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Member Since 05 Jan 2004
Offline Last Active Jun 13 2004 07:28 PM

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In Topic: Deducting Food From Taxes

11 March 2004 - 12:38 AM

Is the FSA an option if I am self-employed? I am guessing if this is an arrangement with an employer that it is not. Although I do have a very nice employer now. ;)

In Topic: Vinegar

24 February 2004 - 10:52 AM

The only vinegars that you would need to avoid are malt vinegars or any vinegars that are made outside of the United States. Other countries do not have the same standards or restrictions that the US does so that is true of almost everything - if it comes from outside the US be very careful.

Heinz is one brand that labels gluted so you can use Heinz vinegar and any of their products that contain vinegar (ketchup for example) without worry.

The safety of vinegar used to be a pretty heated debate but scientists and nutritionists agree that the distilling process makes it gluten-free.

(FYI, I am a fairly new Celiac so I have been spending a great deal of time researching the diet and two suggestions I have for anyone who is searching for definate answers concerning types of food is to stick with hospital and edu sites for your information. They are usually well researched and carefully thought out answers. Also - be sure to check the date of the information. One of the not so great things about searching on the internet is that you can still find info that was posted 5 years ago and it comes up on your screen as though it were hot off the presses. :rolleyes: )

In Topic: Depression

22 February 2004 - 04:40 PM

IMHO it is depressing to find out that for the rest of your life you will have to eat differently than most of your friends and family. Don't misunderstand me...I am relieved to know what is wrong and to know that by changing what I eat I can stop being so sick all the time!!

It does cause other changes in our lives though and being depressed as we learn to cope with them is not unusual. We can no longer be as spontaneous about grabbing something to eat if we are out with friends. We can't go away over night without making specific plans concerning what there will be to eat and what we need to take with us. I am not saying that is the worse thing to have to deal with but it is nevertheless something we must learn to cope with.

I have only been diagnosed for 39 days (but who's counting :lol: ) and am still learning a lot from people here. One thing I have done to make being spontaneous a little easier is that I keep a small box of goodies in my car that I can eat. I have so coconut macaroons, a small can of tuna and some crackers and some little creamers that do not require refrigeration. I am a big coffee drinker but can't always drink whatever creamer is available. These few things mean that I am able to join my friends socially if they decide to stop somewhere for a bite. There is usually something that I can have but if not I have my own.

Learning little things like this to help us cope with whatever aspect of the diet we find requires the most adjustment does help deal with the depression. I personally think they will benefit you more than medication unless you are clically depressed which is another matter.

I don't know if I have been any help but please don't be discouraged and give yourself time to learn the diet and to get used to it. If you feel like sitting down and crying because you can't go have pizza at Pizza Hut with your friends then do it!! I did. I think it helped! Then I learned how to make my own crust and make my own pizzas which are even better. ;)

Keep talking to us here too. We care and we understand.

In Topic: Manicures

21 February 2004 - 09:19 PM

I have not gotten migraines from getting my nails done but I have gotten them many times from other strong smells (or bright lights or loud noises). The smells for the acrylic nails are very strong. Perhaps that is the cause.

In Topic: Learning To Make The Breads, What About The Meat?

18 February 2004 - 03:24 AM

Hormel meat is either gluten free or the gluten is clearly labeled. That includes Oscar Meyer deli meats that are prepackaged.

Yes the slicer gets contaminated from some of the meats and also the scale and the gloves that the workers are wearing. I ask them to change their gloves and put a clean sheet of wax paper on the scale and hope that the person ahead of me got a gluten-free meat. ;)

I try to eliminate any hidden gluten but at some point I think we have to just be realistic. I read soewhere unless we pick the grains ourselves or butcher the animals ourselves, we have to to acknowledge that we will never be able to eliminate gluten entirely but we can make ourselves crazy if we worry about it too much.

I guess what I am saying is I try to do my best and trust God for the rest cause we just never really know where most of our food has been before we get it home.

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