also: glutendude - i don't get it. shouldn't it be glutenfreedude? lolz
i eat out few and far between. most of the times i've been glutened it's been eating out. this weekend i'm getting my bacon cheeseburger on at red robin i always get my 'good' waitress - lucky, i guess, paula takes good care of me and i will eat at bonefish but they have a limited 'safe' menu. look for places that have the 'GiG' training they know their stuff. mellow mushroom, melting pot, california pizza kitchen, pf changs are all supposed to be trained that way. they know to avoid cc and change their gloves, etc.
I have Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) which has impaired my IgA and my IgG. I have infusions monthly for immunoglobulins. I had a blood test for celiac which showed negative however, I have nearly every celiac symptom. Everything else I have been tested for and believe me I have been tested. Kidneys, Gallbladder, emptying studies, and on and on have all been o.k.
I did go partially gluten free once a long while ago and I did feel better. I wonder if I just go gluten free if it would make a big difference.
I buy Udi's gluten-free bread. But I feed it to my gluten-free hubby. Sure it's gluten free, but I discovered that I react to the Xanthan Gum that is used to replace what gluten does to bread (that stretchy binding thing....). It does not bother my hubby at all! I stick to gluten-free flours and use other gums. But the best thing is to stick to whole foods (avoiding all processed foods, even gluten-free) until you are feeling better. Your gut is damaged and needs to heal.
@notme! You bet I'm going to all the Back to School Sales. Some of my little soft coolers are getting grubby and Oxyclean is not able to do the job! I do like the ones that are a little pricier when I'm sneaking in food into a restaurant. Somehow, a hard-sided Igloo looks out of place!
You and 30% of the population carries the genes to potentially develop celiac disease. A gene test just excludes celiac disease but can not diagnose it.
Have you been on a gluten free diet? Is that why you were not able to take the standard celiac blood test?