Okay, so I wanted to delete this post since I found my answer but I don't know how....
So, does "gluten free" mean the same thing in Canada and the USA?
My mother said that it's 20ppm, but I have found conflicting sources.
All my gluten free purchases state: made in a gluten free facility. Does this mean they are 100% gluten free? What about cross contamination at the source of the flours?
I'd be afraid of chemical leaching.
I prefer glass to plastic and am weary of contact lenses...
That's why if I ever get plastic surgery I'm getting stuff cut off rather than put foreign objects in me...
casa loma, kensington market/china town, hockey hall of fame, metro toronto zoo, canada's wonderland (meh, close enough ) all have kiddy things to do. Well, I guess not so much casa loma and the markets, but they're nice to look at. Also, as people have said, the science centre and ROM are good. There's also medieval times.
If you come in summer there are tons of street festivals and evets.
Sorry, don't know of any groups specifically. My family always went through the school in highschool. In university I did it through the universities as well. I'm not familar with outside organizations, I would be afraid my credits wouldn't count.
But, I think the main thing is to look into the culture before the family. When I was over in europe for my sister's exchange (france, switzerland and italy) the main diets were meat, bread and cheese. Tons of pastries, very hard to accomodate. (Though, coastal towns in Italy were fine, they ate a lot of fish, not so big on pasta and breads)
When I was in central america with my University, it was much easier. They used a lot of corn flour and ate a lot of rice; gluten wasn't in anything really. (I stayed in a few spanish speaking countries) Though, they did have a hard time understanding what meat was. "I don't eat meat" "so you can have chicken?" "No, no animal products" "so you can have fish" "no, no meat" "so... shellfish?" ugh. I had to learn all the spanish words for every kind of meat out there.
So, avoid cultures where bread, pastries, etc. are a big deal. US, Canada, Australia, Asia, Northern Europe should be fine. Though, people can be ignorant anywhere.
I was heading to Iceland, when the school told me that a vegetarian/vegan diet would be near impossible to accommodate. This is why some people travelling eat meat even though they're vegetarians, sometimes it's just impossible to do. Being celiac though, you can't just give up and eat gluten.
Choose the country wisely.
Yah, I try to be careful. Sometimes I worry, like did they get the whole wheat pasta and brown rice pasta mixed up? lol
Then the cross contamination of the flours... I'm just a poor student though, can't avoid those expensive flour mixes. Tis the student life...
I'm from KW too.
I'm a student at UW. I always go to the Natural Food Market, but I buy my rice pasta and such at the bulk barn across the street, sooo much cheaper.
They have everything I need, though they can be pricey. I love their bulk section.
I've been to eating well a few times as well, when I was hunting down vegan food.
I don't buy that much processed food because: A) it's expensive and I don't like overly processed food.
I buy my rice flour, soy flower, etc, all my gluten free baking needs at bulk barn and make it from scratch.
Being a celiac at UW sucks. I had a hard enough time being vegan, they forced me to have pasta all the time. Now that I'm a celiac on top of that... it's just nuts. But then again, UW never did have a good caf...
I do slipperly elm tea 3x a day. It really helps me as well.
I do it all: I take digestive enzymes at every meal, drink aloe juice, peppermint oil, licorice tea, castor oil packs, probiotics, etc.
The problem with you is that you drink peppermint tea, which can upset the stomach. You should be taking peppermint oil pills that are enteric coated so that they are released in the lower GI.
This is the advice I have.
Get yourself to a chiropracter. Within 2 weeks you'll never have another UTI again. (this is what he told me)
Yoga also helps, because it helps strengthen the back muscles.
This is obviously after you've had your bladder checked out and nothing else serious is there. (cysts, cancer, etc)
Trust me. I had around 2 UTI's a MONTH. Within a week and a half of doing chiro I've never got another UTI and it's been over 2 years.
I only use store bought when I'm being lazy.
I find even the veggie stock in stores is overly salty. Plus I can dictate the taste by choosing what veggies I want in the stock.
But that's just me. I make my own pasta and pizza dough if that helps you to see what kind of cooker I am. (when I have the time.)
I really like this one. Plus, it's vegan too.
2tbsp olive oil
1 cup red onions chopped
fresh ground black pepper
4 cups sliced mushrooms
3 garlic cloves
1 cup arborio rice
4 cups veggie stock
2 roasted red peppers, skins removed, and chopped
1/4 cup green onions
2 tsp fresh thyme
Use a bit of oil to saute onions, add salt and pepper
add mushrooms, garlic and saute
add rice and a bit of oil
add 1/2 cup of stock and mix until rice absorbs it. Continue until no more stock left. (about 20 minutes)
remove from heat, add rest of ingredients and serve.
It's critical to have a really good stock. Homemade is the best.
I was diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease when I was around 10 or 11. My doctor put me on a drug called prepulsid/propulsid (aka cisapride) and I was on it until I was about 15. This drug cause me major problems. Diarrhea, headaches, weakness, cramps, etc were the side effects. Alot of the drugs used to treat reflux are also used to treat constipation.
So, I had to make a choice, did I want constant diarrhea or heartburn. (they took the drug off the market eventually, thank goodness.)
If the doctor wrote you a prescription, ask about the drug, because it could very well be used to treat other things. If your condition isn't too bad, like others have said, find a over the counter brand that works best with your stomach. And yes, some do have laxative effects.
Thanks for the replies.
Yes, I guess I should look more into the B vitamins, I suppose getting B12 shots isn't always enough. If I was low on B12 levels it could be very well possible that I'm deficient for folic acid as well.
And to ruth, I don't really understand your response about the colonoscopy... can you please explain further?