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artmeg55

Member Since 06 Feb 2005
Offline Last Active Jan 10 2007 05:17 PM
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In Topic: How Do You Do Restaurants Without Making A Fuss....

10 January 2007 - 05:20 PM

My opinion on dealing with eating gluten-free in a restaurant is that you need to be very specific without being nasty. Most people are quite willing to accommodate our needs if they understand what you want clearly. For instance, when you're out to breakfast and yes you want the hash browns but not the toast, if the dish shows up with toast, either they forgot or you didn't make yourself clear. I won't eat from a dish with toast crumbs.
If you're been up front and said that you have celiac disease not let them think you're on the Atkins diet, your meal can progress smoothly. Family and friends learn your eating habits quickly and are your best supporters. Mine often chime in while I'm ordering to be certain about "no croutons" for instance. If in doubt about a salad dressing, stick to olive oil. Becoming a regular at a "safe" place makes eating out very easy. If your hamburger arrives on roll even when you asked for it on a dish, don't just eat it to be nice. If they bring it back in 30 seconds, the chances are certain that they dumped it onto another dish. Gotta be specific as to why. I still get glutened once in awhile eating out, but not nearly as often after I learned to be my own advocate!
There are unavoidable times when eating out is a necessity, like vacation or travel. I think it's worth the trouble to learn how to navigate a restaurant. There is a book listing gluten-free restaurants by state that is helpful too. I'd say be smart.
ps. I never eat in fast food places, soda or bottled water only.

Not a huge issue right now. NOT planning on going to any restaurants in the near future...but how do you navigate restaurants without being "high maintenance"? I don't want to be the one at the table that says "well, this is what I need, yada yada yada" and make everyone at the table feel uncomfortable. BUT I also don't want to "endanger" myself.

Suggestions, thanks....so that I'm not overwhelmed the first time we go out to eat.

THANKS!


In Topic: Aching Muscles - What's It All About?

23 May 2006 - 08:05 AM

I have the same issues that the rest of you are noting and the fatigue is overwhelming at times. I can’t seem to tell if taking extra calcium with D helps or not, but I do seem to feel better in the summer when it’s warmer. The joints in my hips are so sore sometimes it is hard to go to sleep so I've been taking a lot of Motrin. Now that the weather is better, it’s a lot easier to get outside and exercise; I keep telling myself that will help. Part of it too is that I am rapidly approaching menopause; starting it? With periods getting erratic after decades of timeliness, that is taking its toll on me physically. Wish there was a way around it. Any ideas?

In Topic: Cereal

28 April 2006 - 05:03 PM

The important thing to remember is that you're worth it! I look at these items as staples that are necessary items. Personally I do not care for Rice Crispies or corn flakes. They get too soggy and taste like mush. This may sound crazy, but I keep a box of baby rice cereal for mornings that I need to get out extra early. It's not bad with milk, a shake of cinnamon, and a squeeze of honey.
If you have a Trader Joe's near you, their prices are about the best that I've found for gluten-free cereal; these are the cereals that I like best: Enviro Kids Peanut Butter Panda Puffs and Enviro Kids Koala Krisp, Puffins-the plain and cinnamon-these come in a larger box and are great. Don't let the kid names fool you. These cereals are all good. My 6'2" son watches to see them on sale and will buy them for me at his super size grocery store. since some of the larger chain stores do carry more gluten-free products. You may want to try Red Mill products. They make a hot ceral mix called "Mighty Tasty gluten-free Hot Cereal". Yes that is really the name! And it's not bad, but it takes 10 minutes to cook. If you think it's expensive, remember that one bag lasts a long time (much longer than a box of cereal), and it's very nourishing. Also, Mr. Ritts Bakery in Philadelphia makes a pancake and waffle mix that is a pleasant change from cereal in the morning. They also have bags of a variety of flavored gluten-free cereals that are good and priced sensibly.

In Topic: Helpfull Tips On How To Remember What Is And Isn't gluten-free, Please!

28 April 2006 - 04:33 PM

The ideas presented on carrying lists are great, but I tend to double-check, so I like to read the labels on everything. Someone posted here about a year ago to look for single-ingredient foods especially when eating out. That's really helped me alot!
In the ongoing attempt to try to stay healthy, I started eating Stoneyfield yogurt. It seemed like a good thing to do to eat the 5 active yogurt cultures, but what happened was that for some reason it made me very bloated, uncomfortably. It took a while for this reaction to happen, but as soon as I stopped eating yogurt, I felt much better. Any ideas???? Yogurt is such a quick and healthy food I'd like to re-add back to my "diet" to keep the weight on.