I don't know what I would do without this forum! I seem to be the queen of accidentally getting glutened. Well, I am about 4 mo. gluten-free but I still get sick all the time and normally I can pinpoint what I did wrong (one of those," are you kidding me, that contains gluten?" moments). Well, this past week I have been getting sick again and for once, I was unable to figure out what mistake I was making (to the point that I ordered an Elisa food intolerance test to see if something else is affecting me). Well, today I had an epiphany that I never had thought about before...my very own kitchen. I am a college student and have very old non-stick pots and pans that I use to cook with. Has anyone reading this actually gotten sick from using old pots and pans? I have a lot of student loans and will replace them if I have to, but if CC from pots/pans hasn't affected anyone than I will try to save my money. This whole gluten-free diet is SO much more complicated than I had ever imagined! Thanks!
Thank you all for your help! I am still pretty new at this and its a bit confusing. Also, I get embarrassed drawing attention to myself and asking restaurants for special services, but I think that is something I really need to get over. A lot of my friends don't understand the problem and they say, "C'mon, a little bit won't kill you." They think I am being dramatic. Its been a tough transition. So, I really appreciate all of your help! I will lay off the alcohol for awhile and be more vocal at restaurants. I actually went out last night with my italian in-laws and ordered a salad with oil and vinegar...no reaction! Thanks for the tip! Also, thanks for the advice about Olive Garden. I have ordered the mixed grill but that probably was not a wise choice (reacted)..next time, I'll stick to the gluten free pasta. THANKS!
I have Celiac (found out this year) and I keep getting glutened. I am starting to get so frustrated. I am in graduate school and live in Connecticut (my family does not live here). My fiance is part of a very close, big, italian family who loves to get together and go out to dinner every weekend. They go through every effort to find restaurants that have gluten-free menus (Bertuccis, Chilis, Olive Garden, Burtons, Wood N'Tap, etc.). Despite their efforts, almost every time I go out to dinner with them, I still end up getting glutened and I am sick all week. At this point, I dont really trust the gluten-free menus. If anyone lives in CT, any good restuarant suggestions?
If I just order a salad every time I go out and bring my own dressing, would that be a guaranteed gluten-free option? Maybe I should skip any meat on the salad too. Anything to watch out for with salads? Or, does anyone have any other tips?
Also, as a college student my friends and I like to get together and go to the bars. I am confused about which alcohol is safe and not safe. I know I can drink wine. I know I can't drink beer. But, what about mixed drinks? Are margaritas safe?
Yes! I used to feel very puffy all over (my face too) after eating meals. I thought it was from salt, but recently found out I have Celiac. After giving up gluten, I no longer get puffy after eating...even when I have meals high in salt. My eyes also puff up every morning. I do not feel any burning though, just puffiness and swelling. Since going gluten-free (I've only been gluten-free for a month or so now) the puffiness after meals is gone, and my puffy eyes in the morning are getting better. Hope this helps!