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#847019 Dental Health And Celiac

Posted by on 05 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

My teeth are living proof that celiac can indeed cause dental problems. My tooth enamel was very weak and my teeth were extremely sensitive. I didn't really think much about it until my diagnosis. After being gluten free, my dentist was shocked on my subsequent checkup. My enamel had strengthened a great deal. My teeth are no longer sensitive to hot and cold whatsoever. My dentist keeps himself up to date on celiac issues (smart man!) and has spoken to groups about it as well (including our own celiac group in town).
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#847018 Celiac Vaccine? Not For Me

Posted by on 05 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Yes, a GFD is the best way. But,

YOU are an unbeliever! If you are a competent geneticist, then explain to me "inherited." My father, mother, brother, sister, my 2 children never( to date,anyway) had celiac disease. Each shows no gluten intolerance symptoms either. My family eats everything. I wonder how I got celiac disease.

Through routine bloodwork it was discovered I have celiac disease. I did not see it coming whatsoever. I was not sick! You would not believe the shock. My doctor made me have biopsies done, partially so I would believe it. Well, my villi were perfectly flat. t took a few months for it to sink in. After the biopsy scare I made a list of 70 some things I wanted to eat one last time (which is now revised as I can make most myself). Then I went strictly and utterly gluten free. I was diagnosed as a silent celiac which at times has made it difficult as I cannot pinpoint anything. I still do not know what it feels like to be "glutened". In nearly two years it has happened (accidentally) twice. Both times I did not get sick but realized after the fact that the first time the product was mis-labelled; second time happened in a restaurant in Europe. However, I will NEVER, EVER ingest any gluten. EVER. My answer has sure changed from a year ago when I would have been willing to go back to gluten in a heartbeat. Thankfully I discovered this board! A very knowledgable, wise and helpful bunch. I am now older and wiser. ;)

I was the first iagnosed in my family but strongly believe my mom has it. Her symptoms list is L O N G. However, she does not want to know (AKA denial) . One of my second cousins has just been diagnosed, too (maternal side). My family is scared to get tested in case they have it. I find it very sad. If they actually researched it they would most certainly be chomping at the bit to get tested for their futures and the futures of their (little) children. They just cannot imagine not eating gluten ever again.

I firmly believe my diagnosis has saved my life.
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#846849 Randomly Sick

Posted by on 04 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

For ages I was obsessed with my health (serious chronic pain I have had for five years now that never goes away) and it was not healthy. It is difficult not to obsess. I know. Thankfully I no longer do that. Rather than focusing on my health I do things I enjoy. Someone mentioned sewing, etc. Glad you and hubby watched a movie together recently. It really helps to take your mind off things. I know and understand you are sick and feel too ill to go out. You may have to force yourself to. There have been times I've been so sick when walking in the park I've thrown up in the trees but I made myself do it anyway. Sometimes my back pain is so excruciating I can only walk 50 metres. Or less. But fresh air feels so wonderful! Even our harsh cold winter air here (until it gets down to -40, that is). My point is things will start falling into place once this no longer controls you and you control it. My chiro said I had what is called Fear Avoidance. I was scared to do something IN CASE something happened. That is no way to live. Remember there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS hope. :)
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#846532 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 03 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

I love this thread -- hubby and I call it the "Hen Party" -- my dear MIL had a "Bridge" group for over 40 years that never played bridge -- took me about a decade to figure that out ;)

:lol: Cute about the "bridge" group. I should refer to this thread as "bridge" when talking about it to my husband so I don't have to say ten other words. ^_^ Lazy? A resounding yes.

This is the first forum I have joined that is really and truly fun. The other few forums I participate on are about travel and food and quite serious and passionate.
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#846385 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 03 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

Not to worry....Superman has returned!


For dinner -- thai curry chicken -- with get this -- no curry powder -- found an interesting recipe in the newspaper's food mag -- wish me luck!

So happy you are getting excited about Thai chicken! I have never, ever used curry powder in Thai dishes but instead make all my pastes from scratch with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, chiles, etc. Curry powder to Thai chicken is as authentic as Spam is to bacon. Who needs curry powder? I LAUGH in the face of curry powder. :lol:
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#845465 Walmart And Gluten Free Section

Posted by on 29 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!! Even if you shop in a store where they have a gluten-free section, some shopper might have picked something up in a different part of the store, then noticed they had a gluten-free version of it and just plopped the gluteny one on the shelf and taken the gluten-free one instead. Or maybe something that always used to be gluten-free has changed their recipe and it is no longer gluten-free. We can't rely on the employees to read the label and determine it no longer belongs in the gluten-free section.

No matter where you shop and how many times you have purchased something, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.

EXACTLY! We are responsible for our own health. I would not dare leave these decisions to others. Prior to my own celiac diagnosis I knew so very little about it and cannot expect everyone, including employees, to be well versed in it (though that would be lovely).
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#844741 Self-Gifting For Christmas

Posted by on 23 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Not only do you spend less money at the store, but ANYTHING homemade tops store-bought.

I know any minute LOVE2TRAVEL is going to jump in here and shout "AMEN" to that.........

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#840543 Spending More Or Less On Christmas Gifts This Year?

Posted by on 02 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

Today I heard that Canadians spend $1,600 on average on Christmas gifts which is far more than what we spend (we have small families with wee children). Don't get me wrong - I love the spirit of giving - but I believe it can be done in ways that do not put people into debt. What my husband and I like to do is give to those in need in third-world countries like buying them goats, chickens, seeds, wells for safe water, and so on. They *need* those things to survive; we do not *need* most of the presents we receive. The thought of people overspending and running into debt because it can be almost expected saddens me. However, we know of people who are spending on experiences rather than gifts this year, such as sleigh rides which is awesome.

As I love to cook and bake I usually make food gifts such as flavoured vinegars, oils, finishing salts, preserves, etc. We also want to help out at the local shelter this Christmas. My husband and I are blessed with so much for which I am extremely grateful. As I type thisI find myself wondering why I do not help out at the shelter more than I do. :(

What say you? Are you spending more or less this year? No judgements - just curious to see what trends are in your area. :) Do you spend out of obligation? I must admit sometimes we do (i.e. gifts for husband's workplace).
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#837628 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 19 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

Millet Pasta with Shrimp and Creole Cream Sauce
Creamed Onions (ETA I meant peas!)
Homemade Pecan Cinnamon Roll

Topic? After food, what's left? :P
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#823171 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 12 September 2012 - 01:33 PM

Tomato and Barlotti Bean Ragout on Creamy Polenta
Roasted Swiss Chard
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#822909 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 11 September 2012 - 09:35 AM

Mexican night! We are having:

Marinated Steak (Corn) Tacos (with chimmichurri marinade) with fixings:
- Homemade Tomatillo Salsa
- Homemade Tomato Salsa
- Pickled Red Onions

Unsure of which side yet.
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#822755 It's Only 9:30...and I've Already Run To The Bathroom 3 Times!

Posted by on 10 September 2012 - 02:43 PM

Another possibility may be dairy or casein. After I went gluten free for a little while I could no longer tolerate dairy. So, I went off for several months and was able to introduce it back into my diet. But it has really bothered me again for about two weeks. :( I've been strictly gluten free for about 1.5 years.
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#822184 Reading

Posted by on 07 September 2012 - 02:56 PM

I'm not a big sci-fi fan, (sorry all those who are, just not my thing) yet I love to watch Fringe.

And by romance do you mean the ones with a Fabio type on the cover, his long hair blowing back as he holds the woman almost upside down in an impossible back stretch with her tatas falling out romance?


Wuthering Heights ill-fated wanna cut your wrists you're so sad after reading romance?


a floof romance like The Notebook?

if so, I do not like them much either.

The only type of romance I read is the Wuthering Heights classic sort. Same with Emma, etc. but none of this modern fluff romamce stuff that has no real meaning or depth.
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#819912 Olive Garden

Posted by on 26 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

Okay, this may sound snobby, :lol: but the OG was not a great dining experience BEFORE I was DXed (I only went there to appease family members and to meet them for lunch ) and from what I have read on Glutenfree Registry? They do not take precautions, they cook in BULK ..and the gluten-free Pasta? well, it is FROZEN in packets and then, re-heated. Limp pasta...for a lot of money?

Guys, this food chain's main goal is to pump out lots of pasta, coated in CHEESE with lots of bread and breaded entrees... FAST.

They do not give a rat's patootie for gluten-free diners because they would have to s l o w down and pay attention to your order. That means...not making enough tips! :o

If you want to dine out, choose a place where they will cater to your needs and where the main food items are NOT pasta, tossed salad with croutons and bread-coated entrees.

Just my opinion.

And my opinion. Yes, I'm also a food snob. ;) But if you go to a good restaurant, you will be able to have about 75% of what is on the menu as it is naturally gluten free. No need for flour for sauces, for example. No deep fryers. No breaded stuff. And at these good restaurants, there is an actual chef who often knows about celiac, CC and so on. Sure, they are more expensive but so lovely as a treat. It is worth it to feel safe. Heck, and enjoy great food! :D

Most of us get pasta cravings. You can make much better pasta at home that tastes vastly superior. Truly and seriously and honestly. And you can use purchased noodles and just make your own sauce. If you do like OG, google copycat recipes. You can be eating a wonderful pasta dish in under 30 minutes. Easy.
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#815326 Irishheart, Come Home!

Posted by on 01 August 2012 - 10:28 AM

Irish Heart has been a blessing and support to me as well so I was SOOOOOOO happy to see her posting! Welcome home, IH! :D
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