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#659405 Hello

Posted by on 09 December 2010 - 10:21 AM

Welcome!! One of the best things about this forum is that there is someone who knows the answer to ANY question... and is more often than not, more knowledgable than lots of doctors!! The recipe section is awesome too!
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#657755 Ok Im Totally Done W/ My Family

Posted by on 02 December 2010 - 05:22 AM

Thats frustrating. And people wonder why diabetes and heart disease are an epidemic in this country. Everyone wants to eat and take quick fixes but refuse to change their lifestyles

If i had an actual celiac diagnosis maybe my family would be more supportive. guess its my fault..maybe i shoulda just told them i had it so they would be more supportive and get off my case :)

Even without a formal diagnosis... if eating a gluten-free diet makes you feel better... it should be a done deal!! What if you wanted to eat a vegan diet? Or the SCD? I guess it only becomes a problem if/when you expect anyone else to cater to you or to "do as you do." Keep to your gluten-free diet, bring your own food, let them do what they do and just enjoy their company!
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#657749 Ok Im Totally Done W/ My Family

Posted by on 02 December 2010 - 05:01 AM

I guess we DO all become a little OCD w/ our gluten free issues... we sort of have to be, don't we? Maybe you should leave off telling family members about their health issues, especially since they don't seem to appreciate your interest and efforts. Just live your own healthy gluten-free lifestyle and let them do their own thing! I have an extremely overweight friend w/ all the health issues that can bring... diabetes, high cholesterol and triglycerides... and I can only serve healthy and nutritious meals when she visits and can't keep harping on what she KNOWS... that smaller portions of healthy food would solve her problems if she'd commit to doing it for like a YEAR rather than a month and then saying diets don't work!!
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#657437 Why Won't They Take Me Seriously?!

Posted by on 30 November 2010 - 06:32 PM

It's all simple for me... if I don't cook it, I don't eat it... period! Well... I'd trust people HERE to cook for me, but I can't trust anyone else. It's not a slight or a dig at anyone. I just know that my house is gluten-free and if you're not cooking gluten-free, the chance of cross contamination is simply too great. I'd thank them profusely for their interest and wanting to help, but I'd take my own food... period.
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#650870 Good Gluten Free Bread Mix?

Posted by on 03 November 2010 - 04:52 AM

I'm a huge fan of Pamela's wheat free bread mix. I buy it in bulk/by the case from that company w/ the name of the long river in So. America (sometimes sites won't let you say the name)and when I combine it w/ my order of Tinyada pasta... shipping is FREE.

It makes delicious bread and I often make rolls rather than a loaf. I've also done the bagel "variation" and that was delicious too.

Before Pam's, I used Manna from Anna bread mix and that was good too, but there were too many ingredients to add to the mix. Pam's only requires oil, eggs, and water.
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#648878 Survey For People With Celiac Disease

Posted by on 25 October 2010 - 04:29 AM

1.) Female
2.) 57
3.) August 5, 2002
4.) Since I was diagnosed, all 3 of my daughters have developed celiac disease over these 8 years. Not a single other family member has it, altho I believe they would benefit from a gluten-free diet.
5.) Very sensitive to CC and anything gluteny.
6.) Very much so... we simply don't eat out.
7.) Definitely! Awareness of celiac... as opposed to the focus on eating gluten free as a trendy diet... would go a long way to help us real celiacs!
8.) I feel I really just had to learn to cook differently. Altho, I don't bake nearly as much as I used to. Now... giving up dairy?? WAY harder than giving up gluten!
9.) More readily available food options.
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#648246 I Have Celiac, But No Sickness When I Cheat... Help!

Posted by on 22 October 2010 - 04:59 AM

When I had been gluten free for a whole year... I scarfed down a big hunk of the beautiful crusty loaf of bread I'd made for others... and had NO repercussions. I had this wonderful idea that I might be able to "cheat" maybe once a month and actually made plans for certain gluten foods I missed.

I never followed thru on those cheats tho, cause an accidental glutening made me so sick... I've never intentially cheated since!!

No sickness when cheating doesn't mean damage isn't being done!
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#646004 Can This Be Happening?

Posted by on 13 October 2010 - 09:23 AM

What a keeper!!

I'm constantly amazed at the kindness/concern of friends/neighbors. We have an incredibly "gruff" neighbor who now reads labels when he's buying ingredients for something he wants to cook so he'll be able to tell me if I can eat it or not. It really touches me!
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#644970 I Need Real Life Weight Loss Testimonials

Posted by on 09 October 2010 - 07:44 AM

Since baking bread was one of my favorite things to do... going gluten free was hard for me. I was diagnosed w/ celiac disease pretty quickly. When people asked me what the symptoms of celiac disease are, I told them that one of the more common ones is unexplained weight loss... then I'd look down at myself and say, "Um... I didn't get that one!"

I spent the better part of a year stuffing myself w/ gluten free food to make up for all the food I could no longer have and gained about 40 lbs!!

Last winter I was just about ready to go to my doctor to ask for some high-powered acid reducer, like Nexium, because I was having such terrible heartburn/acid reflux that...if I didn't know better I'd have thought I was having a heart attack!! I finally had to admit to my carb addiction... I'd literally wake up in the morning and think to myself, "What carb can I make today? Pasta? Rice? Bread?"

I cut out almost all carbs. I ate scrambled eggs for breakfast and, more often than not, ate veggies (cooked broccoli and carrots or zucchini) w/ a splash of ranch dressing for lunch... occasionally adding 1/2 cup cooked brown rice... and a lean protein w/ a salad and/or veggies for supper. The easy part was not having to "think" of what to cook cause I knew I was pretty much eating the same things every day!

Saturday night was my "cheat night" and I'd make a pizza or have some pasta.

I lost 20 lbs in several months and guess what?? No more heartburn!! I was not only eating too many carbs... I was simply eating too much at supper and going to bed w/ too full a tummy!!

The 20 lbs has been easy to keep off. I'd like to lose the next 20, but will be happy to lose at least another 10 using my same method. I've been slacking off on my eating plan lately. Time to jump back on the bandwagon!!
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#639424 Top Five Reasons To Get A New Doctor

Posted by on 14 September 2010 - 06:10 AM

Reading all these responses leave me flabbergasted! My doctor was SOOO nice and really well informed. My symptoms were unrelenting diarrhea and a hugely noisy tummy... I used to say it sounded like wolverines were fighting their way out!! I had no pain or any other symptoms.

He tested me for parasites, put me on a course of medicine for that, and scheduled blood work and a colonoscopy (cause I was 49 and it was a good time for an initial screening).

After the colonoscopy, he came to me w/ the bloodwork and said, "I have good news and bad news."

The good news was that he said he knew how to stop my diarrhea/tummy wolverines. The bad news was that I had celiac disease and could never eat wheat, etc. etc. again.

Done and Done. I consider myself so lucky!!
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#638151 Do You Expect Relatives To Cater To Your Gluten-Free Diet?

Posted by on 09 September 2010 - 06:21 AM

I think they sound like they're trying to be accommodating and that's good. In fact, I'd RATHER take my own food/desserts so I won't get glutened w/ the best and most loving intentions. My incredibly sweet, late MIL bought me a loaf of gluten-free bread but it was disgusting tasting and I felt like I had to eat it because it was expensive and she went so far out of her way to find it. I'd rather bring my own bread!

I ask people never to cook to accommodate me because I don't trust that I won't get glutened! It's just easier... and safer... for me to bring stuff!
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#631806 I Just Snapped!

Posted by on 15 August 2010 - 04:55 AM

When I started reading your story, I thought to myself, "I'll bet she's around 12." How well I remember that age w/ my oldest. She was once hysterical and yelling at me and I said, "What's the MATTER w/ you??" And she fell into my arms sobbing, "I DON'T KNOWWWWWWWWWW." It's a FUN age.

All that said... I've often thought that being diagnosed at a very early age would have been easier for me. I had 30+ years of cooking and baking (I loved to bake) under my belt when diagnosed. I've yet to taste/bake a chocolate chip cookie that remotely compares to the onces I made for years. I don't bake much anymore, 'cept for the weekly bread loaf. gluten-free bread isn't bad, but it sure ain't the challah bread or crusty country loaves I used to bake! If I'd always been gluten-free, I'd have had nothing to compare.
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#631803 What Is Your Response When People Say.....

Posted by on 15 August 2010 - 04:40 AM

I'll admit I've said it many times. People have expressed their sympathy, etc. and I've said, "Ya know what? With all the health issues people can have... this is NOTHING. I've just had to learn how to cook differently, that's all."

Cause I've not found it so difficult. We didn't eat a lot of processed food even before my celiac diagnosis and I've always enjoyed cooking. We don't eat out a lot and, honestly, I've found dealing w/ celiac disease WAY easier than being dairy free!!
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#631315 Snyder's gluten-free Pretzels

Posted by on 13 August 2010 - 03:44 AM

I found them recently while visiting PA. I was reaching for the bag of Glutino pretzels and tried the Snyder's instead. I thought they were DELICIOUS!! Glutino's have a tiny bit of aftertaste to me. The Snyder's were so crispy w/ no aftertaste.

Of course, since returning home, I'm not finding them anywhere!!
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#614308 Then Last Item With Gluten You Ate...

Posted by on 02 June 2010 - 06:23 PM

My last intentional glutening was about a year after I was diagnossed. I'd always loved making yummy loaves of beautiful bread and made several different kinds for a party. It smelled so danged good, I cut off a big hunk, slathered it w/ tons of butter, and chowed it down, while my daughter was yelling, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!" It was absolutely delicious.

And I had NO repurcussions... none. I started making a list, thinking that maybe I could plan a "cheat" once a month or so. Subway Tuna hoagie, Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza, a bagel w/ tons of cream cheese and lox, a Philly cheese steak, a Big Mac, any pasta dish in an Italian restaurant...

I realized that I wasn't 100% gluten-free in my everyday diet... peeps here set me straight! My symptoms were fairly mild. The next time I was accidentally glutened, my reaction was way more severe and now I wouldn't put gluten in my mouth for anything!!

But, holy cow... was that bread good!!
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