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#644667 Feeding "normal" People

Posted by on 07 October 2010 - 02:17 PM

Because our family is such a hodge-podge of what they can, will, and want to eat I usually do a buffet of some sort. Taco bars a good. No one realizes they are eating restricted diet food. Non-gluten-free folks can have flour tortillas, gluten-free can have their corn ones, etc. I've done pasta bars too. A couple of sauces, a couple of meat choices, and both gluten-free and regular pasta.
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#643514 Glutened? How?

Posted by on 01 October 2010 - 07:14 PM

Here's what I found with a quick google search about Kix.

Well, almost, a customer service representative told me today. Kix has been reformulated so that it no longer contains oats. However, the company has decided not to specifically label Kix gluten free nor claim it to be so, as cross-contamination is still a possibility. Iíve contacted a media representative for more information, particularly about whether production lines are washed between runs of gluten-containing and gluten-free products. This type of practice is pretty standard with a large company like General Mills, and it would most likely allow many on a gluten-free diet to add Kix to their breakfast cereal options. Expect more updates in the next few days, and while youíre waiting to know for sure, you can already eat gluten-free cereals from 20+ brands, according to the Grocery Guide. http://www.triumphdi...rom-kix-cereal/

It's from early this summer though. I had heard that Kix was supposed to go gluten-free but since it's not something we eat never have checked into. If Chex ever reverts back, I'm screwed. lol I use it for all kinds of stuff.
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#640886 Upset With Culvers

Posted by on 20 September 2010 - 03:28 PM

I read my husband your post, he's the celiac in the house. He suggested the following. Go to Culver's website and find a feedback form of some sort. In the feedback form fill in the following:

I'd like to thank Culver's for providing gluten-free options on their menu. I used celiac.com's world-wide community to help find options for myself. As a newly diagnosed Celiac I found it comforting to know that a local restaurant had provided safe options for me to choose from. Culver's in _________________ must not be aware of the corporation's wish to provide safe eating options for Celiacs though.

(Put the store about eye-roll and manager's reaction here.)

It is with a sad heart that I must remove Culver's from my eating options both locally and during my travels. After this experience I can not trust my health with people who are not willing to take small steps to ensure my safety. I have also shared my story with my fellow Celiacs to help ensure their safety as well.

He's guessing this will get someone to notice.
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#638316 Red Lobster Gluten Free Items

Posted by on 09 September 2010 - 03:25 PM

Cheesecake would be iffy because of the crust but true cheesecake is crustless, it's baked to form a crust by itself.

Buffalo wings, if made the true way would also be gluten-free. Baked chicken wings tossed in red-hot sauce (Tabasco) and butter shouldn't be an issue.

Red Lobster used to be connected to General Mills. It doesn't surprise me they are doing more with a gluten free menu.
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#588127 Pros And Cons Of 504 For Elementary School Needed

Posted by on 22 January 2010 - 10:53 PM

I can answer this question probably from a different angle then some here. My husband is the celiac here but I work in the school system where 504's, IEPs, ect are part of my job.

I'm all for having a 504 plan for Celiac children, though we have yet to have one in my tiny district. But this may be because I understand what Celiac really is. It isn't an allergy it's an auto-immune just like diabetes. That's where the issue lies with a lot of school districts, teachers, ect. They don't understand the difference. We wouldn't write a 504 for someone with an allergy to something, but would be all for writing one for the diabetic kid. The first step would be to educate your school about celiac and how it can and will impact your child's learning.

With a 504 plan in place, not only will it be documentation of what the student must be kept away from, but it also adds a safety net if a problem arises. If, God forbid, your child would get into some gluten and suffer an attack that kept him/her out of school for days there could/should be extensions built into his plan to allow extra time for making up the work. It also guarantees the child certain rights he may not always get. Some teachers are very strict about bathroom time and there are penalties if you go outside of those times. With the 504 in place it could/should be written in that he can leave to use the restroom at any time he needs to without penalties.

Once the plan is in place and on paper we are required by federal law to follow it to a T. Like excuses a child from something that they are not able to do because of their health issue. I.E. Many elementary schools use the Hand Writing without tears program. One of it's main things is to make the letters with their playdough. Of course a Celiac child shouldn't be doing that because of the wheat in the play dough. The plan would excuse the child from doing that.

Now with all of that said.... :-) There are going to be classroom teachers that will have issues with a 504 plan but they will be the same ones that would have issues if you walked in with a list of all the stuff your child can't have and what they must stay away from. There are just some people in the profession who don't want to deal with anything outside of the norm or what they consider to be the norm. With a 504 though, they don't have a choice, it's against the law. Without a 504 it would be harder to fight but still worth fighting in my opinion.
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