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#724705 Celiac Cost Me Everything

Posted by on 22 August 2011 - 09:27 AM

Raven, my heart goes out to you. I can't say more than has already been said, but you've always been there for everybody in their time of need. I know it's not the same, but we're "family" . . . doing what families should do when one of their own is hurting.

Losing my cat was harder than losing my parents. I sobbed for days when my orange tabby left for Rainbow Bridge. Some animal companions are what I call soul mates. There's something special about them and I think each of us have at least one in our lifetime. Your baby was your soul mate and he left a big doggie shaped hole in your heart.

I have a dear husband and when he's gone, I'll only have my cat family. And yes, they ARE my family. I was never able to have children like so many here but I have two stepdaughters who wouldn't notice if I was dying in the middle of the road. My cats are always there for me.

And FWIW, kitties make wonderful little listeners. They will happily listen to you and comfort you as you grieve.
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#685776 What Does Everyone Eat For Breakfast?

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 11:06 AM

My usual every day breakfast . . . scrambled Eggbeaters or egg whites, a slice or two of deli smoked turkey and a piece of low-fat cheese between two corn tortillas heated in the microwave. It's high protein, has calcium, is low fat, low calorie and low carb. It also keeps me full until noon. Posted Image
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#683385 Secret Handshake

Posted by on 14 March 2011 - 10:40 AM

This is so cool. Can we have Secret Decoder Rings? Posted Image
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#681111 The Scariest Thing You Will Ever See

Posted by on 07 March 2011 - 10:07 AM

Bahahahaha! Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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#676154 What Do You Do?

Posted by on 17 February 2011 - 11:37 AM

What an interesting thread!

I'm sort of retired . . . are women ever really retired? We're self-employed managing our own real estate which has been quite a challenge in recent years. Before I married, I was a paralegal specializing in probate. My husband got his real estate broker's license so I quit to help with that.

I live in south Florida and I'm a mother to four cats. Posted Image Two Siamese and two Oriental Shorthairs. I love to crochet and spend my evenings making afghans etc. for Siamese Rescue.

I have no children of my own but my husband has two living daughters. We have 3 grandchildren. We currently support 24 children and 2 families through World Vision.

I've always enjoyed cooking - and eating - so learning to live without gluten wasn't terribly hard. In a way, it's sort of fun creating old favorites that are safe for me. My husband gets gluten-free food unless he buys a loaf of bread or brings cookies home. The only thing he ever complained about was the gluten-free pasta. I solved that problem by buying two microwave cookers so he can have his own and I can have mine!

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#672708 Question About Chebe Bread Mix

Posted by on 03 February 2011 - 09:19 AM

I've made it with cheddar, parmesan and part-skim mozzarella. All turned out great. I think the cheese may add the fat into the bread so I've never tried making it without. The cheddar made the rolls a pretty color, too.

I have tapioca flour but haven't tried making them from scratch yet. I ordered a case of the mixes and need to use those up before trying.
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#671551 The New Kitty

Posted by on 29 January 2011 - 01:36 PM

How cute! Some cats love to do this. For some reason, they think the toy needs a good soaking. Part of the fun is "fishing" it out. I wonder if your new baby has some Siamese or OSH in her as these breeds love water and aren't afraid to get wet.

One of mine throws his toys in the pool and yells at me until I come fish it out and two love playing in the sink with a trickle of water hitting them on the head. It's hilarious but quite messy when they shake like a dog.
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#670288 One Good Thing About Being The Only gluten-free In A House Of Gluten-Eaters....

Posted by on 24 January 2011 - 11:46 AM

All the Glutino pretzels are MINE! DH won't touch " -free" anything . . . just might be too healthy for his liking. Leaves more for me. Posted Image
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#669510 Gluten Free Cats?

Posted by on 21 January 2011 - 10:04 AM

All cats will benefit from not only a gluten-free diet but a grain-free diet as well. Cats are obligate carnivores and although a small amount of grain can be ingested when eating wild prey, their normal diet does not include grains. Corn is a big allergen in cats, probably worse than wheat. Many "grocery store" cat foods are basically corn. The fur-pulling sounds like a corn allergy.

Here's a link to The Nine Most Common Food Allergies in Cats. Any one of these things is problematic and cat owners should try to avoid them.

Try to find a source of grain-free food. Blue Buffalo makes grain grain-free and minimum-grain foods for cats and dogs. There are others like Wellness who makes quality grain-free foods. Even some varieties of Fancy Feast canned have little or no grain.

As far as treats, good luck getting them off of Temptations. :rolleyes: I have four cats and all but one go wild over those things. I swear one would eat nothing but Temptations if I gave in to his wishes. Bonito flakes are supposed to be a great treat but unfortunately none of mine will eat them.
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#660478 Red Lobster Allergen Menu New

Posted by on 14 December 2010 - 10:29 AM

Thanks for posting this. I will avoid Red Lobster like the plague. Any restaurant that can't provide broiled fish, broccoli, asparagus and a shrimp cocktail without adding wheat isn't a place where I'll spend my money. What on earth are they doing to the broccoli? :o
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#659770 What Is The *purpose* Of Adding Flour To Everything?

Posted by on 11 December 2010 - 08:25 AM

That show has made me very wary of eating out anywhere! It's a sin what they're doing to foods that don't require wheat or barley. And now the latest darling is putting beer in everything from marinades to sauces. I know to ask about soy sauce and things that I know could contain gluten, but hidden poisons like beer terrify me.

ya, i know it's upsetting. i really love the show: Diners, Drivin ins, and Dives... and i also LOVE diner food- but if you watch- those people are throwing in Flour, and Barley ALL THE TIME... one guy even put it in his Bolognese & Marinara sauce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf??? i come from a strong italian family- you do NOT need to put any type of flour into a sauce except for Bechamel... annoying <_<

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#648959 Survey For People With Celiac Disease

Posted by on 25 October 2010 - 10:09 AM

1. Sex: Female

2. Age: 61

3. How long ago were you diagnosed with celiac disease? 2 1/2 years (July, 2008 self diagnosed)

4. Does anyone in your family have celiac disease? I'm almost certain my father had it as well as my grandmother. My aunt (dad's sister) also may have had it.

5. How severe is your celiac disease? Not as severe as some on this board but severe enough that I watch everything I eat and don't take unnecessary chances. A crumb on the table freaks me out.

6. Is it difficult to eat out at restaurants or anywhere outside of your home? Restaurants are difficult but I won't stop going out because of the risk. I try to be careful but every once in a while, I get sick. Eating at friends' homes is difficult - much more so than in restaurants.

7. Do you believe that there should be more to be done to make this disease more aware to the public? Yes! It should get the same attention as other disabilities and food allergies/intolerances.

8. How has this disease impacted your life? Other than the occasional accidental glutening, it's actually made me healthier. I'm very careful about what I eat and avoiding the gluteny things has helped with my blood sugar and weight control. (No more snagging DH's desserts, cookies and snacks or sharing giant sandwiches!)

9. What do you think would make celiac disease easier to deal with? Mandatory labeling on every single thing that goes into your mouth (food, drugs, alcoholic beverages, OTC products and meds, etc.)
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#648057 What's The Bread That's Inedible But Makes Good Stuffing?

Posted by on 21 October 2010 - 09:38 AM

Add me to the list . . . my happiness at finding a gluten-free bread faded rapidly when I actually tried to eat the stuff. I remember taking a slice to a restaurant so I could dip my eggs like I used to do with toast. Never tried that again! :P

I do have a loaf in the freezer which I plan to reduce to bread crumbs some day, or maybe try making stuffing. I probably miss Stove-Top more than any other gluteny convenience food.

A friend was diagnosed and his wife brought home a loaf. He refused to eat it and made her take it back which she did. It does make me wonder how they can keep it on the market.
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#642943 Poll Time:

Posted by on 29 September 2010 - 08:56 AM

Gorton's Fish Sticks! And thick pizza crust . . . just the crust, forget the stuff on top. And fresh-baked garlic knots with gobs of garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese drowning them. And some Popeye's fried chicken. Also gravy biscuits, bagels, real egg noodles, Campbell's canned condensed soups . . . see, I'm not picky! :P Oh my, I guess just about anything I used to eat would be so welcome. *sigh*
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#633071 "gluten Free Is All The Rage Now"

Posted by on 19 August 2010 - 11:09 AM

I can't believe anybody would stay on this diet unless they had to. The first time I read about celiac I was shocked at how restrictive the diet would be. I hoped it was something I'd never have to face, but here I am, not officially diagnosed, but definitely gluten intolerant. I also fit the northern European category.

I prefer to tell restaurant staff I'm allergic to wheat. They all seem to understand what allergic means. The few times I've said "gluten" I get "You can't eat WHAT?" :rolleyes:
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