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How Careful Do I Need To Be?


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#1 SecondTwin

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:09 AM

Hey, I'm new to this group! Also newly (semi) diagnosed with celiac disease. I'm DQ8 positive, but as i've discovered that isn't always very accurate, but ive been having stomach issues for over 9 months. Trying out the gluten free diet to see if it confirms diagnosis. I've been gluten-free for about a month, but am still getting sick about once a week (which is a lot less often than while eating gluten.) ANYWAY, I'm trying to figure out if I'm still getting sick because I am still getting small amounts of gluten or because it isn't Celiac Disease that I have.
My questions are:
If a product says "manufactured in a factory that also produces wheat ect" is that off limits? It seems as though only walmart products state that kind of thing.

If a product says "may contain trace amts of gluten" is this also off limits? I have been staying away from these things, but like i said, it seems like only walmart brand states these things, and if i look at another brand it doesn't have a warning like that.

When you eat out at resturants, do you ask the cook to clean the grill and take other precautions?

Sorry for the questions. I'm trying not to be too psycho about how careful I am, but it seems necessary.

Thank you so much!!
April
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 04:38 PM

There is no way I'd eat something that said may contain traces of wheat! As for the facility thing- it is up to you. When eating out you may need to tell them to clean the grill, etc., depending on what you are ordering. Any amount of gluten will harm you, even if you do not see the same symptoms. Good luck, and be careful!
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#3 mamaw

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 05:40 PM

Hello & Welcome
You need to be 100% with the gluten-free lifestyle. I would not eat anything that stated may contain traces of wheat or gluten. The made in a factory that also process' wheat products. Many of the lines are dedicated lines or cleaned after every use.Others may not be. This statement is put on packaging so they can't be sued, legal issue with the new labeling laws....
If you are a very very sensitive celiac ( which you are not) then I probabl;y would be extremely careful...
Its good to ask questions that is how we learn.
We always try to eat at restaurants that have a gluten-free menu or knowledge of what gluten is! Most sports bar type places do not have a good track recoed. Ie: Applebee's,TGIF'S Even ththe chicken breast is flash frozen with a glaze that is not safe for us.
Chili's
Carrabas
smokey bones
carino's
five guys burgers
red robin .
Wendy's
boston market
plus many many more have gluten-free options....
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 12:21 PM

How Careful? -- Very, very careful. Always.

With people new to gluten free eating it often is a cross contamination issue. Did you get a new toaster? New baking pans? Do you prepare gluten filled food in the kitchen? Share cutting boards etc. I realize that it is not always possible to buy new appliances and cookware but can you scour some of the ones you have and then use them for nothing but gluten free items. Any cuts in a nonstick skillet can harbor gluten. After a while the chance of getting cross contamination will go away if you use the pans only for gluten free items. Continuously going between the two types of cooking increases the chance of cross-contamination.

Also despite what many say the cosmetics and even cleaning products can "gluten" you. Check to make sure that everything from your toothpaste to your hand lotion is gluten free. I have been doing this for 5 years but still slipped up in using Sensodyne toothpaste on my dentists recommendation. (The Sensodyne company recommends that you use AquaFresh Sensitive)

Also what do you do for hobbies? Fun activities? Crafts? I will never forget how sick I got when I grouted the tile in my kitchen. Never crossed my mind that the grout had wheat in it. If you have to do this either buy the premixed stuff or have someone else mix the powder well away from your breathing space. Many adhesives including good old library paste have wheat in them.

The reason people call this a lifestyle change rather than a diet is because so much more than eating is involved in staying healthy.
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 12:23 PM

I've been wondering about the cross contamination also. My nutritionist told me about a cereal that was supposed to be gluten free (was even on the box) but on the list of ingredients it said it was produced in a facility that makes wheat products so i kept away from it. I've been keeping "normal" food here for my boyfriend so i guess I need to start segregating things. Time to get a new toaster, and this is a perfect excuse to get a new set of pans like I've been wanting.
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 01:33 PM

the "processed in a shared facility" question is tricky. if you have a shared kitchen - even if your friend brings a granola bar into the house - you have a shared facility right there. it is certainly possible to avoid cross contamination in shared facilities, and it is also certainly possible to have consistent problems with cross contamination. you have to decide for yourself based on your experience and other people's experience what the right answer is FOR YOU, as there really is not a universal answer.
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:02 PM

Hey, I'm new to this group! Also newly (semi) diagnosed with celiac disease. I'm DQ8 positive, but as i've discovered that isn't always very accurate, but ive been having stomach issues for over 9 months. Trying out the gluten free diet to see if it confirms diagnosis. I've been gluten-free for about a month, but am still getting sick about once a week (which is a lot less often than while eating gluten.) ANYWAY, I'm trying to figure out if I'm still getting sick because I am still getting small amounts of gluten or because it isn't Celiac Disease that I have.
My questions are:
If a product says "manufactured in a factory that also produces wheat ect" is that off limits? It seems as though only walmart products state that kind of thing.

If a product says "may contain trace amts of gluten" is this also off limits? I have been staying away from these things, but like i said, it seems like only walmart brand states these things, and if i look at another brand it doesn't have a warning like that.

When you eat out at resturants, do you ask the cook to clean the grill and take other precautions?

Sorry for the questions. I'm trying not to be too psycho about how careful I am, but it seems necessary.

Thank you so much!!
April


I am struggling w/the same question and just today (after 3 months of gluten-free) went out and bought by own baking sheets, wooden spoon and collander. I felt GREAT at first, now I'm back to diahrrea and I can't figure out why??? I did have gluten-free oats for the first time in about 8 weeks on Wed and, although I had was struggling w/some loose bowels before that, I'm back to diarrhea about 4 times a day for 4 days since eating the oats. I know I could have other intolerances, but I'm wondering if it's more CC - I'm careful, but not super careful, escpeially when it comes to dish rags and dish towels....btw, how DO you clean counters off when you have gluten eating people in your house too? Do you always just use papertowels??
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:42 PM

I did have gluten-free oats for the first time in about 8 weeks on Wed and, although I had was struggling w/some loose bowels before that, I'm back to diarrhea about 4 times a day for 4 days since eating the oats.


Approximately 10% of celiacs cannot tolerate even gluten free oats. You might see if taking them back out of your diet helps.
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