I am new to this site.....any celiacs in central California? Would love to hear from you. Also would like to know about restaurants.....can we EVER eat mexican food again???
Hi, I'm in Southern California and I have had celiac for 6 months. I forgot and ate a pickle the other day and got sick. haha Anyway, it tasted SO good since I haven't had one in so long! Well, I didn't eat red meat for 10 years, so now that I'm celiac I decided to go back to red meat. I still don't have a major affinity for it, but I do like a good steak now. I love CLARK's Nutrition store. I actually got goosebumps when I saw the GIANT sign hanging from the ceiling that said Gluten Free! haha I also go to Henry's Market. I like the frozen gluten-free waffles from Van's. I put them in the oven so they're crunchy. I also make my own stews and soups in the crock pot. I make lots and freeze it for another time. I eat a lot of shrimp, sushi, and fish, also. Make friends with a local sushi chef so he knows what you can and can't have. I enjoy eating "white" foods that my friends on diets can't have. haha As far as restaurants, I just order steamed rice and corn tortilla tacos and chips a lot. Salads without croutons. I love eggrolls and spring rolls- just make sure they use the rice wrapper. Sometimes I don't even ask and I still don't get sick from them. Plus I can eat the red sweet sauce they serve with it! haha The miso soup made me very sick. On the list that was listed as a "maybe". I also found a local donut shop that'll make me GREAT donuts that don't make me sick! I love the gluten-free corn muffin mix- a little crumbly on the top, but I just use spray butter and jam. Yum! I have a gluten-free pancake mix that I use, but I just have to think of them as crepes, since they don't taste like pancakes at all. You can taste the rice flavor. So I just put jam or gluten-free syrup on them. I thought things were expensive at first, but once you find out what you like, you only buy those things and there isn't as much wasted food and $$.
Oh, I TRAVEL a lot! I take Quaker instant grits and use the coffee maker to boil water and empty the packet in a coffee cup and dump in the water and mmmmmmmmmm!! I also eat real potato chips, popsicles, popcorn, dried cranberries and chocolate for snacks when I'm out and about! I order cobb salads at the Laker games I go to. I like the baked potatoes and Frosties at Wendy's, since some guys I date like fast food. Anyway, hope I gave ya some ideas! B
Gluten Free since November 2005
"If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.." ---Ed Polish
I run the Central Valley Celiacs(CSA) support group based in Manteca. I just had a meeting(I post on the calendar here) April 30th and had people come from as far away as Lodi and Merced! I shop at Raley's, Pak'nSave, Trader Joe's and a few health food stores in Stockton and Tracy. I have eaten out locally at a Mexican restaurant and In'nOut (you have to be very specific and watch them prepare your order-last time I caught a girl touching lettuce for my protein burger and then touching buns!) but don't eat out much yet simply because I have a family/expense. I showed the owner my Triumph Dining Card http://triumphdining.com/ and we were able to identify what my daughter and I could eat. It might be best if you can find small places where the owner is the cook or there is a chef that you talk to directly-not just workers. My name is listed on the support group contacts page here so you can get in touch with me. Hope to hear from you!
Great ideas! Wish you two lived closer, we could go to lunch! When I first posted that, I was so new to Celiac and so bewildered...this board has been a lifesaver. But, I am always learning something new here, which is great.
By the way, what do you order at Sushi bars? I never thought of going because I definitely have to eat sushi w/ soy (and wasabi - is that safe?)...DUH, can take my own wheat-free soy sauce.
Diagnosed January 2006
"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss
I'm in Redlands, CA and I've been off for around 4 months now. Interestingly, I found Mexican one of the easiest foods to eat. I just order fajitas with corn tortillas and make my own. I hope you've been having a better time of late.
Hereditary Celiac Disease
(misdiagnosed: thyroid, fibro., anemia, lupus, GERD, lactose intol.)
Possible additional sensitivity to soy, legumes.
All these strange symptoms are starting to make sense.
So happy to have found you all.
Hello, I live in Rohnert Park Ca. Wine country about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. 1.5 hrs from Sacramento.
I haven't gone out to eat because I am so afraid to get sick. Soon as I can I want to go to Outback I saw there menu online beside learning on this board that they have a gluten free menu. Now hearing about mexican for which I love Maybe I will venture out to get a taco at Sonoma Taco. I love their food. Iam going to order the eating out cards, does anyone have an opinion on them.
I have learned so much since I found this board.
I have repeated my self I had comepletely forgotten that I spoke of where I live before.
on another site, here on the board. Sometimes I can't get out what I want to say even. Sorry......
[font=Comic Sans MS]Diagnosed Celiac Sprue Disease August, 02, 2006 Blood test, No Biopsy IgA off the scale 44 now 3 IgG 56 (tTG) IgA 25 now 2 (tTG) IgG 1 now 1 now border line low iron 10
Gluten Free since August, 02, 2007 Diagnosed with Osteoporosis November 2006 As of Jan 2007 all numbers looking good
As of Feb 2007 no more Pork, having Allergic reactions Lactose Intolerence
I live in Fresno, have been gluten free since January 2007, and am wondering if you still come into town on your shopping errands. I would like to help form a group to support celiacs in the Fresno area and thought you might be interested in this endeavor, as your busy schedule permits. While experiencing a number of serious symptoms, I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month ago by means of a blood test, and also avoid soy, dairy, and eggs, which showed up on a food-sensitivity test I gave with a saliva sample about three months ago. I've been doing very well in the past couple of months.
Incidentally, I agree that PF Chang's in River Park is a wonderful restaurant; but it's a little pricey for me. I agree that the staff there know how to treat celiacs right. I'm wondering what you've ordered to eat at Mimi's Cafe and the Elephant Bar. Myself, I go out to eat at El Pollo Loco (plain grilled chicken with corn tortillas, plain pinto beans, and steamed vegetables) and In N Out Burger ("protein burger," raw onion, and french fries).
I saw a lot of people mentioning Sacramento and Davis, which was quite a relief for me because I'll be moving there at the end of September. I'm moving to Davis because I'm attending the University, which I'm SO nervous about because I'll be dorming as a celiac (with a ton of other allergies). I'm currently gluten-free and also not consuming anything that comes from an animal (or IS an animal for that matter) because I react to it...and I also react to oil. So I'd appreciate ANY advice anyone would have for shopping or eating in the area, because I'd like to go in feeling a little more prepared!
Hi Everyone, I saw a lot of people mentioning Sacramento and Davis, which was quite a relief for me because I'll be moving there at the end of September. I'm moving to Davis because I'm attending the University, which I'm SO nervous about because I'll be dorming as a celiac (with a ton of other allergies). I'm currently gluten-free and also not consuming anything that comes from an animal (or IS an animal for that matter) because I react to it...and I also react to oil. So I'd appreciate ANY advice anyone would have for shopping or eating in the area, because I'd like to go in feeling a little more prepared!
I was just at the student health center at UC Davis, seeing my doctor, and he asked if I wanted to see a nutritionist. Given all your food issues, I'd imagine it's very tough to get all the nutrients/fats/proteins, etc. that the body needs. I'd recommend you make an appointment to see a nutritionist ASAP.
I've graduated, but am working at the university through September at least. Feel free to ask any questions!
Celiac - Gluten Free since Late December 2006
Positive Dietary response, biopsy, Enterolab
I've been making homemade stuff mostly and have had some good successes. It's cheaper than buying expensive pre-made gluten stuff if your careful about what you get. Trader Joes has almond meal and flax meal for reasonable prices. I found glutinous(sweet) rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and rice noodles for inexpensively at Chinese markets around here and Chana or Besan flour (chickpea flour), Sorghum, Millet, and sweet corn flour at reasonable prices at an Indian grocery. You'll have to do a lot of recipie research and trial and error to get stuff you like though ; D
For eating out, I do a double burger protein style (lettuce wrapped) at several different fast food burger places and so far haven't gotten sick. My favorite is In-N-Out because they have fries I can eat safely too. I've also done sushi at a Japanese restaurant, but have to be aware what has soy sauce (with wheat) or if their imitation crab has wheat. I've heard PF Changs, Outbacks, Baja Fresh, and El Pollo Loco are OK if you pick the right things, but I've not tried them yet. Pretty much any eating out has high risks and I've taken to avoiding it if at all possible. Go to enjoy the company and eat before or after.
....... I've also done sushi at a Japanese restaurant, but have to be aware what has soy sauce (with wheat) or if their imitation crab has wheat. I've heard PF Changs, Outbacks, Baja Fresh, and El Pollo Loco are OK if you pick the right things, but I've not tried them yet.
Hi Rosewynde!! I'm moving back to SJ after thank-god-not-yet-2-yrs in Phoenix! Wondering if u have a favorite (or two) sushi place in the S. Bay! I SOOOoooo miss sushi. I've had other celiac-caused issues that have prevented me from eating much beyond what I bring to my house raw & make myself. But THOSE days are more over every week!! I was @Tengu, downtown, on 3rd a couple wks ago but wasn't yet ready to go for it. Well . . . . .if I could've talked to the chef, maybe, but there was some weird smell that made me take a table outside and let dining partner order for herself. (Hehehehe a friend's 8yr old who loves sushi!)
Anyway - I WANT SUSHI!! Any help greatly appreciated!
.....can we EVER eat mexican food again???
Aposte que has tenido muchos de alimento mexicano desde entonces!!
A dingy post lives on!! LOL Surprised I'd never even looked in this entire section before.
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Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.
Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07
Go early and bring your own bottle of Tamari. I've had really good luck with that. Naked Fish up here in South Lake Tahoe is very good ($$$'s though). There is a Japanese restaurant in Carpenteria that has excellent sushi, inexpensive. Bob
I'm in San Mateo (about 15 minutes south of San Francisco). Just wanted to give you all an FYI on prpobably the least expensive place to get your gluten free flours and noodles: Ranch 99 Market. I go there for all my noodles (rice, tapioca, bean thread, and sweet potato flours) and I get my tapioca and rice flour there also (rice flour for $.79 versus $4.89 for the same brand at Whole foods). Plus alot of the Malyasian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Singapore style sauces/curries are gluten free (no soy sauce). Of course any Asian market will do, but Ranch 99 has the best prices...plus you can sign up for one of their "membership" cards (like a Safeway Club card) for free and get special discounts. I would have to say my family does about 60-70% of our shopping there and fill in the rest at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Molly Stones (they have fab produce!).
"What is food to one, is to others bitter poison." Lucretius (96 BC - 55 BC)