Posted 01 April 2004 - 05:52 AM
1. I have used regular flour, since I don't know when, and have stored it in containers, should I throw those away?
2. Should I throw out my toaster?
3. With the way gluten flies through the air, is my house contaminated, if so, what do I do to get ride of it, I've read it's hard to get ride of.
4. Does having no reaction or a low reaction to traces of gluten or accidental ingestion mean no damage?
Last night I drove myself crazy with worry about the above and believe it or not, stress in itself causes me to have a reaction! I don't have to eat anything! This morning I'm drained, but still worried.
Have a great day!
Posted 01 April 2004 - 01:00 PM
Posted 01 April 2004 - 01:12 PM
I forget the thread, but someone had really good advice about you need two of -- I remember it included things like colanders and spatulas that might trap particles of food or that are more absorbent. If your flour containers are glass or metal, they won't have absorbed anything I wouldn't think, so clean them very carefully.
Clean your stoneware extra carefully and designate it gluten-free for the future. Designate one slot or shelf in the toaster as gluten-free and make sure everyone sticks to it. If you see a toaster that you can buy cheap, get it and know you're extra safe, but my take, and this is just me, is that unless you're someone who's just so, so sensitive, you don't need to spend all your money on all new dishes immediately.
What I spent my money on for the first while after I was diagnosed was experimenting with gluten-free food. I knew I'd cheat if I couldn't have a cookie every now and then, so I went and tried all kinds of gluten-free packaged cookies, mixes, recipes, etc.
I'm sure someone else will have a different take on this than me, and I'm certainly not a doctor. But this seems to be working for me.
Posted 01 April 2004 - 01:13 PM
As far as the house.....I can not imagine going that far with cleaning up any contaimination. If you were in a flour mill for your job or something you may have to worry about what's in the air, but in your home....I just can not see that as an issue.
It's true we must be prudent about making sure everyhting is gluten-free as possible, but don't loose your sanity over it
Posted 01 April 2004 - 02:12 PM
Laura and lauradawn, I must admit, that I am enjoying experimenting. It's like a new discovery. I was always into trying different cultural foods, so I'm trying to keep this gluten-free diet into that perspective and I actually have had some fun with it, trying new breads and foods. Arrowhead gluten/wheat free animal crackers are becoming a favorite I must say. I have been going to different places I have found locally and everyone has been so nice and helpful. But like I said, somethings I read just scare me and I start getting paranoid, it's a lot of things to learn and change for me. And it makes me depressed, espcially after I'm thinking, "hey I can do this", "I'm doing pretty good", "I can go out with my friends and have dinner sometimes".
And Justmel74, I think you are doing a great job!! You sound like you have it together, so please don't you worry. I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you paranoid too, but I'm glad I wasn't the only one with some worry, I guess worry loves company. If you ever need to vent, you know where to come!
But I will do it! I can do it!(some positive talk there)
God bless you all
without you I don't know what I would do
Posted 01 April 2004 - 02:52 PM
Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!
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