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Member Since 28 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 10 2011 09:16 AM

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In Topic: Teff Intolerance?

24 June 2011 - 08:12 PM

I'm allergic to teff. My airways start closing up. Same thing happens with millet. Wish I could eat Udi's whole grain bread. Their white bread I eat with no issues whatsoever. I agree with Skylark, xanthan gum may be more the issue.

Yes, Gluten Free Girl has been writing lately about Xanthan gum and others. I may try the white bread, but I always feel guilty for eating white bread. I didn't grow up on it, and to me, it's like Wonderbread - yuck!

In Topic: Chex (gluten-free) And Lara Bars Finally At My Store In Canada!

23 June 2011 - 07:05 PM

Super Store (Loblaws). Believe me, I was stunned to see them. I actually got tears in my eyes because I was that astounded! :) Maybe I should go and grab 20 boxes to ensure they continue selling them here! They were not in the regular cereal section nor where they in the gluten-free section - in between those aisles at the very end (teaser aisle). At $5.99 they are far cheaper than the gluten-free cereals in our store. Another bonus!

I was so stunned when I was in IGA yesterday. There was a huge display!!!! I snapped a picture and posted it on facebook. I bought a teeny tiny box for 6.49 and tore it open as soon as I got home. I'm actually a little disappointed. It is soooo sweet! I'll try the rice ones next time, maybe they'll be a little less sweet. I'll be sure to stop in superstore and see if they have it for cheaper. Sadly the one near me does't have a "natural foods" aisle yet- the gluten free selection is very slim

In Topic: To Go To China Or Not ... Help!

22 September 2010 - 05:00 PM

I think it depends on a few things.
1. where in China- Hong Kong is the only place where gluten-free eating would be easy. Lots of Chinese food is naturally gluten free. Believe me, you can survive a pretty long time on rice, seafood, coffee and fruit. (at least that's what I survived on!)
2. can you be make your own food? It is much less stressful if you are making your own food and can focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free. I would suggest you bring soy sauce and lots of snacks with you.
3. when would you be going. You are still really new to this, it takes a while until you will feel more comfortable with cooking gluten-free
4. you can always volunteer your time afterwards to work short term in China (or anywhere else in the world)


Hi! I'm new to the forums. My name is Emily. I am studying to be a doctor (less than a year to go until I get my MD! Woo hoo!) and I just got diagnosed with Celiac Disease a week and a half ago. I have already started feeling somewhat better, with less bloating and improving diarrhea and greatly reduced nausea (the gastritis seems to have been the worst of it for me). I'm definitely not at baseline yet, but I feel like the past week and a half have really confirmed my diagnosis.

As part of my medical school curriculum, I can pay extra money (which means extra loans) to go to China for a month and get some international medicine experience. The loans required aren't that prohibitive once you consider how much money I've already taken out.

But there's wheat in soy sauce, and there's lots of soy sauce in China. I do not speak Chinese. I will hopefully be in an area with a lot of English-speakers, but I won't be able to read labels or guarantee the source of my food. And the trip lasts for a month.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance if it doesn't make me horribly sick again, but if I spend the whole time feeling miserable, how can I enjoy it? Can I safely travel to China, not ever staying in a hotel, not speaking the language or reading labels?

I'd be living in a dorm. Eating a combination of cafeteria food (probably) and street/restaurant food. The program I'm going with is brand-new and poorly established. I'd be one of the first using the program at all. They have been slow to get back to me about required vaccinations, so I can only imagine what a nightmare the food experience could be.

What do you guys think, just knowing what you know about the difficulty associated with having Celiac? I don't want to spend my "glorious month" in China feeling sicker than a dog, or come back and feel the same. But I also don't want to miss out on an opportunity if it makes any sense for me to go.

Thoughts? Help?

In Topic: Is Your Local Grocery Store's Produce Department By Their Bakery?

22 September 2010 - 04:47 PM

Don't you wash your fruit? I think it very unlikely, as someone would have to sprinkle gluten crumbs over the produce. I can't really think of a situation where this would happen AND where I would be unable to wash it off.

I got to thinking that it would be easy to get cc from buying produce at a store that has their produce department right by their bakery.

Has that been a problem for any of you?

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