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Member Since 18 Feb 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 09 2014 12:13 PM

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In Topic: Celiac And Anxiety (Related And Not)

17 November 2014 - 11:27 AM

The really irritating thing is I'm anxious about anything. I get anxious, and then I worry about how that anxiety will affect things, not the other way around.


I'm trying to up my b12, being super careful with what I'm eating, etc etc. Iron would be a good idea too. Getting out in the sunshine when it's out. November hit me hard this year, but now it's snowing and that's actually cheering me up a bit. But this is more than a seasonal thing.


I do also think that we're kind of prone to it. I was more or less fine for a few years and now, bam! Depression kind of runs in our family even though we don't really talk about it. We also (as a society) don't often talk about the fact that depression/anxiety isn't just about being sad/worried. It's an underlying tension that's there even when you're feeling ok. It's an instability. Today I'm doing ok, but I've got this slightly neurotic shakiness that makes me feel I could just break down at any moment. It's very unnerving.

In Topic: "breaking Up" With Non-Celiac Roommates

09 October 2014 - 09:06 AM

It's not a fun situation, but your health is the most important thing. Blame the disease, not your friends, and be clear that it will be easier on everyone if you're on your own. Help them find a new roommate, hopefully the friendships will stay, even if you're not there.

Pretty much since going gluten-free, I've lived on my own mostly for the piece of mind of controlling my own kitchen. Handling rent on your own is not an easy thing to do in this city, but it's been worth it. Now my gluten-eating BF and I are living together, but the kitchen is my domain, and he's been super super careful. No problems as of yet.

Unless your roommates/significant others/family are willing to truly commit to keeping you safe, then it's better to go it alone. 

Good luck with the move!

Also, welcome to the forum!

In Topic: Kraft Products ... I'm Shocked!

01 October 2014 - 09:45 AM

I buy mostly organic products these days, but the same rule applies. Regardless of whether it says gluten-free or not, I inspect the labeling for anything that looks suspicious. If it says "make in same facility as" I usually leave it on the shelf. However, if it doesn't say gluten-free but also doesn't list any gluten-containing ingredients or anything else suspicious, I'll still trust it. The only times I'm wary is if its the one gluten-free product made by a very gluteny company. I don't expect every company to test, but if you're going to label something gluten-free, you'd better be able to back that claim up.

I also have to watch for soy, so no Kraft peanut butter for me... But I'm sure most of their products are fine.

In Topic: Doctors Selling Info On Celiac?

18 September 2014 - 12:31 PM

Maybe we need to compile a "Quack Celiac Doctor" database? Or People repeating things they read on the internet but charging for it".

There can even be points for:

- Best miracle cure

- best deal on bogus testing

- Best Unsubstantiated Evidence Given as Fact


Seriously, though, the whole idea really got me riled up.


(Also, Kareng, you really are the best! Flashlight, indeed!)

In Topic: How Far Will Ya Go?

17 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

What about in the same city? I don't drive, but it probably takes a good 30min to get from point A-B around here. I would travel up to an hour on transit if it was something really worthwhile (haven't found that thing yet).

(of course, I'm also lazy. Allegendly there's an all-gluten-free grocery/shop somewhere in the north part of the city that I've never been to because it's out of the way).

Toronto is actually lacking in completely gluten-free restaurants. I know of... 3? And maybe half-a-dozen bakeries?


If I'm travelling, then a 20min drive/cab-ride or 45min on transit, tops.


That said, I might use going to Montreal as an excuse to buy gluten-free beer, and someday I will do the 9-course gluten-free dinner at Senza in Chicago.