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Member Since 11 Jul 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 25 2007 08:15 AM

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It's The Little Things...

14 August 2007 - 09:57 AM

Hi all,

For those of you who have read some of my posts know that I have recently decided to go gluten-free for good this time, and that I had also been struggling with it because of all the normal frustrations that we go through... <_<

Anyway, I just had to report that I made my first attempt at gluten-free baking last night and made some chocolate chip muffins. No, they weren't completely from scratch (I know... I know... it's cheaper to make your own mixes...). I used the gluten-free Pantry Muffin and Scone mix and added chocolate chips to the batter to make chocolate chip muffins. They came out great and I was really happy with them. :D I will definitely be buying this mix again.

And as pathetic as this probably is, it completely made my night to be able to bake something gluten-free that really tasted good (I haven't problems with cooking other things, as I'm a pretty good cook... it's just the baking that has thrown me for a loop). I just had to share this and the fact that it gave me renewed hope and strength to cope with the many changes I have had to make in my life and the way I eat (I've always been a HUGE bread eater... I would bake a pan of cornbread just for myself for dinner :ph34r: ... but I digress).

Anyway, thanks for reading :)

Chinese Dressings/marinades, Etc

29 July 2007 - 11:02 AM

I found this information on another website by doing a search, and I thought I would post it here for those who (like me) search for alternative way to satisfy a chinese food craving. :)

My apologies if it has been posted before. :D

Here's the list:

It's in response to the question,

"Which of your products are Gluten-Free?"

Products of Lee Kum Kee (USA) Foods Inc.

Kum Chun Chicken Bouillon Powder all sizes
LKK Chicken Bouillon Powder all sizes
LKK Pure Sesame Oil all sizes
LKK Duck Sauce all sizes
LKK Sriracha Chili Sauce all sizes
LKK Blended Sesame Oil all sizes
LKK Sambal Oelek Chili Sauce all sizes
LKK Chili Garlic all sizes
Panda Oyster Flavored Sauce 5-Gal and 55-Gal
LKK Sweet and Sour Sauce all sizes
Plum Stir-fry and dipping sauce all sizes
Gold Label Plum Sauce all sizes
Choy Sun Oyster Flavored Sauce in glass bottles and metal cans
(with best before date after Apr 1st, 2005)


ETA: additional info

From time to time, Lee Kum Kee introduces new products that are gluten-free. We clearly list the top nine major allergens on the ingredient list if they are included in the product. The nine major allergens are soy, wheat or other gluten-containing grains, peanuts, eggs, milk (dairy), tree nuts, shellfish and crustaceans, fish, and sesame. For your own safety, please check the ingredient list on the label before purchasing a product.

Please Tell Me This Gets Better...

24 July 2007 - 01:58 PM

Hi everyone,

This is just my second post here, and already I'm venting to you guys... <_<

Anyway, for those of you who read my "Hi, I'm new..." post a few weeks ago, you know a little bit of my history (symptom-wise) and that I had started eating gluten again after a "trial" of the diet sometime last year.

Well, I have made the decision (actually, my roommate/best friend didn't give me a choice... she told me I had to do or she was gonna beat me up :o...) to go gluten-free FOR REAL this time, and FOR LIFE.

To give a brief summary of my story/symptoms, for those of you who are just tuning in:
(most, if not all, of these symptoms have been present for the majority of my life)

~bloating, cramping, gas, D and C, tingly fingers/toes, rashes, depression (off and on), mild anemia and other nutrient deficiencies (off and on), rumbly tummy, pancreatitis, gall bladder surgery, indigestion, nausea, reflux, vomiting, spacey-ness, low-grade fevers~

Additionally, I have a strong family history of diabetes and tummy troubles, as well as lupus and non-hodgkins lymphoma. I don't have an "official" diagnosis, as my bloodwork was negative (only had it done once) and my doctor basically told me that blood tests are often a "false negative" and it wasn't actually necessary for me to have a biopsy/endoscopy, because I was feeling better being gluten free so I should listen to my body.

Great. <_<

Anyway, the VENT part of this post is regarding my coming to terms with the need to be gluten-free and the subsequent meltdown I had in Whole Foods yesterday. I was shopping and I pretty much freaked out in the middle of the store because IT TOTALLY SUCKS that gluten free food has to be so much more expensive than "non-specialty" food. I am on a SERIOUS budget as it is, how can I possibly afford to buy all this this "special" stuff. And I have a pretty busy schedule, so how can i possibly have time to COOK anyway. Eating on the run is pretty much a staple of my life (yeah, I know, fast food is bad... but it's sooo convenient and yummy... mostly).

Please please please someone tell me that this will get easier. I'm a "bread girl". I absolutely love it and have been known to eat whole pans of it all by myself (that would be part of the reason why I could stand to lose more than just "a few pounds"... but I digress...). I LIVE on cereal because it's cheap and quick and easy to eat and a great snack/meal. So much for that now... my fave gluten free cereal (Gorilla Munch) costs way too much (in comparison to non-gluten free brands) to just eat all the time. I have to save it/savor it. THIS SUCKS!!!

I've been gluten free (for good) for 2 whole days now, and it's already "old". I'm sick of it already. So, what did I do today, you ask?? I had some Wendy's french fries (they aren't cooked in a dedicated fryer) and now I'm in pain.


I'm sorry for such a long, rambling, emotional post. It's just one of those days... :(

Hi. I'm New...

18 July 2007 - 03:38 PM

Hello everyone,

I've been a lurker around here for over a year now, and I finally decided to join and introduce myself.

My story is long, so I won't bore everyone with ALL of the details in this post, as I fear it would take forever to read (and write, for that matter). So, for now, suffice it to say that I have had the "classic" GI symptoms (and other symptoms now that I think about it) pretty much all my life (I will be 30 years old this year... eeek!). I had my gallbladder removed when I was 24 (my dad also had is removed when he was the same age), and I have had at least one confirmed (via testing and subsequent hospital stay) case of pancreatitis. However, I think I've had bouts of it off and on, as there were times when I felt exactly the same as I did when I was hospitalized for it, however, I just couldn't bring myself to go to the hospital AGAIN just to be given a "GI cocktail" (I would wager big bucks that more than a few of you here on this forum are familiar with what that is) and sent home.

I'm so very thankful for my doctor (bless her), who actually LISTENED to me when I told her of all my troubles last year. By the time I talked to her about the possibility of celiac, I had already been on a gluten-free trial that I started on my own, and told her that I was feeling better. She said she would do the blood test, but encouraged me to listen to my body, no matter the results of the test. She said that it sounded like I had "found my answer" (her words) and that I should stick with being gluten-free, no matter what the results of the test.

Well, the test came back negative and I never asked for a biopsy or any further testing. My doctor also said that she didn't really think it was necessary because I had such a positive reaction from the diet.

All of this was about this time last year, and in the year that has passed, I started eating gluten again, and of course went back to feeling bad again (I would say that I may be worse now).

My family history is very "supportive" of at least some gluten intolerance, if not celiac. On my dad's side: dad, 3 of his siblings, his mother, and his nephew (my cousin) have all had their gallbladders removed, both of his parents and his 2 sisters died from complications from diabetes/cancer, my dad is "pre-diabetic" (whatever that means), his brother (my uncle) is also diabetic. Most of my dad's side has always had some sort of "stomach issues", whether it was just being "gassy", or prone to indigestion, stomachaches, etc. On my mom's side: her dad (my grandfather) died from Non-hodgkins lymphoma, her mother (my grandmother) always had some sort of stomach issues and there were a lot of foods that she just couldn't tolerate (she passed away from complications from high blood pressure/aneurism), my cousin (who I was very, very close with... we were like sisters) passed away a couple years ago at the age of 30 from complications from Lupus (she was diagnosed in college). Also on my mom's side, (and dad's side now that I think about it) there have been issues with lactose intolerance.

For me, I have asthma, seasonal allergies, eczema, some NEW rash that just came up on my leg a few weeks ago. I'm borderline anemic (I'm usually at the very LOW end of the "normal" range, or I'm just under normal... you know, enough for them to say, "oh, it must have just been a fluke..."). Whenever I have been hospitalized or in the ER, I was told that I had some random nutrient deficiency that they couldn't figure out the cause of, but again, was probably just a "fluke" or due to my having been vomiting or suffering from "D", etc. Of course, you can tell by the family history that I just gave that I am VERY much pre-disposed to diabetes. Also, recently, I had some blood work done at the emergency room (went because I NOW have some issue with my parotid gland... a WHOLE 'nother story...) and had a fever and had to get antibiotics because it was swollen, etc, and my blood work was abnormal... my platelet count was EXTREMELY low, among other abnormalities with the results.

Another thing about me... I'm Black. Well, among other things, really. Both sides of my family are very "mixed" with both Native American and Caucasian, as well as black. From what I've read, it is EXTREMELY RARE for African-Americans to have celiac disease, so that is another hinderance to my coming to terms with and understanding what may be wrong with me.

I'm sorry if this all sounds a bit disjointed, I'm having a hard time putting all of my thoughts into a coherent form (and I'm usually very good with written words). This post turned out to be longer than I intended... :P

Anyway, thanks for reading. I will post more in days to come. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. :D

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