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Member Since 07 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Mar 12 2011 10:17 AM

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In Topic: New Celiac And Need Some Input On Diet/vitamins

31 July 2010 - 08:54 PM

Anything in particular you need a substitute for? The first month is very hard, but soon you'll have a repertoire of safe foods you enjoy, and gluten-free will be second nature to you.

One tip I'd add to the excellent advice above: keep snacks on hand! When you're out, you don't want to be stuck somewhere, hungry & not knowing where you can eat. Bring an energy bar (I like Larabars & Kind Bars), trail mix, chips, whatever works for you. Eventually you'll know what chains and local places are safe, but for now, hunger can be a bewildering feeling! It also helps to have treats at home for when the munchies hit - it just makes it so much easier not to cheat or get frustrated if you have things you like to eat on hand. Don't rely entirely on junk food of course - gluten-free cookies are still cookies! - but having some yummy stuff on hand sure makes you feel better. =)

As for the taste being different, well, yes and no. There are honestly a lot of awful gluten-free products out there, especially the older brands likely to show up in supermarkets, but there are really great ones, too. New products are coming out all the time.

Not sure about the dizzyness - did you cut back on calories, or make any major changes from your usual protein/carb balance? I have heard some people have a sort of withdrawal reaction from gluten. If that's it, your body will adjust, but you may want to check with your doctor if you're not sure.

Just remember, this will be so worth it when the gluten-free lifestyle gives you your health back! It won't be instant - you've got years of damage to heal - but with luck you'll notice changes within the next few weeks. I was lucky, and it was only a few days, but don't be discouraged if it takes longer. It's so empowering to be able to "fix" yourself, just by eating differently. Best of luck to you!

In Topic: A Little Squirrely Down At The Red Robin

06 June 2010 - 06:35 PM

I've had good luck with Red Robin, but I always go to the same location (Clifton NJ) - maybe it varies from place to place. I ask for the allergy book when I walk in, but then I always order the exact same thing ;) The book has a section for gluten, which I have to cross-reference with the section for dairy (better than flying blind, like I have to do with most gluten-free menus). I know the gluten-free menu says to order everything without the seasoning - I wouldn't want it anyway, it's so full of MSG. I don't order the fries bc I don't think they're in a dedicated fryer - not sure - besides, the steamed veg they sub are really tasty & colorful. I love the lettuce wrapped burgers and my glutenous fiance orders them that way too now. My order is always: guac burger with bacon, no cheese, no seasoning, lettuce wrap, no fries, sub steamed vegetables. Complicated, but I've never had an order come out wrong. (Oddly, I think the guac is awful on its own, too, but it's good on the burger).

In Topic: Is Gluten Free Diet Safe For Non Celiac

11 February 2010 - 01:23 PM

Ugh, I get so riled up when I hear that a gluten-free diet is somehow inadequate. I just have a hard time believing it. But then, I've been focusing on the naturally gluten-free foods, and avoiding white rice as much as possible, so my diet is meats, fish, beans, vegetables, nuts... Of course if you continue to eat white bread and refined starches, you're not eating well... But who doesn't know that already, gluten-free or not?

I do agree though that I eat more baked goodies now, because I figure I "deserve" my treats. hehehe Plus, since I always liked doing things the hard way, I find baking to be a fun challenge now. But hey, I use pretty nutrient-rich flours at least...

In Topic: Rice Dream?

21 November 2009 - 06:47 PM

this is what i got from the company. I didn't realize the same company made so many different products (arrowhead mills, deboles, celestial). I'll be taking everything they say with a grain of salt now:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Rice Dream Beverage. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and appreciate your patronage.

Analytical testing methods and detection limits have improved over the years. Recent testing shows that the Rice Dream Beverages, as well as the barley protein used to make the product, meet gluten free requirements. We have always maintained a conservative stance regarding gluten in the beverages. The same rigorous standards now allow us to declare them gluten free.

Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM - 5PM Mountain Time.

Consumer Relations Representative


I don't care how little they think is safe. It should be disclosed. I'm so disgusted. People may say "Oh, I don't feel a reaction" but that does NOT mean that low-level damage is not occurring.

In Topic: Frankfurt, Germany

10 August 2009 - 03:08 PM

Hi guys. I am about to embark on a quick trip to Germany. Unfortunately I do not know any german! This is a sudden trip. I have dining cards. But does anyone have any advice on getting along in restaurants? Thanks so much for any help at all.

Debbie, I'm headed to the same area next month. Do you have any tips?

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