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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 Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can 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-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is 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 Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.

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  1. Being Celiac, I have taught myself how to bake using gluten free ingredients and i want to share my recipes with as many as i can so that people can realise it's not all bad and we can eat yummy things too! I'm also a small/new YouTuber and i have made a gluten free halloween cupcake recipe video, for any one that may want to check it out here's the link I'd really appreciate any feedback! Thank you  Georgia x   
  2. Hi everyone,   I know the wine topic has been done before, and I may have missed it, but I can't find it in the super sensitive forum...   I have reacted to wines without question. I have reacted really badly to distilled grain alcohol as well.   Just wondering, what wines have you drank (if you are super-sensitive) without problems? I have had all Yellowtail wines without problems but I've tried a few others that "said" they were gluten free but sometimes I have a typical gluten reaction.    Just wondering because I'd love to expand my repertoire without the pain of trial and error!
  3. Hi everyone!    Does anyone know any brands (preferably readily available) to which they do not react? I am unfortunately very, very sensitive to trace amounts of gluten and its derivatives, including distilled liquors and "gluten removed" products.   Does anyone know of a certified gluten free brand?   Richelle
  4. [size=5]Here I go again into territory I have not yet conquered. The challenge: to eat only foods, I had no measured intolerances to, for 6 weeks. These 10 good foods included 5 protein foods, 2 vegetables, and 3 fruits. The test had been for about 85 foods and of them, I had 10 left. I also may eat any food not tested. [/size] [size=5]I heard the average American only eats 12 foods over and over. For the test, I strived to take in most of the 85 items. Some I already knew I have a problem with, so I avoided them. Many of them, I eat fairly regularly. [/size] [size=5]I stopped at a natural coop and looked at all of the varieties of meat. I passed by the beef and chicken and ended up trying, flounder, buffalo, elk, and lamb. I wouldn't dare feed some of these to my family, but I thought sure that I could eat them. I wanted to still be able to do my rotational diet, so 4 items were the minimum. I also could have other fish, I noticed for another day. If it would have been there, rattlesnake didn't have to be in my diet! I could draw my new line there.[/size] [size=5]At home I thought that I could start it at breakfast the next day. I wasn't certain I could, because I had neglected to do a complete shopping job with list in hand. Breakfast as usual, I thought, except skip the muffin from nut flours. I cooked up my poached eggs and had a banana. At lunch, I had leftovers from the night before. Sardines would do the trick. My appetite seemed slack and I got satisfied. Meal after meal, I wasn't too hungry and I skimped by. After each meal, I wasn't quite sure if I could come up with a plan for the next meal. Each time, I did.[/size] [size=5]Finally yesterday, after 5 days of it, my hunger raged. My serving sizes increased. The foods seemed really filling, though, so at supper I placed the extra in the freezer. I labeled it and packed it to be packed to go along on some outing. [/size] [size=5]I tried Elk. I squirmed a bit thinking it a lot like bambi, but decided that, that animal gave its life to nourish me and I received it with thanks. I refused to tell my family what I ate, but commented that it tasted good. I could have thought of it a hamburger and never guessed it wasn't, if I hadn't known. [/size] [size=5]A day or two after discovering my diet change , I picked up groceries I had ordered the week before. Here was plenty of frozen vegetables, fruits, and nuts that I wasn't allowed to eat. We have more people around to eat them, so I left my family to follow the regular rotation any time I cook. It is nice just to look at the chart and see what to make rather then deciding every time. I told my family they could do whatever works for them when they cook. Thankfully, some of the fruit ordered, wasn't on the test, and I rarely eat it, so I felt I probably didn't have antibodies to it.[/size] [size=5]Every chance I get I stop at the grocery store and look for different fruits and vegetables. These have been the hardest for me to include. I picked out bok choy, turnips, and burdock root. I have sea weed in noodle or dried form in my kitchen. I would really like to get a rotational diet going with all these, but I haven't got there yet. I have been daily falling to bananas, cucumbers, olives, and avocados. All of these I felt reasonably confident in. I had eaten them before the test and I didn't have antibodies to them[/size] [size=5]After several days, I noticed that hazlenuts and pumpkin seeds were not tested. There may be other nuts I could have, but I don't have enough of them to make them for my family. With these nuts I could make some of my favorite foods: muffins. I just grind them into a flour and make muffin batter in the food processor. I am planning to restrict their use to only once every four days. This morning's pumpkin seed/fenugreek muffins really hit the spot! I expected them to taste like cardboard. Since nobody else had to eat them, I didn't care. I long since gave up the idea of eating only what tastes good. It is surprising how often I end up liking things.[/size] [size=5]All and all, I am again trying not to feel giddy, because I am feeling better and better. [size=5]Sometimes, I wonder if I am on one of those Survivor Shows. I better check behind the kitchen light fixture for a camera![/size][/size]
  5. My Title is The Fireworks are Flying and you can bet I wanted it posted today! D
  6. Back In The Fog. Hard New Plans.

    I had been living with a nice clear mind for at least a couple of months. I put up with brain fog for nearly 30 years, but now I know something better. Now, when I have to deal with it, I want back out. A taste of the good life makes me more desperate to gain a clear mind back again. Since I started my rotational diet and a couple of supplements, one to heal my gut, and enzymes to help break down my food I had a nice clear mind. I don't just know what I did, but there are a few options. First I stopped eating buckwheat 9 days back. Second, I reacted to eating my own food at a restaurant. Then I got a whiff of chocolate and musty books a couple of days back. I think it might be the buckwheat withdrawl, or that it is stilling being cooked here. When I withdrew from gluten I had brain fog as my major symptom. The main symptom when I had when I accidentally ate or it was being cooked in the room was a foggy mind. I quit eating buckwheat and meanwhile, my family began to eat it every time it was their turn to cook breakfast. . They have stopped cooking spelt, kamut, barley and probably more to keep me well. I hate to think that buckwheat is doing this to me---and tell them. I know going to the restaurant wasn't a brilliant idea. A family reunion is hard to miss. I packed my own food, plate and utensils and pulled it out at the last possible second. I cautiously guarded my plate from other plates close by. I was nearly finished eating when I noticed my face turning red. My husband and I had noticed the last time I got gluten accidentally that my cheeks reddened. It felt better to get out in the fresh air. I noted a mild headache as we rode in the car. The next day I had puffiness under my eyes. I am planning to stop taking the supplements I have been taking for 6 years and focus on gut healing supplements. I have cut out all grain and my current supplements may be cross contaminated with grain at best. These supplements helped keep me alive in famine, (while eating gluten) so the decision was not an easy one. I talked by one doctor by phone to find out what his plan would be. I go to see a nurse practitioner on Tuesday that has a osteopathic doctor with functional medicine training to back her. He helped my son immensely, so I have confidence in them. So foggy head or no, I have some decisions to make. I am mystified why I am reacting to things while my IgE level tests out very low. Some things seem to get me when they are airborne. I am hoping that a new program and doctor may be able to shed some light on the situation. I also feel like I need to know how important it is to avoid what? But mainly I hope I will soon be out of the fog again. Once one has the fog clear, they don't want it back. Thank God, I know there is a problem now! I use to think fog was normal. Diana
  7. [font="Comic Sans MS"][size="4"][color="#800080"]Totally Gluten-Free turkey day again, but this time at my newly purchased house with my Major's mother and my mom&stepdad all in from Florida We did lots of fix-it stuff on my new house (bank repo) Parents woke at 4am (FL time 7am) and went to 24 hr Wal-Mart to buy me "appropriate" dishes and silverware (they said mine isn't heavy enough) for my belated birthday and early xmas gifts.[/color] My stepdad forgot to take his [color="#FF0000"][b]blood pressure meds [/b][/color]on Tuesday (day 3)and blew his top and went MIA in the rental car. Didn't hear from him till Wed. night-he'd flown back home. Mom [color="#008000"]plugged up my sink [/color]by putting a whole bowl of broccoli down at once. Then when I used the hex wrench and the reset button, to no avail, and wanted to disassemble the pipes to get a clog out, she said we'd need special tools and made me call the [color="#000080"]plumber[/color]. $140 later, plumber said I could've done it myself. The pipes are plastic and you undo them with your hands. Our yardwork day yielded a giant pile of brush that needed to be hauled. Guy drives by slowly and offers me half the price the other dude wanted and gets out his [color="#0000FF"][b]machete[/b][/color] and packs it all in! Meanwhile, carpet cleaner dude (and wife), 2 electricians (boys installing chandeliers), and furniture delivery dude all arrive at same time. All were cheerful and enjoying our sweet smelling foods we were [color="#9932CC"]cooking in the dark[/color]. While in the midst of spackling holes in the walls, I had to pick up my Major's mom who was [color="#2E8B57"]stranded at the airport[/color]. I've never met her, so I showered quick, my mom was drying my hair while I smeared on makeup! I have a 2 seater car so mom had to stay home while I entertained the lady in Palm Springs until our Major could get her. She is a former teacher, so we got along awesome, but she did tell everyone she [color="#006400"]said the rosary to cope [/color]with my driving. Tried a fresh turkey (not frozen) this year- Sheldon's- and it was good. Told mom to cook the gluten-free stuffing OUT of the bird, but she said that was "UnAmerican" and it turned out like sludge. Had to chuck it. Planned on making the normal gluten-free pie crust mix, but a friend said to use her recipe- but it burned after only 15 minutes in the oven. So, how do you fill it with apples and cranberries that bake for 45 min.? Tried again to cook the apples separately, and that worked. Weird. Sylvan Farms dark brown bread mix a success, again. Everyone ate it. Even my mom. Sink got [color="#FF0000"]clogged AGAIN[/color]-this time with sweet potato skins and I had to disassemble it b4 guests arrived [color="#FF0000"]in my red dress[/color]. My mom announced to everyone that they need to expect our (gluten free) food to taste a little [color="#800080"]"weird"[/color]. ugh Everyone enjoyed the sunset view at my house (no neighbors across street-only dry riverbed and walking path) Major lured me into my closet and mauled me with our parents in the next room. Everyone was eating appetizers (brie and Trader Joe's crackers, crudite with hummus, and 7 layer bars) and told her they couldn't tell a thing. Those crackers are AMAZING, even mom had to admit. Our guests stayed until 11PM, so I guess they had a great time. Mom has pics of most of this (even the fix-it guys, and my legs and red dress sticking out from under the sink)...I posted on my fb. lol [/size][/font]