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Cheryl_C

Member Since 04 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 17 2013 10:35 AM
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#808919 Kraft And Cross-Contamination O.0

Posted by Cheryl_C on 06 July 2012 - 04:28 AM

I eat Kraft foods all the time. In fact, Kraft now gets the money I used to spend on PC products (and then some - ouch!) because they disclose gluten ingredients on their labels, and as far as I know, PC doesn't. I have never been glutened by a Kraft product, ever.

Is it possible that a Kraft food product can make you sick? It's possible. Anything is possible. But I commend companies like Kraft who go the extra mile to be as clear as possible.

Any time you eat anything at all, you're putting yourself at risk - if not for gluten, then perhaps salmonella, or e.coli, or something else. Food is tricky, and as a customer (as opposed to a grower/farmer) you never know 100%. It's refreshing to see a company do what it can to communicate well with the celiac community.

As for the legalese ... well, unfortunately we live in a litigious world. It would be nice if companies didn't have to issue a CYA statement, but there are too many sue-happy people out there. A business has to look after itself.

Incidentally, I trust the information I find on here way more than I trust information from anywhere else. Perhaps by "gluten-free" someone meant "not containing gluten-ingredients" which (for most) would likely be a safe option? No one here is out to get you or mislead you or get you sick. We're all in the same boat.
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#794224 Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

Posted by Cheryl_C on 08 May 2012 - 06:59 PM

This makes me so irritated. Gluten-free, unless you have to avoid gluten ... what's the point? This is the side effect of the faddishness of the gluten-free diet, where the realy disease is overshadowed by people just "eating healthier."

Peter, I couldn't agree with you more about Il Fornello's. They do a great job there! Their gluten-free pasta is fabulous, and they use the gluten-free pizza crust to make their famous bruschetta. I've never had a problem there, ever. They know exactly what gluten-free truly requires.

As for Dominos... I hated their pizza before I was gluten-free, so personally it's no loss.

However, to those saying it's a step forward, I respectfully disagree. When brand-recognized companies tout "gluten-free" and then don't take the proper steps, it reinforces the preconceived notion so many people already have about us - cross-contamination isn't real, small amounts of gluten won't hurt, "almost gluten-free" is good enough, etc. It puts us all at risk and damages the progress we've made so far. It makes it harder to convince our friends and co-workers that yes, things need to be done properly - even if Domino's doesn't agree.

Sigh.

Pardon my rant, folks - it's been a long day.
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#723772 Looking For Yogurt

Posted by Cheryl_C on 18 August 2011 - 01:37 PM

I get to spend the next week on antibiotics (fun!) and I'm trying to avoid the nasty effects by adding some probiotic yogurt. Someone told me about a Greek yogurt, I think it's called something like Otteri or Otari or something? I tried to google but got nowhere. Does anyone know the brand I'm talking about, or have a line on something else?

Cheers!
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#701914 Oh, I Am So Happy...

Posted by Cheryl_C on 24 May 2011 - 09:37 AM

It's hard at first to cut out the different things you used to eat, but you'll find that (in a lot of cases) there are substitutes that are just as good, if not better.

One word of warning though: if you've been gluten-free for only a couple of weeks, I'd steer clear of things like pizza. Your body is going through a healing process, and the more "whole" foods you can eat, the better. Plain veggies, plain meat, cut back on the dairy, that type of thing. The choice is yours, of course, but you may find that diving into gluten-free replacement foods (like pizza) may cause you some gastro troubles.

Good luck! And whenever you eat that pizza, I hope it's great. :)
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#657045 Gluten-Free Open House

Posted by Cheryl_C on 29 November 2010 - 10:37 AM

Good ideas, thank you. I guess putting a "fun experience" spin on it might be better than "leave your poisonous bread at the door, mainstreamers!" :lol:
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#653722 Hamburger Bun Emergency!

Posted by Cheryl_C on 15 November 2010 - 08:19 PM

Ok, so this weekend we are doing my brother's birthday dinner. I'm the only one gluten-free, but everyone is willing to suck it up now and then for a "family dinner," which is awesome.

Anyway, until today, the plan had been gluten-free shepard's pie, which I was totally looking forward to and getting excited about. My brother has now decided he wants homemade gluten-free hamburgers - also an awesome idea, but what about buns?

I have until Sunday to find gluten-free hamburger buns in Toronto - someone, please, help me out! Because it's not just for me, but also for my nonGF family, I really need something that tastes great. If at all possible, I'd like to avoid buying frozen ones; frozen bread just isn't the same. Does anyone know of any (fresh) gluten-free hamburger buns in the Toronto area grocery stores?
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#652257 Dear Cook,

Posted by Cheryl_C on 09 November 2010 - 06:37 PM

Exactly.

May I add: Dear manager - if I ask you if you can accommodate a gluten-free diet, don't lie and say "yes" if you really mean "absolutely not."
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#637954 What's Your Favorite gluten-free "mainstream" Meal?

Posted by Cheryl_C on 08 September 2010 - 11:20 AM

Great, great suggestions! Kudos to the OP - now we can all snag recipe ideas :P

It's only been a couple of months here, and being summer, I haven't really looked into soups or stews. We do a LOT of grilled veggies on the bbq, and we do a lot of (plain) grilled chicken or souvlaki. Our local (Greek) butcher does fresh souvlaki and chicken breasts, and they are done with spices, not "seasonings" and I haven't had any problems. They also make their own taziki sauce, and I haven't had any problems with that either. Some rice or oven-browned potatoes on the side...oh man, I could live happily on Greek food.

Because dairy isn't an issue (though lately I've been trying to limit a little) gluten-free bread for grilled cheese is definitely a favourite.

I also do a lot of fruit/veggie salads. I hate lettuce though so my salads usually have peppers, tomatoes, grapes, apples, chick peas, chunk tuna or chicken breast, and pretty much anything else I find in the cupboard or fridge. Thank God for Kraft salad dressings!

If I could find some fresh (not frozen) gluten-free tortillas, I would definitely go overboard with burritos!

By the way, does anyone know where (in Canada) I could get gluten-free pastry? Does that even exist?
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#635076 Guess What Guess What!

Posted by Cheryl_C on 27 August 2010 - 07:24 AM

That's great! It's good to hear you're feeling so good. Keep it up :)
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#629486 Well Now I Got In A Fight At Pf Changs.

Posted by Cheryl_C on 05 August 2010 - 04:42 PM

It sounds mean, but this kind of thing I would blame on the attitudes of people who are gluten-free by choice, as in, people cutting back the carbs to lose some weight or something. I've heard people say such things, "I eat gluten-free because it's a good way to lose weight," meaning if they get cc'd it doesn't matter. It undercuts those of us who make special requests for an ACTUAL reason.
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#629451 gluten-free Non-Celiac And Gluten

Posted by Cheryl_C on 05 August 2010 - 03:30 PM

My boyfriend is eating gluten-free with me and I've noticed he avoids gluten like beer at a party, etc. more and more, even outside home. (He didn't do that at the very beginning.) Today he even returned some cookies back to the shelf saying they make him sick. He's admitted once (very reluctantly) that he feels a little better on gluten-free diet, but lets suppose he's not gluten-intolerant. Some of the articles I've read reported gluten being slightly harmful even to healthy non-celiacs and many non-research articles talk about grains not being as healthy as people like to think, so I'm wondering - does eating gluten-free make healthy people less tolerant to wheat and its relatives?


I had a doctor tell me once that people are NOT supposed to eat gluten, especially in the form of wheat. Apparently human digestive systems are just not equipped for it. It may just be that some are more sensitive than others.

That said, if your non-celiac boyfriend starts reducing the gluten in his diet, it's logical that he may develop an intolerance from lack of exposure. That happened to me for a while when I went off milk (by choice, not because of dietary issues). When I started to reintroduce it to my body, it was difficult, and I still can't drink a glass of milk without feeling gross.
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