking me to pick a place, but refusing to go there because they don't like it.

      I don't go to many social events these days, because my celiac causes such an issue for everyone else. I have 2-3 restaurants locally that I eat at ... Otherwise unless I personally cook it, I don't eat it.
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    7. CathyO added a post in a topic People....   

      It's hard for people to comprehend cross contamination. I've demonstrated how easy it can be.

      Bowls of water lined up, labeled different things. Like "gluten-free soup" and "gluten-free sauce" and so on.

      I take a small piece of gluten-free bread, and we pretend it's bread with gluten. I drop it in the pretend soup, and the bread dissolves. I ask if that soup is still gluten free ... Nope.

      I take a spoon and ladle that contaminated soup into an empty bowl ... And let a bunch drip on the counter and get some in the pretend gluten-free sauce. Is that sauce gluten-free now? Nope.

      I take a sponge and wipe the liquid off the counter. Is that sponge gluten free or contaminated?

      Bread crumbs in a toaster. Bread bits on the butter and in the jelly.

      Cross contamination is so easy to happen, even with the best intentions.

      Until people see for themselves, they can't imagine it being so easy.
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    8. CathyO added a post in a topic Cooking With Flour   

      Pamelas baking mix is another good one for gluten-free pancakes. I'm very strict about my kitchen. I've replaced everything that could be contaminated from past use.

      The only gluten containing food allowed to be cooked are microwave items.

      Keeps me healthy and my kitchen not contaminated.
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    9. CathyO added a post in a topic Needed To Connect.   

      I've been gluten-free for about a year now. I feel better than I did a year ago. All my issues are not resolved, but I'm 60 ... So I have a lot of damage to overcome. And some things that may not resolved, but that's a different story.

      I know that when I feel gluten, I bump up my intake of water. I want to flush my system as quickly as possible. I drink 4 ounces of aloe vera juice. And if I need to sleep, I sleep. Cellular repair happens when we sleep, so I think of it as restorative.
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    10. CathyO added a post in a topic People....   

      This site might help you come up with ways to talk to your friends.
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    11. CathyO added a post in a topic People....   

      I'm 60 and get the same kind of nonsense from other adults ...
      Sometimes people are afraid of things they don't understand and instead of trying to understand, they act like bullies.

      The first few months are hard. Adjusting your body, and adjusting your brain and how to think about food. Some withdrawal symptoms will happen, but once you're past that, you'll feel so much better.
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    12. CathyO added a post in a topic Questions About Crumbs   

      I'm the only celiac in my house. However, I only cook gluten-free. My husband and grandson eat gluten-free with me. I allow a few gluten-free snacks for the child, but they're kept in a bin on the lowest shelf off the pantry. He's old enough to be able to be responsible for clean up. They're mostly chips or cookies. Some microwave things, like pizza rolls.

      None of my cutting boards or pots or utensils are used to prepare items with gluten. Cross contamination is easy to happen.
      I can't imagine a little kid eating gluten filled goodies running around my house touching things, or me!

      I'm pretty sensitive and react to minute traces.
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    13. CathyO added a post in a topic Horsefeed Containing Gluten   

      Not just horse feed. Cat food. Dog food.
      I have a mask to wear when handling large amounts of dry pet food. I wash my hands after. Any sons our scouts go right in the dish washer.
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    14. CathyO added a post in a topic Craving Fish - Need Advice/help   

      We love fish.  Salmon is a favorite.
      We have a couple ways we fix it.  One is very simple with some lemon juice, butter and garlic powder.  We have a Cuisinart grill very similar to a Foreman.  We cook it about 7-8 minutes.  perfect.

      I take a salmon fillet and top it with lemon slices, crushed garlic, a little brush of olive oil, fresh rosemary sprigs and some capers. Bake it for 15-20 minutes.
      Another is a marinade of gluten-free soy sauce, garlic, butter, some brown sugar and lemon juice. Marinade for 5-10 minutes and grill on a BBQ or a foreman style grill.

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    15. CathyO added a post in a topic Just Diagnosed!   

      I am in the US.  A small rural area, with limited medical services.   It took 3 months to get an appointment with a GI locally.
      Then another 3 months to schedule an endoscopy.  It's a nightmare.
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