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Gf In Sf Bay Area (cali)
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Hello all!

I'm new to this message board (although not new to this site). I'm 24/f living in San Francisco. I started having symptoms of Celiac when I was a freshman in college. Doctors were clueless and no help at all. <_< After months of not knowing what was wrong with me, I followed an elimination diet and found out that I couldn't tolerate wheat. Later after cutting the wheat out, I still got sick. I read about Celiac disease and gluten. I cut out all products that could possibly have gluten and felt BETTER! :D I've been gluten free since--although there are times when it's possible to slip up unknowingly (or even knowingly...horrible)

Anyway, just wanted to say hi! :)

steadiedwaters

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Hi, I live in Palo Alto about 45 minutes south of SF. Welcome to the board.

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Welcome! I lived in San Francisco for three years (in the outer Richmond aka the fog bank). I miss it! I was just there in June and actually had really good luck with eating out. Didn't get glutened at all! The only place I found pretty tough was Safeway.

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