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In Topic: Do You Eat gluten-free Oatmeal?

21 May 2015 - 11:48 AM

I love oatmeal and never had any problems from certified gluten-free oats.  I was extremely sick at diagnosis also, yet trialed oatmeal within months of starting the gluten-free diet.  Tolerated it extremely well so go figure, huh?  ;)


I think it is a very independent thing and people react very differently depending on a number of things.  I do not believe that everyone needs to wait a year to try them, either.  That is just the medical profession instilling fear where it doesn't need to be.  One should never be nervous when adding back foods into their diet. I am not really sure if oatmeal would aggravate acid reflux but if you do well with other high fiber foods, it might be OK for you to try.  You will not know if you are one of a very few who cannot tolerate gluten-free oats until you actually try them.  But it will not set you back to square one if you do have a reaction.


I wish you luck....I love oatmeal too!

In Topic: Help Me Pack Snacks For My Trip?

21 May 2015 - 06:51 AM

Have a wonderful, safe eatin' trip, icelandgirl!  You'll be fine!  Make sure to fill us in on all the details when you return.   :)

In Topic: Probiotics Not Always gluten-free

20 May 2015 - 02:30 PM

I have heard from other Celiac's that Florajen probiotics are very good and very safe.  I would not change your brand, based on the e-mail and the fact that you are doing well on them.  This is another case of panic over an article that claims probiotics contain gluten, when many probably have less than 5-10 ppm or in that neighborhood. You have to buy good quality supplements and sometimes that does not come cheap. You get what you pay for.


As a sensitive Celiac and one who has been doing this for 10 years, you will never.......at least not now with testing as we know it today, be able to guarantee that anything processed contains zero gluten.  It doesn't have to be zero gluten, either, to be safe. For a company to test down to 5 ppm, and have their product pass that stringent level of testing, is pretty damn good. Based on what others have said after using them, I would trust this product.

In Topic: Probiotics Not Always gluten-free

20 May 2015 - 08:41 AM

this is very disturbing news. Although I don't take probiotics, I do take some supplements. Does anyone know the status of these? they say "gluten-free" but that probably means nothing:


Viactiv chews (for calcium)

Nature's Bounty Iron

Sundown Naturals Vitamin D3

I think you may have to call each company to get the allergen details from them.  Briefly looking at their websites, they do not give much information, other than some are labeled as wheat and gluten free.  But if you want more info, you'll have to call them.


If you are feeling well while taking these supplements, then you can safely assume they are fine, unless you are an asymptomatic Celiac. Do you have antibody levels checked, if you were diagnosed using this method?  That can help to see if you are eating safely.

In Topic: Probiotics Not Always gluten-free

20 May 2015 - 08:27 AM

Hi icelandgirl!


Here is the brand I use for Vitamin D3:  http://www.protocolf...e.com/products/  I use a 5,000.00 IU per day dose because I live in the Northeast and do not get much sun on a day to day basis.  To be honest, I don't always remember to take them every single day but do supplement at least 4 days a week, without fail.  Also, except for the iron supplement I listed, which can be bought in most health food stores, all my supplements are bought through my doctor's office. They have an apothecary right in the building so it's easier and they source their supplements well to accomodate people with allergies.  I don't know if this makes a difference as opposed to going anywhere to buy supplements.  All I can say is I have never gotten ill from a supplement before, in 10 years gluten free.  You know I am a sensitive Celiac and careful about what goes in my mouth.  So....I hope this helps.  I know it can be a crapshoot for us but at some point, you have to find a brand that works and you can trust.  I'm one of those malnourished Celiac's, or used to be, so my GI tract was totally compromised at diagnosis.  But when you live where I do, and work full time in a windowless lab, you have to supplement with D3.  Those in southern, more sunny climes may not have to.


The other supplement company I trust implicitly is called Metagenics.  They are only sold through a doctor's office so you just can't go anywhere to purchase them.  One of the best vitamin companies out there and they were doing gluten/allergen free products long before it was fashonable to do so.  I think the company will give you supplier names if you ask them.  I use their magnesium and sometimes get their chewable calcium tablets because those nice chocolate ones can melt in summer heat.


Hope this helps and if you have any more questions, I am here!  :)

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