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xMichellex

Member Since 19 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 29 2011 04:17 PM
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Topics I've Started

Need Ideas

05 March 2011 - 09:21 AM

I am pretty new to going gluten free and I am struggling coming up with fast and easy meals. I am limiting myself to whole foods with very few pre-packaged items. I do make my own chicken stock and bread. I am in grad school and I have very little time to make elaborate meals (for two). Most of the time I take my meals with me but I am getting pretty tired of chewing on carrots for dinner while sitting in class. Any ideas or recipes would really be appreciated!

Rice Dream

04 March 2011 - 08:58 PM

I thought I was being very strict with my diet but somehow I got glutened. For the life of me I could not figure out what it could have been. Everything was fresh except the rice milk. But I checked Rice Dream's website and it says that both the rice and soy milks are gluten free. However, some posts on this website suggest not using Rice Dream. What am I missing here?

Keeping Track Of Posts

04 March 2011 - 03:13 PM

Hello!

I am pretty new here. I have posted a couple of replies and seem to have lost them! Is there a way to keep track?

What Is The Gluten-Free Standard?

04 March 2011 - 02:56 PM

I believe I am getting better at reading labels. I thought that to be safe it was best to stick to stuff that has been labeled “gluten free”. However, I have been glutened several times and I cannot figure out how it happened. I am careful about CC and I have not been eating out. I am wondering if these products are not truly gluten free. Does anyone know what the laws are regarding labeling something “gluten free” in the US? (Elsewhere is OK too. Would be interesting to see what the differences are)

To Get Tested Or Not?

19 February 2011 - 12:12 PM

How important is it to get a diagnosis? What are the benefits of getting a diagnosis versus not getting one? I am a grad student on my school’s health insurance. The insurance won’t cover testing because my issues are considered pre-existing. I will be done with grad school in about a year and half and I will start with a new insurance again then. I am not even sure if my issues are gluten related. Perhaps a brief rundown is warranted:
-Chronic, almost paralyzing, diarrhea every morning for years (6-8 times in a 4 hour span)
-Stomach aches
-Hair loss and thinning hair (I am only 34 years old)
-Extremely sensitive skin (! have to stay away from detergents or any other harsh chemicals)
-Rash and dry scaly skin on hands
-Bouts with depression
-Random fatigue attacks
-Swollen and aching hands (bones and joints)
-Weight gain that is impossible to overcome
I have been to many gastros. One said there was no way I could be having as much diarrhea as I claimed and still be as heavy as I am. Two more said I have IBS without ever running any kind of tests. And then another did do a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and said I have Microscopic Lymphocytic Colitis, which, for all intents and purposes, is IBS. My last doctor (the one at the school) said that going gluten free and seeing what happens is my best option. It has been a month since I eliminated gluten and while I would not say that the recovery is miraculous, there has been a significant difference (no more stomach ache, diarrhea only 2xday). However, the learning curve is steep and I believe that gluten has snuck in there several times (what is it doing in a can of beans or on a rotisserie chicken?!).
Like everyone else here, I just want to get better. Being in grad school does not allow for time being sick (at least for my program). But going gluten free is a huge and rather expensive undertaking, let alone time consuming. It is also a little lonely. Any advice would be much appreciated.