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  1. I, too rarely buy specialty gluten-free foods. I eat meat, poultry, vegetables (including lots of potatoes), fruit, nuts, and sometimes rice or beans. I get my vegetables in an Asian store that sells lots of produce cheap. I also get my pasta and rice flour there. Asian rice pasta is very little different from some types of regular pasta and only costs a little more.
  2. There is a significant part of the population that thinks that celiac/gluten intolerance do not exist, and we're only doing it to make us feel "special". Therefore they feel morally obligated to trick us into eating stuff we falsely (so they think) claim we cannot, to prove we are wrong. This is why I don't feel safe eating in restaurants. Any one worker in even the most enlightened restaurant could still sabotage you. Asking questions in a place where the management feels this way could make the experience much worse. Even my sister the anesthesiologist thinks it's all in my head.
  3. If you're going to make assumptions, the only safe thing to assume is that all cold breakfast cereals contain gluten unless you've heard that one does not. And even then you have to read the label. That's what I did when I heard rice chex was safe. You just have to, have to, have to read the labels. Nobody out there who is not gluten-free can be trusted, and those who are gluten-free can be mistaken. If you're seeing a dietitian and that person didn't tell you to read the labels and look for words like "malt", then that dietitian is grossly negligent. You're not getting good advice. You could do better getting free advice right here.
  4. Add a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon and a quarter of baking powder to that recipe and they'll be super fluffy and tender.
  5. These are not "kids' cereals". After you pour them into the bowl they are just "cereal". Only the boxes have kiddie pictures on them. Pour them into an unlabeled plastic cannister and they'll never know.
  6. What you're looking at is about 20 hours of unpaid work. The rest of the world is going to have to do their own.
  7. When you get down to the three remaining issues, there's a loop - you are asked if you're all better. If you answer no, you may stay in that loop indefinitely, looking for answers. Dr. Fine's studies show that 60% of people who go gluten free find their health improves, even though they may have tested negative on the Enterolab, and also that most people who think they are gluten-intolerant are. This assumes that if you think you've got celiac, you will improve at least somewhat on the gluten free diet. Added 'and/or'. The wording is intended to cover death from celiac complications whether you were following a doctor's advice or not. That's what it means to me. You don't seem to have an option for a doctor thinking that you are celiac and suggesting testing for it. I may have missed that in the flow.
  8. It's a little educational flash movie about celiac with a sort of a diagnostic flowchart based on what people may experience in their health explorations. Tell me if you find any broken links in it. Maybe you have celiac
  9. A GI who routinely tests all of his patients for celiac? Now I am in shock. Your daughter only looks healthy. The fact that she has no other apparent symptoms does not mean she's normal and healthy except for constipation. You need to take her off gluten and keep her completely free of it in order to prevent many possible complications. Many treats can be made just as good without gluten. You should explore the recipes on this site.
  10. I've been to so many functions where they order all pepperoni except for maybe one of a different type. My observation is that only half the people out there even like pepperoni. The non-pepperoni goes first, and then people are complaining there's only pepperoni - no plain, no sausage, no veggie. Even the pepperoni orderers hit the other flavor first. But do they change the order next time? Never.
  11. My sister came down with Crohn's after an appendectomy. During the surgery they noticed that the section of her intestines immediately adjacent to the appendix was inflamed. After she was sick and barelyable to eat anything for a year, they operated and removed that part. Now she's fine, but can't get insurance.
  12. Read the label. Maybe theirs does. Powdered "wasabi" in the little green can: horseradish, mustard, FD&C blue no.1, FD&C yellow no. 5. Notice that one thing it doesn't have in it is wasabi, a pricey root grown in irrigated marshlands in Japan or special greenhouses in Oregon.
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  14. I am sorry if you feel that my suggestion to leave safe brownies and cookies around for the whole family to snack on was "judgmental". I know from my own experience that they taste no different from the wheat kind.
  15. I've never found that 5 seconds was enough. You have to soak them until they are soft and flexible.