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Member Since 21 Nov 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 06 2011 08:57 AM

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In Topic: Me + Non Gluten Free Family= How?

06 November 2011 - 08:46 AM

Ditto what Skylark said. I've been gluten free now for over a year and while it's a challenge to have 3 of us that are gluten-free (me and our two kids) and my husband not gluten-free, it can be done. I also suggest that you do not keep regular flour in your kitchen. It does get everywhere. When my husband wants baked goods, we buy them. I only bake gluten-free in our kitchen.

Your own pot or two and a toaster is necessary. We have our own butter dishes too. One gluten-free, one not. "Globbing" the jelly, mayo, etc. which was suggested is what works for us. No dipping.

Potlucks aren't as bad as you might think. This way of eating just requires some planning. I bring a tasty gluten-free dish to potlucks and if I don't think I can get other sides like fruits or a salad, I bring my own. I also bring my own bread just about everywhere.

Just give yourself a break and realize there is an adjustment period, emotionally, when you go gluten-free. As my body was coming down off the gluten, I even had some psychological affects (very temporarily) where I would break out into crying jags because shopping was so stressful or my husband went through all the trouble of scraping the grill, using separate utensils etc only to put our meats in the same plate with juices mixing (so his gluteny sauce was now all over the bottom of my steak. :) Seems like a million years ago now. But I had a few meltdowns in the early weeks of gluten-free.

I just want to encourage you that it DOES definitely get better. Once you have the shopping down, once you ferret out all the places you can eat out and what you can eat, once you get your groove going with potlucks and friends have adjusted to your health issues...it starts to feel less oppressive.

Even if you are a cook-from-scratch type like I was, I highly recommend you locate foods that are pre-baked, pre-cooked, etc in your area and gluten free. You'll get caught off-guard, busy, or sick and it's a great comfort to say, "Grab that soup mix out of the pantry - all I have to do is add water and it'll be ready in 15 minutes." Shelf stable rolls you can throw in the oven, along with as salad, and you've got a meal. (BTW I just did this yesterday. Our daughter was down with the flu and I'm half-sick myself).

Best of success to you,


In Topic: Why Is It....?

11 August 2011 - 08:36 AM

Sounds like as RoseTapper said, you need to grab an article from Dr. Fasano and show your family...you have Celiac. The end.

I think people look at the gluten-free diet and see how restrictive it is and how hard it is going to be on you and everyone around you, that they think they are doing you a favor...maybe you CAN eat it - try!! Try!! lol

I'm 43 and have met a lot of resistance throughout my life from people and my choices (good ones by the way). What I see now, that I didn't see 20 years ago, is that if you make decisions and are very sure about what you are doing and NICELY don't give people room to insert themselves into your decisions, they eventually quit trying. When I've had the most troubles with family & friends is during that "figuring something out" period where you are unsure or don't sound convicted or are still looking for answers to something. Then they come flying out of the wood work. There is nothing people love more than telling someone else what to do LOL

Hang in there. Stick to your guns and just realize...it's your decision and make it. They don't have to suffer the effects of what you do or don't put into your mouth - you do. People who love you really don't want to make you sick.


In Topic: My Mum Wants To Sue?

11 August 2011 - 08:26 AM

I'm just SUPER careful when I eat out. I ask a lot of questions in my nicest voice, smile a lot, thank people for being patient with me, etc. If I see anything that doesn't look quite right, I ask more questions. So far I have not been glutened that I am aware of and I've eaten now in about 10 restaurants since going gluten-free. I avoid like the plague any place that does not advertise gluten-free foods because it means they have zero understanding of the problem. My thought is that while mistakes can happen anywhere, the odds are lower when they understand cross-contamination etc.

I hope you are feeling better. I sure feel for you.


In Topic: Can You Eat Gluten-Free Oats?

11 August 2011 - 08:23 AM

At first oats bothered me, even Bob's Red Mill. About 6 months into being gluten-free, I was able to add them back on. I mostly use them to make treats (Cookies). I make the no-bake type with the peanut butter, added nuts, coconut, etc. Quite good. Kids love them and it slows the absorption of all the sugars because of the proteins & oats.

In Topic: Having A Celiac Break Down

20 June 2011 - 10:45 AM

Hi Val,

I'm feeding myself and 2 kids gluten free and they eat like Kings, seriously. There are so many gluten-free subs that are out there. You just have to know what to buy.

Udi's bread is great. I make grilled cheese sandwiches with them and serve Pacific Foods Tomato Soup with them (I buy the soup at Winco in our are a- discount store).

The kids love Annies gluten-free Mac n Cheese. I get them from an online store on Auto-Ship.

They get chocolate cake (pamelas) and ice cream.

Tinkyada's pasta is wonderful. If you make Lasagna without cooking the noodles first it comes out nice and firm.

That's just the subs for regular gluteny foods.

As other posters mentioned, there are lots of gluten-free foods. But if you are missing the normal stuff, this can help.

One thing I did to make life easier, is to buy Jules' Gluten Free flour, which can be used JUST LIKE regular flour in most recipes. I make brownies, pineapple carrot cake, you name it. She also has e-book recipes.

Celiac is just like anything else...it has to be learned about and managed. Life is not over because gluten is out. There are many restaurants that will accomodate gluten-free diets too.

If I had to make a guess...the reason you are discouraged is that you have not educated yourself to the degree you need to and found the substitutes you need, diet wise, to feel normal. If you don't eat, you are going to feel wacky. Not having support from others is difficult, but not having support for yourself is worse. You aren't spending the time to learn how to feed yourself sweetie. Do yourself a favor and invest the time. We've all been down the same road. Hon, I feed 4 people gluten-free DAILY and have been doing it for the past 8 months on a budget. It can be done. I promise.

Hang in there. Your health is worth it.


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