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#16 AKcollegestudent

 
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:16 AM

I went gluten free right before the start of the school year--I live on a residential campus where there is no concept of commuting and where the higher ups in admin believe that everyone should eat in the dining halls. My friends and I started keeping charts; I never managed more than a week without the folks in our dining hall either forgetting to mark an ingredient (they're supposed to, by law, label allergens) or cross contaminating. Needless to say, I spent a semester hounding them, but the admin finally let me off the meal plan.

Our upperclass dorms have one kitchen in each of them; my dorm has about 60 students and one kitchen--and that kitchen's pretty perpetually contaminated. So I prepare all food in my room and if it has to cooked, it gets cooked in a covered pot or pan. (I'm thinking of picking up a crockpot or rice cooker, even both are illegal on my campus.)
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Posted 20 February 2010 - 08:11 PM

I found out a week before I started college that I had this. I was really lucky because my college was already aware of it and had already made steps to make sure that I would have food I could eat and were very helpful. I ended up moving off campus thought because even though they were very helpful it was too difficult to have to wait around for the food to be made when you had to run to class. Talk to your college about it or contact the food director, I am sure that tehy will be more then willing to help!
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:23 PM

I am fairly new to all of this. I was some what aware of what Celiac and eatting gluten-free were before, but only diagnosed officially with Celiac on Monday. I am hoping to start back up with college this spring semester. I am just going to take a class or two and make sure I am ok before I go back to the dorm life style and all. I want to know how you guys eat while at school/college. IT will be easier commuting because I can bring food from home, but what about when I go back to dorms. Also what kinds of make up/face stuff do you use, I been using some and getting rashes....doc said they prolly have some form of gluten in them. Make up, I usually get what ever is on sale or I have a coupon for. I use Clinque for face stuff, and their Happy perfume. Shampoos I get whats on sale. Living on a tight budget, so cheaper brands are perfered here, but willing to spend more for my health.

In addition to Celiac, I am a type 1 diabetic, have asthma (dx this past august), adrenal insufficiency/addisons disease, and hypothyroidism.


Personally, make-up and products along those lines don't bother me. It's only when I ingest food or liquid that contains gluten. The college I will be soon attending actually has a store that has vegan, organic and gluten free food. Otherwise, you should just really look around and read all your labels. I would recommend just buying something at your local grocery store and storing it in your dorm, maybe you have a mini fridge? It would help. Just a suggestion. I normally would just snack on fruits or some kind of granola bars. Just do some researching on some sugar & gluten free food. You would probably find quite a lot. :D Goodluck
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:38 AM

Hey there.
I've had Celiac basically my whole life..and am currently in my 3rd year of college. I agree with everything everyone has said above me. I actually found it easier to manage my food when I moved away from home, because I started preparing everything myself (not that my family wasn't a great support and watched out for me) I've lived in an apartment off campus since freshmen year, because the options I was given to help accommodate me by the university were not very appealing at all.

1. I would definitely talk to your disabilities center, they can provide you with documentation for absences and tell you what your dining options are.
2. Make sure your roommates are aware of the situation. You don't want them accidentally eating your crazy expensive food. If you are using tupperware or whatever in a combined fridge, make sure it is labeled with your name so they know which container of leftovers is theirs :)
3. Shopping for your own food is not nearly as complicated as it used to be, and even in the past year it has improved dramatically. A lot of products can be found in typical grocery stores and even some Walmarts now have an decent selection of gluten free products.
4. Many restaurants have gluten free menu's now..look online, call ahead, or just ask when you get there and they should be able to help you out.
5. Find a local GI if you are moving far from home. I don't go to the doctors often for Celiac, in fact, until last year it had been a good 9-10 years since I had gone, so when I did have an issue, it took a while trying to locate old GI records and getting them transferred to the proper people.

Those are the biggest ones I can think of off the top of my head. Hope everyone's having a great semester!
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:01 PM

I have just started a gluten-free diet and am struggling with the cafeteria. I have only been eating the fruit (bananas, oranges, etc all uncut with peels still in place so no cross contamination) and some raw veggies. I'm sure there's a good chance of cc with the veggies, but the caf is my only source for them as I don't have a fridge (my next work-study check may go to some appliances). I was supposed to meet with the food-service director yesterday, but he left early before I could get there (understandable on a Friday).
Outside of the caf, I have been eating a lot of fruit cups, Mott's applesauce, Lara and Clif bars, rice cakes (some Quaker flavored varieties are labeled gluten-free in addition to the plain lightly salted), Taste of Thai's pad thai and peanut noodles, Uncle Ben's white rice (I noticed today that some flavored varieties contain hydrogenated wheat), microwavable sweet potatoes from Wal-Mart and all sorts of stuff from the gluten-free shelf at Wal-Mart (I was raised a Target girl but that place is slowly growing on me). If you miss sweet cereal and cereal bars, check out the EnviroKids brand. Their products are directed toward little kids, but they taste great for snacks. I have also replaced my daily cup (or five) of coffee with Gatorade; half a bottle helps to wake me up and I'll water down the last half for some flavor later in the day.
It also helps to have friends who understand your problems. I've been dealing with some who are either incredibly insensitive or so sensitive as to not utter the word pizza in my presence. I have a couple buddies though who will scope out the menu and give me the odds before I even get there and will keep an eye out for something good when they're doing their own grocery shopping.

I just discovered this forum on Thursday and have learned a lot. I'll be back with advice from my trial-by-fire and inevitably some questions of my own.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:54 PM

I'm graduating in 2 weeks and I survived college eating better than my gluten-happy friends. My cafeteria really tried to accommodate me, but they kept cross contaminating things. So I cooked. In my residence hall we were only allowed a microwave. No ovens nothing. I talked to the housing staff and we came up with solutions to help me cook in my room.
All you need is a GT Xpress Redi Set Go, a Electric Kettle, and a microwave (a toaster oven would be nice if you can wing it)

Electric kettles can be used to cook noodles, mix with cooked meat and top with cheese. Microwave and you have instant pasta dishes.

In a GT Xpress you can cook omelets, pancakes, meat, pizza, fajitas, cakes, cookies, anything you can think of.

Also, there are tons of microwave recipes for cakes and cookies that can be made with Pamela's flour.

If you have a meal plan and you have to use it consider your salad bar. It's like a grocery store with your veggies washed and chopped for you.

Always talk to housing, dining, and student services. These people are there to help you, they have dealt with food issues before and can offer ideas, and will work with you until they have a solution.
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#22 AKcollegestudent

 
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 06:59 PM

Outside of the caf, I have been eating a lot of fruit cups, Mott's applesauce, Lara and Clif bars, rice cakes (some Quaker flavored varieties are labeled gluten-free in addition to the plain lightly salted), Taste of Thai's pad thai and peanut noodles,


Clif bars aren't actually gluten-free. They are wheat-free but not gluten-free.
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 04:09 PM

I'm graduating in 2 weeks and I survived college eating better than my gluten-happy friends. My cafeteria really tried to accommodate me, but they kept cross contaminating things. So I cooked. In my residence hall we were only allowed a microwave. No ovens nothing. I talked to the housing staff and we came up with solutions to help me cook in my room.
All you need is a GT Xpress Redi Set Go, a Electric Kettle, and a microwave (a toaster oven would be nice if you can wing it)

Electric kettles can be used to cook noodles, mix with cooked meat and top with cheese. Microwave and you have instant pasta dishes.

In a GT Xpress you can cook omelets, pancakes, meat, pizza, fajitas, cakes, cookies, anything you can think of.

Also, there are tons of microwave recipes for cakes and cookies that can be made with Pamela's flour.

If you have a meal plan and you have to use it consider your salad bar. It's like a grocery store with your veggies washed and chopped for you.

Always talk to housing, dining, and student services. These people are there to help you, they have dealt with food issues before and can offer ideas, and will work with you until they have a solution.


Hey, this information is exactly what I was searching for! I'm heading off to college in the fall, and am probably going to live in a dorm that comes equipped with a kitchenette, but no stove. So I just wanted to thank you, this is extremely helpful in finding out what I can use in college to make food. I'm definitely going to have to experiment with cooking foods in the microwave!
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