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Labeling Laws In Us

10 November 2014 - 08:22 PM


I was wondering about labeling laws in the US. I was wondering if products that are processed in the same facilities or on the same lines as products that contain wheat are required to be labeled as such. I was looking at dried fruit the other day and was glad I looked at the ingredient list because even though it didn't have wheat in it, it did say that it was processed on shared lines. Are they required to do this? Or was this just a nice company. I was really surprise as really all I thought it would have had as ingredients was some preservatives and the fruit. I hope this question makes sense. Thanks. 

Recurrent Nightmares

18 October 2014 - 06:55 PM

I've been having recurrent nightmares about not having anything that I can eat. My dream is that I'm in college (I haven't been in undergrad for almost 10 years, but am thinking about going back to grad school). I wasn't diagnosed with celiac in college (though I'm pretty sure I've had it since child hood). The food is all buffet style and in my dream every food item has gluten. I can't convince the cooks that I need gluten free food and get them to prepare it for me. In some of the dreams they say I need paperwork from a doctor saying I need gluten free food. But for some reason I can't get a hold of the paperwork to give them. In other dreams there is no one to talk to. I end up not having anything to eat for days. Yes this wouldn't happen in real life, but my dreams have no logic. I've had similar dreams in the past that I've visited my parents and there hasn't been any gluten free food for me to eat, but nothing this consistently. I've had multiple dreams a week for the past couple weeks. Other dreams i've had is been me realizing I've eaten something with gluten in it after i've eaten it. But again only sometimes. 

Am I Too Sensitive?

14 March 2014 - 07:24 PM

It seems to me in the last couple weeks there have been multiple times when gluten free  has been made a joke of by friiends and/or co-workers. It really makes me angry when this happens. That people seem to think it is somethng that it is okay to make jokes about it. it doesn't seem like people would make fun of other illnesses. But it is okay to make fun of things related to my celiac. This isn't helped by the fact that people on my team at work also think it is funny to make fun of my name given that it starts with a different letter than anyone elses. so it is more than just one thing. People seem  to think I'm too sensitive when i get upset when they make jokes about it. Am I too sensitive about people making jokes about Celiac? Why is it considered okay to make jokes about this when it isn't okay to make jokes about other diseases? I was bullied for years growing up so I know that impacts how I react to this, but it doesn't seem like it is taken seriously. I know that people use gluten free as a fad diet, but It doesn't seem likek that should make it okay to make jokes about it. Especially when they are making the jokes about my eating in particular.


Please be gentle with any replies. I'm feeling sad and lonely.

Waiting For Reaction.

19 February 2014 - 08:01 PM

I'm waiting to get sick. I accidentily ate something with gluten tonight. I forgot to check. The full size candy was gluten free, but not the minis. So Ii guess I will be able to check my exact reaction time. I hate gluten!!!!!!!!!!! I was so exhausted when this happened and it is just going to get  worse before it gets better. Anything I should do between now and then to make this better?

Social Issues

15 February 2014 - 05:59 PM

I need some advice on how to deal with social issues with friends. So a little history. I've never been easy with social situations. I've always had social anxiety and depression  (which the worst of it was probably secondary to celiac anyway.)  When I was in school I really couldn't do much socially because I had absolutely no spare money even to do things like pay for gas or bus fare in college. Then worked 90+ hrs per week between undergrad and graduate school. I got diagonsed 2 months before I left for graduate school in a new part of the country. I was really trying to figure this all  out during graduate school. I had to confront a couple of friends because they were leaving me out of things because i wouldn't be able to eat with them. They accepted that I  wanted to be involved even if I  couldn't eat.


Now I've graduated and making friends at work. I haven't found a restaurant that hasn't glutened me. So right now It is just easier  for me to not eat and just get something for me to eat when I am out with friends. But one of my friends made a comment that she finds these meals "very uncomfortable". I'm perfectly comfortable just having something to drink while others eat. I personally would feel more awkward bringing my own food ( and sometimes these things aren't planned - eg. last time we went out) to a restaurant. I know there may be times when I have to do that because I'm traveling or some such or doing a work meal. How do I  deal with her being uncomfortable? I'm not uncomfortable. I know it isn't my job to deal with my friend's emotions. But how should I respond? There are a few restaurants around that have gluten free menus, but I still end up getting sick so don't want to just go and eat there as I still get glutened. Plus I don't want to limit my friends' eating to places w/ gluten free menus. I know that I could try and get a salad and eat that, but that makes me feel worse than just getting something to drink as then i'm paying for  something that I don't even really want. Don't get me wrong, I love salad but having to eat that when people are able to eat full meals makes me feel more alone. I don't know why that is, but the salad makes me feel like  I'm settling. And a drink makes me feel like I'm making my choice.


I need advice. How do I talk about this with my friend? How do I manage this with group meals out? I hate that so much  of our social activity has to do with food. I try to do things that don't surround food, but we all work so much for our jobs that a quick meal out is pretty much what we have time for.