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#779676 Feeling Like There Is Not Much Light At The End Of The Tunnel...

Posted by on 09 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

I hate to tell you this but that trapped feeling could be the source of most of your issues. Stress has a profound effect on both autoimmunity and your resistance to illness. It can directly cause depression too - look up "learned helplessness". And of course your adrenals aren't working well in a chronic stress situation! Remember that too much cortisol is almost more likely than too little, and high cortisol directly causes depression. Unless you had an abnormal 24-hour salivary cortisol test, the herbs you are taking for adrenal fatigue (assuming that such a thing even exists which is questionable) may be pushing you in the wrong direction.

I am finding acupuncture helpful for depression. You could also try some of the milder remedies like 5-HTP or St. John's wort (either/or, not both, and not if you're on a prescription antidepressant). It's tremendously important to get enough B-complex in a high-stress situation becasue you will use up your reserves. If you tolerate citrus, have an orange a day for the natural vitamin C too. Make sure you are getting enough omega-3 fatty acids for proper immune function. A couple fish oil capsules a day can work wonders for your state of mind. Also ask your doctor about vitamin D testing as low D can make you feel worse and lower immune function.

Sometimes doing little things for yourself can make a difference. Buy flowers, have a nice soak in a hot epsom bath, get a massage (particularly helpful as it will release some endorphins), or splurge on something small that makes you happy. My favorite little treat is an expensive bar of super-fragrant soap for my morning shower.

You must exercise, no matter how tired you are. Get out of the house and take a 15 minute walk every day, ideally after dinner so it helps your digestion. If you crank up the pace and walk quickly or jog, you will get more endorphins into your system but I know how hard moving fast is when you are tired. Even a moderate paced walk will help.

While you do this, look at how you can get out of the trap. Remember that whenever God closes a door, he opens a window. It may be that the solution will present itself if you can treat yourself kindly and clear your head for a bit. :) If you can get clear of the stress you may find all these health problems melt away. (You wouldn't believe how sick some Ph.D. and medical students get - this is how I know about the effects of chronic stress on health.)

Oh.....this is very good, Skylark! I think all your suggestions work better than being over the top concerned about sensitivity and worrying about all the gluten in the world. You need to relax if you want to heal and absolutely exercise. I took my recovery up a few notches when I started weight training and cardio. I can go into a session feeling crappy and tired and feel like a different person when I am finished. It also really helps with digestion, as you said. You have to do the whole package and keep it up and before you know it, you start feeling much better.

As for med students and stress, one of my doctors popped with shingles, at the age of 28, because of those long hours as an intern. She said if the training doesn't kill you, you get to graduate. :blink:
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#779675 Feeling Like There Is Not Much Light At The End Of The Tunnel...

Posted by on 09 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

Also, I believe that yolo self-identifies as someone with a high sensitivity to gluten. She is relating her experience, and if the original poster is someone who also suffers from high sensitivity to gluten, this may be useful. Certainly, it's common on this board to suggest avoiding hair and skin products with gluten in them, which I thought was really out there when I first heard it. I also don't think it's outrageous to think that anybody with a gluten sensitivity could be glutened from laundering the clothes of someone who eats gluten. I've seen my husband covered in crumbs after eating a sandwich. So, yeah, if she is handling clothes and shaking crumbs out of them and especially if she has a high sensitivity to gluten than, yes, it's entirely possible.

I imagine as someone who self-identifies with high sensitivity to gluten, a reply like this on a message board devoted to gluten intolerance would make her feel very lonely, which is really sad and arguably unnecessary. I'm personally grateful that I'm not as sensitive as yolo.

I am a sensitive Celiac also...very, and I am careful as I have to be without becoming OCD about it. Yup, there is a lot of that going around and you cannot just keep blaming sensitivity. No one has to worry about being glutened from doing someone's laundry, unless you ingest clothing with gluten on it. We are straying way off topic from how this disease works. Anyone can certainly live their life anyway they want to but trying to sell this baloney on a reputable Celiac forum like this begs pointing out how far out that is. There are people new to this disease who may not be thinking clearly, due to gluten head fog and they might actually buy into this.
No need to create fear where there should be none.
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#779141 Feeling Like There Is Not Much Light At The End Of The Tunnel...

Posted by on 07 March 2012 - 11:15 AM

You also might want to see if you are meanwhile getting CC'd from trace gluten in your immediate environment. This could comparatively be a simpler answer to your problems. And perhaps the first thing to investigate. That could well be enough to make one depressed, since even CC gluten exposure shuts down the blood going through the carotid arteries to the brain roughly 30%--which then often causes depression. Anxiety is a close second. What that boils down to is to make sure everyone you are living with is not eating gluten, especially on the premises. You may even need to go so far as to have them change and shower before getting close with you. I have even gotten glutened from washing a bag of my brother's clothes for instance even though he wasn't even here on the premises. Don't you just love these autoimmune conditions!

I am sorry but I have to comment on this paragraph and sometimes it's really hard not to insult people, but I will try and word this as best I can....

Please post proof that gluten cc shuts down blood flow through the carotid arteries by 30%, leading to depression, or state that this is your opinion only because this is not what causes depression. Depression has many causes and not all of it is true depression but I have never read anything pertaining to this anywhere and think it bad advice to give.

Secondly, telling anyone they cannot eat gluten while you are on the premises or having them shower and change clothes before getting close is about as close to full blown anxiety as I have ever heard. Celiacs, no matter how sensitive, do not need to live in a bubble, unless they want to but it gets very lonely in the bubble. Saying you got glutened by a bag of your brothers clothes when he was absent is just ludicrous and not something the newly diagnosed need to worry about...ever, unless you are in the habit of eating clothes.

Most of us realize what Celiacs need to be careful of and there is no need to post stuff like this when someone is trying to figure out why they don't feel better. It's obvious the OP has other things going on which may be contributing to her health issues and she also hasn't been gluten-free for very long.
Unnecessary anxiety over things like this should be avoided. Oh, man....I give up..... :blink:
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#779109 Help! Is This Safe Or Not?

Posted by on 07 March 2012 - 08:11 AM

I should move to canada

You do not have to move to Canada to eat safely or be able to read labels. There is a big learning curve with this diet but, in time, you will figure out what you can safely consume. The vast majority of Celiacs can eat safely from companies with dedicated facilities without fear of cc or ingesting gluten at unsafe levels...or any gluten at all, as Peter stated. Both Canada and the US do a great job with this. I do not rely on government to decide what is safe for me to eat. I eat products from both Canada and the US without issue and I am extremely sensitive to trace amounts.

As for Rodney Ford, I take whatever he spews out with a huge grain of salt. Banning gluten worldwide? Ridiculous. Not everyone has a problem with gluten and I am not a control freak who wishes to deprive others of what I cannot eat myself. He's an alarmist. He also thinks everything is contaminated with gluten and if that were true, no one would heal. It's nonsense.

If you feel a product is safe, the give it a try. If you react, it doesn't always mean it was from gluten. Celiacs have sensitive guts and other food that does not contain any gluten may bother you for awhile. Do not despair and be patient...you will learn like everyone else.
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#778071 gluten-free Nail Polish Remover?

Posted by on 03 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

Hi Wintersong,
I don't know whether or not there could be gluten in nail polish remover. I only recently found out that there could be trace amounts of gluten in some nail polishes, so I decided to just stop using any for now.

I just wanted to encourage you that even though some people may not think that you have to be careful of topical gluten, I and my kids definitely do. I don't often post about it, because people who don't have to deal with it don't tend to understand and can make you feel like you are crazy - even on this board. But that is okay because they just haven't been there and can't relate on the same level at the time.

In my experience if something topical has gluten in it, it may not matter how careful you are about washing your hands. It only takes one moment of being distracted and touching say, your cup of water before you wash your hand and then after washing going back and touching the cup and then putting a bite of food in your mouth. Most Celiacs may not react to this very small trace amount of gluten, but I do, and every time I have second guessed myself and thought that I couldn't possibly react to that little then I inevitably get sick.

I say do what you feel you should do even if most celiacs don't think there is a need to. And if you find out any other info about the polish remover please let us all know! :)

I respectfully disagree with you on this one. Those of us who have mastered this diet and all the quirks
are not being careless in any way, regardless of what others may think. I do not have any problems with wheat allergies so topical gluten isn't a problem. There are things that are no-brainers like hand cream and lip products which every Celiac should use but many people are that careful and do not ingest gluten. How do I know? Complete resolution of symptoms and reversal of high antibody counts in all 4 of my autoimmune diseases. That is proof enough for me that I am doing things correctly. I am not saying that everyone can do this, especially kids because kids will never be able to remember all this until they are adults. But do not assume that those of us who can master this problem are not being careful. I take this disease very seriously and have had total success with the way I do things. As I stated, ingestion of nail polish remover
ingredients like acetone is far more serious than gluten ingestion. Acetone can cause kidney failure in anyone so should be avoided. I won't even use a nail salon that reeks of acetone because the vapors are not good either. In industry, acetone is used under a chemical hood and you go into salons and it's out on a table with no ventilation! :o
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#776714 Celiac Disease To Refractory Sprue

Posted by on 27 February 2012 - 07:48 AM

It looks like you already know the answer. You are doing the right thing. Keep going with the food/symptom journal. Eliminate things that make you sick.

The answer to the second part according to my experience is yes. Some of us who are less sensitive don't want to believe it, but my answer is yes.

Since you are noticing symptoms in response to certain foods, I would guess that it is a reaction and not lymphoma. My mother died of that disease so I have unfortunate experience with it's symptoms.

It is a very foolish person who mistakenly believes that symptoms and damage like this after a strict 10 year gluten-free diet could not be something more serious than low levels of gluten....which has not been established by any reputable Celiac group or intensive medical study. Lymphoma can present as Refractory and anyone that becomes this sick needs to seek medical attention with testing to make sure they are not even sicker than they think they are. They should not take any meds until they rule out the serious stuff. I think all of us can recall Bonnie's posts and what she is going through right now. The doctors blew her off and she was correct...she had a serious problem. Your insistence on everything being caused by low levels of gluten could cost someone dearly. Additional food intolerances should definitely be addressed but downplaying a serious relapse like this is not smart.
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#776103 Celiac Disease To Refractory Sprue

Posted by on 24 February 2012 - 08:44 PM

Hey all,

I've been gluten free since 1998 (endoscope biopsy) and my doc calls me his most 'compliant' celiac disease patient - I don't screw around w/it. Imagine my surprise when, after my last endoscope in Dec., 2011, my celiac disease has returned with a vengeance. In the past year I've lost 40 lbs, have severe diarrhea and a sudden onset of severe osteoporosis. My villi showed blunting and flattening. I've hated this diet from day 1 (before 1998 I never was very symptomatic except for severe itching) but have been very careful ever since. I can't cheat b/c i get very sick if I do. Now this. I've started a food journal and notice nausea when I eat BRM rice cereal and Udi bread. And recently my eyes have been red-rimmed, blood shot and itchy. I checked w/Almay (NOT the mascara I've been using) because their products are supposed to be hypo-allergenic. Only ONE of their mascara's is gluten free so I'm quite sure the mascara I'm currently using has gluten in it.

Could I be getting 'hidden gluten' in otherwise gluten-free products and my cosmetics (could that little gluten be causing my problems)? Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks to all of you.

If you are that diligent with your diet, it may not be gluten at all that is causing your blunted villi.
An intolerance of cow's milk or soy protein can also flatten villi. Could it be possible that you have developed another intolerance along the way? That is very common with Celiac. I have also read that certain
intestinal infections can do the same. Have they done other testing along these lines to check?

I am sorry you are sick and hope you feel better soon.
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#775356 Gripe About The Media

Posted by on 22 February 2012 - 11:46 AM

I'm not trying to argue with you Lisa because I agree that there is so much more gluten-free food out there today than even a year ago but I get peeved at all the stuff labeled gluten free when it really isn't. It isn't tested, it is produced on shared equipment & so on & so forth. It's misleading. People keep sarong to me there are so many gluten-free products in the stores now (all excitedly) like it's really easy for me to find all kinds of stuff to eat. As if I don't have to eat any differently then I ever did; all I have to do is go to the grocery store & like magic I can walk out with everything I used to eat only now it's made gluten-free.
These people are getting this idea from all the hype as well as from all the "mislabeled" gluten-free products. We constantly read posts on here where someone has been glutened from a product that was supposedly gluten-free only it was cc'd so it isn't gluten-free.

And that was my venting for the day. Sometimes you just gotta do it!Posted Image

I respectfully share your need to vent away but my vent, and it's a small one, will somewhat counter yours! ;)

The notion that packaged gluten-free food is contaminated to such a great extent is just not true. If it were, the majority of Celiacs would not recover. There are definitely bad companies out there but just because one may choose to produce gluten-free foods in a non-dedicated facility, does not mean they contain gluten. Most companies test for compliance that I do business with and it's a standard I look for. Many source their ingredients well. As Lisa said, things were much different when I was diagnosed 7 years ago. I am grateful for the many small business people who strive to make our lives easier and more delicious. I am a very sensitive Celiac who almost ended up with a feeding tube because I was so sick at diagnosis, so I am one who take this whole diet very seriously. Most Celiacs have more than one intolerance, including myself, so reactions can happen for many reasons.

I don't find what most of the industry does misleading at all. I have yet to see a package that doesn't warn people about shared facilities or other ingredients that it may contain that may do us harm. I research a product I see before I buy it and have yet to have a problem from what I consume. I think the learning curve is large with Celiac and, until people really get to know how to do this, there will be mistakes. You also cannot believe everything you read about people who claim cc from a product. It does happen but not as often as many think. Most people do very well with the gluten free diet, which may include some processed foods. If you really believe that most gluten-free food is contaminated and you'll get sick from eating them ,you probably will whether there is gluten in them or not.
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#775035 Does Super Sensitivity Exist?

Posted by on 21 February 2012 - 08:55 AM

This argument about super-sensitivity exists IMO largely because other celiacs are afraid of it. What is more frightening than realizing that it's within the realm of possibility to react to the loaf of GFCO certified gluten-free bread in your refrigerator that you thought was safe? Or that there are people with celiac disease who cannot consider eating out... ever? It's much easier to tell the person who is threatening your entire, carefully-constructed, gluten-free world that they must be reacting to fat.

I think it's reasonable to remind people that super-sensitivity seems less common than reactions to other foods and food chemicals, and to remember to consider ALL the ingredients in what they ate. I think it's a jerk move to tell someone they are obsessing. Aren't we questioned enough by family, friends, and doctors?

Afraid of super sensitivity? How is that different than coming very close to death from this disease? That is real fear of which I and many others I have met faced. When I reacted to labeled gluten-free foods, I didn't automatically assume that it was from gluten. There are other ingredients in most gluten-free processed foods. It is always the smart route to investigate all possible sources of a reaction.

As far as being easier to tell a person they may be reacting to fat, maybe it is easier because it's extremely common for Celiacs to have trouble digesting fats, even after recovery. It's called pancreatic insufficiency and it's not a subject heavily discussed. Instead, people become overly focused on one thing...gluten contamination. There are many reasons people react to foods, which should remain the focus when someone becomes symptomatic, which you have been good enough to state in your post.

With regards to obsessing....to be perfectly honest, it happens. I don't regard it as a jerk move to state the obvious.
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#774465 Hematology Visit

Posted by on 18 February 2012 - 09:13 PM

Hi all, thanks in advance.

To start off, I am a 25 year old Caucasian male.

My current health issues are Celiac Disease (diagnosed Nov 2009 by biopsy/anti-ttg positive blood tests), Addison's Disease (diagnosed in May 2011 by low cortisol and high ACTH), secondary hypogonadism (diagnosed by low free testosterone and low pituitary hormones LH/FSH).

Throughout the last couple years, my RBC/HB/HCT have been flip flopping from mildly low to borderline low. RBC range has been 3.5-4.5, HB range has been 119-141, HCT range has been 34-41. Basically it just seems to jump back and forth, never going higher than the bottom of normal. My absolute retic count throughout this time has ranged from severely low to mildly low. It is usually between 1-15 when normal is >25. It seems like every other test my levels bounce back and forth. Lately I've noticed my WBC starting to slide lower. It has always been between 5-7 and recently it has dropped into the 3's. I had been referred to a hematologist due to my bouncing counts and low b12/ferritin/folate.

Here is the blood work ran by the hematology department last week, it was taken one month after I was treated with B12 shots bi-weekly and oral ferritin/folate. I had a B12 shot 5 days before this test was taken. My B12 before treatment was 72 and my ferritin was 19. I have highlighted low results with red and borderline with orange.

The hematologist seems to be blowing me off, but my Gastro/Endo both believe it is something that needs to be investigated. My gasto mentioned a bone marrow biopsy, but the hematologist said not a chance. I am just worried as my health has not been good over the last couple years. Any advice or past experiences are appreciated. I understand nobody here is a doctor and others have much more severe issues, but I didn't know where else to ask. Thanks again to everyone!!

WBC: 3.1 (4-11)
ABS Neutro: 1.77 (2.0-6.5)
ABS Lymph: 0.79 (1.0 - 3.2)

ABS Mono: 0.32 (0.2 - 0.8)
ABS Eosin: 0.2 (0.04-0.40)
ABS Baso: 0.03 (0.00-0.10)

RBC: 4.1 (4.5-5.7)
HGB: 127 (140-170)
HCT: 36 (40-49)

MCV: 88 (82-97)
MCH: 31 (27-32)
MCHC: 352 (320-360)
RDW: 12.3 (11-15)
MPV: 8.3 (7-11)

PLT: 156 (150-400)

B12: 183 (110-800)
Homocysteine: 14.2 (3-15)
RBC Folate: 491 (normal >650)

Ferritin: 26 (30-280)
Total IRON: 11 (10-32)
TIBC: 50 (43-73)
Saturation %: 22 (20-50)

ESR: 1 (0-15)
CRP: <0.2 (0.0-5.0)

ALP: 41 (35-125)
AST: 30 (7-40)
ALT: 31 (10-45)
GGT: 9 (8-80)

Low white cell counts are common with people that have multiple autoimmune issues, which it looks like you have. I also have low white cell counts, which commonly dip into the mid 2's but I am rarely sick so do not worry about it. It is also common to have lower RBC's. I have found that even healed Celiacs have less than robust counts, including myself.

Havin Addison's Disease can influence you thyroid gland...they all work together in a feed back loop. If your thyroid gland is hypo, or low, that can cause anemia. Have you ever had your thyroid tested?

If you are getting sick a lot, then that would be reason to investigate further. Generally, doctors don't become concerned with low counts unless you are constantly sick. Has your health improved by going gluten-free?
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#773665 So Delicious Coconut Milk

Posted by on 15 February 2012 - 09:08 AM

Can you please provide references for those NUMEROUS studies? I am only aware of this one:

This is what the FDA analysis said about it: (link provided above for FDA study)
"Also, it appears possible that the most sensitive celiac
patients were not considered for analysis in this latter study, because those with any
initial small intestine mucosal abnormalities after a one month pre-challenge strict GFD
period (n=4 subjects), and a few subjects that experienced acute clinical symptoms in
response to the gluten challenge, were excluded from consideration."
Pg 28 of 93.

Or, was your comment about the numerous studies an opinion rather than a fact?

Considering that most of what you say on this forum is personal opinion and not fact with regards to the issue of super sensitivity, why is this important to you now?

By the way, I have no desire to scare people who can eat normal gluten free food.
My husband, diagnosed with celiac disease, eats that food without any issues.

But, when celiacs/gluten intolerants are having issues eating that food, they need to be made aware of the possibility that it could be a problem.

I was in that boat myself. I was unaware of that possibility for many months until my GI doctor suggested it.

Had someone on this forum suggested to me that I might be reacting to normal gluten free food, I could have improved my health many months sooner.

Please provide proof, Stephanie, that your reactions to certified gluten free foods were from gluten. You haven't provided any proof because there is none. There are many reasons why you may react to something other than gluten but you persist in saying it ain't so. That's really scientific....
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#773654 So Delicious Coconut Milk

Posted by on 15 February 2012 - 08:26 AM

As usual, when certain people post to this forum, the conversation inevitably becomes downright anal and combative. There very well could be millions of Celiacs out there who are not MD diagnosed but self diagnosed and doing wonderfully on the gluten-free diet. They are not on the radar. From all I have seen and read since being diagnosed 7 years ago, there are way more Celiacs doing well on this diet than those who are not. Those who are not most likely have additional food intolerances and allergies or one of the many bowel diseases that can go along with Celiac. Or they may have emotional issues with food that affect their gut. It does happen. What I haven't seen is any proof that there is such a thing as a super sensitive Celiac. I know people whose systems were so inflamed and out of whack due to food allergies that they become super sensitive to just about anything they eat. That is usually temporary and, as they slowly heal, they can successfully add foods back in.

So Delicious Coconut Milk ice cream is safe. It doesn't contain any gluten. It is high in fat content, but good fat is the same as bad fat when it comes to your intestinal tract. It can act as a laxative and cause cramping. If I eat too much of it, that's exactly what happens. Gluten like reaction minus the gluten. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. I am also in research so have that analytical mind but never let that get in the way of common sense. It is entirely possible to over think things to the point of obsession. This is what I see here.

For newbies, it's this simple....if you stick with certified gluten-free products and stay away from shared facilities, unless they have a good track record for keeping things separate and clean, you should be fine. If you do react to a new food, it probably is not going to be from gluten but from one of many other reasons mentioned already. You may have to heal a long while before you get to the point where you can eat without getting sick a couple of times a week. This is normal. Continuing problems should be addressed with a doctor you trust. There may be an underlying problem, common to Celiacs. Above all, relax and don't live in fear of minute amounts of gluten out there, otherwise, you'll end up like some of the posters to this forum....overly obsessive about food and life. :blink:
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#773642 Saw The Nutritionist

Posted by on 15 February 2012 - 07:33 AM

And you know what else? I'm NOT giving up my coffee!! If I stop for three weeks I may not be able to handle it when I add it back, and I'm not going to take that chance. I LOVE coffee! I thank God, literally, every morning when I take that first sip. Coffee to me is one of the things that makes life worth living. Out of all the things I have ever eaten or drank, coffee is my number one favorite. So I may cut back a little, but I won't go below two cups a day.

Cigs, well that's another story. I've been threatening to quit for a long time and I really do want to. I think after I get used to all of these dietary changes I'll give it another shot. I know I don't have the willpower to do it all at once.

Amen to that about the coffee! :D It's my reason to get up in the morning!

I think you have a handle on things now and are making wise choices. Diet first, then worry about the cigs later. You want to come out of this alive and well so baby steps, baby steps! ;)
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#773330 Saw The Nutritionist

Posted by on 13 February 2012 - 07:16 PM

Well, that one is malarkey. I get digestive problems the day after I eat nightshades, particularly tomatoes. No joint issues at all.

Did she suggest you just buy clean meat? There is USDA organic meat, you know.

I'm not sure I think much of this nutritionist.

Yeah, I agree with you on this. Following such a diet and giving up coffee and cigs? Your body is going to go into shock! :o I would concentrate on the diet first and cut down on the coffee to 1-2 cups per day.
I woudn't quit smoking just yet....between the coffee and no cigs, you may feel like you're going to die and we don't want that! When things calm down a bit, then you may find it easier, with less aggravation, to go to the next step.

I am sill wondering why anyone who calls themselves a nutrtionist would give wheat grass and barley to a Celiac. :blink: That'll do wonders for your healing! I think a clean diet with organics would get you in the right direction. Remember...you won't heal and get nutrition if you don't eat.

Hope you feel better soon!
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#772745 I Hate Everything

Posted by on 11 February 2012 - 02:37 PM

here in ireland, nutella has milk in it, and starburst has soya lecithin! argh! but I do buy and eat skittles here sometimes >_>

omg so you guys are just gonna get me stuff? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

all I can think of right now is that I love terra original exotic vegetable chips! you can pop the air out of the bags and roll them up to take up less room, then tape them again (my mama did that once when she mailed me some stuff) and the 123-gluten-free spice cake mix is really good, iirc. aaaaaaaaah isn't it expensive to mail stuff though?! tell you what, if you're getting me a present it's totally up to you how much you want to get, and as long as it's clearly gluten-free, dairy-free, and soya-free... I'm not a huge chocolate person either come to think of it. I do love anything with cinnamon. I don't know... *choice-coma*

If we said we are going to send you a care package, then we will. I will inquire at the post office as to how much it costs to send packages and weight amounts. That's the key....how much it weighs. I have paid $15.00 to have tea sent form England and.......don't laugh.......I paid $40.00 to have a large shipment of cookies sent from Oz. Yeah, I'm crazy. I split the cost with a Celiac from work because he went to Oz on vacation and brought back these amazing cookies that were essentially oreos coated with chocolate ganache.
I justify the expense because I do not dine out that much and this is my treat. I cook all my own food so if I want to pay $40.00 for shipping cookies half way around the world, I'm gonna do it! ;)

The one thing you have to do, Strawberry, is send me your name and address via PM. Don't be nervous....you can trust forum members. I promise I'm not a wacko.

I have a good idea now of what to send. The things you mentioned I can buy easily around here. I will buy things you cannot get in Ireland because those are the comfort foods you are hankering for. But you may want to look at Sainsbury's stuff or find a larger food store near you. That might help. I'll let you know what I find out at the post office but not to worry.....I have a pretty good idea of what it costs to ship stuff so we'll get this done.

BTW....IrishHeart is perfectly normal...she's from Boston! :P
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