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CeliacAndCfsCrusader

Member Since 04 Jan 2009
Offline Last Active Apr 06 2013 07:18 AM
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#862162 Disappointed At Chipotle - What Should I Expect?

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 06 April 2013 - 07:17 AM

I'm probably the biggest advocate of Chipotle there is, but that doesn't mean they can ever be perfect.

 

I've been enjoying their food since they opened about 15 years ago, the last 5 being since I was diagnosed with Celiac.

 

My experience is that the CO run stores are cleaner and better run overall. This may be part of the problem.

 

Since the OP is newly diagnosed, I understand how stressful eating out is.

 

Maybe this will help.

 

  • The only thing in the store that has gluten is the wheat tortilla. But the warming machine is definitely cc'd, so don't use it ever.
  • The only ingredient that may have been a worry is the vinegar in the hot red sauce, but vinegar is usually ok'd by us Celiacs (some choose to avoid it).
  • Yes, the spoons sometimes touch the tortilla, but usually they just dump it on top, and it doesn't. They will change spoons and gloves if you ask (I don't bother).
  • I have never once got cc'd there and I eat there at least 3x per week (few choices near my job and I trust them).
  • I ONLY ever order a Burrito Bowl. This way there is no possible cc from salad, dressings, taco shells etc.
  • I skip the "extras", even though they are gluten-free, they are more easily cc'd. I order MEAT, BEANS, Fajitas and Meat. That's it.
  • If I ever see a dirty store, I'm more careful
  • I eat their chips all the time. No problem, it's a dedicated fryer.
  • I verified all the meats are gluten-free, they even let me read the label(s) when I was first diagnosed

We all have to be careful, I understand, but eating at Chipotle's CAN be done easily. I'm sensitive to cc and have never had an issue.

 

Good Luck!


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#829597 Chronic Fatique Syndrome

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 13 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

I was diagnosed with CFS at the age of 24. It took more than 6 months before I found a doctor that would verify "it wasn't in my head". Something I already knew.

I was young, buff and strong as an ox. Within days after coming down with something similar to Mono, I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without sitting down.

You will find many, many people who can and will relate to your situation. Unfortunately, for me, I had to figure it out for myself.

Here's my two cents:

If you're not sleeping, this is paramount that you get this figured out. Your body cannot heal without proper sleep. I take 50 mg of Doxepin each night and I saw an immediate improvement in my sleep (I was no longer feeling "wired" while trying to sleep).

I made the mistake of "pushing myself" physically and thought I was invinceable. I should've dialed everything back immediately.

I was an "A" type personality, I learned to only worry/think about things that are truly important, not petty issues. I avoided stress and drama, it makes a world of difference. I became more selfish, because I had to be. It's ok, take care of yourself first.

I should point out this happened almost 25 years ago. I was very sick for about 2 years. I limited myself for another 2 or so. Everyone is different, trust your own instincts.

I would occasionally have "flare-ups", but since my Celiac diagnosis 5 years ago, I have had none. I can't draw a conclusive correlation between gluten and CFS, but I always felt it "was something chemical within me", as opposed to arthritis or something.

Good luck. I'd be happy to assist you in any way. Just ask.
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#787910 What Do You Think Of Grated Cheese, Costco Brant Or Sliced Cheese Or Grated C...

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 15 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

I eat the following shredded brands with zero problems (always check the label yourself):

Target Brand
Kraft
Albertson's
Sargento
Precious Mozzarella
Tillamook
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#657200 Betty Crocker Brownies

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 29 November 2010 - 09:51 PM

"Kudos to Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix. I use it all the time for both banana bread and pumpkin bread. I don't think anyone can tell the difference. Surprisingly I've not yet tried it for pancakes but have made pancakes using gluten-free Bisquick."


I use Pamela's for pancakes just about every week. I substitute skim milk for water and add no oil at all. Tastes like a "whole grain" pancake, pretty tasty.
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#656706 Pizza Cooked In Oven Where Other Normal Pizzas Are Cooked

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 27 November 2010 - 09:47 PM

I made pizzas as a teenage (before my diagnosis).

I can't imagine ANY pizza place being safe. Too much flour dust, untrained employees, cc's mixing bowls/paddles/pans/tongs/etc etc.

Make it at home and/or buy Udi's crusts.
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#656705 Betty Crocker Brownies

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 27 November 2010 - 09:43 PM

I agree, Betty Crocker makes good stuff at a good price.

BTW, Pamela's Pancake/Baking mix makes a GREAT carrot cake. Made a homemade cream cheese frosting and honestly couldn't tell the difference. Amen!
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#648338 Breakfast Out?!

Posted by CeliacAndCfsCrusader on 22 October 2010 - 11:32 AM

FYI: Mimi's has a gluten-free menu, but talk to the manager, the staff is sort of clueless at my location. I have gotten the broccoli/cheese omelette without incident (I can't remember if their potatoes are gluten-free).

Another option is Original Pancake House, they have a separate grill for gluten-free pancakes and the meats are gluten-free too (always double check).

Good luck!
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