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#680179 Commandments Of gluten-free Eating Out

Posted by on 03 March 2011 - 09:19 PM

Thou shall never trust a waiter with a confused, dazed look in his eyes after the mentioning of "gluten-free."
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#672134 Although I Do Miss My Old Favorites...

Posted by on 31 January 2011 - 09:36 PM

Hey y'all,

So I was reminiscing my old favorite foods the other day. Well I went to give blood, and while I never had *incredibly* high blood pressure, I've always been overweight and my blood pressure was not normal for that of a teenager.

Well, both numbers went down by 10, and I've lost 24 pounds so far going off gluten.

While I know that's not the case for everyone, eating gluten made me gain a LOT of weight, until I was diagnosed, and even then I still wasn't losing weight. But I went to college and all my cafeteria offers as safe is usually salad/baked potato/grilled chicken etc.

So, when I get sad, I just think about how much healthier I am now!

I just needed to get that out there. :)
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#672017 Sample Menus Please

Posted by on 31 January 2011 - 01:27 PM

My favorite thing to use is cookingallergyfree.com. You can just plug in your food allergies, and then up pop recipes that cater to your needs.
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#658692 My Experience With A Waiter Last Night, At Lost Dog Cafe

Posted by on 06 December 2010 - 11:38 AM

That's truly awesome!! I had a waiter at Olive Garden who knew if I was ordering off the gluten-free menu that there couldn't be croutons in the salad. Unfortunately, something still made me sick at that meal. :( But it's a GLORIOUS feeling knowing that there are some wait staff who understand. I actually feel like I should be a waiter so I could really help other celiacs who come in the restaurant! Haha.
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#650288 What If The Package Says "Manufactured In A Facility That Processes Wheat...

Posted by on 31 October 2010 - 09:56 AM

It means that somewhere in the building, wheat is present. Many celiacs eat products made in such facilities without any problems.

Do you have any wheat products in your home? If so, then your home is "a facility that processes wheat."

That is probably the best explanation of that I have heard! I never thought about it that way...
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#649402 How Do I Explain?

Posted by on 26 October 2010 - 07:03 PM

I've really never had any trouble with people being rude about it either (which, reading some of these horror stories, I am thankful!). There was one situation, where at a restaurant I stated I needed it on a Gluten-free bun, and the waitress asked if it was for a gluten allergy, which I replied Celiac, and the fifteen year old girl at the other end of the table bust out laughing...however, I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was 15 and didn't quite understand (and I enjoyed every bite of that gluten-free meal!!). On the other hand, her older brother, who is my age, kept talking about my "made-up celiac" because he's known me for about 6 years now and I just got diagnosed in April. Thankfully, his mom seems to understand, and asks me about what I can/cannot eat.

Wow. Reading some of these post, I truly do feel blessed that the people I talk to are more sympathetic and understanding than skeptical and insensitive. Two of my best friends don't quite understand everything about gluten--but I don't expect them to. They don't have to live with it, I do. And they're more than helpful throughout the whole thing. :)
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#648856 Survey For People With Celiac Disease

Posted by on 24 October 2010 - 11:35 PM

I'm trying to raise awareness for celiacs disease, and it would help me out a ton if people with celiacs disease can answer these few questions. Thanks

1. Sex: Male or Female
2. Age:
3. How long ago were you diagnosed with celiac disease?
4. Does anyone in your family have celiac disease?
5. How severe is your celiac disease?
6. Is it difficult to eat out at restaurants or anywhere outside of your home?
7. Do you believe that there should be more to be done to make this disease more aware to the public?
8. How has this disease impacted your life?
9. What do you think would make celiac disease easier to deal with?

1.) Female
2.) 18
3.) April 4, 2010
4.) Not a single other diagnosis.
5.) Very sensitive to CC and anything gluteny.
6.) Yes! I feel like almost anywhere I go, I get glutened, either by CC or some careless act. :(
7.) Yes! Yes yes yes! Not enough people know about it. The fact that only 3% of celiacs KNOW they're celiac really bothers me. And so does the fact that spell check doesn't even know the word Celiac.
8.) It has made social situations a bit more difficult, but I feel much better since going gluten-free.
9.) Better understanding, and cheaper food options.
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