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#1 w8in4dave

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 08:02 PM

The other day I was with a friend , I had taken her to get her hair cut, and she wanted to go to Taco Bell or another restaurant for lunch. My thought was ughhhh I might have a pop lol but I looked on line with my phone. Asked if Taco Bell had Gluten Free. It sent me to this site and I read that someone had Taco's and it was wonderful! With no reactions. So I was like ok Cool!! I can do two hard Tacos ... So we went, I was waiting for the familiar pain and the big D and it never came. So I was thinking wow!! So Taco bell hard Taco's are safe! Well later on I got on my computer and come to find out they are NOT Gluten Free Taco Shells Or Gluten Free meat. I cannot believe It didn't bother me!! Believe me I will not eat them again. But I was just wondering why they didn't bother me. I said something to my daughter and she said she cannot eat them. And I always seem more sensitive than her. I don't get it sometimes!! 


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:35 AM

Waitin...I can't believe ....  wait ...  Did you say that someone on the internet said that they ate Taco Bell and were fine, so you decided it was ok for you too?  I think you know where this is going. 

 

Hon, you are a diagnosed celiac and you just damaged your body!  It doesn't matter that it did or did not give you any issues afterward.

 

The body can only deal with so much at one time.  Think of this.  If, by chance, you were diagnosed with a life threatening disease tomorrow, would your body be able to fight it? are you giving yourself the best opportunity to be able to fight the disease?  Your health is all you've got.  Please use more caution when making these decisions.

 

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:49 AM

 I see you have posted a new thread saying you had gas and pain all night. 

http://www.celiac.co...4350-yesterday/

 

And this is likely the reason why, not the corn chips and the frozen gluten-free pizza you speculate about.

Fast food joints are not the best places to try and get a G F meal.

You could try using the Find Me Gluten Free app and see what real celiacs say about places with G F menus.

 

You have mentioned being out with friends and eating out in fast food places before and I would suggest this approach will not help you heal, especially in the beginning.  It may be best for you to plan out a few weeks' worth of  menus and follow them

closely until you get some inflammation down.

IMHO but you can decide for yourself, of course.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:07 AM

I think we have some cross -over going here between threads.  But I'm going to take the time to say it again here for the sake of future readers.

 

Jus because some random person on the internet says Taco Bell or Wonder Bread are OK, you must use some common sense.  Checking the place's own website or asking for the list they have in the Taco Bell of allergens, would have shown you that, besides soda & salsa, there are maybe 2 other things that do not contain gluten. You wouldn't even have had to tried to talk to the workers.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:21 AM

Yes we do have crossover lol But that is because I didn't put the two together "In my head" lol I read it in here about someone saying that Taco Bell hard taco's were safe. But Like I said I didn't read the whole thing. I was out, on my phone , I will have to look up that thread. I really didn't put the bloating and gas to this... It won't happen again!! Believe me!! It was stupid of me!! I did ask them if it was Gluten free. They said it didn't have any Gluten on the ingredient list. So being I read it here and they said that, I took it as ok. She didn't have a "Gluten Free Menu" The other girl was on lunch break and noone eles knew where they were. Pffttt Just my luck. But I have learned my lesson. I am just glad I didn't have a worse reaction. I could of reversed  my healing in one setting!! Nope not worth it!! Thanks everyone!! I have learned a lesson!! :) 


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:32 AM

Yes we do have crossover lol But that is because I didn't put the two together "In my head" lol I read it in here about someone saying that Taco Bell hard taco's were safe. But Like I said I didn't read the whole thing. I was out, on my phone , I will have to look up that thread. I really didn't put the bloating and gas to this... It won't happen again!! Believe me!! It was stupid of me!! I did ask them if it was Gluten free. They said it didn't have any Gluten on the ingredient list. So being I read it here and they said that, I took it as ok. She didn't have a "Gluten Free Menu" The other girl was on lunch break and noone eles knew where they were. Pffttt Just my luck. But I have learned my lesson. I am just glad I didn't have a worse reaction. I could of reversed  my healing in one setting!! Nope not worth it!! Thanks everyone!! I have learned a lesson!! :)

 

 

We have had several threads over the years about Taco Bell.  First - never go by any info more than a year or two old.  Second - read the whole dern thread!  You will see that we had at least one thread,that  I remember,from a troll trying to tell us she eats and works at Taco Bell and its OK.  There are probably 10 other posts saying "NO".

 

I think we are back to :  Use common sense


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:34 AM

Don't feel too bad.  When I was first diagnosed I went there too and thought it was safe to eat their hard tacos.  Then I found on their website that their meat has gluten.  The last time I checked, the only safe foods at Taco Bell were their rice and beans, so I just avoid them altogether. 

 

The good news is that there are a lot of taco shells at the grocery store that are 100% gluten-free, so you can whip some up at home.  I know Old El Paso is.  Just be sure to watch for gluten in the flavoring packet of the meat.  In fact, I avoid the flavoring packet and just season the meat myself with some spices I have at home.

 

Unfortunately Taco Bell isn't the only restaurant that is totally unsafe.  I also avoid KFC and Sonic.  Sonic doesn't even have a salad on their menu.  I try not to eat a ton of fast food, but I work full time and have a crazy schedule, so it's hard sometimes.  Here are the things I've found that are safe for me:  McDonald's - salads and french fries (dedicated fryers), Burger King - salads, Wendys - salad, chili, baked potato, Chic fil A - Salad, french fries (dedicated fryers).  I know some people order burgers without buns too, but I usually avoid those.  Of course you have to check your salad dressings and watch out for any extra toppings with wheat - like tortilla strips, candied nuts, etc.  But those are often packaged separately, which makes it easier.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:50 PM

You have to watch out for that, too - to the uninformed, if it doesn't say 'gluten' in the ingredients, they say it's 'gluten free', when we all know here that it's not called 'gluten' in the ingredients.  I usually try to add "which means no wheat, barley, rye or oats", though you can't always tell who gets it and who doesn't.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:34 PM

Maybe I am a 12 year old for saying this but....

 

I thought Taco Bell always gave everyone diarrhea.  :)

 

*ducks*

 

Anyways,

Things like this are bound to happen, no one is perfect.  All you can do is move forward, and make your own tasty gluten-free tacos at home. :)


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:28 PM

LOl LauraTX You would think !! Huh? Actually the only thing I ever used to get at Taco Bell was their Hard Taco's , I have never had a problem with them. I will NOT do it again that is for sure!! It is just not worth it to me. If their ingredients said wheat, I would of walked away with nothing to eat. No no I will not do it again. I don't ever go to KFC or Sonic Bleckkkk!! I went to KFC one time a couple years ago and got some bad meat!! Never again!! I vowed I would never go there again!! My friend swore she seen a sign there that they were gluten-free I said I don't care if everything they had was gluten-free I will not go there! Since my Taco Bell incident I have swore off FF :) Thanks :) 


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:38 PM

LOl LauraTX You would think !! Huh? Actually the only thing I ever used to get at Taco Bell was their Hard Taco's , I have never had a problem with them. I will NOT do it again that is for sure!! It is just not worth it to me. If their ingredients said wheat, I would of walked away with nothing to eat. No no I will not do it again. I don't ever go to KFC or Sonic Bleckkkk!! I went to KFC one time a couple years ago and got some bad meat!! Never again!! I vowed I would never go there again!! My friend swore she seen a sign there that they were gluten-free I said I don't care if everything they had was gluten-free I will not go there! Since my Taco Bell incident I have swore off FF :) Thanks :)



http://www.tacobell....ition/allergens

But they do say wheat in the ingredients!


"Suggestions for Wheat and Gluten Sensitive Individuals:

Express Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef)
Tostada without Red Sauce
Fiesta Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef; order without the shell and without the Red Strips)"
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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:17 PM

http://www.tacobell....ition/allergens

But they do say wheat in the ingredients!


"Suggestions for Wheat and Gluten Sensitive Individuals:

Express Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef)
Tostada without Red Sauce
Fiesta Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef; order without the shell and without the Red Strips)"

Yes it does say that :) I did not have that at my finger tips at the time :) Also the ladies at Taco bell didn't have that either. They were looking on the side of the box for ingredient list. I even said "You don't have an ingredient list for everything?" But anyhow when I got home I did find that link you have. Lo and behold What I read when searching on my phone was wrong. Like I said it won't happen again. When in doubt I will not do it!  I won't eat at Taco bell again. I also will not eat out for a long time. I don't like to suffer :( 


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:30 AM

Hi W4Dave,

 

Some places you can get something more likely to be safe, like a piece of fruit, or even a salad. (without croutons).   It's a pretty ok idea to carry a Lara Bar and some fruit with you if you are going out for a long day.  That way you can just get a drink to go with your carry along food.  Convenience stores usually carry Planters brand peanuts which are always marked if they contain gluten.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:42 AM

Hi W4Dave,

 

Some places you can get something more likely to be safe, like a piece of fruit, or even a salad. (without croutons).   It's a pretty ok idea to carry a Lara Bar and some fruit with you if you are going out for a long day.  That way you can just get a drink to go with your carry along food.  Convenience stores usually carry Planters brand peanuts which are always marked if they contain gluten.

The thing is, with these friends I have, I have known them for over 30 years. We go shopping and always go out to eat. It is what we do. Well me with this gluten-free stuff is kinda cramping ... At first what I thought was gluten-free comes up it isn't then I get this fancy phone and I search before going out and boom, get wrong information. I think your right I can get salads and such without crutons, but I just want to take a break from eating out for a while. Get my gut from being accidentally Glutened ...One time I went to Chili's got their steak that was on their gluten-free menu. I asked about what choices were on the Menu , Told her I was Celiac and could not have any Gluten at all and no CC, she said Ok I understand :) yea my steak comes out with the beans and corn on the side , with a big slice of bread across the steak... I took one look and she said yea he gave you this slice of bread. I said I cannot have that bread touching my plate let alone my meat. Why would I order off the Gluten Free Menu and then they put a slice of bread across it? Ughhh I re ordered it but was skeptical. Their corn tasted like green peppers and was dry. The beans were good the steak was good but why on earth would they do that? SO taking a big long break!!  My friends will understand. They have been very supportive thru this whole thing!


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:50 AM

The thing is, with these friends I have, I have known them for over 30 years. We go shopping and always go out to eat. It is what we do. Well me with this gluten-free stuff is kinda cramping ... ...One time I went to Chili's got their steak that was on their gluten-free menu. I asked about what choices were on the Menu , Told her I was Celiac and could not have any Gluten at all and no CC, she said Ok I understand :) yea my steak comes out with the beans and corn on the side , with a big slice of bread across the steak...

 

Bring something you can eat with these friends.  Especially if you are at places like Taco Bell, its easy to whip out your own lunch at a back table or food court at the mall.

 

If you are ever served a steak with the bread on it, you must be certain they don't just give you the same steak back.  Slice it in half.  If its a salad with croutons - put a sugar packet in the bottom.  When they bring you a new salad, you can check for the sugar packet.  They should not be serving this food to other customers once it has hit your table.  That is a health code violation, so don't worry about that.


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