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Marilyn R

Member Since 10 Aug 2010
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#643054 Depressed Over Celiac, Need Help!

Posted by on 29 September 2010 - 04:39 PM

You poor thing! Your depression is "normal" because you're getting gluttened. That's really rough because it makes you not want to do anything, even what's necessary.

The only gluten-free processed foods I buy is corn/rice pasta at Wal-Mart. If you have a BJ's close by, I justify the annual membership price by the number of gluten-free Organic rotesserie chickens I buy. Purchase 2 or 3 at a time, have one for dinner and left overs and homemade chicken soup, and 1 or 2 to shred and freeze in packages.

You can use the leftovers or frozen packages to make chicken salad with chopped chicken, celery, onion and red grapes and mayo (Hellmans is gluten-free or Spectrum has a gluten-free/Soy Free or you can make your own. Throw curry powder in there for a change, if you can tolerate it. Or just tumeric powder and a bit of sea salt.

The same salad is good with a can of tuna. If you don't want to pay for gluten-free bread, you can use it as a dip with corn tortillias or corn chips.

Chicken tacos (defrosted chicken) are great. You can use chopped raw cabbage instead of lettuce, because it is more nutritious and far cheaper. Heat up a can of Bushes black beans (they are gluten-free) and some chopped up onions and serve with Corn tortillias, and sour cream or cheese if you can do dairy. If not, guacamole or avacado slices have that nice fat. You could have that same meal with ground sirloin or ground beef or turkey or chicken.

If you live in an area that has an Indian store or Oriental store, you can buy rice in bulk very cheaply there. Rice and beans or lentils combined result in a protein combo better than each food individually. Sauteed celery and onion and/or carrot and/or chopped cabbage always works as an addition to anything for flavor. You can buy dried mushrooms pretty cheap in an oriental store, soak them, and add them to stews or soups or beans and rice.

I find that purchasing fruit and vegetables at a fruit market saves so much money, and fresh is so much better if you can find the time/energy to deal with it. I spend about $20 a week at the vegetable stand, but use almost everything and compost most of what's left over. Since you have children, you can ask your child if they'll dig a hole and bury the scraps.

My chili mix is pretty simple. It's 2 T. of chili powder. If that doesn't taste right, I add a little cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce and taste again. Cinnamin (sp?) is a nice addition too.

I sure hope you start feeling better! My heart goes out to you. I don't know if this will be any comfort, but a mother wrote an editorial in our local rag about why she can't afford to follow the recommended USDA diet because produce is so expensive. She feeds her kids fast food all of the time. I haven't responded, but I do think that you can feed a family of 4 on rice, cabbaage, carrots, onions, beans, selected on sale proteins, basic spices, fresh fruit, canned goods for less than you can consistently eating at fast food joints. And your kids will be so much healthier and learn better habits, and of course you will feel so, so much better. Your time is coming...
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#640534 How Can We Have A Life?

Posted by on 18 September 2010 - 06:46 PM

Ravenwood, I read your posts (old and new) and appreciate what you have to say everytime. You really help people, thank you for that.
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#640110 How Can We Have A Life?

Posted by on 16 September 2010 - 07:04 PM

I've learned so much from this forum, and one of the best threads I hit was when I searched "I'm ready to give up". I think it will help if you look at that old post, it helped me.

I think this is a horrible disease and it irritates me mentally and physically. But we are in control and we will get better and we are really the lucky ones who know what we have and can deal with it with our diet. I tend to get melodromatic at this point and list all my aunts and cousins who died of this and that autoimmune disease because they were never diagnosed, but I'll spare you.

Go buy yourself a new lunchbox - there's a wonderful one at Wal-Mart in the camping section with a removable, washable insert, outside pockets, expandable top ...it's really cool. It's less than $5. And I invested $15 in a good thermos but maybe you have a microwave at work.

It's hard not to resent the extra work that it takes to make your own food to always take with you, especially when you don't feel like you have even an ounce of energy left in you. I'm happiest when I don't have to deal with figuring out my lunch in the morning because I did it the night before, even if I was P.O. when I was preparing it the night before. You can live a life, and of course, you must...especially if you have little peeps counting on you.

You will have a very good life. You have to become food focused, which stinks, but I look at it at trying to live like my Grandmother lived. Even though she didn't have to work, she didn't have very many conveniences, along with 9 children.

Wish you the best...
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#640083 I Need Help

Posted by on 16 September 2010 - 04:59 PM

Thyroid problems? Soy could be the culprit vs. dairy, or you could be having a problem with all three. It took me over a month gluten-free to figure out that I couldn't tolerate soy. I wasn't eating out at all, was very strict at home, eliminated dairy, and I kept telling my doctor that my calcium supplement was making me sick. He told me I shouldn't get D from calcium, that it should make me constipated. "Calcium can't make you sick." And I had a high calcium level on my labs even though I wasn't taking as much calcium supplement as my endo and gastro prescribed, even though I have osteopenia.

There was soy in my gluten-free calcium tabs! (But I had to try soy yoghurt and a gluten-free soy based mayo before I realized that soy is a bad boy, at least for me.) Don't know if soy is your "bad boy" or not, but if you search the forum you'll find some very good info from previous posts.

I wish you the vesy best...good luck. :)
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#638318 I Yelled At Someone

Posted by on 09 September 2010 - 03:28 PM

This is mean, but when I read here I am SO grateful almost all my relatives were diagnosed before me. I always feel safe at their houses, and everyone understands.

Karen, your post about bubble girl was like a tonic for what ailed me. Thank you! :rolleyes: And Kit, your post wasn't mean at all, it just reinforces that there are people who really understand/empathize and are safe ... people who have celiac disease.

I wish you with the best with your travels, aderifiele, and know what you're going through even though I only have one trip planned before then end of the year. I hope everything goes smoothly.

Mommyto3, I'm really proud of you for having the backbone not to screech when your outlaw relatives wanted to use your dedicated toaster.

This website keeps me (reasonably) sane. Thank you so much for your positive feedback everyone. And if I "hijacked" this last thread last night, I'm ss.
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#638025 What's Your Favorite gluten-free "mainstream" Meal?

Posted by on 08 September 2010 - 02:57 PM

Great thread! We grill all of the time in the summer...

Grilled pork tenderloin is probably my favorite. I make a stovetop sauce with about 2 T. each minced onion or green onion, celery (optional) and mushrooms (also optional, but delicious) sauteed in olive oil, then add about 1/8 cup gluten-free mustard and a large sprig of fresh rosemary (you could substitute 2 tsp of crumbled dry rosemary) and about 1/3 cup of gluten-free vegetable or chicken stock. Let that simmer until it reduces (10-15 minutes or so). Rosemary and mustard are magic together, I don't know why. This sauce is great on grilled chicken, steaks or pork. We also like Sweet Baby Rays on chicken or pork.

Sweet potatoes cook up easily on the grill wrapped in aluminum foil. I love them plain or sprinkled with cinnamon.

Curried shrimp or chicken over rice is another favorite, and pretty quick to throw together, especially if you have leftover rice and/or chicken.

Bush's Black Beans over leftover rice is a regular. Chopped fresh white onion and chopped fresh pepper sprinkled on top makes it tastier.

I've been experimenting with turkey thighs with marginal success. I'm starting to think that cut is only suitable for soup. Does anyone have a good recipe?

I'm not big on salads lately, but have fresh fruit with every meal. Or sliced cucumber.

An excellent topper for chili or soup is to fry strips of gluten-free corn tortillias in hot olive oil until browned on both sides, then drain on paper towels. They're actually good on their own, but very tasty and a nice contrast with soup...better than crackers at a fraction of the cost of gluten-free crackers.

I love watermelon this time of year! It is wonderful combined with red grapes for a simple salad. Watermelon is very good for our autoimmune system, too.

Thanks for all of the good advice everyone!

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