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MelindaLee

Member Since 26 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 12 2012 10:28 AM
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#674091 Clarification On Some Dinner Items

Posted by MelindaLee on 09 February 2011 - 08:11 PM

I know several people have posted chili recipies that are gluten-free. try searching these. Same with the bbq sauces, those too have been discussed at length.
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#667705 Splenda - Are You Using This Product?

Posted by MelindaLee on 13 January 2011 - 04:37 PM

I know plenty of non-celiac who cannot use any of the sugar substitutes. It wouldn't surprise me that we who do have more immuno or sensitivities would also have issues with this.
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#666703 Pizza Crust And Pasta Suggestions?

Posted by MelindaLee on 09 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

Gluten Free Pantry French Bread and Pizza crust is really good and really easy. It will be a little less sticky than the bisquick. I put it on the pan, flatten it as much as I can, then cover it with plastic wrap and roll it the rest of the way. (If you don't have a rolling pin, a glass on it's side works great) You can also roll them out and freeze them for later. I usually make 2-12 pizza's out of one box as I like the crust thinner, too. But I was just thinking today I would make even smaller ones and freeze them since I am the only one who eats the pizza. (you could also make some pizza and some rolls out of this mix, it's the same mix either way. I make rolls in a muffin tin, it's a great size for a small sandwich.)
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#666497 Jicama

Posted by MelindaLee on 08 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

Here is a recipe I had saved.

jicama chips

i was bored earlier this evening and decided to do some culinary experimentation and i came up with this. a little sweeter than potato chips but they really helpp with the craving for potato chips (i am a salt person so i crave them more than dessers). i would love people's feedback.

2 cups jicama
3 tbsp olive oil
chili powder, as much as you want for spiciness (i used 2 tbsp)
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp white pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Slice the jicama as thin as possible. mix oil, chili powder, cumin and white pepper in a large mixing bowl. add jicama and toss until jicama is covered. Place the jicama on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake in oven until browned at the edges. Remove from oven. Using a paper towl dab off any excess oil (don't dab too hard or you'll also remove all the spices). Let cool and set about 15 minutes.

Enjoy

serves 2 (the Jicama shrinks considerably in cooking)
Nutritional Information: 266 cals; 22 g fat; 18 g carbs; 10 g dietry fibre; 2.5 g protein
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#665692 Omg, I Am In Bread Heaven!

Posted by MelindaLee on 05 January 2011 - 06:15 PM

I haven't tried Chebe, but I had the WORLDS BEST GRILLED HAM AND CHEESE SANWICH for supper tonight. I found Rudi's gluten-free bread. (I have loved Udi's but OMG-Rudi!!) I toasted a piece the other day and it was reallly good. Then, I tried to make a sandwich and I was disappointed. But tonight, I got home late, had to grocery shop and was starving. I pulled out the ham and cheese I just bought and decided to try a grilled sandwich. It was OUT of this WORLD! Soft, perfect for grilled cheese!! HMMMM...I'm drooling even now! :lol:
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#660639 It's Official

Posted by MelindaLee on 14 December 2010 - 07:22 PM

A positive attitude goes a long way! I had the same attitude. Not that I don't get frustrated at times still, but it could be worse. :lol: My biggest frustration was not being able to just stop and grab a snack. Now that I carry snacks with me and stashed in my car, I find it a lot easier. I just make cookies tonight that are to die for! YUM!! :P
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#660012 Sick Of Being So Different

Posted by MelindaLee on 12 December 2010 - 03:17 PM

We all feel frustrated at times. I feel fortunate that my family and friends try really hard. I have had more than one of them go out of their way to make sure that they had sothing I could eat. They don't make a fuss about what I eat or don't and defer to me for restaurant choices. I don't like the idea of "making a fuss", either, but they have each said to me at one time or another, "what if it was me?" They are right, I would be supportive and wouldn't criticize them.

I've only been doing this since August, but it does get easier. It still is WAY better than feeling lousy. I would rather eat differently vs feeling so rotten I wasn't well enough to go. Hang in there!
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#660007 More Frustrations With People

Posted by MelindaLee on 12 December 2010 - 02:57 PM

I posted on my frustrations with my family when i spent a few days with them for thanksgiving, now Im finding that other people are really getting on my nerves as well.

1. i ate out with my girlfriend last night and they had Gluten Free carrot cake on the menu...my girlfriend read it out to me and then said "oh but it probably has dairy in it so you wont eat it" then rolled her eyes

2. Was at my company's main office this week and had a dinner with colleagues. at the office i was talking to one of the girls in the finance dept who handles my expense reports and i told her it was a rough week and i needed a drink tonite. she said "oh well you shouldnt be drinking with all those food allergies of yours" then she chuckled and walked away

3. My girlfriends 2 friends have been obsessing over what i can eat and cant eat..they keep talking about food they like and all the restaurants they want to go to but then follow it up with "oh well Jason cant eat there so i guess thats off the list"

Meantime my girlfriend is allergic to alcohol and gets palpitations and shortness of breath from it, the girl at my office has an ass the size of Cleveland and one of my girlfriends friends gets violent stomach pains when she eats shellfish, yet im the one being treated like a freak. can anyone explain this?


I am guessing from reading your past post that you would never say anything unkind to these people, so I hope it was cathartic to write those things! :D They are not being good friends. I wish they would realize that their frustration with your dietary limitation is only a fraction of the frustration you feel at times. I would chalk up the finance person as ingnorance. But your friends, especially the gluten-free(EDIT:...ooops...that was to be girlfriend, perhaps that was a freudian slip! :lol: )....shame, shame on them! :P
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#659718 Neuro Symptoms On Gluten. Gi Symptoms Off

Posted by MelindaLee on 10 December 2010 - 08:38 PM

Hello,
I became ill around early April and began going to doctors. My symptoms were chronic daily migraine, mind fog, confusion, memory issues, weakness, panic attacks, dizziness, fatigue and increased CSF pressure. I had almost no digestive issues; just the occasional slightly loose stool. After much testing, I was diagnosed with Celiac about 4 months ago. I quit the Gluten, and after a few weeks I was noticeably (not entirely) better. After ditching Gluten I developed a burning hot empty feeling in my stomach, and I still had the mind fog and terrible fatigue. I suggested to my doc testing for a SIBO. I tested positive and went on antibiotics to treat. Neurological symptoms are NOW 95% gone and burning feeling is gone. I am now experiencing more Bowel issues after knocking out the overgrowth. Bloating, general tenderness, raw gut feeling, sharp pains near naval.
I was curious if:
-Anyone else had a similar majority of neurological symptoms.
-There are any thoughts on why I NOW have GI symptoms and what could they mean.

Thank you
-Blake W.


I am not the most experienced here...so others may give you better advice, but I am wondering about other intolerances, like soy or dairy. I don't have these issues, but I have read other's dealing with issues like that. Make sure that at this time you are eating mostly whole foods, and no or very limited processed foods. This allows your system to heal better. I did have difficulties with "heartburn" types of symptoms once I went gluten-free, but now, almost 4 months later, those issues have totally resolved. (all of my neuro issues are gone, too. Though if I get glutened, they return for a few days)

Welcome, and good luck.
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#659534 Pillsbury Frostings

Posted by MelindaLee on 09 December 2010 - 09:34 PM

Betty Crocker's frostings say gluten-free on the label! :D
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#657715 Need Your Opnions

Posted by MelindaLee on 01 December 2010 - 07:40 PM

Sorry about the loss. It's very wonderful of you to be concerned about being there for your husband. I would suggest and once drinks are ordered, excuse yourself and go talk to the manager or waiter. Then you don't have to feel like its a big deal. I still feel uncomfortable having to ask for special accodations, so doing it away from the group is easier for me. We had a birthday celebration at a buffet restaurant. I knew that wouldn't work for me, so I got there ahead of time and talked with the server. It worked great! Good food and it was no big deal because I could talk to them in private. ♥ to you and your family!
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#654889 Butterball Turkey

Posted by MelindaLee on 19 November 2010 - 08:46 PM

I spoke with Butterball today...just wanted to make sure that their turkey is gluten free. They are. The only products they have that are not gluten-free is the stuffed turkey and turkey meatballs. (logical enough) They assured me they do not inject anything which would include gluten. Just thought you might want to know...just in time for Thanksgiving!
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#654875 Hope For Healing

Posted by MelindaLee on 19 November 2010 - 07:40 PM

Hey Girl,

So glad to hear your wonderful story. I too feel so much better, most days I don't even care that I can't eat some foods.

We have lots to be thankful for! This is a great week to remember that!

Melinda
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#653462 Celiacs And Relationships

Posted by MelindaLee on 14 November 2010 - 07:01 PM

My thought Sfamor, is to do all that you can muster to do the things she wants once in a while. I totally understand the fatigue and fuzziness, but you'll feel the same way sitting on the couch as you will doing something with her. I realize sometimes things might be more that what you can handle, but try to do it when you can. Sometimes what holds us back is our attitude. Though your health is a factor, she would feel the same way if you just were tired from a difficult job and "never" felt like doing what she wants to. Relationships are hard without life altering medical issues. Don't forget about her needs sometimes. She sounds like she is wonderfully supportive and willing to do anything for you. Make sure she gets the respect and appreciation she should for it. That is what makes a relationship withstand anything.
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#653063 When Did They Lose Their Manners?

Posted by MelindaLee on 12 November 2010 - 08:18 PM

I have laughed and agreed with so much in everyone's posts. I think we have ended up here because parents feel guilty over the lack of time they spend with their children. Lots of families are two income (or single parent). The kids lose that parent that correct them when they are rude, the parents give too much to compensate for the time they don't spend with their kids and don't want to correct them because they feel guilty and don't want to be negative in the little bits of time they spend with their kids. Too many families don't sit down to a meal together and everyone is grabbing food going this way and that. I know there are times when my family seems to be running 5 different ways, but we make an effort to sit down together. It was unacceptable to miss dinner time when I was growing up, and I try to keep the same expectation with my kids. We need to get back to this. Where do you learn to take turn in conversation...around the dinner table! (AND don't talk with your mouth full!) :D
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