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#1 SSage

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:33 PM

Any suggestions for a mom whose college freshman was just diagnosed yet is 500 miles from home!? Her college cafeteria is not gluten free and she has to move out of her dorm into an apt. so she can cook....but she doesnt cook much. She is in Lynchburg, VA and there are no whole foods or Trader Joe's near by. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:15 PM

Lots of regulare grocery stores will have specialty gluten-free items in their health food sections. But there are lots of mainstream foods that are just fine. The following link gives a list of manufacturers that list gluten on their labels. Therefore, if you read the label and don't see wheat, rye, barely or oats, it's OK even if they use the ever ambiguous "natural flavoring" . . .

http://www.glutenfre...donothidegluten

fresh meat, fruit, veggies . . . all good
rice pasta (Tinkyada is a favorite but probably won't find that one at a regular grocery store)
fruity pebbles, trix, dora the explorer stars are all mainstream cereals
peanut butter on rice cakes (my daughter's personal favorite)
tacos (Ortega brand stuff is OK)
rice
Betty Crockers Potato Buds (instant mashed potatos)
tunafish
Hormel chili
Oscar Meyer lunch meats (read the label, it's part of Kraft and will list gluten)

I think for a college person, something like one of those little george forman grills would work great for them to be able to quickly grill/cook a chicken breast or hamburger.


That's a few to get you started. I will try and find NoGluGirl's list and link it or post if for you.
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:22 PM

Well . . . it was easier to find than I thought . . . (Jin, hope you don't mind that I'm passing out your list :P )

I have a list that should really help. This is overwhelming. I went through this with myself eight months ago. You spend most of your day cooking and cleaning obsessively. The rest you are on the phone with reps from companies trying to find out what is safe. I decided to save you the trouble!
1. There are a number of things in the regular grocery that are safe. Some things are labeled already. Wal-Mart's Great Value brand has numerous things you can eat.
2. For the love of God use Coupons on items you are allowed to eat. People can get them and print them out online even. Call some of the local stores and ask if they accept online coupons.
3. Check the ads online and in the newspaper. You would be surprised how many people do not do this.
4. Some items like rice flour and rice noodles are safe to buy at the Chinese or oriental market. The merchants are more than happy to help you if you cannot read the label.
Now, here is my list of great things to get you started:
Condiments:
Smart Balance Margarine*
Crisco Shortening
Crisco Oil
Pompeiian Olive Oil
Great Value soy sauce
Heinz Ketchup
Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce (all Lea & Perrins Products are safe)
Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
Kraft French Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Kraft Thousand Island Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Pace Picante Sauce
Ortega Salsa
All Classico Red and *White sauces
All Jif Peanut Butters including Smooth Sensations
Welch's Grape Jelly
Cool Whip*
Philadelphia Cream Cheese*
Miracle Whip
Daisy Sour Cream (fat-free, low-fat, regular)*
Snack Foods:
Utz Potato Chips (Found at Samís Club)
Lay's Stax Potato Chips (Do not get any other kinds, these are the only ones made on dedicated lines)
Act II Microwave Popcorn
3 Musketeers candy bars *
Butterfinger candy bars*
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups*
Meat and Protein :
Eggs
Great Value Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Extra Lean ground beef
Carl Buddig lunchmeats all are safe
Kraft Cheese Shredded or sliced (Kraft is a great company, they never hide gluten in their labels. If it does not say wheat, barley, oats or rye, then it is not in there!)*
Jell-O Gelatin Cups (Will clearly label gluten if present, due to it being a division of Kraft)
Jell-O Pudding Cups (Will clearly label gluten if present, due to it being a division of Kraft)
Cereals:
Cocoa Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles
Dora The Explorer Cinnamon Stars
Seasonings:
Durkee Cinnamon-ground
Durkee Ginger-ground
Durkee Chili powder
Durkee Vanilla Extract (in fact, all of their liquid flavorings, food colorings, and extracts are g.f.)
Emeril's Essence - Asian, Italian
Ortega Taco Seasoning (In fact, since they are under a very strict labeling policy, all of their products are gluten free at this time)
Miscellaneous:
Ortega Taco Shells
Starkist or Great Value Tuna
Butter Buds
Great Value Soy Milk
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Apples
Pears
Carrots
Great Value Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Del Monte Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Ore Ida Tater Tots
Ore Ida French Fries
Hormel Chili
Hormel Spam
Hormel Turkey Spam (Oven Roasted and Smoked)
Hormel Pepperoni
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Jimmy Dean Fresh Taste Fast Sausage (links, rolls, and patties)
Plumrose Bacon
PAM Non-Stick Cooking Spray (all except for PAM for baking; it has flour)
Beverages:
Diet Rite
Folgers Coffees (all including Cappuccinos)
Luzianne Tea (We get decaf)
Arizona Teas
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Some Household Items that are safe include:
Cascade Dishwashing Detergent
All Laundry Detergent
Wisk Laundry Detergent
Dawn Dish Soap (all including the Power Disolver)
SoftSoap Hand Soaps
Murphy's Oil Soap
Hygiene, Cosmetics, and Beauty Items:
Dove Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners, Lotions, and Styling Aids (Will clearly label gluten if present)
Crest Whitening Expressions Toothpastes
Colgate Toothpastes
Suave Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners, Lotions, and Styling Aids (Will clearly label gluten if present)
Maybelline (Gluten is clearly labeled when present)
CoverGirl (Gluten is clearly labeled when present)
Wet'n Wild (All except for one of the mascaras)
Olay Quench Body Lotion
Crest WhiteStrips
Colgate Simply White

* Includes dairy
I hope this helps!

Sincerely,
NoGluGirl


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Posted 06 January 2008 - 06:40 AM

Any suggestions for a mom whose college freshman was just diagnosed yet is 500 miles from home!? Her college cafeteria is not gluten free and she has to move out of her dorm into an apt. so she can cook....but she doesnt cook much. She is in Lynchburg, VA and there are no whole foods or Trader Joe's near by. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

SSage,

In you and your daughter's situation, I think that mail-order is the way to go. The things that she cannot buy locally can be bought online by you or her and shipped to her apartment. I've been using our local health food stores, but I've also been using websites like vitacost.com and Amazon to order things that are not available locally and things that I want to buy in bulk. Amazon has a repeat shipping option so you could, for instance, set it to ship you daughter a 12-pack carton of Tinkyada pasta every three months. She could use the "wishlist" feature to make her grocery list - friends and family could use it to send her gluten-free care packages.

I highly recommend getting her a rice cooker. I bought an Aroma 8-cup Rice Cooker & Steamer at Target and it's the best investment I've made since going gluten-free. I cook up a big batch of rice 2-3 times a month, store it in plastic containers or baggies in the fridge and freezer so I always have it ready to use. The rice cooker can also be used to steam meats and vegetables, and as a crock pot! Crock pot cooking is a great option for her situation; she can throw ingredients in the pot in the morning, spend all day on campus, and come home to a great dinner.

On another discussion board, I heard about a great bread alternative, Corn Thins. The people over there are raving about them, so I'm ordering a carton of them from Amazon. I've missed sandwiches and I'm told that they are great for that purpose.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 07:33 AM

Is there ayway that you could go see her for a weekend or other convenient time so that you could help her cook a bunch of gluten-free meals that she could freeze and then use as needed. Once she cooked them once with you she could probably do most of them on her own.

Her moving into her own place is actually good timing because she can get all new, uncontaminated stuff like her toaster, cutting boards, frying pan, etc.

Fruit, vegetables, rice, and chicken/turkey are all naturally gluten-free things that should be pretty easy for her to find and prepare.
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:54 AM

Hey! im a college freshman too, but i have had celiac for about 18 years. I have my own apartment as well, just make sure if she has roommates that they know the situation and don't leave bread crumbs all over the counter and just pick up after themselves and stuff. I am a horrible cook!! i very rarely cooked before coming to college, so when i came my mom gave me some of my favorite recipes and a gluten-free cookbook. My new best friend is a george forman, and i am slowly learning that you can make chicken taste a thousand different ways depending on the spices you put on it. haha.

As far as shopping, a lot of times you can get pasta, corn tortilla's and possibly even a pancake mix in a regular grocery store. when I had to find a health food store in tallahassee, I literally went to google and typed in "tallahassee, fl health food store" and the map came up with a bunch of different stores that i visited. There is one good one, so apart from my usual grocery trips I try and go to that store at least once a month. other than that i just stock up when i go home (i've been home twice, thanksgiving and christmas) and bring a ton of stuff back up with me.

Oh i also make salads a lot! either the kind that comes with everything in the bag or i'll buy lettuce and whatever i want to mix in it.
She should be fine! and if you or her have any questions about anything I would be happy to help!

ps. does she go to Liberty?? several of my friends go/have gone there!
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:48 PM

I was diagnosed as a spring break of my junior year. I only knew the basics of cooking so I kept everything quick and easy.

Below are samples of my five to ten minute meals:

Canned Baked Beans with hot dogs

Tortilla chips or corn tortillas with cheese and precooked meat, chicken, turkey etc.

Microwaved baked potato - stuff with precooked meat and cheese.

Peanut Butter and Jelly on rice cakes.

Tuna Melt - use corn tortillas (taco style), rice bread (open face) or rice cakes (open face) in place of the bread. Microwave with cheese add tomatos.

Also, making a big pot of spegetti sauce with meat or chili once a week makes a quick and easy meals through out the week. Both can go over rice, rice pasta, layered in corn tortillas or over a baked potato.

In addition to the George Forman grill mentioned below a crockpot might be useful. Many crockpot receipes are naturally gluten free or easily adaptable. I make the meal in the morning to be ready in the evening but if I remember college correctly it might work better to make the meal in the evening and let it cook all night. A crockpot provided lots of leftovers for quick meals.

One way to locate a store with specialty gluten free food is to look on the websites of companies specialize in gluten free food. The is usually a section like "find a store". I use the Glutino and Enjoy Life websites when I need to locate food away from home.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:49 PM

hi, I went through this myself... being so far away must be very frustrating with a new diagnosis and life change.... It is time to find Amy's organic and gluten free products in the organic frozen foods section (hopefully at her local store or health food store ) as well as her premade soups, etc... That over rice with some chicken thrown in takes only about 15 min., unless if the chicken is precooked and seasoned and then frozen for later use, then it is even faster! ... Annie's has gluten-free rice pasta mac and cheese... add ground meat and a frozen or fresh veg and she has a meal that is more than any college student usually gets, lol! There are also gluten-free frozen waffles that are easy to grab for a healthy lunch if topped with fruit and yogurt... Also, lots of Bob's red mill mixes so when brownies are needed, she has that on hand! gluten-free pastas are a must as well as an arsenal of spaghetti sauces and frozen home made pesto if you have any to spare.... Oh, please teach her to make pesto on her next trip home and then make a ton of it... it freezes well for about a year....
Home made taco salads (add salsa, corn, an use cumin and chile to spice the meat, not the packaged kind) , green salads, etc. help a lot. And she needs a crock pot.. throw meat, potato, and a veg in the morning, italian seasoning...and viola! healthy dinner by evening with minimal effort...
This is the time that she has to learn to really shop for and feed herself, but as we all know, learning is a process.... I would help her out by packing the "red shopping bible "in a box with a bunch of easy meals and mail it to her to get her started and then as she learns what she can eat and if/where she can find it you can taper off. I would also supply her with a bunch of "starter items" that she will "normally consume" and then help her learn to internet search the local stores and health food stores for the items that are to be her "staples". (print up the search if necessary and mail it to her). Be sure she has plenty of rice cakes... that with jam or peanut butter got me through a ton of late night study sessions, lol!
Remind her that if she should be tempted, go with wine or a simple distilled drink always that she makes or pours herself ALWAYS... NO BEER unless it is of the gluten-free variety... which I doubt they will be serving knowing what my friends drank back then, lol! ... and when she is finally 21, bite the bullet if you need to, and get her a few 6 packs of gluten-free beer so she can try that as well. But have her hide it in her room as only the rare roomie will respect an unguarded 6 pack, lol!
Oh, if she likes them, whole nuts are good as well.I can not tell you how many mornings my breakfast was tea, whole nuts and some fruit.. easy to pack and eat later as well. Hope this helps! Oh, her own set of cooking pots that are clearly marked gluten-free so her roomie won't accidently gluten her! Good luck, this is a scary but important step! I wish you both the best!
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:43 PM

She is by Kroger stores. They usually have a lot of gluten-free food and will order more.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 07:01 PM

The book "Beyond Ricecakes" is great EASY 'cooking' for college kids.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:40 AM

Well . . . it was easier to find than I thought . . . (Jin, hope you don't mind that I'm passing out your list :P )

Thank you sooooooo much! I am now fighting with the university as they want to make her pay for a meal plan even though they cant provide a gluten free meal. Your list is so helpful. Again thank you!
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:45 AM

I am overwhelmed and so grateful for everyones kind and helpful responses! I am sending all of this info on to my daughter. She is still losing weight but her violent gastrointestinal symptoms have subsided. I think that her fear of being "sick" is causing her to limit her food intake as she is unsure about hidden gluten; thus the weight loss. All of your help is invaluable and again I am so thankful and appreciate each suggestion. Have a blessed week! :)
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:48 AM

Hey! im a college freshman too, but i have had celiac for about 18 years. I have my own apartment as well, just make sure if she has roommates that they know the situation and don't leave bread crumbs all over the counter and just pick up after themselves and stuff. I am a horrible cook!! i very rarely cooked before coming to college, so when i came my mom gave me some of my favorite recipes and a gluten-free cookbook. My new best friend is a george forman, and i am slowly learning that you can make chicken taste a thousand different ways depending on the spices you put on it. haha.

As far as shopping, a lot of times you can get pasta, corn tortilla's and possibly even a pancake mix in a regular grocery store. when I had to find a health food store in tallahassee, I literally went to google and typed in "tallahassee, fl health food store" and the map came up with a bunch of different stores that i visited. There is one good one, so apart from my usual grocery trips I try and go to that store at least once a month. other than that i just stock up when i go home (i've been home twice, thanksgiving and christmas) and bring a ton of stuff back up with me.

Oh i also make salads a lot! either the kind that comes with everything in the bag or i'll buy lettuce and whatever i want to mix in it.
She should be fine! and if you or her have any questions about anything I would be happy to help!

ps. does she go to Liberty?? several of my friends go/have gone there!

Yes she does go to liberty :) Thank you for all of your suggestions! It is so kind of you to take the time out of your busy schedule!
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 08:42 AM

Thank you sooooooo much! I am now fighting with the university as they want to make her pay for a meal plan even though they cant provide a gluten free meal. Your list is so helpful. Again thank you!


I haven't read the whole thread so hopefully this hasn't been mentioned before. Have you considered getting a 504 plan for her? It's typically done for grade schoolers, but it spells out the responsibilities of both parties to keep your daughter safe. I think if you have one and the university is unable to provide gluten-free food, they would not be able to require her to buy a meal plan.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 08:50 AM

Celiac is considered a disability under the American Disabilities act. With proper medical documentation she may qualify for support from the university disability office. They maybe able to assist with the problem of the meal plan and other accomdation she may need to stay healthy.

My son qualifies for other reasons other than celiac. I have found the disability office very helpful at the local community college. Also, he get priorty registration for classes.
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