Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

When You Don't Get Glutened
0

7 posts in this topic

Oh, Chicago, how I love thee!

 

This weekend I went to Chicago, again. For the 2nd time, it was one of the best gluten-free culinary experiences of any city I've been in. It's everywhere! and they seem to be much more conscious of cc and such because, for the 2nd time, I've been home for a couple days and NO GLUTENING! Yay!! I was even brave (or stupid) and ate the burrito stuff (in a bowl) they were using to make burritos at the BBQ, which could have been a CC disaster, but seems to be agreeing with me quite well. I had a few bathroom troubles, but they were more nerves/alcohol/forgot to take my enzymes related, and nothing to worry about.

 

Coming back from vacation without one bad incident feels like a victory! Gluten free happy dance!
As my boyfriend said, I should have all my meals flown in from Chicago. n

 

So, does anyone else have "victory" stories, times when you've done everything right AND it all turned out ok. Gluten-free happy dance moments?

 

Also, if you're ever in Chicago, go to Prasino's for the best gluten-free sandwich, Bountiful Eatery for entirely gluten-free fast food, and Big Star for the best tacos you will ever have (they only use corn tortillas).

And beer. Lots and lots of beer.

 

Cheers!

Peg

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I travel frequently, and must admit the only time I've had no issues is when I brought and ate my own food.  However, I don't live too far from Chicago, and my husband and I like to visit at least once a year.  I'll be taking your restaurant list with me the next time I go. 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for making me smile! I'll be adding Chicago to the vacation list.

I'm still working on eating at home... but hopefully someday restaurants will be back in the itinerary "other than water"

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh, Chicago, how I love thee!

 

This weekend I went to Chicago, again. For the 2nd time, it was one of the best gluten-free culinary experiences of any city I've been in. It's everywhere! and they seem to be much more conscious of cc and such because, for the 2nd time, I've been home for a couple days and NO GLUTENING! Yay!! I was even brave (or stupid) and ate the burrito stuff (in a bowl) they were using to make burritos at the BBQ, which could have been a CC disaster, but seems to be agreeing with me quite well. I had a few bathroom troubles, but they were more nerves/alcohol/forgot to take my enzymes related, and nothing to worry about.

 

Coming back from vacation without one bad incident feels like a victory! Gluten free happy dance!

As my boyfriend said, I should have all my meals flown in from Chicago. n

 

So, does anyone else have "victory" stories, times when you've done everything right AND it all turned out ok. Gluten-free happy dance moments?

 

Also, if you're ever in Chicago, go to Prasino's for the best gluten-free sandwich, Bountiful Eatery for entirely gluten-free fast food, and Big Star for the best tacos you will ever have (they only use corn tortillas).

And beer. Lots and lots of beer.

 

Cheers!

Peg

Hello Pegleg84,

 

Born and raised in Chicago and prior to being diagnosed with Celiacs it is without a doubt one of the best cities anywhere if you enjoy food, and who doesn't. One of the foods I miss most is Deep dish Pizza . There are fair number of places to get very good thin crust gluten-free pizza but not Deep Dish. Very encouraging you had such great success with your diet on vacation. I am curious, so alcohol does not bother your Celiac's ? I have not found a Gluten Free Beer I like and really all forms of alcohol ( wine, gluten-free Beer, gluten-free Vodka etc.) gives me the same symptoms as though I have consumed gluten. I have been gluten-free for aprox. 6 months.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm headed to Chicago in the Fall -- thanks Peg for a great starting list!

 

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I guess I put a little too much emphasis on the Chicago part of this post. I'm wondering about people's good experiences with... whatever. Maybe it's a family dinner that went well, or discovering that your local gluten-free bakery now makes doughnuts, or just going more than a month without any issues. "Yay! No glutening!" *happy dance* moments.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been doing this for 8 years now and can honestly say it's a rare day when I am glutened.  You become more confident and educated as time goes by and that helps greatly.  I go to the UK or Ireland every other year and usually have great success with that.  I am extremely sensitive also and get sick from crumbs....really sick.  But I also bounce back much quicker because I am healed and well now....no deficiencies to slow that down. 

 

It is very possible to travel successfully while gluten-free.  I usually eat breakfast in and the only meal I eat out at is dinner.  It really is a good feeling when you accomplish this and further boosts your confidence.  No one should put off travel because they are afraid to eat meals outside of the home.  Unless you have multiple intolerances, even the most sensitive of us can travel and not spend the entire time sick. I am going to the UK in September/ October and I don't even take that much food with me. I buy it there as their supermarkets carry many gluten-free items.

Taking a suitcase of food, when you have other suitcases to lug around, is a royal pain in the arse.  I guess it all depends on where you go.

 

NYC is extremely gluten-free friendly also and a great city to visit...ditto for Boston!  I have a nephew in Chicago so will visit there sometime and take this list with me!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,099
    • Total Posts
      920,357
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I_would_widen_the_search_to_your_whole_environment.....Carefully_consider_what_else_was_different_when_you_felt_better.
    • Thanks a lot for your advice and the link. I will surely check upon GCED. But, doesn't a negative HTTG (can't do IgA ttg as IgA deficiency) result mean that I am not exposed to gluten ? 
    • Thank you for going through my long post and responding. I have been both dairy and gluten-free free for 10 months now. Yes, even I was worried about other food allergies. I mentioned it to my GI doc and asked if I need food allergy test to eliminate other allergens. He said, food allergy tests give a lot of false positives and are not accurate. He said: not everything is because of food allergy and it's refractory celiac which is causing issues as the jejunum biopsy, done recently, is showing villous flattening.

      My doubt: 1. If I have so much damage in my small intestine (villous flattening) then how was I keeping fine for 6-7 months ( eating eggs, soy, rice and meat) - was constantly losing weight though - but was able to work out regularly - not much fatigue. 2. If it is other food allergens ( out of mentioned allergens, I take eggs, soy chunks, almonds only) why does it happen only few times and not always - I keep well for 7-8 days and then fall sick again - this without any change in diet.  
    • Oh, Trish at the GlutenFreeWatchDog tested Planter's honey roasted peanuts three years ago.  The can did not state gluten-free, but showed no gluten ingrediants (per Kraft policy).  Test result: less than 5 part per million which is pretty much gluten-free.  
    • What if it were something else that glutened you?  Maybe you ate too much of a good thing?  I once (three months post dx) ate too much gluten-free fried chicken, vomited, passed out and fractured my back (osteoporosis) in the process.  Paramedics, ER doc and Cardio all thought I was having a heart attack.   No.  It was sheer gluttony and bad bones.  Not good to overload with a damaged gut.    Maybe you did get some contaminated nuts.  Afterall, anything processed is suspect.  What might be well tolerated by some, might be too much for others.  We all have our various levels of gluten intolerance.   The old 20 parts per million is just a guideline, but science does not really know (lack of funding......doe anyone really care enough to find out?)  My hubby has been gluten-free for 15 years.  When I was first diagnosed, I tried to eat the gluten-free foods that I normally gave him.   Problem was he was healed and I was not.  Things like Xanthan Gum in commercial processed gluten-free breads make me feel like I have been glutened, but it is just (and still is) an intolerance.  So no bread for me unless I make it myself using a different gum.   Too lazy, so I do without.   so, ask your doctor if you really want to know or lay off the cashews and test them again in a month using a certified gluten-free nut.  I wish this was easier!    
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,134
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Alinapep
    Joined