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#677588 To Dye Or Not To Dye

Posted by on 22 February 2011 - 07:53 PM

I think you should do whatever YOU want to do, what makes you happy. I am one who always said I would grow old gracefully. My Mom (cherokee) and all my siblings went gray in their teens. My Dad, not til 50's. At 44, I thought I still had a few more years, but no, I have gray and do not want to live with it.
My BF is 55. He was laid off during the Great Recession and thought about dying his hair for the same reasons. He thought it would give him an edge, and appear younger. I told him I LOVE his gray hair and didn't want him to change it. So he kept it gray and managed to survive and compete against the younger crowd.
If you like the gray, go with it! If you are confident in yourself, it will show to others more than what color your hair is. Me, I think I will feel more confident NOT being gray. At least til I am 50 :D

A woman I know dyed her hair red for years. She recently let it go silver, and she is stunning. It looks so much better than the red and she looks younger!
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#676008 Suggestions On How To Get 5 Year Old gluten-free?

Posted by on 16 February 2011 - 07:35 PM

I have a different opinion. I was diagnosed in 2008. Then the lights went on and I realized my son probably has it too. I had his blood tested and he was positive. I had to tell my Ped what to test, since she did not know. She could not interpret the results, I did. Then she said, well, I guess he has it (all his labs were positive.) I've never had a doctor's note or anything "proving" he has Celiac. He was 9 at diagnosis. I gave him the option of biopsy or trying the diet. He chose the diet and the results were amazing. I set up a parent teacher conference with his teacher. I brought with me a bag of snacks and candies that are gluten free. Then I asked to have him notify me of special events that would involve cookies, pizza, etc. and I provide something special for him. He got a pizza delivered from Zpizza at school once and thought he was the king of the world. We've not had a single issue at school.

Now for the advice that some might consider hard. He's five, and he lives in a benevolent dicatatorship and will eat what you give him. It's not like he can go out for a burger with his buddies, he is only 5. He'll get used to it, and once he sees how much better he feels, he won't resent it so much. If my son was not willing to do the diet, he didn't have to eat the food I gave him. He would have eventually gotten hungry though :D

Hope that didn't sound too harsh, but just let him know you're in charge and eventually he'll eat. Stick with naturally gluten free things and he will come around.
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#674559 Hormones

Posted by on 11 February 2011 - 05:50 PM

Before I was diagnosed at age 42, I had awful, awful hot flashes. My doc wanted to put me on estrogen. I read the warning labels and decided against it. Then I found out I have Celiac, went gluten free and never had another hot flash. I don't think I am menopausal, but was having the flashes because of gluten. Now I am 44 and still nice and cool. So, I supposed it is reasonable to think it could happen, if you're not full on into menopause. I've read that lots of Celiac women go into early menopause if they still eat gluten. Couldn't hurt to try, right?
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#668106 Help Using Corn Tortillas

Posted by on 15 January 2011 - 03:13 PM

I usually find them at Whole Foods, next to the gourmet tortillas (refrigerated section) and at Mother's Market. Every now and again, I find them at Sprouts. Hopefully you have some of those stores close by.
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#667986 Help Using Corn Tortillas

Posted by on 14 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

Moist heat definitely does the trick. My son eats bean burritos with corn tortillas all the time. Every now and again, I splurge on French Meadow "flour" tortillas. They're really tasty and are almost exactly like the gluteny flour tortillas. Can't afford them regularly though because it's about $5 for 6. Any my son is a growing boy! He could eat them all in a day.
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#667386 New Problem

Posted by on 12 January 2011 - 10:59 AM

I have had similar problems in the past, and it turned out to be hyporchlorydia- low stomach acid. The effects are similar to GERD. Problem is I was prescibed acid blockers for over 20 years, so now I have no stomach acid or enzymes. So I take Betaine HCL and enzymes and the problems were resolved.
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#666922 Mythbusters Gluten Submission Campaign

Posted by on 10 January 2011 - 02:50 PM

That guy's post really irritated me. Made me (just for a moment) wish that he was a very sensitive celiac being told that his actions seem extreme. Butthead :angry:

Just to be clear, the butthead is the guy arguing on the thread about destroying gluten, not this forum :P
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#666256 Can Celiac Get Better?

Posted by on 07 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

Everyone is different, but the thing to remember is that you are damaging your intestines. When I first went gluten free, I didn't notice cc too much. After about two months, I became incredibly sensitive and would be sick for days from cc. After a year or so, symptoms lessened, but then got worse again.
Some people have delayed reactions, by days sometimes. It is not a good idea to intentionally eat gluten for any reason if you are a diagnosed celiac.
For constipation, are you drinking enough water and getting enough fiber? Stay away from the pizza! Just because you can't see or (immediately) feel the damage, it is happening. Be kind to yourself and stay strictly gluten free.
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#666238 Jicama

Posted by on 07 January 2011 - 06:16 PM

I've never cooked it, but we snack on it all the time. Slice into sticks, squeeze lime juice and salt and yum!
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#663336 New Diet Problems

Posted by on 27 December 2010 - 08:38 AM

It's likely your body adjusting to the diet. It takes a while to purge the poison from your system. It would be a good idea to lay off the dairy for awhile, as most have a hard time with it at first. I felt a lot worse before I felt better, because my system had to "re-learn" how to process food. Since I had severe malabsorption and malnutrition, it had been quite some sometime since my body had been absorbing nutrients.
Hang in there, and you might like to keep a food journal to be able to track reactions. It's sometimes hard to tell because reactions can be delayed.
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#663334 Need Ideas!

Posted by on 27 December 2010 - 08:32 AM

1) Fire up the Weber grill
2) Lightly brush a few cross slices of pineapple with extra virgin olive oil
3) Grill each slice approximately 3 minutes on each side (get a nice sear strip)
4) Remove from grill and eat as a side with the ham (Mmmm carmelized pineapple!!!)
5) Put on your Hawaiian lei that you bought at the dollar store for $1
6) Consider a mai tai as an accoutrement to the ham and pineapple
7) Send those winter blues far, far away
8) Return to dollar store and buy a $1 Hawaiian grass skirt
9) Consider buying a $1 coconut bathing suit top
10) Repeat as needed

HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHHAAAA! Thanks for the giggles:)
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#663194 I Am Thinking This Is Hogwash- Super Gluten

Posted by on 26 December 2010 - 02:42 PM

I signed on to this site just to tell you that the "super gluten" wheat is not hogwash. About 3 years ago at a party at my house I told my friends that I was gluten sensitive. One of them is a research scientist. He replied at once . . . "Oh, yes, Super-Gluten wheat. It was developed about 12 years ago (now it would be about 15 year) as a way to end famine all over the world. I knew we were in for trouble, because whet has onlt been in the human diet for a few thousand years, and our bodies have not completely learned to digest ordinary wheat. The body just can't handle the excess protein in super-gluten wheat."

My brother was alergic to wheat as a kid, and I remember my Mom making special bread for him. I was not affected at that time, but am now. It's hard to put my finger on symptoms, but when I cut out gluten a sharp pain that I had had in my shoulder for over a year just disappeared. I had been to specialists and to the spine clinic they referred me to and noone could find a cause for that pain. Now it's gone.

I believe the Super-Gluten wheat was developed by Monsanto, though it could have been one of the other big agricultural research firms. They thought they were doing a good thing, but didn't have the background to understand that our ability to utilize foods develops slowly, lagging behind the gradual mutation of the food itself.

Don't even get me started on margarine, or on Canola oil (made from poisonous rapeseed oil) which was developed as a paint base--not a food product. And they tout is as healthy--NOT! (Try cold processed safflower oil as a safe, no-flaver oil).

I agree that Super Gluten exists (no thanks to Monsanto). My original point was that the suggestion is that lower gluten flour would not make us sick. Since tiny bits of cc make me violently ill, I would not attempt to eat a low gluten bread product.
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#662110 Negative Results But Responded To gluten-free Diet

Posted by on 21 December 2010 - 08:37 AM

Hi Chris. One thing important to know is that blood tests and/or biopsy can be inconclusive and yield false negatives. You could have celiac, or you could be gluten intolerant. Either way, the fix is a lifelong gluten free diet. Since you have responded positively to the diet, I would continue. You have to remember that you were not feeling well for 5 years, and all the symptoms may not go away immediately. I felt immediately better, but did not feel 100% for nearly a year. I had been ill for 10 years.
You may want to keep a food diary to determine if you continue to not feel well. This can frequently be caused by secondary food intolerances, which for many people resolve themselves. I started out with over 50 foods that made me feel awful. Now, only 3.
Hang in there, it gets better. Take a good multivitamin (call the manufacturer unless it is clearly labeled gluten free). Ask your doc if he is willing to run a full nutritional panel. Many of us benefit from extra iron, calcium and vitamin D.

No, it's not all in your head, and I don't think IBS would improve. My personal theory is that many who have been diagnosed with fybromyalgia, IBS are acutally celiac or gluten intolerant.

Be well,
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#662106 Still Frustrated Not Knowing If I Have Celiac Or Not

Posted by on 21 December 2010 - 08:29 AM

Really, therapy is still a really good option, as much as you don't want to do it. It helps you to control your reactions to the world. You really ought to consider it.
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#657666 Another Successful Girls' Night Out

Posted by on 01 December 2010 - 02:54 PM

I am happy to report that we have had another successful Gluten Free Girls Night Out! The OC girls got together, Sandsurfgirl, Charlie's Girl and I had a lovely meal and great company at Skosh Monahan's. We had hamburgers with buns! Fries in a dedicated fryer!
The owner's son is autistic. He has a separate kitchen for gluten free, and the food was great! It's an Irish Pub-y kind of place, and we're looking forward to doing it again soon. If there are other OC peeps who would like to join us, let us know!
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