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My MIL had open heart surgery 3 weeks ago. She will be moving in with us when she is released from the hospital. She is clueless on our diet (gluten and dairy-free). She eats a lot of bread and has to have rolls with most meals. I am concerned about cross-contamination. I am not very willing to re-introduce these items into my house. We are happy without them. But, she has been through so much, I am not sure it is wise to further change her environment. We eat oddly enough as it is without denying her "staples" she is accustomed to. Any advice?

TIA

Michelle

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Maybe before she gets moved in you could try to explain the basics i.e. wheat can hurt us, cross contamination is an issue, very serious and important, etc... Then, let her know that because you realize that she enjoys certain things that you must avoid you have set up a special drawer, shelf, cupboard, bin in the fridge, side of the freezer, etc, and own toaster and cutting board just for her. Hopefully she will understand the importance of this and see you as being helpful and welcoming. Good Luck...

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Hi Michelle,

I agree with jendenise that informing her of the basics BEFORE she moves in would be helpful. I agree with you about not wanting to reintroduce gluten to your home. What about making sure that your house is stocked up with good gluten- free rolls, bread, crackerrs, etc. There is a "roll" recipe (Salem Crumpets) that I use from "The gluten-free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy" that my non-gluten-free friends and family enjoy.

She also may have some pretty strict dietary restrictions placed on her by her doctor which may decrease her bread consumption anyway.

I think letting her know that you want to help her regain her health/remain healthy and that you would like her help to maintain your health might be a positive way to approach it.

Best Wishes!

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