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#822535 How To Deal With Hypocrite Mother

Posted by on 09 September 2012 - 07:46 PM

Oh how I can relate! I am an adult now but my mom still doesn't get it. And she has food intolerances her own self.

As a kid, she pushed me to drink milk and eat ice cream. I hated the things. They made me ill but I didn't realize that they were what were making me ill. At age 16, a Dr. told me to stop drinking milk. I did. I got some better. But... I didn't know enough back then to realize that it also meant not to consume foods that contained milk. Neither did my mom and she still doesn't today.

She is not supposed to have eggs. She will make a big announcement at dinner and say that she is not going to have eggs! And then she will order a waffle or pancakes. When I point out to here that there are eggs in there, she tries to tell me that there aren't. She did the same thing with me about some soup. I have made the soup from scratch and I know that it contains eggs. It is the Greek Avgolemono. I'll bet that Avglo or something similar even means egg in Greek. I just gave up on that one. She kept insisting that it was cream in the soup and not egg.

She doesn't think that some things matter. Like a little flour used to dredge a pork chop in.

All the time I get how it is just a little bit and that a little bit can't hurt. Cross contamination can't hurt! What I tried to do with her...but it didn't work was to use the medication thingie. She takes some prescription medications. I asked her to show me her smallest pill. It was indeed very tiny. So I said... "Why don't you give one to Angela?" My daughter. She looked at me like I was nuts. So I said... "Well it's tiny! A little bit won't hurt her. Right?" She didn't get it. To me it is very much the same thing.

Sadly some people will just never get it. And then we have to deal with it. My mom has even asked us not to mention our foods in front of her. Because she doesn't want to hear about it. *sigh*
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#809843 12 Year Old

Posted by on 09 July 2012 - 03:23 PM

I know the feeling. Gluten isn't an issue for me but I can't tell you how many times I have gotten food in a restaurant only to find something in it that I can't have. Even after I thought I was clear to the wait person.

It might help if you could have the wait person or the manager have a talk with her. At The Old Spaghetti Factory, the manager came to our table, told us she would prepare our food herself and that they used a special pan to cook the pasta. This after my dad told us that the pasta couldn't possibly be gluten-free because they cooked it in the same water. Turns out my dad is wrong about a LOT of things but he talks like he is an expert so people tend to believe him. Actually the gluten-free food there is prepared in a separate area of the kitchen even.

At home we tend to frequent the same restaurants. Ones that cater to people with food allergies and have no problems making special meals for us.

But for traveling? Ah, that can cause a problem. The restaurant is unknown and even though they do have a gluten-free menu, you have no way of knowing how well they get it. We also tend to really limit what we get in a restaurant. Fresh or canned fruit, cottage cheese (for my daughter, not me), hamburger patty, bacon, maybe some form of potato. Potatoes sometimes aren't safe.

One thing you might consider is packing some food and having your daughter eat in the car before or after the restaurant and while in the restaurant only ordering some small thing that is most likely to be safe. Like a fruit cup.

What we always packed when we traveled were small cans of green beans, canned kidney beans, canned refried beans and tortilla chips. That way we could make a meal if we needed to. We also always looked at every stop for things like individual packs of cheese, meat, fresh fruit and veg.
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#809652 Reintroduce Dairy? - Casein Intolerant

Posted by on 08 July 2012 - 08:40 PM

I am intolerant to casein. I was in the past. Then according to testing, I wasn't. The Dr. warned me not to eat any just because of how severe my symptoms had been. But did I listen? No. At first it wasn't a problem.

Then I noticed that if I got the nachos at Target, I couldn't make it through the store even for a quick shopping trip. The big D would strike. And did I listen to my body? No. Kept on eating it.

Eventually I was eating less and less of it and it got to the point where I was actually kind of repulsed by it. And now I know for sure. I can't have it. Not now anyway.

If you are going to re-introduce it, I would do it at home and just once to begin with. Then wait a week to try it again, assuming you get no reaction. Of course if there is a reaction do not have it again.

Then if you find that there is no reaction, have it once in a while. Don't overdo it like I did.
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#806921 How Bad Is Cheating On The Gluten Free Diet Periodically

Posted by on 27 June 2012 - 10:30 PM

Ugh! It's not like a weight loss diet. That's like the Dr. who said I needed to give my kid with food allergies a break and let her be a kid for two weeks on a vacation with her dad. I was like... Let her get sick for two weeks? She doesn't WANT to get sick! Some Drs. are clueless.

Yes at some point you will screw up and eat some wheat or something. You either won't read a label correctly or will get it through cross contamination or from eating something prepared by a well meaning but clueless person. But in my mind there is no need to do it on purpose.
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#801916 Contamination On Food Boxes

Posted by on 09 June 2012 - 02:05 AM

Using their logic, anything anywhere could have gluten on it. I could eat a sandwich then go touch something without washing my hands. But a prepared product in a sealed package? I wouldn't worry about it.
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#798820 Honest Confusion

Posted by on 28 May 2012 - 01:17 AM

Funny thing is, I actually work at Panera, close to a management position too. Unless you're a baker at night, you will never be handling flour at all, maybe a SLIGHT possibility of rice flour. I don't really want to quit working there since I really like it and it pays very well, but I will if it is the best idea for my health.

Yikes! No wonder you don't notice a difference. Maybe you're not handling flour but it is all around you and most likely you are touching the bread. Right?
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#794736 Possibility Of Parasites Infestation Causing Celiac Disease

Posted by on 10 May 2012 - 05:17 PM

A few questions for you. How did you learn of the parasites? How did you know what they were? Did you take the herbs on your own? Or were they prescribed?

I began to worry about my daughter and I recently after my little cat was found to have roundworms. I wouldn't have thought about us having them but some people online elsewhere were telling me we could have them. I freaked and ordered some herbal things.

But after I took the first awful tasting dose, I decided not to take any more. The product contained wormwood and in looking it up online it said it should not be taken internally and although it killed parasites, it was far harder on the host. It listed a bunch of reasons not to take it, including liver and kidney failure. Thankfully I don't think that one dose caused any harm.

I couldn't take any other of the herbal remedies because I am intolerant to something they contain. And I wasn't about to go to the Dr. for a parasite test because frankly I don't think I had any symptoms. And the chances of us getting roundworms from the cat are slim. Now how the cat got them, I do not know. I can only figure that she had them since we got her. The vet did diagnose lungworms and she was treated for that but perhaps she had the round worms at that time too. She did have symptoms. I just didn't know.
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#783501 Afraid To Eat

Posted by on 27 March 2012 - 10:54 PM

I know what you mean. When my stomach was acting up, I was sticking to mainly plain white rice with chicken and chicken broth. And then I found out I was intolerant to chicken! I also have issues with some herbs so even some vegetable broths are out for me.

For the time being you may have to stick to whole foods, trialing them out one at a time and in small amounts.
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#781986 Family Says I'm Paranoid And Should Go Back To Eating Gluten

Posted by on 20 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

You are not alone. My daughter and I both have food intolerances. We are learning to adjust to our new ones because they do change over time. For us anyway...

My own mom has them also but refuses to believe it. She has been tested. She will eat what she is not supposed to. Get sick. Then want sympathy. I believe that my dad has them too. He is constantly sick. I believe that my brother also has them because he gets sick after he eats certain things. The weird thing is they all keep eating that which makes them sick.

People have said the following things to me: "Can't you just make an exception this one time?" This in regard to eating pizza back stage at a dance recital. Regular pizza. Not gluten-free. To which I replied, "Sure if I want her to not be in the show and stay in the bathroom instead."

"A little bit won't hurt!" Or "That's such a small amount. It can't affect you!" Stuff like that. When they tell me this, I ask them which prescription they take that is the smallest. They will then either show me the pill or describe the smallness of it to me. Then I will look at them with a straight face and say, "Oh! Why don't you give that to her! (My daughter) It's small. That amount can't hurt her. Right?" They never do get it.

"Can't you just pick it off?"

I have even been laughed at when it comes to cross contamination. At family dinners, people will pass plates and bowls of things we can't have over our plates or expect us to handle those foods and get all pissy if a little of the food lands on our plate or gets on our hands. They do think we are being paranoid.

On of the biggest beefs for myself is that my mom expects me to serve up cake, ice cream and pie for family parties. I have a severe egg intolerance. Eggs make me so ill I will never ever eat anything that I think even might contain them. And these things almost always contain egg. I don't eat these or any dessert. So I don't feel I should have to be handling them.
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#774037 Working At Subway

Posted by on 16 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

Don't do it! Gloves or no gloves, you shouldn't be working around wheat.
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#773574 Soybean Oil - How Avoid In Restaurants?

Posted by on 14 February 2012 - 11:11 PM

Most restaurants use soybean oil. So good luck with that!
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#773070 Flying Toast!

Posted by on 13 February 2012 - 03:00 AM

My daughter eats Ener-G bread. Yeah, she actually likes it. Which is good because she needs to eat a somewhat low carb diet. Currently she is eating the light tapioca. I think that is what it is called. The problem? The slices are so light, the toaster literally hurls them into the air and often we have to search around to find them. It's getting really annoying. You can't just put your hand over the toaster and try to catch them either. Because they are so hot coming out of there.
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#767291 Mom Wants Me To End It Over His Celiac

Posted by on 23 January 2012 - 01:18 AM

Honestly, I think you mother has half a point. Hear me out.

It doesn't sound like he takes his condition completely seriously. I used to work in a restaurant also, but I was getting glutened constantly. I made the decision to move into a new line of work after a sufficient amount of time passed when I was being extremely careful and still getting sick. He needs to face up to the fact that he is going to have to find another job. If he isn't willing to do everything to make himself better, then your mother has a point.

While accidents happen, if it's happening more than once every 6 months or so, then he probably isn't being careful enough.

I do not think it would be wise to get married to someone who was not willing to take their condition seriously and take 100% responsibility for it. Whether or not he has a disease is not your mothers business. Whether he has a disease and he is not willing to follow the treatment fully, knowing it will hurt both him and you if he doesn't, that is her business.

I agree with you about his working in a restaurant. Unless he is in a gluten free restaurant and it doesn't sound like he is...he's not taking this seriously enough.
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#764520 Glucose Tolerance Test.... I'm Scared :(

Posted by on 13 January 2012 - 01:56 AM

I have diabetes. And for most of my life prior to diabetes I had reactive hypoglycemia. This is now thought to be a precursor to diabetes. What happens when you have that is that when you eat carbs, your blood sugar will spike and then drop rapidly.

Some diabetics find that they still have it. So what they have to do is use their meter and test their blood sugar frequently to see which foods spike them. Then they need to either avoid those foods or eat less of them or maybe even combine them with a protein and fat.

The GTT will tell whether or not you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or even just reactive hypoglycemia. You will be required to fast for the test. You will then be given a sweet syrup to drink. It probably won't taste very good or be very pleasant.

You will then be required to sit still for about 3 hours. You may do things during this time like read a book, listen to music or maybe even play a video game provided you aren't very active while playing it. Activity can skew the test results. You'll probably feel very thirsty but you can't drink any water until the test is over with.

Be sure to bring bottled water with you. You'll want to drink it after the test. I was also instructed to bring food but I became so sick to my stomach afterwards that I couldn't eat for a good 24 hours. Not everyone will get sick like that. But some will. You should bring food just in case but be prepared not to be able to eat it. You'll probably just want to crawl in bed when you get home and try to sleep it off.

Have you noticed any skin tags or areas of darkened skin? Do you have excess belly fat? If so, these could be signs of type 2 diabetes. But not everyone who has type 2 diabetes will have these things. Diabetes is not something that can be diagnosed by symptoms alone. That is why there is a test for it.

In the meantime, do you know any diabetics? If so, ask them to test your blood sugar for you. Normal blood sugar will be somewhere around 80. If it is under 70 that could indicate a problem such as reactive hypoglycemia. If it is over 109 that could indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes.

But keep in mind that there are things that can raise blood sugar. Such as a thyroid condition, illness, steroid use or even the use of some psychiatric meds. So do not panic over one odd reading. But do get the GTT done.
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#759461 Need Help Settling A Gluten Disagreement

Posted by on 23 December 2011 - 11:55 PM

I would bring both. People won't like the gluten-free ones even if you don't tell them. If you do tell them they won't try them. In my mind there is no sense spending more money to make gluten-free stuff for people who don't need them. Just buy the wheat rolls. Nobody will care that you bought them.

Frankly I would be far more worried about the rest of the meal.
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